Generators have many uses in a society dependent on electricity. When electricity is not available due to power outages, a generator can keep a business running or a home safe and comfortable. Keeping a generator in good repair and well-maintenance is important so that if an emergency does occur for a home or business owner they can be secure for long enough. Complete Environmental Solutions can maintenance small and large generators for any business or homeowner in South Florida. For the best results, it is important to know how generators work.
What Does a Generator Do
An electric generator uses gasoline fuel to make a moving system. That system converts the mechanical energy into a usable form of electricity. Because it does not create the electrical energy itself but converts it, the process is less efficient. In fact, car batteries are kept charged by the mechanical energy produced by the engine. This is why leaving the lights on when the car is turned off will drain the battery. Car engines are designed to convert some of the movement of the components into electrical energy to charge many of the features of the car.
This is how generators work, but they are usually attached to an electrical outlet instead of a car. The main virtue of generators is their convenience. During an emergency, they can be mobile and have self-contained systems that can get running immediately. It can take days for power to return to properties that have been recently hit by hurricanes or other natural disasters. During the aftermath of a natural disaster, many people revert to their survival instincts. A generator allows refrigerators to keep food from perishing and alarm systems to keep working to maintain safety.
Components of a Generator
Some of the parts of a generator include the engine, alternator, fuel tank, and the vents. The engine is the source of most of the movement in a generator. By combustion of fuel, many explosions occur which push pistons and create movement in the shaft. The gases produced by the burning and combustion of fuel go through exhausts to ventilate and reduce heat.
The motion of the shaft is also transferred over to the alternator which uses the stator, a set of non-moving electrical conductors, and a rotor to produce the magnetic field through a rotation. There are many methods by which the electrical energy manifests in the alternator, and they make their way through AC or DC circuits. Circular motion maintains the most inertia in machines, making the process more efficient.
The fuel tank can usually carry enough diesel, propane, gasoline, or natural gas to keep the generator running for several hours before requiring maintenance. Fuel lines drip the resource into the engine so that enough combustion is created for the moving parts, but also to keep from wasting fuel.