The generators we use these days to power our homes during shortages are not the same ones invented in 1831 by Michael Faraday. A generator was then made of a tube, a wire, and a magnetic bar with cotton insulation. Since then, there have been big advancements in generator technology. Although the speed of innovation is not as fast as the other industries mainly because of the generator technology complexities, generator industry experts are not lagging too much behind either. Generators are getting better and better.
Before we look at the latest technology for generators, you must know the different types of generators available in the market.
These are permanently installed on concrete in a home’s backyard and automatically powers a home when there is a power outage. They are installed outside just like an AC unit and have an automatic transfer switch that powers when the power supply goes off.
Portable generators are a power backup source that runs on fuel like diesel or gas to provide electricity for homes temporarily. Due to their portability, they can be useful in remote sites such as outdoor events or campsites. They have handles for lifting or wheels, are not so huge as they can fit in a car’s trunk.
Inverter generators use fuel to run a combustion engine. It uses electromagnetic induction to convert mechanical energy into electrical energy. It is an upgrade of the conventional generator that requires to run at a speed of 3600rpm despite the load. An inverter generator generates clean power free from fluctuations making it suitable for sensitive appliances such as medical machines.
New technologies in generators
Home generators came to being to power homes, including appliances, whenever there is a power outage. To overcome some of the drawbacks of generators, such as putting more pressure on machines when switching from main power supply to back up, more innovative technology has been used in the latest generators. Let’s look at the newest technology in generators.
Direct power installation
Direct power installation is a new way to install standby generators when there is a failure in the main lines. It minimizes the installation time by up to 60%. Therefore, power backup is on and running in a lesser time than before.
Wireless monitoring system
Consumers find it hard to monitor the control panel of the generator to check its performance. With a new wireless monitoring system, the monitor checks and audits the performance and other functions and sends notifications to your phone or laptop through the internet.
Power management systems
Whenever there is a power outage, a generator may kick in, and the power may not be evenly distributed across all your appliances. The uneven distribution may cause some machines to have more power than others than required, damaging them. A power management system in a generator ensures there is even power distribution without manual intervention.
A generator needs a simple user interface to monitor its performance for easy interventions. For instance, electrical signals emitted by a generator vary depending on factors such as overheating, wear, and weather conditions. For the generator to run efficiently, the signals have to be controlled. The latest generators have sensors that detect any changes and consequently display them on the control panel.
The technology of power back up generators is gradually progressing to more clean and efficient generators.