Emergency Back-up Power Run-Times | Fuel Autonomy and Storage Capacity
1.0 PDH Credit Certificate of Completion*
Our society has become highly dependent on electrical power. Moreover, virtually all of the critical infrastructure for communications, security, as well as emergency services and life safety, depend on power. This has caused a wide variety of organizations to consider adding or upgrading back-up power to their existing facilities or include them as a requirement for new buildings.
Once the decision has been made to require an emergency power system, the next step is to examine the systems expected to be supported by the back-up generator and how long they are expected to operate autonomously.
When a utility outage occurs, the back-generator will immediately start and begin to use the stored fuel supply to support the load. However, the duration of the outage can vary from a matter of a few hours to several days or possibly even weeks, depending on the nature and magnitude of the problem. Moreover, while refueling is normally available, extreme events – such as massive storms – may cause normal refueling options to be limited, delayed or even unavailable.
In the fourth part of our five part series of webinars, we will examine the issues of Fuel Autonomy and Storage Capacity and other related topics to consider when specifying, selecting and installing an emergency back-up power system.
- Fuel Autonomy and Storage Capacity
- Fuel Consumption Rates
- Day Tanks and Redundant Storage Tanks
- Multi-fuel options – Natural Gas
- Load Shedding to Extend Autonomy Time
*It is up to each individual to verify that the course is approved by their state licensing board