Thanks to their potential versatility and reliability, dual fuel generators are gaining popularity. You should learn more about the technology before investing in a dual fuel generator or upgrading your existing diesel Genset to dual fuel.
The History Dual Fuel Technology
Until grid power became a reliable fact, engines using more than one fuel were standard power generation solutions. As early as the 1890s, engineers had been experimenting with mixed fuels. Most notably, Rudolph Diesel, who mixed the same gasoline with natural gas for more efficient service.
Dual Fuel & Bi-fuel Generators Are Not The Same
Dual fuel generators use two different types of fuel (most commonly diesel and natural gas) at the same time. These fuels may be combined in various amounts or used on their own, depending on the engine and the situation. In most cases, a dual fuel generator would have to operate on diesel on its own, as the ignition temperature is much lower than that of natural gas.
In conjunction, bi-fuel engines use interchangeably two different types of fuel. Switching between fuels is typically done automatically based on the kind of fuel that is most effective at a certain point in time. The most famous example of a bi-fuel engine is a hybrid car that can run on either electricity or petrol.
Dual Fuel Generators Can Be Better For The Environment
Natural gas burns cleaner than diesel so that mixed fuel can generate lower emissions than a diesel-only generator. You could follow the requirements for non-emergency use without investing in a new Genset. It could qualify your facility for cost-saving peak shaving and other beneficial non-emergency situations.
What Are The Other Benefits Of Dual Fuel Generators?
Other benefits and advantages of having a dual-fuel generator include the availability of natural gas. Most industrial companies now have a supply of natural gas in the local vicinity. This supply does not need to be stored on-site, which reduces storage and space associated with large diesel fuel tanks.
In an emergency, this natural gas is likely to remain available, making fuel stores (which might be challenging to replace in the event of an emergency) last longer. Natural gas is reportedly also cheaper than petrol.
Since natural gas burns cleaner than diesel, less regular maintenance of oil and other generator components is required.
What Are The Disadvantages of Dual Fuel Generators?
The composition of natural gas will vary greatly depending on your geographical location and the source of the fuel. This can affect the efficiency of a dual fuel generator. Conversion of a diesel generator to run off multiple fuels can also be expensive. Depending on the age of the generator and its use, this expense will be understood in terms of fuel savings over time.
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