The Importance of Backup Gensets

Oct 01,2021

Reliable power supply has become critical to our way of living. However, increases in population and urbanisation place major strains on aging energy infrastructure. Combine the increased pressure on our infrastructure with the higher frequency of natural disasters, the likelihood of power outages is maximised.

For business owners, a power outage may be a minute risk. Something that is so minor that they don’t really need to factor it in. It’s only when an outage happens that they understand how much it can impact their operations. Having no power can cause:

  • Downtime in closures and a loss in productivity
  • Losses of perishable stock due to equipment failure
  • Loss of data and communications

By installing a backup diesel generator, business owners can avoid any losses during a power outage and keep operating knowing they always have a reliable source of power.

Why use a backup generator?

Many large commercial and industrial buildings are required to have an automated standby power system, comprising of a backup generator and automatic transfer switch (ATS). These systems must power emergency lights, elevators, and safety systems like fire alarms. Small and medium businesses can also utilise a backup generator to power daily operations during an outage.

The standby generator is permanently wired to a building’s electrical system. When any power loss or fluctuations from the main grid are deleted, the automatic transfer switch will switch the circuit, so power is provided promptly.

Commercial backup generator applications

Backup diesel generators are commonly used across the following commercial applications:

  • Hospitals
  • Construction Companies
  • Data centres
  • Mining companies
  • Manufacturers
  • Agriculture facilities
  • Educational Institutions
  • Small Businesses
  • Commercial spaces

Benefits of using a backup generator

There are significant benefits for businesses who utilise a standby power system. These include:

  • Preventing the loss of significant data, information, or research as well as the protection of customer data.
  • Eliminating downtime during an outage and maintain productivity.
  • Preserve the lines of communication allowing you to continue to serve and support customers during a power outage.
  • Cost savings on business property.

There are also some things to keep in mind when considering adding a standby generator to a property. Using a backup generator can become costly when compared to regular utilities. However, during a power outage, there is usually no other choice. Some businesses choose to only power their most essential equipment during an outage to reap some cost benefits.

Just like a car needs regular servicing and starting, a backup generator also requires a regular maintenance routine, so it’ll be ready to go in a crisis. This can include starting the genset to allow it to run, inspecting for leaks and spillages, testing the ATS and checking the fuel levels. The regular maintenance on a backup power system is normally carried out by the Facilities or Maintenance manager.

Backup generators need to be reliable so they can provide power when needed. PowerLink’s QSV range of diesel generators have been specifically designed for standby applications.

With a power output ranging from 10kVA to 2,500kva, PowerLink QSV diesel gensets are compact and durable. Being 20% smaller than an average size diesel generator of the same output, a PowerLink QSV generator will fit into a smaller installation space, making it ideal for the commercial environment where space can be limited.

The QSV range are powered with world renowned first tier engines such as Cummins, Kubota and PowerLink with long service intervals and extended life span. They also feature a specially designed, anti-corrosion canopy with superior noise reduction performance, and a 24-hour base fuel tank, reducing the need for constant refuelling during an outage.

For more information about the PowerLink QSV range, please email us at and we can direct you to your closest PowerLink distributor.

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