The Impending Need Of Diesel Generators In The Gulf

Gas generators are in colossal demand the world over. The ready availability of gas, its clean and relatively safe exhaust, the smooth and noise free operation, and low upfront cost have made the gas generator hugely popular among the masses. But would the folks of the Gulf countries equally benefit from a generator powered by gas?
The gas is comparatively scarcer in the Gulf than in the rest of Asia. And the power grid is found lacking in some of the Gulf countries. Thus, generators are used more frequently in this part of the world. Now, in the light of these two facts, the following statistic is staggering. Over 90 percent of all the generators consumed in the Gulf are gas-powered!
Admittedly, a gas generator is apparently cheaper, cleaner, and safer than most other generators. But its cost gets built up in the long run, and with the scarce availability of gas in the Gulf, even more so. And you will be safe as long as you keep fire away from the generator, since gas is highly flammable. So that leaves us with solar power and diesel.
Solar power would be highly beneficial over here given that solar energy is boundless. However, the weather conditions tend to be extreme in most parts of the Gulf, so installing one won’t be feasible. Also, not everyone can afford the unimaginably steep upfront cost of harnessing solar power.
On the other hand, diesel generators may be costlier than gas-powered ones, but they are much cheaper than the solar equipment. And they prove to be highly affordable in the long run, what with the supreme fuel efficiency rendered by the engine. Additionally, with an appropriate exhaust mechanism, they can turn out to be equally safe and clean, if not more so. Even the unwanted noise produced by the diesel generator can be reduced to a considerable extent, thus making this machine suitable for residential purposes too. A 20 kVA Perkins diesel generator would be ideal for an average-sized house.
It is high time that the Gulf realized the numerous benefits offered by diesel, and harnessed its power before it’s too late. Both gas and diesel are non-renewable resources after all.
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Is One Generator Enough To Meet The Demands Of An Entire Ship

While powering the electrical appliances in a ship and propelling it forward is certainly possible with the aid of one diesel generator of the appropriate kilowatts, it will be foolhardy to not share the load between 2 or more generators. Just last week, on the 30th of July to be more precise, Aviation Week reported the breakdown of a ship service diesel generator (SSDG) in the ‘USS Freedom’.

The problems identified were primarily with the coolant. The cooler had somehow been damaged, and so was the piping affixed for the coolant flow inappropriate. The fixes for the same were not in place and the crew had to call upon the services of the vendor. Thankfully, the ship housed three more generators.

Now, if the ship had just one, or considering the ship’s size, two generators, this apparently small dilemma would have balled up into a major crisis. Regardless of the political problems of the country adversely affecting the combat ship, generators are manufactured by humans. And like humans, there are bound to be faults with the generator as well. Not deliberate mistakes, but faults that showcase the human limitations.

We, as customers, need to overcome these maladies in order to ensure a desirable output. If the entire load of powering a ship is put on a single generator, the chances of the device breaking down are higher. Distribution of the load between 2 generators will result in a smooth sail. And in cases of an inadvertent disruption, it is better to be equipped with three diesel generators.

While the present situation of the ‘USS Freedom’ may be unknown, the navy officers state that the two fixes, and some more, will be incorporated in the follow ships of that variant.

The Most Commonly Overlooked Safety Precautions

Given the untimely death of Douglas Okello last week, more information on which can be found here (hyperlink to the other article), the safety precautions while handling a generator were bound to follow. So, without further ado, here are the most common ones. • Double-check the exhaust system: The exhaust fumes from a generator are highly noxious. The major compound found in these fumes is carbon monoxide. The modern diesel generators don’t wish to be responsible for the death of another human now. Ask the installation guy to recheck the exhaust system before switching it on. Also, you need to check it before every use.

• Keep a fire-extinguisher within arm’s reach: There is a negligible risk of fire with a diesel generator, but if you own a gas generator, a fire-extinguisher is a must in the vicinity. However, take heed that the extinguisher does not operate on carbon tetrachloride, else you might burn the insulation to ashes. It is always better to prevent the occurrence of fire by keeping flammable devices away from the generator.

• Check the insulation regularly: Dismantle the canopy at least once every month in order to check the insulation. This is necessary, especially if the generator is regularly subjected to extreme temperature conditions. Check the grounding too at regular intervals. Also, the cords and cables need to be of the recommended capacity.

Regardless the use to which the generator is put, a thorough maintenance should be carried out at least once a year. The maintenance should involve everything, ranging from cleaning the cooling system and checking for leakages, right down to analyzing the output and readjusting the wires. Ideally, the generator needs to be serviced every six months.