How Generators Are Powered

Generators are most commonly fueled by: gasoline, diesel, propane gas, natural gas and lastly there are generators powered by the wind. That being said, you need to know, there are pros and cons to each type of fuel and power source. With such a wide array of options, you will have to put some careful thought into your decision.

This section is the jumping off point to learning about all of the various fuels.

To help you make an intelligent decision, we include a breakdown of the advantages and disadvantages of using each fuel. Here is a list of questions you’ll need to ask yourself. After the questions, we have included links for each type of generator.

  1. Will this be your primary source of power or a back up?
  2. Will you be using a portable generator or a standby generator?
  3. Is this generator for: home, business or industrial use?
  4. How many hours, days, weeks do you estimate your generator will need to run on continuous basis?
  5. What are your fuel source options? Are gas, diesel, propane and/or natural gas fuels readily available?
  6. In the event of an outage, natural catastrophe, earthquake or hurricane, will fuel supply for that particular fuel source be available?
  7. Concerning wind generators, is their sufficient wind speed, (10 to 12 mph) to power a wind generator?
  8. Will this generator require a dual 120/240-volt output?
  9. Will this generator require 3 Phase Service?
  10. Do you have any special requirements such as medical equipment, 911 back up, servers or any other special needs?

Now that you’ve answered these vital questions, read each of the reports on the various types of generators.

  • Gas Generators
  • Diesel Generator
  • Propane Gas Generator
  • Natural Gas Generators
  • Wind Generators


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