Critical power: Emergency, standby, and backup generators
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When designing generator systems, electrical engineers must ensure that generators and the building electrical systems that they support are appropriate for the specific application. Whether providing standby power for health care facilities or power for other facility types, engineers must make decisions regarding generator sizing, load types, whether generators should be paralleled, fuel storage, switching scenarios, and many other criteria.
- Know the codes and standards for emergency, standby, and backup power loads.
- Learn best practices for specifying generators, touching on dependability, cost savings, efficiency, synchronization, and other aspects.
- Analyze and compare the differences and similarities among emergency, standby, and backup power systems.
- Explain parallel power-generation systems.
Danna Jensen, PE, LEED AP BD+C, senior vice president, WSP USA, Dallas
Kenneth Kutsmeda, PE, LEED AP, engineering design principal, Jacobs, Philadelphia
Amara Rozgus, Editor in Chief/Content Strategy Leader, Consulting-Specifying Engineer, CFE Media