A generator provides temporary electric power at for example a building site or an event. Generators have a built-in petrol or diesel engine which consumes fuel and generates electricity. The size of a generator varies from little portable ones of 1.25kVa up to large ones of 2,000 kVa.
The price for hiring a generator mainly depends on its maximum apparent power level expressed in kVa.
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A generator is hired when temporary electric power is needed at a location, such as a building site or an event. Generators have a built-in petrol or diesel engine which consumes fuel and generates electricity. The size of a generator varies from little portable ones of 1.25kVa up to large ones of 2,000 kVa. Because of the range of sizes available, you can find a generator available for hire for all your needs (lightning, small power tools, heavy duty site tools, ...).
Choosing the right generator mainly comes down to selecting the one with the appropriate apparent power level, expressed in kVa. Generators available for hire range from 1.25kVa up to 2,000kVa. The maximum kVa you will need depends on what you need to run with the generator and can be calculated as follows:
Besides the size in kVa, take into account the generators' running time, fuel consumption and noise levels (you can hire silenced generators). Further take into account your site layout to determine whether you need multiple generators.
Depending on your needs, consider hiring load banks, cables, external fuel tanks and distribution boards. Note that fuel is typically not included in the hire price listed for a generator.
When using a generator it is recommended to wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). Recommended safety equipment for a generator consists of the following: safety boots, ear protection and protective gloves. In addition to wearing the right safety equipment, never use a generator indoors or in a confined space due to the risk for fatal carbon monoxide poisoning.
Guide written by Tomas Mertens (Master of Engineering at KU Leuven)