Solar vs Fuel Generators for Remote Work Locations
Power in remote work facilities is supplemented via generators. These days, operators have two options for remote power: fuel generators and solar generators. Both types are capable of supporting a myriad of temporary projects and tasks.
Below compares the differences and benefits of solar generators and fuel generators for far-flung locations.
Fuel generators are traditional units that require gas or diesel for fuel. Equipped with a motor, this type of unit comes with loose, mechanical parts and can sometimes be loud to operate. Taking these two factors into consideration, a fuel-type generator needs more maintenance compared to a solar variant. Constantly moving components are highly prone to damage, making such drawbacks a risk for remote sites that are extremely rugged.
Additionally, fuel generators emit smoke and noise. Because of this, it would not be ideal to setup the units around crowded locations, such as concerts, movie production sets and public areas.
Fuel generators are recommended for remote or temporary sites with seamless access to fuel. Examples of such sites include: roadside construction, military camps and more.
Solar generators are solid state and relies on batteries to store power. The unit’s solid state design ensures maximum durability, as the products do not contain any moving parts. As a result, solar generators are less prone to maintenance. Furthermore, they are quiet to operate. Businesses can deploy solar generators at public areas, outdoor conferences, cities and schools without disrupting the general location.
In areas wherein fuel is scarce, solar generators thrive. For example, during weather related catastrophes, roads are typically closed and fuel stations are usually congested or inaccessible.
The requirement of constant exposure to sunlight is the unit’s major drawback. However, this can be addressed with large battery packs, which can expand power storage. The use of sensors may also improve energy efficiency when lights are used with the generator.