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Ways To Prevent Commercial Generators From Overheating

When you have multiple commercial generators in simultaneous operation, it is because you need massive amounts of power. The more power that is generated by these machines, the greater likelihood that they will become overheated. There are a few ways that you can prevent commercial generators from overheating.

Paralleling Switchgear

Switchgear is a set of devices made to control the amount of power and to control the source of that power. Generally, when working with generators, the switchgear determines if the source of power is coming from generators, or coming from an outside source. In paralleling switchgear, the switchgear is working in conjunction with the generators as a means of controlling the power as it comes from the generators. 

When you want to prevent overheating of the generators, you can get the switchgear to switch off a generator at a time for "x" number of hours and/or minutes. This allows each generator to cool down and not overheat. As the next generator begins to heat up, the switchgear turns that generator off and turns back on the preceding generator. This whole process continues in a constant rotation so that very little power is lost over time, and no generator overheats.

Vaporizing Water to Produce Cold Air

Obviously, you cannot cool electric generators with water, unless the generators are part of a hydroelectric system. Even then, you have to take special precautions. Instead, consider vaporizing water at a very low temperature before either injecting it into spaces surrounding the generator, or constantly forcing this icy cold vapor down onto the generators as they begin to heat up. The mechanical design of the situation will have to be resolved by a mechanical engineer, but it theoretically works.

Reducing Energy Consumption

Reducing energy consumption is often the go-to answer here, but it is not always the most feasible answer. If there are ways that you can reduce energy consumption, you reduce the energy demands and energy output made on the generators and created by them, respectively. Once that happens, then your generators can remain a constant and less dangerous temperature, and other measures taken become backup safety nets.

Regular Maintenance

Of course, there is always regular maintenance. The number of rotations and the speed required to produce electrical charges always cause internal damage to the generators. By maintaining them, the damage is reduced or slowed, creating less friction between rotating components and reducing the heat internally.

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