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An increasing number of extreme weather events, combined with the outdated, problematic power grid in the U.S. and Canada, is accelerating demand for HIPOWER SYSTEMS' backup generators.

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Electrical power interruptions of any length create difficulties for business concerns, industrial operations and people. For critical-care operations such as hospitals and nursing facilities, an interruption of even a few minutes can put lives at risk. In the U.S. and Canada, no generator manufacturer is better equipped for, or more conscientiously focused on, serving the entire standby generator market than HIPOWER SYSTEMS.

From ultra-powerful diesel generators for industrial and large commercial concerns, to quiet, clean natural gas generators for residential and sensitive urban settings, HIPOWER SYSTEMS' models represent unsurpassed quality, technical sophistication and mission-sensitive component selection. Equally important, our state-of-the-art, sound-attenuated enclosures provide superior noise and vibration dampening and protect equipment from the elements to ensure longevity and ROI.

Beyond the quality of its products, HIPOWER SYSTEMS uses advanced processes and enhanced programs to help owners ensure their equipment is safe, reliable and user-friendly. Services include comprehensive training programs, maintenance and troubleshooting services and more.

To learn more about the features and characteristics of our backup/standby generators, we invite you to review our Standby Power Solutions brochure or visit the individual model pages on this site. To learn more about the relative benefits of natural gas versus diesel backup/standby generators, please select one of the options below. To have one of our specialists develop a custom recommendation for your company or customer, please submit a contact request form or call 786-348-2156.

Backup/Standby Diesel Generators

Diesel backup generators are available in a wide range of configurations that vary based upon the application and mode of operation. Liquid-cooled diesel backup generators such as those that HIPOWER SYSTEMS offers are preferable where quiet operation is required; they also offer a more evenly controlled temperature than air-cooled backDiesel standby generators cost less to maintain than natural gas models due to a variety of factors, including the absence of a spark ignition system. They are considered more rugged and reliable in very harsh conditions and have longer operating lives. They also will perform with less frequent service intervals. Depending on the size and operating speed of the engine, a diesel backup generator may run for three times as long as its natural gas counterpart before requiring servicing.

Industrial, diesel-powered backup generators for standby backup power are commonly found in agricultural, construction, forestry, hospital, marine, mining, telecommunications and underground applications. Diesel standby/backup generators can be outfitted with bifuel systems to burn natural gas, as well.

Standby/Backup Natural Gas Generators

Fuel-source reliability and environmental regulations or concerns are the primary reasons why organizations select natural gas generators for standby or backup power. Where generators may go long periods without being run other than for testing, concerns about long-term diesel storage is also a concern.

These considerations are not insignificant, making the choice of natural gas a necessity, or even a directive, for many firms. Natural gas is also less expensive than diesel, although it generally takes much longer to recapture the cost differential for a standby natural gas generator (as compared to diesel) than for a prime power unit.

The availability of underground natural gas lines gives natural gas generators a reliable fuel supply if above-ground disasters strike. Having a continuous supply eliminates the need for fuel storage and scheduled deliveries. This enables natural gas backup generators to meet the rigorous guidelines of cities and other urban areas concerned with the possibility of fuel tank explosions.

Standby natural gas generators can be interconnected with the utility grid through an automatic transfer switch. In the event of a power disruption, they can start automatically and then shut themselves off when power is restored. Some of these units can also test themselves automatically on a regularly scheduled basis.

In urban areas, local or state governments may have enacted regulations prohibiting the use of diesel engines due to emissions concerns. Even though the current generation of diesel engines burns far cleaner than in previous years, natural gas is still considered a more environmentally friendly choice.

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