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Diesel Generators

Competitively Priced Diesel Generators For Sale in South Africa

The loss of electricity from the national grid can often occur with extraordinarily little warning, and with loadshedding schedules that are unpredictable, power cuts that are unplanned can wreak havoc on the livelihood of many, on businesses, and industries, resulting in economic turmoil.

When it comes to ensuring that life and business can continue despite such occurrences, diesel generators provide an effective, cost-efficient solution.

Established in 2013, Africa Power Equipment (Pty) Ltd has focused on developing a proven record of accomplishment in the provision of power product sales, distribution thereof and maintenance. Offering customised services for a variety of unique power product solutions, Africa Power Equipment (Pty) Ltd has a presence in numerous markets.

Africa Power Equipment (Pty) Ltd prides itself in being a problem-solving company which is innovative and provides solutions and support from the concept design phase, through engineering, to project management as well as equipment maintenance.

History of Diesel Generators

Diesel generators owe its roots to Michael Faraday and Rudolph Diesel. Faraday was the creator of the first generator whereas Diesel was the creator of the first diesel engine. Faraday discovered electromagnetic induction in 1831 which led to the development of the modern generator.

The induction ring was used to discover this, and it was the generation, or induction, of electricity in a wire using the electromagnetic effect of the current in another wire. This was the very first transformer and it was closely followed by the discovery of the magneto-electric induction process, also known as the production of a steady electric current.

Rudolph Diesel was a refrigerator engineer who eventually found himself working on heat engine designs. In 1892 he developed a patent which dealt with the method as well as design of an engine with combustion that took place in the cylinder.

With the coupling of these two inventions, the diesel generator was born, with the early diesel generators used to power pipelines for both electric and power plants. Later, uses in mines and oil fields were discovered.

Uses and applications

Since its discovery, the diesel engine has seen reinvention and development to improve the performance and efficiency thereof, while simultaneously increasing the range of applications that it has.

One of the most common uses today is the part that it plays in diesel generators that are used to provide backup or standby power to a vast number of facilities and systems if there is power failure.

Modern diesel generators are specifically designed to monitor electric current continuously, allowing them to start automatically once power interruption occurs, and to automatically switch off once utility service has been restored.

Diesel generators of today are used and applied in the following industries and sectors:

  • Mining – they are widely used in mining operations across the globe and provide more than 70% of power needed.
  • Healthcare – where they provide lifesaving back up power when power failures occur.
  • Commercial – they save businesses and reduce revenue losses as result of power failures.
  • Oil and Gas
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Telecommunications and Data Centres
  • Utilities
  • Education
  • Military operations

Benefits of using a Diesel Generator

  • They are more fuel efficient than petrol generators which means longer running times at the same capacity.
  • Diesel fuel is cheaper thus they are more cost-effective to run.
  • They require less maintenance than other generators.
  • When compared to other generators, diesel generators have a longer life span.
  • Diesel fuel is safer and has less risk of ignition.

Types of Diesel Generators

Africa Power Equipment provides a large and impressive portfolio of diesel generators for sale at competitive prices, with a variety of engine manufactures, makes, and models. The Kilovolt-amps on generators range from 4.2kVA up until 1250kVA.

There are around 190 products provided by Africa Power Equipment, with the main categories and classifications as follows:

  • Single-phase diesel generators.
  • Single-phase silent diesel generators.
  • Three-phase silent diesel generators.
  • Closed-frame single-phase silent diesel generators.
  • Portable three-phase silent diesel generators.
  • Portable single-phase silent diesel generators.

Common manufactures include:

  • Weima
  • CD-Power
  • Himoinsa
  • Atlas Copco
  • Caterpillar
  • FAW
  • Generac

Common engine types include, but are not limited to:

  • Yanmar
  • Kohler
  • FAW
  • SDMO
  • Lombardini
  • Perkins
  • CAT
  • Kubota
  • Deutz
  • John Deere
  • Lovol
  • Cummins
  • SDEC
  • Volvo
  • Doosan
  • MTU

Some of the product range that is offered by Africa Power Equipment under the diesel generator type is as follows.

Single-phase Diesel Generators

  • 2kVA Weima – GE-WM5000CL
  • 5kVA – BP5000S
  • 6kVA Weima – GE-WM7000CLE, and several others

Single-phase Silent Diesel Generators

  • 2kVA Weima – GE-WM5000CES
  • 8kVA Weima – GE-WM6000CES
  • 5kVA Weima – GE-WM7000CES
  • 5kVA – BP6500S
  • 5kVA Weima – GE-WM9000CES
  • 5kVA Himoinsa (Yanmar Engine) – HYW-9 M5
  • 10kVA – BP11000S
  • 5kVA CD-Power – DG12CLE
  • 5kVA CD-Power – DG12ETA
  • 5kVA Himoinsa (Yanmar Engine) – HYW-13 M5
  • 12kVA (FAW Engine) – BPD12S
  • 12kVA (SDMO) Kohler Engine – K12M IV
  • 14kVA (FAW Engine) including ATS – HXC-14S-1
  • 16kVA – FAW – BPD16S
  • 5kVA – Himoinsa (Yanmar Engine) – HYW-20M5, and more.

Three-Phase Silent Diesel Generators

  • 3kVA – Including ATS – AP8000SE3
  • 3kVA Himoinsa (Yanmar Engine) – HYW-8 T5
  • 10kVA Atlas Copco (Lombardini Engine) – QEP S10
  • 8kVA CD-Power – DG12CLE-3
  • 8kVA CD-Power – DG12ETA-3
  • 5kVA – BP12000S3
  • 5kVA Himoinsa (Yanmar Engine)
  • 13kVA (Perkins Engine) (Built-in AMF) – APP13S3
  • 5kVA Caterpillar Generator (CAT Engine) – DE13.5E3
  • 14kVA – FAW – HXC-14S-3
  • 15kVA – (FAW Engine) – BPD15S3
  • 15kVA – (Perkins Engine) (Built-in AMF) – APP15S3, and more.

Closed Frame Single-Phase Diesel Generator

  • 9kVA Atlas Copco (Lombardini Engine) – QEP S9, amidst several others.

Portable Three-Phase Silent Diesel Generator

  • 13kVA – Including ATS – DG12000SE3, amidst several others.

Portable Single-Phase Silent Diesel Generator

  • 13kVA – Including ATS – DG12000SE, amidst several others.

What to Consider when Installing a Diesel Generator

The very first crucial factor to consider is how much power is realistically needed to get operations up and running. For this to be gauged, the type of equipment that must be run and how much energy they need must be considered.

The sort of wattage required must be determined to size the diesel generator correctly. When the wattage needed is added up, it is often much higher than what is realistically needed. A lot of equipment may need higher wattage to start up than what is needed to run the equipment whereas others use the same amount of wattage while they run.

Other factors to consider:

  • Fuel efficiency.
  • Whether a single-phase or three-phase generator is required.
  • Whether the generator is a back-up or prime power generator.
  • Sound attenuation.

Get in touch with our team to find out more about diesel generators for sale in South Africa.

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