Generators vs solar generators What are the advantages and disadvantages of both? How do they compare to one another? Which technology is superior? If these are the questions you are thinking about, then you've come across the right post! Since the time the solar technology has been growing at an exponential pace. In actual fact, solar prices have fallen by more than 70% in the last few years. These price decreases have made solar power sources more affordable to the general public.

SOLAR GENERATOR VS GENERATOR

 

WHAT IS A SOLAR GENERATOR?

A solar generator is capable taking solar energy and storing it in solar panels that can be attached to. The solar panels are able transfer the energy into an internal storage device (which is typically made up of lithium-ion technology. It is important to note that the latest solar generators utilize lithium-ion battery technology).

Solar generators usually consist of the following technologies:

  • Solar Panels
  • Inverter
  • Charge controller
  • Battery

HOW DOES A SOLAR GENERATOR WORK?

Solar generators operate by connecting a solar panel, charge controller, battery system, and an inverter into one compact unit which can convert the solar power into a storage device, which is later converted into an electrical current usable.

SOLAR PANELS:

Solar generators are available either with solar panels or without. If you don't have solar panels you'll need to recharge your device using a different power source. However, the most efficient method to run an solar generator is to use solar panels. 

INVERTER:

All of our solar generators feature the latest with pure sine wave technology. Inverters convert the stored solar energy to direct current (DC) to AC. (AC). The motivation behind this conversion is straightforward, the majority of the devices we have by the alternating current.

CHARGE CONTROLLER:

Bluetti solar generators are all equipped with the latest Solar charge controllers that use MPPT technology. The primary function of charge controllers is to stop solar panels from over charging (thus harming) the battery inside.

BATTERY:

The most crucial element of a solar generator lies in the batteries. Bluetti's most recent models feature the most advanced battery technology available: LiFePO4. The electricity produced by your solar panels must remain stored in a place. That's the role of your battery and can store huge quantities of solar energy at any time. Solar generators are generally rated according to their capacity. They are an indication of how many or long they can be used to power or charge devices.

WHAT IS A GAS GENERATOR?

A generator converts energy from kinetic (motion) into electrical energy.

A generator typically consists of the following parts:

  • Engine
  • Alternator
  • Fuel System
  • Voltage Regulator
  • Cooling and Exhaust Systems
  • Lubrication System
  • Battery Charger
  • Control Panel

As you've seen that when it comes to generators and solar power, generators consist of numerous components. A majority of these parts are moving, which is why gas generators need more frequent maintenance.

HOW DOES A GAS GENERATOR WORK?

It converts energy from kinetic (motion) to electricity. It accomplishes this by using spinning electromagnet (armature) to generate an electric current by utilizing the permanent magnetic field (stator).This energetic energy is generally generated by burning oil or gas.

ENGINE:

Engines are where the whole starts in the case of the gas generator. It's the main source of mechanical energy input into the generator. The energy output from the generator will be directly linked to the dimension of engine. Remember that the engine's manufacturer should be consulted for maintenance schedules.

ALTERNATOR:

Alternators are also referred by the name of "genhead" and is responsible to generate the electrical output by utilizing the mechanical input provided through the motor. It is composed of moving and stationary parts and is enclosed inside the form of a housing. All of these parts work to cause a motion between electric and magnetic fields. This is the reason why they generate electricity.

FUEL SYSTEM:

The majority of fuel tanks that are connected to generators will have the capacity to allow the generator to run for between 6 and 8 hours in the average. Smaller generators typically contain tanks that are an element of their skid base, or is built onto the frame of the generator.

VOLTAGE REGULATOR:

This part regulates the voltage output of the generator that produces gas. It does pretty much exactly the same thing as inverter for the solar generator. The inverter converts AC into DC and feeds it to the necessary components, which then rotate it between AC in DC as well as DC back to AC. This process will continue until the device can generate output voltage that is equal to its maximum working capacity.

COOLING & EXHAUST SYSTEM

Fresh water is typically used to cool small generators and extremely large units of 2250 kW or more. Hydrogen is also used as a cooling agent for the stator windings in big generators. Hydrogen is generally more effective in absorbing heat than most coolants. In terms of exhaust, it's extremely essential that a suitable system is in place. The fumes released by generators are similar to fumes emitted by any other gasoline or diesel engine, and are harmful chemical compounds. Carbon monoxide poisoning is one of the main causes of death in post hurricane regions that have been affected by hurricanes.

LUBRICATION SYSTEM:

In contrast to solar generators, gas generators have many moving components in the motor compartment. Therefore, they require plenty of lubrication to ensure everything is smooth and long-lasting for a long time. The generator's engine is generally powered by the oil that is stored in the pump. It is crucial that every now and then you test the level of the lubrication oil (every for 8 hours). Also, look out for any indications of leaks in the oil and replace the oil in your engine every 500 hours of generator operation.

BATTERY CHARGER:

The majority of gas generators' start with a battery. The battery charger onboard ensures that the generator's battery is fully charged by providing it with the correct floating voltage. If the floating voltage is too low the battery will be in charge. If the voltage is too high it could cause damage to the battery. The majority of battery chargers are automated and don't require any adjustments or adjustments to be made.

CONTROL PANEL:

This is the face of the user that appears on the majority of modern generators. They also include the ability to connect electrical outlets as well as controls. Manufacturers have a variety of features for the user that might include shut-down and start of electric power engines gauges, generator gauges.

5 BENEFITS OF USING A SOLAR GENERATOR

 

1. FREE CLEAN ENERGY FROM THE SUN

If you are using solar power is basically making use of free solar energy instead of expensive polluting fossil fuels. It is possible to continue receiving free solar energy for the duration of your solar panels which typically ranges from 25-30 years.

2. LOW MAINTENANCE COSTS

There are no moving parts, which means the chance of having to pay for any type of repairs is considerably less.

3. QUIET AND CLEAN OPERATION

In addition to the obvious financial benefits that solar generators bring and the green energy it offers, selecting this technology in place of other fossil fuels provides a number of environmental advantages. Generators that are powered by gas create noise pollution and air pollution While they are both uncomfortable, the former contributes to the climate changes.

4. IT'S AN INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY

The average life span of solar panels is between 25 and 30 years. Although gas powered generators have longer lifespans, typically 20-40 years, they don't offer no problems. It is necessary to carry out various maintenance tasks to ensure they are operational. Furthermore, you'll have to buy fuel regularly for use with the equipment. Solar powered generators are not required for these tasks.

5. LIGHT AND EASY

The majority of gas powered heavy duty generators can weigh huge quantities, sometimes as much as 250 pounds. Our solar-powered heavy duty EP500 Pro weighs a mere 182 pounds, which is a lot less than. Of course, the less powerful the generator, the less it is, however, in general solar generators weigh less than gas powered generators.