Both diesel and natural gas generators have their advantages and disadvantages and are constantly evolving and improving.
- Require less maintenance, translating into less maintenance cost
- Sturdy, dependable, and reliable
- Fuel efficient as compared to the same volume of gas needed
- Safer—diesel is less flammable and explosive
- Longer life span
- Cost of fuel is dependent on fluctuations in fuel prices
- Maximum operating runtime is restricted by fuel tank capacity
- Storing and keeping fuel tank can be a challenge in the case of a weather/natural disaster
- Produce more noise (especially older models)
- Cause heavy pollution
- Produces a strong odor
Natural Gas Generators
- Readily-available fuel source (connect to pipeline fuel delivery system)
- Cost less to build
- Fuel burns cleaner than diesel
- Does not produce a strong odor
- Require more frequent maintenance, resulting in more maintenance costs and downtime
- Shorter life span
- Costly to run
- Take up more space
- Natural disasters and the utility company can disrupt natural gas flow
- Emits more carbon dioxide than diesel
- Can be extremely explosive and a fire hazard
With the arrival of newly developed fuel sources (like biodiesel), there may be more efficient ways to provide necessary power while lessening environmental impact and improving air quality.
If you would like help selecting the right generator for your facility, feel free to contact us today!
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