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May23

Back-Up Power Systems

Categories // Energy Savings, Back Up Power Systems

Automatic Standby System

In the event of a power outage a voltage sensor automatically turns on the generator which feeds power into your generator panel and out to the associated circuits. This is the most popular and commonly used system for home and business owners.

Generator- natural gas

Automatic Transfer Switch-ensures that no generator power will be fed back into the public electricity grid

Generator Panel-contains the circuits that will be powered by the generator

*this system can also be controlled manually with a manual transfer switch*

Automatic Emergency System

In the event of a power outage a voltage sensor automatically turns on the generator. Electricity is then fed to the generator panel and out to the associated circuits. This system is completely off the fuel grid and has its own fuel source. This system is mainly used in hospitals, government and other institutional buildings.

Generator-diesel, gasoline or liquid propane

Transfer Switch-ensures that no generator power will be fed back into the public electricity grid

Generator Panel-contains the circuits that will be powered by the generator

Rural Areas-this type of system is becoming more common in homes as renewable technology improves. it is usually controlled by a manual transfer switch

Grid Tie Systems

Power is provided through solar, wind and hydroelectric. The power produced is fed through multiple inputs into a controller. Then to an inverter which synchronizes with the power from the public electricity grid. This power can be used in your home or business or fed back into the electrical grid. Depending on how much power your system produces  your electrical meter will either slow down as you use a combination of your own power and the grid's power or your meter will spin backwards resulting in a credit. This system is used in conjunction with either an Automatic Standby System or an Automatic Emergency System.

 

There are grants and subsidies available for alternate energy sources.            http://oee.nrcan.gc.ca/corporate/incentives.cfm  http://www.livesmartbc.ca/

UPS Systems

Usually used in offices for computers or computer servers. The UPS pack is plugged into the wall outlet, then the computer is plugged into the UPS pack. A battery system takes over when the power fails. The systems are rated according to time. 30 minutes, 60 minutes, 90 minutes etc. A UPS pack will also filter and regulate the voltage output so the connected electronics have a stable voltage input.

 

Generator Systems

 

A 1000W - 3500W portable generator can be used with extension cords in an emergency to power things like trouble lights, fans, fridges and freezers.

In an off-grid system, a generator is used as a primary source of power, such as for trailer homes or cabins 

 

Never backfeed the generator power into your electrical panel. An approved transfer switch must be used. The power will flow through your panel and electrical meter then into the electrical grid. Technicians repairing the damaged power lines can be electrocuted.

 

For more information or to schedule a free estimate for any of the above power systems visit our website at http://www.pacificstarelectric.ca/index.htm