Diesel Generator Frequently Used Industry Terms


Electrical generator that creates alternating current

AC power including a unity power factor, this is measured in Watts.

A circuit breaker that uses air as the acrc extinguishing media (ACB) See Circuit Breaker.

An Electrical Generator that creates an alternating current.

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Controls that use a variable voltage or current to pass information.

The result of current and voltage inside an alternating circuit which has a reactive element.

An Arc-Flash is created by the super-quick release of energy due to an arcing fault between a conductor & another conductor, neutral or a ground. When an arc fault occurs the air is the conductor. Arc faults are typically limited to systems where the bus voltage exceeds 20 volts. Lower voltage levels typically don't sustain an arc. An arc fault is like an arc created during electric welding & the fault has to be manually started by something creating the path of conduction or a failure like a breakdown in the insulation.

The assembly of winding's and iron core in which the generator output is produced.Sometimes referred to as the Startor to avoid confusion.

The assembly of windings and iron core in which the generator output is produced.Sometimes referred to as the Stator to avoid confusion.

A set of European Directives explaining what equipment and working environment is permitted within an explosive atmosphere. ATEX is an acronym derived from the French: Atmospheriques Explosives.

Reduce the emissions of sound from within a diesel generator enclosure.

A transformer switching set to keep a reduced level of voltage being applied to a motor during start up.

This is when the generator takes over the power supply from the main supply in the event of a power cut or power outage.

A device that can be attached to a generator to make the genset kick into action when the supply from the main grid drops due to a power cut or power outage. The device is commonly know as an ATS Switch and can be purchased and added to your set here at Diesel Generator Direct.