A generator is practically a must-have in a world so dependent on electricity and technology. Luckily there are plenty to choose from. Understanding how they all differ from one another is another story.
An internal combustion engine converts mechanical energy into electricity. The generator engine accomplishes this by rotating a shaft connected to a mechanical alternator. As a result, the generator distributes an alternating current to its sockets.
Inverter generators transfer AC currents to DC currents and then invert them back again. They are cleaner, more consistent, and much more efficient than traditional generators.
Standby generators are permanently affixed to a concrete pad and are usually professionally installed. They typically use diesel, natural gas, or sometimes biofuel.
Hybrid generators use both the fuel from conventional generators and a renewable power source. This means they usually incorporate a fully automated battery system. They are more environmentally friendly, quieter, and more fuel efficient.
Gasoline generators function by converting fuel to kinetic energy. The turbine within the generator then converts kinetic energy into mechanical energy and then electrical energy.
With a diesel generator, air enters a cylinder and a piston compresses it. This process heats the air while simultaneously introducing a mist of diesel fuel, which ultimately causes a tiny explosion that releases energy.