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In today’s business world, flexibility and sustainability matter more than ever. That’s why mobile energy systems, like hybrid generators, are becoming crucial across different industries. From powering remote construction sites to providing energy for large and small-scale film sets, the right portable generator can make a significant difference in cost, silence and environmental impact. 

At Skoon, we understand the critical role that power generators play, and through our Marketplace platform, we offer a variety of portable solutions that meet these dynamic needs. 

Way too often we see the confusion and challenge faced by customers when it comes to choosing an energy system for a temporary project. In this guide, we explore the various types of generators and provide insights in choosing the most suitable one for your energy needs.

Understanding your power needs

When you start planning to use a generator for a temporary project, it’s essential to thoroughly assess your power requirements. 

This will ensure that you choose the most effective generator. Here’s a detailed guide to help you accurately determine your power requirements:

  • Purpose of the temporary energy system

Start by clearly defining the operational role of the generator. Consider whether you need continuous power for ongoing operations like construction sites, additional power during periods of high demand to augment existing capacity, or emergency backup power in case of outages. 

Take into account the nature of the project – in cases of projects in the film or TV industry, having generators with the least sound pollution is crucial. The specific purpose will guide the selection of an appropriate generator type, ensuring it can handle the job demands. 

  • Power requirements 

This involves calculating the required power for all the equipment that the generator will power. Understanding these metrics is crucial for selecting a generator with adequate sizing. Underestimating power needs can lead to equipment failure and operational disruptions while overestimating can result in unnecessary expense and inefficiency. 

  • Optimising for costs 

A crucial aspect to consider when opting for a temporary energy system is optimizing for costs. It’s essential to strike a balance between upfront investment and long-term savings. While diesel generators may seem cost-effective initially, they often come with higher fuel and maintenance expenses over time. On the other hand, battery-powered systems may have a higher upfront cost but offer significant savings in fuel and maintenance costs in the long run. By carefully evaluating the total cost of ownership or hire, including fuel consumption, maintenance, and operational expenses, you can make a more informed decision. This can then maximize cost-efficiency and minimize financial burden throughout the lifespan/hiring period of the temporary energy system.

  • Environmental considerations

Evaluate the potential environmental impact of the generator, including emissions and noise levels. This is particularly important in sensitive areas or urban settings where environmental regulations are more stringent. Opting for electric generators, solar generators or those that use cleaner fuels like hydrogen can help mitigate environmental impact and ensure compliance with regulatory standards.

Through Skoon’s Marketplace, you can easily find and book a generator that not only meets your technical specifications but also aligns with environmental responsibilities. 

Remember, the right preparation and understanding of your power needs lead to more successful and compliant project execution.

Types of power generators

Diesel generators

Diesel generators are known for high power output and durability, important for construction site power or prolonged outages. However, their environmental impact is a significant drawback. These generators emit considerable pollutants and struggle to meet strict environmental regulations. Despite improvements, diesel generator efficiency still falls short of modern environmental standards.In response to these issues, Skoon promotes a shift to cleaner, more sustainable alternatives. Hydrogen generators, solar generators, and hybrid generators are excellent choices. They offer an environmentally responsible option for temporary projects, reducing environmental impact while providing reliable power.

Hydrogen generators

Offering a clean and efficient alternative, hydrogen generators generate electricity through the chemical reaction of hydrogen and oxygen. This process produces only water vapour and heat, eliminating harmful emissions, reducing carbon footprint, and minimising air pollution.

A great solution for remote or temporary setups is portable hydrogen generators. 

Hydrogen generator system

Here are a few reasons why these mobile energy systems, be the right fit for your next temporary project:

  1. Versatile energy solutions: Portable generators can be used in various applications, such as providing backup power for remote locations and supporting off-grid operations.
  2. On-demand energy production: Mobile hydrogen generators enable on-demand production of hydrogen gas, allowing users to access clean energy whenever and wherever it’s needed. This flexibility is particularly valuable for industries or activities that require reliable power in remote or temporary locations, such as construction sites, grid congested areas, outdoor events, or emergency response situations.
  3. Decentralised energy infrastructure: Instead of relying solely on centralised power plants or grid-connected systems, customers can deploy portable generators to generate clean energy on-site, reducing dependence on traditional fossil fuel-based sources and minimising transmission losses.

On Skoon’s Marketplace, customers can access a variety of portable generator options, not only based on different locations of the project, but also tailored to their specific energy needs and operational requirements. Have an upcoming project needing power? Contact our energy experts for a free quote.

Solar generators

Solar generators, or solar panel generators, harness sunlight to generate power, providing a renewable energy solution with minimal environmental impact. These generators are particularly effective for daytime events or as part of a hybrid generator system to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, making them ideal for sustainable energy strategies.

In addition to solar panels, solar generator systems often incorporate energy storage technologies such as batteries. This integration enables energy storage during periods of sunlight abundance, allowing users to access electricity even when the sun isn’t shining. 

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Skoon’s Marketplace provides access to a variety of solar generator systems, allowing customers to explore and choose the best-suited option for their energy needs. Whether it’s purchasing or renting mobile solar equipment, the Skoon marketplace offers a convenient platform for acquiring clean energy solutions.

Hybrid generators

Hybrid generators combine multiple energy sources, such as diesel and solar or hydrogen and battery storage, to create a versatile and sustainable energy solution. These systems, including configurations like a hybrid diesel generator or a hybrid solar panel generator, offer increased reliability and reduced environmental impact. 

Integrating hybrid generator battery systems enhances their efficiency, providing a robust solution for various energy demands.

Hybrid generator with automatic start stop for cost and emission savings

Let’s take a look at a few reasons why you should opt for a hybrid generator system: 

  1. Combining multiple energy sources: Hybrid generators integrate multiple energy sources, such as solar, wind, battery storage, and diesel to optimise power generation efficiency and minimise environmental impact. By leveraging a mix of renewable and traditional energy sources, hybrid generators offer flexibility and resilience in diverse operating conditions.
  2. Reduced fuel consumption and emissions: Hybrid generators prioritise using renewable energy sources whenever possible, leading to reduced reliance on fossil fuels and lower greenhouse gas emissions. By intelligently managing energy inputs based on demand and availability, hybrid generators help minimise fuel consumption and environmental footprint.
  3. Enhanced energy reliability: Hybrid generators provide enhanced reliability compared to traditional generators by incorporating energy storage capabilities. Batteries store excess energy generated during periods of high renewable energy output, ensuring continuous power supply during fluctuations in renewable resource availability or unexpected outages.
  4. Cost-effective energy solutions: Hybrid generators help businesses achieve significant cost savings over the system’s lifetime by optimising energy utilisation and reducing fuel consumption.

Multiple hybrid generator solutions are available on Skoon’s online Marketplace based on your needs. The platform offers the to explore, select, and deploy hybrid power systems.

Factors to consider when choosing a generator

  • Location: Consider the logistics of where you will use the generator. Skoon’s platform allows you to rent generators based on location, ensuring efficient delivery and setup suited to your geographical and environmental conditions.
  • Fuel availability & type: Assess the availability and cost of fuel types in your area. Choose a fuel type that is readily available, cost-effective, and suitable for your application. Consider factors such as fuel storage requirements, availability during emergencies, and environmental impact.
  • Portability and mobility: Determine whether portability is essential for your application. Portable generators feature compact designs and integrated handles or wheels for easy transportation. Consider the weight, size, and mobility features when selecting a generator for temporary or remote use.
  • Period of use: Evaluate how long you will need the generator. Skoon offers flexible rental periods that can accommodate both short-term and long-term needs, ensuring you have the power you need for the duration of your project.
  • Noise levels: Ensure compliance with local noise regulations, especially in residential areas or during public events. Choose models with lower noise ratings (measured in decibels) for quieter operation, such as projects in the Film and TV industry. 
  • Emissions: Opt for lower-emission generators to minimise environmental impact and comply with regulations.
  • Maintenance: Consider the maintenance requirements and associated downtime with each generator. Reliable, low-maintenance models, such as battery systems, can significantly reduce operational disruptions.
  • Voltage and outlets: Ensure the generator provides the correct voltage output (120V, 240V, or both) and compatible outlet types to power your devices and equipment safely. Consider the number and types of outlets required for your specific application. Evaluate the starting and running wattage of each device to size the generator appropriately.
  • Runtime and tank capacity: Assess the generator’s runtime on a full fuel tank under load conditions. A longer runtime ensures an uninterrupted power supply during extended outages or events. Additionally, tank capacity and refuelling intervals should be considered, especially for portable or standby generators.

While these may seem overwhelming, there’s no need to worry – our experts are here to assist you every step of the way. 

We’ll help you focus on your project while we manage the specifics of your energy requirements. With our data-driven tools and extensive experience, we’ll guide you through the process to ensure you make the best decision.

Skoon’s Marketplace

Skoon’s marketplace hosts the largest range of temporary energy systems powered by clean energy. Our Marketplace features rental options for hybrid diesel, hydrogen, solar, and other hybrid generators, you can easily filter by location, size, price, and multiple advanced filtering options.

Skoon's Marketplace platform: rent or buy energy systems

Conclusion

Selecting the right power generator is essential for ensuring efficient and reliable energy supply for temporary projects. By considering your specific power needs and the environmental impact, and exploring the options available through Skoon’s Marketplace, you can make an informed decision that aligns with your operational objectives and sustainability goals. Explore our Marketplace today to find the right temporary power solution for your needs.

Whether you’re an event manager preparing for a large festival or a construction project manager in need of robust power support, understanding these factors and options will guide you to the ideal temporary power solution.

Contact us today for a free consultation, and we will make sure to find the best solution to power your business with clean energy, always.

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