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Designing Emergency Power and Restoration Plans

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If you're an emergency services provider or would like to increase your business's uptime to include emergency situations, you'll need a backup power system at the core of your planning. To keep everything running as normally as possible and to maintain a higher level of proficiency, everything from backup generators to batter failover systems should be put in place to either bring online after area power loss or to automatically kick in at low levels of power failure. Here's a few emergency power-planning points to adapt to your business.

Diesel Generators for Large-Scale Power

When local power service fails, your business needs enough supplied power to at least run critical systems. For factories, this means keeping machines running or bringing them to a safe stop for finding a stopping point and avoiding unfinished exposure. Businesses using computer systems may need to safely shut down their systems or might even want to keep systems running if they have standard mobile or satellite communications.

Diesel generators are necessary for the bigger power demands because of their fast starting and high output. Basic systems such as single desktop or laptop computers don't need a full building's worth of power, but heavy machinery, major communications suites, or any high-demand systems need the consistent flow that diesel can provide.

To be prepared for emergencies, diesel generators need a filled reservoir, standby fuel, and an area that can be loaded and unloaded for refills. Fuel generators are powerful, but fuel can burn quickly if you need a high-demand power generator for extended periods of time. You'll want a diesel depot partnership with a trusted crew that can deliver either during emergency situations such as storms or quickly get to the task once a storm subsides if local power still hasn't been restored.

Battery-Powered Systems

Diesel is great for high-energy demand, but if you need lights and basic electronics to get brief power at lower requirements, be sure to have battery power as an alternative. 

Instead of wasting diesel on turning on some laptops and desktops, you can use a battery backup system to get just enough power for devices to save information, shut down, or even recharge, in the case of laptops and mobile devices.

Any power source can work with battery systems, but this is a good chance to invest in solar panels. Solar-power technology or photovoltaics can passively charge the batteries when sunlight is available, allowing a renewable energy source that can handle your low-demand system. Diesel and solar together can create a robust emergency power plan.

Contact a diesel depot such as United Oil to discuss fuel mixtures, shelf life, and delivery for emergency situations.