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STANDBY POWER UNITS
Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.orgCitation: (doi:10.13031/2013.17773) in Standby Power Units. Chapter 13 in Fundamentals of Electricity for Agriculture, 3rd edition, 351-361. St. Joseph, Michigan: ASAE. . Copyright 2004 American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Mich.
Authors: Gustafson, Robert J., and Mark T. Morgan
Keywords: Purposes and Importance, Standby Generator Types, Sizing a Standby Generator, Installation, Maintenance and Operation
Electricity plays a critical role in agricultural operations. However, the importance
of a continuous electrical supply is not always recognized until a power outage occurs.
Some operations, such as ventilation for confinement poultry or swine operations, may
be able to tolerate only very brief power outages before the animals begin to suffocate.
Operation of water pumps, mechanical feeders, milk coolers, and milking machines
are all dependent on electrical energy. In the home, loss of power may mean loss of
refrigeration and possible spoilage of food, or the loss of heat due to inactive furnace
controls. Since rural power systems by nature cannot be 100% reliable, the everincreasing
dependence on a continuous supply of electrical energy has created the
need for standby electrical generation equipment.