When ensuring that your facility will continue to function properly in the event of a power outage, the load bank is your best friend. These devices allow for the generation of power, application of that power to an electrical source, and testing of systems to improve the approach to disaster recovery and crisis management.
Regular power sources can be inconsistent in their output and can be damaged by being put through the paces necessary for testing. Load banks not only provide that steady, contained, and consistent power necessary for performing these tests effectively, they do so while protecting the actual power source.
Industries Where Load Banks May Be Used
Where might you see a load bank being used in place of standard power generation for testing? Some of the most common include:
- Testing battery systems
- Examining engine power generation
- Testing generator power supply and function for wind, hydro, and other green energy solutions
- Checking the function of auxiliary and ground power generators
In all of these industries, load banks are prized for their ability to power testing that is vital to the continuing function and performance of regular power supply.
Applications for a Load Bank
Just as there are nearly endless options for industries where load banks can be utilized, there are also many ways to use them. Some of these applications include:
- When consumers or investors want a demonstration of a generator’s ability or the way a system works, load banks can be used to power them temporarily for these showings.
- Eliminating wet stacking – Wet stacking refers to a buildup of grease and oils that can build up in diesel generators and hinder performance. Using a load bank can help prevent this from happening by identifying whether fuel consumption is optimal.
- Field testing of generators – Generators must be tested regularly – and in their actual applications in the field – to ensure proper function. Doing this with a regular power source can stress that source and also render inaccurate results due to inconsistencies. A load bank can assist with these tests by providing a stable supply of energy and reliable output anywhere you need it.
- Manufacturer’s testing – Before generators and systems are even available for purchase by clients and consumers, they must first be tested for proper function. Load banks make this possible, all without compromising the generator in any way.
To learn more about load banks and their role in so many of today’s industries, contact the experts at LDP.