Load Bank Testing

Load Bank Testing

Regular load bank testing is vital to ensure your backup generator will perform when it matters most. Edge Technology can undertake a comprehensive load bank test on generators, turbines, batteries and UPS systems up to 1,800kW (1.8MW), giving you peace of mind.

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The Comprehensive Solution for Your Commercial Generator

Annual load bank testing of your emergency standby generator systems should be part of a standard planned maintenance program. Load bank testing is essential to make sure that the generator will operate properly when it needs to.

The load bank test will ensure that the generator system will produce and maintain power without overheating or shutting down. Under controlled conditions, the load bank test will also reveal any potential weaknesses that the generator system may have. We can then perform corrective maintenance before problems occur during an actual power outage.

How Does a Load Bank Test Work?

When a load bank test is implemented, an artificial load is placed on the generator. The test is timed, and the kW load is gradually increased in specific increments.

Each time the kW load is increased, the tester measures and records critical engine parameters, the generator’s ability to handle the load increase and its ability to continue functioning at the highest possible level for a sustained period.

Load banks are commonly used for:

  • Testing and commissioning of generators, turbines, batteries and UPS systems.
  • Exercise of standby generators.
  • Load optimisation.
  • Avoiding underloading of generators/turbines.
  • Carbon deposit (wet stack) cleaning.
  • Load rejection testing.

When a diesel engine powered generator is not used frequently or only runs on a light load, the generator is prone to experiencing unburned fuel and soot build-up in the exhaust system. This process is known as wet stacking.

When wet stacking occurs, the generator set is likely to perform poorly. During a load bank test, the generator is allowed to run at full power and maximum temperature. This process will enable any wet stacking to burn off.

Why Choose Edge Technology?

Edge Technology can provide load banking services up to 1,800kW (1.8MW) of load, which can be controlled to simulate any load pattern. We arrange any required surveying and logistics, and our qualified engineers handle all the connections and testing. We provide a comprehensive report about performance and advice in the event of any faults.

If you would like to arrange a load bank test, get in contact with us today. Either give our professional team a call or leave us a message and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.