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A Cummins diesel generator of 500kVA temporarily parked in a tourist resort in Egypt.

A 200 kW Caterpillar diesel generator set in a sound attenuated enclosure used as emergency backup at a sewage treatment substation in Atlanta, United States.
A diesel generator is the combination of a diesel engine with an electric generator (often an alternator) to generate electrical energy. This is a specific case of engine-generator.
Diesel generating sets are used in places without connection to the power grid, as emergency power-supply if the grid fails, as well as for more complex applications such as peak-lopping, grid support and export to the power grid. Sizing of diesel generators is critical to avoid low-load or a shortage of power and is complicated by modern electronics, specifically non-linear loads.
  * 1 Diesel generator set
  * 2 Generator size
  * 3 Power plants – electrical "island" mode
  * 4 Supporting main utility grids
      * 4.1 Grid support
  * 5 Cost of generating electricity
      * 5.1 Typical operating costs
  * 6 Generator sizing and rating
      * 6.1 Rating
      * 6.2 Sizing
  * 7 Installation
  * 8 Engine damage
  * 9 See also
  * 10 References
Diesel generator set

Diesel generator on an oil tanker.
The packaged combination of a diesel engine, a generator and various ancillary devices (such as base, canopy, sound attenuation, control systems, circuit breakers, jacket water heaters and starting system) is referred to as a "generating...


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