How you measure your DG Efficiency?
What is DG
What is DG Efficiency
Fuel is the major portion of diesel Genset, owning and operating cost for power applications. Modern diesel plant, at its near-optimal loading ( 65- 70%) generate 3.3 to 3.5 kWh per litre. That is a 30% fuel efficiency ratio.
Why measure DG Efficiency?
Whether it is an office space, shopping mall, corporate park, or a residential society, you can not find any property without Power Back up. So DG sets are everywhere.
As saying goes, if you want to improve anything, start measuring that.
Reasons to improve DG efficiency
Higher efficiency means low cost, higher productivity. Few reasons, DG efficiency needs to be improved:
- Lower Cost: Fuel, is a scarce resource, costly, and needs to be used intelligently.
- Environment Friendly: More efficient is our DG, lesser the pollution generated by it.
And it is always better if we can measure and track the efficiency in real-time.
How to calculate DG Efficiency
In simple terms:
“The generator efficiency is calculated by units generated/diesel consumed”.
Another Way to calculate DG efficiency is:
DG Efficiency – IoT Edges and AI
Any CAFM, CMMS, or Asset Performance Monitoring system can show the DG efficiency in real-time. This can be achieved by any of the below approaches.
Integration with Building Management System
If you have already a DG controller installed, then CAFM system can be integrated easily with your existing DG controllers, which can then run analytics to give you insights into your DG
IoT Sensors ( Edges)
Another way is to install IoT sensors at the DG Control Unit to track output and another sensor on the diesel Tank. Any good CAFM system will provide the integration points with the IoT Edges.
What are the benefits of DG Monitoring
- Keeps track of fuel consumed,
- Stops fuel theft
- Reduces manual dependency reducing operational costs by half and
- Saves you a lot of money.
Kaizen System for Asset Performance Monitoring
Kaizen by Factech helps you in monitoring your assets in real-time. With personalized and configurable dashboards, you get what is important for you.
Benefits of DG Monitoring in Kaizen CAFM
- Monitor the critical parameters of every DG in real-time and receive alerts via SMS/Email for immediate actions.
- Turn your DG sets on/off remotely from anywhere by eliminating manual handling and experience increased user convenience.
- Receive daily, weekly, or monthly reports on daily fuel consumption rate and easily identify a mismatch in energy produced and fuel consumed.
- Detects potential mechanical problems
- Root cause analysis
- Remote management
- Predictive maintenance
- Real-time fuel/leak monitoring
DG Maintenance and Checklist
Below is a list of few good articles for maintenance and checklists