A Beginner’s Guide to Load Banking
Load Banking Defined:
A Load Bank is a piece of equipment that creates an electrical load to simulate the building load
that would be put on a generator in the event of a power outage.
Importance of Load Banking:
When performed in a controlled environment with a trained generator professional, load banking provides peace of mind that the generator will function under full load at time of a power outage at no risk to the facility or an interruption in utility.
Benefits of Load Banking:
- Improves reliability
- Verifies performance and responsiveness under full load capacity
- Removes carbon and burns fuel deposits from diesel exhaust systems
- Confirms proper operation of system components and fuel delivery
- Tests cooling system performance
- Extends engine life
- Minimizes Wet Stacking in Diesel Generators
- Identifies potential weaknesses in generator system
NFPA 110 Compliance:
Frequent generator exercising and load banking is part of the maintenance requirements identified in NFPA. There are different requirements depending on if the generator is diesel powered or gas powered. To ensure your generator is in compliance, please contact us to review the specific needs of your system.