Resistive load bank : ballasting of generator sets and test of generators

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A resistive load bank: what is it for?

The resistive load

Resistive loads are those where electricity produces heat with the “joule effect” and not movement.

The systems and equipment concerned are:

  • incandescent lamps,
  • electric heaters,
  • natural convection ovens,
  • and some load banks whose resistances have this effect

The principle of the resistive load bank

The principle of a resistive load bank is a load that absorbs energy in an electrical system .

There are 2 types of charges:

  • Capacitive loads
  • Resistive loads

Electrical devices that do not have capacitive loads are divided into 2 large groups:

  • Resistive loads
  • Inductive loads

The functions of the resistive load bank

The resistive load bank is used for:

  • generator set test phases at 100% of nominal value in kW from the nameplate.
  • complete charge of generator cooling systems, fuel and exhaust systems.

A range of resistive load banks: reproducing real demands on critical power systems

The load bank applies an electrical charge to the power source and dissipates energy which results in the form of thermal heat, via resistive components. The integrated motorized fans will play their role of cooling the resistive elements.

Load banks are the best way to reproduce and verify actual demands on critical power systems .

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