Category: Specification


Specifying diesel standby generators for homes

It’s becoming more common to see standby diesel generators installed in homes. For many properties the reliance on technology is no longer just to provide heat and light.

The demand for standby generators specified for these high end properties has increased by 60% as the option to provide continuous power becomes easier. Read more »

Do I need planning permission for a standby power generator?

Standby Diesel generators, especially those in inner-city or urban areas, can often require planning permission. With stricter guidelines around air quality and environmental health, planning for generators is a complex topic.

Requirements vary regionally, but the guidance below will help you find local contacts and answer some common questions to find out how standby generator planning impacts your project requirements. Read more »

Structuring a successful emergency response team

Regardless of how robust your disaster recovery plan is, the success of its implementation will depend on the team that is responsible for it.

Structure your team by ensuring your selected member’s skills match the areas of responsibility. Below is a list of the key team members required and what they should be responsible for. In every case, there should be a primary and secondary member, both of whom will need to be equally briefed. Read more »

Why Is disaster recovery planning so Important?

According to AXA Insurance, 80% of businesses affected by a major incident, either never re-open, or close within 18 months.

Having a robust disaster recovery and business continuity plan, minimises this impact on the business and ultimately, the customer. Therefore, not only is disaster recovery planning important for you, it is important for your customers. Read more »

How to negotiate the G59 regulations

Below is a step by step guide to working through the processes.

Application Process

Step 1.  Obtain the formal application document.  Your local DNO may have their own preferred document, so you should contact them and ask for it. Read more »

What is G59?

G59 Embedded Generator Regulations

G59 is the regulation surrounding the connection of any form of generator device to run ‘in parallel’ or ‘synchronised’ with the mains electrical utility grid (National Grid).  The regulation has its roots in Ofgem rules, and is administered as the Energy Networks Association Engineering Recommendation G59/2-1 “Recommendations for the connection of generating plant to the Distribution System of Licensed Distribution Network Operators – Amendment 1”.

This is relevant for all power generation, including combined heat and power units as well as generators being used for peak-lopping, or grid parallel use, greater than 16A per phase.  For anything below this the Engineering recommendation G83/1-1 applies. Read more »

4 common misconceptions on G59 regulations

In years of doing projects with G59 protection shentongroup have often come across some popular myths, so we seek to dispel them here:-

I don’t need G59 Protection unless I intend to export power to the grid”.

Wrong.  If you have any form of generator where the output is connected to the electrical systems in your building, and thus to the grid, you must protect it with a G59 relay device.

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4 ways to protect your business against a winter of blackouts

The last few weeks has seen media frenzy with soaring energy prices and a winter of blackouts predicted. The chances are you’ve reviewed your business continuity plan to make sure you’re safe but here’s some food for thought about how you can protect your business against the unknown.
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Protecting your Residents during a Power Cut

A look at modern Standby Power Solutions 

Unacceptable Care

You are the manager of a care home and it is a cold, Winter night. Suddenly the lights flicker and within seconds the whole building is plunged into darkness. Without mains power you have no lifts, no lights, no heating, no hot water, no kitchens, no kettles, no laundry…the list just goes on! More importantly your residents will be dark, cold, unsafe and confused.
Do you have any idea for how long?  Read more »