Most power cuts are unforeseen inconveniences, and until the electricity is cut off, many organisations do not appreciate the importance of electrical power to their operations.  

In the UK, power outages are usually the result of inclement weather, such as power line damage caused by direct lightning strikes, but there are countless other reasons why they may occur, including planned power cuts to conserve energy resources during an energy crisis.

In these circumstances, it is essential to have a plan in place to restore power quickly, as any company without an external backup power source can experience downtime in the event of a power cut. Losing customers, revenue, and damage to machinery and equipment are all preventable with adequate power prevision planning.

Effects of Power Outages on Businesses and Organisations

Loss of power can be detrimental to any business or organisation, causing data loss, damage to sensitive electrical equipment, loss of revenue and missed deadlines amongst the immediate impact of loss of lighting, air conditioning and other necessities.

Whether the outages are short or long-term, a process for electrical power cuts should be implemented to mitigate any damage, including the reservation of a backup power source, such as a fuel-based generator. You may also choose to employ a battery-powered backup system, such as a UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply). These UPS units are crucial to your backup power source plan, particularly for organisations reliant on a continuous, stable power supply, such as hospitals and data centres.

UPS devices provide a temporary battery output, allowing generators to start up before they take on the full electrical demand (known as the load) during an outage. The relay between the UPS unit and generator makes for a seamless transition between the mains and backup power source, mitigating risk and damage to people and machinery. At Shenton Group, we provide a full range of backup and mains power solutions and services for businesses for your peace of mind.

Hiring a Generator in an Emergency

In the event of an electrical power cut or surge, Shenton Group are able to deliver a power solution that’s right for your needs, such as diesel generators, fuel tanks, and battery-powered UPS devices to give you a temporary backup power external to your mains. Generator hire is a cost-effective option for organisations that require a temporary solution and do not want or need the bigger outlay of purchasing a permanent backup power solution.

If you are in need of a generator hire company to support you in the event of an electricity power cut, we recommend choosing one that provides generator hire 24/7 and is available every day of the year. Unexpected power cuts are exactly that; unexpected, occurring at any given moment. To lessen the effect of an electrical power cut on your operations, your generator rental provider needs to offer support and maintenance around the clock..

Power Call – Nationwide Emergency Call out Generators

If your main electricity power supply is cut off, emergency help is available, offering temporary power source solutions without the initial outlay of a permanent on-site generator. With strategically placed depots throughout the country, our Power Call service guarantees a fast response time.

Power Call is a unique emergency service, provided by Shenton Group to our customers for a nominal monthly fee, giving you peace of mind that your business will not be left without power for long periods of time.

How Does It Work?

Once your organisation is registered with us, a Shenton Group engineer will come to your site and/or facility and install a ‘plug-and-play’ manual generator connection, meaning that our emergency Power Call generators can be quickly and easily set-up once on site, providing power until the mains power returns.

For a fixed monthly fee, emergency callouts to unscheduled power cuts are unlimited, ensuring our engineers will be there to assist whenever you require. A network control room manages callouts around the clock, co-ordinating delivery, connection, refuelling and the collection of the generator once your mains power source is back up and running.

Our Power Call service provides customers with unrivalled support during an electrical power cut or surge, equipping them with everything they need to remain operational without breaking the bank.

Turnkey Temporary Power Solutions

Having access to a turnkey solution is essential, particularly when you need to act quickly to restore power to your operations.

Our dedicated team of specialists will be able to establish the exact power solution you require, helping you to make informed cost/benefit choices. Better still, our experienced engineers and installations team will also recommend and provide all the equipment needed for a temporary solution, including:

  • Transformers
  • Cables
  • Cable protectors
  • Load banks
  • Fuel tanks
  • AMF Panels (Automatic Mains Failure) often referred to as Automatic Transfer Switches (ATS)

Power solutions (such as generators) are classed according to kVA (KiloVolt-Ampere), this is essentially an indication of the power output that can be generated and delivered. 1 kVA will provide the equivalent of 1,000 volt-amps.

At Shenton, we can provide standby and prime power generators for hire from 30kVA, up to 1250kVA, and can synchronise multiple generators for larger power demand. This enables us to supply our clients with a suitably-sized generator solution for their needs.

We are equipped to meet the demand of any bespoke residential, commercial, or heavy-duty applications 24/7, 365 days a year across the UK. Regardless of whether you’re mainland or offshore, no matter how remote, we will deliver and install everything you need, allowing you to focus on running your business.

Protection from Electricity Power Cuts

Aside from temporary backup power solutions, Shenton Group specialise in providing and installing permanent backup power sources, and for those who cannot afford any loss of power, Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) solutions.

As well as providing a bridge between your mains power supply and backup generator, a UPS system will also offer the added bonus of stabilising the power supply, stopping power surges or spikes during the relay process which can cause damage to equipment.

For organisations looking to install a diesel standby generator, we are able to offer the full turnkey solution for your alternative power supply, including:

We now offer finance for UPS power and generator installations, for organisations looking to have a permanent backup power solution to protect their assets from power cuts.

Prepared For the Unexpected

With the National Grid warning the UK of planned winter power cuts to help reduce energy demand at peak times, retaining a continuous power supply by utilising alternative power sources is vital for businesses looking to avoid power losses and voltage fluctuations.

To ensure your business isn’t impacted, why not get in touch and discuss your emergency power requirements with the backup power experts at Shenton Group? Whether you’re looking for solutions available for purchase or hire, we can help.

Our team provide expert, on-site solutions, as well as a 24/7/365 guaranteed solution for prolonged power cuts throughout the UK. With a multitude of options to suit every location and budget, Shenton Group will help you find a suitable backup power option to protect your organisation from electricity power cuts.

Check out our other blog posts and updates or contact us for extra help and expert advice on a permanent or temporary backup power solution.

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