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Standby Generators

  • Date(s)
    Wednesday, 26 February 2020
  • Time(s)
    9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Venue
    Engineers Ireland, 22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland
  • Fee

    Members: €345
    Non-Members: €425

    NOTE: You can only book online using credit or debit card details.  If your preferred method of payment is by invoice / purchase order / bank transfer / other, please contact the CPD Training Team on 01-6651305, or email to secure a place.

  • CPD Credit
    7 hours   C1


The aim of this course is to give electrical engineers an understanding of the operation of the generator systems and how they are configured with other elements of the electrical power system to support critical loads



This course covers the selection and design of standby generators systems for mission critical applications such as hospitals and data centres. The module is primarily focussed on diesel powered generators.

This course is aimed at graduate engineers and new entrants to Mechanical and Electrical (M&E) building services consultancy.


Learning Objectives

At the end of the course attendees will have a deeper understanding of: 

The basic Principles of operation of Diesel Engines & AC generators 
The operation of the Diesel Engines 
The operation of the alternator 
How the Generator connects to the load – AMF and synchronizing
Standby Generators Enclosures and Plantrooms
Generator Fuel Storage and Distribution System


Course Programme

Part 1- AC Generators – Review of Basic Principles
Generating an AC Current
Genset – Prime mover / Alternator assemblies
Baseload, prime and standby ratings
Generator set: Selection of the type and rating to suit the load
Standby Generator - Regulations
Part 2- Overview of the Diesel Engines
Diesel engine components
Engine coolant system
Engine control panel:
Primary and secondary alarms and "shut down" conditions.
Part 3 - Overview of the Alternator
Alternator - Stator and rotor construction
Self-Excited Generators
Exciter and main alternator – field and armature windings
Relationship between frequency and speed
Load power factor and sizing the alternator
Part 4 - Connecting the Generator to the load
Automatic mains failure – AMF Mode
Load transfer Arrangements
Synchronization / Paralleling mode
Generator synchronisation and G10 - grid protection 
Conditions for auto-start and auto shut-down
Generator - power and control cabling
Earthing and neutral connections
Part 5 - Standby Generators Enclosures and Plantrooms
Generator sound attenuated containers, walk-in v canopy type
Generator plantrooms - typical layouts
Ventilation system
Exhaust system
Part 6 - Generator Fuel Storage and Distribution System:
Bunded bulk storage tanks
Daily service tank
Fuel filtration and polishing equipment
Oil transfer pumps
Oil fill point cabinet and pipework, fire valves 
Who should attend
This course will benefit electrical engineers and contractors involved in the supply chain of electrical services for mission critical applications such as hospitals and data centres

Trainer Profile

Brendan Dervan is a Chartered Engineer with over 40 years’ experience in all aspects of mechanical and electrical building services including; design, installation, commissioning and maintenance. After completing an electrical apprenticeship in 1982 he went on to study electrical engineering in DIT. He has worked in M&E consultancy at senior engineer / director level since 1990. In 1999 he started his own M&E consultancy, Dervan Engineering Consultants (DEC), which merged with Cundall in 2016. His Company provided M&E consultancy and project management services to a diverse range of clients in both the public and private sectors. 


Make a Booking

26 February 2020


Confirmation is subject to event fee being finalised. Cancellation fees calculated at 50% of the estimated total bill will be charge for confirmed bookings cancelled less than 5 working days prior to the date of the planned event. A replacement person can attend instead. Cancellations made the day prior to an event will be charged 75% of the total estimated bill. No-shows will be charged the full fee. All cancellations must be confirmed in writing by email. Engineers Ireland will not be liable for any costs in the event of a course being re-scheduled.  This applies, but is not limited, to any travelling, subsistence or consequential expenses incurred by delegates.