Standby Generators


1-day course

CPD Credit: 7 hours, C1

Course Overview

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.

Course Aim

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.

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

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’s 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. In 2013, Brendan completed an MSc in Energy Management with TU Dublin. His thesis researched the improvement of energy efficiency in existing data centres.


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Please contact the Team for further information on scheduled course dates and In-Company options. You can reach us by phone: 01 665 1305 or email