No matter the size of a business, greater security and lower operating costs are always top-of-mind considerations for those in charge.

Onsite power generation should then be considered, as it's just one way to improve security and also bring down energy bills. Polaris Engineering explained that electricity is now so ingrained in modern society that many take it for granted. The answer, the organisation noted, lies with greater power autonomy.

Any disruption of power transmission can mean businesses and homes are left without power for hours or even days.

But how onsite generation help a company? Is it the right choice?

A brief overview of distributed generation

The modern energy grid is certainly a marvel of engineering. After all, municipal and metropolitan grids across the globe supply power around the clock for homes and businesses. In most cases, large-scale facilities are responsible for the bulk of this energy generation. This is where it's flawed.

Any disruption of power transmission can mean businesses and homes are left without power for hours, or possibly even days, at a time. It's easy to see how much of an issue this is when a business depends on power around the clock.

With distributed energy generation, businesses (as well as homes) handle generation independently by using generators.

The advantages of onsite generation

As Allianz noted in a piece of research, a large number of companies are actually unprepared for blackouts and the associated business disruptions. Furthermore, they're also rarely ready for the impact these disruptions can have on operations. 

A company that hosts customer websites on local servers, for example, could suffer data loss when servers suddenly lose power. There's also the downtime associated with waiting for power to be restored. Then, the business will also have to work to restore customer trust that such a power cut won't happen again – an all but impossible task.

On the other hand, a manufacturing business may dismiss staff for a day as the equipment won't function without electricity. This would also likely impact office workers, who will find computers and phone lines out of service.

Both of these hypothetical businesses would scarcely notice a power cut, however, if onsite power generation systems were in place. Here are several reasons why such systems should be considered:

Environmentally friendly: Much of the discussion centres around security – and for good reason – but these systems can also help with carbon emissions. At least with units from Optimal Group, every heat and power unit captured by a generator means less carbon dioxide being pumped into the air.

Modular: A unit from Optimal Group is largely modular, meaning an organisation can customise the system depending on how much power is actually required. For example, while a small startup may not require much energy, a larger manufacturing business almost certainly will.

Blackouts could leave companies in the dark.Blackouts could leave companies in the dark.

Is it right for your organisation?

The question naturally remaining is going to be: Is onsite power generation right for my organisation? For those businesses at risk of any sort of damage when the power goes out, onsite power is an excellent consideration. Certainly, it's one that can put fears surrounding power security to rest.

Optimal Group offers a number of solutions, with micro turbines from the Capstone range providing both the necessary power for the organisation and minimal noise and space impact. They operate at 65dBa and can also be retrofitted into existing buildings or facilities.

Onsite generation is one of the best ways to ensure organisational security. To find out more about the available Capstone MicroTurbines available, consider getting in touch.