What is a Genverter?
The Genverter is shorthand for a generator-inverter home or emergency power system. It implies that you have a battery bank attached to these as well. These systems are able to make more efficient use of the generator output because they not only run loads or appliances, but also they charge the battery bank at the same time. The generator can be Gas, Diesel, Biodiesel, or propane, but in the broader sense solar, wind, or hydro for a permanent power source. With charged batteries, the system operates in “silent” mode, with AC power produced by the inverter from the batteries.
Where are Genverters helpful?
There are many applications for these systems. Applications range in size from one I designed fifteen years ago that powered a pellet stove for a short while, to larger systems able to power an entire mountain lodge. Genverter systems are used either as primary power sources, or for backup when solar and wind are primary charging sources.
If you are looking to provide permanent power at your remote location on a limited budget, I recommend starting with a Genverter. Doing your own remote power system can be intimidating and expensive if not done in stages. Doing it in two steps with a Genverter system will get you the immediate power you need, while building a solid base for your future solar and wind charging sources..
How do I build one? How long will it run my lights, radio, etc?
What can be run and for how long is what we need to determine in our power budget. A power budget is critical in having realistic expectations for your genverter system. In future installments you will read about real life examples and how they work. We’ll also provide design guidelines that will help you pick the right equipment from the start. Thanks for dropping by, and stay tuned!
- Find everything you need for power budgets including our online calculator at the Power Budgets page!
PS – I’m currently trying to dig up some small Genverter plans I posted on the internet back in ’98. If found, they’ll be re-posted here for nostalgia sake. Tried the Internet way back machine but can’t find anything on the IEGPS (inverter enhanced generator power system)
Are you building a genverter? Is it for emergency power or part of a remote power system? Feel free to post your questions and comments.