The Next Generation of Paralleled Generators

Designing a data center takes a bit of ingenuity and finesse to create a simple, streamlined facility operating at peak efficiency.  Having the proper technology can do just that, providing owners and operators with a solution to reliable and affordable functionality.  One of the latest developments that is helping many designers create an optimal mission-critical environment is known as modular integration, a new approach to generator systems that bypasses the complexity of traditional paralleled generators.

As we continually strive for innovation and efficiency, many common data center practices have become things of the past, making way for more streamlined, cost-effective approaches.  In the past, traditional paralleling was designers’ only option when creating a data center, forcing them to accept complex systems, high costs and large physical footprints as the norm.  Today, these issues are virtually nonexistent as we move into the next phase of data center power innovation – digitally paralleled generators.

Integrated and traditional paralleling systems are very distinct from one another, and through a deeper understanding of their unique qualities, it becomes easier to discover why integration could be the best choice for your facility.  Four major requirements are considered when analyzing the functions of paralleled generators, including synchronization, load sharing, protection and point of synchronization.


A necessary element in all paralleling systems, synchronization within traditional generators relies on third-party components to consistently regulate all controls.  Within onboard integrated systems; however, these controls are incorporated digitally inside the generator itself, eliminating the need for third-party involvement and added  cost.

Load Sharing

It is also important to note that the function of load sharing should be equalized between generators to ensure no single unit becomes the “motor”, pulling load from the other.  Traditionally, this is controlled via cabling; however in the new integrated system, load sharing is regulated digitally to allow for more flexibility in facility design.


As critical and expensive equipment, generators must be protected from all potential issues and threats. When it comes to reverse power, voltage and over current protection, traditional setups relied on a third-party for protection.  By contrast, in an onboard, integrated parallel system, each of these components live within the generator set, creating more space, control and flexibility throughout the data center.

Point of Synchronization

When generators achieve synchronization, it is necessary to employ a connection to the emergency bus, or point of synchronization.  Traditionally, this has been done utilizing motorized breakers within the gear; however, integrated paralleled generators do so using switches or motorized breakers located directly onboard the generator set.

This innovative technology, when used properly, can deliver staggering results by reducing overall complexity, shortening installation lead times, conserving precious floor space, lowering costs and making it easier than ever to be ready for future expansion.  This reliable and cost-effective solution is more achievable than you think and can make a world of difference.

If you would like to learn more about modular generator and integrated paralleling systems, view this comprehensive article by Electronic Environments Corporation (EEC)’s Director, Chris Avery, found here.

Please welcome Power Generation and Control to Data Center Discovery!


PG&C, Inc. is a Service & Turnkey Commercial & Critical Power Company Specializing in Industrial Generator Applications throughout the Southeastern Region of the United States. “PG&C…When Power Failure is NOT an Option”

PG&C, Inc. offers a wide variety of data center service solutions including:

  • Battery Monitoring
  • Fuel Polishing and Treatment
  • Generator Installation
  • Generator Maintenance
  • UPS Battery Maintenance
  • UPS Maintenance

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Interpower International Ltd is an established manufacturer of backup and emergency generators up to 4000kVA. All products are designed, built and tested in our UK factory, using only British and European components.

Interpower Supplies backup and emergency generators to critical applications around the world including data centers, hospitals, government buildings, banks, telecommunication networks, and airports.

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Please welcome Uninterruptible Power Supplies Ltd to Data Center Discovery!

Uninterruptible Power Supplies Ltd is a leading provider of power protection product and service solutions including three-phase modular UPS, single-phase UPS, standby diesel generators, emergency lighting, remote UPS monitoring, battery banks, care service and software. UPS Ltd’s solutions uniquely deliver the combined benefits of highest availability, low carbon footprint and lowest total cost of ownership. Their flagship modular products, the PowerWAVE 9500DPA and the PowerWAVE 9000DPA, represents important advances in UPS technology including Decentralised Parallel Architecture. Part of Kohler Corporation’s global power group, UPS Ltd has a proven and enviable track record with customers across all major market sectors ensuring 24/7 power protection of their mission critical applications.

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