Traditional generators have to be sized for peak loads and have to keep running all the time even if loads are small. Hybrid generators add inverters and a battery bank into the mix so the generator can be much smaller. The generator only needs to run part of the time saving fuel and run time, reducing noise and extending service intervals.
A system like this uses three Quattro inverter chargers configured in a three phase arrangement and connected to a 48 volt Smart Lithium battery bank. The generator in this configuration can be considerably smaller that it otherwise would be. The system includes a Cerbo GX and Touch 70 display and include remote monitoring via the GX LTR 4G modem. Remote monitoring is done with the aid of the Victron VRM remote management software and allows the users to view power consumption, battery state of charge, fuel levels, temperature and other parameters. The system can be set up to automatically start and stop the generator as needed. It is possible to add solar panels into the mix to further reduce the run time. Being able to size a generator for average loads offers considerable savings, and in conjunction with reduced run time, reduced fuel consumption and longer service intervals can offset the cost of batteries. The reduced run time can allow for quiet time operations, for example in film and TV production or other noise sensitive locations.
Due to the modular nature of Victron components, increasing the system size is fairly simple. Easily add more inverter/chargers and batteries and configure accordingly. Hybrid generator systems can be built to any specification to meet the smallest requirement - up to the most demanding industrial applications and everything in between. Virtually unlimited power can be offered through parallel, split- or three-phase operation.
Additional information is available in the Victron Hybrid Generator brochure.