A genset, short for generator set, is a power unit. It can be attached to a reefer container and provides the container with electricity. A reefer container does not cool itself and therefore a generator set is necessary, to provide it with electricity all over the world. These containers are used for international transport (or storage) and often contain goods like medicines that must remain at a certain temperature.
How does a container genset work?
A generator set is usually powered in two ways: fuel and electricity. The type of fuel can be either diesel, gasoline or gas. Why this combination? Fuel and electricity are combined because the reefer container is transported on different ways. During transport overseas, on container vessels, the genset is usually powered by the ship’s electrical power. When the generator set is used on a cargo truck, it’s usually powered by diesel because there is no electrical power supply available.
Two types of gensets
There are two types of gensets that are suited for usage on a reefer or shipping container. First of all there are clip-on sets, that are ‘clipped’ on the side of a container when it’s placed on a containership or cargo truck. These clip-ons can be attached to either the front or back of a standard size container. Secondly there are underslung sets, which are mounted to the chassis of the container on the bottom side. The ‘underslung’ is pretty much always used when a reefer or shipping container is loaded onto a cargo truck. An ‘underslung’ can be attached to the frame of the truck, so it doesn’t have to be demounted when another container is loaded onto the truck.
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