- Replacement of stationary genset systems used primarily in standby mode for backup power applications with zero emission alternatives, largely solar with battery storage.
- Replacement of stationary genset systems used for primary power applications in locations where diesel supply is expensive and/or unreliable including islands and remote or rural locations.
- Hybridisation of both existing and new temporary power systems for industrial activity including mining, oil & gas, construction, where a portion of existing diesel genset capacity is replaced by solar and/or storage, largely demoting gensets to a back up role.
- Replacement of smaller sized diesel gensets for mobile applications and shorter term projects. For medium and larger scale mobile genset needs, conventional reciprocating engines will remain dominant.
The rate of growth is forecast to be comparatively less than the wider renewable energy and energy storage markets because the natural gas genset supply chain is forecast to strengthen in parallel, driving many end-users to the fuel in order to save money and meet tighter emission regulations. The figure shows the market value of alternative power generating technologies used in instances where generator sets would conventionally be used, rather than the total market value for these technologies. Currently, the bulk of this (95%+) is attributable to PV both with and without energy storage. Over the coming decade, PV will remain dominant, although other technologies (fuel cell, wave/tidal, wind) will take a growing proportion of the total value.
This writeup by IDTechEx was sent to PluginIndia. Diesel generators are ubiquitous in every Indian city and small town. They are used to generate electricity in places where the grid is not reliable. We have seen people charging their electric scooters directly from a Diesel generator! These antiquated and highly polluting mobile generators need to go and be replaced by renewable alternatives especially solar and batteries. We thus felt this could be an appropriate article for PluginIndia. Please comment if you are interested in more such articles.
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