Diesel Gensets and Fuel Cells Constitute the Largest Segment of the Global Off-grid Market

Date: 2015-08-15

An off-grid is an electrical system that includes multiple loads and distributed energy resources that can be operated in parallel with a broader utility grid. An electric grid is an interconnected network for delivering electricity from suppliers to consumers. Distributed energy, also known as decentralized energy, is generated or stored by a variety of small, grid connected devices referred to as distributed energy resources (DER). Many countries generate electricity in large centralized facilities, such as fossil fuel, nuclear power plants, large solar power plants, and hydropower plants. These plants transmit electricity over long distances and can have a negative effect on the environment. Thus, a distributed generation system is used, which allows collection of energy from many sources, which may have a lower environmental impact and an improved and secure supply of electricity.

Amongst the generation source, diesel gensets and fuel cells constitute the largest segment of the global off-grid market. While the market for PV, CHP, wind, and other renewable sources-based off-grid is likely to grow and will constitute more than 75% of the total generation capacity by 2019. This is primarily due to the increasing need of clean and highly-efficient energy sources.

The report also provides an extensive competitive landscaping of the companies operating in this market. The main companies are ABB Ltd. (U.S.), Siemens AG (Germany), Honeywell International (U.S.), General Electric (U.S.), Lockheed Martin Corp. (U.S.), and Eaton Corporation (Ireland), among others.

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