Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Hybrid Power Generation Market - Global Industry Analysis and Forecast 2014 – 2020

Long-term promise and potential for renewable energy sources remains vast. But the reality of current renewable technologies and the plain fact that today’s utilities and their users demand constant availability means that fossil fuels are here to stay for a while longer as a base generation source. However, that does not mean that renewable have to take a back seat in the evolving power-generation market. There are strategies for renewable integration that utilities and power-generating companies should consider implementing that expand the value and functionality of renewable. The advancements in hybrid configurations, leverage renewable sources so they can make increased energy contributions far exceeding previously envisioned limits. The intelligent, strategic use of hybrid systems (fossil fuels and renewable energy) significantly lowers fuel consumption, which improves operating economics and curtails emissions.
The high quality of exhaust heat from such generators can also be harnessed for heating purposes. Such power plants are usually employed for providing electricity grid relief and power supply during peak consumption hours. However with technological advancements these plants are now also being utilized for supplying base loads. Very fast startup times for these plants also provide opportunities for using them as backup generation for emergencies. With shale gas and coal bed methane being considered as valuable sources of energy for the future, and the fact that renewable sources of energy are unending, the opportunities of this market are substantial. Certain factors like increasing cost of both oil and natural gas as well as increased prices of renewable capture components (e.g. solar panels) in most nations may prove to be barriers to growth. However demand for hybrid generation is not likely to slow down in the near future specially in OECD countries.
There are many ways in which such generators can be used for generation of electricity and other forms of useful energy. Hybrid turbines for electricity generation may be segmented based on the combination of equipment used to generate energy, for instance diesel generators combined with wind-generated energy. Such turbines can also be segmented on basis of feedstock consumed for generating power. The fuels that may be considered are natural gas, fuel oil, kerosene and diesel as fossil fuels and wind energy and solar energy as renewable.
Majority of plants using theses turbines are clustered around regions where fuel to run them are abundantly available. However with global trade of oil and natural gas growing and peak demand problems becoming more acute more nations are opting for such power plants. China is emerging as the leading energy consumer of the world thus increasing the prospects of using this source of generation in the Asia Pacific region. Also contributing to installations is Japan which has begun replacing nuclear generation after the Fukushima disaster, with natural gas-based hybrid generation. In the OECD countries the majority chunk of thermal generation comes from such power plants. Use of such power plants is predominant in Middle Eastern, Eurasian and North American regions. The regional segmentation for these turbines can be done based on North American, Middle Eastern, Asia Pacific and rest of the world (ROW) regions.
Some of the key players in this industry include NYE Thermodynamics Corporation, Mitsubishi Power Systems Europe Ltd., Siemens AG, Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Co. Ltd., and MJB International.
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