Energy and power are the two most essential resources for the world. Without it, the world will come to a standstill- and I am not exaggerating for a moment when I say this. Another fact that everyone is aware of is that the demand for energy is more than its supply. Power coming from natural resources is scarce. For the same reason, remote areas around the world are still facing power cuts frequently. In this case, a diesel generator acts as a sure shot savior for the masses.
What is it?
A diesel generator (sometimes referred to as a Diesel Genset) is a hybrid of diesel engines and an electric generator (often an alternator) to produce electricity. It is a particular case of a motor-generator. Compression ignition engines (diesel engines) run on diesel fuel, but some are suitable for liquid fuels or other natural gas. Diesel generators are used at locations without electrical connections or as an emergency power supply in case of network damage and for more complex applications such as peak closure, network maintenance, and export to the network. The dimensions of the true diesel generator are critical to avoid low loads or lack of performance. These aspects are complicated by new electronic properties, uniquely non-linear loads.
Now that we have a hint as to how these generators work, this article will explore how the diesel generator can influence the lifestyle of remote areas and help them live better!
As per the International Energy Agency (IEA), global energy needs will increase by around 60% by 2030. For the previous 25years, more than 1 billion people in developing countries have access to modern energy sources such as coal, electricity, kerosene and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and natural gas. However, there are still around 1.6 billion to more than 2 billion people worldwide who are unable to benefit from the existing energy resources. This number corresponds to almost one-third of the world’s population. Every year, the number of people without access to advanced energy services increases by 30 million. At present, estimation is that 56% of the world’s rural population does not have access to energy services.
As far as Australia is considered, IEA is of the view that there are abundant resources with the country. Also, it is undergoing fast transformations and changes, and there is an increase in solar and wind energy resources. It is a good step.
Diesel Generators will give direct access to the power generation to the remote areas. And how is that beneficial you ask? Well, let us see:
For most developing countries, supplying electricity to remote rural areas with a national electricity grid is not an economically viable business. Improving remote locations must meet budget constraints while maximizing technical, social and economic benefits. In general, this is not practical in countries with minimal network infrastructure because there is often no substation or extension of transmission and distribution lines to operate it.
In this situation, installing a diesel generator is the ideal solution to meet household needs and high energy needs in rural areas. Diesel generators can be used as a single system or as part of a hybrid system along with other sources such as solar energy. These are also easy to install. The main advantage of the system is that it produces power at the lowest possible cost, depending on the work environment and time of day. However, when combining energy sources, you need to have qualified personnel to ensure a trouble-free operation of generators and alternative energy sources.
IT and Data Centers:
The remote areas of Australia are increasingly becoming the preferred outsourcing location for IT projects and data center creation. As in industrialized countries, diesel generators are one of the most efficient emergency power systems in the event of a power outage to avoid data loss and allow business continuity.
Bridging the Demand and Supply Gap:
Even if power plants in developing countries try to compensate for the rapid increase in demand, electricity demand always seems to be above supply, which leads to a peak capacity of around 2,000 MW even in leading metropolises in India. It can cause planned and unplanned discharge or shutdown. The use of diesel generators as standby units in residential and commercial buildings is also an attractive and extensive alternative.
It is a no-brainer that the population in remote areas is till date very much dependent on Agriculture as a source of income. Diesel generators have established themselves in developing countries as a universal and permanent energy source for use in lighting, irrigation pumps, home industries and processing plants in rural areas. In India, for example, there are an estimated 4 million small diesel engines which only operate irrigation pumps.
Other Smaller Benefits:
Often, people take the availability of power for granted. However, much of the world will stop almost without reliable and adequate resources. As we saw above that diesel generators provide direct access to power- the remote areas will foresee the following benefits as well:
• Stable lighting, easy refrigeration, temperature modification.
• Lesser dependence on harmful resources of energy. It means cleaner air to breathe in, and a reduction in pollution.
• The chances of fire because of burning coal or something also reduce to a reasonable extent.
• Development of higher industries and company productivity
• Power to start computers such as the backbone of the Internet, data center servers, and individual computers.
The phenomenon of population growth and industrialization in the remote areas is unlikely to change in the future, which means that the development of fast and stable electricity networks will continue to be an urgent and unavoidable need. If we want to keep moving towards a truly global economy, we should work on this incessantly. Furthermore, the people in remote areas will still take time to move to other sources of income- so, electricity becomes life support for them.
Thus, we can say that diesel generators will influence the lifestyle of the rural population in an efficient and much-required manner. Hope the article helped you see through the same!