Peak power deficit is the major factor that has impacted the demand for generator sets, says Sachin Kondejkar, Director, Sales and Marketing, Power Generation Business Unit, Cummins India Limited.
Does India have technologically advanced products available in the market? Are these on par with international standards?
In India, the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MOEF) has notified stringent emission norms, called CPCB-II norms, for engines ranging below 800 kW. These norms became effective on July 1, 2014. CPCB-II norms are much more stringent than the EU Stage III A norms for engine generator sets. The CPCB-II norms apply on a larger range of generator sets - up to 1000 kVA, with stricter limits for smoke opacity over the entire span of operation. In comparison, EU stage III A norms did not have any regulation on smoke and were applicable on a smaller range - 35kVA - 625 kVA. EU Stage IIIA is applicable to rental (mobile) generator sets only. Hence, the challenge for the Indian generator set industry is much bigger than that in Europe.
In spite of the challenge, Cummins has always ensured that its products meet the specified standards with no compromise on quality. Cummins is well-equipped with advanced technologies meeting the most stringent emission norms across the globe. For India, fit-for-market emission reduction technology was selected by Cummins that offers optimal value to customers in terms of total cost of ownership. A couple of benefits include improved service intervals, optimal fuel economy and reduced footprint in majority of the ratings. Cummins welcomes these stringent emission norms on the global as well as domestic arena. Our new products have been aligned to the product range available in the US and European markets that adhere to the US EPA and EU norms, respectively.
What kinds of opportunities do you foresee as far the genset industry is concerned?
Last year, in the power sector, supply exceeded demand. With India seeming to resume its growth track, we expect demand to grow substantially. In light of this, we are confident that the genset industry will also benefit based on the fact that a portion of the demand is fulfilled by back-up power.
What are the challenges you feel are hampering the growth of the Indian genset industry?
Uncertainty in the economy, foreign direct investments (FDI) and reduction in peak power deficit are the major factors that have impacted the demand for generator sets in the past. Over past 2-3 quarters, the high kVA, medium kVA and the low kVA segments have also witnessed a decline.
Take us through the company´s overall operations and the line of products you manufacture.
Our integrated products include diesel generator sets from 7.5 to 3000 kVA, natural gas generator sets from 40 kW to 2000 kWe, and producer gas, biogas and coal bed methane generator sets from 25kW to 2000 kWe.
Our offerings also include digital control electronics for system paralleling, remote operation and monitoring, Automatic Transfer Switches from 40 A to 4000 A, Power Quality products, Power Factor Correction (RTPFC) products from 125 kVAR to 2250 kVAR, 75 dBa environment-friendly acoustic enclosures manufactured as per CPCB norms, and other critical accessories. We also provide design consultancy, project management, turnkey power plant design, installation and commissioning and undertake O&M contracts.
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