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View Points | February 2016

Powering the skyline

Diesel generators are providing power backup for India´s changing skyline without much ado.

The Indian skyline has undergone a major transformation with property developers reaching for the skies. Powering their projects in the most efficient and silent manner is the Indian generator industry, which has come to play an important role in supplying the much needed power backup to these dream projects.

With a shortage of space in metropolitan cities and the basic need to provide living spaces for the teeming millions closer to their work places, many real estate developers started reaching for the skies leading to seven plus storey buildings or complexes becoming common place. Skyscrapers and lifestyle apartments have made the dream to own a residential accommodation near work places an achievable object. With power cuts being a norm even in such mega cities affecting the normal lives of people day in and day out, diesel generators have become an important source of providing these luxurious high-rises, lifestyle apartments and cluster complexes with an assured, much needed back-up power supply.

Current View
India as a country is on a fast track growth, even as its power concerns are still real. The sector has a lot of catching up to do to bridge the gap between demand and supply, and more importantly uninterrupted power supply. Electricity is an essential commodity today, given that most household operations are automated, with this being the basic input for all such machines and gadgets. This is where diesel generators pitch in with on-demand electricity to power rising dreams and aspirations of Indians. This is especially true in the case of the housing sector where one needs to ensure there is power all through the day and throughout the year, so that people can reach their homes comfortably and safely, and enable them to lead their lives without any hindrance. Could you imagine a situation where the electricity of a twenty-one storied building goes off! How would the residents reach home or get out of their homes above the fourth floor? Thanks to modern and environmental friendly diesel generators, housing real estate developers are able to construct buildings and complexes that touch the sky without bothering much about grid-based power failures.

Generators, A Boon
The dependency of developers on generators is two-fold - Necessity-oriented and luxury-oriented. In places that experience frequent power outages, most seven storey plus buildings and complexes will house a generator as a necessity to make entry and exit for occupants smooth and convenient. Another example of necessity-oriented dependency on generators would stem from the fact that in places with extreme weather conditions it is imperative to have ones air conditioner or heater functional all through the day. In such cases, generators act as on-demand power suppliers to keep ones home cool or warm depending on the location. The current power situation in Karnataka, wherein there have been major power cuts for a prolonged period of time have also led residential real estate developers to provide consumers with at least 50 per cent power backup for their daily requirements. Certain residential projects are luxurious in nature. These opulent homes demand electricity 24x7 for 365 days. Here the question of power outages or extreme weather does not come in as triggers for opting for diesel generators. In such cases, diesel generator backup is built with higher capacities to overcome the worst case scenario of power outages. These luxurious projects rely on diesel generators to keep every occupancy powered irrespective of the power situation.

Requisites
The typical capacity of diesel generators required for powering housing projects would depend on various factors like number of housing units to be powered, existing power situation etc. However, a luxury residential project would require multiple units of diesel generators ranging from 750 kVA to 1,500 kVA, depending on the number of buildings and floors.

In smaller, three to four storey buildings, the minimum requirement would be that of a 100 kVA diesel generator. All generator manufacturers have to comply with the CPCB-II Emission Rule. This rule is a breakthrough legislation which will certainly help control release of polluting gases into the atmosphere and will result in ensuring an overall healthy living for citizens. With the implementation of CPCB-II and stringent emission norms, there will be substantial improvement in the quality of exhaust gases being discharged into the atmosphere. The DG set industry is progressively moving towards providing customers with cleaner and greener energy solutions.

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