This report titled ‘Global Solar Diesel Hybrid Power Systems Market 2016-2020‘, provides an in-depth analysis of the market in terms of revenue and emerging trends. The revenue calculation is based on the end-users that use solar diesel hybrid systems. The end-users include:
- Hotels and resorts
- Offices and warehouses
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“To overcome the problem of the intermittent nature of solar power and have cheaper, cleaner, and reliable renewable power, off-grid sites in remote areas are combining solar PV with diesel generators as a power source, where both the systems can complement each other to provide continuous power. This has led to an increase in the integration of renewables with traditional power generation sources,” said Sayani Roy, one of Technavio’s lead industry analysts for power.
Some of the other driving forces behind the growth of the solar diesel hybrid power systems market are as follows:
- Intermittent nature of solar power
- Application in remote locations
- Reduction of CO₂ emissions
Intermittent nature of solar power
With solar power prices spiraling down, PV adoption has gained traction, leading to a high number of installations over the years. However, the intermittent nature of solar power is a key issue. Power output from solar PV depends on factors such as efficiency of the panel, solar irradiation, and the degree of shading, which varies according to the time of day and the amount of cloud cover.
Their intermittent nature of solar energy also has a significant impact on power systems. As a result, having a 100% standalone solar power system is not a feasible option. For instance, solar power begins to meet demand partially only from 6 am and can completely meet the total power requirement during mid-day. During the time when solar energy is partially meeting the demand, a secondary power system such as a battery storage, the wind, generator, or grid power will be required to fulfill the entire power needs.
Application in remote locations
Using diesel generators as a core power system or as backup systems is common in remote areas where access to the grid power is unreliable or non-existent. The cost per kWh of electricity generated is dependent on the cost of diesel and the maintenance. However, over the years, the cost of diesel has increased, which in turn has increased the cost of power generation, driving the need for alternate power systems. The price of solar systems has fallen over the years, enabling remote communities and sites to combine renewable power with existing systems to reduce costs. For instance, in Australia, remote communities in the northern territory are integrating solar PV with their existing diesel generators. These diesel generators allow them to offset 15% of the diesel used at the site, and this figure increases to 50% in larger site areas, where battery systems and cloud mapping add better functionalities to the power system.
Reduction of CO₂ emissions
Fossil fuels are the most extensively used power source worldwide. However, their combustion releases vast quantities of GHGs, which causes global warming and other extreme weather conditions. As a result, countries such as India, Germany, China, and the US are investing in clean technology. This is an area where PV technology has an edge because it produces clean and renewable solar electricity. For instance, electricity production accounts for over one-third of the US global warming emissions; the global warming emissions associated with the entire life cycle of renewable energy that includes manufacturing, installation, operation, maintenance, dismantling, and decommissioning are minimal.
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