In developing countries, where networks are not capable of delivering increased demand, standby generators are typically used as the primary source of power for homes as well as for commercial use. Diesel and petrol/gasoline is cheap in many of these countries so running a generator is an economical way to provide power.
Why buy generators and not something more efficient or less damaging to the environment? The answer is wholly financial; a standby generator is the cheapest capital purchase by some distance and will provide quick, available power where and when needed. It is simple maths. Compared to solar or other non-fossil fuel alternatives, generator power, using diesel is by far and away the most cost effective. Diesel generator efficiency.
Budgeting for, and investing capital in, standby power for disaster recovery (link to blog disaster recovery) in developed countries makes good sense. However, when using generators as the sole or primary source of power in the developed world as an alternative to mains electricity, the costs are high. For example, in the UK if your electricity bill over 10 years was, say, £10,000 the cost of buying and running a generator over the same period would probably be more like £50,000! Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems can be an effective way of maximising the total energy produced, but still fall some way short. Environmentally, generators are a long way short of ticking the ‘green box’ but until grid supplies worldwide are beefed up and can cope with current and future power demand or a genuinely viable green alternative presents itself, a standby diesel generator will remain the first choice for backup power.
Like it or not, environmentalists can do very little about the predicted spiralling increase in the number of generators predicted over the next three years, even in the developed world. To underline this point, last year Hurricane Sandy devastated New York City and other parts of the State. The storm occurred on October 25th 2012; domestic generator demand was so great immediately following the event that people had to wait until April 2013 before they could get their emergency cover in place. In the US, regulations governing C02 emissions is as high as anywhere in the world, ironic considering the average US citizen consumes 6 times more power than its nearest rival. On the flip side, Americans typically install gas generators as the preferred choice for their domestic standby power, which, whilst significantly more expensive in terms of capital outlay than diesel, are far cleaner and produce much lower emissions.
In summary, the lack of alternatives to standby diesel generators for backup and emergency power means generators will be around for some time to come.
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