10 July 2020

Table of Contents for Powerzone


Dieselgen gain

Unstable and uncertain power supply, along with the demand from commercial, residential and manufacturing segments is expected to drive the growth for diesel run generator sets.


Infrastructure is a vital element in driving the country’s economy, wherein the power sector is a crucial deciding facet for achieving the growth targets. Though there have been commendable advancements in the power generation, transmission and development segment, the sector still lags behind as against the scenario in developed nations. In such a scenario, generator sets remain the most reliable and widely available form of on-site power generation.


According to recent estimates disclosed by the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) the country’s DG capacity is growing at a rate of 5,000 MW – 8,000 MW every year. The index is much higher when compared with the cumulative nuclear and solar capacities being added on year-on-year basis in the country.  Market research firm RNCOS in its recent research study identifies the diesel generator market to grow with the rising demand for power back-up systems in the country.  As per the industry analysts, a larger share of the Indian diesel generator market is occupied by medium range (20 KVA– 62.5 KVA) accounting for about half of the total diesel generator market. A major share of the total market is also being owned by the DG sets manufacturer delivering products having capacities of over 100 KVA. According the CERC estimates, the millions of DG sets involved in addressing these power concerns, and by considering the domestic load running on gensets is expected to take the current market indices of a total cumulative capacity to exceed 90,000 MW in the coming years.


The findings outlined by research and consulting firm Global Data in its recent report outlines the US, China and India as the top market for diesel gensets. However, the market share of gensets, especially in China and India, is expected to only increase by the end of 2020. Siddartha Raina, Senior Analyst at GlobalData has been quoted as saying in a report that, “A considerable gap is being witnessed in the power supply and demand in China and India, and this creates attractive market for the diesel genset manufacturers.”


In addition, high power deficits and growth in economy is expected to act as the strongest drivers behind achieving these growth targets.


The utilisation of DG sets are largely driven by the industrial and commercial units, wherein the diesel run generators are used as back-ups for unreliable and insufficient power supply. Moreover, the demand will be further driven by the existing and emerging commercial establishments, involving mid-to-large sized factories and apartment complexes who are equipped with back-up power which runs on diesel energy. Owing to these evolving opportunities and burning need to meet the power requirements, the Indian DG set market is anticipated to grow at a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 10.6 per cent in value terms during 2014-18.




The Indian diesel run generator industry has seen the enforcement of CPCB II Emission Rules by the government since July 2014. As per the new directive, all manufacturers, importers or assemblers of DG sets in India have to comply with cleaner emission standards, for products up to 800 kilowatt. Owing to this latest initiative, Genset majors have now focused on endorsing the newly enforced norms through their products. Sterling Generators, one of the largest DG sets manufacturers in Asia, is ready with their entire range of 10 KVA-1000KVA Gensets as per the CPCB II norms. Following on the same path, Cooper Corporation is also ready with its Eco Pack Gensets that comply with CPCB II Emission limits for its range varying from 10 KVA-200 KVA. With the lowest cost of ownership, over 2000 such units of Cooper Corporation’s Gensets are already made available in the domestic market. Another industry player, Jakson and Cummins is also taking the lead in developing DG sets compliant with new emission standards. A dedicated Global Training Centre has been set up at Greater Noida to train the workforce on developing next generation products.

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