Diesel gen­er­a­tors are widely used in places where grid is not avail­able or as emer­gency backup power source for home or busi­ness if the grid fails. De­pend­ing on size, th­ese diesel gen­er­a­tors can be used for small loads, such as elec­tric tools, and for lar

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widen­ing, giv­ing rise to the need for lo­cal­ized power gen­er­a­tor. Many res­i­den­tial users, in­dus­trial users, and com­mer­cial users de­pend on gen­er­a­tors for un­in­ter­rupted power sup­ply. In par­tic­u­lar, the mar­ket is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing huge de­mand for low power range gen­er­a­tors.

One of the ma­jor chal­lenges in the mar­ket is the op­tion of al­ter­na­tive en­ergy gen­er­a­tion. So­lar en­ergy, wind en­ergy and other forms of re­new­able en­ergy are be­com­ing in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar among in­dus­tries for power pro­duc­tion in the coun­try.

En­gine tech­nol­ogy has a very im­por­tant role to play in In­dia’s gen­er­a­tor mar­ket. For ex­am­ple, CRDi (Com­mon Rail Di­rect In­jec­tion) tech­nol­ogy makes the diesel en­gine run like a gaso­linepow­ered one. It’s fast, quiet and eco­nom­i­cal, while main­tain­ing the diesel en­gine char­ac­ter­is­tics of higher pulling power. In the CRDi unit, a tube -also called com­mon rail -- con­nects all the in­jec­tors and con­tains fuel with high pres­sure. The in­jec­tors have con­trols which al­low a very pre­cise dose of diesel into each cylin­der. The on-board com­puter makes sure the fuel is in­jected at the right time. This en­sures lower emis­sions, makes the en­gine ex­tremely re­spon­sive and gives bet­ter fuel econ­omy.

In­dia has also ad­vo­cated the in­tro­duc­tion of more strin­gent emis­sion norms pro­posed by the Cen­tral Pol­lu­tion Con­trol Board. Th­ese re­vised norms will make it manda­tory for en­gine man­u­fac­tures to adapt tech­no­log­i­cal changes in the en­gines to meet th­ese norms. The gen­er­a­tors should ide­ally be small in size, lighter in weight, qui­eter in noise, lower fuel con­sump­tion, less in main­te­nance cost, low volt­age fluc­tu­a­tion, good in block load­ing and CPCB com­pli­ant. CPCB II has been in­tro­duced and Cooper Cor­po­ra­tion is ready for this be­cause of our eco-friendly gensets man­u­fac­tured un­der the brand name Cooper Eco­pack.

(The writer is GM Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment & Per­for­mance Sup­port, Cooper Cor­po­ra­tion Pvt. Ltd.)

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