Distributed generation and CHP emerging opportunities for growth, report shows

June 25, 2002 — The number of U.S. electric utilities offering distributed generation (DG) and combined heat and power (CHP) services/products has more than doubled in the past 18 months and now stands at almost 40%.

A report from the Darnell Group states that technologies such as fuel cells, wind turbines, and so on, are progressing at rapid rates and promise to change the economic equation of these large and important markets.

There is a market for at least 20 GigaWatts of new distributed electric generation in the U.S. alone. And even larger markets exist internationally, where grids are poor or the difference between gas and electric costs is higher than in the U.S.

In addition to the emerging distributed generation (DG) market, there are 50GW of demand for CHP (combined heat and power) installations in the U.S. This comprehensive effort analyzes the economic and business factors, including end-to-end efficiencies, preferential (government-sponsored) financing arrangements, and other factors that will drive these markets into the future.

The scope of this report includes Combined Heat & Power (CHP), Standby, Peak Shaving, Grid Support and Stand Alone. These applications account for over 100 GW of capacity in North America alone and are currently dominated by industrial and commercial installations: Internet data centers are not a significant segment of this rapid growth opportunity.

In addition to considering traditional DG technologies, this effort provides detailed analysis and forecasts for emerging DG technologies such as Biomass (including natural gas) Turbines, Photovoltaics, Wind Turbines, Microturbines, and Fuel Cells.

This report includes geographic forecasts as well as financial and business models for regional markets in Asia, Europe, and North America. The adoption rates for specific technologies such as Fuel Cells are strongly dependent on variations in regional economic and market conditions.

They are not solely dependent on technical/performance factors.

Also included are power level (kVA/MVA) forecasts for each type of DG application, forecasts by generation technology, and an analysis of the leading competitors.

Forecasts will be in Units, Dollars and Average Pricing Trends. Darnell Group is currently offering an analysis of the DG and CHP markets.

Typical readers of Darnell Group reports include executive managers with electricity generators and service providers, equipment makers, materials and component suppliers, industry financial analysts, government agencies, and others with a need for timely and detailed quantitative strategic information and analysis.

Darnell Group is a source for strategic information and analysis on all power conversion, energy storage and generation markets and technologies.

Offices in Europe and the U.S. together with a strategic joint venture in Asia make Darnell uniquely qualified to undertake this important project. Additional strategic partners include the Reed Business Information publications: EDN Worldwide and PCIM Europe. For more information, contact Jeff Shepard by sending e-mail to: jshepard@darnell.com.


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