Genset market growth set to drive demand for load bank testing

As a new report predicts significant growth in demand for diesel gensets, Paul Brickman from Crestchic Loadbanks reiterates the vital role of testing to ensure reliable operation.

After a period of reduced demand which can be attributed to the temporary closure of factories and businesses and a slowdown in construction, the global genset market looks set to rise. A new market research report from P&S Intelligence has predicted an increase from $13,773.0 million in 2019 to $21,929.9 million in 2030, at a 6.0% CAGR.

For Crestchic Loadbanks, the increase in demand is no surprise. Paul Brickman, Sales and Marketing Director, explains: “The global pandemic has accelerated the digital revolution. Our use of the internet, AI such as Alexa and Siri, video conferencing and the use of the IoT within our businesses has changed in a relatively short period of time. As a result, more data centres are being built – all of which rely on a continuous and uninterrupted power supply. Generators are the ideal backup – as long as they are maintained and tested on a regular basis.”

The report attributes the forecast to fast paced urbanisation and growth of the manufacturing sector in India, China, Indonesia, and Brazil; rising construction activities in Asia-Pacific (APAC); and the increase in power cuts and extreme weather events in North America. As well as significant growth in the data centre market the report highlights increased demand for back-up electricity at manufacturing plants, telecom towers, retail outlets, and hospitality establishments. It also predicts that the increase in manufacturing and construction activities globally will see the demand increase further.

Paul continues, “The report is certainly reflecting what we’re seeing across all of the geographies that we operate in. With power supplies fluctuating, or many customers operating off-grid, the need for backup power is growing. As suppliers of load testing kit – which is crucial to ensuring the safe and reliable operation of gensets – we’re seeing an increased understanding of the critical role of back-up power and the need to test.”

While there is growing awareness of the need to invest in back-up power, an alarming number of businesses assume that powering up the generator is enough to ensure it will be operational when called upon. Wherever there is standby power, there is also a need for a load bank – a device which is used to create an electrical load which imitates the operational or ‘real’ load that a generator would use in normal operational conditions.

Paul explains, “Taking a proactive approach to the maintenance and testing of generators is crucial to mitigate the risk of failure. Failing to test the system adequately puts the generator at risk of failure – with the fuel, exhaust and cooling system untested, along with the potential for embedded moisture, putting the system in the very high-risk category. At Crestchic, we have the knowledge and expertise to be able to implement robust testing regimes that will prolong the life of these assets and ensure that they are operational in the event of a power failure.”

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Northbridge Industrial Services (LON:NBI) has two core activities, Crestchic Loadbanks and Tasman Oil Tools. Crestchic is a specialist electrical equipment business which manufactures, sells and rents loadbanks and transformers from its base in Burton on Trent and has depots in France, Germany, Belgium, UAE and Singapore. Crestchic also has satellite locations in China and the USA.

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