The global black start generator market is expected to reach USD 1.50 Billion by 2021 at a CAGR of 3.8% from 2016 to 2021. The growth is attributed to construction of thermal, nuclear, and hydro power plants and growth of manufacturing industries across the globe.
Some of the leading players in the black start generator market include GE (U.S.), Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. (Japan), Caterpillar Inc. (U.S.), MTU Onsite Energy (Germany), and Cummins Inc. (U.S.). Contracts and Agreements was the most adopted strategy followed by black start generator market players.
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The black start generator’s prime application is in the power generation sector to provide the initial power for restarting the power plant during a blackout. However, over the years, black start generators witnessed tremendous demand from the oil & gas, manufacturing, and even the healthcare and IT sectors, thereby increasing its scope of application. The power sector is still the major contributor to the black start generator market. Construction of new power plants across globe to meet the increasing demand for power is the major driving factor for the black start generator market.
Diesel type generators are estimated to dominate the black start generator market based on type. The demand for diesel generators is fueled by its quick response time, easy fuel sourcing and storage, and longer running life. In spite of being lower in cost, the gas and hybrid generator market for black start is highly restricted due to difficulty is fuel sourcing and shorter running life.
Black start generators require regular maintenance and testing to ensure they function during a blackout. This leads high operation and maintenance costs which are a major restraining factor for the black start generator market and motivates consumers to go for alternatives. Many power companies are providing black start service to commercial and industrial users as an alternative to installing black start generators. This service is becoming popular in developed regions and is another factor which is likely to restrain the growth of the black start generator market.
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Asia-Pacific is currently the largest market for black start generators and is closely followed by the North America and Europe. China accounts for the major market share in the Asia-Pacific market. China is rapidly expanding its power generation capacity by adding around 60 GW of thermal capacity every year. Moreover, it is also investing in nuclear power plants and is projected to become leader in nuclear power generation. China is also among the most lucrative market for manufacturing industries, making it largest market for black start generator.