U.S. industrial boiler market to gain much of its overall valuation from the food & beverage sector by 2024

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U.S. Industrial Boiler Markethas recently witnessed Miura showcasing its range of efficient, reliable, and safe industrial boilers at the AHR Expo 2018. The company, a prominent player of the U.S. industrial boiler industry and a global leader in innovative steam boiler technology, has lately emerged as the choicest of companies chosen across the U.S. and Canada for boiler installation and maintenance. Miura’s product spectrum has undoubtedly triggered a competitive storm in U.S. industrial boiler market, for the simple reason that the company is fanatically meticulous about ensuring the production of safe and reliable systems with high efficiency for its clientele, ranging from food and beverage processors, brewers and distillers, and hospitals, to metal processing firms, paper mills, and textile/carpet manufacturers. Having categorically been labelled as one of most lucrative hubs for industrial growth, the U.S. today stands nearly at the focal point as far as energy sector is concerned. Consequently, U.S. industrial boiler market, despite being a very niche segment, has emerged as one of most profitable verticals of the global boiler industry. As a matter of fact, in 2016, the U.S. industrial boiler market size was recorded at a modest USD 450 million, pertaining to the product’s widespread demand across the chemical and food sectors.

   U.S. Industrial Boiler Market Size, By Application, 2016 & 2024 (USD Million)
 U.S. Industrial Boiler Market Size, By Application, 2016 & 2024 (USD Million)


U.S. industrial boiler market trends from the food & beverage sector

The food & beverage domain stands as one of the most remunerative end-use verticals for U.S. industrial boiler industry. Boilers, being typically used for providing thermal energy, improving efficiency, reducing fuel wastage, increasing heated water quality, prevention of fouling, balancing mineral content, and many more related functions in the F&B sector, are undeniably one of most indispensable equipment in food companies. In consequence, this has provided a major impetus to U.S. industrial boiler market size from the F&B sector. Not to mention, the U.S. food industry can indeed be enlisted among one of the most lucrative business spheres in the country, already having recorded its name in the billion-dollar space. Subject to the rapidly changing lifestyles and meal consumption habits, coupled with rising number of investments in novel food processing units that demand the installation of highly productive boilers, U.S. industrial boiler market size is indeed likely to witness a major boost over 2017-2024 from the food & beverage applications alone. Estimates claim that the F&B sector had accounted for over 10% of the installed capacity of U.S. industrial boiler industry, and may hold quite some share percentage in the ensuing years as well.

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While the food and beverage sector indeed holds pivotal importance as a profitable end-use domain for U.S. industrial boiler market as far as revenue generation is concerned, it is prudent to mention that these products are being used across other business spheres as well, such as the chemical, metals, and the paper sectors. As on today, the primary goal of most business players revolves around GHG emission reduction and environmental safety. Evidently, companies partaking in U.S. industrial boiler industry share have also been attempting to replace the fuel source in industrial boilers so as to achieve a carbon-free operational process.

An instance validating the aforementioned pointer is that Monolith Materials, a next-gen manufacturer of natural gas-based carbon black, has recently signed a deal with the Nebraska Public Power District – Nebraska’s biggest electric utility, that aims to replace its current coal-fired boiler with a hydrogen-fired boiler at the Sheldon Station plant, Hallam, in Nebraska. Reportedly, the new industrial boiler will be designed to generate 125 MW electricity that would be sufficient to power around 150,000 households. The deal would indeed mark major significance in U.S. industrial boiler market, given that it would not only enhance the production capacity at the Nebraska utility, but would also help considerably reduce carbon and GHG emissions. Riding along the hallmark of the same, other companies are expected to undertake pivotal steps to replace the fuel source with one that is environment-friendly. Indeed, this would provide numerous growth opportunities for U.S. industrial boiler industry players, and would simultaneously help augment the revenue graph of this regional business sphere. Incidentally, analysts forecast the U.S. industrial boiler market size to be pegged at USD 600 million by 2024

Author Name : Saipriya Iyer

Zonal Isolation Market: Increasing drilling activities across the globe to stimulate the industry growth over 2016-2024

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The graph of Zonal Isolation Market is expected to display a high surge over the next few years, pushed by growing number of drilling operations carried out across the offshore and onshore destinations. Technological innovations have helped the industry players explore new oil & gas wells and this has significantly contributed towards the industry growth. Increase in number of shale gas exploration along with heavy crude oil demand due to high energy requirements, will propel zonal isolation industry growth in the near future. As per Global Market Insights, Inc., “Zonal Isolation market size is forecast to touch USD 31.18 billion by 2024.

Moreover, rise in the number of drilling rigs across the globe is projected to increase the demand for exploration and production of oil & gas wells, thereby driving the industry trends over the coming timeframe. For instance, world drilling rig count improved by 74 units in July 2016 in comparison to June 2016. In fact, the U.S. rig count had numbered to 449 rigs from 32 rigs while Canada contributed nearly 31 units to 94 rigs. Developed countries like the U.S. and Canada are investing heavily in oil & gas exploration projects which is expected to drive the zonal isolation industry growth over the next few years.

U.S. Zonal Isolation Market Size, By Application, 2013-2024 (USD Million)

U.S. Zonal Isolation Market Size, By Application, 2013-2024 (USD Million)

Offshore sector is a major application area, projected to offer high growth opportunities for zonal isolation industry over the coming seven years. As per the research, offshore application is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7% over the coming timeframe, driven by huge investments in the exploration and production activities carried out offshore. Moreover, zonal isolation market share in onshore sector, will experience a high growth, due to the enormous rise in onshore drilling activities.

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Below are the regional trends influencing zonal isolation industry over 2016-2024

  • Rise in number of shale gas exploration activities along with high requirements for oil & gas is expected to spur Europe zonal isolation market growth over the coming years. UK and Norway are expected to be the major regional revenue contributors.
  • Middle East & Africa zonal isolation market is projected to witness significant gains of 6.53% over 2016-2024, driven by rise in regional drilling rig count. Iran and Saudi Arabia are projected to be the major regional revenue pockets.
  • North America zonal isolation industry will attain maximum growth over the coming seven years, driven by rise in the number of drilling offshore activities along with the discovery of unexplored oil & gas basins/reserves. U.S. is expected to contribute substantially towards the regional share.
  • Zonal isolation industry will obtain optimum growth across the nations such as China, Canada, UAE, Mexico, Russia, and Brazil, driven by the increase in oil & gas exploration and production activities.

Market players will try to enhance their ROI through technological innovations, R&D investments, and strategic alliances. Key industry players include TAM International, Expro International Group Holdings Limited, Schlumberger Limited, Tendeka, FMC Technologies, Baker Hughes, Weatherford International, Halliburton Company, Superior Energy Services, C&J Energy Services Incorporation, and Oilsery.

Author NameDhananjay Punekar

Global hydrogen generation market outlook: Rising demand for desulfurization and strict emission control norms to drive the industry growth

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Rising popularity of petroleum products in emerging economies is expected to stimulate Hydrogen Generation Market Size over the next few years. Hydrogen is primarily used in refining process such as hydro desulfurization to remove sulfur from refined petroleum products such as petrol, diesel, jet fuels, etc. and make them more usable. Strict norms to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions from aircraft, ships, automobiles, industrial furnaces, and railroad locomotives will drive hydrogen generation industry growth in the near future. As per Global Market Insights, Inc., “Hydrogen generation industry size is projected to surpass USD 180 billion by 2024.

Hydrogen is generated from two processes known as electrolysis and steam reforming process. Global hydrogen generation market revenue from electrolysis process is expected to grow at a rate of 5% over 2016-2024. Hydrogen generation industry size from steam reforming process is forecast to witness a high growth over the coming seven years, owing to lower natural gas costs along with its easy availability.

Germany Hydrogen Generation Market size, by application 2013-2024 (USD Billion)
Germany Hydrogen Generation Market size, by application 2013-2024 (USD Billion)

Hydrogen generator finds varied applications across metal, construction, petroleum refinery, glass, propellant fuel, chemical, automobile, and semiconductor sectors. Chemical sector, which accounted for over half of hydrogen generation market share in 2015, will grow significantly over the coming timeframe. The growth can be credited to rising demand for ammonia from agricultural sector as well as its rampant use in urea production.

Hydrogen generation industry revenue in the petroleum refinery sector will grow substantially over the coming years as a result of its wide use in the hydrocracking process along with high preference for petroleum products such as diesel, gasoline, etc.

Taking into consideration the global outlook, APAC hydrogen generation industry revenue will witness a substantial growth over the coming seven years. The growth can be attributed to heavy demand for petroleum products from refineries. India and China are expected to be the key regional revenue contributors.

Europe hydrogen generation market is projected to observe a substantial growth over the next few years. Rising use of chemicals in construction and food & beverages sector will positively impact the regional growth. Germany is expected to contribute significantly towards the regional revenue share.

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North America hydrogen generation industry will grow considerably over the coming seven years, owing to heavy demand for ammonia. In addition to this, rising preference for renewable sources of energy to curb the greenhouse emissions is expected to contribute substantially towards the regional growth over the coming years. U.S. is predicted to dominate the regional share.

MEA hydrogen generation industry will witness a high surge over the period of 2016-2024 due to growing demand for fertilizers. LATAM market is expected to observe a noticeable growth over the next few years, owing to remodeling of current deployments and large-scale expansion of refineries.

Key industry players include Messer Group GmbH, The Linde Group, Nuvera Fuel Cells Inc., Iwatani Corporation, Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation, Hydrogenics, Showa Denko K.K., Caloric Anlagenbau GmbH, Xebec Adsorption Inc., Praxair Technology Inc., and Air Liquide.

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Growing oil and gas industry to boost the global FPSO market size

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Developing economies to make substantial contribution towards the market growth

Rise in offshore oil & gas exploration activities across the globe is expected to fuel the demand for the FPSO (Floating Production, Storage, and Offloading) market over the coming years. Currently, the exploration activities are being carried out mainly in offshore oil & gas fields of Brazil, North Sea, and West Africa. Growing oil & gas requirements across the globe will boost investments in new oil & gas fields.

The rapid expansion of upstream oil & gas industry coupled with favorable government policies to promote offshore oil & gas exploration activities is projected to boost the market size over the next few years. As per Global Market Insights Inc. report, the FPSO Market share worth USD 21 billion in 2015, is predicted to surpass USD 117 billion by 2024, growing at a CAGR of 19% over the period of 2016-2024.

The U.S. FPSO market share worth USD 20 billion in 2015, is expected to witness a noticeable surge over the forecast timeframe owing to the growing production and exploration of natural gas, rise in offshore activities and the discovery of untapped reservoirs. The Norway market is anticipated to touch USD 3.1 billion mark by 2024.

Norway FPSO market size, by volume, 2014 – 2024 (Units)

Norway FPSO market size, by volume, 2014 - 2024 (Units)

The China FPSO market size worth USD 687 million in 2015, is predicted to witness a significant growth, recording a CAGR of 22% over the period of 2016-2024. The growth can be attributed to the rise in offshore as well as onshore exploration coupled with production activities in the region.

The Angola FPSO market share, growing at a CAGR of 26.4% over the period of 2016-2024, is estimated to reach over 11 units in 2024 in terms of volume. Factors such as growing offshore production and exploration activities carried out in Deepwater reservoirs are expected to contribute towards the regional growth. Firms like Eni, Exxon Mobil, and Chevron have offshore projects in Angola and adds about 1MMbbl/d to the capacity.

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In April 2016, about 260 floating production units were set up in offshore oil & gas fields of which FPSO accounted for approximately 64%. Conversion of tank vessels into FPSO units is predicted to support the industry growth over the next few years. For instance, 1995 built shuttle tanker converted to a Libra FPSO unit in 2015 was designed to achieve the production of crude oil. The converted FPSO market is predicted to record a CAGR of 18.9% over the period of 2016-2024 owing to low capital investments coupled with the ability to operate in small and medium fields.

The redeployed FPSO market worth USD 719.8 million in 2015, is anticipated to witness a substantial growth, growing at a CAGR of 22.3% over the forecast period. The growth can be credited   to the product’s ability to minimize the project execution time. The new built FPSO market is predicted to witness a noticeable growth over the forecast timeframe due to growing ultra-deep water offshore exploration & production activities.

Key market players include SBM Offshore, MODEC Inc., BW Offshore, Samsung Heavy Industries, Aker Solutions, Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. Ltd., Teekay Corporation, Yinson Holdings Berhad, and Bluewater Energy Services B.V. These industry players will try to increase their market share through product innovation and mergers & acquisitions.

Author NameDhananjay Punekar

A succinct outline of solar street lighting market in terms of governmental initiatives, India to witness phenomenal proceeds in the regional landscape

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With solar power tending to hog most of limelight in the renewable energy mix, solar street lighting market finds itself amongst one of the most burgeoning industry spaces of recent times. Sharply declining component cost, growing manufacturing facilities, and the improving economic scenario outlines the business space’s key to opportunities and profitability. Statistics claim, in 2017 solar PV module prices experienced a decline of almost 80% from what it was recorded in the year 2010. Of course, the marketplace has observed a tremendous push from the rigorous initiatives undertaken by governmental organizations as well as private entities in sync with the global commitment toward climate change.

A couple of years back in 2016, Paris Climate Accord was signed under UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) in a bid to address the increasing global temperatures. For the record, 195 countries as of now have voluntarily joined the sustainability agreement and promised to curtail GHG emissions. Not to mention, this kind of intercontinental clear energy projects is bound to generate a massive demand for advanced solar powered low energy consumed street lighting system, leaving a direct impact on the solar street lighting industry share.

Europe Solar Street Lighting Market size, by application, 2017 & 2024 (USD million)
Europe Solar Street Lighting Market size, by application, 2017 & 2024 (USD million)

In fact, the transformative trend has already made its presence felt in the business sphere, quite vividly conspicuous from the increasing number of initiatives undertaken worldwide with regards to its extensive deployment. For example, Central African country Gabon, has scarcely announced its plan of deploying nearly 5000 solar street lights across some of the rural as well as urban areas of the region. The project that made to the headlines this May recorded an initial installation in March (first phase) of nearly 50 solar power street lights across Libreville, Bitam, Avorbam, and Makokou, is reportedly shaping up rapidly. The initiative mainly comes on the heels of the country’s initiative to provide sustainable public lighting to rural belts, in the face of severe power shortcomings. In fact, if reports are to be relied on, the northern belt of Libreville claims to get benefitted from the project with almost 30 units of solar power. Envisaged by the regional government to produce electricity via renewable means, the project undoubtedly underlines the expansion of solar street lighting industry in recent years.

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India to significantly drive APAC solar street lighting market

Asia Pacific belt, of late, has emerged out to be one of the opportunistic hubs for the industry stakeholders. The region has exhibited tremendous proliferation in the renewable space, with solar energy at the pinnacle, which has also made it a potential contender in street lighting market. India, surprisingly is likely to standout in APAC solar street lighting industry, with an appreciable CAGR of 8% over 2018-2024. The growth can be primarily attributed to the regional governmental backing and investment in conventional street lighting refurbishment projects.

Unveiling the latest developments in India solar street lighting market:

  • The NABARD (National BANK for Agriculture and Rural Development) has given official sanction to Arunachal Pradesh with regards to LED solar street lighting deployment. For the record, under its Rural Infrastructure Development Fund, the Administrative body has granted the state a hefty sum of USD 87.83 lakh. The project which is supposed to get implemented across Tirap, Namsai, Longding, and Tawang, will have a considerable impact on the regional solar street lighting market.
  • Under the regional government’s initiative to electrify rural India, renowned lighting giant Philips won two extensive LED based solar street lighting contracts in India that has substantially boosted India solar street lighting industry share. The two projects, one for Manipur Renewable Energy Development Agency (MANIREDA) and the other for Uttar Pradesh New and Renewable Energy Development Agency (UPNEDA) mainly focus on conversion of energy based on renewable energy source. These two gigantic projects are deemed to light nearly 800 villages in Uttar Pradesh and some areas of Manipur with the deployment of nearly 76000 LED street solar lights.

Judging the aforementioned axioms, it wouldn’t be incorrect to state that solar street lighting industry is likely to witness remarkable monetary benefits across APAC. Other than India, China is claimed to be another potential revenue pocket, which held a valuation of USD 400 million in 2017. All in all, with appreciable number of countries inclining toward renewable space, in addition to the innumerable governmental efforts to deploy solar energy in public infrastructure, solar street lighting market is slated to exceed USD 5 billion by 2024.

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APAC oil storage market to amass substantial gains over 2018-2024, China to emerge as a chief revenue contributor

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The volatility of oil prices is a crucial factor that has tremendously impacted oil storage market in recent years. Indeed, oil prices have been a debatable topic over the last half a decade. The crude prices underwent a major decline from trading at USD 109.45/barrel in 2012 to USD 52.51/barrel in 2017, resulting in a supply-demand imbalance. The supply of crude oil has surpassed its demand leading to an overabundance of the crude oil worldwide. This has resulted in a surging demand for oil storage facilities across the globe, rapidly propelling oil storage market trends.

The declining crude oil prices have also built a tough competitive scenario in the O&G market. In accordance, oil companies have been focusing toward expanding their operations to increase their supply and storage infrastructure – a move that will commendably impact global oil storage market growth. Having once been the monopoly of the Gulf countries, oil storage industry as on today has established its footprint across myriad geographies. The emerging economies, mainly the Asia Pacific in fact, have been particularly proactive across this business space. Heavy import of crude oil across this region has resulted in an upsurge in the demand for storage facilities. As per the National Bureau of Statistics, Asia held 191 barrels of crude in its petroleum reserve in the year 2015.

U.S. Oil storage Market size, by fuel, 2013 – 2025 (Million Units)

U.S. Oil storage Market size, by fuel, 2013 - 2025 (Million Units)

Regional governments across the APAC have also been taking initiatives to augment oil storage market outlook across the continent, taking into consideration the national economic security as these oil reserves can be used at the time of energy crisis, safeguarding the national economy. For instance, the Petroleum Ministry of India announced its decision to increase its oil storage capacity taking the advantage of the reduced crude oil prices. The Government of India has set up three strategic crude oil reserves, each of 5 MMT capacity in Mangalore, Vishakhapatnam, and Padur. Rajasthan and Odisha are also under the pipeline for this set-up. Initiatives such as the aforementioned are certain to stimulate India oil storage market share in the ensuing years, inherently leading to the growth of this vertical across the Asia Pacific.

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It is noteworthy to mention that China has been a notable contributor toward APAC oil storage market. The country has been particularly keyed up with regards to crude storage and has been adopting various means to strengthen its stance in the geographical landscape of oil storage industry. In 2016 for instance, the Chinese government announced that it would be constructing additional 441 million barrels of strategic petroleum reserves by 2020. A year later, the China Energy Investment Corporation announced that it plans to invest more than USD 83 billion in the development of shale gas across West Virginia. This testifies that the increasing focus toward the expansion of refineries and the ongoing investments toward unconventional resources are certain to impel China oil storage market size.

The competitive landscape of oil storage market is inclusive of some heavy hitters such as CST Industries, Inc., Poly Processing, Snyder Industries, Red Ewald, Inc., Synalloy (Palmer), Assmann Polyethylene Tank, ZCL Composites Inc., Zepnotek Storage Tank, Belco Manufacturing Co Inc, L.F. Manufacturing, Inc., Containment Solutions, Inc, Polymaster, Holvrieka, Tuffa Tanks, and Vopak. The coming years will witness the key players adopting strategic alliances and mergers & acquisitions as a major part of their growth strategy. Additionally, core oil companies are expected to involve themselves in the massive expansion of their supply and storage infrastructure in order to outbid their rivals. A recent such move was Suncor Energy Inc. selling its oil storage stake to Fort McKay First Nation to strengthen its bond with aboriginal groups located close to the oil sands. Powered by the rising number of capital investments toward the development of storage units from domestic and foreign companies, in tandem with the growing demand for the refurbishment of existing storage units, oil storage industry size is anticipated to cross 1.2 billion cubic meters by 2024.


Author Name : Saipriya Iyer

Global Hydrogen generator market share to surpass USD 1.32 billion by 2024

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The vivid growth of industrial hydrogen applications across sectors such as chemical processing, fuel cells, refinery, and petroleum is soon going to result in hydrogen generator turning into a billion-dollar market. According to Global Market Insights, Inc., “The Hydrogen Generator market worth USD 800 million in 2015, is estimated to surpass a revenue of USD 1.32 billion by 2024.” Hydrogen generators are primarily the units installed to produce hydrogen. Depending on the requirements of the industrial process, the hydrogen generator deployment is mainly done either as an onsite generator or a portable generator.

The government initiatives towards a sustainable environment by reducing fuel emissions and dependency on non-renewable energy resources also play a vital role in increasing the hydrogen generator market size. The rising trend of green fuel use across the industrial, commercial, and residential sectors will also heavily boost the industry share. Hydrogen generator offers high operational reliability and is considered to be a convenient and secure hydrogen storage and delivery source free from the hassles of cylinder handling.

U.S Hydrogen Generator Market Size, By Application, 2013-2024 (USD million)

U.S Hydrogen Generator Market Size, By Application, 2013-2024 (USD million)

The expanding automotive industry will bring enormous growth prospects for the overall market. Increasing adoption of electric vehicles is encouraging the growth of hydrogen fuel stations in turn stimulating the market growth. The government is also encouraging the use of electric vehicles over the conventional means of transport owing to the eco-friendliness, reduced fossil fuel dependency, and operational cost-effectiveness of the former. Key automobile manufacturers such as Ford Motors, Nissan, GM, Mercedes-Benz, Honda, Toyota, and Tesla Motors are also significantly sharing the electric vehicle business space. It is estimated that the global electric vehicle sale will surpass 7 million units by 2024. This will in turn result in a comprehensive increase in the fuel cell demand. Hydrogen generator application in the fuel cell market is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 6% over the period of 2016-2024.

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The refinery industry is another major growth prospect for the hydrogen generator market. It is estimated that the hydrogen consumption in refineries accounts for 12 billion standard cubic feet per day. The demand for hydrogen in the processing of crude oil into refined fuel such as gasoline and diesel and removing the impurities from these fuels are expected to catalyze the application growth. Hydrogen generator application in refineries is forecast to surpass USD 120 million by 2024. The food and beverage industry is also supporting the hydrogen demand owing to its application in removing contaminants such as bacteria and viruses from the food items.

The refinery, oil & gas, and chemical processing industries usually adopt the onsite installation method, which is predicted to dominate the industry with a CAGR of 5% over the timeframe of 2016-2024. Portable hydrogen generators are popular amongst the transportation and construction industries and are estimated to record an annual growth rate of 5.8% over the coming eight years.

“Global hydrogen generator market is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 5% over the period of 2016-2024.” North America market accounted for USD 300 million in 2015, and is estimated to witness substantial gains over the coming period. The growth can be attributed to the rising demand across power generating plants & refueling stations and growing trend of green fuel across this region. The U.S. and Canada will be the major revenue pockets for the North America hydrogen generator market.

Asia Pacific, primarily led by South Korea and Japan, will also grow significantly over the coming years owing to rising demand across the refinery sector, growth in the petroleum industry, and stringent government regulations across this region. The Asia Pacific market is estimated to register a CAGR of 6% over the period of 2016-2024.

Some of the major players in this market are Linde AG, Air Products & Chemicals, Inc., Hydrogenics Corporation, Air Liquide SA, McPhy Energy, Airgas Inc., Praxair Inc., and Idro Energy.

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U.S. solar power industry to witness record-breaking growth owing to large-scale installation of solar panels

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The solar power sector in U.S. deployed 2,052 megawatts of photovoltaic in the second quarter of 2016 bringing total power capacity of the country to about 32 gigawatts. This much of power generation made possible due to the installation of solar panels in the country has the ability to supply electricity to greater than 6.3 million U.S. homes. Generation of power through photovoltaic or solar panels will also help in reduction of greenhouse emissions by about 39 million metric tons in a year.

A new solar panel was installed per 84 seconds in first six months of 2016 and it totaled about 1004 installations per day. This installation rate is projected to take the current total of 1.2 million solar panel installations to about 2.2 million solar panel installations by end of 2018.

U.S. solar power industry is anticipated to add about 14 gigawatts of new power capacity in 2016, which is more than double as compared to the total power capacity of the industry for 2015.

The industry is predicted to grow rapidly owing to following features:

  • Solar Power has helped more than 301,000 consumers save about $173,000,000 electricity bills
  • Solar Energy costs dropped across all industry sectors, with dropping costs ranging 2.5-7.5 percent
  • Cost of solar energy in 2016 is 18.1 percent lower as compared to 2015 and 63.1% lower as compared to the energy costs five years ago
  • Power production through solar panels was about 26 percent of the country’s total power production in first half of 2016

As per the Global Market Insights report, U.S. Solar Panel Market is projected to experience substantial expansion from 2016 to 2023.

By end of 2021, the U.S. solar power sector is anticipated to expand and this will generate more job opportunities and investments in the country. All these factors are predicted to boost the demand for solar panels and will boost the U.S. solar power industry growth.

Global Market Insights report states that global solar energy market size is projected to surpass $141 billion by end of 2023.

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Australian aboriginal community life transformed due to diesel generators replacement with solar panels

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In spite of possessing 170 square kilometers of land in the east of Tennant creek in Australia and a large amount of money in bank account, it was not affordable for Munungurra Aboriginal Corporation members to live in their country of birth and origin. The cost of providing power to a remote place prevented them to build an economy for their community.The corporation had no water and power supply as they were not on the grid and so they had to pay for two diesel generators to provide power supply to two tiny communities named as the aboriginal community and the Torres strait islanders community.

According to Mr. Graeme Smith, chief executive of Corporation, though these two generators provided people with reliable power supply, one generator was mostly occupied or utilized by two houses from among eight houses and the corporation had to pay $601 to $701 for the diesel.

As the people of the community had no employment, they could not afford to pay for diesel. So they lived in the town, looked after their children at school, got homes in the town and just went on the dole. So the corporation decided to lease a solar power system at a price higher than $200,001 from a government funded organization named indigenous business Australia that protects & promotes the economic interests of the aboriginal community as well as Torres Strait islander community.

Within 3 months of replacing diesel generator with solar power system brought huge financial and social benefits for the community. Its expenses were reduced by more than 50% and population increased from 3 to 40. Furthermore, local jobs increased and a school was established in the region.

Mr. McInnes from Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) organization had never thought of solar power provider as an alternative for diesel generator before Mr. Smith suggested him. He then found a suitable solar energy provider named as Allgrid Energy, a solar power firm located at Queensland in Australia. Its Chief executive, Mr. Pratt suggested a battery system and a solar panel for the community.

According to Mr. Pratt sun rays hit the solar panel during daytime and generate power. The community can utilize this power during daytime and rest of the unutilized power can be stored in batteries which can be utilized by the community at night.

IBA purchased the solar system from Allgrid Energy and rented it to Munungurra Aboriginal Corporation. Inexpensive power supply due to the solar system has helped the corporation make huge capital withdrawals. It has also helped in transforming and improving the lifestyle of the community as well as increased the community size and produced new jobs.

Corporation has now got two government contracts – the first contract is to provide home repairing and maintenance services, while another contract is to manage work of dole programs & activities.

This has encouraged Mr. McInnes of IBA to replicate this experience and provide similar  facilities to more such remote communities that depend on diesel generators for power supply. This could help in reducing their expenditure on power & energy supply to a large extent

This demonstrates as to how solar power can be useful and work wonders for even remote communities like aboriginal and torees. Solar power also helps to reduce their expenditure and contributes largely towards green environment maintenance. All these factors are predicted to promote the demand for solar power in Australia and enhance the growth of Australia solar power market.

Today, there is a rampant use of coal, LPG, CNG and diesel as sources of power but tomorrow the world would be dominated by solar power which is a natural source of energy and can be abundantly derived or availed naturally.

Use of solar energy prevents exhaustion of natural resources like coal & diesel extracted from below the earth’s crust. It thus prevents natural disequilibrium caused due to exhaustion of natural resources like coal resulting in natural calamities like earthquakes, tremors and floods.

As per Global Market Insights report, the global Solar tracker market size is forecast to reach USD 7.54 billion by 2023, with growth expectation of 12% CAGR from 2016 to 2023.

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