Distributed power generation is an innovative form of power generation that has dramatic implications for industries around the world by providing enhanced energy security. Although connections to traditional power grids are often reliable, outages or fluctuations still occur and when they do they can cause serious trouble for industrial facilities. Distributed power generation allows organizations to continue operating with enhanced energy security.
Distributed Power Generation vs Traditional Power Systems
Distributed power generation differs from the traditional power distribution model. Typically, electricity is produced at a power plant and then transferred to various locations through the grid. With a distributed generation model, however, power is generated on site by the consumer. There are a number of reasons why this can stabilize electricity availability and benefit industrial companies.
Fewer Chances of Failure with Distributed Power Generation
First and foremost, distributed generation can in many cases be more reliable. Since the distance from the site of production to the site of use is greatly reduced, there is less exposed infrastructure and fewer opportunities for things to go wrong. A localized system means that it is much more difficult for events such as storms or natural disasters to cause complete power failure at the industrial site.
When electricity must be transferred across hundreds or even thousands of miles, an accident or other event hundreds or thousands of miles away can interrupt power supply. With distributed generation, incidents in neighboring areas have no bearing on day-to-day operations from a power standpoint. This makes distributed power generation particularly important in countries and regions that may be prone to some type of upheavel or that have more limited or sporadic access to traditional power.
Distributed power generation also often leads to greater financial stability. In many cases facilities that are forced to import power or transfer it across great distances must also pay handsomely for their power, and they are extremely vulnerable to price hikes or market volatility. By producing their own electricity, they can eliminate the risk of power cost fluctuations eroding or destroying the bottom line.
Finally, one of the most important advantages of distributed generation is that it allows an organization complete control over their own power supply. Not only does this increase flexibility, by controlling when and where electricity is produced, but also helps ensure security. A facility can institute as many security measures as necessary or desired, rather than just trusting a power company to ensure reliability. Distributed generation also makes creating redundancies and backup mechanisms significantly easier.
Reasons for Stability with Distributed Power Generation
There are many reasons why a constant power supply is important. For one, power outages can interrupt operations and slow production, causing corporations that are subject to power instability to lose revenue. If clients are counting on the reliability of the facility, then this can also lead to loss of trust and loss of business.
However, there are also organizations for whom power outages can lead to much more serious problems. If temperature control is part of the facility’s operations, then power outages can lead to significant damage to the refrigerated or heated items and potentially a complete loss of valuable product. For secure facilities, an interruption can constitute a security risk by taking systems offline. Power losses can also lead to data loss in facility computers and cause damage to other systems.
Distributed generation is an excellent solution for industries that must operate in remote places or in regions where power grids are unreliable, such as on islands, in uninhabited areas, or even in some developing countries. Some of the many industries that may rely on an uninterrupted power supply can include:
- Mining, oil, and gas
- Scientific research
Even if traditional power grids have proved effective for industrial purposes in the past, that may not always be the case in the future. Distributed generation helps ensure security.
Polaris Is a Distributed Power Generation Leader
At Polaris, we understand how important a constant, steady power supply is to our clients. With years of experience in industrial energy, we can help any business maintain a constant and secure electricity supply. Our expert engineers and state-of-the-art technology and equipment also means that we can develop and implement distributed power generation systems more quickly and more efficiently. Contact us to discuss your distributed power generation needs.