Rural electrification- chief trend evoking need for distribution lines and poles

The global energy industry has been undergoing a plethora of transformations lately. A recent fad in this revolutionizing business space is the burgeoning demand for distribution lines and poles, primarily due to the rising population and mounting need for energy and power across various emerging as well as developed nations. A dramatic need for distribution lines and poles is currently being felt across all urban and rural centers, which forms as a key for market progression worldwide.

‘Cutoff’ from electricity to escalate the deployment of distribution lines and poles in rural regions

Rural areas have always been barred from receiving an optimal electricity requirement over the past few years, reason- drastic surge in population and underdeveloped electricity grids and network infrastructure. Considering the scenario of backward regions of India, it has been observed that an average village has a total electricity demand of over 1,826 kilowatts per day, with electricity bifurcation of 52 per cent for household, 7 per cent for enterprises, and remaining by agriculture. Apparently, such need is generally fulfilled by diesel generators, which have an altering impact on the environment.

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A major environmental impact produced by diesel generators is constant carbon dioxide emissions during its service life. A reliable source quotes that toxic carbon emissions from 1 litre of diesel fuel is somewhere around 2.68 kgs, which is responsible for emitting over 46.5 metric tons of CO2 annually. Such count has indeed compelled various governments to come up with various reforms and regulations to develop and deploy distribution lines and poles across rural areas in vivid developing economies.

Speaking on these lines, a module has been released worldwide, whose norms, design criteria, and parameters are derived from rules established by the RUS of the US which have also been adapted to rural electric systems across various countries. The module boasts of potential features such as

· Configuration of three-phase systems with four wires- three phases and a multi-grounded physical neutral.

· Deployment of single-phase primary lines consisting of neutral and a phase for rural distribution.

· Application of single-phase transformers ranging from 5 to 25 kVA for specific cases in 3-phase banks.

· Limits on length of low voltage networks to enhance service quality, reduce technical losses, and decrease the possibilities of illegal connections.

This represents and integrated philosophy for development of rural electrification projects, which are anticipated to drive the growth trajectory of distribution lines and poles market in the upcoming years.

Renovations in distribution lines and grids to offer tremendous growth prospects to global business space

The investment dynamics of global distribution lines and poles market have considerably improved by leaps and bounds in the recent years. This is because key stakeholders have been looking forward to seeking lucrative opportunities within global distribution lines and poles industry. Below mentioned is a list of developments and renovations that have recently revolutionized the business space to a much larger extent.

· Oklahoma distribution line restoration

2017 ice storms in Oklahoma had destroyed several power lines across the region, which are now expected to be rebuilt by RES Group in partnership with Northwestern Electric Cooperative. As per news reports, the global energy company RES Group had in 2019 announced rebuilding over 380 miles of distribution line in northwest area of Oklahoma with the support from NWEC. The power line destruction had led NWEC incur loss of USD 21 million to its electrical infrastructure. This step not only enhanced the power grid infrastructure but also employed over 60 people during peak construction period.

· Empowerment of distribution lines by Ethiopian Electric Power

Ethiopian Electric Power had in 2018 declared its plans of reconstructing and strengthening its distribution lines across various regions in the country. Considering renovation in Wolaita Sodo and Harar Towns, enlisted are the steps undertaken:

· Upgradation and rehabilitation of 166.72 kilometer and 15 kilovolt overhead distribution lines.

· Rehabilitation and upgradation of 0.4 kilovolt and 132.20km overhead distribution lines.

· Rehabilitation of 27, 15/0.4 kilovolts, pole mounted distribution transformers.

· And, installation and supply of new and advanced 40, 15/0.4 kilovolts pole mounted distribution transformers.

Initiatives like these are expected to offer a positive impetus to the overall distribution lines and poles market in the years to follow.

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