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A small gas engine is a term that consists of a range of low powered, small-displacement engines that primarily run on natural gas, biogas, coal gas, or landfill gas. The systems are compact with regards to two main characteristics, namely power output and dimensions wherein power outputs range within just a few kilowatts (kW). The configurations differ based on the combustion cycle, which can be either two-stroke, which serves the given power output with a light engine or a four-stroke, which has a low emission rate.
The components of a small gas engine system comprise of an electrical system, governor, valvetrain, and a crankshaft, the point of separation from mainstream engines is that they run on gases instead of fuels such as petrol, diesel, kerosene, etc. Rising measures to curb the harmful emissions across the globe is the major reason to emphasize the paradigm shift towards low carbon sources such as biogas and compresses natural gas (CNG). This has, in turn, led to an increase in the production and utilization of small gas engines. These engines are widely used for residential purposes such as household work as well as for commercial purposes toward a sustainable environment and to provide an improved standard of living with a better livelihood.
Based on engine displacement, the categories observed can be 20cc-100cc, 101cc-400cc, and 401cc-650cc, wherein the 101cc-400cc type is is projected to hold substantial share during the forecast timeline as the engines produce the optimally high torque required in inland mowers. Besides, this type is mainly used in lawnmowers, snowblowers, portable generators, and pressure washers. Furthermore, the increase in demand for outdoor powered equipment across different applications is set to propel the adoption of engines with 401 – 650 cc outputs.
Based on the application, the global industry can be primarily classified into gardening, industrial, and construction. The gardening segment is projected to be the most prominent. The market for small gas engines is likely to grow due to the rising number of landscaping firms. Lawn renovation, lawn care, and snow removal are the specialty services that are most in-demand in public and domestic establishments.
On the basis of equipment, the small engines market can be broadly segmented into various outdoor power tools such as chainsaws, lawnmowers, leaf blowers, portable generators, concrete vibrators, pressure washers, and others. Due to the rising residential and commercial construction markets, the demand for lawnmowers is likely to the global industry size. Rapidly improving industrial and commercial infrastructure in developing countries is set to boost the sales of compact and efficient power generation equipment.
Small gas engines are widely used to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and diminish the overall carbon footprint. The products offer substantial fuel flexibility advantage and can burn a variety of natural gases due to the limited availability of organic necessities. Small gas engines can also operate with low calorific value gases, low methane number gases, and gases that have fluctuating fuel composition. The operational speed of the units generally varies between 750 – 1500 RPM, which is much lower in comparison to the large capacity counterparts & the temperature of the gas engines stands much lower to the range of 150°C. For low output power generation, easy availability, and lower operating & capital cost, small gas engines are reliable and a very effective source of power generation without creating many environmental impacts.
Reduced capacity of the engine states that engines have a low torque output at high RPMs, and as gases have comparatively lesser strength compared to fossil fuels, it takes the engine slightly more time to warm up and get up to speed while fuel engines process much faster.
Key Market Driver -
Strive towards sustainability along with better operational characteristics
Key Market Restraint -
Slow processing due to engine capacity
The key industry participants across the small gas engines industry are Briggs and Stratton, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd, Fuji Heavy Industries, Yamaha Corporation Champion Power Equipment, Inc, Loncin Motor Co, Ltd, Kubota Corporation, and Liquid Combustion technology LLC.
Geographically, the small gas engines market can be branched into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. The small gas engine market is mainly driven by the rise of the construction industry, especially in North America. The United States is likely to hold a considerable share in the region owing to growing investments in the construction industry and the rental of outdoor powered equipment. The US and Canada are heavily investing in green buildings, which would, in turn, increase the need for gardens near buildings. Furthermore, across Asia Pacific, enhancing industrial infrastructure coupled with developing a better standard of living is anticipated to propel the demand for small gas engines. Europe is also set to witness substantial growth due to an increasing emphasis on reducing carbon dependence through green building initiatives and significant long-term targets.
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