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Genesal Energy: transition to distributed energy

2 de November de 2021

Genesal Energy is a manufacturer of generator sets with more than 26 years of experience. From our facilities, located in Bergondo, A Coruña (Spain), we export our products to more than 30 countries in 5 continents.

We are pioneers in customising generator sets, but to obtain the best results in the market, it is not enough to know what our customer needs. Coordination is also essential to achieve efficiency. That’s why every generator set that leaves our factory is the result of intense work in collaboration with the customer, who is accompanied throughout the process and from all departments.

What innovations did you bring to Mindtech and what is your assessment of the fair?

Mindtech is a strategic fair, but above all it is a Galician initiative and we are from Galicia and we are in Galicia. It was a pleasure to participate.

Those who visited us learned first-hand about our Ecological Transition Plan and the technologies that will transform the world as we know it. We showed three generating sets that in one way or another bring together these changes that are coming: the Hybrid Microgeneration System, which combines batteries powered by different renewable sources; our equipment with diesel engines adapted to European Stage V regulations; and our line of gas-powered generating sets. These are three advances towards achieving emission neutrality.

Is the energy sector entering a new era?

Yes, it is. Energy plays a fundamental role in all areas of society, but it is based on a polluting and unsustainable system, the consequences of which on climate change are now more than undeniable. The only way to ensure the availability of energy in the medium and long term is to carry out a sustainable and just energy transition. We must adapt, developing and implementing measures focused on sustainable economic growth.

Industry 4.0 was very present in Mindtech. Is it present in Genesal Energy?

At Genesal Energy, Industry 4.0 has its own name: Nextfactory. We have given ourselves six years -we started in 2017- to meet technical, strategic, socioeconomic and environmental objectives, prioritising human resources, quality and competitiveness. After choosing a multitude of technologies: additive manufacturing, types of energy storage, robotisation systems… we are in the fifth year. The next step will be to implement these technologies.

You manufacture and supply emergency power for hospitals, military installations, thermal power stations, photovoltaic plants… Is the future of the market in renewables?

Historically, renewable energies use generator sets, it is a technical requirement, and all the ecological transition plans give enormous weight to renewable energies.

It is logical because an inexhaustible energy source like wind or solar is the way to reach zero emissions. But renewables have the problem of unavailability or intermittency (periods without wind, lack of solar radiation, etc.), hence the need for storage and distribution systems. Generating sets are still the best option because of their high degree of availability, integration and installation capacity.

How did you deal with the pandemic and what is the recovery like?

Our action plan focused on being more available than ever. As a core business we could not fail and we did not.

And now that the situation has improved a lot, on a general level I think that the price tension in raw materials, if it is cyclical, will attack margins this year and if it becomes structural, each sector will pass it on to its value chain. In our case, product development in favour of energy efficiency and emissions reduction are essential to the company’s strategy.