Frost.com - Energy and Power Research http://www.frost.com/c/10199/home.do http://www.frost.com/c/10199/home.do - Energy and Power Research Frost & Sullivan U.S. Grid Modernization Initiatives, 2017 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=K268-01-00-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=K268-01-00-00-00 Grid modernization initiatives (aka smart grid) have been undergoing for nearly over a decade in the North America, driven in part by the concern for an aging infrastructure, the ability to manage peak power load, as well as address growing interest for energy conservation and carbon neutralization. This study analyzes and ranks all 50 states and the steps that have been made till date in terms of implementing improvements to distribution grid, accommodating distributed energy resources (DER), adopting demand side management programs, as well as existing status of grid reliability. The criteria were chosen based on their impact on the smart grid deployment in each state. Furthermore, this study takes a look at the relationship between the regulations and the smart grid programs deployed. The methodology deployed to rank states on their distributed energy grid index was based on criteria including the impact of regulation and the progress in each and every states' grid infrastructure. Quantitative factor includes installed capacity of DERs, smart meters and other smart grid assets. Qualitative factor includes regulations, mandates, reliability and resiliency factors such as power interruption, the closure of centralized power plants across the country. Digital Grid Integration ranking based on the penetration rate of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) meters, deployment of advanced solutions like sensors, T&D grid automation. DER Implementation ranking based on deployment of distributed resources including solar, energy storage, and microgrids. Demand Side Management Rollout ranking based on policies (voluntary or mandatory), and customer engagement such as demand response and virtual power plants. Resiliency and Reliability ranking based on interruption index and interruption frequency index across the states, closure of centralized power plants including coal and nuclear. Since smart meter is identified to be the first phase of any smart grid deployment, grids section is given higher weightage following that deployment of DERs and resiliency & reliability. This is attributed to the fact that growing DERs and power outages drive utilities and other stake holders to focus on grid modernization. The final score is the summation of values each of the states scored under regulation and data segment. Factors considered for ranking the states include Does each state have implemented grid modernization programs? Are there any policies or financial incentives to drive grid modernization program and deployment of distributed energy resources? Are there any specified targets for energy efficiency, customer engagement programs and deployment of DERs? Nature of these initiatives and modernization program? Rankings are given based on whether it is mandatory or voluntary? Tue, 22 May 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Advancements in Microscopy, Medical Devices, Biofuels, Sensors, and Reconstructive Surgeries http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D707-00-7A-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D707-00-7A-00-00 This edition of the Inside R&D TOE depicts developments associated with microscopy, medical devices, and reconstructive surgeries. It also focuses on innovations in biofuels and silica-based sensors for food quality control. Inside R&D TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) covers global innovations that are in research and development in virtually all technology areas. We provide intelligence and insights on innovations spanning a wide variety of industry areas, including automation, electronics, sensors, information and communication technologies, manufacturing, health, wellness, medical devices, pharma, biotechnology, materials, coatings, renewable fuels, automotive, power systems, sustainable energy solutions and innovations that contribute to a cleaner and greener environment. Keywords: Cryo-electron microscopy, anti-microbial coating, silica-based sensors, reconstructive surgery Fri, 18 May 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Developments in 3D Batteries, EV Charging, Control Systems for Microgrids, Photovoltaics, Solid State Batteries, Fuel Cells, and Offshore Wind Farms http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D961-00-20-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D961-00-20-00-00 This edition of the Energy and Power Systems TOE covers innovations in energy storage, electric vehicle charging, organic photovoltaics solutions, microgrid control solution, and offshore wind energy. The energy storage profiles cover the developments in batteries for both small scale applications such as sensors and biomedical devices and also a solution that targets for grid scale energy in the future. Similarly, research and innovations in the solid state batteries sector, new control system solutions for microgrids, and new offshore wind farms along the shores of UK are in focus in this TOE. The Energy and Power Systems (EPS) TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) provides insights on the latest advances in the broad range of technology related to the energy industry. The topics regularly presented range from energy storage technologies (solid state batteries, solar chemical storage and other advanced energy storage devices) to non-renewable energy such as oil and gas. Special emphasis is given to emerging areas in the renewable sector such as photovoltaics, wind energy, and geothermal energy, and emerging alternative fuels such as hydrogen, syngas, ethanol and biofuels. The EPS TOE keeps clients abreast of the latest R&D developments at major corporate and academic research centers, provides competitor intelligence and helps create strategic alliances. The Energy and Environment cluster provides global insights and intelligence on a wide variety of disruptive emerging technologies and platforms ranging from energy storage, advanced batteries, solar and wind energy, to unconventional oil, bioenergy, geothermal energy, and energy transmission. Keywords: Organic photovoltaics, microgrids, offshore wind farms, 3D batteries, electric vehicles, EV charging Fri, 4 May 2018 00:00:00 +0100 European Demand Response (DR) Market, 2018 2025 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=MDDC-01-00-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=MDDC-01-00-00-00 Demand Response (DR) is a mechanism to alter changes in patterns in electricity consumption by consumers through pricing signals and incentives, thereby reducing peak demand and strengthening grid flexibility. DR covers intentional modifications on the customer s electricity usage patterns via altering the time of use and duration of use. DR has traditionally been divided into price-based programs and incentive-based programs. DR is in its nascent stage in Europe with sporadic pilot programs underway in the residential sector. Experts opine that DR can achieve close to 40% of EU s 2020 targets concerning energy savings and Carbon dioxide (CO2) emission reductions. However, a deterrent for implementation is the development of infrastructure within Europe. Penetration of smart meters, which is a key enabler of DR, is still low, although it is accelerating. Although it does not have a direct impact on demand response, the potential still is inhibited, as only a small proportion of customers will have even base infrastructure. This is a high-growth opportunity market that will materialise steadily over the next decade. DR initiatives enable real-time analysis of customer demand trends and allow the generation, transmission, and distribution infrastructure to react accordingly. Growth in this market means that utilities will increasingly invest in innovative technologies and predictive tools to reduce power generation costs as well as grid failures and outages. New communication technologies and supportive government regulations are imperative for the integration of DR into the future energy system. This study provides a market analysis of the European demand response market. The countries covered in the study include: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, Turkey, and the UK. The market analysis includes revenue forecasts, discussion on the competitive structure, and market share analysis. The base year of the study is 2017 with forecast period from 2018 to 2025.--BEGIN PROMO--

Key Issues Addressed

  • What is demand response (DR)? How does it work? What are the benefits of DR?
  • What are the key drivers and restraints influencing the European DR market? How do consumers participate in the DR market?
  • Who are the aggregators? What is their role in the European DR market?
  • Who are the players in the DR supply chain? How much will the European DR market be worth in 2025? Which areas will offer the best opportunities for growth?
  • What is the current state of DR in key European countries? How it is projected to grow in the future across Europe?
Fri, 27 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0100
Advances in Oil & Gas Encapsulation, Pipeline Insulation, Bacterio-sensors, Self-healing Sealants, Barrier Coatings, Oil & Gas Transportation, and Crude Oil Production http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D998-00-1C-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D998-00-1C-00-00 This Oil and Gas TOE profiles innovations used in oil & gas encapsulation, pipeline insulation, biosensing and sealing operations with use of self-healing technologies. Use of chromium-free hybrid coating that can be applied on metals to prevent corrosion, a thermal cracking and hydrodynamic cavitation process that can reduce viscosity of heavy oils without modifying its composition are also covered. A polymer aerogel that can provide immense momentum to pipeline insulation and a sustainable process to convert mixed plastics into crude oil have also been presented. The Oil and Gas TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) provides intelligence on innovations pertaining to technologies, products, and processes, along with strategic insights, in the upstream and downstream processes in the oil and gas industry. The Energy and Utilities cluster provides global insights and intelligence on a wide variety of disruptive emerging technologies and platforms ranging from energy storage, advanced batteries, solar and wind energy, to unconventional oil, bioenergy, geothermal energy, and energy transmission. Keywords: Aerogels, microencapsulation, repairing adhesives, hydrodynamic cavitation, PE tapes, self-healing sealants Fri, 27 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Opportunities and Outlook for IFM Companies in APAC, 2018 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-market-insight.do?id=298483006 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-market-insight.do?id=298483006 Fri, 20 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Global Transformers Market, Forecast to 2022 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=P995-01-00-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=P995-01-00-00-00 A transformer is an electrical device that transfers electrical energy between two or more circuits through electromagnetic induction. The total global transformers market is forecast to register a CAGR of below 5% from 2017 to 2022. During the forecast period, the power and distribution transformer segments are expected to witness strong growth because of the replacement market in North America, Europe, ANZ, and Japan. It is high time that transformer OEMs should focus on strengthening the distribution transformer segment as a result of the growing distributed generation and two-way power flow. To succeed in the utility business, OEMs need to show a strong track record in power projects and heightened sense of reliability that evokes trust from the customer. This study focuses on the important elements under the 4 broad segments that determine the direction and future of transformers: Distribution Transformer Power Transformer Isolation Transformer Smart Transformer Drivers and restraints are discussed for the overall global transformers market. Furthermore, top predictions to 2022 of the global transformers market are presented. The replacement market in North America and Europe is expected to drive demand for power and distribution transformers, while smart grid growth is expected to fuel higher demand for smart transformers. Replacement of aging assets would enable efficient electricity networks. Higher transmission investments, new generation plants, increasing government capital expenditure in the power sector, and new interconnections and grid establishments are driving demand for power transformers. One of the primary applications of isolation transformers is voltage change. This is necessary where the mains voltage is not similar to the voltage used by IT equipment. Such a scenario is common in North America, where, in large data centers, the mains voltage is about 480 V or 600 V; but in most parts of the world, the 400/230 V 3-phase mains voltage is similar to the IT load equipment. Therefore, isolation transformers are largely applicable in the NA market. Grid modernization, smart grids, energy efficiency techniques with the help of smart grid technologies, and new rapid transit rail networks with high-speed trains and EV charging stations are expected to fuel demand for smart transformers. Market commercialization is expected in the mid-to-long term, with continued research and development efforts.--BEGIN PROMO--

Key Issues Addressed

  • What is the current status, immediate and future prospects of the global transformers market?
  • What are the key growth opportunities in the transformers market that are likely to help market participants stay relevant? What should a transformer manufacturer’s call to action be?
  • What will be the potential transformers market size in 2021? What are the key factors that would drive the market to continue to stay relevant until 2021?
  • At present, which is the most exciting transformer type among the distribution, power, isolation, and smart transformer segments in the market? Which segment will continue to reap benefits in 2021?
  • What are the primary restraining factors hindering business development opportunities for transformer system manufacturers?
  • Which region globally is expected to have a strong growth for transformers in the long run?
Mon, 9 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0100
Global Power Industry Outlook, 2018 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=MDAF-01-00-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=MDAF-01-00-00-00 Frost & Sullivan s power industry outlook finds that $2.20 trillion will be invested in generation capacity additions for the period 2017-2021 driven mainly by renewable energies, solar and wind, accounting for $603.4 billion and $553.7 billion, respectively. Similar to 2017, Frost & Sullivan expects solar energy to account for the majority of the investment - $123.03 billion in 2018 - with China expected to be the key contributor. The need and the investment climate for solar and wind (offshore) are present and positive. We advise power generation participants to consider this trend and also focus on plant utilization trends before making investments. In the case of wind, the transition to an auction-based system witnessed bids reaching a low; we expect this trend to continue in 2018 as cost optimization is garnering more focus than ever. We forecast hydropower and biomass investment to remain stable at $77.06 billion and $23.30 billion, respectively, for 2018. To the contrary, investment outlook for gas remains low as we forecast new turbine orders to stay similar to 2017, the primary reasons being a) Renewables becoming cost competitive to gas b) Strong need for new turbine orders is absent due to excess capacity on the grid and the focus on other generation types. Moreover, nuclear power is beginning to revive post-Fukushima as China, Europe, and the Middle East are in the process of adding new nuclear capacity. Nuclear investment for 2018 is expected to reach $25.7 billion. Asia-Pacific will be the last bastion for coal as investment outlook is negative and is expected to steadily decline year on year. In addition to generation capacity and investment forecast, eight chief power industry trends have been provided in this outlook. These include the trend of oil majors venturing into the electricity industry, innovative energy start-ups contributing to industry competition, increase in mergers and acquisitions, and the rise of energy storage. This outlook includes predictions for 2018, which we advise participants of the energy industry value chain to consider. Decentralization, Decarbonization, and Digitalization must continue to remain the top priorities for energy utilities and OEMs strategizing for the future.--BEGIN PROMO--

Key Issues Addressed

  • What is the expected annual investment by generation type till 2021?
  • What is the installed capacity forecast of renewable and conventional generation types till 2021?
  • What are the key trends that are likely to impact the power industry moving forward?
  • Which are the key companies participating in the industry by generation type?
  • What are the key regional trends that industry participants must consider?
Wed, 28 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100
Global Renewable Energy Inverters Market, Forecast to 2022 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=MD49-01-00-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=MD49-01-00-00-00 The rapid expansion of renewables based power generation is expected to play a significant role in the growth of the inverter market in the coming years. The market is expected to grow steadily over the medium term and decline after 2020. The growth will be driven mainly by solar photovoltaic (PV) installations mainly in Asia and North America which are expected to substitute fossil based power with renewable power in the coming years. Further, falling prices of equipment are expected to drive rapid installation of renewable energy in the developed regions of the world. Growth in the global renewable energy (RE) inverter market is driven by the installation of systems, led by solar PV (constitutes more than 95% of the market), and followed by small wind turbine (about 2%) and fuel cell (1%) units. Total inverter installations are forecast to increase from 102 GW in 2017 to 119 GW in 2022. Both string and central inverters dominate the inverter market for solar PV installations across the globe. Central inverters dominate the European and Asian markets, while the North American market has an equal presence of string, central and microinverters. The market for small wind inverters is dominated by China and Europe, while fuel cell inverter market is led mainly by Japan and the United States. Market trends have been analyzed for the study period covering 2014 through 2022, with the base year being 2017. The study covers all of North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa and Rest of the World (ROW). The study assesses inverter companies across the globe and discusses the various market shares held by companies in this market. Fierce competition is expected, especially in Asia, from Chinese and Japanese players who compete with cheaper and quality products. Some of the companies that have been considered in this study are Huawei, TMEIC, Sungrow, ABB, SMA, Schneider Electric, and Fronius.--BEGIN PROMO--

Key Issues Addressed

  • Is the market growing, how long will it continue to grow, and at what rate?
  • Which are key growth regions fir renewable energy inverters and how are they going to transform the inverter market in the future?
  • How would the reduction in renewable energy subsidies affect the renewable energy inverter market?
  • How are key regulations affecting the renewable energy market in various regions across the globe? How are they expected to impact the inverter market?
  • How will the pricing of the inverters change over time?
  • What is the nature of competition in this market? How is it expected to change over the course of the next five years?
Tue, 27 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100