Frost.com - Power Supplies and Batteries Research http://www.frost.com/c/10209/home.do http://www.frost.com/c/10209/home.do - Power Supplies and Batteries Research Frost & Sullivan South African Power Commodity Market, Forecast to 2022 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=MD7E-01-00-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=MD7E-01-00-00-00 Renewable energy has taken centre stage in South Africa's expanding power generation capacity, necessitating development and maintenance of requisite transmission infrastructure. Switch gears, transformers, and reactors are critical in supplying quality power to customers in a cost-effective manner. Local research and development, manufacturing, and supply chains will assist OEMs in these components in reducing manufacturing costs whilst increase competitiveness. There will be a steady shift in procurement strategy of utilities that will focus on the total cost of ownership (TCO) as against considering capital costs alone. Establishing a supply chain based on business activities could help deliver cost and value advantages to utilities. Eskom s operational expenses have been increasing continuously in South Africa, with a negative impact on customers in the form of rising tariffs. Distributed generation, renewable energy, and a shift in economic activity have resulted in declining electricity sales affecting profit margins. In order to ensure business sustainability, Eskom will be required to upgrade its transmission infrastructure and equipment to minimise losses and ensure optimal performance of equipment through the adoption of latest technologies and materials. The REIPPPP in South Africa has created tremendous interest amongst private investors, with major power projects focusing on solar photovoltaics (PV), concentrated solar power (CSP), wind, and biomass energy. Renewable energy accounted for 9.7% of the energy mix in South Africa in 2016. The government has determined that 3,725 MW is to be generated from renewable energy as stated in the IIRP 2010 2030 under the REIPPP programme. The growing contribution of renewable power and its inherent intermittent nature will drive the demand for upgraded transmission equipment and infrastructure requiring minimum maintenance and longer service life. Eskom is planning to incorporate new projects for building transmission network and increasing the reach of electricity. The plan is to increase the current transmission lines infrastructure by about 10,000 km by the end of 2025. This will involve developing the 765 kVA, 400 kVA, and 275 kVA lines and procuring new transformers and reactors. This research study outlines the current state of development of switchgears, transformers, and reactors in the South African market and capabilities possessed by the companies and organisations participating in this market. It also touches upon aspects that utilities need to consider whilst procuring critical transmission utility equipment. Key questions this study will answer: 1. What are the commodity types available and what are their applications in power supply industry? 2. Who are the major players and what are their value propositions in the market for these commodities? 3. What are the power utility prerequisites and overall market dynamics for the sale of these commodities in South Africa? 4. What are the technological developments taking place in the market for these commodities? 5. What are the drivers and restraints for these commodities in the South African market? Wed, 11 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Technologies Enabling Zero Energy Buildings http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D7E0-01-00-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D7E0-01-00-00-00 Zero energy buildings (ZEBs) are those buildings that do not depend on the grid for their own energy needs, They make themselves independent of the grid by improving the energy efficiency and also by depending on onsite renewable energy generation to meet their energy needs. These buildings depend on different solutions and technologies like solar power, geothermal, energy storage, energy management, the building design, components and the architecture itself in order to achieve the zero energy status. The energy efficiency part of the building can be achieved by improving the building design, orientation, the materials used to construct the building and the way these materials prevent the loss of heat and thermal energy or even allow excess radiation resulting in heating of the premises. This can be complemented by the use of more energy efficient loads like efficient lighting and heating and air conditioning options. Geothermal energy can be used in combination with the HVAC systems to achieve efficient thermal systems for the buildings and energy management solutions can be used to enable effective interaction between loads. The energy management solutions help monitor the energy usage, identify areas in buildings that have more losses and devise methods to improve the efficiency of these zones. Thu, 28 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Global Flow Battery Market, Forecast to 2023 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=MCD1-01-00-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=MCD1-01-00-00-00 The importance of utility-based energy storage is driving demand for multiple options of efficient, cost-effective, and long standing storage solutions. The flow battery, with all its attractive features, is to become the most preferred chemistry for utility-based storage. Thus, the global flow battery market will witness a steady growth in unit volume and revenue till 2023. The market is mainly driven by utility-scale energy storage systems, followed by commercial and industrial units that are remote off-grid or grid-connected microgrid installations. Supportive regulatory policies aiding energy storage in the United States, Europe, and Asia (mainly China, India, Japan, and Australia) drive market growth. The need for ramping up to mass volume production and the stringent competition from lithium-ion solutions are challenging market growth. However, increasing investments to raise unit volume production and affordability with low OPEX make this chemistry capable of facing these challenges successfully. This market is likely to generate more than a billion in revenue in 2023. The market trends have been analyzed for the study period of 2015 2023, with the base year being 2016. The study covers all of North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Rest of the World. Vanadium redoxide is likely to continue its domination in the number of installations throughout the forecast period. The study assesses flow battery manufacturers globally and discusses the various market shares held by the companies in this market. Asian companies are focusing on this chemistry by direct participation in this market, in addition to acquiring start-ups with strong growth potential. Companies that are listed in this study include Sumitomo Electric, Primus Power, Rongke Power, UniEnergy Technologies, Vanadis, RedT, Glidemeister, ViZn, Redflow, and Pu Neng. Key questions this study will answer. Is the market growing, how long will it continue to grow, and at what rate? Which are the key end-user applications that use this battery extensively? What are the key industries supporting growth? Is there a difference in demand patterns across different countries? How will the structure of the market change with time? Is the market ripe for acquisitions? How does the demand pattern for different flow battery chemistries vary globally according to end-user applications? Are the vendors in this space ready to manage alone, or do they need partnerships to take their businesses to the next level? Wed, 27 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Power Infrastructure Technologies of the Future http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D7DC-01-00-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D7DC-01-00-00-00 The power infrastructure is divided into isolated subsystems to facilitate reliable power supply to auxiliaries, consumers and isolated power systems. The complication and unpredictability of operating conditions in the electrical networks are influenced by renewable energy sources and market factors which drives the importance for the enlargement and sophistication of the existing power infrastructure. The lookout for decrease in the probability of severe blackouts which are characterized by cascade development of emergency processes further embrace the requirement of an efficient power infrastructure. This research service briefs on the present and upcoming developments in the power infrastructure especially on the transmission and distribution network. Fri, 22 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Technologies Enabling the Virtual Power Plant http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D7DD-01-00-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D7DD-01-00-00-00 Virtual PowerPlants(VPPs) are an aggregation of different distributed energy resources(DER), controlled to meet the demand and manage loads, especially during the peak hours. They solutions those make a VPP possible include, DERs, energy storage solutions and a control and aggregation solution. A Distributed energy resource management solution enables the aggregation of the DERs and controls them so that all the connected DERs can be operated and controlled as a single unit. It also helps in visualizing the operation of the DERs. However, in a VPP the visibility on the load side is also very important. This helps in determining the loading patterns and the actual demand scenario. Each of the enabling technology has an important role to play in a VPP. This study helps in identifying the technologies those form a VPP, why are they important, important projects related to VPP and the important stakeholders involved in developing solutions for VPP. Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Advancements in Medical Imaging, Batteries, Drug Delivery, Patient Care, and Solar Cells http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D707-00-58-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D707-00-58-00-00 This edition of the Inside R&D TOE depicts innovations in medical imaging, batteries, drug delivery and patient cares. The TOE also emphasizes on developments in the fields of solar cells. 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: Medical imaging, needle stick injuries, crystalline silicon solar cells, water-based lithium-ion batteries Fri, 15 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0100