Frost.com - Energy and Power Systems Research http://www.frost.com/c/10077/home.do - Energy and Power Systems Research Mon, 20 Feb 2017 20:33:09 Recent Innovations in Renewable Energy, Healthcare, and Agriculture http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D707-00-39-00-00 This edition of the Inside R&D TOE depicts innovations in renewable energy, healthcare, and agriculture. The TOE also emphasizes on developments in the fields of less expensive thin-film solar cells, use of nanotechnology to increase efficiency of solar projects and sustainable biofuel generation. It profiles advances in agricultural innovations such as optimization of nitrogen fertilization and healthcare innovations such as testing and installation of biocompatible robotic hearts. 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: Healthcare, renewable energy, thin-film solar cells, biofuel, biomass, nitrogen fertilization, biocompatible robotic hearts Fri, 10 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Innovations in Horizontal- and Vertical-axis Small Wind Turbines http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D961-00-11-00-00 This edition of the Energy and Power Systems (EPS) TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) provides insights on the latest advances in technology related to the energy industry. Small wind energy industry has the potential to play a game changing role in future global energy mix. The current TOE profiles advances in small wind energy industries including horizontal- and vertical-axis small wind turbines. The need for more efficient and noise-free wind applications is driving innovations in wind energy space. Research focus areas of TOE incudes wind turbine innovations, bladeless wind power generation, Tubercle Technology, 5 blade wind turbines, and flapping wind turbines. The TOE provides intelligence on solving inherent industry challenges such as cost, efficiency, and safety. 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 (batteries, fuel cells, flywheels 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: Wind turbines, small wind power, vertical-axis wind turbines, horizontal-axis wind turbines, blade-less wind turbines, flapping wind turbines, tubercles Fri, 3 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Global Module Level Power Electronics (MLPE) Market, Forecast to 2021 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=MCAB-01-00-00-00 This market engineering study talks about the Module Level Power Electronics (MLPE) market, which includes both microinverters and DC optimizers. It also tracks the current global MLPE market and provides forecasts by revenue, units, and region till 2021 at the total market level and also for microinverters and DC optimizers. The study explains the various factors that act as drivers and restraints to the market; it also supplies an overview of the various pricing trends for both microinverters and DC optimizers. This study also includes a region-wise drivers and restraints analysis and concludes by listing major predictions for the future of the global MLPE industry. Mon, 30 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Advanced Material Technologies for Refining Catalysis in Oil and Gas Processing http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D998-00-0D-00-00 Refinery catalysts are based on metals (such as nickel, molybdenum) and chemical compounds. They comprise of catalysts used for fluid catalytic cracking, hydrotreating, hydrocracking, alkylation, and isomerization activities. Zeolites are recently becoming interesting materials for oil and gas refiners. Overall the focus in this market for both academicians and organizations are to develop new materials for refining purposes. North American and European entities are highly active in this regard. Selectivity and high service life are the major decision making factors for catalyst selection. 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 Chemicals and Advanced Materials cluster tracks research & innovation trends and developments across specialty chemicals, plastics, polymers, chemicals, bio-chemicals, metals, coatings, thinfilms, surface treatments, composites, alloys, oil and gas, fuel additives, fibers and several other related technologies and its impact and application across industries. Keywords: Hydrotreatment, cracking, isomerization, alkylation Fri, 27 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Recent Innovations in Power Systems, Healthcare, Waste Management, and Horticulture http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D707-00-36-00-00 This Inside R&D TOE depicts trends across hemiparesis training, power to methane gas technology, and cost-effective dioxasilane synthesis in pharmaceutical industries. The TOE emphasizes on antimicrobial resistance detection through smart phones and highlights its accuracy, affordability, and user-friendly qualities. The TOE also focuses on rapid degradation of perovskite solar cell and lists investigative research recommendations for more efficient solar cell technologies. 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: Lithium-ion batteries, flexible solar cells, melanoma, skin cancer, oil palm waste, oil palm empty fruit bunch (OPEFB), blueberry production Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Innovations in Healthcare, Renewable Energy, and Power Systems http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D707-00-35-00-00 This Inside R&D TOE depicts trends across hemiparesis training, power to methane gas technology, and cost-effective dioxasilane synthesis in pharmaceutical industries. The TOE emphasizes on antimicrobial resistance detection through smart phones and highlights its accuracy, affordability, and user-friendly qualities. The TOE also focuses on rapid degradation of perovskite solar cell and lists investigative research recommendations for more efficient solar cell technologies. 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: Hemiparesis training, power to gas conversion technology, electricity to methane conversion, dioxasilane synthesis, antimicrobial resistance Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Research and Development Initiatives in Quantum Spin Liquids, Fuel Engines, Light Naphtha Fuel, Ice-repellent Coatings, Photovoltaic Films, and Room Temperature Control Films http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D707-00-34-00-00 This Inside R&D TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) depicts trends across quantum spin liquids, light naphtha fuel and room temperature control films. The TOE focuses on important innovations in neutron scattering, material research, gasoline compression ignition (GCI), and less polluting fuels. It also emphasizes on technological innovations in ice-repellent coating, ultrathin organic photovoltaic films, and polymer film air condition systems. 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: Quantum spin liquids, gasoline compression ignition engine, vehicle fuel efficiency, light naphtha fuel, less polluting fuel, neutron scattering, ice-repellent coating, ultrathin organic photovoltaic films, polymer film air condition systems Fri, 6 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Smart Grids in Europe and APAC http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D961-00-10-00-00 Smart grid is seen as ideal energy and power solution for the future. One of the main advantages of smart grid is that it enables participation of customers in power generation and also facilitates two way power flow instead of the traditional single directional flow of power. While energy storage and renewable sources have a prominent role to play, they have to be integrated properly to prevent voltage and frequency fluctuation. Development of standards is also a key trending area in the smart grid sector. European research institutes are involved in developing solutions related to control and communications along with their respective standards. Research toward cyber security is also gaining attention from governments and research institutes alike. Asia-Pacific has been actively seeking new strategies to address the ever rising demand for electricity and by means of which, smart grid deployment has moved into the spotlight. The smart grid market has had an encouraging start with the deregulation of the Japan electricity market, deployment of smart meters in South Korea, installation of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) in Philippines, home energy management systems in Singapore, and smart grid test-beds in Thailand. 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 (batteries, fuel cells, flywheels 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: Smart grids, Europe, APAC, cyber security, microgrid, smart meter, advanced metering infrastructure, AMI, renewable sources, renewable integration Fri, 6 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Asia-Pacific Smart Utility Network Growth Opportunities http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=P91B-01-00-00-00 This smart utility network market is a culmination of different but largely interconnected segments, viz., smart meter/ advance metering infrastructure (AMI), smart consumer applications, and grid level applications. The total smart utility network market is forecasted to grow by a CAGR of below 10% from 2015 to 2020. Only the smart consumer applications segment is expected to account for a double-digit growth over this period. The concept of a smart utility network does not end with the design and implementation of a smart grid system in a country. Power utilities in every country must understand that the smartening of the power grid system is considered an evolutionary process that requires considerable effort from both technology and regulatory standpoints. This study focuses on the following important elements under the 3 broad segments that determine the direction and future of smart utilities: Smart Meter/ AMI: o Smart Meters o Communication o Meter Data Management System o Installation Smart Consumer Applications: o Demand Response o Energy Monitoring/Management o EV Charging Infrastructure o Distribution Self-generation Grid Level Applications: o Smart Distribution Management o Renewable Energy Integration o Energy Storage Systems o Advanced Transmission Technologies o Software & Communication Technology Drivers and restraints are discussed in each of the 3 main market segments. In addition, top predictions to 2025 of the global smart grids market are presented. Under smart meter/AMI, key information includes a meter communication infrastructure overview, an AMI development outlook and technology roadmap, and an overview beyond meter data management (MDM), and meter data analytics (MDA). Trends discussed in the smart consumer applications segment include regional hotspots in solar PV, demand response, and an overview of the energy management market. Topics discussed under the grid level applications segment encompass hotspots in renewable energy, advanced inter-regional market developments, and grid-level energy storage. In addition, this study also features the key and emerging market trends in Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Myanmar in Southeast Asia. Other regions include Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Australia, and New Zealand. Key Questions This Study Will Answer: 1. What are the key challenges currently faced by power utilities? 2. What are the growth rates and key takeaways or impacts to market participants in the 3 broad segments? 3. What is the future of Asian utilities as smart grid technology continues to flourish globally? 4. What are the market and development directions of key sub-segments such as smart meters, renewable energy, and energy storage? 5. Which are the potent countries for smart grids and utilities development? Mon, 2 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Research and Development Initiatives in Thrombosis, Flow Batteries, Kenaf, Photovoltaic Cells, and Food Packaging - Inside R&D TOE http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D707-00-33-00-00 This edition of Inside R&D TOE profiles innovations in thrombosis treatment and prevention, flow batteries, kenaf, photovoltaic cells, and food packaging. 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: Flow batteries, thrombosis, kenaf retting, photovoltaic cells, food packaging, grid augmentation, eco-zyme enzyme, surface property Fri, 30 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Proppant Technologies Driving Growth in Hydraulic Fracturing - Oil and Gas TOE http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D998-00-0C-00-00 Proppants play an important role in hydraulic fracturing by keeping the fractures open and permeable for reservoir fluid to flow through to the wellbore. Proppants are solid materials, which are pumped in the well along with fracturing fluids that facilitate uniform distribution and placement of the proppants in the open fracture. This forms a mesh-like structure with pores forming flow paths that conduct flow of fluid from the reservoir to the well. With increasing need to optimize hydraulic fracking operations, operators are forced to ensure that the choice of proppant is a best-fit solution to withstand reservoir conditions, enhance conductivity, and improve overall well performance. Traditional proppants have faced various concerns with regard to high proppant density, inaccurate placement, and consolidation to form a stable proppant pack capable of maintaining the flow conductivity at all operating reservoir conditions. In this issue of the Oil and Gas TOE, we profile advances in proppant technology that have enabled operators to realize significant productivity improvement and cost reduction. 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 Chemicals and Advanced Materials cluster tracks research & innovation trends and developments across specialty chemicals, plastics, polymers, chemicals, bio-chemicals, metals, coatings, thinfilms, surface treatments, composites, alloys, oil and gas, fuel additives, fibers and several other related technologies and its impact and application across industries. Keywords: Proppant, traceable proppant, scale inhibitor, ceramic proppant, resin-coated proppant, nanocomposite proppant, hydraulic fracking Fri, 30 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Supercharging Within Minutes: Opportunities in Key Application Sectors http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D71E-01-00-00-00 Supercharging or rapid charging refers to charging of batteries within a short time, where the ultimate goal is a charging time of a few minutes. The main applications that will be impacted by fast charging are consumer electronics (CE) and electric vehicles (EVs) because both require frequent charging. For both segments, end users want a charging process of less than 5 minutes. This research service explores the innovations contributing to the growth in rapid charging in both markets, the drivers and challenges impacting the industry, and the initiatives carried out by industry stakeholders. Fri, 30 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Global Uninterruptible Power Supplies Market, 2016 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=NF91-01-00-00-00 The global UPS market is witnessing growth due to datacenter demand from North America and Europe. UPS is an inevitable product purchase to ensure high power quality to equipment that cannot afford an interruption or disturbance in power. The market witnessed a slump in 2013, due to decreased investments, but from 2014, there has been steady growth, which will continue throughout the forecast period. Among the vertical markets, the commercial segment has high contribution, while the datacenter segment has a high contribution in the above 20kVA UPS segment. This research service is based on actual figures focusing on UPS demand for the period 2013 to 2015. A forecast of market growth is provided for the period 2016 2023. The geographic scope is global, including North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of the World. The power range segmentation includes below 1kVA, 1.1 to 5 kVA, 5.1 to 10 kVA, 10.1 to 20 kVA, 20.1 to 50 kVA, 50.1 to 100 kVA, 100.1 to 200 kVA, and above 200 kVA. The study also analyzes key end-user applications including commercial, industrial, healthcare, datacenter, and public infrastructure. Key Questions this Study Will Answer: 1. Is the market growing, how long will it continue to grow, and at what rate? 2. What are the distribution channels in the UPS market, and how are they categorized? 3. What is the competitive structure of the market? 4. How will the economy affect end-user mindset about the market? 5. Are the products offered today meeting customer needs or is additional development needed? 6. Which are the key participants offering UPS products, and what are their strengths? 7. Which are the key end-user applications responsible for growth in the UPS market? UPS is a mature, well-established market, with strong demand across different end-user applications. Smaller power ranges face the challenge of fierce competition and commoditization while larger power ranges have the advantage of high barriers for entry and high price margin. Fri, 30 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Asia-Pacific Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) Systems Market, Forecast to 2021 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=P944-01-00-00-00 The Asia-Pacific uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) systems market, currently in the growth stage, is expected to grow at a single digit CAGR between 2015 and 2021. The market is expected to reach just under $2.00 billion by 2021. The growing prominence of cloud computing and data centers is driving the UPS system market. Its demand will also be buoyed by greater demand for smart meters and fully automated grids. While Japan continues to be the biggest market in terms of revenue, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam are expected to be the fastest growing markets. Although the commercial segment rings in a larger share of the revenue, the industrial segment growth is expected to be significant in the forecast period. Research Scope: The market trends have been analyzed for the study period of 2013 to 2021, with the base year being 2015. The study focuses on the Asia-Pacific, which includes East Asia, Southeast Asia, as well as Australasia. The market is also segmented by the power rating of the UPS system as well as the application of UPS systems in commercial and industrial segments. The market investigates UPS system applications in key customer segments at the total Asia-Pacific level, such as data center, government institutions, education institutions, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and small office / home office (SOHO). The study also includes market discussion on product segments by UPS type (kVA), namely below 1 kVA, 1.1 to 5 kVA, 5.1 to 10 kVA, 10.1 to 20 kVA, 20.1 to 50 kVA, 50.1 to 100 kVA, 100.1 to 200 kVA, and above 200 kVA. For each region, the following breakdowns have been provided: Country total market size Regional breakdown by commercial and industrial UPS application Regional breakdown by UPS system type Regional revenues of leading market participants. Companies mentioned in the UPS system market competitive landscape include Fuji Electric, Schneider Electric, Mitsubishi Electric, Toshiba, Emerson, Eaton, Huawei, Socomec among others. In addition to region-wise revenues, trends, and competitive landscape, this study also provides an insight into Myanmar s fast emerging UPS systems market. Key Questions This Study Will Answer 1. What is the expected growth rate and reasons behind the single digit growth rate? 2. Where are the key focus regions for business development opportunities? Where are the hotspots in the Asia-Pacific? 3. Where are the key growth segments? Commercial or industrial? Which UPS system types are preferred? 4. What are the related technology trends pertaining to UPS system development? Tue, 27 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +0000