- Energy and Power Research - Energy and Power Research Fri, 19 Oct 2018 23:17:31 North American High Voltage Gas Insulated Switchgear (HV GIS) Market, Forecast to 2024 A gas insulated switchgear (GIS), typically housed in a high voltage substation, is a critical component in the substations of the transmission network of utilities or in energy-intensive industrial units. In general, GIS structures are contained in a metal-sealed environment with sulfur hexafluoride gas (SF6) as the insulating medium. A GIS s basic functions include: Protecting transmission circuits through interruption of short-circuit and overload fault currents Enabling isolation of circuits from power supplies; as the GIS equipment is able to enhance system availability Sales for high-voltage switchgear have always been closely tied to infrastructure investment into high-voltage transmission systems to support expansion of power generation, such as from conventional as well as utility renewable resources. However, the demand lately has also been driven by the need to upgrade aging substation infrastructure, as well as from heavy industries and data centers. Several energy-intensive industrial applications such as data centers are increasingly procuring and operating their own substations and therefore are in need of high-voltage power equipment, including GIS. However, the high cost of HV GIS equipment is among the top challenges faced by the industry. Any increase in prices of these systems will subsequently impact the demand for new switchgear equipment. High volatilities in raw material prices and trade tariffs (especially with most OEMs having their manufacturing facilities outside the US) contribute the most to restraining market growth. Further, refurbishment of old transmission and distribution (T&D) assets provides a cost-effective alternative to purchasing new equipment outright as it helps to defer the need to purchase new equipment by 10-15 years. However, OEMs are beginning to offer full refurbishment services that capatilize on the current market demand, thereby strategically hedging their revenue losses from the sales of new products. GIS have several advantages over their air insulated (AIS) counterparts. But a couple of crucial advantages that have resulted in GIS dominating the market for high voltage applications are the space required for its construction and low levels of O&M costs. With growing levels of industrialization and urbanization, the need for space is a critical element in designing its installation. A typical GIS installation may take up to 90% less space than what an air insulated switchgear (AIS) will require. Innovative design in GIS development has not only resulted in compact modular constructions, but also in the use of less environmentally harmful insulating gases without compromising on performance. SF6-free insulating mediums in GIS will most likely account for a large share in the market beyond 2025 as global regulations to curb the impact of climate change will lead to further SF6 restrictions.--BEGIN PROMO--

Key Issues Addressed

  • What are the key drivers and restraints for the High Voltage (HV) Gas Insulated Switchgear (GIS) market in North America?
  • What are the trends in technology in the HV GIS market?
  • What is the current size of the North America HV GIS market and what are the forecasts to 2024?
  • What is the competitive landscape in the HV GIS market?
  • How is the market segmented by end-users?
  • What are the key growth opportunities for HV GIS providers in North America?
Tue, 16 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0100
Emerging Asian Companies in the Secondary Battery Market Mon, 15 Oct 2018 06:45:07 +0100 Innovations in Batteries, Thermal Devices, Solar Cells, Fuel Cells, Electric Scooters, and Bio-hydrogen Production This edition of the Energy and Power Systems TOE profiles innovations in sodium-ion battery, forklift powered by fuel cells, development of zinc-air battery and next generation solar cells. The TOE also discusses solar cells integrated with flow battery, an innovative method to produce bio-hydrogen, and an energy-dense liquid battery. The TOE further explains about an electric scooter and plasma treatment. 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: Sodium-ion battery, fuel cells, zinc-air battery, flow battery, bio-hydrogen, liquid battery, electric scooter, plasma treatment, thermal device Fri, 5 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Nanotechnology Innovations Transforming Energy Generation and Storage Most of the distributed and renewable energy generation technologies are affected by the type of materials used in manufacturing them. The current technologies have a significant drawbacks and room for improvement specifically in terms of performance parameters like efficiency. Similarly protection of the renewable assets to gain more prolonged operational life time is another important area that can be benefit from the adoption of new materials. Nanomaterials are currently being used by researchers around the world in enhancing the energy sector. For instance nanomaterials based protective glasses and coatings for solar panels are considered to improve the performance of the panels and similarly new materials are also being considered for applications like performance of solar panels. Applications go beyond just generation into energy storage as well. Nanotechnology is considered for developing new electrode materials for batteries and fuel cells. The study focuses on the advantages of adopting nanomaterials in the energy generation and storage sectors, innovations focusing on the use of nanomaterials in energy generation and storage solutions. Fri, 28 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Next-gen Solar Cells: Innovations and Impact Analysis There is an increasing need to replace existing first and second generation solar cell technologies with higher efficiency and lower cost options. This need has created a continuous demand to innovate for next-generation solar cell technologies based on better solar cell materials, concepts, and configurations. The array of features and benefits that come with next-generation solar cells make them suitable for building-integrated applications and other niche applications such as printed electronics. This research is an attempt to identify, review and analyze various solar cell technologies that have future potential to replace incumbent technologies. The study also covers information about companies that have developed innovative solar cell technologies with the potential to disrupt the existing solar cell industry and how they are adapting to competition by mitigating key challenges. Fri, 28 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Innovations in Gyroscopic Survey, Solids Control Equipment, Reservoir Modeling Solution, and Fiber Optic Monitoring System This month's Oil and Gas TOE profiles latest gyroscopic survey technology, solid control equipment, a drone for pipeline construction, and a pump-off controller. The TOE also discusses logging-while-drilling technology, an innovative cemented product line, reservoir modeling solution, and a automation-enabled drilling system. The TOE further explains a mud-sealing cement system and a fiber optic monitoring system. 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: MEMS gyroscopic survey, aerial analytics, solid control equipment, cemented product line, mud-sealing, fiber optic monitoring, pump-off controller Fri, 28 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Emerging Opportunities for Materials Derived from Crude Oil in a Decarbonized and Circular World Population growth and rising demand for energy creates an increasing pressure on industries reliant on material resources to find effective means to extend the lifetime of finite resources in the value chain and thereby reduce their use in single-use products. In 2017, the global primary energy consumption grew by 2.2% as compared to 2016 which was the highest growth since 2013. Six different resources are considered as primary energy sources which include crude oil, coal, hydroelectricity, nuclear energy, natural gas and renewables. Of these, crude oil accounts for nearly 37% while coal takes the 2nd spot with ~30% and natural gas has the 3rd largest share at 25%. While renewables are the fastest growing closely followed by natural gas, utilization of crude oil as a primary energy source is declining primarily due to volatility in benchmark prices driven by geopolitical instability and supply disruptions. Following the 2015 downturn, the oil industry has been pushed to re-look at their growth strategies and align their businesses to benefit from emerging trends such as circular economy, lightweighting, electrification and miniaturization. In this quest, crude oil producers are looking to identify new opportunities for materials derived from crude oil in the context of circularity objectives set by different industries. One of the major opportunities is to utilize hydrocarbon as a source in production of advanced carbon materials such as carbon nanotubes and graphene and to recycle waste from by-products of crude oil to produce high value materials. This research service titled Emerging Opportunities for Materials derived from Crude Oil in a Decarbonized and Circular World details trends in the oil and gas industry which are creating a sense of uncertainty regarding the future growth in demand for crude oil and how the investment in shale plays is taking shape in different regions. From a material development perspective, we discuss the importance of circular economy and what are the goals material developers aim to achieve in enabling the transition to circular economy. In specific, we discuss about two types of carbon materials which have been through the peak of hype cycle namely carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and graphene. Considering that these materials posses unique properties and are increasingly being adopted for product development across industries, we look at different synthesis methods, innovation ecosystem, product development focus areas and market potential forecast to 2025. We briefly discuss some processes which utilize innovative methods to re-use waste plastic and rubbers as carbon source to synthesize CNTs and graphene. Fri, 28 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Sensors and Advanced Material Technologies Driving Opportunities in Energy Industry Increasing population creates the need for sustainable and continuous energy supply. Traditional transmission and distribution grids have been witnessing significant transformation. The transformation is primarily fueled by the integration of technological advancements, such as data analytics, smart sensors and automation, for a smarter grid with improved grid security and grid reliability. Apart from the digitization of the grid, scientific advancements in material science contribute to the growing need for off-shore deployment of renewable power. Increased research focus is witnessed in developing reliable and cost-effective foundation structures for off-shore wind power installations. Self-healing materials have the potential to improve the safety of off-shore wind turbines. Thu, 27 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Breakthrough Innovations in Energy Storage This study focuses on the electrochemical energy storage and innovations and technology advancements aimed at improving the energy storage performance. The study covers impactful innovations targeting improvement in crucial parameters like battery safety, energy density, charging time and cost reduction. It covers global best practices case studies about the energy storage technology advancements which are expected to enhance adoption of various energy storage technologies Wed, 26 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Recent Developments in Biofuels, Bioplastics, and Probiotics This edition of the Industrial Bioprocessing TOE features innovations in biofuels production, which include the use of bacterial microcompartments (BMCs) and the bio-flocculation of algae and fungi. It also focuses on the production of bio-based polyamide from turpentine oil, which is released as a byproduct of cellulose production, and the production of probiotic beverage from soy waste. The Industrial Bioprocessing TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) provides intelligence on technologies, processes and strategic insights of industries involving bioprocessing, including innovations in the development and production of chemicals, pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, alternative fuels, chemical feedstocks, food and beverages, and consumer products. Keywords: Biomass depolymerisation, probiotics, okara, bio-polyamide, bioplastics, bio-flocculation, bacterial microcompartments, biofuels Fri, 21 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on Energy and Utilities, 2018 Artificial Intelligence (AI) is one of the biggest technological trends transforming every business sector across the world. With advances in computer technology, AI has scaled new heights in utility and application, exceeding all initial expectations. By leveraging advanced machine learning (ML) and deep learning (DL) algorithms, and advanced neural networks (ANN), AI can handle terabytes of structured, semi-structured, and unstructured data from disparate sources and identify patterns, as well as make predictions and recommendations based on its understanding of the data. This intelligence is being harnessed to develop innumerable smart applications that can efficiently take critical decisions autonomously and accurately, without human intervention. Currently, the global energy market is undergoing a massive shift with the emergence of decarbonisation, decentralisation, and new technologies. Utilities, independent power producers (IPPs), and other energy companies are exploring effective ways to manage the imbalance in demand and supply caused by the growing use of unpredictable renewable energy source (RES) in power generation. Therefore, utilities, energy companies, and grid operators are exploring ways to employ AI technologies to improve the accessibility and efficiency of renewable energy technologies. Despite its nascence, AI possesses tremendous potential to transform the energy & utilities sector. In combination with other technologies like Big Data and IoT, it can aid the active management of electricity grids by balancing demand and supply. This market insight provides a detailed analysis of the current and future applications of AI in the energy & utilities sector, across the entire energy industry value chain. The study includes the following: Technology trends, which includes AI, its evolution, and the different disciplines in which it is being used Industry trends, which includes the application of AI across different business verticals, with use cases Geographical adoption and key companies that dominate the global AI market The applications of AI across the three main application segments of renewables management, demand management, and infrastructure anagement The case studies provide an overview of the current challenges in certain areas of the industry and showcase the ways in which AI can be a better solution than manual methods.--BEGIN PROMO--



Tue, 18 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0100
Movers & Shakers Interview with Mivatek Smart Connect Fri, 7 Sep 2018 02:33:43 +0100 Technological Advances to Boost the Harmonic Filters Market Fri, 7 Sep 2018 02:32:25 +0100 Programmable DC Power Supplies and DC Electronic Load Penetration in the Global Market Fri, 7 Sep 2018 01:56:55 +0100 Impact of Additive Manufacturing (3D/4D Printing) on the Global Energy Sector Additive Manufacturing or 3D/4D printing has moved from being a novel innovation two decades ago to a business reality. Companies and institutions have been rapidly increasing their investment in a technology concept that has the potential to significantly disrupt conventional supply chains not only challenging the position of incumbent suppliers, but also creating opportunities for existing companies to expand their operations and for new entrants to disrupt the market. The technology has a cross-industry appeal. A random selection of the products that can conceivably be made with the technology includes machine parts, guns, toys, shoes, rubber pipes, and crockery. The energy industry is not immune to all challenges. It faces considerable pressure to reduce capital expenditure across a range of areas and the ability to simplify and speed up the supply chain would be a key part of that. In this report, Frost & Sullivan has provided insights into how the industry utilizes Additive Manufacturing to address these challenges and shed light on the possible future applications of the technology in this industry. This insight covers major Additive Manufacturing technologies that have been developed for use in both conventional and unconventional energy fields, with an overview of the top companies in this field. The study focuses on existing research, which has developed products for energy applications and future products which can significantly boost efficiency, lower capital and operational costs, and reduce the time to market for energy companies. The redesign of energy product supply chains allows for local manufacturing at (or near) the client location to become a reality. This entails not only the faster replacement of components, but also the introduction of newer and lighter materials. With an increasing push from product manufacturers and the increasing adoption by energy companies, several new standards and regulations are expected to come into place in order to integrate Additive Manufacturing into the energy industry. With Additive Manufacturing reducing product costs by 40% and the time to market by one-third, it is expected to make a significant contribution toward the energy industry in the future. The landscape of companies involved in this is broad and diverse. Key companies involved in this industry from an energy perspective include: major utilities, oil and gas exploration and production companies, oil and gas service companies, as well as the established technology OEMs, SMEs, and start-ups. Some of the key participants in this space are ENI, EnergyX, GE, Halliburton, Shell, Siemens, Utilight, and Verterra. Tue, 28 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0100 North American Electrification of Transportation Investment, Forecast to 2024 The North American Electric Vehicle (EV) market has seen significant growth over the last 5 years, both in the US and Canada. Currently, new EVs sold in the North American market account for 1.4% of the total passenger vehicles sold. There is an anticipation that downward prices for batteries and vehicles, along with improved infrastructure will accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles. This is further being pushed by state- and city-level commitments to clean energy and response to climate change. Current projections suggest that EVs are expected to reach price parity with internal combustion engine vehicles by 2025. This will roughly translate to 8% of new cars registered to be EVs by 2024, which is equivalent to 0.8 million EVs in North America. Preparations are taking place both at a local government/city, regional, and utility levels for accommodating this trend. In the short-to-mid run, the emphasis is on introducing new policies and evaluating the current grid infrastructure to determine the best approach for minimizing grid disruption. In the longer term, these entities are discussing and evaluating how EVs can be leveraged on for improving the integration of renewables and future smart city level applications. This positive development is, in return, generating new opportunities for advancing existing Transmission and Distribution (T&D) offerings such as demand-side management, asset management, smart transformers, as well as introducing completely new approaches for successfully integrating EV infrastructure. Much work lies ahead for the industry. However, priorities and approaches are region-specific, based on existing clean energy policies and penetration of EVs.--BEGIN PROMO--

Research Scope

The scope of the study predominantly focuses on utilities and elaborates their initiatives and programs targeted at mitigating the impacts of increased electricity load as a result of a growing EV fleet in the region. Forecast estimates of product markets have been provided until 2024, supporting a select number of strategies that utilities are adopting. The geographical scope of the study includes only North America.

Research Highlights

The key objective of this research study is to analyze and understand how the growth in EVs will impact the grid infrastructure and utilities and the key strategies they use to address these impacts.

Key Issues Addressed

  • What is the energy demand requirement due to the addition of EV? What will be the impact on the grid?
  • What are the different strategies required to overcome this?
  • What is the current and the future penetration and what are the trends in the electric vehicle market in North America?
  • What are the top growth opportunities for the utilities involved in the EV ecosystem?
  • What are the investment trends of the stakeholders in the EV space?
  • What are the implications on the value chain and how are they expected to react?
Tue, 28 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0100
Analysis of the North American Grids Cyber Security Market, Forecast to 2022 The cyber security solutions market has been analyzed on the basis of the five different services, namely Network Access & Operations (NA&O), Analytics & Compliance (A&C), Security Services (SS), Internet Property Defense (IPD), and Device Management (DM). This report is segmented based on solutions offered for the transmission & distribution (T&D) and substation parts of the grid. Growing energy demand is driving significant investments in utility infrastructure such as the T&D network. With growing investments in power generation, there is a strong need for investments in the downstream areas as well. Most of the T&D infrastructure in the US is aged. The number of systems and networks out there in the field are more than 20 years and they were not built to withstand cyber attacks. Further, the advent of advanced automation and control systems including Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA), Programmable Logic Controller (PLC), Human Machine Interface (HMI) and other high-end networking capabilities has enabled utilities to minimize their downtime and increase the reliability and resiliency of their grid assets. With the rise in automation systems, there is a growing threat to the safety and integrity of assets as grid assets do not possess a robust security framework for safeguarding against intrusions. Securing each of the value chain components requires a robust physical and IT security solution. Some of the challenges for the industry include reluctance by utilities in the past to invest in cyber security solutions and the presence of legacy systems along the grid network. Governments are increasingly mandating to protect the critical infrastructures through regulations, fines, or penalties. However, cyber security is beginning to transform the conception of future grid infrastructure in the North American market. The demand for and the adoption of cyber security solutions is mainly driven by factors including rising cyber attacks, regulations and mandates from governments and other regulatory bodies, growing customer touch points along the grid, and the increasing number of smart devices that need cyber protection. This study does not include hardware revenue for market sizing. It also does not take into consideration cyber security solutions developed in-house by the utilities.--BEGIN PROMO--

Key Issues Addressed

  • Is the cyber security market growing, how long will it continue to grow, and at what rate?
  • Evaluate and assess the current state of cyber security preparedness for the grids industry.
  • How will the structure of the market change with time? Is the market ripe for acquisitions?
  • Are the products offered today meeting customer needs or is additional development needed?
  • Who are the major market participants?
Fri, 24 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0100
Innovations in Proppant Flowback Control Additives, Well Intervention Systems, Subsea Seawater Injection, and Pipe Sensors This month's Oil and Gas TOE profiles innovations in enhanced oil recovery (EOR) simulation software, proppant flowback controlling additive and EOR for oil sand extraction. The TOE also discusses on sensors for well intervention, fracture simulation software, and proprietary seawater treatment. The TOE further explains about applying a permanent magnet motor to reduce energy consumption, a chemical formulation to boost oil production, and sensors to monitor gathering lines. 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: Proppant flowback additive, oil sands extraction, well intervention system, deep fractures, seawater injection, chemical formulation, gathering lines Fri, 24 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0100