Frost.com - Energy and Power Research http://www.frost.com/c/10199/home.do - Energy and Power Research Sat, 21 Jan 2017 23:34:22 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 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 Analysis of the Global Substation Automation Market http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=K110-01-00-00-00 Substations are key components of the power grid enabling efficient transmission and distribution (T&D) of power from increasingly complex sources (including conventional and renewable sources) to the demand centers. While developed markets will draw attention toward advanced substation automation solutions with interoperability features, emerging economies in APAC and African regions will experience a shift from basic to mid-tier automation solutions. Willingness to automate and regulatory compliance are likely to drive the adoption of substation automation solutions globally. The global substation automation and integration market, estimated at $1.99 billion in 2015, is expected to record a growth rate of 5.6% during the forecast period. Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Global Smart Electricity Meters Market http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=MC40-01-00-00-00 This research service on the global smart electricity meters market provides forecasts on unit shipments and associated revenues for all the major regions. The study covers a forecast period from 2015 to 2025, and it provides a comprehensive overview on the timeline for crucial smart meter rollouts. Although China remains the dominant market for smart meter installation in terms of volume, growth is accelerating in both Europe and Asia-Pacific. In Europe, France and the United Kingdom are the markets that stand out. The Asia-Pacific market is dominated by Japan that is forecast to install about 10 million units per annum between 2016 and 2020. Fri, 2 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Thermoelectric Generators for Energy Harvesting and Waste Heat Recovery - Energy and Power Systems TOE http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D961-00-0F-00-00 Thermoelectric generators are used to recover waste heat from industrial applications, automobiles, and even body heat of human beings. While recovering heat from vehicles and industries, the amount of power generated can range between 50 watts to a few hundred watts. Though not very high the electricity from the recovered heat can be used to power small electronic devices in the car or in domestic applications. Materials used to manufacture thermocouples include skutterdite, lead telluride, and half hueslers. For generating electrical power in terms of milli and microwatts, the main inorganic material used is bismuth telluride. The modules based on bismuth tellluride are brittle and can recover heat even at room temperatures. Modules that are flexible and capable of generating power from small temperature differences are being considered for applications such as wearable devices and sensors. Organic Conductive polymers enable manufacturing these flexible modules in a cost-effective manner. 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: Thermoelectric generators, waste heat recovery, energy harvesting, organic polymers, bismuth telluride, TEG modules, wearable, flexible Fri, 2 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Leak Detection Technologies to Improve Wellbore and Pipeline Integrity - Oil and Gas TOE http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D998-00-0B-00-00 Leak detection is of prime importance in the oil and gas industry considering the fact that the fluids being transported and flowing in different stages are inflammable and generally operate at high pressure conditions. A small leak anywhere in the system can lead to a significant impact on the occupational and environmental safety. To ensure operating companies and service providers implement measures to mitigate leak related risks, regulations such as the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) in the US and Technical rules for Pipelines (TRFL) in Germany are in place that act as drivers for improving the reliability, sensitivity, accuracy, and robustness of leak detection systems. In this issue of the Oil and Gas TOE we cover developments in leak detection technologies that are aimed at improving the integrity of wellbore and pipelines. In specific, we have identified wellbore logging methods that use innovative sensing technologies to help improve sensitivity to low-flow rate leaks through cracks or casing breaches of varying sizes and advanced modular sensing technologies that help improve pipeline leak detection. 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: Leak detection, wellbore leak detection, pipeline leak detection, acoustic sensing, ultrasonic, logging, cement bond, pipeline integrity, well integrity Fri, 25 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0000