U.S. solar power industry to witness record-breaking growth owing to large-scale installation of solar panels

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The solar power sector in U.S. deployed 2,052 megawatts of photovoltaic in the second quarter of 2016 bringing total power capacity of the country to about 32 gigawatts. This much of power generation made possible due to the installation of solar panels in the country has the ability to supply electricity to greater than 6.3 million U.S. homes. Generation of power through photovoltaic or solar panels will also help in reduction of greenhouse emissions by about 39 million metric tons in a year.

A new solar panel was installed per 84 seconds in first six months of 2016 and it totaled about 1004 installations per day. This installation rate is projected to take the current total of 1.2 million solar panel installations to about 2.2 million solar panel installations by end of 2018.

U.S. solar power industry is anticipated to add about 14 gigawatts of new power capacity in 2016, which is more than double as compared to the total power capacity of the industry for 2015.

The industry is predicted to grow rapidly owing to following features:

  • Solar Power has helped more than 301,000 consumers save about $173,000,000 electricity bills
  • Solar Energy costs dropped across all industry sectors, with dropping costs ranging 2.5-7.5 percent
  • Cost of solar energy in 2016 is 18.1 percent lower as compared to 2015 and 63.1% lower as compared to the energy costs five years ago
  • Power production through solar panels was about 26 percent of the country’s total power production in first half of 2016

As per the Global Market Insights report, U.S. Solar Panel Market is projected to experience substantial expansion from 2016 to 2023.

By end of 2021, the U.S. solar power sector is anticipated to expand and this will generate more job opportunities and investments in the country. All these factors are predicted to boost the demand for solar panels and will boost the U.S. solar power industry growth.

Global Market Insights report states that global solar energy market size is projected to surpass $141 billion by end of 2023.

Author NameDhananjay Punekar


Australian aboriginal community life transformed due to diesel generators replacement with solar panels

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In spite of possessing 170 square kilometers of land in the east of Tennant creek in Australia and a large amount of money in bank account, it was not affordable for Munungurra Aboriginal Corporation members to live in their country of birth and origin. The cost of providing power to a remote place prevented them to build an economy for their community.The corporation had no water and power supply as they were not on the grid and so they had to pay for two diesel generators to provide power supply to two tiny communities named as the aboriginal community and the Torres strait islanders community.

According to Mr. Graeme Smith, chief executive of Corporation, though these two generators provided people with reliable power supply, one generator was mostly occupied or utilized by two houses from among eight houses and the corporation had to pay $601 to $701 for the diesel.

As the people of the community had no employment, they could not afford to pay for diesel. So they lived in the town, looked after their children at school, got homes in the town and just went on the dole. So the corporation decided to lease a solar power system at a price higher than $200,001 from a government funded organization named indigenous business Australia that protects & promotes the economic interests of the aboriginal community as well as Torres Strait islander community.

Within 3 months of replacing diesel generator with solar power system brought huge financial and social benefits for the community. Its expenses were reduced by more than 50% and population increased from 3 to 40. Furthermore, local jobs increased and a school was established in the region.

Mr. McInnes from Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) organization had never thought of solar power provider as an alternative for diesel generator before Mr. Smith suggested him. He then found a suitable solar energy provider named as Allgrid Energy, a solar power firm located at Queensland in Australia. Its Chief executive, Mr. Pratt suggested a battery system and a solar panel for the community.

According to Mr. Pratt sun rays hit the solar panel during daytime and generate power. The community can utilize this power during daytime and rest of the unutilized power can be stored in batteries which can be utilized by the community at night.

IBA purchased the solar system from Allgrid Energy and rented it to Munungurra Aboriginal Corporation. Inexpensive power supply due to the solar system has helped the corporation make huge capital withdrawals. It has also helped in transforming and improving the lifestyle of the community as well as increased the community size and produced new jobs.

Corporation has now got two government contracts – the first contract is to provide home repairing and maintenance services, while another contract is to manage work of dole programs & activities.

This has encouraged Mr. McInnes of IBA to replicate this experience and provide similar  facilities to more such remote communities that depend on diesel generators for power supply. This could help in reducing their expenditure on power & energy supply to a large extent

This demonstrates as to how solar power can be useful and work wonders for even remote communities like aboriginal and torees. Solar power also helps to reduce their expenditure and contributes largely towards green environment maintenance. All these factors are predicted to promote the demand for solar power in Australia and enhance the growth of Australia solar power market.

Today, there is a rampant use of coal, LPG, CNG and diesel as sources of power but tomorrow the world would be dominated by solar power which is a natural source of energy and can be abundantly derived or availed naturally.

Use of solar energy prevents exhaustion of natural resources like coal & diesel extracted from below the earth’s crust. It thus prevents natural disequilibrium caused due to exhaustion of natural resources like coal resulting in natural calamities like earthquakes, tremors and floods.

As per Global Market Insights report, the global Solar tracker market size is forecast to reach USD 7.54 billion by 2023, with growth expectation of 12% CAGR from 2016 to 2023.

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Australia’s solar energy generation to be three times more due to construction of 12 new solar power plants

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As per the ARENA (Australian renewable energy agency), construction of twelve new solar power plants in Australia is predicted to treble country’s extensive solar energy output. The agency declared that it will make total investments of $92.1 million in construction of these 12 plants. It includes six plants in Queensland, five plants in South Wales and one plant in West Australia.ARENA stated that they would improve country’s total solar capacity from 241 megawatts to 721 megawatts, providing enough power supply to about 151,000 Australian houses on an average. It declared that these solar power plants projects were predicted to generate $1.1 billion of commercial investments and propel economic growth of the region.

Biggest solar power plant is expected to be constructed at Darling Downs in Queensland and is projected to produce about 111 megawatts of solar power. It will help in reducing environmental pollution and act on climatic changes and will generate new employment opportunities along with diversification of economy of Queensland.

This largest renewable energy plant of Australia constructed at Queensland will create higher than 501 direct jobs along with hundreds of indirect employments. It will produce enough renewable energy to meet the power requirements of 120,000 houses in Queensland. Four of the five solar power plants projects in this region has received state government’s long term financial assistance. It is expected that the construction of all these plants will be completed by end of 2017.

Kidston renewable power hub is being developed in northwest of Townsville in Australia. It comprises of a big solar farm and is integrated with pump storage hydro project. The main reason being low price and efficiency of pump storage hydro battery which has capacity to store solar energy.

As per global market insights reports, global solar energy industry size is predicted to expand at more than $141 billion by end of 2023. Thus Australia solar power production is projected to contribute heavily towards demand and growth of this global industry.

Construction of solar power plants will also help to reduce carbon emissions in atmosphere and will help to curb the impact of global warming. It will also help in maintaining natural equilibrium & nitrogen cycle, retaining ecological balance and regulating seasonal cycles. This will boost the demand and growth of Australia solar energy market.

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Butane market growth is driven by rising demand for liquefied petroleum gas

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Industry Trends

Global Butane Market size is predicted to surpass 266 million tons with projected gains higher than 2.8%. Rising LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) demand due to its acceptance as domestic fuel, specifically in APAC and Africa, is projected to promote global industry trends. Governments all across the globe are encouraging its usage to reduce greenhouse emissions and coal dependency. They are providing subsidy on LPG to promote its usage as domestic fuel.

Butane market price trend is projected to soften during forecast timeline due to crude oil movement. Rising use of auto gas due to operational cost advantages as compared to oil based fuels like gasoline is projected to promote industry demand. It possesses high energy ingredients and burns easily as compared to other fuels. Use of auto gas as fuel is growing rapidly during past few years owing to ecological advantages.

Europe butane market size, by application, 2012-2022 (Million Tons)

Europe butane market size, by application, 2012-2022 (Million Tons)
However, pollution of underground water due to leakage of methyl tert-butyl ether along with growing demand for ethanol as a replacement for gasoline is anticipated to hinder growth of global butane market in future.

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Application Trends

Global butane market is segmented into various applications like LPG, refinery and petrochemicals.

LPG segment was biggest and contributed higher than $121 billion for 2014. Rising demand for heating fuel in cold locations along with use of fuel for cooking purposes in APAC is anticipated to promote demand of butane for LPG production. Furthermore, most of the Asian and European nations have been accepting LPG as transportation fuel.

Petrochemical segment contributed higher than 16.1% of total demand and is projected to expand substantially during forecast timeline. Growth of the segment in middle east is projected to promote the demand during forecast timeframe.

Regional Trends

Global butane industry is segmented into geographical locations like North America, MENA, Latin America, APAC and Europe.

APAC, led by India and China butane market, contributed key industry share and produced revenue about $57.1 billion for 2014. Increase in population and growing requirement for energy, specifically in rural areas of China and India for cooking is projected to stimulate the demand for butane.

MENA (Middle East and North Africa) market share contributed more than 18.1 % of total size for 2014. Rising use of LPG as feedstock in replacing for natural gas & crude oil in factories and chemical sectors has enhanced the product demand in the region. This region is projected to experience exceptional growth owing to growth in countries like Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Qatar.

Competitive Trends

Key industry participants profiled in the report include British Petroleum, ExxonMobil Corporation, Valero Energy Corporation, Royal Dutch Shell, Tyumen Oil Company, Perenco, Total S.A, Air Liquide, Energy Corporation of America, Chevron Corporation, ConocoPhillips Company, Sinopec Group and China National Petroleum Corporation.

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Advanced energy storage systems market growth is driven by rising concerns about energy conservation and focus on renewable power

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Industry Trends

Global Advanced Energy Storage Systems Market size is projected to surpass 11.36 Giga Watts by end of 2022 and predicted to register CAGR of more than 15.1% during forecast timeline. Increasing concerns over power conservation and change in focus towards renewable energy sources is predicted to promote industry growth.

Constant efforts by firms like Halotechnics, GE Renewable Energy and General Compression to introduce changes in the technology is predicted to promote the demand for the advanced energy storage systems in future.

Germany advanced energy storage systems market size, by technology, 2012-2022 (MW)
Germany advanced energy storage systems market size, by technology, 2012-2022 (MW)

Strict ecological regulations implemented by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy to reduce carbon emissions are predicted to fuel demand for these advanced power storage systems. However, heavy initial investment costs of installing the systems and large space requirement for system deployment are predicted to hinder advanced energy storage systems industry expansion all across the globe. But research and innovations in storage technology leading to production of low priced storage systems are predicted to generate new opportunities for firms to enhance their profits. This is predicted to enhance the global advanced energy storage systems market share.

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Application Trends

Global advanced energy storage systems industry is segmented into electricity production application, electricity delivery & management application and transportation application.

Electricity production application segment was biggest and contributed more than 33.1% to the overall advanced energy storage systems market share for 2014. Transportation segment was second biggest application segment for 2014 and it generated a total revenue of more than $371 billion for this year. Electricity delivery & management segment is projected to experience biggest gains in future.

Product Trends

Global advanced energy storage systems market is segmented into products like electric vehicles & batteries, smart electric vehicle charging stations and light duty vehicle

Electric vehicles & batteries segment is considered as a perfect option for power storage during low demand and supplying power when there are peak loads.

Application of smart electric vehicle charging stations is predicted to help customers supply power to grid.

Plug-in electric vehicle is an established sub-segment of light duty vehicle segment and it contributed maximum revenue for period 2011 -2014.

Technology Trends

Global advanced energy storage systems industry is segmented into thermal technology, compressed air technology, batteries, flywheel technology and molten salt technology.

Thermal technology was leading segment in terms of utility with value surpassing $1.32 billion for 2014. This technique has beneficial as compared to other techniques as it does not require any inputs like lithium nor it has any geographical constrictions. Factors like enhanced efficacy with low energy consumption and low greenhouse emissions are predicted to propel the use of this technology in many applications.

Batteries segment contributed about 10% of total utilization share and is predicted to experience highest gains in future. Factors like charging ease as well as liquid electrolyte re-powering leading to low power wastage are predicted to favorably affect the segment demand.

Flywheel technology segment is predicted to register CAGR of greater than 18.1% during forecast timeline. This technology has many industry growth avenues as it is more reliable, efficient, possess long life span and requires less maintenance.

Regional Trends

Global advanced energy storage systems market is segmented into geographical locations like North America, LATAM, APAC, Europe and MEA.

North America led the global industry with U.S. advanced energy storage systems market contributing higher than 80.1% of global regional industry share. The nation is taking lot of pollution controlling measures and implementing many legislations in order to reduce the rate of pollution.

European industry contributed more than 15.1% to the total demand for 2014 and is anticipated to experience substantial rate of growth during forecast timeline. Measures to enhance sale of electric vehicles in order to reduce pollution rate by countries like France and Germany are predicted to boost the regional industry demand.

APAC advanced energy storage systems industry is predicted to experience biggest gains and predicted to register CAGR of more than 15.6% during forecast timeline. Countries like Indonesia, China and India are predicted to experience rise in construction activities. This aspect is predicted to enhance energy consumption resulting in greater demand for advanced energy storage systems for power conservation.

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Competitive Trends

Key industry participants profiled in the report include Furukawa Battery Company Limited, ZBB Energy, Hitachi, LG Chemicals Limited, Nippon Chemi-Con Corporation, Aquion Energy, A123 Systems LLC, Energizer Holdings Incorporation, Samsung SDI Corporation, GE Energy Storage, Alstom, SAFT, Altair Nanotechnologies Incorporation, Toshiba, China BAK Battery Incorporation, Energizer Holdings Incorporation, Enersys, Maxwell Technologies Incorporation, Exide Technologies, AES Energy, Greensmith, GE Energy Storage and Electrovaya Incorporation.

Middle east distribution transformer market growth is driven by rising demand for energy

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Industry Insights

Middle East Distribution Transformer Market size contribution was more than $2.76 billion for 2015 and is projected to register CAGR of 3.91% during forecast timeframe. Increasing demand for alternate power source and growing cost of electricity production has resulted in transition from traditional electric grid use to smart grid use. Today, there is a growing focus on renewable energy sources due to less accessibility of non-renewable energy sources. Amalgamation of both non-renewable as well as renewable sources of power needs smart grid that can promote industry growth in future.

Egypt Distribution Transformers Market size, by technology, 2013 – 2024 (USD Million)

Requirement of skilled personnel for effective functioning of device can hinder demand in future. High middle east distribution transformer industry price trend can also inhibit the its growth.

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Product Insights

Middle east distribution transformer industry is segmented into products like large transformers, small transformers unit substations and medium transformers. Medium transformer segment contributed more than $1.3 billion for 2015 and is projected to experience highest growth during forecast timeline. This can be attributed to fast implementation of these equipments in less populated regions to reduce 3-phase high voltage to 3-phase low voltage for power distribution. Further, increasing copper costs are predicted to raise acceptance due to utilization of less amount of conductors in the product kind. Also, increasing demand across plants and facilities coupled with high energy needs like information centers can also propel segment demand substantially.

Small transformer segment is predicted to register CAGR of about 3.91% during forecast timeframe. Growing execution of the off load tap changer fitted equipment in outdoor and indoor applications can fuel segment demand. In addition to this, high cost efficacy provided for low density population network can further add to the demand during forecast timeline.

Technology Insights

Middle east distribution transformer market is segmented into liquid filled technology and dry type technology. Liquid filled technology segment is sub-segmented into pole mounted technology and pad mounted technology.

Liquid filled technology segment contributed greater than three- fourth of total regional revenue for 2015 and projected to register CAGR of about 4.1% during forecast timeline. Segment growth can be credited to factors like compact size and high price efficacy.

Dry type equipments are used in fire safety applications like marine, mining site, industries and underground substations. All these factors are predicted to fuel the demand and growth of dry type technology segment.

Regional Insights

Middle east distribution transformer industry is segmented into various geographical locations like UAE (United Arab Emirates), Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Qatar.

Saudi Arabia distribution transformer industry is predicted to surpass $1.6 billion by end of forecast timeframe. This can be credited to fast power consumption across residential as well as commercial segment. Government initiatives like setting up of nuclear power plants, amalgamation of solar power supplies and enhanced efficacy as well as reliability of power supply & distribution are predicted to be main factors for growth of this segment. Further, these factors are also successful in attracting huge capital investments in the country’s electricity infrastructure.

United Arab Emirates contributed greater than 8.1% of middle east distribution market share for 2015. Rising acceptance of the equipment across big warehouses, high rise constructions and centralized chilling establishments in this region are credited for the regional industry growth. Further, many advantages like minimized length & size of cable, long feeder lines and enhanced usable footage area provided in the region can also enhance the segment growth in future.

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Competitive Insights

Key industry participants profiled in the report include United Transformers Electric Company (UTEC), Alfanar Electrical Systems, SGB-SMIT, Tesar Gulf Power Transformers & Distribution Equipment LLC, Saudi Federal Transformers LLC, Abaft Middle East Transformer Ind. LLC, ABB(ASEA Brown Boveri) Group, General Electric, Eurogulf Transformers, Intact Transformers, Bawan, Matelec, Siemens, The Saudi Transformer Company Limited and Wahah Electric Supply Co. of S.A.