Sustainable & Smart Technologies
China solar PV glass market to exhibit remarkable gains over 2017-2024, supportive government initiatives to spur the product demand
The global solar PV glass market is gaining remarkable momentum with escalating investments toward boosting energy efficient technology and conserving the energy mix. Favorable government initiatives and projects toward the usage of clean energy sources to reduce carbon footprints have brought about huge growth prospects for solar PV glass industry over the coming seven years. In 2016, global Solar PV glass market was worth over USD 2 billion and the overall consumption is projected to cross 700 million square meters by 2024, according to a report by Global Market Insights, Inc.
U.S. Solar PV Glass Market Size, By End Use, 2016 & 2024 (USD Million)
The photovoltaic glass is widely used to concentrate sunlight and convert the solar energy into electric energy. Using solar PV cells and glass in building facades and roof lighting systems can result into economical use of solar energy. PV glass can thus be directly used for power generation for small scale sectors. In countries such as the U.S., the government has introduced rebates and subsidies for the installation of solar PV glass. It has also initiated policies such as Investment Tax Credit (ITC), which has significantly reduced the overall cost of the product to boost its adoption. As per a report by EIA, the U.S. boasted of a total installation of over 12.6 GW of solar PV systems in 2016, chiefly for the residential sector.
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The rising demand for solar PV glass across the residential sector has provided a significant impetus to the tempered/toughened solar PV glass market. This product segment provides better thermal stress breakage and mechanical strength to the glass and is therefore safer than its counterparts. The tempered solar PV glass market is thus likely to witness a lucrative growth of 7% over 2017-2024.
China is a major consumer, producer, and exporter of photovoltaic systems and accounted for more than 50% of the overall solar PV glass market in 2016. In December 2016, the Chinese government amended its Thirteenth Five Year Plan to improve the countries photovoltaic energy sector with an aim to achieve at least 23% of efficiency in large scale production of crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells by 2020.
UK solar PV glass industry has also been gaining traction of late. In 2016, the UK government proclaimed a complete phase-out of the standing coal fired stations by 2025. Moreover, stringent government regulations for curbing the carbon emissions has resulted into several government initiatives to install rooftop solar PV units, which is turn has raised the regional share for solar PV glass industry.
On the technology front, solar PV glass market is segmented into two types namely float and pattern. The pattern solar PV glass market share is expected to depict an annual growth rate of 6% over the period of 2017-2024, owing to its better aesthetics, easy lamination, non-blinding effect, and desired degree of transparency. On other hand, the float solar PV glass industry also holds a significant market chunk as it finds extensive applications in thin film photovoltaic modules.
Solar PV glass market from thin film CIS / CIGS segment is likely to register a CAGR of 9% over 2017-2024. Moreover, the use of low iron pattern and float glasses for manufacturing crystalline modules has considerably impelled the solar PV glass industry.
The global solar PV glass market is likely to witness strategic collaborations and mergers to expand their network across different regions. Prominent industry players include Guardian Industries, Vidur Glass, Guangdong Golden, Xinyi, Sunarc Technology, Jin Jing, Borosil, and Flat Group.
Author Name : Ojaswita Kutepatil
Depleting fossil fuels have led to the adoption of sustainable sources such as solar energy, which will stimulate solar PV mounting systems market. Increasing awareness regarding the adverse effects of GHG emissions on the environment and human health is slated to encourage the usage of solar based power generation. Implementation of stringent rules and regulations to restrict the emission of GHG will fuel solar PV mounting systems industry size noticeably. In addition to this, the reducing costs of the component will also propel the product demand. According to Global Market Insights, Inc., “Worldwide Solar PV mounting systems market was valued USD 6 billion and will generate a notable revenue with an annual growth rate of more than 6% over the period of 2017 to 2024.”
Europe Solar PV Mounting Systems Market, By End Use, 2016 & 2024 (USD Million)
The world is trending toward the adoption of smart technology. The development of smart cities and green buildings in the commercial as well as residential sectors across the globe will amplify the demand for solar PV mounting systems industry. The deployment of zero emission building norms will also favor the adoption of the product across the commercial sector. Large-scale corporations are also setting an example regarding the adoption of solar power generation. To reduce carbon emission, Lloyds Bank made an investment of USD 1000 million in 2016.
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Pertaining to the growth of commercial constructions, solar PV mounting systems industry from the commercial sector will collect significant revenue over the years ahead. The installation of PV systems across the industrial and commercial sector is slated to cross 20.2 GW by 2023, in terms of volume.
To reduce the dependency on non-renewable energy sources such as fossil fuels and to control emissions up to 80%, many countries across Europe have been striving to adopt solar PV mounting systems. The UK government is planning to generate 30% of the overall energy from renewable energy sources by 2020. On these grounds, UK solar PV mounting systems industry will generate a notable revenue with a CAGR of more than 5% over the coming seven years.
The U.S. government is investing heavily to develop clean energy technologies. Besides, the implementation of favorable energy security rules and regulations will influence the product demand. U.S. solar PV mounting systems market will collect a significant revenue over the coming timeframe. The government has also been promoting the product by offering supportive tax rebates, financial assistance, and net metering, which will augment the market share. Speaking about the ongoing technology development, the industry giants are investing their time and money to improve and produce high capacity generation power systems. In fact, the tracking technology covered more than 19% of solar PV mounting systems market share in 2016 and will record substantial growth rate over the years ahead. This technology has the capability to improve the power generation capacity of the product by 20%.
The notable participants in solar PV mounting systems market are UNIRAC, Quick Mount PV, Schletter, Inc., Landpower Solar Technology, Xiamen Grace Solar Technology Co., Ltd., K2 SYSTEMS, Suyash Metatech, RBI Solar, DPW Solar, Versolsolar Co., Ltd., and SNS Corporation.
Considering the ease of installation, compact size, and space optimization benefits, popularity of rooftop mounting systems is increasing among the customers. Rooftop solar PV mounting systems market will exhibit an annual growth rate of more than 8% over the period of 2017 to 2024. The attributing factor toward the market growth is emergence of distributed power to minimize the grid dependency.
Top companies operating in Solar PV mounting systems market have been focusing on cost effectiveness of the product along with performance enhancement to improve their profit margins. Business participants have also been adopting various growth strategies to expand their global presence over the coming timeframe.
Author Name : Sunil Hebbalkar
France hydropower market to witness a profitable roadmap over 2017-2024, high energy production rate from renewable sources to augment the regional demand
Global hydropower industry is spectating a robust growth path over the years ahead, subject to the fact that clean, sustainable power generation from water, one of the most abundantly available renewable resources, is gaining renewed prominence at the global level. Hydropower is most widely utilized renewable source of power generation. The industry has been a subject of vital importance for advanced research institutes, which have been striving to deploy high capacity products for massive power generation applications, which will subsequently propel hydropower market. As per the IEA (International Energy Agency), hydroelectric held more than 80% of the total renewable energy mix.
Germany Hydropower Market Size, By Capacity, 2016 & 2024 (GW)
Increasing measures to reduce carbon footprints and the escalating demand for reliable power sources have fueled the growth of global hydropower industry. A report by Global Market Insights, states that, Hydropower Market in 2016, was worth more than 1000 GW in terms of volume and is projected to surpass 1300 GW by 2024, expanding at an annual growth rate of 2% over the period 2016-2024.
Based on product capacity, hydropower market is segmented into micro, pico, mini, small, and large hydropower stations. Small Hydropower Market size is expected to grow at 2.5% over 2016-2024, which will augment the overall market trends. This is possible due to the product versatility, reduced investments, and renewable nature. Mini hydropower market contributed to 2% of global hydropower industry share in 2016, owing to its low environmental impact and cost-effective characteristics. Growing investment in electric infrastructure to upgrade to smart off grid networks has further augmented the mini hydropower market. For instance, in 2016, the Government of Malaysia, launched the Sarawak Alternative Renewable Energy Scheme which plans to integrate micro hydro power plants for rural electrification in the region.
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In 2016, large hydropower capacity segment accounted more than 80% of overall hydropower industry share, subject to the rigorous deployment of power stations and projects for upgradation. ANDRITZ AG, an Australian company, installed three hydroelectric stations in Brazil and Nicaragua with an aim to provide reliable electricity, by spending USD 75 million collectively. Moreover, rising electricity demand from India, China, and Brazil will further augment the large capacity hydropower market.
Several countries of North America, Asia Pacific, and Europe have introduced plans to upgrade, modernize, and renovate their existing stations to ensure more efficient operations. For example, EU Renewable Directive (2009/28/EC) wants all the state members to target at least 20% of the final energy consumption from renewable sources by 2020. In an attempt to follow the EU Renewable Directive, from the total electricity produced in Europe, hydropower accounted more than 13.2% in 2014.
Rapid industrialization and urbanization in China have generated colossal growth opportunities for hydropower industry players, as China plans to invest USD 3.6 billion in Myanmar’s Myistone unit. This will help the Myistone unit to generate 6000 MW of hydropower by 2030. Moreover, in its 13th Five Year Plan, the Government of China announced plans to implement clean energy sources and also proposed the installation of 340 GW of hydropower stations by 2020. The massive growth of global Offshore Hydropower Market is also bound to positively influence the overall industry trends.
In North America, substantial funds have been raised toward developing sustainable energy, which has, in a way complimented the growth of hydropower industry. The abundant availability of natural resources will further help the region to prosper and contribute toward clean and reliable energy sources. In 2016, U.S. hydropower market accounted more than 50% of total regional share and is likely to continue its dominance over the coming years. For the United States, in 2015, Rey Development announced to inject USD 60 million in hydroelectric installation across the region.
The market players are adopting strategies such as mergers and acquisitions to expand their global reach. Some of the key players in the hydropower industry include General Electric, Ontario Power Generation, RusHydro, China Yangtze Power, Agder Energi, China Three Gorges Corporation, Alfa Laval, and Tata Power.
Author Name :Ojaswita Kutepatil
Legal process outsourcing market to register a phenomenal CAGR of 35% over 2016-2024, on-shore LPO services to witness high demand
Legal Process Outsourcing (LPO) Market is set to undergo a rapid evolution in the next seven years. The industry which was valued USD 3 billion in 2016, is slated to record a massive revenue of USD 40 billion by 2024. Studies show that LPO market has created a paradigm shift in the business model of the firms by changing their way of conducting ongoing legal work. Legal process outsourcing is a core strategy that is widely adopted by both government and private entities. Rapid increase in the legal proceeding costs has led the companies to outsource these services via LPO services. Cost cutting is one of the prime factors driving the LPO industry trends.
U.S. LPO market size, by location, 2016 & 2024 (USD Million)
The swift expansion of Legal process outsourcing market can be majorly attributed to its wide end service spectrum which includes E-discovery, patent support, contract drafting, review & management, compliance assistance, and litigation support. E- discovery service market is set to record a shooting CAGR of 40% over 2017-2024. Increasing deployment of digital systems in the businesses is the major factor that is influencing the market trend. Outsourcing the electronic documents that are produced by these digital systems and fetching the meaningful information out of it is actually a troublesome job for the in-house legal department. These firms instead integrate their business model with LPO which considerably reduce their time and cost. Growing inclination toward legal research and IP monitoring for cost effectivity is providing significant growth opportunity to patent support services of LPO market.
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Onshore based legal process outsourcing industry is gaining a popularity over offshore based. The credit to this fact can be given to the shared regulatory framework on which onshore LPO works. Onshore LPO industry is anticipated to generate commendable revenue, driven by the adoption rate by organizations where there is an inter-connected business model. i.e. the firms which work conjointly with companies that belong to the same country.
Europe is one region which holds a prominent position in the global legal process outsourcing market particularly from onshore services. Increasing European Corporations’ preference for onshore services along with strict protective laws imposed by EU is catering the onshore LPO market in Europe. On the other hand, this region has comparatively lesser contribution toward the offshore legal process outsourcing market. With the growing concerns related to the legal expenses, corporate firms of European countries are proactively outsourcing their legal proceeding through professionals via LPO.
Countries like India, Philippines, and South Africa are witnessing an expanding offshore legal process outsourcing market. India market will prominently grow in the coming seven years. Favorable government initiatives such as FDI (foreign direct investment) is encouraging huge investments in these regions. Philippines legal process outsourcing industry share will witness considerable gains over the coming years. The growth can be attributed to this region being regarded as one of the most favorable offshore LPO destinations, owing to the low legal costs and strong infrastructure in this region.
With key players of the market focusing on acquiring renowned certifications like ISO 9001, and ISO 27001, the legal process outsourcing industry value in the next few years is anticipated to be commendable. As per an estimation given by Global Market Insights, Inc, Legal process outsourcing industry is projected to register a phenomenal CAGR of 35% over 2016-2024. Some of the prominent LPO industry participants include Integreon, Pangea3, QuisLex, Mindcrest, and United Lex.
Author Name :Satarupa De
The world is heavily treading toward the adoption of renewable energy sources, which will lucratively impel solar PV module market. There has been an increase in public awareness levels regarding the effects of GHG, released into environment after the burning of fossil fuels, which has prompted manufacturers to come up with suitable sustainable alternatives. This initiative will provide a push to solar PV module market growth. Several technological developments and the increasing number of manufacturing facilities has also resulted in reduced product cost, which will fuel the industry trends. According to Global Market Insights, Inc., “Worldwide Solar PV Module Market was valued USD 20 billion in 2016 and will surpass a revenue collection of USD 30 billion by 2024.”
North America Solar PV Module Market Size, By Product, 2016 (MW)
Many of the market players are engaged in collaborations with research institutes to bring about innovative technologies that will enhance the industry expansion. Growing investments in R&D activities, flexible integration, and better efficiency will boost the demand for thin film technology integrated products. In 2016, thin film covered more than 20% of the revenue share of technology segment in solar PV module market. The noteworthy participants in solar PV module market are First Solar, Canadian Solar, Trina Solar, JA Solar, Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Jinko Solar, SunPower, Yingli, ReneSola, Moser Baer, SFCE, Shine Solar, and Lanco.
Growing industrialization across the globe will fuel the need of renewable energy. Favorable government initiations in terms of financial support will prompt industry giants to adopt solar PV modules to enhance the growth of Solar Energy Market. Ground mounted systems are being deployed increasingly across the utility and commercial sectors subject to their numerous benefits. The ground mounted segment will exhibit an annual growth rate of more than 7% over the period of 2017 to 2024.
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The governments of various countries have lately been making huge efforts to enhance the grid connectivity of their nations. Speaking of which, the on-grid segment dominated the connectivity landscape of solar PV module industry by accounting for more than 55% of the revenue share in 2016. It is expected to record substantial growth rate over the coming timeframe.
Rural areas have witnessed a heavy deployment of micro-grids to fulfill the escalating need of off grid electricity, subject to which solar PV module market from off grid connectivity segment will generate a significant revenue over the coming seven years. To accomplish the need of sustainable energy, the U.S. has been installing micro grids on a large scale. U.S. solar PV module industry will register a CAGR of more than 6% over the coming years of 2017 to 2024. The attributing factor toward the market growth is deployment of stringent rules and regulations to control GHG emissions along with huge investments in power plants to increase the grid capacity.
To reduce carbon emissions in the environment, the government has been promoting the usage of roof top mounting system. Government support and favorable subsidies will propel solar PV module market from roof top mounting systems. The Asia Development Bank recently granted a subsidy of US 500 million for the development of roof top systems. Escalating installation of these systems across the residential sector will also influence the product demand.
Solar PV module industry from the residential sector collected a revenue of USD 4 billion in 2016 and is predicted grow lucratively over the years ahead. Monocrystalline products are also deployed across this sector, subject to which monocrystalline solar PV module market will grow at an annual growth rate of more than 6% over the period of 2017 to 2024. Additionally, the surging need to maintain energy efficiency will augment the product demand.
China covered more than 60% of Asia Pacific solar PV module market share in 2016 and will generate considerable revenue over the coming seven years. Shifting preference toward the adoption of renewable technology is likely to impel China solar PV module market.
Market players are focusing toward strategies such as product innovation and differentiation to gain more profit. The efforts of these companies coupled with government norms to promote clean energy will suitably impel global solar PV module market.
Author Name :Sunil Hebbalkar
APAC to lead global vertical farming market landscape over 2017-2024, high demand from indoor farms to stimulate the regional demand
Low availability of land and fluctuating weather conditions will lead Vertical Farming Market to generate a sizable revenue over the next seven years. Of late, the issues of excess population, water conservation, crop production, and recycling have been plaguing the world. Vertical farming is expected to provide a feasible solution for these problems. Being the latest phenomenon in urban farming, vertical farming is secured with biosecurity procedures that prevent pest attacks on crops and restrict plant disease. Additionally, there is no concept of seasonal crop or run-offs, which eliminates crop spoilage and transport costs, thereby fueling vertical farming industry expansion. A report by Global Market Insights, Inc., state that vertical farming market size is expected to cross USD 13 billion by 2024, with a striking CAGR of 27% over 2017-2024, having had a base valuation of USD 2 billion in 2017.
U.S. Vertical Farming Market Size, By Technology, 2013 – 2024 (USD Million)
Vertical farming involves plants being grown in vertical layers, stacked one after the other in warehouses, barren lands, deserts, high-rise buildings, and shipping containers. It reduces the necessity of pesticides, sprays, and herbicides in cropping systems and helps farmers deliver their produce on time. These benefits are expected to positively influence vertical farming market. Players operating in this market engage in collaborations to enhance crop yield and provide a positive impetus to vertical farming market. For instance, Canada based Ecobain Gardens recently formed an alliance with Philips Lighting Holding B.V. with an aim to replace its lights with Philips GreenPower LED lights to improve crop quality and increase its sales.
The product landscape of vertical farming industry encompasses fruits, vegetables & herbs, equipment, and aquatic species. Raising fish and crabs in vertical farms has brought about increased economic growth in most European countries. High consumption of farm-raised fish and tilapia will lead Europe vertical farming market to grow at a modest rate over 2017-2024. Belgium, UK, Netherlands and Germany are slated to be major revenue contributors. Subject to the increased consumption of vegetables and fruits, lettuce held more than 30% of the total fruits, vegetables & herbs segment in 2016 and is expected to increase over the next few years.
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Vertical farming can be implemented in an outdoor or indoor setting. Outdoor applications held less than 30% of the overall vertical farming market and will depict a slightly sluggish growth rate over the next seven years. Indoor applications, on the other hand, held a rather significant share of vertical farming industry in 2016 and will exhibit a huge growth rate over the years ahead.
This type of farming is especially prevalent in the United States and China, owing to the fact they account for additional income apart from the economic benefits obtained from traditional farming methods. North America accounted for a huge share of global vertical farming market in 2016, subject to the increased number of indoor farming applications, extensive R&D research, and strong technical expertise.
Hydroponics technology held more than 50% of the overall vertical farming industry and is expected to grow significantly over 2017-2024. Aeroponics, however, is anticipated to be the fastest growing technology over the next few years, subject to the fact that its usage saved more than 95% of water used in farming.
Asia Pacific vertical farming market is anticipated to grow at a lucrative CAGR subject to the deployment of high grade farming technologies. Notable revenue contributors include Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Inia, China, and South Korea. Owing to the fact that Japan houses a vast number of vertical farms, the region accounted for more than 25% of APAC vertical farming share in 2016 and will grow notably over the years ahead. Singapore is also expected to be a profitable avenue for the growth of vertical farming market.
General Hydroponics, Urban Crop Solutions, Green Spirit Farms, Spread Co. Ltd., Aerofarms, Mirai Co.Ltd., Plantagon International AB, Sky Greens, and American Hydroponics are major participants operating in global vertical farming market. These firms are engaged in numerous growth tactics such as strategic partnerships and improved product development to enhance the growth of vertical farming market.
Author Name :Saipriya Iyer
Emerging economies to favor LED lamp market trends, government bodies to play a pivotal role in the industry commercialization
LED Lamp Market scale has witnessed a swift upsurge with the commendable product penetration across the industrial and residential sectors. The LED lamp industry growth is not only attributed to the huge profit residing in its wide spectrum of applications but is also equally driven by the buzzing trend of energy conservation worldwide. Considering the demand curve of LED lamps over the recent years, these products have become a commodity of choice in response to the escalating demand for sustainable lighting solutions and optimal energy usage.
U.S. LED Lamp Market Size, By Product, 2016 & 2024 ($Mn)
The lighting companies worldwide are proactively investing in these products making it a significant part of their business portfolios. These investments where on one hand are benefiting the firms financially, on the other hand, are also addressing the corporate responsibility of the organizations. The recent noteworthy initiative in this regard is by Phillips Lighting where the company has developed LED lamps in a research partnership with Dubai Municipality. The company aims to supply 2 million ‘Dubai Lamps’ across the city in 2017, covering the residential and commercial sectors. This number is estimated to reach 10 million lamps by 2021, which signifies the huge expansion of LED lamp market across the country. Philips claims these lamps to reduce the electricity consumption by 90%. The innovation of ‘Dubai Lamps’ is certainly a groundbreaking move in the LED lamp industry. Other companies exploiting the opportunities in the LED lamp market include GE, Cree, Samsung, Osram, etc.
LED lamp industry has witnessed a series of M&As and strategic collaborations as a part of its growth approach. Product diversification and differentiation have been the prime goals of the organizations behind these strategic moves. The companies are implementing vertical integration tactics across their value chain model. The aforementioned statement is justified by the acquisition of Lightech, a technology leader in LED drivers by GE Lighting, in 2011. Another such move was witnessed in November 2012, when GE, the global lighting magnate acquired Albeo Technologies. This acquisition was a win-win situation for both the firms, where on one hand Albeo Technologies gained access to GE’s huge customer base and on the other hand, Albeo’s LED fixtures was added to GE’s list of lighting products.
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The favorable government regulations have also played a crucial role in the global commercialization of LED lamp industry. The stringent norms by the government bodies banning the usage of inefficient lighting systems are providing a major push to the adoption of LED lamps. Both the residential and the commercial sectors are increasingly deploying these lighting solutions as a move toward sustainability. In addition to addressing the optimal energy usage demand, these lamps are also highly durable and cost-effective which is further fueling its demand worldwide. Reportedly, these light lamps have a life span of 30,000 to 40,000 hours and can last up to four times longer than fluorescent lamps.
The emerging economies such as India and China are becoming popular platforms for the LED lamp market expansion. The rapid economic development, urban projects, and favorable government policies are the factors influencing the investments of the industry players in these regions. For instance, the Government of India, under the UJALA scheme, provides these lamps at lower prices, making it quite a viable option for the lower-income groups as well. Lighting Africa Program by the World Bank which enables sustainable lighting solutions access to 250 million people across sub-Saharan Africa, also provided a phenomenal impetus to LED lamp industry.
The growing trend of automation and the ‘smart city’ and ‘smart home’ initiatives have further added to the growth of LED lamp industry. In this regard, the developed economies have contributed toward a major chunk of the overall market revenue. U.S. and Canada have been lucrative avenues for the LED lamp market growth over the recent years and are anticipated to display an upward path in the coming years as well. U.S. LED lamp market is also projected to gain a significant traction via the horticulture lighting recognized as one of the major niche applications in this region. Marijuana trade, which is proliferating on account of its medicinal value, is being addressed as a significant investment spot for the LED lamp industry participants.
Europe is also one of the prominent regions partaking in the LED lamp industry share. The energy standards set by the European Commission has propelled the adoption of LED lamps across residential, industrial, and public areas. As per the estimates, Europe accounted for 25% of the overall LED lamp market size in 2016 and is forecast to witness phenomenal gains over the years ahead. Apart from the favorable government norms, the technological advancements in this region such as Smart Homes and Smart City initiatives are also driving the Europe LED lamp industry size.
With sustainability becoming the major focus area for both the consumers and the businesses, the LED lamp market is certain to exhibit lucrative growth roadmap over the years ahead. The industry is highly competitive and demands an appropriate alignment of the various business parameters such as cost, brand value, and product diversification to sustain the fierce competition.
Author Name :Shikha Sinha