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A regional rundown of smart grid market: APAC to gain ground as a prominent investment hub over 2018-2024

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In the recent years, smart grid market has earned substantial revenue due to the increasing awareness about the incredible benefits provided by these products. In addition, this vertical has also received quite some impetus on account of the rising requirement of power grids that can accommodate and support increasing numbers of electronic devices in each household. The importance of smart grids has been recently upheld by the city council of Sault Ste. Marie in Canada when a multi-million-dollar implementation of smart grid technology was cleared. Authorities managing the development of the project assured citizens that the upgrading to smart grid will have no financial, reliability or environmental drawbacks. In fact, it would bring about a 11-cent reduction in the monthly energy bills and drastically reduce CO2 emission to 2,804 tons annually within the city.

U.S. Smart Grid Market Size, By Technology, 2017 & 2024 (USD Million)
U.S. Smart Grid Market Size, By Technology, 2017 & 2024 (USD Million)

As the disasters caused by rapidly incremental climate change have plagued the news headlines of late, investment in the smart grid industry in the United States has also registered a cumulative upsurge. In 2017, U.S. smart grid market was valued at $3 billion. Recently the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities issued an approval for significant upgrade in the state’s electric grid. The order authorized utility companies of the state to invest $220 million in the modernization of the existent grid. The improvement project, which is expected to improve reliability and efficiency, will require 3 years for the upgrade. Agencies with environmental interest such as Energy and Environmental Affairs of U.S. have acclaimed the order to be a recognition to the role advanced meters and smart grids play to reduce costs, increase energy efficiency and maximize clean energy generation.

The grid modernization investments will automate the process for improved visibility of mechanical equipment, creation of a self-healing grid and automated command and control. These improvements will help reduce power outages and improve the process of storm restoration, as well as enhance the utility companies’ ability to integrate distributed energy resources onto the electric grid. The success of the modernization is expected to encourage such investments in other states as well thus contributing to the expansion of the smart grid industry in the United States.

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Similar efforts are also in motion in Europe where the EU is aiming at replacing 80% of the electric meters with smart meters by 2020. In a recent venture, EU and China have released a joint statement with the intention of exchanging potential innovative and legislative solutions to meet the global demand of clean and green energy alternatives. Both China and EU agreed that improvement of energy supply security will enhance energy efficiency, support switching to low carbon energy sources and increase the share of renewable energies. According to findings presented by the European Commission, China and EU consume 22% and 12.5% of the global energy respectively and both are trying to break the dependence on fossil fuel imports. To achieve this goal, increasing the share of renewable energy sources and upgrading the potential of smart grids has been mentioned to be pivotal, pointing towards the increase in investment in the smart grid industry over the coming years. The smart grid market is being predicted to perform well in these regions as EU is currently drafting a 2050 decarbonization strategy and China has committed to bring down its carbon footprint by setting carbon reduction goals and other renewable targets to be met by 2030.

Speaking about China’s investment in the smart grid industry it will be prudent to mention that other Asian countries are also recognizing the potential of a smart grids. Indeed, APAC smart grid industry is estimated to grow over 12% over 2018-2024. Citing an instance, the Indian government recently announced that it would develop a smart grid project in the financial and technological hub near New Delhi, Gurugram. The underground smart grid is expected to be completed by 2022, saving 120-150 MW of electricity every day and solving the long-standing issues of power theft and technical faults. A software-based technology will be used to replace manual maintenance in all low-transmission (LT) lines that will be located underground. The underground placement of the lines will potentially curb pilferage and theft that has been impairing power supply by almost 20%. The incidence provides apt evidence that India smart grid market is poised for a bright future.

Smart grids add monitoring, control, analysis and communication capabilities to electrical delivery system while reducing energy consumption. Utilities also benefit from smart grids as it allows them to move electricity around the system more economically and efficiently. Smart grids are also positioned to take advantage of new technologies such as hybrid electric vehicles, smart metering, distribution automation and solar energy. As governments look to optimize the operation of the entire electrical grid, increased smart grid deployment will be witnessed across the globe. As per reliable estimates, smart grid market is anticipated to surpass $70 billion by 2024.

Author NameParoma Bhattacharya

U.S. smart water metering market to record huge gains over 2017-2024, high adoption across the residential sector to accelerate the regional growth

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As the world experiences a tremendous need to conserve natural resources such as water, smart water metering market will gain considerable traction, subject to the rising demand for efficient water consumption. Smart meters help record real-time data and reduce water bills, thereby enabling water conservation. Indeed, water conservation has emerged as a pivotal need of the hour, as is evident from the efforts taken for the same across myriad geographies. Recently for instance, The Nature Conservancy and PepsiCo declared new water conservation projects in the Southwestern United States. PepsiCo in 2016, had also announced that it plans to return all the water used by the company in the manufacturing operations, back to the same watershed from where it was taken, by 2025. The deployment of smart water meters will augment the rising efforts to save water and prevent its unnecessary wastage, thereby stimulating smart water metering industry. A report by Global Market Insights, Inc., states that smart water metering market, worth more than USD 900 million in 2016, will register a revenue of more than USD 3 billion by 2024.

France Smart Water Metering Market Size, By Application, 2016 & 2024 (Million Units)
France Smart Water Metering Market Size, By Application, 2016 & 2024 (Million Units)

Smart water metering industry is stringently controlled by a regulatory framework, owing to the norms enforced with regards to the conservation of water. As per the EC Directive 2000/60/EC, it is mandatory for respective nations to prioritize the prevention of water wastage and water conservation, especially in drought-ridden areas of the region. Technologically, smart water meters can be deployed based on two key technologies – automatic meter reading (AMR) and automatic meter infrastructure (AMI).

AMR-based smart water metering market is slated to accomplish quite some valuation by 2024, driven by the easy availability, affordable maintenance, and low installation costs that this technology is endowed with. Indeed, AMR has been massively deployed in smart electric meters as well, gradually stimulating global smart electric meter industry share.

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Smart meters help curb water losses and streamline billing processes. In this regard, water utilization data gathered by AMI-based smart meters help to identify problems in water distribution and manage water allocation in an efficient manner, which eventually serves to understand consumer requirements. On these grounds, it has been forecast that AMI-based smart water metering market size is slated to register a stupendous CAGR of 28% over 2017-2024. While AMI technology is relatively advanced, it is prudent to mention that its excessive cost may restrain its growth over the next few years.

Smart water meters, in general, find massive applications across the commercial, residential, and utility sectors. Smart water metering industry size from residential applications has been projected to cross the billion-dollar frontier by 2024. This commendable accomplishment can be credited to the increasing demand for precise water bills and the accurate formulation of unregulated spending on water resources. Indeed, smart meters also possess the ability to reduce non-revenue water & secure remote monitoring, further expanding the scope of smart water metering industry from the residential arena.

The United States is one of the most foremost growth grounds for smart water metering market. Incidentally, Glendale was the first city in the United States that set a benchmark for better utility management and responding to unexpected natural calamities such as droughts, by means of implementing smart meters to develop a smart grid network. The rising adoption of smart water meters will thus majorly drive U.S. smart water metering industry. Not to mention, the region has a strict regulatory frame of reference in place, which would serve to drive smart water metering industry.

Water conservation has emerged to be an issue of global concern, given the depleting sources of water across numerous geographies. Efforts are being undertaken at a governmental as well as provincial level in order to address the problem. Say for instance, the Indian and Israeli governments have recently inked a MoU, according to which both the nations would work side by side at the national and international level for designing, implementing, and monitoring a ‘National Water Conservation Campaign’ prioritizing water conservation. Not to mention, numerous companies partaking in smart water metering market are engaged in periodic mergers and acquisitions to consolidate their position in this business space. Aided by a strong legislative framework and the efforts undertaken by myriad companies and provincial governments, smart water metering industry is likely to chart out a profitable growth path over the forthcoming years.

Author Name : Saipriya Iyer

AMR-based smart gas metering systems market to depict remarkable growth over 2017-2024, U.S. to witness massive adoption rate

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A fundamental vertical of the sustainable & smart technologies industry space, smart gas metering systems market has evolved as a highly lucrative business sphere. The increasing consciousness regarding energy conservation and saving has triggered the adoption of next-generation technologies that have outdone the traditional utilities used across the electricity sector. This paradigm shift has been taken note of duly by regional governments and regulatory bodies as well, that have been striving by the hour to adopt energy saving devices. Indeed, many regional governments have already begun to implement IoT based gas metering techniques across residential and commercial sectors, providing a major impetus to the overall smart gas metering systems industry outlook.

UK Smart Gas Metering Systems Market Size, By Application, 2016 & 2024 (Million Units)
UK Smart Gas Metering Systems Market Size, By Application, 2016 & 2024 (Million Units)

Given that energy conservation has emerged as a major global issue of concern, smart gas meters have been forecast to help toward building an efficient energy network in the near future. Having recognized their potential, numerous governments, have started deploying high-tech smart meters in order to provide the benefits of clean energy products and digital technologies to grid operators and homeowners. The British government has been particularly proactive in this regard, and even plans to deploy next-generation smart gas meters for individual household usage. This installation is certain to help consumers monitor energy supply and tariff for time-based energy usage.

As per reliable estimates, the United Kingdom presently has around 7.7 million smart gas and electricity meters installed across the nation. Indeed, the UK government aims to have close to 53 million smart meters live by the end of the decade. UK’s mission is being actively supported by Landis+Gyr, one of the key players of smart gas metering systems industry. In fact, the firm has been working on a special technology for years and has recently rolled out the SMETS2 for British Gas customers. SMETS2 is apparently renowned for seamlessly switching energy suppliers post installation and would help to bring about novel innovations in smart gas metering systems industry.

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Similar to Landis+Gyr, numerous other companies in smart gas metering systems market have been striving to bring about unique product offerings, on the grounds of which they have been inking strategic agreements with leading firms. In 2017, SK Telecom signed a MoU with Chongqing Gas, the Economic and Information Commission of Chongqing Province, and China Mobile for developing IoT assisted remote gas metering systems across Chongqing. The arrangement enabled users to monitor gas usage through smartphones in addition to helping metermen detect potential gas leakage. The ability of such utility devices to be operated via smartphones and desktop PCs will boost product demand, thereby driving smart gas metering systems market trends.

The adoption of smart gas meters has observed an escalating rise lately, pertaining to their incredible benefits. In accordance with the same, governments have been taking the necessary steps to implement a next-generation energy network, apart from the aforementioned initiatives. Energy companies have also been looking forward to innovating products with maximum operational efficiency. Research & developments programs are thus rampant in smart gas metering systems market. All in all, powered by a highly supportive regulatory landscape and a proactive competitive spectrum, smart gas metering systems industry size has been forecast to surpass USD 9 billion by the end of 2024.

Author Name :Sunil Hebbalkar