The market for security systems aimed at “smart grid” industrial control systems will climb to $369 million (£229m) this year and will nearly double to $608 million by 2020, according to a new report from Pike Research.
Smart grids, which aim to make the distribution of energy more efficient through the integration of information and communications technology, is being tested through major projects in the UK, the US, and elsewhere, but security has remained on the back burner, with regulations around smart grid security also remaining vague, according to the report.
The power transmission market will see growth, thanks to the ambitions of the emerging Asia-Pacific region, and the maintenance and upgrade of existing infrastructure in the developed world, states a new report from GBI Research.
The new report states that the market for transmission and distribution equipment has matured, with few technological or product innovations now taking place, but renewed demand from emerging economies has helped the market to continue to achieve substantial revenue growth. Global demand for electricity is expected to increase exponentially in the future, predicted to double between 2000 and 2030, and soaring demand levels in India and China are expected to spur on government efforts to increase national installed capacity.
Most microgrids operating today are, in essence, retrofit projects, utilizing an overlay of control technologies that are designed to integrate legacy assets with new microgrid components, usually in the form of small amounts of solar PV or a new advanced energy storage unit. In the future, however, greenfield microgrid projects will be increasingly prevalent. According to a new tracker report from Pike Research, a part of Navigant’s Energy Practice, the number of active microgrid projects around the world continues to increase at a brisk pace, as does the total installed capacity of microgrids.
All told, the report documents 67 newly identified microgrid entries, equating to an increase of 571 megawatts (MW) in worldwide capacity, compared to the sum of past projects included in Pike Research’s tracking. Planned, proposed, under-development, and fully operating microgrids now represent nearly 3,200 MW of total capacity, according to the report.
As shown in a new white paper, a Zpryme survey of 223 Smart Grid executives sponsored by Elster reveals that 21 percent of Smart Grid executives rated 'reducing peak energy consumption' as the top justification for investing in advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), while 28% rated 'improved grid reliability' as the top justification for investing in distribution automation (DA). Sixty-nine percent of executives 'strongly agree' that the potential for utilizing aspects of electricity's advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) within distribution automation (DA) is very high.
The findings shown in the Elster Answers AMI & DA Trends 2012, reveal that utilities will benefit the most from DA-AMI convergence in the short-term, but customers will win over the long-term, as these technologies will give them more choice and control of their energy usage, a more stable grid, and lower electricity bills. Further, distribution automation play a vital role in integrating renewables, distributed generation, and advanced demand response applications.
Over the next five years, the survey findings indicate that North America and Asia will drive the growth of both the AMI and DA market.
Energy has a multitude of security dimensions. From the supply perspective, these include ensuring access to energy commodities (especially oil, natural gas and coal) in spite of geopolitical, business and natural disaster risks and in ensuring the integrity of the infrastructure and transportation systems (pipelines, ports, sea lines of communication) that move commodities and refined products to end users. From the consumption side security refers to the ability to access power at an acceptable price on demand to perform routine activities.
NATO-led development of standards governing military base microgrids and their interconnections with local emergency management power, to ensure the uninterrupted functioning of water and sewage systems, hospitals, traffic lights and police services, can contribute to national efforts to enhance energy security.
Germany’s decision on whether to mandate the introduction of smart grids could make or break the European industry, according to a new study from analyst firm Berg Insight.
Germany is the only major country in Western Europe that has not required utilities to introduce smart-grid technology, and take-up has consequently been disappointing.
Authorities are now considering whether regulation is needed to encourage a nationwide rollout. An economic assessment has been examining if benefits in the form of energy savings and efficiency would outweigh an investment of between €15 billion and €20 billion.
This year's Africacom conference and exhibition will be held at the CTICC Cape Town, South Africa from 13-15 November.
Now in its 15th year, AfricaCom is embracing all aspects of the converging telecoms, media & ICT sectors to deliver the most inspiring, exciting and thought-provoking event yet. With 200+ speakers and over 125 scheduled hours of value-packed content, and newly extended to 3 days, AfricaCom offers something for everyone.
Jersey Central Power and Light told reporters on Friday that outages from Hurricane Sandy could last more than a week. One computer model estimated more than 10 million people across the Eastern Seaboard will lose power as the category 1 hurricane slams into the coast near a full moon. However that model is built from looking at outages from previous hurricanes, so increasing smart grid technologies could help to dull that prediction.
4RF Limited, the developer of high performance radio communications equipment for critical infrastructure applications, has announced the details of its next generation radio platform, the Aprisa SR+.
Delivering up to 120 kbit/s capacity, more than any licensed radio currently available on the market, the Aprisa SR+ leverages the same software platform and incorporates the market-leading security, reliability, ease of use and RF performance of the Aprisa SR. The Aprisa SR+ complements the Aprisa SR for a range of utility SCADA, telemetry and smart grid applications, offering both increased capacity and a greater number and flexibility of traffic ports.
It is no secret that the crux of India’s power problems lies in supply shortages.
Power plants, many of them aging and many of them fueled by coal, cannot keep up with the country's upwardly mobile population. Even with soaring demand for air conditioning and televisions, nearly a third of the country’s 1.2-billion-strong population lives without power.
The power supply will need to quadruple by 2030 to more than 800,000 megawatts to support the increasing needs of businesses and homes. But simply building more energy supply is not the answer.
In the context of smart grid deployments today, distribution automation (DA) refers to intelligent distribution systems that are fully controllable and flexible, and that can help operate the grid more efficiently due to their embedded intelligence. The lessons learned from smart grid pilots over the last 5 years are leading to proven reliability improvements and verified grid efficiencies, which in turn have become powerful drivers for growth in the DA market.
A survey of electric utilities in the U.S. and Canada points to the likelihood of "very good growth" for EMS, SCADA, DMS and OMS between 2013 and 2015, according to Newton-Evans Research. The firm says a large percentage of utilities it surveyed are planning upgrades or retrofits for SCADA systems.
4RF Limited, the developer of high performance radio communications equipment for critical infrastructure applications, has announced that it has formed an Australian subsidiary and established a local office in Melbourne.
With both sales and systems engineering personnel based in Melbourne, 4RF Australia Pty Ltd will be able to provide customers with a range of services including network planning, technical support and rapid provision of repair, spares and localised servicing. The presence of a local office also enables 4RF to work more closely with and provide increased support to its network of distribution and systems integration partners who represent 4RF throughout Australia.
The smart grid initiative has gradually become a global phenomenon and, according to the latest reports, there is every indication that it's growing in size and scope despite the hefty bumps in the road most people in the industry are familiar with. And while the demands and strategies vary from region to region, it looks like many of these challenges and successes are shared.
Energy security is one of the key questions challenging governments and utilities around the world as they seek to cut carbon emissions by integrating more intermittent renewable energy sources such as wind farms into the grid.
Today, however, the Faroe Islands will demonstrate how the remote outpost may hold the answers to the challenges presented by intermittent energy renewable sources, with the unveiling of trailblazing smart grid technology.
The country is to inaugurate a new "virtual power station", which uses an advanced IT system to balance the grid by shifting supply and demand across the islands in matter of seconds.
Earlier this week DNV KEMA released results of its study looking into continental differences in smart grid demonstration projects. Two things stood out for us:
Europeans see the smart grid as the precursor to the "energy transition" – the transition to a carbon-neutral world. By contrast, the U.S. have been more motivated by "customer empowerment" and demand response.
Power outages along the East Coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy were virtually unavoidable, but the ability of utilities to understand the causes of the outages — and being able to accelerate the time necessary to restore power — could be enhanced greatly by the presence of smart-grid technology, according to an industry expert.
Of the nation's 48,000 distribution substations, less than half have any kind of automation, according to John McDonald, a past president of the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES).
Given the recent storm damage to the energy supply systems and infrastructure as a result of Sandy, it is a good time to ask the question: “What technologies would qualify as ‘smart’ if deployed in support of a city’s energy infrastructure?” and “What defines a smart city when it comes to energy infrastructure?”
Germany’s ambitious energy transformation has the world’s attention but role-players will need to put plans in to action in order to meet fast-approaching energy targets. EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger recommends that Germany follows Spain’s example and forms one power network operator.
A new report from IDC Energy Insights forecasts that worldwide utility industry smart water technology spending will reach $3.3 billion by 2016, experiencing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18.7%. This is a significantly higher growth rate compared with worldwide water utility IT spending, which will grow at a CAGR of 5% during the same time period. Fueling this growth over the next five years, water utilities worldwide will ramp up their investments in smart water solutions in a pattern that is similar to the already established smart grid market in the electric utility industry.