Enabling Technologies for the Smart Grid
The U.S. market for smart grid technologies was worth about $41.6 billion in 2012. The market is projected to decline to $35.4 billion in 2013 due to a temporary disruption of wind turbine sales, but it should rise again to $68.7 billion by 2018, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14.2% from 2013 to 2018.
- An overview of the US market for smart grid technology, with coverage of the evolution and inspiration through biomimetics and bioinspired designs.
- Analyses of US market trends, with data from 2012, estimates for 2013 and projections of compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) through 2018.
- Discussion of techniques and properties such as two-way integrated communications, sensing and measurement, and advanced components.
- Examination of advanced control that enables rapid diagnosis and precise solutions for specific grid disruptions or outages.
- A summary of results of targeted interviews with producers and users of smart grid technologies.
The study covers the major enabling technologies for the smart grid, including:
- Communications technologies
- Sensing and measurement technologies
- Advanced components
- Control technologies
- Interface and decision support technologies.
The study format includes the following major elements:
- Executive summary
- Benefits of smart grids
- Smart grid “roadmap”
- Policy, regulatory, and economic environment for the transition to a smart grid
- Enabling technologies for the smart grid
- Developers and suppliers of smart grid–enabling technologies
- Baseline (2012) and projected market for smart grid technologies through 2018
- Patent analysis.
Andrew McWilliams spent more than 25 years as a consultant with Ernst & Young, McKinsey & Company and A.T. Kearny focused on manufacturing before segueing into research analysis. He has been covering myriad technology categories for BCC Research for more than 15 years. McWilliams has a BA from Princeton University and an MA from Harvard University. He has worked in more than 40 countries and he resides in the greater Boston area.
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BCC estimates that the U.S. market for smart grid technologies was worth about $23.6 billion in 2010. The market is projected to increase to nearly $23.7 billion in 2011 and $33.1 billion by 2016, a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.9% over the next 5 years.
- The U.S. market for smart grid technologies was worth $15.3 billion in 2008. This is expected to increase to $17.3 billion in 2009 and $37.4 billion in 2014, for a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 16.6%.
- Distributed energy generation and storage technologies generated $10.1 billion in 2008 and an estimated $11.3 billion in 2009. This segment should reach $20.1 billion in 2014, for a CAGR of 12.2%.
- Sensing, measurement and control technologies were worth almost $4 billion in 2008 and will reach an estimated $4.4 billion in 2009. This should increase at a CAGR of 26% to reach $14 billion in 2014.