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Sony and Hydro-Quebec announce joint venture to develop a large-scale energy storage system for power grids

Apr 16, 15:43

Sony and Hydro-Quebec have announced that they have agreed to establish a joint venture to research and develop a large-scale energy storage system for power grids. Sony and Hydro-Quebec plan to establish the new company in June 2014.

Annual microgrid capacity installations to increase nearly 5-fold by 2020, says firm

Apr 14, 14:37

Fueled by the growth of distributed generation and the desire from consumers and businesses to move toward greater independence in their use of electricity, the microgrid concept has moved steadily toward the mainstream in the last few years. The main technology components of microgrids have made significant...

Remote microgrids continue to be the most numerous category of microgrid projects, says firm

Apr 10, 14:27

Although most microgrids are technically retrofit projects, microgrids have begun to move into the mainstream. Around the world, new vendors continue to enter this space with new projects and approaches. These systems, which can operate in isolation from (or in the absence of) the wider power grid,...

Smart city communication networks market will surpass US$3.5 billion in annual revenues by 2020, says firm

Apr 9, 15:29

Smart cities are, by definition, connected cities. Most of the innovations in energy, transportation, and the efficient delivery of public services associated with smart cities rely on the availability of ubiquitous communication services. According to a new report from Navigant Research, worldwide...

Commercial building energy efficiency retrofits will surpass US$127 billion in annual market value by 2023, says firm

Apr 8, 14:15

Residential and commercial buildings account for 35-40% of total energy consumption worldwide. Commercial buildings, in particular, consume large amounts of energy related to heating/ventilation/air conditioning (HVAC), lighting, water heating, and other building systems. Efforts to reduce energy consumption...

Utility spending on smart grid IT systems will total nearly US$140 billion from 2014-2022, says firm

Apr 2, 14:58

Utilities have long used information technology (IT) solutions in their businesses – for customer billing, outage responses, and protection and control functions. Only recently, however, has the industry recognized the critical role that IT will play as the one-way network of old evolves into...

Philips and ABB announce collaboration to simplify integration of connected lighting systems

Apr 1, 15:43

ABB, a leading power and automation technology provider, and Royal Philips have announced a collaboration to simplify the integration of connected lighting systems and building device control for commercial buildings.

Global wind power market declines 20% in 2013, says Navigant Research

Mar 31, 14:22

Driven by government incentives and by falling prices of electricity generated by wind turbines, the global wind industry expanded steadily, and dramatically, from 2004-2012. In 2013, however, negative conditions in several key countries, particularly the US and Spain, were unconducive to the continued...

Nanogrid market to reach nearly US$60 billion in annual vendor revenues by 2023, says Navigant

Mar 25, 15:54

At its essence, a nanogrid is simply a small microgrid, typically serving a single building or a single load. Nanogrids, however, have the ability to fill increasingly important niches within the larger power sector, serving as modular building blocks for energy services that support applications ranging...

Smart building technology spending to reach US$21.9 billion in 2017, says IDC

Mar 24, 14:12

Global smart building technology spending is expected to grow from US$7.3 billion in 2014 to US$21.9 billion in 2018, representing a 28.4% CAGR, according to IDC.

Cellular communications nodes for smart grids to surpass US$348 million in annual revenues by 2020, says firm

Mar 21, 10:47

Utilities have a number of options for connecting endpoints, or nodes, on the power grid, including power line communications, fiber, or copper leased line networks, as well as wireless solutions, like cellular, Wi-Fi, microwave, and radio frequency mesh. In recent years, there has been an upsurge...

Advanced sensors for smart buildings will reach nearly US$3.7 billion in annual revenues by 2020, says firm

Mar 20, 14:39

Rising energy costs and tightening government regulations are creating an increased focus on using energy efficiency to save both money and energy. Much of that focus centers on commercial buildings, which are significant, and often inefficient, users of energy. Fortunately, a new class of advanced...

Installed base of smart water meters will surpass 153 million by 2022, says firm

Mar 19, 13:49

Traditionally a conservative business, the water utility industry is being forced into change by growing demand, aging infrastructure, and tougher environmental targets. Smart water networks promise to help reduce non-revenue water losses, increase reliability, and improve operational efficiency. Smart...

Smart city technology investment in Asia Pacific to total US$63 billion from 2014-2023, says firm

Mar 18, 14:42

The list of problems facing contemporary city dwellers and officials in Asia Pacific includes rapid urbanization, stressed city finances, inadequate infrastructure, rising energy costs, congested transportation, climate change, and competition for global investment and skilled labor, all of which place...

Energy management for the hospitality industry to reach nearly US$970 million in annual market value by 2020, says firm

Mar 14, 10:28

Although energy management technology has been available for almost 20 years, the hospitality segment has been slow to adopt. That is beginning to change, as hotel operators look to improve financial performance at the property level despite a slow-moving economy. According to a new report from Navigant...

Utility spending on asset management and grid monitoring technology will reach nearly US$50 billion through 2023, says firm

Mar 10, 15:42

Most utilities today handle asset management with what amounts to a run-to-fail strategy. Despite the growing availability of new solutions, many utilities have not yet incorporated sensing or monitoring technology into their networks. With the advent of the smart grid, however, the inclusion of sensing...

Home energy management systems will reach US$2.8 billion in annual revenues by 2020, says firm

Mar 7, 12:02

Until 2012, home energy management (HEM) systems, which help residential customers monitor and adjust their energy use, struggled to gain market traction. More recently, however, non-utility stakeholders have moved into the segment, increasing awareness of new tools and helping to drive steady growth...

Energy efficient buildings technology and services in Asia Pacific to reach US$92 billion in annual values by 2022, says firm

Mar 6, 15:50

Asia Pacific represents a major portion of global real estate, with about 40% of the world's building stock. While construction rates have slowed since the financial crash of 2008, the region's buildings sector remains the most dynamic in the world. As such, making buildings more energy efficient has...

More than 100 new high-voltage direct current electricity transmission lines will be constructed worldwide from 2013-2020, says firm

Mar 5, 14:18

Although alternating current (AC) lines have been the dominant form of electricity transmission for decades, the adoption of high voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission is growing worldwide. Up to twice as efficient as AC transmission, HVDC allows interconnection of regional systems that operate...

Microinverters and DC power optimizers to be critical to grid-scale integration, says firm

Feb 27, 13:57

One part power electronics and one part networking and communications technology, microinverters and DC optimizers (commonly referred to as module-level power electronics, or MLPEs) are playing an increasingly significant role in large-scale and distributed renewable electricity generation. With the...

Brazil will have more wind power capacity installed by 2022 than all other Latin America nations combined, says firm

Feb 20, 14:31

Latin America has become one of the hottest growth markets for the wind energy industry. Wind power development in Brazil, in particular, is growing rapidly and will provide the bulk of Latin America's wind market in the coming years. By 2016, Brazil could see yearly installations top 1.5GW as the...

Renewable energy will supply at least 5% of power demand for the mining industry by 2022, says firm

Feb 18, 15:36

The mining industry, which uses tremendous amounts of energy each year, is on the verge of changing the way it manages energy. More remote operations, rising energy prices, and the desire to reduce mining companies' carbon footprints have created a growing consensus in the mining industry that renewable...

Industrial combined heat and power market to reach nearly US$30 billion by 2023, says firm

Feb 10, 14:35

One of the most mature distributed generation segments, the industrial combined heat and power (CHP), or cogeneration, market represents slightly less than 6% of global installed electricity generating capacity. Although growth in the industrial CHP market has stagnated in countries like the US and...

Energy harvesting systems will reach nearly US$375 million in annual revenues by 2020, says firm

Feb 7, 12:18

Energy harvesting systems, which convert ambient energy to usable electrical energy, offer an attractive alternative to battery power for portable devices. Using a variety of energy sources including electromagnetic radiation, thermal energy, kinetic energy, and mechanical energy, energy harvesting...

Fastest growth in wind power will occur in emerging markets, says firm

Feb 6, 16:11

Several factors, including austerity measures implemented in a number of Europe-based economies and boom-and-bust cycles in the US caused by fluctuating policy on production tax credits, are combining to limit the growth of wind power markets across much of the developed world in the coming years....

Energy storage to become a key part of microgrid deployments in the decade ahead, says firm

Feb 5, 14:36

The microgrid market is expected to expand rapidly over the next 10 years, bringing with it increased demand for energy storage associated with these systems. Energy storage systems (ESSs) deliver services to microgrids similar to the services that ESSs deliver to the traditional grid: resource optimization...

Wah Lee to see strong sales of silicon wafers in 1Q14

Feb 5, 14:22

Semiconductor material distributor Wah Lee Industrial is expected to see its revenues decrease within a range of 5% in the first quarter of 2014 thanks to strong sales of silicon wafers in China and rising demand for semiconductor materials for 20nm and 28nm process nodes, according to industry sour...

Total remote microgrid capacity to more than triple by 2020, says firm

Jan 24, 15:07

Remote microgrids target niche markets, such as mines and other commodity extraction facilities not connected to an existing grid, physical islands, rural villages in the developing world, and mobile and tactical applications for military agencies. While these remote power systems number in the thousands,...

Shipments of communications nodes for commercial building automation systems to surpass US$380 million by 2021, says firm

Jan 21, 14:03

Integrated building management and building automation systems (BASs) rely on networks of sensors, switches, fans, alarms, and other devices, along with powerful software tools, to provide a real-time view of the current state of a building. The market for networked building controls is expanding as...

Microgrid market will reach nearly US$20 billion in annual revenues by 2020, says firm

Jan 10, 14:34

During the last few years, the pace of microgrid deployment has accelerated rapidly around the world, in a variety of application segments. Now, the industry is moving into the next phase of project development, focusing on how to develop projects on commercially viable terms. According to a new report...

Taiwan to open 4th nuclear power plant in 2105, says MOEA

Jan 8, 14:23

The first generator of Taiwan's fourth nuclear power plant located in the northeastern coast is expected to come into operation in 2015, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA).

Utility spending on smart grid IT systems to reach nearly US$20 billion by 2022, says firm

Jan 7, 15:30

The expectations for the many smart grid projects that have rolled out over the last few years are high. Yet, without intelligence and systems that know what to do with the data generated, the smart grid is just a more expensive version of the conventional grid. Information technology (IT) - through...

Smart glass costs to fall 50% by 2022, says firm

Dec 31, 11:30

Smart glass, which can vary the light transmittance and thermal properties of windows in response to changing conditions, is a premium building product. Prices to the end user are at least double those of static, high-performance window glazing, and have slowed adoption of these energy-saving materials...

Taiwan energy program aims at energy self-sufficiency

Dec 31, 11:09

Taiwan's National Science and Technology Program-Energy (NSTPE) will implement its second phase during 2014-2018 with an annual investment of NT$5 billion (US$167 million) in energy research to attain three major goals: energy self-sufficiency, greenhouse gas reductions and development of local energy...

NXP Semiconductors to establish JV with Datang Telecom

Dec 3, 16:10

NXP Semiconductors and Datang Telecom Technology have jointly announced the establishment of a joint venture, which the companies claimed is the first true automotive semiconductor company in China.

HVDC electricity transmission technology revenues will total nearly US$57 billion from 2013-2020, says firm

Nov 27, 14:40

Since the advent of the electricity grid, most grids have been built using alternating current (AC) transmission systems. At present, however, driven by growth in electricity demand, transmission system congestion, and grid instability, adoption of high voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission is...

Building energy management software will nearly triple in annual revenues by 2020, says firm

Nov 21, 14:15

Software is transforming the way energy is used and managed in buildings. A combination of factors, including increased knowledge of the building stock within the industry, the higher priority of energy efficiency among corporations and governments, and the advent of cloud-based data management and...

ITRI launches Taiwan 2050 Calculator

Nov 19, 13:54

The Taiwan government-sponsored Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) on November 18 announced the launch of Taiwan 2050 Calculator, a simulation model to analyze consequences of different energy policies or energy mixes on a long-term basis until 2050, for public use in Taiwan.

Installed capacity of geothermal heat pumps to grow nearly 150% by 2020, says firm

Nov 15, 11:11

Geothermal heat pump (GHP) systems, which harness moderate and constant temperatures just below the Earth's surface, are being deployed in nearly every region of the world and in residential, commercial, institutional, and industrial environments with great success. Despite recent setbacks in deployments...

Wah Lee announces decreased sales for October

Nov 11, 14:40

Semiconductor materials distributor Wah Lee Industrial has reported revenues of NT$2.89 billion (US$97.95 million) for October 2013, down 5.5% sequentially but up 9.9% on year. Cumulative sales through October reached NT$28.38 billion, edging up 7.7% from a year earlier.

Annual installations of wind power capacity in Latin America to double by 2022, says firm

Nov 6, 15:09

Although wind plant construction across Latin America is modest compared to more established markets, such as south and east Asia, North America, and Europe, the region's wind power industry is taking off at a rapid pace. Latin America has become the hottest growth market for the wind energy industry...

Energy storage systems for solar and wind power integration will surpass US$10 billion in annual market value by 2023, says firm

Oct 21, 15:00

Global markets boasted 51,000MW of wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) power generation capacity installed in 2012, and while some variable generation markets may slow or stall, there is no doubt that wind and solar markets will continue to expand over the next ten years. That growth will require grid...

Direct current distribution networks will surpass US$24 billion in annual revenues by 2025, says firm

Oct 18, 15:04

The market for direct current (DC) distribution networks is not a single, cohesive sector. Rather, it consists of several disparate opportunities, including data centers, mobile telecommunications towers, DC subsystems within grid-tied commercial buildings, and off-grid military networks, that revolve...

Worldwide smart meter shipments surpass 51 million in 1H13, says Navigant Research

Oct 18, 14:53

While the overall smart grid industry has continued to expand over the last 18 months, in North America the first wave of smart meter deployments has crested as government-funded programs wind down. Many large North America-based utilities that instituted smart grid upgrades over the past few years...

Thermal management for LEDs and power electronics grows to US$4.8 billion in 2020, says Lux Research

Oct 17, 16:07

Thermal management materials for LEDs and power electronics will be a US$4.8 billion market in 2020, more than doubling from US$1.8 billion in 2013. As manufacturers look for more cost-effective ways to improve heat dissipation, thermally conductive polymers will dramatically increase their market...

Energy harvesting device sales will reach nearly 19 million units annually by 2020, says research firm

Oct 14, 11:52

Converting ambient energy to usable electrical energy, energy harvesting (EH) systems offer an inexpensive and compact way to power portable electrical devices that, in many cases, rely heavily on batteries. In the near future, EH technology will power an increasing number of consumer and industrial...

Market for supercapacitors to grow 128% to US$836 million in 2018, says Lux Research

Oct 7, 14:37

The market for supercapacitors will more than double to US$836 million in 2018, up from US$466 million in 2013, according to Lux Research. An emerging energy storage solution that bridges the gap between conventional capacitors and rechargeable batteries, supercapacitors will grow based mainly on adoption...

Nearly 64,000 public charging stations for electric vehicles have been installed worldwide, says Navigant Research

Oct 2, 14:18

The market for plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) has expanded in recent years in parallel with the deployment of publicly accessible charging stations, mainly funded by government programs. Today, the large public investments for electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) infrastructure that characterized...

Japan zero nuclear power issue triples PV market demand in 2013, says EnergyTrend

Oct 1, 14:31

Regular inspections have been conducted on the number four reactor at Japan's Oi nuclear power plant. However, delayed inspections has once again led to Japan's "zero nuclear power" status. Since nuclear power is still the major source of base-load electricity while other units are still...

Coupled solar and energy storage market to grow to US$2.8 billion in 2018, says Lux Research

Oct 1, 14:24

Corporates playing in the solar and energy storage segments have long dreamed of combining the two complementary technologies to differentiate products and defend margins. This symbiotic match shows promise, yielding a US$2.8 billion market over the next five years, according to Lux Research.

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