2016 Top Technologies in Energy & Utilities (TechVision)

Technologies poised to have the highest impact in the Energy & Utilities Sector in 2016

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The top 10 technologies predicted to have the highest impact in the Energy and Utilities sector in 2016 include lithium batteries, tight oil extraction, microgrid, home energy management systems (HEMS), waste heat recovery, biomass energy, supercapacitors, thermal energy storage, gas-to-liquid, and heat pumps. The selection of the technologies is based on a predetermined criteria including global IP activity, R&D funding, market potential, regional adoption potential and sectors of economic impact. Key trends in the energy & utilities sector in 2016 include the slump in crude oil prices, continued interest in renewable energy, impact of increasing digitalization, and growth in energy storage.

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1.0 Executive Summary1.1 Top 50 Technologies for 2016 – Selection Methodology1.2 Top 10 Technologies in Energy & Utilities in 20161.3 Key Trends in Energy & Utilities in 20161.4 Key Findings for Energy & Utilities Technologies in 20162.0 Lithium Batteries2.1 Diversity in Business Ecosystem Leads to Multi-billion Opportunity2.2 R&D Funding Is Focused on Improving Power and Energy Density, and Lowering Cost2.3 Automotive, Consumer Electronics and Utilities Are Main Growth Sectors2.4 Top Manufacturers Are from Asia, whereas North America Is the Land of Startups2.5 United States and Europe Have become Centers of Innovation for Advanced Chemistries2.6 Key Questions for Strategy3.0 Home Energy Management Systems (HEMS)3.1 Growth of Technology Driven by Need to Reduce Home Energy Expenditure in Developed Countries3.2 Private Funding Such as On-bill Financing Is Promoting Technology Adoption3.3 Digital Technologies Is the Main Enabler 3.4 North America Is the Prime Market, with Europe Viewed as a Growing Market, and Asia as an Emerging Market3.5 Innovative Companies Is Personalizing and Humanizing Energy Data for End Users3.6 Key Questions for Strategy4.0 Tight Oil Extraction4.1 Slow Market Growth till 2017, despite Multi-billion Market Size4.2 Companies Are Shifting to Private Equity Funding to Keep Projects Running4.3 Highest Impact of Technology Is in Sectors That are Shifting to Natural Gas4.4 Technology Has Disrupted Global Oil Markets, but Presence Is Mainly Concentrated in North America4.5 United States Is the Center of Innovation4.6 Key Questions for Strategy5.0 Waste Heat Recovery5.1 Multi-billion Dollar Opportunity in Emerging Automotive Sector5.2 R&D Funding Is Coming from Government, Private Companies and Venture Capital5.3 Technology Is Impacting Energy Intensive Manufacturing Segments the Most5.4 Europe Is the Biggest Market, with Untapped Opportunities in China and India5.5 Start-ups Are Concentrated in North America5.6 Key Questions For Strategy6.0 Microgrid6.1 Multi-billion Opportunity in Powering Remote Communities6.2 Innovative Financing Models Based on No-Money Concept Is Driving Adoption6.3 Technology Has Changed the Energy Generation Landscape of Third World Countries6.4 Technology Providers Are Mainly Headquartered in NA, Due to Supportive Government and Private Funding6.5 Innovative Companies Are Focusing on Integration6.6 Key Questions for Strategy7.0 Biomass Energy7.1 Irregular Supplies of Biomass Feedstock Limit Widespread Adoption7.2 Chemical Companies and R&D Institutions Dominate Patent Filings 7.3 Impact Is Highest in Carbon-intensive Industries7.4 Europe and North America Are the Most Active Adopters7.5 Innovations Concentrated on Biomass Treatment Technology Using Microorganisms 7.6 Key Questions for Strategy8.0 Thermal Energy Storage8.1 Realization of Smart Thermal Grid Drives Multi-billion Opportunity8.2 Installation Is Boosted by Government Incentives8.3 Technology Helps to Stabilize Power Load and Control Internal Temperature 8.4 Europe and North America Are the Prime Markets with Asia Viewed as a Growing Market8.5 Innovative Companies Are Concentrating on Latent Heat Systems8.6 Key Questions for Strategy9.0 Gas-to-Liquid9.1 High Capital Cost Is a Limiting Factor9.2 Top 10 Patent Assignees Are Spread Evenly between European and North American Entities9.3 Offers a Cleaner Alternative for the Transportation and Petrochemical Sectors9.4 Asia and Africa Are the Most Active Regions9.5 Innovation Efforts Are Concentrated on Realizing Small-scale Plants9.6 Key Questions for Strategy10.0 Supercapacitors10.1 Stiff Competition from Batteries in the Energy Storage Market10.2 Private Stakeholder Participation Is Higher than Government10.3 Automotive, Consumer Electronics, and ICT Are the Main Sectors Impacted10.4 Japan, South Korea, and Australia Display Active Market Participation10.5 Flexible and Ultra-thin Products Dominate the Market10.6 Key Questions for Strategy11.0 Heat Pumps11.1 Asian and European Markets Drive Multi-billion Opportunity 11.2 IP Dominated by Asian Countries and Government Funding Fuels the Drive 11.3 Building and Construction as well as Utilities Are Main Sectors Impacted11.4 Asia Is Emerging as a Strong Contender in Terms of Both Market and Manufacturing Activity11.5 Environment-friendly Models Can Change the Asian Market11.6 Key Questions for StrategyLegal Disclaimer12.0 The Frost & Sullivan Story12.1 The Frost & Sullivan Story12.2 Value Proposition: Future of Your Company & Career12.3 Global Perspective12.4 Industry Convergence12.5 360º Research Perspective12.6 Implementation ExcellenceOur Blue Ocean Strategy




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