Direct Current (DC) Distribution in Homes and Buildings—Impact and Opportunities, Forecast to 2020

Catalysed by Technology and Transformative Building Ecosystems, Renewable Energy Technologies and Energy Storage Systems Help DC Gain Traction

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With the rising penetration of energy-consuming 'above the waist' (native DC) loads in commercial and residential applications and the increasing focus on the adoption of energy-efficient systems to fulfill ambitious national goals, the debate over the relative merits of AC- versus DC- based systems has intensified. This study takes the discussion further and analyses key drivers, such as solar PV power generation, energy storage, LED lighting, and electric vehicles, and their impact on the homes and buildings industries (which would enable the emergence of a DC-powered ecosystem). The convergence of competition, key business models, and the front runners in terms of offering LVDC products is also discussed.

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Executive SummaryKey FindingsCEO’s 360 Degree Perspective3 Big PredictionsAssociated Research and Multimedia on DC PowerTechnology Roadmap for DC-powered Homes and Buildings DC Power ion OverviewMarket Definition and SegmentationESS OverviewDC-powered Homes and Buildings—ArchitectureGrowing Need for DC-owered BuildingsEnergy Consumption Trends in Homes and BuildingsPrimary Energy Use in Homes and BuildingsHidden Inefficiencies in AC/DC Power Conversion Drivers and RestraintsKey DriversKey Drivers SummaryKey RestraintsKey Restraints SummaryDrivers and Restraints—Impact MappingDC Opportunities in Homes and BuildingsGlobal Hotspots and Emerging GeographiesEvolution of DC Distribution NetworksImpact of Key Trends on DC-powered Homes and BuildingsStakeholders of DC-powered Homes and BuildingsFront Runners in terms of Offering LVDC Products in BuildingsIndustry Value ChainGlobal ParticipantsValue Proposition by Key ParticipantsValue Proposition by Emerging ParticipantsKey Partnerships in the Energy Storage MarketKey Partnerships in the Energy Storage Market (continued)New Business ModelsImplications of Energy Storage Business Models on the Homes and Buildings IndustryImplications of Energy Storage Business Models on the Homes and Buildings Industry (continued)Future of Energy Storage in Smart CitiesEnergy Storage in Smart CitiesEnergy Storage in Smart Cities (continued)Impact of Energy Storage on Smart Cities—Consumer PerspectiveFuture of DC-powered Homes and BuildingsCase StudiesCase Study 1—AES CorporationCase Study 2—PanasonicLegal DisclaimerAppendixAbbreviations and AcronymsThe Frost & Sullivan StoryThe Frost & Sullivan StoryValue Proposition—Future of Your Company & CareerGlobal PerspectiveIndustry Convergence360º Research PerspectiveImplementation ExcellenceOur Blue Ocean Strategy




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