Distributed Energy

Over the past few years, globally, Distributed Energy is considered to be one of the most hotly discussed topics that continue to reshape the power sector industry. Barring the advanced economies in the United States and Europe where the power system is well developed, other developing economies which are experiencing growing gap in power supply-demand coupled with ageing T&D infrastructure have accelerated the deployment of distributed energy technologies to address the immediate power needs. Besides, the deployment of such distributed power generation technologies like solar PV and small-scale wind near the place of use by consumers have challenged the power distribution and in specific the business models of utilities. The Distributed Energy research team in Frost & Sullivan constantly tracks such technologies and provides global industry analysis, custom consulting, growth consulting (strategy consulting), market research, market forecasts, and insights into emerging technologies. This program area covers the following markets:

  • Engine and Turbine Generator Sets
  • On-site renewable and alternative power and fuels
  • DG services
  • New business models in on-site power
  • Microgrids
  • Virtual Power Plants
  • Prosumers

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This snapshot analyzes the market for small-scale distributed generation (DG) from renewable sources in Brazil, which took off after the approval of net metering resolutions 482/2012 and 687/2015 by Brazil’s regulatory agency, ANEEL. Renewable DG technology scope includes grid-tied solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, wind energy, biomass up to 5 MW ...

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24 May 2016  |  Global

Disruptive Forces of Distributed Generation

Managing Smart Grid Flexibility

Handling new generation power and balancing supply and demand, monitoring, and forecasting are some key functions adding complexity to distributors' new role. Meeting those challenges requires the adoption of national and trans-national legislation and large-scale investments. Embracing those changes will increase the stability of grids and also yi...

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12 May 2016  |  Global

Distributed Energy Resource Management System (DERMS) Market—Profile of Key Companies

End-to-end Solutions Providers Gain Competitive Advantage as Participants Seek Differentiation through Breadth of DERMS Functionalities

Growing number of distributed resources including solar and EV charging stations is expected to present significant economic and technical challenges. Over the next 5 years, distributed energy resource management system (DERMS) is expected to be one of the preferred solutions for managing these distributed resources along the grid. This study provi...

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08 Apr 2016  |  North America

Global Distributed Energy Outlook, 2016

Investments in Combined Heat & Power (CHP) and Distributed Solar PV to Spotlight Potential of Energy-efficient Technologies

The Distributed Energy Outlook provides analysis and forecasts of the global decentralised power generation market in 2016. The distributed energy coverage includes wind, distributed solar, combined heat and power (CHP), and generator sets. The total installed capacity for distributed generation (DG) is forecast to reach 495 GW in 2016 led by inves...

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30 Sep 2015  |  Europe

European Substation Automation Market

Continued Solution Innovation Drives Growth

This research service on the European substation automation market presents a detailed analysis of key market trends, market drivers and restraints, revenue forecasts for the hardware and the software segments, country-wise forecasts, and market share analysis. It also provides an in-depth analysis of the role of information and communication techn...

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09 Feb 2015  |  North America

Analysis of the North American Portable Generator Set Market

Environmental Concerns and Safety Policies Lead to Market Development

Factors including increased customer awareness, unreliable grid-infrastructure, and severe power outages are likely to drive demand for portable generator sets during the forecast period (20142018). This study details the driving and restraining factors expected to impact the North American market by 2018. The portable generator set market is one ...

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26 May 2014  |  Global

Commercial and Industrial Customers in the US Deregulated Electricity Market

An in-depth look at Customer Choice for Energy Service and Electricity Consumption Patterns

Of the 24 states in the U.S. having deregulated markets for energy, 14 are fully deregulated in both electricity and gas with liberty to purchase from the best-price bidder while continuing to get electricity delivered using the distribution lines of the local utility. Between October and November 2013 Frost & Sullivan conducted a customer survey o...

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12 Nov 2013  |  Africa

Energy Efficiency and Large South African Commercial Businesses

Quick Wins where High Electricity Tariffs can Negatively Affect Profit Margins

The research service highlights energy efficiency in the South African commercial sector, with a focus on large commercial businesses. The research service discusses the major drivers as well as major restraints the commercial sector faces when implementing energy efficiency projects. The study also outlines potential energy savings as well as curr...

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24 Oct 2013  |  Europe

European Combined Heat and Power for District Heating Market

Building a Future towards Energy Self-sufficiency

Both the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the EU Member States have identified district heating as a growth area. However, implementation of combined heating and power (CHP) policies is slow and growth has been sluggish. However, the market is set to grow steadily between 2012 and 2019. The key challenge facing the market is defining policy an...

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01 Apr 2013  |  North America

Analysis of the Mexican Distributed Power Generation Market

Insufficient Centralized Electricity Provision Drives the Market

The failure of the traditional model for the electricity market, which includes a large infrastructure for power generation, transmission, and distribution, is laying the groundwork for a distributed power generation (DPG) model. Key activities in isolated areas of Mexico, such as in mining and oil and gas, are expected to increase their gross ener...

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