This acceleration will be driven by the central role of data in new business models, with energy utilities generating massive volumes of data from smart meters, intelligent energy devices, and multi-sensing units. Currently, only 2 percent to 4 percent of data from the system is actually leveraged for analytics. This data, combined with a sophisticated analytics platform, can deliver valuable insights for utilities that can lead to improved customer service and operational metrics.
Frost & Sullivan’s recent analysis, Global Smart Grid Analytics Market, Forecast to 2025, provides an in-depth analysis of key applications and opportunities in the market. The study segments data analytics into three main areas of the grid network: transmission and distribution (T&D) network, metering, and customer analytics. It covers the regions of North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of the World.
“The market will gradually switch to predictive and prescriptive analytics, especially as networks with low latency capabilities, such as 5G, are employed to minimise reaction times” said Farah Saeed, Research Director, Energy & Environment at Frost & Sullivan. “Predictive and prescriptive analytics will incorporate statistical models that flag areas of inefficiency, evaluate and predict events in a timely manner, and eventually include Artificial Intelligence (AI) to deliver a holistic decision-making tool.”
Ms Saeed added that North America is currently the largest market for grid analytics but Asia is expected to register the fastest CAGR of 13.3 percent between 2018 and 2025 and that the emphasis is on improving energy access and minimising financial losses including non-technical losses. India and China, in particular, have been leading the way when it comes to utility-scale renewable energy (RE) sources. Meanwhile, Australia and Singapore are looking to minimize power interruption by integrating geographic information system data analytics and forecast events, and Japan would be an ideal market for customer analytics as it is attempting to achieve 100 percent smart meter penetration by 2024.
In the future, the areas with the greatest growth opportunities will include:
Service outcome-based business models instead of just power generation and transmission.
Internet of Things (IoT) devices and sensors that track and transmit data from and to the grid. IoT infrastructure spending by utilities is forecast to reach more than $2 billion by 2024, growing at a CAGR of 20.5 percent.
RE and electric vehicles. Utilities in Europe and North America are beginning to leverage these resources as baseload and back-up capacity.
Initiatives to strengthen the grid to minimise outage times, streamline billing operations, provide real-time energy information, and deliver new and relevant services.
Global Smart Grid Analytics Market, Forecast to 2025 is part of Frost & Sullivan’s global Energy & Environment Growth Partnership Service programme.
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