Monday, 20 February 2012

Power and Energy Measurement: Worldwide Market Forecasts - First Edition

Measuring real-time energy consumption, and adjusting power delivery at critical loads (as opposed to simple “on-off” functions), are becoming increasingly important in today’s commercial, residential and industrial environments. The ability to “fine-tune” energy usage requires sophisticated power monitoring and measurement techniques.

Driven by such diverse trends as Zero Net Energy and data center infrastructure management, this type of “advanced” power measurement has value in Distributed Power Systems, Metering, Home Automation, Industrial Automation, and Building Automation. The market for Power & Energy Measurement in these applications is projected to grow from 25.3 million units in 2012 to 108.4 million units in 2017, a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 33.8%.

Each application has very specific dynamics, however, and is expected to grow at varying rates. Applications need different levels of advanced power measurement, for instance. In other cases, a single application will provide several opportunities. “Smart” meters, for instance, will provide board-level power opportunities, with a subset of that market – “demand response” meters – leading to specific power supply opportunities.

Power and Energy Measurement Market

Published: February 2012
No. of Pages: 71
Price: Single User License – US$3200
Darnell has identified four markets that will benefit from advanced power and energy measurement functions: Embedded AC-DC Power Supplies, Power Distribution Units; Motor Drives; and Telecom Rectifiers. Embedded AC-DC power supplies are a strong unit market with healthy sales between 2012 and 2017. But all of these products have been targeted by companies making ICs for advanced power measurement functions; and they are all likely to be good markets, both in terms of market share and growth rates. Other power supplies, such as photovoltaic inverters and uninterruptible power supplies, are not forecast, but their role in this market is put in perspective.

“Zero net energy” is one of the drivers that could lead to an increased need for accurate power and energy measurement. Renewable energy micro-grids with decentralized management and control offer increasing degrees of grid reliability, stability, and resiliency in the face of power outages. In this situation, the role of the utility may expand over time to include both power management and power generation (exporting and importing power). Such power generation and management includes PV rooftops systems, PV/zero-energy homes and vehicle systems, and other distributed energy resource systems. Linking PV systems at the community level can offer some of the economies of scale of utility-scale PV applications. Many of these PV applications are already cost-effective for certain markets, and they are likely to expand over the next few years. PV inverters, although not included in this forecast, represent a potential, longer-term market.

Major points covered in Table of Contents of this report include:
•    Introduction
Background and Demand Characteristics
Utility Demand Response
Other Demand Characteristics
Zero Net Energy (ZNE)
Standards and Regulations
Digital Power Management and Accuracy Requirements
Market Drivers
Power Factor Correction (PFC)
Worldwide Power & Energy Measurement Forecasts
Application Forecasts
Distributed Power Systems
Home Automation
Industrial Automation
Building Automation
Wattage Forecasts
Power Supply Forecasts
Selected Company Profiles
Allegro Microsystems
Analog Devices
C&D Technologies
Cirrus Logic
Fairchild Semiconductor
Maxim Integrated Products
Microchip Technology Inc
Pulse Electronics
ROAL Electronics
Texas Instruments
•    Appendix A: Energy Management Systems: Conference Reports
•    Appendix B: Terms and Acronyms
•    List of Tables
•    List of Figures

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