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New Business Opportunities in Asian Smart Grids

Category: Transport, Energy & Environment Published: Jul 2010 View Contents
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The development and expenditures on Smart Grid-related projects in Asia are already impressive. Nonetheless, even after massive power sector reforms, China, India and other Asian nations still face shortages in electric power. According to the US Energy Information Administration, the world’s electricity generation is projected to increase by 77 percent from 2006 to 2030. But the Asian countries will increase generation by 200% over that period. So the need for grid improvements is increasing.

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China has embarked on a 10-year project to build a "Smart Grid" that will catapult its power transmission into the digital age, securing electricity supplies and boosting energy conservation. The Government of India has devised a scheme which is called the Restructured Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme to address the strengthening & upgrading of the Indian transmission and distribution network. The program calls for an investment of US $ 10 billion over a five year span. The Japanese trade ministry has estimated the shift to renewable power will require a grid upgrade at a cost of between US$ 51 Billion and US$74 Billion by 2030. Korea aims to create a nationwide Smart Grid by 2030 for an electricity market worth US$ 60 Billion.

Within Asia, the demand for Smart Grid capability is quite diverse in nature ranging from reflecting the sophisticated nature of electricity demand in developed nations such as Japan and South Korea, to the need for first deployment of grids and massive grid upgrades in the developing economies of India and China. Yet, there is also general consensus that existing electricity grids in Asia are not sufficient in terms of capacity, efficiency, reliability, security, and environmental impact to supply the electrical power needs of modern societies.

Further, because of growing environmental concerns, Asian grids needs to become far more flexible than they are today, accommodating distributed power generation from renewable sources and use several energy-efficiency techniques.

With all this in mind, we believe that Asia, offers huge potential for suppliers of Smart Grids technology, systems and software. As a result, we are publishing this report which identifies and quantifies the business opportunities that are appearing as a result of the deployment of Smart Grids in Japan, Korea, India, Taiwan, China, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

For all of the countries covered, this report (1) analyzes the key drivers for Smart Grids such as environmental concerns, enhanced grid reliability and security, need to integrate renewable energy, need to upgrade existing facilities to meet demographic changes, etc. and (2) discusses the likely timetable for Smart Grid deployment. It also talks about major projects and trials in each Asian nation. On the supply side, the products and strategies of leading transmission and distribution, metering, storage, communications and software firms in Asian Smart Grid markets are discussed and analyzed.

China has embarked on a 10-year project to build a "Smart Grid" that will catapult its power transmission into the digital age, securing electricity supplies and boosting energy conservation