Smart grid Asian market update: Japan and Korea strong, China even stronger


By: SGN Staff


Quick Take: Two new market research studies confirm that the smart grid's center of gravity is shifting eastward.- By Jesse Berst


Navigant Research's Smart Grid in China report says China's smart grid market will surpass $15 billion by 2020, with more than half of that in transmission upgrades. China is building what many consider the world's premier high-voltage transmission grid. Many of the country's energy resources -- wind power, coal plants -- are in the northwest, while population and industrial growth is in the southeast.

Meanwhile, other Asian regions are also seeing strong growth, driven by advanced metering, according to Asia-Pacific Smart Grids Market Overview, a new report from Frost & Sullivan's Energy & Power practice. The Asia-Pacific market currently hit $5.4 billion 2012 and will jump to almost $16 billion by 2018.

As you can read in the release below, Frost & Sullivan analyst Avanthika Satheesh names a number of significant drivers, including the need to integrate renewables into aging grids. He also expects demand response to grow rapidly in both commercial and residential settings. In certain countries, notably Korea and Japan, an expected upsurge in electric vehicles is also expected to stress the grid and lead to upgrades.


"The market's prospects appear bright, as countries in the Asia-Pacific are likely to undertake large-scale projects over the next six years," said Satheesh.


Jesse Berst is the founder and Chief Analyst of SGN and Chairman of the Smart Cities Council, an industry coalition.


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Navigant Consulting, Inc. : Smart Grid Revenue in China Will Surpass $15 Billion a Year by 2020, Forecasts Navigant Research

05/13/2013| 09:20am US/Eastern

China is in the midst of its latest national development strategy, better known as the 12th Five-Year Guideline, which will continue through 2015. One of the Guideline's primary goals is "strengthening the construction of [the] smart grid." With the support of the government-owned State Grid Corporation of China, as well as many provinces and cities, this effort is rapidly progressing. According to a recent report from Navigant Research, annual revenue from smart grid deployments in China will reach $15.4 billion by 2020.

"The area of strongest smart grid growth in China will be transmission upgrades, anticipated to reach more than $72 billion in revenue by 2020 on a cumulative basis," says Bob Lockhart, senior research analyst with Navigant Research. "Overall, smart grid development in China will generate $127 billion in cumulative revenue from 2012 to 2020."

One primary objective of smart grid planners in China, according to the report, is to help address the country's imbalanced energy supply. Coal remains the primary source of power generation, and 76 percent of China's coal resources are located in Shanxi, Inner Mongolia, Shaanxi, Xinjiang, and other northern and western regions. However, the country's energy consumption needs are mainly concentrated in the more industrialized economies in the eastern and southern regions.

The report, "Smart Grid in China", provides a comprehensive analysis of the relevant issues of China's smart grid deployment program. The report includes a detailed analysis of the market drivers, business models and technology issues for smart grid development in China. Profiles are provided for more than 40 key industry players, classified by different industries, along with forecasts for smart grid revenue and smart meter shipments through 2020. An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download on the Navigant Research website.

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*The information contained in this press release concerning the report, "Smart Grid in China," is a summary and reflects Navigant Research's current expectations based on market data and trend analysis. Market predictions and expectations are inherently uncertain and actual results may differ materially from those contained in this press release or the report. Please refer to the full report for a complete understanding of the assumptions underlying the report's conclusions and the methodologies used to create the report. Neither Navigant Research nor Navigant undertakes any obligation to update any of the information contained in this press release or the report.