Distributed Renewables Monitoring and Forecasting Technologies

Intermittent Resources Forecasting Analytics and Residential and Commercial
and Industrial Solar Monitoring Technologies: Global Market Analysis and Forecasts

Intermittent resources monitoring and forecasting technologies have evolved alongside the renewables industry. In the past, these technologies were seen as optional and expensive. But a combination of regulatory changes caused by the surge of solar and wind capacity in several markets and business model innovations that focus on increasing profitability in an otherwise commoditized market are bringing monitoring and forecasting technologies into the spotlight.

Today, monitoring is evolving from traditional data logging into sophisticated analytics, including fault detection systems, condition-based monitoring, and energy management tools. Analytics is essential to new business models for behind-the-meter installations that depend on self-consumption of the electricity generated locally. Forecasting technologies were developed to assist the development of new wind and solar by estimating the total expected generation over an asset’s lifetime. Since intermittent generation is now an integral part of the energy mix, ongoing onsite forecasting is not only a necessity to optimize plant operations, but also a contractual requirement of power purchase agreement and feed-in tariff rules. According to Navigant Research, global cumulative revenue for intermittent energy monitoring and forecasting between 2017 and 2026 is expected to reach $26.9 billion.

This Navigant Research report analyzes the global market for intermittent renewables monitoring and forecasting technologies. The study provides an analysis of the market issues, including drivers and challenges, related to renewables monitoring and forecasting. Global market forecasts, broken out by region and segment (intermittent resources forecasting analytics and residential and C&I solar monitoring), extend through 2026. The report also examines the key technologies related to intermittent energy monitoring and forecasting, as well as the competitive landscape.

Key Questions Addressed:
  • Why will intermittent energy monitoring and forecasting become key to the future development of renewable energy?
  • What are the key drivers of renewables monitoring and forecasting?
  • Which markets will offer the most growth between 2017 and 2026?
  • How quickly will global intermittent energy monitoring and forecasting revenue grow through 2026?
  • Why is monitoring key for future renewables-driven energy services?
Who needs this report?
  • Solar developers, installers, and operators
  • Grid operators
  • Inverter manufacturers
  • Data logger manufacturers
  • Resource assessment companies
  • Renewables integration hardware and software providers
  • Government agencies
  • Investor community

Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary

1.1   Expanding the Role of Monitoring and Forecasting Technologies

1.2   Global Outlook

2. Market Issues

2.1   Introduction

2.2   Overview of Renewables Monitoring Technologies and Intermittent Generation Forecasting Technologies

2.3   Market Drivers

2.3.1   Booming Intermittent Renewables Markets

2.3.2   Shift in Incentive Programs

2.3.3   Grid Integration

2.3.3.1   Regions of the World Where Intermittent Generation Reaches Above 10%

2.3.3.2   More Accurate Power Scheduling

2.3.3.3   Balancing Market

2.3.3.3.1.   MISO Energy Case Study

2.3.3.4   Trading

2.3.3.5   Next Kraftwerke Case Study

2.3.4   O&M Cost Reduction Strategies

2.3.4.1   Maintenance-Free Perception of Solar

2.4   Market Challenges

2.4.1   Cost Directly Passed to the System

2.4.1.1   Red Eléctrica de España Case Study

2.4.2   Market and Technology Fragmentation in Solar Installations

3. Technology Issues

3.1   Introduction

3.2   Measure

3.3   Control

3.4   Forecast

3.4.1   Long-Term Forecasting

3.4.2   Medium-Term Forecasting

3.4.2.1   Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) Model

3.4.3   Short-Term Forecasting

3.4.3.1   Turbine-Mounted Remote Sensing Systems

3.4.3.2   Sky Cameras

4. Key Industry Players

4.1   Overview

4.2   Resources Forecasting Solutions Providers

4.2.1   AWS Truepower

4.2.2   MeteoLogica

4.2.3   MeteoSwift

4.2.4   Reuniwatt

4.2.5   Solargis

4.2.6   SteadySun

4.2.7   Vaisala

4.2.8   Vortex

4.2.9   WindLogics

4.3   Distributed Renewables Monitoring Solutions Providers

4.3.1   ABB

4.3.2   AutoGrid

4.3.3   Doosan GridTech

4.3.4   Enphase Energy

4.3.5   Huawei

4.3.6   Schneider Electric

4.3.7   Skytron

4.3.8   Smappee

4.3.9   Smart Blue

4.3.10   SMA Solar Technology AG

4.3.11   Solare Datensysteme GmbH (Solar-Log)

4.3.12   SolarEdge Technologies

5. Market Forecasts

5.1   Methodology

5.2   Global Market Overview

5.2.1   Intermittent Resources Forecasting Analytics

5.2.2   Residential Solar Monitoring Technologies

5.2.3   C&I Solar Monitoring Technologies

5.3   Recommendations

5.3.1   Follow and Enter Markets at the Right Time

5.3.2   A Battle of Algorithms

5.3.3   Automation Is Key for Future Growth

5.3.4   The Industry Needs a Platform, Not Just Products

6. Acronym and Abbreviation List
7. Table of Contents
8. Table of Charts and Figures
9. Scope of Study, Sources and Methodology, Notes

List of Charts and Figures

  • Four Phases of Intermittent Renewables Integration
  • Annual Intermittent Generation Share in Selected Countries, by IEA Phase, 2015
  • Reuniwatt’s Sky InSight IR Camera
  • Intermittent Energy Monitoring and Forecasting Market by Type of Installation, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Intermittent Energy Monitoring and Forecasting Market by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Intermittent Resources Forecasting Market by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Intermittent Resources Forecasting Market by Generation Source, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Residential Solar Monitoring Market by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Residential Solar Monitoring Market by Product, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • C&I Solar Monitoring Market by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • C&I Solar Monitoring Market by Product, World Markets: 2017-2026 Table, Figure, and Chart Bullet

List of Tables

  • Intermittent Energy Monitoring and Forecasting Market by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Intermittent Energy Monitoring and Forecasting Market by Type of Installation, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Wind Forecasting Market by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Solar Forecasting Market by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Intermittent Resources Forecasting Market by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Residential Solar Monitoring Hardware by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Residential Solar Monitoring Analytics by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Residential Solar Monitoring Market by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • C&I Solar Monitoring Hardware by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • C&I Solar Monitoring Analytics by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • C&I Solar Monitoring Market by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026

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