1Q 2018

Communications Technologies for DER Integration

Distributed Generation, EVs, Demand Response, and Distributed Energy Storage: Global Market Analysis and Forecasts

The global energy business faces unprecedented challenges—and opportunities—as distributed energy resources (DER) proliferate. This emerging paradigm shift in power generation and grid operations has also brought about the threat of grid instability and complicated grid management processes for utilities. To date, utility efforts have been largely reactive, focused on issues caused by renewables intermittency, shifting loads, capacity constraints, and bidirectional power flows. In order to adequately mitigate these effects and enable DER integration, pervasive visibility into the network is needed. Meanwhile, third-party DER owners must also pursue communications capabilities to optimize system performance and deliver the maximum benefits to end customers.

Utilities and third-party DER owners have ramped up investments in asset connectivity and networking for improved operating economics, energy efficiency, and grid reliability. Control and communications at the DER level will enable the development of markets for aggregated clean resources and services, service-oriented business models, and integrated grid management strategies. While compensation schemes will need to be developed to coordinate utility data access and control, demand for visibility at the DER level is expected to supersede most regulatory or cost considerations. According to Navigant Research, Asia Pacific is expected to lead the global market in terms of overall revenue throughout the forecast period. North America and Europe also present attractive markets, with particularly high growth expected across the smart inverter and EV charging markets.

This Navigant Research report analyzes the global marketplace for DER communications hardware and services. The study examines the key market issues related to growth in DER communications capabilities, including drivers, challenges, and emerging trends. Global market forecasts, broken out by segment, category, technology, and region, extend through 2026. Analyses of communications technologies include: cellular, fiber, low power wide area networks (LPWA), point-to-multipoint (P2MP), radio frequency (RF) mesh, power line communications (PLC), and Wi-Fi. The report also examines the key applications related to DER communications, as well as the competitive landscape.

Pages 57
Tables | Charts | Figures 45

  • Which communications technologies are being leveraged most frequently for distributed energy resources (DER) networking?
  • What factors are helping to drive the market for DER communications?
  • What factors are inhibiting the market potential of DER communications?
  • What are the most important trends in the DER communications space today?
  • How large will the market for DER communications grow and which global regions are growing the fastest?

  • Utilities and grid operators
  • Communications vendors and service providers
  • Smart grid vendors and service providers
  • Non-utility providers
  • Systems integrators
  • Government agencies
  • Research community
  • Investor community

1. Executive Summary

1.1   Introduction

1.2   Overview of DER

1.3   Market Forecast

2. Market Issues

2.1   Disruptive Factors of Distributed Energy Resources for Utilities

2.2   Visibility Needs of Third-Party DER Operators

2.3   Market Drivers

2.3.1   Operational Benefits and Avoided Costs

2.3.2   Decreased Cost of DER Adoption

2.3.3   Regulators Incentivizing DER Deployments

2.3.3.1   China

2.3.3.2   Germany

2.3.3.3   US

2.3.4   Regulators Developing Interest in New Market Frameworks

2.3.5   Higher Focus on Asset Monitoring and Management

2.3.6   Improved DR Technical Infrastructure

2.4   Market Barriers

2.4.1   Lack of Clear Regulatory Support

2.4.2   Focus on Standards Limits Innovation

2.4.3   Market and Technology Fragmentation in Solar Installations

2.4.4   Lack of Ability to Monetize Resilience

2.4.5   Lack of Sufficient Financing

2.5   Communications Technologies

2.5.1   Public Wireless Technologies

2.5.2   Private Wired Technologies

2.5.2.1   Fiber Optic Communications

2.5.2.2   Power Line Communications

2.5.3   Private Wireless Technologies

2.5.3.1   Proprietary RF Mesh

2.5.3.2   Private 4G LTE

2.5.3.3   Proprietary Point-to-Multipoint Communications

2.5.3.4   Wi-Fi

2.5.4   Low Power Networks

2.6   DER Applications

2.6.1   DG

2.6.2   Distributed Storage

2.6.3   Smart Inverters

2.6.3.1   Use Case: APS

2.6.3.2   Use Case: HECO – SunShot Initiative

2.6.4   PEVs

2.6.4.1   Wi-Fi in EVSE Networks

2.6.4.2   Cellular in EVSE Networks

2.6.4.3   AMI in EVSE Networks

2.6.5   Microgrids

2.6.6   DR

2.6.6.1   Regional Analysis

3. Key Industry Players

3.1   ABB Wireless (Formerly Tropos Networks)

3.2   Aclara

3.3   AT&T

3.4   Cisco

3.5   Doosan GridTech

3.6   Eaton

3.7   Efacec

3.8   Enbala Power Networks

3.9   Enphase Energy

3.10   Honeywell

3.11   Itron

3.12   Nokia

3.13   Schneider Electric

3.14   Siemens

3.15   Sensus

3.16   Silver Spring Networks (SSN)

3.17   SolarEdge

3.18   Sunverge

3.19   Verizon Communications

4. Market Forecasts

4.1   Introduction and Forecast Methodology

4.2   North America

4.3   Europe

4.4   Asia Pacific

4.5   Latin America

4.6   Middle East & Africa

4.7   Conclusions and Recommendations

5. Acronym and Abbreviation List

6. Table of Contents

7. Table of Charts and Figures

8. Scope of Study, Sources and Methodology, Notes

  • Communications Hardware and Services Revenue for DER Integration by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Communications Hardware and Services Revenue for DER Integration by Segment, North America: 2017-2026
  • Communications Hardware and Services Revenue for DER Integration by Segment, Europe: 2017-2026
  • Communications Hardware and Services Revenue for DER Integration by Segment, Asia Pacific: 2017-2026
  • Communications Hardware and Services Revenue for DER Integration by Segment, Latin America: 2017-2026
  • Communications Hardware and Services Revenue for DER Integration by Segment, Middle East & Africa: 2017-2026

  • Communications Hardware and Services Revenue for DER Integration by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Communications Hardware and Services Revenue for DER Integration by Segment, North America: 2017-2026
  • Communications Hardware and Services Revenue for DER Integration by Segment, Europe: 2017-2026
  • Communications Hardware and Services Revenue for DER Integration by Segment, Asia Pacific: 2017-2026
  • Communications Hardware and Services Revenue for DER Integration by Segment, Latin America: 2017-2026
  • Communications Hardware and Services Revenue for DER Integration by Segment, Middle East & Africa: 2017-2026
  • Cellular Communications Revenue for DER Integration by Segment, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Smart Inverter Communications Hardware and Services Revenue by Category, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Smart Inverter Communications Hardware Revenue by Category, North America: 2017-2026
  • Smart Inverter Communications Hardware Revenue by Category, Europe: 2017-2026
  • Smart Inverter Communications Hardware Revenue by Category, Asia Pacific: 2017-2026
  • Smart Inverter Communications Hardware Revenue by Category, Latin America: 2017-2026
  • Smart Inverter Communications Hardware Revenue by Category, Middle East & Africa: 2017-2026
  • Smart Inverter Communications Hardware Revenue by Category, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Smart Inverter Communications Services Revenue by Category, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Smart Inverter Communications Hardware and Services Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Smart Inverter Communications Hardware Revenue by Technology, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Smart Inverter Communications Hardware Revenue by Technology, North America: 2017-2026
  • Smart Inverter Communications Hardware Revenue by Technology, Europe: 2017-2026
  • Smart Inverter Communications Hardware Revenue by Technology, Asia Pacific: 2017-2026
  • Smart Inverter Communications Hardware Revenue by Technology, Latin America: 2017-2026
  • Smart Inverter Communications Hardware Revenue by Technology, Middle East & Africa: 2017-2026
  • Smart Inverter Communications Services Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • DR Meter Communications Hardware and Services Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • DR Meter Communications Hardware Revenue by Technology, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • DR Meter Communications Hardware Revenue by Technology, North America: 2017-2026
  • DR Meter Communications Hardware Revenue by Technology, Europe: 2017-2026
  • DR Meter Communications Hardware Revenue by Technology, Asia Pacific: 2017-2026
  • DR Meter Communications Hardware Revenue by Technology, Latin America: 2017-2026
  • DR Meter Communications Hardware Revenue by Technology, Middle East & Africa: 2017-2026
  • DR Meter Communications Services Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • EV Charging Communications Hardware and Services Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • EV Charging Communications Hardware Revenue by Technology, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • EV Charging Communications Hardware Revenue by Technology, North America: 2017-2026
  • EV Charging Communications Hardware Revenue by Technology, Europe: 2017-2026
  • EV Charging Communications Hardware Revenue by Technology, Asia Pacific: 2017-2026
  • EV Charging Communications Hardware Revenue by Technology, Latin America: 2017-2026
  • EV Charging Communications Hardware Revenue by Technology, Middle East & Africa: 2017-2026
  • EV Charging Communications Services Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026

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