3Q 2018

Market Data: Distributed Generation and Energy Storage in Telecom Networks

Gensets, Fuel Cells, Solar PV, and Battery Energy Storage for Continuous and Standby Power: Global Market Analysis and Forecasts

Telecom network companies around the world have rapidly built out their wireless infrastructure, predominantly consisting of mobile towers holding cell sites, to meet consumer demands. Each mobile tower consumes energy to operate. As telecom infrastructure grows, so does the industry’s consumption of energy. Navigant Research estimates that telecom networks worldwide will consume 653.1 TWh of energy in 2018.

Telecom networks are increasingly providing services considered essential to consumers and thus need to be reliably provided, especially in cases of disaster or emergency. Further, the networks are spread as thinly as possible throughout much of the world, often required to host towers in areas with no or poor connection to a power grid. This thin coverage hampers the provider’s ability to provide continuous service. With an increasing emphasis on reliability, distributed generation (DG) and energy storage (ES) technologies are logical solutions to ensure the continuous operation of telecom networks, regardless of location or external factors.

This Navigant Research report analyzes the global market for DG and ES technologies in the telecom industry. The technologies covered include reciprocating gensets (both diesel and natural gas), fuel cells, solar PV, and battery-based uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems (incorporating lithium ion, lead-acid, and other advanced batteries). Global market forecasts for capacity and revenue, segmented by technology and region, extend through 2027. The report also examines the key market issues related to DG and ES technologies, including the impact of new network technologies and improved energy efficiency.
Pages 31
Tables | Charts | Figures 58
  • How have falling technology costs affected demand in the telecom industry?
  • What are the key technologies providing electricity to the telecom industry today?
  • How will improved energy efficiency affect demand for electrical systems in the telecom industry?
  • How do changes in wireless network technology affect power supply requirements and technology configurations?
  • How will the mix of distributed generation (DG) change over the next 10 years?
  • What are the trends in terms of preferred options for energy storage (ES)?
  • Telecom tower owners and construction firms
  • Telecom infrastructure, microgrid, and nanogrid systems integrators
  • Energy storage and microgrid software/control providers
  • Mobile network operators
  • Diesel and natural gas genset OEMs
  • Solar PV OEMs
  • Fuel cell OEMs
  • Advanced battery OEMs
  • Investor community

1. Executive Summary

1.1   Introduction

1.2   Market Update

1.3   Market Forecasts

2. Market Issues

2.1   Introduction

2.2   Market Dynamics

2.2.1   Emerging Market and Infrastructure Growth

2.2.2   Energy Goals in Emerging Economies

2.2.2.1   India

2.2.2.2   China

2.2.2.3   Africa

2.2.3   Increased Efficiencies and the Advent of 5G

2.3   Energy Solutions for Telecom Network Segmentation

2.3.1   Grid-Tied Mobile Sites

2.3.2   Off-Grid and Bad Grid Mobile Sites

2.4   Technology Issues and Considerations

2.4.1   Distributed Generation

2.4.1.1   Diesel and Natural Gas Gensets    

2.4.1.2   Fuel Cells

2.4.1.3   Solar PV

2.4.2   Energy Storage

2.4.2.1   Li-Ion

2.4.2.2   Advanced Lead-Acid

2.4.2.3   Other Advanced Batteries

3. Market Forecasts

3.1   Methodology and Assumptions

3.2   DG and ES System Forecasts for Telecom Networks by Region

3.2.1   North America

3.2.2   Europe

3.2.3   Asia Pacific

3.2.4   Latin America and the Middle East & Africa

3.3   Distributed Generation

3.3.1   Diesel and Natural Gas Gensets

3.3.2   Solar PV

3.4   Energy Storage

3.4.1   Li-Ion

3.4.2   Lead-Acid

3.4.3   Other Advanced Batteries

3.5   Conclusions

4. Acronym and Abbreviation List

5. Table of Contents

6. Table of Charts and Figures

7. Scope of Study, Sources and Methodology, Notes

  • Cumulative New DG and ES System Power Capacity for Telecom Networks by Region, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Wireless Subscribers by Region, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Mobile Data Transmission by Region, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Off-Grid and Bad Grid Mobile Sites by Region, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Annual New DG and ES System Power Capacity and Deployment Revenue for Telecom Networks by Region, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Annual New Diesel Genset Power Capacity and Deployment Revenue for Telecom Networks by Region, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Annual New Natural Gas Genset Power Capacity and Deployment Revenue for Telecom Networks by Region, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Annual New Solar PV Power Capacity and Deployment Revenue for Telecom Networks by Region, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Annual New UPS Li-Ion Battery Energy Capacity and Deployment Revenue for Telecom Networks by Region, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Annual New UPS Lead-Acid Battery Energy Capacity and Deployment Revenue for Telecom Networks by Region, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Annual New UPS Other Batteries Energy Capacity and Deployment Revenue for Telecom Networks by Region, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Annual New Fuel Cell Power Capacity and Deployment Revenue for Telecom Networks by Region, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Annual New DG and ES System Power Capacity for Telecom Networks by Technology, North America: 2018-2027
  • Annual New DG and ES System Power Capacity for Telecom Networks by Technology, Europe: 2018-2027
  • Annual New DG and ES System Power Capacity for Telecom Networks by Technology, Asia Pacific: 2018-2027
  • Annual New DG and ES System Power Capacity for Telecom Networks by Technology, Latin America: 2018-2027
  • Annual New DG and ES System Power Capacity for Telecom Networks by Technology, Middle East & Africa: 2018-2027
  • Off-Grid and Bad Grid Mobile Sites by Region, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Wireless Subscribers by Region, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Mobile Data Transmission by Region, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Total Telecom Power Consumption by Region, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Telecom Data Centers Power Consumption by Region, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Central Telecom Office Power Consumption by Region, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Antenna and Repeater Power Consumption by Region, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Mobile Base Station Power Consumption by Region, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Total Telecom Energy Consumption by Region, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Telecom Data Centers Energy Consumption by Region, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Central Telecom Office Energy Consumption by Region, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Antenna and Repeater Energy Consumption by Region, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Mobile Base Station Energy Consumption by Region, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Annual New DG and ES System Power Capacity for Telecom Networks by Region, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Cumulative New DG and ES System Power Capacity for Telecom Networks by Region, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Annual New DG and ES System Power Capacity for Telecom Networks by Technology, North America: 2018-2027
  • Annual New DG and ES System Power Capacity for Telecom Networks by Technology, Europe: 2018-2027
  • Annual New DG and ES System Power Capacity for Telecom Networks by Technology, Asia Pacific: 2018-2027
  • Annual New DG and ES System Power Capacity for Telecom Networks by Technology, Latin America: 2018-2027
  • Annual New DG and ES System Power Capacity for Telecom Networks by Technology, Middle East & Africa: 2018-2027
  • DG and ES System Revenue for Telecom Networks by Technology, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Annual New UPS Lead-Acid Battery Power Capacity for Telecom Networks by Region, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Annual New UPS Li-Ion Battery Power Capacity for Telecom Networks by Region, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Annual New UPS Other Batteries Power Capacity for Telecom Networks by Region, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Annual New Diesel Genset Power Capacity for Telecom Networks by Region, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Annual New Natural Gas Genset Power Capacity for Telecom Networks by Region, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Annual New Solar PV Power Capacity for Telecom Networks by Region, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Annual New Fuel Cell Power Capacity for Telecom Networks by Region, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Annual New DG and ES System Power Capacity for Telecom Networks by Region, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Annual New UPS Lead-Acid Battery Deployment Revenue for Telecom Networks by Region, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Annual New UPS Li-Ion Battery Deployment Revenue for Telecom Networks by Region, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Annual New UPS Other Batteries Deployment Revenue for Telecom Networks by Region, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Annual New Diesel Genset Deployment Revenue for Telecom Networks by Region, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Annual New Natural Gas Genset Deployment Revenue for Telecom Networks by Region, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Annual New Solar PV Deployment Revenue for Telecom Networks by Region, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Annual New Fuel Cell Deployment Revenue for Telecom Networks by Region, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Annual New DG and ES System Deployment Revenue for Telecom Networks by Region, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Annual New UPS Battery Energy Capacity for Telecom Networks by Region, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Annual New UPS Lead-Acid Battery Energy Capacity for Telecom Networks by Region, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Annual New UPS Li-Ion Battery Energy Capacity for Telecom Networks by Region, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Annual New UPS Other Batteries Energy Capacity for Telecom Networks by Region, World Markets: 2018-2027
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