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The Global Smart Grid Industry (2019)

The Global Smart Grid Industry (2019)

The smart grid has gained a lot of column inches in the last decade as the panacea for all problems with the current grid system. The grid’s high carbon footprint; and its inability to integrate a high percentage of intermittent renewable energy capacity from wind and solar, and distributed, small scale energy generators, such as rooftop solar PV plants and small-scale wind turbines; are all but a few of the problems faced in modern grid systems.

The NRG Expert Global Smart Grid Industry report and database provide an overview of the smart grid industry discussing the case for the smart grid and some of the features, challenges and benefits associated with the technological shift taking place. Renewables integration and our ever-increasing need for energy efficiency coupled with an increased demand for energy is driving the development and advancement of smart grid infrastructure.

Legacy grid systems are being adapted to the new realities of rooftop solar and electric vehicles; while newly built grids are adapting to the fundamental shift of decentralized energy production. This report and the accompanying database provide insights into these markets and present some of the technologies that are helping utilities and governments plan and adapt for the future grid systems.

The database gives a by-country overview of the market share of annual demand that is allocated to smart technology. Included in the database figures is the total amount that NRG Expert forecasts will be needed to achieve smart grid goals and comprises estimated annual spending on goods, services, and development of smart grid technology. Utility meters make up a large component of this spend, and this is included in the total. Where a lot of focus in the report is on electricity and the smart grid technologies being deployed there, the NRG Expert Smart Grid Database that accompanies this report includes technology in other utility sectors that is Smart Technology.


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Table of Contents
List of Figures
List of Tables
1 Executive Summary
2 Introduction
The Report and Database
Case for the smart grid
Definition of the smart grid
The business case of the smart grid
3 Barriers to the development of the smart grid
4 Storage
Mechanical Storage
Electrochemical storage
Electromagnetic storage
Water heaters
Coupling to new energies
5 Electric Vehicles (EVs)
6 Security
Data privacy issues
Energy Theft
Malicious intent
List of Figures
Figure 2.1. Base, intermediate and peak load by time of day
Figure 2.2. Cumulative Hours of Operation
Figure 2.3. Traditional and future electric grid systems – Traditional grid (left), future grid (right)
Figure 2.4. Meters
Figure 2.5. Percentage utility operating savings based on real savings at AMI deployments
Figure 4.1. Different grid storage options
Figure 4.2. Salt structures and existing gas storage site in Europe
Figure 5.1. Comparison of different electric power train configurations
Figure 5.2. Electric vehicle/ plug-in hybrid electric vehicle roadmap vision for expansion in sales, 2010 – 2050
Figure 5.3. Future of the electric car and lithium ion battery markets
Figure 6.1. Attack points in the smart grid
List of Tables
Table 2.1. Pricing tariffs for the smart grid
Table 2.2. Comparison of Today’s Grid and Smart Grid
Table 2.3. Network requirements for smart grid applications
Table 2.4. Strengths and weaknesses of different WAN technologies
Table 2.5. Overview of IEEE standards
Table 2.6. Other technologies promoted by the development of the smart grid market
Table 4.1. Main energy storage technologies
Table 6.1. Methods of manipulation of smart meters
Table 6.2. Methods and products used for securing critical enterprise networks

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