Growing energy demand of developed as well as developing regions is a serious cause of concern worldwide. The conventional energy sources such as oil, natural gas and petroleum products will deplete sooner or later. This has led to initiatives of conservation of energy resources and discovery of new alternate energy sources. The near future will witness more and more adoption of renewable and alternate sources of energy. Various alternate energy sources such as wind, tidal, solar and nuclear have been applied in recent years. Solar energy is one the most abundant energy source available on earth. Various energy needs can be fulfilled with applications of solar power and solar energy systems. Smart Solar technology is a result of similar kind of innovation and research. Smart solar technology is built upon existing solar power systems and it functions in sync with the current system. This technology helps to insert ‘smartness’ in existing solar energy systems. Smart grids improve operational activities of individual devices and solar installations. Smart solar systems assist in reduction of maintenance costs, stability of grid supply, optimization of performance and appropriate computing of distribution system. There is high demand for energy management and demand driven smart solutions as it prevents wastage and makes optimum use of available energy in a smart manner. This demand for smart solar power solutions is prevalent across all verticals and industries. The smart solar industry is constantly expanding vertically and horizontally. There have been ground breaking innovations in components, solutions, services and applications across all the verticals of smart solar system.
Global smart solar market can be segmented on the basis of smart solar solutions, smart solar services, smart solar components, smart solar applications and geographic location of smart solar system installations. The major components of smart solar system consist of smart metering devices, smart grids, supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems, radio frequency identification (RFID) and some others. These components assist in the processes of automated meter reading, energy monitoring as well as managing and analyzing energy production and consumption. Smart solar application is used for heating, cooling, producing steam, electricity and various other industrial, commercial and residential purposes. Various sectors such as healthcare, construction, transportation, agriculture, public utilities and many others have applied smart solar technology. The application of smart solar technology has also extended to various new verticals such as utility, government and public affairs, water treatment, education, logistics and distribution. Services such as consulting, construction, installation and management are offered for smart solar systems. Smart solar technology is widely adopted in regions such as North America, South and Central America, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. The U.S.A, Spain, South Africa, Egypt, Iran, India and China are some of the nations which have largest initiatives for solar energy technology and smart solar systems. Asia Pacific and North America regions have a high potential growth for smart solar market.
Today’s global smart solar market is worth more than USD 7 billion and expected to grow around USD 16 billion till 2018. The introduction of improved technology is increasing the adoption of smart solar components, solutions and services across various verticals.There is a common objective of energy preservation, green energy adoption and pollution control on a global scale. These common intentions and concerns are increasing usage of smart solar technology as well as a shift to traditional solar energy systems as a whole. Rising electricity bills, positive social implications and environmental concerns coupled with latest technology and innovations are the driving factors for the fast adoption of smart solar systems on a global scale. In addition, cost controlling and investments by solar industry members are expected to boost global smart solar market growth in future.Although, high initial capital cost, product instability, inefficiency and lack of awareness could pose a threat to smart solar industry.The solar sector has been developing in recent years. Even the economies of nations are increasing rapidly which could offer new opportunities for smart solar industry. The smart solar global industry outlook is looking positive for upcoming years.
Some of the major players operating in smart solar industry are involved in smart solar products, solutions as well as consulting and management services. Some of the important players are ABB Schweiz AG, BPL Global Ltd., Echelon Inc., HCL Technologies Ltd., Itron Inc., Schneider Electric Inc., and SunPower Inc. Some other prominent players in smart solar industry are Silver Spring Networks Inc., Trilliant Holdings, Inc. and Urban Green Energy Inc.
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- North America
- Asia Pacific
- Middle East and Africa
- Latin America
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