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Global Geothermal Power Generation Market: Snapshot

The global geothermal power generation market is expected to grow at a robust pace on the basis of installed capacity and investments. Some of the environmental benefits offered by geothermal power generation such as cost-competitive pricing and high capacity utilization are the primary factors estimated to encourage the growth of the overall market in the next few years. As geothermal power generation is considered as renewable and has the capability of supplying base load demand, this market is projected to grow at a progressive rate in the near future.

According to the research report, in 2013, the global market for geothermal power generation was valued at US$2.5 bn and is likely to reach a value of US$8.9 bn by the end of 2019. This market is projected to register a remarkable 23.58% CAGR between 2013 and 2019.

Favorable Policies and Environmental Benefits to Augment Global Geothermal Power Generation Market

The cost competitive tariffs and enhanced scalability and the environmental benefits including GHG emissions are some of the primary factors estimated to encourage the growth of the global geothermal power generation market in the next few years. In addition, the favorable policies and the high capacity utilization and and stability are estimated to accelerate the market's growth in the coming years. On the flip side, high capital costs, emission issues, and limited availability of resources are some of the vital factors restricting the growth of the geothermal power generation market across the globe. Nevertheless, the rising number of mergers and acquisitions and strategic alliances are estimated to offer promising opportunities in the near future.

On the basis of technology, the global geothermal power generation market has been categorized into binary cycle, flash steam, and dry steam. The growing uptake of these technologies in the overall energy sector is substantially boosting demand in the global market. Among the key technologies, the flash steam segment is estimated to lead the global market and account for a massive share throughout the forecast period. On the other hand, the growing demand for binary cycle power plants across the globe is projected to contribute extensively towards the growth of the binary cycle segment in the near future.

Promising Opportunities and Underdeveloped Resources to Bolster Asia Pacific Market

Among the key geographical segments, North America is expected to lead the global geothermal power generation market in the near future, owing to the growing demand for binary cycle power plants in this region. In addition, the rising contribution from the U.S. and the growing implementation of this technology are some of the other factors expected to accelerate the growth of the North America market in the next few years. On the other hand, Asia Pacific is expected to witness substantial growth in the next few years, owing to the presence of significant amount of underdeveloped and unexplored geothermal resources.

Some of the prominent players operating in the geothermal power generation market across the globe are Ormat Technologies Inc., Alterra Power Corporation, Calpine Corporation, Ram Power Corporation, Orkuveita Reykjavikur, US Geothermal Inc., Northern California Power Agency, CYRQ Energy Inc., and Enel Green Power.

Environmental benefits such as high capacity utilization and cost-competitive pricing have been aiding the expansion of the geothermal power generation market across the globe. Derived from heat energy present in the earth’s crust, geothermal energy is used directly as well as for power generation. The study particularly focuses on use of geothermal energy for the purpose of power generation. 

The global market for geothermal power generation is poised to expand at a robust pace in terms of overall investment and installed capacity. Geothermal power generation is renewable and has the ability of supplying base load demand. This helps it benefit conventional and unconventional methods of power generation, alike. Likewise, non-intermittent supply and high capacity utilizations, coupled with zero fuel costs and low emission levels, make geothermal power a lucrative area for investment in the near future.

The three key technologies used to generate geothermal power are dry stream, binary cycle power plans, and flash stream. Currently the market is undergoing significant changes in terms of the adoption of technology. This trend is forecast to continue through the forecast period from 2013 to 2019. The report presents a granular analysis the opportunities for the aforementioned segments. Furthermore, the global geothermal power generation market is regionally segmented into North America, Asia Pacific, Europe, and Rest of the World.

The report provides a comprehensive analysis of the various factors supporting and inhibiting the market’s trajectory through the forecast period. Opportunities for the market across key regional segments is identified as well.

Global Geothermal Power Generation Market: Overview

The global geothermal power generation market stood at US$2.5bn in 2013. The market is projected to exhibit a CAGR of 23.58% between 2013 and 2019 to reach US$8.9 bn by the end of 2019.

Among the key technologies available in the market, dry steam plan is the oldest one. However, the flash steam plants segment accounted for a leading share in the market in 2012. The flash steam plants segment is further segmented into dual flash, triple flash, and single flash power plants. Binary cycle power plant being a relatively new technology, it is gradually gaining traction in the global market.

Laws and stringent regulations have proven boon as well as bane for this industry. Laws mandating the use of renewable energy purchase standards across utilities and the favorable feed in tariffs promise higher returns on investment. Moreover, strong foreign investment policies and soft loans often extended by leading banks and financial institutions have helped augmenting the investor confidence. On the downside, laws such as land ownership laws, water protection laws, and environment protection laws have been inhibiting the market’s growth across certain countries. Nevertheless, these issues are likely to be resolved in the near future, thus providing the market significant opportunities for growth.

Regionally, Asia Pacific currently displays the highest installed capacity, while the U.S. boasts higher installed capacity than any other country around the world.

Companies Mentioned in Report

To study the vendor landscape in the global geothermal power generation market, the report profiles companies such as Ormat Technologies Inc., Enel Green Power, CYRQ Energy Inc., Calpine Corporation, Alterra Power Corporation, Northern California Power Agency, Ram Power Corporation, US Geothermal Inc., and Orkuveita Reykjavikur (Reykjavik Energy).

Global Geothermal Power Generation Market is segmented as:

Geothermal Power Generation market: Technology Analysis

  • Dry steam
  • Flash steam
  • Binary cycle

Geothermal Power Generation market: Geography Analysis

  • North America
    • The U.S.
    • Mexico
  • Europe
    • Italy
    • Iceland
    • Germany
    • France (Guadeloupe)
    • Portugal
    • Russia (Kamchatka)
    • Turkey
    • Austria
  • Asia Pacific
    • Japan
    • Papua New Guinea
    • The Philippines
    • New Zealand
    • Indonesia
    • Australia
    • China
    • Thailand
  • RoW (Rest of the World)
    • Kenya
    • Nicaragua
    • Costa Rica
    • Guatemala
    • Ethiopia
    • El Salvador

This report gives you access to decisive data such as:

  • Market growth drivers
  • Factors limiting market growth
  • Current market trends
  • Market structure
  • Market projections for the coming years

Key highlights of this report

  • Overview of key market forces propelling and restraining market growth
  • Up-to-date analyses of market trends and technological improvements
  • Pin-point analyses of market competition dynamics to offer you a competitive edge
  • An analysis of strategies of major competitors
  • An array of graphics and SWOT analysis of major industry segments
  • Detailed analyses of industry trends
  • A well-defined technological growth map with an impact-analysis
  • Offers a clear understanding of the competitive landscape and key product segments

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