North American Substation Automation and Integration Market

  • March 2013
  • -
  • Frost & Sullivan
  • -
  • 94 pages

Norms, Regulation, and Government Stimulus Driving the Market

This research service identifies the major industry challenges, market drivers and restraints, and key trends in technology, pricing, and distribution for the North American substation automation and integration market. This research service provides comprehensive forecasts across the three products segments: hardware, such as RTU, BCU, PLC, and IEDs; software, such as HMI and SCADA; and services, such as integration, upgradation, and maintenance. It is also segmented two major end-user segments: utility and industrial end-users. The countries studied are the United States and Canada. The base year is 2011, with a forecast period of 2012-2018.

Executive Summary

• The industry will witness a growth rate of X percent to X percent in the automation hardware market,X percent to X percent in the automation software market, and X percent toX percent in the automation communication and integration market.
• The software and services contribution will form approximately X percent of the total revenue generated for the substation automation and integration market.
• Standardization from protocols and security will drive the market.
• IEC 61850 will be a challenge for greenfield projects that are trying to secure stimulus funding from the government.
• Advanced power analytics will be the up-and-coming segment in the market. The ideas behind this segment are still nascent and held by a few medium-sized companies in the market.
• Smart-grid investments would boost growth in the substation automation and integration market.

CEO’s Perspective

1. Utilities in substation automation provided the most bang for the buck. They are estimated to be $X million in 2006.
2. Nearly two-thirds of all utilities plan to increase their smart grid expenditure between 2013 and 2018.
3. The expenditure for substation automation is nearly X percent in North America, while it is higher internationally at X percent.
4. The United States is likely to cut spending on substation automation products, particularly those used in recording and monitoring.
5. High growth in substation automation would come from Asia followed by Europe. Brazil, China, and India on radar.
6. Power analytics products used by companies like ETAP to gain and sustain growth are an emerging area in substations.
7. IEC 61850 will gain acceptance due to its overall Integration benefits and cost reduction.
8. Mergers and acquisitions would bring a new synergy in business. Outsourcing for analytics would grow.
9. Acquisitions like Areva Transmission by Alstom and Distribution by Schneider are just a few named here.
10. Automation software and services will see huge growth between 2013 and 2018. Services will be dominant.

Key Questions This Study Will Answer

• Is the market growing, how long will it continue to grow, and at what rate?
• Are the existing competitors structured correctly to meet customer needs?
• What are the industry challenges, market drivers, and barriers to the substation automation market?
• What is contributing to the massive growth of the substation automation market? Where is the growth coming from? How is growth happening in the North American market?
• Where will spending be focused—on greenfield projects, retrofit projects, or primary, bay-level, or station-level equipment? What is the reason for such spending?
• What is the IEC 61850 standard? What are the end-user benefits for following the standard? Why substation automation? What are the benefits of substation automation?
• How is the growth in the end-user industries, product, and project segment justified? How is the relationship with the trends identified? What is the market share analysis?
• What are the key Mega Trends affecting the market?
• What is the prime challenge in the substation automation?
• Who are the leading market participants in the market? Are mergers and acquisition showing some trends?
• What are some key partners and business development avenues such as government grants, recognition, awards?
• Will the spending in smart grid technologies boost the substation automation market?What is the reason for the investment in the smart grid technologies in North America?

Table Of Contents

Table Of Contents

1. Executive Summary
2. Market Overview
3. Total Substation Automation and Integration Market
• External Challenges: Drivers and Restraints
• Forecasts and Trends
• Market Share and Competitive Analysis
• Mega Trends and Industry Convergence Implications
4. CEO’s 360 Degree Perspective
5. Hardware Segment Breakdown
6. Software Segment Breakdown
7. Services Segment Breakdown
8. The Last Word (Conclusions and Implications)
9. Appendix

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