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Opportunities for US companies in the European Smart Grid Market Malavika Tohani, Research Director, Energy & Power Systems Smart grid has emerged as a fast-growing area in the past 5 years. However, it is not one big market; it is rather an amalgamation of different sectors, technologies, products, and components. Installation of smart meters is considered as the first step towards smart grid implementation. The smart meter rollout in Europe is well underway, boosted by the European Union legislation to achieve 80 percent coverage by 2020. However, there are other growth areas, beyond smart meters which are interesting for US companies to invest into.
This analyst briefing will highlight and discuss the opportunities that exist for the US companies within the European smart grid market.
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Sep 3 2015 3:00 pm
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  • On a given day in January 2014, renewable energy generation, accounted for more than 105% of Denmark's power demand. This was more than what the existing network could handle, creating voltage and frequency management issues. As the proportion of renewable energy increases in a country's energy mix, it creates significant technical, regulatory and business challenges. Globally, utilities are spending nearly $25 billion in maintaining and modernizing their power grid infrastructure. With the need to integrate more renewable, this will only increase. Is there a risk of these increased investments becoming stranded assets for utilities?

    Key Takeaway from the presentation:

    1. Understand the challenges and consequences of integrating large amount of renewable into utilities
    2. Learn about the Increasing role of energy storage technologies in integrating renewable into utilities
    3. Case studies from early adopters like Germany and Denmark
    4. What are the best practices and key success factors for integration
    5. Role of disruptive technologies and policy makers
  • The term Smart City is gaining momentum the world over, but does that mean that cities are becoming “smarter” or just looking to improve their image? What does it truly mean to be a “smart” city? And is it resonating with their residents, businesses and visitors? This briefing will look into how the smallest changes approaching city services can have a big impact on everything from security to energy and traffic to urban revitalization

    Reasons to Attend:

    - To understand key challenges cities are facing in the face of issues such as urbanization, environmental responses and new technologies
    - To examine new ways cities are integrating smarter solutions to address seemingly unrelated services, for better quality of life and a higher tax base
    - To explore how suppliers can provide comprehensive solutions to such a fragmented market
  • Connected homes are prime examples of innovative applications of technology meant to enable enriched lifestyle experiences for consumers. However, allowing third parties an open access to home networks to deliver these experiences exposes both the consumer and service providers to the potential vulnerabilities of cyberspace. It is critical to understand that cyber threats require collective responsibility and accountability sharing from all stakeholders involved.

    This briefing will deliberate upon the issue of cybersecurity as it pertains to the connected home environment. An expert panel comprising members of Frost & Sullivan, connected home technology leaders, and a consumer privacy advocate will provide advice and opinions with regard to addressing this disruptive trend. Industry participants will learn how to address the issue of cyber breach and maintain continued interest in living the connected experience.
  • Attend this webinar to discover:

    - What factors are forcing change on power utilities businesses?
    - Which regions are most at risk or undergoing the most rapid transformations?
    - How are the most affected power utilities dealing with these threats?
    - What are possible future business models for power utilities to retain strong market positions?
  • By late 2014, LED lighting had passed the 30% threshold penetration of the global lighting market. It was the second consecutive boom year, confirming the breakthrough in the key regions of Europe, North America, and China. Driven by enhanced controllability and energy efficiency, the revolution will continue and momentum will build throughout 2015. This transformational change brings massive opportunities across value chains, but also presents huge strategic challenges to incumbent participants in terms of pace of technology change and business model.
  • The rapidly-evolving building technologies, together with key market participants pushing for technological advancement to gain a competitive advantage, are the driving force for Internet of Buildings (IoB).

    This briefing focuses on discussing the driving force of the current building technologies scenario in achieving IoB and a holistic view of the industry through Frost & Sullivan’s 360º Research Perspective.
  • Energy storage is becoming an essential element in today's world of surging demand. Increasing importance of renewable energy, coupled with supportive legislations that promote usage of solar PVs and wind turbines, drive the need for energy storage. Renewable grid integration is a key application that promotes energy storage globally. Large scale PV farms and offshore wind farms in countries of U.S, China and Europe makes energy storage and its future interesting and inevitable.
  • There is a difference of opinion regarding the current status of connected homes. Some industry experts believe that with customer access to mobile devices and the Internet, most homes have some form of connected intelligence and are therefore connected homes. Others believe the industry is far from achieving the optimal connected home.

    This briefing discusses the key motives for deploying connected home services and associated challenges, focusing on energy management.
  • Energy storage is becoming an essential element in today's world. Increasing importance of renewable energy, coupled with supportive legislations that promote usage of solar photovoltaic (PV) and wind turbines, is driving the demand. Large-scale PV farms and offshore wind farms in the United States, China and Europe make energy storage and its future interesting and inevitable.
  • Given the price volatility in crude oil, many are searching for opportunities in the energy sector. The question now arises, "Where are the opportunities in this industry?" As we currently see oil prices rise, time is running out for many companies that have hedged credit exposure at higher levels and are operating at distressed levels. We will review these areas, how we have ended up at in this situation, where we may soon see distressed companies, and where hidden opportunities are arising. We'll then review how Frost & Sullivan can assist clients discover these opportunities and prepare to them to take advantage in this environment.

    Why you should attend:

    - Understanding the "oil-flation" boom of crude oil production
    - Where we see opportunity and if M&A will be as strong as once expected
    - The "Uber-zation" of US demand for refined products
    - How America is dealing with the current crude oil bans and the loopholes that may bear more income than expected

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