14/09/2020 – News / Energy / Power Industry / Decentralisation / Decarbonisation / Digitalisation / Global

“Decentralisation, decarbonisation and digitalisation” to shape global power sector in the decade ahead, finds study

Frost & Sullivan’s recent analysis – ‘Growth Opportunities from Decarbonization in the Global Power Market, 2019-2030’ – reveals that the 2020s will be crucial for all participants in the power industry, as the transition toward renewable energy is expected to increase, while coal takes a downturn in most developed markets.


Falling costs and renewable-friendly energy policies adopted by several countries in the six major geographies – North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, China, and India – are prominent reasons why solar photovoltaic (PV) and wind capacity additions are expected to soar in the decade ahead. 


An estimated US$3.40 trillion will be invested in renewable energy over the next decade, including US$2.72tn in wind and solar. By 2030, 54.1 per cent of installed capacity will be renewable (including hydropower), and 37.9 per cent will be a combination of solar and wind. 


“The three key pillars of the global energy transition” “Decentralisation, decarbonisation, and digitalisation are the three key pillars of the global energy transition,” said Vasanth Krishnan, Senior Research Analyst, Industrial Practice, Frost & Sullivan. “The power sector will witness strong growth in decentralisation during the decade, with annual global investment increasing from US$53.14 billion in 2019 to US$92.54bn in 2030. Pressure will continue to build for further decarbonisation within the power system as the rate of adoption of digital technologies increases in both existing and future plants to boost operational performance.” 


Mr Krishnan added that the surge in need for flexibility is the most significant trend observed across developed markets. “System operators are coming under increasing pressure to manage the system with uncertain renewable output, declining coal output, and demand-side variability,” he advised. “As a result, technologies and solutions such as battery energy storage systems (BESS), gas engines, demand-side response (DSR), and virtual power plants (VPP) are witnessing unprecedented adoption rates amongst utilities, solution providers, and end consumers." 


Growth opportunities abound for the agile 


Conventional power plant operators will require extreme physical and digital agility to compete with alternative power sources and stay profitable in the longer term. In this regard, digital solutions will enable conventional thermal power plants to increase operational efficiency and asset utilisation to meet the present and future needs of a smart power grid. 


Growth opportunities for market participants will vary considerably, depending on the region: 


• North America: High energy costs drive strong market growth for energy service and performance contracting, which will more than double its size during the decade to be worth US$19.14bn in 2030. 


• Latin America: Population and GDP growth, coupled with increasing electrification and industrialisation, are forecast to drive electricity demand by 3.15 per cent per annum to 2030. 


• Europe: By 2030, US$12.91bn is expected to be invested annually in battery energy storage. Total installed capacity is expected to go up from 2.91GW in 2019 to 70.02GW by 2030. 


• India: Renewable energy will account for 72.04 per cent of capacity additions in India during the next decade. Competitive solar PV and wind project costs will be key to future investment. 


• China: Adoption of energy storage will accelerate rapidly in China. The country accounts for 62 per cent of global battery storage production capacity, and is investing to boost capacity further. This will benefit the energy storage sector, as it should enable battery prices to decline. 


• Middle East: Bolstered by Saudi Arabia’s shift in energy policy, the Middle East’s solar power market will witness a surge in activity levels in the 2020s. Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar, and Iran are expected to be major markets for solar PV. 


The study ‘Opportunities from Decarbonization in the Global Power Market, 2019–2030’ is the latest addition to Frost & Sullivan’s Energy & Environment research and analyses available through the Frost & Sullivan Leadership Council, which helps organisations identify a continuous flow of growth opportunities to succeed in an unpredictable future. For further information on this analysis, visit: http://frost.ly/4ch

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