Substation Automation Market Latest Trends with Global Industry Analysis and Top Key Players 2024

Substation automation is an integral part of electrical system for generation, transmission and distribution of electricity. The combination of devices used to change the characteristics of electric supply such as voltage, p.f. and frequency among others is called substation. Substations are used to receive electricity at high voltage from the transmission and decrease the voltage to the appropriate level so that it can be used for local distribution. On the basis of the components substation automation market can be segmented into recloser controller, programmable logic controller, capacitor bank controller, digital transducer/smart meter, load tap controller, communication channel and digital relays among others.

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Increasing number of smart grid improving grid efficiency and reliability and increasing need for reduction in transmission and distribution loss are the major forces driving the growth of substation automation market. Apart from this, demand for distributed intelligence is also fuelling the growth of substation automation market. The increasing demand for electricity with rapid industrialization in the emerging economies of Asia Pacific is also boosting the growth of substation automation market.

North America accounted for the largest market share in 2013, which is expected to lure heavy investment and at the same time high end research is expected to be carried out in the field of substation automation. In addition, increasing demand for reduction in outrage time improving the transmission efficiency is also fuelling the growth of substation automation market. The Asia Pacific substation automation market was valued at USD 19.55 billion in 2013, and is expected to be the fastest growing substation automation market in the forecast period. Increasing demand for electricity and reduction in transmission and distribution loss is the major factor driving the growth in this segment. Apart from this, the ageing infrastructure of existing power utilities and the need to upgrade them to meet rising demand of electricity is also boosting the growth in this region.
Communication channel represented the largest substation automation segment by components in 2013. Apart from this, communication channel segment is also expected to exhibit fastest growth during the forecast period from 2014 to 2024. The rising demand for improvement in communication capabilities to communicate with remote locations in order to improve overall efficiency of power utilities is the major factor boosting the growth in this segment. Apart from this, communication channel also helps in early fault detection reducing the outrage time fuelling the demand in this segment. In terms of module, intelligent electronic device (IED) holds the largest module segment in 2013. However, communication network module is expected to have maximum growth rate in the forecast period. The increasing demand for transmission and distribution efficiency by reduction of outrage time is the major factor driving the growth in this segment. Apart from this, ageing infrastructure of existing utilities switching to automated substations is also boosting the growth in this segment.

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Major industry participants include ABB Ltd. (Switzerland), Trilliant Inc. (U.S.), Alstom S.A. (France), Schneider Electric S.E. (France), Cisco Systems, Inc. (U.S.), Siemens A.G. (Germany), Eaton Corporation Plc. (Ireland), GE Energy Management (U.S.), Itron, Inc. (U.S.) and Echelon Corporation (U.S.) among others.

Rising Demand for Integration of Technological Developments to Drive Global Substation Automation Market

The efficient analysis of substation data and increasing use of automation in the industry is likely to boost growth of the global substation automation market in near future. To fix the troubled and ageing infrastructure, a greater emphasis is being placed on transmission and distribution investments. In addition to that, utilities are placing a much greater emphasis on enterprise extensive and real-time information so as to effectively manage, enhance stability, and ensure accuracy of information and assets. This factor is likely to work in favor of the global substation automation market in near future.

The global substation automation market is likely to be driven by various innovations such as communication technologies and advanced SCADA. Because all of the monitoring devices and IEDs placed at the substation and on the field produce data that must be sent to the remotely based utility data centre, the channel of communication is a critical aspect of the substation automation.

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Exponential Rise in Power Usage Worldwide is likely to Drive Demand for Substation Automation

Power management is now one of the most urgent issues around the world as the production and consumption gap has widened over time. Power consumption is increasing exponentially across the globe, which is necessitating the installation of substation automation systems in today’s substations in order to efficiently distribute and monitor electricity.

This move into the future distribution and transmission substation is being motivated by a willingness to integrate both intelligence and automation to the power grid network in order to resolve a range of utility issues. These issues range from meeting new regulatory requirements like NERC-CIP requirements to saving cost. Rising demand for automation is anticipated to support development of the global substation automation market in the years to come. In smart cities, the position of smart electric substations has surpassed that of conventional ones. Increased usage of smart city infrastructure, enhanced worker protection, increased reliability, rapid diagnosis, and early recognition of faults are all benefits that could be derived from substation automation. These benefits are expected to work in favor of the said market in the years to come.

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