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Dynamic bundle: Future of Smart Grids, the ICT and Data Management Perspective

  • ID: 2365657
  • Report
  • October 2012
  • Region: Global
  • 125 Pages
  • Engerati
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Strategic view based on in-depth review - both reports packaged together.

The Strategic Business Review delivers insight for companies, investors and nations looking for growth opportunities in this fast developing and widely hyped market, together with actionable recommendations that will help to minimise risk and at the same time avoid the danger of failure to act in a timely enough fashion.

The companion “Big Report” is an in-depth technical look at the market, used to inform the strategic business review, containing case studies, stats, trends and meaningful analysis about the likely future of the smart grid.

The reports:
- Highlight the path to sustainable growth for all players
- Present a commercial model of the smart grid
- Map the emerging smart network and confronts the conventional vision behind it
- Outline the key challenge in ICT and data management that needs to be resolved
- Examine the way that the smart grid is catalysing the entry of new players into the utility marketplace
- Look at how grid evolution is leading to the emergence of 3 new business models
- Highlight strategic issues and critical success requirements for different players in the market including locked-in markets and format wars
- Recommend strategies for success in the smart grid revolution for each player

The content is useful to
- Assess key obstacles to achieving goals
- Explore results you can get from changing
- Review how others are adapting to the landscape
- Provide fresh ways of thinking about issues
- Look at industry trends impacting business

An Engerati report gives you a powerful blend of data, insights and opinion from a trusted independent point of view, helping you assess the high impact issues facing the whole of the market saving you time, adding a useful point of view to your research and actionable recommendations to help you position for success in your strategic planning. Engerati findings are described as, 'powerful, concise and containing precise insights' by Bram Reinders, strategic alliances director at Alliander NV

Using our triple filtered research process we are:
- investing over 200 hours research time per topic, signposting useful research sources to support your existing research process, saving your time and resources
- adding a layer of expert insights to pinpoint meaningful intelligence, helping you focus on better opportunities and see off threats as the landscape changes
- shaping our findings with input from key players in the energy sector and a thought leader to ensure that you have the best informed opinion at your fingertips

We have over 60 years experience of building business worldwide with our conference division, running probably the largest energy conference and exhibition in the world at Metering Europe, and the team behind the reports have a combined experience of over 70 years in the B2B space. That means when we say we are supporting sustainable industry growth by looking for smart ways to bridge knowledge gaps between the different players in the ecosystem, then you can trust us - and so can the customers, partners, investors, government officials and regulators you need to convince to continue your success.
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Table of Figures: Strategic Business Review
Table of Tables: Strategic Business Review
Table of Figures: The Big Report
Table of Tables: The Big Report

About the Authors
Strat egic Business Review
Where the market is heading
The counterview to the utility centric vision of smart grid “smart vision 1.0”
Engerati vision of the smart grid “smart vision 2.0”
Evidence of the need for a business model
Accelerators and Brakes acting on the market
The road ahead
Three emerging business models
Smart technology opens up markets to new suppliers
The next destination
The Format Wars - locking in strategic markets
National trends for transnational approaches
The Asian Century?
High impact issues – consistent supply, market lock-in and ICT performance
New technology
The way forward
Smart grid and the optimal ecosystem of the future
Recommendations for utilities
Recommendations for Government, regulators, standard-setters
Recommendations for ICT
Supporting Research


From old to new: the shift ing landscape of energy grid management
Historic conceptualisations of electricity transmission and distribution
The new “smarter” grid: conceptual framework
New smart technologies: their role in increasing energy information
The Internet of Things
Transm iss ion & Dist ribution
“Upstream” and “downstream”
The T&D objective
Smart components for T&D
Areas of smart enablement
Smart data within the transmission
and distribution network: acquisition and use
T&D smart case studies
Customer Focus within T&D automation
Providers of T&D automation and intelligence services
Market size and trends
Risk for investors 46
Smart technology for the end user, smart homes, smart commerce
Theoretical rationale of the “smart home”
The language of smart home control
Demand reduction in practice
Deep demand response
The customer domain physical architecture
Smart meters
Smart appliances
In home Displays
Data availability
Customer Relationship Management
Central issues in implementing CRM
Smart home case studies
CRM case studies
Energy savings combined with schools initiative
Key Players in the smart homes domain
Many smart meter producers and
vendors tend to be home grown
Market Size and trends
Smart Meters
Consumer power
Emergence of stand alone applications
Subcomponent supply
Additional Service Oriented Domains
Operations Domain
Service Provider
Market operation
The Market conundrum
Examples of service provision to the smart grid
Market developments
Key players in smart grid support
Smart grid support: market size and trends
The Comm unicat ions Layer
Principles for selecting communications technology
Matching technology and platform to use
Cutting through the jargon
Communications within the Transmission and Distribution domain
High level technologies
Detailed consideration
Standards versus product and technology
Practical selection criteria
Technological considerations:
Power Line Carrier (PLC ) versus wireless
Geographic/demographic factors
The role of 3G/4G technology and the move to small cells
Public versus private network usage
Home Area Networks 79
Basic architecture for AMR and In Home devices
Home Area Network
M2M communication standards
M2M technical issues
The emergence of cognitive radio
Data impacts on communications technology
Communications architecture impacts on communications technology
Cognitive radio
Communications technology in practice
New 4G solution from SmartSynch
Identifying best communications solution
The public/private/hybrid decision
Key players in the communications market
Market size & trends
Data , data analyt ics and processing
Types of data
Data rich, information poor smart grid data management issues
The Big Data issue
Impact of real time processing
Uncertain data and interaction with communications
Data Ownership & Control issues
Legacy systems
Skill shortages
Squaring the data, analytics and processing circle: the elements of a solution
Stochastic and statistical methods of data analysis
A daptive Stochastic Control
Computational intelligence
Processing in the cloud
Case studies
Separation of component function
Is upgrading on a piecemeal basis a more realistic approach?
Providers of data analytics and control software
Strategic alliances/mergers
Market size and trends
Operat ional iss ues within the smart grid
Definitions of interoperability
Interoperability by geography
Non-national initiatives towards standardisation
Threat awareness
National approaches
Security market
Security solutions
Security suppliers
Case studies
Non-interoperability delays PLC deployment
Free markets, interoperability and upgrades
Divergent specifications
Cyber security, an expert view from Professor Peter Cochrane
Strategic Issues of grid developm ent
National and Cultural differences
Utility culture and the dangers of being “first mover”
Home Area Network versus Automated Home
Data ownership
System control
Consumers in the cloud
Interrupted vision
The merger of utilities and telecoms?
Utility/Telecoms alliance in Australia
Small local initiative in the US
Customer failure to engage
Major customer disconnect
Ready to go smart?
Economic benefits on hold
Academic journals
General Sources
Standards organisations

List of Tables and Figures:

Table of Figures: Strategic business review

Figure 1: T he total matrix view of the NIST* model of 7 domains and 3
Figure 2: Blue skies disruption and counterview
Figure 3: Engerati commercial smart grid model
Figure 4: Generation and Distribution, transnational approach
Figure 5: The raw ingredients of the IT and data management solution
Figure 6: The optimal ecosystem of the future
Figure 7: Adapt regulation for smart grid 2.0 to avoid the vicious circle
Figure 8: New entrants from a range of ICT related organizations 27

Table of Tables: Strategic business review

Table 1: The detail behind the disruption and counterview to the utility-centric model
Table 2: Poor RoI resulting from smart grid 1.0 thinking
Table 3: Major brakes on smart grid development
Table 4: Strategic and external factors applying brakes
Table 5: Technical factors applying brakes
Table 6: Major accelerators for smart grid development
Table 7: Smart grid hype
Table 8: Three emerging business models
Table 9: The competition to supply smart home elements
Table 10: Format issues in the energy market
Table 11: Recommendations for utilities
Table 12: Recommendations by type of ICT player 28

Table of Figures: The Big Report

Figure 1: Traditional transmissions and distribution architecture
Figure 2: New (smart) grid architecture
Figure 3: New (smart) grid architecture
Figure 4: The customer domain within the smart grid
Figure 5: The utility/home interface
Figure 6: Demand response and the planning process
Figure 7: NIST schematic for Operations domain
Figure 8: NIST schematic for Service Provider domain
Figure 9: NI ST schematic for Markets domain
Figure 10: Outline two-level communications architecture for energy distribution networks
Figure 11: U S smart grid communications network market value
Figure 12: Schematic for Data and analytics “magic cube”
Figure 13: Main paradigms for computational intelligence and processing of uncertain data
Figure 14: Schematic for Versant database engine: partitioned database model
Figure 15: C ustomer perceptions of the importance of potential benefits from smart meters

Table of Tables: The Big Report

Table 1: Key features of the new smart grid
Table 2: Areas of smart enablement within the T&D system
Table 3: Suppliers with IT solutions to support smart networks
Table 4: Principal components of the smart home domain
Table 5: Principal functions of the smart meter
Table 6: Key requirements for T&D functionality
Table 7: A dvantages and disadvantages of field-level network technologies for smart grids
Table 8: Public and private communications networks: comparative benefits
Table 9: High level overview of data types within the smart grid
Table 10: Key requirements for T&D functionality
Table 11: D ifferences in smart implementation by nation: drivers and outcomes 113"
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With further development of the smart grid, utilities and nations can resolve the world's energy needs - and enjoy major potential benefits - without taking further risks with their own security or inflicting damage on the environment. However, in order to achieve this, development of the smart grid requires a new vision (“smart vision 2.0”), as outlined in this report. The dangers inherent in the initial vision of the smart grid (“smart vision 1.0”) is that it attempts to set down a single roadmap, drawn up on the desks and in the lecture halls of academics and policy theorists, where the vision would arguably satisfy some general community good but requires all players to work together and various groups agreeing to forego benefits - such as remuneration for their effort and control of their energy supply.

In summary, smart vision 1.0 is an altruistic declaration of how the world should be, but in the real world this is unlikely to happen because in a free market – and in the world at large – different business and consumer groups have different needs and objectives, therefore this report is intended to highlight the most significant ways that those interests – of companies, investors, consumers and individual nations – may diverge. This report has a more realistic point of departure, highlighting the different issues likely to be faced by each of these groups, and urging all involved to start working now on the next stage of smart development – “smart vision 2.0” – on the basis of a realistic appraisal of one another's point of view, and in doing so helping each other position for the best chance of sustainable growth for the industry in the changing landscape."
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