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The global distribution automation market size was USD 10.89 billion in 2020. The market is projected to grow from USD 11.63 billion in 2021 to USD 19.47 billion in 2028 at a CAGR of 7.6% in the 2021-2028 period. The global impact of COVID-19 has been unprecedented and staggering, with distribution automation witnessing a negative demand shock across all regions amid the pandemic. Based on our regional analysis, the global market exhibited a lower growth of about 5.1% in 2020 as compared to the average year-on-year growth during 2017-2019. The sudden rise in CAGR is attributable to this market’s demand and growth, returning to pre-pandemic levels once the pandemic is over.
The distribution automation systems (DAS) consist of various software and hardware devices. A utility can analyze, collect, optimize, and automate data to improvise the operational efficiency of the electricity supply. Hardware devices include various switches, processors, sensors, and communication network devices. These devices ensure accurate monitoring, protecting, controlling, and maintaining the supply network.
These systems are designed to provide real-time operational notifications related to various components of the grid, including fault detectors, voltage regulators, capacitor controllers, and switches. This information is further shared with other intelligent field devices and algorithms combine them with transmission systems and customer transactions. An efficient DAS infrastructure's significant functions include demand optimization, asset optimization, distribution control analysis, and distribution optimization.
Impact of COVID-19 on Global Distribution Automation Market
The COVID-19 pandemic has disturbed the global market severely, which causes substantial revenue losses. Automation technology providers and device manufacturers face many challenges, including obtaining raw materials & components required for production, which has delayed the delivery of products. Furthermore, strict lockdown regulation has impacted the production facilities across the globe.
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Advancement in IoT and Communication Technologies to Propel Industry Growth
The new scientific advancements in IoT and communication devices are expected to propel the demand for DAS technology during the forecast period. For Instance, Siemens (Germany) has introduced a smart Internet of things (IoT) solution, ‘MindSphere.’ MindSphere is a cloud-based open IoT operating system that connects products, installations, systems, and machines and enables the operator to work with advanced analytics. MindSphere provides a broad range of connectivity protocols for devices & enterprise applications, industrial applications, and advanced analytics applications.
Merger and Acquisition Initiatives by Key Players to Boost Industry Growth
Various industry players are continuously performing organic and inorganic expansion activities to augment their product portfolio and reach across the globe, stimulating the adoption trends of this kind of distribution system. For Instance, In September 2019, G&W Electric acquired Tozzi Electrical Equipment to expand its markets worldwide and thus enhance its power grid solutions to meet the specified IEC standards. In addition, Builders FirstSource Inc., Dallas, acquire WTS Paradigm LLC, a Middleton, Wisconsin-based software solutions and services provider, for USD 450 million.
Exponential Increase in Global Electricity Demand and Grid Infrastructures
A global increase in electricity demand and grid infrastructures is expected to unveil new opportunities for the market. The need for energy efficiency, instant fault detection, and protection in the supply network will spur the technology demand. Additionally, growing demand from residential, commercial, and industrial sectors and growing distributed energy generation, especially across the emerging economies, will create new prospects for increased technology adoption.
For instance, according to the International Energy Outlook 2019, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates that world energy consumption will grow by 50% between 2018 and 2050. Most of this growth will arise from countries, not the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The growth will focus on regions where strong economic growth is surging demand, especially in Asia Pacific.
Upgrade of Aging Power Distribution Infrastructure
The upgrade of aging power distribution systems is expected to drive the distribution automation market growth. Growing demand for intelligent and modernized power distribution infrastructure will likely create ample opportunities for the market. In addition, government mandates to augment grid efficiency are propelling the adoption of DAS technology across various utility and energy sectors. Also, the market is driven by the increasing share of renewable energy resources.
In June 2021, Snohomish County PUD made electric system improvements in their existing substations. The PUD has work scheduled on many substations, including automation upgrades, equipment replacement, and standard maintenance. In addition, the PUD plans to replace their existing aging poles, assess and treat thousands of poles, and replace miles of aging underground cable.
High Initial Installation Cost Associated with Deployment May Hinder Pace
The high installation cost associated with the DA systems is expected to restrict the market growth. Also, technical issues linked with these systems are expected to hinder the market growth. In addition, the vulnerability to cyberattacks is also a prominent factor that creates concerns for the end-users, which in turn hampers the market’s growth.
Public Utility Sector to Account for Significant Share Owing to Growing Publically Owned Utilities During Forecast Period
The industry is categorized into two divisions based on utility, including public utility and private utility. The public utility sector is expected to witness a substantial rise owing to the increasing number of publicly owned electric utilities across the globe. In addition, the public utility sector is expected to grow on account of government offerings to public utilities.
Furthermore, the private utility sector is expected to grow at the highest CAGR during the market forecast period. The growth is attributed to the increase in providing funds by the government for these systems. In addition, nations such as India and China demand high electricity due to increasing urbanization. This factor is attracting investors to invest the amount in DA systems, which propel the market growth for the segment.
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Introduction of New Field Devices is Projected to Augment Segment Outlook
The industry is classified into field devices, software, and services based on components.
The field devices segment is expected to hold a significant portion of the global market due to field devices' increasing deployment in these systems. These devices are an integral part of the distribution network and help manage losses from voltage fluctuations and power outages. In addition, field devices help grid operators with reliability and outage management, asset health management, reactive power management, and distributed energy resources.
Furthermore, the software segment is expected to grow significantly because of a growing trend of adaptation of new technological advancements in IoT and communication systems. Factors such as low maintenance cost, low restoration time, and improved efficiency are responsible for boosting the growth of the market segments. These services remotely monitor and control the electric supply network by acquiring track information and monitoring the switch status. It further maintains an optimal distribution track by monitoring power quality, error, and remote control of the distribution track.
Asia Pacific Distribution Automation Market Size, 2020 (USD Billion)
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Asia Pacific to Hold Largest Market Share due to Increasing Investments in Smart Grid Projects
The market has been analyzed geographically across five key regions, including North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa.
Asia Pacific is projected to hold the leading share across the industry and was valued at USD 4.24 billion in 2020. The region is expected to see a high demand for DA solutions due to increasing investments in smart grid projects. The area's significant growth comes from countries such as Japan, China, and Australia. In addition, factors such as rapid industrialization and rising movement towards clean energy to meet growing energy needs are expected to enhance the region's market growth positively.
Europe also has significant growth due to the growing investments in grid expansion coupled with increasing complexity in the power distribution infrastructure. Germany, the UK, and France are essential countries contributing to the European market. Also, in countries such as Spain, Italy, and Denmark, the technology is rapidly growing due to increasing smart grid investments with robust in-built transmission and distribution automation assets. In addition, increasing demand for energy efficiency in the power supply is likely to propel market growth in the region. Players such as Siemens and Schneider Electric are significant contributors to the European market. In June 2021, Siemens laid the foundation stone for its future branch in Frankfurt's new Gateway Gardens district. The new office named ‘The Move’ consists of two buildings with over 35,000 square meters of office space.
The North American market is expected to grow significantly during the forecast period, owing to new technological advancements in IoT and communication systems. In addition, the presence of several significant players is expected to boost the market growth in the region. For Instance, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL) released the SEL-421 Protection, Automation, and Control System with enhanced Time-Domain Link (TiDL) technology. TiDL technology is a protection-centered digital secondary system that replaces copper connections with fiber to increase safety and decrease costs. TiDL has data-sharing capabilities, purpose-built merging units, and modern configuration software.
Latin America is expected to grow because of the significant demand coming from Brazil and Mexico owing to increasing industrialization in the region. Brazil holds a considerable market share and dominates the market in the region, followed by Canada. The electricity distribution in Brazil is commercialized by two different markets – the regulated electricity market (ACR) and the free electricity market (ACL). In ACR, generators and distributors contract via government auctions, and ACL, consumers buy energy directly from generators or traders.
The Middle East and Africa are expected to grow because government mandates to enhance grid efficiency are driving the demand for distribution automation technology across the energy and utility sectors of the region. GCC is expected to dominate the region due to the transition of traditional grid to smart grid, fueling the region's market growth.
Mitsubishi Electric is launching New Products to Fortify its Market Position
The global market is significantly competitive, with several players actively operating in these systems. The industry participants emphasize launching new devices such as fault indicators, smart relays, automated feeder reclosers, automated capacitors, and voltage regulators to enhance customer reach. Furthermore, the organizations are concentrated on entering into mergers and acquisitions to expand their technological horizons.
Mitsubishi Electric, one of the leading manufacturers of electrical and electronic products, is introducing products to foster its reach in the automation sector. For Instance, in June 2021, Mitsubishi Electric announced the coming launch of its T-series 2.0kV insulated gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) module for industrial use, the world's first IGBT with 2.0kV withstand voltage. This module is best suited to increase energy efficiency and reduce the size of renewable energy power converters, which are in high demand owing to the growing use of renewable energy power supplies. The module will be placed at the Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC) 2021 Virtual Exposition from June 15 to 16.
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Value (USD Billion)
By Utility; By Component, and By Region
Fortune Business Insights says that the global market size was USD 10.89 billion in 2020 and is projected to reach USD 19.47 billion by 2028.
In 2020, the region stood at USD 4.24 billion.
Registering a CAGR of 7.6%, the market is projected to exhibit staggering growth during the forecast period (2021-2028).
Field devices are projected to account for the leading share in this market during the forecast period.
Rising global electricity demand and grid infrastructures, upgrade of aging power distribution infrastructure, and advancement in IoT and communication technologies are some of the major factors driving the market growth.
Siemens, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL), ABB, Schneider Electric, and Eaton are among the key players operating across the industry.
Asia Pacific dominated the market in terms of share in 2020.
With the aging of power distribution infrastructure, there is a need to implement new transmission and distribution networks to meet the growing demand. Thus, upgrading the aging power distribution infrastructure augments the growth of the market.
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