Power & Energy
76 mln smart meters by year-end 2009
The number of smart electricity meters installed worldwide was roughly 49 mln in 2007, and is forecast to reach about 76 mln in 2009, according to ABI Research.
Nanomaterials for solar cells up 48% in 2008
Despite a sluggish forecast for the overall high-tech industry in 2009, nanomaterials for solar cells grew 47% in 2008 and is projected to grow another 44% in 2009, according to The Information Network.
Alternative energy technologies to grow at 40% a year
Despite a sluggish forecast for the overall high-tech industry in the near term, alternative energies technologies are expected to grow at a 40% annual rate through 2012, and semiconductors used in these applications will see a comparable growth, according to The Information Network. The semiconductor market in 2008 was nearly $800 mln and will more […]
80% of Americans would switch to hybrid cars if they could afford them
Majority of Americans are willing to sacrifice perceived reliability, luxury, performance and comfort for better gas mileage as they plan their next vehicle purchase. Perceptions exist that gas-only cars are less expensive, more luxurious, and offer better design and comfort, Ruder Finn reports. Only 6% of respondents think hybrids are luxurious and just 12% feel […]
Solar market to reach $100 bln by 2013
According to Lux Research, solar market will reach $100 bln by 2013.
81.2 mln smart meters in Europe by 2013
According to Berg Insight, the installed base of smart electricity meters in Europe will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 15.6% between 2008 and 2013 to reach 81.2 mln at the end of the period. After massive rollouts in Italy and the Nordic countries, the turn has now come to France, Spain and […]
81% of IT organizations pay attention to green-ness
81% of organizations thought that the ‘Greenness’ of their IT suppliers would become ‘much more important’ over the next few years, according to IDC. 18% of the organizations surveyed considered the greenness of the IT suppliers before making a selection and another 30% expected to do so in the near future. In Japan 52% of […]
41% of Western European utilities to increase IT spending
Western European utility companies expect to either increase or keep their IT budget unchanged (41% and 45% respectively), according to IDC. Only less than 14% declare that they will decrease it. 43% of utilities plan to increase their external IT spending.
70% of data centers to face disruptions related to power and energy
By 2011, more than 70% of US enterprise data centers will face tangible disruptions related to energy consumption, floor space, and/or costs, according to Gartner.
60 mln smart meters in Europe by 2012
According to Berg Insight, the number of smart electricity meters will exceed 60 mln in Europe by 2012. This will mean that one in four consumers will receive electricity bills based on their actual consumption and gain immediate financial benefits from energy savings.
Smart metering to grow by 89% in North America by 2012
Smart metering industry will experience an estimated 41% increase in Europe and 89% in North America in the next five years. 6% of households in Europe and North America have smart metering currently, ReportBuyer says.
Power wheelchairs to generate $1 bln by 2013
Power wheelchair markets in dollars at $756.5 mln in 2006 are expected to reach a little over $1 bln by 2013, Research and Markets says.
Solar cell production equipment generated $1.2 bln in 2006
The total market for commercial solar cell production equipment will grow from revenues of $1.2 bln in 2006 to $4.5 bln in 2010, The Information Network says.
Micro fuel cells to generate $112 mln by 2011
Micro fuel cells, estimated to be about a $12 mln market in 2006, will reach $112 mln by 2011, for an annual average growth rate of 55.7%, predicts Innovative Research and Products.
Clean energy to generate $226.5 bln by 2016
Global clean-energy markets are poised to quadruple in the next decade, growing from $55.4 bln in revenues in 2006 to more than $226.5 bln by 2016 for four benchmark technologies, according to Clean Edge. For the second year in a row, the global biofuels market was slightly larger than both solar and wind, reaching $20.5 […]
1.5% of all auto registrations in 2006 were hybrids
Registrations of new hybrid vehicles in the United States increased 28% in 2006, but that was the second-smallest increase since 2000, and represented just 1.5% of new vehicle registrations, R.L. Polk & Co. reports.
Mobile broadband to consume 124.4 bln KWh in 2011
ABI Research found that the total energy consumption arising from mobile broadband service delivery is forecast to grow from 42.8 bln kilowatt hours (KWh) in 2005 to 124.4 bln KWh in 2011. The Asia Pacific region will account for the majority of this growth.
50% of data centers to have insufficient power by 2008
Gartner says 50% of data centers will have insufficient power and cooling capacity by 2008. Traditionally the power required for non-IT equipment in the data center (for example, cooling, fans and pumps) represented about 60% of total annual energy consumption. As power requirements continue to grow, energy costs will emerge as the second highest operating […]
Hybrids to gain 6% of US car market by 2013
The market now offers the benefits of a number of different hybrid applications, some of which are still designed for reduced fuel consumption and emissions, while others offer enhanced performance or exclusive features such as AC power outlets. This adaptation to a wider market should see consumer hybrids’ market share in the United States rise […]
35% of Swedish electric meters to be connected to mobile networks
Investments in intelligent metering solutions in the European energy sector will total 3.5 bln euros until 2010, according to Berg Insight. About 35% of the 3.4 mln smart meters currently under contract in Sweden will be connected to mobile networks.
7% of US consumers have an onsite power generator
51% of US consumers are interested in acquiring backup generation for their primary residence in the next two years, and almost the same fraction (47%) express interest in baseload generation (i.e., on-site generation equipment to provide all of the power for the home on a regular basis), Energy Insights reports. US households purchased a record […]
IT spending by Brazilian utility companies to increase by 14% in 2006
Within Brazil’s utilities sector, many companies plan to increase their budgets for technology acquisition in 2006. These spending expectations are 14% higher than in 2005. The sector accounted for 3.8% of the total information technology spending in the country in 2005, IDC found.
62% of consumers planned to save on their power bills by wearing heavier clothing
According to BIGresearch, before winter consumers said they would keep a wary eye on their home heating bills this past holiday season, and when asked what they would do if their home heating bill increased by 50%, almost 2/3 say “turn down the thermostat” and 62% say “wear heavier clothing.”
105.9 mln power over Ethernet switch ports to ship by 2009
Shipments of Power Over Ethernet switch ports will grow strongly, to 105.9 mln in 2009, driven by sales of Internet Protocol phones and wireless LAN access points. End-user spending will reach $4.4 bln, Gartner says.
77% of Americans think alternative energy projects should be top priority for Bush administration
The CSI/40mpg.org survey found that 58% of Americans – including 57% of independents and 42% of conservatives – are more concerned about global warming today than they were two years ago. Also, more than three out of four Americans (76%) – including two out of three conservatives – think the federal government is not doing […]
1.6 mln UK Internet users paid a visit to an energy Web site in Feb 2006
On the day that British Gas raises its prices by 22% and Powergen announces that its are to increase by 24%, Nielsen//NetRatings reveals how the UK online population has been flocking to energy sites throughout February as the major suppliers began announcing large price increases in response to the rising wholesale price of gas. British […]
Fuel cells market to reach $1.6 ln by 2010
NanoMarkets study claims that sales of the fuel cells will reach $1.6 bln by 2010. The growth will be spurred by the fact that mobile devices are becoming more sophisticated and require ever-more power.
5.7% of energy produced in Germany in 2005 will come from wind power
German wind power production in 2005 is forecast to rise to 27.9 bln kilowatt hours (kWh) from 26.0 bln in 2004, wind power association BWE said. The sector would thus meet 5.7% of German power consumption in 2005, up from 5.5% of national power consumption in 2004.
Global solar panel sales: Germany – 39%, Japan – 30%, USA – 9%
Germany consumes 39% of all solar panels in the world, with Japan next at 30% and the United States a distant third at 9%, according to Solar Energy Industries Association
Numbers and forecasts on fuel cells in cars
Reuters quotes some interesting statistics on the fuel cells in automotive industry. The proponents of fuel cells have the most optimistic forecasts: 5-10 mln cars running on hydrogen-fed fuel cells could be on the road within 15 years, with the number ballooning to 350 mln by 2050. DaimlerChrysler currently has 100 vehicles on fuel cells […]
Energy trading to grow 30% in 2002-2006
Energy trading in liquid hydrocarbons will continue to be robust, buoyed by high prices and increased volatility, Energy Insights says. Trading in electricity and natural gas will recover from the post-Enron slump. This market will grow by 30% during 2002-2006, with oil and gas majors and financial service firms dominating the trading markets, but with […]
66.2% of Americans say increasing gas prices impacted their spending habits
According to National Retail Federation and BIGresearch, 66.2% of consumers, or 145.3 mln Americans, believe that fluctuating gas prices have impacted their spending habits, up from 56.8% in 2004. 68.5 mln people (31.2% of consumers) have decreased vacation or travel plans. 25.2% have been dining out less frequently. 23.7% spending less on clothing. 17.3% spending […]
Nordic countries to have 5-8 mln electric meters connected to GPRS by 2010
At least 5 mln electricity meters will be connected to GPRS networks in the Nordic region by 2010, according to Berg Insight. Regulatory requirements and increasing competition in the energy industry is creating a mass market for automated meter reading solutions in Sweden, Denmark and Finland, worth several bln euros. Leading energy companies in the […]
Only 10% of North American electric meters are digital
Only 10% of the 130 mln electric meters in North America are digital. Over the next 15 years, industry experts expect utilities to migrate nearly all of their meters to digital formats, according to Investor’s Business Daily. In 2004 4.5 mln of the 7.1 mln electric meters sold in North America were digital. In 2003 […]
7% of cars sold in the US by 2010 will be hybrids
University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute estimates Toyota, Honda, and others will sell at least 1.2 mln hybrid vehicles by 2010 – about 7% of the US automarket. Currently there are roughly 235 mln cars and light trucks on the road in the US today. Less than 0.1% of those (some 200,000) are hybrids. Insurance […]
Renewable energy market to grow to $100 bln by 2014
Clean Edge stated that the renewable energy markets are poised to grow to more than $100 bln by 2014 from $16 bln in global revenues in 2004. Venture capital investments in US-based energy-tech companies increased to $520 mln in 2004 from $509 mln in 2003, representing nearly 3% of total VC investments in the United […]
Hydrogen fueling station infrastructure would require $2 bln
The embryonic automotive fuel cell industry (whether or not aided by governments) must invest some $2 billion in creating a hydrogen fuelling station infrastructure by 2012 if market expectations are to be met, according to ABI Research.
IT spending by energy companies to exceed $22 bln in 2005
IT spending by US energy companies and utilities will exceed $22 billion in 2005, according to Energy Insights.
85,699 hybrid cars sold in the US in 2004
Seven gas-electric vehicles accounted for 85,699 sales in 2004, up 97.3% from the 43,435 sold in 2003. The numbers were reported by automakers. Most of the growth, and most of the sales of high-mileage hybrids, came from Toyota’s Prius sedan. At 53,991 units, it accounted for 63% of the hybrid market.
66% of Americans think a major infrastructure or power grid attack will occur within the next 10 years
Some 66% of the experts responding to a survey by the Pew Internet & American Life Project and Elon University agreed with the following prediction: At least one devastating attack will occur in the next 10 years on the networked information infrastructure or the country?s power grid. 59% of these experts agreed with a prediction […]
Only 5% of Web searches are sex- or porn-related
Internet users are doing far fewer searches for sex and pornography and more for e-commerce and business than they were seven years ago, University of Pittsburgh and Penn State researchers say. “20% of all searching was sex-related back in 1997, now it’s about 5%,” said Amanda Spink, the University of Pittsburgh professor. It’s a little […]
Wireless networks cut utility costs by 25%
Wireless networking will drive adoption of advanced automated meter reading that reduces water, gas and electricity costs by up to 25%, according to a research study by ON World. With utility costs rising by as much as 10% per year, conservation is becoming increasingly important. ON World projects that fixed wireless endpoints will increase 52% […]
Energy and utility industries to up IT spending by 5%
Although spending on IT outsourcing services in the energy and utility industry is slightly down this year, META Group expects to see growth in 2005, according to preliminary results of its annual energy and utility industry IT spending study. As many as 38% of study participants indicated they expect to see increases in outsourcing in […]
America consumes 9 mln barrels of gasoline daily
America burned 8.93 million barrels of gasoline a day in 2003, 8.14 million barrels of it produced by domestic refineries. If U.S. refineries operated at peak gasoline output despite seasonal swings in motor-fuel sales, they might sustain 8.7 to 8.8 million barrels a day of production, assuming their equipment could take the stress
PWC on fuel cell industry
Across the companies surveyed, revenues increased 71%, from US$128 million in 2001 to US$219 million in 2002. Despite an increase in revenue between 2001 and 2002, none of the companies surveyed were profitable, largely due to the high cost of low-volume production and a continual focus on R&D. Losses totaled US$405 million in 2002, up […]
Fuel cells in laptops – $1.2B in 2011
Allied Business predicts there will be only a paltry 2,000 laptops with “micro” fuel cells shipped worldwide in 2004. Four years later, that could spiral upward to 1 million fuel cell laptops and $150 million in revenue, growing to 120 million laptops and $1.2 billion by 2011, the firm predicts. Prices are expected to run […]