Smart Transformers Market

Smart Transformers Market by Component (Converters, Switches, Transformers, Hardware for Transformer Monitoring), Type (Power, Distribution, Specialty, and Instrument), Application (Smart Grid, Traction Locomotive, Electric Vehicle Charging), and Region - Global Forecast to 2022

Report Code: EP 3487 Oct, 2019, by marketsandmarkets.com

The global smart transformers market was valued at USD 1.25 Billion in 2016 and is projected to reach USD 2.43 Billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 10.54%, from 2017 to 2022. The base year considered for this study is 2016, and the forecast period considered is between 2017 and 2022.

Selected Market Dynamics in Smart Transformers Market

Digitalization of power utilities

Power utilities are investing in process automation along with digitalizing the monitoring and controlling of the processes. Power utilities require a huge number of sensors and data handling solutions in order to manage and use the acquired data intelligently. Utilities in power transmission and distribution prioritize bridging the gap between the conventional methods of monitoring and the newly developed technologies. Utilities are seeking the right balance between existing systems and new technologies, in a cost conscious environment. Transformers with smart monitoring systems play a key role in network monitoring for transmission and distribution utilities while at the generation end, monitoring of generator step–up transformers become critical before feeding the electricity to the grid. Thus, digitalization of the utilities is likely to boost the demand for smart transformers. They provide the necessary network intelligence to improve power quality and ensure consistent power supply. These improving technologies are cost competitive and have proven to be advantageous over old or conventional power infrastructures. In addition, high-speed analytics are required to analyze the data being generated from the smart equipment.

High initial cost incurred in the installation of smart transformers

The major restraint for the smart transformers market is the high equipment cost due to which many enterprises are reluctant to implement this device. These transformers provide an assured Return on Investment (ROI) in terms of reliability, power factor improvement, and harmonics elimination which plays an important role in making overall energy system efficient, cost effective, and productive. However, the high initial cost of installing such transformers may be burdensome for potential customers who may choose to stay with traditional transformers. As of May 2017, for AC/AC applications, cost of conventional low frequency transformer was USD 11.4/kVA, while solid state transformer cost approximately USD 52.7/kVA. When considering AC/DC application, the cost for conventional low frequency transformers is USD 30/kVA in comparison to solid state transformers which costs USD 34.1/kVA. The price of semiconductor materials has been exhibiting a downward trend across the world which is expected to bring down the price of a smart transformer. This cost barrier restricts the growth of the smart transformers market. The government policies in some countries focus on providing affordable means to implement new technologies, while companies in most of the regions are still facing challenges from government policies.

Objectives of the study:

  • To define and segment the smart transformers market with respect to component, type, application, and region
  • To provide detailed information on major factors influencing the growth of the market (drivers, restraints, opportunities, and industry-specific challenges)
  • To strategically analyze the market with respect to individual growth trends, future expansions, and contributions to the market
  • To analyze market opportunities for stakeholders and details of a competitive landscape for market leaders
  • To forecast the growth of the market with respect to major regions (Asia Pacific, Europe, North America, South America, the Middle East, and Africa)
  • To strategically profile key players and comprehensively analyze their market rankings and core competencies
  • To analyze competitive developments, such as, new product launches, mergers & acquisitions, expansions and investments, and contracts & agreements, in this market

Research Methodology

This research study involved the use of extensive secondary sources, directories, journals on energy storage, and other related rental markets; newsletters and databases, such as Hoover’s, Bloomberg, Businessweek, and Factiva, to identify and collect information useful for a technical, market-oriented, and commercial study of the global market. The primary sources include several industry experts from core and related industries, vendors, preferred suppliers, technology developers, alliances, and organizations related to all the segments of this industry’s value chain. The research methodology has been explained below.

Study of annual revenues and market developments of the major players providing smart transformers

  • Assessment of future trends and growth of end-users
  • Assessment of the market with respect to the technology used for different applications

After arriving at the overall market size, the total market was split into several segments and sub-segments. The figure given below illustrates the breakdown of primary interviews conducted during the research study based on company type, designation, and region.

Smart Transformers Market

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Some of the prominent players in this smart transformers market include ABB (Switzerland), Siemens (Germany), Schneider Electric (France), Eaton (Ireland), and General Electric (US).

Target Audience:

  • Banks, venture capitalists, financial institutions, and other investors
  • Companies related to electric power generation, transmission, and distribution
  • Energy associations
  • Environment associations
  • Government and industry associations
  • Government and research organizations
  • Smart grid project developers
  • Smart transformer component manufacturers, dealers, and suppliers
  • State and national regulatory authorities
  • Substation equipment manufacturing companies

Scope of the Report

By Component, the Global Market has been segmented into the following:

  • Converters
  • Switches
  • Transformers
  • Hardware for Transformer Monitoring
  • Others

By Type, the Global Market has been segmented into the following:

  • Power Transformers
  • Distribution Transformers
  • Specialty Transformers
  • Instrument Transformers

By Application, the Global Market has been segmented into the following:

  • Traction Locomotive
  • Smart Grid
  • Electric Vehicle Charging
  • Other Applications

By Region, the Global Market has been segmented into the following:

  • Asia Pacific
  • North America
  • Europe
  • Middle East
  • South America
  • Africa

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The global smart transformers market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 10.54%, from 2017 to 2022, to reach a market size of USD 2.43 Billion by 2022. This growth can be attributed to the increasing power demand, increasing emphasis on alternative energy production across the globe, improving and evolving technologies, digitalization of power utilities, investments in smart grids and energy systems, and revamping of old T&D infrastructure.

The report segments the smart transformers market, by application, into traction locomotive, smart grid, electric vehicle charging, and others (others includes applications in research, shipping and aviation and packaged substations, data centers and alternative power generation). The smart grid segment is expected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period. The smart grid has two-way communication for real-time monitoring and controlling of network characteristics. For this, the basic step is the implementation of smart meters for end-user interactions, followed by employing smart transformers in the network to further strengthen communications and avoid power outages. Smart grids prevent faults and power outages. They are also equipped with self-realization characteristic that allows the network to restore to normal once the fault is cleared.

The smart transformers market, by type, is segmented into power transformers, distribution transformers, specialty transformers, and instrument transformers. The distribution transformers segment is estimated to be the fastest growing smart transformer, in 2017.  A distribution transformer is essential for proper load management, resulting in better power quality and less power outages.

The global smart transformers market, by component, is segmented into converters, switches, transformers, hardware for transformer monitoring, and others (others include high voltage inductors, high voltage capacitors, and high voltage resistors). The converters segment is estimated to be the fastest growing smart transformer, in 2017.  Converters can be both AC and DC types and provide the output in either form of current as per the requirement of the output stage.

In this report, the global market has been analyzed with respect to six regions, namely, North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, South America, the Middle East, and Africa.

The market in Asia Pacific is estimated to be the fastest growing smart transformers market, from 2017 to 2022. Factors, such as increased power consumption, government initiatives to increase power generation capacity using renewable energy sources, and replacement of aging power plants are to drive the market in the region. The market in China is expected to be the fastest growing market of smart transformers during the forecast period. With the increase in consumption of electric power, the demand for smart transformers market is largely driven by smart grid applications. In November 2014, China set a target to increase its total energy generation from zero emission sources (solar and wind) to 20% by 2030 based on the China‒US Joint Announcement on Climate Change and Clean Energy Cooperation, consequently boosting the demand for the market.

North America is expected to be the second highest market during the forecast period. The region is making huge investments to modernize the electric grid, strengthen cybersecurity, and improve interoperability, thereby, raising the demand for smart transformers. The global market in North America is competitive with players such as GE, Gridco, Howard Industries, and SPX Transformers headquartered in the region.

Smart Transformers Market

Access to affordable capital, cyber security and data privacy, and high initial cost incurred in the installation of smart transformers market could act as restraints for the market, leading to a decline in profits. The players in the market of market provide services to developing and underdeveloped nations where the infrastructure is aging. The leading players in the global market include ABB (Switzerland), Siemens (Germany), Schneider Electric (France), Eaton (Ireland), and General Electric (US). Contracts & agreements was the most commonly adopted strategy by the top players. This was followed by new product launches, expansions and investments, and mergers & acquisitions.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction (Page No. - 13)
    1.1 Objectives of the Study
    1.2 Market Definition
    1.3 Market Scope
           1.3.1 Markets Covered
           1.3.2 Years Considered for the Study
    1.4 Currency
    1.5 Limitations
    1.6 Stakeholders

2 Research Methodology (Page No. - 17)
    2.1 Research Data
           2.1.1 Secondary Data
                    2.1.1.1 Key Data From Secondary Sources
           2.1.2 Primary Data
                    2.1.2.1 Key Data From Primary Sources
                    2.1.2.2 Key Industry Insights
                    2.1.2.3 Breakdown of Primaries
    2.2 Market Size Estimation
           2.2.1 Bottom-Up Approach
           2.2.2 Top-Down Approach
    2.3 Market Breakdown & Data Triangulation
    2.4 Research Assumptions

3 Executive Summary (Page No. - 25)

4 Premium Insights (Page No. - 30)
    4.1 Attractive Opportunities in the Market, 2017–2022
    4.2 Market, By Region, 2016
    4.3 Market, By Type, 2017 & 2022
    4.4 Market, By Application, 2017 & 2022
    4.5 Asia Pacific Market Size, By Type & By Country

5 Market Overview (Page No. - 34)
    5.1 Introduction
    5.2 Evolution
    5.3 Market Dynamics
           5.3.1 Drivers
                    5.3.1.1 Increasing Emphasis of Alternate Energy Production Across the Globe
                    5.3.1.2 Digitalization of Power Utilities
                    5.3.1.3 Huge Investments in Smart Grids and Energy Systems
           5.3.2 Restraints
                    5.3.2.1 High Initial Cost Incurred in the Installation of Smart Transformers
           5.3.3 Opportunities
                    5.3.3.1 Growth of the Electric Vehicle Market and the Allied Infrastructure
           5.3.4 Challenges
                    5.3.4.1 Lack of Data for Effective Planning
                    5.3.4.2 Cyber Security & Data Privacy

6 Market, By Type (Page No. - 41)
    6.1 Introduction
    6.2 Power Transformers
    6.3 Distribution Transformers
    6.4 Specialty Transformers
    6.5 Instrument Transformers

7 Market, By Component (Page No. - 47)
    7.1 Introduction
    7.2 Converters
           7.2.1 AC to DC Converters
           7.2.2 DC to AC Converters
           7.2.3 DC to DC Converters
           7.2.4 AC to AC Converters
    7.3 Switches
           7.3.1 SIC Power Mosfets
           7.3.2 Power Diodes
           7.3.3 Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistors (IGBTS)
           7.3.4 SIC Power Thyristors
    7.4 Transformers
    7.5 Hardware for Transformer Monitoring
    7.6 Others
           7.6.1 High Voltage Inductors
           7.6.2 High Voltage Capacitors
           7.6.3 High Voltage Resistors

8 Market, By Application (Page No. - 53)
    8.1 Introduction
    8.2 Traction Locomotive
    8.3 Smart Grid
    8.4 Electric Vehicle Charging
    8.5 Others

9 Market, By Region (Page No. - 59)
    9.1 Introduction
    9.2 North American
           9.2.1 US
           9.2.2 Canada
           9.2.3 Mexico
    9.3 Europe
           9.3.1 Germany
           9.3.2 UK
           9.3.3 France
           9.3.4 Rest of Europe
    9.4 Asia Pacific
           9.4.1 China
           9.4.2 India
           9.4.3 Japan
           9.4.4 South Korea
           9.4.5 Australia
           9.4.6 Rest of Asia Pacific
    9.5 Middle East
    9.6 South America
    9.7 Africa

10 Competitive Landscape (Page No. - 95)
     10.1 Introduction
     10.2 Market Ranking, Market, 2016
     10.3 Competitive Situation & Trends

11 Company Profiles (Page No. - 98)
(Overview, Strength of Product Portfolio, Business Strategy Excellence, Recent Developments, MnM View)*
     11.1 ABB
     11.2 Siemens
     11.3 Schneider Electric
     11.4 Eaton
     11.5 GE
     11.6 Wilson Transformer
     11.7 Mitsubishi Electric
     11.8 Bhel
     11.9 CG Power
     11.10 Gridco
     11.11 Howard Industries
     11.12 SPX Transformer

*Details on Overview, Strength of Product Portfolio, Business Strategy Excellence, Recent Developments, MnM View Might Not Be Captured in Case of Unlisted Companies.

12 Appendix (Page No. - 135)
     12.1 Insights of Industry Experts
     12.2 Discussion Guide
     12.3 Knowledge Store: Marketsandmarkets’ Subscription Portal
     12.4 Introducing RT: Real Time Market Intelligence
     12.5 Available Customizations
     12.6 Related Reports
     12.7 Author Details


List of Tables (66 Tables)

Table 1 Smart Transformer vs Traditional Transformer
Table 2 Smart Transformers Market Snapshot
Table 3 Comparison Between Conventional & Smart Grids
Table 4 Challenges for Transformer Owners/Operators
Table 5 Key Smart Grid Investment Initiatives
Table 6 Moving Toward Smart Power Distribution
Table 7 Smart Transformer Market Size, By Type, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 8 Power Transformers: Market Size, By Region, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 9 Distribution Transformers: Market Size, By Region, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 10 Specialty Transformers: Market Size, By Region, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 11 Instrument Transformers: Market Size, By Region, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 12 Smart Transformer Market Size, By Component, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 13 Smart Transformer Market Size, By Application, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 14 Traction Locomotive: Market Size, By Region, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 15 Smart Grid: Smart Transformer Market Size, By Region, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 16 Smart Grid: Market Size, By Country (Top 5 Countries), 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 17 Electric Vehicle Charging: Market Size, By Region, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 18 Others: Market Size, By Region, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 19 Smart Transformer Market Size, By Region, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 20 Smart Transformer Market Size, By Country (Top 5 Countries), 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 21 North America: Market Size, By Type, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 22 North America: Smart Transformer Market Size, By Application, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 23 North America: Smart Transformer Market Size, By Country, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 24 US: Market Size, By Type, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 25 US: Market Size, By Application, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 26 Canada: Market Size, By Type, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 27 Canada: Market Size, By Application, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 28 Mexico: Market Size, By Type, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 29 Mexico: Smart Transformer Market Size, By Application, 2015–2022 (USD Thousand)
Table 30 Europe: Market Size, By Type, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 31 Europe: Smart Transformer Market Size, By Application, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 32 Europe: Smart Transformer Market Size, By Country, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 33 Germany: Market Size, By Type, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 34 Germany: Smart Transformer Market Size, By Application, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 35 UK: Market Size, By Type, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 36 UK: Smart Transformer Market Size, By Application, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 37 France: Market Size, By Type, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 38 France: Smart Transformer Market Size, By Application, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 39 Rest of Europe: Market Size, By Type, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 40 Rest of Europe: Smart Transformer Market Size, By Application, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 41 Asia Pacific: Market Size, By Type, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 42 Asia Pacific: Smart Transformer Market Size, By Application, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 43 Asia Pacific: Smart Transformer Market Size, By Country, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 44 China: Market Size, By Type, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 45 China: Smart Transformer Market Size, By Application, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 46 India: Smart Transformer Market Size, By Type, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 47 India: Smart Transformer Market Size, By Application, 2015–2022 (USD Thousand)
Table 48 Japan: Market Size, By Type, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 49 Japan: Smart Transformer Market Size, By Application, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 50 South Korea: Market Size, By Type, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 51 South Korea: Smart Transformer Market Size, By Application, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 52 Australia: Smart Transformer Market Size, By Type, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 53 Australia: Smart Transformer Market Size, By Application, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 54 Rest of Asia Pacific: Market Size, By Type, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 55 Rest of Asia Pacific: Smart Transformer Market Size, By Application, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 56 Middle East: Market Size, By Type, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 57 Middle East: Smart Transformer Market Size, By Application, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 58 Middle East: Smart Transformer Market Size, By Country, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 59 Rest of the Middle East: Smart Transformer Market Size, By Type, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 60 Rest of the Middle East: Smart Transformer Market Size, By Application, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 61 South America: Smart Transformer Market Size, By Type, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 62 South America: Smart Transformer Market Size, By Application, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 63 South America: Smart Transformer Market Size, By Country, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 64 Africa: Smart Transformer Market Size, By Type, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 65 Africa: Smart Transformer Market Size, By Application, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 66 Africa: Smart Transformer Market Size, By Country, 2015–2022 (USD Million)


List of Figures (35 Figures)

Figure 1 Smart Transformer: Research Design
Figure 2 Market Size Estimation Methodology: Bottom-Up Approach
Figure 3 Market Size Estimation Methodology: Top-Down Approach
Figure 4 Data Triangulation Methodology
Figure 5 Assumptions of the Research Study
Figure 6 Asia Pacific Held the Largest Market Size By Value in the market of Smart Transformers in 2016
Figure 7 The Distribution Transformer is Expected to Grow at the Highest CAGR During the Forecast Period
Figure 8 The Smart Grid Segment is Expected to Dominate the Smart Transformer Market During the Forecast Period
Figure 9 The Converters Segment is Expected to Grow at the Highest CAGR During the Forecast Period
Figure 10 Digitalization of Power Utilities is Expected to Drive the Smart Transformer Market During the Forecast Period
Figure 11 The Asia Pacific Market Held the Largest Share in 2016
Figure 12 The Distribution Transformer Segment is Expected to Grow at the Highest CAGR During the Forecast Period
Figure 13 The Smart Grid is Expected to Lead the Smart Transformer Market During the Forecast Period
Figure 14 The Distribution Transformer, By Type & China, By Country, Held the Maximum Share in the Asian Market in 2016
Figure 15 Digitalization of Power Utilities is Expected to Drive the Smart Transformer Market During the Forecast Period
Figure 16 Total Renewable Energy Capacity
Figure 17 Smart Distribution Transformers Segment is Expected to Hold the Largest Market Size By 2022
Figure 18 Transformers Segment is Expected to Account for the Largest Market Size By 2022
Figure 19 Smart Grid Application is Expected to Hold the Largest Market Size By 2022
Figure 20 Regional Snapshot: the Market in Asia Pacific is Expected to Grow at the Highest CAGR During the Forecast Period
Figure 21 Global Market Size (Value), By Region, 2016
Figure 22 North America: Market Snapshot
Figure 23 Asia Pacific: Market Snapshot
Figure 24 Companies Adopted Contracts & Agreements to Capture A Share of the Market, 2014–2017
Figure 25 Market Ranking, Market, 2016
Figure 26 Battle for Market Share: Contracts & Agreements Was the Key Strategy, 2014–2017
Figure 27 Market Evaluation Framework: New Product Launches, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnerships, Contracts & Agreements, & Others Fueled the Growth of the Companies From 2014–2017
Figure 28 ABB: Company Snapshot
Figure 29 Siemens : Company Snapshot
Figure 30 Schneider Electric : Company Snapshot
Figure 31 Eaton : Company Snapshot
Figure 32 GE: Company Snapshot
Figure 33 Mitsubishi Electric : Company Snapshot
Figure 34 Bhel: Company Snapshot
Figure 35 CG Power : Company Snapshot


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