A new report from Navigant Research analyzes the technologies and strategies capable of enhancing sensing and measurement for transmission and distribution (T&D) networks, providing global market forecasts for eight equipment categories, segmented by technology category and region, through 2026.
During the next decade, utilities worldwide will undertake significant investments in automation and monitoring solutions in substations, T&D lines, transformers, and more as they look to upgrade and replace aging infrastructure. Driven by increasing demands for distributed generation, such as wind and solar, and coupled with pressure from regulators and customers for enhanced grid intelligence, T&D sensing and measurement (TDSM) devices are likely to have a significant role in paving the way toward a more advanced, self-monitoring, and self-healing electric grid. According to the report, global revenue for TDSM technology is expected to reach $4.8 billion by 2026.
“The power industry is in the early stages of a radical paradigm shift that will see the traditional one-way system of towers and lines connecting a power plant to an electric customer transform into a complex network characterized by bidirectional power flow, pervasive communications, and high levels of automation,” says Michael Hartnack, research analyst at Navigant Research. “As the grid becomes more diverse, a sophisticated system of sensing, measurement, condition monitoring, and asset management solutions must be deployed.”
According to the report, as the cost of sensors and connectivity falls, utilities are expected to deploy TDSM systems farther and faster than ever before. An advanced sensor, paired with real-time communications and analysis, provides a utility with vital system health information and tools for monitoring asset functionality, assessing safety risks, and preventing extended network interruptions.
The report, T&D Sensing and Measurement Market Overview, examines the technologies and strategies being adopted to enhance sensing and measurement capabilities on T&D networks. The study provides an analysis of the market issues, including drivers and barriers, associated with TDSM solutions. Global market forecasts for eight TDSM equipment categories, segmented by technology category and region, extend through 2026. The report also examines the key technologies related to sensing and measurement hardware and software in the global T&D market, as well as the competitive landscape.