May 18, 2011 16:59 ET

More Than 228,650 Substations Prime for Automation as Smart Grid Operations Grow

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - May 18, 2011) - Nations are prioritizing their efforts to revitalize their decaying electric infrastructure by focusing on much-needed upgrades to their substations and ensuring these structures can be seamlessly connected to the Smart Grid, according to market research publisher SBI Energy.

In a new study, The Global Substation Automation Products Market, SBI notes that upgrades to established substations are accelerating in the U.S. U.K., France, Japan and China. These countries are employing the burgeoning industry of substation automation, which involves a multitude of devices and technologies. This trend toward substation automation affects the growth in smart substation products sales based on three dominant design markets: Retrofit, New, and Future.

Retrofitting established substations architecture involves installation of modernized communication protocols, IEDs, and operating standards, to established substation designs. In the retrofit model, emphasis is placed on using wireless and fiber communication when adding new equipment.

New substation design approach involves the purchase and use of best-of-breed smart substation apparatus for monitoring and control of electricity and integration into the Smart Grid. It assumes a new layout of substation equipment that leverages innovative options for merging the established power grid to the infrastructure required for monitoring and control.

Future field automated substation design leverages next-generation tools, technologies and protocols for efficient integration to Smart Grid infrastructures. Two technologies gaining momentum in this approach are High Temperature Superconductors (HTS) and Solid State Transformers (SST).

The collective market for the three substation automation systems designs is expected to be $90B by 2015.

"Because the substation industry has approached standardization of protocols, products, and processes in a highly fractionated manner, many nations have neither yet adopted standards for communication protocols nor implemented requirements for the manufacturing and installation of substation products and technologies," explains Darren Bosik, SBI Energy analyst.

For this reason TheGlobal Substation Automation Products Market additionally presents market projections in four product sectors, Integrated Communications; Control and Protection Products; T&D Monitoring and Control Systems; and, Improved Interfaces and Decision Support. Each product sector breaks out specific tools and technologies markets to provide detailed analysis and sizing. The collective market for substation automation products segments is estimated to be $105B by 2015.

Global Substation Automation Products Market features extended forecasts to 2020. For more information please see

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