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China Smart Grid Market Outlook 2018

March 2014 | 55 pages | ID: C5D62B05178EN
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China has emerged as the largest smart grid market in the world in recent years, given that the country is in the transition process of rebuilding its grid network to meet its power sector requirement and plans. The market presents strong growth opportunities given the fact that the State Grid Corp., the utility responsible for majority of the country grid network, plans to invest more than US$ 200 Billion in upgradation of existing conventional grid infrastructure to smart grid infrastructure in future. The Chinese government has looked ahead in terms of the needs of the country’s grid development, especially the smart grid projects. Their support has been in the form of favorable rules that understood the situation and paved the way for the necessary changes and institutions.

China’s smart grid strategic agenda helps it to encourage the use of renewable energy and reduce the country's reliance on the polluting coal power generation. China aims to deliver generated power from developable hydropower sources located in the mountainous southwestern region, as well as wind and solar resources concentrated in the northwest. This indicates a centralized approach of generating and distributing power which needs an efficient transmission and distribution system. Moreover, individuals, households, small business and large enterprises have now caught on to the need and possibility of generating power from renewable sources. While this makes them self sufficient, it also brings the chance to feed back excess power into the system and of regulating usage during situations of low generation.

Given the fact that China is a major solar and hydropower generating nation and that its installed wind power capacity is highest in the world, smart grid technology would help its network to integrate the thermal and renewable energy supplies. This would make for a safe, stable and efficient grid that could transmit renewable energy power. China’s focus on renewable energy makes smart grid development a top priority since the renewable energy that it generates cannot be utilized in large scale without smooth grid transmission that comes from using smart grids.

“China Smart Grid Market Outlook 2018” Report Highlights:
  • Introduction to Smart Grid Market in China
  • Smart Grid Market by Segment
  • Power Sector & Electricity Grid Network Overview
  • Government Operational Framework Towards Smart Grid Adoption
  • Smart Grid Market Dynamics: Challenges & Opportunities
  • China Smart Grid Adoption Plan
  • Competitive Landscape



2.1 Smart Grid Market Overview
2.2 Government Operational Framework Towards Smart Grid Adoption
2.3 Dominance of Local Suppliers
2.4 China Power Sector & Electricity Grid Network Overview


3.1 Meters
3.2 Transmission & Distribution Equipment
3.3 Communication Infrastructure
3.4 Smart Sensors
3.5 Software Interface
3.6 Energy Storage Market


4.1 Future Growth Opportunities
4.2 Challenges to be Resolved


5.1 Phase 1: Planning and Pilot Projects Phase
5.2 Phase 2: Comprehensive Construction Phase
5.3 Phase 3: Leadership Phase


6.1 State Grid Corporation of China
6.2 Huawei
6.3 ZTE
6.4 FiberHome Technologies
6.5 Jiangsu Linyang Electronics
6.6 Waision Group Holdings Limited
6.7 Shenzhen Clou Electronics


Figure 2-1: Smart Grid Equipment and Technology Market (US$ Billion), 2012-2018
Figure 2-2: Smart Grid Market by Segment (%), 2013 & 2018
Figure 2-3: Power Sector Installed Capacity by Fuel (GW), 2013
Figure 2-4: Power Sector Installed Capacity by Fuel (%), 2013
Figure 2-5: Power Consumption (TWh), 2010-2013
Figure 2-3: Renewable Energy Installed Capacity Target (GW), 2015
Figure 2-6: Power Grid Map of China
Figure 3-1: Smart Meter Market (US$ Billion), 2012-2018
Figure 3-2: Smart Meter Installation (Million), 2012-2018
Figure 3-3: Smart Grid T&D Equipment Market (US$ Billion), 2012-2018
Figure 3-4: Smart Grid Communication Equipment Market (US$ Billion), 2012-2018
Figure 3-5: Smart Grid Sensors Market (US$ Billion), 2012-2018
Figure 3-6: Smart Grid Software Market (US$ Billion), 2012-2018
Figure 5-1: Smart Grid Phase I Allocation by Segment (US$ Billion), 2009-2010
Figure 5-2: Smart Grid Phase I Allocation by Segment (%), 2009-2010
Figure 5-3: Smart Grid Phase II Allocation by Segment (US$ Billion), 2011-2015
Figure 5-4: Smart Grid Phase II Allocation by Segment (%), 2011-2015
Figure 5-5: Smart Grid Phase III Allocation by Segment (US$ Billion), 2016-2020
Figure 5-6: Smart Grid Phase III Allocation by Segment (%), 2016-2020
Figure 6-1: State Grid Corporation of China Investment in Smart Grid (RMB Billion), 2013-2015

The power grid in China is undergoing a fundamental change, moving towards the development of a smart grid. This transformation has seen the deployment of interactive technologies, including smart meters for residences and businesses. The smart meters market segment represents one of the smaller segments of the smart grid market in China, in terms of technology. In terms of units, the market for smart meters was estimated at about xx million units in 2012, with single-phase meters that serve homes and small- to medium-sized businesses accounting for xx% of that total. This is a growing market which is now highly fragmented with the country’s top three companies, Wasion Group, Linyang Electronics, and Ningbo Sanxing, all holding less than 6% market share in single-phase meters.

Smart Meter Market (US$ Billion), 2012-2018
Smart Meter Market (US$ Billion), 2012-2018 

The smart meter market is growing in China, but there has been price erosion. It is expected that new technical standards for smart meters – to be introduced in 2013-14- will help the market surpass the xx million units shipment mark for the first time, especially with traditional electricity meters to be largely phased out by 2016. 

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