Market Research Report
Global Heat Meters Market - 2020-2027
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A heat meter is a device employed to measure thermal energy delivered by a source, by measuring the flow rate of the heat transfer fluid and changing temperature between its outflow and return leg. A heat meter has three key parts: a flow sensor, a calculator, and a pair of temperature sensors. The device is designed to operate at a nominal flow rate and, for a majority of times, it can be operated at or just below this flow rate. Mandatory legislative required to install heat meters has become the major driver for the growth of the global heat meter market. Additionally, governments around the globe are developing policies to encourage the use of heat conservation, due to energy import that is being taken place in many developing economies. According to International Energy Efficiency, low-carbon district heating providing greater flexibility can decarbonize heating in buildings by deploying heat meters.
Adoption of communication technologies is driving the market for heat meters
Adoption of communication technologies is driving the market for heat meters globally. Global heat meter market is expected to experience significant growth in the upcoming years, owing to the rising number of digitalization of power utilities, increasing adoption of district heating systems, growing demand for accurate and reliable heat metering systems, and rapid development of commercial as well as residential applications. In 2019, there are more than 6 million heat meters units shipped across Europe, Middle East & Africa, and the Asia-Pacific with a particular focus on communicating meters. Just over 70% of heat meters shipped in EMEA and the Asia Pacific during 2019 were communicating meters. The shift to communicating meters remains steady, by 2025 it is forecasted that only one in five heat meters will be basic. This push for IoT solutions has been bolstered by legislation with Europe and China's dominating influence on the Asia Pacific. Within Europe, the amendment to the Energy Efficiency Directive 2012 stated that from October 2020, all newly installed heat meters and heat cost allocators are to be remotely readable.
However, unregulated policy framework and privacy concerns are the major hindering factors of global heat meters market. Heat networks in the UK are largely unregulated, but there is support for heat networks via various policy instruments. The hi-tech heat meters that are installed in the residential sector threaten to become a major privacy issue, according to the European watchdog in charge of protecting personal data.
Residential segment is predicted to hold prominent share in the global market of heat meters
The global heat meters market has been segmented by application into residential, commercial and industrial. The residential segment is expected to hold the highest market share in the year 2019. Residential sector is set to grow owing to stringent regulatory mandates coupled with accelerating adoption of district heating and cooling systems across the apartments. In addition, the increasing demand for individualized billing system for measuring the energy consumption of single unit across multi-occupancy buildings will encourage the product penetration. As per the provisions of Heat Network Metering and Billing Regulation, the domestic buildings must deploy the sub meters and more than one end consumer must be charged for the heat supplied.
North America is expected to dominate the heat meters market
By geography, North America is expected to dominate the global heat meters market in the year 2019, growing with a CAGR of xx% during the forecast period. U.S. dominated the North America heat meters market and was valued at USD XX million in the year 2019. U.S. accounted for highest market revenue share of XX% in the year 2019. The U.S. heat meters market size is set to exceed installation of 510 thousand units by 2024. Ongoing regulatory mandates toward the development of policies for energy metering along with rising focus toward energy efficiency and cost saving will accelerate the business growth. For instance, the U.S. Department of Energy has established policies and guidelines for utilities for metering the energy consumption in their federal buildings.
In addition, accelerating investments toward the development of service sector will further boost the industry growth in Europe. According to EU regulation EED 2012, the member states are mandated to issue policies pertaining to the installation of energy measuring equipment for individual apartment billing.
The global heat meters market is highly fragmented. There is massive competition with presence of various small players in the market. Key players in the market include Kamstrup, Diehl, Danfoss, Landis+Gyr, Engelman, Siemens, Techem, Itron, Qundis, Ista, Zenner and Apator among others. Technological innovations and increasing investment toward research and development are the key strategies adopted by leading industry players. Mergers and acquisition with technology providers along with growing expansion across the emerging economies have further strengthen their position in the industry.
COVID-19 Impact: COVID has dual impact on the heat meters market
The social distancing and lockdown measures brought in to tackle COVID-19 has caused the heat meter rollout to deviate, off course, with uncertainty around the future trajectory of the programme. Although installations have begun to pick up as lockdown measures have eased, a return to normal levels is a long way off. The government has extended the date for suppliers to take all reasonable steps (ARS) to install heat meters to domestic and micro-business properties by six months to 30 June 2021. This is intended to allow a return to installing heat meters at volume as COVID-19 restrictions ease and help to address the short-term uncertainty for energy suppliers during the pandemic.