The Smart Meter Market size in terms of shipment volume is expected to grow from 134.26 million units in 2023 to 186.82 million units by 2028, at a CAGR of 6.83% during the forecast period (2023-2028).
In order to increase the effectiveness of electrical networks, smart grids are being introduced all over the world. As a result, smart grids, which include smart electricity meters, are being deployed globally. To combat the negative impacts of pollution on the environment, nations all over the world are enacting emission control rules. This is the main factor driving the market.
- Due to their two-way communication capability, smart meters are being adopted more widely across the globe for various deployments, including electricity, gas, and water. This feature allows both utility suppliers and consumers to track utility usage in real-time and encourages suppliers to start, read, or cut off supply remotely.
- Consumer electronics, office equipment, and other plug loads consume nearly 15% to 20% of the total residential and commercial electricity while not in the primary mode. Most of this energy is consumed when they operate in low-power modes (even while they are not in use). Consumers are increasingly tending to install a smart energy management system to track such scenarios.
- Smart meters deployment also enables the implementation of a Home Energy Management System (HEMS) or Building Energy Management System (BEMS) that allows visualization of the electric power usage in individual homes or entire buildings.
- Further, digitization is accelerating and modernizing energy efficiency measures, due to which the deployment of smart grids is increasing globally, as they are capable of dynamically optimizing supply and fostering supply of large amounts of electricity from renewable energy sources such as solar power.
- Moreover, increasing government support and investments are expected to boost smart meters adoption and deployment in the country. For instance, India's state-owned Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) completed the installation of approximately 10 lakh smart meters across India under the Government of India's Smart Meter National Programme. EESL set the target to install 25 crore smart meters over the next few years. Also, the need to establish a manufacturing base of smart electricity meters in the country to ensure an adequate supply of an adequate number of meters to be installed all over the country, by ruling out monopoly, is expected to act as a major driver.
- Lockdowns caused by the global COVID-19 epidemic caused a number of operations in many industries to come to a standstill. As a result, there was a decline in smart meter shipments and installations.
- However, as the COVID-19 requirements are gradually relaxed, it is anticipated that over time, the installation of smart meters will rise as well. The majority of energy providers are easily encouraging their consumers to update to smart meters in many developed locations.
Smart Meters Market Trends
Smart Electricity Meter Dominates the Market and will Continue its Dominance Over the Forecast Period
- Greater government support and investments are anticipated to accelerate the adoption and deployment of smart meters in Asia and the Pacific. In order to prevent monopolies and ensure an adequate supply of smart electricity meters that can be installed throughout the region, it is also necessary to establish a manufacturing base in the area. The state governments were urged to implement smart meters in three years and received an allocation of about INR 2,20,000 million (USD 2677.42 million) for the power and renewable energy sectors.
- According to the GSMA, by 2025, around 1.4 billion smart buildings and 700 million smart homes are expected to be in North America, mainly the United States and Canada, so an increasing number of smart buildings and homes are expected to also lead to an increase in the sale of smart electricity meters.
- Moreover, increasing urbanization and the increasing inclination toward a focus on developing urban lifestyles led to the expansion of the deployment of smart home technologies and devices, which involve automatic control of electricity, light, and energy to avoid wastage. Hence, the increasing adoption of smart home devices and technologies across homes globally is further expected to foster the growth of smart meters in the residential segment.
- Consumer electronics, office equipment, and other plug loads consume nearly 15% to 20% of the total residential and commercial electricity while not in the primary mode. Most of this energy is consumed when they operate in low-power modes (even while they are not in use). Consumers are increasingly inclined to install a smart energy management system to track such scenarios.
- According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), global electricity generation capacity is expected to more than double in the next three decades, reaching approximately 14.7 terawatts by 2050. In 2020, the world's installed electricity capacity stood at 7.1 terawatts, which shows the demand for electricity around the globe is growing continuously. There is a growing need for utilities to manage and optimize their energy distribution networks. Thus, the availability of detailed information about energy consumption, which can help the consumer identify opportunities to reduce energy usage and save money with smart electricity meters, is projected to increase the adoption of smart electricity meters globally.
Asia-Pacific to Hold Major Share of Smart Electricity Market
- China is currently the leading segment in Asia Pacific, with the rollout at its peak due to strict mandates by the government of South China and State Grid, the only two grid companies in the country that drive the process. However, China is currently approaching full deployment, and the gradual end of the launch results in a significant reduction in annual demand.
- China is a major manufacturer of smart electricity meters, with a strong presence of local companies. It is also one of the largest producers of smart electric meters, which were consumed for domestic purposes during the rollout phase. State-owned enterprises dominate the Chinese market. Thus, it is nearly impossible for non-Chinese companies to compete in the country.
- Japan is the fifth-largest carbon emitter in the world. In 2021, the administration promised to reduce emissions by 46% by 2030 due to pressure from many environmental organizations and European nations. Smart grid implementation, enhanced power and distribution networks, and low-carbon energy sources will likely help achieve this objective.
- By then, investor interest in smart grid technology was seen to have significantly increased in Japan due to the country's strong backing from the government, deregulation, and generally declining costs, with several large-scale projects. According to an Asian Power article, it is anticipated that up to 80 million smart meters will be installed nationwide by 2024.
- These improvements have mainly resulted from deploying smart electricity meters, DES, and energy storage technologies but have also seen numerous pilot projects and developments into other innovations like virtual power plants (VPPs), blockchain, and vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technologies. Additionally, the Japanese government plans to spend JPY 20 trillion (USD 155 billion) on promoting investments in new power grid technology, energy-saving homes, and other technology to reduce the nation's carbon footprint.
- The rest of the Asia-Pacific region contains countries and continents like New Zealand, India, Australia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and many more. Several government initiatives, partnerships, innovations, and acquisitions are expected to fuel market growth in the region during the projected period.
Smart Meters Industry Overview
The smart meter market is highly competitive and consists of several major players such as AEM, Aichi Tokei Denki Co., Ltd., Apator SA, Arad Group, and Azbil Kimmon Co., Ltd. The involvement of large-scale investments is increasing the barriers for the existing players, thereby pushing the industry toward competition. Also, smart meters are increasingly being deployed by various end users. Hence, the substantial increase in demand and government initiatives to increase the number of rollouts in various regions are expected to increase the degree of competition among the market players.
In January 2023, Badger Meter Inc. announced the strategic acquisition of Syrinix Ltd., a provider of intelligent water monitoring solutions. Through this acquisition, the company aims to add the hardware-enabled software capabilities of Syrinix to our smart water solutions portfolio. Similarly, it has also acquired Analytical Technology, Inc. (Ati) and Scan GmbH, leaders in intelligent measurement and smart water quality monitoring.
In January 2023, Diehl Stiftung & Co. KG announced that the Water and Sanitation Corporation (WASAC) in Rwanda's capital, Kigali, chose Diehl Metering for meter technology to modernize its network for its sustainability efforts. WASAC recognized the suitability of AURIGA to achieve its primary objective of reducing non-revenue water by installing reliable meters. The AURIGA water meter will form the basis for a future AMR solution.
In December 2022, Apator SA presented the smartESOX pro, which was specially designed for industrial applications, and the OTUS 3, a bidirectional smart electricity meter. Other smart options were presented, such as the Ultrimis W ultrasonic water meter and the iSMART2 gas meter.
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