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Power Line Communications for Smart Grids
[November 21, 2012]

Power Line Communications for Smart Grids

NEW YORK, Nov. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: Power Line Communications for Smart Grids http://www.reportlinker.com/p01045361/Power-Line-Communications-for-Smart-Grids.

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PRIME, G3-PLC, IEEE P1901.2, Proprietary OFDM, Proprietary N-PLC, and Other Narrowband Solutions for Utility NAN Connectivity Utilities have been sending data and communications signals through power lines for nearly a century, but the increased deployment of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) has thrust this type of communication into the spotlight. In particular, metering efforts in Europe and Asia Pacific rely on both proprietary and standards-based implementations of narrowband power line communication (PLC) technology to enable two-way communications between the utility and the meter. These systems open up a new class of applications that will provide both utilities and consumers with greater control over their energy usage.While there is a wide range of narrowband PLC technologies currently in use, several standards-based technologies are being promoted and deployed, particularly in Europe. These systems not only aid in equipment interoperability, but also drive down the cost of future implementations by utilities that choose to use standardized technologies.This Pike Research report focuses on the various types of PLC technology used today in each world region, in addition to providing forecasts and insights into the technologies and standards that will be deployed over the next decade, covering the range of technologies used in these networks, including PRIME, G3-PLC, IEEE P1901.2, and various proprietary technologies. Profiles of 8 utilities and 16 key industry vendors are included, along with worldwide market forecasts through 2020, segmented by region and technology, for unit shipments, revenue, and average selling prices.

Key Questions Addressed: What are the leading standards used for narrowband PLC -Which regions are projected to demonstrate the fastest adoption of PLC -To what extent will broadband PLC impact the neighborhood area network communications market -What are the major technical challenges involved with PLC -How do the various PLC technologies differ, and what are the advantages/disadvantages of each -What are the forecasts for unit shipments, revenue, and average selling prices through 2020 Who needs this report Meter manufacturers-AMI technology providers and system integrators-Semiconductor and component manufacturers-Utilities -Technology standards associations-Investor community Table of Contents 1. Executive Summary 1.1 Introduction 1.1.1 Types of Narrowband Communications 1.1.2 Broadband over Power Line Communications 1.2 Current Utilization 1.3 Market Forecasts 2. Market Issues2.1 PLC and the Smart Grid2.2 Market Drivers for PLC2.2.1 Ubiquitous Infrastructure2.2.2 Wide Area Coverage2.2.3 Advantageous Cost Structure2.3 Market Opportunities, Challenges, and Environment2.3.1 Current Utilization2.3.2 Technical Challenges2.3.3 Interoperability and Standards2.3.4 Market Shifts and Future Utilization2.4 Current Market Deployments2.4.1 Key Countries/Regions2.4.1.1 North America2.4.1.2 Europe2.4.1.2.1. Western Europe2.4.1.2.2. Eastern Europe2.4.1.3 Asia Pacific2.4.1.3.1. China2.4.1.3.2. Japan2.4.1.3.3. South Korea2.4.1.3.4. Other Southeast Asian Countries2.4.1.4 Other Developing Regions2.4.1.4.1. Brazil2.4.1.4.2. India2.4.1.4.3. Middle East and Africa 3. Technology Issues 3.1 PLC Technology 3.2 PLC Modem Functionality 3.3 Types of Power Line Technology 3.4 Frequency Bands 3.4.1 United States 3.4.2 Europe 3.4.3 Japan 3.4.4 China 3.5 Low-speed PLC Technologies 3.5.1 One-way Communications 3.5.2 Two-way Communications 3.5.3 Configuration 3.5.4 Frequencies 3.5.5 Modulation 3.5.6 Typical Uses 3.5.7 Benefits 3.5.8 Limitations 3.6 Narrowband PLC 3.6.1 Configuration 3.6.2 Frequencies 3.6.3 Modulation 3.6.3.1 PSK 3.6.3.2 FSK/B-FSK 3.6.3.3 QPSK 3.6.3.4 OFDM 3.7 Examples of Popular N-PLC Systems 3.7.1 Turtle by Landis+Gyr 3.7.2 Echelon LonWorks 3.7.3 PoweRline Intelligent Metering Evolution (PRIME) 3.7.4 G3-PLC 3.7.5 Meters and More 3.7.6 IEC 61334 Standards 3.7.7 CENELEC EN 50090 (Konnex/KNX) 3.7.8 IEEE P1901.2 3.7.9 Broadband over Power Line 3.8 Performance Caveats 3.9 Future Developments 3.10 Data Security 4. Key Industry Players4.1 Selected Utility Profiles4.1.1 China Southern Power Grid4.1.2 Duke Energy4.1.3 Endesa4.1.4 Enel4.1.5 Electricité Réseau Distribution France4.1.6 Iberdrola4.1.7 State Grid Corporation of China4.1.8 Vattenfall AB4.2 PLC System and Platform Providers4.2.1 ABB4.2.2 Aclara4.2.3 CURRENT4.2.4 Echelon4.2.5 Elster4.2.6 Iskraemeco4.2.7 Itron4.2.8 Landis+Gyr4.2.9 Power Plus Communications4.3 Semiconductor Companies4.3.1 Accent S.p.A.4.3.2 EnVerv4.3.3 Freescale Semiconductor4.3.4 Renesas Electronics Corp.4.3.5 Semitech Semiconductor Pte. Ltd.4.3.6 STMicroelectronics4.3.7 Texas Instruments4.4 Technology Standards Organizations4.4.1 G3-PLC Alliance4.4.2 PRIME Alliance4.4.3 Meters and More4.4.4 International Telecommunications Union (ITU)4.4.5 International Electrotechnical Commission 5. Market Forecasts 5.1 Forecast Introduction 5.1.1 PLC Forecast Methodology 5.2 PLC Forecasts by Region, World Markets 5.3 PLC Forecasts by Technology, World Markets 5.4 PLC Forecasts by Technology, North America 5.5 PLC Forecasts by Technology, Europe 5.5.1 Western Europe 5.5.2 Eastern Europe 5.6 PLC Forecasts by Technology, Asia Pacific 5.6.1 China 5.6.2 Southeast Asia 5.6.3 Rest of Asia Pacific 5.7 PLC Forecasts by Technology, Latin America 5.8 PLC Forecasts by Technology, Middle East and Africa 5.9 Conclusions and Recommendations 6. Company Directory 7. Acronym and Abbreviation List 8. Table of Contents 9. Table of Charts and Figures 10. Scope of Study, Sources and Methodology, Notes List of Charts and Figures PLC Node Unit Shipments by Region, World Markets: 2011-2020PLC Node Total Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2011-2020PLC Node Unit Shipments by Technology, World Markets: 2011-2020PLC Node Revenue by Technology, World Markets: 2011PLC Node Revenue by Technology, World Markets: 2020PLC Node Unit Shipments by Technology, North America: 2011-2020PLC Node ASP by Technology, North America: 2011-2020PLC Node Revenue by Technology, North America: 2011-2020PLC Node Unit Shipments by Technology, Europe: 2011-2020PLC Node ASP by Technology, Europe: 2011-2020PLC Node Unit Shipments by Technology, Western Europe: 2011-2020PLC Node Revenue by Technology, Western Europe: 2011-2020PLC Node Unit Shipments by Technology, Eastern Europe: 2011-2020PLC Node Unit Shipments by Technology, Asia Pacific: 2011-2020PLC Node ASP by Technology, Asia Pacific: 2011-2020PLC Node Revenue by Technology, Asia Pacific: 2011-2020PLC Node Unit Shipments by Technology, China: 2011-2020PLC Node Revenue by Technology, China: 2011-2020PLC Node Unit Shipments by Technology, Southeast Asia: 2011-2020PLC Node Revenue by Technology, Southeast Asia: 2011-2020PLC Node Unit Shipments by Technology, Rest of Asia Pacific: 2011-2020PLC Node Unit Shipments by Technology, Latin America: 2011-2020PLC Node ASP by Technology, Latin America: 2011-2020PLC Node Unit Shipments by Technology, Middle East and Africa: 2011-2020PLC Node Revenue by Technology, Middle East and Africa: 2011-2020PLC Node Revenue by Technology, World Markets: 2011-2020PLC Node Unit Shipments by Technology, United States: 2011-2020PLC Node Unit Shipments by Technology, Canada: 2011-2020PLC Node Revenue by Technology, Europe: 2011-2020PLC Node Revenue by Technology, Eastern Europe: 2011-2020PLC Node Revenue by Technology, Rest of Asia Pacific: 2011-2020PLC Node Revenue by Technology, Latin America: 2011-2020PLC Node ASP by Technology, Middle East and Africa: 2011-2020 List of Tables Typical Categories of PLC NetworkingN-PLC TechnologiesCommon Frequency Bands for PLC Utility CommunicationsComparison of Modulation SchemesPLC Node Unit Shipments by Region, World Markets: 2011-2020PLC Node Total Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2011-2020PLC Node Unit Shipments by Technology, World Markets: 2011-2020PLC Node Revenue by Technology, World Markets: 2011-2020PLC Node Unit Shipments by Narrowband Technology, World Markets: 2011-2020PLC Node Revenue by Narrowband Technology, World Markets: 2011-2020PLC Node Revenue by Region and Technology, World Markets: 2011PLC Node Revenue by Region and Technology, World Markets: 2020PLC Node Unit Shipments by Technology, North America: 2011-2020PLC Node ASP by Technology, North America: 2011-2020PLC Node Revenue by Technology, North America: 2011-2020PLC Node Unit Shipments by Technology, United States: 2011-2020PLC Node Revenue by Technology, United States: 2011-2020PLC Node Unit Shipments by Technology, Canada: 2011-2020PLC Node Revenue by Technology, Canada: 2011-2020PLC Node Unit Shipments by Technology, Europe: 2011-2020PLC Node ASP by Technology, Europe: 2011-2020PLC Node Revenue by Technology, Europe: 2011-2020PLC Node Unit Shipments by Technology, Western Europe: 2011-2020PLC Node Revenue by Technology, Western Europe: 2011-2020PLC Node Unit Shipments by Technology, Eastern Europe: 2011-2020PLC Node Revenue by Technology, Eastern Europe: 2011-2020PLC Node Unit Shipments by Technology, Asia Pacific: 2011-2020PLC Node ASP by Technology, Asia Pacific: 2011-2020PLC Node Revenue by Technology, Asia Pacific: 2011-2020PLC Node Unit Shipments by Technology, China: 2011-2020PLC Node Revenue by Technology, China: 2011-2020PLC Node Unit Shipments by Technology, Southeast Asia: 2011-2020PLC Node Revenue by Technology, Southeast Asia: 2011-2020PLC Node Unit Shipments by Technology, Rest of Asia Pacific: 2011-2020PLC Node Revenue by Technology, Rest of Asia Pacific: 2011-2020PLC Node Unit Shipments by Technology, Latin America: 2011-2020PLC Node ASP by Technology, Latin America: 2011-2020PLC Node Revenue by Technology, Latin America: 2011-2020PLC Node Unit Shipments by Technology, Middle East and Africa: 2011-2020PLC Node ASP by Technology, Middle East and Africa: 2011-2020PLC Node Revenue by Technology, Middle East and Africa: 2011-2020 To order this report:Electronic_Component_and_Semiconductor Industry: Power Line Communications for Smart Grids Nicolas Bombourg Reportlinker Email: nicolasbombourg@reportlinker.com US: (805)652-2626 Intl: +1 805-652-2626 SOURCE Reportlinker

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