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To overcome regulatory barriers, utilities must continue to deploy pilot programs demonstrating the benefits of these technologies

A new report from examines the use of drones and robotics for electric transmission and distribution (DRTD) operations, with global market forecasts for revenue, broken out by technology, application segment, and region, through 2026.

Drones and robotics technologies have the potential to revolutionize the way utilities interact with their transmission and distribution (T&D) assets and collect critical data. As pilot programs continue to drive regulatory change, and as emerging technologies advance, Navigant Research forecasts exponential growth in the hardware, software, and services segments of the drones and robotics for transmission and distribution (DRTD) market. : According to a new report from , the total market for all DRTD segments is expected to reach $13.2 billion by 2026.

“Navigant Research has identified three core drivers for change in utility operations: speed, savings, and safety,” says Michael Hartnack, research analyst with Navigant Research. “Robotics technology has the potential to deliver significant gains in all three of these areas, primarily via ground-based, line-suspended, and aerial (drones and unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs) innovations.”

According to the report, utilities should continue to deploy pilot programs that demonstrate the benefits of DTRD technology, as every successful pilot program leads to the creation of many more. The prevalence of these programs is expected to help to overcome the regulatory barriers slowing the market and eventually drive significant growth.

The report, , analyzes the drivers, barriers, and regional and global trends affecting the deployment of robotics technology in electric T&D operations. The study outlines the financial, reliability, and efficiency market drivers for robotics technology while highlighting the technical and regulatory challenges that suppress its short-term penetration. Global market forecasts for DRTD revenue, broken out by technology and application segment and region, extend through 2026. The report also examines the key technologies related to robotics in utility operations, as well as the competitive landscape. An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download on the .

Contact: Lindsay Funicello-Paul

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* The information contained in this press release concerning the report, Drones and Robotics for Transmission and Distribution Operations, is a summary and reflects Navigant Research’s current expectations based on market data and trend analysis. Market predictions and expectations are inherently uncertain and actual results may differ materially from those contained in this press release or the report. Please refer to the full report for a complete understanding of the assumptions underlying the report’s conclusions and the methodologies used to create the report. Neither Navigant Research nor Navigant undertakes any obligation to update any of the information contained in this press release or the report.

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Grid operators are expected to increasingly use demand response for renewables integration as a resource to maintain system balance

A new report from examines the global market for demand response for renewables integration (DRRI), providing an analysis of market issues and forecasts for capacity and revenue, broken out by segment and region, through 2026.

Maintaining the electricity grid’s balance of supply and demand is essential to preserve system reliability. DRRI solutions can help maintain system balance by increasing or decreasing customer loads based on renewables output, while also supplying flexible capacity resources to meet specific renewable balancing needs, like ancillary services. : According to a new report from , global annual revenue for demand response for renewables integration is expected to grow from $132.1 million in 2017 to $1.3 billion in 2026.

“Increasing penetration of intermittent renewable generation on the grid raises the risk of supply-demand imbalance, so grid operators will increasingly turn to DRRI as one resource to maintain system balance,” says Brett Feldman, principal research analyst with Navigant Research. “Based on advancements in demand response technology and utility willingness to try new means of renewable balancing, DRRI is set to become a bigger piece of the flexibility investment picture.”

According to the report, several factors point to an increasing focus on DRRI that addresses both the direct and indirect effects of renewables on the grid and end-use customers. These include an increasing share of renewable energy resources in the energy supply mix, demand response’s ability to serve as an ancillary service, and its ability to leverage dynamic pricing, which addresses the impacts of intermittent renewables through indirect financial incentives to customers.

The report, , examines the global DRRI market, focusing on both C&I and residential market participants. The study provides an analysis of the market issues, including drivers and barriers, associated with DRRI solutions. Global market forecasts for capacity and revenue, broken out by segment and region, extend through 2026. The report also examines the key global trends related to DRRI solutions and provides case studies of DR programs or markets that can help address renewables integration. An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download on the .

 Contact: Lindsay Funicello-Paul

+1.781.270.8456

* The information contained in this press release concerning the report, Demand Response for Renewables Integration, is a summary and reflects Navigant Research’s current expectations based on market data and trend analysis. Market predictions and expectations are inherently uncertain and actual results may differ materially from those contained in this press release or the report. Please refer to the full report for a complete understanding of the assumptions underlying the report’s conclusions and the methodologies used to create the report. Neither Navigant Research nor Navigant undertakes any obligation to update any of the information contained in this press release or the report.

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Automaker, utility investment is speeding the creation of DC fast charging networks at all power levels

A new report from examines the state of electric vehicle (EV) direct current (DC) fast charging deployment and key market drivers, providing global forecasts for equipment sales, segmented by power level, through 2026.

DC fast charging has gone from a niche segment of the EV charging market to the segment with a significant degree of investment and momentum behind it. Automakers are making multi-year commitments to roll out fast charging stations that will serve the coming generation of long-range battery EVs (BEVs), while also driving the push toward higher power DC fast charging—from a minimum of 100 kW up to 350 kW. : According to a new report from , global sales of DC fast chargers are expected to grow from 19,000 units to over 70,000 in 2026.

“While automaker and utility investment will speed creation of DC fast charging networks, in the long-term, these stations will have to become self-sustaining,” says Lisa Jerram, principal research analyst with Navigant Research. “This will require maximizing utilization and also creating new revenue opportunities through driver services.”

Several automakers have made the decision to invest in DC fast charging network deployment to support their long-range BEV introductions, according to the report. However, while high power DC charging is considered an important element of making drivers comfortable with purchasing a BEV, these stations are still unlikely to see high utilization in the next few years, leaving the question of a sustainable business model for DC fast charging to be resolved.

The report, , discusses the significant issues in the DC charging market today and the remaining barriers to the long-term success of DC charging networks. The study reviews the state of DC charging standards and the key players in the market. Global forecasts for DC charging equipment sales, segmented by power level, extend through 2026. The report also examines the role of automakers and different business models and use cases. An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download on the .

 Contact: Lindsay Funicello-Paul

+1.781.270.8456

* The information contained in this press release concerning the report, DC Fast Charging Equipment for EVs, is a summary and reflects Navigant Research’s current expectations based on market data and trend analysis. Market predictions and expectations are inherently uncertain and actual results may differ materially from those contained in this press release or the report. Please refer to the full report for a complete understanding of the assumptions underlying the report’s conclusions and the methodologies used to create the report. Neither Navigant Research nor Navigant undertakes any obligation to update any of the information contained in this press release or the report.

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The electric truck sector is likely to benefit from progress in the electric bus sector, which can drive down the cost of key components

A new report from examines the global market for medium and heavy duty trucks across hybrid, electric, and fuel cell powertrains, providing forecasts for annual sales and vehicle population, through 2027.

With the potential to provide lower operational costs, noise reduction, and environmental benefits, electric trucks are attractive to fleets, yet high upfront costs are still prohibitive. Nonetheless, manufacturers continue to work toward commercially viable electric trucks, thanks to mounting pressure from governments to reduce pollutants from diesel fuel combustion and tackle greenhouse gas emissions. : According to a new report from , the overall medium and heavy duty truck market is projected to continue its reliance on conventional diesel powertrain for the next decade, but hybrid and electric powertrains populations will increase, with volumes expected to grow from about 125,500 to 1.66 million from 2017 to 2027.

“We could see a breakthrough in adoption of electrified trucks once total cost of ownership benefits can be clearly demonstrated for fleet operators,” says Lisa Jerram, principal research analyst with Navigant Research. “For the next few years, trials and small-scale deployments by major fleets and manufacturers will help clarify potential cost benefits and could set in motion a significant increase in orders for electrified trucks.”

While the electric truck market has lagged behind the electric bus market, the sector is likely to benefit from its progress as the cost of key components comes down thanks to increasing volumes. Until this occurs, electric trucks deployments are expected to be focused in places where there are incentives or other government programs in place.

The report, , analyzes the global market for medium and heavy duty trucks with the following powertrains: gasoline hybrid, gasoline plug-in hybrid, diesel hybrid, diesel plug-in hybrid, battery electric, and hydrogen fuel cells. The report provides an analysis of key market and technology issues, market drivers, and profiles of over 35 vehicle manufacturers and component suppliers. Global market forecasts for annual sales and vehicle population, broken out by medium and heavy duty vehicle segment, country, and powertrain type, extend through 2027. The Excel databook accompanying this report also includes pivot tables for truck sales and population segmented by country, medium and heavy duty segment, and powertrain type. An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download on the .

 Contact: Lindsay Funicello-Paul

+1.781.270.8456

* The information contained in this press release concerning the report, Market Data: Electric Drive Trucks, is a summary and reflects Navigant Research’s current expectations based on market data and trend analysis. Market predictions and expectations are inherently uncertain and actual results may differ materially from those contained in this press release or the report. Please refer to the full report for a complete understanding of the assumptions underlying the report’s conclusions and the methodologies used to create the report. Neither Navigant Research nor Navigant undertakes any obligation to update any of the information contained in this press release or the report.

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