The global market for distribution automation (DA) and substation automation (SA) technologies is expected to total $109 billion from 2016 to 2025, according to Navigant Research.
These advances have been made possible with digital intelligent electronic devices, wireless sensing and monitoring, and high-speed communications, as well as automation using centralized and/or decentralized solutions.
“Today’s market for substation, feeder, and transformer automation technologies includes a variety of solutions,” says Richelle Elberg, principal research analyst with Navigant Research. “These range from centralized command and control automation to highly decentralized and autonomous distribution grid edge-related solutions and equipment.”
The DA and SA technology market represents a tremendous and growing opportunity for vendors of wireless sensors, intelligent electronic devices, and other automated gear and software, according to the report. Among global regions, North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific have experienced the greatest penetration of distributed renewables and other resources that could cause disruptions to the grid—and drive demand for SA and DA solutions.