$3.40 Trillion to Be Invested Globally in Renewable Energy by 2030, Finds Frost & Sullivan

Decentralization, decarbonization, digitalization and the emergence of new business models will shape the global power sector

PVTIME - Frost & Sullivan's recent analysis, Growth Opportunities from Decarbonization in the Global Power Market, 2019-2030, reveals that the 2020s will be crucial for all the participants in the power industry as the transition toward renewable energy is expected to increase, while coal takes a downturn in most developed markets. Falling costs and renewable-friendly energy policies adopted by several countries in the six major geographies—North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, China, and India—are prominent reasons why solar photovoltaic (PV) and wind capacity additions are expected to soar this decade. An estimated $3.40 trillion will be invested in renewable energy during the next decade, including $2.72 trillion in wind and solar. By 2030, 54.1% of installed capacity will be renewable (including hydropower), and 37.9% will be a combination of solar and wind.

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"Decentralization, decarbonization, and digitalization are the three key pillars of the global energy transition," said Vasanth Krishnan, Senior Research Analyst, Industrial Practice, Frost & Sullivan.
"The power sector will witness strong growth in decentralization during
the decade, with annual global investment increasing from $53.14 billion in 2019 to $92.54 billion
in 2030. Pressure will continue to build for further decarbonization
within the power system as the rate of adoption of digital technologies
increases in both existing and future plants to boost operational

Krishnan added: "The surge in need for flexibility is the most
significant trend observed across developed markets. System operators
are coming under increasing pressure to manage the system with uncertain
renewable output, declining coal output, and demand-side variability.
As a result, technologies and solutions such as battery energy storage
systems (BESS), gas engines, demand-side response (DSR), and virtual
power plants (VPP) are witnessing unprecedented adoption rates amongst
utilities, solution providers, and end consumers."

Conventional power plant operators will require extreme physical and
digital agility to compete with alternative power sources and stay
profitable in the longer term. In this regard, digital solutions will
enable conventional thermal power plants to increase operational
efficiency and asset utilization to meet the present and future needs of
a smart power grid. Growth opportunities for market participants will
vary considerably, depending on the region:

  • North America: High energy
    costs drive strong market growth for energy service and performance
    contracting, which will more than double its size during the decade to
    be worth $19.14 billion in 2030.
  • Latin America: Population
    and GDP growth, coupled with increasing electrification and
    industrialization, are forecast to drive electricity demand by 3.15% per
    annum to 2030.
  • Europe: By 2030, $12.91 billion
    is expected to be invested annually in battery energy storage. Total
    installed capacity is expected to go up from 2.91 GW in 2019 to 70.02 GW
    by 2030.
  • India: Renewable energy will account for 72.04% of capacity additions in India during the next decade. Competitive solar PV and wind project costs will be key to future investment.
  • China: Adoption of energy storage will accelerate rapidly in China.
    The country accounts for 62% of global battery storage production
    capacity and is investing to boost capacity further. This will benefit
    the energy storage sector, as it should enable battery prices to
  • Middle East: Bolstered by Saudi Arabia's shift in energy policy, the solar power market in the Middle East will witness a surge in activity levels in the 2020s. Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar, and Iran are expected to be major markets for solar PV.

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