High Voltage Switchgear Market Analysis


Substations are roughly half of the spend at major utilities around the world in the mid-to-high voltage categories and they are laced with interlinked complexities. Sizing the individual switchgear market in a top-down methodology in this case leads to inaccuracies and inexplicable trends when forecasts are compared to actual data. PTR diverges from this in its High Voltage Switchgear Service by individually researching every market and understanding the intricacies of each grid. This understanding of the grid and substation design in a country is coupled with detailed models allowing for component sizing within the substations in different voltage and current classes. By taking a more in-depth approach, PTR is able to accurately size and forecast systems of systems, systems of component, and components themselves in a systematic and transparent way. This allows users of our service to easily compare opportunities and quickly come to the decisions necessary for success in this market.

Takin a global snapshot, we see that the market experienced a considerable decline in spare capacity in 2021 relative to 2020. This can be attributed to the aggressive penetration of renewables into the global generation mix. Altogether, the world’s installed renewable capacity is expected to reach 5,079 GW in 2030 relative to 2,154 GW in 2017 – an incredible increase of approximately 136%.

To obtain a competitive advantage in this market, while there is sufficient spare capacity, international suppliers are closing their manufacturing facilities and supplying to regions such as the GCC and KSA via countries which would result in lower costs. Some of the entries and exits of big players over the last few years include Hitachi ABB Power Grids which launched a new HV switchgear manufacturing facility in Indonesia in 2018 and one in China in the same year. The company also set up a new surge arrester factory in China in 2020. On the flipside, in June 2021, GE Grid Solutions shut down operations in its HV switchgear manufacturing facility in Switzerland and Hitachi ABB Power Grids closed its HV switchgear manufacturing facility in Germany in 2021, moving it to Switzerland because it has 0 custom (Euro 1) duties from Switzerland to all other countries.

In terms of technology, General Electric has established itself as a leader in the market for SF6-free high voltage switchgear using fluoronitrile-based gas mixtures in its g³ products which are viable alternatives to the current detrimental SF6-based equipment. In February 2020, GE Grid Solutions was awarded €2.2 million through the European Commission’s LIFE climate action program to help fund the development of an SF6-free 420 kV-63 kA GIS circuit breaker. This project can potentially have a ripple effect across Europe in validating that g³ technology can be applied to all other high voltage levels of European electrical networks.

To help you stay on top of the trends, facts, and figures in the HV Switchgear market, PTR provides Consolidated Outputs, Consolidated Market Shares of OEMs, Regional HV Switchgear Market Reports, and up-to-date coverage of happenings alongside expert analysis as part of its HV Switchgear Service. This service delves into both AIS and GIS HV Systems, breaking them down by components and segmenting by voltage classes to accurately gather the current state of the installed base and make meaningful and reliable projections of the future state of this market.

    Key Questions Addressed in the Service
    • Which countries have the greatest number of generation projects in pipeline?

    • How insulation technologies have evolved over time?

    • Supplier specific technology and customer focus

    • Which countries have the largest installed base of GIS/AIS/Hybrid Switchgear?

    • How insulation technologies have evolved over time?

    • What is the market share of top HV switchgear suppliers by year?

    • Which insulation/arc quenching technology is going to dominate in HV switchgear market in the coming years?

    • Any upcoming regulations?

    AIS AND GIS Categories Segmented

    9 Application Verticals Covered

    Competitive & Qualitative Analysis

    Geographies Evaluated

    Delivery Format
    Report and Analysis in Power BI

    Excel Data Output For Integration

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