Frost & Sullivan's recent analysis, Technology Advancements Enabling Prosumerism in the Energy Sector, finds that “smart grids have created a paradigm shift toward active energy distribution.”

In addition, the research firm said, “they have significantly transformed the role of consumers to prosumers, who simultaneously participate in power consumption and production by integrating energy generation units, like solar panels, within their premises.

“Energy management systems, energy storage, microgrid technologies, and intelligent communications and information platforms are witnessing the convergence of applications and operations.

“This technological convergence has enabled a greener, locally managed, reliable energy supply mechanism while ensuring financial benefits for participants throughout the smart grid network.”

Furthermore, according to a release, energy storage is fast becoming a vital component of prosumerism: “Residential behind-the-meter storage continues to grow rapidly, propelled by the value proposition offered by solar photovoltaics and batteries.

“Similarly, reducing energy costs by limiting power demand peaks and benefitting from monetization avenues are the key drivers of energy storage adoption in the commercial and industrial (C&I) segment.”

Shrinivas Tukdeo, TechVision program manager at Frost & Sullivan, said “intelligent algorithms capable of precisely tracking and forecasting energy demand ensure productivity and comfort for utilities and prosumers.

“An automated approach for managing and controlling the onsite generation, energy storage, and consumption has enabled effective optimization of residential and C&I energy requirements through establishing a bi-directional energy exchange, ensuring grid resiliency.”

Tukdeo added that the “rapid digitization across the industry peripheral has enabled a shift from conventional business models to advanced go-to-market strategic imperatives. Restructuring operations and an instant response to technological enhancements remain the primary factors required to streamline the business process.”

The research revealed that developing a prosumer strategy requires a carefully mapped and analyzed mechanism to ensure maximum return on investment.

To that end, the report says industry participants should review the following for growth:

  • Research and development (R&D) investment for technological innovation: Aligning technological enhancements with R&D mandates, consumer preferences, and grid requirements will be the primary factor driving business growth.
  • Technology convergence for grid resilience: Smart grid companies should collaborate with energy analytics, smart components, and sensor manufacturing firms to combine their technological expertise and enhance grid control system portfolios.
  • Technology sourcing for system integration: Source out technological derivatives to large original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to benefit from their integrated supply chain, diverse consumer portfolio, and brand value.
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