Asia is quickly becoming a center of global smart grid activity. The cumulative smart grid market in China, Japan and South Korea is currently valued at $8.5 billion, with that number forecasted to increase to $19 billion by 2016, according to GTM Research's latest market report, The Smart Grid in Asia, 2012-2016: Markets, Technologies and Strategies.

At over 180 pages, The Smart Grid in Asia, 2012-2016 is the definitive source for organizations looking to capitalize on Asia's predominant smart grid markets. A clear understanding of the energy scenarios in China, Japan, and South Korea, as well as their respective smart grid technology and deployment trends, will be crucial to achieving meaningful entry in Asia. This report provides a detailed five-year smart grid forecast, domestic vendor taxonomies, and strategic perspectives on how smart grid players should position themselves for success in each market.

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"We expect to see the smart grid in Asia move forward at a breakneck pace," said Kamil Bojanczyk, the report's lead author and an analyst-at-large with GTM Research. "Over $45 billion in funding has been earmarked by governments and utilities across China, Japan and South Korea, with the clear majority of those funds and opportunities originating in the Chinese market."

FIGURE: Smart Grid Market Assessment for 2016

Source: The Smart Grid in Asia, 2012-2016 (GTM Research)

Bojanczyk indicated that each country's growth will be characterized by the specific needs of its utilities and existing grids. The vast majority of smart grid investment in China centers around transmission, distribution automation and automatic metering reading (AMR) to support a developing grid and robust renewable energy build-out.

In Japan, the sunsetting of all of the country's nuclear plants has created an acute need for demand response, home energy management and smart meter deployments.

In South Korea, the market is developing quite differently; for the country with the most reliable grid in the world, South Korea and its chaebols are looking to develop next-gen smart grid technologies across all segments, primarily for global export.

In addition, the report identifies the leading strategies for addressing each of Asia's smart grid markets, and analyzes the companies that are currently winning big. This list includes; ABB, Accenture, BPL Global, Echelon, Freescale, GE, Holley Metering, Moxa, RuggedCom, Siemens, State Grid Corporation of China, Wasion, XD Electric, and XJ Group.

For more information on this report and to download a brochure with the complete table of contents, visit http://www.greentechmedia.com/research/report/smart-grid-in-asia-2012-2016.

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