Frost & Sullivan Research Service   Published: 11 Aug 2008
European Flywheel UPS Market
   Research Overview

This Frost & Sullivan research service titled European Flywheel UPS Market provides an analysis of the various factors driving and restraining the market, revenue forecasts, geographic trends and competitive structure. In this research, Frost & Sullivan's expert analysts cover various end-user segments including data centres and the commercial and industrial sectors.

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Market Overview

Environmentally Friendly Design of Flywheel UPS Drives Uptake in the European Markets

Flywheel UPS systems generate power from kinetic energy, making them chemical-free and energy efficient. While the flywheel technology has been in existence for a long time, it has gained widespread recognition only during the past three or four years as green initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and arrest climate change gained momentum across the globe. After the signing of the Kyoto Protocol, Europe has been proactively seeking innovative approaches to maximize energy productivity while simultaneously safeguarding the environment. The European Commission energy efficiency action plan to achieve 20 percent energy saving by 2020 has further augmented the demand for environment-friendly alternate energy storage systems such as flywheel UPS systems, supercapacitors, and fuel cells.

Offering reduced operational costs, flywheel UPS systems have caught the attention of UPS users as the total cost of ownership is less than that of battery-based systems. "Flywheel has low maintenance infrastructure cost compared to battery-based UPS, as they do not require further cooling systems to neutralise the heat generated by the battery-based UPS," notes the analyst of this research service. "Moreover, this technology is also space saving since large rooms to store huge batteries or cooling systems are not needed." Though the high price of the equipment remains a constraint, other aspects such as the long lifecycle and durable parts adequately compensate for the high cost.

Building Consumer Awareness Necessary to Accelerate Momentum in the Market Brimming with Opportunities

The European flywheel UPS market is expected to grow at a strong compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.5 percent from 2007 to 2014. Datacenters have pioneered the deployment of these systems as they offer several advantages including smaller footprint. The semiconductor, telecommunication and pharmaceutical sectors too have expedited adoption along with the retail, media and shopping malls. Capable of operating under higher temperatures and in diverse environmental conditions, flywheel UPS systems provide protection for mission-critical applications in manufacturing plants, healthcare facilities and broadcast stations. Flywheel UPS systems have proved to be especially beneficial for power ranges that exceed 800 KVA.

Low awareness of the benefits of this technology is a significant restraint to market penetration. In a market that has been overrun by battery-based systems, stepping up the tempo of efforts to promote this energy-efficient and environment-friendly technology is crucial to break the existing barriers and promote the use of these systems. "Issues such as lack of awareness and short backup time have slowed progress and penetration in the European market and manufacturers are undertaking R&D to improve these shortcomings," explains the analyst. "Besides technology enhancement, participation in trade shows and seminars, conferences, white papers, meeting with contractors and consultants and training agents and distributors are some strategies that manufacturers can undertake to improve their prospects." Manufacturers will also have to strike a balance between the demand for power and stringent environmental regulations to make inroads into this underpenetrated market.

Market Sectors

Expert Frost & Sullivan analysts thoroughly examine the following market sectors in this research:

By End User Vertical:

  • Datacenters
  • Industrial
  • Commercial

By UPS Range:

  • Below 200 kVA
  • 200 kVA and above

By Geographic Region:

  • Germany
  • France
  • Italy
  • Spain and Portugal
  • Benelux
  • Central and Eastern Europe: The Baltics, Romania, Bulgaria, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Former Yugoslavia, Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Rest of Europe: Greece, Austria, Switzerland, Ireland, Scandinavia, Malta

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  Table Of Contents
      1. Definition
      2. Technology
      3. Content of the Research Service

  Research Findings
      1. Key Research Findings

   Key Challenges
      1. Challenges Faced by the Industry

  Market Forces
      1. Market Drivers and Restraints
      2. Market Drivers
      3. Market Restraints

   Market Overview
      1. Introduction

  Market Forecasts and Trends
      1. Revenue Forecasts
      2. Revenue Forecasts by Geographic Region
      3. Revenue Forecasts by Power Range
      4. Revenue Forecasts by Application

  Competitive Analysis
      1. Competitive Forces
      2. Market Share Analysis

   End-user Study
      1. Customer Perspective

   List of Figures

Chapter 2

  • Flywheel UPS Market: Impact of Top Three Industry Challenges (Europe), 2008-2014
  • Flywheel UPS Market: Market Drivers Ranked in Order of Impact (Europe), 2008-2014
  • Flywheel UPS Market: Market Restraints Ranked in Order of Impact (Europe), 2008-2014

Chapter 3

  • Flywheel UPS Market: Revenue Forecasts (Europe), 2004-2014
  • Flywheel UPS Market: Revenue Forecasts by Geographic Region (Europe), 2004-2014
  • Flywheel UPS Market: Per cent of Revenues by Geographic Region (Europe), 2004-2014
  • Flywheel UPS Market: Revenue Forecasts by Power Range (Europe), 2004-2014
  • Flywheel UPS Market: Per cent of Revenues by Power Range (Europe), 2004-2014
  • Flywheel UPS Market: Revenue Forecasts by Application (Europe), 2004-2014
  • Flywheel UPS Market: Per cent of Revenues by Application (Europe), 2004-2014
  • Flywheel UPS Market: Company Market Share by Revenues (Europe), 2007
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