In line with a brand new report from the IoT analyst agency Berg Perception, the put in base of good gasoline meters in Europe amounted to 39 million models in 2020, equal to a penetration charge of 33 p.c.
The put in base will proceed to develop at a compound annual progress charge of 10.1 p.c between 2020 and 2026, reaching 70.1 million models on the finish of the interval.
Annual cargo volumes amounted to six.5 million in 2020 and are anticipated to remain at comparable ranges throughout 2021–2022 earlier than steadily reducing together with the completion of a number of large-scale nationwide rollouts.
Italy, France, the UK and the Netherlands had been probably the most energetic markets in 2020, collectively accounting for greater than 95 p.c of all good gasoline meter shipments throughout the yr. Whereas the rollouts in Italy, France and the Netherlands will quickly be accomplished, the UK market is alternatively after a number of delays anticipated to ramp up yearly installations to achieve a excessive of three.0–3.6 million models throughout 2022–2025. Belgium and Eire are two different markets which are anticipated to contribute with vital cargo volumes within the subsequent few years.
The good gasoline meters deployed in Europe have over the previous years not been networked in fairly the identical approach as their counterparts within the electrical energy sector. A typical mannequin, seen for instance within the UK, the Netherlands and Belgium, is to make the most of a neighborhood wi-fi or wired interface to transmit gasoline knowledge through the client’s good electrical energy meter. A mixture of 169 MHz RF and 2G/3G mobile communications has in the meantime been the first mannequin for the most important tasks through which good gasoline meters have been deployed independently of good electrical energy meters, akin to in Italy and France. A change of the established order may now nonetheless be on the horizon as new kinds of LPWA applied sciences have change into extra available prior to now couple of years.
Levi Ostling, Senior Analyst at Berg Perception, mentioned, “2020 was a big yr for good gasoline metering in Europe because the Italian gasoline sector turned the primary in Europe to provoke large-scale adoption of NB-IoT as a major meter connectivity alternative.”
One other rising expertise pattern is the anticipated enhance in the usage of hydrogen in European gasoline provide operations.
“Because the properties of hydrogen differ considerably from these of pure gasoline, meter distributors should put in place related technological and strategic roadmaps with the intention to place themselves within the new European renewable vitality sector”, concluded Ostling.