Smart Grid Value Chain

The following information comes from a 2011 report titled: Smart Grid: Core Firms in the Research Triangle Region, NC (650kb pdf). This report was written by Marcy Lowe, Hua Fan and Gary Gereffi of Duke’s Center of Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness. If you’re sincerely interested in the details of the region’s smart grid cluster, you owe it to yourself to read this report.

The report referenced above defines the U.S. value chain for smart grid through the following graphic.

From left to right, the “columns” follow the flow of electricity from generation to the end user. The “rows” show the eight main smart gird technology areas designated by the International Energy Agency (IEA). As you will see in the graphic below, a number of Triangle firms are actively engaged in each of the main technology areas. For more detail, download the complete report from the link at the top of this page.