Electrical conductors are materials that conduct electricity. Overhead conductor is a physical medium used to carry electrical energy across two adjoining electricity network junctions. These travel easily from atom to atom with the help of voltage. Overhead conductors are utilized in electric power transmission and distribution to transmit electrical energy along large distances. Overhead conductor consists of more than one conductors suspended by towers or poles. They are essential components in the power industry and are responsible for the transmission and distribution of electric power. A metal wire is commonly used as a form of overhead conductor.
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The overhead conductors market can be segmented based on voltage type, application, and region. Based on voltage type, the overhead conductors market can be segregated into 130 kV to 225 kV, 226 kV to 650 kV, and above 651 kV. Based on application, the overhead conductors market can be divided into high tension, extra high tension, and ultra-high tension. High voltage overhead transmission lines are utilized to transfer electricity over long distances from central substation to the main substation. The transfer of electricity over long distances above 225 kV transmission voltage are termed extra high tension transmission lines. Transfer of electricity more than 650 kV over longer distance are known as ultra-high tension transmission lines.
Rise in demand for production of green products is a major trend driving the overhead conductors market. Manufacturers of overhead conductors are largely focusing on developing wires and cables with less detrimental impact on the environment. New technological advancements and inventions are being developed to lower the manufacturing costs of overhead conductors. Regulatory measures by developed and developing countries toward the existing transmission losses have compelled installers to focus on effective and reliable product development.
The usage of overhead conductors visually distracts the environment. Birds, low flying aircraft, drones, and surveillance cameras are affected by overhead conductors. Safety issue and scarcity of high skilled labor to handle ultra-high overhead conductors are the major restraints of using overhead conductors.
In terms of geography, North America offers high potential for the overhead conductors market. The use of overhead conductors is expected to increase in North America., as the U.S. Government plans to refurbish and revamp its infrastructure and produce eco-friendly energy distribution and transmission control systems. Countries in Asia Pacific such as India, China, and Japan are investing significantly in the manufacture of environmentally-friendly overhead conductors. Several end-users are replacing their old equipment such as transmission and distribution transformers, power cables, circuit-breakers, and switchgears with technically advanced transmission and distribution equipment to revamp their existing transmission network. This is driving the demand for overhead conductors.
Countries in Europe such as Germany, France, Sweden, and the U.K. are focusing on increasing their infrastructure investments for the development of renewable energy projects. This is anticipated to create the need to connect renewable energy sources to the grid network, thereby augmenting the usage of overhead conductors due to their properties such as low transmission loss. The overhead conductors market in Middle East & Africa is anticipated to expand rapidly in the near future. Countries such as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, and Qatar have invested significantly in overhead conductors for the development of infrastructure.
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Key players operating in the overhead conductors market include General Cable, Nexans, Southwire, Midal Cables, and Prysmian Group.
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