Also known as vitreous metals, amorphous metal cores are glassy or non-crystalline in physical appearance. Amorphous metal cores are used for creating high-performance transformers. Amorphous metal cores have low conductivity, which helps to reduce eddy currents in the core body. Since amorphous metal cores does not have anisotropic properties, it shows excellent magnetic behavior such as minimum iron loss while having high-saturation magnetic flux density with high permeability. Amorphous metal cores are generally used in distribution transformers. In terms of end use sector, Amorphous metal cores are commonly preferred in renewable energy systems such as solar power and wind energy, as they typically operate with 20 – 40% low load conditions. Amorphous metal cores have been used in liquid-filled transformers for over 20 years, and now this technology is trending in dry type transformers as well.
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The amorphous alloy in the iron core of transformer significantly reduces energy costs and helps increase electrical characteristics while reducing the level of CO2 emissions. Power transmission equipment manufacturers today are searching for a technology that saves energy and reduces their operating cost. This has encouraged amorphous metal cores manufacturers to develop optimized and energy efficient products for use in distribution transformers. Normally, 10% of total electricity generated by an electric company is lost during the distribution and transmission process. Thus, distribution transformers consisting of amorphous metal cores help save a significant amount of energy and cost. Other uses that benefit from amorphous metal cores include output filter chokes in large Switched-Mode Power Supply (SMPS), power factor correction chokes in UPS systems and high-power lamp ballasts.
The initial costs of amorphous metal cores are relatively higher as compared to crystalline silicon steel owing to certain beneficial properties such as lower saturation magnetic flux density of amorphous steel than that of silicon steel, which is mostly preferred by transformer manufacturers. This results in high cost per unit of large sized amorphous core transformers. Although, it’s increased energy efficiency and low operational costs throughout the lifetime of transformer, could help compensate its high initial costs. Therefore, despite of high costs, the above mentioned factors are estimated to boost the market demand for amorphous metal cores in the coming years.
On the flip side, amorphous metal cores shows various limitations which may curb the market growth. Hardness along with reduced thickness makes slitting and shearing difficult. Moreover, the brittleness property of amorphous metal cores has also made it un-friendly to the transformer manufacturers. Due to these limitations, the amorphous metal core technology has been limited at present to very few customers across geographies.
Regional Market Outlook
With U.S. agreeing to expand the production of amorphous metal core transformers in order to achieve efficient distribution & transmission of electricity, the global amorphous metal cores market is projected to witness lucrative growth opportunities in North America. In addition, since U.S. has the highest per capita electricity consumption ratio in the world, government and utility companies are taking various initiatives to introduce energy efficient transforming solutions, which is estimated to accelerate the growth of amorphous metal cores market during the forecast period.
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Moreover, regions such as East Asia and South Asia are also estimated to witness lackluster growth driven by major installations of amorphous metal core transformers in India and China. The recent electrification projects are heavily investing in energy efficient technology which is expected to drive the growth for amorphous metal cores market over the slated time period.
The European countries are also facing an upsurge in the amorphous metal cores market. For instance, Spanish utility companies have started to import the amorphous metal core transformers and is also promoting in-house manufacturing of the same with local manufacturers.
Amorphous Metal Cores regional analysis includes:
- North America (U.S., Canada)
- Latin America (Mexico, Brazil)
- Western Europe (Germany, Italy, France, U.K, Spain)
- Eastern Europe (Poland, Russia)
- Asia Pacific (China, India, ASEAN, Australia & New Zealand)
- Middle East and Africa (GCC Countries, S. Africa, Northern Africa)
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Market Key Players
Some of the prominent market participants in the global amorphous metal cores market include the following players:
- Hitachi, Ltd.
- Advanced Technology & Materials Co., Ltd.
- Zhaojing Incorporated
- Qingdao Yunlu New Energy Technology Co., Ltd.
- China Amorphous Technology Co.,Ltd
- Mangal Electrical Industries Pvt. Ltd.
- KOTSONS Pvt. Ltd.
- Usha Amorphous Metals Ltd.
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On the basis of Type, the global amorphous metal cores market can be segmented into the following,
- E Core
- C Core
On the basis of Application, the global amorphous metal cores market can be segmented into the following,
- Iron Based
- Cobalt Based
On the basis of End Use, the global amorphous metal cores market can be segmented into the following,