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Market analyses by KfW IPEX-Bank

Blockchain in the energy sector. A flash analysis.

These days everyone seems to be talking about blockchain - in the financial and telecoms sectors in particular, millions have already been invested. In the energy industry, on the other hand, blockchain projects are still in the experimental phase. What opportunities can blockchain offer the energy industry? Will it even lead to a revolution?

Published: May 2018

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Service for wind turbines. A flash analysis.

The increasing demand for wind energy has made the market for operation and maintenance (O&M) of wind turbines a billion-dollar business – but how will this business field develop in the future? Will the market even consolidate in the medium term?

Published: May 2018

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Container shipping companies and big data systems. A flash analysis

Real time transmission of data: continuous consignment tracking and adjusting ship speeds for changing weather conditions save money. How else can the industry utilize big data to optimize yield and costs?

Published: March 2018

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'Big Oil' – Death of a business model? A flash analysis.

Throughout their long history, the world's major international oil corporations have overcome quite a few crises. However, their business model now appears to be under more threat than ever before. Is their business model at risk of becoming redundant?

Published: December 2017

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The future of sea ports. A flash analysis.

Automation in port terminals is just the beginning of a fundamental change in the global logistics industry. How can both port authorities and container terminal operators develop their business models to make the most of the opportunities presented by Logistics 4.0.?

Published: December 2017

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Maritime Industries. A flash analysis.

Changing regulations in the maritime industry will not only put cost pressure on shipping companies, it might also ease supply-demand imbalances. Will tightening regulations provide a silver lining for the merchant shipping sector?

Published: January 2017

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Utilities. A flash analysis.

The energy transition implemented in Germany has led to a huge expansion in wind and photovoltaic power systems as a result of subsidised feed-in tariffs. We are now on the brink of "Energy Transition 2.0": low-cost solar power and storage will prompt an increasing number of private households to become self-sufficient. But what opportunities do utilities still have to offer private customers attractive products?

Published: January 2017

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GDP growth and airline passengers. A flash analysis.

The relationship between GDP growth and air traffic development is the main driver in forecast models and therefore draws a lot of attention. It is generally acknowledged that the number of passengers at airports around the world grows at a rate of about 1.5 times that of worldwide GDP. But how true is this assumption nowadays?

Published: January 2017

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Cooperation in aviation. A flash analysis.

Many full-service carriers (FSCs) have entered into strategic partnerships. On the other hand, large low-cost carriers (LCCs) have concentrated on individual growth up to now. What might future models of full-service and low-cost carriers be: partner or competitor?

Published: February 2016

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Oil price & aviation. A flash analysis.

With a share of nearly 30%, fuel costs are one of the key operating expenses in the airline industry. Following a period of falling prices, recently oil prices have begun to climb again. How do rising oil prices and associated rising fuel costs impact the airlines' results from operations?

Published: December 2016

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Solar module manufacturers. A flash analysis.

Surplus capacity plunged the previously booming solar module industry into a crisis that virtually no German manufacturer survived. But now more and more positive news is coming from this sector: is the end of the price wars and the pressure to consolidate in sight?

Published: May 2015

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