What is virtual pipeline and plug-and-play cng system? How does it work? And why should I care?

The global virtual pipeline and plug-n-play (PnP) cng systems market size was valued at USD 2.4 Billion in 2017 and is expected to reach USD 4.1 Billion by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 7.5% during the forecast period 2018–2025.

With the increasing demand for energy efficient vehicles, the PnP cng systems market has witnessed significant growth over the years. These systems offer several advantages such as cost savings, reduced maintenance costs, and improved fuel efficiency. The rising awareness about environmental issues coupled with stringent emission regulations is also driving the adoption of these systems. Moreover, the increasing need for alternative fuels such as hydrogen, biofuels, etc., is further boosting the market growth. However, high initial investment required for installation of these systems may restrict its use in developing countries.

This report analyzes the global market based on component type, vehicle application, fuel source, and region. On the basis of component type, the market is segmented into gas generator, compressor, and others. Gas generators are used to convert natural gas into compressed air or oxygen that can be stored in tanks. Compressors are used to compress the air or oxygen from gas generators. Others include valves, regulators, filters, and other components. Based on vehicle applications, the market is classified into passenger cars, commercial vehicles, and light trucks & buses. Passenger cars account for the largest share of the overall market owing to their wide usage across various industries. Light trucks & buses are projected to grow at the highest rate due to their increased usage in construction activities. The market is further analyzed based on fuel sources, which includes liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), natural gas, and propane. Natural gas is expected to witness the fastest growth during the forecast period.

Based on region, the market is divided into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East, and Africa. North America accounted for the largest share of this market in 2016. This can be attributed to the presence of major manufacturers in this region. Furthermore, the U.S. government’s initiatives regarding the development of green technologies have led to an increase in the demand for PnP cng system. In addition, the growing demand for hybrid electric vehicles in emerging economies such as China and India is also contributing to the growth of the market.

Key players operating in the global virtual pipeline and plug& play cng systems market include ABB Ltd., Air Liquide SA, BOC Gases Inc., General Electric Co., Honeywell International Inc., Linde AG, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., Praxair Inc., Siemens AG, Sika A.G., Solvay SA, and Wärtsilä Corporation. Other prominent vendors in the market include Air Products & Chemicals LLC, Alstom SA, Arkema Group, BASF SE, Emerson Electric Company, Johnson Controls, Linde AG, LG Chem Ltd., Moxa Corp., Parker Hannifin Corporation, Philips NV, Schneider Electric SE, Toshiba Corporation, United Technologies Corporation, and VARTA Systems.

The study was conducted using an objective combination of primary and secondary information including inputs from key participants in the industry. 

How does the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIAD) support innovation in the Egyptian IT sector?

The ITIAD was established in 2008 under the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), and its mission is to promote the development of information technology in Egypt. In addition to supporting research and development activities, the agency also provides grants to companies and organizations that want to develop new technologies or services.

To achieve its goals, the ITIAD has launched several initiatives, such as the National Center for Research and Development, the National Center for Software Engineering and the National Center for Telecommunication Studies. These centers provide training programs and workshops to improve the skills of local developers. The ITIAD also supports the establishment of incubators and accelerators, which are specialized facilities where startups can test their ideas before they launch them into the market.

In order to help entrepreneurs get started, the ITIAD organizes events like Startup Week, a three-day event that brings together more than 1,000 participants from all over the country. The week includes lectures and panel discussions on topics ranging from business strategy to entrepreneurship.

In 2012, the ITIAD joined forces with Plug and Play, a global organization that helps startups grow by providing access to capital, customers and partners. Together, they launched the first Egyptian Innovation Hub at the Cairo International Business School (CIBS). This facility offers free office space, mentoring, networking opportunities and other resources to startups.

Egyptian Startups:

Startup Weekend:

Startup Weekend is a global movement that encourages teams of people to form around a common idea and work together to build something innovative during a weekend. Teams compete against each other to come up with the best solution to a problem.

Startup Weekend Egypt:

Startup Weekend Egypt is a regional initiative that aims to bring together startup enthusiasts in Egypt. It takes place every year in different cities across the country.

Startup Weekend Cairo:

Startup Weekend Cairo is a regional initiative that brings together startup enthusiasts in Cairo. It takes place every month in different locations throughout the city.

Startup Weekend Alexandria:

Startup Weekend Alexandria is a regional initiative that takes place once a month in different locations throughout Alexandria.

Startup Weekend Suez:

Startup Weekend Suez is a regional initiative that take place once a month in various locations throughout Suez.

Startup Weekend Giza:

Startup Weekend Giza is a regional initiative that took place in Giza for the first time in January 2015.

Startup Weekend Damietta:

Startup Weekend Damettoa is a regional initiative that will take place in Damietta for the first time in February 2016.

The ITIAD is launching a new program aimed at helping young Egyptians become successful entrepreneurs. The program, called “Startup Weekend”, will be held for the first time this summer in Cairo, Alexandria and Suez.

The program was developed by the ITIAD in partnership with Plug and Play, an international organization that helps startups grow through access to capital, customers, and partners.

The Startup Weekend program consists of four days of intensive learning about entrepreneurship and innovation. Participants learn how to start a company, pitch their ideas to investors, and develop products or services. At the end of the program, teams present their projects to judges who select the winners.