Global Microgrid Market Set for Rapid Growth Beyond 2015


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The global microgrid market is rapidly gaining prominence as supportive government policies in various countries encourage the setting up of renewable sources of energy such as wind and solar farms. The market in the US has established a clear lead, primarily engaging microgrids for remote and military applications. In Europe, microgrids are viewed as a suitable option for renewable energy integration. Emerging economies in Asia-Pacific, though, present the largest market potential as they look to counter power shortages and low grid connectivity.
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Global Microgrid Market Set for Rapid Growth Beyond 2015

  1. 1. MICROGRIDS Technologies that Power Energy Reliability, Self Sufficiency, Localities and Growth Opportunities
  2. 2. 2 Microgrids:Technologies that Power Energy Reliability, Self Sufficiency, Localities and Growth Opportunities Smart Microgrids Provide Reliable, Resilient and Renewable Energy A microgrid deployment involves many different participants who provide growth oppor- tunities for players across the whole value chain. Smart microgrid deployment for industrial and community applications is gaining mo- mentum for efficient energy usage. While the market is still in its infancy, it is expected to be well established by 2020. First-mover advantage will go to those participants who are venturing into the market in the short term. Micogrids Overview Microgrids are semiautonomous groupings of generating sources along with sinks at end-user nodes that are deployed and operated to benefit the installer. The supply sources include reciprocating engine generator sets, microturbines, fuel cells, photovoltaic cells, small scale renewable generators, storage devices and controllable end-use loads. Microgrids Provide: • Effective handling of total system energy requirements • Protection for critical loads while ensuring power quality and reliability over the entire system • Control and protection for the local electrical network, independent of the macrogrid
  3. 3. 3 Rooftop PV Solar Switches & Power Electronics Microturbine & Energy Storage Distributed Generation Home Energy System PHEVs Ground PV Solar Array Utility-scale Energy Storage Many new things to manage!
  4. 4. 4 Microgrids:Technologies that Power Energy Reliability, Self Sufficiency, Localities and Growth Opportunities Microgrid Challenges • Issues transitioning seamlessly from grid-connected to island mode using the available, but expensive, CERTS technology requires expensive and specialized equipment. • As a result of the complications associated with islanding, microgrids are implemented with non-synchronous connections and reconnections that lead to power loss during transition. • Lack of proven business model and funding systems. • Difficulty integrating microgrid with existing grid system, which requires sophisticated and expensive equipment, and is made worse by a proliferation of proprietary, custom interfaces that add significant cost to the system. Developing economies have huge growth potential for microgrid deployment to cater to rapid growth in power demand. Developing countries present huge growth potential for microgrid deployment, where this is aimed at meeting the growing power demand in countries with power shortages and low grid connectivity. The US is deploying microgrids for remote and military applications, while Europe sees microgrids as a better option for renewable energy integration. Microgrids for rapid growth Microgrids for developing economies
  5. 5. 5 Microgrid Installation and Deployment Critical Facility Distributed Energy Generation Inter- connection Facility Private Entities Electric Distribution Company
  6. 6. 6 Microgrids:Technologies that Power Energy Reliability, Self Sufficiency, Localities and Growth Opportunities Total Microgrid Market End-user Contribution by Installed Capacity (Global, 2012) Institutions/Campuses Commercial/Industrial Community/Utility Military Islanding (Remote Off-grid Network) Institutions and universities across Europe are involved in developing microgridnetworks for field tests and analysis of microgrid installations. Microgrids are an attractive solution in commercial/industrial applications, however, the lack of proper market structure and standardisation does limit the use of microgrids for this application. Community/utility microgrids are predominant in Europe, with Denmark taking the lead.The prospects of microgrids being deployed by utilities is high, as many research activities are currently underway through utility networks. Microgrid usage for military power requirements is a key application, but active field testing and evaluation is focused on the US, with relatively little activity in Europe. Using microgrids only for islanding is a niche application fraught with many inherent challenges, which is why installation levels are likely to remain low when compared with other applications. 22.3 10.8 20.8 26.2 19.9 Remote Military Utility Industrial Institutional
  7. 7. 7 United States • Defence is a key market, but Commercial and Industrial are strong markets as well. • Government support exists. • 60% of total installations are from the United States. China • Strong government support through 12th FiveYear Plan. Japan • Pioneers in the islanding microgrid space. • Electric companies are setting up microgrids on remote islands. Germany • Pioneering microgrid installations in Europe, driven by renewable energy Australia • Off-grid, remote locations are key drivers. India • This is the second largest APAC market after China. • Low grid connectivity and rural power demand are key drivers.
  8. 8. Contact Details Suba Arunkumar Industry Manager – Energy & Environment (Europe) Email: John Raspin Partner - Energy & Environment Tel: +44 (0) 20 7915 7814 Email: Chiara Carella Head of Corporate Communication Tel: +44 (0)207 343 8314 Email: