New Report Forecasts Capacity and Revenue for Microgrid Enabling Technologies

A new report from Navigant Research examines the market for microgrid enabling technologies (MET), providing global forecasts for capacity and revenue, segmented by technology and region, through 2026.

As one of many options to aggregate and optimize growing penetrations of distributed energy resources (DER), the microgrid platform allows for new levels of resilience and reliability, and can help organize mixed asset fleets of DER at the distribution network level. With the right set of control technologies, this platform can not only offer value streams to site hosts, but also provide value upstream to the larger grid.

“Microgrids represent a key component of an emerging Energy Cloud focused on resilience and renewable energy integration,” says Peter Asmus, principal research analyst with Navigant Research. “Biomass, combined heat and power (CHP), diesel, fuel cells, hydroelectric, solar PV, and wind represent the lion’s share of potential revenue for microgrid implementation spending, and serve as the backbone of the microgrid value proposition: maximizing the value of onsite power generation.”

From a global perspective, CHP was the leading DER choice for microgrids in terms of capacity in 2017, with 655 MW deployed, followed by solar PV (392 MW), and then diesel (385 MW). By 2026, however, the MET landscape is expected to shift, with solar PV jumping to a commanding lead with 3,786 MW annually, followed by energy storage with 3,292 MW, according to the report.

The report, Microgrid Enabling Technologies Market Overview, analyzes the global market for MET, with a focus on eight DER: biomass, CHP, diesel, energy storage, fuel cells, hydroelectric, solar PV, and wind. The study provides an analysis of the market issues, including case studies, government incentives, and emerging standards, associated with MET. Global market forecasts for capacity and revenue, segmented by technology and region, extend through 2026. The report also examines the key technologies and hardware related to MET, as well as the competitive landscape.

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