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Commercial, Community, Institutional, Military, and Remote Microgrids: Active Projects by World Region
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Peter Asmus Senior Analyst Brittany Gibson Research Associate
the data are highly diverse (and often incomplete). All Rights Reserved. Deeper dives into the three most active microgrid segments – institutional/campus environment. controls. remote microgrids boast higher revenue per capacity. Each of the three major remote microgrid subsegments represents a billion-dollar plus market by 2017. thanks to Alaska. and other hardware and software necessary to link up legacy assets into smart grid networks. 1. information on power generation sources. Unlike the grid-tied microgrids profiled by Pike Research. especially with military operations. This publication may be used only as expressly permitted by license from Pike Research LLC and may not otherwise be accessed or used. companies. © 2011 Pike Research LLC. updated as of December 2011. Why? These systems include revenue from generation sources. the goal of this database is to provide the best up-to-date summary of microgrid projects globally. and remote systems – have uncovered new projects and new market players. storage.2 Microgrid Deployment Tracker Updates This update to the Pike Research Microgrid Deployment Tracker reveals fresh data that turns some previous assumptions about the global microgrid market on its head.Microgrid Deployment Tracker 4Q11 Section 1 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 1. (along with a mobile military microgrid subsegment). the need for power to fulfill the most basic humanitarian needs is driving remote microgrids into the mainstream as a preferred bottom-of-the-pyramid (BOP) economic development platform. It is a working dataset that will be periodically updated as new projects are announced and actually come online. the grid-tied sector will more closely mimic the revenue investment ratios exemplified by remote microgrids. The result is a view of a much more robust microgrid market than was the case in 2009. military. without the express written permission of Pike Research LLC. Nevertheless. The demand for integrating renewable distributed energy generation (RDEG) resources into power systems isolated from reliable grids represents the most compelling value proposition for microgrids. 1 . revenue forecasts for grid-tied systems have – up to this point in time – been limited to networking. While North America is still the world’s most promising market for grid-tied projects. Given the lack of maturity in this market. As microgrids mature into a commercial enterprise. investment flows. the region also ranks highly in the remote microgrid segment. In addition. and private sector revenue for the global microgrid market. when Pike Research first began to develop the world’s only database and commercial analysis of this corner of the smart grid movement. This database is the second edition of the Microgrid Deployment Tracker. weak grid island systems. and institutions involved will be updated as details come to light through Pike Research’s ongoing research into this highly dynamic market. and remote industrial mine systems. Moreover. The inclusion of previously undiscovered capacity within the remote microgrid segment dramatically increases the projected size of the world’s microgrid market – especially in terms of revenue and potential investment. In contrast. This remote microgrid segment is far more advanced and diverse than previously reported. Pike Research has identified three primary subsegments within the remote microgrid market – village power systems.1 Introduction Pike Research has developed this Microgrid Deployment Tracker 4Q11 as a database upon which to build forecasts of future capacity.
Many of these projects do not have official designations. It must be noted that not all of the projects profiled in this database meet the Pike Research and/or U. and leads provided by key contacts within the smart grid and renewable energy industries: Commercial/Industrial Community/Utility Institutional/Campus Environment Military Remote Systems Along with these different segments. Since 2009. This perception is slowly fading away. by segment or region). The year 2011 signaled a shift. the database can also be searched by region of the world: Asia Pacific Europe North America Rest of World (including Latin America) © 2011 Pike Research LLC. as some of the first large-scale commercial microgrid projects reached significant milestones. Department of Energy (DOE) definitions of a microgrid – though the vast majority do. All Rights Reserved. but it does represent a good faith effort to track all notable microgrids. Therefore. With the adoption of the IEEE P1547.4 islanding standards in July 2011. secondary research. This publication may be used only as expressly permitted by license from Pike Research LLC and may not otherwise be accessed or used. without the express written permission of Pike Research LLC.g.S. Depending upon one’s definition. it was safe to say that the majority of projects in the Microgrid Deployment Tracker database were pilot projects and/or research-related experiments. remote microgrids could clearly dominate the global microgrid market in terms of revenues by 2017. Pike Research does not maintain that this database is complete. the shift from pilot validation projects to fully commercial projects will only accelerate. those subscribers researching specific projects are urged to utilize the various different search criteria (e. Globally. 2 . the rising costs of diesel fuel – and corresponding drop in solar photovoltaic (PV) prices – have signaled the promise of a flurry of new commercial activity regarding remote microgrids throughout the developing world. The following types of projects have been identified through direct interviews. a handful of large commercially viable projects have come to light. Projects that do not meet the Pike Research/DOE definitions were included due to their noteworthy features and/or key contributions to the development of technologies critical to the success of the overall microgrid market. especially in California – as platforms for aggregation of distributed renewable resources – and in New York – with combined heat and power (CHP) units as anchor technologies.Microgrid Deployment Tracker 4Q11 In the past.
Pike Research encourages direct suggestions and research requests from subscribers. at peter. It is the hope of Pike Research that the Microgrid Deployment Tracker database provides a good glimpse into an emerging market whose modularity and diversity of technologies renders it a constantly moving target. 1. the Middle East. At present. We also welcome microgrid project leads and any insights. Pike Research intends to further segment both application subsegments and geographical segments. Pike Research Senior Analyst. However. These trends. especially for those firms looking to expand project portfolios and find strategic partners.” the commercial appeal of microgrids will increase over time. and Africa.Microgrid Deployment Tracker 4Q11 1. and this remote subsegment already represents the largest sheer number of microgrids (but the smallest average capacity). and/or corrections to this database. additions. further increasing the need for these types of aggregation platforms. updates.4 Summary The lack of government and industry data on microgrids creates a need for this sort of database. Interest in remote/off-grid microgrids is accelerating in the developing world. This publication may be used only as expressly permitted by license from Pike Research LLC and may not otherwise be accessed or used.com. and generation and storage options will continue to grow. Whether considered as part of the smart grid or an alternative to other aggregation structures such as “virtual power plants. and weakest in the developing world. without the express written permission of Pike Research LLC. © 2011 Pike Research LLC. All Rights Reserved. If you have questions. this Microgrid Deployment Tracker represents the most comprehensive and up-to-date database of microgrids in the world. additions. the list of projects.asmus@pikeresearch. or corrections to this database. 3 . in turn. please contact Peter Asmus. Therefore. companies.3 Future of the Microgrid Deployment Tracker As market activity increases. the world’s leading microgrid market. Of particular interest is collecting data for projects in Latin America. the depth of coverage is best in North America. boost the need for this tracking product offered by Pike Research.
utilities and other service providers.S. and sales are based on end-of-year figures unless otherwise noted. This publication may be used only as expressly permitted by license from Pike Research LLC and may not otherwise be accessed or used. unfettered by technology hype. shipments. Where relevant. Additional analysis includes secondary research conducted by Pike Research’s analysts and the firm’s staff of research assistants. 6 . government agencies. actionable advice to help clients succeed in the industry. and marketing professionals. or emotional factors that are inherent in cleantech markets. All values are expressed in year 2011 U. and the investment community. Figures are based on the best estimates available at the time of calculation. CAGRs for shorter timeframes may be given as well. and remote microgrids being deployed primarily in the developing world. political agendas. the military sector. The key component of Pike Research’s analysis is primary research gained from phone and in-person interviews with industry leaders including executives. All Rights Reserved. industry associations. Annual revenues. This Microgrid Deployment Tracker will serve as a basis for future forecasts of specific microgrid segments. The sources of data are far too many to mention. This Microgrid Deployment Tracker is the product of over one year’s research into the emerging market for microgrids. NOTES CAGR refers to compound average annual growth rate. Pike Research is an independent market research firm whose goal is to present an objective. © 2011 Pike Research LLC. Percentages may not add up to 100 due to rounding. including those reports published in 2011 on institutional/campus environments. without the express written permission of Pike Research LLC. Analysts are diligent in ensuring that they speak with representatives from every part of the value chain. but reflect ongoing research activity at Pike Research tapping both original research through interviews and secondary research to then fill in gaps. including but not limited to technology companies. the CAGR is for the range presented. unbiased view of market opportunities within its coverage areas. using the formula: CAGR = (End Year Value ÷ Start Year Value)(1/steps) – 1. CAGRs presented in the tables are for the entire timeframe in the title. Where data for fewer years are given.Microgrid Deployment Tracker 4Q11 Section 4 SOURCES AND METHODOLOGY Pike Research’s industry analysts utilize a variety of research sources in preparing Research Reports such as this Microgrid Deployment Tracker. dollars unless otherwise noted. The firm is not beholden to any special interests and is thus able to offer clear. engineers.
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