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REPORT # Nano-178 PUBLISHED May 26, 2010
Microgrid Markets and Opportunities
CATEGORIES :
  • Smart Technology
  • SUMMARY

    Microgrids are an emerging sector of the Smart Grid market, which we believe will exhibit significant growth over the next decade; there are already many applications where a compelling case can be made for their deployment, including hospitals, high tech office parks, educational campuses, and industrial applications. In all of these applications and more, microgrids can enhance power quality, reliability and security as well as improve energy economics.

    This new report reviews the state-of-the-art in Smart Grids, discussing the likely path technologies will take in the future, and then goes on to identify and quantify the business opportunities that are emerging as microgrids are installed worldwide. We analyze these opportunities in both novel and established applications and also discuss how the new microgrids will fit with the existing grid infrastructure and in entirely off-the-grid deployments. We also discuss how regulatory frameworks facilitate and inhibit the creation of microgrids.

    In addition to discussing the evolution of microgrid technology and the kind of equipment that will be used in microgrids, this report also discusses the service revenue potential from microgrids, especially sales of electricity. It provides profiles of the major projects and companies with demonstration microgrids in place as well as major microgrid projects in development and planned for the near future. Based on information from these current and planned microgrids, we provide market forecasts of microgrids and the revenue opportunities that they will generate.

    From this new report, readers will come to understand which players will be the likely winners and losers in the microgrid space and why. This report will be essential reading for all firms planning to become involved in this space as well as investors who want to understand the strengths, weaknesses and strategies of the current emerging market in microgrids.

  • TABLE OF CONTENTS

    Executive Summary

    E.1 Opportunities for Microgrids in the Emerging Smart Grid
    E.1.1 Emerging Microgrid Applications in Campus, Institutional, and Premium Power Park High-Quality Power Applications
    E.1.2 Island Microgrids in Remote Civilian and Military Applications
    E.1.3 Microgrids in Emerging Electrical Markets
    E.2 Near-Term and Long-Term Opportunities for Microgrids in the Smart Grid
    E.2.1 Current Opportunities for Microgrids in Near-Term Smart Grid Applications
    E.2.2 Longer Term Opportunities for Microgrids as the Smart Grid Evolves
    E.3 Key Microgrid Firms to Watch
    E.4 Summary of Forecasts

    Chapter One:  Introduction

    1.1 Background to This Report
    1.1.1 Microgrid Drivers:  Much Needed Functionality and Enabling Technology
    1.1.2 Microgrids, Power Quality and Opportunities in the Developed World
    1.1.3 Island Microgrids
    1.1.4 Microgrid Opportunities in the Developing World
    1.2 Objective and Scope of this Report
    1.3 Methodology of this Report
    1.4 Plan of this Report

    Chapter Two:  Microgrids in Emerging Smart-Grid Applications

    2.1 Evolution of Microgrids and Microgrid Applications in the Emerging Smart Grid
    2.2 Recent Innovations that Enable Microgrid Integration into Emerging Smart Grids
    2.2.1 Current Prototype Microgrids and Microgrid Demonstration Facilities
    2.2.2 Role of Solar Energy and Wind Power in Microgrid Applications
    2.2.3 Role of Combined Heat and Power (CHP) in Microgrid Applications
    2.2.4 Role of Thermal Storage in Microgrid Applications
    2.2.5 Role of Electrical Storage in Microgrid Applications
    2.2.6 Role of Sensors to Enable Microgrids in Smart-Grid Applications
    2.3 Microgrids in Campus, Premium Power Park and Emerging High Quality Power Applications
    2.3.1 Off-Grid and Island-Grid Applications of Microgrids for Remote Regions
    2.3.2 Military and Other Mobile Applications for Microgrids
    2.4 Risk Areas to Successful Implementation of Evolving Microgrids
    2.5 Key Points Made in this Chapter

    Chapter Three:  Microgrid Economic, Regulatory and Security Landscape and Firms to Watch

    3.1 Traditional Electrical Production vs. Microgrids in Emerging Smart Grids
    3.2 Smart Grid Regulatory and Subsidy Issues that Could Accelerate or Retard the Growth of Microgrids
    3.2.1 Undeveloped Regions
    3.3 Enhanced Grid Reliability and Security as Microgrids Grow and Electrical Generation Assets Become More Distributed
    3.4 Standards Organizations and Their Role in Creating Microgrid-Friendly Ecosystems
    3.5 Microgrid Companies and Suppliers to Watch
    3.5.1 Microgrid and Distributed Energy Integration Firms
    3.5.2 Leading Utilities Involved in Microgrid Development
    3.5.3 Large Multinational Corporations Actively in Microgrid Development
    3.5.4 Suppliers of Key Components to Microgrids (Batteries, Supercapacitors and Flywheels, Cogeneration, and Microturbines)
    3.6 Key Points Made in this Chapter

    Chapter Four:  Forecasts for Microgrids in Smart-Grid Applications

    4.1 Forecasting Methodology
    4.1.1 Data Sources
    4.1.2 Clean Power Mandates and Possible Carbon Taxes that Drive  Microgrid Demand
    4.1.3 Notes on the Effect of Stimulus Spending on Microgrids
    4.2 Roadmap for Microgrids in Smart-Grid Applications
    4.2.1 Campus and Institutional Applications
    4.2.2 Premium Power Parks
    4.2.3 Residential and Community-Based Microgrids
    4.2.4 Off-Grid Microgrids
    4.2.5 Military Microgrids
    4.3 Summary of Microgrid Forecasts
     
    Abbreviations and Acronyms Used In this Report
     
    About the Author
     
     

     

    List of Exhibits

     
    Exhibit E-1: Projected Worldwide New Microgrid Revenue by Application ($ Millions)
    Exhibit 4-1: Cost of Microgrid Components for Campus/Institutional Applications ($/kW)
    Exhibit 4-2: Worldwide Market for Microgrids in Campus/Institutional Applications
    Exhibit 4-3: Cost of Microgrid Components for Premium Power Park Applications ($/kW)
    Exhibit 4-4: Worldwide Market for Microgrids in Premium Power Park Applications
    Exhibit 4-5: Cost of Microgrid Components for Residential/Community Applications ($/kW)
    Exhibit 4-6: Worldwide Market for Microgrids in Residential/Community Applications
    Exhibit 4-7: Cost of Microgrid Components for Mature Off-Grid Applications ($/kW)
    Exhibit 4-8: Worldwide Market for Microgrids in Mature Off-Grid Applications
    Exhibit 4-9: Cost of Microgrid Components for Emerging Off-Grid Applications ($/kW)
    Exhibit 4-10: Worldwide Market for Microgrids in Emerging Off-Grid Applications
    Exhibit 4-11: Cost of Microgrid Components for Military Applications ($/kW)
    Exhibit 4-12: Worldwide Market for Microgrids in Military Applications
    Exhibit 4-13: Projected Worldwide Microgrid New Capacity Installed and Revenue
    Exhibit 4-14: Projected New Microgrid Generating Capacity by Application (MW)
    Exhibit 4-15: Projected Worldwide New Microgrid Revenue by Application ($ Millions)
    Exhibit 4-16: Projected Worldwide New Microgrid Generating Capacity (MW) by Region
    Exhibit 4-17: Projected Worldwide Revenue for New Microgrids by Region ($ Millions)
    Exhibit 4-18: Projected New North American Microgrid Capacity (MW)
    Exhibit 4-19: Projected New North American Microgrid Revenue ($ Millions)
    Exhibit 4-20: Projected New European Microgrid Generating Capacity (MW)
    Exhibit 4-21: Projected New European Microgrid Revenue ($ Millions)
    Exhibit 4-22: Projected New Japanese Microgrid Generating Capacity (MW)
    Exhibit 4-23: Projected New Japanese Microgrid Revenue ($ Millions)
    Exhibit 4-24: Projected New Asian (Less Japan) Microgrid Generating Capacity (MW)
    Exhibit 4-25: Projected New Asian (Less Japan) Microgrid Revenue ($ Millions)

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