Most microgrids operating today are, in essence, retrofit projects,
utilizing an overlay of control technologies that are designed to
integrate legacy assets with new microgrid components, usually in the
form of small amounts of solar PV or a new advanced energy storage unit.
In the future, however, greenfield microgrid projects will be
increasingly prevalent. According to a new tracker report from Pike
Research, a part of Navigant's Energy Practice, the number of active
microgrid projects around the world continues to increase at a brisk
pace, as does the total installed capacity of microgrids.
All told, the report documents 67 newly identified microgrid entries,
equating to an increase of 571 megawatts (MW) in worldwide capacity,
compared to the sum of past projects included in Pike Research's
tracking. Planned, proposed, under-development, and fully operating
microgrids now represent nearly 3,200 MW of total capacity, according to
"Large and small companies, as well as various government and research
departments, are moving aggressively to create or assemble new
microgrids," says senior research analyst Peter Asmus. "Among the
companies that provided new project data for this deployment tracker
update are SAIC, Honeywell, SMA International, Arista Power, Younicos,
Blue Pillar, and Youngblood Capital Group - to name a few."
One key driver of microgrid market growth, adds Asmus, is the defense
sector. The U.S. Secretary of Defense recently conducted a survey of
Department of Defense (DOD) facilities that included an inventory of
onsite electrical infrastructure focused on microgrid deployments.
Accoding to the Secretary of Defense, more than 40 U.S. military bases
currently have operating microgrids, have planned microgrids, or have
conducted studies or demonstrations of microgrid technologies.
Deployment Tracker is a fourth-edition database, updated biennially,
that covers five microgrid market application segments and four
principal geographies. The tracker lists proposed, planned, under
development and operating microgrids - as well as selected projects that
lay the foundation for viable microgrids over the next six years. The
goal of this database is to provide the best up-to-date summary of
microgrid projects available globally. An Executive Summary of the
report is available for free download on the Pike
About Pike Research
Pike Research, which joined Navigant's global Energy Practice on July 1,
2012, provides in-depth analysis of global clean technology markets. The
team's research methodology combines supply-side industry analysis,
end-user primary research and demand assessment, and deep examination of
technology trends to provide a comprehensive view of the Smart Energy,
Smart Grid, Smart Transportation, Smart Industry, and Smart Buildings
sectors. Additional information about Pike Research can be found at www.navigant.com/pikeresearch.
Navigant (NYSE: NCI) is a specialized, global expert services firm
dedicated to assisting clients in creating and protecting value in the
face of critical business risks and opportunities. Through senior level
engagement with clients, Navigant professionals combine technical
expertise in Disputes and Investigations, Economics, Financial Advisory
and Management Consulting, with business pragmatism in the highly
regulated Construction, Energy, Financial Services and Healthcare
industries to support clients in addressing their most critical business
needs. More information about Navigant can be found at www.navigant.com.
* The information contained in this press release concerning the
report, "Microgrid Deployment Tracker 4Q12," is a summary and
reflects Pike Research's current expectations based on market data and
trend analysis. Market predictions and expectations are inherently
uncertain and actual results may differ materially from those contained
in this press release or the report. Please refer to the full report for
a complete understanding of the assumptions underlying the report's
conclusions and the methodologies used to create the report. Neither
Pike Research nor Navigant undertakes any obligation to update any of
the information contained in this press release or the report.
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