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What Will Keep Microgrid Development Trending Upward in 2016?

Activity on Google indicates that interest in microgrid development is on the uptick. Google tracks how many people search on a term and charts the interest over time. Below is a Google Trends graphic that shows an impressive rise in interest in the term ‘microgrid’ over the last several years. What will keep the line trending upward in … [Read more...]

Remote Microgrids, Corruption, Celebrities and Other Quick Microgrid News

When it comes to electricity markets, small and remote is getting big. In fact, the worldwide value of remote microgrids and nanogrids is expected to grow from $10.9 billion in 2015 to $196.5 billion in 2024, according to a new report by Navigant Research. Navigant looked at the cumulative global value of assets and services related to … [Read more...]

Seeking a Global Blueprint for Microgrids in Greece…and More Quick Microgrid News

Younicos, which is part of a consortium in Greece working on a global blueprint for smart microgrids, says that the Greek Island of Tilos could use renewables for more than 80 percent of its power with battery energy storage. The battery would dramatically cut use -- and therefore cost -- of fossil fuel-based power transmitted to Tilos  from a … [Read more...]

Microgrid Jr Comes of Age: The Rise of the Solar Plus Storage Nanogrid

The microgrid may be getting all of the attention, but its smaller knockoff -- the nanogrid -- is starting to capture the spotlight too. What is a nanogrid? Like the microgrid, it is a technology in search of a clear definition. But basically it is a small microgrid, typically serving a single customer or facility. A distributed energy … [Read more...]

Pool of Innovators in the Microgrid Space Is Diverse, Often Incomparable

Ranking the pool of innovators in the microgrid space isn't easy because of their diversity. After recently publishing an apples-to-apples comparison, Peter Asmus of Navigant Research now offers an apples-to-oranges look. Navigant Research’s recently published Navigant Research Leaderboard Report: Microgrid Controls is our first ranking of … [Read more...]

Is My Microgrid Market Forecast Better Than Yours?

Energy analyst Peter Asmus, of Navigant Research, offers insight into his work tracking the fast-moving microgrid market. My life as an industry research analyst is filled with angst. I get paid for predicting the future, but when microgrids are popping up like mushrooms in places unimagined just a few years ago, how does one stand by one’s … [Read more...]

How Fast is the Microgrid Market Growing, Really?

Two respected research firms regularly analyze and forecast market growth for microgrids. Both agree that microgrids will grow at a rapid clip over the next five years. But how rapid? If you try to compare the findings from the two firms -- GTM Research and Navigant Research -- you might end up scratching your head. It’s a bit of an apples and … [Read more...]

Quick Microgrid News…Constellation/Bloom Team on Fuel Cells…Stem Scores Another Investor…E.ON Begins Mega Battery…From Pacemaker to Microgrid…And More

Constellation and Bloom Energy plan to develop 40 MW of fuel cell projects for commercial and public sector customers in four states, including at a microgrid in Hartford, Connecticut. The other fuel cells will be installed in California, New Jersey and New York. “The City of Hartford benefits from this partnership by creating Connecticut’s … [Read more...]

Schneider Electric’s Microgrid Controller Named Market Leader by Navigant

Schneider Electric took the top spot as the leader in microgrid controller technology in an analysis released today by Navigant Research. Optimal Power Solutions and Princeton Power Systems took the number two and three spots for this key microgrid system. The microgrid controller comes into play when a microgrid islands from the main grid, … [Read more...]

Major U.S. Senate Energy Bill Pushes Microgrids, Grid Modernization

Microgrids get a federal push under a broad Congressional energy bill unveiled yesterday by U.S. Senate energy committee leaders after months of hearings. The bipartisan Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015 elevates many of the issues that have already been spurring microgrid development in the United States -- the need for resiliency, … [Read more...]