The Microgrid Knowledge Europe Channel

News and feature articles on microgrids in Europe including RFP's, policies and players impacting the region.

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...]

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...]

European Microgrid Ecosystem Emerges

Peter Asmus, of Navigant Research, describes the European microgrid market and how it differs from the U.S. market.The microgrid market in the United States has reached a crescendo, with vendors (i.e., SolarCity) and utilities (i.e., Oncor) announcing new products and projects on a regular basis. Here in Europe (where I am, just outside Paris … [Read more...]

Microgrids and Local Energy: A Fad or a True Market Force?

We'll be the first to admit that there is a lot of cheerleading surrounding microgrids and local energy right now.  Is it all just clapping and banner waving? Or are microgrids a technology with staying power?Navigant Research,  which closely tracks microgrids, has recently published data that looks very encouraging for the microgrid … [Read more...]

Microgrid Market Growth On Pace for Tripling of Capacity by 2020

Another research organization is predicting rapid microgrid market growth, this time a tripling of capacity and an increase in annual revenue of more than 20 percent over the next six years.More specifically,  Transparency Market Research  forecasts that the 3.6 GW of microgrid capacity operating in 2013 will grow to 9.35 GW by 2020. The report … [Read more...]