Navigant: 1,842 microgrid projects worldwide equal 19,279MW, Asia Pacific leads in overall capacity

Thursday June 29, 2017 0 comments Tags: Boulder, Navigant Research, Adam Wilson, microgrids

BOULDER -- A total of 1,842 microgrid project entries -- including 173 new projects -- represent 19,279.4 MW of capacity for projects that are operating, under development or proposed, according to a new report from Navigant Research.NavigantNEWlogoUSE

The report presents data on known grid-tied and remote microgrid projects in the proposal, planning, and deployed stages across six geographies and seven microgrid segments.

Navigant Research’s latest edition of its Microgrid Deployment Tracker shows remote projects leading all microgrid segments in terms of capacity and number of projects. In addition, it reflects strong capacity increases in the commercial and industrial (C&I) segment, which added more than 2 GW. 

“Within the next decade, microgrids serving C&I applications are expected to become the fastest-growing segment as more companies seek stable power solutions beyond what the grid can provide,” said Adam Wilson, Navigant research analyst.

“Market share in this segment increased from 6 percent to 16 percent from the 4Q 2016 Tracker, thanks to an additional 2.1 GW of capacity, largely from a portfolio of natural gas microgrids across India and China.”

According to the report, diesel capacity remains the leading generation technology in terms of total capacity, though its lead continues to shrink as solar capacity gains ground.

In terms of overall capacity, Asia Pacific jumped ahead of North America. And while North America remains No. 1 in operational microgrid capacity, Asia Pacific leads the market for capacity under development as well as proposed capacity, the report said.

The reportMicrogrid Deployment Tracker 2Q17, tracks data on known grid-tied and remote microgrid projects in the proposal, planning, and deployed stages in six geographies. The report covers seven microgrid segments: commercial and industrial, community, utility distribution, institutional/campus, military, remote, and direct current (DC) systems.

Specific information is provided on the capacity and project numbers by distributed generation type, operational and under development/proposed capacity, top 10 countries, and the top 10 microgrid companies. The Tracker also segments projects currently known to be on hold.

An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download on the Navigant Research website.