Emerging microgrid solution from Go Electric hyped in new reports Navigant Research, IHS Markit

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Published in January 2018, Navigant Research’s Advanced Energy Storage for UPS Applications report examines the drivers, barriers and regional trends affecting deployment of distributed energy storage systems with uninterruptible power supply (UPS) services for non-mission critical operations. In its breakdown of the competitive landscape of energy storage vendors providing UPS services — including companies like Siemens, Stem, APC by Schneider Electric, ABB and Eaton — Go Electric Inc. was named a key industry player because of its patented behind-the-meter AutoLYNC microgrid control technology.

“Navigant Research anticipates the emergence of new UPS service options for non-mission critical operations,” said William Tokash, senior research analyst in the Utility Transformations program. “This new option will leverage distributed energy storage system technology that can provide grid services as well as customer benefits like UPS service and lower peak energy use.”

An earlier Navigant Research report, Military Microgrids, published in October 2017, names Go Electric as a Key Industry Player providing microgrid technology to the Department of Defense, which was deployed at three military installations through contracts awarded by the Department of Defense.

The recently published Commercial & Industrial Energy Storage Report also spotlights Go Electric for its AutoLYNC technology’s unique capacity to provide customers with uninterruptible power and grid services. The report from business information provider IHS Markit, evaluates the current market presence, future growth strategy, software capabilities and demand response activity for 13 Leading Suppliers of commercial and industrial battery storage systems, including Go Electric, Stem, Green Charge and AMS.

“With the U.S. C&I energy storage market increasingly crowded, differentiation is crucial,” said Julian Jansen, senior market analyst for solar & energy storage at IHS Markit. “As such targeting the UPS segment may prove to be a successful strategy to target a market which remains underdeveloped by grid-storage developers.”

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Microgrid deployments continue to increase globally

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Microgrid deployments continue to increase globally, and as of 2Q 2016, Navigant Research has identified 1,568 projects representing more than 15 GW of capacity in the 10th edition of its Microgrid Deployment Tracker. Since the last update, 148 projects were added to the database, accounting for nearly 2 GW of capacity, over half of which was located in North America.

“The remote microgrid segment’s growing dominance in the microgrid market shows the increasing visibility in the Middle East and African region as well as the Latin American and Asia Pacific regions where remote microgrids are common,” says Adam Wilson, research associate with Navigant Research. “Additionally, one-fourth of new capacity coming from utility distribution microgrids shows the markets gradual and continuing shift of microgrid developers looking more to utilities instead of traditional third-party vendors.”

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The three most noteworthy additions to the 2Q 2016 Tracker include a 200 MW proposed solar PV microgrid addition in Senegal, a 202 MW deployment in Sampolo on the island of Corsica, and a 211 MW portfolio added across the United States by Blue Pillar. In terms of vendors, according to the report, Siemens moved past ABB to lead in terms of total microgrid capacity, while Schneider Electric retained the lead in terms of total number of microgrid projects.

The report, Microgrid Deployment Tracker 2Q16, 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, energy storage type, top 10 countries, top 10 U.S. states, and top 10 microgrid companies. The Tracker also details the rated capacity, duration, and types of energy storage for each project and breaks out data by world region and microgrid segment.

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Wind Power Forecast: Industry Will Add Over 241 Gigawatts of Capacity from 2012 to 2017

With the addition of 44.9 gigawatts in new installations in 2012, world wind power capacity grew to approximately 285.7 GW, an increase of 18.6 percent in the total wind power installation base. Average annual growth over the past 5 years has been 17.8 percent, achieved during the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, even with traditionally large markets for wind power in economic recession in both North America and Europe.

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Microgrid Growth Worldwide Looks Impressive

More Than 480 Microgrid Projects Are Proposed, Under Development, or Operating Worldwide, According to Navigant Research

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Many new microgrid projects are still under the radar, and many local projects originate organically, without official designations or titles, making them very hard to track. As a sector, however, microgrids are beginning to move into the mainstream, with a greater focus being placed on viable business models.

The result is a much more robust microgrid market than just a few years ago. According to a new report from Navigant Research, more than 480 microgrid projects are proposed, planned, under construction, or operating worldwide, representing nearly 3,800 megawatts (MW) of capacity.

“New vendors are continually entering the market and previously undiscovered projects are coming to the forefront, such as 27 projects planned or proposed in the state of Connecticut alone,” says Peter Asmus, principal research analyst with Navigant Research. “The outlines of a growing and vibrant microgrid movement are emerging, and the findings in this report reaffirm some of the market optimism surrounding microgrids, clearly demonstrating the rapid growth in the sector.”

North America remains the world’s leading market for microgrids, with a planned, proposed, and deployed capacity of 2,505 MW, representing an additional 417 MW since the fourth quarter 2012 version of the report—indicating an additional 55 projects. Of the total North American microgrid capacity, 1,459 MW is currently online and more than 1,122 MW is planned, under development, or proposed.

The report, “Microgrid Deployment Tracker 2Q13”, provides data on known microgrid projects in the proposal, planning, and deployed stages, including details on the various technologies employed in individual projects. The report includes specific information on the capacity of the following generation assets: diesel, combined heat and power, solar photovoltaic, wind, and fuel cells. It also details the rated capacity, duration, and types of energy storage for each project. The database is also segmented by world region. An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download on the Navigant Research website.

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Green Building Materials Will Reach $254 Billion in Annual Market Value by 2020

Demand for green buildings, and the materials that go into them, has remained relatively buoyant during the global recession. 

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Future market growth for green buildings and the commensurate use of green materials will be driven by a combination of policies and regulations that prioritize energy efficiency and green design, the expansion of voluntary certification programs for green buildings, cost reductions for green materials, consumer demand, and growing evidence that green buildings confer quantifiable market advantages. 

According to a new report from Navigant Research, the worldwide market for green construction materials will grow from $116 billion in 2013 to greater than $254 billion in 2020.

“Green building materials range from traditional materials that are being revalued for their minimal impacts to advanced technologies that are enabling better passive and active building performance,” says Eric Bloom, senior research analyst with Navigant Research.  “Incremental improvements in materials science, production efficiency within mature product classes, and changes in design and construction practices are all helping to reduce the impacts from the buildings and materials sectors.”

The use of product standards and environmental assessments, along with product and company reporting, will be significant in shaping the green materials market.  Though it can be argued that the current green product labeling landscape is overpopulated, a more select class of standards and tools is emerging, making environmental performance more measurable and more transparent, according to the report.

The report, “Materials in Green Buildings”, reviews the key market and regulatory trends that are contributing to the growing green building market, along with the commensurate growth in green building materials.  Market forecasts, segmented by material element and material type and broken down by world region, are provided through 2020.  The report includes profiles of more than 35 key industry players, along with detailed examinations of worldwide market drivers and barriers and technology issues.

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