DER Management Technologies

DER Analytics, DER Management Systems, and Virtual Power Plant Systems: Global Market Analysis and Forecasts

The fast growth of distributed energy resources (DER) is one of the most disruptive forces that has affected the power utility industry to date—and numbers are only increasing. Navigant Research forecasts that installed DER capacity, including distributed generation (DG), energy storage, microgrids, EVs, and demand response (DR), will triple between 2016 and 2025, growing from 124 GW to 373 GW worldwide.

While utility customers motivated by cost and environmental benefits rapidly adopt DER, grid operators are beginning to encounter numerous challenges associated with the variability and changing demand patterns of renewables. These challenges also have significant effects on the aging electrical grid, which was originally designed to support just one-way power flow and was sized according to predictable demand. Today, a global shift in policy is helping to counter these issues. At the same time, a new wave of technologies developed to manage DER is presenting both opportunities and challenges for vendors and utilities. According to Navigant Research, global DER management technology revenue is expected to grow from $194.3 million in 2016 to nearly $2.1 billion in 2025.

This Navigant Research report provides an analysis of three segments of DER management technology: DER analytics, DER management systems (DERMSs), and virtual power plant (VPP) systems. The study provides a market overview that highlights key market trends, regional trends and case studies, and drivers and barriers. Global market forecasts, broken out by segment, category, technology, and region, extend through 2025. The report also examines the key technology issues related to DER management, as well as the competitive landscape.

Key Questions Addressed:
  • How are distributed energy resources (DER) affecting the current energy landscape?
  • How are utilities coping with the growing penetration of DER?
  • What are the important technology capabilities for utilities managing DER?
  • Which are the most important use cases associated with managing DER?
  • What financial and security issues are utilities coping with as they invest in DER management technologies?
  • Which regions are the most invested in grid modernization and enabling DER integration?
  • How is DER management merging with new market needs for integrating DER?
  • What is the competitive landscape for DER management technology vendors?
Who needs this report?
  • Distributed energy resources (DER) owners
  • Utilities
  • IT and OT vendors
  • Systems integrators
  • Consulting service companies
  • Policymakers
  • Investor community

Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary

1.1  DER Changing the Energy Landscape

1.2  Global Outlook

2. Market Issues

2.1  Overview of DER and DER Management Technologies

2.1.1  DER Management Technologies

2.1.2  Challenges in Defining DER Management Technology

2.2  Market Trends in DER Integration and Management

2.2.1  The Energy Cloud Is a Fundamental Paradigm Shift

2.2.2  Growth in DER Outpacing Infrastructure, Program Development, and Policy

2.2.3  The Stakeholder Pool Is Rapidly Expanding and Redefining Industry Goals

2.2.4  Transactive Market Design: Are Markets Moving Too Fast or Too Slow?

2.3  Market Drivers

2.4  Market Challenges

2.5  Regional Trends and Case Studies

2.5.1  North America

2.5.1.1  Case Study: Austin Energy

2.5.2  Europe

2.5.2.1  Case Study: Nobel Grid

2.5.3  Asia Pacific

2.5.3.1  Case Study: Community and Residential Solar in Australia

2.5.4  Rest of World

2.5.4.1  Case Study: DEWA

3. Technology Issues

3.1  DER Management Technologies Overview

3.1.1  Understand, Model, and Plan

3.1.1.1  Forecasting and Planning Analytics

3.1.2  Control

3.1.2.1 DERMS

3.1.2.1.1. DERMS and DMS

3.1.3   Monetize

3.1.3.1 VPPs

3.1.4   Interoperability

3.1.5   DER Management as a Service?

4. Key Industry Players

4.1  DER Analytics Solutions Providers

4.1.1  Bit Stew

4.1.2  Causam Energy (Power Analytics)

4.1.3  Integral Analytics

4.1.4  Nexant

4.1.5  PowerRunner

4.2  Grid Management, DERMS, and VPP Solutions Providers

4.2.1  ABB

4.2.2  AutoGrid

4.2.3  Comverge

4.2.4  Doosan GridTech

4.2.5  ENBALA Power Networks

4.2.6  GE

4.2.7  OATI

4.2.8  Schneider Electric

4.2.9  Siemens

4.2.10  Smarter Grid Solutions

4.2.11  Spirae

4.2.12  Sunverge

5. Market Forecasts

5.1  Forecast Methodology

5.2  World Market Overview

5.2.1  North America

5.2.2  Europe

5.2.3  Asia Pacific

5.2.4  Latin America

5.2.5  Middle East & Africa

6. Conclusions and Recommendations

6.1  Mapping Out a Pathway for DER Management Technology

6.1.1  Always Sell Value, Not Technologies

6.1.2  Adopt Full Solution Transparency

6.1.3  Differing Needs Demand a Modular Approach

6.1.4  Usability Is a Huge Challenge and Concern

6.1.5  Take a Realistic View of the Market

7. Acronym and Abbreviation List
8. Table of Contents
9. Table of Charts and Figures
10. Scope of Study, Sources and Methodology, Notes

List of Charts and Figures

  • DER Management Technology Revenue by Category, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • DER Management Technology Software Revenue by Segment, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Annual Installed DER Power Capacity by Technology, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • DER Management Technology Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • DER Management Technology Revenue by Segment, North America: 2016-2025
  • DER Management Technology Revenue by Segment, Europe: 2016-2025
  • DER Management Technology Revenue by Segment, Asia Pacific: 2016-2025
  • DER Management Technology Revenue by Segment, Latin America: 2016-2025
  • DER Management Technology Revenue by Segment, Middle East & Africa: 2016-2025
  • DER Management Technology Revenue by Category, North America: 2016-2025
  • DER Management Technology Revenue by Category, Europe: 2016-2025
  • DER Management Technology Revenue by Category, Asia Pacific: 2016-2025
  • DER Management Technology Revenue by Category, Latin America: 2016-2025
  • DER Management Technology Revenue by Category, Middle East & Africa: 2016-2025
  • DOE SunShot Initiative Systems Integration Competitive Awards
  • Austin Energy SHINES Conceptual Network Architecture
  • Prescribed DER Management Cycle
  • DER Management Continuum

List of Tables

  • DER Management Technology Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • DER Management Technology Revenue by Segment, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • DER Management Technology Software Revenue by Segment, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • DER Management Technology Services Revenue by Segment, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • DER Management Technology SaaS Revenue by Segment, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Annual Installed DER Power Capacity by Technology, All Regions, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • DER Management Technology Revenue by Segment, North America: 2016-2025
  • DER Management Technology Software Revenue by Segment, North America: 2016-2025
  • DER Management Technology Services Revenue by Segment, North America: 2016-2025
  • DER Management Technology SaaS Revenue by Segment, North America: 2016-2025
  • Annual Installed DER Power Capacity by Technology, North America: 2016-2025
  • DER Management Technology Revenue by Segment, Europe: 2016-2025
  • DER Management Technology Software Revenue by Segment, Europe: 2016-2025
  • DER Management Technology Services Revenue by Segment, Europe: 2016-2025
  • DER Management Technology SaaS Revenue by Segment, Europe: 2016-2025
  • Annual Installed DER Power Capacity by Technology, Europe: 2016-2025
  • DER Management Technology Revenue by Segment, Asia Pacific: 2016-2025
  • DER Management Technology Software Revenue by Segment, Asia Pacific: 2016-2025
  • DER Management Technology Services Revenue by Segment, Asia Pacific: 2016-2025
  • DER Management Technology SaaS Revenue by Segment, Asia Pacific: 2016-2025
  • Annual Installed DER Power Capacity by Technology, Asia Pacific: 2016-2025
  • DER Management Technology Revenue by Segment, Latin America: 2016-2025
  • DER Management Technology Software Revenue by Segment, Latin America: 2016-2025
  • DER Management Technology Services Revenue by Segment, Latin America: 2016-2025
  • DER Management Technology SaaS Revenue by Segment, Latin America: 2016-2025
  • Annual Installed DER Power Capacity by Technology, Latin America: 2016-2025
  • DER Management Technology Revenue by Segment, Middle East & Africa: 2016-2025
  • DER Management Technology Software Revenue by Segment, Middle East & Africa: 2016-2025
  • DER Management Technology Services Revenue by Segment, Middle East & Africa: 2016-2025
  • DER Management Technology SaaS Revenue by Segment, Middle East & Africa: 2016-2025
  • Annual Installed DER Power Capacity by Technology, Middle East & Africa: 2016-2025

Report Details

  • Pages: 54
  • Tables, Charts,
    Figures:
    49
  • Release Date: 4Q 2016
  • Release File(s): PDF* and Excel *Indicates primary report file.

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