Navigant Research Leaderboard Report: Microgrid Controls

Assessment of Strategy and Execution for 15 Project Developers/Integrators
with Controls Platforms

The microgrid market is still wide open when it comes to market players and future opportunities for growth and maturation. Navigant Research has profiled more than 50 companies over the last 6 years, and the list of companies entering the microgrid space continues to grow. Meanwhile, utilities are shifting from staunch opposition to the concept of microgrids to curious investigations of business models and technology trends that portend to change the way they have traditionally done business.

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One of the key compelling features of a grid-tied microgrid is its ability to separate and isolate itself from a utility’s distribution system during brownouts or blackouts (its islanding ability). Another is its ability to integrate diverse distributed energy resources (DER) into clusters that can then provide greater value, such as integrating microgrid services into market operations. This is the focus of private investments in microgrids in mature economies. Under today’s grid protocols, the vast majority of distributed generation (DG), whether renewable or fossil-fueled, must typically shut down during power outages, unless integrated with a transfer switch and/or energy storage device. As diverse DER make up a larger and larger percentage of the overall system’s resource base, including this new functionality is emerging as a major selling point.

This Navigant Research Leaderboard Report examines the strategy and execution of 15 project developers/integrators with microgrid controls platforms and rates them on 12 criteria. Using Navigant Research’s proprietary Leaderboard methodology, vendors are profiled, rated, and ranked with the goal of providing industry participants with an objective assessment of these companies’ relative strengths and weaknesses in the global microgrid controls market. All of the companies rated are positioned to emerge as market leaders, as no single company dominates this market.

Top 10 Vendors:

1. Schneider Electric

2. Siemens

3. Optimal Power Solutions

4. Princeton Power Systems

5. Tecogen

6. Green Energy Corp.

7. ABB

8. Alstom Grid

9. GE Digital Energy

10. Blue Pillar

Key Questions Addressed:
  • Who are the top 15 microgrid developers and systems integrators operating in global markets?
  • Which of these microgrid companies ranks highest in terms of strategy?
  • Which of these microgrid companies ranks highest in terms of project execution?
  • Who are the true market leaders?
  • Who are the contenders, and how do they differ among each other?
Who needs this report?
  • Microgrid vendors
  • Microgrid software controls vendors
  • Community planners
  • Energy storage OEMs
  • Utilities
  • Regulators
  • Investor community

Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary                  

1.1  Market Introduction

1.2  The Navigant Research Leaderboard Grid

2. Market Overview   

2.1  Market Definition

2.2  Market Drivers

2.2.1  Grid Reliability Concerns

2.2.2  Grid Resiliency Initiatives

2.2.3  Rising Cost of Diesel Fuel

2.2.4  Growing Need for Distributed Renewables Integration

2.2.5  Smart Inverter Advances

2.3  Market Barriers

2.3.1  The Status Quo Resistance to Intentional Islanding of DER

2.3.2  Utility Departing Load Concerns

2.3.3  Unquantified Microgrid Reliability and System Benefits

2.3.4  Utility Business Case Is Undefined

2.3.5  Financing Challenges

2.4  Market Trends

2.4.1  Growing Utility Acceptance of Microgrids

2.4.2  Monetizing Microgrid Value Streams

2.4.3  Energy Storage Advances

2.4.4  Microgrid Controller Advances

3. The Navigant Research Leaderboard     

3.1  The Navigant Research Leaderboard Categories

3.1.1  Leaders

3.1.2  Contenders

3.1.3  Challengers


3.2  The Navigant Research Leaderboard Grid

4. Company Rankings   

4.1  Company Rankings Caveats

4.2  Leaders

4.2.1  Schneider Electric

4.2.2  Optimal Power Solutions

4.2.3  Princeton Power Systems

4.3  Contenders

4.3.1  Siemens

4.3.2  Tecogen

4.3.3  Green Energy Corporation

4.3.4  ABB

4.3.5  Alstom Grid

4.3.6  GE Digital Energy

4.3.7  Blue Pillar

4.3.8  Emerson Network Power

4.3.9  Eaton

4.3.10  Lockheed Martin

4.3.11  Toshiba

4.3.12   PowerSecure

4.4  Challengers


5. Company Directory
6. Acronym and Abbreviation List
7. Table of Contents
8. Table of Charts and Figures
9. Scope of Study and Methodology

9.1  Scope of Study

9.2  Sources and Methodology

9.2.1  Vendor Selection

9.2.2  Ratings Scale  Score Calculations

9.2.3  Criteria Definitions  Strategy  Execution

List of Charts and Figures

  • The Navigant Research Leaderboard Grid
  • Microgrid Implementation Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2015-2024
  • Schneider Electric Strategy and Execution Scores
  • Optimal Power Solutions Strategy and Execution Scores
  • Princeton Power Systems Strategy and Execution Scores
  • Siemens Strategy and Execution Scores
  • Tecogen Strategy and Execution Scores
  • Green Energy Corporation Strategy and Execution Scores
  • ABB Strategy and Execution Scores
  • Alstom Grid Strategy and Execution Scores
  • GE Digital Energy Strategy and Execution Scores
  • Blue Pillar Strategy and Execution Scores
  • Emerson Network Power Strategy and Execution Scores
  • Eaton Strategy and Execution Scores
  • Lockheed Martin Strategy and Execution Scores
  • Toshiba Strategy and Execution Scores
  • PowerSecure Strategy and Execution Scores

List of Tables

  • Microgrid Implementation Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2015-2024
  • The Navigant Research Leaderboard Overall Scores
  • Vendor Scores
  • Vendor Scores on Strategy Criteria
  • Vendor Scores on Execution Criteria

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