The market for grid-connected microgrids, systems that provide uninterruptible backup power for critical infrastructure, is more widely understood than the larger but less visible and more complex remote microgrid market, which includes systems that provide localized power to villages and islands, industrial mines and to military installations. Remote power systems in all corners of the world number in the tens of thousands, with the vast majority powered by diesel generation. Once distributed renewable energy generation (RDEG) is added to the mix, though, these remote systems begin to look like classic microgrids. The U.S. Department of Defense is also exploring the remote microgrid opportunity, both for its worldwide forward operating bases and for mobile, tactical applications in combat in Afghanistan and other far-flung theaters.
Driven largely by the falling price of solar photovoltaics, the global remote microgrid market will expand from 349 megawatts (MW) of generation capacity in 2011 to over 1.1 gigawatts (GW) by 2017, an amount that at least equals all other microgrid segments combined. The remote microgrid market is expected to grow to $10.2 billion by 2017, and investors and suppliers are starting to take notice.
Featuring senior research analyst Peter Asmus along with Peter Lilienthal, the CEO of HOMER Energy, this webinar breaks down the remote microgrid market by market applications and system requirements, and examines the emerging opportunities in telecom, developing economies, the military, and industrial settings. The webinar also details the challenges of cost, systems design, and regulatory issues, and forecast the size and the structure of the remote microgrid market going forward.
- Overview of the key enabling technologies for remote microgrids
- Capacity and vendor revenue forecasts for remote microgrids
- Market drivers & challenges for the remote microgrid sector
- The role of the DOD in advancing remote microgrids
- The benefits to publicly owned utilities of remote microgrids
What does this webinar answer?
- What are the benefits and advantages of remote microgrids for communities, industrial facilities, and operators?
- How do vendor revenues compare between grid-tied microgrids and remote microgrids?
- What are the drivers and challenges to growth in the remote microgrid sector?
- How will public power utilities benefit from the spread of remote microgrids?
- Which regions of the world are expected to lead the remote microgrid market – and why?
- What are the key enabling technologies for remote microgrids?
Who needs to attend?
- Utility executives
- Technology vendors
- Solar PV suppliers
- Wind turbine manufacturers
- Research institutions
- Government agencies (including military departments)
- Investor community