1Q 2018

Off-Grid DER Innovations

Commercial and Industrial, Residential, and Personal/Untethered Off-Grid DER Market Solutions

The off-grid distributed energy resources (DER) market began developing in the 1990s, well before the grid-connected DER sector existed. It was the main driver for the early development of most DER technologies, such as energy storage systems (ESSs) and solar PV. However, until the last 2 or 3 years, its growth was dependent on opportunistic deployments rather than economic drivers. Today, declines in the manufacturing costs of PV, ESSs, and power electronics are enhancing the case for DER in the off-grid market. Off-grid DER solutions are becoming more attractive compared to traditional pure diesel generator set (genset) solutions to power remote locations or geographic areas without grid access.

The commercial and industrial (C&I) market is driven mostly by economics, as integrated off-grid DER solutions can offer significant savings in operations and maintenance costs versus pure fuel-based solutions. In this market, the main competition is increasingly the expansion of the grid, rather than other off-grid technologies. Residential off-grid DER solutions are expected to soar, pushed by the significant portion of the population that does not have access to energy services. While this is an attractive market, companies operating in this space also face challenges, including access to capital, lack of other infrastructure (e.g., communications, banking, etc.), and poor product quality.

This Navigant Research report provides a quantitative analysis of the global market for off-grid DER technologies and a summary of innovative uses and business models. The study focuses on the deployment of integrated DER solutions in the C&I, residential, and personal/untethered segments, including microgrids, pico systems, solar home systems (SHSs), nanogrids, and transport applications. Global market forecasts, segmented by region, application, system type, and segment, extend through 2027. The report also examines the telecommunications, resource extraction, and multi-user off-grid electrification applications for off-grid DER.

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Tables | Charts | Figures 18

  • Which regions will represent the largest markets for off-grid distributed energy resources (DER) in the coming decade?
  • What mix of off-grid DER technologies is expected in different countries and regions worldwide?
  • What are the key drivers for different off-grid DER technologies around the world?
  • How are off-grid DER business models evolving to widen the market?
  • What are the major off-grid DER developments in each global region to date?
  • How will off-grid DER deployments reduce the need for new traditional grids around the world?

  • Solar developers, installers, and operators
  • Solar system retailers
  • Genset and microturbine vendors
  • Microgrid vendors
  • Pay-as-you-go platform vendors
  • Energy suppliers, utilities, and grid operators
  • Government agencies
  • Investor community

1. Executive Summary

1.1   Introduction

1.2   Key Market Trends

1.3   Market Forecast

2. Market Issues

2.1   Introduction

2.1.1   Off-Grid DER Drivers

2.1.2   Off-Grid DER Barriers

2.2   Commercial and Industrial Off-Grid DER

2.2.1   Telecommunications

2.2.1.1   Gham Power and NCell Case Study

2.2.2   Resource Extraction (Mining and Oil & Gas)

2.2.2.1   Conergy and BHP Lakeland Case Study

2.2.3   Multi-User Off-Grid Electrification

2.3   Residential Off-Grid DER

2.3.1   Pay-as-You-Go Solar

2.3.2   Azuri Technologies and Zuku Case Study

2.4   Personal/Untethered Off-Grid DER

2.4.1   DER in the Transport Sector

2.4.1.1   Indian Railways Case Study

3. Market Forecasts

3.1   Methodology

3.1.1   C&I Off-Grid DER

3.1.2   Residential Off-Grid DER

3.1.3   Personal/Untethered Off-Grid DER

3.1.4   Key Assumptions by Geography

3.2   Global Market Overview

3.3   C&I

3.4   Residential

3.5   Conclusions and Recommendations

3.5.1   C&I Off-Grid DER

3.5.2   Residential Off-Grid DER

3.5.3   Personal/Untethered Off-Grid DER

4. Acronym and Abbreviation List

5. Table of Contents

6. Table of Charts and Figures

7. Scope of Study, Sources and Methodology, Notes

  • Annual Total Off-Grid DER Generation Capacity and Implementation Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Annual Total Off-Grid DER Generation Capacity by Segment, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Annual C&I Off-Grid DER Generation Capacity by Region, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Annual C&I Off-Grid DER Implementation Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Annual C&I Off-Grid DER Generation Capacity by Application, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Annual Residential Off-Grid DER Generation Capacity by Region, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Annual Residential Off-Grid DER Implementation Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Annual Residential Off-Grid DER Generation Capacity by System Type, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Harkapur and Chyasmitar Solar Microgrids: 2017
  • CHESS Schematic
  • PAYG Utility Platform
  • Solar-Powered DEMU Train Coach

  • Annual Total Off-Grid DER Generation Capacity by Segment and Region, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Annual Total Off-Grid DER Implementation Revenue by Segment and Region, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Annual C&I Off-Grid DER Generation Capacity by Application and Region, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Annual C&I Off-Grid DER Implementation Revenue by Application and Region, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Annual Residential Off-Grid DER Generation Capacity by System Type and Region, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Annual Residential Off-Grid DER Implementation Revenue by System Type and Region, World Markets: 2018-2027

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