Energy Storage Software: Aggregation, Asset Management, and Grid Services

Market Trends, Business Models, and Global Market Forecasts

Energy Storage Tracker 3Q16As the energy storage industry matures, it is expected that energy storage systems (ESSs) will be required to provide a number of different services depending on grid and market conditions. Balancing this complexity will require sophisticated analytical and system control capabilities to ensure an ESS provides the maximum value and maintains peak performance for as long as possible. Despite the industry’s progress to date, several barriers remain for the energy storage market in each major segment worldwide. Software platforms are emerging as the tool that can allow the industry to overcome these challenges.

Energy storage software platforms are responsible for designing and modeling the optimal specifications and operating parameters of a system before development begins, helping to educate customers and reduce project costs by streamlining development. These same platforms are also used to manage the daily operations of and charge/discharge patterns for a system, determining the most economical operations based on market and system conditions. Moreover, software platforms must maximize the lifetime of storage systems, including batteries with limited lifecycles. Thus, software will play an increasingly important role in reducing ESS costs and maximizing system value as the industry continues to evolve.

This Navigant Research report analyzes the global market for ESSs, with a focus on aggregation, asset management, and grid services. The report examines the business models and pricing strategies for software vendors across the three major grid-tied energy storage market segments: utility-scale, commercial and industrial (C&I), and residential. Global market forecasts of software vendor revenue for both upfront system deployment and annual platform access/maintenance fees are provided through 2025 for all seven major world regions. The report also examines the key technologies related to ESSs, as well as the competitive landscape.

Key Questions Addressed:
  • What is the functionality of advanced energy storage software?
  • How do energy storage software platforms provide a competitive advantage?
  • Who are the customers of energy storage software?
  • How do energy storage software platforms differ by market segment?
  • How much revenue will energy storage software vendors generate through 2025?
  • What are the different business and pricing models used by energy storage software vendors?
  • How will energy storage software platforms advance in the coming years?
Who needs this report?
  • Energy storage project developers
  • Energy storage hardware manufacturers
  • Energy storage software developers
  • Energy storage systems integrators
  • Smart grid controls and software companies
  • Energy engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) firms
  • Utilities
  • Investor community

Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary

1.1  Market Introduction

1.2  Report Scope

1.3  Market Forecasts

2. Market Issues

2.1  Introduction

2.2  BTM Energy Storage Software

2.2.1  BTM Software Market Overview

2.2.1.1  C&I Energy Storage

2.2.1.2  Residential Energy Storage

2.2.2  BTM Software Vendor Ecosystem

2.2.3  Software Business Models

2.2.3.1  C&I Business Models and Pricing

2.2.3.2  Residential Business Models and Pricing

2.3  Utility-Scale Energy Storage Software

2.3.1  Utility-Scale Software Market Overview

2.3.2  Utility-Scale Software Vendor Ecosystem

2.3.3  Utility-Scale Software Business Models

3. Technology Issues

3.1  Introduction

3.2  Core Functions of Energy Storage Software

3.2.1  Project Analysis

3.2.2  System Control and Operation

3.2.3  System Optimization

3.3  BTM Software

3.3.1  Applications and Services

3.3.2  Future Applications and Services

3.3.3  Integration with Building Energy Management

3.4  Utility-Scale Software

3.4.1  Applications and Services

3.4.2  Future Applications and Services

3.5  Related Hardware Technologies

3.5.1  Storage Technology

3.5.2  Programmable Logic Controllers

3.5.3  Smart Inverters

3.6  Software Communications, Integration, and Standards

3.6.1  Requirements for DER Integration

3.6.2  Interoperability

3.6.3  Applicable Standards

3.7  Cybersecurity

4. Key Industry Players

4.1  Adara Power

4.2  Advanced Microgrid Solutions

4.3  Ampard

4.4  Demand Energy

4.5  Doosan GridTech

4.6  EnSync Energy Systems

4.7  Green Charge Networks

4.8  Greensmith

4.9  Growing Energy Labs, Inc.

4.10  IHI Corp.

4.11  Intelligent Generation

4.12  JLM Energy

4.13  Lockheed Martin

4.14  SolarCity

4.15  Sonnen

4.16  Stem

4.17  Sunverge

4.18  Win Inertia

4.19  Younicos

5. Market Forecasts

5.1  Methodology and Assumptions

5.2  Revenue by Region

5.2.1  Upfront Fees

5.2.2  Annual/Recurring Fees

5.3  Utility-Scale Software Revenue

5.4  C&I Software Revenue

5.5  Residential Software Revenue

5.6  Conclusions and Recommendations

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

List of Charts and Figures

  • Total Energy Storage Software Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Energy Storage System New Project Revenue by Segment, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Total Energy Storage Software Upfront Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Total Energy Storage Software Annual/Recurring Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Utility-Scale Energy Storage Software Revenue, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • C&I Energy Storage Software Revenue, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Residential Energy Storage Software Revenue, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Categories of Electricity System Software Tools Relevant for Energy Storage
  • Coupling of Consumer and Utility Value via VPPs
  • Behind-the-Meter Energy Storage Software Value Chain
  • Utility-Scale Energy Storage Software Value Chain
  • The Connected Grid
  • ESS Software Core Operating Modules
  • Illustration of Virtual Power Plant Architecture
  • PLC Diagram
  • Smart Inverter Diagram

List of Tables

  • Utility-Scale Energy Storage Applications Overview
  • Top 10 Battery ESS Systems Integrators by Number of Deployed Projects, World Markets: 2013-2015
  • Energy Storage System Cost Breakdown by Component, Percentage of Total System Costs, Estimated 5 MW Lithium Ion Battery System, World Averages: 2016, 2020, 2025
  • Utility-Scale Energy Storage System New Project Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • C&I Energy Storage System New Project Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Residential Energy Storage System New Project Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Total Energy Storage Software Upfront Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Total Energy Storage Software Annual/Recurring Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Total Energy Storage Software Revenue by Market Segment, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Utility-Scale Energy Storage Software Upfront Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • C&I Energy Storage Software Upfront Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Residential Energy Storage Software Upfront Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Utility-Scale Energy Storage Software Annual/Recurring Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • C&I Energy Storage Software Annual/Recurring Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Residential Energy Storage Software Annual/Recurring Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2016-2025

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