Navigant Research Leaderboard Report: Virtual Power Plant Software Vendors

Assessment of Strategy and Execution for 15 VPP Software Vendors

A virtual power plant (VPP) is a smart grid network that links retail markets to wholesale markets. The primary goal of a VPP is to achieve the greatest profit for distributed energy resources (DER) asset owners while maintaining the proper balance of the electricity grid at the lowest economic and environmental cost. This report ranks vendors active in the VPP space that offer software services. Software is a broad category, as it includes both systems that connect DER in order to optimize synergies between like and unlike resources and the interface mechanics of interacting with utilities and wholesale markets for ancillary service sales.

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Software spending is expected to represent nearly 90% of total VPP implementation spending by 2025—excluding spending on energy storage systems being wrapped into VPPs. Perhaps the most foretelling trend with VPPs is the sudden surge in energy storage deployments being aggregated into VPPs, tilting the market in new directions. The types of companies included in this Leaderboard Report range from large and familiar smart grid technology companies (ABB, GE, and Siemens) to small pure-play software innovators (AutoGrid, Enbala Networks, and Viridity Energy). It also includes companies focused on optimizing energy storage devices through fleet aggregation software products and services (Advanced Microgrid Solutions, Green Charge Networks, and Sunverge).

This Navigant Research Leaderboard Report examines the strategy and execution of 15 leading VPP software vendors. These players are rated on 12 criteria: vision; go-to market strategy; partners; products integration strategy, technology scope; geographic reach; sales, marketing, and distribution; product performance; product quality and reliability; project portfolio; pricing; and staying power. Using Navigant Research’s proprietary Leaderboard methodology, VPP software vendors are profiled, rated, and ranked with the goal of providing an objective assessment of their relative strengths and weaknesses in the global VPP market.

Top 10 Vendors:

1.  Enbala Power Networks

2.  AutoGrid

3.  Sunverge Energy, Inc.

4.  Siemens

5.  Advanced Microgrid Solutions

6.  Green Charge Networks

7. sonnen

8.  Lichtblick

9.  Viridity Energy

10.  Spirae

Key Questions Addressed:
  • Which vendors offering virtual power plant (VPP) software rank the highest overall?
  • Which vendors rank best on strategy?
  • Which vendors rank best on execution?
  • Who are the top-ranked pure-play software vendors active in the VPP space?
  • How do large technology companies stack up in terms of VPPs?
  • Which energy storage firms are making the best progress on VPPs?
Who needs this report?
  • Grid operators and utilities
  • Distributed energy resources (DER) aggregators
  • DER project developers
  • DER management system (DERMS) providers
  • Microgrid controls specialists
  • Solar PV manufacturers
  • Energy storage integrators
  • Investor community

Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary

1.1    Ranking Virtual Power Plant Software Providers

1.2    The Navigant Research Leaderboard Grid

2. Market Overview

2.1    Market Definition

2.1.1   Vendor Criteria for Inclusion in This Report

2.2    Market Drivers

2.3    Market Barriers

2.4    Market Trends

3. The Navigant Research Leaderboard

3.1    The Navigant Research Leaderboard Categories

3.1.1   Leaders

3.1.2   Contenders

3.1.3   Challengers

3.1.4   Followers

3.2    The Navigant Research Leaderboard Grid

4. Company Rankings

4.1    Leaders

4.1.1   Enbala Power Networks

4.1.2   AutoGrid

4.2    Contenders

4.2.1   Sunverge Energy, Inc.

4.2.2   Siemens

4.2.3   Advanced Microgrid Solutions

4.2.4   Green Charge Networks

4.2.5   sonnen

4.2.6   Lichtblick

4.2.7   Viridity Energy

4.2.8   Spirae

4.2.9   ABB Enterprise Software

4.2.10   Bosch

4.3    Challengers

4.3.1   GE Energy Connections

4.3.2   Power Analytics

4.3.3   Schneider Electric

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

8.1  Scope of Study

8.2  Sources and Methodology

8.2.1  Vendor Selection

8.2.2  Ratings Scale

8.2.2.1  Score Calculations

8.2.3  Criteria Definitions

8.2.3.1  Strategy

8.2.3.2  Execution

List of Charts and Figures

  • Mixed Asset VPP Conceptual Framework
  • Cumulative VPP Implementation Spending, All Segments (with Energy Storage) by Region, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • The Navigant Research Leaderboard Grid
  • Enbala Power Networks Strategy and Execution Scores
  • AutoGrid Strategy and Execution Scores
  • Sunverge Strategy and Execution Scores
  • Siemens Strategy and Execution Scores
  • Advanced Microgrid Solutions Strategy and Execution Scores
  • Green Charge Networks Strategy and Execution Scores
  • sonnen Strategy and Execution Scores
  • Lichtblick Strategy and Execution Scores
  • Viridity Energy Strategy and Execution Scores
  • Spirae Strategy and Execution Scores
  • ABB Enterprise Software Strategy and Execution Scores
  • Bosch Strategy and Execution Scores
  • GE Energy Connections Strategy and Execution Scores
  • Power Analytics Strategy and Execution Scores
  • Schneider Electric Strategy and Execution Scores

List of Tables

  • Total Annual VPP Capacity by Region, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Total Annual VPP Implementation Spending by Region, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Cumulative VPP Implementation Spending, All Segments (with Energy Storage) by Region, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • The Navigant Research Leaderboard Overall Scores
  • Vendor Scores
  • Vendor Scores on Strategy Criteria
  • Vendor Scores on Execution Criteria

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