The scope of this study is limited to grid-connected, off-grid, and hybrid kind of microgrids. The report is segmented by application into utilities, cities & municipalities, defense, and industrial.
Continuously increasing demand for microgrids with high penetration of distributed energy generators, mainly renewable energy sources, is modifying the traditional structure of the electric distribution grid. More than 1437 microgrid projects, that represent nearly 13,400 megawatts of capacity, are proposed, planned, under construction, or are operating worldwide.
Microgrid control systems are generally low-power and low-voltage, and they can be operated in islanded in an off-grid or hybrid mode. These systems mostly have generating, transmission, and distribution located in a small area, and are mostly set up inside or close to the consumption location. The system can work on both traditional sources, like coal and diesel, and also renewable sources, like solar, wind, and combined heat & power. Newer systems are being incorporated into storage systems to provide continuous power. Microgrids control systems continuously monitor, analyze, and track the system to maintain hassle-free operation. These systems have to be capable of controlling the power ratings, frequency, and other parameters of the grid. Microgrid controllers are thus one of the most important systems in the microgrid and have been seeing a significant increase in demand with respect to adoption of microgrids. Many cities are now looking to go smart by employing smart grids. This is resulting in an increased demand for microgrid controllers.
Increasing Demand for Backup Solutions Major Driver for the Market
Power outages and blackouts are the most common problems globally, especially in the developing and underdeveloped nations. Several industries face frequent blackouts and power outages, resulting in massive losses. Blackouts in residential areas cause inconvenience to the general public. These outages can because of various factors, such as weather conditions, natural disasters, equipment failure, etc. Continuous power has become a primary requirement for industries to operate and people to live. With increasing global warming and changing weather conditions, the frequency of natural disasters is increasing.
Microgrids provide better backup solutions compared to traditional backup solutions. Microgrids can be operated in parallel to the main grid and can switch in without delay at the time of main grid failure. Unlike generators and UPS, microgrids can provide backup supply for longer durations and can work independently of the main grid. This enables them to operate in any situation. With increasing frequency of natural disasters around the world, industries looking for better backup solutions are choosing microgrids over traditional solutions. As these can use renewable sources during backup operations, they are now increasingly being deployed in most residential and areas with power issues. Thus, increased demand for backup systems is driving the growth of microgrid control systems.
Demand For Microgrid Control Systems in Industrial Applications To Grow
Industries have always been looking to reduce energy costs while also reducing their carbon emissions. It has been estimated that industries account for more than 23% of the global carbon emissions. With increasing environmental concerns around the world, many industries are now looking to reduce their CO2 emissions. Industries are now in need of optimizing their energy consumption to reduce operating costs. This has resulted in many companies opting for microgrid systems to increase efficiency while reducing energy costs and carbon emissions. The demand for green microgrids is increasing with increasing use of renewable energy sources for industrial power. Many industries are also employing storage systems in the microgrid for backup supplies and to reduce costs by selling surplus power. Storage systems enable smooth operations, regardless of the power outages and faults in the main grid.
US to Play Important Role In The Growth Of The Market
US is one of the first regions to adopt microgrid systems on a large scale. Due to the increasing adoption of microgrid systems, their number can be expected to more than double by the end of forecast period. Currently, educational institutions and military hold the largest share of microgrid systems in this country, followed by commercial and domestic uses. Microgrids are being employed in remote locations to facilitate power and communication capabilities. However, with increasing adoption of smart grid technology and the need to increase energy efficiency, the adoption of microgrids is expected to see a rapid growth rate. Moreover, more than 85% of the microgrids in the United States are powered by fossil fuels. The increasing need to curb pollution and reduce carbon footprint is resulting in the growth of demand for microgrid control systems using renewable sources.
Key Developments in the Market
- July 2017: Advanced Microgrid Solutions raised USD 34 Million in a Series B funding round amid projections by utility executives that distributed energy resources (DERs) will create the biggest stress on the grid in the coming decade. With this the total funding of AMS reached USD 52 million
- June 2017: ABB’s microgrid to power Aruba. The island of Aruba plans to cover half its annual energy need using renewable energy sources and the other half using alternative fuels by 2020. It has a peak demand of 134 MW, that is currently met by a mix of thermal, wind, and solar photovoltaic generation. Using 24 hour forecasts of both renewable output and system load, the system will help plan operations and adjust dispatch in real-time to accommodate changes in renewable output, load or generation availability.
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1.1 Key Deliverables of the Study
1.2 Study Assumptions
1.3 Market Definition
1.4 Key Findings of the Study
2. Research Approach and Methodology
3. Executive Summary
4. Market Dynamics
4.1 Market Overview
4.2 Factors Driving the Market
4.2.1 Need for Effective Microgrid Centralized Control Center
4.2.2 Rising need to Improve Operational Efficiency
4.2.3 Increasing Demand for Backup Solutions (for Support, in case of Emergency Blackouts)
4.3 Factors Challenging the Market
4.3.1 High Implementation Costs
4.3.2 Operational & Technical Issues
4.4 Industry Value Chain Analysis
4.5 Industry Attractiveness – Porter's Five Industry Forces Analysis
4.5.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
4.5.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers
4.5.3 Threat of New Entrants
4.5.4 Threat of Substitute Products or Services
4.5.5 Competitive Rivalry among Existing Competitors
5. Technology Snapshot - Components of a Microgrid System
5.2 Switch Gear
5.3 Generation & Transmission
6. Global Microgrid Control Systems Market Segmentation
6.2.2 Cities & Municipalities
6.3 By Geography
6.3.1 North America
184.108.40.206 United States
220.127.116.11 United Kingdom
18.104.22.168 Rest of the Europe
22.214.171.124 South Korea
126.96.36.199 Rest of the Asia-Pacific
6.3.4 Latin America
188.8.131.52 Rest of the Latin America
6.3.5 Middle East & Africa
184.108.40.206 United Arab Emirates
220.127.116.11 Saudi Arabia
18.104.22.168 Rest of the Middle East & Africa
7. Vendor Market Share
8. Competitive Intelligence – Company Profiles
8.1 ABB Group
8.2 Siemens AG
8.3 Hitachi, Ltd.
8.4 Eaton Corporation Plc.
8.5 Princeton Power Systems
8.6 General Electric Corporation
8.7 Pareto Energy, Ltd.
8.8 Honeywell International, Inc.
8.9 Northern Power Systems Corporation
8.10 Exelon Corporation
*List not exhaustive
9. Investment Analysis
10. Future Outlook of Microgrid Control Systems Market
- ABB Group
- Siemens AG
- Hitachi Ltd.
- Eaton Corporation Plc.
- Princeton Power Systems
- General Electric Corporation
- Pareto Energy Ltd.
- Honeywell International Inc.
- Northern Power Systems Corporation
- Exelon Corporation.