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Published on December 10th, 2015 | by Guest Contributor

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Remote Microgrids Now Dominate Global Microgrid Market

December 10th, 2015 by  

Originally published on Sustainnovate.

Navigant Research: Majority Of World’s Microgrids Are Now “Remote” Ones

The majority of the world’s microgrid projects are now remote microgrids, according to a new report from Navigant Research.

The new report — “Microgrid Deployment Tracker 4Q15” — offers, along with analysis, data on the various microgrid projects around the world currently (both remote and grid-tied ones), regardless of development stage (active, planned, proposed, etc).

The report notes that there are at least 1,437 micro-grid projects worldwide currently (as of the 4th quarter of 2015) — altogether totaling over 13 gigawatts (GW) in capacity. That total includes 816 megawatts (MW) of projects in the Arctic portion of Russia.

“This latest version of the Microgrid Deployment Tracker underscores that microgrids are becoming an increasingly global phenomenon,” stated Peter Asmus, principal research analyst with Navigant Research. “This update revealed more than 1,300 MW of newly identified capacity and found that more than 100 countries now have microgrid projects deployed.”

According to the report, the US still possesses the highest microgrid capacity of any country in the world (42% of the total market), but the Asia Pacific region has emerged as the new market leader in recent times.

The 7 microgrid sectors characterized in the new report are: commercial/industrial, community, utility distribution, institutional/campus, military, remote, and direct current (DC) systems.

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  • Gerry Skinner

    I have been working towards building a Demonstration Sized Stand Alone MicroGrid at a Service Center on the Trans Canada Highway in Newfoundland, Canada. There is no utility power available in this area,hence the business has been relying on diesel generated power for the last 19years. This province is also the only place in the world where the grid integration for RE is illegal. The use of Redox Flow Battery Technology, coupled with a suitable wind and solar combo will eliminate the generator and provide clean power 24/7. The cost per Kilowatt hour will remain the same but the new image and media attention will double the revenue for the proponent, making the site sustainable and a perfect location to entertain potential clients globally. Below you will be the before image and the before and the after transformation image.

  • Frank

    Makes perfect sense. Transporting fossil fuels to a remote location to burn it to make electricity is very expensive, and potentially risky. Adding renewables can reduce how much fuel you have to move in. I don’t know what Greece, and the Phillipeans are doing, but this sure sounds like something they should be looking at.

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