A perfect storm of enabling technologies, ubiquitous connectivity, end-user devices, and new applications will result in both threats and opportunities to the traditional utility model

A new white paper from explores the concept of the Neural Grid, identifying the critical components expected to transform legacy infrastructure into a platform that will eventually support a fully mature Energy Cloud environment.

Today’s smart grid enhances the traditional transmission and distribution (T&D) network with pockets of automation, connectivity, and centralized IT systems. But the grid of tomorrow, the Neural Grid, represents much more than Smart Grid 2.0. : According to a new report from , the Neural Grid is a vastly more powerful platform of hard and soft assets leveraging ubiquitous connectivity, the cloud, robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), edge computing, and pervasive sensing to perform a variety of energy and non-energy applications.

“In a nutshell, the Neural Grid takes the world’s largest machine—the grid—and gives it a brain,” says Richelle Elberg, principal research analyst with Navigant Research. “In this environment, data and intelligence reside largely in the cloud, managing the intersection of generation assets and distribution networks with energy customers, buildings, transportation infrastructure, city systems, distributed energy resources assets and more.”

In addition, asset ownership in the Neural Grid is diverse, and utility grid data and assets work with third-party data and assets to coordinate energy supply and demand. As the Neural Grid takes shape, the challenge for owners of legacy infrastructure will be to upgrade their networks with dynamic, intelligent, and autonomous features that enable more than the transport of electrons, supporting an open environment for new services creation.

The white paper, , defines the Neural Grid and identifies critical components of the ecosystem. It describes the conditions necessary for accelerated market expansion and highlights informative parallels which can be found in the telecom industry. Navigant Research also identifies the top five growth markets that stand to benefit as the smart grid investments of today transform into the Neural Grid market of the future. The white paper is available for free download on the .

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* The information contained in this press release concerning the report, From Smart Grid to Neural Grid, is a summary and reflects Navigant Research’s current expectations based on market data and trend analysis. Market predictions and expectations are inherently uncertain and actual results may differ materially from those contained in this press release or the report. Please refer to the full report for a complete understanding of the assumptions underlying the report’s conclusions and the methodologies used to create the report. Neither Navigant Research nor Navigant undertakes any obligation to update any of the information contained in this press release or the report.

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While combined heat and power was the leading distributed energy resources choice for microgrids in 2017, solar is expected to lead by 2026

A new report from examines the market for microgrid enabling technologies (MET), providing global forecasts for capacity and revenue, segmented by technology and region, through 2026.

As one of many options to aggregate and optimize growing penetrations of distributed energy resources (DER), the microgrid platform allows for new levels of resilience and reliability, and can help organize mixed asset fleets of DER at the distribution network level. With the right set of control technologies, this platform can not only offer value streams to site hosts, but also provide value upstream to the larger grid. : According to a new report from , global cumulative MET implementation spending is expected to reach nearly $112 billion by 2026.

“Microgrids represent a key component of an emerging Energy Cloud focused on resilience and renewable energy integration,” says Peter Asmus, principal research analyst with Navigant Research. “Biomass, combined heat and power (CHP), diesel, fuel cells, hydroelectric, solar PV, and wind represent the lion’s share of potential revenue for microgrid implementation spending, and serve as the backbone of the microgrid value proposition: maximizing the value of onsite power generation.”

From a global perspective, CHP was the leading DER choice for microgrids in terms of capacity in 2017, with 655 MW deployed, followed by solar PV (392 MW), and then diesel (385 MW). By 2026, however, the MET landscape is expected to shift, with solar PV jumping to a commanding lead with 3,786 MW annually, followed by energy storage with 3,292 MW, according to the report.

The report, , analyzes the global market for MET, with a focus on eight DER: biomass, CHP, diesel, energy storage, fuel cells, hydroelectric, solar PV, and wind. The study provides an analysis of the market issues, including case studies, government incentives, and emerging standards, associated with MET. Global market forecasts for capacity and revenue, segmented by technology and region, extend through 2026. The report also examines the key technologies and hardware related to MET, as well as the competitive landscape. An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download on the .

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* The information contained in this press release concerning the report, Microgrid Enabling Technologies Market Overview, is a summary and reflects Navigant Research’s current expectations based on market data and trend analysis. Market predictions and expectations are inherently uncertain and actual results may differ materially from those contained in this press release or the report. Please refer to the full report for a complete understanding of the assumptions underlying the report’s conclusions and the methodologies used to create the report. Neither Navigant Research nor Navigant undertakes any obligation to update any of the information contained in this press release or the report.

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Behind-the-meter distributed energy storage systems that provide uninterruptible power supply service to non-mission critical operations benefit utilities and facility managers

A new report from analyzes the market for distributed energy storage systems with uninterruptible power supply (UPS) capabilities for non-mission critical operations (UPSX), providing an overview of market issues and revenue forecasts through 2026.

Historically, the high costs of UPS systems have made commercial and industrial (C&I) facility managers with non-mission critical operations hesitant to invest in the resiliency technology. Today, a new UPS application, UPSX, is emerging that leverages behind-the-meter (BTM) C&I distributed energy storage system (DESS) technology to provide grid ancillary services to utilities and competitive markets, as well as electrical demand charge reduction and resiliency to C&I facility managers. : According to a new report from , the annual global market for the deployment of UPS service from distributed energy storage is expected to reach $2.7 billion by 2026.

“Many C&I facilities with non-mission critical operations view electrical service outages as an unmanageable cost of doing business due to the high costs of traditional UPS service systems,” says William Tokash, senior research analyst with Navigant Research. “Navigant Research anticipates the emergence of a new UPS service option for this sector will leverage DESS and financing innovation to address this unmet need.”

According to the report, stakeholders now focused on the DESS applications market will begin to add UPS system capabilities to the design and operation of their DESSs. In turn, these UPSX capabilities will begin to address the unmet electrical outage mitigation needs of C&I customers in non-mission critical sectors, while offering an improved business case, increased grid reliability, and financing innovation.

The report, , examines the drivers, barriers, and regional trends affecting the deployment of UPSX. The study provides an analysis of the market issues, including drivers, barriers, and geographic trends, associated with UPSX solutions. Global market forecasts for UPSX revenue, segmented by region, building type, and technology, extend through 2026. The report also examines the key technologies related to UPS systems, as well as the competitive landscape. An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download on the

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* The information contained in this press release concerning the report, Advanced Energy Storage for UPS Applications, is a summary and reflects Navigant Research’s current expectations based on market data and trend analysis. Market predictions and expectations are inherently uncertain and actual results may differ materially from those contained in this press release or the report. Please refer to the full report for a complete understanding of the assumptions underlying the report’s conclusions and the methodologies used to create the report. Neither Navigant Research nor Navigant undertakes any obligation to update any of the information contained in this press release or the report.

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Genset vendors are embracing new value streams to provide added value to customers and to compete against falling prices of solar and energy storage

A new report from examines the global market for diesel and natural gas reciprocating generator sets (gensets), providing an analysis of key market developments and issues, with global forecasts that extend through 2026.

As the global power equation shifts toward generation that is more distributed, intelligent, and interconnected, smart features are being incorporated into gensets at a growing pace. Customers are now demanding advanced features like enhanced maintenance, microgrid interactivity, and demand response, enabled by advances in control technologies and the increasingly ubiquitous connectivity of devices in the Energy Cloud. : According to a new report from , the market for smart gensets is expected to surpass $18.5 billion in annual revenue by 2026 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.5 percent.

“Gensets are gaining a surge of smart features, thanks to improved controls and software, and demands from customers that they provide more services,” says Adam Forni, senior research analyst at Navigant Research. “While many older gensets just waited for the grid to go down, smart gensets are increasingly interactive—with human operators, with other DER, and with the grid itself.”

Customers adopt smart gensets for a variety of applications, but some common project characteristics include critical loads, remote sites, sophisticated customers, higher fuel costs, and larger and more complex projects. According to the report, genset vendors and controller and software companies are embracing these value streams, both to provide added value to customers and to compete against the falling prices of alternative energy resources like solar and storage.

The report, , analyzes the global market for diesel and natural gas reciprocating gensets for six segments: residential; commercial and industrial (C&I) standby; C&I prime and continuous; C&I combined heat and power (CHP); utility; and resource extraction. The study provides an analysis of key market developments and issues, with a focus on three key smart genset applications (operator-interactive, microgrid-interactive, and grid-interactive). Global market forecasts, broken out by segment, country, and region, extend through 2026. The report also examines the main technologies related to smart gensets, as well as the competitive landscape. An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download on the .

Contact: Lindsay Funicello-Paul

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* The information contained in this press release concerning the report, Smart Gensets is a summary and reflects Navigant Research’s current expectations based on market data and trend analysis. Market predictions and expectations are inherently uncertain and actual results may differ materially from those contained in this press release or the report. Please refer to the full report for a complete understanding of the assumptions underlying the report’s conclusions and the methodologies used to create the report. Neither Navigant Research nor Navigant undertakes any obligation to update any of the information contained in this press release or the report.

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