Utility-scale and behind-the-meter applications are expected to experience the strongest growth

A new report from examines the global market for energy storage for renewables integration (ESRI), with a focus on six utility-scale, commercial and industrial, and residential applications.

As costs for renewable energy projects drop and policies and resilience demands increase, capacity for wind and solar PV continues to rise across all regions and market segments. This uptick in large-scale additions of variable forms of generation presents challenges to the electrical grid, but energy storage systems (ESSs) are helping to mitigate concerns and integrate renewable energy resources without affecting grid reliability. : According to a new report from , total annual revenue for ESRI is expected to exceed $23 billion by 2026.

“Thanks to the continued drop in prices in energy storage, solar PV, and wind, ESRI is forecast to see strong growth across both utility-scale and behind-the-meter (BTM) applications,” says Adam Wilson, research analyst with Navigant Research. “Interestingly, while utility-scale renewable prices are experiencing bigger declines, formidable drivers in the BTM market, such as peak shaving and incentive programs specific to energy storage, are expected to push the segment to account for roughly two-thirds of forecast global ESRI capacity through 2026.”

According to the report, solar PV has reached grid parity in several locations around the globe and no longer requires policy incentives in order to justify deployment in many markets. ESSs have also experienced steady price decreases over the last 5 years and are establishing a growing presence in the grid-tied and remote system markets. This has provided customers in both utility-scale and BTM markets greater flexibility in installing economically viable solar PV plus energy storage systems.

The report, , examines the global market for ESRI, with a focus on six utility-scale, commercial and industrial, and residential applications. The study provides an analysis of the market issues, including business cases, drivers, and barriers, associated with ESRI. Global market forecasts for capacity and revenue, segmented by application and region, extend through 2026. The report also examines the key technologies and costs related to utility-scale and BTM renewables plus energy storage, as well as regional policy incentives and resources for ESRI. 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, Energy Storage for Renewables Integration, 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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5G will deliver a step-change in public wireless networking and offer the opportunity for a truly ubiquitous, futureproof network, report finds

A new report from examines the 5G technology standard and its use cases, focusing on smart grid applications and possible business model opportunities.

5G communications technology is expected to underpin the Fourth Industrial Revolution, where the confluence of ubiquitous mobile broadband, pervasive sensing, and artificial intelligence promises to drive massive change across industry and society. This coming generation of wireless communications promises to make the Internet of Things (IoT) and the Internet of Energy (IoE) a reality, while delivering added benefits for power utilities. : According to a new report from , 5G’s flexible, multi-spectrum, multi-function architecture will provide a platform able to support critical latency-sensitive applications as well as low power, low cost applications such as ubiquitous sensing throughout the distribution grid.

“5G will deliver a step-change in public wireless networking that has the potential to dramatically enhance the way utilities network their grid assets and systems,” says Richelle Elberg, principal research analyst with Navigant Research. “Many of the concerns utilities have historically had with public networks should be alleviated, and the opportunity for a truly ubiquitous, futureproof network is one that utilities should not overlook as 5G networks come to fruition.”

In addition to enabling smart fleet management as well as edge computing and cloud technologies for distributed automation and intelligent control, 5G networks may also provide new business model opportunities to power utilities, according to the report. Because the technology depends upon dense small cell architecture, opportunities for utilities to partner with carriers could arise, making dispersed assets such as poles, wires, and rights of way valuable assets.

The report, , provides an overview of the 5G technology standard and its use cases. It discusses the many smart grid applications these networks will support and proposes certain business model opportunities it may create. The report also provides a discussion of the global carriers and infrastructure vendors that are leading the charge toward the 5G future. Utilities—and their vendors—planning network upgrades over the next 5-10 years must fully understand the longer-term implications of the 5G evolution as they consider their need for future-proof and holistic connectivity. 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, Global DER Deployment Forecast Database, 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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Electric vehicle charging and flexibility technologies are expected to outpace competing distributed energy resources solutions in the next decade

A new report from examines the global market for distributed energy resources (DER) technologies, providing forecasts for installed capacity and revenue in the commercial and industrial (C&I) and residential segments, through 2026.

Technology advances, business model innovation, changing regulations, and sustainability and resilience concerns have brought DER into the core of the future deployment of energy infrastructure. Encompassing a broad set of solutions that include systems and technologies designed to operate closer to customers on the electricity grid, the global proliferation of DER has begun to have a significant, and at times controversial, influence on the electricity industry. : According to a new report from , global DER capacity is expected to grow from 132.4 GW in 2017 to 528.4 GW in 2026.

“For countries and regions that started their energy transition early, the role of distributed generation technologies will be less while the technologies that help integrate this generation will play a key role in the deployment of DER infrastructure over the forecast period,” says Roberto Rodriguez Labastida, senior research analyst with Navigant Research. “In this realm, when and how the electrification of transport happens will have a significant impact on the development of DER deployments.”

Indeed, the influence of increasing DER deployments will vary in different countries and regions due to the existing and planned additions of centralized generation, according to the report. However, globally, distributed generation is expected to lead DER installations in 2017, and electric vehicle charging and flexibility technologies, such as demand response and energy storage, are expected to outpace competing solutions in the next decade.

The report, , provides a quantitative analysis of the global market for DER technologies and assesses the major market developments and technology trends. The technologies covered include distributed solar PV (<1 MW), small and medium wind turbines (<500 kW), microturbines, fuel cells, diesel and natural gas generator sets (<6 MW), distributed energy storage systems, microgrids, EV charging, demand response, and energy efficiency. Installed capacity and revenue forecasts in the commercial and industrial (C&I) and residential segments extend through 2026. This report also provides a comparison of DER and conventional generation deployments during the next decade. An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download on the .

Contact: Lindsay Funicello-Paul

+1.781.270.8456

* The information contained in this press release concerning the report, Global DER Deployment Forecast Database, 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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Advanced microgrids can help data centers capture new revenue streams and provide a cleaner and more efficient approach to uptime

A new white paper from explores the role data centers will play in the growth of commercial and industrial (C&I) microgrids in North America and the rest of the world.

Data centers are responsible for protecting mission-critical functions, yet, they often rely on an inefficient redundancy of assets that carry a large carbon footprint. Advanced microgrids that leverage IT innovation to create networks offer a solution to this and a more efficient approach to uptime. : According to a new white paper from , in 2018, service provider data centers are expected to add nearly 7,000 MW of capacity—the fastest pace of expansion recorded.

“Rapid growth and the increasing importance of the data center industry makes it too important to continue with a conservative and polluting approach to uptime,” says Peter Asmus, principal research analyst with Navigant Research. “Creative solutions providers are turning to new technologies via new business models that can mitigate risks while increasing performance through options like advanced microgrids.”

According to the report, advanced microgrids for data centers can capture new revenue streams, transforming energy from a cost to profit. They can also increase resilience and sustainability by leveraging cleaner onsite assets through smart and cleaner power infrastructure, and by taking advantage of remote cloud applications to create new forms of distributed resilience.

The white paper, , which was commissioned by Schneider Electric, explores the role data centers will play in the future growth of C&I microgrids in North America and the rest of the world. According to recent data provided by IDC, there is a shift away from direct data center ownership to reliance upon service provider data centers. Likewise, there is a shift within the broader microgrid market from direct ownership of assets to outsourcing, as exemplified by Schneider Electric’s microgrids as a service business model. An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download on the .

Contact: Lindsay Funicello-Paul

+1.781.270.8456

* The information contained in this press release concerning the report, Data Centers and Advanced Microgrids, 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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