Navigant Research Leaderboard Report: Microgrid Controls

Assessment of Strategy and Execution for 15 Project Developers/Integrators

with Controls Platforms

The microgrid market is still wide open when it comes to market players and future opportunities for growth and maturation. Navigant Research has profiled more than 50 companies over the last 6 years, and the list of companies entering the microgrid space continues to grow. Meanwhile, utilities are shifting from staunch opposition to the concept of microgrids to curious investigations of business models and technology trends that portend to change the way they have traditionally done business.

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One of the key compelling features of a grid-tied microgrid is its ability to separate and isolate itself from a utility’s distribution system during brownouts or blackouts (its islanding ability). Another is its ability to integrate diverse distributed energy resources (DER) into clusters that can then provide greater value, such as integrating microgrid services into market operations. This is the focus of private investments in microgrids in mature economies. Under today’s grid protocols, the vast majority of distributed generation (DG), whether renewable or fossil-fueled, must typically shut down during power outages, unless integrated with a transfer switch and/or energy storage device. As diverse DER make up a larger and larger percentage of the overall system’s resource base, including this new functionality is emerging as a major selling point.

This Navigant Research Leaderboard Report examines the strategy and execution of 15 project developers/integrators with microgrid controls platforms and rates them on 12 criteria. Using Navigant Research’s proprietary Leaderboard methodology, vendors are profiled, rated, and ranked with the goal of providing industry participants with an objective assessment of these companies’ relative strengths and weaknesses in the global microgrid controls market. All of the companies rated are positioned to emerge as market leaders, as no single company dominates this market.

Top 10 Vendors:

1. Schneider Electric

2. Siemens

3. Optimal Power Solutions

4. Princeton Power Systems

5. Tecogen

6. Green Energy Corp.

7. ABB

8. Alstom Grid

9. GE Digital Energy

10. Blue Pillar

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