Navigant Research forecasts that global annual microgrid capacity will increase from 685 megawatts in 2013 to more than 4 gigawatts by 2020 under a base scenario. The drivers behind this growth range from the need for greater grid reliability and resiliency, to the need for integrating more renewable energy into the grid -- including distributed solar, wind, biogas, etc. These trends, as well as the need to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and improve the economics of off-grid energy systems, are are compelling utilities, municipal governments, rural and island communities, and other stakeholders to look at microgrids and virtual power plants (VPPs) as key strategies for meeting the world's future energy needs.
The Microgrid World Congress 2015 brings together thought leaders, energy executives, and project managers from around the world for three days of intense networking and information sharing concerning the design, implementation and operation of microgrid and VPP systems around the world. The emphasis is on maximizing the effective use of renewable and distributed energy resources, refining the positive business model for a range of microgrid deployments, and sharing real-world microgrid case studies in both grid-tied and off-grid/remote environments.
The event will focus on:
- Microgrid feasibility, design, and implementation
- Refining the business case for off-grid, remote, and island microgrids
- Solar + storage advances
- Virtual power plant (VPP) deployments and lessons learned to date
- Utilization of energy storage for microgrid scenarios
- Advanced battery, fuel cell, and flow battery technologies
- Microgrid power control, management, and integration
- Integrating distributed renewable energy resources into the grid
- Effective project evaluation, implementation, and management
- Regulatory and public policy advances
- Standards and interoperability issues
- Market drivers and opportunities world wide
- and more!