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16 Oct 2018

Global electrification goals to drive microgrid market

South Africa
Energy Access
Global electrification goals to drive microgrid market

The microgrid market is expected to reach $19 billion by 2024, nearly five times the original valuation of this business space in 2016.

The market growth will be powered by the quest to deliver uninterrupted electricity to remote locations across the globe, according to the recently published Microgrid Market Analysis - Industry Study Research Report 2017-2024. 

Growth will be further stimulated by market innovation delivering a range of highly advanced networks endowed with superior connectivity and storage that would help electrify rural areas.

This will, in turn, encourage microgrid market players to create unique and reliable products that would be easy to install and operate.

The Li-Io battery storage microgrid installation has been forecast to reduce the usage of close to 600,000 litres of carbon-emitting fuel, underlining how effectively microgrids can be used for electricity generation, thereby benefiting the overall microgrid market outlook.

Regional governments and regulatory bodies have an influential role in the development of the microgrid market. Regulatory frameworks are increasingly geared to promote sustainability, limiting fossil fuel deployment.

Microgrid market companies have been motivated to tap into areas prone to natural disasters given how important resilient power installations have proven to be in these areas.

A series of highly profitable initiatives have resulted across the microgrid market including:

  • Robben Island, the World Heritage Site in Cape Town, has recently witnessed the launch of an R25 million solar energy, lithium-ion battery storage microgrid. The region had been dependent on diesel for power generation, however, now, with the launch of this microgrid, it is expected that Robben Island would prove to be a viable exemplar to stimulate microgrid market demand.
  • The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities and Boston City Council approved a proposal for the state legislature to pave the way for constructing a microgrid at the Raymond L. Flynn marine park.
  • The secretary of the Philippine Department of Energy (DOE), Alfonso G. Cusi, has recently outlined the government's aim to stimulate the deployment of mini and microgrids in the country by tapping renewable energy. The goal is to achieve total electrification by 2022.
  • PanaHome, a unit of Panasonic, in tandem with the METI (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry), has revealed that the company has plans to connect 117 homes in the western part of Japan, to a solar-powered microgrid system.

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