Siemens Moves into Top Spot for Microgrid Vendors: Navigant

May 31, 2016
A new quarterly report from Navigant Research places Siemens in the top spot for capacity among microgrid vendors, followed by ABB. North America regained its lead for global microgrid capacity over the Asia Pacific..

A new quarterly report from Navigant Research places Siemens in the top spot for capacity among microgrid vendors, followed by ABB. North America regained its lead for global microgrid capacity over the Asia Pacific.

Navigant’s Microgrid Deployment Tracker 2Q16 measures data on known grid-tied and remote microgrid projects in the proposal, planning, and deployed stages across six geographies. It details capacity, project numbers, and rankings.

The tracker moved Siemens past ABB to lead for total microgrid capacity. Schneider Electric retained the lead in terms of total number of microgrid projects.

“Siemens is pleased to see that our investment in microgrid control technology and deployment capabilities is paying off with this recognition,” said Sally Jacquemin, microgrid business manager for Siemens. “Our Siemens team is committed to serving customers the most feature-rich and comprehensive solutions ranging from advanced software through generation assets and financing.”

Navigant says that microgrids continue to increase globally. The report, in in its 10th edition, identified 1,568 projects representing more than 15 GW.

Microgrid projects that Navigant highlighted in the report were a 200-MW solar PV microgrid proposed in Senegal, a 202-MW microgrid deployed in Sampolo on the island of Corsica, and a 211 MW portfolio of microgrids added across the United States by Blue Pillar.

Since the last update, Navigant added 148 projects to its data base. They account for nearly 2 GW of capacity, over half of which was located in North America.

North America has regained its claim from Asia Pacific as the leading region in global microgrid capacity with a 42 percent market share. Asia Pacific, which had surpassed North America in the previous update, now holds 39 percent of market share. The United States again leads all countries in terms of both capacity and total number of microgrid projects.

Remote microgrids remains the clear market leader in terms of the number of projects and overall capacity, according to Navigant.

“The remote microgrid segment’s growing dominance in the microgrid market shows the increasing visibility in the Middle East and African region as well as the Latin American and Asia Pacific regions where remote microgrids are common,” said Adam Wilson, research associate with Navigant Research. “Additionally, one-fourth of new capacity coming from utility distribution microgrids shows the markets gradual and continuing shift of microgrid developers looking more to utilities instead of traditional third-party vendors.”

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