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Smart Grid Micro Grid Energy T&D and Storage

  • Executive summary
    • Scope
    • Research Methodology
    • Transmission and Distribution Automation
      • T&D System Components
      • T&D Automation Market Size and Growth
      • Phasor Measurement Units (PMUs)
      • T&D Growth Factors
    • Energy Storage
      • Energy Storage Applications
      • Energy Storage Technologies
      • Battery Storage Market Size and Growth
      • Factors Driving Battery Storage Growth
      • Factors Hindering Battery Storage Growth
    • Microgrids
      • Microgrid Benefits and Capabilities
      • Smart Microgrids
      • Microgrid Applications
      • Microgrid Trends
      • Microgrid Components
      • Combined Heat and Power (CHP)
      • Microgrid Growth Drivers
      • Regulatory and Other Constraints on Microgrid Growth
      • Summary
  • Transmission & Distribution Automation
    • Scope
    • The Transmission and Distribution System
    • The Transmission System
      • Transmission Reliability
      • Line Loss
      • Transmission System Components
    • The Distribution System
      • The Need for Smart Technologies at the Distribution Level
      • Distribution System Components
    • Market Size and Growth
      • Monitoring and Control Systems
      • Distribution Automation
      • Protective Relays
      • Substation Automation
      • Smart Meters
    • Phasor Measurement Units (PMUs)
      • Table Global Phasor Measurement Applications
    • Market Growth Enhancers and Inhibitors
      • Market Growth Enhancers
      • Market Growth Inhibitors
    • Summary
  • Energy Storage
    • Scope
    • The Need for Energy Storage
    • Energy Storage Applications
      • Power Improvement
        • Table Energy Storage for Electric Generation Applications
      • Infrastructure Cost Reduction
        • Table Energy Storage for Transmission and Distribution Applications
      • Energy Cost Reduction
      • Other Energy Storage Applications
        • Table Energy Storage for End User Applications
    • Energy Storage Technologies
    • Battery Storage
      • Lead-Acid Batteries
      • Flow Batteries
      • Advanced batteries
      • Fuel Cells
      • Compressed Air Energy Storage (CAES)
      • Supercapacitors
      • Flywheels
        • Table Energy Storage Technologies, Advantages and Disadvantages
      • Pumped Hydro
      • Superconducting Magnetic Energy Storage (SMES)
      • Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs)
    • Market Size and Growth
      • Table Battery Storage Technology Cost Comparison
    • Growth Enhancers and Inhibitors
      • Growth Enhancers
      • Growth Inhibitors
    • Current Application Examples
    • Summary
  • Microgrids
    • Scope
    • Microgrids
      • Table Microgrid Characteristics
      • Microgrid Definitions
    • Microgrid Benefits and Capabilities
      • Distributed Electric (DE) Generation
      • Autonomous Operations
      • Technology Innovators
      • Environmental Benefits
      • Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT 2005)
      • Direct Current (DC) Microgrids
    • Smart Microgrids
    • Microgrid Development
      • Smart Grid Killer App
      • Microgrid Applications
    • Operational Microgrids
      • Commercial and Industrial Microgrids
      • Military Microgrids
      • Community Microgrids
      • Institutional Microgrids
      • Off-Grid Microgrids
    • The CERTS Microgrid Concept
    • Microgrid Market Size and Growth
      • Microgrid Trends
      • Combined Heat and Power (CHP)
    • Factors Enhancing and Inhibiting Market Growth
      • Growth Drivers
      • Regulatory Constraints
      • Other Growth Inhibitors
    • Microgrid Benefits
    • Summary
  • Competitive Profiles
    • Scope
    • ABB Ltd (The ABB Group)
      • Overview
      • Mergers and Acquisitions
      • Company Performance
        • Table ABB Group Company Information
      • Product Portfolio
        • Table ABB Product Portfolio
      • Significant Developments
    • Beacon Power Corporation
      • Overview
      • Performance
        • Table Beacon Power Company Information
      • Product Portfolio
        • Table Beacon Power Product Portfolio
      • Significant Events
    • CURRENT Group, LLC
      • Overview
      • Mergers and Acquisitions
      • Company Performance
        • Table CURRENT Group Company Information
      • Product Portfolio
        • Table CURRENT Group Product Portfolio
      • Significant Developments
    • East Penn Manufacturing Company, Inc.
      • Overview
      • Performance
        • Table East Penn Company Information
      • Product Portfolio
        • Table East Penn Product Portfolio
      • Sales Distribution
      • Significant Events
    • ERLPhase Power Technologies Ltd.
      • Overview
      • Performance
        • Table ERLPhase Company Information
      • Product Portfolio
        • Table ERLPhase Product Portfolio
      • Sales Distribution
      • Significant Events
    • General Electric Co.
      • Overview
      • Mergers and Acquisitions
      • Company Performance
        • Table GE Energy / GE Consumer & Industrial Company Information
      • Product Portfolio
        • Table GE Energy Product Portfolio
      • Significant Developments
    • NexTek Power Systems, Inc
      • Overview
      • Mergers and Acquisitions
      • Performance
        • Table NexTek Company Information
      • Product Portfolio
        • Table NexTek Product Portfolio
      • Sales Distribution
      • Significant Events
    • Premium Power Corporation
      • Overview
      • Performance
        • Table Premium Power Company Information
      • Product Portfolio
        • Table Premium Power Product Portfolio
      • Significant Events
    • Qualitrol Company LLC
      • Overview
      • Mergers and Acquisitions
      • Performance
        • Table Qualitrol Company Information
      • Product Portfolio
        • Table Qualitrol Product Portfolio
      • Sales Distribution
    • Tecogen, Inc
      • Overview
      • Subsidiaries and Partnerships
      • Performance
        • Table Tecogen Company Information
      • Product Portfolio
        • Table Tecogen Product Portfolio
      • Sales Distribution
      • Significant Developments

This research report about selected Smart Grid components presents an in-depth analysis of the development, applications, products, manufacturers, and trends in the development of transmission and distribution (T&D) system automation, energy storage, and microgrids in the United States and around the world. T&D system automation is vital to smart grid development, is badly in need of repair, and has not been designed for the power needs of high technology systems. Battery storage systems can improve power quality and reliability and improve the effectiveness of intermittent renewable energy sources but are not yet cost effective in most instances. Microgrids could serve the specific needs of localized electric loads and become proxies for smart grid development but lack a common set of standards that could drive their growth. The report provides a comprehensive assessment of all three of these areas, cost and regulatory concerns that have limited their growth, the potential opportunities for new applications (particularly for integrating intermittent renewable energy sources into the grid), and an assessment of developing technologies that make the grid “smart”. Projected growth through 2014 for these areas is provided including discussion of energy demand, environmental impacts, economic conditions, consumer acceptance, stakeholder concerns, and government activities as they affect growth rates. The report also profiles manufacturers and marketers of technologies in these areas and the strategies they have adopted to maximize growth and profitability.

Scope and Methodology

This report includes both primary and secondary research. Secondary research data have been obtained from government sources, trade association publications, business journals, and company literature. Statistical data are included for industry revenue, both globally and for the United States. The market size for (T&D) system automation, energy storage, and microgrid technologies is projected from 2009 to 2014.

Potential applications, buying trends, environmental issues, and energy considerations are also reviewed and analyzed. Market size estimates and forecasts are based on government and secondary sources, and the impact of factors such as government grants and incentives, environmental concerns, fuel and energy prices, economic considerations, and demand for renewable energy sources.

How You Will Benefit from this Report

If your company is involved in renewable energy, electric service, business consulting and integration of electric resources, energy planning, off-grid electric applications, general construction, or simply want to determine the myriad opportunities that exist with development of hydropower you will find this report invaluable, as it provides a comprehensive package of information and insight about conventional and ocean hydro technologies that are not offered in any other single source. You will gain a thorough understanding of (T&D) system automation, energy storage, and microgrid applications and markets, as well as projected market sizes and trends through 2014.

This report will help:

  • Marketing Managers identify market opportunities and develop targeted promotion plans for (T&D) automation, energy storage, and microgrid products and services.
  • Research and Development Professionals stay on top of competitor initiatives, product applications, and demand for (T&D) automation, energy storage, and microgrid technologies.
  • Advertising Agencies working with clients in energy efficiency, energy service, and energy planning develop compelling messages and images to promote development of (T&D) automation, energy storage, and microgrid projects.
  • Business Development Executives understand the dynamics of developing T&D) automation, energy storage, and microgrid projects, identify potential partnerships, and detect new product applications.
  • Information and Research Center Librarians provide market researchers, brand and product managers, and other colleagues with the vital information they need to do their jobs more effectively.


Market Insights: A Selection From The Report


Microgrid Components

Microgrids will vary in size and composition based on the specific loads they must serve and the physical area they comprise.  Regardless of size, load, or cost all microgrids will need electricity generating resources, energy storage capability, and systems and other devices that manage and control electric power within the microgrid.  Since most microgrids will interconnect with a utility grid, a transformer will be a necessity as well as a static switch that will automatically disconnect the microgrid from utility power when power problems on the grid arise.  Depending on the loads within the microgrid a power inverter will be required to change direct current (DC) into alternating current (AC).  When more than one energy source is used distributed power electronics will be needed to balance and synchronize electricity generation.  Other equipment, such as switches, power flow controllers, power cables, and communication gear will also be used based on microgrid needs.  Figure 1-4 shows a schematic of the CERTS Microgrid concept with the various components it requires.

Power generating units will comprise the bulk of the costs of a microgrid followed by costs for energy storage systems.  These two components will likely account for over two thirds of the costs for developing microgrids but this estimate is highly variable.  The size of the microgrid, the composition of its electric loads, the type of generating sources, and other factors will determine the number and types of components that will be needed to build a microgrid. 

Combined Heat and Power (CHP)

Combined heat and power (CHP) systems (also known as cogeneration) generate electricity and heat from a single, integrated system and use the heat that would normally be wasted for heating or cooling purposes.  CHP systems can achieve efficiencies between 60 percent and 80 percent which is significantly greater than the typical 33 percent efficiency attained from fossil fuel power plants.  Since CHP systems are designed for particular needs and used in a localized setting, they comprise several key components of a microgrid.  Other components would need to be deployed, but CHP systems provide a foundation from which a microgrid could be built.

In the News


Fast, reliable and cost-effective, the microgrid market is capturing attention and government funding

New York, January 5, 2010 - Smart grid technology has gained much notoriety as the solution to the world’s future electric power needs, but due to the daunting size and complexity of the current electrical grid, it will take utilities years to transform the grid into any semblance of a smart grid. 

A new market study from SBI Energy, Smart Grid Micro Grid Energy T&D and Storage, projects that the timely and cost-effective microgrid will pave the way to full smart grid integration faster than utilities alone. Forecasted to grow 13% during the 2009 to 2014 period, the market for microgrids will near $7 billion by 2014 supported by implementation at large industrial operations, military bases and communities where electricity is unstable or non-existent. 

By design, the microgrid comprises all the same components of a larger grid and thus, stimulus funds that have been provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 specifically for smart grid development will simultaneously benefit microgrids.  According to SBI Energy, microgrids will become the incubator and operational test bed for innovative smart grid solutions and vendors since it is significantly less difficult and costly to deploy smart technologies.

“New technologies to support the different facets of smart grids—communication systems, sensors, control software, and smart meters to name a few—are being developed not only by small venture firms but also more recently by large, well-established companies,” says Shelley Carr, publisher of SBI Energy.  “Regulators, industrial firms, consumers, and other stakeholders will test, evaluate, and begin to identify the technologies that will usher in a new era of electric generation, delivery, consumption, and cost. Coupled with worldwide electric infrastructure costs that are estimated to top $1.5 trillion over the next twenty years there will be much activity in the electricity production and delivery area in the near future.”

Smart Grid Micro Grid Energy T&D and Storage presents an in-depth analysis of the development, applications, products, manufacturers, and trends in the advancement of transmission and distribution (T&D) system automation, energy storage, and microgrids in the United States and around the world. 

The report provides a comprehensive assessment of all three of these areas, cost and regulatory concerns that have limited their growth, the potential opportunities for new applications (particularly for integrating intermittent renewable energy sources into the grid), and an assessment of developing technologies that make the grid “smart”. Projected growth through 2014 for these areas is provided, including discussion of energy demand, environmental impacts, economic conditions, consumer acceptance, stakeholder concerns, and government activities as they affect growth rates. The report also profiles manufacturers and marketers of technologies in these areas and the strategies they have adopted to maximize growth and profitability.

About SBI Energy
SBI Energy, a division of MarketResearch.com, publishes research reports in the industrial, energy, building/construction, automotive/transportation markets.  SBI Energy also offers a full range of custom research services.   

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