Microgrids can be considered a growing field of the energy industry, that symbolizes a paradigm shift from remote central station power plants toward a more localized, distributed generation, especially common in cities and remote communities.
TechSci Research has recently published a new report, “United States Microgrid Market, By Type (Grid Connected, Remote/Island, Hybrid), By Consumption Pattern (Urban & Metropolitan, Semi-Urban, Rural/Island), By Power Source (Natural Gas, Diesel, Solar PV, Fuel Cell and Others), By End-User Industry (Educational Institutes, Military, Utilities, Industrial, Healthcare and Others), By Region, Competition, Forecast & Opportunities, 2016-2026F”, stating that the United States Microgrid Market is forecast to grow at a CAGR of 9.31% to reach USD 2774.04 million by 2026.
Growth in the market can be attributed to frequent natural disasters in the country such as tornados, hurricanes, and earthquakes followed by tsunamis that may destroy parts of the transmission and distribution infrastructure.
These events lead to interruption of the connection to the utility grid that results in an interruption in power supply for weeks or even months. Since a microgrid does not depend on the power supply of the utility grid, the immediate deployment of microgrids appears feasible in some areas, especially those that have been repeatedly struck by natural disasters and can be planned and assembled in a comparatively short time instead of waiting for the reparation and reinstallation of the common transmission and distribution infrastructure after a natural disaster.
In addition to natural disturbances, there are certain man-made disturbances like terrorist attacks or wars, the physical damage to power system components such as transmission towers or transformers, that may lead to large outages. Increased activities of cyber-attacks like intentionally wrong remote switching operations also cause damage if sensitive communication channels do not meet cybersecurity requirements.
Being in a geographically limited area, the microgrid generation and load, as well as load balance, are controlled by reliable electronic components that can disconnect from the utility grid and run in “island” mode if required. The probability that a microgrid will be shut down due to natural disasters or human error is very low. All these factors are accelerating the growth of the United States Microgrid Market.
The United States Microgrid Market is segmented based on type, consumption pattern, power source, end-user industry and region. Based on consumption patterns the market can be segmented into urban & metropolitan, semi-urban, rural/island.
The urban & metropolitan will have the highest share in the forecast period due to increasing construction activities and infrastructure development that will need a more reliable power supply and will ultimately spur the growth of the United States Microgrid Market. However, the rural/island segment is the fastest-growing segment because of increasing power projects in rural areas and the government’s focus on providing uninterrupted power supply.
The United States Microgrid Market based on the end-user industry can be segmented into educational institutes, military, utilities, industrial, healthcare and others. The industrial segment is the fastest-growing segment due to the rising commercial and industrial activities in the country. According to the United States Department of Energy, the power outages in the country cost American businesses around USD150 billion per year. Hence microgrids are being deployed in the commercial and industrial sector to prevent businesses from running out of electricity and continue their operation with an uninterrupted power supply.
Schneider Electric SE, General Electric Company, Hitachi ABB Power Grids Ltd., Bloom Energy Corporation, Tesla, Inc., Enchanted Rock, Ltd., S&C Electric Company, Ameresco Inc, PowerSecure Inc, Siemens AG, etc. are among the leading players operating in the United States Microgrid Market. Companies operating in the market are using organic strategies, partnerships, and collaborations to boost their shares in the United States Microgrid Market. Major market players are concentrating on accomplishing ideal operational expenses, upgrading the system efficiency, enhancing precision in responses, boosting productivity with high funding in R&D, and merging with small players to support the competitive United States, Microgrid Market.
“Microgrids are being utilized to further develop resilience and reliability of electrical networks, to deal with the expansion of distributed clean energy resources like wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) generation to reduce fossil fuel emissions, and to supply power to remote locations that cannot be dependent on the power grid, such as an island community or community far away from the electricity grid. The desirable characteristics provided by microgrids such as clean power, resilience and reliability are expected to create profitable opportunities for the growth of the United States Microgrid Market. Moreover, growing demand for uninterrupted power, along with growing construction activities and infrastructure development in the country and increasing power resiliency in the industrial and commercial sector is going to drive the market.”, said Karan Chechi, Research Director with TechSci Research, a research-based global management consulting firm.
According to TechSci Research “United States Microgrid Market, By Type (Grid Connected, Remote/Island, Hybrid), By Consumption Pattern (Urban & Metropolitan, Semi-Urban, Rural/Island), By Power Source (Natural Gas, Diesel, Solar PV, Fuel Cell and Others), By End-User Industry (Educational Institutes, Military, Utilities, Industrial, Healthcare and Others), By Region, Competition, Forecast & Opportunities, 2016-2026F” has evaluated the future growth potential of microgrids in the United States Market and provides statistics and information on market structure, size, share and future growth.
The report is intended to provide cutting-edge market intelligence and help decision-makers take sound investment decisions.
Besides, the report also identifies and analyzes the emerging trends along with essential drivers, challenges and opportunities present in United States Microgrid Market.
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