Virtual power plants (VPPs), which employ software and IT innovations to achieve the optimum usage of grid assets while maintaining the proper balance of the electricity grid, are expected to play an increasingly important role in the future of the power sector. As energy markets accelerate in the direction of a greater reliance upon distributed energy resources (DER), VPPs can help create an “energy cloud” business model in which anyone, anywhere can buy and sell energy services on an open market. According to a recent report from Navigant Research, the total worldwide capacity of virtual power plants is expected to more than quintuple in the next 9 years, growing from 4,800 megawatts (MW) in 2014 to nearly 28,000 MW by 2023.
“Combining a rich diversity of independent resources into a network via sophisticated planning, scheduling, and bidding of distributed generation-based services, virtual power plants have the potential to harness and distribute electricity in ways hardly envisioned just a few years ago,” says Peter Asmus, principal research analyst with Navigant Research. “In order to make these markets work, though, rules need to be established to allow these transactions to flow back and forth across a common carrier grid.”
During 2013 and 2014, the fuel cell market continued to see the greatest demand from stationary applications, including utility-scale fuel cells, fuel cells for industrial and commercial buildings, and fuel cells for residential power. The spread of distributed generation (DG), which represents a shift away from traditional centralized power generation model toward a more diverse and resilient grid infrastructure, is helping to drive strong interest in stationary fuel cells. According to a new report from Navigant Research, worldwide shipments of fuel cell systems are expected to exceed 1.5 million annually by 2023.
“Fuel cells fit neatly into the spectrum of technologies that support the DG movement,” says Lisa Jerram, principal research analyst with Navigant Research. “As a result, Navigant Research sees the stationary fuel cell sector as the one with the strongest global potential, in terms of fuel cell systems shipped, within the fuel cell market in both the near- and long-term.”
The street light market is undergoing a rapid transition from conventional technologies, such as high pressure sodium, to light-emitting diode (LED) lights. Although high pressure sodium lights remain the biggest sellers today, some companies are already planning to discontinue their non-LED product lines. According to a recent report from Navigant Research, the installed base of LEDs in street lighting worldwide is expected to grow from 13.2 million in 2014 to more than 116 million in 2023.
“City residents appreciate the improved nighttime visibility provided by the whiter light of LED street lights, while city managers enjoy the cost savings that come from the reduction in both energy consumption and maintenance costs provided by LEDs,” says Jesse Foote, senior research analyst with Navigant Research. “LED prices have come down to the point where payback periods are becoming attractive for cities, with or without government subsidies.”
October 28 – 29
Ryan Citron and Taylor Embury, research associates at Navigant Research, will be in attendance. To schedule a meeting at this event, Please Contact Us.
For more than a decade, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL’s) Industry Growth Forum has been the nation’s premier clean energy investment event. Join us for the 27th Industry Growth Forum on October 28–29 in Denver, Colorado. This year’s event will explore how new technologies, partnerships, and stakeholders are influencing the way energy is delivered and consumed. Leveraging national lab expertise with that of industry, the Forum program will discuss the challenges and opportunities of integrating technologies into a clean energy economy. The two-day program will feature presentations by 30 emerging clean energy companies, thought-provoking panel and technology breakout sessions, along with organized networking opportunities. Click here to register today.
October 30 – 31
The Telematics West Coast Conference & Exhibition 2014 will discuss the future of content & services in the connected car. The speaker line-up includes Ford, Volkswagen, Nissan, Harman, Continental, Jaguar Land Rover, and more.
The fifth annual gathering will tackle how to leverage data to personalize the auto customer experience and the opportunities and challenges facing seamlessly embedding the car in the connected lifestyle.
Key topics at Telematics West Coast Conference & Exhibition include customizing in-car content & services, building brand loyalty, improving customer relationship management and addressing the key issues surrounding security and privacy when relying on data in a wider connected world.
November 2 – 4
The Transmission & Distribution Summit will focus on the opportunity for industry leaders to network with one another and learn about current struggles and solutions within T&D. Attendees will include heads of; power delivery, electrical operation, transmission, distribution, asset management and systems reliability. Networking will include business meetings between executives and vendors; during this time, it will be a one on one opportunity to learn about one another. These will be pre-scheduled 30 minute meetings that are mutually agreed upon.
November 4 – 6
Eric Woods, research director at Navigant, will participate in session 27: Beyond Traditional Practices & Big Data at 2:00 pm on Wednesday. Kevin Cooney, managing director, and Maria Freiria, director of business development, at will also be in attendance. To schedule a meeting at this event, Please Contact Us.
European Utility Week is well-known for its market leading 8-track conference program, covering all major value streams and featuring over 300 high level speakers. With over 46% C-level representatives, this is our most impressive speaker line-up yet!
Spread across three days, the strategic program focuses on the industry shifts, emerging trends, structural reform and market design. European Utility Week will feature more than 130 high level industry speakers, and is designed to give a bird’s eye view of where the industry currently is and where it should be heading and especially designed for a senior level audience.
November 10 – 14
Following upon the success of four events in Latin America in the past two years, Solarplaza will again organize a Solar PV Trade Mission, this time with a focus on Central America from 10-14 November, some highlights:
• Meet the key-stakeholders in both Costa Rica and Panama (ministry of energy, regulator and utility) in interactive private meetings, exclusive for the trade mission delegation
November 12 – 13
Scott Shepard, research analyst at Navigant Research, will be in attendance. To schedule a meeting at this event, Please Contact Us.
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Since its founding in 2005, the Cleantech Open has established itself as the leading force for accelerating clean technology entrepreneurs. Of the over 865 companies we have worked with in the United States alone, nearly half have gone on to raise external capital now totaling over $950 million. Come and connect with the innovative entrepreneurs, investors, business leaders, and strategic partners that have helped make it happen.
This year’s Global Forum is being held in the heart of San Francisco. Both The Hilton San Francisco Financial District and Treasure Island Event Venue feature state-of-the art technology, world-class conference and exhibit space, and a variety of accommodation options.
November 13 – 14
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Innovations that increase energy storage for lithium-ion batteries enhance their reliability and degradation management. But higher-energy densities can also compromise lithium battery safety and thus require further research. The fifth annual Battery Safety conference addresses key safety challenges of lithium batteries and technologies for improvement. The conference gathers electrical engineers, cell manufacturers and safety officials to share cell-level research, systems-level safety analysis, research applications and cost reduction strategies with examples from industry, academia, government and the military.
November 17 – 19
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Infocast’s Distributed Solar Summit 2014 brings together solar project developers, integrators, investors, lenders, panel suppliers, utilities, regulators, contractors, installers and other industry players to explore the impacts of the latest financial innovations, which sales channel strategies and business models will lead to success, and ultimately how to help move the distributed solar sector forward nationwide. The Summit has developed into a major networking event for the entire distributed solar community—where people connect, build relationships and get valuable new insights into the distributed solar markets and strategies for financing distributed solar projects.
November 19 – 20
Noah Goldstein, research director at Navigant Research, will participate in the panel discussion: How does Smart Factory improve energy efficiency? at 11:00 am on Wednesday. To schedule a meeting at this event, Please Contact Us.
CaFFEET’14: Smart Factory, What is the added value?
CaFFEET’14 will address the topic of Smart Factory to demonstrate how smart solutions (sensors, software, data analytics…) add value to manufacturing productivity and industrial energy management. The ultimate objective of CaFFEET’14 is to provide state-of-the-art research development, industrial case studies and new innovations that allow for more product quality, flexibility, reactivity of manufacturing plants.
November 19 – 20
RenovaMex 2014 is the boutique forum and meeting place for the renewable industry in Mexico, where the Department of Energy (SENER), Acciona, Eosol Energy, BBVA and Grupo México, amongst others, will network to boost the development of renewable energy and overcome the regulatory, financial and technological challenges.
Here are the 5 main reasons why you cannot miss RenovaMex 2014:
November 19 – 21
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Infocast’s 5th Military & Commercial Microgrids Summit returns to San Diego to bring key military, government, utility and end-user microgrid decision makers together to share their business and technical wants, needs and requirements for new projects. Early adopters and implementers of microgrids in defense, critical infrastructure, campus/institutional, remote communities and utilities applications will also be on hand to share lessons learned and real world case studies of microgrid performance. The Advanced Microgrid Technologies AM Showcase and Energy Storage Opportunities with Microgrids and Distributed Solar PM Showcase will precede the summit, offering attendees two in-depth looks at technologies enabling microgrid commercialization: automated demand response, distributed generation, energy storage, software controls, smart island inverters and vehicle-to-grid (V2G). In addition, an in-depth tour of the UC San Diego 42 MW microgrid led by Byron Washom will be offered on the evening of the 19th.
November 24 – 25
This event will present itself as the perfect forum for learning about project financing within oil and gas, giving delegates the opportunity to learn and network with key professionals within the industry. Case studies from recent oil and gas projects will demonstrate how to approach your own projects from providing a compelling strategy to secure your finance to understand what the lenders want to see.
Event attendees will hear about project financing expressed from the view of the lenders from around the globe. The diversity of companies representing all aspects of PF will enable delegates to have a broad spectrum of ideas and opinions to use on their own projects.
Event speakers include leading experts from SMBC Europe, BP, Deutsche Bank, Santander, RBS Corporate & Institutional Banking, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP, Ernst & Young, RPS Energy, UK Export Credit Finance, Bloomberg New Energy Finance plus many more.
November 26 – 28
With the Government of India Ministry of Power currently establishing its National Smart Grid Mission and the results of key smart grid pilot projects finally being revealed, the time has never been better for power utility technical decision makers to come together, review, benchmark, and upgrade their technical strategies to ensure the full realization of the smart grid in India.
Just take a look through the program and you will find at IntelliSub India 2014:
December 3 – 6
We are pleased to inform you that The 15th international Annual Convention of the Society of Electrical and Electronics Engineers will be held on December 3-6, 2014 in Eilat, Israel.
This year, in addition to the traditional topics, the convention will be focusing on Smart Grid, Natural Gas Revolution and the Electricity Market Reform Plan. Major projects, trends, and technological novelties will be presented as well. For more information please visit our website.
December 18 – 21
Chin Wi Hwa, manager of business development from Navigant Research, will be in attendance. To schedule a meeting at this event, Please Contact Us.
EV CHINA 2014 Exhibition (the 7th China International Energy Saving and New Energy Vehicle Technology Exhibition) will be held in Shanghai World Expo & Convention Center from December 18 to 21, 2014, aiming to present the world-class new energy vehicle technology.
EV CHINA 2014 is sponsored by the New Energy Vehicle Magazine, the nevsources.cn , HNZ Media and UTM-GLOBAL.As the most influential energy saving and new energy vehicle industry gathering in Asia, EV CHINA 2014 focuses on the development of energy saving and new energy vehicle technology and gears to the rapid development of international automobile industry and green world. It will display electric cars, power battery system, storage technology, battery material technology, detection technology, motor control and charging station and other latest products and technologies. With a competitive market and communication platform, EV CHINA 2014 is hoping to create a promising future of new energy vehicle industry.
February 3 – 5
Representatives from Navigant will be in attendance. To schedule a meeting at this event, Please Contact Us.
DistribuTECH is the leading annual T&D event that addresses technologies used to move electricity from the power plant through the transmission and distribution systems to the meter and inside the home. DistribuTECH offers industry professionals more information and networking opportunities than any other annual T&D event.
The conference and exhibition offer information, products and services related to electricity delivery automation and control systems, energy efficiency, demand response, renewable energy integration, advanced metering, T&D system operation and reliability, communications technologies, cyber security, water utility technology and more.
The event also provides industry thought leaders from all over the world opportunities to network, share knowledge and problem solve with worldwide utilities and product and service providers. DistribuTECH includes two dynamic co-located events: Utility Products Exposition and Electric Light and Power Executive Conference.