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Name of the Company: Zenatix Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

Set up in: January 2014

Based in: Gurugram

CoFounder: Rahul Bhalla (CEO), Amarjeet Singh (CTO), Vishal Bansal (COO)

Funding received: Raised around $1.7 million so far. Received backing from leading funds in India including Blume Ventures and pi...

Many a hurdle needs to be crossed before the Indian archipelago can get started on shifting solely to renewable energy, writes Twesh Mishra

The union territory of Andaman and Nicobar, comprising around 550 palm lined tropical rainforest islands, is planning to join the elite club of islands...

Biodegradable cards make a foray

To work towards combating climate change and promote sustainability, banks around the globe have been exploring various alternatives. Over the years they have come up with several possibilities that will green finance in the long run, with green bonds the most...

The mood is despondent in the wind industry, with States bent on hammering down prices and a record low expected in installations this year, writes M Ramesh

At Windergy, 2017, an international conference of the wind industry that was held towards the end of April in New Delhi, the mood among...

Microwave-based technology helps tackle material at its point of generation

The statistics are shocking. According to World Health Organisation, in 2010, unsafe injections were responsible for as many as 33,800 new HIV infections, 1.7 million hepatitis B infections and 3,15,000 hepatitis C...

With EV related FAME policy framework expiring next month, players await fresh triggers

The country’s electric mobility is still at crossroads, awaiting the right triggers. Domestic players, global automotive firms, including over half a dozen Chinese Electric Vehicle (EV) majors are closely...

Country’s utilities and government regulators are focused on aggressive electrification, decentralization, and digitization efforts, report finds

A second structural impediment to fully realizing DER benefits is the current grid planning approach, which biases grid design toward traditional infrastructure rather than distributed alternatives, even if distributed solutions better meet grid needs. Outdated planning approaches rely on static assumptions about DER capabilities and focus primarily on mitigating potential DER integration challenges, rather than proactively harnessing these flexible assets.

Section II demonstrated how California could realize an additional $1.4 billion per year by 2020 in net benefits from the deployment of new DERs during the 2016-2020 timeframe. This state-wide methodology was then applied to the planned distribution capacity projects for California’s most recent GRC request, showing how the deployment of DERs in lieu of planned distribution capacity expansion projects in PG&E’s next rate case could save customers over $100 million. 

Motivated by the challenge faced in designing a grid appropriate to the 21st century, this report first focuses on determining the quantifiable net economic benefits that DERs can offer to society. The approach taken builds on existing avoided cost methodologies – which have already been applied to DERs by industry leaders – while introducing updated methods to hardto-quantify DER benefit categories that are excluded from traditional analyses. While the final net benefit calculation derived in this report is specific to California, the overall methodological advancements developed here are applicable across the U.S. Moreover, the ultimate conclusion from this analysis – that DERs offer a better alternative to many traditional infrastructure solutions in advancing the 21st century grid – should also hold true across the U.S., although the exact net benefits of DERs will vary across regions.

Designing the electric grid for the 21st century is one of today’s most important and exciting societal challenges. Regulators, legislators, utilities, and private industry are evaluating ways to both modernize the aging grid and decarbonize our electricity supply, while also enabling customer choice, increasing resiliency and reliability, and improving public safety, all at an affordable cost.

The share of renewables in overall power generation is rapidly increasing, both in developed and developing countries. Furthermore, many countries have ambitious targets to transform their power sector towards renewables. To achieve these objectives, the structure and operation of existing power grid infrastructures will need to be revisited as the share of renewable power generation increases.

Renewable energy technologies can be divided into two categories: dispatchable (i.e. biomass, concentrated solar power with storage, geothermal power and hydro) and non-dispatchable, also known as Variable Renewable Energy or VRE (i.e. ocean power, solar photovoltaics and wind). VRE has four characteristics that require specific measures to integrate these technologies into current power systems: 1) variability due to the temporal availability of resources; 2) uncertainty due to unexpected changes in resource availability; 3) location-specific properties due to the geographical availability of resources; and 4) low marginal costs since the resources are freely available.

A transition towards high shares of VRE requires a re-thinking of the design, operation and planning of future power systems from a technical and economic point of view. In such a system, supply and demand will be matched in a much more concerted and flexible way. From a technical perspective, VRE generation can be ideally combined with smart grid technologies, energy storage and more flexible generation technologies. From an economic perspective, the regulatory framework will need to be adjusted to account for the cost structure of VRE integration, to allow for new services and revenue channels, and to support new business models.

There are several technological options that can help to integrate VRE into the power system grid: system-friendly VREs, flexible generation, grid extension, smart grid technologies, and storage technologies. New advances in wind and solar PV technologies allow them to be used over a wider range of conditions and provide ancillary services like frequency and voltage control. Flexible generation requires changes in the energy mix to optimise production from both dispatchable and non-dispatchable resources. Smart grid technologies can act as an enabler for VRE integration, given their ability to reduce the variability in the system by allowing the integration of renewables into diverse electricity resources, including load control (e.g. Demand Side Management (DSM), Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), and enhancing the grid operation and therefore helping to efficiently manage the system’s variability by implementing advanced technologies (e.g. smart inverters, Phasor Measurement Unit (PMU) and Fault Ride Through (FRT) capabilities).

Energy storage technologies can alleviate short-term variability (up to 2 Renewable Energy Integration in Power Grids | Technology Brief several hours), or longer-term variability through pumped-storage hydroelectricity, thermal energy storage or the conversion of electricity into hydrogen or gas.

Two immediate applications for deploying innovative technologies and operation modes for VRE integration are mini-grids and island systems. The high costs for power generation in these markets make VREs and grid integration technologies economically attractive since they can simultaneously improve the reliability, efficiency and performance of these power systems. This is, for example, the case of the Smart Grid demonstration project in Jeju Island, South Korea.

Furthermore, the right assessment and understanding of VRE integration costs are relevant for policy making and system planning. Any economic analysis of the transition towards renewables-based power systems should, therefore, consider all different cost components for VRE grid integration, such as grid costs (e.g. expansion and upgrading), capacity costs and balancing costs. Integration costs are due not only to the specific characteristics of VRE technologies but also to the power system and its adaptability to greater variability. Therefore, these costs should be carefully interpreted and not entirely attributed to VRE, especially when the system is not flexible enough to deal with variability (i.e. in the short-term).

Moreover, RE integration delivers broader benefits beyond purely economic ones, such as social and environmental benefits. Even though not straightforward, these externalities should be considered and quantified in order to integrate them into the decision-making process and maximise socio-economic benefits.

Due to the rapid technological progress and multiple grid integration options available, policy makers should build a framework for RE grid integration based on the current characteristic of the system, developing technological opportunities and long-term impacts and targets. In particular, policy makers should adopt a long-term vision for their transition towards renewables and set regulatory frameworks and market designs to foster both RE development and management of greater system variability. Such regulatory frameworks could include new markets for ancillary services and price signals for RE power generators that incentivise the reduction of integration costs.


The move follows another large state-run power utility Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (PGCIL) switching to Ola cab service for its employees in June.

Anand Kumar, secretary at the ministry of new and renewable energy, has communicated this to the CERC days before the quasi-judicial body hears the matter.

The company was incorporated by RVPN in May 2016 for development of 220 KV and 132 KV grid sub-station, along with associated transmission lines and schemes and works in PPP mode.

The company acquired the SPVs "from RVPNL (Rajya Vidyut Prasaran Nigam Ltd) pursuant to competitive bidding process carried out by RVPN

The construction of connected transmission lines of the project was also given to the same project developer -- Teesta Urja Ltd subsidiary.

Wheeling Charges refers to the process of transmission of electricity from one source to another through the transmission lines or grid.

Over 70 organizations participate in Request for Expression of Interest (RFEOI), demonstrating global interest in advancing SMR technology at Canada's national nuclear laboratory

CHALK RIVER, ON, Aug. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ - Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL), Canada's premier nuclear science and technology organization, announced today that over 70 organizations have submitted responses to its Request for Expression of Interest (RFEOI) on small modular reactors (SMRs); a strong gesture of support from a broad range of stakeholders representing key areas of a potential SMR industry. CNL launched the RFEOI this summer to gather feedback and initiate a conversation on the potential for an SMR industry in Canada, and the role CNL can play in bringing SMR technology to market.

The RFEOI prompted input from SMR technology developers, potential end users, and other interested parties and stakeholders, including host communities, the nuclear supply chain and research and academic institutions. CNL has voiced a strong interest in working as a key partner on the development and deployment of SMRs, and this initiative allows the company to build a better understanding of its existing capabilities, technology gaps, needs and requirements, and overall market interest.

"CNL is uniquely positioned to help develop this promising technology and bring it to market. It is our vision that CNL will serve as a global hub for the SMR development community," explained Mark Lesinski, President and CEO of CNL. "The RFEOI was issued to give us a better understanding of the industry's interest in pursuing SMR technology, and the part that CNL could play in that process. I'm happy to say that the response has been beyond our expectations."

Over the past decade, SMRs have increasingly been recognized as a potential alternative to large-scale nuclear reactors. This clean energy technology holds opportunities for Canada, particularly for remote communities and industrial sites. SMRs may offer several advantages over traditional technologies, including the ability to purchase and construct in a modular way, decreased up-front capital costs through simpler, less complex plants, and a reduced staff complement. Designs can also bring greater efficiency and systems which are inherently safe. In addition to electricity generation, SMRs could be integrated in overall energy plans with applications as varied as district heating, co-generation, energy storage, desalination, or hydrogen production.

Notable in the submissions CNL received was more than 15 expressions of interest to build a prototype or demonstration reactor at a CNL site. This response aligns with the company's Long-Term Strategy, announced earlier this year, which established the ambitious goal of siting a new SMR on CNL's Chalk River site by 2026.

"We're facing a very long journey before the construction of a prototype SMR reactor at our Chalk River site, but the RFEOI represents a very strong start to this process, and ensures that we move forward in unison with the broader SMR development community," commented Kathryn McCarthy, CNL's Vice-President of Research & Development. "The feedback we received from these stakeholders allows us to better shape our program, ensuring we have the right capabilities and expertise to meet the needs of industry every step of the way."

In the coming months, CNL will review and analyze RFEOI submissions. A report summarizing the findings will be made available to the public through CNL's website. For anyone who would like to receive updates on the company's SMR program, you can sign up for CNL's SMR mailing list at www.cnl.ca/smr.

About CNL

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With ongoing investments in new facilities and a focused mandate, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories is well positioned for the future. A new performance standard reinforced with a strong safety culture underscores every activity.

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ALAMEDA, Calif., Aug. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- On Monday, Aug. 21, North American power grids will be the subject of a celestial experiment: Now that there's lots of grid-connected solar power, what will happen when the sun abruptly vanishes? In California, Power Standards Lab has deployed precision grid instruments to observe the effects.

You can watch this experiment unfold, live, at two web sites: LiveEclipse.PQube3.com/West and LiveEclipse.PQube3.com/east.

[Graphics, photos, captions available at http://PowerStandards.com/eclipse]

The eclipse will pass through the two largest North American power grids, informally called the Western Interconnect and the Eastern Interconnect, missing the other two main grids in Texas and Quebec.

Here's the challenge: minute by minute, grid operators must carefully balance the output of thousands of grid-connected generators against all the rapidly varying grid-connected loads. This balancing act is eased by two characteristics of grid load called "diversity" and "predictability".

Monday's eclipse will challenge, for the first time, both the diversity and predictability of a significant amount of solar power generation.

The eclipse will darken large swaths of solar power generators simultaneously, reducing diversity. Fortunately for grid operators, the exact eclipse path and timing are predictable, so grid operators can plan for solar power losses. But how much?

Grid operators know exactly where their large solar arrays are, and how much power they generate. But they have far less information about smaller rooftop solar arrays.

And that's what makes this experiment interesting.

Ultra-precise PQube 3 instruments watch the grid frequency that indicates the balance between generation and load. It should be 60 cycles per second or 60 Hertz. Higher than 60.000 Hertz means there's slightly more generation than load; lower, and there's slightly less. The grid operators dance with the frequency, adjusting the generator settings throughout the grid to maintain a steady flow of power.

Watch the grid frequency - it's an entirely different way to watch Monday's eclipse unfold.

Power Standards Lab is a private-held company in Alameda, California, that performs research projects with the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Labs, often using the ultra-precise PQube 3 instrument.

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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Increasing customer understanding of the value of analytical instruments is driving demand for laser-based analyzers, near infrared spectrometers, ultrahigh-performance liquid chromatographs and other productivity-boosting analyzers. Emerging regions such as India, Latin America and South Korea, which are witnessing tremendous industrial activity, will contribute to analytical instrument uptake as they try to improve product manufacturing and quality control to meet global standards. To leverage these positive trends, test companies must raise customer knowledge about advanced analytical instruments, work with regulatory authorities to tighten quality requirements, collaborate with customers to develop on-premise methods for easier access, and strengthen their overall inventory.

Outlook of the Global Analytical Instrumentation Industry, 2017 and 2018, recent experiential research from Frost & Sullivan's Test & Measurement Growth Partnership Service, offers insights on key market trends, growth opportunities and challenges for test vendors, and the potential of each product and end-user segment.

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"New capabilities, business models, mergers and acquisitions, and geographic expansion will be critical success factors," said Frost & Sullivan Test and Measurement Research Analyst Janani Balasundar. "Analytical instrumentation manufacturers must reduce cost of ownership and maintenance requirements of analyzers, introduce efficient portable and continuous form factors of laboratory instruments, simplify the user interface of software considering the shortage of skilled labor, enhance automation capability of instruments, and eliminate extensive sample preparation procedures."

Several market trends are shaping the future of analytical instrumentation:

  • Manufacturers are reducing the cost of ownership of ultraviolet visible (UV-Vis) spectrometers to meet the demands of the environmental testing sector. As many commercialized laboratories exist in this sector, the demand for low-cost spectrometers will continue to grow.
  • Sales of ultra-high performance and two-dimensional liquid chromatography (LC) systems will drive laboratory LC revenues to $2,819.4 million in 2018 with an annual growth rate of 6.8 percent.
  • Demand from the biopharmaceutical sector will fuel mass spectrometer uptake in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and life sciences industries, pushing revenues to $1,560.6 million in 2018 with an annual growth rate of 7.8 percent.
  • New drug research conducted in China will increase the demand for LC and mass spectrometers.
  • Growth in food testing will exceed 7 percent from 2017 to 2018 for liquid and ion chromatographs.
  • Laboratory analysis is shifting to continuous and portable analysis, and users will seek online and portable instruments.

Geographically, analytical instrumentation will experience less demand in Europe compared to other regions. In the US, the upswing in manufacturing and shale gas production will bolster sales. The Asia-Pacific market will experience high demand, but vendors must promote advanced analytical instruments to customers.

"Process, online and continuous analyzers will be in demand more than laboratory analytical instruments due to their ability to reduce additional analysis and improve customer productivity," stressed Balasundar. "Analytical instrumentation manufacturers should focus on reducing instruments' maintenance requirements to cut down the total cost for customers. There is also a need for a common software platform to access and control different technology solutions, which will further improve productivity."

Frost & Sullivan's study covers the following analytical instrumentation segments:

  • Chromatography: gas chromatography (GC), LC, ion chromatography
  • Molecular Analysis Spectroscopy: infrared spectrometer, ultraviolet-visible spectrometer, Raman spectrometer
  • Elemental Analysis Spectroscopy: atomic absorption spectrometer, optical emission spectrometer, inductively coupled plasma (ICP) spectrometer
  • Mass Spectrometry (MS): single quadrupole LC-MS, tandem LC-MS, GC-MS, time of flight (TOF) LC-MS, matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI)-TOF MS, ICP-MS, portable MS
  • Analytical Microscopes: Optical Microscopes, Electron Microscopes,  Scanning Probe Microscopes
  • Gas Analyzers: Zirconia Analyzer, NDIR Analyzer, Paramagnetic  Analyzer, Electrochemical Analyzer, Flame Ionization Detector, Thermal Conductivity Analyzer, Chemiluminescence Analyzer, Trace Oxygen Analyzer
  • Liquid Analyzers: Conductivity Analyzer (Laboratory, Process & Portable), TOC (Total Organic Carbon) Analyzer  (Laboratory, Process & Portable), pH/ORP (pH/Dissolved Oxygen  Analyzer ) (Laboratory, Process & Portable), Turbidity Analyzer (Laboratory, Process & Portable), Dissolved Oxygen Analyzer (Laboratory, Process & Portable), Chlorine Analyzer (Laboratory, Process & Portable) 
  • Analytical X-ray Instrumentation: X-ray Diffractometer (XRD - Laboratory & Portable), Energy Dispersive X-ray Fluorescence (ED XRF) , Wavelength Dispersive X-ray Fluorescence (WD XRF), X-ray Fluorescence (XRF - Portable)

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ASBURY, N.J., Aug. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Multi Machine, Inc. of Asbury NJ continues to expand its Sales and Rental options with the addition of the new Prinoth Panther T14R Rotating Tracked Dumper.

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Long before, Multi Machine took ownership of its first tracked dumper in 1994, years before they gained the popularity they enjoy today.  "It was a risky move, since the technology really hadn't been proven – much less the demand for the machines themselves," says Bruce Druckenmiller, Owner and President.  Customer response was positive and demand began to soar.  In the early part of 2001, Multi Machine expanded the lineup with its first Rotating Dumper.  Fast forward to today and Multi Machine maintains the largest fleet of fixed and rotating tracked dumpers in North America, with total inventory of over 200 machines.

Multi Machine was awarded exclusive distributorship of Prinoth's Panther line of Tracked Dumpers in January of 2016, and began taking delivery shortly thereafter.  "Customers were already familiar with the Prinoth name, and their reputation for quality and durability, so it was a great fit – We're actually having trouble keeping them in stock!" according to Curt Mornan, Senior Director of Sales for Multi Machine. 

Prinoth's latest Panther offering is the T14R Rotating Dumper, an industry leading machine with a payload capacity of over 30,000 pounds, a diesel powertrain delivering 275 hp, and an astonishingly low ground pressure of just under 4psi!  Multi Machine proudly received its first T14R in November 2016 and continues to expand its fleet with additional machines on a regular basis.  "Demand has been incredible and there's no sign of it slowing – we couldn't be happier with the Prinoth partnership, or their line of tracked machines," says Ken Druckenmiller, Director of Marketing.

For more details on Multi Machines' full line of available Construction Equipment, including the Prinoth Panther T14R, visit www.multimachineinc.com or call 866-866-8584.

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About Multi Machine, Inc.

Founded in 1982, Multi Machine has quickly grown into the Nation's largest Sales and Rental source for Tracked Dumptrucks and other Construction Equipment in the Northeastern United States.  Multi Machine operates from its headquarters location in Asbury NJ, and its satellite facility in Seattle WA.

For more information, visit www.summitrubbertracks.com, or call 866-866-8584.

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JIANGSU, China, Aug. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- China Artex Group (C.A.G.), a leading manufacturer of power generators, announces its new TPC series of super silent diesel generators. The C.A.G. TPC generator features anultra-compact design, quiet operation (with only 65dB at 7m noise level), low vibration and great durability, besides its efficient direct injection technology.

C.A.G. TPC diesel generators have a 15 liter fuel tank and portable design, which comes with four wheels for easy maneuverability. These make TPCgenerators a perfect choice for high end power solution markets.

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"Designing a diesel generator that meets the dynamic needs of high end market and is fuel efficient has been our greatest challenge at China Artex Group," said Mr. Sunny Sun, C.A.G. Marketing Manager. "Our TPC series generators have a maximum power output of 6.5kW with 110V/220V, 120V/240V or 380V as rated voltage and 50Hz/60Hz rated frequency, making them compatible with all global standards."

The C.A.G. TPC diesel generators come in either single or three phase output with an optional remote start mechanism, ATS and digital control panel. All these features are available in the three models of TPC series generators.

Every TPC series has an air-cooled, single cylinder and a four stroke diesel engine with a 10hp, 12hp and 15hp engine outputs, depending on the model. The three models have a 1.65 liter lube oil capacity.

Their air-cooled air systems have special fans that force sufficient amount of air for efficient cooling. The TPC series do not overheat when used for a long time continuously.

As part of China Artex Group's commitment to maintain quality standards, every TPC series of super silent diesel generators come with a 1 year limited warranty.

With their reasonable size and weight, the C.A.G. TPC series generators meet the modern day requirements in the high end power solution market.

About C.A.G

Since its inception in 1999, China Artex Group has expanded to be a premier designer and manufacturer of diesel power machinery, construction equipment and gasoline power equipment. Its machineries are known for their unmatched performance and robust design, with unique environmental sustainability.

At every stage of the production cycle, C.A.G adheres to ISO 9001 standards, CE, Euro-EMC, LVD and American-EPA standard.  Its new product line includes TPC series super silent diesel generators.

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SUGAR LAND, Texas, Aug. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Researched by Industrial Info Resources (Sugar Land, Texas)--Valero Energy Corporation and Valero Energy Partners LP (San Antonio, Texas) are planning to finish several major projects on the U.S. Gulf Coast before the end of the year, and kick off several others in Texas. It also is expanding its footprint in Mexico through deals with a state-owned distribution company. Industrial Info is tracking more than $1.7 billion in active projects involving Valero.

Within this article: Details on some of Valero's highest-valued projects, both proposed and under construction, in the U.S. and Mexico.

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International collaboration enables the sharing of risks, rewards and progress, and the co-ordination of priorities in areas such as technology, policy, regulation and business models. In order to reach the goals set out in this roadmap, smart grids need to be rapidly developed, demonstrated and deployed based on a range of drivers that vary across regions globally. Many countries have made significant efforts to develop smart grids, but the lessons learned are not being shared in a co-ordinated fashion. Major international collaboration is needed to expand RDD&D investment in all areas of smart grids – but especially in standards, policy, regulation and business model development. These efforts will require the strengthening of existing institutions and activities, as well as the creation of new joint initiatives.

The old definition of a microgrid was usually an electricity source, often a combined heat and power natural gas plant or a reciprocating engine generator, that provided fulltime or backup power for an industrial site, military installation, university, or remote location.

Today’s definition is much broader, incorporating cleaner technologies and more diverse customers, establishing microgrids as a key component of tomorrow’s more resilient, efficient and low-emissions electricity system.

Market Research Hub (MRH) has recently announced the inclusion of a new study to its massive archive of research reports, titled as “Global Microgrid as a Service (MaaS) Market Status, Size and Forecast 2012-2022.” This report provides an in-depth evaluation on the market for Microgrid as a Service (MaaS), elaborating on the prime dynamics influencing the development of this market. These dynamics include the major drivers, opportunities, restraints etc. Geographically, the global market is categorized into EU, United States, China, India, Japan and Southeast Asia.

With an extensive forecast period of 2016 to 2021, the analysts have studied major dynamics for the market, which can be helpful for the established players as well as new entrants in this market. In terms of geography, with constant rising industrial sector, countries such as China, India, Japan and South Korea are gaining extensive market share of the MaaS market.

A grid-connected microgrid can be defined as, a set of distributed energy resources and interconnected loads mainly use to supply power to the main grid or utility grid. Microgrids can operate as stand-alone 'islands' and are able to provide reliable electricity even during bad weather. According to the key findings, from several years, the escalating demand for power, along with an increased need for secure, reliable and emission-free power propels the demand for microgrids. Also, it is projected that the microgrids as a service market are recording healthy growth due to various benefits offered by Microgrids, such as highly reliability, economical & effectual energy power, improvement of renewable energy sources and smart grid integration etc.

These microgrids can be divided into Grid type and Service type.

On the basis of grid type, it covers:

Grid Connected

By service type, it includes:

Monitoring & Control Service
Software as a Service (SaaS)
Engineering & Design Service
Operation & Maintenance Service

On the other hand by applications, the report has segmented the market into Military, Industrial, Government & Education, Utility, Residential & Commercial. The Microgrid as a Service Market is having significant growth in many areas where continuous power is must such as industries, Residential & Commercial, hospitals and universities among others.

Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) said last week that global annual revenue from microgrids rose 29 percent between 2015 and last year, according to Microgrid Knowledge. The revenues totaled $6.8 million at the beginning of 2017. The report, which was prepared by Navigant Research, said that the market in the United States has more than doubled since 2011. The sector reached $2.2 billion last year after enjoying a 16 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR), between 2015 and 2016.

Today, the microgrid technology only produces 0.2 percent of U.S. electricity (about 1.6 GW). That capacity is expected to double in the next three years, however.

Microgrids not only improve reliability and resilience – keeping the lights on during a widespread disaster that affects the main grid -- but also increase efficiency, better manage electricity supply and demand, and help integrate renewables, creating opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save energy.
But financial and legal hurdles stand in the way of accelerating their deployment.

Each microgrid’s unique combination of power source, customer, geography, and market can be confusing for investors. Microgrids can run on renewables, natural gas-fueled turbines, or emerging sources such as fuel cells or even small modular nuclear reactors. They can power city facilities, city neighborhoods, or communities in remote areas. As we heard during our research, “If you’ve seen one microgrid, you’ve seen one microgrid.”

The legal framework can be confusing, too. Most states lack even a legal definition of a microgrid, and regulatory and legal challenges can differ between and within states. Issues include microgrid developers’ access to reasonably priced backup power and to wholesale power markets to sell excess electricity or other services. Also, franchise rights granted to utilities may limit microgrid developers’ access to customers.

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