Microgrid World Congress in Barcelona to Examine Business Models and Technology Advances

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Organized by Trama TecnoAmbiental and the Smart Grid Observer, the Microgrid World Congress, May 19-21, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain, will take an in-depth look at technology trends and implementation success strategies for renewables-centric microgrids in remote, off-grid, island, as well as grid-tied environments.

Worldwide investment in microgrid enabling technologies is expected to total more than $155 billion from 2014 through 2023. This will be a unique opportunity for industry professionals to share deployment experiences and best practices.

Microgrid technology developers and business leaders from around the world will gather in Barcelona, Spain, May 19-21, 2015, for the Microgrid World Congress (http://www.microgridworldcongress.com). Through a series of in-depth presentations and discussion sessions, expert speakers representing a range of microgrid deployment scenarios will closely examine the business models, latest technology advances, and success strategies for operating microgrids in remote, off-grid, island, and grid-tied environments.

Worldwide investment in microgrid enabling technologies is expected to total more than $155 billion from 2014 through 2023, according to research firm Navigant Research.* Additionally, the company estimates that worldwide installations of microgrid capacity will grow from 866 Megawatts in 2014 to more than 4,100 Megawatts by 2020.

“This is a rapidly expanding market opportunity, especially since the commercial business model for microgrids in grid-connected environments is taking shape,” says Daniel Coran, editor of the Smart Grid Observer and co-organizer of the Congress. “Speakers and attendees will be discussing the latest thinking about utility distribution microgrids, as well as maximizing the efficiency, performance, and ROI of renewables-centric, off-grid systems.”

Presenting organizations include ČEZ Distribuce, ERDF, Freqcon, SunEdison, Lux Research, Trama TecnoAmbiental, Gommyr Power Networks, HSB Engineering Insurance, CENER-CIEMAT, Gildemeister Energy Solutions, Aalborg University, ABB, the Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (IREC), SMA Ibérica Tecnología Solar, QiDO Energy Development GmbH, Smart Hydro Power, RVE.SOL, Aquion Energy, CPG Advisors, Gujarat Energy Research and Management Institute (GERMI), Hatch Electro-Technologies, Boeing Research & Technology Europe, Tecnalia Research & Innovation, and others.

Co-organized by Trama TecnoAmbiental and SGO, the three-day Congress will address topics such as:

  •     Sustainability and innovation trends for microgrids
  •     Refining the microgrid business model for grid-tied and off-grid environments
  •     System design, modeling, forecasting, and implementation
  •     Energy storage innovation and advances for microgrid applications
  •     Investor perspectives on renewable energy microgrids
  •     Developing world case studies
  •     Microgrid performance factors from an insurer's perspective
  •     Optimal power planning, control and management in microgrid systems
  •     Integration and operation of flow batteries in micro- and macrogrids
  •     Flywheel-based microgrids
  •     Stabilizing small isolated grids: creating a compelling business case
  •     Application of energy storage and wind to power remote mine microgrids
  •     PV integration in large genset grids
  •     Hydrokinetic turbines for microgrids in remote areas
  •     And more

“This will be a unique opportunity for industry professionals to share deployment experiences and best practices,” Coran adds. “Our goal is to provide an industry-open Forum in which project managers and planners can benefit from each other’s expertise and advance the potential of microgrids worldwide.”

Organizational supporters of the event include the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE), EUROBAT, EUREC, Grid4EU, Svensk Solenergi, Swissolar, CanaleEnergia, APESF, Lux Research, Romanian Photovoltaic Industry Association (RPIA), GTM Research, Microgrid Knowledge, Electric Energy T&D Magazine, Navigant Research, Utility Horizons International, FierceEnergy, the World Alliance for Distributed Energy (WADE), SmartGridNews.com, and others.

20% off Early Bird registration currently is available. For full program information and to register, please visit http://www.microgridworldcongress.com

About Trama TecnoAmbiental (TTA)

TRAMA TECNOAMBIENTAL (TTA), with headquarters in Barcelona Spain, is an international consulting and engineering firm working since 1986 in the field of renewable energies. TTA is highly specialized in distributed generation through renewable energy sources, energy management and efficiency, rural electrification and self-generation through distributed micro-generation, integration of renewables in buildings and sustainable architecture, as well as, specialized training and education and technological development. Visit http://www.tta.com.es or contact TTA at info(at)tramatecnoambiental(dot)es

About the Smart Grid Observer

The Smart Grid Observer is an industry information resource that delivers the latest information concerning key technology developments, business issues, and market trends driving the global smart grid industry. SGO delivers the latest developments to its constituency of industry stakeholders worldwide via daily updates and a free weekly e-newsletter. Visit http://www.smartgridobserver.com

*Microgrid Enabling Technologies (December 2014, Navigant Research)

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