Combined Heat and Power is the Dominant Microgrid Technology…For Now

By District Energy posted 02-15-2018 16:55


Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge


Combined heat and power (CHP) is the dominant form of microgrid technology now, but solar energy threatens to usurp its position by 2026.
That’s the word from Navigant Research in its new report, “Microgrid Enabling Technologies Market Overview".

The report finds that CHP leads with 655 MW deployed for microgrids, followed by solar photovoltaics (392 MW), and then diesel (385 MW), based on global 2017 figures.

By 2026, the landscape is expected to shift with solar jumping to a commanding lead with 3,786 MW annually, followed by energy storage with 3,292 MW, according to the report.

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