Understanding and Achieving the Microgrid Potential
The demand for microgrids is growing -- not only for military applications, but also for campus environments in the commercial, government, health care, education, industrial, and other sectors. Pike Research estimates that distributed energy on campus microgrids will increase by 164% between 2011 and 2017, rising from 620 megawatts to 1.6 gigawatts. In the military arena, spending on microgrids is forecast to increase fourfold by 2020, with Department of Defense expenditures projected to reach $1.6 billion, according to research firm SB Energy.
Microgrids are defined geographic areas in which local power generation, energy storage, and network management allows for disconnection and operation apart from the larger grid. Many feel that microgrids -- coupled with the emerging smart grid -- hold the key for greater integration of renewable energy resources and a more secure energy future.
The Microgrids Virtual Summit 2012 is a one-day, 100% online conference that carefully examines the market drivers, enabling technologies, current deployments, and projected growth of both military and civilian microgrids worldwide. The event is intended to help industry players understand the very latest trends, opportunities, and challenges in realizing the potential of microgrids.
Topics to be addressed include:
- How can microgrids be leveraged by utilities to increase grid reliability and load balancing?
- What is the growth forecast for this industry? What are the business drivers?
- How will microgrids help achieve the promise of the smart grid? Of renewable energies?
- What sectors are most active in the microgrid space? What have we learned from current deployments?
- What are current technology options and latest applications for microgrids worldwide?
-- Microgrid business models for the campus environment
-- Recent applications in commercial, military, government, health care, and educational institutions
-- Meeting requirement for very high quality power
-- Integrating solar, wind, and other distributed energy resources
-- Microgrid interconnection and interaction with the emerging smart grid
-- Delivering power security and independence in a military environment
-- Reconsidering existings models for energy generation, transmission and distribution
-- Microgrid demand and markets globally, by region
-- Meeting Renewable Portfolio Standards through microgrid deployment
-- Selling power back to the grid
-- Standardizing microgrid design
-- Regulatory and policy developments impacting microgrid adoption
Who Should Attend?
A Highly Interactive, Global Networking Experience
- Utility executives and network planners -- who must understand the latest trials and deployments of microgrids, and how they interact with the larger grid
- Campus network managers -- who are charged with achieving higher levels of energy reliability, flexibility, security, and renewables integration
- Military strategists -- who consider microgrids as a way to achieve energy security, mobility, and self-sufficiently in temporary or unstable environments
- Hardware and software vendors -- who need to stay abreast of the latest trends and market requirements in the commercial and military microgrid market
- System integrators and project developers -- who must evaluate how microgrids will impact policies surrounding renewables integration, security, and grid interconnection
- Market and financial analysts -- who need to stay current on the most promising technologies and companies in this space
The 100% online format of the Microgrids Virtual Summit enables industry professionals from around the world to attend sessions easily and conveniently. Powered by the Cisco WebEx platform, the format of the Virtual Summit ensures interaction among attendees and presenters, for a unique, cost-effective, and in-depth networking experience. To learn more, click here.