A new report from Colorado based market analysts Navigant Research, examining the global market for distributed energy resources technologies, finds that global DER capacity is expected to grow from 132.4 GW in 2017 to 528.4 GW in 2026.
Technology advances, business model innovation, changing regulations, and sustainability and resilience concerns have brought DER to the centre of the future deployment of energy infrastructure, says the report. Encompassing a broad set of solutions that include systems and technologies designed to operate closer to customers on the electricity grid, the global proliferation of DER has begun to have a significant, and at times controversial, influence on the electricity industry.
"For countries and regions that started their energy transition early, the role of distributed generation technologies will be less, while the technologies that help integrate this generation will play a key role in the deployment of DER infrastructure over the forecast period," says Roberto Rodriguez Labastida, senior research analyst with Navigant Research. "In this area, when and how the electrification of transport happens will have a significant impact on the development of DER deployments."
The influence of increasing DER deployment will vary in different countries and regions due to the existing and planned additions of centralised generation, according to the report. However, globally, distributed generation is expected to lead DER installations in 2017, and electric vehicle charging and flexibility technologies, such as demand response and energy storage, are expected to outpace competing solutions in the next decade.
The report, Global DER Deployment Forecast Database, provides a quantitative analysis of the global market for DER technologies and assesses the major market developments and technology trends. It also provides a comparison of DER and conventional generation deployments during the next decade.
An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download on the Navigant Research website <https://www.navigantresearch.com/research/global-der-deployment-forecast-database>