Direct Current Distribution Networks Will Surpass 2.3 Gigawatts in Worldwide Capacity by 2025, Forecasts Navigant Research

  Direct Current Distribution Networks Will Surpass 2.3 Gigawatts in Worldwide
  Capacity by 2025, Forecasts Navigant Research

Business Wire

BOULDER, Colo. -- June 24, 2013

The electricity loads being served by today’s alternating current (AC) power
grids are increasingly natively direct current (DC), at the end-use level. In
fact, according to some estimates, approximately 80 percent of the power loads
in commercial and residential structures are now DC. Along with the broad
political and policy support for inverter-based native DC power sources, this
is leading many industry players to conclude that it makes inherent sense to
reduce DC-AC-DC conversion losses and integrate DC distribution networks into
the power supply infrastructure. According to a new report from Navigant
Research, the total worldwide capacity of DC distribution networks will
surpass 2.3 gigawatts (GW) by 2025, up from just 196 megawatts (MW) in 2013.

“There is heated debate about the advantages and disadvantages of DC, and
several myths that still need to be debunked in order for this class of power
distribution equipment to become mainstream,” says Peter Asmus, principal
research analyst with Navigant Research. “One misconception is that DC is only
1 percent or 2 percent more efficient than AC grids. In fact, research by
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory shows that medium voltage DC networks
are 7 percent to 8 percent more efficient than AC.”

At present, the majority of progress in developing DC-based technologies has
occurred at either the high-voltage (more than 1,000V) or low-voltage (less
than 100V) level of electricity service. Since microgrids typically operate at
medium voltage (~380-400V), more work needs to be done to bridge this voltage
innovation gap. This is the focus of technology companies such as ABB, Intel,
Johnson Controls, Inc. (JCI), Emerson Network Power, and others, according to
the report.

The report, “Direct Current Distribution Networks”, provides a review of key
market and technology trends with DC at high, medium, and low voltage levels,
along with capacity and vendor revenue forecasts, broken down by region, for
the following four market segments: DC data center microgrids, off-grid green
telecom/village power systems, DC subsystems within commercial buildings, and
small-scale modular systems for the U.S. Department of Defense’s 600 forward
operating bases and mobile, tactical microgrids. Key players in the industry
are profiled in detail, and SWOT analyses are provided for each market
segment. An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download on
the Navigant Research website.

About Navigant Research

Navigant Research, the dedicated research arm of Navigant, provides market
research and benchmarking services for rapidly changing and often highly
regulated industries. In the energy sector, Navigant Research focuses on
in-depth analysis and reporting about global clean technology markets. The
team’s research methodology combines supply-side industry analysis, end-user
primary research and demand assessment, and deep examination of technology
trends to provide a comprehensive view of the Smart Energy, Smart Utilities,
Smart Transportation, Smart Industry, and Smart Buildings sectors. Additional
information about Navigant Research can be found at www.navigantresearch.com.

About Navigant

Navigant (NYSE: NCI) is a specialized, global expert services firm dedicated
to assisting clients in creating and protecting value in the face of critical
business risks and opportunities. Through senior level engagement with
clients, Navigant professionals combine technical expertise in Disputes and
Investigations, Economics, Financial Advisory and Management Consulting, with
business pragmatism in the highly regulated Construction, Energy, Financial
Services and Healthcare industries to support clients in addressing their most
critical business needs. More information about Navigant can be found at
www.navigant.com.

* The information contained in this press release concerning the report,
“Direct Current Distribution Networks,” is a summary and reflects Navigant
Research’s current expectations based on market data and trend analysis.
Market predictions and expectations are inherently uncertain and actual
results may differ materially from those contained in this press release or
the report. Please refer to the full report for a complete understanding of
the assumptions underlying the report’s conclusions and the methodologies used
to create the report. Neither Navigant Research nor Navigant undertakes any
obligation to update any of the information contained in this press release or
the report.

Contact:

Navigant Research
Richard Martin, +1-303-493-5483
richard.martin@navigant.com
or
Laverne Murach, +1-202-481-7336
laverne.murach@navigant.com
 
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