Direct Current Distribution Networks: Remote and Grid-Tied Nanogrids and Microgrids for Telecom, Data Center, Commercial Buildin

LONDON, Oct. 5, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The market for direct current (DC) distribution networks is not a single, cohesive market. Rather, it encompasses several disparate opportunities—telecommunications towers, data centers, grid-tied commercial buildings, and off-grid military networks—that revolve around different market assumptions, dynamics, and drivers. The industry is currently focused on medium-voltage DC distribution networks—systems that are mostly concentrated on the data center market segment, but which can also apply to commercial buildings.

A heated debate continues about the advantages and disadvantages of DC. 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. Since microgrids and building-scale nanogrids typically operate at medium voltage (roughly 380V–400V), much work needs to be done to bridge this voltage innovation gap. Another challenge facing DC distribution networks lies with the need for standards and open grid architectures that can help integrate the increasing diversity of resources. Yet, there is momentum at the distribution level of electricity service to diversify power offerings and pursue hybrid solutions that incorporate a growing proportion of DC. According to Navigant Research, implementation revenue in the global DC distribution network market is expected to grow from $2.8 billion in 2015 to $5.1 billion in 2024 under a base scenario.

This Navigant Research report analyzes the global market for DC distribution networks in four key segments: off-grid/bad grid telecommunications, data centers, commercial building grids, and off-grid military applications. The study provides an analysis of the market issues, including opportunities, drivers, and implementation challenges, associated with DC distribution networks. Global market forecasts for capacity and implementation revenue, broken out by segment, region, and scenario, extend through 2024. The report also examines the key technologies related to DC distribution networks, as well as the competitive landscape.

Key Questions Addressed:
What are the efficiency and control advantages of direct current (DC)?
What applications of DC power make sense today? Tomorrow?
What efforts are being made to create new standards for DC medium-voltage products?
Which segments are leading this market?
Which companies are the lead pioneers with DC technologies?
How does DC fit in with the current push related to microgrids for resiliency?
What unique safety issues need to be addressed in order for DC to become fully commercialized?

Who needs this report?
Smart grid vendors
Large technology players
Smart building innovators
Telecommunications companies
Academic institutions
Investor community
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