Saft Intensium® Max Energy Storage System in Colville Lake, Canada.
A fast growing market
interest in microgrids has never been greater. navigant, the market research company, estimates the global value of the market for remotepowersystemstobearound $11billiontoday.Andithasforecast anearly20-foldincreaseoverthenext decadeto$200billion*.Saftenergy storage systems are poised to play amajorroleinthisgrowthasakey enablingtechnologyformicrogrids.
*Source: Navigant Research, Market Data: Remote Microgrids and Nanogrid Report, 4Q 2015
Harnessing the Arctic’s midnight sun
An excellent example of the difference a microgrid can make is Colville Lake, which lies 50 km north of the Arctic Circle. Thissmallremotecommunityofabout160peopleis onlyaccessiblebyairorbyiceroadsduringasix-week window in February and March. For some years it had relied only on its diesel generators. But since 2015 a microgridhasbeendeployedthatcombinesPVpanelswith newdieselgeneratorsandaSaftintensium®Maxenergy StorageSystem.Thegoalwastoreducetheruntimeof thedieselgenerators,especiallyinthesummerwhenthe sunlightisavailableforvirtually24hoursaday. Saft’s energy Storage System helps stabilize the network. ithas also reduced the generator runtime to around 50 percent. This provides significant savings in diesel consumption – something that is particularly important as delivering fuel via the ice road is both expensiveandlogisticallychallenging. inadditiontoitsnewautonomyfromdependenceon diesel,theColvilleLakecommunitynowbenefitsfroma greatlyimprovedqualityoflifethroughnoisereductionand eliminationofemissions. email@example.com
From $11 billion in 2015
to $200 billion in 2024
the expected growth of the market for remote power systems