2015 Microgrid World Congress

This was the website for the 2015 Microgrid Global Innovation Forum. The 2015 forum brought together energy executives, and project managers from around the world for two intense days of focused networking and information sharing concerning the design, implementation and operation of microgrid and VPP systems.

To learn about Microgrid Global Innovation Forum go to their current website at: www.microgridinnovation.com/

The content below is from the site's 2015 archived pages which you can view from a historical perspective.


An aside: The 2020 Microgrid Global Innovation Forum which was the 13th Edition of this forum was a virtual conference due to the Covid 19 pandemic. So many annual in person conferences have gone virtual this year with the Covid 19 pandemic raging around the world. I would not have even considered going since in Melbourne Australia we were under a four month lockdown until recently. It's been not only onerous, but also surreal. On From Wednesday 28 October, Melbourne entered step three moving from a “stay home” order to “stay safe”, with no more restrictions on the reasons for which you can leave your home. Aside from working at home. I like many Aussies have been playing a lot of pokies at my favorite online casinos. That's an online slots Australian term to you folks in the US and elsewhere. We do love our pokies and when it was impossible to go out because of the pandemic lockdowns. all my friends and I turned to the internet and online casinos. The news says that Victorian gamblers have saved $1.3 billion in poker machine losses since the machines were switched off due to COVID-19. There are now concerns that people will 'binge' on the pokies when venues reopen. Lots of rumors are swirling around. I've been hearing that even venues that have separated machines, every second machine is going to have to be turned off. Since such gaming rooms are classified as part of the entertainment industry, so the earliest date is suppose to be 26th of November and that's with everything going right. I would be really surprised if they are open before Christmas. In the meantime I will continue to enjoy my pokies playing at home.

The 14th edition of the Microgrid Global Innovation Forum is scheduled for September 7-9, 2021 in London. It will focus on microgrid advances, case studies and applications in Europe, Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America. Organized by the Smart Grid Observer, the event expects to draw hundreds of industry professionals from around the world interested in maximizing the effective use of renewable and distributed energy resources, refining the positive business model for microgrid deployments, and sharing real-world case studies in both grid-tied and off-grid/remote environments. Let's hope that the Covid 19 vaccines that are being developed around the world will be available by 2021 summer or before so the conference can actually take place in London- in person.


Circa 2015

Maximizing the performance, design and business model for hybrid renewable energy systems 

Total identified microgrid capacity has grown from 4,393 megawatts (MW) in the second quarter of 2014 to more than 12,000 MW today, according to Navigant Research.* The drivers behind this growth range from the need for greater grid reliability and resiliency, to the integration of more renewable energy into the grid -- including distributed solar, wind, biogas, etc. These trends, as well as the need to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and improve the economics of off-grid energy systems, are compelling utilities, municipal governments, rural and island communities, and other stakeholders to look at microgrids and virtual power plants (VPPs) as key strategies for meeting the world's future energy needs. 

The Microgrid Global Innovation Forum brings together thought leaders, energy executives, and project managers from around the world for two days of intense networking and information sharing concerning the latest technological developments, design, implementation and operation of hybrid renewable energy microgrids. The emphasis is on maximizing the effective use of renewable and distributed energy resources, refining the positive business model for a range of microgrid deployments, and sharing real-world case studies in both grid-tied and off-grid/remote environments. 

The event will focus on:

  • Microgrid feasibility, design, and implementation
  • Refining the business case for off-grid, remote, and island microgrids
  • Solar + storage advances
  • Project financing and investor perspectives
  • Determining the correct technology mix for hybrid energy systems
  • Advanced battery, fuel cell, and flow battery technologies
  • Microgrid power control, management, and integration
  • Integrating distributed renewable energy resources into the grid
  • Effective project evaluation, implementation, and management
  • Regulatory and public policy advances
  • Standards and interoperability issues
  • Market drivers and opportunities worldwide
  • and more!

Why Participate?

microgrid design Real-World Lessons: The emphasis of the event is on key take-aways from leading microgrid projects in a range of regions and deployment environments 

Executive Networking: Strategic partnerships and alliances will shape the future of this industry. The event will foster interaction among key decision makers and stakeholders across the microgrid spectrum.

Results Oriented: Ample time is reserved for discussion of technology advances and projects at the forefront of microgrid development. Network with project principals and get up to speed on best practices and success strategies.

Financing sources: Summit attendees will learn about effectively planning and financing renewable energy and microgrid projects, and network with key investment professionals who are looking to support such projects.


An Open, Cross-Industry Networking Event


microgrid conference This event brings together technology thought leaders, project managers, system integrators, and development advocates for in-depth sharing of insights and experiences to date. The forum is open to all industry professionals and researchers working to optimize hybrid energy systems.

Who Should Attend?

  • Microgrid project developers, owners, and entrepreneurs
  • Utility and energy provider executives
  • Solar PV, wind power, biogas, CHP, and renewable energy companies
  • Power control system and software vendors
  • Battery suppliers and energy storage companies
  • Regulatory and policy development professionals
  • Researchers, educators, and professors focusing on sustainable energy
  • Financial and VC professionals
  • System integrators and project consultants


Be sure to join your colleagues from around the world
who are shaping the microgrid future!