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.


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.



2015 Microgrid Global Innovation Forum


The 2015 Microgrid Global Innovation Forum, held on September 16-17 in Barcelona, was a pivotal event in the microgrid industry. Organized by the Smart Grid Observer, it gathered global experts to discuss the advancement and optimization of hybrid renewable energy systems in various environments. The forum was especially significant given the rapid expansion of the microgrid market and the need for viable business models to address energy poverty affecting 1.6 billion people worldwide.

Key Challenges and Objectives

A primary focus of the forum was addressing the crucial challenge of developing replicable and investment-attracting business models for microgrids, particularly in remote, rural, and off-grid settings. Identifying these models was essential to enable microgrids to serve energy-deprived populations effectively.

Innovative Business Models and Case Studies

Speakers like Setu Pelz from RVE.SOL discussed innovative approaches to create cashflow-positive microgrids in rural areas. These talks explored sustainable energy access, generation, distribution, reliability, and payment aspects, highlighting the challenge of balancing financial viability with social and environmental benefits.

Investor Perspectives and Risk Management

Sessions by organizations like Gommyr Power Networks and HSB Engineering Insurance provided insights from an investor’s perspective and covered critical factors influencing the insurable performance risk of microgrid operations.

Technological Innovations and Sustainable Solutions

The forum highlighted advances in energy storage, making microgrids more effective for clean, sustainable energy provision. Sessions focused on technologies like flow batteries, flywheels, solar + storage, and power planning, emphasizing their role in enhancing microgrid performance.

Global Participation and Collaboration

Prominent organizations including ČEZ Distribuce, ERDF, Freqcon, and SunEdison, among others, presented at the forum. This global participation underscored the collaborative effort in advancing microgrid technologies and applications.

Comprehensive Forum Topics

The forum covered a broad range of topics, from system design and energy storage innovation to optimizing microgrid performance and renewables integration. It also delved into stabilizing small isolated grids, PV integration, hydrokinetic turbines for remote areas, and recent market trends.

Support and Recognition

The event received backing from various organizations like Win Inertia, Enercoutim, and the Alliance for Rural Electrification, highlighting its significance in the energy sector.


The 2015 Microgrid Global Innovation Forum was a landmark event, driving forward the conversation on microgrids. It addressed key challenges, showcased innovative solutions, and fostered global collaboration, marking a significant step towards a more sustainable and accessible energy future.


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!