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5th Microgrid Global Innovation Forum 2017


The 5th edition of the Microgrid Global Innovation Forum, September 4-6, 2017 in Barcelona, focuses on microgrid advances, case studies and applications in EMEA, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America. 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. 

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Sep. 4-6, 2017
Univcrsitat dc Barcelona
Barcelona, , Spain


The microgrid opportunity around the world continues to grow significantly. One recent report forecasts a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for the market of 12% between 2016-2022, while a second projects it to reach $35 billion by 2025 with a stunning 20.7% CAGR.* The reasons for this include the falling costs of solar energy, advances in energy storage, the drive to mitigate climate change, and the cost savings associated with minimizing fossil fuels in remote generation systems. In addition, microgrids will play a central role in bringing electrification to rural and developing regions in which access to reliable, clean and affordable energy is a high priority.

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

  • End User Attendees: Special arrangements have been made to accommodate the participation of project owners, developers, and utility energy professionals from key developing markets throughout EMEA, Asia-PAC, and Latin America 
  • 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.

  • 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


Sponsorship of the Forum ensures that your technology solution, consulting expertise, services, and thought leadership are positioned prominently to a range of international professionals interested in microgrids. This is a unique opportunity to target a key group of decision-makers, network managers, utility executives, investors, and energy providers who will be in attendance. 

Sponsors receive a range of valuable exposure opportunities for highlighting their involvement in the Forum and maximizing their interaction with attendees. Prominent logo positioning on event website, Tabletop Exhibit space, and an opportunity to distribute corporate information to attendees are just a few benefits of sponsorship. 

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.

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

Women Leadership in Clean Energy Development 
Monday, September 4, 2017
13:00 - 15:00

Women leadership in the clean energy sector is a particularly key factor in the advancement of sustainable energy worldwide. Women and girls in rural developing regions carry a huge burden in providing for the cooking, heating and lighting needs of their households - studies have shown that 2.7 billion people rely on open fires and traditional stoves for cooking and heating, and it is safe to assume that a majority of these people are women. Hence, in the effort to bring clean, renewable energy to developing regions, the insights, leadership and entrepreneurship of women throughout the energy value chain is indispensable. Nevertheless, recent studies by the Environment and Gender Index (EGI) find that that women hold only 4% of World Energy Council Chairs, and only 18% of World Energy Council Secretaries.

This pre-conference workshop focuses on:

  • The role of women leadership in advancing clean energy initiatives, particularly in developing regions
  • Progress and challenges to date in enhancing women's roles in the clean energy industry
  • Opportunities for women entrepreneurs and women-led companies in this field

** Speakers to be announced

This pre-conferene workshop will take place at the IREC facilities in Barcelona, and will be followed by a tour of the IREC microgrid demonstration lab, 15:00 - 17:00 on Monday, September 4. 

Registered attendees for the main conference on September 5-6 may attend this pre-conference workshop at no additional cost. Those who wish to register for the workshop only may do so by clicking here

Microgrid Living Laboratory at Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (IREC) 
Monday, September 4, 2017
15:00 - 17:00

As part of their registration, conference attendees are invited to participate in a site tour of the Microgrid Living Laboratory at the IREC facilities in Barcelona. 

The microgrid lab is the sum of the collaborative project DER IREC 22@ Microgrid, and other projects sponsored or promoted by the utility Endesa, including Smarcity, Verde, Charge & Ride or V2M. 

It is a living laboratory with capabilities to investigate different microgrid configurations and apply technologies related to energy flux transfer, power control, communications, electric vehicle, power systems and other technologies.

The microgrid aggregates generation, storage and controllable load units operating in a single system. The communications architecture is composed of a hierarchical layer embodied by an iNode providing global management of the microgrid, and iSockets, located in the lower hierarchy layer. 

One main advantage of having a microgrid with emulated power systems is that it can analyse phenomena that arise in uncontrolled manner, such as weather fluctuations, in a rapid and easy way. 

The tour of the IREC microgrid lab will take place immediately after conclusion of the pre-conference workshop on 'Women Leadership in Clean Energy Development,' also to be held at the IREC meeting facility, on Monday, September 4, 13:00 - 15:00.

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