The World Bank believes that by 2030 there will be 210,000 global microgrid projects


China Energy Storage Network News: According to foreign media reports, according to a survey report recently released by the World Bank, as the cost of solar + energy storage projects drops sharply, the number of microgrids mainly constructed by solar + energy storage projects will surge more than 10 times , Thereby helping millions of people in remote areas of the world to achieve electrification.

The survey shows that there are currently 19,000 microgrids based on hydroelectric and diesel generators in the world that are supplying power to 47 million people; and by 2030, the number of global microgrid projects will increase to 210,000, which will provide 490 million people worldwide. powered by.

Most new microgrids will be constructed using solar + energy storage projects. It is estimated that by 2030, the installed capacity of solar energy facilities will reach 10GW-15GW, and the energy storage capacity of lithium-ion battery energy storage systems will be 50-110GWh, which will reduce carbon emissions by 1.5 billion tons.

According to survey data from the World Bank, if the goal of deploying 210,000 microgrids is reached before 2030, the electricity cost of solar + energy storage projects will need to be reduced to US$0.20/kWh, while today’s cost is US$0.55/kWh .

Reaching this milestone requires reducing the cost of solar power components from the current US$690/kWh to US$140/kWh in 2030, while the cost of lithium-ion battery energy storage systems needs to be reduced from US$598/kWh to 62 USD/kWh.

Riccardo Puliti, senior director of the energy and mining industry at the World Bank, said: “Microgrids are now one of the core solutions to close the energy supply gap… We are working with governments and actively promoting public and private investment.”

Asia leads, Africa catches up fast

According to this survey, of the 19,000 microgrids in operation worldwide, most of them are deployed in South Asia (9,300) and East Asia and the Pacific (6,900), including Afghanistan (4,980) and Myanmar (3,988) At the forefront of the world.

However, it is Africa that currently leads in planning. Senegal, Nigeria and other African countries plan to deploy 4,000 microgrid projects, while 7,500 microgrid projects are currently under development worldwide.

The survey pointed out that PowerGen, OMC and Husk Power are the world’s three leading microgrid developers in terms of the number of microgrid projects deployed, and the leading companies in terms of the number of microgrid projects deployed by utility companies are NPC-SPUG, RAO and JiraMA. .

According to a survey by the World Bank, if the goal of 210,000 micro-grids is deployed globally by 2030, an investment of 220 billion US dollars will be required, which is much higher than the 28 billion US dollars invested so far.