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UTILITY

Pivot Power tenders for transmission system batteries

UK developer of a nationwide network of transmission system-connected batteries Pivot Power has started tendering for storage systems.   The first 50MW battery storage system the company is developing will be deployed in Southampton and will become operational by...

Power-to-gas. The thinking person’s energy storage solution

Big batteries are little more than revenue-chasing grid-stabilisers. The challenge of decarbonising heating and transport, whilst addressing renewable energy's intermittency, requires some joined up approaches and few technologies are able to bridge the electricity,...

UK one step closer to first large-scale power-to-gas project

A location on Northern Gas Networks’ grid has been deemed suitable for installing a 50-100MW electrolyser to convert electricity into hydrogen.   The site, at Low Thornley, in Gateshead in north-east England, has been identified through a feasibility study undertaken...

COMMERCIAL & INDUSTRIAL

Alfen supplies microgrid to Dutch horticultural company

Koppert Biological Systems, a provider of biological pest control products, will use a smart microgrid supplied by Alfen to provide energy for its new facilities.   At Berkel and Rodenrijs, in the Netherlands, Koppert Biological Systems is building a factory, for...

New JV launches storage-as-service offering in UK

Thrive Renewables and Aura Power have launched a joint venture (JV) based on installing no-money-down battery storage to cut electricity bills for commercial and industrial (C&I) energy customers. The JV is targeting thousands of businesses that spend at least...

The rise of hybrid power projects in mining

A solar-battery plant at an Australian mine has shown hybrid power has a place in the sector, but according to Sandfire Resources mining companies expect to contract cheaper, cleaner power from a single provider. Energy projects hailed as ‘firsts’ and ‘blueprints’...

RESIDENTIAL

low carbon architectural practice develops solar-storage offering

ZEDfactory, an award-winning architects firm in the UK, championing affordable, sustainable housing developments, is bringing to market its own solar-storage offering.   Working with British and Chinese partners the firm has developed a comprehensive...

Australia’s solar-storage market set for explosive growth

According to a mid-year study by Sun Wiz, Australia’s solar-plus-storage market is poised for significant growth triggered by retail electricity price rises.     The report found there were 7000 home energy storage systems installed in the first half of 2017, the same...

Buyer beware: Residential energy storage ‘hard sell’ practices widespread in the UK

Though a nascent market, the rising interest in residential energy storage has attracted pressure selling outfits, and action must be taken, according to the Renewable Energy Consumer Code (RECC). “A £6,500 investment that’s able to deliver annual savings of £800...

Off-grid

Mining town ditches diesel

Four years since it came online, a wind-solar-battery microgrid has been able to meet all the electricity needs of a Chilean mining town.   Nidec Industrial Solutions engineered the microgrid for Enel Green Power, with a combined total power of 250kW/750kWh, to...

Mines in Africa and Australia go for hybrid power rental model

Within mining the idea of renting clean, reliable hybrid power is gaining traction as Aggreko signs up offtakers in Australia and Africa for its microgrids-as-a-service model.   With the platform Aggreko can develop different combinations of hybrid microgrids that...

The rise of hybrid power projects in mining

A solar-battery plant at an Australian mine has shown hybrid power has a place in the sector, but according to Sandfire Resources mining companies expect to contract cheaper, cleaner power from a single provider. Energy projects hailed as ‘firsts’ and ‘blueprints’...

Island Grids

Bushveld Energy targets remote grid opportunities for flow battery storage

African energy storage developer Bushveld Energy is targeting off-grid opportunities, such as mining, oil and gas extraction sites and tourism, including safari lodges, for its flow battery energy storage system. In all cases sites are remote where a grid connection...

EDF developing hybrid microgrid in the tropics

French energy supplier EDF is building a hybrid microgrid in Singapore, as part of an ambitious project aimed at shifting communities across south-east Asia away from diesel electricity generation.   The microgrid is expected to become operational in October this year...

Greening the Islands initiative launches new data resource

A global initiative promoting sustainability projects exclusive to island economies and communities has launched a resource that will provide key information and analysis in areas such as policy, regulations and technology costs.   Greening the Islands Observatory,...

EV Grid Integration

ITM Power installing grid balancing hydrogen bus refuelling station in Birmingham

Specialist in integrated hydrogen energy systems ITM Power is installing a 3MW electrolyser for refuelling a fuel cell electric bus network in Birmingham, UK. ITM Power, in Sheffield, England, makes electrolysers and related technology designed to convert electricity...

UK launches vehicle-to-grid pilots

Businesses that include Octopus Energy, aggregator Open Energi and Charge Point, as well as UK universities, have won £11 million (€12.5 million) in UK government funding to go towards implementing a series of vehicle-to-grid (V2G) pilots.   V2G technology lets energy...

Making e-mobility a solution, not a problem, for grids

Sonnen Charger, the latest product from Germany’s home battery market leader, is about more than anticipating a customer trend. By matching EV power demand and renewables output, Sonnen wants to address problems at both grid distribution and transmission levels.  ...

Markets

UPS looks to replicate London smart grid EV charging project

The Atlanta, US, headquarters of the logistics firm is among potential first sites where UPS will seek to roll out smart grid technology being piloted at its London facility.   The smart grid will be able to charge 170 fleet vans and trucks serving customers from the...

Falling battery and renewables costs put the squeeze on fossil fuels

Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s (BNEF) latest study shows increasing competitiveness in renewables and batteries, with Australia leading demand for renewables-plus-storage and UK topping demand for battery deployments for flexibility.   BNEF’s latest report on the...

UK consumers seek value for money in home energy storage purchases

Despite the wide range of home energy storage systems available in the UK, consumers seem to prefer systems that offer performance and value for money over big brand names.   Many solar distributors and installers now cater to interest in residential batteries that...

Finance

Five years in the making – Graciosa, the wind-solar-storage island microgrid

Executing a clean island microgrid that relegates fossil fuel generation to a back-up role was never going to be easy. First announced in 2013, Graciosa is finally expected to go live in the next few months. The project has not been without its teething issues, both...

Smart money on smart grids: Aquila Capital’s new fund targets greenfield renewables and energy storage

Ahead of its launch, Oldrik Verloop discusses Aquila Capital’s new €750 million Energy Transition Infrastructure Fund (ETIF), which will invest in energy infrastructure assets needed for Europe’s energy transition.   The Energy Transition Infrastructure Fund (ETIF)...

Falling battery and renewables costs put the squeeze on fossil fuels

Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s (BNEF) latest study shows increasing competitiveness in renewables and batteries, with Australia leading demand for renewables-plus-storage and UK topping demand for battery deployments for flexibility.   BNEF’s latest report on the...

Policy

Greening the Islands initiative launches new data resource

A global initiative promoting sustainability projects exclusive to island economies and communities has launched a resource that will provide key information and analysis in areas such as policy, regulations and technology costs.   Greening the Islands Observatory,...

US utilities urged to get moving with EV charging initiatives by RMI report

As we hurtle towards the end of 2017 – vehicle electrification has snuck upon us – so is enough being done to accommodate the transition? A new publication, titled From Gas to Grid: Building Charging Infrastructure to Power Electric Vehicle Demand, by Rocky Mountain...

Australia creates distributed generation location map

Australia has launched a map to show the best location for renewables, energy storage and other forms of distributed generation.   AREMI is a website for map-based access to Australian spatial data relevant to the renewable energy industry. The map has been created...

Energy Storage

Cleaning up heat with silicon storage

Decarbonising heat presents a huge challenge, which could be addressed by a technology that stores electricity as thermal energy in molten silicon blocks.   1414 Degrees based in Adelaide, Australia, is installing the first customer pilot of its thermal energy storage...

OVO gears up to install V2G chargers

As part of the next phase of its vehicle-to-grid (V2G) project Sciurus, OVO Energy will soon begin installing its chargers with residential customers.   At first OVO’s V2G charger will only be available to Nissan LEAF drivers that participate in the Innovate UK-funded...

Moixa’s bigger battery boosts solar consumption

The firm’s latest offering, a 4.8kWh battery, increases solar PV self-consumption and takes advantage of time-of-use tariffs for bill savings. Moixa has installed 1500 home batteries across the UK, based on its 2kWh or 3kWh versions. Per kWh the latest bigger battery...

Demand Side Response

Scilly Isles readies for a new energy future

On the Scilly Isles, solar PV, smart batteries and EV charging, connected by Internet of Things (IoT) technology, and a new energy tariff, could show how islands can decarbonise and do sustainability, cost-effectively.   The Isles of Scilly archipelago, which lies 28...

ITM Power installing grid balancing hydrogen bus refuelling station in Birmingham

Specialist in integrated hydrogen energy systems ITM Power is installing a 3MW electrolyser for refuelling a fuel cell electric bus network in Birmingham, UK. ITM Power, in Sheffield, England, makes electrolysers and related technology designed to convert electricity...

Centrica appointed supplier in UK demand side response framework

In July, the Crown Commercial Service named energy company Centrica as a supplier within its demand side response (DSR) framework, which financially incentivises customers to reduce or shift their electricity use at peak times. In the three-year framework agreement,...

Exclusive Content

Pivot Power tenders for transmission system batteries

UK developer of a nationwide network of transmission system-connected batteries Pivot Power has started tendering for storage systems.   The first 50MW battery storage system the company is developing will be deployed in Southampton and will become operational by...

UK one step closer to first large-scale power-to-gas project

A location on Northern Gas Networks’ grid has been deemed suitable for installing a 50-100MW electrolyser to convert electricity into hydrogen.   The site, at Low Thornley, in Gateshead in north-east England, has been identified through a feasibility study undertaken...

Hydrostor to convert old mine site in Australia into CAES plant

The Toronto-headquartered company commercialising an adiabatic compressed air energy storage (A-CAES) technology, is developing a demonstration plant at a legacy mine site in South Australia.   The 5MW plant is expected to be operational in the first half of 2019. The...

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