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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

Anglian Water to trial flow battery storage

The UK water utility plans to pilot long duration energy storage in the second half of 2018, as part of an ambitious scheme to boost energy self-sufficiency.   As the biggest energy user in the east of England Anglian Water is more exposed than most to the heightened...

‘Land grab’ for solar-storage-EV projects, according to UK lawyer

Discussing legal considerations for storage developments at the Electricity Storage Association’s (ESN) March conference in London, Maria Connelly, a partner TLT LLP, compared the interest in mixed technology projects featuring electric car chargers to a ‘land grab’....

Brum, Brum – how a Birmingham collaboration is enabling the UK’s first EV taxi sharing service

rentE hires out electric cars to Uber drivers at low rates, by basing the business at an energy park near the city of Birmingham and tapping into locally produced clean electricity.   According to the company’s website drivers can rent an Uber-ready private from £89...

RESIDENTIAL

Hyperdrive Innovation taps into Asia through new strategic partnership

UK developer and manufacturer of lithium ion battery packs Hyperdrive Innovation has entered into an agreement with Taiwan’s Foxlink Automotive Technology, opening up demand for its battery packs throughout Asia.   The agreement covers the manufacture, sale and...

New York unveils plans for compensating distributed energy systems

  In September 2017, the New York State Public Service Commission announced plans to fairly compensate solar power and energy storage and reduce community solar development costs.   Expanding access to cost-effective, clean energy is a main aim of New York’s Clean...

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...

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...

Move over batteries: energy storage alternatives to lithium ion now being commercialised

From containers of molten silicon to winching weights up and down old mine shafts, Gridchangeagent.com takes a moment to explore the feats of engineering that have gone into alternative forms of energy storage, to address renewables integration and other issues facing...

UET to install flow battery on one of the San Juan Islands

A flow battery storage system is to be installed on an island off the coast of Washington state with potential to be replicated across other island grids.   The 0.5MW/2MWh vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) energy storage system will be installed in the first quarter...

EV Grid Integration

Open Energi’s new AI-driven software designed to optimise energy storage assets

Open Energi’s software platform designed to ‘flex’ the consumption of loads and optimise energy storage assets lets commercial energy consumers take a proactive role in controlling energy costs.   Dynamic Demand 2.0, the latest software platform from UK aggregator...

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...

Back of the net: Dutch football stadiums turn to energy storage for EV charging, peak shaving and other benefits

Two football stadiums in the Netherlands are among the first venues of their kind to deploy energy storage to demonstrate a range of benefits that include electric car charging with surplus solar electricity, peak shaving, as well as grid support. In the first quarter...

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

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...

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...

Policy

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...

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...

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

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,...

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...

Exclusive Content

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)...

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...

ESN event defines where energy storage fits into transport, heat and power sectors

The Electricity Storage Network’s (ESN) ‘Multi-vector, multi-market: where are the opportunities for energy storage?’ Spring Symposium, had a challenging task on its hands, to give a platform to stakeholders and market players involved in decarbonising heat and...

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