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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

RedT to supply flow-lithium hybrid energy storage system to Australian university

UK developer of vanadium redox flow batteries (VRFBs) RedT has sold a hybrid energy storage system using its technology coupled with lithium ion batteries to Monash University in Melbourne.   The 300kW/1MWh hybrid energy storage system is RedT’s first deal in the...

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...

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...

RESIDENTIAL

Taking on telecoms and other niches

  The nascent vanadium-based energy storage industry is finding market opportunities where lithium ion isn’t suitable.   The cost of lithium ion batteries continues to fall making longer duration energy storage deployments economically feasible using this technology....

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...

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...

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

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...

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...

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

Comparing two types of EV charging-plus-storage commercial models

Energy storage co-located with EV charging infrastructure displaces the impact that cars simultaneously drawing electricity would otherwise have on the grid, particularly during peak demand periods. But for investments in energy storage co-located with EV charging to...

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...

National Grid: EVs could raise UK peak power demand by 3.5GW by 2030

Electric vehicle (EV) demand could raise electricity peak demand by 3.5GW in the UK by 2030 according to a report published by the transmission system operator (TSO). In its annual Future Energy Scenarios report, published in July 2017, National Grid anticipated a...

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

Vattenfall touts battery-renewables co-location expertise

Swedish energy firm and wind developer Vattenfall has pulled off a tricky wind and battery co-location project in the UK, gaining experience that could benefit renewables asset owners.   In an overcrowded market, replete with regulatory uncertainty, changing revenue...

Comparing two types of EV charging-plus-storage commercial models

Energy storage co-located with EV charging infrastructure displaces the impact that cars simultaneously drawing electricity would otherwise have on the grid, particularly during peak demand periods. But for investments in energy storage co-located with EV charging to...

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...

Policy

US energy storage whitepaper focuses on lessons learned by utilities

Strategen Consulting, with the Global Energy Storage Alliance (GESA), has authored a whitepaper to guide utilities seeking to procure energy storage for balancing power supply and demand.   The document, titled A Framework for Utility Procurement of Energy Storage:...

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...

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

EDF and Nuvve partner on European V2G drive

French energy supplier EDF is working with technology provider Nuvve to accelerate vehicle-to-grid (V2G) charging in France, the UK and other key markets.   Nuvve will bring to the table its expertise in V2G technologies, which EDF will offer to customers in its four...

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...

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...

Exclusive Content

City of Nottingham to pilot integrated solar-storage-V2G

Nottingham City Council in the UK is part of a European project that will test a single control platform for managing local energy generation, storage and vehicle-to-grid (V2G) charging to reduce energy costs. The pilot, which is one of four across north-west Europe,...

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.  ...

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...

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