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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

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...

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,...

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...

RESIDENTIAL

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...

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...

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...

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

Hawaii to install vanadium flow battery

  Uni Energy Technologies is supplying a 100kW/500kWh vanadium redox flow battery to be installed on Hawaii in a project to assess the technology’s ability to support the grid.   More than 56% of the electricity generated on Hawaii island comes from renewable...

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...

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...

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...

Drive Electric launches vehicle-to-grid (V2G) service in UK

Drive Electric, a provider of leased ultra-low emission vehicles in the UK, has launched a Vehicle to Grid (V2G) service for electric vehicle drivers, both at home and at the workplace. In September 2017 Drive Electric signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with...

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...

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

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...

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...

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...

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

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,...

Water firms use energy tech to cut OpEx

Working with aggregators, UK water utilities are flexing demand and optimising on-site generation, reducing energy operational expenditure.   Water utilities’ operations need lots of electricity, and so energy has become their biggest operational cost. The challenge...

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...

Exclusive Content

‘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’....

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....

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...

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