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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

Flow batteries set for strong growth

According to new market research the flow battery market is forecast to grow to $946 million (€761 million) by 2023. The report, "Flow Battery Market by Type (Redox, and Hybrid), Material (Vanadium, Zinc-Bromine), Storage (Compact and Large scale), Application...

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...

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...

RESIDENTIAL

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...

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...

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...

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

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...

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...

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

Leclanché partners with EPAL to target energy storage prospects in India

EPAL, a joint venture between Indian state-owned company Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) and UK-based EnergyPro Limited, is partnering with Leclanché to tap the emerging demand for energy storage in India.   EPAL and Leclanché have initiated their...

Your future car might recharge from a DC microgrid, and why that’s a good thing

A UK project is working through the commercial and technical aspects of a direct current (DC) microgrid architecture that integrates electric vehicle charging, storage and solar generation while supporting the wider network.   Benefits of DC microgrids have been...

German supermarket to install fast chargers

Dutch firm Fastned will install fast charging stations at four locations belonging to Germany supermarket chain REWE.   At each of the large Region Mitte stores around Frankfurt, Fastned will install its fast charging stations. Each station will have two 50kW fast...

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

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...

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...

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:...

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

How energy services has become the new game in town

Attending the Energy Live event in Westminster in November was an opportunity to find out how some energy suppliers are diversifying their offerings for commercial and industrial (C&I) energy customers.   Energy is becoming more expensive. Investment is going into...

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 Power Networks and Open Utility to trial new energy trading platform

Electric utility UK Power Networks is working with software firm Open Utility to trial an online marketplace that will allow residential electricity customers to use cheaper low carbon energy.   The platform will help open up new markets for flexibility providers by...

Exclusive Content

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...

Powerstar supplies energy storage system to steel processor

A steel processor supplying the British aerospace industry is installing an energy storage system developed by UK company Powerstar to provide its manufacturing operations with resiliency.   The 1MW battery storage system, which will be installed by early January...

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...

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