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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

Just how deserving is the UK’s Road to Zero Strategy of a rough ride?

The Department for Transport's strategy does at least appreciate that without the right infrastructure in place, the EV transition will get stuck in first gear. It was never going to be an easy policy to get right. Road to Zero states its mission is to put the UK at...

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...

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....

RESIDENTIAL

If you build it, will they plug in?

At a packed seminar session at Ecobuild professionals working across the built environment learned how well executed charging infrastructure investments can bring benefits to local communities. Simply installing more chargers, though necessary, oversimplifies the...

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...

IRENA: Battery costs in stationary energy could fall by up to 66% by 2030

Energy storage capacity is expected to triple by 2030, if countries double the share of renewables in the world’s energy system, finds a new report published by the agency.   The cost of battery storage for stationary applications could fall by up to 66% by 2030,...

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

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,...

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...

EV Grid Integration

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...

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...

If you build it, will they plug in?

At a packed seminar session at Ecobuild professionals working across the built environment learned how well executed charging infrastructure investments can bring benefits to local communities. Simply installing more chargers, though necessary, oversimplifies the...

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...

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...

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:...

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

BNEF sponsored study identifies flexibility gaps in high renewables future

A study by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) crunches the numbers to show the need for flexible resources to offset increased short-term volatility in supply as solar and wind gradually dominate electricity generation.   Beyond the Tipping Point: Flexibility gaps in...

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...

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...

Exclusive Content

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...

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...

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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