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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

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...

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 Energy supplies battery for UPS EV charging pilot

Energy storage integrator Off Grid Energy is supplying a 200kW battery storage system for installation at a busy London depot of the courier firm UPS.   The project will see UPS’ central London depot in Camden pilot technology to reduce the cost of charging freight...

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...

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.  ...

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....

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

AES and Siemens set up global energy storage joint venture

An energy storage joint venture announced in July by AES and Siemens aims to capture growing global demand for cost-competitive energy storage.   The new company, called Fluence, will supply AES’s Advancion and Siemens’ Siestorage energy storage systems...

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...

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

UK pilot opens up substation data to manage EV charging integration

A distribution network operator (DNO) in the UK has opened up data from its substations so local communities, businesses and other stakeholders will be able to see if local networks can cope with rising electric car numbers.   Substations are key components in the...

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...

Off Grid Energy supplies battery for UPS EV charging pilot

Energy storage integrator Off Grid Energy is supplying a 200kW battery storage system for installation at a busy London depot of the courier firm UPS.   The project will see UPS’ central London depot in Camden pilot technology to reduce the cost of charging freight...

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...

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...

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 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...

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:...

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

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...

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...

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...

Exclusive Content

Schmid benefits from China’s flow battery push

Schmid Group has supplied flow batteries to a Chinese solar producer in a deal that will position the German industrial firm to capture growing demand for this type of energy storage within China.   The three flow batteries, containing vanadium redox flow battery...

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...

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...

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