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Asia

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...

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...

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,...

Australasia

New Zealand utility supplies solar-storage-diesel systems for off-grid customers

SimpliPhi Power is supplying its battery storage systems for off-grid power generation units that electric utility Powerco is installing for its off-grid customers, as an alternative to more costly grid connection.   The energy storage systems will be used as part of...

Aggreko buys German energy storage integrator

Diesel generator maker Aggreko has acquired Berlin-based energy storage systems integrator and software firm Younicos in a deal valued at $40 million (€34 million).

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...

Europe

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...

Acciona opens hybrid wind and storage plant in Spain

  In September Spanish wind turbine supplier Acciona announced the operation of an energy storage system integrated with a wind farm.   The wind-storage installation, in Barásoain in Navarra, consists of two batteries located in separate containers: a 1MW/0.39MWh...

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...

Latin America

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...

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,...

MENA

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,...

Aggreko buys German energy storage integrator

Diesel generator maker Aggreko has acquired Berlin-based energy storage systems integrator and software firm Younicos in a deal valued at $40 million (€34 million).

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...

North America

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...

Doosan Gridtech to supply grid battery to Los Angeles utility

  Energy storage integrator and software provider Doosan Gridtech will deliver a 20MW/10MWh energy storage system to Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP).   Doosan GridTech, with its partner, KTY Engineering, will install the system at the utility’s...

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...

Global

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...

Flow batteries strike gold (or should that be platinum?)

The installation of 1MWh of flow battery storage at Anglo American’s Amandelbult mine in South Africa is a necessary first step to demonstrate use cases, before moving onto much bigger opportunities in mining.   By August, eight of Primus Power’s zinc bromide flow...

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,...

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