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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

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...

Gravitricity partners with winch maker Huisman

UK start-up Gravitricity has entered into a partnership with Dutch lifting and drilling equipment supplier Huisman to help bring its energy storage technology to market.   With a recently announced £650,000 (€747,000) UK government-backed grant Gravitricity is...

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...

Europe

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...

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...

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...

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

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....

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...

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

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,...

Lessons from Alevo’s bankruptcy

  Grid energy storage has become rapidly commoditised, leaving Alevo with its ambitions of being a vertically-integrated player, struggling to commercialise its alternative battery technology.   On 18 August 2017, Alevo USA and Alevo Manufacturing, filed for chapter...

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...

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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