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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...

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...

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...

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’...

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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...

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...

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...

low carbon architectural practice develops solar-storage offering

ZEDfactory, an award-winning architects firm in the UK, championing affordable, sustainable housing developments, is bringing to market its own solar-storage offering.   Working with British and Chinese partners the firm has developed a comprehensive...

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...

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...

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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,...

ESN event defines where energy storage fits into transport, heat and power sectors

The Electricity Storage Network’s (ESN) ‘Multi-vector, multi-market: where are the opportunities for energy storage?’ Spring Symposium, had a challenging task on its hands, to give a platform to stakeholders and market players involved in decarbonising heat and...

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...

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...

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...

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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...

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...

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...

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’...

New JV launches storage-as-service offering in UK

Thrive Renewables and Aura Power have launched a joint venture (JV) based on installing no-money-down battery storage to cut electricity bills for commercial and industrial (C&I) energy customers. The JV is targeting thousands of businesses that spend at least £0.5...

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,...

Anglian Water to trial flow battery storage

The UK water utility plans to pilot long duration energy storage in the second half of 2018, as part of an ambitious scheme to boost energy self-sufficiency.   As the biggest energy user in the east of England Anglian Water is more exposed than most to the heightened...

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...

HyTech Power to pilot P2G with renewables

US developer of hydrogen systems HyTech Power is lining up sites in Germany and the UK to pilot its power-to-gas (P2G) technology.   Potential locations include wind and solar PV plants to use the electricity generated to provide clean hydrogen. HyTech Power will meet...
UPCOMING EVENTS
The Battery Show Europe: 15 – 17 May 2018
Hanover, Germany
Further information: http://www.thebatteryshow.eu/
Energy Storage World Forum: 16 – 18 May 2018
Berlin, Germany
Further information: https://energystorageforum.com/
Energy Live Future: 7 June 2018
The Crystal, Docklands, London, UK

 

 

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...

read more

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,...

read more

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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RESIDENTIAL

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...

low carbon architectural practice develops solar-storage offering

ZEDfactory, an award-winning architects firm in the UK, championing affordable, sustainable housing developments, is bringing to market its own solar-storage offering.   Working with British and Chinese partners the firm has developed a comprehensive...

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...

COMMERCIAL & INDUSTRIAL

Pivot Power tenders for transmission system batteries

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...

read more

Off-grid

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...

read more

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’...

read more

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...

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Island Grids

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...

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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...

read more

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,...

read more

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...

read more

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...

POLICY

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...

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...

FINANCE

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...

read more

ENERGY STORAGE

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...

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...

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...

DEMAND SIDE RESPONSE

New JV launches storage-as-service offering in UK

Thrive Renewables and Aura Power have launched a joint venture (JV) based on installing no-money-down battery storage to cut electricity bills for commercial and industrial (C&I) energy customers. The JV is targeting thousands of businesses that spend at least £0.5...

read more

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...

read more

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