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UTILITY

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...

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...

COMMERCIAL & INDUSTRIAL

‘Land grab’ for solar-storage-EV projects, according to UK lawyer

Discussing legal considerations for storage developments at the Electricity Storage Association’s (ESN) March conference in London, Maria Connelly, a partner TLT LLP, compared the interest in mixed technology projects featuring electric car chargers to a ‘land grab’....

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...

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).

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...

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...

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...

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’...

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...

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...

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...

EV Grid Integration

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...

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...

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

Smart money on smart grids: Aquila Capital’s new fund targets greenfield renewables and energy storage

Ahead of its launch, Oldrik Verloop discusses Aquila Capital’s new €750 million Energy Transition Infrastructure Fund (ETIF), which will invest in energy infrastructure assets needed for Europe’s energy transition.   The Energy Transition Infrastructure Fund (ETIF)...

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

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:...

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 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

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...

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...

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...

Centrica appointed supplier in UK demand side response framework

In July, the Crown Commercial Service named energy company Centrica as a supplier within its demand side response (DSR) framework, which financially incentivises customers to reduce or shift their electricity use at peak times. In the three-year framework agreement,...

Exclusive Content

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...

Open Energi’s new AI-driven software designed to optimise energy storage assets

Open Energi’s software platform designed to ‘flex’ the consumption of loads and optimise energy storage assets lets commercial energy consumers take a proactive role in controlling energy costs.   Dynamic Demand 2.0, the latest software platform from UK aggregator...

AEG Power Solutions bags first customer for battery + power-to-heat combo

AEG Power Solutions (PS) is supplying German energy supplier SWB with a system that combines battery storage with power-to-heat technology, which will reduce the cost of primary control power provision. The unit has a capacity of 20MW, allowing Bremen-based swb...

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