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

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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Greening the Islands initiative launches new data resource

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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Primus Power gears up for export markets

Primus Power gears up for export markets

Projects with Goldwind in China and Eskom in South Africa are footholds in markets needing long duration energy storage.   Other energy storage players may have surpassed California start-up Primus Power in terms of units shifted, but a company that can count the US...

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Primus Power gears up for export markets

Projects with Goldwind in China and Eskom in South Africa are footholds in markets needing long duration energy storage.   Other energy storage players may have surpassed California start-up Primus Power in terms of units shifted, but a company that can count the US...

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UK spinout develops BMS prototype for extending battery life

Oxford University spinout Brill Power is developing a battery management system (BMS) able to extend the performance lifetime of lithium ion batteries by 60%, avoiding over-engineering modules, while improving monitoring and reducing maintenance costs.   The company’s...

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Flow batteries set for strong growth

According to new market research the flow battery market is forecast to grow to $946 million (€761 million) by 2023. The report, "Flow Battery Market by Type (Redox, and Hybrid), Material (Vanadium, Zinc-Bromine), Storage (Compact and Large scale), Application...

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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....

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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...

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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...

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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