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Energy storage system integrators: Six of the best

28 Feb 2017, 14:23 • By Andy Colthorpe
Energy storage system integrators: Six of the best

To mark the launch of the new-look Energy-Storage.News site, our team profile six of the leading global system integrators working in energy storage today.

Analysis
Large-scale storage gains toehold in the UK

Large-scale storage gains toehold in the UK

22 Feb 2017, 12:11
• By David Pickup

The potential for storage to help stabilise the grid has finally been recognised in the UK, where battery projects took all of the 200MW on offer in a recent frequency response tender. David Pickup looks at the evolving role of storage in the future grid and how further policy support can help it flourish.

Editor's blog
The UK: More tenders, government priorities and solving the revenue stream dilemma

The UK: More tenders, government priorities and solving the revenue stream dilemma

1 Feb 2017, 15:51
• By Andy Colthorpe

While Brexit – the impending departure of the UK from the European Union – looms, bringing uncertainty into the country’s economy and international relationships, the role energy storage will play in a decentralised, low(er) carbon and more flexible energy system at least seems a little more assured than it did before.

Guest blog
The hope invested in rural microgrids deserves better returns

The hope invested in rural microgrids deserves better returns

4 Jan 2017, 15:50
• By Harsh Thacker

Microgrids—distributed systems of localised generation, distribution network and load—are being increasingly deployed particularly in rural areas of emerging and under-developed countries to achieve energy access. However, a “fragmented and unorganised” sector still faces significant challenges, writes Harsh Thacker.

Editor's blog
Editor’s picks and the top 10 most read news of the year

Editor’s picks and the top 10 most read news of the year

27 Dec 2016, 09:00
• By Andy Colthorpe

Every year sees energy storage build on the success of the preceding one, it seems, and this year we were able to carry insights and opinions from some of the best placed participants and observers. Here’s our picks for the content most representative of the year it’s been, as well as the 10 most read news stories on the site.

Guest blog
How are disruptive business models shaping the European energy storage market?

How are disruptive business models shaping the European energy storage market?

30 Nov 2016, 14:22
• By Julian Jansen

New value propositions which will radically change the way energy is generated and used by end-customers are already accelerating energy storage market growth. Julian Jansen of Delta-ee takes a look at three distinctive types of business model which are taking shape.

Interviews
Sonnen CEO: US$85 million investment will grow international presence and new business models alike

Sonnen CEO: US$85 million investment will grow international presence and new business models alike

17 Oct 2016, 15:43
• By Andy Colthorpe

Germany headquartered “intelligent battery storage” and energy services provider Sonnen has just obtained US$85 million in its fourth financing round, from a range of investors. The company said the funds would be used both home and abroad, with Sonnen operating in markets including Italy, Australia, the US and the UK. Andy Colthorpe spoke with the company’s CEO Christoph Ostermann to learn more.

Editor's blog
Clean Energy Live: UK storage market nearing its tipping point

Clean Energy Live: UK storage market nearing its tipping point

13 Oct 2016, 13:45
• By David Pratt

With over 30 companies exhibiting battery products or espousing the technology to the thousands of visitors in attendance, storage was always going to play a major role at last week’s SEUK | Clean Energy Live exhibition. David Pratt summarises the view from the show floor with regards the UK’s burgeoning storage market.

Editor's blog
TWO WEEKS until Solar Energy UK | Clean Energy Live 2016

TWO WEEKS until Solar Energy UK | Clean Energy Live 2016

19 Sep 2016, 14:09
• By Liam Stoker

Preparations are now gathering pace as the UK’s solar and clean energy industries prepare to meet at this year’s Solar Energy UK | Clean Energy Live conference, held at the NEC in Birmingham.

Interviews
Behind the largest battery storage system in the US

Behind the largest battery storage system in the US

25 Aug 2016, 16:11
• By Tom Kenning

Brian Perusse, vice president of AES Energy Storage and Jim Avery, chief development officer of SDG&E discuss the largest battery-based storage system in the US, set to stand at 30MW in California.

Interviews
GTM on Tesla’s big-money SolarCity buy: Vetoes, benefits and the role of Silevo

GTM on Tesla’s big-money SolarCity buy: Vetoes, benefits and the role of Silevo

3 Aug 2016, 16:19
• By James Blackman

Tesla Motors’ US$2.6 billion all-stock offer for SolarCity this week raised questions, as both firms’ share prices slumped on the announcement, and markets reflected a sense of both awe and unease at the proposed deal. GTM Research director of energy storage Ravi Manghani considers these questions, through the prism of Tesla chief Elon Musk’s self-titled ‘master plan, part deux’.

Guest blog
Tesla’s second master plan: A look ahead

Tesla’s second master plan: A look ahead

25 Jul 2016, 14:42
• By Tom Kenning

It’s no surprise that Elon Musk’s announcement that he was working on Tesla’s second master plan was met with great anticipation. Lux Research’s Chris Robinson looks in depth at the new strategy, which included autonomy, solar power, some vehicles we expected, and some vehicles we didn’t.

Interviews
Solarwatt’s Pol Spronck discusses the latest expansion into the UK

Solarwatt’s Pol Spronck discusses the latest expansion into the UK

22 Jul 2016, 09:41
• By David Pratt

German PV module and storage manufacturer Solarwatt recently announced its intention to expand into the UK market with the launch of its MyReserve storage system.Energy Storage News caught up with Pol Spronck, Solarwatt’s international sales manager, to discuss the latest expansion and with the company is hoping to bring to the UK.

Interviews
Time for the US to open up access to the grid

Time for the US to open up access to the grid

19 Jul 2016, 16:24
• By John Parnell

The US must open up access to its grid and allow anyone who generates electricity to sell it on, according to an executive from energy storage company sonnen.

Guest blog
Storage is the missing piece in solving the energy trilemma, it’s time to deliver it

Storage is the missing piece in solving the energy trilemma, it’s time to deliver it

13 Jul 2016, 14:54
• By John Parnell

Commercially viable energy storage has the potential to change the game by solving the energy trilemma. Arshad Saleem, from KIC InnoEnergy, which invests in and supports European sustainable energy, says marrying start-up innovation and big business experience could accelerate the journey to viability.