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Batteries are holding back the microgrid energy revolution in Africa

Batteries are holding back the microgrid energy revolution in Africa

15 Feb 2017, 11:36
• By Sam Duby

The complexities of combining batteries and solar microgrids are explained by Sam Duby, who is co-founder and director of research and development at mini-grid technologies company SteamaCo Ltd and consults for TFE Consulting. TFE Consulting is a strategy consulting firm focusing on accelerating the energy transition in emerging markets and is active in Africa, India, Southeast Asia and Latin America.

Analysis
Microgrids on the cusp

Microgrids on the cusp

7 Feb 2017, 15:53
• By Thomas Hillig

The remote microgrid market is maturing regarding technology and financing. Now improved sales and marketing methods are needed to commercialise the huge potential on offer in this burgeoning market segment, writes Thomas Hillig.

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
Why lithium-ion is NOT the new silicon

Why lithium-ion is NOT the new silicon

18 Jan 2017, 15:28
• By Ron Van Dell

To date, the vast majority of the entries into the energy storage market have depended on lithium-based battery chemistry, but, the idea that lithium-ion is the technological and economic front-runner in the stationary storage space is a myth that is in dire need of de-bunking, claims Ron Van Dell.

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
AC vs DC-Coupled Batteries: What you should know

AC vs DC-Coupled Batteries: What you should know

21 Dec 2016, 12:16
• By Greg Wolfson

There is no shortage of vendors looking to offer batteries and energy storage for the residential market. Greg Wolfson of Enphase discusses AC- and DC- coupling of batteries and why his company felt AC is the way to go.

Guest blog
Selecting storage solutions in residential PV systems

Selecting storage solutions in residential PV systems

7 Dec 2016, 12:21
• By Lior Handelsman

By combining PV with a storage solution, homeowners gain from a variety of possibilities to increase self-consumption, improve system profitability, and get backup power. However, it is important to know how to select the right kind of storage solution. Lior Handelsman of SolarEdge discusses some of the main factors involved.

Guest blog
Transforming the market for virtual power plants with advances in energy storage

Transforming the market for virtual power plants with advances in energy storage

1 Nov 2016, 15:00
• By Peter Asmus

From the outside, the VPP looks like a single power production facility that publishes one schedule of operation and can be optimised from a single remote site. From the inside, the VPP can combine a rich diversity of independent resources into a network via the sophisticated planning, scheduling, and bidding of DER-based services. Peter Asmus examines the role energy storage can play within this architecture.

Interviews
Storage deployment across the globe: insights from the US, UK and Asia

Storage deployment across the globe: insights from the US, UK and Asia

7 Sep 2016, 15:25
• By Danielle Ola

Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) senior analyst Logan Goldie-Scot discusses with Energy-Storage.News drivers for the recent uptick in storage across the globe, as well as insights on why America has an ideal regulatory approach to storage technologies, the recent UK tender, and the potential of dynamic markets in Asia Pacific.

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.

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.