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Encouraging signs: interconnection rules in the age of distributed energy storage

18 Nov 2019, 15:33 • By Sara Baldwin
Encouraging signs: interconnection rules in the age of distributed energy storage

As US states work to address and enable the swift growth of distributed energy resources (DERs), including solar and energy storage, the issues surrounding their interconnection to the electric grid require close attention, Sara Baldwin, VP for regulatory affairs at the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), explains.

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Three things the energy storage industry should know about end of life

7 Nov 2019, 13:54 • By Hans Eric Melin
Three things the energy storage industry should know about end of life

Hans Eric Melin, managing director of lifecycle management consultancy Circular Energy Storage, provides a detailed list of the most valuable lessons the energy storage industry should be taking into account about end of life.

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Flex and flexibility

5 Nov 2019, 09:58 • By Liam Stoker
Flex and flexibility

Power markets are evolving and beginning to value flexibility ahead of generation. As the UK’s networks companies move to embrace flexible generation assets, Liam Stoker spoke to some of the country’s leading providers to identify the hurdles and solutions to a more flexible power grid.

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Batteries and the blackout: how energy storage saved the UK’s grid

28 Oct 2019, 11:21 • By Liam Stoker
Batteries and the blackout: how energy storage saved the UK’s grid

At 4:52pm on Friday 9 August 2019, the UK suffered its first wide-scale blackout in more than a decade. More than 1.1 million consumers were plunged into the dark as rail lines screeched to a halt, traffic lights failed and even airports reported problems. Liam Stoker looks at the root causes, and how battery storage came to the rescue.

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VIDEO: UK energy storage providers, optimisers and financiers on the routes to market

24 Oct 2019, 14:35 • By Andy Colthorpe
VIDEO: UK energy storage providers, optimisers and financiers on the routes to market

Energy-Storage.news was delighted to be asked to moderate a session in which participants and pioneers of UK energy storage - and solar - gave their perspectives on everything from the right technologies and what they can do, how financiers view the market today, to how we can all join together to create a modern, clean and sustainable energy sector.

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Bankable and insurable energy storage: a necessary next step for renewable energy

21 Oct 2019, 13:53 • By Jan Geder
Bankable and insurable energy storage: a necessary next step for renewable energy

The rapid acceleration in energy storage deployment expected over the coming years will require innovation in the quality and safety standards underpinning new battery and associated technologies. VDE’s Jan Geder looks at the technical work underway to ensure the coming storage boom has firm bankability and insurability foundations.

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Case study: Using batteries to reduce the impact of grid maintenance

16 Oct 2019, 11:57 • By Dieter Castelein
Case study: Using batteries to reduce the impact of grid maintenance

Batteries are increasingly widely used in grid balancing, but there are many more applications where a battery can play an important role. With electric grids requiring periodic maintenance, batteries can stand in for the grid during downtime in order to reduce the impact on industry and households, writes Dieter Castelein.

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Go big, go DC: an in-depth look at DC-coupled solar-plus-storage

9 Oct 2019, 12:12 • By Sara Verbruggen
Go big, go DC: an in-depth look at DC-coupled solar-plus-storage

New technologies and designs aimed at driving down the cost of energy storage facilities are currently the focus of intense industry R&D. Sara Verbruggen reports on DC coupling, an emerging system architecture that many believe will soon become the industry standard.

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Market and technology development of stationary battery storage systems in Europe

7 Oct 2019, 11:50 • By Dr. Kai-Philipp Kairies
Market and technology development of stationary battery storage systems in Europe

The business models and technologies underpinning the development of stationary energy storage markets are evolving rapidly. Dr. Kai-Philipp Kairies, Jan Figgener and David Haberschusz of RWTH Aachen University look at some of the key trends driving the sector forwards, in a paper which first appeared in PV Tech Power's Energy Storage Special Report 2019.

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Batteries need to be ‘renewable’ too: why recycling matters now

30 Sep 2019, 12:20 • By Stefan Hogg
Batteries need to be ‘renewable’ too: why recycling matters now

The huge upsurge in lithium-ion battery deployment expected over the next two decades poses a particular problem: what to do with cells that have reached the end of their useful life. Stefan Hogg investigates how lithium recycling will come into its own to handle spent batteries

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SPONSORED: The ‘new animals’ of the grid: why energy optimization is your best investment

22 Sep 2019, 18:43 • By Andy Colthorpe
SPONSORED: The ‘new animals’ of the grid: why energy optimization is your best investment

A new white paper from Wärtsilä Energy shows that being able to integrate and then optimise all of these different assets is the key to ensuring that your project - and your investment - is going to provide the maximum benefit, longest possible lifetime in the field - and the best business case. Risto Paldanius, Director of Business Development, Energy Storage and Integration at Wärtsilä told us a bit more about what optimization really means in today’s energy market.