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Five reasons to attend Solar & Storage Live 2018

11 Oct 2018, 15:23 • By Solar Media Staff
Five reasons to attend Solar & Storage Live 2018

Solar & Storage Live 2018, the trade exhibition organised by Energy-Storage.news' & PV Tech's publisher Solar Media, opens its doors in a week’s time, with around 4,000 pre-registered visitors expected to flock to the NEC, Birmingham, England. Here’s why this year’s event is not to be missed.

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Virtual reality: VPPs in a break with tradition

8 Oct 2018, 14:50 • By Andy Colthorpe, David Pratt
Virtual reality: VPPs in a break with tradition

Cloud-aggregated virtual power plants using residential or C&I battery storage as part of a smart energy management system can benefit the grid, integrate renewables and EVs and hopefully add a powerful long-term value proposition for home storage. Andy Colthorpe and David Pratt report on how some of the UK’s first VPP projects are proving the concept.

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Long time coming: Part 2

2 Oct 2018, 12:57 • By Andy Colthorpe
Long time coming: Part 2

First developed by NASA, flow batteries are a potential answer to storing solar – and wind – for eight to 10 hours, far beyond what is commonly achieved today with lithium-ion. In the second of a two-part special report, Andy Colthorpe dives deeper into questions of bankability, market segmentation and manufacturing strategies with four very different providers of flow energy storage technology.

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Investing in energy storage for resiliency: the business case in the US

28 Aug 2018, 12:51 • By Lisa Laughner
Investing in energy storage for resiliency: the business case in the US

Power outages pose great risks for corporate bottom lines and many have already suffered the economic brunt of unforeseen weather and grid events in 2018. Battery energy storage can be a versatile actor in networks, bringing resiliency as well as energy efficiency and economic benefits, writes Lisa Laughner, CEO of Go Electric.

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Cellcube’s ‘highly vertical’ ambitions for long duration redox flow batteries

21 Aug 2018, 17:57 • By Andy Colthorpe
Cellcube’s ‘highly vertical’ ambitions for long duration redox flow batteries

The fortunes of Gildemeister’s redox flow battery energy storage have been an interesting mirror to those of the technology class overall in some ways. Energy-Storage.news spoke to a leading representative of those assets' new owner, CellCube Energy Storage company president, Stefan Schauss.

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Taking smart to the edges of the world - Part 2

2 Aug 2018, 12:30 • By David Pratt
Taking smart to the edges of the world - Part 2

Islands around the world provide ideal conditions for trialling new approaches to energy provision. David Pratt reports on how cutting-edge renewable energy, storage and smart grid technologies are being rolled out to geographically isolated communities. Part 2 of this feature article continues with a look at how some of these projects could provide real-time lessons for the global clean energy transition.

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Taking smart to the edges of the world - Part 1

30 Jul 2018, 13:02 • By David Pratt
Taking smart to the edges of the world - Part 1

Islands around the world provide ideal conditions for trialling new approaches to energy provision. David Pratt reports on some of the work going on globally to bring the benefits of cutting-edge renewable energy, storage and smart grid technologies to the world’s geographically isolated communities. To be continued later this week on Energy-Storage.news.

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Dentists, clouds and virtual batteries: how to drive Germany’s home storage market forwards

23 Jul 2018, 13:14 • By Florian Mayr
Dentists, clouds and virtual batteries: how to drive Germany’s home storage market forwards

What has driven the recent boom in Germany's household energy storage installation figures? What value do customers expect when adding a storage system to their homes? And more importantly, what are energy storage providers doing to sustain and accelerate growth, which can eventually unlock a true mass market? Florian Mayr of Apricum takes a closer look.

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Rice, rays and recharge: How an Indian village got 24/7 clean energy

20 Jul 2018, 13:34 • By Tom Kenning
Rice, rays and recharge: How an Indian village got 24/7 clean energy

Tom Kenning of PV Tech/Energy-Storage.news visited a village in the heart of the North Indian plains where Uttar Pradesh borders Bihar, to see how a bold mix of biomass, solar and energy storage technologies is transforming local businesses by providing round-the-clock clean energy at prices cheaper than those of the main grid – all the while helping to solve India’s long struggle with power theft.

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RedT shows off vanadium stack with augmented reality app

16 Jul 2018, 13:42 • By Andy Colthorpe
RedT shows off vanadium stack with augmented reality app

As an interactive way to introduce its third generation of stacks, vanadium redox flow storage maker RedT debuted its augmented reality app at Intersolar Europe/ees Europe this year.

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Europe in focus: behind-the-meter market comes alive

12 Jul 2018, 11:35 • By Andy Colthorpe
Europe in focus: behind-the-meter market comes alive

In the second part of our interview with Valts Grintals, analyst at Delta-ee we discuss why behind-the-meter energy storage, including commercial and industrial (C&I) and residential installations, contributed so much to the market’s recent success.

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The UK’s year of large-scale storage: new capacity to top 500MW in 2018

11 Jul 2018, 11:28 • By Lauren Cook
The UK’s year of large-scale storage: new capacity to top 500MW in 2018

Halfway through 2018 and large-scale battery storage in the UK has reached over 450MW installed capacity, with around 250MW being completed this year alone. This is made up of projects bigger than 1MW, including larger behind the meter projects that have begun to emerge.