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Energy Storage Summit 2019: Exclusive Big Topic interviews in London

2 Apr 2019, 08:01 • By Andy Colthorpe
Energy Storage Summit 2019: Exclusive Big Topic interviews in London

Following February’s excellent Energy Storage Summit at London’s Victoria Park Plaza hotel and hosted by our publisher Solar Media, here’s a short series of videos posing some of the big questions around energy storage, renewables, climate change, business and the industry, and more.

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Cryogenic, long-duration energy storage in a 100% clean energy future

28 Mar 2019, 15:53 • By Dr Javier Cavada
Cryogenic, long-duration energy storage in a 100% clean energy future

A key missing piece in the clean energy puzzle is the question of how to provide baseload power in an electricity system dominated by intermittent renewables. Javier Cavada of Highview Power examines cryogenic long-duration storage as a possible solution.

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After lithium… more lithium? Inside 24M’s semi-solid battery play

25 Mar 2019, 15:11 • By Andy Colthorpe
After lithium… more lithium? Inside 24M’s semi-solid battery play

24M, spun out of an MIT laboratory, claims its latest semi-solid battery ‘breakthrough’, Dual Electrolyte technology, heralds a new era to come for advanced lithium batteries. Andy Colthorpe spoke to some of the company’s leadership team to find out more.

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Big tech and new solutions at Energy Storage Europe 2019

20 Mar 2019, 14:05 • By Andy Colthorpe
Big tech and new solutions at Energy Storage Europe 2019

Walking around Energy Storage Europe this year it was obvious that the show, like the market, has grown from a small handful of “strong believers” as one source put it, to a forward-looking show focused on a ‘business-as-usual’ scenario.

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Why O&M for energy storage is more complex than solar O&M

18 Mar 2019, 15:05 • By Marty Rogers
Why O&M for energy storage is more complex than solar O&M

Unlike the solar PV sector where there’s often an attitude of “let’s sell the project first and worry about O&M later,” storage projects must have services built in to the thinking and financial process from the beginning. With storage, a strong O&M plan and team become part and parcel of making and closing a strong productive deal, NEXTracker's Marty Rogers argues.

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Brexit and batteries, a UK industry survival strategy

14 Mar 2019, 15:01 • By Stephen Irish
Brexit and batteries, a UK industry survival strategy

With Brexit day less than a month away and still no certainty around what the final deal will look like, the time is now for the energy storage sector to prepare for every eventuality so it can play to its increasing strengths, writes Stephen Irish, co-founder of Hyperdrive Innovation.

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Peak time to take action

12 Mar 2019, 09:35 • By Andy Colthorpe
Peak time to take action

In the hierarchy of grid needs, peaking power is often a priority in terms of providing resiliency and balance to the network. This is usually provided by natural gas turbines, which come at a high environmental and economic cost. Andy Colthorpe charts the rise of the solar-plus-storage peaker plant.

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Five things we learned from Energy Storage Summit 2019

8 Mar 2019, 10:37 • By Liam Stoker, Andy Colthorpe
Five things we learned from Energy Storage Summit 2019

Topics previously off-limits due to commercial sensitivity or just a lack of experience from the field, were explored in depth at this year's Energy Storage Summit in London.

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Why Shell bought Sonnen: Value is in behind-the-meter potential

7 Mar 2019, 15:25 • By Andy Colthorpe
Why Shell bought Sonnen: Value is in behind-the-meter potential

Perhaps the biggest indicator of the recognition of behind-the-meter storage so far this year has been the acquisition of Sonnen by oil major Shell. CEO Christoph Ostermann spoke to Andy Colthorpe about why home storage uptake could be on a worldwide series of inflection points.

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Overcoming uncertainty: UK energy storage market trends

5 Mar 2019, 13:16 • By Alice Grundy
Overcoming uncertainty: UK energy storage market trends

Following the fourth annual Energy Storage Summit hosted by Solar Media in London this month, Solar Media Market Research analyst Lauren Cook discusses recent trends in the UK market.

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The smarts inside the storage: Software and analytics can drive economic value

30 Jan 2019, 15:41 • By Enrico Ladendorf
The smarts inside the storage: Software and analytics can drive economic value

Today, energy storage projects often fail to deliver value because of economic miscalculations. These computational issues, however, can now be mitigated by applying software, analytics and machine learning, write Enrico Ladendorf and Bryce Evans of Pason Power.

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2019 briefing: Several steps closer to ubiquity

21 Jan 2019, 12:50 • By Andy Colthorpe
2019 briefing: Several steps closer to ubiquity

We hope you've enjoyed our series looking back on last year's challenges, milestone and successes and looking ahead to a busy 2019. After featuring a range of views from industry participants and experts, now it's my turn to throw out some predictions for the year ahead...

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Energy storage in India: A ‘year of action’ lies ahead of us

15 Jan 2019, 15:56 • By Dr Rahul Walawalkar
Energy storage in India: A ‘year of action’ lies ahead of us

We asked Dr Rahul Walawalkar, executive director of the India Energy Storage Alliance, three simple questions to illuminate what was achieved in 2018 and what held the market back, if anything. We also look ahead to this year and what we might expect to see going forward.

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2019: The next episode

10 Jan 2019, 17:43 • By Andy Colthorpe
2019: The next episode

In today’s third and final instalment of our series to welcome in 2019, we look at what our respondents are expecting to see this year, what they would like to see happen and some of the ways they will be trying to fulfil those expectations.