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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.

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2019: Beyond electric dreams

8 Jan 2019, 12:19 • By Andy Colthorpe
2019: Beyond electric dreams

In the previous instalment of this blog, we looked at how our respondents from across the energy storage industry had viewed 2018’s biggest challenges. This time out we look at what some of 2018’s biggest successes were.

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2019: Where can energy storage go this year?

3 Jan 2019, 14:06 • By Andy Colthorpe
2019: Where can energy storage go this year?

After another record-breaking year, in which the US surpassed 1GWh of deployed energy storage and China began its programme of building flow batteries several hundred megawatts in size each, we canvassed opinion on what 2018’s biggest challenges and successes were. In this first part, we look at the challenges faced by the industry in 2018.

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Why UK solar’s export tariff ‘limbo’ is not a call to arms for battery storage

20 Dec 2018, 14:35 • By Andy Colthorpe
Why UK solar’s export tariff ‘limbo’ is not a call to arms for battery storage

Britain’s feed-in tariff scheme will close in full to new applicants from 31 March 2019 and the end of the present scheme without an explicit next step laid out is troubling for many in the renewable energy industries and those that care about energy security and climate change.

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Interviews

Accelerating to 100%: In conversation with Janice Lin of CESA, Part 2

19 Dec 2018, 17:23 • By Andy Colthorpe
Accelerating to 100%: In conversation with Janice Lin of CESA, Part 2

Andy Colthorpe spoke with Janice Lin of the California Energy Storage Alliance on what sort of role energy storage will play in reaching the ‘100% carbon-free retail electricity’ goal of the state’s SB100 legislation. This is Part 2 of a feature interview originally included in Solar Media's quarterly journal PV Tech Power.

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Accelerating to 100%: In conversation with Janice Lin of CESA, Part 1

18 Dec 2018, 13:09 • By Andy Colthorpe
Accelerating to 100%: In conversation with Janice Lin of CESA, Part 1

Andy Colthorpe spoke with Janice Lin of the California Energy Storage Alliance on what sort of role energy storage will play in reaching the ‘100% carbon-free retail electricity’ goal of the state’s SB100 legislation. Part 1, with the second half to follow later this week on Energy-Storage.news.

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‘Energy-as-a-service’: Good for consumers, good for the network and not bad for business either

10 Dec 2018, 17:13 • By Andy Colthorpe
‘Energy-as-a-service’: Good for consumers, good for the network and not bad for business either

Ben Hill is widely known in the solar and energy storage industries as the former Trina Solar executive who drove the Chinese company towards a leading position in the European market in the days of the large-scale boom before leaving to become Tesla’s VP for Europe, Africa and the Middle East. UK start-up Solo Energy is among a number of companies he is now working with closely as an advisor.

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Not only when the wind blows: How data centres can manage their energy, whatever the weather

7 Nov 2018, 10:15 • By Emiliano Cevenini
Not only when the wind blows: How data centres can manage their energy, whatever the weather

Global shares of renewable energy are increasing, while at the same time data centres become an ever-more important part of our daily lives. Emiliano Cevenini of Vertiv looks at some ways in which renewable energy can combine with UPS and energy storage systems at data centres to offer new possibilities for energy and environmental controls.

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Is California Dreaming? Energy storage’s role in reaching 100% renewables

18 Oct 2018, 11:32 • By Andy Colthorpe
Is California Dreaming? Energy storage’s role in reaching 100% renewables

It’s likely a strong indication of the way the world is adopting renewable energy rapidly that just under a month ago, one of the best-established trade shows for solar in the US featured what seemed like almost as much space dedicated to national and international energy storage companies and technologies, as it did for solar.

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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.