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Long duration CAES and the affordable energy transition

15 Jan 2020, 09:32 • By Mark Howitt
Long duration CAES and the affordable energy transition

Storelectric CTO Mark Howitt puts forward the case for his company's 'innovative' adiabatic compressed air energy storage, which he claims is a long duration technology complementary to other existing and advanced tech such as batteries.

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Energy-Storage.news’ Top 10 blogs of 2019

2 Jan 2020, 12:53 • By Andy Colthorpe
Energy-Storage.news’ Top 10 blogs of 2019

The 10 most popular blogs on Energy-Storage.news during 2019 offer a fairly strong indication of the overall topics leading industry thinking during the year - so without further ado, here they are:

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#SmartSolarStorage2020: Next year’s big story

24 Dec 2019, 08:48 • By Andy Colthorpe
#SmartSolarStorage2020: Next year’s big story

This calendar year is almost finished and Solar Media Towers will shut down for a short break between 25th December and January, but we’re already looking ahead to a New Year - a New Decade - of the energy transition.

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Clean and lean: What a power plant should look like, from now on

19 Dec 2019, 09:12 • By Alex Au
Clean and lean: What a power plant should look like, from now on

The growth in renewable energy and clean tech is a terrific story which inspires optimism, but it can overlook how much more opportunity exists. NEXTracker CTO Alex Au looks at why tackling the now-infamous Duck Curve once and for all is a long overdue mission that needs completing - and how we can do that. The first blog entry in #SmartSolarStorage2020.

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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.