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COVID19 and energy storage: Live updates

17 Mar 2020, 04:28 • By Andy Colthorpe
COVID19 and energy storage: Live updates

While we have avoided risking the spreading of false information or reacting too hastily to an ever-changing situation, here are some of the latest developments. This blog will be updated as and when new information or views arrive.

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Seeking the 2030 headline for California’s energy storage industry

31 Mar 2020, 12:16 • By Alex Morris
Seeking the 2030 headline for California’s energy storage industry

California, the world’s fifth largest economy and a global innovation engine, is confronting ambitious clean energy and GHG reduction goals. California must achieve 60% renewable energy and 5 million electric vehicles on the road by 2030, and a fully decarbonised power sector by 2045.

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How large-scale storage will facilitate the EV revolution

30 Mar 2020, 14:51 • By Jan Andersson
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How large-scale storage will facilitate the EV revolution

Jan Andersson, market development manager at Wärtsilä, explores the need for large-scale energy storage solutions to aid the proliferation of electric vehicles and their necessary charging infrastructure.

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Interviews

#SmartSolarStorage2020: A developers’ eye view on North America

30 Mar 2020, 07:48 • By Andy Colthorpe
#SmartSolarStorage2020: A developers’ eye view on North America

Last year saw large-scale storage come of age in the USA and Canada, with some heavyweight storage portfolios starting to take shape. Speaking to four leading North American developers, Andy Colthorpe takes the pulse of a market poised for growth.

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Joined at the hip: A hybrid future for onshore renewables

25 Mar 2020, 13:46 • By Liam Stoker
Joined at the hip: A hybrid future for onshore renewables

With industry heavyweights eyeing up developments of solar-wind-storage projects, Liam Stoker uncovers what’s really driving hybrid power plants, and the regulatory and financing hurdles that must be surpassed to deliver them.

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Battery storage at US$20/MWh? Breaking down low-cost solar-plus-storage PPAs in the USA

23 Mar 2020, 14:21 • By Florian Mayr
Battery storage at US$20/MWh? Breaking down low-cost solar-plus-storage PPAs in the USA

In this article, experts at consultancy Apricum examine with some simple “reverse engineering” how recent low solar-plus-storage PPAs in the USA were achieved, yet another example of the competitiveness of energy storage and new market opportunities emerging via storage-plus-renewables projects.

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Europe: Creating a sustainable power system for the future

16 Mar 2020, 07:30 • By Paul Verrill
Europe: Creating a sustainable power system for the future

Paul Verrill, director of energy data analysis & consultancy firm EnAppSys, explains how renewable energy generation, with the integration of smart grid technologies and efficiency energy storage systems, can create a sustainable power system for the future.

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Answering Africa’s energy access questions cleanly and affordably

9 Mar 2020, 12:58 • By Amrit Chandan
Answering Africa’s energy access questions cleanly and affordably

Making energy affordable for all, even communities in Africa that have never had access to a reliable grid, need not be as daunting a task as it may sound, argues Dr Amrit Chandan, CEO of circular economy lithium-ion battery company Aceleron.

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Japan Energy Challenge: An invitation to innovators

6 Mar 2020, 14:33 • By Andy Colthorpe
Japan Energy Challenge: An invitation to innovators

With Japanese companies keen to learn from their counterparts in deregulated energy markets such as the UK, the Japan Energy Challenge provided the ideal forum for exchanging ideas. Andy Colthorpe reports.

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Forging ahead: Five things we learned at the Energy Storage Summit 2020

4 Mar 2020, 10:38 • By Alice Grundy
Forging ahead: Five things we learned at the Energy Storage Summit 2020

Enabling longer duration storage and non lithium-ion technology, what to do with the storage capabilities of electric vehicles and how the industry is overcoming regulatory hurdles were all key topics discussed at this year's Energy Storage Summit in London.

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PV and ESS in Japan’s changing energy market landscape

4 Mar 2020, 06:23 • By Andy Colthorpe
PV and ESS in Japan’s changing energy market landscape

It has always been anticipated that by the early 2020s, the feed-in tariff would have tapered away in Japan’s booming solar market. Andy Colthorpe speaks with analyst Izumi Kaizuka at RTS Corporation to learn more about what the future holds for post-subsidy solar in Japan.

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Forward-thinking US states charge ahead on energy storage

2 Mar 2020, 13:26 • By Sara Baldwin
Forward-thinking US states charge ahead on energy storage

As more US states take steps to ensure energy storage can be integrated on the grid and contribute to the achievement of aggressive clean energy goals, the implementation details are critical, says Sara Baldwin of the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC)