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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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Interviews

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.

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Europe in focus: What drove 2017’s record-breaking deployment figures?

9 Jul 2018, 17:26 • By Andy Colthorpe
Europe in focus: What drove 2017’s record-breaking deployment figures?

After reporting last week on the findings from EMMES, the European Market Monitor on Energy Storage from Delta-ee and trade association EASE, which demonstrated a big rise in installations by MWh in 2017 across the continent, we delved further behind another record-breaking year with the report’s lead author, Valts Grintals of Delta-ee.

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‘Energy storage is the future of our business’: PV inverter maker GoodWe

9 Jul 2018, 14:26 • By Andy Colthorpe
‘Energy storage is the future of our business’: PV inverter maker GoodWe

At this year's Intersolar Europe/ees Europe event, Ron Shen of GoodWe spoke on camera with our sister site PV Tech. The China headquartered inverter manufacturer, which has recently diversified into adding capabilities such as module-level monitoring and optimisation to its range and launched products specifically aimed at the growing market for bi-facial (two-sided) solar panels, sees energy storage as a critical component of a successful future PV business.

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Ajax’s Amsterdam Arena: Total football meets holistic clean energy

5 Jul 2018, 08:59 • By David Pratt
Ajax’s Amsterdam Arena: Total football meets holistic clean energy

Over the last thousand days, project partners from all walks of life in the energy sector have come together to deliver Europe's largest commercial energy storage system using second life and new battery modules. Energy.Sorage-News attended the launch at Amsterdam’s Johan Cruyff ArenA to find out what the project has to offer.

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Trojan Battery: In praise of lead acid for solar-plus-storage

4 Jul 2018, 13:40 • By Andy Colthorpe
Trojan Battery: In praise of lead acid for solar-plus-storage

Despite the growing interest and deployment figures for lithium-ion batteries for stationary energy storage, its ‘predecessor’ lead acid still has a strong role to play in enabling more and more people to go solar, a representative of Trojan Battery has argued.

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New controls, new values and new layers of functionality

28 Jun 2018, 14:24 • By Andy Colthorpe
New controls, new values and new layers of functionality

Home storage systems have been considered an ‘early adopter’ market in many parts of the world, perhaps more important as a way that individuals can control their own green energy use and save energy than as a means of generating big money returns.

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‘Silver bullets are for werewolf movies’: Being real about energy storage

25 Jun 2018, 13:50 • By Andy Colthorpe
‘Silver bullets are for werewolf movies’: Being real about energy storage

Even among high level stakeholders, there are real gaps in education, knowledge and understanding of what energy storage is, and what it can do. We were privileged at last week’s Intersolar Europe/ees Europe shows in Munich, Germany, to be joined by four leading thinkers – and doers – in the energy storage industry, who helped us tackle this difficult question.