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Mission-critical: Challenges in building resilient microgrids for the US Military

19 Feb 2018, 16:50 • By Lisa Laughner
Mission-critical: Challenges in building resilient microgrids for the US Military

Microgrids ensure energy security for mission-critical loads at military bases, and reduce reliance on fuel during grid outages. While they have much in common with many of the technologies used in 'other' microgrids, the stringent technical requirements involved add a new layer of complexity, explain Lisa Laughner and Tony Soverns from provider Go Electric.

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Analysis

Distributed energy technologies challenge conventional thinking around grid planning, Part 2.

8 Feb 2018, 14:37 • By Alex Eller
Distributed energy technologies challenge conventional thinking around grid planning, Part 2.

In part 2 of a technical paper first published in PV Tech Power Vol.13, Alex Eller of Navigant Research continues his look at how one of the most significant expenses for electric utilities, maintaining and upgrading transmission and distribution (T&D) networks, could be undercut using non-wires alternatives - including energy storage.

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Distributed energy technologies challenge conventional thinking around grid planning

6 Feb 2018, 14:28 • By Alex Eller
Distributed energy technologies challenge conventional thinking around grid planning

Innovations in new distributed energy technologies are challenging conventional thinking around the most effective ways to serve electricity customers and utilise grid infrastructure. Alex Eller of Navigant Research looks at how one of the most significant expenses for electric utilities, maintaining and upgrading transmission and distribution (T&D) networks could be undercut using non-wires alternatives - including energy storage.

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Interviews

Jigar Shah: On green money and the freedom to invest, Part 2.

31 Jan 2018, 14:45 • By Andy Colthorpe
Jigar Shah: On green money and the freedom to invest, Part 2.

We continue with the second part of our feature interview with clean energy entrepreneur and financier Jigar Shah of Generate Capital. We've just left off discussing the risk profile of various investors and how the industry is gradually drawing attention from more traditional sources of capital, from the early adopter-venture capital mentality we have seen to date.

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Jigar Shah: On green money and the freedom to invest

29 Jan 2018, 15:30 • By Andy Colthorpe
Jigar Shah: On green money and the freedom to invest

SunEdison founder and solar financing pioneer Jigar Shah talked to Andy Colthorpe about having the 'freedom to invest' for the biggest impact and why, with traditional lenders still reluctant to finance energy storage, there will always be space for frontrunners who are able to properly understand the value propositions of new and innovative sustainable technologies.

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From followers to leaders: The changing face of Europe’s energy storage market

25 Jan 2018, 12:13 • By Valts Grintals
From followers to leaders: The changing face of Europe’s energy storage market

The European electricity storage market has seen an impressive growth over the past two years. Whereas in 2015 some 300MWh of battery storage capacity was newly installed, just two years later in 2017, more than 700MWh was added. Delta-ee's Valts Grintals gives you some highlights and pinpoints some recent trends across the continent.

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Editor's blog

Your most-read energy storage stories of 2017

2 Jan 2018, 17:58 • By Andy Colthorpe
Your most-read energy storage stories of 2017

Well, we seem to say it at the end of every year, but 2017 seemed a lot busier than 2016, 2016 was busier and more exciting than the year before that, and so on! There have been some hints already on what the industry and its observers expect to see in 2018 and we do not doubt energy storage will continue in its rise to become a flexible cornerstone of the world’s electricity infrastructure. In the meantime, let’s reflect on the top news stories of last year, as reported by Energy-Storage.News and based on readership statistics from you:

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Behind the numbers: UK’s Capacity Market register pushes grid-scale pipeline to 8GW

20 Dec 2017, 17:19 • By Lauren Cook
Behind the numbers: UK’s Capacity Market register pushes grid-scale pipeline to 8GW

With the release of the most recent Capacity Market pre-qualification register, the UK’s utility-scale battery storage pipeline has now reached nearly 8GW. Solar Media market research analyst Lauren Cook takes a deep dive into the projects that made it through pre-qualification, and what these results mean for the projects likely to get built in 2018.

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Energy-Storage.News 2017: Best of the guest blogs, Part 1.

20 Dec 2017, 14:15 • By Andy Colthorpe
Energy-Storage.News 2017: Best of the guest blogs, Part 1.

Since the launch of the site almost four years ago, Energy-Storage.News (and PV Tech Storage as it was previously known), has consistently brought you high-quality blogs from both guest contributors and our team of journalists and experts here at Solar Media. Here's just a selection of some of the best guest blogs we ran from January to June, 2017:

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Editor's blog

Blockchain, energy storage as T&D infrastructure and Jigar Shah’s ‘freedom to invest’

19 Dec 2017, 13:34 • By Andy Colthorpe
Blockchain, energy storage as T&D infrastructure and Jigar Shah’s ‘freedom to invest’

The digital ledger system blockchain has been both praised and misunderstood in equal measure and its relationship to the physical world of electrons is at its earliest stages of exploration. In the latest ‘Storage & Smart Power’ section of PV Tech Power, Carsten Reincke-Collon, CTO of Younicos looks at how energy storage and management software will interact with blockchain-led or blockchain-like systems of data processing and recording.