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Belectric’s Frank Amend on innogy acquisition and replacing thermal generation

Belectric’s Frank Amend on innogy acquisition and replacing thermal generation

29 Mar 2017, 16:14
• By Andy Colthorpe

Belectric has developed PV plants on every continent of the globe except Antarctica and also delivers energy storage system projects and offers a wide range of energy storage solutions including in-house battery systems, turn-key large-scale battery storage as well as scalable container solutions. Managing director of Belectric Solar and Battery, Frank Amend, spoke to Energy-Storage.News about the company's recent acquisition by RWE subsidiary innogy and where the company sees energy storage (and solar) going.

Guest blog
Can commercial & industrial applications drive the growth of battery storage in Germany?

Can commercial & industrial applications drive the growth of battery storage in Germany?

29 Mar 2017, 12:24
• By Julian Jansen

To date, Primary Control Reserve (PCR) has dominated the energy storage debate in Germany with more than 100MW of battery storage installed in 2016 alone specifically for participating in the PCR market. At the same time, with close to 25,000 systems sold in 2016, residential storage has been stealing the limelight in the behind-the-meter segment. Julian Jansen of Delta-ee looks at how his team expects the commercial and industrial (C&I) segment to start catching up.

Guest blog
Home battery storage systems: Security is not negotiable

Home battery storage systems: Security is not negotiable

22 Mar 2017, 10:17
• By Dr Olaf Wollersheim

Each battery storage system is a potential source of danger. An ingenious battery management system as well as high-quality cells are the key to a safe operation. For this you need a lot of know-how. Dr Olaf Wollersheim of Solarwatt talks through some of the main topics and solutions.

Guest blog
Energy storage software will help build the grid of the future

Energy storage software will help build the grid of the future

15 Mar 2017, 15:24
• By Alex Eller

Software platforms are emerging as a crucial element in the rapidly expanding energy storage industry. Alex Eller of Navigant Research explains the crucial role software plays in underpinning the value of energy storage systems.

Feature
Analysis

Energy storage system integrators: Six of the best

28 Feb 2017, 14:23 • By Andy Colthorpe
Energy storage system integrators: Six of the best

To mark the launch of the new-look Energy-Storage.News site, our team profile six of the leading global system integrators working in energy storage today.

Analysis
Large-scale storage gains toehold in the UK

Large-scale storage gains toehold in the UK

22 Feb 2017, 12:11
• By David Pickup

The potential for storage to help stabilise the grid has finally been recognised in the UK, where battery projects took all of the 200MW on offer in a recent frequency response tender. David Pickup looks at the evolving role of storage in the future grid and how further policy support can help it flourish.

Guest blog
Batteries are holding back the microgrid energy revolution in Africa

Batteries are holding back the microgrid energy revolution in Africa

15 Feb 2017, 11:36
• By Sam Duby

The complexities of combining batteries and solar microgrids are explained by Sam Duby, who is co-founder and director of research and development at mini-grid technologies company SteamaCo Ltd and consults for TFE Consulting. TFE Consulting is a strategy consulting firm focusing on accelerating the energy transition in emerging markets and is active in Africa, India, Southeast Asia and Latin America.

Analysis
Microgrids on the cusp

Microgrids on the cusp

7 Feb 2017, 15:53
• By Thomas Hillig

The remote microgrid market is maturing regarding technology and financing. Now improved sales and marketing methods are needed to commercialise the huge potential on offer in this burgeoning market segment, writes Thomas Hillig.

Editor's blog
The UK: More tenders, government priorities and solving the revenue stream dilemma

The UK: More tenders, government priorities and solving the revenue stream dilemma

1 Feb 2017, 15:51
• By Andy Colthorpe

While Brexit – the impending departure of the UK from the European Union – looms, bringing uncertainty into the country’s economy and international relationships, the role energy storage will play in a decentralised, low(er) carbon and more flexible energy system at least seems a little more assured than it did before.

Guest blog
Why lithium-ion is NOT the new silicon

Why lithium-ion is NOT the new silicon

18 Jan 2017, 15:28
• By Ron Van Dell

To date, the vast majority of the entries into the energy storage market have depended on lithium-based battery chemistry, but, the idea that lithium-ion is the technological and economic front-runner in the stationary storage space is a myth that is in dire need of de-bunking, claims Ron Van Dell.

Guest blog
The hope invested in rural microgrids deserves better returns

The hope invested in rural microgrids deserves better returns

4 Jan 2017, 15:50
• By Harsh Thacker

Microgrids—distributed systems of localised generation, distribution network and load—are being increasingly deployed particularly in rural areas of emerging and under-developed countries to achieve energy access. However, a “fragmented and unorganised” sector still faces significant challenges, writes Harsh Thacker.

Editor's blog
Editor’s picks and the top 10 most read news of the year

Editor’s picks and the top 10 most read news of the year

27 Dec 2016, 09:00
• By Andy Colthorpe

Every year sees energy storage build on the success of the preceding one, it seems, and this year we were able to carry insights and opinions from some of the best placed participants and observers. Here’s our picks for the content most representative of the year it’s been, as well as the 10 most read news stories on the site.

Guest blog
AC vs DC-Coupled Batteries: What you should know

AC vs DC-Coupled Batteries: What you should know

21 Dec 2016, 12:16
• By Greg Wolfson

There is no shortage of vendors looking to offer batteries and energy storage for the residential market. Greg Wolfson of Enphase discusses AC- and DC- coupling of batteries and why his company felt AC is the way to go.