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2019: Beyond electric dreams

8 Jan 2019, 12:19 • By Andy Colthorpe
2019: Beyond electric dreams

In the previous instalment of this blog, we looked at how our respondents from across the energy storage industry had viewed 2018’s biggest challenges. This time out we look at what some of 2018’s biggest successes were.

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2019: Where can energy storage go this year?

3 Jan 2019, 14:06 • By Andy Colthorpe
2019: Where can energy storage go this year?

After another record-breaking year, in which the US surpassed 1GWh of deployed energy storage and China began its programme of building flow batteries several hundred megawatts in size each, we canvassed opinion on what 2018’s biggest challenges and successes were. In this first part, we look at the challenges faced by the industry in 2018.

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Why UK solar’s export tariff ‘limbo’ is not a call to arms for battery storage

20 Dec 2018, 14:35 • By Andy Colthorpe
Why UK solar’s export tariff ‘limbo’ is not a call to arms for battery storage

Britain’s feed-in tariff scheme will close in full to new applicants from 31 March 2019 and the end of the present scheme without an explicit next step laid out is troubling for many in the renewable energy industries and those that care about energy security and climate change.

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Accelerating to 100%: In conversation with Janice Lin of CESA, Part 2

19 Dec 2018, 17:23 • By Andy Colthorpe
Accelerating to 100%: In conversation with Janice Lin of CESA, Part 2

Andy Colthorpe spoke with Janice Lin of the California Energy Storage Alliance on what sort of role energy storage will play in reaching the ‘100% carbon-free retail electricity’ goal of the state’s SB100 legislation. This is Part 2 of a feature interview originally included in Solar Media's quarterly journal PV Tech Power.

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Accelerating to 100%: In conversation with Janice Lin of CESA, Part 1

18 Dec 2018, 13:09 • By Andy Colthorpe
Accelerating to 100%: In conversation with Janice Lin of CESA, Part 1

Andy Colthorpe spoke with Janice Lin of the California Energy Storage Alliance on what sort of role energy storage will play in reaching the ‘100% carbon-free retail electricity’ goal of the state’s SB100 legislation. Part 1, with the second half to follow later this week on Energy-Storage.news.

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‘Energy-as-a-service’: Good for consumers, good for the network and not bad for business either

10 Dec 2018, 17:13 • By Andy Colthorpe
‘Energy-as-a-service’: Good for consumers, good for the network and not bad for business either

Ben Hill is widely known in the solar and energy storage industries as the former Trina Solar executive who drove the Chinese company towards a leading position in the European market in the days of the large-scale boom before leaving to become Tesla’s VP for Europe, Africa and the Middle East. UK start-up Solo Energy is among a number of companies he is now working with closely as an advisor.

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Not only when the wind blows: How data centres can manage their energy, whatever the weather

7 Nov 2018, 10:15 • By Emiliano Cevenini
Not only when the wind blows: How data centres can manage their energy, whatever the weather

Global shares of renewable energy are increasing, while at the same time data centres become an ever-more important part of our daily lives. Emiliano Cevenini of Vertiv looks at some ways in which renewable energy can combine with UPS and energy storage systems at data centres to offer new possibilities for energy and environmental controls.

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Is California Dreaming? Energy storage’s role in reaching 100% renewables

18 Oct 2018, 11:32 • By Andy Colthorpe
Is California Dreaming? Energy storage’s role in reaching 100% renewables

It’s likely a strong indication of the way the world is adopting renewable energy rapidly that just under a month ago, one of the best-established trade shows for solar in the US featured what seemed like almost as much space dedicated to national and international energy storage companies and technologies, as it did for solar.

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Five reasons to attend Solar & Storage Live 2018

11 Oct 2018, 15:23 • By Solar Media Staff
Five reasons to attend Solar & Storage Live 2018

Solar & Storage Live 2018, the trade exhibition organised by Energy-Storage.news' & PV Tech's publisher Solar Media, opens its doors in a week’s time, with around 4,000 pre-registered visitors expected to flock to the NEC, Birmingham, England. Here’s why this year’s event is not to be missed.

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Virtual reality: VPPs in a break with tradition

8 Oct 2018, 14:50 • By Andy Colthorpe, David Pratt
Virtual reality: VPPs in a break with tradition

Cloud-aggregated virtual power plants using residential or C&I battery storage as part of a smart energy management system can benefit the grid, integrate renewables and EVs and hopefully add a powerful long-term value proposition for home storage. Andy Colthorpe and David Pratt report on how some of the UK’s first VPP projects are proving the concept.

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Long time coming: Part 2

2 Oct 2018, 12:57 • By Andy Colthorpe
Long time coming: Part 2

First developed by NASA, flow batteries are a potential answer to storing solar – and wind – for eight to 10 hours, far beyond what is commonly achieved today with lithium-ion. In the second of a two-part special report, Andy Colthorpe dives deeper into questions of bankability, market segmentation and manufacturing strategies with four very different providers of flow energy storage technology.

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Investing in energy storage for resiliency: the business case in the US

28 Aug 2018, 12:51 • By Lisa Laughner
Investing in energy storage for resiliency: the business case in the US

Power outages pose great risks for corporate bottom lines and many have already suffered the economic brunt of unforeseen weather and grid events in 2018. Battery energy storage can be a versatile actor in networks, bringing resiliency as well as energy efficiency and economic benefits, writes Lisa Laughner, CEO of Go Electric.