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VIDEO: Predicting the energy storage tech of the future

15 Jul 2020, 07:20 • By Andy Colthorpe
VIDEO: Predicting the energy storage tech of the future

While lithium-ion batteries continue to take the dominant share of new installations by some distance, there are a variety of other technologies looking to complement, combine or even compete. Panellists at the Energy Storage Digital Series looked at the questions of which energy storage technologies are the likeliest contenders for that future.

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Grid synchronous inertia: Vital to stabilising the grid and preventing the next blackout

14 Jul 2020, 08:18 • By Dr Javier Cavada, Gary Preece
Grid synchronous inertia: Vital to stabilising the grid and preventing the next blackout

Taking the UK's transmission system and the circumstances which led to a dramatic blackout as a direct example, Javier Cavada and Gary Preece of liquid air energy storage (LAES) systems company Highview Power look at how such events could be avoided, cost-effectively and with lesser environmental consequences.

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Portugal’s big auction, Spain’s big target: Energy storage Iberia’s opportunities and challenges

14 Jul 2020, 06:30 • By Andy Colthorpe
Portugal’s big auction, Spain’s big target: Energy storage Iberia’s opportunities and challenges

In the past few months Spain has announced a 2.5GW energy storage target by 2030 and Portugal is hosting a solar tender with a significant add-on option for storage. Clean Horizon's experts Corentin Baschet and Tanguy Poirot spoke with Andy Colthorpe on the role batteries and other storage can play in the Iberian Peninsula’s energy transition in the present and future.

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VIDEO: Global energy storage market forecast with Guidehouse Insights

8 Jul 2020, 06:49 • By Andy Colthorpe
VIDEO: Global energy storage market forecast with Guidehouse Insights

What are the biggest market segments by region, application and opportunity today in energy storage? Guidehouse Insights senior research analyst Alex Eller takes us through the present and emerging hotspots of the global energy storage industry. Taken from the Energy Storage Digital Series online conference held earlier this year.

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Building battery storage systems to meet changing market requirements

6 Jul 2020, 06:10 • By Andy Colthorpe
Building battery storage systems to meet changing market requirements

Battery system integrators must navigate a broad array of technologies and varying market drivers when putting systems together. Andy Colthorpe speaks to Powin Energy and Sungrow about the engineering challenges involved in building lithium-ion battery storage.

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Digitising the solar revolution

1 Jul 2020, 14:34 • By Dr Jemma Green
Digitising the solar revolution

Our ability to generate renewable energy is scaling up fast, and solutions to integrate that energy will rely on technologies like blockchain to help keep new solutions on track. Power Ledger’s executive chairman and co-founder, Dr Jemma Green, looks at the role blockchain plays within her company’s platform to integrate and automate solar energy trading and balancing.

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Think zinc: Another metal that can transform the energy storage sector

29 Jun 2020, 05:15 • By Ron MacDonald
Think zinc: Another metal that can transform the energy storage sector

When most people think of the metals that power today’s energy storage systems, vanadium and lithium are at front of mind. Ron MacDonald, president and CEO of Zinc8, argues the case for another metal playing an important role.

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Optimising DERs: Artificial intelligence and the modern grid

26 Jun 2020, 04:58 • By Rahul Kar
Optimising DERs: Artificial intelligence and the modern grid

The optimal integration of distributed energy resources such as solar, battery storage and smart thermostats becomes an ever-more complex and pressing question. Rahul Kar, general manager and VP for New Energy at AutoGrid Systems looks at the role artificial intelligence can play in smarter energy networks.