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Grid-scale energy storage and COVID-19: Fluence’s John Zahurancik Q&A

14 May 2020, 06:33 • By Andy Colthorpe
Grid-scale energy storage and COVID-19: Fluence’s John Zahurancik Q&A

After we reported earlier this month that despite the impact of COVID-19, progress continues to be made on nearly every one of more than 70 projects underway by energy storage technology provider Fluence, here’s the full interview with Fluence’s chief operating officer John Zahurancik that that news story came from.

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Behind the numbers: The rapidly falling LCOE of battery storage

6 May 2020, 06:47 • By Andy Colthorpe
Behind the numbers: The rapidly falling LCOE of battery storage

The cost of battery energy storage has continued on its trajectory downwards and now stands at US$150 per megawatt-hour for battery storage with four hours’ discharge duration, making it more and more competitive with fossil fuels. Andy Colthorpe spoke to Tifenn Brandily, lead author of BloombergNEF's latest LCOE report.

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Smart neighbourhood, smart microgrid

27 Apr 2020, 10:37 • By Molly Lempriere
Smart neighbourhood, smart microgrid

Microgrids can offer a resilient and secure alternative for both rural and city communities. Molly Lempriere looks at some of the microgrids around the world that are transforming the way neighbourhoods produce and consume electricity.

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Spot the difference: Europe and North America’s energy storage markets

23 Apr 2020, 07:05 • By Andy Colthorpe
Spot the difference: Europe and North America’s energy storage markets

Why have battery energy storage and solar-plus-storage become such a key part of the US energy industry in a way that they have not in Europe, as yet? Corentin Baschet at technical consultancy and market analysis firm Clean Horizon took some of our questions.

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Ireland battery storage pipeline nears 2.5GW, new Solar Media report reveals

21 Apr 2020, 11:03 • By Lauren Cook
Ireland battery storage pipeline nears 2.5GW, new Solar Media report reveals

The island of Ireland’s battery storage pipeline has swelled to nearly 2.5GW, a new report unveiled by Energy-Storage.news publisher Solar Media can reveal. Here, the report’s author and analyst at Solar Media Lauren Cook dives into the detail and explores what’s driving that growth.

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The outlook for mini-grids

21 Apr 2020, 04:08 • By Baptiste Possémé
The outlook for mini-grids

Mini-grids offer a quick route to electrification in parts of the world where grid extensions are unfeasible. Baptiste Possémé looks at the some of the technological and regulatory trends influencing the deployment of mini-grids in Africa and Asia.

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Safety and efficiency first in solar-plus-storage

13 Apr 2020, 07:48 • By Gerhard Klein, Robert Puto
Safety and efficiency first in solar-plus-storage

Ensuring battery systems used in conjunction with solar perform safely and optimally is essential in the continued roll-out of storage technology. Robert Puto and Gerhard Klein of TÜV SÜD examine independent technical assessments that must be undertaken before a storage system is built.

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SPONSORED: Prepare for your career in Energy at Ulster University

10 Apr 2020, 09:12 • By Solar Media Staff
SPONSORED: Prepare for your career in Energy at Ulster University

The MSc in Renewable Energy and Energy Management and MSc Energy Storage at Ulster University provide the opportunity for graduates and professionals to acquire knowledge of renewable energy, energy management and energy storage solutions to develop skills appropriate to its practice.

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COVID-19 and energy storage: Live updates - continued

6 Apr 2020, 14:06 • By Andy Colthorpe
COVID-19 and energy storage: Live updates - continued

While we have avoided risking the spreading of false information or reacting too hastily to an ever-changing situation, here are some of the latest developments. This blog continues on from the first edition which ran from 17 March 2020 to 3 April 2020.

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Fine tuning the hybrid proposition

2 Apr 2020, 12:43 • By Ben Willis
Fine tuning the hybrid proposition

Realising the theoretical promise of solar-wind-storage hybrids is far from straightforward, with individual projects likely to vary considerably. Ben Willis examines some of the technical complexities of combining different technologies into a single, profitable entity.

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Seeking the 2030 headline for California’s energy storage industry

31 Mar 2020, 12:16 • By Alex Morris
Seeking the 2030 headline for California’s energy storage industry

California, the world’s fifth largest economy and a global innovation engine, is confronting ambitious clean energy and GHG reduction goals. California must achieve 60% renewable energy and 5 million electric vehicles on the road by 2030, and a fully decarbonised power sector by 2045.