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Understanding interconnection of distributed energy resources (DERs)

23 Dec 2020, 12:03 • By Jason Allnutt
Understanding interconnection of distributed energy resources (DERs)

DERs interconnected with the grid position a utility to better manage peak demand, avoid transmission overloads and keep electricity flowing, but interconnection of battery, solar and other DERs is not without its challenges. Jason Allnutt from IEEE Standards Association discusses a standard that has become an "essential resource" for stakeholders.

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‘We think we’ve found the answer’: The ‘Supercell’ that could bring safe energy storage to New York

21 Dec 2020, 11:31 • By Andy Colthorpe
‘We think we’ve found the answer’: The ‘Supercell’ that could bring safe energy storage to New York

A couple of weeks ago the New York Power Authority (NYPA) began trialling an energy storage system using lithium batteries based around start-up Cadenza Innovation’s ’Supercell’ architecture which aims to eliminate the threat posed by thermal runaway. NYPA’s R&D lead Alan Ettlinger and Cadenza Innovation CEO Christina Lampe-Onnerud spoke with Energy-Storage.news as the trial got underway.

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Batteries built to last: Half the cost or twice the life?

16 Dec 2020, 10:08 • By Amrit Chandan
Batteries built to last: Half the cost or twice the life?

Lithium battery technology is rapidly enabling the electrification of transport, and of the energy sector. However, batteries themselves can often be seen as a short-lived commodity and as yet, recycling and reuse have not become major priorities in the industry. Dr Amrit Chandan, CEO of UK-headquartered Aceleron Energy discusses what it means to build a circular economy around advanced lithium-ion batteries, designed with longer lifetimes and their repurposing for second-life use in mind.

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What you should know about manufacturing lithium-ion batteries

14 Dec 2020, 03:47 • By Benjamin Sternkopf, Ian Gregory, David Prince
What you should know about manufacturing lithium-ion batteries

Ensuring high quality levels in the manufacturing of lithium-ion batteries is critical to preventing underperformance and even safety risks. Benjamin Sternkopf, Ian Greory and David Prince of PI Berlin examine the prerequisites for finding the 'sweet spot' between a battery's cost, performance and lifetime.

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Fire safety for battery energy storage systems: Responding to ‘gaps’ in the industry

8 Dec 2020, 08:34 • By Andy Colthorpe
Fire safety for battery energy storage systems: Responding to ‘gaps’ in the industry

US energy storage safety expert advisory Energy Storage Response Group (ESRG) was created through a meeting of minds from the battery industry and fire service. Andy Colthorpe speaks with ESRG principal Nick Warner and business manager Ryan Franks on what the industry needs to do to win the trust of firefighters, code officials and other stakeholders including banks and insurers.

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What the US energy storage industry could look like under Biden-Harris

30 Nov 2020, 13:00 • By Andy Colthorpe
What the US energy storage industry could look like under Biden-Harris

In an exclusive first interview for international press since the elections, Energy-Storage.news speaks with CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman about the Energy Storage Association’s hopes, ambitions and policy asks as 2021 begins to come into view.

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Batteries and hydrogen in Germany: Comparing crucial components for a modern energy system

30 Nov 2020, 06:08 • By Matthias Simolka, Madjid Kübler, Jens Völler
Batteries and hydrogen in Germany: Comparing crucial components for a modern energy system

What are the roles of battery storage and hydrogen in the clean energy system of the future? Matthias Simolka, a consultant at Germany-based TEAM CONSULT takes a look at the roles each plays today and where we might see the dynamics go from here, with regard to everything from large-scale renewables integration to electric transport.

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For lithium to still lead the way…

18 Nov 2020, 09:53 • By Andy Colthorpe
For lithium to still lead the way…

Although lithium-ion is currently the market leading battery technology in energy storage, this status cannot be guaranteed in perpetuity. Three leading figures from the lithium-ion battery industry give Andy Colthorpe their views on how the technology can continue to prosper.

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VIDEO: What’s happened in UK energy storage since 2017

18 Nov 2020, 07:25 • By Andy Colthorpe
VIDEO: What’s happened in UK energy storage since 2017

Find out what’s been going on in the UK energy storage market over the past three years, presented by not-for-profit clean energy expert group Regen at the Virtual Energy Storage Summit which took place online in late September.

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VIDEO: What does it take to finance a gigafactory?

11 Nov 2020, 06:22 • By Solar Media Staff
VIDEO: What does it take to finance a gigafactory?

What does it take to successfully create a multi-gigawatt battery storage factory? Energy-Storage.news' editor Andy Colthorpe moderates a discussion with some key players in Europe's race to create a home-grown value chain.