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Five things energy storage learned during the pandemic

6 Apr 2021, 09:35 • By Aaroh Kharaya
Five things energy storage learned during the pandemic

While 2020 may have been and gone, the strange times we're collectively experiencing certainly have not. Looking back at least gives us an opportunity to reflect on the lessons learned during the past year or so and Aaroh Kharaya, product manager at solar PV and battery storage quality assurance, supply chain management and engineering services firm takes us through his top takeaways from a time that we may otherwise seek to forget.

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Energy security in climate disasters: From Texas’ unheeded lessons to customer-sited reserves

29 Mar 2021, 13:26 • By Catherine Von Burg
Energy security in climate disasters: From Texas’ unheeded lessons to customer-sited reserves

How do electric grids that were state-of-the-art in the 19th Century remain stable and resilient through 21st Century climate disasters and other problems? They don't, says Catherine Von Burg, CEO and co-founder of distributed battery energy storage company SimpliPhi Power - but giving people the power to be independent can be a solution fit for the future.

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Texas Winter Storm highlights the importance of battery storage for telecom networks

17 Mar 2021, 13:20 • By Ricardo F. Rodriguez
Texas Winter Storm highlights the importance of battery storage for telecom networks

This year's Winter Storm Uri caused havoc in Texas, particularly in the energy sector, where extreme weather and a resultant set of generation problems and transmission grid issues led to loss of power and even loss of life across the US state. Ricardo F. Rodriguez, a senior consultant from analysis and research group Guidehouse looks at another aspect of the situation: the impact on the state's telecommunications infrastructure and how battery energy storage could provide a greater degree of certainty and resilience to this vital network.

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Texas’ energy crisis: Future directions for planning and building resilient grids

8 Mar 2021, 14:11 • By Scott Burger, Annie Baldwin, Jason Houck, Marco Ferrara
Texas’ energy crisis: Future directions for planning and building resilient grids

The repercussions of Texas' Winter Storm events in February, may be felt for years. Scott Burger, Annie Baldwin, Jason Houck and Marco Ferrara at long-duration energy storage start-up Form Energy discuss how in-depth system modelling of current and future grids offers some early takeaways which might help prevent the next crisis and how multi-day energy storage could play a leading role.

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Texas blackouts and the role energy storage can play in a more resilient future

3 Mar 2021, 08:24 • By Andy Colthorpe
Texas blackouts and the role energy storage can play in a more resilient future

Texas’ grid and the idiosyncrasies of its electricity planning system regime made global headlines in February following a harsh winter storm and subsequent blackouts that affected millions of people and businesses for almost an entire week. It may be a unique market with unique characteristics, but what wider role can batteries — and other energy storage technologies — play in assisting the grid to remain stable and prevent a situation like this from happening again?

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Is the ‘SPAC track’ the fast lane to growth… or the road to ruin?

1 Mar 2021, 07:19 • By Charles Lesser
Is the ‘SPAC track’ the fast lane to growth… or the road to ruin?

The sudden and rapid use of Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs) to launch privately-held companies into publicly-listed entities is a minor phenomenon of our time and some players in clean energy industries including energy storage, have been quick to join the wave. It can work out really well, but it can also all end in tears: so choose wisely, says Charles Lesser, partner at Apricum - The Cleantech Advisory.

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US government contracts proving the case for batteries: Ameresco Federal Solutions

23 Feb 2021, 05:42 • By Andy Colthorpe
US government contracts proving the case for batteries: Ameresco Federal Solutions

Energy-storage.news speaks with Ameresco executive VP and general manager, at its Federal Solutions division, Nicole Bulgarino, who tells us about why this type of project can play such a critical role in proving the case for smart energy solutions that include battery storage.

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Why 2020 was the UK’s ‘Year of Battery Storage’

18 Feb 2021, 08:34 • By Andy Colthorpe
Why 2020 was the UK’s ‘Year of Battery Storage’

Bigger projects, increased synergy with renewable energy generation, better evolved business models and a forward-thinking market design have contributed to the success of battery storage in the UK, with neighbouring Ireland also showing strong signs of rapid growth.

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Leading by example: New York Power Authority, energy storage and a vision for the climate battle

16 Feb 2021, 08:39 • By Andy Colthorpe
Leading by example: New York Power Authority, energy storage and a vision for the climate battle

New York Power Authority (NYPA) said on the release of its strategic plan VISION2030 in December that it wants to lead by example with a commitment to cost-effective clean energy that could see NYPA reach emissions-free electricity by 2035. Energy-Storage.news speaks with chief commercial officer (CCO), Sarah Salati to find out more.

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Ireland has more than 2.5GW of grid-scale battery storage in development stages

11 Feb 2021, 12:37 • By Lauren Cook
Ireland has more than 2.5GW of grid-scale battery storage in development stages

Ireland's first grid-scale battery system was commissioned at the beginning of 2020 but was followed just a few months later by another one 10 times larger. The opportunities for further development in the country appear huge, with a grid operator willing to recognise the role energy storage can play in balancing the network.

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Stepping on the gas: Can solar-plus-storage turn the tide in the US?

10 Feb 2021, 16:10 • By Andy Colthorpe
Stepping on the gas: Can solar-plus-storage turn the tide in the US?

With coal on its way out and decarbonisation across many parts of the US now an integral part of state level policies, could the demise of natural gas be the next step? Gas is seen by many as an interim solution in the energy transition and provides flexibility to energy networks that have adopted a greater share of renewables, but the tide could be turning against this last great dinosaur of the fossil age.

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What to expect at the Energy Storage Summit 2021

3 Feb 2021, 13:35 • By Andy Colthorpe
What to expect at the Energy Storage Summit 2021

Now very much an annual fixture of the industry’s event calendar, the Energy Storage Summit hosted by Solar Media returns again this year.