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The big future of microgrids

The big future of microgrids

10 May 2017, 15:56
• By John Parnell

Microgrids are about more than novel off-grid systems. They could be the building blocks of the future, flexible, intelligent electricity network. S&C Electric discusses how one early project is helping prove the point.

Guest blog
Industrial-scale flow machines: Unlocking the full potential of renewable energy

Industrial-scale flow machines: Unlocking the full potential of renewable energy

19 Apr 2017, 11:18
• By Scott McGregor

Clearly, renewable energy is now a viable alternative to traditional generation from a cost perspective. However solar and wind's penetration of the grid is constrained by ageing infrastructure, high grid connection costs and their intermittent, weather-dependent nature. Scott McGregor looks at how long-duration energy storage on an industrial scale can help.

Interviews
Belectric’s Frank Amend on innogy acquisition and replacing thermal generation

Belectric’s Frank Amend on innogy acquisition and replacing thermal generation

29 Mar 2017, 16:14
• By Andy Colthorpe

Belectric has developed PV plants on every continent of the globe except Antarctica and also delivers energy storage system projects and offers a wide range of energy storage solutions including in-house battery systems, turn-key large-scale battery storage as well as scalable container solutions. Managing director of Belectric Solar and Battery, Frank Amend, spoke to Energy-Storage.News about the company's recent acquisition by RWE subsidiary innogy and where the company sees energy storage (and solar) going.

Feature
Analysis

Energy storage system integrators: Six of the best

28 Feb 2017, 14:23 • By Andy Colthorpe
Energy storage system integrators: Six of the best

To mark the launch of the new-look Energy-Storage.News site, our team profile six of the leading global system integrators working in energy storage today.

Guest blog
Batteries are holding back the microgrid energy revolution in Africa

Batteries are holding back the microgrid energy revolution in Africa

15 Feb 2017, 11:36
• By Sam Duby

The complexities of combining batteries and solar microgrids are explained by Sam Duby, who is co-founder and director of research and development at mini-grid technologies company SteamaCo Ltd and consults for TFE Consulting. TFE Consulting is a strategy consulting firm focusing on accelerating the energy transition in emerging markets and is active in Africa, India, Southeast Asia and Latin America.

Analysis
Microgrids on the cusp

Microgrids on the cusp

7 Feb 2017, 15:53
• By Thomas Hillig

The remote microgrid market is maturing regarding technology and financing. Now improved sales and marketing methods are needed to commercialise the huge potential on offer in this burgeoning market segment, writes Thomas Hillig.

Guest blog
Why lithium-ion is NOT the new silicon

Why lithium-ion is NOT the new silicon

18 Jan 2017, 15:28
• By Ron Van Dell

To date, the vast majority of the entries into the energy storage market have depended on lithium-based battery chemistry, but, the idea that lithium-ion is the technological and economic front-runner in the stationary storage space is a myth that is in dire need of de-bunking, claims Ron Van Dell.

Guest blog
The hope invested in rural microgrids deserves better returns

The hope invested in rural microgrids deserves better returns

4 Jan 2017, 15:50
• By Harsh Thacker

Microgrids—distributed systems of localised generation, distribution network and load—are being increasingly deployed particularly in rural areas of emerging and under-developed countries to achieve energy access. However, a “fragmented and unorganised” sector still faces significant challenges, writes Harsh Thacker.

Editor's blog
Editor’s picks and the top 10 most read news of the year

Editor’s picks and the top 10 most read news of the year

27 Dec 2016, 09:00
• By Andy Colthorpe

Every year sees energy storage build on the success of the preceding one, it seems, and this year we were able to carry insights and opinions from some of the best placed participants and observers. Here’s our picks for the content most representative of the year it’s been, as well as the 10 most read news stories on the site.

Guest blog
‘There’s going to be a blood bath’: Insiders’ views on energy storage

‘There’s going to be a blood bath’: Insiders’ views on energy storage

25 Oct 2016, 15:17
• By David Hunt

Seeking to delve beyond headlines, hype and overarching market forecasts, renewable energy veteran and executive recruitment specialist David Hunt spoke with some of the energy storage industry’s leading figures to understand how the various market segments are growing and how things could develop from here.