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How California demand response has opened up to energy storage, virtual power plants

16 Nov 2017, 16:13 • By Ted Ko
How California demand response has opened up to energy storage, virtual power plants

We often hear about California's leading position in solar and latterly in energy storage. Perhaps lesser known than direct policy support for energy storage and renewable technologies is the way California's network operator (CAISO) is starting to reconfigure how it procures demand response, with a positive impact for energy storage - and particularly behind-the-meter assets, as Ted Ko, policy director of Stem, explains.

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Interviews

Quantifying the UK’s energy storage ‘world of opportunity’

25 Oct 2017, 16:47 • By Andy Colthorpe
Quantifying the UK’s energy storage ‘world of opportunity’

Chris Pritchett of UK law firm Foot Anstey recently served as moderator for the “Developers and financiers debate” at the Energy Storage Conference at the Solar & Storage Live 2017 show in England. Afterwards, Andy Colthorpe caught up with Chris for an in-depth interview on camera.

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Editor's blog

EFR: Inside Vattenfall’s first grid-balancing UK project

25 Oct 2017, 12:07 • By David Pratt
EFR: Inside Vattenfall’s first grid-balancing UK project

No one moment took energy storage into the mainstream of the UK power system more than the outcome of National Grid’s August 2016 tender for Enhanced Frequency Response (EFR). Reporter David Pratt examines the business case behind Vattenfall's first EFR project and asks what grid operators and regulators' next moves are likely to be.

Interviews
How to field questions from billion dollar investors, with Jigar Shah

How to field questions from billion dollar investors, with Jigar Shah

20 Sep 2017, 16:29
• By Andy Colthorpe

Solar entrepreneur and financier Jigar Shah probably requires little introduction. The SunEdison founder and former CEO is now president at Generate Capital, a project financing venture for sustainable infrastructure investment. Shah spoke with Andy Colthorpe about Generate Capital’s latest solar-plus-storage projects for a school district in California, as well as sharing his thoughts on the economics of energy storage today.

Analysis
Britain’s flexibility strategy: A game changer or simply warm words?

Britain’s flexibility strategy: A game changer or simply warm words?

7 Aug 2017, 12:30
• By Robert Ede

In the UK, a new, quarter of a billion-pound innovation competition for batteries has been launched, while plans for overhaul of the energy sector promising a “determined, joined-up, far-sighted and deliberate approach from government” appear to have been met with relish by the industry. Consultant Robert Ede goes beyond headlines to look at what this might really mean in practical terms.

Editor's blog
How solar, energy storage could benefit from the UK’s Smart Systems and Flexibility Plan

How solar, energy storage could benefit from the UK’s Smart Systems and Flexibility Plan

26 Jul 2017, 10:41
• By Liam Stoker

Earlier this week the UK government and energy regulator Ofgem published a strategy for a modernised, smart and flexible power system, the result of an eagerly anticipated response to last year’s Smart Power Call for Evidence. Liam Stoker takes a deep dive to examine the implications for solar and energy storage of this major undertaking.

Guest blog
Europe’s electric bus market in transformational growth mode

Europe’s electric bus market in transformational growth mode

17 Jul 2017, 12:19
• By Anil Srivastava

In Europe the number of e-buses in circulation is far smaller than in China, which accounts for 98% of the world's fleets. However, the market is entering a period of rapid growth. This comes with significant challenges for batteries, Anil Srivastava of Leclanché writes.

Analysis
Understanding the energy storage world leaders, anticipating the next big markets

Understanding the energy storage world leaders, anticipating the next big markets

10 Jul 2017, 11:52
• By Alex Eller

While the global energy storage industry has continued its pace of rapid growth during the past year, well-established markets remain highly concentrated in specific regions of the world. Alex Eller of Navigant Research discusses many of the factors influencing growth trends for energy storage at both utility-scale and distributed levels.

Interviews
Investment masterclass Q&A: Nancy Pfund, DBL Partners - Part II

Investment masterclass Q&A: Nancy Pfund, DBL Partners - Part II

6 Jul 2017, 10:39
• By Andy Colthorpe

Welcome to Part 2 of our in-depth talk with Nancy Pfund, managing partner at DBL Partners, a venture capital firm specialising in companies and start-ups that offer both rewarding financial returns and positive social impacts. As well as being one of the earliest backers to Tesla and SolarCity, to utility-scale solar tracker company NEXTracker to Off-Grid Electric, which deploys solar in rural Africa; to others in energy storage like Advanced Microgrid Solutions and Primus Power, Pfund is extremely well-placed to offer a quick Q&A ‘masterclass’ in energy storage investing.

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Energy storage investment masterclass: Q&A with Nancy Pfund, DBL Partners

Energy storage investment masterclass: Q&A with Nancy Pfund, DBL Partners

4 Jul 2017, 12:00
• By Andy Colthorpe

Nancy Pfund is managing partner at DBL Partners, a venture capital firm which specialises in investing in companies and start-ups that offer both rewarding financial returns, and positive social impacts. There have been some serious clean tech companies in DBL’s portfolio, including a pre-IPO investment in Tesla. With this in mind, we spoke to Nancy about how to invest in energy storage wisely and heard her views on the waves of the future. Part 2 to be published tomorrow.

Guest blog
Energy storage and solar - a lawyer’s perspective

Energy storage and solar - a lawyer’s perspective

26 Jun 2017, 11:57
• By Elizabeth Reid

Energy storage is the next obvious addition to solar plants in the UK. Elizabeth Reid of law firm Bird & Bird takes a look at some of the drivers, opportunities - and regulatory obstacles.

Interviews
‘Germany is still our most important market’: Sonnen’s Philipp Schröder

‘Germany is still our most important market’: Sonnen’s Philipp Schröder

30 May 2017, 10:34
• By Andy Colthorpe

With Intersolar Europe and the accompaying ees Europe events taking place this week for PV systems and energy storage respectively in Munich, we thought it timely to speak with Philipp Schröder, managing director for sales and marketing at Germany's leading storage provider, Sonnen.

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Energy storage and the UK industrial strategy: what’s next?

Energy storage and the UK industrial strategy: what’s next?

17 May 2017, 12:00
• By Ian Larive

With a surprise general election coming in June for Britain's ballot-weary voters, Ian Larive of Low Carbon looks at the possibility of political flux interrupting the industry’s momentum - and why whichever party is victorious, they should back energy storage.

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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
Video interviews: AES, Eaton, SolarEdge and more at our Energy Storage Summit

Video interviews: AES, Eaton, SolarEdge and more at our Energy Storage Summit

5 Apr 2017, 12:31
• By Andy Colthorpe

Solar Media’s Energy Storage Summit took place at the end of February and was attended by around 350 delegates and stakeholders, looking at energy storage markets in the UK and beyond. Collected here are seven interviews with leading figures at the event spanning utility-scale, commercial and residential energy storage.