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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.

Interviews
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.

Guest blog
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.

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
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.

Analysis
Large-scale storage gains toehold in the UK

Large-scale storage gains toehold in the UK

22 Feb 2017, 12:11
• By David Pickup

The potential for storage to help stabilise the grid has finally been recognised in the UK, where battery projects took all of the 200MW on offer in a recent frequency response tender. David Pickup looks at the evolving role of storage in the future grid and how further policy support can help it flourish.

Editor's blog
The UK: More tenders, government priorities and solving the revenue stream dilemma

The UK: More tenders, government priorities and solving the revenue stream dilemma

1 Feb 2017, 15:51
• By Andy Colthorpe

While Brexit – the impending departure of the UK from the European Union – looms, bringing uncertainty into the country’s economy and international relationships, the role energy storage will play in a decentralised, low(er) carbon and more flexible energy system at least seems a little more assured than it did before.

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.