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‘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.

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.

Guest blog
Home battery storage systems: Security is not negotiable

Home battery storage systems: Security is not negotiable

22 Mar 2017, 10:17
• By Dr Olaf Wollersheim

Each battery storage system is a potential source of danger. An ingenious battery management system as well as high-quality cells are the key to a safe operation. For this you need a lot of know-how. Dr Olaf Wollersheim of Solarwatt talks through some of the main topics and solutions.

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.

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.

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
AC vs DC-Coupled Batteries: What you should know

AC vs DC-Coupled Batteries: What you should know

21 Dec 2016, 12:16
• By Greg Wolfson

There is no shortage of vendors looking to offer batteries and energy storage for the residential market. Greg Wolfson of Enphase discusses AC- and DC- coupling of batteries and why his company felt AC is the way to go.

Guest blog
Selecting storage solutions in residential PV systems

Selecting storage solutions in residential PV systems

7 Dec 2016, 12:21
• By Lior Handelsman

By combining PV with a storage solution, homeowners gain from a variety of possibilities to increase self-consumption, improve system profitability, and get backup power. However, it is important to know how to select the right kind of storage solution. Lior Handelsman of SolarEdge discusses some of the main factors involved.

Guest blog
How are disruptive business models shaping the European energy storage market?

How are disruptive business models shaping the European energy storage market?

30 Nov 2016, 14:22
• By Julian Jansen

New value propositions which will radically change the way energy is generated and used by end-customers are already accelerating energy storage market growth. Julian Jansen of Delta-ee takes a look at three distinctive types of business model which are taking shape.

Interviews
‘Exciting future’ - UK Electricity Storage Network ‘rejoicing’ as government

‘Exciting future’ - UK Electricity Storage Network ‘rejoicing’ as government

23 Nov 2016, 13:54
• By Andy Colthorpe

The UK’s government department for business, energy and industrial strategy (BEIS) and its regulator, Ofgem, have jointly launched a Call for Evidence on System Flexibility for the country’s power networks, putting storage at the forefront. Anthony Price, head of trade group the Electricity Storage Network spoke to Energy-Storage.News about the document, which gives stakeholders until January to respond.

Guest blog
Transforming the market for virtual power plants with advances in energy storage

Transforming the market for virtual power plants with advances in energy storage

1 Nov 2016, 15:00
• By Peter Asmus

From the outside, the VPP looks like a single power production facility that publishes one schedule of operation and can be optimised from a single remote site. From the inside, the VPP can combine a rich diversity of independent resources into a network via the sophisticated planning, scheduling, and bidding of DER-based services. Peter Asmus examines the role energy storage can play within this architecture.

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.

Interviews
Sonnen CEO: US$85 million investment will grow international presence and new business models alike

Sonnen CEO: US$85 million investment will grow international presence and new business models alike

17 Oct 2016, 15:43
• By Andy Colthorpe

Germany headquartered “intelligent battery storage” and energy services provider Sonnen has just obtained US$85 million in its fourth financing round, from a range of investors. The company said the funds would be used both home and abroad, with Sonnen operating in markets including Italy, Australia, the US and the UK. Andy Colthorpe spoke with the company’s CEO Christoph Ostermann to learn more.