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Long time coming

14 Jun 2018, 16:27 • By Andy Colthorpe
Long time coming

First developed by NASA, flow batteries are a potential answer to storing solar – and wind – for eight to 10 hours, far beyond what is commonly achieved today with lithium-ion. In the first of a two-part special report, Andy Colthorpe learns what the flow battery industry faces in the fight for commercialisation.

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Drivers first: The UK’s big look at vehicle-to-grid

15 May 2018, 12:11 • By Chris Wright
Drivers first: The UK’s big look at vehicle-to-grid

A new consortium, V2GB (Vehicle to Grid Britain), will develop driver-centred business models to support the rapid roll out of vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technologies, enabling millions of electric car batteries to become a vital part of the UK energy system. National Grid, carmaker Nissan's European Technical Centre, Moixa and energy consultancy Element Energy have come together to help work out how to reward drivers who use electric vehicle (EV) batteries to support the power network. Chris Wright, the Chief Technology Officer of UK home battery company Moixa, talks us through the mission behind V2GB and the potential impact of the study.

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Many things to many people: Virtual power plants Q&A with SolarEdge

7 May 2018, 16:49 • By Andy Colthorpe
Many things to many people: Virtual power plants Q&A with SolarEdge

Israel-headquartered SolarEdge launched a software platform for aggregating household energy storage units - and other distributed energy equipment - into virtual power plants, last week. The company’s solution has already been chosen for a VPP project in Australia by AGL, one of the country’s biggest utilities. The commercial launch of the VPP platform direct to customers is now underway. Andy Colthorpe spoke with Lior Handelsman, one of SolarEdge’s founders and vice president of marketing and product strategy.

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Ultracapacitors in electrification: Driving change with complementary technologies

9 Apr 2018, 15:16 • By Olivier Chabilan
Ultracapacitors in electrification: Driving change with complementary technologies

In much the same way that the industrial revolution changed society all those years ago, electrification is now the driving force behind the industrialisation of multiple sectors. Energy storage has an obvious role, but Olivier Chabilan of Skeleton Technologies looks at something you might not have considered - ultracapacitors.

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Forget Brexit: Europe and Britain can unite in energy storage and climate change goals

20 Mar 2018, 14:41 • By Andy Colthorpe
Forget Brexit: Europe and Britain can unite in energy storage and climate change goals

Already this year we’ve been able to learn directly about the energy storage market in Europe from the Energy Storage Summit in London at the end of February and Energy Storage Europe in Dusseldorf, which just took place last week. Andy Colthorpe summarises what he's seen and heard.

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Gigafactories, e-rickshaws and renewables integration: India Energy Storage Alliance interview

7 Mar 2018, 16:39 • By Andy Colthorpe
Gigafactories, e-rickshaws and renewables integration: India Energy Storage Alliance interview

Dr Rahul Walawalkar is president and MD of Customized Energy Solutions and an executive director of the India Energy Storage Alliance. A proud evangelist for renewables and advanced energy storage technologies, Andy Colthorpe asked him about what 2017 meant for India’s storage industry and what’s getting him enthused – or apprehensive – about 2018.

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From ‘squishy batteries’ to pre-packaged systems - how the times are changing

From ‘squishy batteries’ to pre-packaged systems - how the times are changing

6 Mar 2018, 14:44
• By Andy Colthorpe

ELM FieldSight has partnered with power conversion specialist Ideal Power on a number of microgrid and related projects, designing and supplying the control system that makes the system tick, balancing the different distributed energy sources plugged into it. Vice president of operations Jason Petermeier shared his thoughts on recent projects, not-so-recent projects and where microgrids are heading.

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Flexible multiport power conversion systems deliver resilient hybrid microgrids

6 Mar 2018, 14:25 • By John Merritt
Flexible multiport power conversion systems deliver resilient hybrid microgrids

Islands are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of natural disasters such as hurricanes. John Merritt of Ideal Power looks at some of the emerging solutions to building more resilient energy systems through the deployment of microgrids that combine multiple energy generation and storage technologies.