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Behind the numbers: The rapidly falling LCOE of battery storage

6 May 2020, 06:47 • By Andy Colthorpe
Behind the numbers: The rapidly falling LCOE of battery storage

The cost of battery energy storage has continued on its trajectory downwards and now stands at US$150 per megawatt-hour for battery storage with four hours’ discharge duration, making it more and more competitive with fossil fuels. Andy Colthorpe spoke to Tifenn Brandily, lead author of BloombergNEF's latest LCOE report.

VC funding into energy storage stepped up in first quarter of 2020

VC funding into energy storage stepped up in first quarter of 2020

22 Apr 2020, 11:23

While the renewable energy industry has suffered significant blows such as loss of employment during the COVID-19 crisis, venture capital (VC) funding into the battery energy storage sector in the first quarter of this year nonetheless saw a significant increase over the previous year’s equivalent period.

US has 69GW of hybrid renewables-plus-battery projects in interconnection queues

US has 69GW of hybrid renewables-plus-battery projects in interconnection queues

22 Apr 2020, 07:58

With a quarter of all solar project proposals in the US including batteries, transmission grid operators across the country are taking a variety of steps to evaluate the role that can be played in wholesale electricity markets by hybrid power plants - defined as generation coupled with energy storage.

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The outlook for mini-grids

21 Apr 2020, 04:08 • By Baptiste Possémé
The outlook for mini-grids

Mini-grids offer a quick route to electrification in parts of the world where grid extensions are unfeasible. Baptiste Possémé looks at the some of the technological and regulatory trends influencing the deployment of mini-grids in Africa and Asia.

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Fine tuning the hybrid proposition

2 Apr 2020, 12:43 • By Ben Willis
Fine tuning the hybrid proposition

Realising the theoretical promise of solar-wind-storage hybrids is far from straightforward, with individual projects likely to vary considerably. Ben Willis examines some of the technical complexities of combining different technologies into a single, profitable entity.

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Battery storage at US$20/MWh? Breaking down low-cost solar-plus-storage PPAs in the USA

23 Mar 2020, 14:21 • By Florian Mayr
Battery storage at US$20/MWh? Breaking down low-cost solar-plus-storage PPAs in the USA

In this article, experts at consultancy Apricum examine with some simple “reverse engineering” how recent low solar-plus-storage PPAs in the USA were achieved, yet another example of the competitiveness of energy storage and new market opportunities emerging via storage-plus-renewables projects.

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China and the world take on the coronavirus

24 Feb 2020, 07:09 • By Andy Colthorpe
China and the world take on the coronavirus

Dimitrios Pappas, analyst at new energy consultancy Delta-EE, considers the impact the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) could have on the energy transition, particularly for batteries used in EVs and ESS, while Energy-Storage.news editor Andy Colthorpe adds his own take.

Navigant: Li-ion for ESS to exceed 28GW globally by 2028

Navigant: Li-ion for ESS to exceed 28GW globally by 2028

22 Jan 2020, 00:40

While pumped hydro plants still account for around 96% of installed capacity of stationary energy storage worldwide, there will be more than 28GW of lithium batteries deployed for stationary storage applications by the year 2028, Navigant Research has predicted.