Articles tagged with: Grid Services

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Beyond weatherisation: Energy storage can give ERCOT the flexibility & resilience its networks need

6 Jul 2021, 11:45 • By Wayne Muncaster
Beyond weatherisation: Energy storage can give ERCOT the flexibility & resilience its networks need

Texas' ERCOT market has been one of the US' fastest-growing regions for renewable energy, but recent weather-driven events have made it clear that more needs to be done to ensure electricity system reliability. The answers are already here, affordable and practical, argues Wayne Muncaster, vice-president at commercial demand response platform technology group GridBeyond.

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Piecing together the ‘jigsaw of value’ in UK energy storage

24 May 2021, 14:20 • By Molly Lempriere
Piecing together the ‘jigsaw of value’ in UK energy storage

With a project pipeline in excess of 14GW, a developing regulatory envelope and maturing revenue streams, the UK’s energy storage sector continues to be at the forefront globally. Molly Lempriere charts the market’s development to date and uncovers how it has responded to deployment barriers.

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VIDEO: Ireland’s energy storage market needs in focus

11 May 2021, 12:35 • By Solar Media Staff
VIDEO: Ireland’s energy storage market needs in focus

Experts Frank Burke from the Irish Energy Storage Association and Bernice Doyle of Statkraft Ireland talk about the growing need for energy storage, how the market has rapidly developed so far and what it needs to look like to achieve a stable, decarbonised and secure energy system on the island of Ireland.

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From customers’ homes to utility portfolios: Inside Swell Energy’s new virtual power plant reality

19 Apr 2021, 10:58 • By Andy Colthorpe
From customers’ homes to utility portfolios: Inside Swell Energy’s new virtual power plant reality

In the first part of this interview with Swell Energy CEO Suleman Khan we heard about how Swell Energy has been working to ‘productise’ the virtual power plant proposition: making it attractive to utilities and to their end-customers and then wrapping that into a long-term agreement. This time out, we speak to Suleman about some of the finer details of the VPP proposition and where he thinks the market is heading.

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Time to take virtual power plants seriously: Swell Energy creates asset class from customer assets

13 Apr 2021, 06:24 • By Andy Colthorpe
Time to take virtual power plants seriously: Swell Energy creates asset class from customer assets

As society moves away from centralised fossil fuel generators to increasing shares of distributed renewable energy resources, the idea that customers’ homes could become host to virtual power plants (VPPs), joining the dots between electricity supply and demand across the grid, has gradually gathered traction. Andy Colthorpe speaks with Suleman Khan CEO of Swell Energy, which has raised nearly half a billion dollars in financing for solar-plus-storage VPPs in 14,000 homes across California, New York and Hawaii.

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Ireland has more than 2.5GW of grid-scale battery storage in development stages

11 Feb 2021, 12:37 • By Lauren Cook
Ireland has more than 2.5GW of grid-scale battery storage in development stages

Ireland's first grid-scale battery system was commissioned at the beginning of 2020 but was followed just a few months later by another one 10 times larger. The opportunities for further development in the country appear huge, with a grid operator willing to recognise the role energy storage can play in balancing the network.