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Articles tagged with: Virtual Power Plants

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Interviews

New controls, new values and new layers of functionality

28 Jun 2018, 14:24 • By Andy Colthorpe
New controls, new values and new layers of functionality

Home storage systems have been considered an ‘early adopter’ market in many parts of the world, perhaps more important as a way that individuals can control their own green energy use and save energy than as a means of generating big money returns.

Feature
Interviews

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.

Varta enters ‘next market to open up’ - the UK’s residential energy storage space

Varta enters ‘next market to open up’ - the UK’s residential energy storage space

12 Sep 2017, 16:48

Varta Storage, the energy storage division of consumer, automotive and industrial battery manufacturer Varta, is poised to enter the UK and Ireland residential battery markets through a new exclusive deal with Waxman Energy, as ‎global storage head Gordon Clements told our sister site Solar Power Portal the UK is “the next market that will start to open up” for the technology.

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.

Guest blog
Energy storage software will help build the grid of the future

Energy storage software will help build the grid of the future

15 Mar 2017, 15:24
• By Alex Eller

Software platforms are emerging as a crucial element in the rapidly expanding energy storage industry. Alex Eller of Navigant Research explains the crucial role software plays in underpinning the value of energy storage systems.

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.

Tesla-SolarCity deal will make the most of synergies, says BNEF

Tesla-SolarCity deal will make the most of synergies, says BNEF

24 Jun 2016, 10:40

The future for Tesla-SolarCity could lie in aggregating rooftop PV with stationary energy storage, EVs and other distributed energy resources, the head of energy storage market analysis at Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) has said.

Editor's blog
Storage and the rise of the virtual power plant

Storage and the rise of the virtual power plant

20 Aug 2015, 15:59
• By Andy Colthorpe

Tesla’s much-hyped battery announcement in April raised important questions over what business models will drive the deployment of stationary battery storage. As Andy Colthorpe reports, one answer is the virtual power plant, in which residential and commercial battery systems are aggregated to provide grid services.