Articles tagged with: Capex

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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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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.

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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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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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The big future of microgrids

The big future of microgrids

10 May 2017, 15:56
• By John Parnell

Microgrids are about more than novel off-grid systems. They could be the building blocks of the future, flexible, intelligent electricity network. S&C Electric discusses how one early project is helping prove the point.