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Is the ‘SPAC track’ the fast lane to growth… or the road to ruin?

1 Mar 2021, 07:19 • By Charles Lesser
Is the ‘SPAC track’ the fast lane to growth… or the road to ruin?

The sudden and rapid use of Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs) to launch privately-held companies into publicly-listed entities is a minor phenomenon of our time and some players in clean energy industries including energy storage, have been quick to join the wave. It can work out really well, but it can also all end in tears: so choose wisely, says Charles Lesser, partner at Apricum - The Cleantech Advisory.

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Why 2020 was the UK’s ‘Year of Battery Storage’

18 Feb 2021, 08:34 • By Andy Colthorpe
Why 2020 was the UK’s ‘Year of Battery Storage’

Bigger projects, increased synergy with renewable energy generation, better evolved business models and a forward-thinking market design have contributed to the success of battery storage in the UK, with neighbouring Ireland also showing strong signs of rapid growth.

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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.

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The future of the energy storage system integrator in a maturing industry

1 Feb 2021, 07:30 • By Julian Jansen
The future of the energy storage system integrator in a maturing industry

Key to the rapid success and growth of the energy storage industry in the US, China and other maturing markets has been the presence of a small number of system integrators. IHS Markit association director Julian Jansen examines what it is that system integrators do that makes them so vital to the industry and why the future ahead looks to be one characterised by growth, competition and consolidation.