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ROUNDUP: Saft acquires Go Electric, Italy’s CM market dispute, Nidec ASI 2.5MWh Bahamas project

Saft acquisition target Go Electric has executed a number of projects for the US Military. Image: Go Electric Facebook page.

Saft acquires GO ELECTRIC

18 June 2019: Saft, which recently debuted its 2.5MWh containerised units at Intersolar Europe, has acquired US microgrid and resilient energy solutions company Go Electric.

Itself owned by fossil fuel supermajor Total, Saft will now be able to target wider opportunities in the North American market for its energy services and solutions, while the pairing will also mean Saft is now able to offer “fully integrated renewable energy storage solutions”, a Go Electric representative said.

Saft said it has acquired 100% of shares in Go Electric for an undisclosed sum. The latter has executed projects in numerous and varied settings in North America, including a number of critical must-run facilities for the US military, as well as resilient energy solutions as an investment proposition for businesses. Go Electric CEO Lisa Laughner has recently blogged on both topics for this site. 

In common with many of its legacy rivals, parent company Total is investing into a number of leading edge, smart and clean renewable industry companies, both in grid-connected settings and in the microgrid space. 

NIDEC ASI Bahamas 2.5MWh microgrid

18 June 2019: Battery energy storage system integrator and tech provider Nidec ASI has won a tender for a microgrid project on an island in the Bahamas, including 2.5MWh of energy storage.

Nidec will supply control and management systems for the grid, which could have a significant impact on the carbon footprint and energy use of the tropical island and tourist park it contains.

A 700kW rated inverter and the storage system will help integrate renewables, reducing the resort island’s emissions by 50% by 2020 and reducing dependence on imported diesel by 70%. Nidec said the project is being modelled to minimise impact on the mostly unspoiled tropical island.

Italy’s PV industry says EU Capacity Market reforms insufficient

18 June 2019: PV representatives have joined campaigners in a push for Italy to reform its capacity market, with claims that new emission standards will fail to green up the scheme.

Rome risks “encouraging a race” to build new fossil fuel power plants if it does not overhaul its capacity mechanism, association Italia Solare said this week alongside NGOs Greenpeace, WWF, Legambiente and consumer associations.

Their joint statement took note of the European Commission’s go-ahead, late last week, to new CO2 emission requirements set by Italy for technologies competing at capacity auctions.

The new rules will bar new projects with CO2 emissions of 550g/KWh from capacity payments. Starting in July 2025, those emitting on average more than 350kg of CO2 a year per installed kWe will be similarly restricted.

According to the European Commission, the CO2 limits will effectively ban coal plants from Italy’s capacity auctions. The exclusion will open a gap the country can fill with technologies such as demand response and energy storage, the EU executive noted.

This entry by José Rojo Martín. To read the full version of this story, visit PV Tech

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