Our mid-year series continues with a look back at all 12 Guest Blogs published on Energy-Storage.news during the first six months of this year.
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Today, it’s the turn of our popular Guest Blogs, contributed by experts and industry players, to whom we are always grateful and happy to work with. You can read all of Energy-Storage.news’ published Guest Blogs here, including more than 20 published last year and dating all the way back to 2015.
Here, in order of the date of publication, are the 12 Guest Blogs we have been proud to feature on the site by the end of H1 2023. Click the headline to go to the blog:
1 February 2023
By Mollie McCorkindale, market analyst, Solar Media Market Research
Guest Blogs from our colleagues at Solar Media Market Research are always eagerly awaited and well-received. Energy storage market analyst Mollie McCorkindale’s look back on the UK’s buildout of energy storage in 2022, as well as a look ahead to what the market could expect going forwards, was no exception.
21 February 2023
By Oliver Warren, investment banking associate, DAI Magister
One topic that came up a couple of times in our retrospective look at this year’s most-read news stories is the subject of diversifying the market away from reliance on lithium-ion. Oliver Warren at investment bank DAI Magister offered a take on some of the alternative, or complementary technologies with a chance of carving out a niche.
8 March 2023
By Nick Warner, Energy Safety Response Group & Darrell Furlong, Wärtsilä
Fire safety remains a vitally important topic in any industry. For energy storage, that recognition is perhaps already in place, but some of the approaches being taken fall short, argued Nick Warner of Energy Safety Response Group and Darrell Furlong at Wärtsilä.
“By being clear about the challenges we face, developing our fire safety standards and working more closely with regulators, the energy storage industry can alleviate safety concerns, streamline project development, and ensure the energy grids receive the support from battery storage that they desperately need,” they wrote.
3 April 2023
By Greg Pitt, VP of battery materials, Worley
Battery manufacturing has scaled up massively in the past few years, thanks largely to the success of electric vehicles (EVs). Beyond supply chain issues, challenges going forward in getting manufacturing to the scale needed, at the speed required to meet net zero targets, will require a rethink in design philosophy and production techniques, argued Greg Pitt, VP of the battery materials growth team at Worley.
2 May 2023
By Ben Lincoln, partner, Potter Clarkson
With the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning comes a need to protect the IP involved. Patent attorney Ben Lincoln of Potter Clarkson wrote about strategies to protect IP for AI innovations in the energy storage sector, emphasising the need to recognise the value of data and algorithms, and to apply several layers of protection.
17 May 2023
By Charley Grimston, executive chairman, Altelium
An interesting take on the path to maturity in clean energy technologies from Charley Grimston at specialist insurance technology company Altelium. Grimston noted that the early wind energy market was characterised by many of the same planning and permitting issues battery storage now faces, but went on to describe other ways in which the stories diverge. The common factor is that insurance has a key role to play in the bankability and maturing of both industries, according to Grimston.
22 May 2023
By Samantha McGahan, marketing manager, Australian Vanadium / VSUN Energy
The “elegant and chemically simple design” of vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) technologies was in focus in this Guest Blog. Australian Vanadium’s Samantha McGahan wrote about the key ingredient, the electrolyte, which plays the most important role in the market growth of VRFBs.
30 May 2023
By Justin Rangooni, executive director, Energy Storage Canada
Energy Storage Canada executive director Justin Rangooni wrote about the big developments seen in the past year or so to mobilise activity in the country’s market. Ranging from the 2023 Federal Budget’s investment tax credit (ITC) scheme announcement to major milestones recently logged in Ontario, to the future of energy storage, the blog gives a great picture of what’s going on, and what we might expect to see in Canada in 2023 and beyond.
5 June 2023
By Dr Rahul Walawalkar, president, India Energy Storage Alliance
Following the 2023 edition of India Energy Storage Week, we published this blog looking back on the five-day industry event, authored by Dr Rahul Walawalkar, president of organisers India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA). From domestic manufacturing and national renewable energy targets to the need for more diversity and representation of women leaders in the energy industry, Dr Walawalkar’s blog speaks of an industry sector in an exciting phase of growth and transformation.
14 June 2023
By Joel Power, head of battery storage and dealerships, Smart Energy
Nearly 50,000 residential battery storage systems were installed in Australia in 2022, with one battery deployed for every seven solar PV systems. Joel Power of solar PV solutions provider Smart Energy explained how batteries can give solar users a way to “take control of their power,” reducing bills while increasing energy independence.
26 June 2023
By Hendrik Bohne, head of asset management & business development, Aquila Clean Energy Asia Pacific (ACE APAC)
Using the examples of two leading markets – Australia and Japan – Hendrik Bohne of ACE APAC showed that decarbonisation can become reality for the Asia-Pacific region when renewable energy and energy storage are combined. But it will take a lot of work, and cooperation, with Bohne imploring governments to incentivise energy storage, adopt clear guidelines for its market participation, or do both.
29 June 2023
Carlos Nieto, energy storage global product manager, ABB
Our final Guest Blog of H1 2023 also looked at the Asia-Pacific region, with Carlos Nieto of engineering and automation company ABB offering a case study into a 60MW battery energy storage system (BESS) project in the Philippines. Recently visited by the country’s president Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr as it was inaugurated, Nieto described how the project protects the grid while enabling higher shares of renewable energy.