Category Archives: Analysis and Features

  • Schneider Electric, NGK sign MoU for energy storage system

    Industry

    November 23, 2017 9:55 am by Jade Beevor

      French firm Schneider Electric and Japanese company NGK Insulators signed a memorandum of understanding to market sodium sulfur (NaS) energy storage systems on November 8. In November 2016, NGK and Schneider Electric conducted integration testing of the interface between the NAS battery and ES Box at NGK’s factory in Komaki City, Aichi Prefecture in read more

  • Strategic alliance aims to deliver microgrid based Energy-as-a-Service

    Industry

    November 23, 2017 9:46 am by Jade Beevor

      Dynamic Energy Networks has secured a strategic alliance with Schneider Electric and The Carlyle Group to drive deployment of its energy-as-a-service platform, the firm announced on November 6. The US company’s platform allows organizations and institutions – from campuses to hospitals and the military — to make use of microgrids and distributed energy resources read more

  • Nerada prefabricated ESS and recycling plans closes battery loop

    Industry

    November 23, 2017 5:42 am by Jade Beevor

      VRLA, lead carbon, and lithium iron phosphate battery maker Nerada has announced a number of developments in the last fortnight that effectively positions the Chinese company as a closed loop energy storage maker — manufacturing and deploying energy storage systems and also recycling the used cells. On November 2, the company announced it had read more

  • LADWP turns to 20MW battery storage to meet renewables target

    Industry

    November 23, 2017 5:38 am by Jade Beevor

      The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has turned to a 20MW battery storage project at its California Beacon Solar Plant as it looks to increase renewables generation and expand its storage capacity portfolio to 50MW, it was announced on November 13. LADWP is ramping up its integration of renewables like solar energy, read more

  • Australia 10MW ESS and solar project closes first round of funding

    Industry

    November 23, 2017 5:34 am by Jade Beevor

      Commissioning of a solar plus 10MW energy storage project in Australia has been scheduled for late 2018 after Singapore-based energy project company Nexif Energy announced it had secured financing for the first round of the project on November 13. Once completed, the Lincoln Gap Wind Farm project near Port Augusta in South Australia, will read more

  • Global grid-connected market opens up for flow battery firm RedT

    Industry

    November 23, 2017 5:27 am by Jade Beevor

      Vanadium flow battery developer RedT Energy was named as the first official participant in utility company Centrica’s local energy market trial, in which £19 million ($25million) has been allocated to test how flexible power generation and storage can reduce pressure on the UK’s local grid systems. Centrica will take control of the system’s operation read more

  • VC battery storage funding drops but industry remains buoyant

    Industry

    November 23, 2017 5:24 am by Jade Beevor

      Venture capitalist funding in the battery storage industry fell to $83 million in Q3 of 2017, a sharp decline from the $422 million raised in 10 deals the previous quarter, a report released on October 23 by clean energy consulting firm Mercom Capital Group found. However, it’s far from bad news for the industry read more

  • UK government backs cloud-based virtual power plant and smart energy systems

    Industry

    November 23, 2017 5:15 am by Jade Beevor

      Moixa, a battery storage firm, secured £267,750 ($355,000) from the UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s Energy Entrepreneurs Fund to expand its virtual power plant system Gridshare, it was announced on November 10. The government funding will allow Moixa to develop its GridShare platform — a system that allows operators to manage the aggregation read more

  • 1MW hybrid microgrid proves cost effective for New Zealand utility

    Industry

    November 23, 2017 5:03 am by Jade Beevor

      A hybrid, off-grid renewable energy system is being deployed by New Zealand electricity distributor Powerco as a cost effective alternative to installing 2km of transmission infrastructure to connect rural customers to the grid. The base power units will act as microgrids, with the all-in-one system generating power from solar panels, storing excess energy in batteries, read more

  • 35GW of new US storage by 2025 — the way forward

    Industry

    November 23, 2017 4:57 am by Jade Beevor

    The path to a more resilient US grid has been laid out in a new white paper published on November 6 by the Energy Storage Association developed in conjunction with Navigant Research. The report — 35×25: A Vision for Energy Storage — details the way to drive the deployment of more than 35GW of new read more

  • Four industry figures join Navigant’s global energy practice

    Industry

    November 10, 2017 8:51 am by Jade Beevor

      Navigant announced on November 7 that Mike Bianco, Jan-Willem Bode, Chip Wood, Bertil Heerink had joined the company’s global energy practice. Bianco has 26 years’ experience in information and operational technology solutions engineering, program management, and systems integration. He was previously vice president of Bridge Energy Group’s grid operations practice. Navigant says: “He will read more

  • Martin Milani appointed CEO of Sunverge Energy

    Industry

    November 10, 2017 7:35 am by ESJ

    Sunverge Energy, a developer of residential energy storage systems and virtual power plant (VPP) software, has appointed Martin Milani as its new chief executive. He takes over from co-founder and CEO Ken Munson. Milani has been chief operating officer and chief technology officer for Sunverge since December 2016. His background of over 25 years in technology, read more

  • EPAL partners Leclanché. Deltro — invests $12m in Canada first utility ESS

    Industry

    November 10, 2017 7:23 am by ESJ

      EPAL, a joint venture between Indian state-owned Energy Efficiency Services and UK-based EnergyPro is partnering with leading battery storage provider Leclanché, starting with the investment of $12 million in a previously announced and nearly completed advanced battery storage project in Ontario, Canada, known as Basin 1 and 2. The project, built and owned by read more

  • Fludder becomes CEO of NEC Energy Solutions

    Industry

    November 10, 2017 7:13 am by ESJ

    NEC Energy Solutions appointed Steve Fludder, as its new chief executive, in early November. Fludder (pictured) takes over from Hiro Ezawa, who is chairman of the firm and was CEO on a temporary basis. Fludder has substantial global experience, including 15 years based in Korea, China, Indonesia, Hong Kong and the UAE. He was most read more

  • Duke develops 5MW military microgrid storage and substation project

    Industry

    November 10, 2017 7:10 am by ESJ

      Duke Energy is planning to install battery storage equipment and solar panels that will operate as a microgrid at the Indiana National Guard’s Camp Atterbury training operation in Indiana. As part of the development of the site, the North Carolina-headquartered utility and holding company will also install battery storage equipment at a substation in Nabb, read more

  • Energy storage moves across the Pacific

    Industry

    November 10, 2017 7:05 am by ESJ

      The Green Climate Fund is providing a $12 million grant as additional financing to the Cook Islands Renewable Energy Sector Project, which will help the country transition to renewable energy. The project, co-financed by the Asian Development Bank, the European Union, and the Government of Cook Islands, was approved in October 2014, with the read more

  • Nidec, Corsica Sole sign MoU for four PV projects

    Industry

    November 10, 2017 7:00 am by ESJ

      Nidec Industrial Solutions and Corsica Sole, project developer and independent power producer have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the turn-key construction and maintenance of four photovoltaic projects with battery storage which are part of the 13MWp pipeline project won by Corsica Sole awarded under the French CRE ZNI tender. NIS and Corsica Sole read more

  • Calnetix adds new model to flywheel storage range

    Industry

    November 10, 2017 6:58 am by ESJ

      Calnetix Technologies’ VYCON’ energy storage products division has introduced a higher-capacity flywheel energy storage to its range VDC XXT. The firm says it can deliver over 450kW and 6,300 kW seconds of energy storage and has a 20 year operational life. VYCON president Frank DeLattre (pictured) says: “we designed the VDC XXT model to boost read more

  • US grid modernization; momentum builds in third quarter

    Industry

    November 10, 2017 6:19 am by ESJ

    The North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center released its Q3 2017 edition of The 50 States of Grid Modernization on November1. The quarterly series looks at US state regulatory and legislative discussions and actions on grid modernization, utility business model and rate reforms, energy storage, microgrids, and demand response. The overall picture is that momentum read more

  • Gridtential appoints Barton as CEO, Gruenstern joins technical board

    Industry

    October 26, 2017 10:03 am by Jade Beevor

      Gridtential Energy, the bipolar lead battery start-up, has appointed John Barton, former president of global asset management for SunEdison, as its new chief executive. And also, in an announcement on October 24, named JCI’s Bob Gruenstern as a technology advisory board member. Barton, takes over from Christiaan Beekhuis, who has been with Gridtential since read more

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