Category Archives: Industry

  • C-level and board appointments as firms prepare for ESS industry growth


    May 17, 2018 1:38 pm by Jade Beevor

      On May 3 GE Power, a subsidiary of General Electric, announced it had hired Robert Morgan, former AES Corporation CEO and founder of Agile Energy. to head its Energy Storage Unit and manage the growth of its Reservoir Energy Storage platform. One of Morgan’s principal tasks will be to grow and expand the energy platform read more

  • Tesla and Centrica unveil 18MW grid-connected VPP in Europe


    May 17, 2018 1:24 pm by Jade Beevor

      Tesla has partnered with ReStore, the Belgium demand response start-up bought for €70million ($81million) in November 2017 by UK-based Centrica, to build a 18.2MW lithium ion virtual power plant for grid balancing services in Belgium, Tesla announced on May 14. The system at Terhills, in northeast Belgium, is using 140 powerpacks to store excess read more

  • PV and fossil fuel firm signals Green energy intent with smart home technology buy out


    May 17, 2018 1:18 pm by Jade Beevor

      Utility-scale PV firm Lightsource BP, a strategic partnership between Lightsource and fossil fuel giant BP, announced on May 8 it had bought into the smart home market with the buy-out of Internet-of-Things software developer Ubiworx. The platform connects solar panels to residential energy storage — which stores power for use during low generation periods read more

  • Lead acid and Li ion projects shortlisted for top energy storage award


    May 17, 2018 1:08 pm by Jade Beevor

      Two eye-catching finalists in this year’s Outstanding Project category of the Intersolar Europe Smarter E Award announced on May 11 were a deep-cycle lead acid microgrid in Africa and a 37.5MW lithium ion system in North America. Trojan Battery, the manufacturer of a battery range called Deep-Cycle Solar AGM, is shortlisted for its microgrid read more

  • Hawaiian Electric plans 120MW of lithium ion storage to secure power supply


    May 17, 2018 1:05 pm by Jade Beevor

      US utility Hawaiian Electric Company announced on May 2 it is planning to build a total of 120MW of lithium ion grid-scale energy storage to ensure its security of supply, allow for increased renewables penetration and reduce fossil fuel use on the Oahu electric grid. The projects are subject to approval by the Public read more

  • Name change signals vertical integration goal after VRFB buy out


    May 17, 2018 12:52 pm by Jade Beevor

      Battery materials and electrolyte producer Stina Resources announced on May 1 it had completed the purchase of all the outstanding assets of vanadium redox flow battery maker Gildemeister Energy Storage, including its CellCube technology and energy storage business. Little more than two weeks later the Canadian headquartered firm announced it was changing its name to read more

  • New mini-grid association sets goal of 100% electrification of Africa


    May 17, 2018 12:48 pm by Jade Beevor

      The Africa Mini-grid Developers Association, the continent’s first trade association dedicated to microgrids, was officially established on April 13 in Kenya. The association aims to provide a unified voice for the industry, by partnering with governments and utilities to build next generation grids based on the needs of both industry and communities. To date read more

  • Acciona receives the world’s first grid-scale energy storage certificate by DNV GL


    May 17, 2018 12:45 pm by Jade Beevor

      Renewable energy firm Acciona Energia, the energy division of the Acciona Group, received independent certification body DNV GL’s first system-level certificate for an energy storage project on May 10 during the American Wind Energy Association’s 2018 Windpower Conference in Chicago, US. The certificate ensures the hybrid system — a total of 1.7MW of storage read more

  • Industry Insight: Education key to combatting scepticism and reluctance to ESSs in the US


    May 17, 2018 12:33 pm by Jade Beevor

      US regulators and legislators must be educated on the benefits of energy storage if the country is to establish the best practices that will one day inform the laws and regulatory policy to boost deployment, the new US director of regulatory strategy and utility initiatives of energy storage firm Sonnen told ESJ. Ani Backa, read more

  • Battery storage will struggle to meet all low carbon future demands


    May 17, 2018 12:26 pm by Jade Beevor

      Electrochemical storage will have a vital role to play in the future low carbon economy in behind the meter and renewable energy integration applications, Nigel Holmes, CEO of the Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association, told ESJ. The technology’s fast response and cycling capabilities will secure its future in megawatt-scale applications, but Holmes warns read more

  • Confidence grows in energy storage as VC funding hits $299 million in Q1


    May 3, 2018 11:30 am by Jade Beevor

    Investment in battery storage companies rose more than 400% in the first quarter of the year compared to the same time last year, according to clean energy communications and consulting firm Mercom Capital Group’s Q1 2018 Battery Storage, Smart Grid and Efficiency Funding and M&A Report published on April 20. The report focuses on funding read more

  • NEC to supply 20MW ESS to Ørsted for grid stabilization


    May 3, 2018 11:23 am by Jade Beevor

    Danish renewable energy firm Ørsted, formally known as Dong Energy, announced on April 25 it is to install a 20MW lithium ion energy storage system in the UK after signing a deal with NEC Energy Solutions, a wholly owned subsidiary of NEC Corporation. The Carnegie Road project near Liverpool will use NEC’s GSS grid storage solution read more

  • SA utility to install 35MW of storage to cut A$55M a year power bill


    May 3, 2018 11:15 am by Jade Beevor

    SA Water is planning to install 35MWh of energy storage coupled with 152MWs of solar in the next two years as it moves toward its goal of achieving zero net power costs by 2020, the South Australia company announced on April 23. The company, which spent A$55 million ($42 million) on 220GWh of power in read more

  • VRFB firm RedT Energy raises £3.85m from institutional share sale


    May 3, 2018 11:12 am by Jade Beevor

    Vanadium flow battery maker RedT Energy announced on April 13 it had raised £3.85 million ($5.2 million) from the sale of around 10% of the UK company’s shares at 5.9 pence each. Proceeds from the sale will be used in the continued growth of the business, including the development of further product generations to satisfy the read more

  • Mining firm installs zinc bromide ESS to secure supply and save costs in SA


    May 3, 2018 11:07 am by Jade Beevor

    South African mining company Anglo American Platinum announced on April 23 that US start-up Primus Power would provide 1MWh of its zinc bromide flow battery energy storage systems for use at their Amandelbult mine, in the Limpopo province of the country. The eight zinc bromide EnergyPod ESSs will provide 200kW/1MWh of power to the mine read more

  • Protean uses Korean grant for WA trial of vanadium battery


    May 3, 2018 11:04 am by Jade Beevor

    Storage firm Protean Energy announced on April 11 it is to use a A$120,000 ($90,000) grant from the Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning to test vanadium redox flow battery technology in Western Australia. The Australian firm, and its Korean affiliate Korid Energy, will use the cash to test its co-owned V-Kor technology. read more

  • Sonnen appoints lawyer and green energy advocate to push VPP deployment


    May 3, 2018 10:59 am by Jade Beevor

    Residential storage and virtual power plant company Sonnen announced on April 23 it had hired Ani Backa as its US director of regulatory strategy and utility initiatives. Backa, who is regarded as an expert in US utilities and regulations, will work directly with regulatory bodies and utilities across the country to promote the implementation and read more

  • Viridity signs deal for 40MW ESS days after completing a 1MWh project


    May 3, 2018 10:45 am by Jade Beevor

    Two energy storage projects totalling 40MW/40MWh are to be installed in New Jersey, US, after a master supplier agreement was signed between energy storage firm Dynapower and Viridity Energy Solutions, a wholly owned subsidiary of geothermal firm Ormat Technologies, both companies announced on April 16. Viridity, a battery storage and energy management firm, will design, read more

  • Wells Fargo to commit $100bn in storage and EVs


    May 3, 2018 10:36 am by Jade Beevor

    American bank Wells Fargo has pledged more than $100 billion to support clean technology and fund renewable projects, the company’s CEO Tim Sloan said on April 19 during his keynote address at a CEO Investor Forum in San Francisco, US. The money will be invested in businesses and projects that support the transition to a read more

  • Lockheed Martin delivers 17MWh of peak shifting storage in North America


    May 3, 2018 10:22 am by Jade Beevor

    US technology firm Lockheed Martin announced on April 19 it had signed an agreement to supply around 17MWh of its GridStar lithium energy storage systems to North American energy storage services provider Peak Power. The units will use Peak Power’s intelligent Synergy software to forecast peak power usage times and shift energy consumption during those times to reduce read more

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