Category Archives: Industry

  • Plans lodged for 50MW ESS that’s set to be largest Li-ion project in UK


    December 7, 2017 10:51 am by Jade Beevor

      Plans for a 50MW lithium ion energy storage system were submitted in November by Public Power Solutions, a wholly-owned company of Swindon Borough Council, to offer grid balancing services as the UK borough aims tointegrate 200MW of renewable energy by 2020. The remotely operated ESS will be housed in 60 containers — each with read more

  • $93m funding marks milestone in Canada’s ESS deployment transition


    December 7, 2017 10:45 am by Jade Beevor

      An energy storage fund will provide Canadian firm NRStor C&I with C$120 million ($94 million) to validate lithium ion energy storage technology’s ability to deliver revenue stacking and cashflow streams to commercial and industrial customers. The facility signed on November 17 by the company, a subsidiary of NRStor, with European renewable energy financer Susi read more

  • 600 microgrid sites identified to restore Puerto Rico’s power


    December 7, 2017 10:43 am by Jade Beevor

      Hospitals and water treatment plants are among the 600 potential sites identified by the US Department of Energy to build microgrids to restore Puerto Rico’s power after hurricanes ripped through the Caribbean in September. Two hundred sites, with a combined 11MW of microgrid technology, have been identified as key locations as authorities look to read more

  • Start-up issues bond to finance mobile power plant in Mali


    December 7, 2017 10:33 am by Jade Beevor

      Austrian-based start-up Africa GreenTec announced on December 6 that it was issuing a corporate bond for €10 million ($12 million) as it bids to finance plans to bring mobile power plants to some 12,000 Mali villagers without electricity. The money will fund mobile, 40-foot solar containers — which will contain 41kWp of PV and read more

  • Storage at heart of US initiative to modernize grid infrastructure


    December 7, 2017 10:19 am by Jade Beevor

      Investor owned transmission company US National Grid and the US Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are to investigate how energy storage technologies and advanced monitoring can modernize the east coast transmission grid, it was announced on November 13. The agreement, which came into effect immediately and has no end date, will explore how to read more

  • West Australia pilot project to test distributed energy for off-grid applications


    December 7, 2017 10:17 am by Jade Beevor

      A pilot project by Horizon Power to test the commercial viability of using distributed energy resources, including a lithium ion battery, to supply off-grid end users will begin in Western Australia after the Australian Renewable Energy Agency announced on November 20 it would fund the project. ARENA has allocated A$1.9 million ($1.43 million) to read more

  • Tesla ESS first deployment of five under A$150m in South Australia renewables fund


    December 7, 2017 10:13 am by Jade Beevor

      The first project to be delivered under South Australia’s Renewable Technology Fund was delivered by Tesla, which has fulfilled its promise to install the world’s largest lithium ion powered energy storage system within 100 days, the state’s premier Jay Weatherill announced on November 23. The Hornsdale Power Reserve’s 100MW/ 129MWh system is part of read more

  • Saft selected to supply ESS for grid stability services in the US


    December 7, 2017 10:08 am by Jade Beevor

      French battery firm Saft will supply a 2MW scale lithium ion energy storage system for grid regulation and load balancing services after being selected by US energy trading Skylar Resources, the renewable affiliate of start-up Skylar Energy, the company announced on November 30. Saft’s Intensium containerized ESS will provide black-start capability at the Grandview read more

  • VRFB appointment as China looks to ESS to meet aggressive renewables target


    December 7, 2017 10:01 am by Jade Beevor

      Vanadium redox flow battery firm Pu Neng announced on December 5 it had appointed John Wang as chief executive, ahead of the company scaling-up deployment of its energy storage systems. Wang takes over from Eric Finlayson, president of Pu Neng’s majority shareholder High Power Exploration, who had acted as the company’s interim CEO. Finlayson read more

  • AI at heart of pioneering P2P energy trading trial in the UK


    December 7, 2017 9:56 am by Jade Beevor

      A project to test peer-to-peer power sharing through storage, energy monitoring and renewable generation at a housing estate is to be trialled in the UK for the first time early next year by energy trading firm Green Running, it was announced on November 29. Field-trials of a blockchain-based peer-to-peer energy trading solution will last read more

  • World’s biggest lithium ion battery energised after Musk met 100 day installation target


    November 28, 2017 9:55 am by Jade Beevor

      It was a gamble, but Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk has fulfilled his promise to install the world’s largest lithium ion powered energy storage system in South Australia within 100 days, the state’s premier Jay Weatherill announced on November 23. The 100MW/ 129MWH system will now enter a phase of regulatory testing — to ensure read more

  • Schneider Electric, NGK sign MoU for energy storage system


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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

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