Category Archives: Analysis and Features

  • Will India’s solar penetration boom pave the way for world’s next big ESS market?


    October 26, 2017 6:23 am by Jade Beevor

      Industry analysts predict India’s installed solar capacity will reach more than 17GW by the end of 2017. The India government has set the ambitious goal of reaching 57% renewable generation by 2027, with India’s Central Electricity Authority predicting the country will have 275GW of installed renewable energy generation by that year. Of the solar read more

  • NSW to deploy 1MW BESS to defer infrastructure costs and support grid service


    October 26, 2017 6:15 am by Jade Beevor

      Endeavour Energy, a power distribution company in Australia, announced on October 12 that it had awarded renewables integration firm MPower the contract to supply and install a 1MWh battery energy storage system to support New South Wales’ grid at West Dapto. The trial will allow the New South Wales-based company to reduce network investment read more

  • KiWi Power wins National Grid contract to build 4MW behind-the-meter battery


    October 26, 2017 6:11 am by Jade Beevor

      Demand response aggregator KiWi Power announced on October 10 that it is set to build a 4MW lithium ion behind-the-meter battery in Wales after winning a contract from UK power transmission operator National Grid this August. The battery, which will be developed, financed and managed by KiWi Power, will be located at Cenin Renewables, read more

  • India tender closes with firm offering 28MWh BESS project for $45m


    October 26, 2017 6:08 am by Jade Beevor

      A tender for a PV plus 28MWh battery storage system closed with utility-scale solar power generation company Mahindra Susten bidding Rp2.988 billion ($45.6 million) lodging the lowest bid, less than half that of the highest. The tender by Indian state-run company mining company NLC (formerly Neyveli Lignite Corporation) for the battery backed 20MW AC read more

  • E.ON adds 10MW lithium-ion battery to biomass power plant in England


    October 26, 2017 6:03 am by Jade Beevor

      E.ON announced on October 9 that it had completed the installation and grid connection of its 10MW lithium ion battery at a combined heat and power plant in the UK. The contract was won by the German firm in last year’s National Grid Enhanced Frequency Response (EFR) tender. The battery will be housed in read more

  • Younicos to supply 2MWh VRFB for renewable energy test project in Singapore


    October 26, 2017 5:51 am by Jade Beevor

      Two Singapore led consortiums will test how utility-scale lithium ion and vanadium redox flow battery energy storage systems can be used to integrate renewably generated power on to the city-state’s grid, the Energy Market Authority and SP Group announced on October 23. CW Group and Red Dot Power will receive around S$17.8 million ($13 read more

  • ESS installation costs set to fall by at least 50% by 2030


    October 26, 2017 5:39 am by Jade Beevor

      The installed costs for stationary battery energy storage systems will fall by more than 50% across the different chemistries and technologies by 2030, according to a report published on October 6 by the International Renewable Energy Agency. While 96% of global installed stationary power storage capacity will continue to come from pumped-hydro systems, economies read more

  • World’s first hybrid supercapacitor, flywheels and LAES system to test EFR and FFR capability


    October 26, 2017 5:25 am by Jade Beevor

      Energy storage company Highview will test the grid frequency service capabilities of the world’s first hybrid flywheel, supercapacitor and Liquid Air Energy Storage system at its Viridor’s Pilsworth landfill gas plant in the UK, the firm announced on October 12. The project at Highview’s existing 5MW/15MWh LAES pre-commercial demonstrator look at how the system read more

  • Salt cathode could lead to cheaper energy storage


    October 12, 2017 10:11 am by Jade Beevor

      The latest research on a sodium ion battery by a Stanford University team has resulted in a design for a sodium cathode that claims to cost 80% less than of a lithium-ion battery with the same storage capacity. By binding sodium ions to a compound known as myo-inositol the scientist have calculated a sodium read more

  • Editor’s Pick: Energy storage firms ship ESSs to power hurricane ravaged Puerto Rico

    Market Focus

    October 12, 2017 10:01 am by Jade Beevor

      The impact energy storage has had on the consciousness of end-users was summed up best by a simple message, written using the debris from a house, pleading the authorities to ‘Send Tesla’ after category four hurricane Maria left millions without power across the Caribbean on September 20. The message was on St John, part read more

  • Editor’s Pick: Did Tesla overpromise explain need cells from Samsung for 100MW SA project?


    October 12, 2017 9:58 am by Jade Beevor

      Energy storage system maker Tesla has confirmed it will use cells from South Korean firm Samsung SDI rather than its long term Japanese partner Panasonic to ensure it meets its promise to build a 100MW/129MWh project in South Australia within 100 days. The news was broken by Japanese newspaper Nikkei in a report on read more

  • JLM Energy receives $25 million investment to fund up to 35 projects


    October 12, 2017 9:42 am by Jade Beevor

      California-based energy technology company JLM Energy announced on September 26 that it had secured $25 million to fund the deployment of energy projects and accelerate the adoption of its lithium iron phosphate based Phazr technology. The money will be used to fund commercial energy storage projects of which JLM says they have five projects read more

  • ZAF Energy begins NiZn battery making at new 50 MWh plant in Missouri.


    October 12, 2017 9:36 am by Jade Beevor

      US battery manufacturer Zaf Energy Systems, founded when Zinc Air became flow battery firm ViZn Energy, began production of its nickel zinc cells at its new factory in Joplin, Missouri at the start of October. The 34,000 square foot plant will produce 50 MWh of NiZn cells a year as Zaf targets the lead-acid read more

  • Alfen delivers Belgium’s first lithium-ion ESS for grid stability services


    October 12, 2017 9:30 am by Jade Beevor

      Netherlands-based energy storage firm Alfen announced on September 25 that it had delivered Belgium’s first megawatt-scale lithium-ion system for grid-stabilization services since the country’s grid operator Elia opened its transmission network for battery systems in May. Once deployed, Alfen’s 1MW system, situated at French utility Engie’s 6MW power generation plant in Drogenbos, Brussels, will read more

  • Project to deploy Australia’s first hybrid lithium-ion and flow battery system


    October 12, 2017 9:27 am by Jade Beevor

      A hybrid energy storage system using vanadium redox flow technology and a lithium-ion battery is set to be deployed for the first time in Australia after RedT announced the sale of a 300kW/1MWh system on October 3. The system, which comprises a 900kWh flow machine and a 120kW C1-rated lithium battery, will ensure grid read more

  • VRFB research project to test energy storage potential for Ireland’s future grid


    October 12, 2017 9:21 am by Jade Beevor

      A project to test how a 125kW vanadium redox flow battery can help Ireland manage its abundant renewable energy supply was launched on October 3 through an International Energy Research Centre industry workshop in Queen’s University, Belfast. The ImpRESS project, a UK-Ireland industry-led collaborative research project, aims to demonstrate how battery-based energy storage can read more

  • Hyperdrive Innovation launches next generation battery using Nissan Li-ion cells


    October 12, 2017 9:15 am by Jade Beevor

      UK-based lithium-ion developer and manufacturer Hyperdrive Innovation launched its Gen 4 modular system incorporating Nissan’s lithium-ion cells for the electric vehicle and energy storage markets at the EVS30 trade show in Stuttgart, Germany, on October 9. The new scalable 152 Wh/kg battery — holds almost 50% more energy than its Gen 2 product — read more

  • Eaton launches data centre UPS service to aid grid frequency management


    October 12, 2017 9:08 am by Jade Beevor

      Power management company Eaton will launch a first-of-its-kind UPS-as-a-Reserve back-up power service before the end of the year that allows data centres to manage their real-time power consumption and therefore help transmission operators to regulate grid frequency. Eaton will be the first to introduce this functionality to UPSs, enabling more than 500MW of potential read more

  • Fernhill announces patent application for hybrid energy storage systems


    September 28, 2017 10:25 am by Jade Beevor

      A patent for a hybrid supercapacitor and lithium-ion battery was filed on September 18 by Fern Technology, a subsidiary of Fernhill Corporation, a US company focused on acquisitions and partnerships in energy based industry. Nevada-based Fern Technology believes the Capacitor-Lithium hybrid battery storage system with integrated system management could open up markets within the read more

  • Spain wakes from renewables siesta to embrace energy storage


    September 28, 2017 10:17 am by Jade Beevor

      As late as June 2015, Spain’s government was looking to impose fees that would’ve made small energy storage system installations cost $10 per kilowatt and effectively doubled the payback time on residential storage to around 31 years — larger systems would cost $41 per kilowatt. When brought into law that October, the proposals were read more

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