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Ipanema Beach.

Solar starts marching to a samba beat as Brazil kicks on, storage issues a set of handy reminders of its prowess in PV, and a rather conservative forecast by the IEA still serves to stick the boot in on fossil fuel.


Panasonic to roll out home battery to Europe, starting with Germany

Gigafactory mockup.

Japanese electronics corporation to begin selling home batteries across Europe, putting company in direct competition with Tesla, for whom it makes lithium-ion electric vehicle batteries.


U.S. energy storage markets continue to grow

GTM Research's latest numbers indicate a strong second quarter for all grid-tied energy storage market segments, with record deployment behind-the-meter. However, the best is yet to come.


Panasonic plans Younicos investment

The PV storage developer Younicos has garnered the interest of Panasonic. The German Cartel Office is currently proofing the legalities of Panasonic's possible collaboration with Younicos.


Molten salt storage system wins Eureka prize

A team of researchers at the University of South Australia have won the 2015 ANSTO Eureka prize for their molten salt energy storage system. Though the idea of molten salt storage is not new, the team has come up with a different...


Bosch acquires Silicon Valley battery startup Seeo

German auto parts giant Bosch has acquired Silicon Valley battery startup Seeo. Seeo has been attempting to move from lithium iron phosphate (LFP) cathodes towards nickel cobalt aluminium (NCA) to keep ahead of competition.


Germany: 35% more PV storage installations

The number of subsidized solar power storage installations has increased by more than 35% in a year in Germany. Falling prices and the desire for energy independence are fuelling this high demand.


E.ON bets on US for bold solar push

Solar installation, U.S.

The German utility is eyeing expansion into the growing solar space of the U.S. as it pursues investment and development opportunities in PV.


Tesla's Schröder moves back to Sonnenbatterie

Tesla's Country Director for Germany and Austria, Philipp Schröder will be making the switch back to Sonnenbatterie as Head of Operations and Marketing from October 1, 2015.


Gildemeister installs CellCube energy storage in Czech Republic

Gildemeister has provided CellCube energy storage systems to power a fleet of electric cars in the Šumava National Park in the Bohemian Forest. Another storage project was also installed by the company in Budweis, south of Prague.


GE signs 30 MW battery storage deal with CESP

The energy storage system will be located in California’s Imperial Valley

Coachella Energy Storage Partners (CESP) has contracted GE to supply it with a 30 MW Li-ion energy storage system, as part of its contract with the Imperial Irrigation District (IID). Commercial operation is scheduled for Q3 2016.


Invenergy's storage project shortlisted for Innovation Award

Chicago-based Invenergy's Grand Ridge energy storage project has been shortlisted as a finalist for the 2015 Innovation Award. The lithium storage project has been operational since May this year.


Panasonic at the reins of EV battery market

The latest Lux Research market report on energy storage puts Panasonic as the company currently leading the battery landscape for plug-in vehicles. Lux Research expects this market segment to be worth $30 billion in 2020.


Germany: RWE launches power-to-gas plant

RWE has started the test-run of its power-to-gas energy storage system in Ibbenbüren, Germany. The German utility sees this solution as a key technology for future energy supply.


BKW acquires Solare Datensysteme

Energy and infrastructure developer, BKW has strengthened its position in the PV business with the acquisition of Solare Datensysteme, which specializes in PV installation monitoring solutions.


LG plans to develop next-generation EV batteries

3M and South Korean LG Chem have signed a patent deal for the continued development of NCM (nickel, cobalt, manganese) lithium-ion batteries. LG Chem hopes to develop improved electric car batteries with the acquired patent...


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