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Frost & Sullivan: Falling costs, tech advances are creating new opportunities for microgrids

The consulting firm says that price reductions in both distributed PV and battery technology are making microgrids more bankable, as are improved control and management systems.

Amsterdam ArenA to receive 4 MWH storage system built with repurposed EV batteries

The stadium in the Dutch capital will be supplied with a 4 MWh storage system made using 280 repurposed Nissan LEAF batteries.

Storage system to be developed by The Mobility House and Eaton using 280 used Nissan LEAF batteries stored in racks; will eventually replace diesel generators used for back-up power during major events.

Major car manufacturers collaborating on high-power EV charging network in Europe

Image: Ads Tec

Car manufacturers, BMW, Daimler, Ford and Volkswagen, are joining forces to deploy an ultra-fast, high-power charging network for battery electric vehicles (BEV) across Europe's major highways, to create the infrastructure...

Autumn Statement: UK increases funding to EVs, solar again left in shade

Solar panels in London.

The UK's Chancellor announced yesterday extra funding to electric vehicles (EVs), but overall failed to convince that the government has a low-carbon growth plan that includes solar.

Sweden plans 60% subsidy for residential batteries

Sweden has announced a government subsidy that will cover 60% of the cost for installing a residential energy storage system, up to a maximum of 50,000 kroner (US$5,400). Battery, wiring, management systems and installation will...

Battery storage may have started mass market take-up in Australia

The Suncrowd team.

A community-based program to encourage the uptake of solar and battery storage in Australian homes and businesses has been so successful that the promoters believe the battery storage sector may be in the early stages of...

Solar plus storage systems being installed in 25 villages in Mali

Image: Africa Green Tec

Energy transition start-up Africa Green Tec has entered into a cooperation agreement with German energy storage systems manufacturer Tesvolt to deliver its lithium batteries alongside 50 solar containers, with a total capacity of...

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Leclanché and Narada Power enter strategic partnership

Leclanche cells. Image: Leclanche

The two energy storage solution companies have signed an agreement to enter into a strategic alliance, which will see Leclanché share its battery storage technologies with Zhejiang Narada Power Source, which will allow the two...

Battery use to drive 4.5 GW global surge in storage inverters, finds IHS Markit

Grid-connected storage is growing worldwide, which will spur cost reductions of storage inverter and power conversion systems.

Growth in grid-connected energy storage represents a global opportunity for suppliers of energy storage inverter and power conversion system suppliers. Wider adoption will accelerate cost reduction, finds IHS Markit.

Ideal Power takes first step into German energy storage market

Battery energy storage system for solar PV. Image: Ads Tec

The U.S. power electronics company has secured its first order in German for its power conversion systems for energy storage, after giving a demonstration in a bid to enter the burgeoning German energy storage market.

Chile: Acciona inaugurates the 246 MW El Romero Solar plant

The 246 MW solar PV plant is the largest in Latin America and was brought online by Acciona ahead of schedule.

The largest PV plant in Latin America began commercial operation last week after a 13-month construction period.

Survey finds that UK energy storage market suffering due to lack of awareness

Battery solar storage system. Image by Solarpraxis Andreas Schlegel

A study conducted by German market researcher EuPD Research found that a shocking number of British PV customers and prospective customers are unaware that energy storage solutions are available to go alongside PV arrays, which...

MLPE suppliers embracing vertical integration to shift more units, says IHS Markit

JinkoSolar rooftop array.

Solar microinverters and power optimizer suppliers are embracing off-the-shelf integrated solar AC and smart modules as landscape for the MLPE sector evolves and grows, finds IHS Markit analysis.

SMA and LG Chem unveil battery inverter solution

SMA and LG Chem storage solution.

German inverter specialist and South Korean electrical giant have collaborated on new residential storage solution comprising Sunny Boy inverter and LG's new RESU 10H and 7H batteries.

Mercedes-Benz enters the U.S. energy storage market

Move over Elon. Mercedes-Benz Energy Americas has entered the wide-open U.S. EV+storage market, cherry-picking former sonnen USA CEO Boris von Bormann to lead the charge.

Oil giants dig up $1bn for climate change fund, but renewable industry skeptical

Total sign.

As reported earlier this week, the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) is to invest $1 billion over the next ten years in the development and deployment of innovative low emissions technologies. Funds unlikely to find their way...

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