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Forum Solarpraxis: German storage subsidies likely to continue

Last year's Forum Solarpraxis saw around 650 attendees, 100 less than this year

The 16th Forum Solarpraxis kicked off today with the good news that German storage subsidies are likely to continue for the next three years. A parliamentary committee is currently discussing the issue. As of 2017, meanwhile, 5%...

FOE: Finance for 100% renewables exist, but policies are absent

Solar is again the renewables king, accroding to FOE

In a new report, Friends of the Earth (FOE) calculates that switching to 100% renewable energy in Africa, Latin America and most of Asia by 2030 would cost US$5.15 trillion – equivalent to the amount held by the world’s 782...

End of German energy storage funding will see market drop 13% in 2016

A further effect of the expiring subsidies is an expected end of year rush from those looking to profit from the scheme

The expiration of Germany’s energy storage program this December is expected to see market growth contract 13% in 2016, says EuPD Research. This year, up to 16,000 small scale solar+storage systems are forecast to be installed in...

Germany: LG Chem to supply batteries for Steag’s 90 MW energy storage project

Steag completed a 1 MW energy storage project at its power plant in Völklingen-Fenne in 2014

LG Chem will supply Steag with six of its large-scale lithium ion (Li-ion) batteries for what will become the largest energy storage system project of its kind, when complete, in 2017. Steag is investing EUR 100 million in the 90...

Australian offgrid push may leave unfair burden of grid costs

Tesla Powerwall.

Encouraging households to add sufficient storage to their PV arrays to disconnect from the electricity grid may leave an unfair burden of high utility payments to those left connected. Ric Brazzale, the Managing Director of Green...

US, Japan and South Korea to install 1.4 GW of energy storage between 2015-16

Energy storage system costs will come down significantly by 2019

The U.S., Japan and South Korea are the leading energy storage markets worldwide, says IHS, with each forecast to exceed 100 MW of annual installations this year. Between 2015 – 16, they are set to install 1.4 GW of new capacity....

Tesla still in talks for German battery fab

BMWi production in Leipzig

Electric car production is likely to accelerate in the wake of the VW emissions scandal, according to Audi's top U.S. exec. While Daimler appears content to use Asian-made batteries, there are increasing calls for German...

German research reveals keys to "perpetual youth" batteries

Researcher with equipment

Researchers from Germany's Technical University of Munich (TUM) have discovered key processes by which lithium ion batteries lose capacity. The scientists believe that battery life can be enhanced through adjusting the process by...

India: Solar to beat coal on cost by 10% in five years, says KPMG

The conditions are already in place for solar to undercut coal on cost, and the price disparity could grow once adoption of clean energy is embraced more fully.

Report by KPMG India finds that the levelized cost of solar power in India will be around 10% cheaper than coal by 2020, with PV penetration rates set to reach around 5.7%.

Australia: Household battery storage to be economically attractive by 2020

The value of adding solar with storage in Australia will vary from household to household, and state to state

Battery storage could be just five years away from being an economic no-brainer for some Australian solar households, according to a new report which predicts grid-connected battery storage will be economically attractive for...

UK solar and energy storage: Market enters new phase

UK rooftop (Solarcentury)

The British Photovoltaic Association has published a new report detailing the transition to a new kind of residential PV market. What role is energy storage playing in it?

California utilities agency increases efficiency with new storage system

Chino Hills, California

The advanced energy storage system will optimize renewable energy generation at its water management facilities, providing "an added layer of protection" against power outages and make it easier to share renewable resources.

German storage subsidy program to expire in 2016

Battery storage.

Despite the recommendation of Germany’s scientific advisory, the Federal Ministry of Economics will wind up the KfW-storage subsidy program, for battery storage coupled with small PV arrays, at the end of this year. The Federal...

Tesla Energy to begin production at Gigafactory in Q4

Tesla Powerwall and Model S.

Tesla Energy has brought forward plans to begin producing its Powerwall and Powerpack products at its Nevada Gigafactory to this quarter, in a move that will push back the delivery of some products to Q1 2016. Plans to commence...

Germany: 13 MWh "second use" battery storage project

A lithium ion battery.

In what is claimed to be the world’s largest re-use of batteries originally purposed for e-mobility, a 13 MWh system has been installed at a recycling facility in the German town of Lünen. The "second use" project has been...

Germany: 150 GW PV capacity viable with just 40 GW storage

Solar installation, Germany.

Study by Agora Energiewende finds Germany's electricity system can easily support four-times as much solar PV as currently installed, provided affordable battery storage of 40 GW is integrated into energy mix.

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