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Storage shows its worth in UK's first Enhanced Frequency Response auction

Kokam large scale storage.

A total of 1.4 GW of projects were put forward under the 200 MW tender, with energy storage projects taking positive steps forward, says Renewable Energy Agency.


'Second-life' EV batteries could drive low-cost storage sector, says BNEF report

Mercedes-Benz has already begun exploring ways to repurpose its used EV batteries for stationary storage projects.

According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, used electric vehicle batteries will amount to 29 GWh by 2025, with around one-third of that total viable for second life use as low-cost, stationary storage.


World-leading solar and battery storage project lures BHP

A world leading large-scale solar and battery storage project in north Queensland has drawn interest from the world’s biggest miner, BHP Billiton, which says it is looking at the technology for its remote and off-grid mine sites.


PPA generation certificates signed for DeGrussa solar+storage plant

DeGrussa Mine solar array in Western Australia.

Neoen and Origin Energy have signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) for large-scale generation certificates (LGCs) at Australia’s largest integrated off-grid solar and energy storage facility.


Lithium-ion battery test centre opens in Canberra, Australia

Canberra landscape.

The Canberra Institute of Technology has opened the new facility, backed by a A$450,000 ($344,525) grant from Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), to assess the potential for residential energy storage.


Grid-scale battery storage not yet 'panacea' for Australia renewables

Battery storage system for solar. Image by Solarpraxis.

A senior solar energy researcher from the University of Queensland has questioned the role of grid-scale battery storage as the "missing link" of Australia's shift to renewables, and suggested that much more research needs to be...


Solar empires: The pv magazine USA weekly news roundup

Today we bring you the first weekly collection of stories from the new pv magazine USA website.


Tesla: Gigafactory is "on schedule" to support 2017 Model 3 roll-out

Elon Musk gave scarce information on developments at the world's largest battery factory in Tesla's Q2 results.


USD 1 billion energy storage market in Germany by 2021

Battery storage system. Image by Solarpraxis' Andreas Schlegel.

A new report from GTM Research forecasts that the energy storage market in Germany will have an annual value exceeding USD1 billion by 2021, as a collection of factors feed the market’s growth within the country.


Panasonic simulator enables Dutch homeowners to see solar benefits

The “Simulate your Solar System” online platform will show the benefits of residential solar. Image by Panasonic.

Panasonic has launched its "Simulate your Solar System" online platform in Holland, which will enable homeowners to see just how much they can save from installing rooftop solar on their homes, at a time when residential solar is...


Mercom: Battery storage, smart grid VC investments double in Q2 2016

While there has been a downturn in solar funding, battery and smart grid investments had a very strong quarter.


World's biggest solar + storage projects planned for Australia

Solar plus storage system. Image courtesy of reneweconomy.com

Australian infrastructure investor Lyon Group says it plans to build the world's biggest solar plus storage project in South Australia in the next two years, and sees a huge future for combined solar and battery storage plants.


Harvard adds organic electrolyte to redox-flow batteries

Widener Library, Harvard University. Flickr image by Joseph Williams.

The research team from Harvard has taken a leaf out of nature’s book and has added an organic electrolyte, which was inspired by vitamin B2, to redox-flow batteries in an attempt to increase its energy storage capacity, as...


Solar plus storage system installed at wildlife conservancy in Kenya

A view from Loisaba Tented Camp. Image by Aquion Energy.

The off-grid microgrid has been installed at the Loisaba Conservancy by Aquion Energy and SolarAfrica and will be able to offset the conservancy’s diesel use by 95%, at a time when off-grid solar is making a charge in Africa.


Australia receives proposals for energy storage auction

Energy battery storage. Image pv magazine Mirco Sieg

The government of the Australian Capital Territory has received 17 proposals for its Next Generation energy storage auction, under which as much as AUD$2 million ($1.5 million) will be allocated and shared between five companies...


Toshiba to supply battery control systems for Japan's "virtual power plant"

BESS battery energy storage system Toshiba. Image Toshiba

Toshiba has agreed to supply Integrated control systems for 10kWh storage batteries that will be used in a “virtual power plant” pilot project in Japan.


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