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South Australia-made silicon energy storage system "ready to close grid gap"

Image: Sam Pothecary

A South Australian company behind a silicon based thermal energy storage system has created and successfully tested a full prototype of its technology, which it says is ready for commercialisation after a decade is the making.


NEXTracker unveils tracker plus storage solution

The NX Fusion Plus comprises a 25 kWh vanadium flow battery from Avalon, an Ideal Power string inverter and the Nextracker NX Horizon tracker.

The first such product of its type, the NX Fusion Plus comprises a solar tracker, battery and inverter designed to increase energy output and performance duration of solar power plants.


Enphase offloads residential O&M arm to SunSystem Technology

Enphase AC Home Battery.

The U.S. microinverter specialist confirms that SunSystem Technology will act as the company's primary residential O&M service provider after selling its O&M field service division Next Phase Solar.


All-time high in US storage investment in Q3, finds GTM report

Daimler battery storage.

Disclosed venture funding and project finance of energy storage projects in the U.S. in the third quarter reached $660 million, although actual deployments contracted slightly, says GTM Research.


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...


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