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US Energy Department report examines storage

The U.S. Department of Energy report identifies the challenges facing the widespread use of storage solutions, including cost, safety and industry acceptance.

Toshiba to install and operate PV systems on German apartment buildings

The electronics giant plans to sell solar power to residents at lower prices than utilities. Toshiba will initially install 3 MW serving 750 apartments with the aim of increasing capacity to more than 100 MW by 2016.

SolarCity storage solution guards against increasing US power outages

The company’s DemandLogic smart energy storage system has been designed to use stored energy during peak demand hours, while also providing backup during grid outages.

Hitachi to introduce 1 MW storage system

The company is aiming to meet growing demand for energy storage and stabilization solutions as power grids face increasing challenges in coping with ever more renewable energy. Tests are to start in the U.S. early next year.

Germany's requirements for a stable, renewables grid

Attendees at the 14th Forum Solarpraxis in Berlin have called for the role of renewables installations in stabilizing the electricity grid to be recognized. Grid representatives acknowledge possibilities but lament the lack of a political framework.

Storage: value in 'unloading grid'

The 8th International Renewable Energy Storage Conference (IRES) in Berlin has highlighted the potential of small battery solutions to increase stability and prevent surges of PV electricity.

Germany: SolarWorld drills further for lithium

The German state of Saxony has approved a request by SolarWorld to conduct six further test drillings into the lithium deposits in Zinnwald, a mountainous area near the Czech border.

Japan selects projects to develop large-scale storage batteries

The Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has announced the companies that will introduce large-scale storage batteries into electricity grid substations.

Developing better batteries

Researchers at Berkeley Lab have been awarded an R&D 100 Award for their work in developing PEFM, an adhesive that can be used as part of a battery’s anode.

Global market for residential PV storage expected to boom

Global installations of residential PV storage systems will grow to 2.5 GW by 2017, according to a new report by research group IHS, which finds that Germany’s energy storage subsidy has kickstarted the surge.

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