Energy Storage

Indonesia’s 1.2 MW community-owned off-grid PV: model for the future?

A 1.2 MW hybrid plant is currently under development in a remote area of Indonesia aiming to provide 24-hours access to electricity for about 400 households in three villages. The project will be owned by the local community, offering a model for the development of solar PV in the country.

Germany to host two more battery factories

Daimler is planning to build its second storage system manufacturing facility in Saxony, while Terra E Holding is planning a huge lithium-ion battery cell factory at an undisclosed location in Germany.

Africa: solar power and Indian bilateral trade key routes to prosperity, says AfDB president

African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina tells the media ahead of the bank’s Annual Meetings forum that Africa-India bilateral trade will reach $100bn by 2018, with solar power playing a prominent role in closer cooperation and boosting economic opportunities.

Itochu launches residential lithium-ion battery in Japan

The Japanese trading firm has started selling its new Smart Star L lithium-ion storage battery system for the Japanese residential PV market. It has designed the system in cooperation with Yokohama-based manufacturer NF Corp.

ABB unveils suite of new solar inverters as part of pivot towards greater digitalization

The Swiss-headquartered power electronics company is to introduce new 100 kw and 120 kW three-phase string inverters for the C&I and large-scale markets, the new 60 kW TRIO TM and a new addition to its residential UNO-DM-PLUS range.

Mercedez Benz enters U.S. battery market with Vivint partnership

The German manufacturer, in partnership with the No. 2 residential solar installer in the United States, will bring customizable home energy storage systems to the United States.

Belgium: researchers say solar-plus-storage is far from becoming economically viable

According to a scientific paper from the Université libre de Bruxelles, even a further reduction in storage prices may not be sufficient to make solar-plus-storage attractive in the Belgian market.

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Wärtsilä takes over U.S. storage specialist Greensmith

The Helsinki-based company has taken a step further in strengthening its position as a global energy systems integrator. Greensmith´s software is used in Wärtsilä´s new hybrid power plants.

Ten energy majors back global blockchain initiative

Ten energy companies from nine nations have joined forces to provide $2.5 million support for the Energy Web Foundation (EWF), a global non-profit organization focused on accelerating blockchain technology across the energy sector.

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Italy opens ancillary services market to pilot renewable energy and storage projects

The project is the initial stage of an organic reform of the Italian ancillary services market, which is expected to be implemented in accordance with the European balancing code.