Grids & Integration

Australia: Solar and storage startups pitch to investors, in first Clean Energy Innovators Demo Day

Seven PV and battery storage companies have pitched to investors at the first Clean Energy Innovators Demo Day in Sydney. The Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) organized the event and can also finance investments in early-stage companies through its Innovation Fund.

ARENA backs deX project to deliver open-source digital marketplace coupling distributed solar-plus-storage and grid services

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) is providing $450,000 (US$346,000) towards the Decentralized Energy Exchange (deX) project, which aims to produce an open-source software platform on which grid services can be provided and monetized by distributed battery storage. A combination of Australian utilities, research bodies, and startups are collaborating on the $930,200 ($715,000) deX project.

Report shows France will triple storage capacity by 2020

A new report from Clean Horizon points to several major developments in the French energy market, which point to the nation becoming Europe’s next big market for storage.

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Electric vehicle purchases rise by one-fifth in UK

New car registrations across Britain hit a 12-year high last month, with electric vehicles (EVs) accounting for 4.2% of that figure – a one-fifth increase on the previous month.

AES claims world’s largest battery storage system

The 30 MW lithium ion battery system is the third massive system to go online in Southern California this week, totaling 77.5 MW of capacity.

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Tesla inaugurates 20 MW / 80 MWh battery system in Southern California

The system is one of three that SCE has contracted to meet peak demand needs following its Aliso Canyon leak, as a new test for the abilities of energy storage.

Azuri to roll out PayGo Solar to 20,000 Nigerian households

The British provider of the pay-as-you-go off-grid solar system has commenced the installation of its home systems across Nigeria, with the aid of the country’s Niger Delta Power Holding Company.

Practical Action: solar enablers and award winners

The Practical Action non-governmental organisation (NGO) won a Zayed Future Energy Price last week at Abu Dhabi’s Sustainability Week for its work to reduce poverty. The NGO shares its experience of solar PV deployment in the developing world.

GreenSync secures $3.8 milllion from CEFC

The Clean Energy Finance Corp. (CEFC) will provide A$5 million (US$3.76 million) to help the grid-integration specialist expand its operations.

Solar provides 4.3% of Japan’s electricity during 2016

The latest data show solar taking an increasing role in Japan’s energy mix, however several provinces are nearing caps on PV capacity eligible for reimbursement for curtailed power.