Large-scale solar blossoms in Africa

A number of international initiatives have helped large-scale solar gain a foothold in Africa. The question now is how the market for this segment will develop beyond these programmes and how much capacity grids will be able to support.

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Inside the Amsterdam ArenA, home to Europe’s largest stadium battery

Over the last thousand days, project partners from all walks of life in the energy sector have come together to deliver Europe’s largest commercial energy storage system using second life and new battery modules. Current± attended the launch at Amsterdam’s Johan Cruyff ArenA to find out what the project has to offer.

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Trojan Battery: In praise of lead acid for solar-plus-storage

Despite the growing interest and deployment figures for lithium-ion batteries for stationary energy storage, its ‘predecessor’ lead acid still has a strong role to play in enabling more and more people to go solar, a representative of Trojan Battery has argued.

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Lord Deben’s climate frustration and the need for ‘memorable energy’

Lord Deben cut a frustrated figure during the Committee on Climate Change’s progress report launch earlier this week. Liam Stoker looks at what’s caused a stark change in tone at the Committee of late.

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Intersolar overdrive: Energy storage at the Europe edition this week

This week the editorial teams of Solar Media’s international brands, PV Tech and Energy-Storage.news, will be among those travelling to Munich for the Intersolar Europe trade show, which once again includes the electrical energy storage Europe (ees Europe) event.

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Africa’s ‘largest’ battery storage project: Sterling and Wilson’s take

Close on heels of its recent announcement on forming a new global unit focused on the hybrid and energy storage market, Indian EPC Sterling and Wilson has won a captive solar-diesel-storage microgrid project in Africa. Energy-Storage.News caught up with Vish Iyer, global head of business development, strategy and marketing for the Hybrid and Energy Storage division at Sterling and Wilson, to find out more.

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Lead batteries: Still an essential energiser for a greener world

The huge increase in demand for safe and reliable batteries to store energy from renewable sources such as solar and wind heralds a new lease of life for advanced lead batteries, argues Dr Andy Bush of the International Lead Association.

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7GW outside solar parks: A chance for ‘classic’ Indian developers

India’s large-scale solar space, which has been dominated by Solar Parks in the last two years, now has standalone projects firmly back on the map with multi-Gigawatts of capacity up for grabs and a chance for higher risk-taking players.

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Flow in flux: Long duration batteries in fight to commercialise

It’s been predicted for some time that the redox flow energy storage space will, after some turmoil and rapid consolidation, find success in providing energy storage at durations of more than four hours. This past couple of weeks have been a tale of both turmoil and success.

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From ‘squishy batteries’ to pre-packaged systems – how the times are changing

ELM FieldSight has partnered with power conversion specialist Ideal Power on a number of microgrid and related projects, designing and supplying the control system that makes the system tick, balancing the different distributed energy sources plugged into it. Vice president of operations Jason Petermeier shared his thoughts on recent projects, not-so-recent projects and where microgrids are heading.

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Flexible multiport power conversion systems deliver resilient hybrid microgrids

Islands are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of natural disasters such as hurricanes. John Merritt of Ideal Power looks at some of the emerging solutions to building more resilient energy systems through the deployment of microgrids that combine multiple energy generation and storage technologies.

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