In it for the duration – the International Flow Battery Forum

Anthony Price of consultancy Swanbarton previews the International Flow Battery Forum in Germany with a quick primer on the technology, its uses and some of the players attending the event.

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Global Solar Council launches leadership forum

The Global Solar Council (GSC) is progressing in leaps and bounds as the first unified international voice of the solar industry. This week, it announced its founding corporate members and the launch of the Global Council Leadership Forum.

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Energy storage in 2016: Where do we go now?

Many have predicted 2016 will be the year when energy storage starts to live up to its hype. Andy Colthorpe canvased views from some of the leading figures and companies in the sector on the next developments a market that could help take solar and other renewables to the next level.

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What on earth would we do without net metering?

For over a decade, net metering has been a crucial component of the economic puzzle for renewable energy, allowing both residential and commercial rooftop PV owners to realise favourable returns on their solar equipment investment. John Merritt of Ideal Power Conversion looks at some of the arguments and counter-arguments and says solar-plus-storage could be the natural successor to the policy – starting at commercial and industrial (C&I) level.

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Large-scale solar is dead. Long live large-scale solar!

First Solar’s Christopher Burghardt argues that reports of the death of large-scale solar in Europe are greatly exaggerated.

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Where micro-grids, emerging markets and flow batteries intersect

Energy storage could have a ‘highly critical’ role to play in emerging economies, Aloke Gupta of Imergy Power Systems says. Gupta, who was previously with California’s Public Utilities’ Commission, the state’s regulator, talks about the uses and applications of micro-grids, from his vantage point of view as a flow battery and storage system maker.

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Construction of Enel’s 254MW PV plant marks emergence of utility solar in Brazil

Brazil’s almost negligible solar deployment record is forecast to take off this year and the first movements on building Enel Green Power’s 254MW plant in Bahia are symbolic of this shift in Brazil’s utility-scale sector.

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India’s floods highlight need for improved grid resiliency through energy storage and microgri

Over two weeks at the beginning of December, unseasonal rains brought Chennai to a standstill. Rahul Walawalkar argues that energy storage-backed mircrogrids are an investment that would add resiliency of supply to extreme weather-affected areas as well as improving overall access to electricity.

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Hydrogen fuel cell mobility and grid-scale power-to-gas: ‘a modern fairytale’

The €32 million (US$36 million) Hydrogen Mobility Europe programme was launched today, with Germany, the UK, the Scandinavian countries and France signing up with the aim of expanding hydrogen refuelling station coverage across the continent. Andy Colthorpe speaks to one of the companies behind the project and power-to-gas energy expert Christopher Hebling of Fraunhofer ISE about this “modern fairytale” technology.

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Video: Flow battery maker Imergy Power Systems on international energy storage markets

Tom Tipple, regional VP for Imergy Power Systems, a flow battery maker headquartered in Fremont, California, recently visited the PV Tech Storage offices to share his thoughts on the global market for energy storage.

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Energy storage: Supporting IRENA’s 2030 vision for doubling global renewables

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is set to launch a technology roadmap for electricity storage at the solar industry conference and exhibition Intersolar Europe next month. IRENA technology roadmap analyst Ruud Kempener spoke to Andy Colthorpe about the project.

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