S&C uses lead acid batteries and solar to power Zambian schools

S&C Electric Europe has used locally-sourced lead acid batteries combined with 80W solar panels to provide electricity for two primary schools in Zambia.

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Microgrid firm Powerhive becomes Kenya’s first private utility

Microgrid developer Powerhive has become the first private utility in Kenya after being granted a licence to sell electricity to the public.

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France launches 50MW tender to install solar-plus-storage on overseas territories

France’s government has launched a tender for 50MW of projects combining solar power with energy storage systems on Corsica and its overseas islands territories.

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Leclanché and Younicos partner to bring Portuguese island to 65% renewables integration

An energy storage project aimed at enabling the grid integration of 1MW of solar and 4.5MW of wind on the Portuguese island of Graciosa will be supplied with batteries by Leclanché.

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Qatar oilfield gets large-scale energy storage to ensure continuous operations

Solar power systems serving an oilfield in Qatar will be fitted with utility-scale energy storage batteries, helping to ensure the continuity of operations at 775 oil wells.

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Mining giant Glencore receives Li-ion storage system to replace diesel at Quebec mine

Mining giant Glencore has taken delivery of a lithium-ion energy storage system at a nickel mining complex in Canada, to be used to lower diesel costs and integrate power from wind turbines.

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24/7 solar-plus-pumped storage plant could join Chile’s rapidly growing renewable efforts

Chilean authorities have received plans for an ambitious 600MW PV plant project which could be connected to a 300MW pumped hydro energy storage plant, from developer Valhalla Energy.

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Hybrid London buses to test wireless electric charging

Transport for London has announced it is to trial wireless charging technology on its hybrid diesel-electric buses.

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Hybrid London buses to test wireless electric charging

Transport for London has announced it is to trial wireless charging technology on its hybrid diesel-electric buses.

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Diesel dependent Bolivian city gets ‘world’s largest’ solar-diesel hybrid plant wi

A city in Bolivia which is currently powered entirely by diesel generators will be the home of a 5MW solar-diesel hybrid power plant fitted with battery storage, which inverter supplier SMA claims is the largest of its kind in the world.

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Sunpower CEO: Grid independence is naive

SunPower CEO Tom Werner says that the idea of solar power users combining their systems with battery storage to become fully independent of the grid is “naïve”, echoing the views of one of SolarCity’s founders.

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