A battery storage system is being installed off the coast of Brazil as part of an environmental R&D project to boost the use of solar power and reduce reliance on diesel.
NEC Energy Solutions (NEC ES) is supplying the lithium-ion distributed storage system for the project, which will be ready to launch from next month, to help preserve the natural environment of the Fernando de Noronha archipelago (pictured), off the country’s northeast coast.
Energy storage developer Anesco said it is on track to “quadruple its operational battery portfolio” in the UK by 2020.
Anesco said UK demand for battery storage is expected to see the firm add 380 megawatts of new capacity over the next three years.
Plans for a 120MW battery storage project in South Australia could be in doubt— with a pre-election loan for the scheme awarded by the outgoing state government possibly under review by the new administration.
Former state premier Jay Weatherill approved the AUD10 million loan for the project by Australia’s ZEN Energy— part of the GFG Alliance business empire of British billionaire Sanjeev Gupta (pictured)— hours before Weatherill’s Labor Party lost power on 17 March to the opposition Liberals.
South Australia has done a fresh batteries deal with Tesla— this time to provide the US firm’s Powerwall 2 units free to up to 50,000 homes to create the “world’s largest virtual power plant”.
The state government will provide one of the 13.5kWh lithium-ion batteries to each home as part of the solar-energy storage project.