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Molten salt ‘heating up storage market’— IEA

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 09:42 -- Xuan Zhong
Molten salt ‘heating up storage market’— IEA

Molten salt is “becoming the standard” for energy storage systems coupled with solar power in new markets, according to a study by the International Energy Agency (IEA).

The IEA’s ‘Renewables 2017’ market report, released on 4 October, said solar and wind together will represent more than 80% of global renewable capacity growth in the next five years.

 

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BESS booster for Los Angeles utility

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 09:46 -- News Editor
BESS booster for Los Angeles utility

Doosan GridTech is building a 20MW lithium-ion battery storage system in the Mojave Desert for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP).

Doosan has been awarded the contract for the $19.2 million project at the utility’s Beacon Solar Plant (pictured). The batteries are set to manage 600MW of solar power and 135MW of wind power generated by LADWP’s utility-scale renewable projects.

 

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‘Home batteries aren’t economical’

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 11:01 -- Xuan Zhong
‘Home batteries aren’t economical’

US newspaper The Wall Street Journal has given energy-conscious consumers – and the battery industry – a reality check.

A report by Robin Sidel says “home batteries aren't economical – yet” and “the benefits are minimal in most areas”.

 
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Sonnenbatterie targets worldwide market with LiFePO4 system

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 14:30 -- Paul Crompton
Sonnenbatterie targets worldwide market with its LiFePO4 system

German lithium storage company Sonnenbatterie’s ees award nominated LiFePO4 storage system aims to provide more affordable solar power to homeowners.

The company’s new Sonnenbatterie eco is available in 4kWh – 16Wh rated capacities in 2kWh increments, and come in both wall and floor-mounted varieties.

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Canadian Solar to provide 4MW energy storage for Ontario grid

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 15:06 -- Laura Varriale
Canadian Solar Solutions

Solar company Canadian Solar Solutions (Canadian Solar) is to supply 4MW of lithium-ion energy storage to support the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) grid in Ontario, Canada.

The energy storage system is aimed to provide 2.76MWh reactive power, voltage support and bulk energy storage services to the IESO using stationary lithium battery technology. The Canadian solar specialist is contracted for maintenance and operation services for 36 months.

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Australian solar industry launches Energy Storage Council

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 16:15 -- Laura Varriale
John Grimes, CEO of Australia's Energy Storage Council and Solar Council

Australia’s solar industry has established the Energy Storage Council, an industry representative body for the country’s energy storage firms.

The council is aimed to bring companies together and promote standardisation across the energy storage industry, PV-Tech reports.

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Bredenoord reveals solar-based off-grid power plant

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 10:41 -- Laura Varriale
Solar-based power plant

Dutch power rental company Bredenoord has launched a power plant for off-grid solar-based systems.

The off-grid plant provides stand-alone energy, varying from 3kW to 3MW. The plant links a solar installation to a generator, which adds power in case of lower energy input.

The system is aiming to save fuel due to the combination of solar energy and a generator. “Tests prove that the reliability of the ‘power plant’ remains guaranteed, while at the same time it results in fuel savings up to 40%, when compared to the use of only generators”, claimed Franz Hullegie, manager Export and Development at Bredenoord.

Bredenoord stated the system is intended for sites outside of Europe with a demand for autonomous plants with no connection to the grid.

The company has tested the PV-plant on the roof at its headquarters in Apeldoorn, with 162 solar panels with a combined power of 40kWp. "Each practical situation is different”, said Hullegie and adds that the tests were performed with various different technologies and combinations: “In this way we can tune each Off-grid solar-based power plant in such a way that it best fits the situation and needs of the client.”

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