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ENGIE solar-storage park for South Africa

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

ENGIE has started commercial operations of its 100MW Kathu Solar Park (KSP) to “provide clean and reliable energy to 179,000 homes” in South Africa.

KSP is a greenfield concentrated solar power project with “parabolic trough technology” and equipped with “a molten salt storage system that allows for 4.5 hours of thermal energy storage”.

The project has been realised under round 3.5 of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement (REIPPP) programme, a competitive tender process launched “to facilitate private sector investment in renewable energy generation”.

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US West Coast project combines storage with solar, wind

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

Portland General Electric (PGE) and NextEra Energy Resources are planning to construct a new energy project in Eastern Oregon, described as the “nation’s first major energy facility co-locating wind, solar and battery storage”.

The Wheatridge Renewable Energy project will combine 300MW of wind generation, 50MW of solar, and 30 MW of battery storage, which will be the largest storage facility in the state of Oregon.

The wind generation will come from 120 wind turbines, manufactured by GE Renewable Energy. “The specific equipment to be used at the associated solar farm and battery storage facility is still to be determined, the project partners said.

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Tesla adds battery storage to Gannawarra solar farm

Mon, 11/26/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
Tesla battery system at Gannawarra Solar Farm

A 25MW/50MWh Tesla lithium-ion battery pack has entered service at the 60MW Gannawarra solar PV farm to create the first integrated solar and storage project in the state of Victoria, and the largest in Australia.

The Gannawarra battery— which was developed by Australian renewables company Edify Energy— is capable of powering more than 16,000 homes through two hours of peak demand. EnergyAustralia will operate the combined solar farm and battery facility.

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Australia trials shared home battery storage

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
Tesla PowerBank

In a “first” for Australia, a 105kW/420kWh Tesla PowerBank will be installed to provide 52 homes with shared access to energy storage for a 24-month trial.

The 52 shares of the community battery in Mandurah, Western Australia— which will be jointly owned and operated by Western Power and Synergy— sold in less than two weeks.

Each of the customers will be allocated a maximum of 8kWh of virtual storage— at the cost of AUD1 (US$0.72) per day— which they will use to store energy from solar panels during the day, and drawn down the power to avoid evening peak charge periods.

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ADB loan for combined energy storage in Mongolia

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
ADB Country Director for Mongolia Ms. Yolanda Fernandez Lommen (seated, left) with Minister of Finance Mr. Khurelbaatar Chimed (seated, right) during the signing of the projects

The Mongolian government has signed loan agreements with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) worth a total of US$85.6 million, part of which will be used to deploy batteries in developing the country’s first distributed renewable energy system.

The $40m ADB renewable energy loan will be supplemented by $14.6m from the Strategic Climate Fund and $6m from the Japan Fund for the Joint Crediting Mechanism; Mongolia’s government will contribute $5.6m to the project.

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Missouri campus tests advanced lead microgrids

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
EcoHouse in MUST EcoVillage

Missouri University of Science and Technology (MUST) has installed two new advanced lead battery microgrid systems at its campus EcoVillage, to test advancements in lead battery energy storage for use as a renewable resource in communities of the future.

The microgrids will supply two student-occupied homes in the EcoVillage— a ‘living laboratory’ of homes designed and created by Must students who competed in the US Department of Energy’s biennial Solar Decathlon—with stored electricity from the systems, which run off charging algorithms from a 24-hour, cloud-based control system.

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Eskom launches pilot solar-BESS project in South Africa Primary tabs

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd
Eskom plans wider rural electrification

South African power utility Eskom has launched a pilot solar-powered microgrid project with lithium-ion battery energy storage system in the country’s Free State province.

The demonstration plant harnesses solar energy and converts it “to a peak of 32 kilowatts electrical energy via photovoltaic panels and power inverters”.

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Tesvolt supplies battery for solar facility on BEST’s doorstep

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

German battery manufacturer Tesvolt has delivered a 4 megawatt storage system to a solar plant in West Sussex, UK, BEST Battery Briefing’s own home county.

The solar facility is on a 35-hectare former landfill site in the village of Westhampnett. Power generated at the 7.4MW solar park is sold on the electricity wholesale market; the 4.4MW lithium-ion battery will generate additional income from price arbitrage, frequency services, and triad management, by which stored power will be retained and then sold during one of the three daily periods of peak demand.

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BYD initiates energy storage in Poland

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

Chinese batteries and automotive manufacturer, BYD, has started operating its first energy storage project in the Polish market— a system that it was “actively invited” to supply.

The 1.26 megawatt / 2.52 megawatt-hour lithium-ion system, operated in partnership with Polish firm ML Systems, will be coupled with a 1MW solar PV power plant— also produced and sold by Shenzhen-based BYD— to enable peak shaving and to create a more balanced network.

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10MW battery boost for Czech solar firm

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 09:27 -- Xuan Zhong
10MW battery boost for Czech solar firm

Czech solar PV company the Solar Global group is to build a 10MWh battery storage facility in the southeast of the country.

Solar Global founder Vitezslav Skopal said the facility, to be built in Ochoz, “will become the largest in Central and Eastern Europe”.

 

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