Renewable energy self-consumption leads list of long-duration applications

Renewable energy self-consumption has emerged as the top application for long-duration energy storage. Pic: nicomeo/Pixabay.com.

Renewable energy self-consumption has emerged as the top application for long-duration energy storage. Pic: nicomeo/Pixabay.com.

By Jason Deign

Renewable energy self-consumption is seen as the most promising application for long-duration storage, said a reportpublished last week by flow battery maker ESS Inc.
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Why the energy storage industry needs to get over ‘lithium-ion for everything’

Craig Evans of ESS Inc. Pic: ESS/Youtube.

Craig Evans of ESS Inc. Pic: ESS/Youtube.

By Craig E. Evans, President and CEO, ESS Inc

Energy storage had a big year in 2017. We saw it being proposed to power a city the size of Berlin and we saw it being added to critical microgrids in places such as Puerto Rico.
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Why it could be dangerous to pin ‘100% renewable’ badges on microgrid projects

Porto Santo, one of the most recent islands to have announced a battery-based microgrid project. Pic: Animam.photography.

Porto Santo, one of the most recent islands to have announced a battery-based microgrid project. Pic: Animam.photography.

By Jason Deign

Could microgrid developers risk a backlash by over-claiming the extent to which projects can cut fossil-fuel use? That was the question posed to viewers of a webinar on battery storage for microgrids and islands this month.
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Batteries for rent and other headlines from Düsseldorf’s Energy Storage Europe

This year's Energy Storage Europe has been packed with announcements (photo from last year, courtesy of Messe Düsseldorf/ctillmann).

This year’s Energy Storage Europe has been packed with announcements (photo from last year, courtesy of Messe Düsseldorf/ctillmann).

By Jason Deign

Younicos, the battery system developer bought by Aggreko last year, launched an energy storage rental service on the first day of Energy Storage Europe yesterday.
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Electric or hydrogen-based vehicles? Why not have both alongside each other?

The eye-catching all-electric Tesla might look great for commuting but hydrogen cars could be better for longer drives, H-Tec says.

The eye-catching all-electric Tesla might look great for commuting but hydrogen cars could be better for longer drives, H-Tec says.

By Jason Deign

The debate over whether we should drive battery or hydrogen-based cars has an easy answer, according to Heinrich Gärtner of German hydrogen electrolyser firm H-Tec Systems. We should drive both, he said.
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