How PV-and-battery systems are being used to light up remote African villages

Africa GreenTec is planning to install solar-plus-storage containers across hundreds of villages in Mali and Niger. Pic: Africa GreenTec.

Africa GreenTec is planning to install solar-plus-storage containers across hundreds of villages in Mali and Niger. Pic: Africa GreenTec.

By Jason Deign

German start-up Africa GreenTec is ramping up production of containerised solar-plus-storage systems in a bid to meet rural electrification demand from hundreds of African villages.
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Liquid air energy storage firm Highview to announce EPC tie-up this quarter

A fully integrated LAES system that was commissioned in July 2011 and ran until the end of 2014. Highview hopes large-scale versions will be commercialised soon. Pic: Highview Power Storage.

A fully integrated LAES system that was commissioned in July 2011 and ran until the end of 2014. Highview hopes large-scale versions will be commercialised soon. Pic: Highview Power Storage.

By Jason Deign

Liquid-air energy storage (LAES) developer Highview Power Storage is preparing to announce a tie-up with a major engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor this quarter.
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ITM Power: “significant commercial progress” in latest half-year results

The European Marine Energy Centre, where ITM Power is helping deliver the world's first tidal-powered hydrogen. Photo: Colin Keldie, courtesy EMEC.

The European Marine Energy Centre, where ITM Power is helping deliver the world’s first tidal-powered hydrogen. Photo: Colin Keldie, courtesy EMEC.

By Jason Deign

Hydrogen polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) technology developer ITM Power announced “significant commercial progress” in half-yearly results unveiled this week.
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How value stacking could boost profits by “several millions of dollars a year”

GridSME's model can help solar firms make more cash from their plants. Pic: Cypress Creek Renewables.

GridSME’s model can help solar firms make more cash from their plants. Pic: Cypress Creek Renewables.

By Jason Deign

Stacking multiple energy storage applications could improve the profitability of assets by “several millions of dollars a year,” an expert has said.
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Energy storage’s skills gap: never mind the lithium, what about the talent?

Photo by Giu Vicente on Unsplash

The energy storage industry needs to focus on building a pool of human talent, says David Hunt of Hyperion Executive Search. Photo by Giu Vicente on Unsplash.

By David Hunt

Throughout my time in the clean energy sector there has always been talk of scarcity of supply. First it was silicon, then in the boom times of solar development it was solar PV modules themselves.
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What we will see in 2018: five energy storage predictions for the coming year

Lithium-ion, flow batteries, digital grids and the blockchain all make it onto our list of predictions this year. Photo by Riccardo Annandale on Unsplash.

Lithium-ion, flow batteries, digital grids and the blockchain all make it onto our list of predictions this year. Photo by Riccardo Annandale on Unsplash.

By Jason Deign

Last year was a whopper for energy storage. Global battery manufacturing capacity announcements topped 75GWh, while Tesla built the world’s largest-ever battery plant, within 100 days.
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Best of 2017: the five stories you have enjoyed the most in the last 12 months

Our most widely read website story of 2017 was that Eastman Kodak had signed up three customers for its Kodak Cell Assembly Center at Eastman Business Park in New York Pic: Tim Palmer‏ via Twitter (@TimPalmer).

Our most widely read website story of 2017 was that Eastman Kodak had signed up three customers for its Kodak Cell Assembly Center at Eastman Business Park in New York Pic: Tim Palmer‏ via Twitter (@TimPalmer).

By Jason Deign

The energy storage industry just keeps going from strength to strength. In 2017, the sector saw rapid progression to more and bigger projects, faster deployments, cheaper prices and greater market acceptance.
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Interest in using flow batteries for long-duration storage sees ESS raise $13m

Growing interest in flow batteries has helped ESS attract investment from backers including BASF. Pic: ESS.

Growing interest in flow batteries has helped ESS attract investment from backers including BASF. Pic: ESS.

By Jason Deign

ESS Inc, the Oregon, US-based flow battery manufacturer, this week announced USD$13m in new funding from investors including the global chemical industry leader BASF.
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