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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Seven little-known companies looking to slash the cost of bulk energy storage

Energy storage on a shoestring? EnergySRS's is one of numerous ideas for cost-effective bulk storage. Pic: EnergySRS.

Energy storage on a shoestring? EnergySRS’s is one of numerous ideas for cost-effective bulk storage. Pic: EnergySRS.

By Jason Deign

Everyone is looking to cut the cost of energy storage. But when it comes to storing a lot of energy, say gigawatt-hours instead of megawatt hours, cutting the cost of battery manufacturing, for instance, probably won’t do the trick.
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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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