Germany

Hamburg citizens vote to buy back their energy grid, as factors other than the Energiewende energy policy impact on energy storage in Germany.

The future of German energy storage

Germany is awash with electricity, yet customer bills remain high. And the chief reason is unprecedented subsidies of over €20bn in feed-in tariffs (FITs) for renewables paid every year. Meanwhile, the country has pledged to…



Amory B. Lovins defends Germany's Energiewende. Photo credit: Rudolf Simon

Germany’s Energiewende defended

A blog article by Rocky Mountain Institute chief scientist Amory B Lovins paints a rosy picture for energy storage by defending the record of Germany’s ‘Energiewende’ strategy for incorporating large-scale renewable power generation. Lovins contends…


Featuring Saft li-ion batteries, the Bosch BPT-S 5 Hybrid is aimed at Germany's residential PV sector

Bosch eyes PV energy storage

All this recent talk of integrated solar and battery energy storage has got a lot of people thinking of market opportunities. Take German manufacturer Bosch, for example, which is now targeting its snapily-titled BPT-S 5…


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Energy storage a victim of FiTs

Germans are getting paid too little to store energy and too much to put it into the grid, says a top German scientist. Speaking to the BBC, Dr Michael Specht said that energy storers are being unfairly…