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Blockchain in action: stabilising the grid in Germany and the Netherlands

Blockchain in action: stabilising the grid in Germany and the Netherlands

Case study: Blockchain technology is being put to the test in northern Europe, writes Jean-Baptiste Cornefert of Sonnen.
Look beyond the hype: to really disrupt the energy world, we need a Yin to blockchain’s Yang, Pt 2.

Look beyond the hype: to really disrupt the energy world, we need a Yin to blockchain’s Yang, Pt 2.

Carsten Reincke-Collon of Younicos continues his look at the potential - and limitations - of using blockchain in the energy system. This second part covers how energy storage and storage management software could be the key to the 'puzzle'.
The state of medium voltage DC architectures for utility-scale PV

The state of medium voltage DC architectures for utility-scale PV

What’s happened since First Solar indefinitely postponed an MVDC transition?
PV capex to exceed US$10 billion in 2018, with 25% growth forecast

PV capex to exceed US$10 billion in 2018, with 25% growth forecast

PV capital expenditure (capex) in 2018, covering investments into ingot, wafer, cell and module capacity, will grow by almost 25% compared to 2017, passing through the US$10 billion mark, returning to levels seen back in 2010 and 2011 when investments in turn-key thin-film fabs were a key contributor.
A Better FiT - Two years on from UK Solar’s ground zero

A Better FiT - Two years on from UK Solar’s ground zero

Two years ago the government’s new feed-in tariff regime came into force, starting an immensely difficult period for the solar industry. Deployment has fallen by nearly 80%, and thousands of jobs have been lost. This is the inside track of how it happened.
Look beyond the hype: to really disrupt the energy world, we need a Yin to blockchain’s Yang

Look beyond the hype: to really disrupt the energy world, we need a Yin to blockchain’s Yang

Blockchain technology is being touted as the next big step forward in the digitalisation of the energy system. But storage and storage management software are the critical pieces of the puzzle needed to maximise its potential, writes Carsten Reincke-Collon of Younicos.
Distributed energy technologies challenge conventional thinking around grid planning, Part 2.

Distributed energy technologies challenge conventional thinking around grid planning, Part 2.

In part 2 of a technical paper first published in PV Tech Power Vol.13, Alex Eller of Navigant Research continues his look at how one of the most significant expenses for electric utilities, maintaining and upgrading transmission and distribution (T&D) networks, could be undercut using non-wires alternatives - including energy storage.
Asset life optimisation through asset management

Asset life optimisation through asset management

EA Technology’s Andrew McHarrie discusses some of the key themes affecting asset management and how to optimise your asset life expectancy.
Is First Solar behind 1GW solar plant planned for Nevada?

Is First Solar behind 1GW solar plant planned for Nevada?

A day after First Solar and SunPower agreed the sale of its JV yieldco to asset management firm Capital Dynamics, has announce plans to build a 1GW PV power plant in Nevada using US made solar modules for clients such as technology infrastructure, Switch.
Will the UK seize opportunities for green energy in 2018?

Will the UK seize opportunities for green energy in 2018?

Writing for Clean Energy News, Louis Shaffer, distributed energy segment manager at Eaton EMEA, considers two key developments in store for the UK’s renewable energy industry this year.
Distributed energy technologies challenge conventional thinking around grid planning

Distributed energy technologies challenge conventional thinking around grid planning

Innovations in new distributed energy technologies are challenging conventional thinking around the most effective ways to serve electricity customers and utilise grid infrastructure. Alex Eller of Navigant Research looks at how one of the most significant expenses for electric utilities, maintaining and upgrading transmission and distribution (T&D) networks could be undercut using non-wires alternatives - including energy storage.
Jigar Shah: On green money and the freedom to invest, Part 2.

Jigar Shah: On green money and the freedom to invest, Part 2.

We continue with the second part of our feature interview with clean energy entrepreneur and financier Jigar Shah of Generate Capital. We've just left off discussing the risk profile of various investors and how the industry is gradually drawing attention from more traditional sources of capital, from the early adopter-venture capital mentality we have seen to date.