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Flex and flexibility

Flex and flexibility

Power markets are evolving and beginning to value flexibility ahead of generation. As the UK’s networks companies move to embrace flexible generation assets, Liam Stoker spoke to some of the country’s leading providers to identify the hurdles and solutions to a more flexible power grid.
Chinese PV players setting out on the journey abroad, part one

Chinese PV players setting out on the journey abroad, part one

PV Tech’s intrepid China reporter Carrie Xiao speaks to some of the leading Chinese PV firms about their journey into overseas markets, in particular those targeting opportunities in the so-called ‘Belt and Road’ countries that have attracted huge interest in recent years.
Batteries and the blackout: how energy storage saved the UK’s grid

Batteries and the blackout: how energy storage saved the UK’s grid

At 4:52pm on Friday 9 August 2019, the UK suffered its first wide-scale blackout in more than a decade. More than 1.1 million consumers were plunged into the dark as rail lines screeched to a halt, traffic lights failed and even airports reported problems. Liam Stoker looks at the root causes, and how battery storage came to the rescue.
VIDEO: UK energy storage providers, optimisers and financiers on the routes to market

VIDEO: UK energy storage providers, optimisers and financiers on the routes to market

Energy-Storage.news was delighted to be asked to moderate a session in which participants and pioneers of UK energy storage - and solar - gave their perspectives on everything from the right technologies and what they can do, how financiers view the market today, to how we can all join together to create a modern, clean and sustainable energy sector.
Problems with Spanish solar’s boom, bust and boom

Problems with Spanish solar’s boom, bust and boom

Red hot solar destination Spain is struggling to meet European target deadlines and hopes to maintain long-term vision.
Bankable and insurable energy storage: a necessary next step for renewable energy

Bankable and insurable energy storage: a necessary next step for renewable energy

The rapid acceleration in energy storage deployment expected over the coming years will require innovation in the quality and safety standards underpinning new battery and associated technologies. VDE’s Jan Geder looks at the technical work underway to ensure the coming storage boom has firm bankability and insurability foundations.
Is the IEA continuing to downplay global solar growth?

Is the IEA continuing to downplay global solar growth?

Historically, the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) global solar market forecasts have seriously downplayed actual annual installation figures and as such should come with a warning notice to that fact.
Rechargeable world: Nobel Prize recognises lithium’s role in a fossil fuel-free society

Rechargeable world: Nobel Prize recognises lithium’s role in a fossil fuel-free society

The Nobel Foundation recognised not only the role of lightweight, portable battery technology for mobile phones, laptops and latterly electric vehicles, but also that it “can also store significant amounts of energy from solar and wind power, making possible a fossil fuel-free society”.
Solar panel suppliers fixated on power gains, but is the industry really benefiting?

Solar panel suppliers fixated on power gains, but is the industry really benefiting?

Turn back the clock to 2012, and the PV sector had gone through an initial growth-related technology shake-out that can largely be seen today in c-Si technologies having 95% of market-share, and only one viable thin-film supplier (First Solar).
Case study: Using batteries to reduce the impact of grid maintenance

Case study: Using batteries to reduce the impact of grid maintenance

Batteries are increasingly widely used in grid balancing, but there are many more applications where a battery can play an important role. With electric grids requiring periodic maintenance, batteries can stand in for the grid during downtime in order to reduce the impact on industry and households, writes Dieter Castelein.
Powering up The Bush: rural Australia is a proving ground for innovative solar-plus-battery tech

Powering up The Bush: rural Australia is a proving ground for innovative solar-plus-battery tech

Distributed renewables and energy storage are now the cheapest form of baseload power and if Western Australia's remote areas can benefit from that, we can all benefit, argues David Martin, founder of energy trading platform provider Power Ledger.
PVEL highlights industry trends and challenges in module manufacturing and technology

PVEL highlights industry trends and challenges in module manufacturing and technology

The third PV ModuleTech conference takes place in Penang, Malaysia on 22-23 October 2019. One of the key companies participating in the PV ModuleTech event this year is PV Evolution Labs (PVEL). PVEL provides extended reliability and performance tests to evaluate PV modules for the downstream market and produces the annual PV Module Reliability Scorecard.