Blog

Energy Storage Summit 2019: Exclusive Big Topic interviews in London

Energy Storage Summit 2019: Exclusive Big Topic interviews in London

Following February’s excellent Energy Storage Summit at London’s Victoria Park Plaza hotel and hosted by our publisher Solar Media, here’s a short series of videos posing some of the big questions around energy storage, renewables, climate change, business and the industry, and more.
Farewell FiTs: How people, and not just policy, drove UK solar

Farewell FiTs: How people, and not just policy, drove UK solar

Léonie Greene, director of advocacy and new markets at the Solar Trade Association, looks back at the some of the moments and people that have been critical to the solar industry under the feed-in tariff on the eve of the scheme’s closure.
Is SunPower finally breaking out?

Is SunPower finally breaking out?

US-headquartered high-efficiency solar panel manufacturer SunPower Corp recently held its ‘Capital Markets Day’ event that indicated a slow turnaround in its business fortunes would be a key development in 2019. A key challenge for a company that has undergone several major restructurings in recent years has been the lack of profitability.
Cryogenic, long-duration energy storage in a 100% clean energy future

Cryogenic, long-duration energy storage in a 100% clean energy future

A key missing piece in the clean energy puzzle is the question of how to provide baseload power in an electricity system dominated by intermittent renewables. Javier Cavada of Highview Power examines cryogenic long-duration storage as a possible solution.
How the feed-in tariff gave birth to UK Solar

How the feed-in tariff gave birth to UK Solar

As the UK's feed-in tariff scheme draws to a close, our sister site Solar Power Portal is running a series of articles looking impact it has had and the new opportunities emerging for the sector. Here Alice Grundy speaks to some of those there to witness the 'gold rush' created by the flawed subsidy programme.https://www.solarpowerportal.co.uk
Farewell FiTs: Ray Noble speaks FiTs and the future

Farewell FiTs: Ray Noble speaks FiTs and the future

SPP speaks to Ray Noble on the FiT, its past and the solar industry’s future as the scheme winds down for good.
Farewell FiTs: The end of the beginning

Farewell FiTs: The end of the beginning

Liam Stoker kicks off a fortnight-long series of content that will bid a fond farewell to the feed-in tariff as it enters its final throes.
After lithium… more lithium? Inside 24M’s semi-solid battery play

After lithium… more lithium? Inside 24M’s semi-solid battery play

24M, spun out of an MIT laboratory, claims its latest semi-solid battery ‘breakthrough’, Dual Electrolyte technology, heralds a new era to come for advanced lithium batteries. Andy Colthorpe spoke to some of the company’s leadership team to find out more.
Canadian Solar expanding module capacity to 11.2GW in 2019

Canadian Solar expanding module capacity to 11.2GW in 2019

‘Solar Module Super League’ (SMSL) member, Canadian Solar plans to expand PV module nameplate capacity by around 26% in 2019, despite the high-end of new shipment guidance increasing by 18%.
India starts review phase on technology-selection for multi-GW of new cell and module facilities

India starts review phase on technology-selection for multi-GW of new cell and module facilities

Following recent announcements from the government departments administering India’s solar PV growth ambitions, the country is now in the process of working out how to expand its domestic upstream manufacturing capacity, at a time when the PV industry is going through a period of rapid technology-change and supplier competition.
Big tech and new solutions at Energy Storage Europe 2019

Big tech and new solutions at Energy Storage Europe 2019

Walking around Energy Storage Europe this year it was obvious that the show, like the market, has grown from a small handful of “strong believers” as one source put it, to a forward-looking show focused on a ‘business-as-usual’ scenario.
Why O&M for energy storage is more complex than solar O&M

Why O&M for energy storage is more complex than solar O&M

Unlike the solar PV sector where there’s often an attitude of “let’s sell the project first and worry about O&M later,” storage projects must have services built in to the thinking and financial process from the beginning. With storage, a strong O&M plan and team become part and parcel of making and closing a strong productive deal, NEXTracker's Marty Rogers argues.