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Britain’s sky high power prices: how could batteries capitalise on the volatility?

Britain’s sky high power prices: how could batteries capitalise on the volatility?

Following a dramatic start to the year, Energy-Storage.news takes a look at what is driving price volatility in Britain and what battery energy storage could do about it.
Solar project design and the age of the large-format module

Solar project design and the age of the large-format module

The introduction of large-format modules promises to pose both benefits and challenges to developers. Christopher West, head of central engineering at Solarcentury, explores the many considerations PV designers must bear in mind now large-area modules are on the market.
Ticking along: How the SEG has faired in its first year

Ticking along: How the SEG has faired in its first year

As the Smart Export Guarantee turns a year old, Solar Power Portal takes a look back at how it came to be and what the last year has been like under the scheme.
Merchant risk in energy storage project financing makes compelling case for traditional players

Merchant risk in energy storage project financing makes compelling case for traditional players

At first glance, renewable power generation has created, in the eyes of traditional industries, an investment nirvana. By understanding how these better-capitalised companies view renewables’ merchant risk, we can identify where future energy storage projects should seek finance partners, says Charles Less, a partner at Apricum - The Cleantech Advisory.
Capacity expansions: Two tales at two different scales

Capacity expansions: Two tales at two different scales

Following on from our recent piece on what is driving the largest ever wave of manufacturing capacity expansion announcements in the PV industry, a few real-world examples may shine further light on this topic.
Embracing a ‘DIY ethos’: A look at Wales’s first solar PV Co-op Egni

Embracing a ‘DIY ethos’: A look at Wales’s first solar PV Co-op Egni

Solar Power Portal caught up with Egni Co-op's Rosie Gillam to discuss the benefits and challenges of co-ops, and the power of a 'DIY ethos'.
How do you solve a problem like the grid?

How do you solve a problem like the grid?

As the proliferation of grid-scale renewables accelerates, capacity on national grids is diminishing just as quickly, leading to harder to find and ever-costlier connection agreements. Liam Stoker assesses some of the alternative options grid operators are exploring to extortionate grid upgrades.
2020 tested our resilience but not our resolve

2020 tested our resilience but not our resolve

The Solar Trade Associations Jonathan Selwyn takes a look at solar in 2020, the challenges but also the resilience and the optimism going into 2021.
What the fire service wants you to know about your battery

What the fire service wants you to know about your battery

Tom Bensen, Nick Warner, Ryan Franks and Michael Bowes from energy storage and fire safety expert group Energy Safety Response Group (formerly Energy Storage Response Group) discuss some of the most important aspects of creating a safe battery storage industry.
What is driving the mass wave of solar manufacturers capacity expansions?

What is driving the mass wave of solar manufacturers capacity expansions?

The China-based PV manufacturing industry has been in a massive capacity expansion phase since 2019. This intensified in the first quarter of 2020 but had eased off through the year, but the cumulative figures are draw dropping, which has led to real fears of overcapacity in 2021.
Aiko Solar aims to tap into European R&D, one step at a time

Aiko Solar aims to tap into European R&D, one step at a time

One of the largest merchant solar cell producers in the world, Aiko Solar has now established a base in Europe, with the intention of accessing the best of the R&D activities the region can provide. PV Tech speaks to Dr Christian Peter, managing director at Solarlab Aiko Lab Europe, to determine the direction of that European facility.
Georgia run-off sweep clears path for a Biden-led solar boon

Georgia run-off sweep clears path for a Biden-led solar boon

In clinching control of the Senate, the Biden administration can now unleash green policies unobstructed. Liam Stoker looks at what the solar industry has requested, what’s been delivered and what may still prove a stretch too far