Solar Energy Storage and Battery News

NEC Energy Solutions partners with Stem for solar-plus-storage optimization
Stem, a provider of artificial intelligence (AI)-driven energy storage services, announced today that it is partnering with NEC Energy Solutions, headquartered in Westborough, Massachusetts, to simplify and optimize the deployment and operation of solar-plus-storage projects.
Nov 6, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Storage, USA, solar-plus-storage, North America, Stem, NEC Energy Solutions, Logan Goldie-Scot, Mark Triplett, Steve Fludder
Tata and Rockefeller launch India-focused clean energy microgrid unit
Two giants in financing and Indian power are collaborating on a clean energy microgrid operation they claim will deliver power to five million Indian households with 10,000 grids over the next decade.
Nov 5, 2019 // Plants, Residential, Markets & Finance News, Storage, Grids, India, Asia, maharashtra, Ashish Khanna, Microgrids, rockefeller foundation, tprel, tata power, Praveer Sinha, Rajiv J. Shah
Over a million tons of Li-ion batteries are expected to reach end of life by 2030
The recycling industry volume is expected to increase ten times by 2030, driven by vast battery usage in electric vehicles and portable electronic devices. Reusing of valuable materials is becoming a vital necessity. Scores of companies around the world are ready to give second life to the used lithium batteries.
Nov 5, 2019 // Storage, USA, storage, China, Asia, recycling, lithium, North America, Circular Energy Storage, Hans Eric Melin
A banner year for advancing non-battery storage
This has been a breakthrough year for non-battery storage, with key advances in pumped hydro, power-to-gas, and thermal storage technologies. Many industry players are moving beyond pilot projects to contracted projects, which could lead to increased scale and lower costs.
Nov 1, 2019 // Technology, Storage, Solar to Fuel, USA, Canada, Germany, Europe, North America, CRYOBattery, non-battery storage, Power-to-hydrogen, thermal storage, Ice Energy, Siemens Gamesa, Solar to Fuel, Solar to Hydrogen, Producing Hydrogen, Hydrogen from renewable, Renewable fuels, cryogenic energy storage, solar cryogenic storage
Turks and Caicos launches Clinton Foundation-backed energy strategy
The government of the Turks and Caicos Islands, utility FortisTCI and the non-profit Clinton Foundation inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Wednesday to kick off the initiatives in the country’s new energy transition strategy.
Nov 1, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, Storage, Grids, ENERGY STORAGE, utility-scale PV, Caribbean, fortistci, rocky mountain institute, clinton foundation
Scientists double down on hydrogen production
A team of scientists led by the University of Glasgow has discovered a more efficient method of splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen using electricity which it says could almost double the amount of hydrogen produced per millivolt.
Oct 31, 2019 // Technology, Storage, Solar to Fuel, Europe, Glasgow, Alexey Ganin, Solar to Fuel, Solar to Hydrogen, Producing Hydrogen, Hydrogen from renewable, Renewable fuels
Enphase: Demand for Solar-Battery Systems Could Soar After California Blackouts
Enphase’s current growth is based around its core solar microinverter business. But in discussing the company's Q3 earnings Tuesday, CEO Badri Kothandaraman focused on how Enphase's soon-to-launch integrated energy storage system could aid Californians facing the state’s unfolding wildfire and grid blackout emergency.
Oct 30, 2019 // Storage, USA, Sunrun, SolarEdge, North America, Enphase, Badri Kothandaraman
Kosovo preps 50 MW solar tender
The Balkan nation is planning a tender for 50 MW of utility scale solar capacity on a public-private partnership basis with help from the International Finance Corporation. The World Bank’s private finance arm is procuring a technical, environmental and social consulting firm to advise on the project.
Oct 30, 2019 // Markets & Finance News, Storage, tender, utility scale solar, Kosovo
PV to address water scarcity
The government of the Philippines will spend $500 million on solar-powered water supply and desalination in remote areas of Mindanao, the second-largest island in the archipelago. Elsewhere, a Finnish study has suggested drought-hit Iran could benefit from renewable-powered desalination.
Oct 30, 2019 // Technology, Plants, Markets & Finance News, Storage, Asia, Philippines, MinDA, Iran, Emmanuel Piñol, desalination plants
Australian battery company Solar SG in growth mode
To take Australian solar battery storage installation company Solar SG into its next growth phase, a new chairman and chief executive officer have been appointed.
Oct 29, 2019 // Storage, Australia, Oceania, Solar SG, Rod Woolley, Donna Freer
20 MW solar-plus-storage project tender at Zimbabwe gold mine
Canadian business Caledonia Mining Corporation plc wants to build a power plant at its Blanket mine near Gwanda, in southern Zimbabwe.
Oct 29, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, Storage, tender, solar-plus-storage, Africa, Zimbabwe, Caledonia Mining Corporation
Singapore ‘cannot rest on laurels’ with 2GW solar by 2030 goal - minister
Singapore has targeted 2GW of solar by 2030 and 200MW of energy storage beyond 2025, but will continue to rely on natural gas for the next 50 years, according to a government official.
Oct 29, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Storage, Grids, storage, Asia, Singapore, sorsea, targets, peak shaving, vertical solar, island, Chan Chun Sing
Nano-sizing solar panel scrap could create next-gen battery anodes
The uptake of solar power around the world is certainly a good thing for the planet, but that doesn’t mean it is without environmental consequence either. Some solar panel components are more easily recycled than others, and scientists in Australia may have just figured out how to repurpose one of the trickiest and most valuable: the silicon that serves as its semiconductor.
Oct 29, 2019 // Technology, Storage, Australia, solar panel, Oceania, battery anode, Deakin University, Mokhlesur Rahman, Ying Chen
Elon Musk offers discounted solar panels and batteries after California blackouts
Tesla is offering a discount on solar panels and batteries to people who are affected by wildfire power outages, Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted today. More than 2 million people across California have been affected by power outages since October 25th as utility companies try to prevent their power lines from sparking new blazes. A fire just north of San Francisco has already consumed more than 66,000 acres and is only 5 percent under control.
Oct 29, 2019 // Residential, Storage, Rooftop PV, California, USA, BATTERIES, TESLA, Elon Musk, Solar Panels, North America, Tim Hamor, Alternative Energy Systems
Is Eskom turning to solar?
The South African utility has issued a 20-strong tender for 50 kW solar inverters and mounting structures, to be used in four power plants. Although it is unclear whether the tender marks the energy company’s first step into solar energy, the procurement follows the recent publication of South Africa’s Integrated Resource Plan. Eskom is reportedly developing a renewables-linked large scale storage project which may explain the need for inverters.
Oct 28, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, Storage, Inverters, tender, Africa, Chris Ahlfeldt, Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd, K.W. Miller