Solar Energy Storage and Battery News

Exploring the Factors Behind the Residential Battery Surge
On this week’s Interchange podcast: how residential batteries differ from other forms of distributed energy.
Oct 10, 2019 // Storage, California, USA, storage, Hawaii, North America, Shayle Kann, Julian Spector
Dubai’s 900 MW solar tender sees lowest bid of $0.0169/kWh
The offer was apparently submitted by Saudi energy giant ACWA Power, which refused to confirm the bid when asked by pv magazine. The second lowest bid – $0.0175/kWh – was reportedly submitted by a consortium formed by Emirati developer Masdar, French utility EDF and Chinese PV panel maker JinkoSolar.
Oct 10, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Markets & Finance News, Storage, Solar to Fuel, Dewa, Masdar, tender, JinkoSolar, Dubai, Solar to Fuel, Solar to Hydrogen, Producing Hydrogen, Hydrogen from renewable, Renewable fuels
Calcium batteries cool down with new electrolyte
Scientists at Germany’s Karlsruhe Institute of Technology have developed a new class of electrolytes they say could bring calcium batteries – currently only a lab technology – a step closer to being a practical reality for energy storage.
Oct 10, 2019 // Technology, Storage, storage, Germany, Europe, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Zhenyou Li, Maximilian Fichtner, CELEST, Calcium batteries
ConFlow wraps up acquisition of AI-powered battery testing technology
The company launched a solid-state battery in August it claimed could recharge itself to some degree from electrons in the air. Now ConFlow is preparing to test its devices with the help of artificial intelligence-powered monitoring devices in the new year.
Oct 10, 2019 // Storage, storage, TESLA, UK, Europe, ConFlow
Lithium dreams: The surreal landscapes where batteries are born
Batteries that power our smartphones need lithium – an increasingly precious resource. Could Bolivia supply the world?
Oct 9, 2019 // Storage, USA, Germany, Chile, South america, Europe, lithium, North America, Bolivia, Salar de Uyuni, Stephen Kesler, Tesla Motors, LITCO, Marco Antonio Limachi, COMIBOL, Evo Morales
‘They created a rechargeable world’
American John B. Goodenough, Brit Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino, from Japan, have received the Nobel Prize for Chemistry for developing the lithium-ion battery. A statement from the Royal Academy of Sciences of Sweden said the invention “laid the foundations of a society without wires and fossil fuels, and [they] are of great benefit to humanity”.
Oct 9, 2019 // Technology, Storage, USA, Japan, Lithium-ion batteries, Germany, UK, Europe, Asia, North America, John B. Goodenough, Brit Stanley Whittingham, Akira Yoshino, Nobel Prize
Do lead batteries have a role in the clean energy transition?
The Consortium for Battery Innovation has outlined research goals for advanced lead-based battery concepts, claiming the potential of the technology is “nowhere near fully exploited”. The group, comprised of lead-battery industry stakeholders, says such devices can play an important role alongside lithium-ion and other storage technologies in electric vehicles, renewable energy storage and other applications.
Oct 9, 2019 // Technology, Storage, storage, Consortium for Battery Innovation, Alistair Davidson
The sun shines only at night
Engie has been selected to supply a solar power plant in Guam with 50 MWdc of generation capacity and approximately 300 MWh of storage – with the express purpose to deliver 100% of the electricity after sunset.
Oct 9, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Storage, USA, storage, Engie, North America, guam, Samsung SDI
Engie wins 50MWp/300MWh solar-plus-storage duo on Guam
Engie has been hired by Guam’s state electricity utility to build two solar-plus-storage plants with a combined capacity of 50MWp/300MWh on the Micronesian island.
Oct 8, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Storage, Grids, USA, storage, Engie, auctions, solar-plus-storage, Oceania, North America, tenders, Micronesia, guam, guam power authority, Carlalberto Guglielminotti
Embrace clean energy or risk US$71bn in stranded coal assets, Japan told
Japan risks saddling its citizens with an inefficient, economically obsolete power fleet if it doesn’t rethink its current plans for a large-scale roll-out of new coal, experts have warned.
Oct 8, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, Storage, Japan, SunPower, utility-scale PV, Asia, coal phase-out, total solar, thinktank, carbon tracker, japan solar
Coal costs see PacifiCorp turn to major solar-plus-storage build-out
PacifiCorp has formalised a long-anticipated shift from coal to solar, wind and battery storage, setting ambitious targets underpinned by a belief in clean energy’s sound economics.
Oct 7, 2019 // Storage, USA, Virginia, pv power plants, utilities, Dominion Energy, solar-plus-storage, BESS, North America, PacifiCorp, Rick Link, Chad Teply, coal phase-out
An oasis of PV
A new study shows that solar may help reduce water pumping costs in a desert oasis of Mauritania by more than 300%, while also considerably reducing water losses. The researchers claim that PV water pumping may also help prevent the desertification of these areas.
Oct 7, 2019 // Technology, Storage, storage, Africa, thin-film PV, Mauritania, PV water pumping systems, Sahara Desert
Ireland allocates 110 MW in large scale storage auction
Originally intended to commission 140 MW of storage, the tender drew three winning projects: a 50 MW system and two 30 MW facilities. Eirgrid has estimated the total value of the contracts at around €6 million per year.
Oct 4, 2019 // Storage, Grids, Ireland, Europe, auction, Eirgrid Group
Corsica hosts 5 MW/7.5 MWh solar plant with Tesla batteries
The project is in Giuncaggio, in the northeastern part of the French island, and was built with Tesla Powerpack batteries, a Nidec power management system and a new power management device from the project’s developer Corsica Sole.
Oct 4, 2019 // Plants, Storage, TESLA, France, SunPower, Europe, Corsica, Nidec, Anthony Bonello
Australia’s Horizon to replace overhead network with solar and batteries
A recent project milestone saw the disconnection of properties from overhead lines and will enable 64km of poles and wires to be replaced by off-grid solar-plus-battery solutions.
Oct 4, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Residential, Storage, Australia, Oceania, aemc, Horizon, Stephanie Unwin