Solar Energy Storage and Battery News

Solar to power 7MW ‘water battery’ at Aussie university
Energy use by air conditioning can be both expensive and taxing for the environment, with the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC), Queensland, Australia, set to trial a three-storey ‘water battery’ to reduce both energy demand and cost.
Sep 4, 2019 // Storage, Thermal, Australia, queensland, Oceania, thermal energy storage, air conditioning, water battery, cooling, USC
The Biggest Batteries Coming Soon to a Grid Near You
The 100-megawatt club is about to get a lot busier. Here are the world’s eight largest battery storage projects.
Sep 3, 2019 // Storage, California, USA, storage, TESLA, South Australia, North America, lithium-ion battery, AES, NextEra, Vistra
Africa’s ‘largest’ solar-plus-wind-plus-storage project unveiled
Japanese developer Eurus Energy and Australian-headquartered wind developer Windlab have signed a deal with Kenyan authorities to develop an 80MW solar-plus-wind-plus-storage facility in central Kenya.
Sep 2, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Storage, Grids, Windlab, solar-plus-wind-plus-storage, Africa, Eurus Energy
SEIA: US renewable purchase reform must not entrench utility dominance
The pressure building for the US to water down decades-old federal energy policy risks further tilting the scales in utilities’ favour, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).
Sep 1, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Storage, Policy, USA, SEIA, FERC, solar-plus-storage, Jimmy Carter, North America, Abigail Ross Hopper, NARUC
The weekend read: Chile taps ‘white gold’ for security of energy supply
Chile is home to a massive 10.3 million tons of lithium reserves, most of which is found in the Atacama Desert in the northern part of the country. With some of the highest solar irradiation levels on Earth, this region also boasts the perfect conditions for generating solar power. Developments in the photovoltaic market, alongside implementation of more efficient energy storage systems, are positioning Chile as a regional leader in this field. So what does the future hold for battery energy storage systems (BESS) in Chile, and what obstacles lie in their way?
Sep 1, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Storage, Engie, Chile, South america, BESS, lithium, Sebastián Piñera, AES Gener, Claudia Rahmann, Juan Carlos Jobet, Javier Giorgio
‘Energy storage is not enough, a renewables grid needs flexible gas back-up’
The managing director of London-based energy infrastructure company Statera has told pv magazine a clean energy grid in the U.K. will require as much flexible gas plant capacity as battery storage.
Sep 1, 2019 // Plants, Storage, Grids, storage, UK, Europe, flexible gas plant, Statera, Tom Vernon
Mini series: The evolution of testing
Tara Doyle started her career in the solar energy industry more than 15 years ago, and today serves as the chief commercial officer at PVEL, which claims to be one of the first testing laboratories to focus on bankability for the downstream PV buyer community. The lab serves developers, financiers, O&M companies, asset owners, and insurers.
Sep 1, 2019 // Storage, Inverters, Opinions, California, USA, storage, Inverters, PV module, North America, pvel, DNV GL, Tara Doyle
Ganfeng Lithium prepares solid-state battery test line
The Chinese company is ramping up R&D efforts to try and fast-track commercialization of the more productive – and more expensive – battery tech. The news was announced as part of an uninspiring first-half update thanks to falling lithium salt prices.
Aug 29, 2019 // Storage, storage, China, Asia, Ganfeng Lithium, solid-state lithium batteries
IndianOil to produce non-lithium EV batteries
The state-run fossil fuel giant has partnered with an unnamed foreign start-up to produce electric vehicle batteries using raw materials easily available in India.
Aug 29, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Storage, Transport, India, Asia, Indian Oil Corporation Ltd, electric vehicle, EV batteries
Trump ratchets up tariffs on Chinese products – including batteries
While the damage is largely done for cells, modules and inverters, increased tariffs on U.S. module components and 15% measures on lithium-ion batteries are not good news for either sector.
Aug 29, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, Storage, Inverters, Tariffs, USA, Lithium-ion batteries, TESLA, Sungrow, Trump, Inverters, Huawei, North America, tariffs, PV cells, modules, Enphase, Flex, USTR, Kelly Speakes-Backman
DEWA and Huawei hold strategic summit
The Emirati utility and the Chinese communications giant and inverter maker have discussed how they can work together to roll out solar and storage in Dubai as well as collaborating on cyber security and the use of AI to analyze cyber threats.
Aug 27, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Storage, Inverters, Solar to Fuel, storage, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, China, Asia, hydrogen, Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Charles Yang, Solar to Fuel, Solar to Hydrogen, Producing Hydrogen, Hydrogen from renewable, Renewable fuels
Hawaii launches mega 900MW renewables tender
Hawaiian Electric Co (HEC) has kickstarted a colossal clean energy tender, seeking providers of 900MW worth of renewables and energy storage projects.
Aug 27, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Storage, USA, storage, tender, solar-plus-storage, Hawaii, North America, Hawaiian Electric Co, maui, o'ahu
Johnson Controls partners with Capital Dynamics to increase funding for solar or battery storage projects
Johnson Controls announced a partnership with Capital Dynamics to increase the amount of capital available for customers in North America working on solar or battery storage projects. The agreement will grant easier access to funding for Johnson Controls customers using a Power Purchase Agreement for projects of varying sizes, starting at $1 million, by aggregating them into a larger portfolio of projects.
Aug 26, 2019 // Storage, Capital Dynamics, storage, North America, Johnson Controls, Brandie Williams, Benoit Allehaut
Major solar-plus-storage project greenlit in New South Wales
After a long wait, RES has received state development approval for a major 200MW/10MW solar-plus-storage facility in New South Wales.
Aug 22, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Storage, Australia, solar-plus-storage, Oceania, new south wales, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Tarleigh Park farm, Curra Warra farm
Indian university to operate solar microgrid pilots
The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur has issued an expression of interest to set up three solar-backed microgrid projects in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The deadline for submissions for prospective developers is Aug. 30.
Aug 22, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Storage, storage, India, Asia, Indian Institute of Technology, microgrid, Uttar Pradesh Power Corp. Ltd., Synergy Systems and Solutions