Solar Energy Storage and Battery News

Mali launches tender for solar-plus-storage
The country’s agency for rural electrification is seeking proposals for a 1.3 MW solar project and a 1.5 MW/2 MWh storage system.
Aug 21, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Storage, solar-plus-storage, Africa, Mali, Amader, Islamic Development Bank, Akuo Kita Solar
Is a California solar+storage boom about to happen?
The California Independent System Operator has warned state regulators that there could be a 4.7 GW capacity shortfall in 2022, in the early evening hours of the annual peak demand events of September. The grid operator has suggested the alteration of water cooling laws, as well as increased procurement of resources.
Aug 21, 2019 // Storage, Grids, Solar, California, USA, California Independent System Operator, grid operator, California Public Utilities Commission
Olympics power firm Aggreko challenged to cut carbon
The global firm which helps keep the lights on at the Olympics and Glastonbury music festival says it is being challenged by customers to cut carbon.
Aug 17, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Storage, Solar, storage, Aggreko, carbon, Robert Wells
UPC/AC Renewables invest in 550 MW of pumped hydro and solar in Australia
AC Renewables, the energy arm of Philippines’ Ayala Corp, and Australia’s UPC Renewables have agreed to buy 51% in a 250 MW pumped hydro project and a neighboring 300 MW solar project, both located in South Australia.
Aug 16, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, Storage, storage, Australia, AC Renewables, UPC Renewables, pumped hydro project, Bridle Track Solar Farm, Rise Renewables, PHES plant, Anton Rohner, Brer Adams
Lithium-ion batteries still set for US tariffs on September 1
The energy storage market is set to be the latest affected by Trump’s trade war as lithium-ion batteries were excluded from the group of Chinese imports for which the U.S. president announced tariffs would be delayed until December 15.
Aug 16, 2019 // Storage, Tariffs, Policy, USA, storage, TESLA, China, Trump, lithium-ion, Energy Storage Association, Nevada Gigafactory
Sunnova partners with PetersenDean Roofing ahead of California residential solar mandate
US solar and battery storage service giant Sunnova is partnering with roofing and solar contractor PetersenDean Roofing & Solar to help Californians prepare for the state’s new residential solar law.
Aug 16, 2019 // Plants, Residential, Storage, California, USA, storage, Sunnova, PetersenDean Roofing & Solar
Montana Developer Ready to Build Modern-Day Pumped Hydro Storage
Absaroka Energy and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners plan to update an old storage technology for the 21st century. All they need is a customer.
Aug 14, 2019 // Storage, USA, storage, Absaroka Energy, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, Montana, Carl Borgquist
Australia’s CEFC teams up with bank to fund solar, EV batteries
Australia’s green bank has found a funding partner for a new programme to support solar and electric vehicle (EV) batteries, days after pledging to back less-mature technologies more decisively.
Aug 14, 2019 // Markets & Finance News, Storage, storage, Australia, Clean Energy Finance Corp, rooftop, Oceania
‘New and strange properties’ provide a boost to energy storage
MIT scientists have developed a class of liquid electrolyte with properties they say could open up new possibilities for improving the performance and stability of lithium batteries and supercapacitors.
Aug 14, 2019 // Technology, Storage, storage, MIT, T. Alan Hatton, Xianwen Mao
Sandia Labs increases efforts at abusing lithium-ion batteries for safety research
According to a press release from Sandia National Laboratories, the testing lab now uses an indoor tower to drop 200-lb+ weights on lithium-ion batteries in efforts to learn more about how batteries respond to stress. This will be especially helpful in understanding how electric vehicle batteries may respond in an automobile accident.
Aug 13, 2019 // Technology, Storage, USA, Lithium-ion batteries, Sandia National Laboratories, Chris Grosso
Asian battery manufacturers eye European riches on offer
A report produced by an AI and automation market research company says an anticipated boom in the European storage market – driven by a desire to reduce carbon emissions – will attract producers as demand outside China tails away.
Aug 13, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Storage, storage, China, Europe, Maya Xiao
Aquavoltaics in the Philippines
An EU funded solar-plus-storage project has been tendered in the Philippines. The United Nations is seeking bids for the system, to support the for the seaweed industry on the island of Tawi-Tawi. Combining PV with aquaculture brings many advantages for both, including water conservation, a more controlled aquatic environment, and ecosystem restoration.
Aug 13, 2019 // Technology, Markets & Finance News, Storage, Floating PV, USA, tender, floating PV, United Nations Industrial Development Organization, Philippines, RETS, MinDA, hybrid systems
USTDA backs 150MW solar-plus-wind-plus-storage project in Zambia
The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has agreed to finance a feasibility study for a 150MW hybrid solar, wind and battery plant in northern Zambia.
Aug 13, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, Storage, Grids, First Solar, hybrid, solar-plus-wind-plus-storage, grid, Africa, upepo energy partners, zambia, east africa, ustda, wsp usa
Flanders provides incentives for residential storage
Since the beginning of August the Flemish government has granted a €250/kWh rebate for the purchase of domestic batteries. The program is set to run until the end of next year.
Aug 12, 2019 // Markets & Finance News, Storage, Europe, domestic batteries, Flanders, Belgium, Engie-Electrabel, Lydia Peeters
Vattenfall to build large scale wind-solar-storage plant in the Netherlands
The energy company will build a 38 MW solar, 22 MW wind and 12 MW battery project on one site. The first fully renewable hybrid power plant could be a blueprint for post-subsidy Germany. Vattenfall has an eye on German coalfields in particular.
Aug 12, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Storage, storage, Germany, Netherlands, hybrid power plant, wind-solar-storage, Vattenfall, Haringvliet Zuid Energy Park, ground-mounted, Claus Wattendrup