Solar Energy Storage and Battery News

Don’t have a node for your solar plant? Connect it to the railway!
Railway operators can now feasibly connect solar plants to traction substations, claims a consortium that is now working on a similar demonstration project in the U.K. Almost all of the 30 kW installation’s output will be used to move trains, but in the future storage could come into the picture for larger “railway-connected” solar power projects, says 10:10, the U.K.-based climate change charity that developed the pilot.
Aug 6, 2019 // Technology, Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Storage, U.K., Aldershot, railway system, Leo Murray, Riding Sunbeams, Great Britain
Economics of road transport starting to favor renewables
According to a new report by BNP Paribas Asset Management, renewables offer more advantages than simply mitigating climate change. Electricity is easier to transport than oil, and wind and solar electricity prices are much more stable than volatile oil prices. An analyst from the French bank argues that major producers will need to reduce oil prices below $20 to compete with clean energy in the transport sector.
Aug 6, 2019 // Technology, Storage, BNP Paribas Asset Management, transport sector, Mark Lewis, oil prices
Understanding solid state degradation
Scientists at the U.K.’s Faraday Institution have been able to observe degradation mechanisms at the lithium metal anode in a solid state battery, and made several discoveries which could improve the performance and design of future solid-state lithium-ion batteries.
Aug 5, 2019 // Technology, Storage, Lithium-ion batteries, storage, UK, Oxford University, Tony Harper, Europe
ENGIE Storage to deploy solar-plus-storage portfolio in Massachusetts
ENGIE Storage will supply and operate a 19 MW / 38 MWh portfolio of six energy storage sites that will contribute to the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target Program and be active in ISO-New England wholesale markets.
Jul 31, 2019 // Storage, Solar, USA, storage, Massachusetts, Engie, gridsynergy, solar plus storage, North America
Engie Will Pay Storage Developers for Wholesale Market Dispatch Rights
“Everybody’s been talking about this, but this is it,” Engie Storage CEO Christopher Tilley tells GTM.
Jul 31, 2019 // Storage, GTM, Everybody, Engie Storage, Christopher Tilley, PJM's, CAISO
Megapack marks Tesla’s new play for utility scale storage
The Palo Alto company says it has improved its large scale battery offering with the new product in the wake of the success of its Powerpack-driven big battery in Australia. The Megapack can be deployed at a 250 MW/1 GWh clean energy plant four times faster than a fossil fuel alternative, claimed the business in a blogpost.
Jul 30, 2019 // Storage, TESLA, Megapack, Palo Alto, Camron Barati, IHS Markit
Portugal solar auction reportedly attracts €20/MWh bids
When the minister of environment and energy announced a ceiling tariff of €45/MWh, analysts speculated the price would be too low as it undercut average bidding prices in the region. Preliminary, unconfirmed results of the exercise show, however, companies are happy to bid for two-cent solar in Europe.
Jul 30, 2019 // Storage, Portugal, According to Expresso, João Pedro, Matos Fernandes, Europe
Tesla Sets Record for EV Deliveries, but Losses and Solar Shrinkage Endure
2019 is supposed to be “the year of the solar roof,” but Tesla’s solar business continues to wither.
Jul 29, 2019 // Storage, TESLA, Elon Musk, Tesla CEO, Solar Shrinkage Endure, China and Model Y
A new material for the battery of the future, made in UCLouvain
Renewable sources of energy such as wind or photovoltaic are intermittent. The production peaks do not necessarily follow the demand peaks. Storing green energy is therefore essential to moving away from fossil fuels. The energy produced by photovoltaic cells is stored during the day and by wind-power when the wind blows to be used later on when needed.
Jul 26, 2019 // Storage, storage, UCLouvain, LTPS, Li-ion batteries
Materials scientists uncover source of degradation in sodium batteries
Batteries power our lives: we rely on them to keep our cell phones and laptops buzzing and our hybrid and electric cars on the road. But ever-increasing adoption of the most commonly used lithium-ion batteries may actually lead to increased cost and potential shortages of lithium - which is why sodium-ion batteries are being researched intensely as a possible replacement. They perform well, and sodium, an alkali metal closely related to lithium, is cheap and abundant.
Jul 26, 2019 // Storage, Solar to Fuel, storage, BATTERIES, Zhen Zhu, Hartwin Peelaers, Zhu, hydrogen, Solar to Fuel, Solar to Hydrogen, Producing Hydrogen, Hydrogen from renewable, Renewable fuels
High-performance flow batteries offer path to grid-level renewable energy storage
A low-cost, high-performance battery chemistry developed by University of Colorado Boulder researchers could one day lead to scalable grid-level storage for wind and solar energy that could help electrical utilities reduce their dependency on fossil fuels.
Jul 26, 2019 // Storage, Michael Marshak, RASEI, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute, Brian Robb, PDTA, CHBE
Dynapower introduces new financing program for energy storage systems
Energy storage system manufacturer Dynapower has announced its involvement with a new energy storage financing program. Partnering with Lease Corporation of America, Dynapower will offer financing to system integrators and energy storage system buyers.
Jul 26, 2019 // Storage, storage, NREL, ENERGY STORAGE, Lease Corporation of America, Dynapower, LCA, Palombini
The billion-dollar battery boom
Corporations are buying up batteries and investing in their companies like it’s going out of style.
Jul 26, 2019 // Storage, storage, PV project, United Kingdom, Mercom Capital Group, Battery Storage, Europe
Tesla Sets Record for EV Deliveries, but Losses and Solar Shrinkage Endure
2019 is supposed to be “the year of the solar roof,” but Tesla’s solar business continues to wither.
Jul 26, 2019 // Storage, California, USA, TESLA, Elon Musk, Tesla CEO, Motor Trend, North America
Tesla results: solar down, batteries up
Elon Musk’s EV and energy company is becoming increasingly irrelevant in the rooftop solar market, but battery sales are booming.
Jul 25, 2019 // Storage, TESLA, Sunrun, Elon Musk, SunPower, Solar Roof