Monthly Archives: April 2019

U.S. energy storage market to double two years running

By |2019-04-16T19:14:50+00:00April 19th, 2019|News, News, Solar and Battery|

The U.S. energy storage market nearly doubled in 2018 and is expected to double again in 2019. This is according to Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables and the Energy Storage Association’s (ESA), “U.S. Energy Storage Monitor 2018 Year-in-Review.” The report found that 777 megawatt-hours of grid-connected energy storage were deployed in the U.S. in 2018,

Farewell FiTs: Industry leaders embrace a ‘new era’ for UK solar

By |2019-04-16T19:14:32+00:00April 19th, 2019|News, News, Solar and Battery|

UK solar is entering a “new era” following the closure of the feed-in tariff last weekend, and industry leaders are prepared to embrace the sector’s subsidy-free future. Chris Hewett, chief executive, the Solar Trade Association: “Having grown accustomed to the ups and downs of the UK solarcoaster, perhaps it was too much to expect a

Battery storage now looks like a bargain

By |2019-04-16T18:43:06+00:00April 18th, 2019|News, News, Solar and Battery|

The sun provides us generously with more than 5000 times as much energy as we need. Deserts alone receive solar energy in excess of 450 times our annual usage. When factoring in wind energy on top of this, we have access to an abundance of renewable energy - much more than humanity will ever be

Shell quits major US oil lobby over climate change

By |2019-04-16T18:36:25+00:00April 17th, 2019|Energy and Climate Change, News, News|

London (CNN Business)Royal Dutch Shell says it's quitting a major US oil lobby because it disagrees with the group's policies on climate change. The energy company said Tuesday that it would not renew its membership in the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers lobby next year because of "material misalignment." Shell (RDSA) CEO Ben Van Beurden

Plastic pollution persists for billions of years, claims study

By |2019-04-05T10:53:08+00:00April 11th, 2019|Energy and Climate Change, News, News, Pollution|

A new study has revealed just how prolonged single-use plastics’ impact on the natural environment really is. The study, conducted by packaging supplier Rajapack, highlighted how long it takes for various plastic products to degrade. It identified objects such as microplastics, plastic straws and polystyrene cups as among the worst culprits, with microplastics leaving a

BNEF: Battery storage costs have ‘plummeted’ in past year

By |2019-04-05T10:47:23+00:00April 9th, 2019|battery, Battery Storage, News, News|

The average costs associated with building and operating large-scale lithium-ion battery storage arrays has fallen by 35% since last June, paving the way for more government and business support for the technology. That is a key finding of new research by Bloomberg NEF (BNEF), which claims that both battery storage and offshore wind have made

Battery Power’s Latest Plunge in Costs Threatens Coal, Gas

By |2019-04-04T22:38:09+00:00April 7th, 2019|News, News, Wind|

London and New York, March 26, 2019 – Two technologies that were immature and expensive only a few years ago but are now at the center of the unfolding low-carbon energy transition have seen spectacular gains in cost-competitiveness in the last year. The latest analysis by research company BloombergNEF (BNEF) shows that the benchmark levelized

Summer Outlook 2019: Solar PV stable but whole system approach now critical

By |2019-04-04T22:33:36+00:00April 6th, 2019|News, News, solar, Solar and Battery|

National Grid expects minimum summer transmission system demand in 2019 to fall broadly in line with last year’s, owing to a collapse in new solar deployment. The Electricity System Operator (ESO) has also paid testament to its advanced, machine-learning forecasting tools, but said whole system thinking will need to become far more prevalent as the

In blow to climate, coal plants emitted more than ever in 2018

By |2019-04-04T22:09:30+00:00April 6th, 2019|Energy and Climate Change, News, News|

“We are headed for disaster, and nobody seems to be able to slow things down,” a Stanford University professor said. Global energy experts released grim findings Monday, saying that not only are planet-warming carbon-dioxide emissions still increasing, but the world’s growing thirst for energy has led to higher emissions from coal-fired power plants than ever

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