Monthly Archives: April 2019

Germany Looks to Put Thermal Storage Into Coal Plants

By |2019-04-29T18:56:04+00:00April 30th, 2019|Energy and Climate Change, News, Renewable Energy, Solar and Battery|

A new pilot will replace coal with molten salt to create giant Carnot batteries. The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt or DLR) is investigating whether Germany’s coal plants could be reused as energy storage assets. The research body, which has a track record in concentrated solar power (CSP) development, is planning

UK solar firm Hive partners CellCube, Immersa for flow battery development

By |2019-04-29T14:44:37+00:00April 29th, 2019|News, Solar and Battery|

Hive Energy, a UK-based utility-scale solar developer, has entered into a consortium with vanadium redox flow battery manufacturer CellCube and Immersa to jointly build solar-plus-storage projects in the UK. And the trio already has its first project in the works, expected to complete later this year. HICC Energy, as the consortium has been billed, was

GB smashes coal-free record on solar-filled Easter weekend

By |2019-04-29T15:35:56+00:00April 28th, 2019|Energy and Climate Change, News, Solar and Battery|

Great Britain has smashed its record of continuous coal-free electricity generation, going more than 90 hours without coal over the Easter weekend. The period lasted from Thursday night until Monday evening, and comes almost exactly a year after the last coal-free record of 76 hours was set. Figures from Drax Electricity Insights shows that coal

‘Invisible’ ground-integrated 50kW residential solar system installed

By |2019-04-29T15:36:36+00:00April 26th, 2019|Energy and Climate Change, News, Solar and Battery|

A 50kW ‘ground-integrated photovoltaic’ (GIPV) residential solar system has been installed in Burnham Market, Norfolk. The system sits in a trench in the land, making it invisible until around 7 metres away. It’s being lauded as the largest residential system in the UK and is expected to generate 50,000kWh a year. The project was led

Batteries, Offshore Wind Lead Clean Energy Cost Cuts As Renewables Continue To Undercut Coal And Gas

By |2019-04-29T15:37:20+00:00April 25th, 2019|Energy and Climate Change, News, Renewable Energy, Wind|

The transition to a low-carbon energy system is a few steps closer after two technologies that were immature and hugely expensive only a few years ago saw spectacular gains in cost-competitiveness in the last year. New research from Bloomberg NEF (BNEF) shows that the cost of lithium-ion batteries has fallen by 35% over the past

Farewell FiTs: 242.5MW deployed in late FiT deployment surge

By |2019-04-29T15:38:54+00:00April 24th, 2019|Energy and Climate Change, Feed In Tariff, FIT, News, Solar and Battery|

Almost 242.5MW of solar was installed under the feed-in tariff in Q1 2019, representing a significant surge as the scheme was shuttered for good. The feed-in tariff closed to new applicants from 1 April 2019 and, as has become customary under the scheme’s ‘boom and bust’ cycles, installers up and down the country rushed to

New stats reveal growing shortfall in government emissions targets

By |2019-04-29T15:39:45+00:00April 21st, 2019|Energy and Climate Change, News|

The UK now looks all but certain to miss emissions reductions targets out to 2032, new statistics out today have revealed. And the fresh projections compiled by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) confirm that “projected shortfalls” against the country’s fourth and fifth carbon budgets, for the periods 2023 – 2027 and

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

By |2019-04-16T19:14:50+00:00April 19th, 2019|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 |2019-04-29T15:40:05+00:00April 19th, 2019|Feed In Tariff, FIT, 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

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