Power Generation

Preparing for a Power Cut

By |2019-11-18T18:15:15+00:00November 18th, 2019|Battery Storage, Blog, Energy and Climate Change, Home Battery, Home Energy Storage, Off Grid, Power Cut, Power Generation, PowerBanx, Powerwall, Sofar Solar, Solar, Solar and Battery, Tesla, Victron, Wildfires|

When recently I was notified of an upcoming planned power cut I decided to look into the best ways to get prepared. Until recent years it was uncommon to experience power cuts of any significant duration in Western countries, but that situation is starting to change. A big driver, of course, is climate change with

My Experience of a Sustained Power Cut

By |2019-11-18T12:24:59+00:00November 15th, 2019|Battery Storage, Blog, Energy and Climate Change, Home Battery, Home Energy Storage, Power Cut, Power Generation, PowerBanx, Pylontech, Solar, Solar and Battery, Victron|

Earlier this week our home had a long power cut and I recorded my experience in a video, included below. The first we knew it was going to happen was when we received a letter a few weeks ago from our local grid network company, Western Power. The title was "We need to temporarily interrupt

Huge Battery Investments Drop Energy-Storage Costs Faster Than Expected, Threatening Natural Gas

By |2019-11-11T12:59:53+00:00November 12th, 2019|Battery Storage, Energy and Climate Change, National Grid, News, Power Generation, Solar and Battery|

The global energy transition is happening faster than the models predicted, according to a report released today by the Rocky Mountain Institute, thanks to massive investments in the advanced-battery technology ecosystem. Previous and planned investments total $150 billion through 2023, RMI calculates—the equivalent of every person in the world chipping in $20. In the first

Setting Economy 7 Times on Your PowerBanx (Victron) Home Battery Storage System

By |2019-11-11T11:40:13+00:00November 10th, 2019|Battery Storage, Blog, Energy and Climate Change, Islanding, Power Generation, PowerBanx, Solar, Solar and Battery|

I have previously described how to set overnight charging times (for Economy 7 or similar tariffs) on our most popular PowerBanx systems which use an inverter made by Sofar; here I'm going to cover the same process for PowerBanx systems which use an inverter made by Victron. These inverters are more expensive but have the

More than 100GW of solar, wind and storage needed to meet net zero ambitions

By |2019-11-04T12:43:15+00:00November 7th, 2019|Battery Storage, Energy and Climate Change, News, Power Generation, Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar and Battery, Wind|

Solar power, along with wind and storage capacity, will have to greatly increase if the UK is to meet its net zero emissions by 2050 goal, according to analysis by Aurora Energy Research. Aurora’s research presupposes capacity increases of more than 100GW of solar and wind, rising from 33GW today to more than 140GW in

Case study: Using batteries to reduce the impact of grid maintenance

By |2019-11-04T12:39:59+00:00November 5th, 2019|Battery Storage, Energy and Climate Change, News, Opinion, Power Generation, Solar and Battery|

We consume more and more electricity every day. The utilities and grid distribution operators must ensure industry and households are provided with the necessary connections. In order to do that, the grid must be expanded, and must be maintained periodically. This means that more often the power on the grid will be cut off while

GB witnesses soaring battery storage exports to distribution networks

By |2019-10-28T14:53:26+00:00November 1st, 2019|Battery Storage, Energy and Climate Change, News, Power Generation, Solar and Battery|

October 14 (Renewables Now) - Battery storage exports to Great Britain’s distribution networks have jumped to almost 49 GWh in 2018 from 50 MWh in 2014, in line with the growing supply of variable power generation, a new report shows. The report by the Renewable Energy Association (REA) and energy market data hub operator ElectraLink

SEG: Ofgem details guidance on data, the FiTs register and storage exports for suppliers

By |2019-10-28T13:15:58+00:00October 28th, 2019|Energy and Climate Change, News, Power Generation, Smart Export Guarantee (SEG), Solar, Solar and Battery|

Details of the requirements for suppliers, as well as the information generators will be required to provide to receive Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) payments, have been revealed in draft guidance published by Ofgem. The regulator is consulting on its guidance, outlining the requirements for suppliers who are mandated to offer an export tariff and those

Shell Energy lands £10.5 million Green Star Energy acquisition deal

By |2019-10-24T09:48:42+00:00October 25th, 2019|Energy and Climate Change, News, Power Generation|

Shell Energy is to acquire UK-based energy supplier Green Star Energy, bolstering its existing customer base. Shell Energy, which was known as First Utility until earlier this year when it was subject to a significant rebrand, has agreed a deal to pay £10.5 million for Hudson Energy Supply UK, a UK-facing entity belonging to Canada’s

Conservative Party unveils net zero package to muted response

By |2019-10-14T12:49:03+00:00October 18th, 2019|Energy and Climate Change, National Grid, News, Power Generation|

The Conservative Party has pledged a suite of new policies comprising a ‘net zero package’ which it said would put “21st Century Conservativism” at the heart of the government’s green agenda. But the suite of policies, some of which had been previously announced, has been criticised by the sector for failing to address the challenge

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