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LG Chem and Siemens have announced the signing of a deal to “collaborate more closely” on grid-stabilising energy storage systems, which will include work on Siemens’ Siestorage solution for grid integration of renewable energy.
The German solar industry association, BSW Solar, has created an extensive report on safety for lithium-ion battery-based energy storage systems for home use, and plans to publish an English language version next week.
Brazil’s Energy Research Company (EPE) announced this week 179 solar power projects, totalling 4.872GW are to bid for tenders in the upcoming national A-5 energy auction.
Yingli Green will supply panels to the world’s largest floating PV plant, a 7.5MW power station in Japan, according to the Japanese company behind the project.
The Wold Bank has commissioned the first of many data stations measuring renewable energy potential around the globe in an effort to open up new markets.
India’s Reliance Power has successfully connected the world’s largest concentrated solar project (CSP) with compact linear fresnel reflector (CLFR) technology to the grid in India’s Jaisalmer District of Rajasthan, according to the company.
Labor refused to scrap Australia’s Renewable Energy Target (RET), and has now left negotiations to have the policy slashed.
Bolivia’s first megawatt-scale PV plant has been supplied with Yingli Green solar panels, the Chinese manufacturer has announced.
Japan’s renewable energy policy could see a drastic overhaul next year, with a possibility the Asian country could choose a scheme similar to the UK’s contracts for difference (CfDs), according to one advocacy group.
In December, PV module manufacturer Hanwha Q CELLS will join other big names in solar by launching an integrated energy storage product to the German residential market, in partnership with Samsung SDI.
Fuji Electric, the Japanese holding company which manufactures power electronics and related technologies, has reported a rise in sales from its solar power business segments, in the company’s results for the first half of the Japanese financial year.
Hanwha SolarOne, which recently said it expected to see “more momentum” on its activities in China, has signed a five-year partnership agreement to develop 100MW of distributed generation PV projects in Yantai, northern China.
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), has given utility company AGL Energy (AGL) the task of examining the business case for grid-connected energy storage in South Australia, with AGL to receive AUS$445,000 (US$390,000) of funding.
Axion Power International, a maker of lead carbon battery systems, has been selected to supply energy storage and frequency regulation to a 9.1MW solar farm in Pennsylvania, the company has announced.
The US Department of Energy’s Sunshot initiative has announced US$15 million in funding to aid the integration of solar into the electrical grid infrastructure using energy storage systems.
Zinc redox flow batteries could be a “viable substitute” for simple cycle peaking power plants in the US, especially as the increase of solar penetration adds concerns over grid stability, according to a new whitepaper.
Solar has been tipped as playing a significant role in easing Brazil’s electricity crisis and economic problems that have emerged in the wake of its recent presidential election.
Nine companies conducting research and development into energy storage, including for integration of renewable energy, have partnered with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and are set to receive funding from the body.
Singapore is set to introduce measures aimed at meeting “significant shifts” in the energy sector, including investment in research for integration of solar, cutting times for grid connection and the creation of a US$25 million fund for energy storage projects.
US wholesale energy provider, Southern Power announced it has acquired a 150MW solar plant in California.
UK renewables investor, TRIG, has said it will give more attention to rooftop solar due to cuts in funding for solar farms.
The newly appointed chief of Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) is expected to continue efforts to restart the country’s nuclear power generation, according to reports.
Japan’s Kyocera and energy service start-up Stem have become the latest partnership to offer integrated solar-plus-storage to commercial customers in the US, beginning with sales in three states including California.
Ideal Power, which supplies its battery converters to Sharp’s Smartstorage product in the US, has launched a range of power converters that the company claims are capable of adding grid-tied storage to megawatt-scale solar power projects.
Global solar energy provider, SunEdison, has reaffirmed its support for the UK market, despite uncertainties over how future support arrangements for large-scale PV will play out.
The first two projects in Etrion and Hitachi Hi-Tech’s 300MW Japanese utility-scale pipeline have begun construction, with a combined generation capacity of 34MW.
De Aar 3, an 85MW solar project said to be the largest solar farm in South Africa using thin-film modules, has been completed.
The government of the Northern Territory of Australia has teamed up with the Australian Renewable Energy Agency to fund AU$55 million in off-grid solar installations.
The sudden withholding of grid access from renewable energy projects including solar is “unreasonable” and could bring “great confusion” to the renewable energy industry, the Japan Renewable Energy Foundation (JREF) has claimed.
According to inverter manufacturer, Ingeteam, the largest solar power plant in Oceania, the 20MW Royalla Solar Farm has been commissioned.
The Japanese government has confirmed that it will review the current feed-in tariff programme for solar and wind, due in part to fears over lack of available grid connection and a bottleneck of large-scale projects.
An “enormous” request for proposal (RFPs) put out by the Hawaii Electric Company (HECO) for up to 200MW of energy storage was responded to by more than 60 would-be developers.
India’s Tata Power Solar has announced the completion of five solar power projects for the Chennai Silks group.
Mission Solar Energy has announced the opening of its N-Type solar manufacturing facility in Texas.
Energy storage may not be cost effective in Germany in helping the transition to a higher grid penetration of renewable energy until that penetration level reaches as high as 90%, according to a leading think tank.
French battery manufacturer and designer Saft has been contracted to supply a 1MW/3MWh lithium-ion storage system at an educational facility in California, aimed at mitigating the impact of variable solar generation.
Solar prices in the US in 2013 fell by a further 15% year on year, a study from the Department of Energy and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has found.
The need for resilient electricity supplies is driving demand for micro-grids in the Asia-Pacific region to the “threshold of exponential growth”, according to a new report from Frost & Sullivan.
Chile’s government has released CLP780 million (US$1.3 million) to fund the early-stage development of 51 renewable energy projects totalling 740MW.
Module manufacturer, Canadian Solar, has been awarded a module supply agreement for a 1.5MW project in Jordan.
A support scheme has been launched for the grid-purchase of electricity under a net metering programme in Chile, to come into effect next month.
Global PV manufacturer, SunEdison and its yield co spin-off, TerraForm, have completed the connection of two solar power plants in the UK, totalling 50MW.
Brazil has released its plans for energy developments for the next ten years, with 3.5GW of solar planned.
A subsidiary of Xcel Energy, one of the largest electric utilities in the USA, has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for up to 200MW of PV capacity in the state of Texas.
The government of India has published a draft plan proposing the development of 20GW in ‘ultra mega’ solar power plants over the next five years.
The Australian Energy Storage Council, a new industry representative body, has been launched for energy storage in Australia, backed and co-founded by the Australian Solar Council.
Chile’s Environmental Assessment Service (Servicio de Evaluación Ambiental, SEIA) has approved a 698MW solar power development.
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has called for renewables to be a key focus of the forthcoming climate change talks in Paris later this year.
A survey into Japan’s approved but unbuilt solar PV projects from the 2012 fiscal year has produced another set of definitive results, with 1.82GW of cancellations announced by the government this week.
State of Telangana has announced a 500MW solar tender adding to a 4GW solar pipeline.