Batteries

Engie Backs Tiko for Distributed Virtual Power Plants

French energy company Engie has taken a majority stake in tiko, a Swiss startup with technology that’s aggregating household and business loads into some of Europe’s biggest virtual power plants.  Tiko, a 2012 joint venture of Swisscom and Repower, has grown from piloting its technology in ...

Statkraft Looks to Virtual Power Plants as Renewable Energy Demand Surges

The Norwegian hydro giant Statkraft is looking to a virtual power plant (VPP) model for expansion across Europe. This month the company confirmed plans for 2 gigawatts of VPP capacity in the U.K. later this year, alongside 12 gigawatts in Germany. State-owned Statkraft said it already manages mor ...

Study: Fossil Fuel Generation Has No Business Case in Australia

Experts have said the results of a comparative study show there is no longer a business case for new non-renewable generation in Australia. The study, published last year by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), ...

24M Unveils ‘Dual Electrolyte’ Battery Tech to Unlock Higher Energy Density

Battery materials startup 24M revealed Wednesday that it has developed a "dual electrolyte" architecture that could unlock significant gains in battery performance for electric vehicles. The ongoing effort to improve lithium-ion batteries triggers a game of whack-a-mole, where upping one attribut ...

CERAWeek 2019: Trends and Transitions

  The energy world’s top leaders and influencers recently gathered in Houston for the annual IHS Markit CERAWeek.  Discussion at the event is always a good barometer for gauging the state of the industry, both today and into the future. Climate Pressure Climate change and the energy sector’s ...

AMS Breaks 2 Gigawatt-Hours in Grid Services

The competition for the title of "world’s largest virtual power plant" has largely been focused on residential solar-battery systems, like those being deployed by contenders like Australia’s AGL or Vermont’s Green Mountain Power.  But according to AMS, formerly known as Advanced Microgrid ...

How many solar panels does it take to fill up a hydrogen car?

Stanford scientists figure out a way to get hydrogen out of seawater. Does this matter? ...

Sunrun: Localized Solar and Batteries Reduce Grid Fire Risk

California is scrambling to prevent a repeat of deadly wildfires caused by the electrical grid, and Sunrun wants to help. The home solar and storage installer argues in a report out today that these resources could be operated to reduce the odds of distribution wires coming into contact with oth ...

Subsidy-Free Solar Moves North in Europe

Subsidy-free solar, already established in Southern European markets, is extending northward across Europe, with developers making the numbers stack up in Britain and Germany. Last month, for example, the German utility Energie Baden-Württemberg (EnBW) inked a deal with solar developer Energieko ...

The New Fisker Unveils a $40,000 Electric SUV for 2021, Delays Solid-State Battery

Famed auto designer Henrik Fisker’s newest EV firm just announced the debut of a “dramatically sculpted” electric SUV that’s priced below $40,000 and set to launch in the second half of 2021. The four-wheel-drive car has “a target range of close to 300 miles,” courtesy of an “enha ...