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Panasonic is working with Schneider to develop a new energy management system for commercial buildings, and with Tesla to manufacture and produce solar PV cells in the US

Panasonic embraces the power of partnerships to drive green innovation

Japanese electronics firm Panasonic has ramped up its involvement in the low-carbon agenda, forming two new collaborative partnerships with automaker Tesla and energy management solutions provider Schneider electric to develop new solar PV cells and smart building technology.

The ECC urges the Government to become a

Final call: MPs urge UK to 'get a move on' with energy storage and demand response

In its last report before being disbanded, the Energy and Climate Change Committee (ECC) has urged the UK Government to incentivise innovative energy storage and demand response technologies that could provide a clean, flexible and secure energy system fit for the future.

There are 35 standalone grid-connected energy storage projects operating as of August 2016, spanning technologies from lithium-ion batteries to pumped hydro systems

REA calls for energy policy reform to unlock storage megashift

The UK has "multiple gigawatts" of energy storage capacity that is proposed or in the development pipeline, but this will fail to come to fruition without a joined-up and more supportive policy structure from Government, the Renewable Energy Association (REA) has claimed.

The storage facility will deliver primary control reserve power necessary to keep the 50 Hz grid frequency stable

BMW opens energy storage facility built from used EV batteries

German car manufacturer BMW has announced the completion of a new utility-scale energy storage facility, which uses 2,600 worn electric vehicle (EV) battery modules to stabilise the grid and reduce the impact of peak demand.

Tesla has been selected to provide a 20 MW/80 MWh Powerpack system at the Southern California Edison Mira Loma substation in Los Angeles. Photo: Tesla Motors

Tesla is building the world's largest energy storage system

Electric car and energy storage company Tesla has won the contract to design and build the largest lithium-ion battery in the world, as part of an energy storage upgrade for the US city of Los Angeles.

GM's 2.2MW solar array at its Lordstown complex will soon be accompanied by a host of array-fitted facilities

General Motors joins RE100 pledge to source 100% renewables

Automotive giant General Motors (GM) has established new sustainability commitments to source all electricity across its global operations from 100% renewable sources by 2050, and will join the RE100 to mobilise the transition.

The absence of a specific low-carbon transport regulatory framework in the Government’s new ministerial make-up remains a concern for ECC chair Angus MacNeil

Angus MacNeil: Government must reverse 'restrictive' energy policies of 2015

EXCLUSIVE: The UK Government must reverse the cumbersome green policy decisions it made last year to enable businesses to benefit from a generation of cost-effective, low-carbon energy technologies, the Energy and Climate Change Committee (ECC) chairman has claimed.

The Enhanced Frequency Response tender has been developed to bring forward new technologies that support the decarbonisation of the energy industry

National Grid brings 'exciting new chapter' for energy storage with auction launch

National Grid has awarded seven firms including Vattenfall, Low Carbon and EDF Energy Renewables four-year contracts to provide balancing services to the network in the UK's first 200MW Enhanced Frequency Response (EFR) auction.

Tesla Motors has unveiled a new battery pack for the performance versions of its Model S and X cars that extends the range ramps up acceleration speeds

Tesla wins approval to buy SolarCity, unveils high-energy model S battery

It's been a good week for Tesla chief executive Elon Musk after the electric vehicle (EV) giant's merger with SolarCity was approved and the firm unveiled a new EV battery which makes the Model one of the fastest production cars in the world.

Almost 70% of the battery innovators indicated that the biggest revenue opportunity they were looking to employ would come from grid services such as EFR contracts. Photo: SmartestEnergy

Energy storage sector calls for grid contracts clarity to ignite 'smart power revolution'

The business case for energy storage is being undermined by many uncertainties within the burgeoning sector, such as limited revenue streams and grid services contract availability, according to new research from renewable energy purchaser and supplier SmartestEnergy.

Nissan's Env200 and Leaf models being charged in a car park. The carmaker is the most successful EV manufacturer in the UK mainstream vehicle market

EV charging stations will overtake petrol stations by 2020

There will be more electric vehicle (EV) charging stations than petrol stations in the UK within four years, according to Japanese carmaker Nissan.

An aerial shot of the Gigafactory, Tesla's £3.8bn, 3,200-acre battery-manufacturing plant that has already begun production but will not be fully operational until around 2020

Seven things you probably didn't know about Tesla's gigantic Gigafactory

Out in the Nevada desert, business magnate Elon Musk has officially opened the doors to Tesla's $5bn (£3.8bn) Gigafactory, which will act as the foundation for a substantial growth in production for the firm's electric vehicles and energy storage systems.

The four reports layout how cities, storage and transport form fundamental pillars to drive innovation and sustainable growth

What will the green economy look like in 10 years' time? Experts predict cleantech trends...

By 2026, the global adoption of a low-carbon economy will have taken huge strides, with smart city revenues and energy storage deployment skyrocketing, and the number of low-carbon heavy-duty vehicles on the roads also increasing at impressive rates.

Musk has unveiled “part deux” of Tesla’s master plan that shifts the company mantra beyond car production and towards the sustainable energy sphere

Elon Musk unveils 'part deux' of the Tesla master plan

Disruptive manufacturer Tesla has unveiled a new four-step "master plan" that will see the company branch out from the development of electric vehicles (EV) in order to become an organisation that delivers a "sustainable energy economy".

Everoze states storage plant costs usually occur upfront, compared to more opex-heavy structures, and are therefore viewed as a risky investment

Scotland the 'prime candidate' to implement energy storage systems

The UK should look to Scotland to implement new revenue streams that account for a "modernised" grid system, which should have energy storage at its heart, in order to unlock £2.4bn in savings.

BT Group's head of sustainability Niall Dunne told delegates at the Business and Climate Summit that disruptive business models will help to decentralise the world's energy systems

Internet of Things paves way for connected cars of the future, says BT's sustainability chief

The automotive industry has the power to become a lynchpin of the 'Internet of things' (IoT) phenomenon, connecting cars with homes and transforming the way we use and store energy, BT Group's head of sustainability Niall Dunne has said.

The Committee recommended that storage be deployed at scale as soon as possible, lamenting the “archaic” regulations that hinder its development

MPs call for a fragmented National Grid

MPs have called for a complete overhaul of the UK's energy network operation, recommending that operating systems should be transferred from National Grid to independent operators in order to mitigate the potential for "conflicts of interest".

The cost of energy generation from onshore wind and solar will fall by 41% and 60% respectively, but more investment in renewables will be needed to reach long-term climate goals

Why the world's energy system WON'T achieve the 2C climate change target without serious investment

By the year 2040, renewables will finally have won the global energy race. The prices of coal and gas will have dropped significantly, but this will not derail the decarbonisation of our energy systems - with zero-emission energy sources making up 60% of installed capacity.

The study tested the concept of using energy storage systems to generate profits by utilising demand-side response initiatives to buy energy at low prices during low demand

Government urged to subsidise energy storage systems

If renewables are to become fully integrated into the UK's energy mix, the Government will have to incentivise energy storage systems through the introduction of subsidies, researchers from the University of East Anglia (UEA) have claimed.

The new service is a forerunner to National Grid’s upcoming tender for 200MW of enhanced frequency response

National Grid and RES strike new energy storage deal

Renewable Energy Systems (RES) is to provide 20MW of frequency response to the national transmission network from battery storage for the first time in the UK.

Devrim Celal (left), CFO/COO of Upside Energy, which fended off tough competition from nine other green innovations to be crowned the Innovation Zone competition winner

VIDEO: Innovation Zone Competition winner unveiled at edie Live

A pioneering 'virtual energy store' that connects renewable energy to distribution networks has today (17 May) been crowned the winner of edie's Innovation Zone Competition at the edie Live exhibition in Birmingham.

The V2G trials, which Nissan hopes to extend across Europe, could generate up to 180MW of electricity capacity if all 18,000 Nissan EVs in the UK were connected to the network

Nissan revs up for 'decade of disruption' with UK's first vehicle-to-grid energy storage system

Japanese carmaker and leading electric vehicle (EV) producer Nissan is "turning science fiction into science fact" with a groundbreaking new scheme that will turn allow consumers to sell energy stored by Nissan Leaf cars back to the National Grid.

Musk believes educating the public on the low-carbon agenda is essential in reeling back the fossil fuel industry’s ability to influence political decisions

Elon Musk: Politicians taking 'easy path' with fossil fuel subsidies

Tesla's chief executive Elon Musk has accused politicians of bowing to the "unrelenting and enormous" lobbying power of the fossil fuel industry, warning that a global "revolt" may be needed to accelerate the transition to more sustainable energy and transport systems.

The new Tesla Model 3 will travel twice as far as similar price-range competitor vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf and BMW i3 off a single charge

Tesla Model 3: Elon Musk unveils highly-anticipated 'affordable' electric car

UPDATED:Tesla founder and chief executive Elon Musk reveals that pre-orders of the firm's much-anticipated Model 3 electric car currently total 276,000.

An artist's impression of the Batwind system in operation with an offshore wind farm

Batwind: Battery storage for offshore wind launched by Statoil

Norwegian fossil fuel giant Statoil is piloting an innovative battery storage system for offshore wind energy on the world's first floating wind farm - the Hywind park off the coast of Aberdeenshire in Scotland.

The plant will operate using a 2MW lithium titanate battery from Toshiba which can supply energy to 3,000 homes for 20 minutes

UK's fastest energy storage system connects to grid

Energy giant E.ON has teamed up with a group of universities to create and connect a giant battery-based energy storage research facility to the grid, in a move that has created one of the largest and fastest energy storage facilities in the UK.

The National Infrastructure Commission was asked to analyse and make recommendations about how the UK should transition towards a secure low-carbon energy system

Infrastructure Commission calls for raft of changes to UK energy policy

The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has called for a raft of regulatory changes to create a level playing field that would allow energy storage and demand flexibility to ensure security in the UK's future low-carbon energy system.

The report states that many of regulatory reforms needed to compliment the uptake of energy storage systems would be cost neutral and provide no burdens to Government funding

Energy storage could save UK £2.4bn every year

The implementation of energy storage systems could contribute £2.4bn to UK electricity system savings by 2030, but only if a range of 'necessary regulatory reforms' are introduced to steady the UK's energy market, a new report from the Carbon Trust has found.

Rust could offer cost-effective, round-the-clock solar energy storage and hydrogen gas which could potentially be used to power vehicles, the researchers claim

Could rust provide an answer to the big energy storage question?

Old bikes and barbecues lying dormant in garages could be covered in stuff that can make large-scale solar energy storage a reality, after researchers found that rust can be transformed into water-splitting solar cell batteries.

The UK  Government's haphazard approach to energy policy was likened to a game of Jenga that is inevitably about to come crashing down

'Jenga green policy' damaging UK's low-carbon prospects ahead of 5th carbon budget

The UK is at serious risk of missing the requirements set out in the legally-binding fourth carbon budget, unless an "immediate policy gap" is filled, the chief executive of the Renewable Energy Association (REA) has warned.

The new EV energy storage technology has been described as a

Nissan powers French office with world's largest EV battery storage system

Japanese car manufacturer Nissan will power its regional office in France with energy generated from its electric vehicles, by deploying the world's largest grid-integrated battery storage unit in a building.

Scottish Renewables says the right targeting of existing innovation funds could cement the UK's world-leading position on energy generation

Six renewable energy innovations primed for Government's £500m nest egg

The Government's £500m of allocated funds for green innovation could propel the UK into being a world-leader in energy generation, if the money is spent in key areas such as wave and tidal energy, low-carbon heat and energy storage.

Tesla are offering free charging appliances for car owners, while Google begin tests on wireless charging EVs

Tesla and Google lead the way in electric vehicle infrastructure push

Global innovators Tesla and Google have announced plans to accelerate the growth of commercial electric vehicles (EVs) by launching new schemes aimed at increasing the infrastructure options available to consumers.

A used EV battary can retain up to 80% of its storage capacity

Renault's EV batteries to be converted into energy storage systems

Old Renault electric vehicle (EV) batteries will be converted into energy storage units under a new partnership between the French carmaker and UK firm Connected Energy.

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EVs are stable energy storage asset, says Innovate UK

Innovate UK has brushed aside ongoing fears around using electric and plug-in vehicles as an energy storage facility, insisting they present a "car park of energy storage" for UK network companies after 2025.

George Osborne has asked the Commission to report on three initial projects by Budget 2016, one of which is energy infrastructure

National Infrastructure Commission sees energy storage as 'key part' of UK energy future

The head of the newly-established National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has revealed he considers energy storage a key part of Britain's future energy network.

Businesses may have to wait another two years before energy storage makes sense financially, due in part to lower FIT rates

REA: Energy storage already financially viable for grid and homes

Domestic and grid-scale energy storage projects in the UK are already economically viable in certain circumstance as technology costs continue to fall, a new report from KPMG has found.

The UK’s current energy storage capacity is around around 24 MW

UK energy storage capacity could reach 1.6GW with 'effective regulation'

The UK's energy storage capacity could reach 1.6GW by 2020, but only with changes to existing regulations, the industry has claimed.

The houses will feature rooftop solar panels, energy storage systems and waste-to-energy technologies

British and Chinese firms agree landmark zero-carbon homes deal

Up to 8,000 zero-carbon homes are set to be built in the UK thanks to a £1.1bn deal between UK solar developers WElink Energy and British Solar Renewables (BSR) and the China National Building Materials Group (CNBM).

Kilroot Power Station in Northern Ireland, where the new battery array has been installed

UK's largest energy storage project hums into life

Global power company AES has announced completion of the UK's largest battery energy storage array.

Futuristic EVs, innovative solar concepts and zero-carbon cities are all on the horizon

9 green innovations set to take 2016 by storm

As thousands of new gadgets vie for attention at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, edie profiles nine of the most exciting cleantech innovations that could be poised to take off in 2016.

RES already operates nine energy storage projects around the globe, with energy storage capability of up to 48MWh

Renewables firm to build its first UK energy storage project

Hertfordshire-based company Renewable Energy Systems (RES) has announced its first UK contract to build and support a battery energy storage system.

Energy storage, green buildings and water security all feature among the 2016 green business wishlist

16 New Year's resolutions for the green economy in 2016 - Part two

In the second part of edie's 2016 green business wishlist, we look forward to business model shake-ups, new water-saving technologies and Tesla's hotly-anticipated foray into the UK's energy storage market.

Hydricity production combines solar generation with hydrogen production and storage that the researchers claim could rival solar PV systems and energy storage technologies

Could 'hydricity' be the next big energy breakthrough?

With the legally-binding targets of the Paris climate deal reiterating the need for a seismic shift in the development of low-carbon infrastructure and technologies, US researchers are investigating one potential answer.

'Power Paper' is a 15cm wide, less than 1mm thick, sheet of conductive polymer that can store as much as 1 Farad of energy

Groundbreaking Power Paper can store as much electricity as batteries

Swedish researchers have developed a new paper-like material that can store as much energy as market-scale supercapacitors and batteries.

AWS has a long-term commitment to source 100% renewable energy

Amazon Web Services adds 100MW wind farm to booming renewables portfolio

Amazon's cloud computing business, Amazon Web Services (AWS), has contracted US energy firm EDP Renewables to construct and operate a 100MW wind farm in Ohio.

Tesla's Powerwall sits on an interior wall and stores energy generated from rooftop solar PV systems

Packing power: The growth and opportunities of energy storage

The recent surge of new energy storage solutions shows no sign of abating with Tesla's Powerwall coming soon in the UK. But what are the potential implications for sustainability professionals?

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