Europe risks 'second mover' status on battery tech, auditors warn
Europe could be left behind in the international battery-building race, the EU auditors have warned in a report and stressed that better storage is needed if the bloc is to hit its climate and energy targets.
Virtual power plants and 'super hubs': Four smart UK energy systems projects launched by Claire Perry
Energy and Clean Growth Minister Claire Perry has today (3 April) launched four smart energy systems demonstrator projects across the UK, in a bid to help towns and cities become "hubs" to spur the low-carbon transition across the electricity, heat, cooling and transport sectors.
Rolls-Royce and ABB partner to develop microgrid solution for business
Rolls-Royce's Power Systems arm has secured a partnership with robotics and technology firm ABB, which will see the companies collaboratively developing a new microgrid solution for commercial and industrial applications.
BNEF: Battery storage costs have 'plummeted' in past year
The average costs associated with building and operating large-scale lithium-ion battery storage arrays has fallen by 35% since last June, paving the way for more government and business support for the technology.
Doubts raised over viability of 'subsidy-free' renewables
Senior figures from the energy and finance industries have declared doubts over the feasibility of building "subsidy-free" renewables at scale without some form of revenue stabilisation.
Study charts six scenarios for fossil-free energy by 2050
Cutting energy use in buildings, ramping up renewable electricity and developing large-scale storage with hydrogen are clear options in bringing energy emissions down to zero by 2050, according to a new study.
Shell to buy virtual power plant firm Limejump
Oil and gas major Shell has agreed to buy UK-based energy start-up Limejump, a move which will see the firm acquire one of the nation's largest battery storage networks.
Warrington Council moves towards energy self-sufficiency with major solar and storage deal
Two industrial-scale solar farms and a 27MW battery storage facility are set to be installed in York and Hull before the end of next year, after funding for the project closed today (28 February).
How could a no-deal Brexit affect the UK's low-carbon energy transition?
As the Brexit deadline looms and Ministers struggle to take a no-deal option off the table, leading energy and policy experts have argued that leaving the EU without a deal would considerably increase the price of the UK's low-carbon transition.
Ikea's air-purifying curtains and solar space stations: The best green innovations of the week
Each week, numerous eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations that could help businesses and nations deliver on resource efficiency, low-carbon transitions and combat climate change emerge. And each week edie rounds-up six of the best.
Development bank investments could halt emissions rises in developing nations, report finds
By funnelling concessional finance into renewable energy and battery storage projects in developing nations, development finance institutions could halt the rate of emissions growth across such countries altogether.
European platform launched to drive research and innovation on batteries
The European Commission has launched a new cross-sector technology platform to drive research and innovation, knowledge transfer competitiveness across the European battery value chain.
Government launches new funding measures to target energy storage and AI innovations
The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has announced a range of new funding measures aimed at uncovering cost-competitive energy storage technologies and using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to tackle food waste.
Policy shake-up set to fast-track energy storage and renewables projects
The UK Government has launched a consultation to determine how best it can alter planning policy frameworks to support developers and businesses seeking to build energy storage facilities in England.
Shell teams up with Anesco for UK battery storage project
Oil and gas giant Shell has partnered with UK renewables firm Anesco to deliver a new 1.25MW battery storage project in Norfolk.
VW enters energy supply market with new charging and renewable energy firm
German car manufacturer Volkswagen (VW) has announced the creation of a new company within the group that will focus on charging solutions and renewable energy offerings.
Centrica completes 49MW battery facility in Cumbria
Centrica has completed work on a 49MW battery storage facility on the former site of the Roosecote power station in Cumbria.
Bill Gates: Nuclear power 'ideal' for tackling climate challenges
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has argued that nuclear power is an ideal technology to decarbonise the global energy system, as it is less prone to volatility and variable outputs compared to renewables.
Premier Inn installs UK's first hotel-based energy storage unit
Hospitality giant Premier Inn has become the first UK hotelier to install a battery storage unit at a hotel, after fitting a 100kW device at its Edinburgh Park location.
Sugarcane shoes and silicon energy storage: The best green innovations of the week
A number of eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations have emerged that could help businesses and nations deliver on resource efficiency, low-carbon transitions and combat climate change. Here, edie rounds-up six of the best.
Northumbrian Water set to power treatment works with battery storage technology
Water utility Northumbrian Water has unveiled plans to install battery storage systems made using end-of-life electric vehicle (EV) batteries at several of its water treatment works, in a move to store power generated using its onsite renewable arrays.
Arsenal FC to power Emirates Stadium through battery storage system
Arsenal FC has become the first UK football club to install a battery storage system, which will store enough electricity to power the club's 60,000-seater stadium for a 90-minute match.
Report: Renewables could meet half of UK's electricity demands by 2030, at price parity with fossil fuels
Wind and solar power - if distributed using smart, flexible power grids - could meet around 50% of the UK's electricity demands by 2030, at a price parity with coal, oil or gas generation.
edie Explains: Energy storage
How does energy storage work? What are the business benefits of commercial battery systems? And how can they interact with other onsite energy technologies? This free edie Explains guide gives you everything you need to know.
Flexible energy: edie launches new business guides for onsite generation and energy storage
As the UK's energy system undergoes a fascinating transition towards decarbonisation and decentralisation, edie has published two new guides that help businesses seize the opportunities of onsite generation and battery storage technologies to achieve a sustainable future.
BNEF: Global energy storage investment to hit $1.2trn by 2040
Global investment into energy storage technologies including batteries is set to reach $1.2trn by 2040 as technology costs fall, according to new research by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).
Former National Grid boss Steve Holliday: Britain is undergoing a chaotic energy revolution
Former National Grid boss Steve Holliday has championed the role that businesses and innovators have played in igniting a "chaotic revolution" in the energy sector, by accelerating demand for renewable energy and battery storage installations.
UK's energy storage revolution happening faster than expected, study finds
Planning permission applications to install energy storage facilities in the UK have quadrupled since 2016, with a massive increase in capacity expected in the next few years.
EDF Energy to install 1,500 V2G chargers across UK
EDF Energy will deploy up to 1,500 Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) chargers across the UK which will help businesses generate revenue from electric vehicles (EVs) through energy storage and flexibility.
9 ways AI is enhancing sustainability for business
With Google announcing a new £19m fund for businesses using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to address environmental and social issues, edie looks at nine projects that have already delivered notable benefits for business.
AI-assisted flights and SDG smart cities: The sustainability success stories of the week
As part of our Mission Possible campaign, edie brings you this weekly round-up of five of the best sustainability success stories of the week from across the globe.
Why an ex-Tesla VP has turned to storage, blockchain and Virtual Power Plants to 'save the planet'
Last month a UK start-up announced that ex-Tesla vice president Ben Hill was joining their team. Here, edie discovers why he has swapped the world of mobility to embark on a vision to transition the world to 100% renewable energy.
UK Power Networks to trial Faraday Grid technology to bolster renewable generation
UK Power Networks (UKPN) is set to undertake the UK's first trial of Faraday Grid technology to boost flexibility and efficiency as more renewable power projects come online.
Energy storage needs £6bn UK investment by 2030 to keep pace with renewables, research finds
More than £6bn will need to be invested in the UK's energy storage market by 2030 if the nation is to decarbonise at the rate necessary to meet legally-binding carbon targets.
A third of UK utility firms have invested in onsite battery storage, survey reveals
One in three UK-based businesses have installed onsite battery storage facilities at one or more of their sites, a new survey of 1,000 utility managers has revealed.
The World Bank launches $1bn energy storage programme for developing nations
The World Bank has launched a first-of-its-kind $1bn funding programme to fast-track deployment of battery storage projects in developing countries, to 'close the gap' on efforts to transition to cleaner energy sources.
Scotland flicks switch on country's largest battery
Scotland's first utility-scale battery facility has opened this week, a move which experts hope will help pave the way for an energy storage boom in the UK.
Report: Smart technology could reduce annual cost of decarbonising homes by £6.9bn
Smart technologies which improve household energy flexibility have the potential to cut the annual cost of decarbonising Britain's housing stock by almost £7bn, according to a new joint report from Imperial College London (ICL) and OVO Energy.
UK Government to invest £56m in South African battery storage project
Theresa May has revealed that the UK Government will invest £56m into a South African battery storage project to help the nation bolster its renewable power generation output.
Machine makers are leading the way to low-carbon
With regulators and markets increasingly demanding the decarbonisation of high-emitting sectors, we are on the verge of a low-carbon industrial revolution. However, to get over the line the products and services supplied to these sectors need to transform.
UK Power Networks puts forward 'flexibility first' vision
The UK’s largest electricity distributor has proposed adopting a "flexibility first" approach to the delivery of extra grid capacity, in a move that could bring renewable energy onto the network at a lower cost.
Battery site becomes first to supply electricity to UK's Balancing Mechanism
A 10MW battery storage site in Derbyshire has become the first in the UK to deliver electricity to the National Grid's Balancing Mechanism (BM), in a move hailed as "ground-breaking" for the nation's renewable and battery storage industries.
Anglian Water to boost onsite generation with AI-powered energy storage technology
Water utility Anglian Water is set to install an energy storage machine controlled by Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology at one of its water treatment facilities, in a move it claims will increase the site's solar generation by 80%.
Landsec hints at energy storage to bolster Britain's biggest shopping centre solar array
The UK's largest commercial property developer, Landsec, has revealed that it is sourcing 22% less grid electricity for its White Rose shopping centre in Leeds after installing a 2,902-panel solar array on the roof.
Kingfisher to install battery storage at B&Q distribution centre
Home improvement retail giant Kingfisher has announced (30 July) that it will install energy storage facilities at one of its B&Q distribution centres as part of its overall goal to become a net-positive business by 2050.
Capital goods sector primed to capitalise on low-carbon transition, says CDP
The capital goods sector is on the "verge of a low-carbon industrial revolution" with numerous high-profile companies urged to turn to microgrids, energy storage and hybrid renewables to lower emissions and capture new economic opportunities, a new report has found.
First batteries installed for Isles of Scilly smart storage project
A £10.8m smart energy project testing how solar power, smart heating and electric vehicles (EVs) can be used to improve the energy system on the Isles of Scilly had its first set of storage batteries installed on Tuesday (24 July).
First of many? Why Amsterdam Arena is pursuing energy independence through battery storage
As the World Cup enters a nail-biting final week, edie explores how one football stadium is using battery storage innovation to revolutionise how local communities can store and consume energy.
UK's largest battery storage facility comes online in Hertfordshire
Bishop's Stortford in Hertfordshire is to host the largest battery storage facility in the UK, after a 50MW installation was unveiled July 9.
UK Power Networks to host UK's first 'virtual' solar power station
The UK's largest electricity distributor has unveiled its plan to create the nation's first "virtual" solar power station by the end of the year, using PV panels on the rooftops of its London customers' homes.
Five of the best: Faraday Battery Challenge grant winners
With the Government announcing £22m of funding for a host of "world-leading" battery storage projects, edie takes a look at five of the winning programmes that could accelerate the UK's burgeoning low-carbon economy.
New venture offers UK businesses free battery storage installations
Medium and large energy users in the UK private sector have been offered access to battery storage installations, at no extra cost, under a new joint venture.
Driving towards an all-electric future
The EV transition is gathering pace, and the question has turned from if to when uptake will reach a tipping point - current industry studies suggest that this is likely to occur between 2025 and 2035.
Carlsberg exploring energy storage to supplement onsite generation
EXCLUSIVE: Carlsberg’s director of environment and utilities, Adam Pawelas, has revealed that the global brewer is in the “early stages” of exploring integration methods for energy storage to support onsite generation.
World's first liquid air energy storage facility launches in Bury
The world's first grid-scale liquid air energy storage (LAES) facility opened in Bury on Tuesday (5 June) in a move that could stimulate the market for long-duration energy storage technologies.
Policy needed to solve the 'Rubik's cube' of energy storage
EXCLUSIVE: Regulatory frameworks need to act as a "steady hand" to grow the business case for energy storage solutions, with expert delegates from UK Power Networks (UKPN) and energy not-for-profit Regen SW likening the market to a Rubik's cube that was almost aligned.
UK to host world's first battery and rapid EV charging network
The world's first 2GW network of grid-scale batteries and rapid electric vehicle (EV) charging stations is set to be installed in the UK at a cost of £1.6bn, as the result of a partnership announced today by the National Grid and Pivot Power.
Energy storage revolution within 10 years is essential, says E.ON boss
EXCLUSIVE: E.ON chief executive Michael Lewis has claimed that an energy storage revolution must happen within a decade if the world is to meet the Paris Agreement goals.
Final places remaining for free Mission Possible Workshops at edie Live
Sustainability and energy professionals have just a few days left to pre-book their place for a series of free 'co-creation' workshops taking place at edie Live on 22-23 May.
Call for government to 'step up' support for hydrogen
The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) has called on the government to "step up" its support for the use of hydrogen to decarbonise the energy system across power, heat and transport.
Subsidy cuts slow growth of independent renewables, report finds
Investment in new, independent renewable energy projects in the UK totalled £227m in 2017, down by almost 20% from 2016 figures, according to a new report published this week.
Ørsted lines up first major UK battery storage project
Energy firm Ørsted has announced its first venture into large-scale energy storage systems, after announcing plans to build and operate a 20MW battery storage project near Liverpool.
OVO launches domestic V2G electric vehicle charger
Customers of Ovo Energy who own electric vehicles (EVs) "will never need to pay for a mile of driving again," following the launch of a new vehicle-to-grid (V2G) charging technology by the supplier.
BP and Google set to embrace battery boon
Major oil firm BP will work with Tesla to run a battery storage pilot at one of its windfarm projects in South Dakota, while Google has revealed it is "investigating" battery projects for later this year.
Making the smart-grid transition: edie launches free guide for businesses
Organisations seeking to capitalise on the benefits offered by smart grid technologies and solutions now have access to a new edie Explains guide which breaks down everything you need to know about making the smart grid transition.
edie Live 2018: Show programme complete as plastics and SDGs take centre stage
The show content for edie's annual exhibition has been confirmed, with plastics waste, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), energy storage and employee engagement among the hot topics that will be debated across four theatres at the two-day show in May.
Cross-sector electric vehicle project targets energy-neutral office buildings
Companies from the energy, transport and technology sectors have joined forces to explore how electric vehicles (EVs) can facilitate energy storage solutions that link up to onsite renewable installations and building energy management systems (BEMS) on office buildings.
EDF to invest €8bn in energy storage leadership bid
EDF has turned its focus to the global energy storage market with a goal to develop 10GW storage around the world by 2035.
Taking place TODAY: edie's webinar on delivering 'smart grid of the future'
Taking place today 20 March at 11am (BST), the hour-long webinar will explore how clean technologies and innovations such as battery storage and demand response can drive efficiency, cut costs and enhance energy strategies.
Taking place TUESDAY: edie's webinar on delivering 'smart grid of the future'
Taking place tomorrow 20 March at 11am (BST), the hour-long webinar will explore how clean technologies and innovations such as battery storage and demand response can drive efficiency, cut costs and enhance energy strategies.
Swindon given go-ahead for 50MW battery project
Swindon is set to host one of the UK's largest battery storage facilities after the town's council received planning consent for the project.
Energy storage investment fund to raise £100m on London Stock Exchange
The world's first listed investment fund targeting energy storage developers and projects is attempting to raise £100m after floating on the London Stock Exchange.
Taking place on Tuesday: Live energy innovation webinar
Energy experts from Aggregate Industries and Oxford University are among the confirmed speakers for a live, interactive webinar taking place on Tuesday 20 March which will focus on delivering the smart grid of the future, today.
Energy resilience roundtable: Paving the path to a clean energy future
Energy management experts from some of the world's biggest manufacturers and retailers recently came together for an exclusive roundtable hosted by edie and Centrica Business Solutions to explore some of the biggest challenges and opportunities when it comes to building energy resilience.
Honda to play central role in V2G demonstrator project
Car giant Honda has teamed up with other firms, local bodies and academic institutions for a new project that aims to demonstrate the business case for Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) technologies across the UK.
Renault EVs and battery storage used for Portuguese 'smart island' project
Automaker Renault has agreed to partner with a Portuguese utility company to transform the island of Porto Santo into a "Smart Fossil Free Island" that combines electric vehicles (EV) with renewable energy.
General Electric targets giant Midlands battery storage system
General Electric (GE) is targeting a portion of the UK's growing battery storage market, after partnering with London energy firm Arenko to create one of the UK's largest fully-integrate battery storage solutions.
Energy storage research gets £42m Government funding
Developing a new generation of lighter and safer electric vehicle (EV) batteries is one of the first four projects be awarded funding from the Government backed Faraday Institution.
Nissan unveils energy storage and solar solution for UK homes
Car giant Nissan has launched an "all-in-one" energy solution for UK homes, combining solar panels with an energy storage system.
Santander invests £28.5m in UK battery storage firm
Banking firm Santander has become one of the first senior debt lenders to provide financial support to the energy storage sector, after backing an independent UK battery developer with a £28.5m funding investment.
UK's largest battery storage portfolio unveiled
The UK's biggest portfolio of utility-scale enhanced frequency response battery storage sites has been completed.
Integrated storage and renewables tipped to be worth $23bn by 2026
The global energy storage and renewables integration (ESRI) will be worth more than $23bn by 2026, according to new analysis from clean energy researchers.
2017 green policy review: A year of progress and pleasant surprises
What a difference a year makes. Let us briefly cast our minds back to the halcyon days of January 2017 - who would have thought that a widely-ridiculed Jeremy Corbyn would soon become favourite to be the next PM; that a divorced mixed-raced American actress would be about to enter the Royal Family, or that a vastly experienced England cricket team would succumb to a humiliating Ashes defeat Down Under before the Boxing Day test?
M&S and Landsec exploring energy storage to increase resilience
Energy managers from British retailer M&S and property developer Landsec revealed they are exploring the potential of battery storage technologies on their estates during a recent edie webinar about energy resilience.
UK can deliver 12GW of battery storage with stronger policies, report finds
A new report estimates that 12GW of subsidy-free battery deployment could be possible in the UK by 2021, despite only 0.6 GW of capacity being installed and operational so far, but only if the Government learns from past failings in the solar market.
The hot topic: Where does heating fit into a low-carbon electricity network?
The decarbonisation of the UK's electricity network is set to have significant implications for how low carbon heat is delivered to the buildings of the future. These changes will likely influence new policy from the Greater London Authority, as well as national guidance, regulations and calculation methodologies. The way that London responds to delivering low carbon heat needs to evolve over the coming months and years.
Coventry to host UK's first EV battery research centre
The Government has confirmed that Coventry will be the home of the UK's first battery development facility, set up to help make the UK a world-leader in EV technology and innovation.
Swindon to host one of UK's largest battery projects
Public Power Solutions, a company owned by Swindon Borough Council, has submitted a planning application to build one of the UK's largest battery storage projects.
One-hour webinar on building business energy resilience
Join energy management experts from M&S, Landsec and Centrica Business Solutions on Thursday 30 November at 11am for a live, interactive webinar exploring the practical steps businesses can take to achieve energy resilience.
Energy storage: edie launches free business guide to battery technology
Organisations seeking to capitalise on the benefits of energy storage now have access to a new edie Explains guide which breaks down everything you need to know about the technology.
BNEF: Energy storage market to double six times by 2030
The global energy storage market looks to mirror the rapid growth the solar industry experienced between 2000 and 2015, with a new Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) report predicting that the energy storage market will double six times by 2030.
Balancing act: Storage and flexible energy vital to UK’s renewables tipping point
The cost of generating energy from wind and solar in the UK is expected to halve by 2040, but the expected future power system volatility will lead to more economic opportunities for flexible energy sources and storage capacity.
The Problem with Solar (and other Renewables)
Night is the Achilles Heel of solar and this leads onto other interesting problems with other domestic renewable options
Could Tesla's world-first hybrid energy project modernise electricity grids?
Following the deal to develop a world-first renewable energy project that combines wind, solar and battery storage in Australia, automaker and energy disruptor Tesla has been invited to showcase the "power and scalability" of its products in hurricane-hit Puerto Rico.
Get the latest business guide - edie Explains energy resilience
From ensuring business continuity and mitigating the risks of black or brown outs, to protecting your business from energy price rises the latest edie Explains guide, has it all.
edie Explains: Energy resilience
Energy resilience is about ensuring a business has a reliable, regular supply of energy and contingency measures in place in the event of a power failure.
Renault's new smartphone app enables EV owners to source renewables from the grid
French car manufacturer Renault will launch a smart phone app that enables electric vehicle (EV) owners to map charging times to benefit from renewable energy and lower electricity consumption prices.
IRENA: Falling costs could see installed battery storage grow 17-fold by 2030
Battery storage installations could experience a 17-fold growth by 2030 due to the rapidly falling price of batteries, according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).
Nissan to pilot microgrid trials in 2018
Nissan will trial and assess microgrid systems across Europe in 2018, to examine how local communities can gain access to sustained energy sources, by combining renewable energy and battery storage technologies.
Nissan's 'revolutionary' mobility plan aims to 'remove any barrier' for EV uptake
New LEAF and van models, a rollout on new public charging infrastructure and an innovative commitment to give users free access to flexible electricity sourcing were all announced as pillars in Nissan's "revolutionary mobility energy plan" to "remove any barrier" from electric vehicle use.