1. France's Big Battery Storage Opportunity: Islands

    France's Big Battery Storage Opportunity: Islands

    France doesn't have much of a battery storage market. But French companies are building up their credibility in the sector through projects on the country's islands, as well as in other remote communities abroad. The battery maker Saft, for example, is winning orders for battery packs everywhere from the Arctic Circle to the moon. But one of its most important orders so far this year is a 520-kilowatt-hour, 1-megawatt lithium-ion battery system for the Tokyo Electric Power Company subsidiary Takaoka Toko Co. on Niijima, a Japanese island in the Philippine Sea.

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