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    1. Hotel to Operate on Battery Power in Edinburgh

      Hotel to Operate on Battery Power in Edinburgh

      An Edinburgh hotel is claimed to be the first in the UK to be powered by battery. The Gyle Premier Inn at Edinburgh Park has installed a five-tonne battery. It will charge from the grid in off-peak periods and power the 200-room site for several hours each day. The lithium ion battery will save the hotel £20,000 a year on its energy bill. It is able to power the hotel, including the restaurant, for up to three hours after a two-hour charge. Electricity company E.ON has supplied and installed the technology at the hotel and will be remotely managing the battery's workload and efficiency from its energy management center in Glasgow.

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    2. How Can We Store More Energy From the Sun and the Wind?

      How Can We Store More Energy From the Sun and the Wind?

      Storage methods currently being used around the world include batteries, flywheels, geothermal plants, compressed air and hydrogen - even ice. But the the most popular method is hydro power - water pumped to the top of a mountain and then released to power turbines at the bottom. According to research company Navigant, global energy storage capacity is going to rise from about 1,750 megawatts (MW) in 2016 to nearly 11,000 MW by 2020.

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    3. Tesla Unveils Batteries to Power Homes

      Tesla Unveils Batteries to Power Homes

      Chief executive Elon Musk announced the firm would build batteries that store solar energy and serve as a back-up system for consumers during blackouts. The device would allow consumers to get off a power grid or bring energy to remote areas that are not on a grid. Tesla plans to start shipping the units to installers in the US by this summer.

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    4. Energy Storage Paves Way for Electricity Independence

      Energy Storage Paves Way for Electricity Independence

      Renewables have the power to transform not just the world's energy markets, but global economics and geopolitics. But wind and solar alone cannot deliver a world of clean and free fuel. Both are, by their very nature, variable, so to realise their true potential other technologies need to be harnessed. Improving connectivity to other countries is one relatively simple solution, but in a world where governments are becoming increasingly preoccupied with energy security, its attractions are somewhat limited. Managing demand more effectively using smart grids and appliances is another. But the technology with the most revolutionary potential is energy storage.

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