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    1. Engie Takes Shine to US PV

      Engie Takes Shine to US PV

      Engie North America is to acquire US solar developer SoCore Energy, which has 150MW of projects operating or under construction. SoCore Energy also has a further 170MW of projects at late-stage development, as well as plans for plants including battery storage. Engie will also retain SoCore’s 70 personnel and Chicago-based headquarters. Engie North America president and chief executive Frank Demaille said: “By adding more solar energy to our other retail, wind, and biomass offerings in the US, we can meet customers’ renewable energy procurement goals much more comprehensively than before.” 

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    2. Northern Power Teams up for Storage

      Northern Power Teams up for Storage

      US wind turbine maker Northern Power Systems has entered into a strategic partnership with compatriot Eos Energy Storage to offer battery systems for UK utilities and commercial/industrial customers. The initiative will combine Eos' Aurora zinc batteries with Northern Power’s inverter, control systems and engineering expertise.

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    3. GE Unveils Battery Newbie

      GE Unveils Battery Newbie

      GE and a Californian utility have unveiled what they claim is a first-of-its-kind battery storage system that will provide instant natural gas power to back up renewable energy supplies. The first of two hybrid electric gas turbine systems was delivered for utility Southern California Edison around two months after the announcement of initial deployment plans, the companies said.

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    4. Anesco Acquires 40MW Storage

      Anesco Acquires 40MW Storage

      Anesco has acquired four battery storage projects backed by capacity market contracts from London developer Green Hedge. Located in the East Midlands and West Sussex, the 10MW projects were among the first energy storage schemes to be allocated 15-year contracts in December’s capacity market auction.

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    5. RES Rocks Glastonbury Storage

      RES Rocks Glastonbury Storage

      RES has completed its first energy storage project in the UK with a 300kW/640kWh lithium-ion battery system at a solar farm in Somerset. The Hertfordshire developer’s system was installed alongside a 1.3MW British Solar Renewables' PV site at Butleigh near Glastonbury. The under-construction system was ordered by DNO Western Power Distribution under a turnkey contract after RES won a tender last November.

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      Mentions: UK BYD
    6. Iberdrola Plugs in Battery Demo

      Iberdrola Plugs in Battery Demo

      Iberdrola and AEG Power Solutions have developed a prototype battery storage station to help boost renewables integration on the grid. The Sistema de Almacenamiento de Energía a Gran escala para la Red Eléctrica (Sager) demo (pictured), in which innovation foundation Tecnalia is also a partner, is sited at Iberdrola’s Archimedes substation in Vitoria, Spain. It is designed to store 0.6MWh during low-demand time and inject it to the grid to meet peak demand. Sager allows Iberdrola to monitor the grid load closely and integrate locally generated wind power “efficiently, safely and at low cost”, the company said. The local monitoring unit will be delivered to the site in January 2015, when it will be field-tested for the first time.

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      Mentions: Spain Delaware
    7. ABB adds PowerStore to Alaska

      ABB adds PowerStore to Alaska

      Switzerland-based ABB is to install two 1MW PowerStore grid stabilisation generators on Kodiak Island in Alaska to enable the integration of more energy from an expanded wind farm to a microgrid. The work is being undertaken on behalf of the island’s resident-owned cooperative Kodiak Electric Association (KEA). ABB said the integration will also address stability challenges that will arise from a crane upgrade being undertaken to enhance port operations in Kodiak.

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    8. Mainstream Trials Battery in Ireland

      Mainstream Trials Battery in Ireland

      Mainstream Renewable Power is to trial a large-scale power storage system at an Irish wind farm from September. The Wind-Storage Hybrid Study, with assistance from Enterprise Ireland, will look at integrating wind generation with a mixture of flywheel, synchronous condenser and battery technologies. The aim is to assess the commercial viability of installing 2MW of storage at an operational 10MW wind site, then running the resulting hybrid station in the current Single Electricity Market.

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    9. Finland Eyes Energy Storage Crown

      Finland Eyes Energy Storage Crown

      Finland has launched a €7m project to develop storage systems for wind and solar energy. The Neo-Carbon Energy scheme is a partnership by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Lappeenranta University of Technology and the Finland Futures Research Centre at the University of Turku. The trio said the aim is to “create a competence base and potential testing areas”, enabling Finland to demonstrate “that it belongs among the global elite within the field”.

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    10. UK Urged to Boost Hydro Storage

      UK Urged to Boost Hydro Storage

      The UK and Scottish governments have been urged to set up a new body to examine the potential of hydroelectric pumped storage to boost energy security. Trade body Scottish Renewables said Westminster and Holyrood need to “join forces to drive forward the only electricity storage technology which can operate on a commercial scale”. Initial plans are in place for investment in new and upgraded schemes in Scotland that could unlock more than £1bn of investment and create several hundred jobs during construction and operation. 

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    11. Wind Storage System Wins £3.6m

      Wind Storage System Wins £3.6m

      The developer of a system that stores electricity generated by wind turbines has been awarded £3.6m in funding by DECC. Energy and Climate Change Minister Baroness Verma said the cash would help REDT UK cut costs and bring its technology to the market.  Moixa Technology, which has developed small battery-based storage units for homes, also shared in the £5m pot.

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    12. LIPA on NY Renewables Hunt

      LIPA on NY Renewables Hunt

      The Long Island Power Authority has issued a competitive procurement call for up to 280MW of “on island” renewable energy capacity including offshore wind, solar and fuel cells by 2018. The New York utility also issued a second request for proposal seeking 1630MW of generation, storage and demand response resources “to replace current peaking generation with a variety of more efficient resources to be in service by 2019″.

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