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    1. Battery Storage Uptake by Households Surges as Grid Costs Soar

      Battery Storage Uptake by Households Surges as Grid Costs Soar

      Battery storage system installations in Australia look set to confirm predictions they will treble in 2017, driven by a growing uptake of home battery systems. New data shows more than 7000 were installed across the nation in the first six month of the year – surpassing the 6500 sales recorded for all of 2016 – and are headed for a total of more than 20,000 by the year’s end. According to the SunWiz 2017 Mid-Year Battery Report, published on Wednesday, the market predicts the second half of 2017 to grow by 50 per cent on 2017-H1 figures, leading to total 2017 installations of 17,500. SunWiz, however, believes the figure could exceed 20,000.

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    2. S.A. Calls Tender for "Next Generation" Renewables and Storage

      S.A. Calls Tender for "Next Generation" Renewables and Storage

      South Australia has announced plans to hold a tender for the “next generation” of renewable energy technologies, including projects that provide “firming” for current and pending wind and solar projects, bulk energy storage, and bio-energy. Premier Jay Weatherill says developers will be invited to apply for a share of the $150 million Renewable Technology Fund, or at least the estimated $130 million that is left after the commitment to the Tesla big battery to be built in Jamestown by December 1.

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    3. Leading the Charge: Battery Storage to Jump-Start Clean Energy Transition

      Leading the Charge: Battery Storage to Jump-Start Clean Energy Transition

      In a series of tweets in early March, Tesla founder, CEO and Chairman Elon Musk made a dramatic offer to help address the issues bedeviling South Australia’s electricity grid: he offered to install 100MW of battery storage within 100 days — or the system would be free. This led to talks between Musk and South Australia’s Premier, and with Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

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    4. World's Biggest Solar + Battery Storage Plant Ready to Build in SA

      World's Biggest Solar + Battery Storage Plant Ready to Build in SA

      The world’s biggest solar and battery storage plant – and Australia’s biggest solar farm – could begin construction this year, after the project was formally launched in Adelaide on Thursday. The developer of the $1 billion South Australian project, Lyon Group, said construction of the plant, which will include 330MW of solar PV and a 100MW/400MWh battery storage system, would begin in the coming months, with operations set to commence by the end of 2017.

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    5. With Battery Storage, the Kodak Moment Has Finally Arrived

      With Battery Storage, the Kodak Moment Has Finally Arrived

      Who would have thought that, scarcely five weeks after Treasurer Scott Morrison, paraded a chunk of coal in parliament, planning for Australia’s energy needs would be dominated by renewables, batteries and hydro? For months now, the Coalition has been talking down renewables, blaming them for power failures, blackouts, and an unreliable energy network. South Australia was bearing the brunt of this campaign. The state that couldn’t keep its lights on had Coalition politicians and mainstream journalists vexatiously attributing the blame to its high density of renewables.

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    6. SA power plan: Why so much gas, when storage is so cheap?

      SA power plan: Why so much gas, when storage is so cheap?

      Of all the great initiatives that came out of South Australia’s energy plan on Tuesday, one thing doesn’t appear to make sense: why spend so much money on a peaking gas generator when storage options are clearly cheaper? The big question was over these two sums: The $360 million in government monies set aside for a 250MW gas plant that might rarely be switched on, and the $20 million that treasurer Tom Koutsantonis says could be enough to get a 100MW battery storage facility built by the private sector before summer.

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    7. Geli Adds New Software Player to Australia Battery Storage Market

      Geli Adds New Software Player to Australia Battery Storage Market

      California energy software and network solutions company Geli has joined the increasingly attractive battery storage market in Australia, announcing on Monday that it has opened an office in Melbourne. Geli – which stands for Growing Energy Labs Inc, and which is backed by innovation funds sponsored by Shell and the Australian government – has already been involved in the nascent battery storage market in Australia, winning a share of the ACT’s battery storage tender in conjunction with Energy Matters and Tesla late last year.

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    8. ABB Microgrid to Bring Clean Energy and Power Reliability to Alaska Community

      ABB Microgrid to Bring Clean Energy and Power Reliability to Alaska Community

      ABB will provide an innovative microgrid, combining battery and flywheel based storage technologies, designed to test scalability and improve power stability for around 300,000 people in Anchorage, Alaska, USA. The small scale project, initiated by Chugach Electric Association, Inc., aims to identify technologies that will enable the integration of more renewables, including wind power from a 17 megawatt (MW) wind farm on Fire Island, located about 4 km off the coast of Anchorage, which will work in concert with the innovative storage solution

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    9. Three Signs That the Great Energy Disruption is Already Here

      Three Signs That the Great Energy Disruption is Already Here

      Nearly 10 months ago, Tony Seba, author of the 2014 book Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation, posted a video on YouTube, “CleanDisruption.” In both, he projected that a nearly complete disruption of the energy business would begin in 2020 and be well underway by 2022, the year he projects for distributed solar power with battery backup to fall below the cost of transmitting electricity. It is a point at which centralized power plants, if they are to compete with solar-plus-storage, will have to provide power for free. He believes that all centralized electric power producers will be obsolete by 2030, as will conventional cars and utility companies.

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    10. AEMO Hires New York Energy Reformer as New CEO

      AEMO Hires New York Energy Reformer as New CEO

      The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) has hired Audrey Zibelman, one of the leading players in New York’s ground-breaking “Reforming the Energy Vision” (REV), as its new chief executive. Audrey ZibelmanThe appointment of Zibelman (pictured right) follows the death last year of her predecessor Matt Zema, and could signal the biggest ever shift in culture and technology of the AEMO, which is responsible for the operation of Australia’s main grids, but which has been criticised in some quarters for its slow response to renewable energy and other new technologies.

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    11. Eight Energy Companies Win ACT Battery Storage Auction

      Eight Energy Companies Win ACT Battery Storage Auction

      The ACT government has announced the winners of the second round of its battery storage auction, part of a nation-leading plan to deploy 36MW of cutting edge distributed battery storage in more than 5,000 Territory homes and businesses by 2020. The eight winners of the tender – ActewAGL Retail, Energy Matters, EPC Solar, Evergen, ITP Renewables, Origin Energy, Power Saving Centre and Solarhub – will share in $2 million of grant funding to roll out the technology at subsidized rates.

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    12. LG Chem Unveils New Battery Storage, Adding More Choice for Solar Households

      LG Chem Unveils New Battery Storage, Adding More Choice for Solar Households

      LG Chem, the South Korean company with the biggest share of the grid-connected battery storage market in Australia, has released its new generation systems, promising they will offer more choice, and be cheaper, smaller, lighter, and with improved aesthetics. LG Chem, which claims nearly half of the nascent but rapidly growing Australian grid-connected market, is offering low voltage and high voltage options to Australian households, with its new battery storage systems ranging from a stackable 3.3kWh lithium-ion system to a 9.8kWh system.

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    13. ACT Targets 600 Homes in Second Round of Battery Storage Tender

      ACT Targets 600 Homes in Second Round of Battery Storage Tender

      The ACT government continues to lead the field in battery storage incentives in Australia, announcing on Wednesday morning that it will target around 600 Canberra homes and businesses in the second round of its battery storage tender. The new funding round will make $2 million available, which ACT environment and energy minister Simon Corbell says should result in about 2MW of battery storage capacity. It is part of an overall program to fund around 36MW of battery storage, the largest supported program in Australia by quite a distance.

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    14. Another global solar giant to launch battery storage product in Australia

      Another global solar giant to launch battery storage product in Australia

      The nascent but highly prospective residential battery storage market in Australia has drawn another major international player, with Chinese solar giant GCL Poly to make a global launch of its battery storage product in Melbourne early next month. GCL Poly, which has become the biggest player in the supply of poly-silicon and wafers to the solar PV market, and which is also a major developer of solar farms, will launch its new product at the Energy Storage Conference in early May.

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    15. Biggest Battery Storage Array Mooted for South Australia Wind Farm

      Biggest Battery Storage Array Mooted for South Australia Wind Farm

      A ground-breaking study involving leading utilities and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency has suggested that Australia’s largest battery storage array could be installed at a South Australian wind farm. The study – Energy Storage for Commercial Renewable Integration in South Australia (ESCRI-SA) – looks at a range of possibilities for non-hydro storage in South Australia and concludes that a 10MW, 20MWh lithium-ion battery storage facility next to the 91MW Wattle Valley wind farm on the Yorke Peninsula is the best option.

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    16. Europe’s Sonnen Launches Battery Storage Product into Australia

      Europe’s Sonnen Launches Battery Storage Product into Australia

      Leading European battery storage developer Sonnen has announced it will soon launch its Sonnenbatterie product in Australia, joining a host of international and local brand names, including Tesla, LG, Enphase, Panasonic, Samsung, Redflow and Ecoult in tapping into the first big domestic battery storage market in the world. sonnenThe German-based Sonnen, which makes lithium-ion battery storage systems, says it will partner with True Value Solar – the biggest installer in Australia – to offer an all-in-one system of rooftop solar panels and the SonnenBatterie. It also expects to introduce peer-to-peer trading, meaning that households with battery storage will be able to trade energy with neighbours. It has already introduced such a product into Europe.

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    17. Renew Economy: Redflow Sets up Adelaide “Battery Lab” Ahead of Home Storage Launch

      Renew Economy: Redflow Sets up Adelaide “Battery Lab” Ahead of Home Storage Launch

      Ahead of the launch of its residential battery storage offering later this month, Australian energy storage company Redflow has established a “battery lab” in Adelaide to assist with its software development and to certify its zinc bromide flow batteries with multiple inverters. The new facility will be located in Kent Town, not far from the Base64 office of Simon Hackett, Redflow’s executive chairman and a major shareholder in the Brisbane-based company. Hackett, who is developing Battery Management System (BMS) software for the residential battery, established the lab on the premises of an existing business in which he is also a shareholder. He said it was an ideal complement to Redflow’s Large Scale Battery (LSB) – one of which was to be installed at Base64 this month – “as a real-world demonstration of the effective grid-scale energy storage capabilities that Redflow also has to offer.”

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    18. Redflow to Start Selling Home Battery Storage in March

      Redflow to Start Selling Home Battery Storage in March

      ASX-listed battery storage company Redflow says it expects to launch its “plug and play” home battery storage unit as soon as next month, with the first residential installations set to take place in June. Brisbane-based Redflow, whose unique zinc bromine flow battery technology has previously targeted the commercial market, as well as off-grid mining applications, said in an ASX release on Wednesday that it planned to launch its entry into the residential energy storage space at the end of March 2016.

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    19. Ecoult Battery System Trialled for Grid Support Role in Ireland

      Ecoult Battery System Trialled for Grid Support Role in Ireland

      Australian-based battery storage technology developer Ecoult is taking its product to Europe for the first time, following its selection to be used in a trial to provide back-up services for electricity grid. The Sydney-based company, a spin off from the CSIRO, says one of its Ultra-Battery energy storage products is to be installed in Dublin in a smart grid testbed to integrate fast-response storage with the electricity grid.

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    20. Coalition to Accelerate Battery Storage in Australian Households

      Coalition to Accelerate Battery Storage in Australian Households

      The Australian government has announced that it wants to accelerate the deployment of battery storage in Australian households, chiefly as a means to reduce huge peaks in demand and reduce costs for consumers, but also to cut emissions. Environment minister Greg Hunt says he wants the two institutions that have been brought within his department – the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) – to bring forward the widespread deployment of battery storage.

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    21. Battery Storage Barely Scratched Surface of Possibilities in Australia

      Battery Storage Barely Scratched Surface of Possibilities in Australia

      Battery storage is already starting to make its mark in Australia in the household market and at the utility level, but according to one of the world leading battery manufacturers, it ain’t seen nothing yet. South Korean group Kokam says battery technology is presenting cost effective opportunities across a myriad applications – from luxury boats, ferries, and off-grid electrical systems – to substituting the coal fired generators and gas turbines that provide “spinning reserve” for the main grid.

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