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First European Battery Park To Black Start The Grid

The ECOreport looks at another chapter in Younicos’ sags, the first European battery park to black start the grid

By Roy L Hales

Though black-outs are common occurrences in North America, they are virtually unknown in Germany. Philip Hiersemenzel of the Berlin-based storage pioneer Younicos, explained this is “because our grid is very strong am there are lots of fall back options.” So what is the significance of the first European battery park to black start the grid?

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One Of The World’s Largest Battery Storage Systems

The ECOreport looks at Younicos’ new English contract, designing one of the world’s largest battery storage systems

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1Britain’s largest domestic supplier of natural gas and electricity has its’ eyes on the low carbon future. Nuclear plants and wind farms produced 54% of the power Centrica sold in the domestic market during 2015.1 Last week the company announced it will be building one of the world’s largest battery storage systems in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, UK.

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  1. Climate Change, Centrica, p 7

Younicos Will Receive $50 Million in Growth Capital

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMGerman energy storage pioneer Younicos will receive $50 million in growth capital from a consortium that includes First Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSLR), Grupo ECOS and an undisclosed sustainable investment-focused private equity firm.

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Questioning Thomas Grigoleit About Energiewende

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMI finally met Thomas Grigoleit last week. The Director of Energy and Environmental Technology for Germany’s economic development agency (Germany Trade and Invest) peddled up to the restaurant where we were waiting. He had left the office for the day and, folding his suit into a rucksack, set off on his bicycle to meet the North American journalists. This was probably going to be my best opportunity for questioning Thomas Grigoleit about Energiewende.

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Younicos Is Not Involved In A Merger

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The rumour that German energy storage developer Younicos is involved in a merger is false. PV magazine cites the German Cartel Office as its’ source for the story that one of Younicos’ potential investors, Panasonic “has registered for a merger control.” This appears to be true, but according to Younico’s spokesperson, Philip Hiersemenzel, it has nothing to do with them. Younicos is not involved in a merger.

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While Germany Explores Energy Storage Technologies at Breakneck Speeds, The US Isn’t Far Behind

Published on Renewable Energy World

Philip Hiersemenzel, spokesman for Younicos, stated that Germany could be using 60 percent renewables if the right storage tech were in place. Startling as this announcement seems, the US is not as far behind as people think.

By Roy Hales, Contributor

The U.S. is surging ahead in terms of adopting battery storage. In 2013-2014, U.S. companies installed, or were in the process of installing more than 300 MW of energy storage capacity. The largest is Southern California Edison’s Tehachapi Energy Storage Project. It is a 8-MW system capable of supplying 32 megawatt-hours of electricity to the grid.

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A longer version of this story was in the November/December 204 Renewable Energy World Magazine

The Data contradicts several Myths about Renewable Energy

The ECOreport examined the latest data from EIA and Fraunhofer ISE and found the data contradicts several myths about Renewable Energy.

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The biggest news to come out of the US Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) report for August, is that utility solar’s production of electricity is up 93.6% over last year. This is the principal reason that the renewable contribution is up 9.6% and only half of the story. The EIA does not record production from rooftop solar (which means solar’s overall contribution is significantly higher) and production figures are down in every fossil fuel sector. This trend is also seen in the latest figures  from Germany, where solar production is up 7.7%, wind 8% and biomass 11% over last year. The data contradicts several myths about Renewable energy.

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Lessons from Germany – Part 2, Zach Shahan

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Broadcast on Cortes Community Radio, CKTZ, 89.5 FM at 10:00 am on October15, 2014. 

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US Emissions Are Far Worse Than We Thought

The ECOreport finds CO2 emissions  and methane emissions virtually ignored, US emissions are far worse than we thought

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Only months ago, US GHG emissions seemed to be shrinking. Apologists for natural gas productions seized upon this as proof LNG is a transition fuel to a greener economy in the future. The latest U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) report shows this trend has reversed itself. CO2 emissions from fossil fuels are up 2.74%, compared to 2013. As this figure does not include methane, which is 20 times more potent than CO2 over time, US emissions are far worse than we thought.

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