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Batteries & Energy Storage

Up to 1 million Aussie homes with battery storage by 2020: Morgan Stanley

June 23, 2016
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US investment bank Morgan Stanley has predicted battery storage technology will be installed at rate four times quicker than Australia’s incumbent energy industry expects, in a new report. The report, Asia Insight: Solar and batteries, reveals Morgan Stanley expects the market for battery storage to grow from about 2,000 Australian homes now to one million by […]

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Amount of Aussie energy from rooftop solar to quadruple by 2035: AEMO

June 21, 2016
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The Australian Energy Market Operator has outlined some of the major impacts that rooftop solar and battery storage will have on the national gird, in its first major assessment of the residential market. AEMO estimates that the amount of electricity generated by rooftop solar PV will rise more than four-fold in the next two decades […]

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How AllGrid energy is reducing energy costs for remote communities and beyond

June 16, 2016
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AllGrid Energy made a big splash last year after it announced a home battery storage product – the WattGrid – which the company claimed would rival Tesla’s much vaunted Powerwall. The company has gone from strength to strength since then, carving out a niche for itself in providing affordable electricity to Indigenous communities in remote parts of […]

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Power vs energy in home battery storage systems

June 16, 2016
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Different battery storage products have different specifications and capabilities, making them better or less well-suited for various applications. In this article we’ll talk about ‘power batteries’ vs ‘energy batteries’ – two terms that are sometimes used to describe battery products. Power batteries Power is a term generally used describe instantaneous electrical output. You can think […]

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Adelaide Sustainable City Incentive off to strong start

June 10, 2016
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Adelaide City Council says the response to its expanded low-carbon technology incentive scheme has got off to a strong start, with 1MW of solar PV installed since July 2015. The Sustainable City Incentive Scheme has also led to the replacement of more than 800 halogen downlights with LEDs, and the installation of 90 kilowatt hours […]

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NSW transmission network to install 1MW battery banks for commercial customers

June 10, 2016
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NSW-based Transgrid has revealed plans to install a number of 1MW-sized battery storage systems at commercial customers, in a major push into smaller, grid-scale energy storage. Transgrid’s Anthony England said the company was looking to partner with commercial businesses – hardware chains, supermarkets, data centres and others – “with room for a container out the […]

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Storage & community energy eyed as possible solutions to projected electricity demand growth in Mandurah, WA

June 9, 2016
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WA network operator Western Power says it is seeking non-network solutions, that could include solar and storage and community energy, to try to avoid spending $30 million in a high-growth area of its network. The state government-owned network operator says it is looking for expressions of interest from businesses and community groups for proposals to […]

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On grid or off-grid? Some advice for a Solar Choice customer

June 8, 2016
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We were recently in touch with a customer who was deliberating between whether to have his new-build home connected to the grid, or to go off-grid with a solar-plus-storage system. Located in regional Queensland, the customer’s home had no existing grid connection was over half a kilometre away from the nearest distribution lines. With that […]

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Australian Energy Storage Conference & Exhibition 2016 roundup

June 6, 2016
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The Australian Energy Storage Conference & Exhibition 2016 was held in the Australian Technology Park in Sydney last week. In addition to being a networking and knowledge-sharing opportunity, the event provided a snapshot into Australia’s evolving energy storage industry. Here we’ve summed up the main themes that kept popping up and the key points that we took […]

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Half of Aussie electricity demand will be met by small-scale solar & batteries: BNEF

June 1, 2016
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Australia’s rooftop solar homes and businesses will not just be generating up to half of the country’s electricity needs in the future, but could play a key role in meeting peak demand and keeping the grid stable. Bloomberg New Energy Finance senior analyst Kobad Bhavnagri believes Australia’s energy system is set for radical change at […]

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Why depth of discharge matters in solar battery storage system selection

May 31, 2016
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Depth of discharge (DoD) is one of the key figures to keep in mind when selecting batteries for a solar energy system. What is depth of discharge and how should it play into your choice of batteries? What is depth of discharge? The term ‘depth of discharge’ is fairly self-explanatory – it describes the degree […]

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SA’s Coober Pedy to shift from diesel to renewables in Hydro Tas project

May 31, 2016
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Hydro Tasmania has revealed that technologies the utility developed for the King Island Renewable Energy Integration Project will be used to help transform the remote, off-grid South Australian township of Coober Pedy into a majority renewable energy powered community. Hydro Tasmania said on Monday it had been engaged by the Coober Pedy project developer Energy […]

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2nd round of ACT government tender will bring solar + battery storage to 600 Canberra homes

May 30, 2016
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The ACT government has announced 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 […]

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A quick guide to better battery cost comparisons

May 30, 2016
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When it comes to choosing batteries for home or commercial energy storage, it can be difficult to sift through the multitude of options to find the IDEAL battery for your application. The options range from different operating voltages, amp-hour (Ah) storage capacities, sizes, weights, brands and – to make things even more complicated – different […]

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Energy storage in NSW after the Solar Bonus Feed-in Tariff Scheme

May 30, 2016
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There are roughly 150,000 households in New South Wales who receive solar feed-in tariff payments under the state’s Solar Bonus Scheme. As the Sydney Morning Herald pointed out recently, before the payments cease at the end of 2016, these households will be looking for ways to make the most of the solar energy that their systems […]

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In what situations does battery storage already make financial sense?

May 26, 2016
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There is a phenomenal amount of buzz about home battery storage in Australia – it’s a hot topic because of the potential value proposition and the allure of energy independence. But does battery storage yet make sense for Australian homes? Yes, in some circumstances – which we discuss in this article. Some background: Going solar […]

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Who needs batteries? How SolarImmersion puts your excess solar energy to work

May 25, 2016
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Every day, thousands of Australia’s solar homes send excess solar power into the grid for little or no financial reward. SolarImmersion is a simple gadget that puts surplus solar energy to better use – by diverting it into your hot water tank. Is your solar system living up to its full potential? These days, getting […]

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Aquion’s saltwater batteries: Affordable, safe, clean – and available in Australia

May 24, 2016
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Aquion is a US-based battery manufacturer bringing a fresh approach to battery manufacturing. The company’s saltwater-based batteries are some of the most affordable, safest, and environmentally-friendly batteries on the planet, making them a great option for residential and commercial energy storage applications. The number of energy storage options in Australia are growing rapidly as more […]

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Greens policy would put 31,000 EVs on Australian roads by 2021

May 20, 2016
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The Greens have released a policy plan that aims to get 31,000 more electric vehicles on Australian roads by 2021 – up from little more than 1,000 now – and add 330 more charging stations. The plan involves subsidising EV buyers to the tune of free registration for the first five years after purchase of […]

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Solar Choice visits one of the first Tesla Powerwall installations in Sydney’s Northern Beaches

May 19, 2016
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Tesla’s Powerwall is the most well-known of the rapidly growing list of home battery storage devices in Australia which includes the likes of LG, Enphase, Aquion and a host of other cool technologies. The nominal 7 kilowatt-hour (kWh) lithium-ion battery bank – designed and manufactured by the USA’s Tesla Motors – made a huge splash in the […]

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Australian Energy Storage Database to become ‘one stop shop’ for Aus storage project info

May 18, 2016
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Yesterday the Australian Energy Storage Alliance (AESA) officially announced the launch of the Australian Energy Storage Database (AESDB), which will serve as the authoritative resource for existing and upcoming energy storage projects in Australia and New Zealand. The Australian arm of the database is a portal to the Global Energy Storage Database created under the US […]

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