Building on the success of our Energy Storage Summit UK, for our Middle East and India edition we are bringing together:
Several MENA countries have already begun exploring energy storage as a way to integrate new renewable generation resources and improve the stability and reliability of national grids. The outcome of a recent solar photovoltaic tender in Jordan that included battery storage indicates that dependable electricity supply using solar power can be achieved at extremely cost competitive pricing compared to fossil fuels. Research carried out by the IFC forecasts that energy storage deployment in emerging markets could grow 40-fold. The UAE is now in an excellent position to take a leadership role in energy storage given the ambitious targets Dubai is setting for the 2020 Expo. The opportunity is it understood to be over 1GW just in Dubai alone.Why India?
Energy storage will become an increasingly important part of India’s utility-scale solar boom as the country’s famously weak grids try to handle the breakneck increase in renewables penetration. Government intentions are clear with a large-scale solar-plus-storage tender under way in Andhra Pradesh (although facing delays at present as SECI tries to emulate record low solar prices seen elsewhere in India this year). SECI is also due to carry out a similar tender for 150-200MW of solar-plus-storage in Karnataka.
Some analysts have labelled the large-scale tenders as experimental, but expectations of grid congestion and renewable energy curtailments becoming more widespread in the near future will greatly increase the need for and focus on storage.
The Andaman and Nicobar Islands also hold great promise with more than 30MW of storage being tendered this month. C&I solar has also reached grid parity in most states, representing another opportunity for storage to help businesses save even more cash on power bills.
Orders for distributed energy storage and the rise of an electric mobility market have kick-started a battery assembly push in India.Read more
A consultancy contract for a 250MW pumped hydro energy storage plant in Dubai has been awarded to French power company EDF by the emirate’s main public infrastructure company.Read more
India’s first grid-scale solar-plus-storage tender has been held up by the extreme drop in the country’s solar PV prices this year, according to Rahul Walawalkar, executive director of the Indian Energy Storage Alliance.Read more
Sami Khoreibi, CEO of renewable energy project developer Enviromena, discusses storage in the Middle East and Africa’s energy market in the next decade.Read more
India’s biggest utility, NTPC (National Thermal Power Corporation) is seeking bidders to add a 6MW / 24MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) to a 17MW PV plant in Manglutan, South Andaman.Read more
Solar Media’s Energy Storage Summit took place at the end of February and was attended by around 350 delegates and stakeholders, looking at energy storage markets in the UK and beyond. Collected here are seven…Read more
The world pipeline for energy storage on the utility side of the meter has doubled in the past year, reaching 3.4GW, according to new research by I.H.S.Read more
Flow battery manufacturer ViZn Energy Systems has won a contract to provide a 1MWh zinc-iron flow battery to India’s majority network operator and utility Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL).Read more
Sydney-based lead-acid energy storage specialist Ecoult has secured AU$4.1 million (US$3.13 million) recoupable funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to develop and commericalise its UltraBattery products.Read more
Dispatches from the India Rooftop Solar Congress 2017 in New Delhi. Indian rooftop solar will reach an inflection point in 2020 when battery-based storage becomes affordable enough to drive the PV segment, according to a…Read more
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has signed a cooperation agreement with the renewables arm of major French utility EDF to share expertise and experience in areas including energy storage, renewables, EV chargers and energy…Read more
Roundup: A third of US PV installers offer storage and 26% more could join them this year, China’s BYD signs up with UAE’s Masdar, Sunvault and Aboriginal Power’s ‘self-sustaining’ community project.Read more