The solar market is thriving, and demand for batteries and storage is also rising steadily. Market researchers have predicted photovoltaics (PV) deployment of roughly 100 gigawatts (GW) for 2018. At the same time, the global market for batteries and fuel cells is already worth 5.5 billion euros and is forecast to exceed 81 billion euros …

Klaus OehlerJuly 3, 2018

Renewable energies represent the future and there’s no stopping them. That was the key takeaway from Europe’s largest trade fair, The Smarter E Europe, which took place last week in Munich, Germany. The well-attended event offered yet more evidence that the global renewables industry is making significant progress in all areas. A major focus of The …

Alicia BullerJuly 2, 2018

Lithium consumption accelerated in 2017, by over 10 per cent on 2016 levels, to reach 211,000t lithium carbonate equivalent (LCE), according to new research. The lithium-ion battery industry continues to be the main catalyst for the growth of the lithium market; it accounted for close to 50 per cent of consumption in 2017 and is …


Masdar (Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company) and the Norwegian multinational energy company Equinor have installed, and will soon begin testing, a new battery system designed to store electricity generated by Hywind Scotland, the world’s first commercial-scale floating wind farm. The battery storage solution is the first in the world to be connected to an offshore …

Tara GallyJune 24, 2018

Trent Mell, CEO of First Cobalt, says there is ‘no issue’ with cobalt’s availability as a resource With the steady growth in demand for electric car vehicles, manufacturers heavily rely on metals such as lithium and cobalt. The latter has been dubbed as the ‘Achilles heel’ of electric car makers due to its scarcity. Electric …

Tara GallyJune 1, 2018

Hydrogen could hold the key to the future of renewable energy storage As the share of renewable power generation in the global energy mix continues to expand, there are two key challenges. Hydrogen future


Siemens has become the latest company to contribute to the Northvolt project to build Europe’s largest lithium-ion factory in northern Sweden. The German engineering company has offered its digital enterprise technology to help build the factory, which will become Siemens’ preferred supplier for lithium ion batteries when production starts in 2020. Northvolt, founded in 2016 …

Robert BrearsMay 15, 2018

Impact4All columnist Robert Brears highlights some of the best green public transport projects in the world Currently, the transport sector’s share of global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions is 23 per cent and this figure steadily increased by 2.5 per cent each year between 2010 and 2015. The transport industry is also the sector with the …

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