Experts have said the results of a comparative study show there is no longer a business case for new non-renewable generation in Australia.

The study, published last year by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), found solar and wind were the cheapest forms of power even after balancing costs were taken into account.

And since both are still falling in price, with solar continuing to see annual cost reductions of up to 10 percent, “we have no expectations of people investing in anything else,” said lead author Paul Graham, the chief economist at CSIRO’s energy division. 

French energy company Engie has taken a majority stake in tiko, a Swiss startup with technology that’s aggregating household and business loads into some of Europe’s biggest virtual power plants. 

Tiko, a 2012 joint venture of Swisscom and Repower, has grown from piloting its technology in Swiss homes to enabling a fleet of residential, commercial and industrial assets adding up to more than 100 megawatts of load across Switzerland, Germany, France and Austria. 

But while it directly operates its original 6,500-home, 40-megawatt project in Switzerland as Swisscom Energy Solutions, it’s also white-labeling its technology to match real-time distributed energy resource (DER) controls to real-time

The Norwegian hydro giant Statkraft is looking to a virtual power plant (VPP) model for expansion across Europe. This month the company confirmed plans for 2 gigawatts of VPP capacity in the U.K. later this year, alongside 12 gigawatts in Germany.

State-owned Statkraft said it already manages more than 1 gigawatt of U.K. VPP capacity, made up of wind and solar power along with battery storage and flexible gas engines.

Duncan Dale, vice president of sales and new products for Statkraft in the U.K., said the VPP model would be important in helping to optimize power trading in the British energy market

The Environmental Defense Fund today announced a new initiative in Puerto Rico that aims to foster collaboration on low-carbon microgrid projects in rural communities.

Through a three-year, collaborative program, EDF plans to draw together regulatory, financial and community stakeholders to streamline the microgrid construction process. Though the organization said it wouldn’t rule out using fossil fuels in these installations, it plans to maximize clean energy and energy efficiency in their development. Before the end of the period, EDF aims to install at least one microgrid itself in one of its partner communities.    

“We’re not just looking at a specific microgrid project and trying to see what

Battery materials startup 24M revealed Wednesday that it has developed a "dual electrolyte" architecture that could unlock significant gains in battery performance for electric vehicles.

The ongoing effort to improve lithium-ion batteries triggers a game of whack-a-mole, where upping one attribute, like energy density, can disrupt a different operating characteristic, like cycle life.

The dual electrolyte may avoid that fate, by allowing different electrolytes on the cathode and anode sides of the battery. That frees the designer from having to make one electrolyte work for both sides, so 24M can optimize each material independently.

“The moment you have the ability to separate, to choose

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