WindMade Label to Build Business for Companies
Last week, WindMade launched the first ever global consumer label for wind energy to showcase companies pledging to procure at least 25 percent of their operations' overall electricity consumption from wind energy. Offering transparency to consumers, the label will enable purchasers to reward companies using the renewable source of energy, a trend expected to be picked up by other sectors of renewable energy.
At the launch event in New York, 15 companies pioneered WindMade's efforts, committing to sustainable energy. As an independent legal entity, WindMade is backed by NGOs, public bodies and corporations that include the UN Global Compact, Vestas Wind Systems, WWF, Global Wind Energy Council, LEGO Group Bloomberg and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
“WindMade is a consumer label that you can see on a corporation's communication [and even on] products on the shelf in the supermarket,” said Morten Albaek, Vestas Wind Systems Senior VP, Global Marketing and Customer Insight, at the event. “It's a label that gives the consumer transparency as to how much wind energy has been used to produce a specific product.”
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The label is intended to create consumer pull in the face of mounting demands for more renewable energy. According to Vestas' 2011 global consumer study conducted by TNS Gallup (a poll of 31,000 consumers across 26 countries), 79 percent of consumers would have a more positive perception of brands produced with wind energy and 67 percent of consumers would pay a premium for products labeled WindMade.
WindMade is “a gift to the consumers of the world,” said Albaek. “And now they'll have to decide if they want to unpack it.”
Sungrow links Europe's largest energy storage plant to grid
Europe's largest energy storage project, the 100MW/100MWh Minety plant featuring Sungrow's 1500V energy storage system solutions, has been successfully connected to the UK grid.
The UK experienced the most debilitating blackout in nearly a decade in August 2019. The incident exposed the serious lack of frequency regulation of the national grid and demonstrated that the construction of energy storage projects that can regulate the frequency of the grid in a timely fashion should be prioritised. The Minety project, which began at the end of 2019, considerably mitigates the problem and is designed for facilitating grid stability and maximising renewable energy utilisation.
Sungrow supplied both NCM and LFP battery energy storage system solutions featuring high integration, which minimise the footprint, slash the commissioning duration and significantly reduce the system cost by 5%. The solution well meets the latest UK frequency regulation requirement called dynamic containment - requesting the plant to respond to the power instruction of the grid within 1 second, making the project one of the rare 30% of the UK's storage plants equipped with this function.
"We are proud of being part of this landmark project, offering solutions with extreme efficiency and safety while in compliance with the stringent UK grid codes," said James Wu, Vice President of Sungrow, which shipped more than 800MWh of energy storage systems in 2020.
Battery storage capacity in the UK is likely to heavily increase as move towards operating a zero-carbon energy system. At the end of 2019 the GB battery storage capacity was 0.88GWh. National Grid forecasts it could be as high as 2.30GWh in 2025.
Global energy storage updates
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Enlight Renewable Energy has completed the acquisition of 90.1% of the holdings in Clēnera LLC, a leading and seasoned company in the field of initiation, development, construction and operation of solar energy and energy storage projects in the United States.
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