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Blathnaid O'Dea pv magazine editor
Blathnaid O'Dea pv magazine editor

Blathnaid O’Dea

Blathnaid is Features Editor with pv magazine Global. Prior to joining the team in 2024, she specialized in writing feature-length articles about STEM careers. She also covered news, including some of Ireland’s renewable energy announcements over the past few years.

Articles written by Blathnaid O’Dea

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Chart showing Southeast Asia's cumulative installed pumped-hydro storage capacity over the next years
Southeast Asia targets 18 GW of pumped hydro by 2033 
According to projections from Norwegian consultancy Rystad Energy, Southeast Asia’s share of pumped storage hydropower is set to increase nearly eightfold in less than a decade – from 2.3 GW today to 18 GW by 2033. Rystad’s figures say that there is currently 2.7 GW of pumped hydro storage under construction, while the remaining 13.3 GW is in various stages of development. 
Blathnaid O’Dea
24 hours ago
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People with signed documents for pumped hydro projects
Bulgaria backed by EIB for 1.6 GW of pumped storage 
The European Investment Bank (EIB) will conduct economic and technological feasibility studies on two Bulgarian pumped storage hydropower plants due to be operational by 2032. The projects will each add generation capacity of around 800 MW and will both come with a price tag of around €900 ($964) million. 
Blathnaid O’Dea
Jun 14, 2024
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Borrego Solar installation
Bitech Technologies sells 2.4 GW of solar to focus on BESS 
Bitech has completed the sale of 2.425 GW of its greenfield solar projects to "a third party purchaser". The company plans to turn its focus to its battery storage business, which it believes, could ensure better investment returns.
Blathnaid O’Dea
Jun 13, 2024
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Illustration of closed-loop pumped hydro energy storage in gold mine
Nova Scotia gold mine could host PV-plus-pumped hydro storage energy hub
A new partnership will investigate the viability of colocating a closed-loop pumped hydro energy storage facility with solar PV at the site of a former gold mine in Moose River in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia. Atlantic Mining, owner of the mine, and Natural Forces, a renewables company with 300 MW of operational capacity in Canada, are optimistic the project will be feasible. 
Blathnaid O’Dea
Jun 07, 2024
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Electric bus
Zenobē to power UK construction sites with old bus batteries
Zenobē Energy will help power UK construction sites with its portable, second-life batteries. Select Plant Hire will use the systems to provide a cleaner energy alternative to diesel generators for its sites. 
Blathnaid O’Dea
Jun 06, 2024
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LG building
LG Energy Solution offers funding to battery startups
South Korean battery manufacturer LG Energy Solution is on the lookout for potential candidates for its 2024 Battery Challenge accelerator. The competition will award a maximum of 10 global companies with a $30,000 cash prize each, as well as an opportunity to develop their proof-of-concept. 
Blathnaid O’Dea
Jun 05, 2024
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Torus building
US commercial real estate to host VPP-connected flywheels and batteries
US-based technology provider Torus has agreed to supply nearly 26 MWh of energy storage for Gardner Group's commercial real estate portfolio. The project will integrate battery and flywheel energy storage systems (BESS, FESS) with Torus' proprietary energy management platform. 
Blathnaid O’Dea
Jun 05, 2024
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Pyhäsalmi Mine
Hybrid pumped hydro-BESS project takes shape in Finland
A ‘new energy cluster in Finland’ plans to co-locate a 75 MW underground pumped storage hydroelectric (UPHS) facility and a 85 MW battery energy storage system (BESS) at a mine near the town of Pyhäjärvi in central Finland. A solar park could be added in the future.
Blathnaid O’Dea
Jun 04, 2024

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