The United Arab Emirates have a reputation for innovative investments, so it was only a matter of time—and after a recovery in oil prices—before the Gulf state started making headlines in the renewable energy sector. In this case, the headlines are about another record the Emiratis achieved: the largest virtual battery. A Quartz report by Akshat Rathi details the virtual battery, so called because it is actually made up of ten energy storage facilities, as the latest indication of the UAE’s renewable ambitions for the future. The battery system, which can be operated from a single point of control, has a capacity of 108 MW/648 MWh, which is enough to power Abu Dhabi for six hours in case of a grid outage. This makes it the largest battery system in the world to date. But it’s not just about the record. A recent report from the International Renewable Energy […]