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Energy Storage

Transforming acid mine water: Pioneering solutions to resolve looming water decantation challenges

30th June 2023 Acid mine water, a persistent environmental issue caused by the oxidation of sulfide-bearing minerals embedded in coal and gold deposits, poses significant threats to ecosystems and water resources. It is currently regarded as one of the most serious and notorious environmental concerns in South... 

Company embarks on BESS projects, encourages renewables deployment

By: Sabrina Jardim     30th June 2023 Global engineering, procurement and operation company USP&E is providing various battery energy storage systems (BESSs) for South Africa to address rolling blackouts amid local energy constraints and an increasing need for renewable-energy deployment. The projects entail deploying advanced... 

An image depicting the USP&E team at Solar Show Africa
TEAMWORK MAKES THE DREAM WORK USP&E aims to continue making contributions towards establishing more sustainable energy solutions locally

Mix of energy generation, storage necessary to end loadshedding – analyst

By: Sabrina Jardim     30th June 2023 Amid a widening energy generation deficit, brought on by the declining performance of State-owned utility Eskom’s coal fleet, economics consultancy Meridian Economics energy analyst Dr Peter Klein argues that numerous forms of new generation and storage capacity are urgently needed to reduce... 

An image depicting a microgrid
CONSIDERATIONS The deployment of BESSs in South Africa’s current constrained system must focus on unlocking opportunities from additional generation sources

Loadshedding pushes demand for battery electric storage

By: Sabrina Jardim     30th June 2023 Amid an ongoing energy crisis and a global transition towards renewable energy, a significant need for battery energy storage systems (BESSs) has emerged in South Africa as a potential solution to help ease grid constraints. “Consequently, loadshedding has sparked an uptake in demand for BESS in... 

An image depicting Dwibin Thomas
DWIBIN THOMAS Linking batteries with renewable energy unlocks the power to store what is created and dispatch it when there is no sun or wind, keeping the energy flowing

Report indicates growth in global market

1st July 2022 Research company ResearchAndMarkets’ 2022 report shows that the global battery energy storage system (BESS) market is expected to grow from $4.4-billion in 2022 to $15.1-billion by 2027, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 27.9%. The growth of this market is mainly driven by the increasing... 

Company to triple battery, solar energy storage electronics capacity

1st July 2022 Energy technology company General Electric (GE) is tripling manufacturing capacity for its solar and battery energy storage power electronics systems by the end of this year to 9 GW/y, linked to strong growth in backlogs over the past few months and a robust demand outlook. The systems are... 

Time billing solutions in battery storage

By: Anna Moross     25th June 2021 Energy storage is becoming a critical part of business operations and a vital element of the economy, particularly in the manufacturing sector, says solar energy company Blockpower director Kyle Bohnsack.  

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250kVA, 1MWh containerised battery system in operation within Sabi Sands South Africa
ENERGY STORAGE 250kVA, 1MWh containerised battery system in operation within Sabi Sands South Africa

Wind an energy storage game changer – association

By: Anna Moross     25th June 2021 Wind energy is important in driving potential demand for energy storage, says nonprofit organisation South African Wind and Energy Association (SAWEA) CEO Ntombifuthi Ntuli. 

KLIPHEUWEL WIND FARM 
The demand particularly pertains to . . . the hybridisation of wind energy, which allows for electricity to be generated from two or more sources with storage
KLIPHEUWEL WIND FARM The demand particularly pertains to . . . the hybridisation of wind energy, which allows for electricity to be generated from two or more sources with storage

Company provides energy storage for hospital

By: Anna Moross     25th June 2021 Solar energy company SustainSolar has completed the supply of its battery energy storage system to the Cecilia Makiwane Hospital in East London, in the Eastern Cape.  

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The aim of the project – successfully completed at the end of March this year – is to alleviate healthcare pressure at the hospital during the Covid-19 pandemic
BATTERY ENERGY STORAGE The aim of the project – successfully completed at the end of March this year – is to alleviate healthcare pressure at the hospital during the Covid-19 pandemic

Association aims to address storage hybrid projects

10th April 2020 The South African Wind Energy Association (Sawea) has announced that it will be creating a discussion platform to support members and the broader renewable energy sector, by addressing questions that are emerging in relation to wind and storage hybrid projects. 

NTOMBIFUTHI NTULI
There is a global wave of hybrid projects that use, among other things, wind and battery storage
NTOMBIFUTHI NTULI There is a global wave of hybrid projects that use, among other things, wind and battery storage

Mine to benefit from minigrid project

By: Mamaili Mamaila     10th April 2020 Electricity storage provider Bushveld Energy initiated the development of a minigrid project, at the Vametco mining and processing facility, in March last year. 

MIKHAIL NIKOMAROV 
The Vamecto minigrid project is unmatched in its ability to deliver long-duration storage and cycle multiple times a day
MIKHAIL NIKOMAROV The Vamecto minigrid project is unmatched in its ability to deliver long-duration storage and cycle multiple times a day

Storage key to exploiting renewables’ full potential

By: Mamaili Mamaila     10th April 2020 Energy storage is a key technology to unlock renewable-energy potential, says full-service renewable-energy provider New Southern Energy (NSE) MD John Deepak. 

 CHANGES OVERTIME 
A solar panel currently uses considerably fewer inputs, compared with a solar panel ten years ago
CHANGES OVERTIME A solar panel currently uses considerably fewer inputs, compared with a solar panel ten years ago

Storage should aim to address cost reduction

10th April 2020 Ensuring that renewable energy is a useful asset to the grid and that the companies that own and operate it are profitable, while also producing less expensive energy, is a complex job. 

IPPs and distributed energy solutions drive innovation

5th April 2019 While the obligation to deliver safe, reliable power to customers through aging assets is paramount, utilities face a rapidly evolving market as independent power producers (IPPs) and distributed generation solutions drive innovation and investment, says engineering, procurement and construction... 

SOLAR POWER Distributed energy resources are forcing utilities to find ways to distribute electricity in a sustainable and efficient manner or risk losing customers
SOLAR POWER Distributed energy resources are forcing utilities to find ways to distribute electricity in a sustainable and efficient manner or risk losing customers

Demand for utility-scale battery solutions increasing

By: Thabi Shomolekae     5th April 2019 Advancements in energy storage technology are starting to reflect in the rise of utility-scale battery solutions, which could revolutionise the ability of intermittent renewables to have higher penetration into the grid, says solar energy company SOLA Future Energy CEO Dr Dom Wills. The company... 

ROBBEN ISLAND BATTERY ROOM  SOLA stores excess solar power in lithium-ion batteries and deploys it as the sun sets, resulting in an overall reduction of the diesel used to operate generators
ROBBEN ISLAND BATTERY ROOM SOLA stores excess solar power in lithium-ion batteries and deploys it as the sun sets, resulting in an overall reduction of the diesel used to operate generators

Energy storage a viable solution to load-shedding

By: Thabi Shomolekae     5th April 2019 Amid State-owned power utility Eskom’s announcement of there being a high risk of rotational load-shedding, which will be implemented only if absolutely necessary, power management company Eaton South Africa MD Seydou Kane says energy storage solutions can play an important role in creating more... 

SEYDOU KANE Energy storage solutions provide not only flexibility but also cost savings, should they be integrated into a company’s power grid
SEYDOU KANE Energy storage solutions provide not only flexibility but also cost savings, should they be integrated into a company’s power grid

Interest in hydrogen storage increasing

By: Thabi Shomolekae     5th April 2019 Interest in hydrogen energy storage continues to grow, owing to the very large storage capacity that liquid organic hydrogen carrier (LOHC) technology offers, compared with other technologies. Currently, most hydrogen is stored as a cryogenic liquid or is compressed under high pressure, which are... 

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