Posts tagged as energy

Solar firm acquires battery company

SolarEdge Technologies has announced that it plans to acquire a major stake in Kokam, a provider of Li-ion battery cells, batteries and energy storage solutions. Founded in 1989, Kokam has been manufacturing Li-ion cells and providing reliable, safe, high-performance battery solutions for the past twenty-nine years. Kokam provides battery solutions for a wide-variety of industries, […]

Decentralised renewable energy with minigrids

G7 Renewable Energies has expanded its portfolio by investing in RVE.SOL, a minigrid development venture using renewable energy to foster decentralised electrification in Africa. The company’s patented, pay-as-you-go system “Kudura”, has more than six years of proven reliability and measured outcomes. The investment in RVE.SOL will enable G7 to be involved in facilitating growth in […]

South Africa joins International Energy Agency

Jeff Radebe, the minister of energy, and Dr Fatih Birol, the executive director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), jointly announced that South Africa has joined the IEA as an Association Country. South Africa is the first sub-Saharan African country to institutionalise its engagement with the IEA, a development which marks an important milestone for […]

Eskom’s flagship battery energy storage systems (BESS) project

This article discusses the flagship 360 MW/1440 MWh battery energy storage systems (BESS) project that has been launched by Eskom. It looks at storage technologies and their evolution, with particular reference to BESS of LiIon, NaS and redox flow battery technologies. Energy storage programmes that are being rolled out in the world are outlined. The […]

Electric energy associations sign historic agreement

Two of the world’s largest electric energy associations, Cigré and GO15, have signed an historic memorandum of understanding (MOU). The signing cements the relationship between the two organisations and will strengthen collaboration efforts in solving issues facing the electrical power industry. The signing took place GO15’s Annual Steering Board meeting in Milan, just prior to […]

Battery-based energy storage to accelerate renewable energy take-up

The uptake of large-scale battery-based energy storage will accelerate the implementation of renewable energy technologies and drive the decentralisation of South Africa’s energy system. Furthermore, energy storage, small-scale embedded generation and smart-grid solutions are set to fundamentally transform the country’s electricity landscape. These statements were made by Thabang Audat, the chief director of energy planning […]

Developments in ammonia for fuel cells

IHI Corporation tested its 1 kW ammonia-fueled solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) in Japan; Project Alkammonia concluded its work on cracked-ammonia-fed alkaline fuel cells (AFC) in the EU; the University of Delaware’s project for low-temperature direct ammonia fuel cells (DAFC) continues with funding from the US Department of Energy’s ARPA-E; and, in Israel, GenCell launched […]

South Africa’s electricity systems to change dramatically

Modern technologies, which have already impacted the way we communicate, are entertained, work and live, are about to change the way we generate, use and pay for electricity. The digital age, which was born with the invention of the microprocessor integrated circuit in the late 1960s, has revolutionised modern society. Digital techniques are used in […]