Posts tagged as storage

Black company makes renewable energy history

A 100% black-owned company has made history in the highly competitive South African renewable energy industry by pioneering and leading the development of a large-scale concentrated solar power (CSP) station that is now supplying electricity to Eskom’s severely constrained national grid. The R11-billion, 100 MW Ilanga CSP1 power station is the first of 92 large-scale […]

Affordable home solar kit

The Voltex Group has launched the Voltex Home Solar (VHS) kit which offers a complete solution for electrical contractors wishing to provide an efficient domestic installation and is an affordable option for the homeowner. The 5 kW VHS kit comes complete with 15 x 265 Wt solar panels and a 4000 W LiFePO4 battery. The […]

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, […]

Rural microgrid project improves people’s lives

Communities which reside in rural areas far from existing electrical infrastructure constitute a significant portion of the 600-million people in sub-Saharan Africa who have no access to electricity. These communities are deprived of modern lifestyle improving technologies such as electric light, microwave cooking, radio and television, cellphones and internet access – things most people take […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

PV battery charger upgrade consumes less power

Victron Energy is expanding grid-connection approvals globally for its new MultiPlus-II 48 V battery inverter-charger, boosting the market for this robust unit that works both on and off-grid. The device connects with a wide range of energy storage systems, from lead-acid and lithium-based batteries to zinc-bromine flow batteries. The unit is easier to install than earlier models with […]