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Metair boosts profit on back of strong battery operations

Thu, 03/14/2019 - 12:08 -- John Shepherd
Metair MD Theo Loock

South Africa-based automotive and energy storage group Metair Investments has posted increased operating profit for 2018— boosted by its lead-acid operations in Turkey and Romania.

Metair said group operating profit for the year ended 31 December 2018 increased by 19% to just over ZAR1 billion (US$69 million) compared to the previous year. Revenue for 2018 was ZAR10.28bn, an increase of 8% compared to 2017.

Group earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) increased 9.4% to ZAR1.33bn.

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ENGIE solar-storage park for South Africa

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

ENGIE has started commercial operations of its 100MW Kathu Solar Park (KSP) to “provide clean and reliable energy to 179,000 homes” in South Africa.

KSP is a greenfield concentrated solar power project with “parabolic trough technology” and equipped with “a molten salt storage system that allows for 4.5 hours of thermal energy storage”.

The project has been realised under round 3.5 of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement (REIPPP) programme, a competitive tender process launched “to facilitate private sector investment in renewable energy generation”.

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Eskom launches pilot solar-BESS project in South Africa Primary tabs

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd
Eskom plans wider rural electrification

South African power utility Eskom has launched a pilot solar-powered microgrid project with lithium-ion battery energy storage system in the country’s Free State province.

The demonstration plant harnesses solar energy and converts it “to a peak of 32 kilowatts electrical energy via photovoltaic panels and power inverters”.

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Redflow to supply batteries for South African telecoms towers

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
Tim Harris

Australian flow battery producer Redflow has won an order to supply five of their zinc-bromine units to provide standby energy storage for remote telecoms towers in South Africa.

The sale was made through Redflow’s long-term South African partner, Specialized Solar Systems (SSS), which Redflow said it has worked with to enable its batteries to serve as standby power systems (SPS).

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Metair looks to pick up TAB for new lead investment

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 11:51 -- John Shepherd
Metair looks to pick up TAB for new lead investment

South Africa-based automotive and energy storage group Metair Investments has launched a EUR300 million ($353m) bid to acquire European lead battery firm Tovarna Akumulatorskih Baterij (TAB).

Metair said the bid is still “in the early stages”— but confirmed it is in exclusive talks that could see it take control of and expand TAB’s international automotive batteries and energy storage business.

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Primus Power flow batteries plant for South Africa?

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 09:40 -- Xuan Zhong
Primus Power flow batteries plant for South Africa?

Silicon Valley-based energy storage firm Primus Power could see its zinc bromide flow batteries also produced in South Africa— with the backing of one of the world’s biggest mining firms.

Johannesburg-based Anglo American Platinum (AAP), a key investor in privately held Primus, is considering supporting the project, BBB can reveal.

 

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South Africa utility opens testing facility

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 10:56 -- Xuan Zhong
South Africa utility opens testing facility

South Africa’s main utility Eskom – one of the biggest power suppliers in Africa – has built a battery system testing and demonstration facility to help with its plan to provide 2GW of storage for energy produced from renewable sources eventually.

The testing will begin in July. Located at the utility’s Research and Innovation Centre in Rosherville, Johannesburg, the project will compare different energy storage technologies and solutions available today and find the best approach for the local electricity network and climate.

 
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South African firm tackling lead-acid battery thefts

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 09:43 -- Xuan Zhong
South African firm tackling lead-acid battery thefts

A mechanical locking device called a ‘Battery Boot’ is helping reduce the theft of lead-acid batteries in South Africa.

Aztec, an authorised NorthStar Battery distributor in Southern Africa, came up with the device to reduce the number of batteries being stolen from telecoms sites.

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SA start-up launches battery to wipe out lead-acid

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 14:11 -- Paul Crompton
SA start-up launches battery to wipe out lead-acid

Yet another death knell sounded for lead-acid this week as a South African start-up announced plans to completely replace lead-acid batteries in southern Africa.

Based in Somerset West, BlueNova has joined Woodmead-based Reutech (whose former CEO, James Verster, now heads up BlueNova) to launch its lithium iron yttrium phosphate (LiFeYPO4) batteries which, the firm claims, are as cheap as existing lead-acid batteries and longer lasting

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Imergy flow battery deal to power South African telecoms

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 14:26 -- Paul Crompton
Imergy flow battery deal to power South African telecoms

US advanced energy storage solutions firm Imergy Power Systems has signed a deal to supply 105 vanadium redox flow batteries to a South Africa-based telecoms company.

The 5kW, 20-30kWh Imergy ESP5 batteries will replace diesel generators and lead-acid batteries to provide backup power at telecom base stations throughout South Africa.

The batteries will contain electrolyte using South African sourced vanadium.

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