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Pay monthly lead-acid battery leasing initiative launched in South Africa

Wed, 08/28/2019 - 11:55 -- Paul Crompton
Pay monthly lead-acid battery leasing initiative launched in South Africa

South African firm Elektron Energy has launched a lead-acid battery leasing initiative targeting the country’s commercial and industrial sectors.

The system can be paid for monthly and used to generate revenue by offering back-up storage services, as well as delivering peak-load shifting services for customers generating power with solar panels.

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Lead-acid operator Metair selects Romania for first LIB line

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 14:14 -- Paul Crompton
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South Africa-based Metair Investments, whose group includes European lead–acid operations, is to commission its first lithium-ion battery production line in Romania.

Managing director of the automotive and energy storage group, Theo Loock, said the facility would be commissioned at the end of November, but he gave no details of the line’s production capacity or exact location.

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Redflow expands flow batteries reach in South Africa

Thu, 05/23/2019 - 17:44 -- John Shepherd
Redflow expands flow batteries reach in South Africa

Australia-based Redflow is to deploy its ZBM2 zinc-bromine flow batteries at several telecom tower sites in South Africa as part of a six-month test project with mobile network provider Mobax.

Redflow will supply up to 10 of the batteries at its cost for the duration of the project, “with a particular focus on reducing the high cost of running diesel backup generators as well as being a less attractive target for theft”.

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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
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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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