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South Africa’s Eskom Preparing First Large-Scale Battery Tender

In a big first step for Africa, the utility looks to procure 360 megawatts/1,440 megawatt-hours of storage capacity by 2021.

South Africa’s utility Eskom is preparing to launch a tender for 1.4 gigawatt-hours of battery storage that will need to be installed by December 2021.

The large-scale energy storage tender, the first of its kind in the country and in Africa as a whole, will be split into two phases, with an initial 200 megawatts/800 megawatt-hours of capacity to be built by December 2020, an Eskom official said.

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Eskom secures R6 billion loan for massive new battery project

The New Development Bank will give Eskom a R6 billion loan to build a massive battery storage system.

The bank made the announcement as part of a release on three projects it was funding: one each in South Africa, Brazil, and Russia.

“The project is primarily aimed at meeting peak electricity demand, increasingly through renewable energy, and avoiding emissions associated with utilization of fossil fuels,” said the bank.

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South Africa’s Eskom opens battery demo facility for 2000MW energy storage need

South Africa’s main utility Eskom said it has identified a need for as much as 2,000MW of energy storage on its networks, and has opened a testing facility to find the technologies most suitable.

Last Thursday, South Africa’s government news agency announced that Eskom, which is also one of the biggest power suppliers across the whole African continent, had established the test and demonstration facility in Rosherville, Johannesburg.

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Eskom sets sights on renewable energy storage

While renewable energy independent power producers (IPPs) are in the dark about when new power purchase agreements (PPAs) will be signed, Eskom has established a battery test and demonstration facility at its Research and Innovation Centre in Rosherville, the only one of its kind in SA.

The power utility says the objective of this facility is to compare different technologies and supplier products under identical South African conditions and to identify which of these products is suitable for Eskom's future needs for energy storage.

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