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Tue, Wed and Thur, 28, 29 and 30 Nov 2017. Emperors Palace, Johannesburg, South Africa.

South Africa Energy Storage Technology and Market Assessment report released

A techno-economic study on the South Africa Energy Storage market, sponsored by the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), was released on at a function hosted by the South African Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) in Johannesburg on 17 August 2017.  

Below is the introduction to the full South Africa Energy Storage Technology and Market Assessment report.

Introduction

South Africa’s existing electricity infrastructure is insufficient to meet demand, which has resulted at times in load shedding (planned rolling blackouts), excessive use of diesel to run peaking plants (as well as for baseload capacity), and billions of dollars in lost business. Significant further expenditure will be required in the years ahead to bring new generation sources online (coal, hydroelectric, and renewable), to upgrade the transmission grid, to address the electricity distribution maintenance backlog, to upgrade an aging fleet of coal-fired power stations for environmental compliance, and to replace those stations reaching end of life. It has been suggested that the adoption of energy storage technologies could provide a cost-effective way of improving South Africa’s electric grid. Specifically, the adoption of energy storage could offset the need to use diesel and other fossil fuels for peaking and baseload power, provide backup power for commercial and industrial operations during blackouts, and increase the capacity of South Africa’s electric grid to successfully integrate renewable electricity generation sources, especially intermittent power sources such as solar and wind.

As a state-owned development finance institution, the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa Limited (IDC) is interested in evaluating the potential of energy storage technologies to increase access to reliable, affordable electricity in South Africa, encouraging policies to support the adoption of energy storage technologies, and exploring opportunities to invest in energy storage projects. IDC is currently leading a steering committee – which also includes the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA), the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA), the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI), Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Eskom Research, Independent Power Producer (IPP) Office, Energy Intensive Users Group (EIUG), South Africa Department of Science and Technology (DST), and South Africa Department of Trade and Industry (dti) – to help guide and promote the adoption of energy storage technologies in South Africa. The steering committee is working closely with the South African Department of Energy (SA DoE), Eskom (South Africa’s national electricity utility), the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA), as well as other key stakeholders.

The objective of the South Africa Energy Storage Technology and Market Assessment was to provide advisory services to the IDC and Steering Committee that will help guide and promote the adoption of energy storage technologies in South Africa. This effort included market research; technical, economic and financing assessments; development, environmental, and legal/regulatory assessments; and a road-map that recommended steps, milestones and timelines for the adoption of energy storage technologies in South Africa through 2030. Although the advisory services provide some information related to residential, commercial, and industrial energy storage technologies, the focus of the advisory services has been on utility-scale (over 1 megawatt) energy storage technologies.

This report documents the completion and results of the South Africa Energy Storage Technology and Market Assessment and consists of a compilation of the documents and deliverables submitted during the conduct of Objectives 1 through 7.

This the introduction to the full South Africa Energy Storage Technology and Market Assessment report.

Click here to download the full report (30 MB PDF)

Chris Yelland

Chris Yelland

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