Date: Nov 24, 2017
South African power utility Eskom is set to test a vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) solution developed by Bushveld Energy at its research, testing, and development (RT&D) centre in Rosherville.

Eskom will test the VRFB’s performance and applications under various simulations including minimum load shifting, wind and solar generation smoothing, power quality improvement, and self-black start capabilities.

Commissioning of the VRFB is expected to take place by the first half of next year.

The test is a result of market studies commissioned by Bushveld Energy and the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa (IDC) to evaluate the demand of VRFB in Africa, as well as the potential demand and requirements of vanadium electrolyte worldwide, reported Engineering News.

“Eskom identified that the country’s existing grid would require up to 2,000MW of additional, daily balanced energy storage.”

Earlier this year, Eskom identified that the country’s existing grid would require up to 2,000MW of additional, daily balanced energy storage.

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