The South African energy landscape is faced with the unique challenge and opportunity to become more energy secure by using renewable sources for future generation. The nation and country have long been disturbed by frequent blackouts, outdated electricity infrastructure with supply constraints, and an urgent need for additional capacity to prevent load shedding.
The country has prioritised a fast-track basis for large-scale dispatchable energy capacity to bridge the gap between demand and supply.
For the first time on such a scale, hybrid plants, including renewables, storage, and thermal power, have been offered and have resulted competitive to provide dispatchable power and are currently navigating to reach financial close no later than end-July 2021.
Besides the co-location of RE and energy storage, South Africa is also considering stand-alone solutions, currently under the Eskom program, to provide direct balance services and attenuate the impact of renewable energy generation on the grid.
This webinar will discuss how smart energy storage solutions can drive South Africa’s electricity grid to a 100% renewable future:
- Overview of the competitive and regulatory South African energy environment to understand the use-case(s) for co-located flexible storage projects.
- Understand the challenges that renewable integration presents, and how energy storage technology can support the secure scale-up and integration of multiple generation assets under a single portfolio, with a look at AI and real-time data analytics.
- Learn about current renewables-plus-storage projects—islanded and grid-forming/connected—for stable grid balancing and performance optimization.