Power management company Eaton has won the first Hannover Messe Industrial Energy Efficiency Award for its microgrid system installed at its Wadeville headquarters and manufacturing facility in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Eaton SA energy efficient Wadeville Microgrid

The winning microgrid is installed at Eaton SA’s Wadeville headquarters and manufacturing facility.

The newly created Industrial Energy Efficiency Award is dedicated to identifying and awarding prizes to outstanding industrial processes and applications based on their energy efficiency, targeting providers as well as users of energy-efficient solutions for production processes. 

"Efficient energy use is a matter of importance for all industries, but it is especially important for the industrial manufacturing and energy industries," said Basilios Triantafillos, Global Director Energy at Deutsche Messe. "We are delighted to be able to honour leading innovators of energy efficiency with this new award. The Hannover Messe Industrial Energy Efficiency Award gives energy efficiency the platform that its merits." 

The microgrid in Wadeville includes the first use of Eaton's xStorage energy storage system in Africa. This innovative solution strengthens the energy supply for the company’s Wadeville site, reducing demand on the national grid and on regional infrastructure.

The microgrid is seen to be an important driver towards a resilient, cost-effective power future for Africa. It is integral to Eaton’s mission to improve people’s lives on the continent by providing power security and stimulating infrastructure development.

With more than 6 000 exhibiting companies and more than 200 000 visitors every year, Hannover Messe is the world's leading tradeshow for industrial technology. It brings together key technologies and core areas of industry – from research and development, industrial automation, IT, industrial supply, production technologies and services to energy and mobility technologies.

For more information visit: www.eaton.co.za

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