South African energy storage company, BlueNova Energy (Pty) Ltd., achieved a significant milestone in the energy sector with the first export of its intelligent Energy Storage System (iESS). The containerised energy solution is the result of years of development in the lithium-battery sector. The 1 MWh battery unit being exported to Namibia is to be installed at Timbila Nature Reserve, as the heart of an off-grid, solar-powered system.

SA energy storage system wins Namibian export

The 1 MWh energy storage system on its way to Timbila Nature Reserve in Namibia.

BlueNova CEO James Verster says, "We are very excited to achieve this landmark export and support a growing industry in renewable and off-grid technologies in Africa. Many countries suffer from unstable grid supplies and high electricity costs.

“We competed against three of the world’s leading energy companies for this bid – being a local supplier with local support is what won it for us. The local energy storage sector is increasingly cost-effective, innovative and competitive – benefits to the environment and consumers will only increase."  

The Timbila Nature Reserve iESS is fitted with a 250 kW inverter and 1 000 kWh lithium battery, the equivalent of power required to serve almost 80 standard homes for more than 12 hours. The export of the iESS marks a milestone for BlueNova Energy. The company will be producing further units over the next year to combat load-shedding and increasingly onerous electricity tariffs in South Africa, as well as for the export market. Recently partnered with the JSE-listed Reunert Group, BlueNova Energy is a leading South African energy storage solutions company.

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