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Azelio has secured an order to supply eight units of its energy storage system with 1.3 MWh of storage capacity from South African-based mixed farming company Wee Bee Ltd. The order is valued at nearly $1.2 million over 15 years including expected price increases.
As per the contract, the Swedish renewable energy equipment developer, Azelio will deliver the energy storage units by the end of this year. The installation work and commissioning will be done by Azelio in collaboration with its UAE-based partner ALEC Energy.
Wee Bee Ltd. has an annual energy consumption of around 1.9 GWh and requires a reliable and cost-effective energy supply for its day and night operations. With a current grid connection that is unreliable, expensive, and fossil-based, Aelio’s energy storage system in combination with solar photovoltaics will reduce annual CO2 emissions equivalent to 323 tons compared to the grid and also secure the energy supply constantly.
The CEO Azelio, Jonas Eklind said “It is important for the farming community in South Africa to gain access to affordable and reliable energy to ensure their facilities can operate as effectively as possible. Our TES.POD system will secure clean power for around-the-clock energy supply to Wee Bee Ltd. ‘s farming activities while allowing them to focus their strategy and capital on farming activities and not energy-related issues”.
TES.POD provides sustainable and affordable renewable energy supply 24 hours a day. The system stores energy, for example from solar photovoltaics, as heat in recycled aluminum. The stored energy can be dispatched on demand to a Stirling engine for the supply of electricity and usable heat with zero emissions.
The farming community in South Africa is extensive, having comprehensive energy-related challenges. On top of fossil-driven and expensive electricity, coal combustion is used for heating. The energy storage systems are quite suitable for 100% fossil replacement, with great potential to be used widely to secure a reliable, cost-effective, and sustainable energy supply.