April 27 (Renewables Now) - South African utility Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd has launched a request for information (RFI) to identify energy storage technologies for multipurpose applications.
Eskom has come to the conclusion that, without energy storage, it will not be able to integrate the planned levels of renewable energy into the grid.
Through this RFI, the company seeks to identify all industry role players and stakeholders, available technology and solution options. The process will also shed light on any possible localisation and job creation opportunities.
The company will use this information when making decisions on how to apply suitable storage technologies throughout its network in order to alleviate network capacity constraints, lower peak demand and facilitate the integration of independent power producers (IPPs).
The deadline for submission is May 18, 2018. A clarification meeting will be held on May 8.
In early April, Eskom finally signed 27 renewable power purchase agreements (PPAs) representing about 2,300 MW of generating capacity, after the process was delayed several times since 2016.