The Anonymous Widower

Afruca: Highview Power Raises $70million For Renewable Energy Storage

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Afrik21.

This is the introductory paragraph.

Highview Power, a company specialising in electricity storage, has just raised 70 million dollars to distribute its solutions in Africa. The funds were raised from Janus Capital, the subsidiary of Janus Continental Group (JCG); Sumitomo Heavy Industries (SHI) and the Spanish group TSK.

It then says that Highview Power is launching the conquest of Africa. In Spanish Govt Approves Energy Storage Strategy, Sees 20 GW In 2030, I said this.

Highview Power’s liquid air systems would be another possibility, but I doubt, they’d perform as well in the heat of Spain, as a system based on hot rocks.

It would appear that Highview Power believe their system can work in the heat of Africa.

  • Air is reasonably plentiful in Africa.
  • Perhaps, the sun is an ideal low-grade heat source needed to warm up the liquid air, when the power is recovered.
  • Highview’s CRYOBattery doesn’t seem to use many exotic difficult-to-source materials.

So it looks like I was wrong to doubt their performance in hot countries.

These last two paragraph say more about Highview’s plans.

According to the company, its system is capable of storing from 20 MW/80 MWh to more than 200 MW/1.2 GWh of electricity generated from renewable sources. This is a real asset for clean energy plants whose operation depends on variations in climatic conditions. JCG believes that its investment will enable the deployment of this solution on the African continent, particularly in the Great Lakes region where large solar and wind energy projects are currently being developed.

“JCG believes in a diversified energy solution for Africa, and technology such as Highview Power’s will facilitate increased use of renewable energy, reducing regional dependence on fossil fuels and bringing accessible energy to underserved communities,” says the conglomerate of companies investing in the energy, hospitality and real estate sectors.

Hopefully by the next time, I get to Manchester, there will be something to see of the 50 MW/250 MWh plant at Carrington.

February 12, 2021 - Posted by | Energy Storage | ,

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