Breaking new ground using microgrids

 

The Eskom Research, Testing and Development (RT&D) unit is breaking new ground using MicroGrid technology to power up rural areas. A demonstration plant is currently being constructed in a rural un-electrified village in the town of Ficksburg in the Free State. This project is a demonstration of next-horizon technology that supports Eskom’s future strategic objectives, as well as helping solve the energy challenges that South Africa faces. Close collaboration between the Department of Agriculture, the community of Wilhelmina farm and Eskom RT&D, Smart Grid Centre of Excellence has led to the success of the project thus far. The Microgrid being deployed is a combination of renewable energy, energy storage, smart metering infrastructure and telecommunications systems, designed to function as a reliable source of electricity for the community, and is planned to be operational by end August 2017.

Contact Khulu Phasiwe, Eskom, Tel 011 800-3304, mediadesk@eskom.co.za

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