Why Energy Storage in Africa?

Outside of pumped hydro storage, the storage of electrical energy has long been considered too costly or technically difficult to implement on a wide scale. The widespread deployment of intermittent renewable energy generating sources as well as recent technological advances in the methods of storing electrical energy, have created an opportunity to incorporate energy storage in the supply of electricity on a much greater scale. As the continent with the greatest number of people without access to electricity, AESA believes that Africa has the most to benefit from the potential of energy storage. If deployed effectively in Africa, energy storage can make the provision of off-grid energy a reliable and cost effective option for millions of Africans. In addition, if integrated into African electricity grids, energy storage can help the continent integrate more renewable energy into its grid supply, improve the reliability of the current electrical supply and defer significant investments in new transmission and distribution capacity.