ESS announces two new projects in Africa, Amsterdam

ESS announces two new projects in Africa, Amsterdam

ESS announces two new projects in Africa, Amsterdam 894 598 Batteries International

May 10, 2024: It’s been a big week for ESS, the iron flow battery company. The firm confirmed a partnership with Nigerian energy company, Sapele Power, for its first project in Africa within hours of announcing the commission of a long duration energy storage (LDES) system at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport to support the electrification of ground operations.

ESS’s partnership with Sapele for a project using iron-flow technology to improve generation efficiency in Nigeria, represents the largest US government-financed battery storage system export to Africa to date, and will provide an initial 1MW/8 MWh of long duration energy storage.

An ESS spokesperson said its iron-flow technology will provide safe and sustainable LDES which will enable load-smoothing, peak demand shifting and enable the Sapele power station’s turbines to ramp up and down efficiently. 

According to the International Energy Agency, an estimated 40% of all the electricity consumed in Nigeria is produced from backup generators due to unreliable power supply caused by limited grid infrastructure, underinvestment and ineffective regulatory frameworks.

Projects such as the ESS/Sapele collaboration show the opportunity to improve grid reliability and efficiency through the addition of battery storage resources, the company said.

ESS’s iron-flow LDES solution at Schiphol airport is the first commissioning of an operational iron-flow battery in Europe.

The project is supported by TULIPS, a consortium funded by the EU to accelerate sustainable technologies in aviation.

This deployment is set to demonstrate how LDES can be implemented in the aviation industry throughout Europe. It will enable Schiphol airport to phase out the diesel ground power units that supply electrical power to aircraft. Instead, these will be replaced with Electric Ground Power Units (E-GPUs).

Specifically, ESS says its batteries are ideal for equipment requiring up to 12 hours of flexible energy capacity. They were also selected due to its inherent fire safety, making it safe to use when close to passenger aircraft.