Earth & Wire and Ambri Conclude South Africa’s Largest BESS Order – 300MW

  • Earth & Wire and Ambri Inc., a U.S. based provider of long-duration energy storage, have announced an order for a 300 MW, 1,200 MWh Ambri Liquid Metal™ battery system to serve a combined wind and solar-powered generation site in the Eastern Cape.
  • To date, this is the largest battery energy storage system to be deployed in South Africa.

“We are looking forward to working with a dynamic and mission-driven company like Earth & Wire as we expand in the U.S. and globally,” said Adam Briggs, Chief Commercial Officer at Ambri. “Our companies share a mission of accelerating the decarbonization of grids and enabling consumers to meet their energy needs from renewable resources. As South Africa works to address its current energy challenges, this partnership, and our technology more broadly, will help Earth & Wire and other renewable energy providers solve longstanding operational  challenges and stabilize their nation’s energy grids.”

As demand for energy increases and Eskom begins to decommission its coal generation fleet, these systemic issues will require the introduction of renewable energy resources that can connect effectively and supply consistently into the national grid.

By deploying Ambri’s technology, Earth & Wire will be able to help manage fluctuations in supply and demand, and work towards providing consistent and responsive electrical power to their South African customers.

“As we’ve continued to develop, construct, grow and sell our pipeline of renewable energy projects across South Africa, we’ve been looking for the right partner to meet the challenges of storing the excess energy we generate, and providing our customers with a full spectrum, 24-hour source of electricity. Ambri is that partner,” said Thomas Garner, Business Development Executive at Earth & Wire.

 “Ambri’s technology is an ideal answer to meet this challenge, and we look forward to utilizing their battery system to provide affordable, reliable, clean energy to all South Africans, from all walks of life,” added Garner.

Ambri will begin shipping batteries for this project in 2024 with installation completed in 2026.

Author: Bryan Groenendaal

Leave A Reply

About Author

Green Building Africa promotes the need for net carbon zero buildings and cities in Africa. We are fiercely independent and encourage outlying thinkers to contribute to the #netcarbonzero movement. Climate change is upon us and now is the time to react in a more diverse and broader approach to sustainability in the built environment. We challenge architects, property developers, urban planners, renewable energy professionals and green building specialists. We also challenge the funding houses and regulators and the role they play in facilitating investment into green projects. Lastly, we explore and investigate new technology and real-time data to speed up the journey in realising a net carbon zero environment for our children.

Receive the week’s most popular stories in your inbox every Saturday morning