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South Africa’s coal-dependent state utility seeking bids for first battery storage project

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:South Africa’s state-owned power utility, which relies on coal to generate most of the nation’s electricity, issued a request for bids to build its first battery-energy storage system, according to a tender document seen by Bloomberg.Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. has received funding from institutions including the World Bank and African Development Bank, which it will use for the project, the utility said in a request for bids issued July 31. The funding will include design and construction of the system at the Sere Wind Farm Facility in Western Cape province.South Africa has plans to diversify its energy mix in a move away from coal, which is used for about 85% of the country’s power generation. Eskom is specifically considering green funding to offset debt and to re-purpose coal plants.Battery storage can save fuel costs and reduce grid congestion, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency. It can also balance a greater use of renewable sources that provide intermittent power.The bids will close Sept. 11, according to the documents. The request refers to the Eskom Investment Support Project and Eskom Renewables Support Project.[Paul Burkhardt]More: South Africa’s coal-dependent Eskom calls for battery-power storage South Africa’s coal-dependent state utility seeking bids for first battery storage projectlast_img read more

Didier Drogba: Chelsea hold talks with Montreal Impact over striker

first_imgChelsea are in talks with Major League Soccer franchise Montreal Impact over the future of striker Didier Drogba.Montreal say Drogba has expressed a “desire to help” his old club.”We understand his attachment, but our objective is to have him back for another season,” Montreal tweeted.Drogba, 37, who signed for Montreal in July, watched Chelsea’s win over Sunderland on Saturday with interim manager Guus Hiddink and owner Roman Abramovich.Hiddink on Wednesday refused to be drawn on whether Drogba would join his backroom staff.”I worked with him five or six years ago and I was delighted to have such a professional in the squad,” the Dutchman said. “He’s a legend already in this club. The only thing is at the moment is that he’s playing in Montreal.”The official process I don’t know but I spoke openly from the bottom of my heart that huge impact players can be key for the club.”The Ivorian spent nine years at Stamford Bridge in two spells, first representing the club between 2004 and 2012 before rejoining them last season.Montreal say it was agreed in Drogba’s contract that he would have a second season in Canada.”We are doing everything we can to have him back with the Impact in 2016,” the club said. “We are willing to accommodate him. This situation is out of our control.”Defending Premier League champions Chelsea have endured a terrible start to the season, losing nine of their 17 games to slip to 15th, and last week sacked manager Jose Mourinho.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more