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VFlowTech, a Singapore-based energy storage solutions provider manufacturing low-cost and efficient modular vanadium redox flow batteries, and Sing Fuels, a global energy trading company, announced their new joint venture to meet the needs of the fast-developing energy storage market in Africa through sustainable microgrids. Under the new entity VFlowTech Africa, the two Singapore-headquartered companies will sign power purchase agreements with mobile network operators, mining companies, and other infrastructure owners to provide clean energy as a service, and will sell and distribute its Vanadium redox flow utility scale batteries in the Africa market.
VFlowTech Africa has set ambitious plans to accelerate the transition to renewable energy in the country. It will help deliver a net-zero future by delivering affordable and green energy solutions, which include the design and deployment of sustainable microgrids systems. By deploying its renewable energy battery storage systems, VFlowTech Africa will enable the storage of energy generated from variable or intermittent energy sources such as solar or wind. This energy is integrated in a standalone renewable microgrid to meet rural electrification needs.
Dr Avishek Kumar, Co-founder and CEO of VFlowTech, said “Sustainable microgrids are the future of energy and a vital part of any fight against climate change. More importantly, improving access to electricity will have a positive impact on overall quality of life as it also affects access to technology and all forms of social and economic activities. This spans healthcare, education, agriculture and finance. Energy is one of the core challenges facing Africans today. Previously, access to electricity required massive investment and infrastructure but Vanadium flow technology addresses these issues thanks to the significantly low cost of ownership. Installing renewable microgrids is much more affordable than traditional energy infrastructure. Traditional battery technologies, such as lead-acid and lithium-ion, are not suitable for long-duration energy storage as they suffer from performance degradation and thermal run-away and pose serious safety issues.”
Vikash Dhanuka, CEO of Sing Fuels, said “We wanted to deliver focused solutions that will benefit large communities as part of our decarbonization efforts. This partnership with VFlowTech to build renewable microgrid solutions allows us to offset the carbon emission of the maritime industry. It will also have a wider impact on improving the livelihoods of people as we drive rural electrification in Africa and help communities in the region become diesel-free.”
Microgrids are self-sufficient standalone power installations that provide electricity in remote areas that are not connected to a central grid or have unreliable electricity supply. By decentralizing electricity distribution with renewable microgrids, VFlowTech Africa will help generate and distribute electricity at an affordable rate in partnership with independent power producers (IPPs). This will mitigate rising costs of electricity or expensive infrastructure set-up costs for centralised power production.