Most of the companies manufacturing Lithium Ion batteries are situated in the USA, Poland, South Korea, Japan and China. Most of them work closely with electric vehicle manufacturers and consumer good products. Some of the top companies manufacturing the batteries include BYD and PylonTech.
The University of the Western Cape’s Energy Storage Innovation Lab has started work on industrial Li-ion batteries assembly, the only known facility doing this in Africa.
Manganese is an important component of the most popular batteries in the world and 80% of the world’s known reserves of this element can be found in South Africa. Because the companies that produce Li-on batteries are willing and able to invest significantly for the development of this technology, together with the relatively low cost of Manganese, they have been able to import it from South Africa.
So what would be the major challenges in commercialising Li-ion across Africa?
- The cost of a Li-ion battery system needs to be lower than any alternative energy storage system.
- Currently, Li-ion batteries cost more than Lead Acid batteries, but since they last much longer than Lead Acid, it makes more financial sense to purchase them and yield better return on your investment.
Because Africa’s power distribution network is still underdeveloped, investors in Lithium Ion could see returns sooner in regions with a fully developed transmission network that’s already paid for such as South Africa, Botswana and Namibia.
Orbic Solar , offer a complete range of the top quality Lithium Ion technologies. Our Technologies are compatible for Homes and Businesses.
These technologies can be used for many applications:
- Store unused solar energy.
- Solar UPS for important data servers.
- Backup power for important technology .
- A source for a better quality sine wave , to protect expensive lab equipment against power surges from bad grid fluctuations.
- Electric Vehicles
- Source of energy for other mechanical Machines that require a electrical power ( Pumps , Compressors, Valves etc)
To Learn more on how Orbic Solar can help you with the correct Lithium storage solutions, talk to us.