Energy storage technology would make wind energy a very attractive option | IOL Business Report
- Oct 9, 2019 11:10 am GMT
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CAPE TOWN – “Small scale” embedded power generation investment in wind, biogas, biomass and municipal solid waste holds great potential in this country, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe said at the opening of the Windaba Conference in Cape Town on Tuesday.
Energy storage technology would make wind energy, coupled with storage, “a very attractive option going into the future”.
However, he reiterated the government’s continued support of coal-based power sources that are coming under fire internationally, due to their massive damage to the environment – carbon capture and storage, underground coal gasification and other clean coal technologies would be critical to enable South Africa to continue to use coal in an environmentally responsible way, said Mantashe.
He said however a significant thermal energy load still needed to be provided for, by providing solutions side by side by with off-grid technologies, particularly in areas that were too remote to build grid-based infrastructure.
Grid security could also be improved by diversifying the generation points through smaller generators spread across the landscape.