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Bushveld Minerals, an integrated primary vanadium producer, has received delivery of the first vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) from UniEnergy Technologies in South Africa.

This is according to its Q2 operating update for the Eskom Vanadium Redox Flow Batteries project.

Bushveld Energy’s team is performing all the integration work related to the VRFB at the Eskom Research and Innovation (ERIC) micro-grid site in Roshverville, where all site preparation work has been completed.

According to the AIM listed firm, two technicians were trained on the installation, operation and maintenance of the VRFB at UET’s production facility in the USA.

The training will continue during the commissioning process which is expected to conclude in July, as UET is sending two engineers to South Africa to oversee the process.

In addition, the firm and Eskom expect to receive initial data on the VRFB’s performance at the facility during the coming quarter.

The analysis of the results will help to inform the technical and commercial merits of future energy storage projects.

Fortune Mojapelo, CEO of Bushveld Minerals, commented: “In the second quarter, the first ever vanadium redox flow battery was delivered to South Africa. As the integrator for the project, Bushveld Energy and its team have been able to expand its expertise on project delivery and implementation.

“This has significantly assisted to build our capability to develop and deliver energy storage projects across the African continent.”

Mojapelo added: “This project has shown that utility scale batteries can be delivered in only months. Simultaneously, we are advancing the component manufacturing aspect of our business, where we are building flexibility for quick expansion.

“This strategy allows us to keep initial risk lower with an ability to capitalise should growth in energy storage materialise even faster than expected. With these efforts, Bushveld Energy is positioning itself in Africa with a unique combination of technical skills and component supply to deliver energy storage solutions.” Read more: Madagascar: Lemur Holdings awarded 30-year concession agreement