Eskom, one of the largest electric utilities in the world, ordered a single unit of the company’s TC1 compressed air UPS through Eskom’s UPS subsidiary, Pnu Power. Eskom intends to use it as standby power in a telecommunications base station.
According to Energetix, there may be an opportunity for future orders on the Eskom network, catering for South Africa’s harsh and remote environment.
Eskom currently uses traditional lead-acid UPS that have reliability and lifecycle problems. It has recently been evaluating alternative to batteries including flywheels and hydrogen-powered fuel cells. Energetix said it believes its compressed air solutions would overcome some of the safety, storage, reliability and skills gap problems associated with this technology.
Adrian Hutchings, CEO of Energetix Group said: ‘Given that Eskom provides 95 per cent of South Africa’s electricity requirements, this order, although small, represents a significant opportunity for and validation of Pnu Power’s cost-effective, safe and low-maintenance UPS technology. We look forward to working closely with Eskom, and identifying further opportunities for Pnu Power systems on their network.’