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Future and Impact of Power Storage in Sub-Saharan Africa, 2017

  • Executive Summary
    • Key Findings
  • Introduction-Energy Storage
    • Energy Storage-An Introduction
    • Types of Energy Storage
    • Evolution of Energy Storage Technologies
    • Research Scope
    • Key Questions this Study will Answer
  • Battery Energy Storage-An Overview
    • Battery Energy Storage-An Introduction
    • Battery Chemistries
  • Battery Energy Storage in Sub-Saharan Africa
    • Current Overview
    • Battery Selection Criteria
    • Existing Technologies and Battery Chemistries
    • Application of Battery Energy Storage Systems
  • Residential Consumers
    • Residential Consumption
    • Electricity Access
    • Status of Transmission Infrastructure
    • Diesel-based Remote Power Systems
    • Remote Power Systems
    • Residential Systems
    • Geographic Hotspots
    • Future Growth and Opportunities
    • Impact of Battery Storage
    • Case Study/Example of a Residential Battery Storage System
    • Case Study/Example of an Off-grid Battery Storage System
  • Renewable Power and Generation Utilities/Grid-based Storage
    • Overview of Grid-scale Battery Storage
    • Utility-scale Battery Storage
    • Grid Balancing-Supply and Demand
    • Grid Flexibility and Battery Storage
    • Geographic Hotspots
    • Future Growth and Opportunities
    • Impact of Battery Storage
    • Case Study/Example of a Grid-scale Battery Storage System
  • Commercial End Users
    • Commercial Consumption
    • Telecom Application
    • Mobile Network Expansion in Sub-Saharan Africa
    • Geographic Hotspots
    • Battery Storage-Telecom Towers
    • Off-grid Lodges and Resorts
    • Geographic Hotspots
    • Battery Storage-Off-grid Lodges
    • Future Growth and Opportunities
    • Impact of Battery Storage
    • Case Study/Example of a Commercial-scale Battery Storage System
  • Industrial End Users
    • Industrial Consumption
    • Current Status
    • Electricity Supply for Industry
    • Industrial Battery Storage Systems-The Need
    • Application of Battery Storage (Industries and Mining)
    • Geographic Hotspots
    • Future Growth and Opportunities
    • Impact of Battery Storage
    • Case Study/Example of an Industrial-scale Battery Storage System
  • Drivers and Restraints
    • Drivers
    • Drivers Explained
    • Restraints
    • Restraints Explained
  • Growth Opportunities and Companies to Action
    • Growth Opportunity 1: Renewable Power Storage
    • Strategic Imperatives for Success and Growth
  • The Last Word
    • Conclusion
    • The 3 Big Predictions
  • Appendix
    • Abbreviations

Future and Impact of Power Storage in Sub-Saharan Africa, 2017

Power storage through the use of battery energy storage systems is critical to countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. While the foremost application of battery storage would be in renewable energy-based off-grid power systems for rural electrification and all-round electricity access, batteries are set to play a major role across commercial and industrial segments, especially in powering telecommunication towers and providing a clean and sustainable source of power to off-grid lodges and luxury resorts.

With the growing operational expenditure and the reducing cost of renewable energy technologies such as solar PV and wind, industries and mining processes are aggressively pursuing renewable generation to meet power requirements. A continuous supply of quality power through renewables can only be ensured through the incorporation of battery storage systems in the setup. This research service provides an overview of the various battery chemistries currently employed in Sub-Saharan Africa and also enlists the selection criteria as prescribed by consumers from different categories. In addition to covering the various aspects of battery storage across consumer categories, it also highlights the future of battery storage systems across residential, commercial, and industrial applications.

Renewable energy has been witnessing rapid expansion across certain geographies in Sub-Saharan Africa. With growing global competitiveness and rising input costs, commercial and industrial systems have been aggressively pursuing renewable energy as a means to achieve business sustainability and improved profit margins. The study looks into the various geographic hotspots that are creating demand for battery storage systems and are likely to be in focus for such systems in the future as well. In addition, the study highlights case studies of battery storage applications that have been successfully implemented in the region. These case studies provide an overview of the choice of system, associated configuration, and application sought after by consumers.

The adoption of battery storage systems is not without its own challenges. This study discusses the various factors that will contribute to the uptake of battery storage systems as well as the challenges that must be addressed for the successful adoption of these systems in Sub-Saharan Africa. With a base year analysis of 2017 and forecasts up to 2023, this research service offers key insights for battery manufacturers, suppliers, and project developers regarding the prospective opportunities for expansion in Sub-Saharan Africa.


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