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Infinity Power to develop battery energy storage system in West Africa

Infinity Power is all set to supply 40MW power through a battery energy storage system in West Africa. The company has announced the signing of a 20-year Capacity Change Agreement with Senelec. Infinity Power is a joint venture between Egypt’s Infinity and UAE’s Masdar, while Senelec is Senegal’s national electricity company. According to the company, the project will be operated by Infinity Power’s 158.7MW Parc Eolien Taiba N’Diaye (PETN) wind farm. The project site is located some 70km north of Dakar, and supplies energy to over 2 million people. The construction of the battery energy storage system will kick off early next year at the Tobène substation. It is likely to enter into operation in 2025. The company shared that the project could be one of the largest of its kind in West Africa, once it reaches completion. It is expected to help Senegal avoid approximately 37,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually. As per local reports, the storage system will enable Senelec to pave the way for future renewable energy growth in the country, while Infinity Power will boost its renewable energy strength across Africa. “The capacity charge agreement we have signed with Senelec marks a significant milestone on our roadmap towards providing clean, reliable and affordable electricity access to the communities and citizens of Senegal. Battery storage offers incredible opportunities for Senegal to reap the benefits of renewables,” Infinity Power chairman Mohamed Ismail Mansour, was quoted in a statement. Infinity Power chief executive Nayer Fouad remarked, “Our ambition is to have projects in every country in Africa, and we can’t wait to see what technology we can explore to help deliver clean energy to even more people.” Meanwhile, Senelec general manager Papa Mademba Biteye was quoted, “Senegal is constantly eyeing opportunities to push ahead its renewable energy agenda by embarking on solutions that speeds up its transition to a low-carbon economy.”

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