Bushveld Energy will soon start producing vanadium battery electrolyte at its new facility in East London. The company’s CEO Mikhail Nikomarov said this was an important step in the company’s long-term goal to assemble battery systems locally.

Nikomarov, who is also chair of the SA Energy Storage Association, said recent regulatory changes will see the commercial and industrial demand for batteries in SA take off. This will create a lot of potential for localisation, which will become a “lost opportunity” if SA fails to “take advantage of this”...

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