Azelio, a Swedish renewable energy storage company, has completed installing a renewable energy storage system with round-the-clock clean power production at the Noor Quarzazate solar complex in Morocco.
According to a news report, the project is part of the joint technical and business development agreement signed between Azelio and Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (Masen). The verification of renewable energy storage will take place in the first quarter of 2020, and the commercial installations will take place later, followed by volume production in 2021.
Speaking on the occasion of the inauguration of the renewable energy storage system, Jonas Eklind, said, “We have an ambitious plan for the development and commercialization of our technology, where Masen’s experience in renewable energy is of great value. Being present on one of the world’s leading arenas for renewable energy marks a big step for Azelio and is the platform from where we take the next step in becoming a global industrial player.”
Azelio says it has discovered a solution that can store energy from solar and wind sources and make it available round-the-clock as electricity and heat. The system developed by Azelio uses aluminum as the medium, and it contains no rare medium and elements. The capacity of the system remains constant and suffers no reduced capacity over time.
Another feature that sets the storage system apart from other such systems is that it is scalable from 100 kW to 100 MW, and this makes it a highly affordable and viable alternative.
Speaking on the collaborative effort between Masen and Azelio, Mustapha Bakkoury, CEO of Masen, said, “Our collaboration with Azelio is a good example of Masen’s R&D strategy to evaluate, co-develop, and promote disruptive solutions. We are proud to Azelio’s energy storage represented on Noor Ouarzazate solar complex.”
In June last year, a consortium of EDF Renewables, Abu Dhabi Future Energy (Masdar), and Green of Africa had emerged as the winner of a tender for the design, financing, construction, operation, and maintenance of the Noor Midelt Phase 1 multi-technologies solar power project. The project, consisting of concentrated solar power and photovoltaic technology, will have a size of 800 MW and claims to be the world’s first advanced hybridization of concentrated solar power and PV technologies.
Meanwhile, India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) and Morocco’s Ministry of Energy, Mines, and Sustainable Development have identified renewable energy as a common area of interest. The two countries aim to establish a cooperative institutional relationship for the development of new and renewable energy technologies and capacity building.
Image credit: Azelio
Rakesh is a staff reporter at Mercom India. Prior to joining Mercom, he worked in many roles as a business correspondent, assistant editor, senior content writer, and sub-editor with bcfocus.com, CIOReview/Silicon India, Verbinden Communication, and Bangalore Bias. Rakesh holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU). More articles from Rakesh Ranjan.