Kenyan microgrid boost for community energy

Marsabit, an oasis city at the edge of the desert in a windy area of northern Kenya, is to be the site of a microgrid stabilised with ABB PowerStore technology.

Power supply from a wind/diesel hybrid plant in the city will be balanced by a flywheel storage system after ABB won an order from Socabelec East Africa Ltd.

The city has a population of 5000 and is not connected to the national grid. Instead it relies on diesel generators and two 275 kW wind turbines. ABB’s containerised, 500 kW PowerStore stabilization system will be integrated into the existing power, maximising renewable energy production.

The project is scheduled for completion in 2016.

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