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Invitation by The World Bank: Battery Storage Value Chain Creation in Southern Africa: Online stakeholder engagement workshop

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Invitation: Online stakeholder engagement workshop

Battery Storage Value Chain Creation in Southern Africa: Findings and Perspectives


You, your colleagues, business associates, friends and all interested persons are cordially invited to a stakeholder engagement workshop facilitated by The World Bank.


DATE: 9 December 2021

TIME: 12h00 to 14h30

PLATFORM: Zoom Webinar

COST: No cost, free-of-charge, all welcome


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Hosted by: The World Bank

In association with: Mintek and Customized Energy Solutions (CES)

Supported by: CSIR, IDC and SAESA

Facilitated by: EE Business Intelligence

Moderated by: Chris Yelland, EE Business Intelligence


Keynote presenter: Dr Molefi Motuku, CEO of Mintek




Dr Rahul Walawalkar and Mr Harsh Thacker, Customised Energy Solutions (CES), India, will each make 20-minute presentations on a study funded by The World Bank under the guiding leadership of Mintek, covering:


  • Study assessment: South Africa Battery Storage Market Assessment and 2030 Projections
  • Study analysis: Job Creation and Skills Development in the Battery Storage Value Chain in South Africa
  • Study scenarios: Value Chain Analysis for Battery Storage Manufacturing in South Africa


Panel discussion


  • Dr Molefi Motuku, CEO of Mintek
  • Dr Mkhulu Mathe, CSIR Energy Research Centre
  • Mr Mikhail Nikomarov, chairman of SA Energy Storage Association (SAESA)
  • Speaker from Industrial Development Corporation (name TBC)


Polls and survey


Your opinion matters! In addition to the Q & A session at the workshop, EE Business Intelligence will run polls during the workshop to get immediate feedback, and will also conduct a more detailed online survey. Feedback from the participants will inform the recommendations in the World Bank final study report.


EE Business Intelligence will prepare a statistics-based feedback report on responses received, which will be made available by email to those who completed the survey.


After the webinar a feedback report including statistics from the survey, links to view the video of the workshop and to download the presentations on demand will also be made available to all attendees.


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Purpose and synopsis


Battery storage technology makes consensus across the board in South Africa, as it provides job and development opportunities mining, energy and transport sectors. In the global economic recovery context, the challenge will be to provide the right incentives to scale up the battery storage value chain in country.


The workshop will highlight the status and potential for each segment of the battery energy storage value chain for in South Africa and the Southern Africa region, and the induced job opportunities arising.


This overview will be provided by Customized Energy Solutions (CES) and partners, the consulting group conducting the World Bank funded study on Battery Storage Value Chain in South Africa.


From the individual consultations undertaken by CES and from the outcomes of this workshop, key findings and recommendations will be provided to inform decisions for the acceleration of the South Africa battery industry and markets.


Mintek, the focal point designated by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) for this study, will provide introductory remarks on the importance of linking research, policy and private sector development in battery storage and more broadly in the climate smart mining sphere.


As the work to be presented would also benefit to various public sector entities interested and involved in this theme, topics to be discussed will go beyond the pure technical aspects: economics, market strategies, regional trade enhancement and jobs/skills will be amongst the areas of discussion. Inputs from private investors and energy associations are by essence also key for this stakeholder consultation event.


Target audience


The target audience comprises:


  • Executives and energy economics professionals
  • Financial institutions and banks
  • Energy managers, engineers, technologists and technicians
  • Government and state-owned enterprises
  • Eskom and municipal electricity distributors
  • Regulatory and standards bodies, universities and research institutes
  • Relevant industry associations, professional institutes and organised business
  • Commercial, industrial, manufacturing, mining and energy-intensive electricity end-users
  • All other interested persons and organisations


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For further information contact:



Kind regards




Chris Yelland

Managing director

EE Business Intelligence (Pty) Ltd

41A Waterfall Avenue, Craighall, 2196, Johannesburg

Tel: 082 317-4175; Email:; Website:


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