Bike powered storage wins design prize

South Africa-based Ideso has won a prestigious international design award for its PowerPac generation and energy storage unit. Retailing at around USD$668, PowerPac attaches to a common-or-garden bicycle to utilise peddle power and can store up to 132Wh of electricity for home use, reports Media Club South Africa.

Moroccan wind turbines use hydrogen storage

A collaboration between Pure Energy Centre, Sahara Wind Inc. and Al Akhawayn University in Morocco has produced Africa’s first combination of wind power and hydrogen energy storage. Excess power from three turbines is used to produce hydrogen through the hydrolysis of water, while the oxygen is currently released into the atmosphere – although there are plans to capture the gas for other uses. The project is located at the university, where it will be used primarily for research and teaching.

An interesting detail is that part of its funding comes from NATO, as part of its Science for Peace and Security frameworks – another example of the military getting involved in renewables.