RICHMOND, BC, Sept. 24 /CNW/ - VRB Power Systems Inc. (TSX-V: VRB)
announces the completion of the trial period and acceptance of two 5kW x 4hr
VRB Energy Storage Systems ("VRB-ESS") sold to Winafrique Technologies Ltd.,
of Kenya ("Winafrique") in November 2007. The systems were tested in two
remote cellular telecommunications sites in Kenya with Safaricom Limited, the
leading mobile telephone operator in Kenya.
The approval of these systems signifies the potential roll out of several
hundreds of systems at cellular telecommunications sites throughout East
Africa. Winafrique has identified an initial 300 sites in Kenya alone.
In addition to an immediate reduction in diesel fuel usage and greenhouse
gas emissions, the installation of the VRB technology will enable
telecommunication providers to integrate a significant amount of variable wind
generation at these remote sites, further reducing the dependence on fossil
fuels. Additional benefits include lower diesel engine maintenance costs and
an extended life of the overall systems.
"The VRB technology has allowed us to achieve a 70 percent reduction in
diesel usage over the last month alone," says Mr. Michael Chavanga Director of
Winafrique. "These results indicate considerable cost savings and will help us
reach both reduced generator runtimes and operations & maintenance targets
sooner than anticipated."
Safaricom, like other telecommunication groups in Africa, are moving
toward integrating energy storage systems and eventually alternative forms of
energy like wind and solar to power cellular sites to reduce the expense and
environmental impact of rising diesel costs, high maintenance requirements of
diesel generators and lead acid batteries and concerns over diesel emissions.
As a distributor of the 5kW VRB-ESS in Kenya, Winafrique has arranged to sell,
install and integrate the systems at cellular sites; monitor and service the
systems and further provide some of the electrical components.
"The immediate benefits of using the VRB technology for energy storage is
clearly demonstrated here," says Tim Hennessy, CEO of VRB Power Systems. "It
has the unique ability to cycle rapidly and deeply, with minimal impact on
system life while performing multiple functions from the same."
Safaricom Limited is Kenya's current leading Mobile Telephone Operator.
It was formed in 1997 as a fully owned subsidiary of Telkom Kenya. In May
2000, Vodafone Group Plc, the worlds largest Telecommunication company
acquired a 40% stake and management responsibility for the company.
Safaricom's aim is to remain the leading Mobile Network Operator in Kenya.
In the modern world of globalization, Safaricom has been able to keep
pace with the global mobile telecommunications market by having strategic
business associations which help in meeting the dynamic challenges of the
modern mobile telecommunications world. Its strategic association with the
world leaders in mobile telephony has created a niche in the Kenyan market.
Safaricom announced net profits of $220million in the last financial year.
Winafrique Technologies Ltd is an integrated renewable energy resources
company incorporated in Kenya in 2001 with the objective of providing
efficient and sustainable alternative energy solutions for Africa and to meet
the challenge of generating electricity on a cost effective, sustainable and
environmentally friendly basis.
Currently involved in the provision of hybrid and alternative power in
remote areas, Winafrique is the most reliable supplier of high end renewable
energy power products and solutions in the region. Winafrique represents a
number of international companies as their distributor and authorized
installer and has provided unique power solutions for remote site
installations for over 5 years. Winafrique evaluates project specifics,
proposes viable and cost effective solutions and specializes in the
installation, commissioning and maintenance of installed systems. Its product
lines include wind, solar and micro hydro power solutions, as well as energy
storage and hybrid power systems.
About VRB Power
Headquartered in Richmond, Canada, VRB Power Systems Inc. is an energy
storage technology developer which is marketing, selling and manufacturing
products utilizing the patented VRB Energy Storage System ("VRB-ESS(TM)"). The
VRB-ESS can economically store and supply large amounts of electricity on
demand and is focused on stationary applications. It is a long life, cost
effective, low maintenance, efficient technology that allows for the
scalability of power and storage capacity independently. The VRB-ESS is
particularly beneficial to renewable energy providers, utilities and end users
through its ability to "inventory" electricity, allowing for the optimal match
of supply and demand.
The VRB-ESS is well suited for a variety of applications. Enabling the
provision of "firm" capacity from intermittent renewable generation such as
wind and solar; more cost effective and efficient generation of electricity in
remote areas; capital deferral for utilities; and load levelling (peak
shaving) applications. The VRB-ESS is also capable of providing backup power
solutions including applications for utility sub-stations and
telecommunication sites. The VRB-ESS is characterized by having the lowest
ecological impact of all energy storage technologies and is unlike most other
conventional energy storage systems that rely on substances such as lead or
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known and unknown risks and uncertainties (including, but not limited to, the
risk factors described in VRB Power's Annual Information Form filed with the
British Columbia Securities Commission and available at www.sedar.com) that
could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or
implied in our forward-looking statements. The Company does not assume any
obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this press
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