Traditionally, the university’s final year laboratories and student projects relied on lead acid batteries, until a sponsorship from the LiFePO4 battery manufacturer, Freedom Won, changed the landscape on the 17th of August 2023. The donation of Freedom Won 12V 100Ah batteries and a LiTE 5/4 model marked the inception of a shift towards a lithium iron phosphate-powered laboratory.
From the smallest component through to building a Freedom Won (“FW”) containerised solution – with each step of the way, safety is paramount.
FW, an original equipment manufacturer, is compliant with industry best practices in terms of how to build and manage Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) with a safe environment and methodology.
South African battery storage pioneer Freedom Won, which is on a rapid, loadshedding-fuelled expansion path, is ramping up production at its newly expanded 15 000 m2 factory in Honeydew, Gauteng, to exceed the current production of 50 MWh of batteries every month – enough energy storage to support around 5 000 South African households in combination with solar power.
In this episode of Driving Sustainability, Antony English (co-founder and co-owner) discusses the highlights and challenges of Freedom Won’s 10-year journey since being founded in 2012.
There are no limitations to the power of renewable energy! This is clearly visible in the Louma Boerdery project where an entire 2 500 hectare farm has been taken completely off the grid with another 1000 hectare to be completed soon!
With no end in sight for load-shedding in South Africa, many people are looking for backup power to carry them through the outages.
This month marks the official 10-year birthday of Freedom Won – a significant milestone for one of the largest manufacturers of energy storage solutions in Africa.
The beautiful Jao Camp based in the pristine Okavango Delta in Botswana was the site of the latest innovation in green energy involving Freedom Won – that of installing the largest Victron off-grid lithium battery system in the world.
Freedom Won were recently bestowed the Bronze Award in the Large Business of the Year 2018/2019 category at the National Chambers of Commerce and FNB Business of the Year Awards. The organisation accepted the prestigious award at a spectacular gala event held on 25th May at Silverstar Casino in Krugersdorp.
Co-founder of Freedom Won, Antony English, was interviewed by Darren Scott and proved to be a natural. Take a listen here to a great interview.