Kenya will soon be getting its first flywheel storage project. The system, commissioned by Socabelec East Africa, is intended to support a microgrid serving a community of 5,000 people in Marsabit, the capital of the Kenyan county of the same name.

Currently, the electricity supply for the village comes from diesel generators and two 275-kilowatt wind turbines. ABB’s 500-kilowatt PowerStore stabilization system will be integrated into the grid and function with the existing diesel power station controls. The company says its system will stabilize the grid, enable any excess wind energy generated to be used, and allow for the addition of further renewable energy sources.