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Africa Energy Indaba

Biogas needs favourable REIPPPP allocation for sustainable development

By: Nadine James     17th February 2017 The measureable and sustainable development of South Africa’s biogas industry requires projects, and therefore a favourable  Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) allocation, to prove sufficient financial viability to financial institutions is essential.... 

Chamber looks to strengthen partnerships in local green economy

By: Nadine James     17th February 2017 The Italian–South African Chamber of Trade and Industries’ chief aim at the 2017 Africa Energy Indaba is to raise awareness among Italian corporations regarding investment opportunities in South Africa’s green economy. Chamber secretary-general Mariagrazia Biancospino says the chamber mediated a... 

Chamber looks to strengthen partnerships in local green economy
LONG STANDING RELATIONSHIP Members of the Italian–South African Chamber of Trade and Industries have been involved in the South African energy sector since 2013

Conference hopes to catalyse African energy revolution

By: Nadine James     17th February 2017 The 2017 Africa Energy Indaba will enable African energy sector stakeholders to evaluate opportunities and the means to pursue them that could unlock the continent’s energy potential and spark something of an energy revolution, says Indaba organising company Siyenza. “The African continent has... 

Conference hopes to catalyse African energy revolution
BOOSTING ENERGY The Africa Energy Indaba brings together politicians and energy luminaries to envision and catalyse decisions that will enhance access to energy

Energy efficient qualifications finalised

By: Nadine James     17th February 2017 Occupational qualifications developed by the National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) in partnership with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation, the German Development Institute (GIZ) and the Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority (Ewseta) for... 

Energy efficient qualifications  finalised
WYNAND VAN DER MERWE This qualification will ensure that technicians have a unique skill set that is in high demand

Exponential increase in the number of power generation projects

By: Nadine James     17th February 2017 The African continent’s large energy deficit has resulted in an exponential increase in the number of power generation projects – both planned and implemented – as well as the number of stakeholders which are a consequence of renewed commercial interest in the African energy sector, says... 

Exponential increase in the number of power generation projects
TSIDISO DISENYANA Foreign investment is targeted at establishing Africa’s green economy, therefore renewables will become a driver of socioeconomic growth

Global energy council ponders gas-related realities

     17th February 2017 In recent years, the gas market has undergone several changes - the discovery of new deposits, the evolution of gas transport techniques and the new gas pipelines are all elements that deeply modify this market, notes international energy organisation World Energy Council (WEC). The council notes... 

Global energy council  ponders gas-related realities
SOUND INVESTMENT Among the fossil fuels, natural gas is the one fossil source which will continue to grow

Programme to accelerate investment implemented

     17th February 2017 The African Union’s (AU’s) planning body, the New Partnership for Africa's Development (Nepad), is undertaking an exercise that will accelerate the development and implementation of Africa’s high priority renewable energy projects and will be organising a showcase at the Africa Energy Indaba for... 

Programme to accelerate investment implemented
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MOMENT IN THE SUN Governments will be showcasing high priority renewable energy projects to attract private sector participation and investment

Renewables division experiences record-breaking 2016

     17th February 2017 Italian energy company Enel Green Power’s (EGP’s) global renewable energies division made 2016 a record-breaking year after building an all-time-high 2 018 MW of new capacity within a calendar year. This is a major achievement for EGP as it more than doubled what it achieved in 2015, when... 

Renewables division experiences  record-breaking 2016
NOJOLI WIND FARM Enel Green Power's global renewable energies division completed more than 470 MW of solar and wind projects locally, including the 88 MW Nojoli wind farm

Third Women in Energy conference cohosted at Energy Indaba

     17th February 2017 The yearly Women in Energy conference, organised by the Africa Energy Indaba, will bring together Africa’s leading women in the energy sector for its third iteration on Monday, February 20 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. The Africa Energy Indaba was the first energy conference... 

Third Women in Energy conference cohosted at Energy Indaba
DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES The Women in Energy conference is designed to aid the increase in leadership and development of women involved in the African energy sectors

Tshwalec Power Projects

By: Zandile Mavuso     17th February 2017 With Tshwalec Power Projects specialising in electrical engineering design services in conjunction with turnkey overhead power line and substation projects up to 166 kV, it has become the preferred supplier of high and medium voltage transmission, distribution and reticulation projects to leaders... 

Tshwalec Power Projects

Africa’s critical energy infrastructure in the spotlight

     5th February 2016 Most infrastructure investments on the African continent are in the energy sector, but power plants and transmission lines across Africa presently operate at a fraction of installed capacity due to insufficient maintenance and lack of modernisation.  

Africa’s critical energy infrastructure  in the spotlight
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AILING INFRASTRUCTURE Damaged and outdated electrical infrastructure is impeding Africa's socioeconomic growth

Bright future for energy storage

     5th February 2016 The narrow focus on cost may be leading to misconceptions about the real value of energy storage, according to a new report by the World Energy Council (WEC) called ‘E-storage – shifting from cost to value’.  

Bright future for energy storage
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GO WITH THE FLOW Energy storage devices, such as redox-flow batteries, are becoming more cost effective, which will boost growth in the renewable energy sector

Call for government to incentivise renewable energy production

By: Nadine James     5th February 2016 The introduction of support programmes for both the commercial, and household or rural level, will boost growth in the biogas industry, which will subsequently assist with the increase of renewable-energy supply, waste management, job creation, skills transfer and carbon mitigation, says Southern... 

Call for government  to incentivise renewable energy production
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ALL GASSED UP BMW's Rosslyn plant in Gauteng is one of ten commercial biogas operations in South Africa

Good energy strategies will reduce operating costs

     5th February 2016 Renewable energy company Ubuntu Energy Solutions MD Jonathan de Magalhães says very few companies rethink their energy strategy, despite most businesses struggling with escalating electricity costs and intermittent power outages.  

Good energy strategies will reduce operating costs
JONATHAN DE MAGALHAES Finding the right energy services company is just as important as finding the right energy solution

Government-funded programme to launch Phase 2 at Energy Indaba

By: Nadine James     5th February 2016 Resource efficiency programme the National Cleaner Production Centre, South Africa (NCPC-SA) will launch Phase 2 of its Industrial Energy Efficiency (IEE) project, at the Energy Services (Esco) Conference, which takes place on February 17, day two of the 2016 Africa Energy Indaba.  

Government-funded  programme to launch Phase 2 at Energy Indaba
REACHING OUT TO BUSINESSES Industrial Energy Efficiency phase 2 will be introducing a funding mechanism for businesses that require financing for the energy efficiency projects

IDZs and policy implementation key to energy-sector development

By: Nadine James     5th February 2016 The continuous progression of South Africa’s industrial development zones (IDZs) and special economic zones (SEZs) as well as the implementation of associated legislation are crucial for the sustainable growth of the energy sector, says supply-chain specialist Bidvest Panalpina Logistics (BPL)... 

IDZs and policy  implementation key to  energy-sector development
DE AAR SOLAR FARM Bidvest Panalpina Logistics was instrumental in the Northern Cape solar power project

Local governments must play bigger role in energy sector

By: Nadine James     5th February 2016 Local governments, as key decision-makers in urban development and planning, need to be more involved in the development of a sustainable energy sector, says research organisation Sustainable Energy Africa (SEA) director Mark Borchers.  

Local governments  must play bigger role  in energy sector
ENERGY POVERTY Sustainable Energy Africa enables municipalities to implement sustainable energy strategies

Microgrids creating opportunities for property developers

By: Nadine James     5th February 2016 Local entrepreneurs or property developers can build independent commercial-grade microgrids, which, through a combination of multiple renewable- or nonrenewable energy sources, can provide sufficient energy for clients or tenants at a reasonable cost, says microgrid consultant Brightmerge... 

Microgrids creating  opportunities for  property developers
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BATTERIES ARE INCLUDED These batteries are used as energy storage for a solar micro-grid which supplies electricity to a small housing community

Mircocare

By: Zandile Mavuso     5th February 2016 Manufacturing local solar energy products for the past 25 years, Port Elizabeth-based solar electronic components manufacturer Microcare is the only South African company that manufactures MPPT Solar Regulators, Pure Sine Wave Bi-Directional Inverters, Grid-Tied Inverters and a range of Solar... 

Mircocare

Premier energy event a must for energy businesses

By: Nadine James     5th February 2016 Africa Energy Indaba (AEI) MD Liz Hart says the value of attending the eighth yearly AEI is that industry stakeholders will meet the right people who can decide on energy transactions and implement them.  

Premier energy event a must for energy businesses
DOING DEALS AND TAKING NAMES The Africa Energy Indaba is a great place to liaise with potential clients and create new partnerships

Two solar plants target 2017 operation dates

By: Nadine James     5th February 2016 Renewable-energy project management company Aurora Power Solutions (APS) is involved in the development of two solar photovoltaic (PV) projects, which are scheduled for commercial operation in the first half of 2017, says APS project development manager Oliver Johnston.  

Two solar plants target 2017 operation dates
UP ON THE ROOF Aurora Power Solutions is involved in implementing solar photovoltaic roof systems for private entities in Cape Town

Renewable-energy solutions could help households beat power crisis

By: Dylan Slater     6th March 2015 If a third of all South African households implemented renewable-energy power solutions, such as photovoltaic (PV) panels and wind turbines, State-owned power utility Eskom’s current capacity issues could be alleviated, says Port Elizabeth-based alternative power solutions company Kestrel... 

Renewable-energy solutions could help households beat power crisis
RENEWABLE ENERGY BENEFIT A significant benefit of the grid-connected system is its ability to feed excess electricity back into the national grid

Energy Indaba set to expand by 20%

By: Dylan Slater     13th February 2015 Organisers of the 2015 Africa Energy Indaba expect more than 2 000 visitors to attend the conference, a 20% increase, compared with the attendance figures of last year’s event, which, in turn, registered a year-on-year increase in attendance of 23% from 2013 to 2014. 

Energy Indaba  set to expand by 20%
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CONTINENT-WIDE COOPERATION African energy leaders need to discuss the implications of low oil prices on gas developments and on the diversity of the continent’s energy mix

Indaba side event focuses on IPP

     13th February 2015 The Africa Energy Independent Power Producer (IPP) and Power Purchase Agreements (PPA) Conference and Workshop, a side event that will run concurrently with the Africa Energy Indaba this month, will focus on industry-associated deals, infrastructure, the financing and procurement of IPP projects... 

Indaba side event focuses on IPP
Photo by Duane Daws
SPOTLIGHT ON IPP In October 2014 it was announced that an additional 1 500 MW was in the final stages of approval in the REIPPPP

Massive commercial industry potential for solar energy

By: Dylan Slater     13th February 2015 The renewable energy sector should focus on commercial ventures in its drive to increase the uptake of solar energy through photovoltaic (PV) panels, rather than the current industry focus on the residential sector, says renewable-energy company Green Habitat. 

Massive commercial industry potential  for solar energy
COMMERCIAL FOCUS Large shopping centres have lots of unused rooftop space where photovoltaic panels can be installed

REIPPPP project implements molten salt storage technique

     13th February 2015 The 100 MW Redstone Solar Thermal Power project, developed by US utility-scale power projects facilitator SolarReserve and Saudi Arabia-based water and power project facilitator ACWA Power, will feature SolarReserve’s one-of-a-kind molten salt energy storage technology in a tower configuration. 

Africa Energy Indaba to catalyse transformation

     7th February 2014 The importance of an energy event such as the Africa Energy Indaba cannot be underestimated, as it “brings together business, government and civil society leaders to collaborate and shape shared solutions to the continent’s energy future”, South African National Energy Association (Sanea)... 

Africa Energy Indaba to catalyse transformation
CATALYSING TRANSFORMATION The Africa Energy Projects Roundtable forum at the 2014 Africa Energy Indaba will focus on energy projects that will provide the best return on investment

Energy Leader Dialogues to attract high attendance

By: Mia Breytenbach     7th February 2014 Marketing and public relations house Siyenza aims to focus on the trade and investment aspect of the Africa Energy Indaba event this year by assessing the number and quantum of deals conducted during the Business Matchmaking Programme, states Siyenza MD Liz Hart. “With a strategic partnership... 

Energy Leader Dialogues to attract high attendance
POWERING THE CONTINENT The 2014 Africa Energy Indaba is expected to be the largest indaba to date with high attendance expected from CEOs, energy Ministers and heads of African energy utilities

Financing possibilities key challenge for renewable-energy sector

By: Mia Breytenbach     7th February 2014 Challenges in assisting foreign contractors to understand the requirements of the South African Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), specifically with regard to the pass-through of risk and the ambit of force majeure, seem to have been successfully overcome... 

Financing possibilities key challenge for  renewable-energy sector
MATT ASH South African public and private sector focus on renewable energy has stimulated greater public sector interest in renewable energy throughout the sub-Saharan Africa region

Implementing energy efficiency key to saving on carbon tax

By: Mia Breytenbach     7th February 2014 While great focus is placed on energy efficiency implementation, which will be a key topic at the 2014 Africa Energy Indaba, attention to carbon emission reduction is still needed states carbon emission reduction auditing company Carbon Check CEO Adam Simcock. The company will exhibit at this... 

Implementing energy efficiency key to  saving on carbon tax
ADAM SIMCOCK Companies need to invest in energy saving projects to offset their carbon tax or claim reductions in the Section 12L of the Income Tax Act 58 of 1962

Possible shale gas success in Africa key issue on energy agenda

By: Mia Breytenbach     7th February 2014 Africa’s access to energy and its possible success in the shale gas sector are among the key issues that will be discussed at this year’s Africa Energy Indaba, says World Energy Council (WEC) secretary general Dr Christoph Frei. These are some of the issues that stem from key findings in the... 

Possible shale gas success in Africa key issue on energy agenda
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ENERGY ACCESS Issues such as Africa’s access to and the affordability of energy and the resilience of the current African energy infrastructure sector will form part of the discussion during the 2014 Africa Energy Indaba

R10.8bn of debt funding for REIPPPP projects

By: Mia Breytenbach     7th February 2014 Developers in the dynamic renewable-energy sector of South Africa face high development costs and a complex and stringent bidding process under the Renewable Energy IPP Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), which includes the non-negotiability of the project agreements , states corporate and... 

R10.8bn of debt funding for REIPPPP projects
KIERAN WHYTE Issues addressed and lessons learnt through the implementation of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme will be of key importance to the renewable energy sector

South Africa is pioneering renewable energy on the African Continent says report

By: Mia Breytenbach     7th February 2014 The South African energy sector outlook is positive and one of the fastest- growing in Africa, owing to inter alia the introduction of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) in South Africa, states corporate and commercial law firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr... 

South Africa is pioneering renewable energy on the African Continent says report
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INVESTING IN RENEWABLE ENERGY Hydropower capacity is increasing on the continent with the implementation of The Grand Inga and Mphanda Nkuwa hydroelectric projects

Engineering News website undergoes technological evolution

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th July 2013 South Africa-based media group Creamer Media has relaunched its Engineering News website as it keeps pace with technological developments and the continuously evolving requirements of its audience. The revamped website represents the fourth version since the media group launched its online... 

2013 Indaba attracts greater interest, expects 20% growth

By: Samantha Herbst     8th February 2013 Africa Energy Indaba (AEI) organiser Siyenza hopes to further its objective of positioning Africa as the continent of energy opportunity by delivering a comprehensive event for the fifth consecutive year. Siyenza MD Liz Hart tells Engineering News that enquiry and interest levels have grown... 

Faith shown in Africa’s liquid fuels sector

By: Samantha Herbst     8th February 2013 The demand for liquid fuels in Africa is growing, given the continent’s strong economic growth relative to developed countries, says refined petroleum company Engen Petroleum director of corporate planning Dave Wright. He mentions that new resource finds in East Africa, in particular, are likely... 

Govt to focus on gas and nuclear development in SA – Norton Rose

By: Samantha Herbst     8th February 2013 The draft Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) Amendment Bill, which was published for public comment in December, indicates some far-reaching changes in the future, including the possibility of creating a regulatory environment to enable and facilitate exploration for and... 

SA has ‘favourable framework conditions’ for PV development – German PV provider

By: Samantha Herbst     8th February 2013 Germany-based solar systems producer Solon Energy plans to establish business roots in South Africa before rolling out its activities to the rest of Africa, as the country has “favourable framework conditions”, says power plants business development manager Vanessa Gombert. South Africa’s... 

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