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Energy Efficiency News

Sustainable concrete structures actively reduce energy consumption

By: Kimberley Smuts     12th August 2016 Being active in reducing energy consumption, The Concrete Institute (TCI) notes that concrete is a cost-effective material with low embodied energy and is, therefore, important in contributing to the sustainability of South Africa’s infrastructure. Embodied energy is the energy consumed by all of... 

Eskom, CSIR to tackle security threats at substations 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd August 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and State-owned Eskom have signed an agreement that formalises interaction between the organisations in the security domain, by establishing a standing security subcommittee to identify and deal with security risks. The electricity... 

Eskom, CSIR to tackle security threats at substations

Joemat-Pettersson backs renewables; promises coal, expedited renewable-energy IPP decision soon

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th July 2016 With government preparing to announce its long-awaited decision on the expedited round of  the Renewable-Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) and the Coal Baseload Independent Power Producer Procurement  Programme (CBIPPPP), Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson has... 

Joemat-Pettersson backs renewables; promises coal, expedited renewable-energy IPP decision soon

Training courses improve engineering skills, businesses and future stability

By: Sascha Solomons     22nd July 2016 South African Energy and Water Skills Education Training Authority-accredited training provider Terra Firma Academy believes that South Africa’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions and its intention to provide a sustainable energy and water supply can be supported through appropriate short... 

Training courses improve engineering  skills, businesses and future stability
Photo by Duane Daws
SHORT COURSES Offer engineers quick and intense training sessions on specific topics

Eastern Cape gas-to-power hub plans on track

22nd July 2016 The Eastern Cape’s plan to host a gas-to-power hub is well advanced with the Coega industrial development zone (IDZ) now clearly the province's preferred location for the development says Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism MEC Sakhumzi Somyo.  

Eastern Cape  gas-to-power hub  plans on track
Photo by Duane Daws
GAS-TO-POWER HUB Coega, as the province’s preferred site for the gas-to-power hub, has led the charge and continues to press ahead with preparations

Gas gensets a sustainable power alternative  

By: Sebastian Whyle     22nd July 2016 Engine, filtration and power-generation product manufacturer Cummins notes that gas-powered gensets are a sustainable power solution, owing to natural gas being methane-rich and occurring naturally. This makes it a cost-effective alternative energy source, compared with wind and solar power.  

Gas gensets a sustainable power alternative
Cummins Southern Africa Director Power Generation discusses the implications of gas-fired power generation in Africa.

Senwes to save from completed solar project

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th July 2016 The installation of 2 392 solar panels at South African agribusiness Senwes’s head office, in Klerksdorp, will save a projected 1 172 t/y of carbon emissions, equivalent to 270 running cars or 481 t/y of coal. CEO Joe Maswanganyi says the project, which was completed in June, will save about 1 kg... 

Interbuild Africa 2016 targets small and medium-sized building contractors

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th July 2016 The 2016 Interbuild Africa, Africa’s largest building, building services and construction exhibition, will predominantly target the small and medium-sized building contractor companies, as this market remains fairly resilient, says event organiser Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery portfolio... 

Interbuild Africa 2016 targets small and medium-sized  building contractors
Photo by Duane Daws
TARGET MARKET While some construction majors had struggled in in the past year, market growth is expected to stem from smaller industry players

Creamer Media publishes Real Economy Insight 2016: Electricity research report

11th July 2016 This eight-page brief is a synopsis of key developments in the electricity sector over the past 12 months, including details of South Africa’s constrained power system; State-owned power utility Eskom’s financial status and tariffs, capacity expansion programme, funding, independent power... 

Creamer Media publishes Real Economy Insight 2016: Electricity research report

France, Switzerland to finance small-scale green energy projects in South Africa

By: Dylan Slater     24th June 2016 An agreement to finance a technical assistance programme to assist banks in financing small scale renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in South Africa was signed on May 26 by the French Agency for Development (AFD) and the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs of Switzerland (Seco).  

South Africa seeks comment on draft carbon-offset rules 

By: Terence Creamer     20th June 2016 Draft carbon offset regulations have been released by the National Treasury for public comment, with a submission deadline of July 29. Under the proposed rules, firms can reduce their carbon tax liability by between 5% and 10% of their total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, by investing in... 

South Africa seeks comment on draft carbon-offset rules

Pioneer Foods, Energy Partners in national solar programme

By: Mia Breytenbach     17th June 2016 Food and beverage manufacturer Pioneer Foods, in conjunction with energy solutions service provider Energy Partners’ solar division, has rolled out a solar programme, which is about 60% complete.      The programme entails the installation of large commercial solar systems with a combined size of... 

Pioneer Foods, Energy Partners in national solar programme
PROGRAMME ROLL-OUT As part of the solar programme Pioneer Food’s Klerksdorp Mill in the North West has a 752 kW rooftop installation

ABB inaugurates its first South African microgrid at Longmeadow headquarters

By: Mia Breytenbach     8th June 2016 Automation technology group ABB has commissioned an integrated solar-diesel microgrid installation – the group’s first microgrid in South Africa – at its 96 000 m2 Longmeadow facility in Johannesburg. The Longmeadow site hosts ABB’s head offices and logistics and manufacturing centre. 

ABB inaugurates its first South African microgrid at Longmeadow headquarters
ABB Longmeadow Headquarters

EPG products ensure consistent transfer of energy loads

By: Kimberley Smuts     3rd June 2016 Energy distributor Vert Energy was in March appointed the distributor for industrial control products supplier ASCO Power Technologies, whose products will form part of Vert’s range of energy efficient electric power generation (EPG) products in Southern Africa. Being a subsidiary of power... 

EPG products ensure  consistent transfer of  energy loads
ASCO TRANSFER SWITCHES Are are the only power transfer switches that conform to the stringent IEC 60947-6-1 regulation

Energy efficient solutions reduce carbon footprint, improve quality of life

By: Kimberley Smuts     3rd June 2016 Solar system specialist and engineering design company ZRW Mechanika has since 2012 supplied and installed up to 25 000 units of their solar direct current (DC) home power solution in low-cost housing units, called Siyakhanyisa. The renewable energy capacity of up to 500 kWp was installed in... 

Energy efficient solutions reduce carbon footprint, improve quality of life
Photo by Duane Daws
GREENER GATES ZRW Mechanika was involved in the LED retrofitting of the roughly 50 000 m2 mainline toll gate facilities

Laser machine a first in Africa

By: Kimberley Smuts     3rd June 2016 South African manufacturer and distributor of cutting-edge capital equipment and consumables First Cut is aiming to complete the installation of an energy efficient Bystar fibre laser machine for a steel industry customer in November. “In Switzerland, the Bystronic laser range is currently at... 

Two 330 MW boilers to aid power production in Pakistan

3rd June 2016 Electrical engineering service provider and boiler manufacturer GE Steam Powered Systems president Andreas Lusch announced the company’s deal with construction and engineering company China Machinery Engineering Corp (CMEC) to supply two 330 MW boilers Pakistan power producer Engro Powergen Thar... 

Two 330 MW boilers to aid power production in Pakistan
Photo by Duane Daws
POWER PROVISION Two GE circulating fluidised bed (CFB) boilers will help deliver a total of 660 MW to Pakistan

Home energy solution integrated into Western Cape estate

By: Dylan Slater     3rd June 2016 Energy solutions provider Energy Partners, which is 57% owned by holding company PSG Group, celebrated its partnership with Western Cape-based estate Val de Vie last month.  

Pilot project prepares clients for changing energy legislation

By: Kimberley Smuts     3rd June 2016 Environmental, health and safety consulting and training providers Green Gain Consulting aim to launch its DigiLex SA Energy Suite pilot project by the end of this month. It will be integrated with the Business Intelligence (BI) platform, DigiData BI and clients in maintaining energy savings... 

Pilot project prepares clients for changing energy legislation
DIGILEX SA ENERGY SUITE The suite informs and prepares for legal compliance with pending environmental legislation in South Africa

DoE launches ‘Save Energy’ campaign

3rd June 2016 Last month, the Department of Energy (DoE) in collaboration with the Department of Public Works (DPW), the Department of Trade and Industry, and local and international partners unveiled the ‘Save Energy’ energy efficiency programme intervention, which is in support of the energy saving campaign... 

DoE launches ‘Save Energy’ campaign
Photo by Duane Daws
JACOB ZUMA The 2015 State of the Nation Address indicated that government buildings needed to become more energy efficient

Telecoms group launches solar car park at Centurion campus

By: Dylan Slater     3rd June 2016 Telecommunications company Telkom completed Phase 1 of a three-phase, 3 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) installation as part of a new parking lot for staff members at its Centurion headquarters, Telkom Park campus, last month.  

Telecoms group launches solar car park at Centurion campus
Photo by Dylan Slater
SOLAR PARK The Telkom headquarters, in Pretoria, are set to produce 3 MW of solar photovoltaic electricity once operational

Tshwane wins Earth Hour Capital competition for the second year in a row

By: Anine Kilian     31st May 2016 The City of Tshwane has been selected as South Africa’s Earth Hour Capital 2016 for the second year in a row in recognition of its sustainability initiatives, Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) regional director Kobie Brand announced during the second African Capital Cities... 

Disused Saldanha quarry emerging as new liquid petroleum gas hub

By: Dylan Slater     27th May 2016 A liquid petroleum gas (LPG) terminal and import infrastructure are being constructed by energy infrastructure company Sunrise Energy, in Saldanha Bay, in the Western Cape, to curb historical LPG shortages and meet potential future requirements for gas-fired power plants and other industrial... 

Disused Saldanha quarry emerging as new liquid petroleum gas hub

Power management company unveils new products

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th May 2016 Power management company Eaton launched its first month-long exhibition, called South Africa Mobile Tech Day, to showcase solutions in commercial construction that combines expert analysis and demonstrative exhibitions to address customers’ power management needs. The Eaton Mobile Tech Day... 

Power management company unveils new products
SOLUTIONS SHOWCASE Eaton solutions were demonstrated at the exhibition while industry experts discussed business issues face to face with established and new clients

DoE launches appliance label to encourage energy savings

By: Kim Cloete     18th May 2016 The Department of Energy (DoE) has unveiled an energy efficient label for domestic appliances in a bid to promote energy savings in South Africa.   The South African Energy Efficiency Label would be attached to all appliances that meet the minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) so that... 

DoE launches appliance label to encourage energy savings
Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson

Power grid might have reached secure state

By: Sascha Solomons     13th May 2016 Despite negative publicity associated with load-shedding, tariff price hikes and the loss of senior management in the past couple of years, State-owned power utility Eskom might have reached a more secure state in 2016, consulting firm Frost & Sullivan asserts. Frost and Sullivan energy and... 

Power grid might have reached secure state
Photo by Duane
ESKOM REACHES STABLE GROUND Power utility to provide oversupply of power

Fifty-eight participants graduate from Eskom academy

By: Sascha Solomons     13th May 2016 In line with its commitment to develop skills and create jobs, State-owned power utility Eskom’s Contractor Academy saw 58 participants drawn from Mpumalanga, Limpopo, the North West and Gauteng graduate in March this year. The graduation ceremony celebrated the upskilling of another group of... 

Fifty-eight participants graduate from  Eskom academy
Photo by Duane
BRIAN MOLEFE Through the academy, Eskom develops and supports of small and medium-sized enterprises

Consulting firm calls for privatisation of power utility

By: Sascha Solomons     13th May 2016 State-owned power utility Eskom needs to be operated more like a private-sector business by people who have knowledge of the energy sector, experience in bureaucratic processes, business acumen and political influence, says global growth consulting firm Frost and Sullivan. “Bringing politics... 

Consulting firm calls  for privatisation  of power utility
JOHAN MULLER Privatisation of power utility will allow Eskom to have more flexibility to focus on other arears of the power value chain

Illegal connections, cable theft pose threat to zero harm mandate

By: Sascha Solomons     13th May 2016 The increase in the number of informal settlements in the Western Cape has led to an increase in  unsafe electricity connections. This plus the ability of higher income areas to pay electricians to by-pass Eskom meters,  impinges on State-owned power utility Eskom’s zero harm initiative. “The... 

Illegal connections, cable theft pose threat  to zero harm mandate
Photo by Bloomberg
ILLEGAL CONNECTIONS The unsafe electiciy connections are proving to be a costly procedure for Eskom

Power utility opts to use renewable energy source

By: Sascha Solomons     13th May 2016 Solar system specialists and engineering design company ZRW Mechanika completed the installation of a 50 kW hybrid solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant at Wilgers education and community centre near the Kusile power plant in Witbank, Mpumalanga, in January 2016. ZRW Mechanika was awarded the... 

Power utility opts to use renewable energy source
HYBRID SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAIC Renewable and cost efficient energy source

Ingula set for completion next month

By: Sascha Solomons     13th May 2016 Mechanical engineering contracting company SA FIVE Engineering says State-owned power utility Eskom’s Ingula pumped-storage scheme’s commissioning is set to be completed by the end of next month. “The construction of Ingula is complete and only the commissioning needs to be done. Unit 3 and Unit... 

Ingula set for completion next month
INGULA POWER STATION The new hydropower station nears completion

Dependable power supply a top priority in shipping

13th May 2016 Electric power generation and electromechanical power transmission specialist Vert Energy MD Grant Robertson notes that reliable power supply is a top priority in shipping. Therefore, Vert Energy has tailored its capability to assist vessel owners – not only with routine maintenance programmes,... 

Dependable power supply a top priority in shipping
POWER MANAGEMENT CONTROLLER Vert Energy’s field services comprise reassembly, installation and commissioning; inspections and diagnostics; as well as on-site maintenance and repair

Energy management systems crucial in South Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     6th May 2016 National Cleaner Production Centre (NCPC) is assisting South African companies in instituting energy management systems to make their operations more energy efficient. This not only saves costs for companies but is also a necessity in a country where energy availability is under threat, says NCPC... 

Energy management systems crucial in  South Africa
FAITH MKHACWA Every employee is responsible for improving industrial energy use through the implementation of energy management systems

New data monitoring device to be introduced

By: Robyn Wilkinson     6th May 2016 Energy consultancy firm EON Consulting will introduce the new Check Meter that it is currently developing at this year’s African Utility Week, which will be held in Cape Town from May 17 to 19. 

New data monitoring  device to be introduced
PROVIDING KEY DATA An example of the 11 KV towers where the Check Meter will be installed and provide both analogue and digital data

Green building recognition for engineering firm’s Cape Town building

By: Dylan Slater     6th May 2016 Engineering consultancy Aurecon has been awarded a 5-Star Green Star South Africa (SA) Office v1 Design rating by the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) for the company’s second office building in Century City, Cape Town.  

Green building recognition for engineering  firm’s Cape Town building
GREEN BUILDING The Aurecon West building is a 5-star Green Star South Africa-rated building

Wärtsilä enters the solar energy business

By: Dylan Slater     6th May 2016 Complete life cycle solutions company Wärtsilä is entering the solar energy business by offering utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) solutions.  

Wärtsilä enters the solar energy business
JORDAN POWER Wärtsilä's first solar project in Jordan combines an existing 250 MW engine power plant and a 46 MW solar photovoltaic plant

Correct air compressor size crucial for energy savings

29th April 2016 Significant energy savings can be achieved by replacing existing oversized air compressors with correctly sized units that use power more efficiently, says compressed air products distributor Goscor. 

Correct air compressor size crucial for energy savings
SULLAIR AIR COMPRESSOR Goscor has installed variable-capacity control air compressors at Barloworld branches to increase energy efficiency

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