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Energy Efficiency News

Property developers shift focus to manage economic risk

By: Robyn Wilkinson     9th December 2016 There has been a slowdown in the development of commercial properties as developers shift their focus to residential, healthcare and industrial projects to best manage risks in South Africa’s economic climate, says business management consultant WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff Africa regional director... 

Intercontinental hybrid air race raises awareness of unique technology, design

By: Dylan Slater     8th December 2016 Earlier this week Canada-based hybrid airship manufacturer Solar Ship challenged US aerospace, defence and security technologies company Lockheed Martin to undertake an intercontinental friendly air race to raise international awareness about hybrid aircraft and renewable-energy technologies in... 

Public consultations for IRP, IEP get under way as DoE attracts criticism over timelines, pricing basis 

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th December 2016 Planned nationwide public consultations got under way in Boksburg on Wednesday for the Department of Energy’s (DoE’s) long-awaited draft Integrated Energy Plan (IEP) and updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), drawing some industry criticism regarding timelines and an outdated pricing structure.... 

Public consultations for IRP, IEP get under way as DoE attracts criticism over timelines, pricing basis

Parallel generator plants a cost effective solution 

By: Robyn Wilkinson     2nd December 2016 The parallel synchronisation of smaller generators to achieve the same power outputs as a single large generator offers significant cost-saving benefits to South African businesses that must manage continued grid power supply uncertainties, says generator manufacturer Maverick Generators MD... 

Parallel generator plants a cost  effective solution
ALTERNATE POWER PLANTS Maverick Generator’s eight-unit parallel generator plant has proven to be a cost-effective back-up power solution for an agriculture company in Limpopo

High- and medium-speed power generation products for South Africa

2nd December 2016 Power systems provider Rolls-Royce presented its high-speed and medium-speed power generation products, including various power generation solutions in the 24 kW to 9 400 kW range suitable for a wide variety of applications and types of fuel, at Power & Electricity World Africa. The event was... 

Preventing interference of electrical noise in emergency operations

2nd December 2016 Power generation equipment producer Cummins has changed the control system inside its generators to prevent the electrical noise from adversely impacting the operation of hydraulic generators in emergency vehicles. 

Monitoring portal ensures standby power equipment is primed

By: Robyn Wilkinson     2nd December 2016 Power management solutions provider Powermode has introduced its monitoring portal, which provides real-time feedback on the performance of standby power equipment to prevent power failures. 

Monitoring portal ensures standby power equipment is primed
RELIABLE READINGS The Powermode Monitoring Portal provides more accurate information than other systems owing to its ability to measure both the incoming and outgoing current in the battery

Hybrid gensets to complement renewable energy

By: Robyn Wilkinson     2nd December 2016 Generating set producer Aksa Power Generation South Africa (SA) will launch its hybrid generating set (genset) in South Africa in January next year, providing a standby power generating solution to the country that is able to run in parallel with renewable-energy sources. 

New small-scale generator powerful but quiet

2nd December 2016 This year, generator provider Kohler Generators introduced its 30 kW standby generator, which is ideally suited to larger homes and smaller business as it is both powerful and quiet. 

New small-scale generator powerful but quiet
POWERING HOMES As people continue to build larger homes, Kohler Generators has seen an increased demand for smaller residential generators

Eskom in desperate search for industrial customers as surplus grows 

By: Terence Creamer     4th November 2016 Amid weak economic growth, falling industrial and mining demand and a rise in plant availability, Eskom has appealed to industrial customers to approach it for new connections, saying it is “open for business”. The State-owned utility announced a recovery in the energy availability factor (EAF)... 

Eskom in desperate search for industrial customers as surplus grows

Best practice guideline aims at enabling global competitiveness

By: Nadine James     4th November 2016 National resource efficiency programme the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) has released its resource efficiency and cleaner production  (RECP) best practice guideline for the South African valve manufacturing industry. The objectives of the guideline are to ensure... 

Best practice guideline aims at enabling global competitiveness
VICTOR MANAVHELA The best practice guideline has been well received by the valves manufacturing industry

WWF-SA welcomes South Africa’s ratification of Paris agreement

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd November 2016 Environmental preservation organisation World Wide Fund for Nature – South Africa (WWF-SA) has welcomed South Africa’s ratification of the milestone Paris agreement reached at the twenty-first Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).... 

WWF-SA welcomes South Africa’s ratification of Paris agreement

Voltage optimisation solution punted as way to cut energy costs

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th October 2016 A deal by South African energy efficiency specialists Rhino Lighting and Powerstar South Africa (SA) has signalled the nationwide roll-out of a globally patented Powerstar range of voltage optimisation systems for local industry, which has resulted in energy cost-savings of more than 25% in some... 

Voltage optimisation solution punted as way to cut energy costs
ENERGY SOLUTION The Powerstar range includes the energy storage system Virtue that can be integrated with any Powerstar Max or HV Max voltage optimisation system

Steam traps enhance energy conservation, reduce downtime

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st October 2016 Valve products and services provider Heaton Valves Africa has been contracted to supply steam traps for the seventeenth air separation train that is under way at energy and chemicals company Sasol’s Secunda complex, in Mpumalanga. 

Steam traps enhance  energy conservation,  reduce downtime
ENHANCED ENERGY USE The F46 connector, together with the Quicktrap steam trap range, will ensure efficient use of energy on Sasol’s seventeenth air-separation train

Futurist outlines four trends that will radically alter business practices

By: Ilan Solomons     14th October 2016 We are living at a remarkable time in history, where history itself is changing, said futurist and strategy consultant Dr Graeme Codrington at engineering and environmental consulting firm Jones & Wagener’s 50-year celebration function in Johannesburg, on Thursday evening. In a presentation... 

Futurist outlines four trends that will radically alter business practices
Futurist and strategy consultant Dr Graeme Codrington

Steel sector’s sustainability much improved from earlier years

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th October 2016 The World Steel Association’s (worldsteel’s) 2016 edition of ‘Sustainable Steel – Policy and Indicators’, has shown only slight declines in the global steel industry’s sustainable development performance. Reporting is voluntary and, in 2015, 159 companies worldwide participated in the study, up... 

Steel sector’s sustainability much improved from earlier years

Monitoring the use of pool pumps results in greater efficiency

By: Sascha Solomons     30th September 2016 Pool maintenance and renovations company Pool Busters notes that monitoring pool pumps can lead to greater savings. “Using a pool pump that is popular in the market and readily available doesn’t guarantee savings or effective use. If a pool pump is selected on its availability at a lower price,... 

Monitoring the use of pool pumps results in greater efficiency
PUMPING EFFICIENTLY Monitoring the use of pumps results in longer lasting and cost effective pump use

GBCSA reaches 200 certifications in ten years, eyes 2 500 certifications

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th September 2016 As the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) achieves a milestone of 200 Green Star South Africa certifications, the now ten-year-old organisation is targeting 2 500 commercial green building certifications and 10 000 residential green building certified homes by 2020. Currently, green... 

Uncertainty surrounding resource programmes highlighted

By: Sascha Solomons     16th September 2016 With South Africa needing to ramp up its potential power supply in the medium and long term, engineering and design firm WSP⎪Parsons Brinckerhoff Africa comments that the biggest challenge impeding ramp up of power generation from IPPs is the level of uncertainty regarding power procurement... 

Uncertainty surrounding resource programmes highlighted
JAY URBAN The major current developments in the electricity generation space include the initiation of the GTP, which aims to use LNG for the gas-turbine power plants

Eskom delivers on services despite arising challenges

By: Sascha Solomons     16th September 2016 Service delivery in South Africa is a very demanding undertaking, says the Western Cape provincial branch of State-owned utility Eskom; however, it has to be done regardless of the challenges. Eskom provincial spokesperson Jolene Henn adds that for this reason, the delivery of projects within the... 

Eskom delivers on services despite arising challenges
Photo by Duane Daws
STATE-OWNED UTILITY ESKOM Electrification by Eskom in the Western Cape has been undertaken in urban areas within the metropolis, peri-urban areas , rural areas and deep rural areas towards the border of the Northern Cape

RFO consumption expected to decline significantly by 2020

2nd September 2016 US energy research agency Energy Information Administration (EIA) in May released a report that commented that residual fuel oil (RFO) consumption is expected to decline significantly within the next four years. RFO is one of several residuals that remain after lighter materials, including... 

Industrial symbiosis key to growth in recycling and manufacturing sectors

By: Simon Sonnekus     30th August 2016 The Industrial Symbiosis (IS) Programme delivered by the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) campus has proven to be important in the creation of several synergies that are providing effective recycling... 

Industrial symbiosis key to growth in recycling and manufacturing sectors
HENRY NUWARINDA The IS Programme provides a platform for companies to identify which usable waste resources could be made available for other companies in different fields

Natural gas a more affordable selection

26th August 2016 Apart from natural gas being a low carbon dioxide-emitting, affordable carbon fuel source used globally, within the Southern African context, natural gas is used in domestic, commercial, industrial and specialised environments owing to the Pressure Equipment Regulations (PERs) established to... 

Gas-to-power programme to play significant role in power grid

By: Sascha Solomons     26th August 2016 Although demand for power has decreased, owing to stagnation in the economy, meaning less demand from key industries such as mining and manufacturing, engineering and design firm WSP⎪Parsons Brinckerhoff Africa believes that the Gas-to-Power Programme (GTPP) has a substantial role to play in... 

Gas-to-power programme to play significant role in power grid
JAY URBAN Gas-to-Power Programmes has a substantial role to play in South Africa’s power mix once economic activity picks up

LPG an affordable energy alternative

By: Sascha Solomons     26th August 2016 While the cost of electricity continues to increase quite substantially, the price of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) for domestic use, which is regulated by the Department of Energy, and its efficiency, make it a viable alternative energy carrier, says the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Safety... 

LPG an affordable energy alternative
DANGEROUS DYNAMIC Failing to maintain or refill gas cylinders correctly is illegal and could cause injuries

Business chamber: court victory over electricity-tariff increases a gain for entire country

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th August 2016 The Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber says the North Gauteng High Court’s ruling to set aside the 9.4% tariff hike granted to Eskom under a Regulatory Clearing Account (RCA) application is a “massive win” for businesses and all electricity consumers. The chamber on Friday said its argument that... 

Food and beverage companies aim to minimise project risk

19th August 2016 In line with ELB Engineering Services’ (ELB’s) diversification strategy the Industrial Projects business line has expanded from its traditional pneumatic and fine handling capability into the food, beverage and fast moving consumer goods sector, as well as the power sector associated with... 

Food and beverage  companies aim to  minimise project risk
JOHN TUCKER “A big part of minimising risk in terms of project execution is securing a one-stop service provider”

New Schneider Electric variable-speed drives improve efficiency, security

By: Schalk Burger     19th August 2016 The research and development (R&D) of the latest generation of industrial equipment manufacturer Schneider Electric’s Altivar process variable-speed drives (VSDs) focused on smooth performance and efficiency, cybersecurity and connectivity to support automated industrial systems, says Schneider... 

Carbon offset regulations could have major financial implications for businesses

By: Dylan Slater     19th August 2016 Draft regulations on carbon offsets, which were published for comment by the National Treasury on June 20, under the Carbon Tax Bill, are due to come into effect in early 2017 and could have significant financial implications for businesses in South Africa, according to legal services firm Cliffe... 

Power Up energy systems boost green development

By: Kimberley Smuts     12th August 2016 With construction expected to begin in September, specialised procurement company Build Africa Corporation will supply its Power Up energy systems to 480 luxury-living housing units in the Acorn Creek complex in Somerset West, in the Western Cape. “This is the largest green residential... 

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... 

Sustainable concrete structures actively reduce energy consumption
AIR-BORNE TOXINS DISMISSED Use of titanium dioxide in the surface of concrete results in the conversion of harmful compounds when exposed to ultra-violet light

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... 

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