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Energy Efficiency News

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

Nersa seeks to curb Eskom, coal mines

By: News24Wire      26th April 2016 The National Energy Regulator (Nersa) wants to determine a coal benchmark cost - an average rand/tonne cost of coal - as part of its final decision on Eskom's multi-year price determination (MYPD) process. Nersa proposes that this coal benchmark cost it determines would then be used for... 

Nersa seeks to curb Eskom, coal mines

Eskom approves fleet renewal strategy

By: News24Wire      25th April 2016 Eskom's board has approved a new fleet renewal strategy based on the economic viability of a station as opposed to a purely age-based decommissioning of power stations. Eskom said on Monday that to ensure reliable supply of electricity and no load shedding, a fleet renewal strategy is necessary... 

Eskom approves fleet renewal strategy

Energy storage possible standby for grid failure

By: Simon Sonnekus     22nd April 2016 While energy storage may seem like a viable option for standby power initiatives during grid failure, several issues first need to resolved for it to be implemented, South African National Energy Development Institute’s Renewable Energy Centre of Research and Development manager Dr Karen... 

Generators withstand tough conditions

By: Simon Sonnekus     22nd April 2016 Electrical equipment supplier and manufacturer Zest WEG Group has added adequate filtration on the inlet- and combustion-air side of its diesel generators to ensure that they can withstand harsh environments. Zest WEG Group currently has a canopy generator running in a pilot project at a waste... 

Generators withstand tough conditions
CUSTOM GENSETS Custom generator options offer creative solutions, complemented with aftermarket service

South African company stocks French solar hybrid product

22nd April 2016 Electrical solutions consultants, suppliers and engineers Magnet Group has broadened its solar range by introducing France-based electricity distribution company Schneider’s Conext SW, a solar hybrid inverter system which offers reliable solutions for community electrification, residential... 

South African company stocks French solar hybrid product
BACK UP POWER In residential back-up power applications, the Conext SW inverter integrates into the electrical system and converts power from battery reserves to support critical loads

Alternators ensure electricity solutions for industry

22nd April 2016 Electrical power generation, alternators and drive systems manufacturer Leroy Somer alternators, available in Southern Africa from power generator supplier Vert Energy, ensure dependable electricity production in diverse industries, including the telecommunications sector. According to Vert... 

Power factor correction to help lessen load

By: Simon Sonnekus     15th April 2016 The rise in electricity costs and the drop in commodity prices have led businesses across the industrial and commercial spectrum to look at how their electrical equipment converts electric current into useful power output in order to save on power by making use of power factor correction (PFC),... 

Current trends shift company’s focus to IPPs

By: Simon Sonnekus     15th April 2016 Current market conditions and trends within the power sector have enabled heat exchanger supplier Kelvion to focus on supplying replacement heat exchange equipment and maintenance products within the existing power plant installed base as well as focusing on independent power producers (IPPs),... 

Innovative power generation projects share award

By: Simon Sonnekus     15th April 2016 To encourage the innovation of a system that generates and transmits power independently, this year’s African Energy Awards, held in Sandton, Gauteng, last month, awarded the innovation prize to a urine-powered battery system and an Eternity power thermal harvesting project. Menlopark high... 

Innovative power generation projects share award
AFRICAN ENERGY AWARDS Both Nicole Barwise and Vuselela Energy were awarded the R300 000 innovation prize

Redistribution key for Africa’s power future

By: Simon Sonnekus     15th April 2016 The codevelopment and equal distribution of power between countries in Africa, along with focused research and development strategies around redistribution will provide more Africans with electricity in the future, says State-owned power utility Eskom MD for corporate affairs Chose Choeu.... 

Redistribution key for Africa’s power future
Photo by Duane Daws
CHOSE CHOEU Eskom and other power providers across the continent should also increase efforts to decentralise electrification solutions

Sun International targets massive energy savings

By: Kim Cloete     14th April 2016 Sun International is targeting energy savings of at least R30-million across its hotels and casinos through various interventions, from adopting energy efficient lighting to the insulation of geysers and pipes. Energy savings as high as 61% of current energy costs have been identified at four of... 

Sun International targets massive energy savings
Table Bay Hotel

Kenya to strengthen private sector investment in geothermal energy

By: Anine Kilian     8th April 2016 The Climate Investment Funds’ Clean Technology Fund (CTF) has approved a $29.65-million concessional loan to Kenya to cofinance up to two geothermal projects to increase the country’s power capacity, particularly drawing on untapped geothermal resources in the Rift Valley. The programme would be... 

Kenya to strengthen private sector investment in geothermal energy

Molten salt energy storage used in S Africa CSP project

8th April 2016 The Bokpoort concentrated solar power (CSP) project in the Northern Cape is one of the few CSP projects that use heat exchanger as a diffusion medium for the energy stored inside the molten salt. The R5-billion project has one of the highest solar radiation footprints in the world and is being... 

Molten salt energy storage used in S Africa CSP project
CSP PROJECT LAUNCHED Projects uses heat exchanger as a diffusion medium for the energy stored inside the molten salt

Creamer Media publishes Electricity 2016: A review of South Africa's electricity sector research report

4th April 2016 Creamer Media’s Electricity 2016 report provides an overview of South Africa’s electricity sector, focusing on State-owned power utility Eskom and independent power producers, electricity planning, transmission, distribution and the theft thereof, besides other issues. 

Creamer Media publishes Electricity 2016: A review of South Africa's electricity sector research report

Dual-purpose equipment aimed at reducing costs

By: Kimberley Smuts     1st April 2016 Welding and construction-related equipment supplier Renttech South Africa (SA) aims to provide cost-effective solutions for contractors by supplying high-quality, dual-purpose units. Renttech SA product manager Martiens Opperman explains that Renttech SA’s dual-purpose welder and generators are... 

Dual-purpose equipment aimed at reducing costs
COST-EFFECTIVE SOLUTIONS The dual-purpose welder model offer the latest in engine technology

Plan in motion to manage carbon tax uncertainties

By: Robyn Wilkinson     25th March 2016 Through education, lobbying and research, the paper industry will manage policy uncertainties regarding the inception of carbon tax, says Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa) executive director Jane Molony. 

Plan in motion to manage carbon tax uncertainties

Solar EPC company plans further projects in Africa

By: Anine Kilian     24th March 2016 Global solar engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company Sterling and Wilson (S&W) has committed to executing 500 MW of photovoltaic (PV) power plants across Africa in the next three years. This follows the recent commissioning of a 90 MW solar PV plant on behalf of Solar Capital in... 

Solar EPC company plans further projects in Africa

City of Cape Town sets target of sourcing 20% energy needs from renewables

By: Anine Kilian     22nd March 2016 The City of Cape Town has set itself a target of sourcing up to 20% of its energy needs from renewable energy sources by 2020, Mayor Patricia de Lille revealed at the weekend. She stated that the Western Cape was engaging national government on building its own renewable energy plants, buying... 

City of Cape Town sets target of sourcing 20% energy needs from renewables

IEA’s 2015 carbon audit points to growth-emissions ‘decoupling’

By: Terence Creamer     16th March 2016 A new International Energy Agency (IEA) analysis of global energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions points to a “decoupling” of greenhouse-gas emissions from economic growth, with emissions having remained flat in 2015, notwithstanding global economic growth during the year of over 3%.... 

IEA’s 2015 carbon audit points to growth-emissions ‘decoupling’
Photo by Duane Daws
Renewables accounting for around 90% of new electricity generation in 2015

Eskom rolls out smart electricity meters in Sandton and Midrand 

By: African News Agency      2nd March 2016 Eskom on Tuesday began the roll-out of smart prepaid meters in Sandton and Midrand that would see 6 000 households converted to the new smart meters. “The programme is part of Eskom’s Smart Prepayment Solution to all customer sectors. Customers are encouraged to convert from their conventional... 

Eskom rolls out smart electricity meters in Sandton and Midrand
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