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Generators and Standby Power

Power solutions supplier increases enviro friendliness

By: Malusi Mkhize     4th December 2015 Global provider of electrical and digital building infrastructures Legrand is set to increase its environment-friendly footprint with its range of power solutions that ensure protection of electrical equipment and continuity of services during planned or unplanned power failures. Legrand’s... 

Temporary power complements conventional, renewable power

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th April 2015 Electrical energy provided by temporary power plants can boost the electricity generation of not only conventional power sources as they are being maintained or constructed but also renewable-energy sources as they are being stabilised and enhanced. There is, therefore, substantial potential for... 

Temporary power complements conventional, renewable power
GENERATION BOOST Temporary power plants can assist other energy sources while these sources are being enhanced to better serve Southern Africa

Generator sets gain significant fuel savings

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th April 2015 Integrated generator set (genset) manufacturer Cummins Africa has launched the QSK95 series – a new range of high-horsepower gensets to help industrial and mining customers across Africa lower their fuel costs and reduce their environmental impact. “The QSK95 gensets are Cummins Power... 

Generator sets gain significant fuel savings
EXPENSE REDUCTION During 8 000 hours of operation, the QSK95 series can achieve fuel savings of more than R4-million a year and reduce maintenance requirements

Supplier homes in on small industry

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th April 2015 Having experienced substantial success in its generators division in 2014, engine, pumps and power products distributor Goscor Power Products has increased its focus on supplying standby diesel generator units to small businesses. Goscor Power Products MD Mark Bester tells Engineering News that... 

Supplier homes in on small industry
GENERATING POPULARITY The Lutian LT25, or 25 kVA, diesel generator is currently a prevalent industry favourite for small business industry

Generator power a ‘necessary cost’ for African business

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th April 2015 As grid power is intermittently available – or even entirely unavailable – owing to delays in new build permanent power generation, transmission and distribution infrastructure, the additional price for generator power has become a necessary and acceptable cost of doing business, says temporary... 

Generator power a  ‘necessary cost’ for African business
ESSENTIAL OUTLAY A rental fleet avoids the capital outlay required to buy generators while capacity can be quickly increased or decreased as required

Professional assistance key to genset acquisitions

24th April 2015 The most important consideration when buying a diesel generator set (genset) is to seek professional assistance from a genset supplier that will consider the entire electrical infrastructure, including the appropriate recommendation of the genset power rating, and not just the genset in... 

Professional assistance key to genset acquisitions
APPLICATIONS EXPERTISE All Zest WEG Group generator sets are manufactured in accordance with stringent quality control systems to ensure reliable performance

Demand for temporary power by Africa minerals sector on the rise

5th December 2014 Temporary power and temperature control solutions provider Aggreko says that it is experiencing growth in demand for its rental temporary power products within the African minerals sector as mining companies increasingly opt for rental solutions to back-up or supplement supplies from the local... 

Demand for temporary power by Africa minerals sector on the rise
KWALE MINERAL SANDS Aggreko has supplied a 350 kVA power package to the Kwale mineral sands mine in to supplement local grid supplies

Company launches diesel-driven generators

5th December 2014 Power equipment sales and rental company Renttech South Africa (SA) has brought two new ranges of diesel-fuelled power generators, which the company says has helped it grow its portfolio as an industrial sales and rental equipment company to the Southern African market. Renttech SA operations... 

Company launches  diesel-driven generators
OPEN TYPE GAS GENERATOR Renttech SA provides rental and sale stand-by power products and services

UPS system enhances product performance

5th December 2014 Electrical systems supplier Legrand South Africa says that its new range of service sector solutions, the uninterruptible power supply (UPS) system, enhances products such as structured cabling systems for data networks and control and management of installation equipment, including trunking and... 

UPS system enhances product performance
LEGRAND MODULAR UPS The system ensures continuity of service when the mains source of power fails

Local branch helps global company grow

By: Pimani Baloyi     5th December 2014 Temporary power solutions provider Altaaqa Global says its Southern Africa branch, which recently opened in Johannesburg, South Africa, has expanded the company’s reach in the temporary power supply market, especially in the mining and infrastructure construction industries. Altaaqa Global CAT... 

Local branch helps global company grow
PAUL HEYNS Altaaqa Global Southern Africa continuously communicates with potential customers and local authorities, strengthening the company’s reach in the Southern Africa region

Refined generator provides reliable standby power

By: Pimani Baloyi     5th December 2014 Local power generation technology specialist Sinetech says that its Power Trolley 6 provides reliable, mobile back-up power during load shedding and other instances where the main source of energy fails or does not exist. Sinetech GM Herbert Teubner says that the Power Trolley 6 comes equipped... 

Refined generator provides reliable standby power
POWER TROLLEY 6 The portable, ecofriendly generator is cost effective

New Way Power

2nd May 2014 Established in South Africa in 1983, New Way Power, manufacturer of world class diesel generator sets, provides bespoke systems for a wide range of markets, including retail, commercial and African telecom sectors. The company offers full turnkey solutions of diesel generators, services and... 

New Way Power

Temporary power plants crucial for energy sector

By: Jonathan Rodin     2nd May 2014 During emergency situations, where there is an unexpected loss of electricity, utility companies or energy authorities must have a backup plan to restore electricity as soon as possible. The best solution is to proactively plan the worst-case scenarios, says electrical power supplier Altaaqa... 

Significant growth expected for power demand in South Africa

By: Jonathan Rodin     2nd May 2014 There is an increasing demand for power generation, specifically standby power, in South Africa, owing to continuous electricity supply constraints and higher utility pricing, as well as the need to sustain business operations, says generators and engines provider New Way Power CEO Hyram... 

Significant growth expected for power demand in South Africa
Photo by Duane Daws
SUPPLY AND DEMAND The company noticed an increase in the volume of quotations for generators, and the market is expected to grow significantly in the coming years

Hydrocarbon-based fuel research and development project under way

By: Jonathan Rodin     2nd May 2014 Consulting engineering firm Raventech, in collaboration with educational institution North-West University (NWU) has initiated a research and development project, which started in January, to investigate hydrocarbon-based fuel management, quality and enhancement for diesel engines and generators.... 

Hired generators demand high – Rand-Air

6th December 2013 Despite the prevailing tough economic conditions which many South African companies are currently encountering, generator hire company Rand-Air reports that there is still ongoing demand for its generators, as projects are still going ahead. However the company does note that demand patterns have... 

Generator sets to be commissioned at completion of Portside construction

By: David Oliveira     6th December 2013 Electrical equipment supplier Zest WEG Group’s generator set division reports it will commission four 1 250 kVA generator sets, two 1 250 kVA transformers and medium voltage control panels and interface units it supplied to the Portside building in Cape Town, in February 2014 to coincide with the... 

Generator sets to be commissioned  at completion of Portside  construction

Power supply disruptions have serious financial implications – Atlas Copco

6th December 2013 Power demand is outstripping supply across the globe and, for a developing continent such as Africa, the problem is magnified, says international engineering group Atlas Copco. Interruptions in power supply through the grid are unpredictable, both in terms of time and duration. These inevitable... 

Clean diesel fuel reduces generator maintenance and downtime

By: David Oliveira     6th December 2013 Owing to companies’ increased use of diesel-fuelled generators, the need for clean diesel fuel to keep generators operational is becoming more important, South Africa-based fuel management technologies, products and services company Clear Fuel Technology (CFT) MD Ron Mattig tells Engineering... 

Unstable power supply threatens SA’s economic growth

By: David Oliveira     6th December 2013 Without guaranteed basic electricity delivery, the economic stability of South Africa is threatened. There is currently a significant shortage of power supply, resulting in State-owned power utility Eskom asking industry, businesses and households to cut consumption to reduce and stabilise... 

Distributor supplying market-specific generators to telecoms industry

By: Samantha Herbst     21st September 2012 Equipment importer and distributor Smith Power Equipment is expanding its product and service offering to the telecoms industry, with a particular focus on the provision of generators for that sector in Southern Africa. Smith Power will supply China-based generator manufacturer Kipor’s range of... 

Industrial equipment specialist supplies SAPS

By: Samantha Herbst     21st September 2012 Industrial and commercial equipment specialist Advanced Industrial Technology, or Ai-Tec, has completed the installation of three 100 kVA generator sets for the South African Police Service (SAPS). “Because of increasing electricity outages in Mpumulanga and Limpopo, it was necessary to install a... 

Industrial RGX generators offered

21st September 2012 Industrial manufacturer Subaru Power Products now backs up its industrial RGX generators with a new five-year limited warranty covering both the generator and the engine. Subaru’s RGX industrial generators combine premium features and heavy-duty construction to offer a reliable power source to a... 

‘Severely underused’ standby generators could mitigate power shortages – industry executive

By: Samantha Herbst     21st September 2012 Existing standby generators may be the key to mitigating the looming threat of power shortages in South Africa, assuming that State-owned power utility Eskom can seize the opportunity to take advantage of more than 3 500 MW of standby power already installed across the country, says engineering... 

Developing markets reluctant to rent equipment, prefer buying

By: Samantha Herbst     21st September 2012 Global temporary power provider Aggreko has recognised that many companies in developing countries still prefer to buy, rather than rent, stand-by power equipment, despite the numerous benefits of renting the equipment, especially during times of economic difficulty. “If you look at the more... 

Supplier launches new genset controller

By: Samantha Herbst     21st September 2012 Italy-based electrical equipment manufacturer Lovato launched its new RGK800 generating set (genset) controller unit in South Africa this month. Specialist electrical equipment supplier Electromechanica hosted the launch event at its Johannesburg and Cape Town offices, having flown in two Lovato... 

Durban depot performing well

By: Jessica Hannah     16th September 2011 Temporary power and temperature control service provider Aggreko South Africa reports that its Durban depot, which was opened in March this year, is doing well. 

IS UPS technology suitable for underground applications

By: Jessica Hannah     16th September 2011 The application of alternative battery technology by safety warning system company Booyco Electronics has resulted in the development of an intrinsically safe (IS), uninterruptible power supply (UPS), which offers reliable performance under the harshest operating conditions. 

Manufacturer makes new 1 MW generator available

16th September 2011 Diversified equipment manufacturer Atlas Copco has added the new 1 MW QAC1250 generator to its existing QAC range in response to interest from the rental and power generation markets. This is the company’s first 1 MW generating unit. 

Direct foreign investment to buttress market prospects

16th September 2011 The inability of Tanzanian State-owned electricity utility, Tanesco, to meet current electricity demand, is encouraging local and international investment in the electricity sector and creating significant opportunities for emergency power generator use, says consultancy Frost & Sullivan. 

Hydrodynamic screw to be introduced to South Africa

By: Jessica Hannah     16th September 2011 Multidisciplinary equipment supplier Wam Group South Africa aims to introduce its Italian sister company Roncuzzi’s hydrodynamic screws to the South African market. 

Generator industry continues to grow

By: Jessica Hannah     16th September 2011 The international generator industry continues to grow and, in recent years, has been characterised by a significant increase in manufacturers, distributors and middlemen, says energy generation company Himoinsa sub-Saharan Africa sales manager Juan Ignacio Perona. 

Company upgrades Wits faculty’s generator capacity

16th September 2011 Power equipment company Barloworld Power has replaced Wits University’s Faculty of Health Sciences’ almost 40-year-old generator, which provides the school with its standby power, with a much larger system. 

New emergency power 
crisis management service

By: Karishma Thakurdin     17th September 2010 Power products and solutions specialist Powermode reports that its nationwide emergency power crisis management service, which was launched in the first quarter of this year, is centred on the preventative maintenance and repair of stand-by power generators and batteries. 

Generator suited to 
mining industry

17th September 2010 Local plant-hire and equipment rental company Rand-Air, part of the global Atlas Copco group, believes that its 500-kVA generator is best suited for the mining industry, which generally has a larger power requirement compared with the power requirements of other industries. 

Unit aims to reduce 
generator’s noise levels

17th September 2010 Power equipment company Barloworld Power and consulting engineers Pro Acoustic Consortium are jointly installing an innovative insulated Cat C32 stand-by power unit, which aims to reduce the noise levels of generators, at the University of Pretoria.


Powering up the 
magistrates court

17th September 2010 Power generation systems company Advanced Industrial Technology (Ai-Tec) has installed a 300-kVA generator at the Motherwell magistrates’ court, in Port Elizabeth. 

Generator market poised for growth

17th September 2010 Growth partnership company Frost & Sullivan reports that the East African generator set market (genset) earned revenues of $54,4-million in 2009, and expects this to reach $212-million in 2014. The end-user sectors that were covered in the ‘East African Genset Market’ study included... 

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