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Renewable Energy News

Sixth solar challenge sees champions return, raft of new entries from abroad

By: Irma Venter     19th July 2018 The 2018 Sasol Solar Challenge, set to take place from September 22 to September 29, will mark South Africa’s sixth solar car race. The eight-day event will see more than 20 teams depart from Pretoria and finish in Stellenbosch. The awards ceremony is scheduled to take place in Cape Town on... 

Battery storage to benefit businesses, municipalities

By: Simone Liedtke     18th July 2018 Battery storage will have a significant and firm impact on the uptake of renewable energy in South Africa, enabling users, whether in the retail or industrial space, to leverage some of the value that solar energy can create, says SOLA Future Energy energy storage services head Daniel Goldstuck.... 

Globeleq acquires Brookfield’s South African renewables portfolio

By: Anine Kilian     18th July 2018 Globeleq has entered into an agreement with an affiliate of Brookfield Asset Management to acquire Brookfield’s interest in its South African renewable energy portfolio.   The agreement is subject to various closing conditions and, once fulfilled, will give Globeleq a majority shareholding in six... 

Globeleq acquires Brookfield’s South African renewables portfolio

Electricity supply in Africa driven by market rather than player – PowerGen panel

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th July 2018 The energy industry in Africa is faced with more opportunities than challenges, a panel of speakers at the PowerGen conference agreed on Tuesday. Power Utility Leadership platform founder Izak du Plessis remarked that similar to other industries, the electricity industry will change and keep... 

Acwa Power, CEF to co-invest in Redstone CSP project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th July 2018 Power generation technology developer Acwa Power on Monday signed an investment agreement with South Africa’s Central Energy Fund (CEF) regarding the Redstone concentrated solar thermal power plant (CSP) plant, in the Northern Cape.  

Acwa Power, CEF to co-invest in Redstone CSP project
Acwa investment agreement signed with CEF

Multimillion-rand French funding deal for drought-stricken Western Cape still needs environmental approval

By: News24Wire      16th July 2018 A nearly R9-million joint desalination project between the Western Cape government and the French government still needs the required environmental approval for operation in November. The solar-powered desalination plant, the first of its kind, will be located in the coastal town of Witsand on... 

Ministers reiterate commitment to implementation of LHWP Phase 2

By: Simone Liedtke     16th July 2018 South African Water and Sanitation Minister Gugile Nkwinti, Lesotho Water Minister Samonyane Ntsekele and the Lesotho High Commissioner Sello Moloto have reaffirmed their commitment to the successful implementation of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) Phase 2. Poised to secure a... 

Thyssenkrupp launches industrial-scale water electrolysis solution for large projects

By: Schalk Burger     13th July 2018 Engineering and construction company Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions on Thursday launched its industrial-scale advanced water electrolysis solution that makes large-scale hydrogen production from electricity economically attractive. The advanced water electrolysis features a well-proven cell... 

Infrastructure-focused firm moving to raise capital for next round of acquisitions

By: Terence Creamer     13th July 2018 JSE-listed investment holding company GAIA Infrastructure Capital is embarking on an investor roadshow in an effort to raise the capital it needs to acquire additional infrastructure assets with a combined value of R1.7-billion. The company, which invests in operating infrastructure assets in... 

Infrastructure-focused firm moving to raise capital for next round of acquisitions
GAIA Infrastructure Capital CEO Prudence Lebina

Others expected to follow Coca-Cola’s solar leadership as costs fall

By: Simone Liedtke     13th July 2018 Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA), Coca-Cola’s bottling partner in South Africa, is aiming to have 25% of its electricity powered by renewable sources by 2025. The company says the first 10% of this renewable energy, about 18-million kilowatt hours a year, will be rolled out nationwide... 

Others expected to follow Coca-Cola’s solar leadership as costs fall

Vacuum systems leak detection a first for Southern Africa

By: Halima Frost     13th July 2018 South African pump distributor Integrated Pump Technology has added on-site vacuum leak detection of vacuum systems to complement its existing service offering of design, supply, service and repairs of vacuum pumps and systems. Making use of the recently launched Leybold Phoenix Quadro portable... 

Wind energy industry warned of tough road ahead

By: Kim Cloete     12th July 2018 A leading economist has warned the wind energy industry that it will need to become even more competitive and lower the price of wind power in a stagnant and increasingly challenging South African energy sector.   “Our power sector is bankrupt. Whether we like it or not, this will impact the wind... 

Wind energy industry warned of tough road ahead

Zambia says debt restructuring will not disrupt Chinese projects

By: Reuters     12th July 2018 Zambia will be careful to ensure its planned debt restructuring does not disrupt Chinese-financed projects, President Edgar Lungu said on Wednesday, after China's ambassador to the southern African nation sought clarification on the matter. China is a leading financier of infrastructure projects... 

Eskom and IPP deal to create more than 60 000 jobs

By: African News Agency      10th July 2018 More than 60 000 jobs are expected to be created during the 27 new renewable energy plant projects being rolled out under the independent power producers (IPP) programme, valued at some R56-billion. According to a statement issued on behalf of Workforce Staffing, a temporary employment service... 

Eskom and IPP deal to create more than 60 000 jobs

Swiss energy storage startup breathing new life into South African battery invention

By: Terence Creamer     10th July 2018 A Swiss energy storage startup is moving to revive the Zebra battery, which was invented at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), in Pretoria, in the 1980s and initially commercialised for use in electric vehicles (EVs) by, among others, Anglo American and Daimler. Located in... 

Swiss energy storage startup breathing new life into South African battery invention
Battery Consult founder and MD Dr Cord-Henrich Dustmann

Mintek, Difeme partner to beneficiate quartz mined in the Northern Cape

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th July 2018 Minerals beneficiator Mintek has partnered with Difeme Holdings Group on the development of appropriate process technologies to beneficiate quartz. Mintek will provide technical services to Difeme – a black-owned mining start-up company with a focus on the mining and beneficiation of quartz to a... 

Côte d'Ivoire eyes biomass power generation from cocoa waste

By: Reuters     3rd July 2018 The world's top cocoa producer Côte d'Ivoire plans to build a 60 MW to 70 MW capacity biomass power generation plant running on waste from cocoa pods, part of its aim of developing 424 MW of biomass power generation capacity by 2030. The plant, which will enable Côte d'Ivoire to diversify its... 

Acwa Power inaugurates first wind farm in Morocco

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd July 2018 Power generation technology developer Acwa Power on Sunday inaugurated its 120 MW Khalladi Wind Farm, near Tangiers, in Morocco, which will supply clean power to a number of large industrial companies.  

Acwa Power inaugurates first wind farm in Morocco
Khalladi Wind Farm in Morocco

Radebe says labour cannot be 'left behind' in energy transition 

By: Terence Creamer     29th June 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe urged business to support government in ensuring that South Africa’s energy transition is a “just” one for labour, especially those operating in the coal-mining sector. In an engagement on Friday with business leaders in Johannesburg, following a meeting of the energy... 

Radebe says labour cannot be 'left behind' in energy transition
Photo by Dylan Slater
Energy Minister Jeff Radebe

Eskom secures R1.35bn loan from KfW to integrate Northern Cape renewables into the grid

By: Simone Liedtke     29th June 2018 State-owned Eskom has entered into a R1.35-billion loan facility with German development bank KfW to support further investments in Eskom's transmission network in the Northern Cape in order to integrate renewable energy independent power producer (IPP) projects. This funding will also allow for... 

Eskom secures R1.35bn loan from KfW to integrate Northern Cape renewables into the grid

With universal access in sight, SA’s electrification drive takes on new dimensions

By: Schalk Burger     29th June 2018 The integrated national electrification programme (INEP) of the Department of Energy (DoE) is set to change in scope and character as it nears its initial goals of electrifying most communities in South Africa that were not connected to the national grid. Energy Deputy Minister Thembisile Majola... 

With universal access in sight, SA’s electrification drive takes on new dimensions

South Africa calls for expanded Brics cooperation on energy transition

By: Terence Creamer     28th June 2018 South Africa is proposing that the Brics bloc of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa extends the scope of its energy cooperation beyond that of energy savings and energy efficiency to include a range of other issues, arising as a result of the “global energy transition”. In an address... 

South Africa calls for expanded Brics cooperation on energy transition

Renewable energy brings power and jobs to Clanwilliam

By: African News Agency      27th June 2018 The Western Cape town of Clanwilliam’s first retail shopping centre to be opened on Thursday is an example of how renewable energy is aiding economic development in small towns with limited access to the national grid, an energy company executive said on Wednesday. SOLA Future Energy installed a... 

Wärtsilä partners with Hyundai to advance second-life EV batteries for energy storage

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th June 2018 Technology group Wärtsilä and automaker Hyundai Motor Group have signed a technology and commercial partnership to use second-life electric vehicle (EV) batteries towards the growing energy storage market.  

Hybrid power generation on the rise – HIMOINSA

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th June 2018 Interest in hybrid energy generation is high, says generator manufacturer HIMOINSA Southern Africa business development director Matthew Bell.  

Hybrid power generation on the rise – HIMOINSA
HIMOINSA Southern Africa business development manager Matt Bell

Zambia shortlists ten firms for 100 MW solar projects

By: Reuters     22nd June 2018 Zambia has shortlisted ten regional and international companies to build a total of 100 MW of solar electricity projects by 2020, the director of the project said on Friday. Zambia is heavily dependent on hydropower and following a drought in 2016, an electricity shortage hit Africa's No.2 copper... 

IFC signs $34m financing agreement for Zambia solar project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd June 2018 The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has signed a $34-million financing agreement with Enel, the Industrial Development Corporation of Zambia and the European Investment Bank for the construction of the 34 MW Ngonye solar plant, in Zambia.  

Restructuring Eskom top of South Africa's agenda – Nene

By: Reuters     22nd June 2018 Restructuring State-run power firm Eskom is "on top of the agenda" for South Africa, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene said on Friday, though he said recent outages likely had very little impact on the economy. Africa's most industrialised economy suffered power outages earlier in June because of... 

Restructuring Eskom top of South Africa's agenda – Nene
Photo by Creamer Media
Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene

World Bank approves $455m loan for Tanzania power projects

By: Reuters     22nd June 2018 The World Bank has approved a $455-million loan to Tanzania under its International Development Assistance (IDA) programme to support financing of power projects in the East African nation. The financing from IDA, which gives grants or low-interest loans to the world’s poorest countries, will... 

New-look IPP bid documents will need to strike delicate balance

By: Terence Creamer     22nd June 2018 The new bid documentation being prepared by the Department of Energy (DoE) for future independent power producer (IPP) procurement rounds will have to strike a delicate balance between sustaining investor interest and responding to society’s demand for increased socioeconomic benefits. In fact,... 

New-look IPP bid documents will need to strike delicate balance
Allen & Overy partner Jason van der Poel

Two approaches for energy transformation in South Africa

By: Melissa Zisengwe     22nd June 2018 Solar photovoltaics (PVs) and energy storage system provider IBC SOLAR South Africa says it wants to be part of the transformation of the energy system in South Africa using two approaches. One approach entails informing South Africans and local companies about the advantages and possibilities of... 

Two approaches for  energy transformation in South Africa
ENERGY TRANSITION Solar power could transform the South African energy sector

Company completes boiler modernisation project

22nd June 2018 Sustainable energy solutions provider Sumitomo SHI FW has successfully completed the delivery of a circulating fluidised-bed (CFB) boiler technology upgrade project to increase the oil shale retort gas combustion in an existing CFB boiler at energy group Enefit’s Narva power plant in Estonia,... 

Company completes boiler modernisation project
Photo by Bloomberg
DELIVERY DONE Sustainable energy solutions provider Sumitomo SHI FW has successfully completed a circulating fluidised-bed boiler technology upgrade project at energy group Enefit’s Narva power plant

SAGCC, partners aim to digitalise industries

By: Melissa Zisengwe     22nd June 2018 The Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAGCC) and its partners are looking into automating and digitalising South African supply chain industries. According to the SAGCC, there is a substantial shift towards automation and digitalisation in organisations in Germany and in... 

SAGCC, partners aim  to digitalise industries
Photo by Bloomberg
NEW STANDARD There is a shift towards automation and digitalisation of supply chains

Siemens boss outlines how China’s BRI will benefit 70% of global population

By: Zandile Mavuso     22nd June 2018 Earlier this month, multidisciplinary cooperation Siemens held its first Belt & Road International Summit in Beijing, China, themed Create, Connect and Collaborate, during which it advocated for a digital ecosystem to foster future-oriented infrastructure development globally in what it referred... 

Zambia aiming for power prices that reflect costs by end 2018

By: Reuters     21st June 2018 Zambia plans to introduce electricity tariffs that reflect the cost of production by the end of this year, a senior government official said on Thursday, a move that could increase costs for economically vital mining firms that currently pay a flat price. In 2015 and 2016, Zambia experienced a... 

NGOs rate South Africa’s transition to a green economy at five out of ten

By: Nadine James     21st June 2018 Nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) on Thursday released the findings of new research, which describes South Africa’s transition to a low-carbon, sustainable and inclusive future as “stuck in first gear”, with ambitious policies but slow implementation. The ‘South Africa Green Economy... 

Cost competitiveness key for a thriving energy sector

By: Anine Kilian     20th June 2018 The number of power projects across Africa and South Africa has grown in the last few years and has given rise to many opportunities, but also challenges, Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies executive director Saul Levin said on Wednesday. Speaking at the Manufacturing Indaba, in Sandton, he... 

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