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Renewable Energy News

Wind body seeks right to contest Nersa report on delayed renewables projects

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th September 2018 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) Tribunal has invited the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) to present its case this week as to why the tribunal should hear the association’s arguments in opposition to a 2017 Nersa panel report. The document in question concluded... 

New Eskom strategy to include pan-African expansion roadmap

By: Terence Creamer     25th September 2018 State-owned electricity utility Eskom has confirmed that its new strategy, which will involve far-reaching changes to its business model, will seek to position the company for opportunities arising in the rest of Africa. “Growth opportunities for Eskom are not restricted to South Africa. To grow... 

New Eskom strategy to include pan-African expansion roadmap

Global Energy Talent Index 2019 survey closes soon

20th September 2018 The third annual Global Energy Talent Index (GETI) survey is underway and open for responses. The survey is an industry-leading workforce project led by top energy recruitment firm, Airswift, and Energy Jobline, the world’s largest energy job site. The survey results will explore the opinions of... 

DST bolsters biomass industry with new consortium

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th September 2018 The Department of Science and Technology (DST) has established a biorefinery research consortium (BRC) to create new value chains from waste biomass. The consortium is a partnership between the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the Tshwane University of Technology, the... 

Perdekraal East wind farm preparing for construction activity to start

By: Simone Liedtke     17th September 2018 The Perdekraal East wind farm, which is situated within the Witzenberg local municipality, in the Western Cape, is preparing for the start of major construction activity. Once complete, the 110 MW Perdekraal wind farm, which spans 3 055 ha, will comprise 48, 115-m-high wind turbines. 

Perdekraal East wind farm preparing for construction activity to start

PIC foresees great opportunity in investing in early stage tech-driven companies

By: Kim Cloete     14th September 2018 The Public Investment Corporation (PIC) has outlined its vision for its recently launched R2-billion fund aimed at early-stage tech-driven companies. PIC executive head of research Sholto Dolamo told a Frost & Sullivan CEO Think Tank, in Cape Town, that the PIC was venturing beyond its... 

South Africa’s nuclear industry disappointed with the new IRP

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th September 2018 The Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa is not happy at the exclusion of further nuclear power (over and above that already provided by the existing Koeberg nuclear power plant) from the Government’s recently released Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2018-2030. Although he described the... 

Renewable-energy guide offers insight into maturing African markets

By: Schalk Burger     14th September 2018 Global law firm DLA Piper has characterised the regulatory environments for renewable-energy projects in 12 African countries in response to developing markets on the continent, says DLA Piper Global co-chair of energy sector Natasha Luther-Jones. Renewable energy projects are becoming... 

Renewable-energy guide offers insight into  maturing African markets
NATASHA LUTHER-JONES Facilitating the development and growth of the energy industry will help to create a virtuous cycle of energy-linked development

Nordex to supply 80 wind turbines to two South African wind farm projects

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th September 2018 Wind turbine manufacturer Nordex Group has been awarded contracts in South Africa to install 80 AW125/3150 turbines for the Garob and Copperton projects, in the Northern Cape. The turbines have a combined capacity of 252 MW.  

Cape vulture provides inspiration for homegrown vertical-axis wind turbine  

By: Terence Creamer     11th September 2018 A South African start-up has developed a vertical-axis wind-turbine that employs a groundbreaking morphing wing design, which seeks to mimic the movements of the Cape vulture. A prototype of the turbine, developed by Brayfoil Technologies in collaboration with WorleyParsons, is currently being... 

Cape vulture provides inspiration for homegrown vertical-axis wind turbine
Brayfoil Technologies founder Robert Bray on how he drew inspiration from the Cape Vulture for his innovative flexible wing invention, which he says could have application in wind turbines, hydro turbines, sail yachts, aeroplanes and automobiles. Video and video editing: Darlene Creamer

Shift to renewables to become a growing trend in the mining sector

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th September 2018 Owing to a reduction in renewable energy costs, the prospect of a more reliable power supply and an increasingly favourable regulatory environment in key mining markets, renewable energy is anticipated to play an increasingly important role in powering mining operations worldwide over the coming... 

Hydrogen from renewables may be energy transition’s ‘missing link’

By: Terence Creamer     7th September 2018 Producing hydrogen from variable renewable electricity (VRE) could be the ‘missing link’ in the unfolding transition to a decarbonised global energy system, a newly released report argues. Published by the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena), the study explores the production of... 

Hydrogen from renewables may be energy transition’s ‘missing link’

Philip Lloyd – a passionate educator and energy thought leader 

By: Schalk Burger     7th September 2018 Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) Energy Institute researcher, South African Academy of Engineering (SAAE) Fellow, energy expert and passionate educator professor Philip Lloyd passed away last month. He championed the role of science and how one needs to learn the language of... 

Philip Lloyd – a passionate educator and energy thought leader
PHILIP LLOYD Philip Lloyd contributed to the nation as an eminent engineer, as well as through mathematics and science education programmes for underprivileged children

Brenmiller Energy markets thermal generation, storage solution into African countries

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th September 2018 Solar power company Brenmiller Energy is focusing on African countries to fill its project pipeline, where it sees strong growth for renewable energy and energy storage solutions. Brenmiller in 2012 developed a thermal energy storage-based generation unit, which can function either as thermal... 

Coal-transition support should aid workers and communities, not Eskom – report

By: Terence Creamer     6th September 2018 A new report into South Africa’s coal sector argues that any subsidies set aside for the country’s “inevitable” transition away from coal in electricity production should be tailored to protect workers, their dependants and communities, rather than Eskom, or the coal sector as a whole. Published... 

Coal-transition support should aid workers and communities, not Eskom – report

IPP designed to facilitate private sector investment – Radebe

By: African News Agency      6th September 2018 Energy minister Jeff Radebe on Thursday said the independent power producer (IPP) programme had been designed to enlist the private sector to develop an impressive renewable energy generation network in the country.  "On the renewable sector, the independent power producer programme, as it is... 

 IPP designed to facilitate private sector investment – Radebe
Energy Minister Jeff Radebe

Feasibility study contractor selected for Mozambique energy project

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th September 2018 US-based contractor HDR International has been selected to conduct a feasibility study for a solar energy project in Mozambique. The study will assess the viability of a photovoltaic plant of up to 100 MW, to be developed in increments of 20 MW to 40 MW. 

Kenya 428 km power line complete, to add 310 MW to grid by December

By: Reuters     5th September 2018 A high-voltage power line to carry electricity from a 310 MW wind power plant to central Kenya from the north is complete and supply to the national grid will stabilise by December, the energy minister said, replacing diesel generation. The 428 km, 400 kV power line is critical for the Lake... 

Site clearing, earthworks preparation starts at 25 MW Ngodwana biomass power project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th September 2018 Official site clearing and preparation for earthworks have started at Ngodwana Energy’s 25 MW biomass power project, in Mpumalanga. The ELB-KCC Consortium on Wednesday said the project will be erected at the Sappi Ngodwana site about 40 km from Nelspruit, next to the N4 highway and is part of... 

China's TBEA to invest in €180m Gabon hydropower project – Gabon official

By: Reuters     3rd September 2018 Chinese energy firm TBEA will invest in a €180-million ($209-million) hydropower project in Gabon alongside the West African country's sovereign wealth fund, a Gabonese official said on Saturday. Construction will begin "pretty soon" on the project, which will have a power generation capacity of... 

Montego expands Eastern Cape pet food factory

By: Schalk Burger     31st August 2018 Local pet food manufacturer Montego Pet Nutrition increased production at its Graaff-Reinet facility, in the Eastern Cape, by 30%. The R70-million expansion, which will also create 30 more direct jobs, included a new 3 600 m2, R15-million depot, divided equally for use as a warehouse and treats... 

Montego expands Eastern Cape pet food factory
MONTEGO PET NUTRITION FACTORY The company distributes to nearly 2 000 stores across 16 countries, including South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Tanzania and the United Arab Emirates

Carbon emissions reduced at hospitals

By: Halima Frost     31st August 2018 Gas suppliers CNG Holdings through its wholly owned subsidiary Virtual Gas Network (VGN) will start the installation of two natural gas boiler systems – the final phase of the Gauteng Province Department of Infrastructure Development (GPDID) Greening Initiative – at provincial hospitals on the... 

Carbon emissions reduced at hospitals
UP IN THE AIR An aerial view of the revolutionary Langlaagte CNG filling station

What’s in the draft IRP? 

30th August 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the contents of the draft Integrated Resources Plan, which was released this week; what comments are likely to be received; and what process will be followed once the public comment period ends. 

What’s in the draft IRP?
What’s in the draft IRP?

Ring-fence Eskom’s ‘bad bank’ generation assets, says energy expert   

By: Terence Creamer     29th August 2018 A leading electricity expert is warning that there is little or no prospect that Eskom can trade itself out of its current financial difficulties and that restructuring – including a vertical separation of its cash-guzzling generation assets from its transmission, system operator and distribution... 

Ring-fence Eskom’s ‘bad bank’ generation assets, says energy expert
University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business’ Professor Anton Eberhard outlines a ‘pragmatic’ restructuring plan for Eskom. Camera Work: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Christo Greyling. Recorded: 28.8.2018

US Trade and Development Agency grants $1.2m funding for Mozambique solar project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th August 2018 Investment bank Fieldstone has assisted WHN Solar to raise grant funding of almost $1.2-million for a solar energy project in Mozambique. The funding was conferred by the US Trade and Development Agency for a feasibility study to assess the viability of a photovoltaic plant of up to 100 MW to... 

Solar body raises concern over procurement gap, as lobby group slams inclusion of IPP coal

By: Terence Creamer     28th August 2018 The South Africa Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) has added its voice to concerns being expressed over the three-year gap outlined in the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP 2018) during which no allocations have been made for new renewable-energy capacity additions. In a statement,... 

Solar body raises concern over procurement gap, as lobby group slams inclusion of IPP coal

Wind body praises IRP, but wants clarity on three-year gap in new additions

By: Terence Creamer     27th August 2018 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has praised the emphasis placed in the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP 2018) on integrating the least-cost generation solutions of wind, solar photovoltaic (PV) and gas into the South African electricity mix between 2018 and 2030. However, the... 

Wind body praises IRP, but wants clarity on three-year gap in new additions

Ethiopia ousts State firm from Nile dam project after construction delays

By: Reuters     27th August 2018 Ethiopia has ousted State-run Metals and Engineering Corporation (METEC) from a $4-billion dam project on the River Nile due to numerous delays in completing the project. The Grand Renaissance Dam is the centrepiece of Ethiopia's bid to become Africa's biggest power exporter. 

No new nuclear in IRP update as time horizon is trimmed to 2030 

By: Terence Creamer     27th August 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe released the much-anticipated draft updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for public comment on Monday, offering stakeholders 60 days to provide written feedback.   The comment period was extended from the 30 days initially envisaged after a meeting of the National... 

No new nuclear in IRP update as time horizon is trimmed to 2030
Energy Minister Jeff Radebe

Two solar plants opened in Namibia

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd August 2018 Two solar plants, Ejuva One and Ejuva Two, were opened in Gobabis, Namibia, by Deputy Minister of Mines and Energy Kornelia Shilunga, on Thursday. She said Ejuva will help to diversify Namibia’s energy mix, increase generation capacity and reduce carbon emissions. “We are particularly pleased... 

Two solar plants opened in Namibia
Ejuva solar project in Gobabis, Namibia

Eskom begins stakeholder interactions on ‘Strategy 2035’  

By: Terence Creamer     23rd August 2018 South Africa’s electricity utility Eskom has initiated a series of interactions with stakeholders as part of a review process designed to deliver a new long-term strategy, dubbed ‘Strategy 2035’, for the beleaguered organisation. The new leadership at the State-owned company, together with Public... 

Eskom begins stakeholder interactions on ‘Strategy 2035’

Cabinet approves gazetting of updated IRP for public comment 

By: Anine Kilian     23rd August 2018 Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane confirmed on Thursday that Cabinet has approved the publication of the updated Integrated Resources Plan (IRP) and that it will be gazetted for comment by no later than August 27. Briefing media on the outcomes of the Cabinet meeting held on Wednesday,... 

Cabinet approves gazetting of updated IRP for public comment

South African govt to release long-term energy plan

By: African News Agency      21st August 2018 Government will release the reviewed Integrated Resource Plan later this week, Energy Minister Jeff Radebe said on Tuesday. Radebe told reporters the energy blueprint would be tabled to Cabinet on Wednesday and made public later in the week, "probably on Friday". 

South African govt to release long-term energy plan
Photo by Dylan Slater
Energy Minister Jeff Radebe

AfriForum launches petition against planned CSIR biogas plant

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st August 2018 AfriForum has launched a petition against the planned new biogas plant that the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) intends to build at its campus, in Pretoria. AfriForum, as well as residents, are concerned that the plant might be unsafe and pollute the area, which borders... 

Study initiated to assess conversion of Kelvin power station from coal to gas

By: Terence Creamer     21st August 2018 A $1.3-million feasibility study has been initiated into the prospect of converting the coal-fired Kelvin power station, east of Johannesburg, into a 450 MW to 600 MW gas-fired power station. The study will also assess the potential for developing the Kelvin site into a gas distribution hub for... 

Study initiated to assess conversion of Kelvin power station from coal to gas
The Kelvin power station

Biofuels unviable alternative in South Africa – expert

By: Paige Müller     17th August 2018 Owing to biofuels being too expensive to manufacture, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) Business School Energy Leadership Centre director Dr Rod Crompton says this makes them a commercially unviable energy source. He tells Engineering News that, despite the fact that global renewable-energy... 

Biofuels unviable alternative  in South Africa – expert
Photo by Creamer Media
ENERGY LEADERSHIP CENTRE The University of the Witwatersrand launched the Energy Leadership Centre to equip Africa’s energy industry for future technological advancements

Biogas plant demonstrates potential using new tech

By: Paige Müller     17th August 2018 Renewable-energy and waste disposal solutions provider Global Energy has constructed a fully operational biogas demonstration plant using technology that has been designed to be more cost effective, manufactured locally and simpler to operate and maintain. The plant aims to showcase the potential... 

Biogas plant demonstrates potential using new tech
BIOGAS DEMO PLANT Global Energy expects its biogas demonstration plant to be open for viewing by prospective clients by the end of this month.

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