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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... 

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... 

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. 

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

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

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

Fund manager Vantage provides R2bn for six South African renewable energy projects

By: African News Agency      14th August 2018 Fund manager Vantage said late on Monday it had, through its renewable energy fund Vantage GreenX Note II, provided R2.05-billion of funding to six solar and wind energy projects in South Africa with a combined capacity of 433 MW. The projects, which are part of South Africa's Renewable Energy... 

Juwi to build, operate three REIPPPP Round 4 solar PV projects

By: Simone Liedtke     13th August 2018 Solar energy equipment supplier juwi Renewable Energies has concluded three engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) and operation and maintenance (O&M) contracts, with a combined value of R3-billion, with African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM), which will deliver 250 MW of... 

Juwi to build, operate three REIPPPP Round 4 solar PV projects

Company appoints resellers to install sealing systems

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     10th August 2018 Distributor and maintenance contractor Southern Africa Master Distributors (SAMD), which is the Africa representative for sealing solutions provider Beele Engineering, has trained and appointed resellers in key industries to install Beele Engineering products, says SAMD sales and marketing... 

Company appoints  resellers to install  sealing systems
Photo by Creamer Media
SOLAR SEALING Southern Africa Master Distributors is in negotiations to supply Beele Engineering products for a solar plant, in the Northern Cape

Anticipated growth for solar furnace market

10th August 2018 The global solar furnace market is envisaged to leverage the opportunity created by the growing need to use solar energy as a cost-effective alternative to fossil fuel, owing to increasing prices. This is according to a report by market researcher and consulting services provider TMR Research,... 

Anticipated growth for solar furnace market
Photo by Creamer Media
VERSATILE Solar furnaces can be installed for controlling heat generation during high temperature processes

R12m solar PV plant to be installed at Liberty Midlands Mall

By: Nadine James     8th August 2018 Liberty Two Degrees (L2D), in partnership with Liberty Group, on Wednesday announced the first solar photovoltaic (PV) installation at the Liberty Midlands Mall, in Pietermaritzburg. This solar PV plant is being commissioned on the roof of the mall’s 22 000 m2 Phase 3 extension, which was... 

SENER, Acciona initiate salt melting process at Kathu CSP project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th August 2018 Engineering and technology group SENER, together with Acciona Industrial, have achieved a milestone with the start of the salt melting process at the Kathu Solar Park concentrated solar power (CSP) plant. The molten salt will be used to store heat from the solar field that can later be... 

SENER, Acciona initiate salt melting process at Kathu CSP project
SENERtrough-2 system at Kathu Solar Park's concentrated solar power plant

Energy access a catalyst for economic growth, says green energy company 

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd August 2018 Access to cheaper and reliable energy, through renewable energy technology, would be a catalyst for boosting the African continent’s gross domestic product (GDP) in a sustainable way, green energy technology provider New Southern Energy (NSE) CEO David Masureik told Engineering News Online in a... 

Energy access a catalyst for economic growth, says green energy company
New Southern Energy CEO David Masureik speaks to Engineering News Online about renewable energy projects and Africa's energy future. Video and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Agreement stokes West African renewable-energy market

By: Schalk Burger     3rd August 2018 German solar mounting company Schletter Group has signed a wholesale agreement with steel manufacturer Sparkwest Steel Industries, which will exclusively market Schletter open-area and rooftop systems in Nigeria. Sparkwest Steel will also act as wholesale dealer for the Schletter Group in a... 

Floating solar PV solution could hold benefits for South African end-users – Black & Veatch 

By: Simone Liedtke     1st August 2018 Floating solar photovoltaic (PV) solutions, which make use of a flotation system on which the PV modules are attached, addresses the shortage of reasonably priced land, as well as the need to reduce the rate of evaporation from precious freshwater reservoirs, such as dams or lakes, Black & Veatch... 

Cape Town pushes ahead with plans for more renewable energy

By: Kim Cloete     26th July 2018 The City of Cape Town is working hard to meet its target for renewable energy to make up 20% of total energy used in the city by 2020. It is also following international blueprints and plans to implement more renewable energy projects, says City of Cape Town energy executive director Kadri Nassiep. 

Cape Town pushes ahead with plans for more renewable energy

BioTherm reaches financial close on four renewables projects

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th July 2018 African renewable energy development platform and power producer BioTherm Energy has reached financial close on a 284 MW portfolio of wind and solar projects in South Africa as part of the fourth round of the South African Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme. The... 

As crops dry, Malawi turns to solar irrigation

By: Reuters     23rd July 2018 As climate change brings longer droughts, farmers in eastern Malawi's already dry Lake Chilwa basin are seeing an ever-more-frequent disaster: maize wilting or drying completely, leaving families hungry. "In the past many farmers relied on rain-fed agriculture to grow their food," said Edwin... 

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... 

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

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.... 

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... 

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... 

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

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

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... 

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... 

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.  

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
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