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Clover’s FY18 earnings rise despite challenging trading conditions

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th September 2018 JSE-listed food and beverage group Clover Industries returned the business to historical profitability levels in the financial year ended June 30, declaring a final gross cash dividend of R92.9-million, or 48.6c apiece. The company reported normalised headline earnings of R394-million, which... 

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... 

A reflection on latest IRP iteration

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     7th September 2018 The Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) is a government plan that supposedly sets out  the future development of the South African electricity generation system. In theory, government passes the plan around for comment by industry and municipalities and everybody agrees, after which government policy... 

CLEAN BY 2045

7th September 2018 Last week, Californian lawmakers approved a measure mandating that all electricity come from wind, solar and other clean-energy sources by 2045. The state currently gets about 44% of its power from renewables and hydro. California was also the first US state in the to require solar panels on... 

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. 

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... 

Affordability of energy must be prioritised – Radebe

By: African News Agency      5th September 2018 South Africa's Energy Minister Jeff Radebe has urged the prioritisation of energy affordability in order to attract investment. During his keynote address at the Africa oil and power conference held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre he said it was imperative in order to create jobs. 

South Africa’s rating under threat as economy enters recession

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th September 2018 South Africa’s slide into a technical recession in the second quarter is a timely warning and reminder for the country to get its economy in order, failing which it will lose its only investment grade rating, says Business Unity South Africa CEO Tanya Cohen. Moody’s Investors Service said in... 

Exclusion of new nuclear power capacity not deliberate – Radebe

By: African News Agency      4th September 2018 The decision to shelve plans to build new nuclear power plants was not based on principle but price and reduced electricity demand, Energy Minister Jeff Radebe said on Tuesday.  "We have not deliberately left nuclear out but it is not in the plan due to lower demand and lower cost of other... 

Preventing building fire incidents with fischer FireStop from Upat

31st August 2018 The fischer FireStop range aids in the compartmentalisation of fire, smoke, and toxic gases, ensuring the safety of building occupants and protecting properties in the event of any fire incidents. The fischer FireStop range, comprising of passive fire-prevention systems, is available exclusively... 

South Africa’s nuclear industry raises objections to new IRP

By: Rebecca Campbell     31st August 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) 2030. “The nuclear industry,” observed... 

Waste gas fuels smelter

By: Halima Frost     31st August 2018 A gas processing plant, built by backup and continuous power solutions provider Diesel Electric Services, in Boshoek near Rustenburg, has achieved over 45 000 lost-time injury-free hours in its first year of operation. The project –  which started in January 2016, and took about 16 months to... 

Saldanha facility ramping up gas supply

By: Halima Frost     31st August 2018 Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) supplier Avedia Energy has announced the first year of operational success of its Avedia Energy LPG storage facility in Saldanha Bay, in the Western Cape.  With the installation of the 2 000 t LPG facility and six road loading gantries built at the Saldanha terminal,... 

Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme – fourth window

By: Sheila Barradas     31st August 2018 Twenty-seven Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme project agreements were signed in April 2018.  

Riau gas-fired combined-cycle gas turbine power project, Indonesia

By: Sheila Barradas     31st August 2018 PT Medco Ratch Power Riau plans to build a baseload power plant with a capacity of 1 445 GWh/y. 

Record production anticipated at BMW’s Rosslyn plant in 2019

By: Irma Venter     30th August 2018 Production at BMW Group South Africa’s (BMW SA’s) Rosslyn plant could, potentially, reach a new record in 2019. BMW SA started production of its first X3 models in April, following a R6.2-billion investment to move from 3 Series sedan assembly to building the new X3 sports-utility vehicle. 

South Africa could create 50 000 more mining jobs – Minerals Council

By: Martin Creamer     30th August 2018 A South Africa moderately more attractive to investors would catalyse the creation of 50 000 more mining jobs and an additional 200 000 jobs overall, Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter told the Africa Down Under conference in Perth on Thursday. Speaking a day after Mineral Resources... 

Railway constraints take their toll on India’s captive thermal power plants

By: Ajoy K Das     30th August 2018 Captive thermal power plants in India are facing coal supply shortages, as a result of constraints in the availability of railway wagons to transport the coal. Not officially acknowledging any shortage of coal and instead blaming distribution bottlenecks for the supply challenges, the country’s... 

Inside Albemarle's quest to reinvent the lithium market

By: Reuters     30th August 2018 As global demand for lithium hits overdrive, Albemarle Corp is investing millions of dollars to engineer specialised types of the light metal for electric car batteries, part of a strategy to remain the niche market's top producer. The pivot comes as battery makers such as Panasonic Corp, the... 

Platinum-using fuel cells making more headway

By: Martin Creamer     29th August 2018 Last month’s initial public offering (IPO) on the New York Stock Exchange of Bloom Energy suggests a second, much larger market may be emerging for fuel cells, Greentech Media reported this week in an article recording the deployment of Bloom’s technology at 25 Fortune 100 companies. The... 

Johnson Controls Enterprise Management platform gives building owners and operators powerful new tools to showcase energy conservation

29th August 2018 Johnson Controls has expanded the capabilities of its comprehensive, analytical, cloud-based optimisation platform, Enterprise Management (EM), by introducing several new features. The new platform integrates with Johnson Controls Metasys Building Management (BMS) solution as well a number of... 

Air quality control solutions balance social and environmental needs

29th August 2018 Coal-fired power generation remains an important component of Africa’s energy landscape. Air-quality control solutions are key to preserving clean air and quality of life, says Webb Meko, Business Development Director, Sub-Saharan Africa, Black & Veatch Johannesburg, 21 August 2018 – According to... 

Eskom to sue Trillian; warns some dismissed Eskom employees still have their tentacles in the utility

By: Kim Cloete     28th August 2018 Eskom CEO Phakamani Hadebe says Eskom will continue to tighten the screws on implicated former and current employees and suppliers who have drained the utility of its resources and plunged it into debt. He told Parliament on Tuesday that Eskom would also sue Gupta-linked Trillian later this year... 

Johnson Controls Enterprise Management platform gives building owners and operators powerful new tools to showcase energy conservation

28th August 2018 Johnson Controls has expanded the capabilities of its comprehensive, analytical, cloud-based optimisation platform, Enterprise Management (EM), by introducing several new features. The new platform integrates with Johnson Controls Metasys Building Management (BMS) solution as well a number of... 

Miners call for stable govt as Turnbull is replaced by Morrison

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th August 2018 The Australian mining sector has called for a stable government following a leadership spill in the Liberal Party, which will see Treasurer Scott Morrison take over as Prime Minister from Malcolm Turnbull. Turnbull himself disposed of previous Prime Minister Tony Abbott in a similar manner in 2015. 

Milestones & Opportunities

By: Terence Creamer     24th August 2018 Fresh analysis by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), showing that the combined installed base of wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) generators breached the one-terawatt mark at the end of June, offered statistical confirmation of an energy transition that is now in full swing. Of this total, wind... 

Eskom warns of load-shedding on Wednesday evening 

By: African News Agency      22nd August 2018 Power utility Eskom said the risk of load-shedding remained high on Wednesday, especially for the evening peak period from 5pm to 9pm, due to a number of its generating units being out on maintenance and possibly not being back in time to meet the evening peak period. "We encourage residents and... 

Voltex's Smart Metering Systems powers up customers

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd August 2018 Property portfolio managers and tenants in both commercial and residential precincts across the country are facing punishing escalations in water and electricity tariffs on an annual basis. Consequently, making every cent count has never been more important, nor has the need to ensure that... 

Trump proposes unwinding Obama's coal-plant pollution curbs

By: Bloomberg     21st August 2018 President Donald Trump’s administration on Tuesday unveiled its plan to dramatically weaken carbon dioxide limits on coal-fired power plants by shifting most of the regulatory burden to states in a further assault on the Obama climate legacy. The Environmental Protection Agency’s "Affordable... 

South Africa's new coal-fired plants must have emissions technology

By: Reuters     21st August 2018 South Africa's first privately built coal-fired power plants must have the latest technology to reduce harmful emissions, the energy minister said on Tuesday, as a wave of court challenges threaten to derail the projects. Environmental activists have taken legal action against the new Thabametsi... 

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... 

Currency shocks knock platinum to ten-year lows

By: Reuters     17th August 2018 Platinum prices tumbled to ten-year lows as the collapse of Turkey's lira rippled through markets and weakened the currency of top producer South Africa, underlining persistent oversupply of the autocatalyst metal. Platinum has been caught in a broad sell-off as investors rush to the safety of... 

Key to a sustainable future: thyssenkrupp launches advanced water electrolysis

17th August 2018 As renewable energy sources continue their global success story, the demand for integrating them into the current South African energy and industry landscape grows. thyssenkrupp now offers a key technology for renewables integration: Industrial scale water electrolysis for large projects.... 

Fuel levy’s revenue-generating prowess to come under intense pressure

By: Irma Venter     17th August 2018 The fuel levy as income source for government is rapidly losing productivity to generate income, says Professor Stephan Krygsman of the University of Stellenbosch’s Department of Logistics (Transport Economics). Taking the year 2000 as starting point, with the fuel levy at 100% productivity,... 

Wave of innovation for infrastructure development

By: Donald Makhafola     17th August 2018 With business spend in Africa predicted to grow from $2.6-trillion in 2015 to $3.5-trillion by 2025, wholly black-owned construction group Concor Construction believes that this trend will redefine urban areas and cities, triggering the need for rapid infrastructure development and services.... 

Experts collaborate to deliver project in Kenya

17th August 2018 Integrated infrastructure delivery company Aecom’s Nairobi team, consisting of experts from South Africa, Kenya, Germany and the US, is working on a civil-structure assessment project for a transmission line in Kenya. “A major advantage for Aecom in the region is its ability to leverage its... 

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... 

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