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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... 

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,... 

US nuclear company Westinghouse emerges from bankruptcy protection

By: Rebecca Campbell     17th August 2018 US major nuclear group Westinghouse Electric exited from bankruptcy protection (under Chapter 11 of US Bankruptcy Code) at the start of this month, when its takeover by Brookfield Business Partners came into effect. Brookfield, which is listed on the New York and Toronto Stock Exchanges and is... 

Stable salt reactor – wasteburner demonstration plant, Canada

By: Sheila Barradas     17th August 2018 New Brunswick Energy Solutions Corporation and New Brunswick Power plan to build a stable salt reactor – wasteburner demonstration plant, in New Brunswick. 

Why converting municipal trash into energy isn’t a complete waste of time

15th August 2018 Although many would argue otherwise, the inevitable concept of centralized power plants is slowly dissipating. We’re moving into an era where consumers of energy are also becoming producers of it, where communities and businesses are generating their own power. But, even though conversations... 

What is driving a rally in EU carbon permit prices?

By: Reuters     15th August 2018 The Benchmark European carbon price hit a 10-year high on Wednesday, marking a near 130% rise this year, with prices set to continue climbing over the next few years. The European Union's Emissions Trading System (ETS) charges power plants and factories for every tonne of carbon dioxide (CO2)... 

Davies endorses Itac’s recommendation of increase in sugar import duties

By: Simone Liedtke     15th August 2018 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has endorsed the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa’s (Itac’s) recommendation for an increase in import duties on sugar to $680/t. While the level is not at the maximum bound rate, as initially requested by the industry in the... 

Municipalities owed R139bn for services – Cogta

By: News24Wire      15th August 2018 Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Zweli Mkhize has revealed that municipalities are owed R139-billion for municipal services rendered. He said that the outstanding billions made it difficult for them to pay money owed to Eskom. Mkhize was responding to questions in the... 

Ecowas moves to address gap in energy sector

By: African News Agency      14th August 2018 The Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) has moved to validate its regional strategy to popularise liquefied petroleum gas in West Africa to improve its economy and address health challenges and environmental degradation associated with the lack of access to the... 

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... 

Lithium-ion batteries, energy storage on strong demand growth trajectory

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th August 2018 The automotive industry’s use of lithium-ion batteries is on track to grow seven-fold to 650 GWh by 2025, from 70 GWh in 2017; the increase in energy storage, although from a lower base, will add to this, says specialist international publisher Metal Bulletin. It adds that the electrification of... 

W Cape focusing on creating certainty in agriculture sector

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     10th August 2018 The Western Cape provincial government is focusing on creating certainty for the agriculture industry by trying to ensure that farmers can continue farming and save jobs by requesting an increase in the water allocation to the industry from the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), says... 

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,... 

Playing with mental clarity

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     10th August 2018 There is a serious disconnect between engineers and production idea people.  Production idea people want to innovate. They want a new thing every year. They do not want improvements, they want change – out of the box! Dynamic! Some of these ideas are good but few are ground-breaking. What is... 

Biomass power plant, the Philippines

By: Sheila Barradas     10th August 2018 North Negros Biopower is building a 25 MW biomass plant in Northern Negros. 

Kathu concentrated solar power project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     10th August 2018 The salt melting process at the Kathu Solar Park plant has started. 

Preventing building fire incidents with fischer FireStop from Upat

8th 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... 

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... 

Glencore-Merafe venture’s H1 ferrochrome output decreases as production costs rise

By: Simone Liedtke     6th August 2018 JSE-listed Merafe Resources’ attributable ferrochrome production from the Glencore-Merafe chrome venture for the six months ended June 30, decreased by 2.3% to 211 000 t, with production for the period equivalent to an installed capacity utilisation of 88%. Total production costs per tonne of... 

Parkwood housing project in Cape Town gets under way

By: News24Wire      6th August 2018 A team of engineers, planners and designers is to visit seven sites next week where social and affordable housing will be built for backyarders in Parkwood and surrounding areas, GroundUp reports. This was announced by Western Cape MEC for Human Settlements Bonginkosi Madikizela at a joint... 

Rising oil prices threaten to erode mining sector's profitability

By: Reuters     6th August 2018 Rising oil prices are the latest challenge to the mining sector's profitability, threatening to eclipse hard-fought efficiency gains during the past two years and increasing metals demand. Miners use heavy fuel oil to generate electricity at remote sites; they also use it for transport, with... 

Power system recovery to take 30 days, load-shedding risk remains high 

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd August 2018 State-owned Eskom expects it will take up to 30 days for the power system to recover from the effects of the recent industrial action, which interrupted continuous processes at the power stations. During the 30-day recovery period, the risk of load-shedding remains high, it warned on Friday. 

Internet connectivity increases property value

By: Melissa Zisengwe     3rd August 2018 Bundling WiFi connectivity is a commercial and industrial property value-proposition, which attracts potential buyers and boosts property value, says wireless networking company Ruckus Networks. “South African property developers are proving to be enthusiastic WiFi adopters because the... 

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