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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... 

S Africa’s changing energy landscape

31st August 2018 Natural gas is one of the cleanest, safest, and most useful forms of energy, providing the world with over 20% of its energy requirements across power generation, industry and transport applications. In South Africa, at just 3%, the meaningful addition of natural gas to the country’s energy mix... 

South African farmers face tough road to recovery

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     10th August 2018 Local orchards and vineyards could take between five and seven years to fully recover from the recent drought, provided there is average or above-average rainfall for three consecutive years, says agriculture industry association Agri SA head of natural resources Janse Rabie. “Because of the... 

The natural gas revolution in South Africa: A changing energy landscape

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th July 2018 Recent on- and off-shore discoveries of globally significant quantities of natural gas in Southern Africa – including trillions of cubic metres of natural gas in the Rovuma Basin off the Mozambique coast, the biggest global find of natural gas in decades – represent a new dawn for the region’s... 

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.... 

Key enviro assessment launched for SA gas and power networks

By: Nadine James     6th July 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the South African National Biodiversity Institute are undertaking a strategic environmental assessment (SEA) for the development of a phased gas pipeline network and the expansion of the electricity grid infrastructure (EGI) corridors.... 

SustainPower brings the heat (and power) at African Utility Week 2018

31st May 2018 SustainPower was present en masse at African Utility Week 2018. Says Tobias Hobbach, SustainPower MD, “This year saw many promising encounters take place at our stand. As a relative newcomer in the gas-to-power industry, we are proving to be a disruptive gas-to-power solution provider in Africa.” 

B2Gold opens 7 MW solar farm at Namibia mine

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th May 2018 Gold producer B2Gold Namibia on Wednesday celebrated the opening of the B2Gold Otjikoto solar farm, in the Otjozondjupa region.  

Should desalination play a bigger role in South Africa’s water future?

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th May 2018 South Africa’s prolonged drought conditions and arid environment are increasingly highlighting the country’s existing water infrastructure vulnerabilities and demand that alternative and non-conventional sources of water beyond the traditional surface and groundwater resources be explored.... 

Should desalination play a bigger role in South Africa’s water future?

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th May 2018 South Africa’s prolonged drought conditions and arid environment are increasingly highlighting the country’s existing water infrastructure vulnerabilities and demand that alternative and non-conventional sources of water beyond the traditional surface and groundwater resources be explored.... 

Aura targets Sweden battery project listing in H2

By: Mariaan Webb     19th April 2018 Plans are advancing for the separate listing of explorer Aura Energy’s Häggån polymetallic project, in Sweden, with completion targeted for the second half of the year. The company would initially maintain an ownership of 70% to 80% in the vanadium initial public offering (IPO) spin-off, but... 

South Africa: The Department Of Trade And Industry And The South African Electrotechnical Export Council To Host African Delegation During The 2018 Africa Energy Indaba Conference

19th February 2018 The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) through Trade Invest Africa, in partnership with the South African Electrotechnical Export Council (SAEEC) will host a high level delegation from several African countries to participate at the annual Africa Energy Indaba Conference that is set to... 

Successful solar PV project exemplified for SA uptake

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th December 2017 The “tremendous” success of the Robben Island solar photovoltaic (PV) microgrid project lends itself to “fantastic” replication potential, as it serves as a model example for retrofitting existing energy systems with solar and batteries to significantly reduce fossil fuel consumption and... 

Camborne School of Mines pioneers ‘Fairtrade’ model for ethically, sustainably resourced raw materials

By: Henry Lazenby     10th November 2017 A team of researchers at the University of Exeter’s Camborne School of Mines, based in Cornwall, the UK, are pioneering the development of a ‘Fairtrade’ model for ethically and sustainably resourcing raw materials that are crucial in the manufacturing of next-generation technologies. The research... 

‘Virtual’ gas network expands offering to firms within 300 km of Joburg

By: Dylan Slater     6th October 2017 Through a rapidly expanding gas distribution network, gas supplier Virtual Gas Network is presenting the energy industry with lower energy costs and improved profitability, while also enabling energy producers and consumers to move towards meeting cleaner emissions targets.  

Nuclear scenarios

By: Terence Creamer     25th August 2017 For attentive followers of developments in South Africa’s not-always-transparent energy sector, a section in Jackkie Cilliers’ new book, ‘Fate of the Nation: Three Scenarios for South Africa’s Future’, will be of definite interest. The overall aim of the book isn’t to explore the energy sector in... 

Balwin Properties partners with SolarAfrica

By: Anine Kilian     11th August 2017 JSE-listed Balwin Properties has partnered with renewable energy provider SolarAfrica to incorporate solar energy at two of its upmarket developments. The Kikuyu development, in Midrand, and The Whisken development, in Johannesburg, are one of the first developments in South Africa to offer... 

New pumps suited to packaging, food and beverage industries

14th July 2017 In May, sustainable productivity solutions provider Atlas Copco announced that it had extended its range of variable speed drive (VSD) vacuum pumps with the addition of three models offering flow rates up to 5 004 m3/h. The new GHS 3800-5400 VSD+ rotary screw pumps are particularly suited for... 

Latest trend in drive technology seeks to optimise energy requirements

11th July 2017 Dwindling resources, spiralling energy costs, increasingly stringent international regulations, and the trend towards cutting carbon emissions has meant that technology leaders such as SEW-EURODRIVE are focusing more and more on optimising energy requirements. In order to realise such savings,... 

Rustenburg scrubber upgrade project set for completion

By: Simone Liedtke     7th July 2017 Chemicals and process engineering company Lodestone Engineering is set to complete the supply of equipment as part of an upgrade to an existing large wet scrubber for a major platinum producer in Rustenburg by the end of this month. 

Potash Ridge clinches 25% take-or-pay agreement

By: Henry Lazenby     20th June 2017 Near-term crop nutrient producer Potash Ridge's Quebec-based subsidiary Valleyfield Fertilizer Corp has signed a preliminary nonbinding, multiyear agreement with a prominent fertiliser distribution partner, representing about 25% of Valleyfield's initial yearly potassium sulphate (SOP) output.... 

Need for businesses to become energy efficient

9th June 2017 According to the International Energy Agency, many companies are using up to 100% more energy than they would if they were best practice energy efficient businesses, says provider of efficient solutions for reducing energy costs and carbon emissions Ensight Energy Solutions CEO Francis Barram. 

Sasol faces up to air quality challenges of new standards 

By: Natasha Odendaal     31st May 2017 As Sasol works to transition its plant operations to meet the new air quality minimum emissions standards requirements, “credible, viable solutions” to its two biggest air quality challenges remain out of reach and the group plans to apply to have the compliance deadline postponed by five years.... 

National English Literary Museum obtains green building rating

By: Anine Kilian     29th May 2017 The National English Literary Museum, in Grahamstown, in the Eastern Cape, has been awarded a 5-Star Green Star SA Public Education Building v1 As-Built rating – a first for South Africa. The museum was built by the Department of Public Works (DPW) for the Department of Arts and Culture at a cost... 

Least-cost electricity transition being played out at CSIR’s Pretoria campus 

By: Dylan Slater     12th May 2017 The expansive Pretoria campus of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is increasingly being taken off the grid with the roll-out of renewable-energy projects as part of its drive to demonstrate the potential of renewable energy to the domestic energy industry. To drive... 

Least-cost electricity transition being played out at CSIR’s Pretoria campus

By: Dylan Slater     12th May 2017 The expansive Pretoria campus of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research is increasingly being taken off-grid with the roll-out of renewable-energy projects as part of its drive to demonstrate the potential of renewable energy to the domestic energy industry.  

Claims for 100% renewable electricity too sanguine, study asserts 

By: Keith Campbell     5th May 2017 In a paper published in “Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews” Volume 76, four Australian researchers have warned that published modelled scenarios which affirm that an electricity system based entirely on renewable energy sources is possible are significantly underestimating the challenges... 

Solar, liquid-energy storage solution seen having big off-grid potential

By: David Oliveira     21st April 2017 Containerised liquid-energy storage machines, or flow machines, coupled with solar photovoltaic (PV) power generation, could provide Africa with the most cost-effective and energy efficient off-grid electricity generation solution, said UK-based energy storage solutions company redT CEO Scott... 

Conference hopes to catalyse African energy revolution

By: Nadine James     17th February 2017 The 2017 Africa Energy Indaba will enable African energy sector stakeholders to evaluate opportunities and the means to pursue them that could unlock the continent’s energy potential and spark something of an energy revolution, says Indaba organising company Siyenza. “The African continent has... 

Revised IRP to go back to Cabinet by early spring – energy department

By: African News Agency      14th February 2017 The Integrated Resource Plan should be finalised by August or September, depending on Cabinet’s reception of the energy blueprint, the director-general of the department of energy said on Tuesday. “It will not be before June this year, but it might be by July, August. But then if Cabinet says go... 

Bacanora in advanced discussions with Asian offtake partner

By: Ilan Solomons     20th December 2016 Aim- and TSX-V-listed lithium and borates company Bacanora Minerals is currently in advanced discussions with a “significant Asian offtake partner” for the supply of battery-grade lithium carbonate from its Sonora lithium project, in Mexico. Bacanora executive chairperson Mark Hohnen stated on... 

Innovative wastewater treatment system launched in W Cape

By: David Oliveira     9th December 2016 Water solutions provider Maskam Water launched the Clarus Fusion sewage treatment system, which substitutes treated water with recycled water for sanitation, industrial or irrigation use, in October. The decentralised wastewater treatment system, launched at the company’s premises in Brackenfell... 

Siemens provides an eco-friendly speed boost to Kaltim Prima Coal

24th November 2016 • World’s fastest overland conveyor belt that belongs to PT Kaltim Prima Coal is powered by Siemens Integrated Drive Systems (IDS) technology • Combined with automation technology, Siemens IDS technology enables reliable operation of high speed belt conveyors, improves operational efficiency, and... 

New development phase launched at gas-equipped Centurion estate

By: David Oliveira     18th November 2016 Southdowns Residential Estate, in Centurion, celebrated its tenth anniversary and the launch of its latest development phase earlier this month, which will result in the construction of 65 townhouses and 16 full-title clusters. The townhouse options include two- and three-bedroom lofts in sizes... 

Awarded Projects in the AfriSam-SAIA Award for Sustainable Architecture + Innovation Announced

28th October 2016 Seven Awards and four Commended projects were announced in the 2015/2016 AfriSam-SAIA Award for Sustainable Architecture + Innovation at the gala event in Cape Town tonight. The eleven projects chosen by the award adjudicators were among a total of 22 final qualifying entries that had been... 

‘Green’ gas demand up, shale provides long-term opportunity

By: Kimberley Smuts     26th August 2016 The biggest potential for growth in the gas industry lies in finding additional gas resources that can replace traditional gases used in industrial processes to generate electricity, which waste management company Interwaste is doing  by generating methane gas from its landfill sites. “With... 

Rosebank office awarded top green rating

By: Dylan Slater     22nd July 2016 Green-focused architecture consultancy Solid Green Consulting’s Rosebank offices were recently awarded 6-Star Green Star South Africa Interiors v1 certification for the incorporation of ecofriendly aspects into their offices.  

Laser machine a first in Africa

By: Kimberley Smuts     3rd June 2016 South African manufacturer and distributor of cutting-edge capital equipment and consumables First Cut is aiming to complete the installation of an energy efficient Bystar fibre laser machine for a steel industry customer in November. “In Switzerland, the Bystronic laser range is currently at... 

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