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Why a Platform and Ecosystem may be crucial to your Exponential Future

     22nd August 2017 By Simon Carpenter, Chief Technology Advisor, SAP Africa I've recently been to several presentations on the Digital Economy where I've noticed two common themes (over and above the incessant citations of uber as the poster child of the Digital Economy). Firstly, speakers have, almost... 

African conference strives to boost bioenergy industries

     18th August 2017 Global conference organiser Centre for Management Technology (CMT) notes that its Biomass Trade & Bioenergy Africa conference will be held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Sandton on September 28 and 29. CMT hopes that the conference will further development of the African biomass and bioenergy... 

Auctions steam ahead

By: Terence Creamer     18th August 2017 South Africa may be on the global sidelines currently with regard to the procurement of new renewable generation capacity, chiefly because of Eskom’s refusal to enter into new power purchase agreements. Nevertheless, as a relatively early adopter (some might even say pioneer) of the auction... 

Organisation lobbies government to kick-start biogas market

By: Nadine James     18th August 2017 The Southern African Biogas Industry Association (Sabia) is liaising with national government departments to create an enabling environment for the biogas industry, thereby establishing a viable biogas market. Sabia chairperson Jason Gifford explains that the organisation’s working groups are in... 

Scientists find unexpected new source for lithium

By: Reuters     17th August 2017 Scientists have found an unexpected new source for lithium, a key component in battery-powered electric cars and other renewable energy technologies: supervolcanoes. Most of the world's lithium comes from Chile and Australia, and expanding access to the mineral is crucial for meeting demand for... 

Study urges South Africa to find energy-storage niche 

By: Mia Breytenbach     17th August 2017 With energy storage considered to be the “new wave” in the energy sector and increasingly becoming a reality, South Africa needs to prepare itself if it wishes to take advantage of the energy storage growth opportunities within the energy storage stationary value chain and the mobility value... 

New Development Bank to benefit Africa – Zuma

By: African News Agency      17th August 2017 President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday that the New Development Bank (NDB) was set to benefit infrastructure projects on the African continent as a whole, and having a permanent regional centre showed commitment to that undertaking. “We are therefore happy to know that the bank is working on... 

AfDB’s sustainable energy fund to support first utility-scale solar PV project in Lesotho

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th August 2017 The African Development Bank- (AfDB-) managed Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (Sefa) has approved a $695 500 grant to NEO I SPV, a subsidiary of independent power producer OnePower Lesotho, to support the preparation of a bankable business case for the development of the winning project of the... 

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... 

Western Cape’s agricultural growth to drive economy

By: Robyn Wilkinson     11th August 2017 Supported by the Western Cape government’s strategic initiatives to help farmers grow their crops – and their market share – the province’s official tourism, trade and investment agency Wesgro has successfully committed investments in the Western Cape agricultural sector of R1.56-billion over the... 

Free African mining projects report offered to advertisers

     10th August 2017 Companies advertising in the September edition of the Projects in Progress Supplement will receive a FREE copy of Creamer Media’s African Mining Projects in Progress Research Report - normally valued at R1 950 (excluding VAT). The African Mining Projects in Progress Report tracks developments... 

Ingeteam bags 170 MW inverter order for three PV plants in Morocco

     8th August 2017 Ingeteam has commenced the supply of its equipment to three solar photovoltaic power plants in Morocco, totaling 170 MW of output power. These three PV plants, which will be amongst the largest in North Africa, are expected to be operating within a year and to have a service life of at least... 

Yokogawa Establishes Sustainability Goals for the Year 2050

     7th August 2017 - Addressing global issues through co-innovation to create new value - Yokogawa Electric Corporation (TOKYO: 6841) announces that it has developed sustainability goals for the year 2050 that will guide its efforts to make the world a better place for future generations. 

AfriBusiness supports renewable energy  

By: Anine Kilian     4th August 2017 Business rights watchdog AfriBusiness this week said it supports the stance of Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille on renewable energy and welcomes possible court action against State-owned Eskom. This court action is being considered as a result of the refusal by Eskom and the national government... 

As batteries make power play, South Africa mulls market participation

By: Irma Venter     4th August 2017 The world changed more than could be imagined in the 1990s. Not only was it the advent of all things Internet and digital connectivity, it also saw the birth of the rechargeable lithium battery, required to charge humankind’s new tools, such as cellphones and laptop computers. Today, the chase is... 

As batteries make power play, South Africa mulls market participation

By: Irma Venter     4th August 2017 The world changed more than could be imagined in the 1990s. Not only was it the advent of all things Internet and digital connectivity, it also saw the birth of the rechargeable lithium battery, required to charge humankind’s new tools, such as cellphones and laptop computers. Today the chase is... 

Red Dirt Wind Farm project, US

By: Sheila Barradas     4th August 2017 The project involves the construction of a wind farm with an installed capacity of 300 MW. 

Shapoorji Energy solar photovoltaic power project, Egypt

By: Sheila Barradas     4th August 2017 The project entails the greenfield construction of a 50 MW photovoltaic plant on open desert land owned by the Renewable Energy Agency. 

Glencore asks Australia to focus on economy before climate deal

By: Bloomberg     2nd August 2017 Australia may need to consider delaying its goals to combat global climate change in order to prioritise energy security and economic prosperity, according to a senior executive at Glencore. The country’s emerging energy crisis, in conjunction with government-imposed clean-energy targets, has... 

DBSA committed to funding infrastructure projects throughout SADC

By: Anine Kilian     1st August 2017 With low levels of electrification hindering economic growth and development in sub-Saharan Africa – where 78% of the population is reliant on biomass as their main energy source – $57-trillion will be required until 2030 to fund the continent’s infrastructure and energy projects, according to... 

Positive signals herald increased US reliance on nuclear as part of renewables mix

By: Henry Lazenby     28th July 2017 Changing global macroeconomic trends are increasingly making more space for nuclear power to support renewable energy roll-outs, boding well for the uranium market, which has been dealing with unsustainably low prices for nearly a decade, according to former US secretary of energy and current... 

AfDB in $2bn project finance pact

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th July 2017 The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) have signed a landmark agreement to strengthen their partnership at country level and jointly contribute to $2-billion over the next three years to finance projects in agriculture, food security, renewable energy, small... 

African countries embrace alternative energy sources

     28th July 2017 With African governments realising that long-term power solutions will not come in the form of one technology, South Africa’s Department of Energy is advocating advances in coal, renewable energy, gas and nuclear technologies, says global engineering, procurement, construction and consulting... 

Coega IDZ preferred location for the gas to power programme

By: Nica Schreuder     28th July 2017 The Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) has initiated an environmental impact study for South Africa’s gas-to-power programme, and has strategically explored the IDZ’s full potential beyond its gas power plant’s current allocation of 1 000 MW. “The foundation of South Africa’s readiness... 

Gas beneficial in diversifying energy mix

By: Nica Schreuder     28th July 2017 Gas can be used to supplement the variable nature of renewables, thereby adding to a steadily diversifying energy mix in South Africa, says advisory firm KPMG South Africa energy economist Requier Wait. Variable renewable energy (VRE) is nondispatchable, owing to the fluctuating nature of, for... 

Gas-to-power a more favourable alternative energy source

By: Nica Schreuder     28th July 2017 The nuclear procurement programme was rejected in the High Court earlier this year and opens the way for greater advocacy around the gas-to-power programme, says oil and gas specialist Lizel Oberholzer. “The focus on nuclear energy generation has come at the cost of the development of other... 

Moves to fast-track regulation could ignite energy efficiency sector

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th July 2017 As businesses move to become more self-reliant and decrease their exposure to electricity price volatility, government is also moving ahead with policy support for energy efficiency initiatives in homes, business and industry, says Pan-African law firm Bowmans public law and regulatory head and... 

Nuclear seen featuring alongside renewables in future energy mix

By: Dylan Slater     28th July 2017 During the yearly atomic energy forum – Atomexpo 2017 – which was held in Moscow last month, a round-table discussion featuring several energy experts agreed that a sustainable future power generation mix would almost certainly use an increased amount of nuclear energy in conjunction with... 

Drones Take Off In Utility Inspections

     21st July 2017 Concerns over worker safety are helping to drive the adoption of drones in utility inspections to new heights. “The Wall Street Journal wrote about this trend well over two years ago and now it’s finally making its way to South African shores,” says Philip Smerkovitz, Managing Director of... 

Khobab and Loeriesfontein wind farm projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     21st July 2017 The Loeriesfontein Wind Farm is using a mobile transformer to allow for an early connection to the grid for the commissioning of its turbines. 

Cape Town housing expansion not linked to water crisis

By: News24Wire      20th July 2017 Cape Town's water restrictions cannot be blamed on new housing projects popping up around the city, the city's mayoral committee member in charge of water and sanitation said. "Despite our population growth almost doubling since 1996, our water demand remained relatively flat," said Xanthea... 

Self-Generated Power Needs Special Focus On Efficiency

     20th July 2017 Remote projects that are far from national power grids will tend to pay a premium for generating their own energy; so they need to plan carefully to use it as efficiently as they can. This is the advice of Zest WEG Group CEO Louis Meiring, who emphasises the opportunities presented by modern... 

Africa’s energy future lies in solar energy, says CEO 

By: Anine Kilian     19th July 2017 The future of Africa’s energy sector must rest in solar power if it is going to overcome the obstacles it currently faces, according to Zimbabwe-based renewable energy company Samansco CEO Nyasha Bamhare. Addressing delegates at the PowerGen Africa conference, which is taking place in Sandton... 

Brown acknowledges cost competitiveness of renewables as she calls for deal that goes ‘beyond price’ 

By: Terence Creamer     18th July 2017 Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown, who in June criticised the high cost of renewable energy, offered a tacit acknowledgement on Tuesday of the growing competitiveness of solar and wind, while calling for a long-term deal with the renewable-energy sector to avoid job losses in the energy... 

Temporary mobile transformer helps Loeriesfontein connect to the grid

By: Samantha Herbst     18th July 2017 The Northern Cape-based Loeriesfontein Wind Farm has been making use of a mobile transformer to allow for an early connection to the grid for the commissioning of the turbines – a temporary solution until the wind farm can connect to the Helios substation, which is the permanent grid connection.... 

Opinion: Hybrid energy solutions can boost viability of African mines

     18th July 2017 In this opinion article, juwi Renewable Energies MD Greg Austin reflects on prospects in Africa for bilateral power purchase agreements for both grid-connected and behind-the-meter hybrid energy solutions 

Black-led energy investment firm encouraged by moves to restore IPP policy certainty 

By: Terence Creamer     17th July 2017 The head of a black-managed and led JSE-listed energy investment company says he is encouraged by the framework outlined by Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba for re-establishing policy certainty for the electricity sector and for independent power producers (IPPs). IPPs have been left in limbo since... 

Elon Musk exposes deep coal divide in energy-hit Australia

By: Bloomberg     14th July 2017 Elon Musk’s intervention in Australia’s energy crisis is widening a divide over the future of coal. The billionaire Tesla Inc. founder, who has promised to help solve an Australian state’s clean energy obstacles, sees no place for the fossil fuel. That conflicts with the national government’s... 

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