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Inaugural Factory of the Year competition to include future-proofing benchmark

By: Terence Creamer     19th June 2018 Global management consulting firm AT Kearney has officially launched the South African version of its internationally recognised ‘Factory of the Year’ competition and is urging domestic manufacturers to enter ahead of the August 20 deadline for submissions. AT Kearney partner and Africa MD Theo... 

Global interest in investing in African energy sector picking up – Minister

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th June 2018 The willingness and interest to invest in the African energy sector is picking up globally, says Mauritius Deputy Prime Minister and Energy and Public Utilities Minister Ivan Collendavelloo. Speaking at the Africa Energy Forum, now in its twentieth year, in Mauritius, on Tuesday, he said the... 

South Africa ahead of renewable energy curve – adviser

By: Simone Liedtke     19th June 2018 Despite the South African renewables market being in its infancy in comparison to well-established markets, South Africa is ahead of the curve, says owner’s engineer and lender’s technical adviser K2 Management. This, K2 Management South Africa country director Hebren James explains, is owing to... 

Building Energy to participate in the Africa Energy Forum 2018

18th June 2018 The Italian Company, specialised in the renewable energy sector, will sponsor the 20th anniversary of the event. Milan, 18th June 2018 - Building Energy, a multinational company operating as a globaly integrated Independent Power Producer (IPP) in the Renewable Energy Industry, will take part as... 

Optimal funding for the The Roggeveld Wind Project: Generating power at the lowest bid tariff

18th June 2018 By Mphokolo Makara and Daniel Zinman Roggeveld, loosely translated from Afrikaans, means rye fields which were once plentiful in the area where a 140MW wind farm project has recently reached financial close under the fourth round of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer... 

Solar Turtle Wins Nation Builder Social Innovation Challenge

18th June 2018 SOLAR TURTLE, pitched by Lungi Tyali, was announced as the winner of the inaugural Nation Builder Social Innovation Challenge. They came out on top, chosen from ten outstanding ideas presented at the pitching final, hosted at the Stellenbosch University LaunchLab on Wednesday evening, 13 June.... 

Swiss place efficiency at heart of post-nuclear energy strategy

By: Terence Creamer     18th June 2018 Residents taking occupation of apartments at a new mixed-use property development on the site of a decommissioned paper mill in southern Zurich, Switzerland, are all encouraged to download a neighbourhood App to their mobile devices. The social media component, which allows Greencity residents... 

Royalties to contribute A$20bn to Qld Budget in next five years

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th June 2018 The resources sector’s contribution to the Queensland state Budget is expected to soar to more than A$20-billion between now and July 2023. Total mineral royalties reached A$4.32-billion in the 2018 financial year. 

Time is of the essence for small power developers – SOLA Future Energy

14th June 2018 Small power developers that invested in securing contracts in the government’s renewable energy procurement programme, are in the dark about when their agreements will be finalized. This is according to Dominic Wills, CEO of SOLA Future Energy, who says several local companies have been forced to... 

Copper industry in crisis, new areas pursued

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     13th June 2018 The global copper industry is in crisis – traditional orebodies are becoming depleted and the commodity market has depressed the price of copper to such an extent that mining companies cannot afford to invest in expansion or new equipment, says foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie group... 

Tharisa expands its presence in Zim with acquisition of Karo stake

By: Simone Liedtke     13th June 2018 JSE-listed Tharisa has acquired a 26.8% shareholding in Karo Mining Holdings for $4.5-million. Karo Mining, in March, reached an agreement with the Zimbabwe government to establish a platinum group metals (PGM) mine, concentrators, smelters, a base metal and precious metals refinery and power... 

Coal royalties give Queensland Budget surplus a boost

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th June 2018 A record contribution from coal royalties has assisted the Queensland government in delivering a surplus of A$1.5-billion for the 2017/18 financial year – three times more than what was predicted in the mid-year fiscal and economic review forecast in December. “The Queensland economy continues... 

Winch Energy and iWayAfrica Partner to launch The Winch Hub® to Accelerate Energy and Internet Access into Rural Areas of Uganda

11th June 2018 Winch Energy is a global off-grid renewable energy operator and technology integrator, providing turnkey remote power and communication solutions for rural communities iWayAfrica is a leading African ISP, offering pan-regional connectivity solutions over satellite, fibre and wireless access networks 

South Australian miners to buy electricity in bulk to cut power bill

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th June 2018 A consortium of South Australian mining companies have awarded an eight-year supply contract to a renewable energy retailer, as part of their joint efforts to cut energy costs. The South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy (Sacome) in 2016 masterminded the consortium in the face of soaring... 

Energy discussion must be resolved soonest to spur economic transformation – Dr Yves Guenon

By: Nadine James     8th June 2018 Certainty, particularly around South Africa’s future baseload energy supply must be achieved in the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), in order to ensure supply security, which will, in turn, stimulate investment and economic transformation, Izibani consultancy founder and French South African... 

Interwaste uses innovation to convert waste into energy

By: Donald Makhafola     8th June 2018 Waste management company Interwaste is continually exploring processes and technologies to divert waste from landfills and has created a variety of methods converting waste-to-energy. Interwaste director for business development and marketing Kate Stubbs says the first way to get value out of... 

Industry pursuing better management of energy use

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     8th June 2018 There has been a growing trend among South African manufacturing plants to pursue energy reduction and manage its use better, says energy training services provider the Energy Training Foundation (EnTF) training manager Yolanda de Lange. She explains that significant hikes in electricity rates... 

Energy efficiency could massively reduce global carbon emissions

8th June 2018 Renewable energy and energy efficiency are the cornerstone of the world’s solution to energy-related carbon emissions, and can provide over 90% of the energy-related carbon emission reductions required to keep global temperature rise to 2 °C above pre-industrial levels, says International... 

Zest to enter renewables market

By: Shannon de Ryhove     8th June 2018 Local manufacturer of large electrical equipment and supplier of motors, drives and switchgear Zest WEG Group Africa has announced exclusively to Engineering News that it has recently restructured its business to include the renewable-energy industry. This move is strategically aligned with the... 

Policy posers 

By: Terence Creamer     8th June 2018 South African energy policymakers would be well advised to take note a few recent reports as they move to finalise the long-awaited update to the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity, as well as the Integrated Energy Plan (IEP). The first of these is titled ‘Status of Power System... 

Kruisvallei small hydroelectric plant, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     8th June 2018 Building Energy plans to build a hydroelectric plant that will generate about 68 GWh/y of energy. 

Engineering Optimal Energy Solutions For Africa

5th June 2018 Zest WEG Group combines its local manufacturing capability with WEG’s range of world class products to engineer energy solutions for customers around Africa, according to the group’s integrated solutions executive, Alastair Gerrard. Gerrard also emphasises Zest WEG Group’s extensive network of... 

Another two South African wind projects reach financial close

By: Terence Creamer     5th June 2018 A further two South African wind farms, with a combined investment value of R6.6-billion, have reached financial close following the signing of agreements for 27 renewable-energy projects on April 4. Global wind and solar company Mainstream Renewable Power announced on Tuesday that construction... 

Record amount of renewable energy installed in 2017 - research

By: Reuters     4th June 2018 A record amount of renewable power capacity was installed worldwide last year as the cost of wind and solar became even more competitive with fossil fuels, research by renewables policy organisation REN21 showed. Renewable power generation capacity had its largest annual increase yet in 2017,... 

Govt speaking with one voice on township economy

By: Sydney Majoko     1st June 2018 For a long time, successive governments in this country have struggled to characterised the township economy. It is not that they did not acknowledge the existence of the township economy; the reason is that this economy was not recognised as a standalone econopmy towards which funds could be... 

South Africa to release new-look renewables bid window in November

By: Terence Creamer     1st June 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe announced on Friday that South Africa would launch a fifth Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) bid window in November with the aim of procuring a further 1 800 MW of renewable energy from independent power producers (IPPs).... 

Tribology talk addresses abundant wear challenges

By: Melissa Zisengwe     1st June 2018 Last month, bearings and bushings manufacturer Vesconite Bearings chairperson Dr Jean-Patrick Leger presented a talk on the adventures and challenges in overcoming wear in different industries at the South African Institute of Tribology in Sandton, Gauteng. Of the presentation, ‘Adventures in... 

Small modular reactors offer promise, but face major challenges

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st June 2018 Worldwide, there is significant interest in the development of small and medium modular reactors (SMRs). “At the moment there are 11 countries developing about 50 SMR designs and four units are under construction or have a certified design,” said University of Pretoria Mechanical and Aeronautical... 

Roggeveld Wind Farm, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     1st June 2018 Local installation work at the project is expected to start in 2019. 

Qld calls for public opinion on old mines

By: Esmarie Iannucci     31st May 2018 The Queensland government has released the Abandoned Mines discussion paper, calling on public input on how to manage old mine sites. Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham noted that from the gold rush of the late 1800s to the earliest days of coal, zinc, copper and lead, Queensland has a rich mining... 

Coal industry should ensure that it does not lower air quality to avoid silicosis repeat

By: Martin Creamer     30th May 2018 South Africa’s coal industry should ensure that it does not lower air quality to avoid ending up in the same litigious space as the gold mining sector with silicosis. Earlier this month, a class action settlement was reached with thousands of mineworkers suffering from silicosis and/or... 

Umoya study affirms social benefits of renewable energy IPPs 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th May 2018 A social impact study done by infrastructure investment managers Umoya Energy has found that the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPP) is effective in delivering on social benefits through meaningful initiatives.  

Careful selection and specification unlocks the potential of smart sensors in industrial motion control

28th May 2018 Franck Roussillon, Product Manager for Actuators, Pneumatic Division Europe, Parker Hannifin Corporation. The term ‘smart sensor’ has been much used in recent years to describe a new breed of sensor that helps facilitate the manufacturing sector’s shift to Industry 4.0 ideology. While many might... 

Africa50, Green Climate Fund, and AfDB to Develop Solar Projects in the Sahel through the Desert to Power Program

28th May 2018 On the margins of the African Development Bank annual meetings, the heads of Africa50, the Green Climate Fund (GCF), and the African Development Bank (AfDB) signed an agreement to collaborate on the Desert to Power Program for solar projects in the Sahel. Alain Ebobisse, CEO of Africa50 stressed... 

DHYBRID partners with QOS Energy to monitor PV hybrid and energy storage off-grid plants

28th May 2018 DHYBRID, the leading German solution provider for PV hybrid, energy storage and smart-grid projects, has announced its partnership with QOS Energy, the data intelligence cloud specialist, to monitor PV hybrid and energy storage plants. DHYBRID will benefit from the versatility of QOS Energy’s... 

Steenkampskraal BFS to be finalised in 6 to 12 months

By: Anine Kilian     25th May 2018 A bankable feasibility study (BFS) on the Steenkampskraal rare earths mine, in the Western Cape, will be concluded in the next 6 to 12 months, says Steenkampskraal Holdings chairperson Trevor Blench. The mine is one of the highest-grade rare earth and thorium mines in the world, with average... 

Xina Solar One parabolic trough plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     25th May 2018 Xina Solar One was officially launched on May 18 this year. 

Ngodwana biomass project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     25th May 2018 The project involves the construction of a 25 MW woodchip biomass plant.  

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