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Industry growth demands maintenance skills

By: Tracy Hancock     26th October 2018 With the growth in wind energy utilities, the demand to install, repair and maintain such facilities in Africa, including South Africa, is on the rise, says Knowledge Pele (KP) Academy head Richard Setati. He tells Engineering News that many reports and commentators attest to the overall growth... 

Blockchain can facilitate development of communal lands

By: Schalk Burger     10th August 2018 Blockchain systems can provide a trusted registry of property ownership in communal lands, which can facilitate their development into productive assets, says Zimbabwean former commercial farmer and former chairman of the National Association of Dairy Farmers Dave Conolly. Conolly is researching... 

Demand rising for funding for grid-tied renewables

By: Schalk Burger     8th June 2018 Financing to build renewable-energy systems for use by businesses in South Africa is growing, with many projects showing good financial viability and return on investment, says financial institution Absa renewable-energy head Justin Schmidt. The return on investment for well-designed energy... 

Pros of on-site solar PV systems

By: Schalk Burger     2nd March 2018 On-site solar photovoltaic (PV) renewable-energy systems serve as effective and cost-effective ways for companies to become familiar with the correct application of renewable generation to reduce energy costs, says South African information and communication technology company Sizwe IT Group... 

Emerging markets using latest energy technologies to improve competitiveness

By: Schalk Burger     26th January 2018 With the advent of new energy generation, storage and management technologies, developing country companies are using the capabilities of new integrated microgrid systems to improve their efficiency and lower costs, says electrical equipment and services multinational ABB Asia, Middle East and... 

WWF-SA welcomes South Africa’s ratification of Paris agreement

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd November 2016 Environmental preservation organisation World Wide Fund for Nature – South Africa (WWF-SA) has welcomed South Africa’s ratification of the milestone Paris agreement reached at the twenty-first Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).... 

Telecoms group launches solar car park at Centurion campus

By: Dylan Slater     3rd June 2016 Telecommunications company Telkom completed Phase 1 of a three-phase, 3 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) installation as part of a new parking lot for staff members at its Centurion headquarters, Telkom Park campus, last month.  

Electrolysers efficient energy alternative in sugar industry

25th March 2016 With electrolyser proving to be an efficient source of energy in the sugar industry, Tshwane-based specialised engineering company RTS Africa Engineering believes that the use of hydrogen in electrolysers is potentially the energy carrier of the future. Electrolysis is the process of splitting... 

New nuclear lacks a business case for South Africa – Lovins 

By: Terence Creamer     13th January 2016 New nuclear power lacks a business case for South Africa, the chief scientist at the American-based Rocky Mountain Institute argues in a strident opinion piece published in the Business Day. In the article, Amory Lovins, who is a strong advocate of energy efficiency and renewable energy,... 

Nuclear advocate urges South Africa to consider emerging reactor designs 

By: Terence Creamer     5th November 2015 Independent nuclear expert Tom Blees, who is president of US-based nongovernmental organisation the Science Council for Global Initiatives, believes that the South African government should leave room in its procurement programme for emerging reactor designs, rather than committing the full 9 600... 

Energy storage seen as having key role in complex electricity ecosystems 

By: Schalk Burger     2nd October 2015 Energy storage systems have a key role to play in smoothing electricity consumption in South Africa because such systems can reduce peak demand, enable broader and more efficient use of alternative energy and renewable-energy systems, as well as enable more efficient use of existing capacity.... 

Energy storage seen as having key role in complex electricity ecosystems

By: Schalk Burger     2nd October 2015 Energy storage systems have a key role to play in smoothing electricity consumption in South Africa because it can reduce peak demand, enable broader and more efficient use of alternative energy and renewable-energy systems, as well as enable more efficient use of existing capacity. This is the... 

Robben Island’s renewables makeover part of bigger going-green strategy 

By: Anine Kilian     18th September 2015 To improve the sustainability of tourism in South Africa, the Department of Tourism has included renewable-energy technology in the retrofitting of key tourist attractions and State-owned destinations in the pilot phase of a Tourism Incentive Programme (TIP), which will be carried out over the... 

Robben Island’s renewables makeover part of bigger going-green strategy 

By: Anine Kilian     18th September 2015 To improve the sustainability of tourism in South Africa, the Department of Tourism has included renewable-energy technology in the retrofitting of key tourist attractions and State-owned destinations in the pilot phase of a Tourism Incentive Programme (TIP), which will be carried out over the... 

NEC Africa, XON tie-up to boost their African growth

By: Schalk Burger     22nd July 2015 Japanese networking and information and communication technologies provider NEC’s subsidiary NEC Africa has conducted a share-exchange deal with local Internet Protocol (IP), advanced networking and security solutions company XON. The deal would strengthen both companies’ IP and networking... 

South African company makes strides in energy storage

5th June 2015 Local electrical storage solutions provider Leaper Innovate Green Energies (LIGE) was last month awarded the 2015 World Wildlife Federation Climate Solver award for its Eco-mc2 compressed air energy storage technology. 

Megawatt Park grid-tied solar photovoltaic system, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     17th May 2013 The project involves the installation of a solar photovoltaic system on the roof of State-owned electricity provider Eskom’s Megawatt Park head office in Gauteng. 

Romano Group awarded Megawatt Park PV project

By: Natalie Greve     17th April 2013 Solar photovoltaic (PV) systems integrator Romano Group has been awarded the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for a 360 kWp grid-tied solar PV system to be installed on the roof of Eskom’s Megawatt Park head office, in Johannesburg. This was the first project of several... 

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