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Robben Island inaugurates R25m microgrid

By: Mia Breytenbach     20th October 2017 Robben Island, a World Heritage Site has gone green with the installation of a R25-million solar energy, lithium-ion battery storage microgrid that will supply almost half of the island’s yearly electricity requirement. The Department of Tourism, together with the appointed engineering,... 

Engie targets Africa with home solar acquisition

By: Reuters     20th October 2017 French gas utility Engie has bought a Ugandan home solar systems company to expand in sub-Saharan Africa by providing power to millions of people who have no access to electricity. Engie said on Thursday that it had acquired Fenix International, which sells home solar kits financed through tiny... 

Lessons from China’s solar surge

By: Terence Creamer     20th October 2017 Last year, when Eskom illegally put the brakes on the country’s hitherto successful renewables roll-out, new solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity around the world grew by 50%, reaching over 74 GW. The International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) ‘Renewables 2017’ report indicates that the record year for... 

IDC will invest in infrastructure that unlocks industrialisation

By: Keith Campbell     20th October 2017 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), South Africa’s development finance institution which exists to fund entrepreneurs and projects in the industrial sector, also seeks to use investments in infrastructure to free up industrial development opportunities. This was highlighted by IDC... 

Solar PV beats other forms of power in 2016

By: Bloomberg     20th October 2017 Solar power grew faster than any other source of fuel for the first time in 2016, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said in a report suggesting the technology will dominate renewables in the years ahead. The institution established after the first major oil crisis in 1973 said 165 gigawatts... 

Xina Solar One parabolic trough plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     20th October 2017 The Xina CSP plant has successfully completed its first month of commercial operation in October this year. 

Solar power projects, Egypt

By: Sheila Barradas     20th October 2017 The Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company hopes to increase Egypt’s power generation capacity through the construction of 11 greenfield solar power plants. 

Terrapinn events inspire and transform business.

     18th October 2017 We’ve been sparking ideas, innovations and relationships that transform business for over 30 years. Using our global footprint, we bring innovators, disrupters and change agents together. Discussing and demonstrating the technology, strategies and personalities that are changing the way the world... 

Malmström raises EU’s concern over South Africa's stance towards renewables IPPs

By: Terence Creamer     17th October 2017 European Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström confirmed on Tuesday that she had communicated the European Union’s (EU’s) unhappiness over Eskom’s refusal to enter into contracts with renewable-energy independent power producers (IPPs), some of which are European, directly with the South... 

Building Energy celebrates start of production at Uganda solar PV plant

By: Anine Kilian     16th October 2017 Independent power producer Building Energy recently inaugurated the 10 MW Tororo solar plant – its first photovoltaic (PV) system in Uganda and one of the largest solar PV plants in Eastern Africa. Building Energy was responsible for the development of the project, arranging the financing, as... 

Sending right economic signals key to integration of distributed energy resources

By: Terence Creamer     16th October 2017 The transition from centralised electricity systems to ones that increasingly comprise both large-scale centralised resources and distributed energy resources (DERs) is under way globally. However, to successfully manage the shift will depend substantially on sending the right economic signals, a... 

Identifying New Energy Markets In Africa

     16th October 2017 The population in Africa is growing with an expected 6% annual increase in demand for electricity, but the deficit in access to energy in Africa is a severe constraint to growth, development and productivity - on a scale that restricts Africa’s ability to compete effectively in the global... 

Warning that Cape Town's water outages could cause solar water geysers to 'explode'

By: News24Wire      13th October 2017 Water outages to preselected suburbs by the City of Cape Town could lead to solar water geysers "exploding", an electrical and electronic engineer warned on Thursday. The City on Monday announced that Phase One of its Critical Water Shortages Disaster Plan came into effect which would cause water... 

Italian manufacturer remains committed to quality

By: Robyn Wilkinson     13th October 2017 Despite growing competition in the South African geyser market and the generally depressed economic state of the country, global thermic comfort solutions provider Ariston Thermo Group has continued to achieve constant growth in the local market because of its high-quality products, says Ariston... 

Pan-European bank celebrates 45 years in SA

By: Robyn Wilkinson     13th October 2017 Pan-European banking and financial services provider UniCredit will celebrate 45 years of successful service in South Africa this year, having provided support for European companies entering African markets from its Johannesburg-based representative office since 1972. 

SOLAR WINDFALL

     13th October 2017 Saudi Arabia has received an offer to supply solar electricity for the cheapest price ever recorded. Bloomberg reports that Abu Dhabi’s Masdar and Electricite de France bid to supply power from a 300 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant for as little as US1.79c/KWh. If awarded, that would beat the... 

Hybrid solar systems punted as the way forward for sub-Saharan Africa mines

By: Dylan Slater     13th October 2017 Factors such as limited and unreliable energy transmission and distribution grids, across many countries in sub-Saharan Africa, have created a dependency among large industrial and mining houses on diesel and heavy fuel oil (HFO) to provide a reliable energy supply, says renewable-energy... 

China gobbles Amazon rainforest ore to clean polluted skies

By: Bloomberg     12th October 2017 A bid by China to clean up pollution in its biggest cities and industrial towns is fueling a push to mine resource riches on the other side of the globe in the Amazon rainforest -- one of the most environmentally sensitive areas on Earth. Smog-laden skies across the world’s most-populated country... 

AB InBev focusing on its public interest commitments as it celebrates one year as megabrewer

By: Schalk Burger     11th October 2017 Brewing multinational Anheuser-Busch (AB) InBev has worked hard over the past year to meet its public interest commitments following the business combination with SAB in late 2016, SAB and AB InBev Africa zone president Ricardo Tadeu said in a statement on Wednesday. The public interest... 

Qld releases more exploration acreage

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     11th October 2017 The Queensland government will release more than 19 000 km2 of land for gas exploration as part of its annual exploration programme, Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said on Wednesday. The gas generated from these exploration tenements will be used to power local... 

Helmuth Ludwig, Siemens’ Global Head of Information Technology, Highlights Joint Development Projects with Bentley Systems at Year in Infrastructure 2017 Conference

     11th October 2017 Shares updates about joint development activities to advance product, production and performance “digital twins” In his keynote at Bentley’s annual event for sharing thought leadership relevant to infrastructure design, construction, and operations, Helmuth Ludwig, Global Head of Information... 

Adani signs PPA over Rugby Run solar plant

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     10th October 2017 Indian major Adani has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) over its planned Rugby Run solar plant, in Queensland. The 65 MW first stage of the solar plant is expected to cost more than A$100-million to complete, and will be built on a 600-ha block that is part of the Rugby Run grazing property. 

Africa Energy Indaba To Discuss Key Issues Facing The African Energy Sector

     9th October 2017 The 10th African Energy Indaba (AEI) will take place on 20-21st February, 2018 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa. The conference plenary session topics include: -  

Minister offers snapshot of renewables generation

By: Terence Creamer     6th October 2017 Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi reports that, as at the end of July, the combined installed generation capacity of renewable-energy independent power producers (IPPs) stood at more than 3 200 MW across 58 sites. In a reply to a Parliamentary question posed by Economic Freedom Fighters MP... 

A FIRST for renewable energy funding

     6th October 2017 Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) together with KfW Development Bank (KfW) recently closed FIRST (the Facility for Investment in Renewable Small Transactions), a fund originally structured to enable the funding of small renewable energy projects. The fund’s mandate has now been broadened following... 

Opinion: South Africa’s coal mining sector could shrink by 46% 

     6th October 2017 In this opinion article, independent economic risk consultant Rob Jeffrey argues that the mining industry and coal industry need to fight for their very future otherwise all is lost. Few people realise that future economic, political and social prosperity are at currently stake. Decisions made in... 

Manufacturer strives to meet industry demands

By: Nica Schreuder     6th October 2017 With demand for pump efficiency prevalent in the past five to ten years, industrial equipment supplier Rand Transmission South Africa (SA) has changed and aligned its product range to meet market requirements and demands. Despite Rand Transmission South Africa’s products only accounting for... 

Integrated heat pumps provide cost-effective energy efficiency

By: Nica Schreuder     6th October 2017 With the South African heat pumps market experiencing a high-growth phase, driven by the cost of energy, energy efficiency requirements for buildings, and overall cost and performance efficiency of the technology used, water heating solutions company HydraTherm has responded to the trend of wider... 

China pumps supplier to support SA business partners

     6th October 2017 China-based heat pump supplier PHNIX announced that it will deploy more market resources to support business partners in South Africa, most specifically to new water heater distributors. 

Innovative system helps control wastewater pumping

     6th October 2017 Pumps and valves producer KSB Pumps and Valves has introduced the PumpDrive variable speed system, for the effective and controlled pumping of waste water. The system has been designed specifically to overcome problems related to the pumping of waste water. Three innovative functions have been... 

Public education needed to counter antinuclear drive

By: Kelvin Kemm     6th October 2017 I recently spent a week in London, attending the World Nuclear Association (WNA) yearly symposium. I stayed on the bank of the Thames, about a kilometre from the conference venue and less than a kilometre from the Houses of Parliament.  So, each day, I walked to the conference venue. I was lucky... 

Sustainability roadmap

By: Terence Creamer     6th October 2017 Restoring good governance at Eskom is undoubtedly the most pressing priority for the State-owned utility and arguably among the top five current priorities for government itself. Absent an extraordinary recovery in the group’s credibility, the prevailing trust deficit between Eskom and society... 

IEA lifts five-year renewables forecast after record 2016

By: Reuters     4th October 2017 The International Energy Agency (IEA) has raised its forecasts for renewable energy over the next five years following a record 2016, mainly driven by a surge in solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity in China, India and the United States. In its medium-term renewables market report, the IEA expects... 

Electricity industry approaching ‘breaking point’, City Power warns 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd October 2017 Johannesburg’s electricity utility City Power is warning that the current structure of South Africa’s electricity sector is unsustainable and that, in the absence of a coherent national policy, the sector is approaching “breaking point”. Demand- and supply-side manager Paul Vermeulen says that... 

FedGroup acquires controlling stake in Emergent Energy   

     3rd October 2017 Financial services provider FedGroup has acquired a controlling stake in provider of installed solar photovoltaic commercial projects in South Africa Emergent Energy.   The acquisition is aimed at vertically integrating FedGroup's Direct Ownership investment platform into the solar energy... 

Australian Mines secures Flemington water licence

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     3rd October 2017 Metals developer Australian Mines has secured a permanent water licence for its Flemington cobalt/nickel/scandium project, in New South Wales. “Securing a permanent water allocation that will more than cover the current proposed scale and life of the operation at the Flemington project is another... 

Building a landmark solar project in Namibia: B2Gold's story

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd October 2017 B2Gold is moving forward with a landmark solar project which has significant bottom line and social license benefits for this leading gold producer. The 7 MW solar power plant is currently being installed at the company’s Otjikoto mine in Namibia with the aim of reducing the operation’s reliance... 

Opinion: Minister Kubayi’s Renewable Energy Plan: Does it signify progress or regression?

     29th September 2017 In this opinion piece, Sener regional MD Siyabonga Mbanjwa expresses the hope that both the current moratorium on new renewable-energy projects and the proposed 77c/kWh tariff cap will be reconsidered during industry consultations.  

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