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CSP projects boost South Africa’s green economy

By: Anine Kilian     Updated 5 hours ago Global private engineering company Sener believes the 50 MW Bokpoort concentrated solar power (CSP) plant, together with the 100 MW Ilanga and 100 MW Kathu CSP plants, will significantly contribute to South Africa’s green economy. Sener is the engineering, procurement and construction partner on... 

Coal India wins tax-cut boost as environmentalists fret

By: Reuters     25th May 2017 State-run Coal India Ltd , saddled with millions of tonnes of unsold coal, is expected to be the biggest beneficiary of a controversial government decision to more than halve the sales tax on the fuel after a jump in local supplies. The world's third-largest greenhouse gas emitting country said... 

Côte d'Ivoire to build 25 MW solar power station

By: Reuters     25th May 2017 Côte d'Ivoire plans to build a 25 MW solar power plant in the north of the country as it seeks to bolster a strained power grid with renewables, a government spokesman said on Wednesday. The 23.6-billion CFA franc ($40-million) plant will be built by Korhogo Solaire, a subsidiary of Morocco's... 

Opinion: PBMRs could be built in old power stations due to be decommissioned

     25th May 2017 The African Utility week saw an important and welcome announcement. Eskom’s Chief nuclear officer revealed that Eskom was reconsidering the Pebble Bed Modular reactor (PBMR). For whatever reason, work on this ground-breaking project was stopped by the South African Government in 2010. The latest... 

Builders Warehouse launches its first store featuring renewable energy

By: Anine Kilian     22nd May 2017 The North Riding-based Builders Warehouse, which forms part of the Builders Warehouse chain of stores owned by management company Massmart, has installed a 126 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant, which comprises 400 roof-mounted polycrystalline PV panels. The plant will provide 70% of the store’s... 

Move over Tesla, Europe's building its own battery gigafactories

By: Bloomberg     22nd May 2017 Battery-making gigafactories are about to arrive in Europe, challenging a lead Tesla is building at a plant in Nevada and opening the way for a quicker shift toward green power for both cars and utilities. German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday is scheduled to break ground at a €500 million... 

US awards grant to SA renewable energy company

By: African News Agency      19th May 2017 The US Trade and Development Agency has awarded a grant to Pele Green Energy, a South African independent power developer based in Johannesburg. Wednesday’s grant funds a feasibility study to assess the viability of a 75 MW solar photovoltaic power plant in the Free State province of South... 

Bir Rebaa North solar photovoltaic project, Algeria

By: Sheila Barradas     19th May 2017 The project involves the construction of a 19 MW solar plant. 

Engine solar photovoltaic hybrid power plant project, Burkina Faso

By: Sheila Barradas     19th May 2017 The project entails the construction of a 15 MWp solar power plant. 

From incandescent light bulbs to laser lights

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     19th May 2017 The incandescent light bulb, rated at about 60 W, is one we all know and which endeared for about 130 years. Along the way had been invented various other types of light: gas-discharge lamps (such as streetlights) fluorescent lamps, metal halide lamps, and so on. But, for a very long time, basic... 

Industry leaders warn of loss in investments in renewables sector

By: Johane Turkstra     19th May 2017 Following State-owned power utility Eskom’s decision last year not to sign a number of contracts with independent power producers (IPP) and the delay in doing so since, industry leaders are warning that a loss in investments in the renewables sector could lead to a severe plateau in... 

Millions invested in renewables, research excellence

     19th May 2017 Last month, State-owned power utility Eskom says over an extended period of time, funded research work done by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Stellenbosch University has ostensibly benefited research in the renewables space. “Eskom’s unique role in driving... 

New water-heating solutions provider unveils product offering

By: David Oliveira     19th May 2017 South Africa has a new entrant into the commercial, industrial and residential water-heating market following the April 2017 launch of water-heating solutions provider HydraTherm’s own basket of water-heating products, which aims to significantly reduce consumer’s electricity costs relating to... 

No, we can’t run the country on solar or wind

By: Kelvin Kemm     19th May 2017 I happened to pick up a South African magazine with this glaring headline: “One solar plant powers 30 000 homes.”  I then read the story. So, let us look at this. Firstly, let me say that I am not antisolar or antiwind. Contrary to claims made by others, I am not against these renewable options... 

Villanueva solar photovoltaic plant project, Mexico

By: Sheila Barradas     19th May 2017 Villanueva is the largest photovoltaic facility under construction in the Americas. 

Young innovative entrepreneurs offer renewable-energy solutions

By: Johane Turkstra     19th May 2017 State-owned power utility Eskom’s Development Foundation’s yearly Business Investment Competition (BIC) continues to discover businesses bringing about positive socioeconomic changes to the benefit of communities and the country. The latest such business is solar energy company Lamo Solar, which... 

INDUTEC 2017 Day 2 – Why moves toward water security offer huge opportunities for innovative suppliers

     18th May 2017 Pump, valves and pipes manufacturers exhibiting in Johannesburg are told their products are vital to the future water supply that will drive economic growth The conference agenda set the tone for the second day of INDUTEC  2017 in Johannesburg today as the preservation of this vital resource... 

South African selected as finalist for Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th May 2017 South African rocket scientist Andre Nel has been selected as a finalist in the UK’s Royal Academy of Engineering Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation. Nel invented a hybrid, solar microgrid solution, the GreenTower Microgrid, which uses 90% less energy to heat water. 

African countries look to minigrids to light up rural areas

By: Kim Cloete     17th May 2017 African countries are increasingly looking towards minigrids to provide people living in remote areas access to electricity. Government officials from Ghana, Uganda and Nigeria have told delegates at the African Utility Week, in Cape Town, this week, that minigrids are the way to go for many... 

World Bank cautions African utilities against mounting debt 

By: Kim Cloete     17th May 2017 A survey undertaken by the World Bank has shown that less than half of the utilities in sub-Saharan Africa are able to cover their operating expenditures and that several countries lose in excess of $0.25 for every kilowatt-hour that gets sold.  The sobering assessment of the financial health of... 

Miners increase green energy use to power their pits

By: Reuters     16th May 2017 Major mining companies, including some of the world's biggest suppliers of fossil fuel, are seeking to use more renewable energy themselves as they strive to drive down costs and curb emissions. Glencore, the world's biggest shipper of seaborne coal, said in Tuesday's 2017 sustainability report... 

Coal India makes supply agreements more flexible

By: Ajoy K Das     16th May 2017 India’s largest coal miner, Coal India Limited (CIL), has loosened restrictions on its fuel supply agreements (FSAs) with provincial- and central government-owned thermal power companies. The more flexible FSAs allow companies to swap coal allocated between power stations and will enable power... 

SolarWorld insolvency won't impact on German lithium project – Bacanora

By: Mariaan Webb     15th May 2017 Lithium exploration and development company Baconora has expressed its confidence in the Zinnwald project, in Germany, after its 50% partner, SolarWorld AG, announced its intention to file for bankruptcy protection. TSX-V and Aim-listed Baconora in February signed an agreement with SolarWorld to... 

Why the future of Africa’s water and oil sectors is a key focus of INDUTEC 2017

     15th May 2017 From pumping systems designed in a 3D virtual world to the world’s biggest pipe producer – for three days this week Johannesburg is home to cutting edge innovation. Africa’s leading industrial technology and supply expo INDUTEC 2017 opens its doors at 10am on Wednesday (May 17). INDUTEC is also... 

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... 

High-level support for innovative agrosolar greenhouse concept

By: Mia Breytenbach     12th May 2017 The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) has pledged its support for the SUNfarming Food & Energy project run by North-West University (NWU), in Potchefstroom, in the North West province, which promotes the growing of and provides an opportunity to grow affordable and... 

K-1 solar photovoltaic project, Nigeria

By: Sheila Barradas     12th May 2017 The project aims to strengthen northern Nigeria's electricity network. 

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.  

Nuclear is too expensive, too controversial

By: Nadine James     12th May 2017 Implementing a nuclear build programme in South Africa would be extremely difficult because of the associated expenses as well as the controversy surrounding nuclear power, says financial services company Thomson Reuters. “Globally, government decisions regarding nuclear programmes are delayed... 

Robust pump delivers water on dry days

     12th May 2017 Pump manufacturer Franklin Electric has developed a rugged, high-output solar-powered pumping system which solves the challenges presented by harsh and remote environments, providing pumping power on dry days when water is needed most. 

South African solar firm in 50 MW India win after intense online bidding 

By: Terence Creamer     11th May 2017 A South African solar photovoltaic (PV) project developer won the right this week to build a 50 MW solar power plant in Rajasthan, India, following an intensive competitive-bidding process. Phelan Energy Group (PEG), based in Cape Town, prevailed in an online reverse auction involving 14... 

Iamgold stock in demand as Q1 earnings excite

By: Henry Lazenby     11th May 2017 Canadian midtier miner Iamgold has significantly increased gross earnings in three months ended March, as higher output was underpinned by the Westwood mine, in Quebec, while lower costs dovetailed into higher realised prices, the company announced after market closed on Tuesday.... 

South Africa’s premier Engineering event of the year

     10th May 2017 The ECC is hosted by ESTEQ on 18 May 2017 at the CSIR ICC (International Convention Centre) in Pretoria. The ECC is fast becoming the premium event of its kind in South Africa. Industry itself showcases the exceptional work being done in Design, Simulation and Testing, through to Manufacturing... 

Successful launch of IBC SOLAR South Africa

     9th May 2017 South African regional company of the German photovoltaic system provider records initial successes in the distribution and project business. IBC SOLAR AG, a global leader in photovoltaic (PV) systems and energy storage, has been active since January in the growth market of South Africa with its... 

As droughts worsen, phones and radios lead way to water for Niger's herders

By: Reuters     9th May 2017 When Moumouni Abdoulaye and his fellow herders in western Niger used to set off on scouting missions in search of water, they feared for their livestock - and for their own lives. Unable to rely anymore on their traditional methods of predicting the weather amid increasingly erratic droughts and... 

Redefine confident of maintaining growth in future, even in uncertain environment

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th May 2017 JSE-listed Redefine Properties, which posted 7.5% distribution growth to 4.82c a share for the six months to February 28, on Monday said it was “well-poised to weather the coming storm” owing to its diversified asset platform. During a media briefing, CEO Andrew Konig outlined that the real... 

Eskom says plan to mothball power plants only a 'scenario'

By: Reuters     5th May 2017 The chairperson of State-run South African power utility Eskom said on Thursday that plans unveiled in March to decommission five coal-fired power station were not set in stone and could be shelved depending on economic growth and other factors. South Africa is diversifying its energy mix away... 

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... 

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