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Aircon sector in price squeeze

28th September 2001 The commercial air-conditioning industry is in dire straits as a result clients opting for the cheapest bidder rather than the company that can delivery the best quality. 

Development of renewable energy

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     21st September 2001 This column is about the above, but before we get into the topic per se, I would like to tell a true tale from the crypt. 

Energy-efficient housing concept takes off

By: Irma Venter     24th August 2001 An innovative eco-housing project has proved so successful in the small town of Kutlwanong, in the Northern Cape, that the concept is now being extended to South African and beyond. 

Bananas, beer, Table Mountain and science

By: Kelvin Kemm     24th August 2001 Sony has copyrighted George Michael’s music all over the world, but just to cover all eventualities they have also copyrighted it for sales on the moon and all the planets of our Solar System. 

Solar could be cheaper in future

17th August 2001 In the wake of alarming news from Eskom that electricity tariffs could possibly increase by as much as 40% to 50% nation-wide over the next few years, more light is being shed on alternative energy solutions. 

Solar energy solution developed

By: Irma Venter     17th August 2001 Black empowerment company Suntracker Dome has developed an innovative solution in the field of solar energy. 

Solar energy solution developed

10th August 2001 Black empowerment company Suntracker Dome has developed an innovative solution in the field of solar energy. 

Energy Bill to be tabled in 2002

By: Irma Venter     3rd August 2001 The first draft of the new Energy Bill will be on the table by next year, Minerals and Energy Minister Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka tells Engineering News. 

Hot price for big N Cape sun chimney

By: Irma Venter     27th July 2001 The environmental impact assessment (EIA) and feasibility study for Eskom’s project in the Northern Cape to generate electricity using energy from the sun started this month. 

Water to the people with help from the sun

27th July 2001 A South African-developed solar-powered water pumping system will provide clean drinking water to rural communities and help fill water holes in rural and wildlife conservation areas. 

Big gas search on in Saudi Arabia

20th July 2001 UK-based BP energy group is to take a significant stake in a search to find and develop gas reserves in an area of more than 100 000 km2 in eastern Saudi Arabia. 

There's power in wave power

20th July 2001 Eskom shouldn’t build experimental wind farms, build some real working ones! 


13th July 2001 NOTE: Some contracts may be too late to tender. They are published here for pursuit by subsuppliers only. 

Old telescope gets

By: Irma Venter     29th June 2001 The 110-year-old Boyden telescope, in the Free State, will map the stars with new vigour once a R1,7-million project involving the upgrading of the telescope, and collaborative research and educational programmes between the University of the Free State, and three US institutions is completed. 

Aluminium an indispensable metal

22nd June 2001 Aerrplanes, cars, cookware, even construction. Aluminium forms an integral part of modern living. 

New application for ‘solar hose’

By: Irma Venter     15th June 2001 A South African solar water heating company hopes to win a half-a-million rand contract in a neighbouring country for an old product that is proving valuable in a new application. 

New technology in ‘1-litre’ solar house

15th June 2001 Recent oil price hikes have again focused the attention on the need for alternative energy sources. Solar energy is one such resource that has increased its share of the energy market considerably over the last few decades. 

French show boosts SA composites

14th June 2001 Five South African companies exhibiting under the banner of the South African Composites Industries at the world?s largest composite show (the JEC) in Paris, have had tremendous success with the number of enquiries and interest generated in South African technology. 

Start of construction imminent

By: System Author     8th December 2000 Coega project 

The nanometre – the final frontier

By: System Author     1st December 2000 Nanotechnology promises to have a profound impact on our economy and society in the coming decades, perhaps comparable to that of information technology. 

New mobile water

By: System Author     10th November 2000 Environmental protection 

Hydrogen and fuel-cells – the latest

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 Developments to Watch 

The future is your business

By: System Author     13th October 2000 Tech Track 

Small power goes big

By: System Author     29th September 2000 Developments to Watch 

Kalahari experiments with 100 MW solar innovation

By: System Author     15th September 2000 If, on a visit to the Kalahari desert in the future, one were to stumble upon a large field of brilliant mirrors, rest assured that this is no mirage, but the energy-generation plant of the future. 

Improving markets through innovation

By: System Author     25th August 2000 An international research contract, valued at R4,3-million, has been awarded to CSIR by non-profit research body International Lead and Zinc Research Organisation. 

Innovative speed-control method

By: System Author     18th August 2000 A new method of speed control, which can act as a gear system, has been developed by London company Scram Technologies. 

Fish keep eye on water

By: System Author     11th August 2000 Hitech Briefs 

Pyramid-Bushveld JV mooted

By: System Author     4th August 2000 A leading Egyptian businessman has proposed the creation of a South African/ Egyptian joint venture company to promote two-way trade between the two countries. 

Company increases stake in alternative energy

By: System Author     4th August 2000 Non-grid power 

Lighting the streets of South Africa

By: System Author     4th August 2000 Non-grid power 

Power: it’s coal for the next 50 years

By: System Author     21st July 2000 The monolithic electricity utility structure prevalent throughout the world is becoming extinct and, instead, is evolving into that of a commercial enterprise which proffers a diverse range of services, ranging from heating, cooling, lighting, and transportation, to telecommunications. 

The Reds a rip-off

By: System Author     14th July 2000 Electrically Speaking 

African solution is showcased

By: System Author     7th July 2000 Housing the nation 

Water pump for Africa

By: System Author     30th June 2000 Newly-formed company Free Water Initiatives, of Midrand, Gauteng, is set to launch a free-flow suction water pump on the local market, which is believed will help uplift rural society life in Africa and other Third World countries. 

Worshipping the Sun

By: System Author     23rd June 2000 Tech Track 

Solar cookers manufactured in SA

By: System Author     16th June 2000 Composites 

Electricity-intensive investment, countrywide

By: System Author     9th June 2000 Eskom’s industrial electricity prices are among the lowest in the world and create an attractive incentive for electricity-intensive enterprises to locate to South Africa. 

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