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New SA satellite project unveiled

By: Keith Campbell     13th September 2002 SOUTH Africa’s specialist space systems company, Sun Space and Information Systems (SunSpace) will next week unveil its new micro-satellite, the SunSpace-180. 

Taking the hot air out of ‘sustainable development’

By: Kelvin Kemm     13th September 2002 I was involved in the environmental World Summit on Sustainable Development. In halls and on street corners, people from diverse backgrounds and countries held forth on all sorts of topics. The output ranged from real good sense to total garbage and nonsense. 

Intelligent sealing, glass developed for buildings

By: Karel Smrcka     13th September 2002 Water seeping into the basement is often the result of leaky cable or drain transitions and of house lead-ins for gas and water. 

Coal can also be clean – utility

By: Zonika Botha     6th September 2002 The need to develop cleaner and more efficient fossil-fuel technologies and increasing the availability of renewable-energy resources is recognised globally. 

SA firm punts microsatellite for Africa

By: Keith Campbell     6th September 2002 SA specialist microsatellite company SunSpace has launched proposal for an African Resource Management micro-satellite constellation. 

Mixed views in summit postmortem

5th September 2002 As the remaining delegates left the Earth Summit today, many wondered if they had just experienced the last-ever global mega-conference. 

Energy hurdle cleared, Joburg Summit deal in sight

3rd September 2002 Only the divisive issue of women's health stood in the way of a global agreement on slashing poverty and mending the planet as the Earth Summit enters its penultimate day today. 

Venture fund proposed for solar projects

29th August 2002 American elected officials and Green Cross representatives are to call for the establishment of a Solar Venture Fund by delegates of the World Summit on Sustainable Development. 

SA releases renewable-energy policy

By: Martin Czernowalow     27th August 2002 The Department of Minerals and Energy last week released the draft White Paper on the promotion of renewable energy. 

Cape wind farm begins producing

26th August 2002 In a sub-Saharan African first, the blades of South Africa's first modern wind turbine started turning this week. 

State sets renewable energy targets

By: Deborah Spicer     23rd August 2002 While the difficulty of setting renewable-energy targets has been demonstrated by talks leading up to the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), different levels of government in South Africa have begun to propose targets for the portion of total energy use that should come from... 

Summit organisers tilting at windmills

By: Kelvin Kemm     16th August 2002 Something that really irritates me is when someone twists science. It irritates me even more when that twisting is done to con the public. 

Green energy investors conference planned

By: Zonika Botha     16th August 2002 The Cape Town-based green energy service company, Agama Energy, is planning to host an international investors’ conference in South Africa next year to help facilitate the introduction of green energy into the energy supply industry (ESI). 

Irrigation system offers new hope to arid regions

By: candice haase     16th August 2002 In a joint-venture agreement with Driwater of the US, Professional Irrigation Agencies (PIA), a Western Cape-based company, hopes to introduce the American company’s time-release water system to the local market. 

Joburg wants green summit, UN wants it lean

7th August 2002 World Summit organisers in Johannesburg hope to paint the town green this month and avoid the mountains of waste that such gatherings usually generate. 

Rural communities still to embrace solar stove

By: vanessa vasques     2nd August 2002 Imagine buying a fully operational stove for under R200. Not many of us could even fathom such a thing, but even more unthinkable is the fact that the manufacturer is trying its best to keep the cost of the stove even lower than this, and yet so few people are using them, especially those for... 

African green-energy zones promoted

By: vanessa vasques     2nd August 2002 The Utility Initiative for Africa is a renewable energy project currently being undertaken by the International Solar Energy Society (ISES). 

Renewable energy targets disappointing

By: vanessa vasques     2nd August 2002 Representing the sustainable energy sector locally, the Sustainable Energy Society of Southern Africa (Sessa) believes there are a number of issues within this industry which need to be highlighted, the least of which is the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD). 

Hydrological measurement firm celebrates 130 years

26th July 2002 The company OTT Messtechnik & Co. in Germany is celebrating it's 129th anniversary this year, proving it's commitment as a supplier of quality hydrological instruments worldwide. 

Zambia sets electrification target

19th July 2002 ZAMBIA – Half of the Zambian population will have access to the national electricity grid by 2010, in terms of a target the country’s government has set for itself. 

Green energy plan for Joburg summit

By: Zonika Botha     18th July 2002 A Cape Town-based green energy service company will be facilitating a pilot project under the auspices of the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism to supply green electricity to two of the venues – the Ubuntu Village and the Expo Centre – at next month’s World Summit... 

Solar-energy dish goes up in Midrand

By: Irma Venter     12th July 2002 Power utility Eskom has given one step further to solar energy with the arrival of an 18-m high solar dish from the US. 

UN calls for ‘green’ growth in Africa

8th July 2002 Africans are likely to suffer increasing pollution, ill-health and loss of farmland unless the continent adopts "clean" technologies and the world does more to fight global warming, the United Nations said on Thursday. 

Sun puts sparkle in dirty water

By: Karel Smrcka     5th July 2002 An aerating device originally designed to revive a dying trout farm in the UK is finding many applications around the globe, including use alongside conventional equipment in cleaning major spills and pollutants from decommissioned oil rigs. 

A braai on Mars?

By: Kelvin Kemm     14th June 2002 The times they are a’changing! Dramatic news has raced across the dark expanse of space! Huge volumes of water have been discovered on Mars! 

Chinese to build Uganda solar plant

10th June 2002 A Chinese solar company, Shenzhen Topway Solar, is planning the commissioning of a $500 000 solar assembly plant in Uganda. 

S African gov powers SADC rural electrification plans

By: nkolola halwindi     7th June 2002 Thus far, the Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) has invested about R84-million, with an additional EUR15,9-million received as a grant, into renewable energy projects. 

Gas: Africa's forgotten energy source

By: nkolola halwindi     7th June 2002 Africa has one of the lowest energy consumption rates in the world, with only about 10% of its population having access to electrical energy. 

SA's first wind farm to get going in Sept

6th June 2002 The first phase of South Africa’s only wind farm will be operational by September. Situated on the Windhoek Farm in Darling, in the Western Cape, the 10 MW demonstration wind farm will commission its first 5 MW phase after a feasibility study was completed last month. 

Solar power biggest in 2050

By: Karel Smrcka     24th May 2002 In the US, Europe and to a lesser extent, Asia, manufacturers of solar cells, wind turbines, fuel-cells and microturbines are reporting booming sales. 

Morocco in solar power deal

23rd May 2002 A French consortium has won a $11,97-million contract to supply 16 000 Moroccan homes with solar power panels to generate electricity, consortium leader TotalFinaElf said. 

SA business shows keen interest in fuel-cell developments

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     20th May 2002 These days, hardly a week passes without one company or another announcing advances in fuel-cell technology. 

SA business shows keen interest in fuel-cell developments

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     17th May 2002 These days, a week hardly passes without one company or another announcing advances in fuel-cell technology. 

State support for alternative diesel

By: Deborah Spicer     17th May 2002 Government departments are collectively showing their support for alternative diesel fuels after Finance Minister Trevor Manuel raised the issue in his budget speech earlier this year. 

Power electronics firm reports 11% rise in turnover

8th May 2002 One of the largest power electronics groups, Power Technologies, a member of the Altron Group and in Southern Africa, has reported a pleasing set of results with an increase in turnover from operations of 11,5% to R3,7-billion (R3,4-billion) for the year ended February 28. 

Power utiity tests non-grid solar solution in Gauteng

By: Irma Venter     26th April 2002 An 18-m-high solar dish will capture the attention of motorists on the N1 in July as Eskom, in partnership with the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), install the 25 kW system on the bank’s property next to the Ben Schoeman highway between Johannesburg and Pretoria. 

New water-supply system to challenge windmills

26th April 2002 A new cost-competitive solution driven by renewable energy sources to the world water supply market has been introduced by Grundfos, of Johannesburg. 

Solar water pump launched following Australian/SA JV

By: nkolola halwindi     26th April 2002 Through a joint venture with Australian-based pumps company Magnetic Gearing and Turbine (MGT), Boksburg castings company Rely Precision Castings, a division of Allied Productions Industries (API), has launched the MGT-50 solar water pump for use in the agricultural industry and in remote areas. 

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