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Cosatu calls for overhaul of draft IRP

By: Kim Cloete     24th October 2018 The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has rejected the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2018, calling for an overhaul. It also called for a firm commitment not to retrench workers as well as tougher, hard-hitting plans to halt looting and recover money stolen from Eskom. 

“Solar energy lighting the way for small businesses”

24th October 2018 Large shopping centres in urban hubs have been early adopters of the solar farming trend. With ample roof space and large daily energy usage, they are a perfect case study for the cost-saving benefits of solar power. However, the economic spinoffs of renewable energy are truly palpable in rural... 

Independence invests A$51m in exploration

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd October 2018 Diversified miner Independence Group will spend A$51-million on discovery expenditure in the 2019 financial year, MD and CEO Peter Bradford said on Tuesday. Speaking to the Australian Nickel conference, Bradford said that some A$33-million of this funding would go towards greenfields... 

Eskom gearing up for big grid-scale battery storage roll-out  

By: Terence Creamer     22nd October 2018 State-owned electricity utility Eskom is preparing to roll-out battery energy storage systems (BESS) across multiple sites as part of a replacement plan for the 100 MW Kiwano concentrated solar power (CSP) project initially approved as part of the $3.75-billion World Bank loan extended to the... 

International space probe en route to Mercury

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd October 2018 The joint European-Japanese twin-probe BepiColombo space mission, to the Solar System’s innermost planet, Mercury, was successfully launched from Kourou in French Guiana on Saturday. The spacecraft, built by Airbus and launched by an Ariane 5 rocket, has four main elements: the Mercury Planetary... 

The impact of solar photovoltaic technologies at the municipal level

22nd October 2018 As the costs of solar photovoltaic (PV) technologies continue to decrease and electricity prices continue to increase, a significant number of people have already invested in PV, generating their own electricity through renewable energy. The benefits to this trend in terms of carbon emissions are... 

The impact of solar photovoltaic technologies at the municipal level

22nd October 2018 As the costs of solar photovoltaic technologies continue to decrease and electricity prices continue to increase, a significant number of people have already invested in PV, generating their own electricity through renewable energy. The benefits to this trend in terms of carbon emissions are... 

FLIR Systems Announces Industry-First Deep Learning-Enabled Camera Family

22nd October 2018 FLIR Firefly Integrates Intel® Movidius™ Myriad™ 2 VPU to Enable Deep Neural Networks for On-Camera Inference  FLIR® Systems, Inc. today announced the FLIR Firefly® camera family, the industry’s first deep learning inference-enabled machine vision camera. The FLIR Firefly, which integrates the... 

Breytenbach welcomes greater certainty for renewable energy projects 

By: Kim Cloete     19th October 2018 Participants in the renewable energy sector say they are encouraged by the dedicated infrastructure team that will be set up in the Presidency, as it will give investors more certainty and confidence to back projects. “We’ve seen what the last two years of delays in the signing of renewable... 

Knowledge Pele Launches Social Impact Investments to stimulate Township, Per-Urban and Rural Economies

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th October 2018 Knowledge Pele (KP), South African research, development and advisory company, has launched its first social impact investments in the community of Touwsrivier in the Western Cape. The investments address key needs in township, peri-urban and rural communities: social infrastructure and... 

Dutch solar road proves successful, moves on to heavy traffic road trial 

By: Irma Venter     19th October 2018 A solar bike path trial in the Netherlands has exceeded all expectations, and will now be rolled out to a road with heavier traffic. The SolaRoad pilot cycle path alongside the N203 near Krommenie, in the Netherlands, was opened in October 2014. It is 90 m long and 3.5 m wide. 

IRP 2018 suffers from major failings, nuclear analyst claims

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th October 2018 South Africa's Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2018 contained serious flaws which significantly undermined confidence in its recommendations. So affirmed University of the Witwatersrand Honorary Research Fellow and South African Network for Nuclear Education, Science and Technology National... 

Carbon Tax Bill, draft IRP 2018 not aligned

19th October 2018 South Africa is in the process of developing policy instruments to mitigate climate change and ensure the least cost to the economy for future energy requirements. At the core of these environmental and economic objectives are the Draft Carbon Tax Bill (DCTB) and the Draft Integrated Resource... 

Supportive climate

By: Terence Creamer     19th October 2018 South Africans were naturally preoccupied on October 8 with whether or not Nhlanhla Nene’s offer to resign as Finance Minister would be accepted by President Cyril Ramaphosa, who subsequently appointed Tito Mboweni to the post. On that same day, however, representatives from 195 countries... 

Totana solar photovoltaic farm, Spain

By: Sheila Barradas     19th October 2018 Enel Green Power is building a 84.7 MW solar photovoltaic facility in Murcia. 

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa reaches financial close on biggest solar farm in west Africa

18th October 2018 Global law firm, Norton Rose Fulbright, has successfully closed the financing facilities on a 50MW solar PV plant in Sikasso, Mali for the first French green Independent Power Producer, Akuo Energy. The Kita solar farm is its first project to begin construction in Africa and is the largest in... 

G7 Renewable Energies expands into Mini Grid sector as decentralised generation scales up for deployment on the African continent

18th October 2018 South African energy pioneers, G7 Renewable Energies (Pty) Ltd, have expanded their portfolio by investing in RVE.SOL, a leading mini-grid development venture using renewable energy to foster decentralised electrification in Africa. RVE.SOL’s patented, pay-as-you-go system “KUDURA”, is a... 

Renewable energy industry comments on draft IRP

By: Kim Cloete     17th October 2018 The renewable energy sector in South Africa has welcomed the draft Integrated Resource Plant (IRP) 2018, but has also expressed concerns. “While the IRP forecasting is rational in its choices, it unfortunately requires us to accept some overly optimistic assumptions,” said the South African... 

Organisations raise objections to the draft IRP

By: Kim Cloete     17th October 2018 Industry bodies and organisations have welcomed aspects of the draft Integrated Resource Plan 2018 but have also raised concerns during public hearings held in Parliament on Wednesday. They are hoping that their suggestions will be included in a final plan for South Africa’s energy future. 

Calls for greater transformation in the energy industry 

By: Kim Cloete     16th October 2018 Calls for greater participation by black professionals in the energy industry were made during public hearings into the Integrated Resources Plan (IRP), held at Parliament, on Tuesday. The Black Energy Professionals Association, an organisation of black professionals that practice their trade... 

Organisations oppose coal in IRP public hearings 

By: Kim Cloete     16th October 2018 Public hearings into the Integrated Resources Plan (IRP) kicked off in Parliament on Tuesday, with several organisations voicing their concerns about the plan’s provision for new coal-fired power stations. Attorney Robyn Hugo of the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) told Parliament’s... 

AfDB to provide €229m for Rwanda electricity programme

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th October 2018 The Rwandan government has signed a €229.20-million funding agreement with the African Development Bank (AfDB) to support the country’s electricity supply improvement programme and expand access to electricity under the Scaling Up Electricity Access Program Phase II (SEAP II). This builds on... 

African renewable energy company installs 137 kWp grid-tied installation at Roman's Pizza Head Office in Centurion

16th October 2018 In an effort to decrease their carbon footprint on the environment, Roman’s Pizza Head Office in Centurion recently chose to install a PV solar plant, among other related “green” decisions. The plant is one of several actions they are implementing to do their part to conserve the environment. In... 

CSIR seeks municipal partners for energy master plan pilot project 

By: Terence Creamer     16th October 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) aims to partner with a metropolitan council and a district municipality to compile pilot municipal energy master plans for electricity (MEMPs), which will provide the two councils with insight into the best electricity supply blends for... 

Wits Business School Addresses the Energy Sector Skills Shortage

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th October 2018 The energy landscape in Africa is changing dramatically.  Opportunities abound for investments, partnerships and other initiatives in the sector, particularly in oil and gas and renewable energy. The World Bank's Africa Energy project portfolio currently carries 48 projects totalling US$3... 

Roman’s Pizza head office kitted out with solar PV plant

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th October 2018 Fast food franchise Roman’s Pizza’s head office in Centurion, Gauteng, has installed a 137 kW grid-tied photovoltaic (PV) solar plant, which is one of several actions the company is implementing to help conserve the environment. Other green initiatives by Roman’s include eliminating plastic... 

Prudent capital allocation keeps Balwin performing in H1 despite challenging climate

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th October 2018 JSE-listed housing developer Balwin Properties handed over 1 058 residential units, which contributed to a 33% increase in revenue to R1.19-billion for the six months ended August 31. An average unit selling price of R1.12-million was achieved, compared with R1.2-million in the same period of... 

Renewable energy sector could provide jobs boost to SA

By: African News Agency      15th October 2018 The renewable energy sector could provide an unexpected but much-needed jobs boost to South Africa’s employment levels, as the sector continues to mature, solar enery company SOLA Future Energy said on Monday. SOLA Future Energy is the company that replaced Robben Island’s diesel-powered... 

AfriCanopy to deploy low-cost Internet to rural KwaZulu-Natal in TV white space trial

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th October 2018 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has approved plans for telecoms start-up AfriCanopy to embark on an eight-month commercial trial of television white space (TVWS) devices. AfriCanopy will now deploy high-speed, low-cost broadband using its new telecoms technology... 

South Africa’s synfuels know-how could give it edge as world mulls power fuels 

By: Terence Creamer     15th October 2018 The newly formed Global Alliance Power Fuels believes that South Africa is well positioned to become a leading site for the large-scale production of liquid fuels from renewable energy and has confirmed with Engineering News Online that the country is on its radar for possible future... 

Air Products invests in most advanced state-of-the-art Dissolved Acetylene Facility

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th October 2018 Continuously improving facilities, safety, processes and service delivery are key contributors to Air Products South Africa’s success over the years. This plays a vital role in establishing the company as one of the leading players in the manufacturing of industrial gas. A strategic decision was... 

Electrically mobile 

By: Terence Creamer     12th October 2018 Following a somewhat questionable hiatus in September, petrol and diesel prices resumed their sheer climbs in October, leaving motorist with the financial equivalent of altitude sickness. The decision to freeze prices last month (apart from a 4.9c/l increase to cater for a wage settlement) was... 

Nacala International Airport solar photovoltaic energy plant, Mozambique

By: Sheila Barradas     12th October 2018 WHN Solar plans to build a 100 MW photovoltaic plant as part of the Mozambique government's initiative to establish universal access to electricity by 2030. 

Air Products launches centralised acetylene facility 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th October 2018 Air Products has invested more than R90-million into a centrally located dissolved acetylene facility in Midvaal and decommissioning its two existing plants in Kempton Park, in Gauteng, and Pinetown, in KwaZulu-Natal. The company officially unveiled the new central facility on Thursday. 

Wind body to request smoothing of procurement profile in IRP submission

By: Terence Creamer     11th October 2018 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) will appeal for a “smooth rolling procurement” of new wind-energy capacity in its response to the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP 2018) so as to close a three-year procurement gap in the current document. The Draft IRP 2018 was released on... 

Cape vulture provides inspiration for homegrown vertical-axis wind turbine 

11th October 2018 A South African inventor has developed a new flexible wing, which he believes could have application in everything from wind energy and sailing to aviation and motoring. 

Innovative Façade Design Hits the Marc

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th October 2018 Innovative façade design is stylising the appearance of some of the most spectacular architecture currently gracing the South African skyline. Developed by Eris, the tower called the Jewel at the new upmarket multi-use development, The MARC, has a shape and a façade like no other. Boogertman +... 

Indian State miners to form JV for power projects

By: Ajoy K Das     10th October 2018 Two of India’s largest State-run miners, Coal India Limited (CIL) and NLC Limited (formerly Neyveli Lignite Corporation Limited), have announced a joint venture (JV) to combine their respective strengths to implement thermal and renewable energy projects. According to mandatory filing with the... 

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