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Industrial microgrid leveraging solar and storage launched 

19th April 2018 Power management multinational Eaton South Africa has launched a grid-tied microgrid that uses solar photovoltaic and lithium ion battery storage systems. The microgrid powers its Wadeville campus and factory.  

Tomorrow’s smart cities will need equally smart utilities

18th April 2018 By Hannes Venter, Industry Advisor: Utilities at SAP Africa Sustainable energy consumption and 'green' energy production at home is becoming a new lifestyle. Today's hyperconnected consumer expects a reduced environmental footprint while still enjoying seamless services and ease of use, improving... 

World Bank sees microgrids playing bigger role in Africa’s electrification as solar costs fall

By: Terence Creamer     18th April 2018 Changes in generation technologies, including the sharp fall in solar photovoltaic (PV) costs, means that the evolution of electricity systems in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) will need to involve more than one national grid, a new World Bank report argues. “The path to universal electrification will... 

Enabling a Sustainable Future – Delivering on Africa's Renewable Energy Agenda Unlocking the power of nature with smart trucking solutions

17th April 2018 Smart Supply Chain Solutions African economies have in recent years experienced a surge in business activity, thanks in part to the emergence of an increasingly prosperous middle class. This consumer boom has not only strained retail supply chains but has placed overwhelming demands on national... 

Cosatu strongly rejects Eskom’s appeal for more money

By: Kim Cloete     16th April 2018 The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has rejected Eskom’s appeal to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) to recover its costs in the provision of electricity, calling it “unaffordable, unreasonable and unjustifiable”. “We have no faith in Eskom. We completely... 

PPA signings open up a sustainable energy vision for South Africa, Africa – Juwi

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th April 2018 The power purchase agreements (PPAs) signed by State-owned power utility Eskom earlier this month ended three years of waiting and uncertainty and it is a significant step towards a truly sustainable energy vision for South Africa and Africa as a whole, says solar energy equipment supplier Juwi.  

Rooftop PV system donated to Consulate of Italy in Cape Town

By: Simone Liedtke     13th April 2018 Multinational company Building Energy has donated a 3.12 kW off-grid solar photovoltaic (PV) rooftop power plant to the Italian consulate in Cape Town. The plant, comprising 12 PV panels, will generate about 5 MWh/y of energy, significantly decreasing the building’s carbon footprint through a... 

Tribunal approves PIC’s acquisition of a CPV special purpose vehicle

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th April 2018 The Competition Tribunal has approved the Public Investment Corporation’s (PIC’s) acquisition of a controlling stake in concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) solar power plant Equity Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), which is owned by German energy company Solitec Solar.  

Agreement for two hydrogen fuelling units struck

13th April 2018 Global industrial gases company Air Products has signed an agreement with State-owned Chinese power generation company Shenhua New Energy, a subsidiary of China’s energy conglomerate China Energy Investment Group, to provide two hydrogen containerised dispenser units to China Energy’s first... 

Global silver output falls 4.1% in 2017, as industrial demand ramps up – GFMS

By: Henry Lazenby     12th April 2018 A new survey by the GFMS team at Thomson Reuters has found that global silver output had fallen 4.1% in 2017 to 852.1-million ounces. Prepared by GFMS, the report found that total physical demand of 1.02-billion ounces was 25% lower year-on-year, signalling that the tightening of the... 

Global trade growth strong but at risk if conflict escalates, WTO says

By: Reuters     12th April 2018 World trade in goods is maintaining a robust recovery, but it still might falter if trade tensions escalate further, the World Trade Organization said in its annual forecast on Thursday. Trade in goods will grow 4.4% this year after a decade averaging 3.0% a year following the financial crisis.... 

Redstone project to deliver clean electricity to over 200 000 homes

By: Simone Liedtke     11th April 2018 The 100 MW Redstone solar thermal project, in the Northern Cape, which has 12 hours of energy storage capacity, will be able to reliably deliver a stable supply of clean electricity to the equivalent of more than 200 000 South African homes each year. The project, which is adjacent to the 75 MW... 

Digitisation playing increasingly important role in grid transformation

By: Anine Kilian     11th April 2018 Increasing penetration of renewable energy has had a major impact on power grids all over the world, necessitating the need for digital technologies to handle factors such as variability, ABB power grids division president Claudio Facchin said at the ABB Customer World Africa Conference 2018 on... 

Nigeria: Africa’s prime power development hotspot

9th April 2018 Nigeria offers a wealth of power sector business opportunities, with industrialists actively seeking generation and distribution solutions to power their business growth. Paul Runge, Director Projects & Development Finance at research and consulting specialists Africa House, reports that his... 

Tackling malaria with solar-powered mosquito traps

9th April 2018 Malaria remains the number one killer of people worldwide, with 272-million infections and 495 000 deaths occurring annually. This excludes the statistics generated by other mosquito-borne diseases such as Dengue, Chikungunya, West Nile, Yellow fever and the Zika Virus. In 2016 the Zika outbreak... 

eltherm awarded electrical heat tracing contract for Ilanga solar project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th April 2018 Private engineering and technology company Sener – and its procurement partners Emvelo and Cobra – has awarded global heat tracing specialist eltherm South Africa a contract for the design and installation of an electrical heat tracing (EHT) system at the 100 MW Ilanga solar thermal power plant... 

IPP signing ‘a symbol of hope for South African business’ – Sola

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th April 2018 Solar energy company Sola has commended Energy Minister Jeff Radebe’s signing of 27 outstanding power purchase agreements with renewable energy independent power producers (IPPs).  

Technological convergence seen as key to unlocking mobility revolution

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th April 2018 For South Africa to ride the wave being created by the so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution, greater attention will have to be given to aligning the fragmented changes taking place across multiple technologies, as well as in various industry sectors and subsectors. And nowhere is this promise... 

Technological convergence seen as key to unlocking mobility revolution

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th April 2018 While South Africa is riding the wave of the worldwide fourth industrial revolution, at some point, there will be a need to align the fragmented changes seen in multiple technological developments – and the subsequent evolution of technology “pillars” – in different industries. As the next... 

South Africa’s renewables focus shifting from costs to jobs and transformation

By: Terence Creamer     5th April 2018 The themes of transformation and employment in the renewable-energy sector have started to eclipse traditional concerns over cost and reliability following government’s highly contested, and much delayed, decision to press ahead with the signing of agreements for another 27 renewables independent... 

PSA, Romano merge to create largest corporate signage company in sub-Saharan Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th April 2018 Corporate signage manufacturer Premier Sayina Africa (PSA) and signage and solar solutions company Romano Signs have merged to create PSA Romano – the largest corporate signage company in sub-Saharan Africa.  

Solar powers Redefine Properties’ sustainability efforts

By: Simone Liedtke     5th April 2018 JSE-listed Redefine Properties’ total installed photovoltaic (PV) fleet will produce about 35.75-million kilowatt-hours a year of solar power when fully operational.   This forms part of the diversified real estate investment trust company’s strategy on solar energy to deliver cost efficiencies... 

Nigeria: Africa’s prime power development hotspot

5th April 2018 Nigeria offers a wealth of power sector business opportunities, with industrialists actively seeking generation and distribution solutions to power their business growth. Paul Runge, Director Projects & Development Finance at research and consulting specialists Africa House, reports that his... 

Quest for cheaper batteries lures money from Russian billionaire

By: Bloomberg     4th April 2018 Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska is investing in research into next-generation batteries to replace the lithium-ion units that are currently used in phones and cars, and to store power from solar plants. The tycoon’s En+ Group, which owns power plants and the largest aluminum maker outside... 

Wadeville microgrid using second-hand car batteries for storage

By: Schalk Burger     30th March 2018 Power management multinational Eaton has launched a microgrid that powers its factory and campus in Wadeville, Gauteng, using second-hand lithium-ion electric car batteries for its storage component. The batteries come from Nissan Leaf electric vehicles driven in Europe, and have about 4.5 years... 

Carbon-dioxide-enriched greenhouse farming can reduce water use

By: Schalk Burger     30th March 2018 Enriching the air feed to greenhouses using inorganic silica membranes will help to increase yield and reduce water consumption, University of South Africa Materials and Process Synthesis Research Group researchers Dr Neil Stacey, James Fox and Diane Hildebrandt propose. In their paper, titled... 

Space essential for meeting South Africa’s economic and social development goals

By: Rebecca Campbell     30th March 2018 In August last year, the US-based Space Foundation reported that the worldwide space economy had been worth $329-billion in 2016, up from $323-billion in 2015. The Foundation noted that the rise had been due to the increase in commercial space activities (there had been tiny declines in... 

South African court dismisses bid to block $4.7bn renewable deals 

By: Reuters     29th March 2018 A South African court on Thursday dismissed a bid to block $4.7-billion in renewable power contracts, an energy ministry spokeswoman said, removing an obstacle to the first major investment deal under President Cyril Ramaphosa. The last-minute legal challenge was lodged earlier this month by the... 

Space essential for meeting South Africa’s economic and social development goals

By: Rebecca Campbell     29th March 2018 In August last year, the US-based Space Foundation reported that the worldwide space economy was worth $329-billion in 2016, up from $323-billion in 2015. The foundation noted that the rise was due to the increase in commercial space activities (there had been tiny declines in government space... 

Construction set to begin on ‘flagship’ 40 MW Moz solar project

By: Terence Creamer     28th March 2018 Oslo-listed renewable-energy developer Scatec Solar, which has its African regional hub in Cape Town, South Africa, expects to begin constructing a 40 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) project in Mozambique in the coming weeks after the project reached financial close in early March. GM and VP for... 

East Africa looking to smart grids for cost-effective way to deliver electricity – US firm

By: African News Agency      28th March 2018 East African countries are increasingly looking to smart grids and associated technologies as a cost effective and scalable way to deliver electricity quickly and reliably, an industry official said. Delegates from Kenya, Ethiopia, Rwanda, and Uganda recently participated in business meetings and... 

EIB pumps $25m into off-grid solar project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th March 2018 The European Investment Bank (EIB) has provided $25-million in financing for off-grid solar lighting company d.light to strengthen access to energy in Africa.  

Africa struggles to meet energy demand and reduce carbon emissions 

By: Simone Liedtke     28th March 2018 The global energy sector is faced with the dual challenge of meeting growing energy demand, while simultaneously needing to lower carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the energy system, says MIT Energy Initiative director Robert Armstrong. Speaking at the twenty-first Power and Electricity World... 

Park Inn by Radisson installs Cape Town’s first PVT project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th March 2018 Hotel brand Park Inn by Radisson, together with hybrid solar products producer Solarus, have installed a large-scale commercial hybrid photovoltaic and thermal (PVT) project in Cape Town’s central business district – the first PVT project in the city.  

Epiroc ROC family of drill rigs ROC for Booysen Bore

28th March 2018 “Mobility, flexibility, reliability, efficiency and precision drilling capacity define Epiroc’s ROC family of drilling machines making them the most suitable and up for the task,” states Pieter Malan, General Manager of Booysen Bore Drilling Company, Sishen. This specialist drilling company is... 

Australia pumps A$50m into drilling research

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     28th March 2018 The Australian federal government on Wednesday announced a A$50-million investment into research aimed at better equipping the mining and resources sector to manage future challenges. Resources and Northern Australia Minister Matt Canavan said the funding would come from the Cooperative... 

Junior exploration incentive passes through Australia Parliament

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     28th March 2018 The Australian Parliament has passed the Junior Minerals Exploration Incentive (JMEI), which will see the government provide A$100-million over the next four years to allow greenfields exploration programmes to distribute their tax losses as a credit to Australian resident shareholders. Finance... 

Ingeteam reaches the milestone of 50 GW in the supply of power converters for renewable energy plants

28th March 2018 To cap this achievement, in this same sector, the company also boasts a total of 12 GW in O&M contracts and 3 GW in plant automation. The energy generated in one year by those converters would be equivalent to the annual consumption of 28 million households Ingeteam. 

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