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Can we get 100% of our energy from renewable sources? New article gathers the evidence to address the sceptics.

18th May 2018 Is there enough space for all the wind turbines and solar panels to provide all our energy needs?  What happens when the sun doesn’t shine and the wind doesn’t blow?  Won’t renewables destabilise the grid and cause blackouts? In a review paper last year in the high-ranking journal Renewable and... 

Researchers suggest 100% renewable energy system is plausible

By: Nadine James     18th May 2018 A multinational group of researchers have co-authored a paper to demonstrate that there are no roadblocks to sourcing 100% of a country’s power supply from renewable sources. The researchers, from Germany’s Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial... 

Innosun’s Namibian Wind Farm Lifted By Johnson Renew

18th May 2018 The Ombepo Wind Farm, the first wind farm to be constructed in Namibia, is situated just outside Luderitz, Southern Namibia and is designed to inject 5 MW into the national grid managed by NamPower, the national utility. The wind farm was built by InnoSun Energy Holdings (Pty) Ltd who secured the... 

Radebe officiates at launch of R9.4bn Xina Solar One plant

By: Simone Liedtke     18th May 2018 Xina Solar One, which is owned by a consortium between Abengoa, the Industrial Development Corporation, the Public Investment Corporation and the Xina Community Trust, was officially launched near Pofadder, in the Northern Cape, on Friday. The 300 ha solar thermal plant, which was built by... 

Alternative energy continues to power Robben Island

By: Kim Cloete     17th May 2018 A solar and lithium-ion microgrid installed on Robben Island last year has produced 650 000 kWh of solar energy so far. Since adopting a green system, the island has produced an average of 3 250 kWh/d of power, says SOLA Future Energy CEO Dominic Wills. 

Kenya banks on nuclear energy to sustain manufacturing, build the economy

By: Kim Cloete     17th May 2018 Kenya hopes to grow its economy and boost manufacturing after building nuclear power plants, a Kenyan academic has told African Utility Week in Cape Town. "We envisage we will become a middle-income industrial country by 2030. With nuclear coming onboard, that will gave us baseload which will... 

Organisations warn IRP could face legal challenges if the DoE ignores citizens’ human rights

By: Simone Liedtke     17th May 2018 The Life After Coal (LAC) Campaign and Greenpeace Africa say the Department of Energy (DoE) will face a legal challenge from them if the Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity (IRP) ignores constitutional obligations. The LAC Campaign and Greenpeace Africa believe human rights, and specifically... 

India keen to do business with Africa’s energy sector

By: Kim Cloete     17th May 2018 Representatives from more than 45 Indian companies have been in Cape Town for the African Utility Week, with the hope of cracking deals in everything from the supply of galvanised wire to solar inverters and water generators.  Indian Chamber of Commerce director general and CEO Rajeev Singh... 

R3bn Rosslyn Hub to create 160 000 jobs

By: Nadine James     16th May 2018 The R3-billion mixed-use Rosslyn Hub development was launched at the African Smart Cities Summit, co-located with the African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo, at the Gallagher Convention Centre, in Johannesburg, on Wednesday. The Rosslyn Hub is a crucial step towards the creation of the... 

Nuclear sector should aspire to cut its power production costs – CSIR engineer

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th May 2018 Worldwide, the cost of solar and wind power is much cheaper now than it was 20 years ago. This was pointed out by Council for Scientific and Industrial Research Energy Centre principal engineer Jarrad Wright on Wednesday. He was addressing the National Nuclear Regulator's second Nuclear... 

Solar Power in your home

15th May 2018 Solar energy has exploded over the last decade with the cost of solar panels decreasing, making solar more affordable than ever. Many homeowners have already invested in this to make their homes more environmentally friendly and sustainable, but if you are still investigating the options... 

Radebe affirms South Africa’s commitment to renewable energy

By: Kim Cloete     15th May 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe has affirmed his commitment to renewable energy in South Africa, saying it will help to reduce pollution and create thousands of jobs. He told delegates at the African Utility Week, in Cape Town, that he was pleased the long-awaited renewable energy power purchase... 

Balwin expects sales to grow in FY19, after zoning delays hampered its FY18 performance

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th May 2018 Housing development company Balwin Properties’ performance for the financial year ending February 28 was largely impacted on by delays in construction at its five latest developments.  

Atlantis SEZ designation to be completed in two months

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th May 2018 The process of designating the Atlantis Special Economic Zone (SEZ) is to be completed within two months, says Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Bulelani Magwanishe.  

Lack of clarity on draft embedded generation regulations could prohibit compliance – Sola

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th May 2018 Red tape and a lack of clarity in the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) draft regulations on Small Scale Embedded Generation (SSEG) could well prove to be prohibitive factors, from a business and compliance perspective, says solar energy company Sola Future Energy CEO Dominic... 

Space agency’s upgraded Space Weather Warning Centre reopened

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th May 2018 The South African National Space Agency’s (Sansa’s) Space Weather Regional Warning Centre, at Hermanus in the Western Cape, was recently officially re-opened by Science and Technology Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane following its recent upgrade. This is the only Space Weather Regional Warning... 

Egypt signs MoU with China's GCL for $2bn solar panel factory

By: Reuters     10th May 2018 China's GCL Group has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Egypt's ministry of military production to build a solar panel facility at a cost of up to $2-billion, State-run newspaper Al-Ahram reported on Thursday. Under the MoU, which was signed on Wednesday, the facility will... 

World investors look to Zimbabwe

10th May 2018 Infrastructure stakeholders from around the world are showing keen interest in Zimbabwe as a new spirit of optimism takes root in the country. 

Coca-Cola Beverages to tap into solar energy

By: Simone Liedtke     9th May 2018 Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) is installing rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) units, with a combined installed capacity of 10.4 MW, at 11 of its sites. 10 sites will be completed by the end of the year, with the 11th expected to be completed by the end of February 2019. 

Agarwal encouraging Anglo to accentuate South Africa link

By: Martin Creamer     9th May 2018 Indian mining billionaire Anil Agarwal is encouraging Anglo American – in which he now holds more than 21% – to accentuate its link with South Africa, where the Vedanta Resources company he founded and chairs is successfully turning to highly positive account the zinc assets that Anglo walked... 

Total South Africa seeks to grow lubricants, retail fuel businesses

By: Shirley le Guern     9th May 2018 Total South Africa is looking to grow both its lubricants and retail fuel business as well as restart the offshore oil exploration that it put on hold in 2014, CEO Pierre-Yves Sachet said after a visit to its bulk fuel and lubricant plants in Durban. He said that a R70-million investment in its... 

Africa is opportune for energy, smart solutions development – Schneider Electric

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th May 2018 Automation and energy management multinational Schneider Electric on Tuesday revealed its strategy for the African continent and how it relates to creating smart cities – taking cognisance of challenges and opportunities.  

Zambia to complete 50 MW World Bank solar project in September

By: Reuters     8th May 2018 Zambia will complete its first large-scale 50 MW solar power generation plant in September this year as the nation battles a power deficit which threatens industrial output, a state-owned agency said on Tuesday. The electricity shortfall has forced Africa's second-largest copper producer to... 

Renewable energy jobs reached 10.3m globally in 2017

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th May 2018 The renewable energy industry created more than 500 000 jobs globally last year – a 5.3% year-on-year increase, says the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena).  

South Africa urged to consider CSP-PV blend to lower cost of dispatchable solar generation 

By: Terence Creamer     7th May 2018 International technology and infrastructure group Abengoa, which has developed a portfolio of three concentrated solar power (CSP) projects in South Africa, believes blending CSP with solar photovoltaic (PV) technology is the logical next step for lowering CSP costs, while also producing... 

Mackay to cost $409m - Agrimin

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th May 2018 A prefeasibility study (PFS) into the Mackay sulphate of potash (SOP) project, in Western Australia, has found that the project could deliver an average 426 000 t/y over an initial mine life of 20 years. ASX-listed Agrimin on Monday told shareholders that the project would require a capital... 

Black-owned energy group disputes notion that renewables programme is anti-transformation

By: Terence Creamer     4th May 2018 Black-owned and managed independent power producer (IPP) Pele Green Energy (PGE), which is an active owner and partner in wind and solar projects with a combined capacity of 900 MW, does not agree with prevailing arguments that South Africa’s IPP programmes are failing to deliver on South... 

Latest LED luminaire range to be showcased at AUW

By: Melissa Zisengwe     4th May 2018 Luminaires manufacturer BEKA Schréder will showcase its latest light-emitting diode (LED) luminaire range at African Utility Week (AUW), which will be held in Cape Town from May 15 to 17. The range – designed and manufactured in South Africa – includes the Ziya LED street light, the Kazelle... 

Wacker Neuson appoints new dealer, strengthens foothold in Northern Cape

3rd May 2018 Wacker Neuson, South Africa’s foremost supplier of light construction equipment and compact machines, recently appointed Van Zyl Agri (Pty) Ltd. in Upington as its official dealer in a move to expand its footprint in the Northern Cape. “While we were exhibiting at Nampo 2017, Johan van Zyl Snr.... 

Revised IRP needs better energy choices to secure South Africa’s future – SAWEA

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd May 2018 Calls for the release of an updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) are mounting, as it provides a clear technology roadmap that is essential to confirming investor certainty to 2050, says the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA). Such certainty, SAWEA added, is particularly important for... 

SA falling behind on renewable energy 

By: News24Wire      2nd May 2018 South Africa is falling behind on renewable energy project implementation, even as other nations accelerate their plans for green energy. According to data from Greenbyte, a renewable energy management systems manufacturer, SA lags far behind fellow BRICS country China which has 188 232 MW... 

Feasibility into zinc smelting, refining in Northern Cape

By: Martin Creamer     2nd May 2018 A feasibility study into the development and construction of a zinc smelter-refinery complex in the Northern Cape is under way, London-listed India-based Vedanta subsidiary Vedanta Zinc International (VZI) said on Wednesday. This is the latest step in the unfolding of what is envisaged as a major... 

War on coal is making the world's top mine owners a lot richer

By: Bloomberg     2nd May 2018 The world’s war on coal is making its biggest producers a lot richer, at least for now. With governments from Asia to Europe setting stricter pollution limits as the climate change debate intensifies, output of the planet’s dirtiest fuel is dropping. Some of the more significant declines are... 

MGX looking forward to booking first revenue by Oct as commercial petrolithium plants deploy

By: Henry Lazenby     28th April 2018 Budding energy metals producer MGX Minerals is looking forward to generating its first revenues later this year as the first commercial petrolithium extraction systems deploy to sites in Utah and Alberta. “It’s a liability until it becomes an asset,” president and CEO Jared Lazerson says of the... 

Exhibition tailored for the African market

By: Melissa Zisengwe     27th April 2018 The third edition of the bauma CONEXPO AFRICA, held from March 13 to 16, 2018 was a reflection of the African market and an opportunity to showcase products and new technology suited to different construction equipment segments for the African market, says Messe München MD Stefan Rummel. The... 

New gensets introduced at Middle East Electricity

27th April 2018 Engine manufacturer Cummins has introduced the C450 D5, which is part of its QSG12 series diesel generator sets (gensets) for the commercial and industrial markets, at the Middle East Electricity (MEE) 2018 in Dubai, which was held from March 6 to 8 at the Dubai World Trade Centre, in Dubai. The... 

Power storage tech development on the rise

By: Victor Moolman     27th April 2018 With there being a rise in the development of technology for power distribution, storage and generation, power equipment manufacturer Himoinsa Europe, Middle East and Africa director Guillermo Elum says the company is also assessing ways in which technology will change the way electricity is... 

First renewables projects reach financial close after April 4 signing

By: Terence Creamer     25th April 2018 Wind turbine supplier Nordex has received an order to supply 47 turbines to the 147 MW Roggeveld wind farm, which is among the first projects to reach financial close following the signing of agreements for 27 independent power producer projects on April 4. Situated in the Karoo, on the boundary... 

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