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Why converting municipal trash into energy isn’t a complete waste of time

15th August 2018 Although many would argue otherwise, the inevitable concept of centralized power plants is slowly dissipating. We’re moving into an era where consumers of energy are also becoming producers of it, where communities and businesses are generating their own power. But, even though conversations... 

Battery boom spurs quest to resurrect World War II cobalt mines

By: Bloomberg     15th August 2018 The giant rocky outcrop known by locals as La Cobaltera offers a glimpse into northern Chile’s mining past, and a hint of its future. Slag from an ancient furnace is piled at the entrance of a mine shaft that hasn’t seen commercial activity since World War II. Inside, eucalyptus posts still... 

Borssele III/IV wind farms, the Netherlands

By: Sheila Barradas     10th August 2018 Blauwwind Consortium is building a wind farm with a 731.5 MW capacity off the coast of the Netherlands. 

Čibuk 1 Wind Farm, Serbia

By: Sheila Barradas     3rd August 2018 Čibuk 1 will contribute towards Serbia’s commitment to produce 27% of its domestic power using renewable-energy sources by 2020. 

Price of electricity affects local gas-to-power projects

By: Melissa Zisengwe     27th July 2018 One of the biggest challenges of implementing gas-to-power projects in South Africa is the volatility of the natural gas price, compared with that of electricity, says consultancy firm WSP Africa generation and power regional director Martin Mkhabela. This volatility is caused by the pricing... 

Horns Rev 3 Wind Farm, Denmark

By: Sheila Barradas     27th July 2018 The project involves the construction of a 407 MW wind farm. 

Stockyard Hill Wind Farm, Australia

By: Sheila Barradas     27th July 2018 Goldwind Australia is building the largest wind farm in Australia and the southern hemisphere. 

WorleyParsons commences with second wind power project in Kenya

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd July 2018 WorleyParsons has recently signed a 22-month owner’s engineer contract for the Kipeto Wind Power Project in Kenya, the second largest in the country after the Lake Turkana Wind Power Project. The Kipeto Wind Power Project will comprise 60 wind turbines generating a combined capacity of 100 MW of... 

The elephant in the substation

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     20th July 2018 Everybody knows that renewable energy is great for us all: it is free, it does not pollute, it keeps big bad Eskom on its toes and it  represents huge investments in South Africa. What is there not to love? The bids for various wind power farms (this is the amount for which Eskom has to buy power... 

Albatross Wind Farm, northern Europe

By: Sheila Barradas     20th July 2018 EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg and Enbridge plan to build a 112 MW wind farm in the so-called “exclusive economic zone” of the North Sea. 

Tanzania approves first large-scale wind farm project

By: John Muchira     6th July 2018 The authorities in Tanzania have granted Australian company Windlab approval to build a 300 MW wind farm, which is expected to contribute significantly to the country’s energy needs. This comes after Windlab's local subsidiary, Windlab Developments Tanzania, was awarded an environmental- and... 

Crowlands Wind Farm, Australia

By: Sheila Barradas     6th July 2018 Pacific Hydro plans to build an 80 MW wind farm in Victoria. 

New technical models set to reduce costs of power generation, distribution for Africa

5th July 2018 Innovative new technologies and architectures set to reduce the costs of power generation and distribution will be presented at the upcoming POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa conference and expo. Speaking ahead of Africa’s premier power sector summit, experts outlined a number of new technologies... 

Feasibility study on Western Cape rare earths mine to be completed in 6 to 12 months

By: Anine Kilian     29th June 2018 The Steenkampskraal rare earths mine, owned by developer Steenkampskraal Holdings, in the Western Cape, is aiming to be a building block in a global rare earths supply chain independent of China. Manufacturers globally are expressing concern over China’s dominance of these strategic elements,... 

Unbundling Eskom

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     29th June 2018 It should be evident to everybody that State-owned electricity utility Eskom is in the following condition: (a) The road transport coal supply contractors have for years been ripping off the system – the trucks get loaded with good-quality coal, which is driven to an export depot. They then pick... 

Kangnas Wind Farm and Perdekraal East Wind Farm, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     29th June 2018 The Kangnas Wind Farm and Perdekraal East Wind Farm projects have reached financial close. 

Iowa wind farm projects, US

By: Sheila Barradas     29th June 2018 Alliant Energy is adding 470 MW of wind power capacity to the state of Iowa through two wind farm projects. 

Nontechnical issues present the main obstacles to nuclear’s role in future energy mix

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd June 2018 Key issues regarding the future of nuclear power in South Africa were raised at the National Nuclear Regulator’s recent 2nd Nuclear Regulatory Information Conference, held in northern Johannesburg. The conference took place over three days.  

Order for 97 MW steam generation system received

22nd June 2018 Thermal power generation systems manufacturer Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) has received an order to provide a steam turbine power generation system for a pulp and paper mill in Sumatra, Indonesia. With an output of 97 MW, the system will be used as an in-house power source, while steam... 

Order received for two H-25 gas turbines

22nd June 2018 Thermal power generation systems manufacturer Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) has received an order for two H-25 gas turbines for a thermal power station being built by power provider China Resources Power Group, in Taixing City, in Jiangsu province, China. The units will form the core... 

Increased drive towards using natural gas

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     22nd June 2018 There is an increased drive in the local boiler industry towards converting from using coal to using natural gas, as coal – despite its being the cheapest fuel to use – is becoming increasingly problematic, says heat and energy generation equipment provider Steam Generation Africa MD John Rundle.... 

Nontechnical issues present the main obstacles to nuclear’s role in future energy mix

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd June 2018 Key issues regarding the future of nuclear power in South Africa were raised at the National Nuclear Regulator’s recent 2nd Nuclear Regulatory Information Conference, held in northern Johannesburg. The conference took place over three days.  

Coal is being squeezed out of power by cheap renewables

By: Bloomberg     21st June 2018 Coal will be increasingly squeezed out of the power generation market over the next three decades as the cost of renewables plunges and technology improves the flexibility of grids globally. That’s the conclusion of a report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, which estimated some $11.5-trillion of... 

Optimal funding for the The Roggeveld Wind Project: Generating power at the lowest bid tariff

18th June 2018 By Mphokolo Makara and Daniel Zinman Roggeveld, loosely translated from Afrikaans, means rye fields which were once plentiful in the area where a 140MW wind farm project has recently reached financial close under the fourth round of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer... 

DEHNacademy empowers second-year Wits students with hands-on training programme

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th June 2018 Lightning and surge protection specialist DEHN Africa, part of DEHN + SÖHNE, Germany, has recently finished a nine-month training course in lightning and surge protection for a group of Wits students. DEHNacademy, the training wing of DEHNAfrica, needs no introduction to those in the earthing and... 

Eastern Creek energy-from-waste facility, Australia

By: Sheila Barradas     15th June 2018 The Next Generation plans to build and operate a large-scale energy-from-waste facility in western Sydney.  

The IDEAL Commercial & Industrial Combustion Gas and Emissions Analyzer

11th June 2018 Measure NOx & SOx Quickly & Accurately Built-in Printer & Full COLOR Graphic Display Automatic Data Saving & Expanded Internal Memory Bluetooth Wireless Communication & Software The E4500-S Includes: Four Gas Sensors: 

Policy posers 

By: Terence Creamer     8th June 2018 South African energy policymakers would be well advised to take note a few recent reports as they move to finalise the long-awaited update to the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity, as well as the Integrated Energy Plan (IEP). The first of these is titled ‘Status of Power System... 

Another two South African wind projects reach financial close

By: Terence Creamer     5th June 2018 A further two South African wind farms, with a combined investment value of R6.6-billion, have reached financial close following the signing of agreements for 27 renewable-energy projects on April 4. Global wind and solar company Mainstream Renewable Power announced on Tuesday that construction... 

Tribology talk addresses abundant wear challenges

By: Melissa Zisengwe     1st June 2018 Last month, bearings and bushings manufacturer Vesconite Bearings chairperson Dr Jean-Patrick Leger presented a talk on the adventures and challenges in overcoming wear in different industries at the South African Institute of Tribology in Sandton, Gauteng. Of the presentation, ‘Adventures in... 

Roggeveld Wind Farm, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     1st June 2018 Local installation work at the project is expected to start in 2019. 

Bhuj Wind Farm, India

By: Sheila Barradas     1st June 2018 Alfanar is building a 300 MW wind farm in Gujarat. 

Steenkampskraal BFS to be finalised in 6 to 12 months

By: Anine Kilian     25th May 2018 A bankable feasibility study (BFS) on the Steenkampskraal rare earths mine, in the Western Cape, will be concluded in the next 6 to 12 months, says Steenkampskraal Holdings chairperson Trevor Blench. The mine is one of the highest-grade rare earth and thorium mines in the world, with average... 

Porto de Sergipe I power plant, Brazil

By: Sheila Barradas     25th May 2018 The project entails the construction of the largest gas-fired power plant in Latin America.  

Outa welcomes Nersa’s withdrawal of SSEG registration rules

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st May 2018 Nonprofit organisation, the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa), has welcomed the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) decision to withdraw the proposed rules to govern the registration of small-scale embedded generation (SSEG) below 1 MW.  

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... 

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... 

Cranes company upgrades equipment at power stations

18th May 2018 Crane manufacturer Konecranes Southern Africa is currently working on systematically upgrading lifting equipment at State-owned power utility Eskom’s different power stations. The upgrading of the equipment includes repairing equipment that has been misused and replacing equipment that is obsolete. 

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