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Nuclear energy future imminent, despite delays in updated IRP

By: Simone Liedtke     16th February 2018 South Africa-based engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company Lesedi Nuclear Services (Lesedi) business development executive Shane Pereira believes that there is a future for nuclear power globally, although it is being hindered locally by the delay in passing the updated Integrated... 

Drones offer inspection and maintenance benefits for built environment

By: Dylan Slater     16th February 2018 Remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPASes) offer a cost-effective and safe mechanism, with significant benefits, for the built environment sector, especially in terms of inspection and maintenance, according to enterprise applications company Softworx MD Jane Thomson.  

Langfang gas combined-cycle power plant, China

By: Sheila Barradas     16th February 2018 China's State Power Investment Corporation is building an 800 MW combined-cycle power plant in the Anci Economic Development Zone of Langfang City, in Hebei province. 

Contract duration key to hybrid-power-for-mines investment case

By: Terence Creamer     15th February 2018 Alignment between a mine’s life and the tenor of a power purchase agreement (PPA) has been held up as the main consideration for those mining operations considering investments into hybrid power solutions, which combine renewable energy and battery storage with gas or diesel generators. Speaking... 

Managing severely distorted high temperature cylinders

     15th February 2018 An estimated *R14mln savings delivered through improved Turbine maintenance practices by Eskom Rotek Industries. Challenge: Background: In the past major performance and vibration problems were experienced by Eskom following major outages. 

Refurbishment by Thermaspray helps extend life span of valves for SA Coal fired power plant

     13th February 2018 Thermaspray applied the proven technologies of thermal spray coating and PTA (plasma transferred arc) welding to successfully refurbish 2-way-3way valves at one of South Africa’s coal fired power generation plants. Thermaspray is an ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System and Eskom Level 1... 

Wind energy installations continue to grow – WWEA

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th February 2018 The overall capacity of all wind turbines installed worldwide by the end of 2017 reached 539 291 MW, preliminary statistics published by World Wind Energy Association (WWEA) has shown. A WWEA report, released on Monday, further showed that 52 552 MW of wind energy capacity were added last year,... 

Electric cars and niche metals lure cash back to African mines

By: Bloomberg     2nd February 2018 Rising commodity prices may have revived enthusiasm for African resources, but it’s unlikely to be the old mainstays of coal and iron ore pulling crowds next week as the mining industry meets in Cape Town. The electric-vehicle boom and shifting industrial demand have transformed formerly niche... 

Electric substations project, Iraq

By: Sheila Barradas     2nd February 2018 The Iraqi Ministry of Electricity plans to build 14 electric substations across the governorates of Ninawa, Salah Al Din, Al Anbar, Karbala, Baghdad, Qadisiyyah and Basra. 

Unions fear Norway export drive will end era of cheapest power

By: Bloomberg     30th January 2018 Norway’s vast resources of Europe’s cheapest and greenest electricity has helped its energy-intensive industry gain an edge and produce everything from aluminium to chemicals and tankers. But now the nation’s powerful unions are objecting to plans by grid managers and utilities to get in on the... 

German fascination with SA wind power

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     19th January 2018 Germans seem to be very interested in wind power generation in South Africa. Don't know why. First we had German-born Dr Tobias Bischof-Niemz running the Energy Centre at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). In this position, he proposed a power generation model that was... 

Kriegers Flak, Vesterhav Syd and Nord wind farms, Denmark

By: Sheila Barradas     19th January 2018 Vattenfall plans to build three wind farms in the North Sea, off the shore of Denmark. 

Solar steam powers homes – and new jobs – in South Africa

By: Reuters     12th January 2018 South Africa may still get most of its energy from coal, but in the country’s sunny Northern Cape province, a different electricity source is taking hold: solar steam. A Spanish renewable energy company has opened three thermal solar plants – which use the sun’s heat to create electricity - in... 

Aggreko 28 MW HFO plant comes online in Madagascar

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th January 2018 Electricity solutions provider Aggreko has started to supply stable power in Madagascar, using 28 MW of its heavy fuel oil- (HFO-) generated energy from its Noor 2 turbine, running alongside its joint venture partner Jovena’s Noor 1 turbines. This forms part of an extension to a 50 MW agreement... 

A new era of batteries spells trouble for gas in America

By: Bloomberg     12th January 2018 California, the state that helped birth the global boom in battery-toting electric vehicles, is trying to spark a similar transformation for utilities. And that spells trouble for power plants all across the U.S. that run on natural gas. The California Public Utilities Commission approved an... 

Even with Trump minerals order, US miners seen trailing China

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd December 2017 Even if Donald Trump’s initiative on 'critical minerals' strengthens the US mining industry, domestic companies would still struggle to compete with low-cost Chinese competitors, according to Bloomberg Intelligence. The president signed an executive order this week to identify new US sources of... 

Smoke and mirrors

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     15th December 2017 In September 2016, a '50-year-event' storm occurred in South Australia. Power system voltage transients caused nine wind farms to shut down, and two large wind farms – the Hornsdale wind farm and the Snowtown wind farm – reduced output by  86 MW and 106 MW respectively in the space of one second.... 

Renewables-heavy mix is South Africa’s cheapest option, yet another study confirms

By: Terence Creamer     15th December 2017 A new, independently produced techno-economic model of South Africa’s cost-optimal power generation mix in 2040 outlines a system where 69% of the electrical energy is produced from onshore wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) generators, supported by batteries and gas-fired generators. Conducted by... 

Protect equipment and productivity levels with flexible and space saving DEHNcord during SA’s lightning season

     8th December 2017 The South African summer season brings with it widespread possibilities of lightning strikes. The massive voltage fluctuations caused by lightning can damage sensitive equipment, as well as cause data loss on computers, servers and storage devices. To combat this, the DEHNcord surge arrester from... 

EB Campbell hydroelectric power station refurbishment, Canada

By: Sheila Barradas     8th December 2017 The project entails the refurbishment of six of the eight turbines at the hydroelectric power station.... 

Renewables-heavy mix is South Africa’s cheapest option, yet another study confirms

By: Terence Creamer     1st December 2017 A new, independently produced techno-economic model of South Africa’s cost-optimal power generation mix in 2040 outlines a system where 69% of the electrical energy is produced from onshore wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) generators, supported by batteries and gas-fired generators. Conducted by... 

La Castellana Wind Farm, Argentina

By: Sheila Barradas     1st December 2017 Central Puerto is building a 99 MW wind farm to the south of Buenos Aires. 

Liquefied natural-gas-fired gas turbine combined-cycle power plant, China

By: Sheila Barradas     1st December 2017 Qingdao Energy Kaiyuan Thermoelectricity is building an 80 MW liquefied natural-gas-fired gas turbine combined-cycle power plant, in Shandong province. 

Eurus Ishinomaki Wind Farm, Japan

By: Sheila Barradas     1st December 2017 Eurus Energy is building a 24 MW wind farm in Ishinomaki city, in the Miyagi prefecture. 

De Aar wind projects connected to the grid

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th November 2017 The 96.48 MW De Aar and the 138.96 MW De Aar 2 North wind projects have successfully reached early operations and have been connected to the Hydra transmission substation. The projects, located near De Aar, in the Northern Cape, were selected as preferred bidders under Round 3 of the Renewable... 

DFS lowers capital and operating costs of WA rare earths project

By: Mariaan Webb     28th November 2017 The definitive feasibility study (DFS) of the Yangibana rare earths project in Western Australia has significantly improved the capital cost requirements and operating cost estimates. The project, which has been assigned a ‘lead-agency project’ status by the state government, will require... 

Ingeteam and Indar exhibit at WindEurope 2017

     27th November 2017 Zamudio, 27th November 2017. Ingeteam, an independent global supplier of electrical conversion equipment, will present its full range of wind energy drive train products at the WindEurope Conference & Exhibition 2017, taking place later this month in Amsterdam.  Exhibiting at booth #1D24,... 

DEHN protects wind turbines

     21st November 2017 Wind energy is a clean and renewable form of energy, which is also drought-resistant and almost emission-free. However, as South Africa’s renewable energy industry continues to explore wind energy as a potential resource, considerations around possible lightning strikes need to be factored in.... 

DEHNrecord Alert makes the maintenance of SPDs smart and simple

     21st November 2017 DEHNrecord Alert enables status reports from surge protection devices (SPDs) to be transmitted via Modbus and, for example, relayed to a smart device. The start-up is quick and easy via the free app, which allows you to receive status reports, such as push messages, wherever you are, reporting if... 

Specialised welding enhances refurbishment capabilities

By: Robyn Wilkinson     17th November 2017 Having proven the benefits of laser beam welding for the refurbishment of industrial components in a range of experimental projects, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) National Laser Centre (NLC) is working to commercialise this specialised technique for the South... 

Lincoln Gap Wind Farm project, Australia

By: Sheila Barradas     17th November 2017 Senvion has been issued a notice to proceed under a contract to install the first 35 turbines of the 59-turbine Lincoln Gap Wind Farm. 

Nenskra hydropower project, Georgia

By: Sheila Barradas     17th November 2017 Nenskra is proposing to build a 280 MW capacity high-head hydropower plant. 

Wieringermeer onshore wind farm, Netherlands

By: Sheila Barradas     17th November 2017 Vattenfall is repowering and expanding its Wieringermeer onshore wind farm to 180 MW. 

Wind energy industry optimistic despite frustrations

By: Kim Cloete     15th November 2017 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) is confident that the tide will turn and that Eskom will soon, and finally, sign the outstanding power purchase agreements (PPAs) that have delayed the renewable energy industry for the past two years. SAWEA chairperson Mark Pickering outlined the... 

DEHN protects wind turbines

     15th November 2017 Wind energy is a clean and renewable form of energy, which is also drought-resistant and almost emission-free. However, as South Africa’s renewable energy industry continues to explore wind energy as a potential resource, considerations around possible lightning strikes need to be factored in.... 

Camborne School of Mines pioneers ‘Fairtrade’ model for ethically, sustainably resourced raw materials

By: Henry Lazenby     10th November 2017 A team of researchers at the University of Exeter’s Camborne School of Mines, based in Cornwall, the UK, are pioneering the development of a ‘Fairtrade’ model for ethically and sustainably resourcing raw materials that are crucial in the manufacturing of next-generation technologies. The research... 

White Pines Wind Farm, Canada

By: Sheila Barradas     10th November 2017 wpd is building a wind farm that will provide clean, renewable energy for about 3 000 homes.  

Horns Rev 3 Wind Farm, Denmark

By: Sheila Barradas     10th November 2017 Vattenfall is building a 407 MW wind farm 34 km off the west coast of the Danish Jutland Peninsula. 

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