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Energy Efficiency and Management

Efficient trucks added to fleet

By: Halima Frost     13th May 2022 Heavy lifting and rigging specialist Lovemore Bros added four new trucks from global truck manufacturer Volvo to its heavy lifting and materials handling fleet. Lovemore Bros heavy rigging manager Shane Hawyes says the benefit of the acquisition is threefold. 

Project launched to fast-track energy, water transition

By: Halima Frost     13th May 2022 The South African Industry Adaption (SAIA) project was launched last month to accelerate South African industry’s energy and water transition to a decarbonised, green and inclusive economy, as well as a vibrant job market. SAIA is a collaboration between the governments of South Africa and... 

A photo of Lee-Hendor Ruiters speaking at teh launch of the The South African Industry Adaption (SAIA) project which was launched last month to accelerate South African industry’s energy and water transition a collaboration between the governments of South Africa and Flanders, in Belgium, and the United Nations Industrial Development Corporation
LEE-HENDOR RUITERSThe South African Industry Adaption (SAIA) project was launched last month to accelerate South African industry’s energy and water transition

Tracker technology increases PV efficacy

By: Halima Frost     13th May 2022 The Genius Tracker from solar energy equipment supplier GameChange Solar can increase a solar photovoltaic (PV) installation’s harnessing efficacy by up to 25% as opposed to a static tracking system. The single axis tracker can be installed on slopes of about 7%, “but it could be designed to... 

A long row of solar panels of specially designed Genius trackers supplied by Gamechange solar at an installation in South Africa
TOP TRACKER The Genius Tracker offered by GamChange solar increases harnessing efficiency on a solar panel by about 25%

Two installations prove company’s mettle

By: Halima Frost     13th May 2022 Industrial boiler manufacturer Steam Generation has successfully completed two projects in Africa that highlight its ability to improve energy efficiency and management for clients. “We commissioned a steam generation plant for a notable brewery in Accra, Ghana, in January, which entailed... 

A large 3 000 kg/h burner installed at local food, home and personal care product producer, in Isando,
BIG BURNER Steam Generation has installed two burners for a client based in Isando

Risk reduction and decision support for financial investments in solar PV projects

13th May 2022 The CSIR Energy Centre commissioned a quality and reliability laboratory for testing solar photovoltaic (PV) module reliability in accelerated timeframes to support local manufacturers, project developers, system owners, and lenders in the PV value chain. The lab features accelerated stress test... 

CSIR Photo

Battery installation bolsters solar plant efficacy

By: Halima Frost     13th May 2022 Renewable-energy turnkey provider African Clean Energy Solutions (ACES) Renewables is installing two 540 kWh hybrid lithium-ion batteries at a business park near the Eastgate shopping centre, in Gauteng, to ensure energy efficiency amid load-shedding disruptions. The project, which includes the... 

A large array of solar panels on the top of an office building
TOP-UP The solar PV installation on top of a building finished by ACES Renewables last year will be complimented by a Battery storage system

Amendments demand stringent compliance

By: Claire O'Reilly     5th November 2021 With the new amendments to the Carbon Tax Act earmarked to pave the way for developing a national standard to approve offset carbon positive projects and administer these projects on a national database, Economic Development Solutions (EDS) head of business development Eckart Zollner says... 

Picture of interviewee Eckart Zollner who is the Economic Development Solutions (EDS) head of business development
ECKART ZOLLNER Economic Development Solutions head of business development

Mobile e-air compressor suitable for niche markets

By: Claire O'Reilly     5th November 2021 Given global demand for carbon-neutral products, industrial equipment manufacturer Atlas Copco Industrial Southern Africa is increasing its range of electric equipment, such as its mobile e-air compressor, says business line manager David Stanford. 

Picture of an mobile electrical air compressor designed by Atlas Copco called the e-air compressor
ATLAS COPCO E-AIR COMPRESSOR The e-air range delivers compressed air with a flow of 3 m3/min to 37 m3/min, with its running costs reduced by up to 50% when compared with diesel alternatives

Energy consumption reduced with new pumps

5th November 2021 The installation of pumps manufacturer and supplier Grundfos pumps and related equipment as part of an international beer brewer’s expansion in Gauteng highlights a common commitment to water and energy efficiency. 

Picture if a dosing skid in a breweries water recovery plant
BEER MADE SUSTAINABLY Grundfos dosing skids installed at a brewery water recovery plant

Energy efficient products offered to various industries

7th May 2021 Specialised importer and distributor of industrial and electronic products Actum Group offer a range of energy efficient products to a variety of industries with numerous applications. 

Portfolio ensures better efficiency

By: Anna Moross     7th May 2021 Electric variable-speed drives and motors supplier ABB Motion in January released their ACS880LC liquid cooled drives portfolio that can improve overall system efficiency by reducing auxiliary power consumption by up to 10%. 

LIQUID COOLED DRIVES
This portfolio of liquid cooled drives technology includes a reduced footprint of up to 30%
LIQUID COOLED DRIVES This portfolio of liquid cooled drives technology includes a reduced footprint of up to 30%

Digitalisation key to energy efficiency

By: Anna Moross     7th May 2021 Digitalisation is key to addressing the challenges faced in trying to implement energy efficiency initiatives for wastewater treatment plants and buildings, says South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) data and knowledge management programme project manager Teslim Mohammed... 

WASTEWATER EFFICINECY 
SANEDI in collaboration with DMRE are working on making wastewater treatment plants more efficient
WASTEWATER EFFICINECY SANEDI in collaboration with DMRE are working on making wastewater treatment plants more efficient

Project focuses on guidelines for SMEs

By: Anna Moross     7th May 2021 With the second phase of the Industrial Energy Efficiency (IEE) project ending in December this year, National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) IEE project leader Sashay Ramdharee says that, for the remainder of the year, the project will focus on developing sector-specific energy... 

SASHAY RAMDHAREE
The focus of the IEE project will be on providing these guidelines for SMEs in the commercial buildings, automotive, metal casting and agricultural processing industries
SASHAY RAMDHAREE The focus of the IEE project will be on providing these guidelines for SMEs in the commercial buildings, automotive, metal casting and agricultural processing industries

New unit designed for efficiency

7th May 2021 Industrial products provider, BMG’s new NORD DuoDrive unit, an integrated geared unit that combines the recently launched NORD IE5+ synchronous motor and a single-stage helical gear unit in one compact housing, has been designed for optimum system efficiency.  

NORD DUODRIVE
BMG’s new NORD DuoDrive unit - an integrated geared unit that combines the recently launched NORD IE5+ synchronous motor and a single-stage helical gear unit in one compact housing - has been designed for optimum system efficiency.
NORD DUODRIVE BMG’s new NORD DuoDrive unit - an integrated geared unit that combines the recently launched NORD IE5+ synchronous motor and a single-stage helical gear unit in one compact housing - has been designed for optimum system efficiency.

Energy efficiency digital platform launched

By: Anna Moross     7th May 2021 Leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, Schneider Electric, launched its energy efficient EcoStruxure Automation Expert, its software-centric universal automation system, at the Hannover Messe 2021, which was held online last month. 

ECOSTUXTURE AUTOMATION EXPERT 
The Ecostuxture Automation Expert is the engine that drives the digital transformation of energy management and automation, and enables the all-digital, all-electric world powered by sustainable, clean and plentiful electricity
ECOSTUXTURE AUTOMATION EXPERT The Ecostuxture Automation Expert is the engine that drives the digital transformation of energy management and automation, and enables the all-digital, all-electric world powered by sustainable, clean and plentiful electricity

Uniconfort

7th May 2021 Uniconfort manufactures and installs Biomass Plants up to 30 MWth and Cogeneration Systems up to 5 MWe.  Our Mission is to give Value to Biomass and Waste from wood, industrial and agricultural processes, converting all into Clean Energy. The Biomass Boilers produce steam, hot water, superheated... 

Uniconfort

Company introduces new super premium efficiency motors 

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th May 2021 Brazilian motor and controls manufacturer WEG’s South African subsidiary Zest WEG has introduced its new WEG IE4-rated super-premium efficiency motor to the South African market. The motor, available in the size range between 37 kW and 355 kW, is being phased into the company’s WEG W22 range from... 

Company introduces new super premium efficiency motors
Zest WEG electric motors manager Fanie Steyn demonstrates the energy efficiency of the new IE4 super-premium efficiency motor on a demonstration trailer

Cooling equipment to increase energy efficiency of data centres

By: Cameron Mackay     6th November 2020 There is a significant push to provide energy efficient technologies for data centre applications to reduce their carbon footprint and reduce energy costs. Consequently, data centres can save significantly in terms of energy and associated costs by ensuring their cooling solutions are designed... 

RORY REID
MPT are well-known for our critical power solutions, but need to grow the market awareness of our ideal HVAC applications in the data centre arena
RORY REID MPT are well-known for our critical power solutions, but need to grow the market awareness of our ideal HVAC applications in the data centre arena

Company releases efficient lighting range

6th November 2020 Lighting technology manufacturer BEKA Schréder last month announced the launch of the ECOBAY, a light-emitting-diode (LED) lighting range with a high return on investment. According to BEKA Schréder, ECOBAY is the ideal luminaire for lighting industrial facilities at optimised light levels, and... 

LIGHTING THE WAY
ECOBAY has a long lifetime and requires low maintenance, as lamps do not need to be replaced for more than 10 years
LIGHTING THE WAY ECOBAY has a long lifetime and requires low maintenance, as lamps do not need to be replaced for more than 10 years

Noticeable growth in smart home market

By: Cameron Mackay     6th November 2020 There has been noteworthy growth in the local smart home and building automation market in the past three years, owing to the growing demand for energy efficiency, says automation solutions provider ElectroMechanica (EM) product manager Ryan Whitelaw. EM has focused on expanding its product... 

AUTOMATION AT HOME
Coviva is a wireless, smart home control and retrofit technology system that can be used to retrofit older buildings with smart automation solutions
AUTOMATION AT HOME Coviva is a wireless, smart home control and retrofit technology system that can be used to retrofit older buildings with smart automation solutions

Flowmeters can reduce wasted energy

By: Cameron Mackay     6th November 2020 Specialised importer and distributor of industrial and electronic products Actum Group offers a range of energy efficient products to service a variety of industrial and electric applications. “In our energy efficiency range, we have world-leading brands that can help customers run not only a... 

Pandemic prompts local focus on energy efficiency

By: Cameron Mackay     6th November 2020 Owing to Covid-19, the South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi) has witnessed an increase in the number of new applications from companies for the Section 12L Energy Efficiency tax incentive. “With companies aiming to be competitive under the pandemic and remain in business,... 

BARRY BREDENKAMP
The economic benefits of energy efficiency are indisputable and will assist companies that are re-starting their operations
BARRY BREDENKAMP The economic benefits of energy efficiency are indisputable and will assist companies that are re-starting their operations

New label can improve consumer education

By: Tracy Hancock     8th May 2020 The next challenge for the South African domestic appliance industry is the migration to a new energy efficiency label under the Appliance Energy Efficiency Standards and Labelling (S&L) programme to improve consumer education. The label will simplify energy classes and provide explanations of... 

ON PAR The energy efficiency of domestic appliances in South Africa is generally of a high standard
ON PAR The energy efficiency of domestic appliances in South Africa is generally of a high standard

Local energy not managed efficiently

By: Tracy Hancock     8th May 2020 South Africa is not using its world-class renewable energy resources to drive energy efficiency, says independent conservation organisation World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa (WWF-SA) urban futures project manager Louise Scholtz. “If we were, South Africa’s Integrated Resources Plan 2019... 

TRANSFORMATIVE DEVELOPMENTS
The decreasing cost of renewable-energy technologies, such as rooftop solar photovoltaic, are one of the developments transforming South Africa’s energy market
TRANSFORMATIVE DEVELOPMENTS The decreasing cost of renewable-energy technologies, such as rooftop solar photovoltaic, are one of the developments transforming South Africa’s energy market

Solutions, new tech punted for energy use

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th May 2020 There is an increasing need to think outside of the box when it comes to South Africa’s energy approach, not only in the energy mix, but in how it is managed and used, says Zest WEG newly appointed group CEO Juliano Vargas. Zest WEG, the South African subsidiary of Brazilian motor and controls... 

South Africa has duty to address SADC energy efficiency

By: Tracy Hancock     8th May 2020 South Africa has a duty to make the energy efficiency knowledge accrued through the Industrial Energy Efficiency Project (IEEP) more accessible to the rest of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region to help drive its economic development through globally competitive... 

ENERGY HEAVY
South Africa’s industry consumes more than half of the energy used by the industrial sectors in all the remaining SADC States
ENERGY HEAVY South Africa’s industry consumes more than half of the energy used by the industrial sectors in all the remaining SADC States

Demand increasing for compressed-air audits

By: Cameron Mackay     8th November 2019 Owing to the struggling South African economy, as well as the general need for companies to reduce energy costs in operational processes, the demand for compressed-air auditing has increased over the past two years, says compressed-air products suppliers Artic Driers CEO Allen Cockfield. A... 

SAVINGS IN THE AIR


Artic Driers can rebuild many old air dryers sold by certain manufacturers. This will make them more energy efficient and generally cost-effective
SAVINGS IN THE AIR Artic Driers can rebuild many old air dryers sold by certain manufacturers. This will make them more energy efficient and generally cost-effective

Manufacturer targets product releases, skills development

By: Cameron Mackay     8th November 2019 Solar energy equipment supplier Microcare plans to share its local story of innovation, job creation and skills development next year during its thirtieth year of manufacturing in South Africa and aims to celebrate with product releases and support for even higher standards of solar equipment... 

OFF THE GRID

Microcare plans to share its local story of innovation, job creation and skills development next year during its 30th year of manufacturing in South Africa
OFF THE GRID Microcare plans to share its local story of innovation, job creation and skills development next year during its 30th year of manufacturing in South Africa

Focus on implementing energy efficiency project by 2021

By: Cameron Mackay     8th November 2019 The National Cleaner Production Centre (NCPC-SA) is looking to escalate the implementation of energy management in South African industry to allow companies to benefit from the support of the Industrial Energy Efficiency (IEE) Project before the project ends in 2020/21. The IEE Project is... 

ENSURING ENERGY EFFICIENCY 

Companies participating in the IEE Project have achieved energy savings of 4 286 GWh since 2010, and GHG mitigation of 3.9-million tonnes of CO2 equivalent
ENSURING ENERGY EFFICIENCY Companies participating in the IEE Project have achieved energy savings of 4 286 GWh since 2010, and GHG mitigation of 3.9-million tonnes of CO2 equivalent

Industry not fully maximising benefits presented by ISO 50001

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     10th May 2019 South African industries have not yet fully maximised the enormous benefits that the ISO 50001 standard presents for them, says National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) project manager Ngoanathari Maja. ISO 50001 provides a framework for managing energy performance and... 

CURBING EMISSIONS
ISO 50001 helps companies reduce their environmental impact to meet emissions reduction targets
Photo by Getty Images
CURBING EMISSIONS ISO 50001 helps companies reduce their environmental impact to meet emissions reduction targets

Company is driving acceptance of central plant optimisation

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     10th May 2019 Central plant optimisation (CPO) is at this point relatively new to the South African market and not widely accepted, but multinational diversified technology and industrial leader Johnson Controls, together with its specialisation partner multidiscipline solutions provider ITD Group, is driving... 

CHILLER SYSTEM 
Central plant optimisation software can constantly and consistently maximise the efficiency and performance of an entire central chilled water plant
Photo by Bloomberg
CHILLER SYSTEM Central plant optimisation software can constantly and consistently maximise the efficiency and performance of an entire central chilled water plant

Solution assists in energy optimisation

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     10th May 2019 Energy management multinational Schneider Electric’s digital energy management system EcoStruxure Power can help organisations to improve their efficiency and uptime. The system assists clients in ensuring that power is available, operational costs are optimised and maintenance is performed on... 

BUILDING SOLUTIONS EcoStruxure Power enables building owners and managers to track energy use and the potential for energy savings
Photo by Bloomberg
BUILDING SOLUTIONS EcoStruxure Power enables building owners and managers to track energy use and the potential for energy savings

Energy efficiency practices and technologies can provide significant savings

By: Schalk Burger     9th November 2018 The scale of savings that can be cost effectively achieved in South Africa through managing energy use and using more energy efficient modern technologies and equipment can comprise up to 30% of all energy used, says building intelligence company Johnson Controls building efficiency GM Neil... 

NEIL CAMERON
About half of total energy savings can be achieved through better management of energy use and the other half by deploying more efficient modern technologies
NEIL CAMERON About half of total energy savings can be achieved through better management of energy use and the other half by deploying more efficient modern technologies

Improved performance, energy efficiency and fault-finding

By: Schalk Burger     9th November 2018 A new cloud-based analytical building optimisation platform for building management systems analyses building data, and helps property owners and managers to improve building performance, fault finding and corrective action, as well as reduce energy costs, says building technology multinational... 

Conditions not conducive for retrofits, but regulation can help

By: Schalk Burger     9th November 2018 Challenging economic conditions and the commensurate impact on investments reduce the impetus to deploy energy efficiency equipment and systems despite a squeeze in local electricity use and higher electricity tariffs, says industrial drives and motors specialist company SEW-Eurodrive South... 

NORMAN MALEKA
The earlier a company includes energy efficiency as a goal, the less costly the deployment and the greater the savings
NORMAN MALEKA The earlier a company includes energy efficiency as a goal, the less costly the deployment and the greater the savings

Efficiency prominence increasing in South African businesses

9th November 2018 Energy solutions company Energy Partners Intelligence has developed a utility management platform that can display an organisation’s energy-related data in real time. The management tool, called GLO, is a Web- and mobile-based utility management software designed for real-time metering and data... 

Energy efficiency illuminates Absa Umhlanga

9th November 2018 Financial bank Absa’s Umhlanga offices, in KwaZulu-Natal, is Green Building Council South Africa 4-star rated for energy efficient lighting, with electrical solutions company Magnet having installed light-emitting diodes (LED) for the parking lots, general office and staircase lighting, as well... 

ABSA UMHLANGA ATRIUM
LEDs produce less heat, which reduces the air conditioning load in the building
ABSA UMHLANGA ATRIUM LEDs produce less heat, which reduces the air conditioning load in the building

Energy reuse to help base metals industries

By: Schalk Burger     9th November 2018 Base metals-production industries can maximise the capture of waste heat and reuse it to reduce energy use, and South Africa has does not have many heat reclamation systems in place, compared to widespread use of these systems in developing countries, such as China, says energy-intensive industry... 

WASTE-HEAT RECOVERY
A waste-heat recovery system in a cement plant
WASTE-HEAT RECOVERY A waste-heat recovery system in a cement plant
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