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Renewable Energy News

Energy mix required to assist with power generation challenges

By: Anna Moross     22nd April 2022 All possible creative and innovative energy solutions must be explored to mitigate the challenges faced by State-owned power utility Eskom while it tries to diversify the energy mix and reduce the reliance on coal-powered generation, says strategic research and advisory company Birguid senior... 

DMRE says it has no knowledge of Eskom’s standard offer to secure power from private generators  

By: Terence Creamer     20th April 2022 The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) says it is unaware of Eskom’s ‘standard offer’ instrument, through which the utility claims it could potentially secure an immediate 500 MW from private generators with surplus electricity. Eskom CEO André de Ruyter listed the standard offer... 

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Siemens Gamesa buffeted by rising costs as turbine launch problems deepen

By: Reuters     20th April 2022 Siemens Gamesa is discussing raising prices for its wind turbines by more than a high single-digit percentage in some cases as it grapples with stubbornly lofty raw materials prices, CE Jochen Eickholt said on Wednesday. "For specific materials … steel, copper, others, we continue to observe... 

Saldanha Bay ideal for green hydrogen production

By: Donna Slater     19th April 2022 The Saldanha Bay region has “excellent” solar and wind resources that have the potential for large renewable energy electricity at competitive costs, making it an ideal location to produce green hydrogen – hydrogen made using renewable energy as a source of electricity – Council for Scientific... 

GreenCape selects ten finalists for its GreenPitch challenge

By: Schalk Burger     19th April 2022 Climate change adaptation and green economy nonprofit GreenCape has selected ten finalists for the 2022 GreenPitch Challenge. The ten green economy innovators will prepare to pitch their innovations to a panel of judges on May 5, at an event hosted by GreenCape in partnership with the City of... 

Nedbank extends R200m green loan for Vukile solar projects

By: Schalk Burger     19th April 2022 JSE-listed real estate investment trust Vukile Property Fund has concluded a five-year, R200-million use-of-proceeds green loan with financial services firm Nedbank Corporate and Investment Banking, which will fund 19 solar energy projects and energy-efficiency initiatives across South Africa.... 

Maluti Crescent in Phuthaditjhaba
Maluti Crescent in Phuthaditjhaba

RMB CEO calls for localisation rules to be waived to catalyse transition to renewables 

By: Schalk Burger     19th April 2022 Financial services firm RMB CEO James Formby says South Africa urgently needs a “megawatts first” policy and that localisation rules, which make renewable energy more expensive, should be waived. Local material content rules increase the cost of wind and solar energy production. Import tariffs,... 

Wind farm in South Africa
Wind farm in South Africa

Tiger Wheel & Tyre in nationwide solar roll-out

By: Irma Venter     15th April 2022 Tiger Wheel & Tyre has unveiled the company’s first solar-powered store. The automotive parts and fitment brand’s Fourways store, in Johannesburg, is the first of the family to complete the move to solar power. The system was installed by Easy Power. 

Connection delays increasing demand for standby power

By: Tracy Hancock     15th April 2022 As South Africa’s energy needs rebound on the back of improved economic activity, it is evident that standby power will be needed for the foreseeable future, as the connection of enough embedded generation and renewable-energy projects to the national grid is taking place too slowly. The grid can... 

JANINE ESPIN
The grid cannot cope with additional power supply and, thus, with the last bidding round issued by the Independent Power Producers Office, certain projects were not allowed to proceed
JANINE ESPIN The grid cannot cope with additional power supply and, thus, with the last bidding round issued by the Independent Power Producers Office, certain projects were not allowed to proceed

Prompt build of hydrogen economy needed

By: Sabrina Jardim     15th April 2022 Amid load-shedding, and a reliance on diesel-fired, open-cycle gas turbine power stations being economically unviable, South Africa’s efforts to build a green hydrogen economy should be accelerated, says National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) president Mdu Mlaba. Green hydrogen does not... 

An image depicting white hydrogen energy storage containers with wind turbines and solar panels outdoors
Photo by Petmal
READY, SET, GO Mlaba says local green hydrogen projects should be accelerated to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 and to avoid potential tax penalties

Many hydrogen opportunities in S Africa

By: Sabrina Jardim     15th April 2022 The export of green hydrogen is an opportunity South Africa should capitalise on, as are a number of other hydrogen opportunities that are available, says hydrogen-focused company Hydrogen Energy Applications (HYENA) CEO Niels Luchters. “Hydrogen and fuel cells provide a reliable energy source,... 

An image depicting Dr Jack Fletcher and Niels Luchters analysing and discussing plans in an office space
Photo by RAEng/GGImages/RodgerBosch
DR JACK FLETCHER & NIELS LUCHTERS HYENA’s POWER POD is a diesel generator replacement and is currently being developed as a prototype

Pilot projects can launch hydrogen economy locally

By: Sabrina Jardim     15th April 2022 South Africa should move forward with pilot projects to enable the green hydrogen economy to grow on a larger scale, says project integrator and technology provider Green Hydrogen Solutions founder and CEO Ebrahim Takolia. “As more renewable energy comes online from Eskom and distributed energy... 

Image of a smiling Ebrahim Takolia, CEO of Green Hydrogen Solutions
EBRAHIM TAKOLIA The company has been Beta testing its application – Green Hydrogen App Ecosystem - to facilitate the integration of variable renewable electricity into a green hydrogen ecosystem

Green hydrogen economy to bring opportunities for S Africa

By: Sabrina Jardim     15th April 2022 Government needs to hasten implementation of policies and execute its investment commitments to enable a local hydrogen economy, says National Society of Black Engineers president Mdu Mlaba. “This is crucial to unlock the green hydrogen economy and the opportunities it presents.” 

An image depicting white and blue hydrogen energy storage containers, a wind turbine and solar panels set outdoors
HYDROGEN OUTLOOK National Society of Black Engineers president Mdu Mlaba says a local green hydrogen economy presents new opportunities

Local research centre provides R&D expertise for water electrolysis

15th April 2022 Hydrogen South Africa’s (HySA’s) Centre of Competence (CoC) at North-West University (NWU) has created a vertical line of expertise in water electrolysis (WE) that allows flexibility and adaptability for the dynamic hydrogen business in South Africa and for the use of local platinum group metal... 

Generators still reliable, affordable option

By: Tracy Hancock     15th April 2022 Generators will always be an option as long as standby power is needed in South Africa, says generator importer and distributor Smith Power Equipment national product and sales specialist Michele Cicognani. While companies are becoming more aware of alternative standby power options, owing to the... 

SIZE MATTERS
Incorrect sizing is the most common mistake made by companies when buying a generator
SIZE MATTERS Incorrect sizing is the most common mistake made by companies when buying a generator

Earthlife Africa engages communities on Just Transition Framework

By: Donna Slater     14th April 2022 Nonprofit organisation Earthlife Africa is requesting increased grassroots-level engagement and popular education on the energy-related Just Transition Framework to ensure ordinary people in South Africa understand the issues relating to climate change and the just transition. Over the past few... 

Eskom warns of load-shedding risk when work week resumes after long weekend  

By: Terence Creamer     14th April 2022 Eskom has indicated that there is a threat of a resumption of load-shedding after the Easter long weekend given its assessment that more than 9 700 MW of capacity is currently “at risk” of tripping in addition to that which is currently unavailable owing to planned or unplanned outages.... 

Eskom will released water from the Ingula lower dam this weekend to unlock storage potential
Eskom will released water from the Ingula lower dam this weekend to unlock storage potential

Green hydrogen pioneer seeks finance for commercial plant as Vredendal proof-of-concept facility enters production 

By: Terence Creamer     14th April 2022 A small proof-of-concept green hydrogen facility in Vredendal, in the Western Cape, has entered into production and its developers are now seeking to raise finance for a 5 MW commercial project, which they believe could be the precursor to a ‘hydrogen valley’ in the province. The commercial plant... 

The proof-of-concept green hydrogen facility in Vredendal, in the Western Cape
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The proof-of-concept green hydrogen facility in Vredendal, in the Western Cape

Global renewable power prices soar on heavy demand, chaotic supply chain

By: Reuters     13th April 2022 Prices for wind and solar power in major global markets have climbed nearly 30% in a year as developers have struggled with chaotic supply chains and surging costs for everything from shipping to parts to labor, according to a report published on Wednesday. Contract prices for renewables jumped... 

Eskom seeks to unlock 1 000 MW in Mpumalanga land-lease process  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th April 2022 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the launch by power utility Eskom of a bidding process for land in Mpumalanga, which can be leased by private generators to produce electricity; how much electricity this is likely to add to the South African... 

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Eskom seeks to unlock 1 000 MW in Mpumalanga land-lease process

ArcelorMittal studies 100 MW renewables projects for Gauteng and Western Cape 

By: Terence Creamer     13th April 2022 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa has initiated feasibility studies for two 100 MW renewable energy projects to supply electricity to its existing facilities in Gauteng and the Western Cape. The studies should be finalised during 2023/2024, the company said in a statement. 

ArcelorMittal South Africa CEO Kobus Verster
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ArcelorMittal South Africa CEO Kobus Verster

Global governmental clean energy spending up 50% over past five months  

By: Darren Parker     12th April 2022 The International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) Sustainable Recovery Tracker’s latest update shows that clean energy spending earmarked by governments in response to the Covid-19 crisis had risen by 50% over the past five months to more than $710-billion worldwide. However, “troubling” imbalances... 

IEA executive director Dr Fatih Birol
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IEA executive director Dr Fatih Birol

Eskom aiming to unlock 1 000 MW through Mpumalanga land lease bidding process 

By: Terence Creamer     12th April 2022 State-owned electricity utility Eskom has initiated a bidding process for the leasing of generation land in Mpumalanga to independent power producers (IPPs) and CEO André de Ruyter indicates that there is sufficient grid capacity available to support renewables projects with a combined capacity... 

Eskom CEO André de Ruyter
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Eskom CEO André de Ruyter

LHDA awards Polihali Operations Centre construction contract

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th April 2022 L&M, a joint venture between Lesotho company LSP Construction and South Africa-registered Mofomo Construction, has been awarded the tender for the construction of the Polihali Operations Centre by the Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA). The construction of the centre is a critical... 

An artists impression of the Polihali Operations Centre

GWO, GWEC partner up to map out global energy transition workforce training needs

By: Darren Parker     11th April 2022 International trade association the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and nonprofit industry body the Global Wind Organisation (GWO) have signed a new two-year agreement to map out workforce training needs. This is being done in an effort to support the development of renewable energy by helping... 

GWO, GWEC partner up to map out global energy transition workforce training needs

Decarb.Earth to aggregate projects, help SMEs in South Africa decarbonise

By: Schalk Burger     11th April 2022 London-based sustainable power start-up Decarb.Earth aims to enable small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) reduce their emissions by aggregating SME decarbonisation projects on a platform to make investments by financiers more attractive. Large corporates may be able to tap funding from banks... 

AfDB approves $5.5m grant for Desert to Power energy project

By: Schalk Burger     11th April 2022 Development finance institution the African Development Bank’s (AfDB’s) concessional African Development Fund (ADF) has approved a $5.5-million technical assistance grant to kickstart the roll-out of the flagship Desert to Power initiative in the Eastern Sahel region countries of Djibouti,... 

SAPVIA welcomes launch of REIPPPP Bid Window 6

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th April 2022 Industry association the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) has welcomed the commitment shown by government with the launch of Bid Window (BW) 6 of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). Following closely on the announcement of... 

An image showing solar panels
Photo by Bloomberg
Solar PV will account for 1 000 MW of procured energy in Bid Window 6

ST Energies signs MoU for filling station solar solution

By: Schalk Burger     8th April 2022 French fuel and energy multinational ST Energies has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a Shell filling station in Worcerster, in the Western Cape, to implement a sustainable solar solution that will allow the station to achieve carbon-neutral status. The initiative is designed to... 

New renewables procurement round started  

8th April 2022 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the start of Bid Window 6 of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme; the reconfirmation of the deadline for Bid Window 5 and the announcement of a new deadline for the Risk... 

Photo of Terence Creamer
New renewables procurement round started

UK goes big on nuclear and offshore wind for its future and secure low-carbon energy

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th April 2022 The UK officially confirmed on Thursday that, to ensure the country’s energy security and independence, while also moving more rapidly to achieving net-zero carbon emissions energy, it was going to particularly prioritise the development of new nuclear and offshore wind generation capacity.... 

Ramaphosa warns risks of ‘not undertaking an ambitious and just transition’ are great  

By: Terence Creamer     7th April 2022 President Cyril Ramaphosa has acknowledged the risks associated with South Africa’s transition from coal to renewables but insists the “risks of not undertaking an ambitious and just transition are far greater.” Speaking during the virtual launch of the Oxford ‘Handbook on the South African... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Sicelo Xulu appointed chair of SANEDI's new board

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th April 2022 The South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) has announced new board appointments, following the expiration of the prior board’s term. The new board, appointed by Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe, comprises ten members, who hold experience across various... 

DMRE initiates sixth renewables bidding round  

By: Terence Creamer     6th April 2022 The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy has officially launched the sixth bid window (BW6) of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) with the release of bid documentation on April 6. As has become the norm, prospective bidders are required to pay a... 

A solar farm with pylons in background

Partnership launched to overcome climate resiliency barriers in energy, water

By: Donna Slater     6th April 2022 A joint project to accelerate South Africa’s energy and water transitions to be more efficient and sustainable – the South African Industry Adaption (SAIA) project – was officially launched on April 5 between the government of Belgium (through the embassy in South Africa – Flanders) and the... 

Bayoglu unconvinced the energy transition will benefit the majority

By: Darren Parker     6th April 2022 Mining investment group Menar MD Vuslat Bayoglu has expressed concern about job losses in the fossil fuel sector as State-owned Eskom proceeds with its just energy transition. “When we do the just transition, we’re talking about 90 000 jobs that will be lost,” he said during a discussion at the... 

Menar MD Vuslat Bayoglu
Menar MD Vuslat Bayoglu

Companies developing wind energy skills in the Eastern Cape

By: Schalk Burger     5th April 2022 The Wind Turbine Service Training programme, an initiative of renewable energy project developer EIMS Africa’s portfolio company Cookhouse Wind Farm and operations and maintenance contractor Suzlon, is helping to build technical skills for South Africa’s wind power sector. This skills-based... 

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