Apr 29, 2010
Areva keen to enter SA solar power industryBack
Construction|Engineering|Africa|Generators|Industrial|Nuclear|Renewable Energy|Renewable-Energy|Resources|System|Water|Africa|Energy|Nuclear|Power Generation|Power-generation|Services|Environmental|Power|Water
© Reuse this
This comes after Areva acquired US-based solar thermal company Ausra in February, to expand its renewable-energy business portfolio, which already included biomass-based power and offshore wind power generation.
Areva business development senior vice-president Tom Bartolomei told Engineering News Online at a French-South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry breakfast in Johannesburg, that the company was looking to tap into South Africa's growing renewable energy market and to also create a local industry.
"This drive is not just about deploying our technology in South Africa, we will be able to acquire at least 60% to 70% of materials and services locally.
"Solar power makes perfect sense in a geographical area that has a great solar resource, such as South Africa.
"Also, South Africa's regulatory framework is forthcoming and evolving, and we do not want to miss the opportunity to participate in the country's energy programme," said Bartolomei.
The South African government had committed itself to reduce emissions by 34% below the "business as usual" level by 2020, and 42% by 2025, at the signing of the Copenhagen Accord.
The government said that it would pursue an energy strategy that would meet urgent generation expansion while committing to a programme to enhance energy-efficiency measures and introducing renewable energy, as well as demand-side management.
Currently, the World Bank is also financing the Department of Environmental Affairs to develop a white paper that will shape future policy on renewable energy.
Bartolomei said that the global solar energy industry was showing a clear upwards trend, and added that the industry was expected to grow by 13% a year, after 2015.
Further, Areva projected that the market for engineering services around concentrating solar power would expand rapidly this decade, forecasting a 20% growth rate and an installed capacity of over 20 GW by 2020.
Areva Solar's core technology, the compact linear fresnel reflector solar collector and steam generation system, uses modular flat reflectors to focus the sun's heat onto elevated receivers, which consist of a system of tubes through which water flows. The concentrated sunlight boils the water in the tubes, generating high-pressure steam for direct use in power generation and industrial steam applications.
Unlike photovoltaic energy resources that immediately shut down during periods of transient cloud coverage, the solar steam generators retain heat, allowing for a more seamless integration with the electric grid.
Meanwhile, Areva had also put in two bids to build South Africa's nuclear capacity. The first, eas for the construction of a nuclear power plant with a generation capacity of between 3 000 MW and 3 500 MW and the second was for dealing with the preliminary elements relating to the potential construction of a whole fleet of nuclear power stations by 2025, with a combined generating capacity of about 20 000 MW.
Bartolomei commented that he believed that South Africa needed a "good mix of technologies," to assist the country with its power generation problems.
Edited by: Creamer Media Reporter© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
Other Renewable Energy News
Article contains comments
Recent Research Reports
Steel 2015: A review of South Africa's steel sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Steel 2015 report provides an overview of the key developments in the global steel industry and particularly of South Africa’s steel sector over the past year, including details of production and consumption, as well as the country's primary carbon...
Projects in Progress 2015 - First Edition (PDF Report)
In fact, this edition of Creamer Media’s Projects in Progress 2015 supplement tracks developments taking place under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme, which has had four bidding rounds. It appears to remain a shining light on the...
Electricity 2015: A review of South Africa's electricity sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Electricity 2015 report provides an overview of State-owned power utility Eskom and independent power producers, as well as electricity planning, transmission, distribution and the theft thereof, besides other issues.
Construction 2015: A review of South Africa’s construction sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Construction 2015 Report examines South Africa’s construction industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into the business environment; the key participants in the sector; local construction demand; geographic diversification;...
Liquid Fuels 2014 - A review of South Africa's Liquid Fuels sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Liquid Fuels 2014 Report examines these issues, focusing on the business environment, oil and gas exploration, the country’s feedstock supplies, the development of South Africa’s biofuels industry, fuel pricing, competition in the sector, the...
Water 2014: A review of South Africa's water sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Water 2014 report considers the aforementioned issues, not only in the South African context, but also in the African and global context, and examines the issues of water and sanitation, water quality and the demand for water, among others.
This Week's Magazine
Mercedes-Benz will launch ten plug-in hybrid models by 2017, says the German automaker’s parent company, Daimler. Following the launch of the S 500 plug-in hybrid, March saw the introduction of the C 350 e, the second model to feature the drive-train concept. Under...
Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson's recent unveiling of something of a road map for an upscaled and accelerated deployment of independent power producer (IPP) capacity has been widely welcomed. Besides plans to accelerate and expand the hitherto successful...
South African Airways (SAA) acting CEO Nico Bezuidenhout has firmly denied reports that a stake in the airline was going to be sold to Air China. “Categorically, SAA is not in any talks with any airline to sell itself at the moment,” he stated at a media briefing at...
Russian State-owned nuclear group Rosatom has confirmed that it is in talks with Nigeria about the construction of nuclear power plants (NPPs) in that country, but has denied that any agreement has been signed. This follows a recent report in the Nigerian media that...
Gas products and services company Afrox has launched a pilot programme to deliver its range of Handigas liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) to domestic consumers to fill a gap in the market, thereby expanding its direct contact with end-users.