SA and Germany could improve renewable energy co-operation – chamber
Engineering|Expertise|Africa|Energy|Projects|Renewable Energy|Renewable-Energy|Resources|System|Water|Africa|Germany|South Africa|Energy|Energy Efficiency|Excluded Technologies|Renewable Energy|Renewable Energy Feed-in-tariff|Renewable Energy Projects|Matthias Boddenberg|Water|Previously Excluded Technologies
© Reuse this
Energy efficiency and renewable energy were sectors with a lot of potential to scale up South African and German co-operation, said Southern African German chamber of commerce and industry CEO Matthias Boddenberg on Tuesday.
“In Germany, we have done several workshops informing South African and German companies on opportunities in that field, from photovoltaic to solar thermal heating,” he told Engineering News Online.
He said the chamber had also established its own affiliated association, the South African Biofuel Association in order to promote an integrated system for renewable energies in South Africa.
“The sun is shining here more often than anywhere else in the world, and we must utilise this God-given gift for the well being of South Africa and our companies,” he added.
The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) recently released the second phase of the renewable energy feed-in-tariff (Refit), which was hoped to stimulate investment n the area of renewable energy projects.
The second phase of the Refit included previously excluded technologies such as solar photovoltaic, where German expertise in this field was well respected.
“From my point of view it could always be a little bit more, but we are glad that we have now found the first step in the right direction,” said Boddenberg of South Africa’s Refit.
“With the global situation that we are facing now, with global warming, but also with the economic crisis, we are having the chance to do a major shift towards environmentally friendly people,” he asserted.
Germany was said to have created 100 000 jobs in the renewable energy sector between 2004 and 2006. With South Africa’s abundant natural resources from the sun, and wind, it was felt that the country should do more to harness these, and thereby create jobs as well as sustainable green electricity.
The chamber was also conducting training workshops in South Africa, in the field of solar thermal installation, from October. A lack of capacity to install solar water heaters has been identified in the industry as one of the bottlenecks holding back the uptake of this energy saving technology.
Edited by: Mariaan Webb
© Reuse this
Other Electricity News
Blue Label Telecoms, in conjunction with online partner Prepaid24, has launched a new mobile app to enable users to recharge electricity and airtime on the go and at any time. The Prepaid24 Mobile App, which is available for Android, Blackberry or Windows device...
Eskom’s appointment of former mining executive Mike Rossouw on a one-year, extendable assignment appears to be closely associated with Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown’s appeal for “extraordinary” steps to be taken to deal with the “unsatisfactory”...
Global revenues from solar energy operations could double from $59.84-billion in 2013 to $137-billion in 2020, new analysis from Frost & Sullivan shows.
The consultancy’s ‘Global Solar Power Market’ report says the total global installed solar photovoltaic (PV)...
The head of economics and trade at the Delegation of the European Union (EU) in Pretoria has acknowledged South Africa’s trade negotiators won important concessions in the long-running Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) trade talks. But he says it was South...
Responding in writing to a recent Parliamentary question by the Democratic Alliance, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters has provided an update for each of the country’s 13 bus-rapid transport (BRT) systems, noting that each network is at a different stage of...
The South African Real Estate Investment Trust (SA Reit) Association has called on the Competition Commission to intervene in undesirable exclusivity clauses in retail leases that were allowing retailers to stifle market share. The association’s members, which...
Recent Research Reports
Real Economy Year Book 2014 (PDF Report)
This edition drills down into the performance and outlook for a variety of sectors, including automotive, construction, electricity, transport, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum.
Real Economy Insight: Automotive 2014 (PDF Report)
This four-page brief covers key developments in the automotive industry over the past 12 months, including an overview of South Africa’s automotive market, trade figures, production and the policies influencing the sector.
Real Economy Insight: Construction 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the construction industry over the past 12 months. It provides an overview of the sector and includes details of employment in the sector, infrastructure and municipal spending, as well as insight into companies’...
Real Economy Insight: Electricity 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the electricity industry over the past 12 months, including details of State-owned power utility Eskom’s generation activities, funding and tariffs, independent power producers and prospects for the sector.
Real Economy Insight: Road and Rail 2014 (PDF Report)
This six-page brief covers key developments in the road and rail industries over the past 12 months, including details of South Africa’s road and rail network and prospects for both sectors.
Real Economy Insight: Steel 2014 (PDF Report)
This four-page brief covers key developments in the steel industry over the past 12 months. It provides an overview of the global and South African steel and stainless steel markets, South Africa’s major steel producers and events that have shaped these markets.
This Week's Magazine
Multinational semiconductor chipmaker corporation Intel announced its national campaign to further acquire partners to drive its She Will Connect programme, an initiative that aims to expand digital literacy skills to young women in developing countries, further into...
South Africa's MeerKAT radio telescope array programme should get back on schedule within a few months. This assurance has been given by SKA South Africa (SKA SA) associate director: science and technology Prof Justin Jonas. Early last month, Science and Technology...
The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) Metrorail service will remain a subsidised service following its current multibillion-rand rolling stock, station, depot and signalling upgrade programme. PRASA group CEO Lucky Montana has allayed fears that...
Contaminated Land Provisions in the National Environmental Management: Waste Act No 59 of 2008 will open the door for court battles to determine who will be held liable for the remediation
The uncertainties around the remediation of affected areas as addressed in the Contaminated Land Provisions in the National Environmental Management: Waste Act No 59 of 2008 will possibly spark litigation and disputes between landowners and businesses, contractors...
South Africa is currently the largest component of the African Development Bank’s (AfDB’s) active portfolio in Southern Africa, comprising 62.5% of the bank’s $7.9-billion exposure to the 12-country region – the second largest beneficiary is Mauritius, which...