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African Utility Week

African Utility Week organisers clinch four awards

     5th May 2017 Cape Town-based trade exhibition and conference organiser Spintelligent, which owns and organises the African Utility Week, has won four major awards at the Respect, Opportunities, Achievement, Recognition (Roar) Organiser and Exhibitor Awards, which took place in Johannesburg on January 26. The... 

Drought has exposed SA’s poor water management

     5th May 2017 The drought, which has impacted many regions within South Africa for a considerable length of time, has exposed the poor – or in some cases lack of – water management ability of many water institutions, as well as the difficulties and inability of municipalities and their consumers to reduce... 

Drought has exposed SA’s poor water management
Photo by Duane Daws
HARSH TRUTHS Drinking water and wastewater utilities in Africa are struggling to cope with the increasing demand for services

Internship academy launches young professionals platform

     5th May 2017 In response to the youth unemployment epidemic on the African continent, internship facilitators  Africa Internship Academy (AIA), will be launching its Young Energy and Power Professionals (YEPP) platform at the 2017 African Utility Week, which takes place at the  Cape Town International... 

Internship academy launches young professionals platform
NURTURING POTENTIAL The launch intends to establish a network of graduates attempting to solve Africa’s power and energy issues

Telecommunications giant sponsors African Utility Week

     5th May 2017 Telecommunication provider Huawei has signed a platinum sponsorship with African Utility Week (AUW), which is the leading conference and trade exhibition for African power, energy and water professionals, taking place from May 16 to 18 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.  

Telecommunications giant sponsors  African Utility Week
JERRY JI Green sustainable development can enrich lives in the era of energy intelligence

Awards to recognise innovation and efficiency at utility event

     5th May 2017 The fourth edition of the yearly African Utility Week (AUW) Industry Awards will once again honour pioneering utilities, projects and people in the energy and water industry on the continent during the AUW event, on May 17, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.  

Awards to recognise  innovation and efficiency at utility event
RECOGNITION Being a finalist verifies excellence in the nominee’s business and proves leadership in either the energy or water industry

PPP promising for water industry

     5th May 2017 Water management forms an important part of African Utility Week and this year, the conference will focus on how private-public partnerships (PPPs) can assist water utilities to become more responsive and efficient in their practices. During the upcoming African Utility Week in Cape Town in May,... 

Energy management to improve

By: Johane Turkstra     5th May 2017 Attending this year’s African Utility Week taking place from May 16 to 18, the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) believes that the implementation of energy management systems (EnMSes) can be beneficial for energy producers in Africa. Referring to the Industrial Energy... 

Need for partnerships in water sector emphasised

By: Johane Turkstra     5th May 2017 With South Africa’s water infrastructure in need of an upgrade, advisory firm KPMG says utilities and the private sector need to form partnerships that will ensure that these upgrades take place. “The main challenge in the water sector is not only the provision of infrastructure but its... 

Need for partnerships in water sector emphasised
WATER INFRASTRUCTURE South Africa’s water wastage is at between 37% and 39%

South Africa’s junk status problematic for power sector

By: Johane Turkstra     5th May 2017 South Africa’s recent demotion to credit rating junk status is immediately and directly affecting the country’s power supply. South Africans should not “bluff themselves” as the country’s newfound status can become a huge problem says audit, tax and advisory services company KPMG advisory head De... 

Gold and silver sponsors sign global reseller agreement

     5th May 2017 German conglomerate company and silver sponsor at this year’s African Utility Week, Siemens, and business analytics company and gold sponsor at the event SAP, have signed a global reseller agreement through which SAP will globally resell Siemens’ market-leading meter data management solution... 

Gold and silver sponsors sign global reseller agreement
SIEMENS AND SAP The effort is to address multiple digital end-to-end business scenarios for energy and utility clients globally

Alternative connectivity available for utilities

By: Johane Turkstra     5th May 2017 Wireless solutions company Comsol Networks will raise awareness about alternative connection at this year’s Africa Utility Week conference, which will take place from May 16 to 18, in Cape Town. After rolling out its national layer 2 open-access wireless network in South Africa in 2016, a part of... 

Alternative connectivity available for utilities
WIRELESS CONNECTIVITY After rolling out its 2 open-acces wireless network, Comsol has introduced its to a new LPWAN

Innovation, home-grown solutions to be showcased at event

     5th May 2017 Conference and exhibition African Utility Week, held in Cape Town from May 16 to 18, will showcase how the continent is coming up with innovative, home-grown solutions to its energy and water challenges and how these are creating exciting and lucrative opportunities for utilities and industry... 

Innovation, home-grown solutions to be showcased at event
COMMUNITY ENERGY PROJECTS Community-scale projects are an important emerging trend in the sector

Business networking at Africa’s biggest trade event

     5th May 2017 By participating in business to business (B2B) meetings at the renowned African Utility Week, small, medium-sized and micro enterprises (SMMEs) in the water and power utility sector that benefit from European Union (EU) support will be better able to expand business abroad. Business Beyond... 

Business networking  at Africa’s biggest  trade event
BUSINESS BEYOND BORDERS The next BBB business connections event will take place at African Utility Week

Challenged renewable energy sector growing rapidly in Africa

By: Johane Turkstra     5th May 2017 The renewable energy sector has grown rapidly in the last four years and has delivered over 5 000 MW in South Africa alone, owing to the completion of about 80 renewable energy projects, says financial services company Thomson Reuters. “Renewables will receive considerable attention at African... 

Challenged renewable  energy sector growing  rapidly in Africa
RENEWABLE ENERGY Renewables will receive considerable attention at African Utility Week and in Africa’s energy sector in the future

Platinum sponsor returns to African Utility Week

     5th May 2017 Conference and trade exhibition African Utility Week has welcomed back a long-standing supporter - global energy giant Shell. The oil company will again be a platinum sponsor at the conference and exhibition from May 16 to 18, in Cape Town. 

Renewable microgrids the future of African power system – research institution

By: Nadine James     5th May 2017 Self-sustaining renewable microgrids could foreseeably drive the development of Africa’s power system, resulting in quick, cost-effective electrification that enhances power security, says South African national research institution, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). CSIR... 

Renewable microgrids the future of African power system – research institution
SUBSISTENCE POWER A power system based on renewable technologies would be vastly different to the current system as an individual wind turbine could be used to generate cheap electricity for a microgrid in a remote village

Current Electric

By: Zandile Mavuso     5th May 2017 Established in February 1982 and acquired by electrical engineering group Actom Group in June 2008, current and transformers manufacturers Current Electric has been in the forefront of supplying ISO9001 accredited products globally.  

Current Electric

Private–public partnership could improve service delivery

     6th May 2016 The lack of capacity, both financial and human, in municipal departments remains a challenge according to strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations solutions provider Accenture resources MD Melusi Maposa, who says that the private sector should be allowed to take part in utility... 

Lubricants to aid equipment life span

     6th May 2016 International oil and gas industries company and platinum sponsors at this year’s African Utility Week, Shell, will be focusing on the promotion of its commercial lubricant products at the event, which can aid in maintaining equipment used in renewable energy generation. 

Lubricants to  aid equipment  life span
Photo by Duane Daws
DECREASING MAINTENANCE COSTS Shell’s range of commercial lubricants can prolong the lifespan of various equipment, including wind farm turbines, used to generate renewable energy

Honouring key projects in utilities supply industry

     6th May 2016 This year’s African Utility Week Industry Awards will once again honour pioneering projects and people in the energy and water industry on the continent. The third edition of the awards takes place on May 18, during the annual African Utility Week exhibition and conference in Cape Town. 

Honouring key projects in utilities supply industry
BOKPOORT CONCENTRATING SOLAR POWER PLANT Winners of last year’s African Community Project of the Year

Government support imperative for solar energy in South Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     6th May 2016 One of the biggest challenges hindering large projects in the commercial and industrial sectors in South Africa is the lack of a legal framework enabling the production of alternate sources of energy, says photovoltaic module manufacturer SolarWorld Africa MD Gregor Kuepper. 

Government support imperative for solar  energy in South Africa
SUNMODULE BISUN Solar power generated through innovative technology is a valuable resource in South Africa

Energy management systems crucial in South Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     6th May 2016 National Cleaner Production Centre (NCPC) is assisting South African companies in instituting energy management systems to make their operations more energy efficient. This not only saves costs for companies but is also a necessity in a country where energy availability is under threat, says NCPC... 

Energy management systems crucial in  South Africa
FAITH MKHACWA Every employee is responsible for improving industrial energy use through the implementation of energy management systems

New data monitoring device to be introduced

By: Robyn Wilkinson     6th May 2016 Energy consultancy firm EON Consulting will introduce the new Check Meter that it is currently developing at this year’s African Utility Week, which will be held in Cape Town from May 17 to 19. 

New data monitoring  device to be introduced
PROVIDING KEY DATA An example of the 11 KV towers where the Check Meter will be installed and provide both analogue and digital data

Metering systems reduce percentage of unbilled purified water

By: Robyn Wilkinson     6th May 2016 Smart Utility solutions provider Sensus will showcase products designed to assist with accurate water metering and remote data collection – or automated meter reading/advanced metering infrastructure (AMR/AMI) – at this year’s African Utility Week, which will enable municipalities to reduce the... 

Metering systems reduce percentage of unbilled purified water
IPERL The IPERL is the company’s most advanced electromagnetic smart domestic meter

WPI Power Solutions completes the circle

     6th May 2016 WPI Power Solutions is excited to announce a plan to structure training programmes in partnership with Resolution Circle – a company owned by the University of Johannesburg but operating independently. Resolution Circle, is a technology incubator of commercial ideas for start-up business and... 

WPI Power Solutions completes the circle

Room for improvement in energy transmission and distribution

By: Robyn Wilkinson     6th May 2016 Despite South Africa’s achievements in its renewable energy programme to date, power transmission and distribution continue to warrant improvement if electricity supply is to be stable in the country, says professional services firm KPMG infrastructure advisory head De Buys Scott.  

Room for improvement in energy transmission and distribution
IMPROVING THE POWER SUPPLY CHAIN South Africa’s growing power generation capacity needs to be supported by transmission and distribution systems

Unreliable energy supply prompts alternative supply growth

By: Robyn Wilkinson     6th May 2016 Load-shedding and the ongoing tariff hikes from State-owned power utility Eskom have cemented the need for alternative energy sources that do not depend on the national grid, says energy consultancy firm EON Consulting MD Bertha Dlamini. 

Unreliable energy supply prompts  alternative supply growth
Photo by Duane Daws
FOCUS ON NUCLEAR POWER Koeberg nuclear power station is a prime example of the benefits of nuclear power as an alternate power source

Innovators to showcase new water and electricity projects

     6th May 2016 Twenty small and medium-sized enterprises, start-ups and young innovators will be given the opportunity to showcase their new development or invention for the power and water industry at the innovation hub that will be taking place during the upcoming African Utility Week in Cape Town from May 17... 

Utilities expo set to be the biggest ever

By: Pimani Baloyi     1st May 2015 Africa’s untapped power potential, regional collaboration and ways of attracting foreign investment will take centre stage at what is set to be the biggest African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa conference and exhibition to date. Event organiser Spintelligent event director Evan Schiff tells... 

Utilities expo set to be the biggest ever
GLOBAL GATHERING The 2015 African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa conference will consider ways of using renewable energy to resolve Africa’s power challenges

Pumps as turbines to be showcased at power expo

By: Pimani Baloyi     1st May 2015 Local pumps supplier Ritz Pumps South Africa, a subsidiary pump provider Andritz, will showcase its energy-saving and -generating technological pumps, which incorporate turbine technology, at this year’s African Utility Week to be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from May 12... 

Pumps as turbines  to be showcased  at power expo

Company launches new RMU at power expo

By: Pimani Baloyi     1st May 2015 Secondary power distribution solutions provider Lucy Electric South Africa will launch an extension of its ring main unit (RMU) range, the Aegis Plus, at this year’s African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa conference and exhibition, which will take place at the Cape Town International... 

Company launches new RMU at power expo
RICK ST JOHN Lucy Electric's new products have been developed to automate medium-voltage networks to efficiently distribute the scarce commodity of generated electricity

Utility expo honours African power champions

     1st May 2015 Africa-based individuals and companies that made a significant contribution to the utility, energy and water professions and projects in 2014 will be honoured at the 2015 African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa conference and exhibition, which will take place at the Cape Town International... 

Utility expo  honours African power champions
STARS HONOURED The African Utility Week Industry Awards will be held for the second time at this year’s event

Association hosts conference alongside utility expo

By: Pimani Baloyi     1st May 2015 The Southern African Asset Management Association (Saama) will, for the second year running, host an asset management conference alongside the African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from May 12 to 14. Saama VP Craig Henry tells Engineering... 

Association hosts  conference alongside  utility expo
CRAIG HENRY Had proper asset management been implemented in South Africa's power sector, the country would not have to deal with the electricity challenges it is currently facing

Power expo hosts three-day training course for utility managers

     1st May 2015 The 2015 African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa conference and exhibition will see the start of a three-day specialised course, the Power & Utlilities Management School, for power and utility personnel at all levels of management who want to develop a broad knowledge of the power sector,... 

Power expo hosts  three-day training course for utility managers
SKILLS TRANSFER Africa’s power and utility sector is highly reliant on government

Pragma

     1st May 2015 Physical asset management company Pragma is dedicated to delivering best-practice asset management solutions to asset-intensive industries across Africa. Having been actively involved across several industries for 25 years, Pragma is a team of engineers at its core. This sets the company apart... 

Pragma

DoE and US become key power expo partners

     1st May 2015 The African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa conference and exhibition have this year attracted two key partners, the Department of Energy (DoE), which has committed to a three-year partnership, and US President Barack Obama’s $20-billion fund to improve access to power in sub-Saharan Africa,... 

DoE and US become key power expo partners
Photo by Bloomberg
UNIFIED SOLUTIONS The African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa conference and exhibition has formed strategic partnerships with the Department of Energy and Barack Obama's Power Africa initiative

Construction progressing smoothly at Khi Solar One concentrated solar plant 

     30th April 2015 Engineering, procurement, construction and management (EPCM) firm WorleyParsons says construction is running smoothly at solar energy specialist Abengoa Solar’s 50 MW  Khi Solar One concentrated solar power (CSP) plant, near Upington in the Northern Cape. The CSP plant is scheduled for completion... 

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