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African Utility Week

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... 

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

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

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... 

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

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

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

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... 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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