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Jan 27, 2015
Updated 1 hour 2 minutes ago Spanish consulting firm Enertis on Tuesday commissioned the 94.3 MWp Sishen solar photovoltaic (PV) plant, in the Northern Cape. The plant, which was built by Spanish firm Acciona, featured 319 600 PV modules, mounted on 470 single-axis trackers. It was expected to...
Jan 23, 2015
South Africa should reconsider Integrated (coal) Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) technology for future power stations, because refinements in the technology have greatly increased its efficiency and rendered its previous evaluation obsolete. So argues Mitsubishi...
Jan 23, 2015
MASS ADOPTION SolarPlus’s goal is to implement its systems at 200 000 homes within a ten-year period
As part of its aim to become a renewable-energy utility, solar energy solutions provider SolarPlus Energy Investments has launched the SolarPlus residential long-term solution, a complete solar water heating (SWH) system installed free and provided at a fixed monthly...
Jan 23, 2015
SUSTAINABLE SUPPLY The facility comprises 2 000 solar panels covering a surface area of 4 000 m2 and produces approximately 843 MWh/y
Property group Hyprop Investments launched a new solar photovoltaic (PV) system, valued at about R8-million, at its Clearwater Mall, in Gauteng, in December. “Clearwater Mall is the first property of Hyprop to which we applied a solar PV system of this magnitude,”...
Jan 23, 2015
Jan 23, 2015
AGGRESSIVE TAKE-OFF Powermode’s average monthly installations have increased from about seven to more than 15 installations, for this month
Since power protection and management solutions provider Powermode forecast a significant demand increase for solar photovoltaic (PV) rooftop solutions for local industry in August last year, the company registered “serious” growth in the solar PV market. “Powermode...
Jan 16, 2015
Physical asset management company Pragma will continue to install grey-water recovery plants at petroleum group Shell’s various Ultra Cities, where possible, following the success of its award-winning recycling plant, which was installed at Shell’s Three Sisters...
Jan 16, 2015
RECYCLING SUPPORT Polyco’s project support will increase the tons of polyolefins collected by about 40 000 t over the next three years
South Africa-based Polyolefin Recycling Company (Polyco) will have three project funding cycles in 2015 and has budgeted R14-million to support key collection and recycling projects, Polyco CEO Mandy Naudé tells Engineering News. “Polyco’s project support programme...
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Jan 07, 2015
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Dec 12, 2014
Private-owned defence and aerospace manufacturer Paramount Group and the Ichikowitz Family Foundation unveiled its Anti-Poaching Skills and K9 Training Academy in Magaliesburg last month.
Dec 12, 2014
Construction resources and aggregates company Lafarge Ash Resources aims to have fly ash exempted from the National Waste Management Amendment Bill’s classification as hazardous waste. This exemption will improve the sustainability of construction materials and...
Dec 12, 2014
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SARUSHEN PILLAY Sasol has proven the viability of composting to remediate its industrial sludges over the course of two years of testing
Petrochemicals giant Sasol’s industrial sludge bioremediation project aims to move into full commercial scale over the next two years to treat 200 000 t/y of industrial sludge. The project uses aerobic composting to convert the sludge from its Bioworks water...
Dec 11, 2014
Dec 05, 2014
The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), in collaboration with the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency, plans to implement some R256-million worth of environmental protection and infrastructure projects in Mpumalanga, bringing the department’s total funding...
Nov 28, 2014
There is widespread consensus that the Price Preference System (PPS) –introduced in September 2013 to restrict the export of scrap metal before it had first been offered for sale to the domestic consumers at a 20% discount to an international benchmark price – has...
Nov 28, 2014
ON THE MOVE The towers for the turbines necessitate their transportation in three or four segments
International heavy-lift and plant relocation specialist engineering firm Vanguard provided the transportation and erection services for nine 3 MW Sinovel wind turbines for the Van Stadens wind farm project, in the Eastern Cape, says Vanguard MD Bryan Hodgkinson. The...
Nov 28, 2014
WIND POWER Aggreko provides support services across the full life-cycle of both on- and offshore wind farms
In its endeavour to support the country’s drive to propel the use of wind farms as sources of generating green renewable energy, temporary power and temperature-control solutions supplier Aggreko supplied nine 60 kVA generators to the precommissioning of the wind...
Nov 28, 2014
The launch of multinational consulting services company WorleyParsons’ new global advisory business Advisian in sub-Saharan Africa will see petrochemicals, hydrocarbons, mineral resources and oil and gas companies being advised on more prioritised decision-making for...
Nov 28, 2014
PRODUCTION CAPACITY The new wind-turbine tower production factory is capable of producing 150 wind towers a year
Renewable energy industrial and logistics processes company GRI Renewable Industries in November opened a new R300-million wind-turbine tower production factory in Atlantis, Cape Town. “With South Africa currently in the grip of debilitating rolling black-outs and...
 
 
 
 
Nov 28, 2014
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GENERATING ELECTRICITY The Jeffreys Bay wind farm started operating this year
South Africa is creating the capacity to generate close to 2 GW of electricity from wind farms and, “within the next five years, this will more than double”, says Stellenbosch University’s Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies director, Professor Wikus...
Nov 28, 2014
NICOLA CENCELLI The wind industry market has progressed into a thriving industry that is showing clear signs of sustainability
The South African wind energy industry has had a few hiccups since the beginning of the independent power producer (IPP) procurement programme, however on the whole the industry has excelled, says technical consultancy 3E Renewable Energy. “Essentially initiated and...
Nov 28, 2014
ROTATING The SWT-3.3-130 delivers 3.3 MW and extracts maximum energy yield from low to moderate wind velocities
To help with meeting the need to increase the number of wind farms in South Africa, including in areas with moderate to low wind speeds, global engineering company Siemens in November launched its new wind turbine at wind energy exhibition event Windaba, held in Cape...
Nov 28, 2014
GREEN ENERGY Projects that use wind to generate renewable energy are essential
South Africa needs to pursue projects that use wind for renewable- energy generation, as this green source of energy mitigates the emission of greenhouse gases (GHGs) while restoring and improving the ecosystem, says carbon advisory firm Promethium Carbon director...
Nov 27, 2014
This year, 82 companies met the JSE’s Socially Responsible Index (SRI) requirements relating to environmental, social and governance (ESG) policies and management practices, compared with only 72 companies in 2013, as companies become more aware of how they...
Nov 27, 2014
Petrochemicals giant Sasol’s industrial sludge bioremediation project will move into full commercial scale over the next two years to treat its 200 000 t/y of industrial sludge. The project made use of aerobic composting to convert sludges from Sasol’s Bioworks water...
Nov 24, 2014
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Signatories to the Climate Investment Funds’ (CIF’s) mandate last week agreed to invite a group of new pilot nations to come forward and develop Strategic Programs for Climate Resilience under its Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR). The African Development...
Nov 21, 2014
The story of the salvage of the Italian cruise liner Costa Concordia, which took place from May 2012 to July 2014 (the refloated ship was towed into Genoa harbour on July 27, and is now being scrapped) is well known in general outline, as is the fact that the Salvage...
Nov 19, 2014
Professor John Briscoe receiving the 2014 Stockholm Water Prize from King Carl XVI Gustaf
World-renowned South African water engineer and academic Professor John Briscoe, who was the 2014 recipient of the Stockholm Water Prize, also known as the ‘Nobel prize for water’, has died at the age of 66. Following a two-and-a-half-year battle with cancer, he...
Nov 14, 2014
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South Africa lost an estimated R17-billion worth of resources through the disposal of waste to landfill in 2012, while the effects of resource scarcity and resource constraints are increasing globally. However, the value to the economy of additional recycling or...
 
 
 
 
Nov 14, 2014
Nov 14, 2014
NIMBUS Student winner Ashley Adami’s Nimbus comprises bamboo and 12 V strip light-emitting diodes
State-owned power utility Eskom’s biannual Energy Efficient Lighting Design competition awards took place in Sandton, Johannesburg, last month, showcasing local environment-friendly designs by students, learners and professionals under the theme Celebrate 20 Years of...
Nov 14, 2014
BIODIVERSITY AND WINE INITIATIVE The BWI encourages wine producers to farm sustainably and express the advantages of the Western Cape’s abundant diversity in its wines
The winners of this year’s Nedbank Green Wine Awards were announced at Cape Town-based Myoga restaurant last month. The awards honour wine farmers who endeavour to reduce the impact of farming on their land and farm more sustainably. Sixteen top achievers were...
Nov 14, 2014
CHARLOTTE VAN DER MERWE Planning-related professions need to bear accountability
The professional planning part of the civil engineering industry is becoming increasingly reactive in terms of preplanning, instead of its primary, and preferred, focus of being proactive, says multidisciplinary engineering consulting firm GIBB.
Nov 14, 2014
PLASTIC POLLUTION Since its introduction, the plastic bag levy has reduced the use of plastic bags from ten-billion to four-billion bags a year, an estimated reduction in use of between 45% and 75%
Since the introduction of the plastic bag levy scheme in 2004, more than R1.1-billion has been collected and deposited into the National Revenue Fund, from which R216-million was allocated up to the end of August to the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) for...
Nov 14, 2014
The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) is committed to environment-friendly development but is faced with a number of challenges, which it is striving to overcome through various initiatives.
Nov 14, 2014
South Africa lost an estimated R17-billion worth of resources through disposal of waste to landfill in 2012, while the effects of resource scarcity and resource constraints are increasing globally. However, the value to the economy of additional recycling or recovery...
Nov 11, 2014
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South Africa has taken bold steps to fight climate change, says Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa. “Three years ago renewable energy projects were small and lacking investment, today there is rapid uptake of large-scale renewable energy technologies through...
Nov 07, 2014
Nov 07, 2014
PLASTICS TO DIESEL DEMONSTRATION The demonstration plant converts oil-containing plastics to diesel and multifuel
Small-scale plastics-to-diesel plants can be used by communities and in cooperation with municipalities to derive value from waste plastics, says Plastic Diesel cofounder and entrepreneur Deon Bester. With the help of a research partner in New Zealand, the plant has...
 
 
 
 
Nov 03, 2014
INITIATIVE SUCCESS The Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa had processed about 35 489 t of waste tyres as at the end of September
The Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa (Redisa) reports that the concept of its effective waste tyre project could be implemented in other waste streams, Redisa director Stacey Davidson tells Engineering News. “Redisa’s waste tyre project...
Oct 31, 2014
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Over the past 20 years there has been persistent concern about deindustrialisation in South Africa, as well as the fact that locally produced manufactured products have been increasingly displaced by imports.
Oct 31, 2014
WARREN OLIVIER Losing personal data can cause serious problems for a company’s customers
Every company needs to comply with the Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act by ensuring that customers’ personal information is protected against loss and destruction. “Compliance prevents customer information from falling into the hands of people who could...
Oct 31, 2014
GREEN INDIFFERENCE Companies are focusing more on short-term investments and returns to reduce upfront investment costs, which negates the “green impact”
The South African market tends to be indifferent towards the green industry trend, with the current market seemingly not valuing buildings that practise green management or that have been designed with green principles, says integrated facilities management solutions...
Oct 31, 2014
INCREASING AWARENESS The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa started offering environmental impact assessments to industry in July
To raise awareness of the requirements of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) regulations, as well as offer support to companies that are required to implement them, industry body the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) conducts...
 
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