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Aug 29, 2014
Mining and energy solutions firm Cronimet Mining Power Solutions officially broke ground and began its engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracting activities for a large Namibian photovoltaic (PV) power plant on August 18. The PV project is located in...
Aug 29, 2014
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To bolster its argument that renewable energy is critical to combating climate change, the World Wide Fund for Nature-South Africa (WWF-SA) has commissioned a series of reports that investigates the state of renewable energy in the country, focusing on how it can be...
Aug 27, 2014
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Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa
Government has received more than 180 nominations for the yet-to-be-established Ministerial Advisory Council on Energy, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday. "I have been informed by the department of energy that the proposed ministerial advisory...
Aug 25, 2014
The City of Cape Town has taken public transport to the next level with the launch of its first green transport facility. The Wallacedene taxi rank is the first public transport facility in the country to be regarded as a green building -- from its foundation to the...
Aug 25, 2014
Industrial-scale diesel-photovoltaic (PV) hybrid provider Dhybrid Power Systems has been selected to install a 3.2 MW hybrid diesel PV system at a supermarket in Mauritius. The company would install a 1.2 MW PV system on the supermarket’s almost 10 000 m2 of roof...
Aug 25, 2014
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Anti-fracking lobby group, the Treasure Karoo Action Group (TKAG), and social rights group AfriForum plan to take their fight against hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in South Africa to the Public Protector. The parties said they would submit a written complaint to...
Aug 21, 2014
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Kusile
Engineering and construction services company Murray & Roberts (M&R) believes the re-engineering of its Energy & Industrial platform will allow the operating platform to achieve further growth in its specialist engineering, commissioning and asset support...
Aug 20, 2014
The Eastern Cape’s Nelson Mandela Bay is well on its way to becoming South Africa and Africa’s hub for green energy components manufacturing and technologies, said Coega Development Corporation (CDC) energy division investment manager Sandisiwe Ncemane on Wednesday....
Aug 15, 2014
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Aug 13, 2014
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Mike Upton
There was little opportunity for JSE-listed infrastructure company Group Five to grow shareholder value in the domestic market, said CEO Mike Upton on Wednesday. Speaking to Engineering News Online at the group’s annual results function, he said value could still be...
Aug 12, 2014
Although South Africa has significant biogas potential, investment in the sector was being deterred by a lack of incentive schemes to make establishing such projects more affordable, energy company Uhuru Energy managing and technical director David Sonnenberg...
Aug 11, 2014
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Since the inception of the New Growth Path in November 2010 – in which South Africa’s renewable energy ambitions are defined – development finance institution, the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), has funded 54 green projects in the solar, wind, renewable...
Aug 08, 2014
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After last year suffering delays as a result of an accident that claimed the lives of six people, progress is now being made on the development of energy utility Eskom’s Ingula pumped storage scheme, located between Ladysmith and Harrismith, in the Little...
Aug 08, 2014
Wuxi Suntech CEO Eric Luo
In a bid to expand its footprint in Africa, global photovoltaic (PV) manufacturer Wuxi Suntech has established a subsidiary company in South Africa, Suntech Power South Africa, expanding the group’s presence in the country and boosting the provision of PV modules to...
Aug 07, 2014
The University of Johannesburg (UJ) will participate in the Sasol Solar Challenge 2014 with its latest solar car, the Ilanga II. Ilanga is the isiZulu word for the sun.
Aug 07, 2014
State-owned power utility Eskom and long-term lending institution, the European Investment Bank (EIB), have signed a new R1.1-billion, or €75-million, finance contract to support a 100 MW concentrating solar power (CSP) plant, to be established near Upington, in the...
Aug 06, 2014
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The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) has signed a R1.4-billion finance contract with the European Investment Bank (EIB) to support the development of the 100 MW !KaXu concentrated solar power (CSP) project, in the Northern Cape. Engineering and technology...
Aug 06, 2014
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Aug 06, 2014
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In his State of the Nation Address (SoNA) in June, President Jacob Zuma fleetingly highlighted government’s support of a strategy to raise nuclear generation capacity in South Africa (quoting the potential for the addition of over 9 000 MW of nuclear capacity), while...
 
 
 
 
Aug 05, 2014
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Jinko Solar factory
China-based solar PV giant, Jinko Solar, has officially opened a state of the art factory in Cape Town, creating 250 jobs and producing 1 300 solar PV modules a day. It’s the NYSE-listed company’s first manufacturing plant outside China.
Aug 05, 2014
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Mike Peo
The investment banking business of Nedbank, which has a R20-billion exposure to South Africa’s renewable-energy market, expects to significantly increase funding limits in the South African energy space to create capacity for involvement in the upcoming coal and gas...
Aug 01, 2014
Jul 31, 2014
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An aloe plant in the foreground as construction gets under way at the Amakhala Emoyeni wind farm project site
Work has officially started at Cennergi’s R3.5-billion Amakhala Emoyeni wind farm, located near Bedford, in the Eastern Cape. The 138 MW project was among the 19 renewable-energy and seven wind projects selected following the second bid window under the South African...
Jul 29, 2014
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A 1.2 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant, positioned on the rooftop of a Cape Town office block, would feed excess electricity into the City of Cape Town’s electrical distribution network. The Black River Park solar project would sell electricity back to the city for...
Jul 25, 2014
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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)...
Jul 22, 2014
The Ilanga II
The University of Johannesburg (UJ) will participate in the Sasol Solar Challenge 2014 with its latest solar car, the Ilanga II. Ilanga is the isiZulu word for the sun.
Jul 22, 2014
The Vanderbijlpark plate mill, which is to be upgraded
Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) reports that it is planning an upgrade to its plate mill at Vanderbijlpark in quarter four 2014, which will enable it to produce heavy plates of up to 11 t for South Africa’s emerging wind-tower manufacturing sector....
Jul 21, 2014
Financial close for bid window three under South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) has been extended from the end of July to November, Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson revealed on Monday. Delivering her Budget...
Jul 10, 2014
A 500 ℓ to 2 000 ℓ integrated multi-energy source water heating system can be used in the healthcare, hospitality and up-market residential markets in South Africa, says Nobel solar water heater local distributor Enerjetic director Peter Strydom. The system uses...
 
 
 
 
Jul 10, 2014
The 2014 class of interns at the Denel Dynamics Engineering Academy of Learning (EAL) is now well into meeting the challenge that has been given to it. The EAL is based at the main Denel Dynamics facility in Centurion, south of Pretoria, in Gauteng and serves to take...
Jul 10, 2014
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Government’s Gas Utilisation Master Plan (Gump), Integrated Energy Plan (IEP) and Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) underline that gas is not only a substitutable alternative to coal but a definitive and substantial part of South Africa’s energy mix.
Jul 10, 2014
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Commercial operations have started at Scatec Solar’s 40 MW Linde solar photovoltaic (PV) project, located near Hanover in South Africa’s Northern Cape and incorporating solar-tracking technology. The project is the Norwegian group’s second utility-scale solar PV...
Jul 09, 2014
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The joint developers of the R3-billion Jeffreys Bay wind farm, situated alongside the N2 in Eastern Cape, have lauded South Africa’s transparent and well-run renewable-energy bidding programme and indicated on Wednesday that they would be participating in the...
Jul 04, 2014
South Africa’s Department of Energy (DoE), which has invited potential coal independent power producers (IPPs) to register their prospective projects by July 25, plans to use the information to gauge alignment between the location of the proposed projects and Eskom’s...
Jul 03, 2014
SPEED UP The aim of the Biopark is to accelerate the commercialisation of biotechnology
Phase 1 of the Innovation Hub’s Biopark@Gauteng is already filled to capacity, says Innovation Hub research, development and innovation GM Dr Boitumelo Semete-Makokotlela. The ten companies in Phase 1 of the Life Sciences Enterprise project will be able to move into...
Jul 03, 2014
SOLAR SUPPLY Helukabel supplied more than three-million metres of its Solarflex PV1-F solar cable to solar energy projects in South Africa
Germany-based cable manufacturing specialist Helukabel has supplied a significant portion of several million metres of cable to the renewable-energy sector in South Africa in the past year, Helukabel South Africa MD Doug Gunnewegh tells Engineering News. Helukabel...
Jul 03, 2014
MARKET NICHE Applications of the tape range include general and mining cable jointing and cable termination
Local manufacturer of cable accessories and connectivity solutions provider Tank Industries will launch a new range of high-quality rubber and polyvinyl-chloride tapes for low- and medium-voltage cable applications this month. “Applications of the Plymouth brand of...
Jun 30, 2014
The government of Sierra Leone has been awarded $9-million in funding through the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) /Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (AFDF) financing facility to develop the 6 MW Freetown Solar Park project. At a total project cost of...
Jun 27, 2014
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The South African government has identified the green economy as one of 12 job drivers that could help contribute to what increasingly appears to be a highly ambitious target of creating five-million additional jobs by 2020. In fact, the New Growth Path, in which the...
 
 
 
 
Jun 26, 2014
CIS MODULE The modules offer a higher performance ratio than crystalline silicon and have higher efficiency
Local solar supply and installation specialist Sinetech has introduced Japanese-manufactured copper, indium and selenium (CIS) solar photovoltaic (PV) technology to the local renewable-energy market. Sinetech GM Herbert Teubner tells Engineering News that the company...
Jun 26, 2014
SCHEDULE ACCELERATION Eskom will determine how to accelerate the Ingula project schedule to achieve earlier power commission
State-owned power utility Eskom plans to evaluate the remaining scope of work of the Ingula pumped-storage scheme to  synchronise the project’s first unit to South Africa’s electricity grid as close to the original project timeframe as possible Eskom group capital...
Jun 26, 2014
Energy solutions company ThermoWise is offering its clients personal service, backed by local support, with the opening of its Gauteng branch, where it hopes to achieve a market share of 75% in the long-term.
Jun 26, 2014
The South African Department of Energy (DoE) expects the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) to receive higher numbers of bid submissions this year than in previous rounds of bidding. The REIPPPP was initiated in 2011 to...
Jun 26, 2014
LOCAL CAPABILITIES Government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme has presented extensive growth opportunities for local manufacturers
The South African government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) is helping local manufacturers that supply the programme’s projects to manufacture quality products that meet international standards, states local fastener...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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