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Renewable Energy News

Cabinet approves development zones for future renewables projects 

By: Terence Creamer     18th February 2016 Cabinet this week approved the Gazetting of the Renewable Energy Development Zones (REDZs), which it claimed would help streamline regulatory processes surrounding the development of renewables projects, while also directing transmission infrastructure investment. The REDZs were identified... 

Green technology uptake slow in Africa owing to risk to jobs

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th February 2016 While it makes economic and environmental sense for African governments to adopt green energy technologies at a macro level , the continent is reluctant to do so as green technologies are currently not economically viable for households or individuals, says the Sam Tambani Research Institute’s Dr... 

 Green technology uptake slow in Africa owing to risk to jobs

NCPC information-sharing portal live by June

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th February 2016 The Resource Efficiency and Clean-up Production Network Portal (RECPNP) developed by industrial sustainability programme the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) is expected to be live by June, reveals NCPC-SA director Ndivhuho Raphulu. Speaking to Engineering News Online... 

NCPC information-sharing portal live by June

Smaller hydro projects fill a power gap – panel 

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th February 2016 The mass deployment of often-overlooked mini, or small-scale, hydropower projects to complement existing energy generation in Africa emerged as a key theme during a panel discussion at the Africa Energy Indaba, in Sandton, on Tuesday. A panel, comprising four industry proponents, agreed that,... 

Smaller hydro projects fill a power gap – panel
Photo by Duane Daws
Swiss Re head of market development in Africa Christina Ulardic

Africa’s electricity supply challenge opens opportunity for leadership development

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th February 2016 The challenges faced in powering Africa is unlike anything experienced before in any sector, anywhere in the world and strong leadership is needed to overcome these challenges. With the bulk of Africa’s growing population still without electricity – 700-million of its 1.1-billion population have... 

Africa’s electricity supply challenge opens opportunity for leadership development

New era for astronomy as gravitational waves detected for the first time

By: Keith Campbell     12th February 2016 In a breakthrough which opens a whole new window on the universe, creates a new branch of astronomy, and vindicates the great physicist Albert Einstein once more, scientists at the US-led Laser Interferometry Gravitational-wave Observatory (Ligo) announced on Thursday that they had directly... 

New era for astronomy as gravitational waves detected for the first time
Photo by Laser Interferometry Gravitational-wave Observatory
An artist’s impression of two black holes that are about to merge

As China surges, South Africa’s wind footprint breaches 1 GW mark 

By: Terence Creamer     10th February 2016 South Africa increased its installed wind-energy capacity to above 1 GW last year, new Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) figures show, making it the largest wind-energy producer in Africa, followed by Morocco, whose installed capacity stood at 787 MW in 2015. South Africa’s wind growth has been... 

As China surges, South Africa’s wind footprint breaches 1 GW mark

Khi Solar One enters commercial operation  

By: Anine Kilian     8th February 2016 The 50 MW Khi Solar One concentrated solar power plant near Upington, in the Northern Cape, has started commercial operation. The plant is operated and maintained by Spanish technology group Abengoa, which owns 51% of the project, with the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) holding a 29%... 

Khi Solar One enters commercial operation
Khi Solar One

Africa’s critical energy infrastructure in the spotlight

     5th February 2016 Most infrastructure investments on the African continent are in the energy sector, but power plants and transmission lines across Africa presently operate at a fraction of installed capacity due to insufficient maintenance and lack of modernisation.  

Africa’s critical energy infrastructure  in the spotlight
Photo by Bloomberg
AILING INFRASTRUCTURE Damaged and outdated electrical infrastructure is impeding Africa's socioeconomic growth

Bright future for energy storage

     5th February 2016 The narrow focus on cost may be leading to misconceptions about the real value of energy storage, according to a new report by the World Energy Council (WEC) called ‘E-storage – shifting from cost to value’.  

Bright future for energy storage
Photo by Bloomberg
GO WITH THE FLOW Energy storage devices, such as redox-flow batteries, are becoming more cost effective, which will boost growth in the renewable energy sector

Call for government to incentivise renewable energy production

By: Nadine James     5th February 2016 The introduction of support programmes for both the commercial, and household or rural level, will boost growth in the biogas industry, which will subsequently assist with the increase of renewable-energy supply, waste management, job creation, skills transfer and carbon mitigation, says Southern... 

Call for government  to incentivise renewable energy production
Photo by Bloomberg
ALL GASSED UP BMW's Rosslyn plant in Gauteng is one of ten commercial biogas operations in South Africa

Good energy strategies will reduce operating costs

     5th February 2016 Renewable energy company Ubuntu Energy Solutions MD Jonathan de Magalhães says very few companies rethink their energy strategy, despite most businesses struggling with escalating electricity costs and intermittent power outages.  

Good energy strategies will reduce operating costs
JONATHAN DE MAGALHAES Finding the right energy services company is just as important as finding the right energy solution

Government-funded programme to launch Phase 2 at Energy Indaba

By: Nadine James     5th February 2016 Resource efficiency programme the National Cleaner Production Centre, South Africa (NCPC-SA) will launch Phase 2 of its Industrial Energy Efficiency (IEE) project, at the Energy Services (Esco) Conference, which takes place on February 17, day two of the 2016 Africa Energy Indaba.  

Government-funded  programme to launch Phase 2 at Energy Indaba
REACHING OUT TO BUSINESSES Industrial Energy Efficiency phase 2 will be introducing a funding mechanism for businesses that require financing for the energy efficiency projects

IDZs and policy implementation key to energy-sector development

By: Nadine James     5th February 2016 The continuous progression of South Africa’s industrial development zones (IDZs) and special economic zones (SEZs) as well as the implementation of associated legislation are crucial for the sustainable growth of the energy sector, says supply-chain specialist Bidvest Panalpina Logistics (BPL)... 

IDZs and policy  implementation key to  energy-sector development
DE AAR SOLAR FARM Bidvest Panalpina Logistics was instrumental in the Northern Cape solar power project

Local governments must play bigger role in energy sector

By: Nadine James     5th February 2016 Local governments, as key decision-makers in urban development and planning, need to be more involved in the development of a sustainable energy sector, says research organisation Sustainable Energy Africa (SEA) director Mark Borchers.  

Local governments  must play bigger role  in energy sector
ENERGY POVERTY Sustainable Energy Africa enables municipalities to implement sustainable energy strategies

Mircocare

By: Zandile Mavuso     5th February 2016 Manufacturing local solar energy products for the past 25 years, Port Elizabeth-based solar electronic components manufacturer Microcare is the only South African company that manufactures MPPT Solar Regulators, Pure Sine Wave Bi-Directional Inverters, Grid-Tied Inverters and a range of Solar... 

Mircocare

Northern Cape concentrated solar power farm reaches full capacity 

By: Mia Breytenbach     5th February 2016 Power developer ACWA Power Solafrica’s Bokpoort concentrated solar power (CSP) plant reached full operation capacity – ahead of schedule. The R5-billion project, near Upington, in the Northern Cape, has one of the highest solar radiation footprints in the world. 

Northern Cape concentrated solar power farm reaches full capacity
FULL LOAD ACWA Power Solafrica’s Bokpoort concentrated solar power plant has a thermal storage capacity of 1 300 MWh

Premier energy event a must for energy businesses

By: Nadine James     5th February 2016 Africa Energy Indaba (AEI) MD Liz Hart says the value of attending the eighth yearly AEI is that industry stakeholders will meet the right people who can decide on energy transactions and implement them.  

Premier energy event a must for energy businesses
DOING DEALS AND TAKING NAMES The Africa Energy Indaba is a great place to liaise with potential clients and create new partnerships

Two solar plants target 2017 operation dates

By: Nadine James     5th February 2016 Renewable-energy project management company Aurora Power Solutions (APS) is involved in the development of two solar photovoltaic (PV) projects, which are scheduled for commercial operation in the first half of 2017, says APS project development manager Oliver Johnston.  

Two solar plants target 2017 operation dates
UP ON THE ROOF Aurora Power Solutions is involved in implementing solar photovoltaic roof systems for private entities in Cape Town

Mainstream Renewable Power receives accolade for S Africa projects

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th February 2016 A consortium led by Mainstream Renewable Power was awarded Project Finance International’s Best Wind Deal, Middle East and Africa award this week for the 360 MW of wind projects it won under Round 3 of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). The... 

Mainstream Renewable Power receives accolade for S Africa projects

Kenya holds significant potential for renewables, despite issues

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     3rd February 2016 While Kenya hopes to develop its national power grid by adding 19 200 MW of renewable energy – against a demand of 15 000 MW – by 2030, there are several factors hindering the investment needed to reach this goal. Kenya was ranked second among African nations, behind South Africa, as a key... 

Kenya holds significant potential for renewables, despite issues

Challenger optimistic of gas exploration legislation resolution

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th January 2016 ASX-listed Challenger Energy earlier this month said that it was confident of positive developments in key legislation and the progression of its application process to embark on shale-gas exploration in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province. Constructive and positive engagement had been... 

Challenger optimistic of gas exploration legislation resolution

Power show to launch in September

     29th January 2016 Exhibitions organiser Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery will this year launch a new trade show entitled Power Ex, that will focus on power generation, transmission and distribution, application and renewable energy. “Power Ex is a premier showcase for the electric power and energy sectors and... 

Power show to launch in September
POWERING INDUSTIES Power generation, transmission and distribution will come to the fore at Power Ex

S African delegation inundated by eager energy investors 

By: African News Agency      22nd January 2016 South African Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson on Friday told a briefing at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland that the South African delegation had been inundated with requests for meetings from potential energy investors. “Even before we left South Africa people were... 

S African delegation inundated by eager energy investors
Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson

Consulting firm wins LTA contract for NC solar projects

By: Dylan Stewart     22nd January 2016 Multidisciplinary consulting firm WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, Africa has been appointed as the lender’s technical advisor (LTA) for two Northern Cape-based solar photovoltaic (PV) projects, by local independent power developer BioTherm Energy, says WSP principal projects manager Dinesh Buldoo.... 

Consulting firm wins LTA contract for NC  solar projects
SMALL IN COMPARISON Konkoonsies I is 10 MW peak while Konkoonsies II will be 86 MW peak

Cost-saving measures at Dube TradePort ensure stable water supply

By: Nadine James     22nd January 2016 The green initiatives meant to reduce operational costs and slow ecological degradation at the Dube TradePort, in KwaZulu-Natal, have ensured that the airport city development has alternative and relatively stable water supply, says Dube TradePort Corporation (DTPC) acting CEO Hamish Erskine.  

Cost-saving measures at Dube TradePort ensure stable water supply
IN THE ZONE Dube TradePort's Cargo Terminal, which safegaurds wares from the Agri and Trade Zones, has maintained 0% cargo loss since 2010

CSIR solar plant strives for 100% off-grid switch 

By: Malusi Mkhize     22nd January 2016 The 558 kW ground-mounted photovoltaic (PV) solar plant at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), in Pretoria is fully operational with initial testing completed in 2015. The project, which began construction in June last year, forms part of the CSIR’s aim to run its Pretoria... 

CSIR solar plant strives for 100% off-grid switch
Photo by Duane Daws
OFFGRID PROSPECTS CSIR’s Pretoria campus aims to go 100% offgrid through its new solar photovoltaic plant

DST identifies solar energy game changers through R&D projects

By: Malusi Mkhize     22nd January 2016 The Department of Science and Technology (DST) is funding two solar energy projects that are set to become game changers in the research and development (R&D) of solar solutions. 

DST identifies solar  energy game changers through R&D projects
Photo by Duane Daws
MMBONENI MUOFHE Solar solutions applications in households will continue to increase as electricity prices continue to rise

Local power utility event puts water on its agenda

By: David Oliveira     22nd January 2016 The sixteenth African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa conference and trade exhibition, which will be held in Cape Town from May 17 to 19, is expected to host 6 000 engineers, stakeholders and solutions providers from around the world, who will be exposed to 250 exhibitions, 250 speakers, a... 

Need for manufacturing of biofuel-fired boilers steadily increasing

By: Bruce Montiea     22nd January 2016 Owing to the price of biofuels becoming more competitive than that of traditional fuels, such as coal, oil and gas, the need for biofuel-fired boilers is steadily increasing, says Cape Town-based industrial boilers manufacturer John Thompson divisional technical manager Etienne de Villiers.  

Need for manufacturing of biofuel-fired  boilers steadily increasing
COMBUSTIBLE MATERIAL John Thompson carries out tests on a variety of biofuels, including torrefied biomass owing to growing demand for a cleaner and sustainable environment

Solar power grid-tied systems yield energy cost efficiency

By: Malusi Mkhize     22nd January 2016 Using solar power as a grid-tied system rather than a load shedding intervention secures efficient, reliable and long-term energy-pricing, says solar PV solutions supplier Sola Future Energy FD Dom Chennells.  “Effective solar systems provide 25 years of guaranteed power and, by tapping into that... 

Solar power grid-tied systems yield energy cost efficiency
Photo by Cumulus
ENERGY CERTAINTY Solar power helps to provide certainty over energy cost

Company launches container-fitted solar power solution 

By: Natalie Greve     21st January 2016 Off-grid solar systems provider ePower Holdings has announced the launch of a solar-powered energy solution aimed at the rural market that produces 18 000 W of power from 72 solar panels installed on an unused storage container. The first 40 ft container was now fully operational in Mooiplaas,... 

Shell powers football field through kinetic energy

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     11th December 2015 Multinational oil and gas company Shell has unveiled Africa's first human- and solar-powered football pitch at the Federal College of Education, in Akoka, Lagos. The football pitch, which formed part of Shell's #makethefuture programme, was refurbished by Shell using more than 90 underground... 

Shell powers football field through kinetic energy

Bank’s IPP projects producing over 40% of connected renewables

By: Dylan Stewart     11th December 2015 Renewable-energy independent power producer (IPP) projects financed by South African commercial banking firm Standard Bank are producing more than 40% of the 1 760 MW currently provided by the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). 

Bank’s IPP projects  producing over 40% of connected renewables
WIND POWER The 140 MW Cookhouse wind farm in the Eastern Cape is one of the projects to have been funded by Standard Bank

KZN water project provides multipurpose economic benefits 

     11th December 2015 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) is currently moving ahead with the implementation of the proposed conjunctive Ntabelanga–Lalini scheme, an important component of the  KwaZulu-Natal-based Mzimvubu water project. Engineering and environmental consulting company Jeffares and Green (J&G)... 

KZN water project provides  multipurpose economic benefits
CONJUNCTIVE NTABELANGA–LALINI SCHEME Two multipurpose dams will be built on the Tsitsa river, a major tributary to the Mzimvubu river

Intl partners pledge $10bn for renewable energy in Africa 

By: African News Agency      9th December 2015 The French government and nine other partners on Tuesday renewed commitment to mobilise a cumulative $10-billion between 2015 and 2020 to boost access to energy in Africa. Canada, France, Britain, Germany, Italy, Japan, the US, Sweden, Netherlands and the European Union (EU) will jointly provide... 

Intl partners pledge $10bn for renewable energy in Africa

First wind turbine erected at R1.9bn Noupoort wind farm 

By: Natalie Greve     8th December 2015 The first of a planned 35 wind turbines has been erected at the R1.9-billion, 305 000 MWh/y Noupoort wind farm, in the Northern Cape, marking a pivotal point in the farm’s development and preceding the imminent energisation of the substation. The turbines, which were 100 m tall to allow for... 

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