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Renewable Energy News

Thin-film solar module developer shrugs off IP right challenge, now focused on refining technology

By: Irma Venter     18th March 2016 Vivian Alberts had a tough 2015. The University of Johannesburg (UJ) physicist faced a fierce European challenge to the intellectual property (IP) on his life’s work – a brand of thin-film solar module (TFSM) technology – while also working to make his invention achieve the same efficiency on... 

De Aar solar project expanded to 175 MW 

By: David Oliveira     17th March 2016 Renewable-energy project developer Solar Capital has inaugurated the second phase of its De Aar solar farm project, with De Aar 3 adding 90 MW of capacity to the overall project. This was in addition to the first phase of the project, the 85 MW De Aar 1 solar farm, which came on line in August 2014. 

De Aar solar project expanded to 175 MW

Solar energy comes slowly out of the shadows in Ethiopia

By: African News Agency      17th March 2016 When it comes to energy generation in Africa, Ethiopia stands out for its ambitious 6 000 MW Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) hydro project. While this huge dam being built on the Blue Nile is getting all the attention, the country is also embarking on other ambitious electricity projects... 

Solar energy comes slowly out of the shadows in Ethiopia

Secure solar solution to provide sustainable off-grid energy  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th March 2016 The South African government and several partners have launched the new-generation, modular solar solution the PowerTurtle at the off-grid Pheasant Folly Primary school in Palm Ridge, in Gauteng earlier this month. 

Secure solar solution to provide sustainable off-grid energy
Secure solar solution to provide sustainable off-grid energy

Eskom needs new nuclear power to meet country's needs 

By: Keith Campbell     16th March 2016 South African national electricity utility Eskom is excited about its imminent new nuclear era. So affirmed Group CEO Brian Molefe on Wednesday in an address to the Nuclear Africa 2016 conference, that was delivered on his behalf by Eskom's recently appointed Chief Nuclear Officer, Dave Nicholls.... 

Eskom needs new nuclear power to meet country's needs

IEA’s 2015 carbon audit points to growth-emissions ‘decoupling’

By: Terence Creamer     16th March 2016 A new International Energy Agency (IEA) analysis of global energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions points to a “decoupling” of greenhouse-gas emissions from economic growth, with emissions having remained flat in 2015, notwithstanding global economic growth during the year of over 3%.... 

IEA’s 2015 carbon audit points to growth-emissions ‘decoupling’
Photo by Duane Daws
Renewables accounting for around 90% of new electricity generation in 2015

Bokpoort CSP officially inaugurated

By: Anine Kilian     14th March 2016 The R5-billion Bokpoort concentrated solar power (CSP) project was officially inaugurated by Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Commerce and Trade Minister Dr Tawfig Fawzan Alrabiah on Monday.   Located in the Northern Cape and developed by a consortium led by... 

Bokpoort CSP officially inaugurated

Denham to continue backing BioTherm

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th March 2016 South African independent power producer BioTherm Energy has secured financial backing for its next series of renewable energy projects under Round 4 of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). Energy and resources-focused global private equity firm and... 

Denham to continue backing BioTherm

New platform targets small African renewables projects 

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th March 2016 A new platform to support small-scale and distributed renewable-energy projects within sub-Saharan Africa has been launched, with initial targets of getting 150 MW of new generation off the ground over the next five years. The Renewable Energy Performance Platform (REPP), developed by the... 

New platform targets small African renewables projects

Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront swims against sluggish economic tide

By: Kim Cloete     11th March 2016 Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront is bucking the sluggish trend in the national economy. It pulled in over three-million visitors in December alone, has substantially boosted its coffers and has embarked on some dynamic new developments.  Retail, commercial, leisure and residential developments are all... 

Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront swims against sluggish economic tide

Lifting specialist delivers wind components for Amakhala project

By: Mia Breytenbach     11th March 2016 Lifting, transporting, installing and ballasting solutions provider ALE has completed the delivery of 560 wind-turbine generator components, comprising an equal number of trips, at the end of January for the eight-month-long Amakhala Emoyeni wind project, in the Eastern Cape. The wind farm,... 

Lifting specialist delivers wind components for Amakhala project
LENGHTY LOAD The wind-turbine generator components that were delivered differed in weight and dimensions, and involved transporting the longest blades, up to 57.5 m, by ALE

Unit 3 of Ingula pumped-storage scheme synchronised to the grid 

By: Anine Kilian     10th March 2016 Unit 3 of State-owned Eskom's Ingula pumped-storage scheme was synchronised to the national power grid at the weekend, a year ahead of schedule. Speaking at a media briefing on Thursday, Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown said an additional 330 MW of capacity would be available to the grid,... 

Unit 3 of Ingula pumped-storage scheme synchronised to the grid

Renewable energy sector increasing in ELIDZ 

By: African News Agency      7th March 2016 The renewable energy sector is competing with the automotive sector in terms of investment value inside the East London Industrial Development Zone (ELIDZ), it emerged on Sunday. The trade and industry department (DTI) said in a statement Ayanda Ramncwana of the ELIDZ told a media tour organised... 

Renewable energy sector increasing in ELIDZ

SA-developed solar panels beat European intellectual property challenge 

By: Irma Venter     4th March 2016 Professor Vivian Alberts had a tough 2015. The University of Johannesburg (UJ) physicist faced a fierce European challenge to the intellectual property (IP) on his life’s work – a brand of thin-film solar module (TFSM) technology – while also working to make his invention achieve the same... 

SA-developed solar panels beat European intellectual property challenge
Vivian Alberts

Africa viable option for investment in power infrastructure

By: Simon Sonnekus     4th March 2016 Expanding Africa’s power and electricity infrastructure remains a viable prospect for investors and businesses, with numerous investment opportunities available owing to new developments, says infrastructure investment and asset management company African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM)... 

Africa viable option  for investment in  power infrastructure
Photo by Bloomberg
NATURAL ENERGY The migration from traditional to renewable-energy sources has encouraged foreign investment opportunities

Clarke Energy provides reliable energy solutions

     4th March 2016 KwaZulu-Natal-based multinational engineering, installation and maintenance of reciprocating engine-based power plants and gas engine compression stations company Clarke Energy will exhibit at the 2016 Power & Electricity World Africa event that is being held at the Sandton Convention Centre on... 

Clarke Energy provides reliable energy solutions
JENBACHER General Electric's Jenbacher has been a proven stalwart with regards to energy saving as more than 500 absorption chillers have been delivered worldwide

Conference to attract twice as much footfall

By: Simon Sonnekus     4th March 2016 This year’s Power & Electricity World Africa conference will host twice as many delegates as last year, with utilities, independent power providers (IPPs) and government officials confirmed from more than 33 African countries. The event will be held at the Sandton Convention Centre, in... 

Conference to attract twice  as much footfall
TWICE THE SIZE Guests from 33 African countries will visit the Power and Electricity World Africa showcase being held at the Sandton Convention Centre

Energy storage system to be launched at conference

By: Simon Sonnekus     4th March 2016 American automotive and energy storage company Tesla’s highly anticipated Powerwall energy storage system will be launched onto the African market by energy solutions provider Dako Power at the 2016 Power and Electricity World Africa exhibition, held from March 15 to 16 at the Sandton Convention... 

Energy storage system to be launched at conference
INSTANT ENERGY Two variants of the Tesla Powerwall system have been launch globally, the 7 kWh and 10 kWh variant, but currently only the 7 kWh Powerwall is available in Africa

Rural areas could benefit from decentralised energy

By: Simon Sonnekus     4th March 2016 Autonomous and stable supply of decentralised energy might be the answer for Africans who are often without electricity because of unreliable energy sources, says energy storage systems supplier Battco director Gerhard Swart. “Many of the electricity problems in Africa stem from the concept of a... 

Rural areas could  benefit from  decentralised energy
GERHARD SWART In most African countries, the electricity grids are failing and generation capacity is degrading rapidly

Steel producer for PV system to exhibit at expo

     4th March 2016 Local steel supplier Qinisa Steel Solutions will be exhibiting its steel processing capabilities and capacities to customers who are involved in the larger solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in South Africa and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region at the Power and Electricity... 

Steel producer for PV  system to exhibit at expo
PV SYSTEMS The Alberton-based company supplies engineering, procurement and construction companies which are involved in the installation of ground-mounted PV systems

Storage a key component for modern energy supply

By: Simon Sonnekus     4th March 2016 Rapid growth in yearly power demand and the high cost involved in expanding national power grids in rural areas are some of the biggest challenges regarding power and electricity supply in African countries, says University of the Western Cape associate professor Bernard Bladergroen. Bladergroen... 

Storage a key component  for modern energy supply
BULK STORAGE Bulk energy storage will be advantageous for African power and electricity providers, as increased wind and solar energy is being absorbed by national grids 

Wetlands, water conservation key to environment

By: Lynne Jackson     4th March 2016 With wetlands being essential to the ecosystem, owing to water being a precious resource to mankind, the second annual Flufftail Festival, held last month in Johannesburg, highlighted the need to preserve water, wetlands and endangered waterbirds (especially the rare and critically endangered... 

Wetlands, water  conservation key  to environment
CLEANING UP WATER RESOURCES BirdLife South Africa's CEO says wetlands are essential to the ecosystem

Gamesa unveils new wind turbine ‘ideal’ for S Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd March 2016 Wind energy technology group Gamesa on Wednesday unveiled its latest offering, the G132-3.3 MW turbine that Europe, Middle East and Africa sales director Francisco Arzoz said was “ideal” for South Africa’s wind conditions. The new 3.3 MW turbine was a progression on the Spanish company’s 2 MW and... 

Gamesa unveils new wind turbine ‘ideal’ for S Africa

First Solar technology to power Namibian solar park

By: Anine Kilian     29th February 2016 Swiss solar developer HopSol has selected photovoltaic (PV) manufacturer First Solar’s high-performance thin-film modules to power the Otjozondjupa Solar Park, in Namibia. The 5 MW facility, which was expected to be completed in June, would be Namibia’s largest grid-connected solar PV plant and... 

First Solar technology to power Namibian solar park

Acsa launches R16m solar power plant at George Airport 

By: Anine Kilian     26th February 2016 Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) on Friday launched the first phase of its R16-million solar power plant at George Airport, making it  Africa’s first, and currently only, regional airport to be powered through solar energy. Construction of the plant got under way in March last year and took... 

Acsa launches R16m solar power plant at George Airport
Transport Minister Dipuo Peters

3 GW-plus in wind energy either producing, or under construction in S Africa 

By: Terence Creamer     25th February 2016 Following recent confirmation by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) that South Africa had increased its installed wind-energy capacity to above 1 GW in 2015, the South African Wind Energy Association (Sawea) has highlighted that more than 3 GW of wind capacity has already been allocated... 

3 GW-plus in wind energy either producing, or under construction in S Africa
Work under way at the R1.9-billion Noupoort wind farm

Sapvia seeks new standards for local PV industry

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd February 2016 The solar photovoltaic (PV) systems market urgently needs an enabling regulatory framework, as well as support for capacity-development efforts, if the sector is to reach its full potential, said the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (Sapvia) Rooftop PV Forum, at its inaugural... 

Sapvia seeks new standards for local PV industry

Mettle Solar acquires 50% stake in SPS

By: Anine Kilian     22nd February 2016 Photovoltaic (PV) installation company Mettle Solar has acquired a 50% stake in engineering and construction firm Sustainable Power Solutions (SPS) for an undisclosed amount.   SPS was involved in the installation of more than 4 000 roof-mounted 1.2 MW solar panels at the V&A Waterfront in Cape... 

Mettle Solar acquires 50% stake in SPS

AFC takes controlling stake in Cape Verde wind farm

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th February 2016 Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) has bought early-stage development capital provider InfraCo Africa’s stake in the 25.5 MW, €65-million Cabeólica wind farm, in Cape Verde, for an undisclosed amount. The deal followed a share purchase agreement signed in May last year, in which AFC agreed to buy... 

AFC takes controlling stake in Cape Verde wind farm

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... 

Cabinet approves development zones for future renewables projects

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

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