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Sep 27, 2013
ST JOHN’S COLLEGEThe school won first prize with its model of an energy-efficient home at the 2013 Siemens Junior Cyber Yard Challenge
St John’s College, in Johannesburg, won first prize in the 2013 Siemens Junior Cyber Junk Yard Challenge earlier this month, – a competition in which talented learners go head-to-head in building models of energy-saving homes.
Sep 27, 2013
LANGA The first 463 units will be constructed at a cost of R170-million
In The Mayor of Casterbridge, by Thomas Hardy, the character Michael Henchard works in the mythical area of Wessex, in England, in the nineteenth century (that is, the 1800s, for those of you Natal graduates).
Sep 27, 2013
CONCRETE CABINPrecast concrete cabin manufacturing is increasing because of the country’s emerging solar power industry
Precast concrete manufacturer Rocla has entered into a manufacturing-under-licence agreement with Spain-based precast concrete cabin supplier Prephor to manufacture precast concrete cabins to supply South Africa’s budding photovoltaic (PV) farms.
Sep 26, 2013
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Denmark, which is working closely with South Africa on its wind energy programme, believes the African country can become the hub of wind power in Africa. South Africa's wind energy industry is rapidly gaining momentum, with numerous wind farms being developed and...
Sep 26, 2013
Foreign companies supplying the South African wind energy industry have called for more clarity on the procurement requirements for future rounds of the government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). The requirement for...
Sep 26, 2013
Solarcentury CEO Frans van den Heuvel
UK-based solar solutions provider Solarcentury’s ambition to expand into African markets has gained momentum as the group established a 85:15 joint venture (JV) with a South Africa-based partner. Solarcentury and project developer Momentous Energy officially launched...
Sep 25, 2013
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The global wind energy industry is looking very healthy, with wind-generated power growing faster than any other renewable-energy technology in 2012, climbing by 19% to 283 GW, delegates attending the WINDaba conference and exhibition in Cape Town have heard. The US...
Sep 20, 2013
SOLAR GEYSERS SHARE i4 Power Technology holds an 86% share in the manufacturing rights of solar thermal technology manufacturer Genersys Solar’s solar water heaters in South Africa
Energy efficient technology solutions provider i4 Power Technology  (i4PT) group plans to start manufacturing some its products locally, including its heating and cooling solutions, in the next 9 to 12 months, i4 Group CEO Ajay Jekison tells Engineering News. He says...
Sep 20, 2013
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Sep 16, 2013
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Sep 13, 2013
 
 
 
Sep 13, 2013
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FIRST WIND TURBINE South Africa’s first wind turbine has been erected in the Eastern Cape
The first wind turbine for South Africa came on line last month, at the Metrowind Van Stadens wind farm, near Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape.
Sep 13, 2013
The South African supplier of welding consumables and equipment ESAB Africa Welding & Cutting, which is the sub-Saharan Africa subsidiary of UK-based industrial company ESAB Holdings, donated more than R200 000 in welding consumables last month to the institute for...
Sep 11, 2013
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Following the installation of three of its nine Sinovel SL3000 3 MW wind turbines, the 27 MW MetroWind Van Stadens wind farm project, in the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality (NMBM), is on track to begin cold commissioning in October. This phase would involve extensive...
Sep 09, 2013
IDC CEO Geoffrey Qhena
South Africa’s State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), which plans to issue bonds up to R12-billion in the next 18 months, on Monday announced stepped-up R2.7-billion funding to boost youth entrepreneurship. The State-owned corporation, which disbursed...
Sep 06, 2013
Key changes are being seen in the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) third round project bid submissions, compared with those bids submitted during the previous two rounds, management consultancy firm Arup said on Friday. The...
Sep 06, 2013
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Sep 04, 2013
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Manufacturers in the solar energy field have called for incentives, such as tax breaks or subsidies, to offset the cost of local-content requirements. Solar industry executives have told the Solar Indaba, in Cape Town, this week, that some local components cost...
Sep 03, 2013
The cost of solar technologies has come down dramatically over the past few years, making this an increasingly viable form of renewable energy for South Africa, attendees at the Solar Indaba were told on Tuesday. The indaba, being held in Cape Town, has drawn 250...
Sep 03, 2013
The World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC), which funds private-sector activities in developing countries, reported on Tuesday that it had committed and mobilised record investments of $5.3-billion for sub-Saharan African projects during its 2013...
Aug 30, 2013
 
 
 
 
Aug 30, 2013
Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm
The operators of the Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm, which is one of the first wind farms arising from the South African government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme, on Friday announced that construction has started on the first of 60 wind...
Aug 30, 2013
Wind energy would form a substantial portion of Kenya’s planned 5 000 MW power generation capacity increase expected to take place over the next 40 months, Kenya Energy Ministry acting director for renewable energy Isaac Kiva said on Friday. To this end, a high-level...
Aug 30, 2013
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The Gauteng Provincial Government is to spend R11-billion for a large scale roll-out of solar panels on all State-owned buildings across the province. This will result in the generation of electricity, which will be in line with the National Development Plan’s call...
Aug 30, 2013
A group of postgraduate entrepreneurship students of the University of Cape Town (UCT), in the Western Cape, has designed and built a portable solar charger, the SolaNova, which can charge any mobile device, says postgraduate student and group member Abdul Issufo....
Aug 30, 2013
The R400-million construction of the Aurora and Vredendal solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants, in the Western Cape is underway and is expected to be completed before the end of the year.
Aug 29, 2013
Basil Read CEO Marius Heyns
The head of JSE-listed construction group Basil Read says he remains “upbeat” about the prospects for a recovery in the South African project economy, especially from the second half of 2014. However, Marius Heyns tells Engineering News Online that the group is also...
Aug 27, 2013
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An office park in Observatory, Cape Town, has unveiled the first phase of what is currently considered to be the largest solar photovoltaic (PV) rooftop installation in Southern Africa. Once completed, the system on the 78 000 m2 Black River Park offices will cover...
Aug 26, 2013
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There are signs that the South African government is, at last, gearing up to procure electricity capacity from independent power producers (IPPs) besides that which is already being acquired from renewable-energy IPPs. A tender has been published for the appointment...
Aug 23, 2013
A new map detailing the applications for environmental authorisation to build renewable energy projects in South Africa has been released, says research organisation Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) project leader Paul Lochner. “This is the first...
Aug 23, 2013
POWER PLATFORMFollowing the success of the first Power-Gen Africa last year, event organiser PennWell International decided to co-locate next year’s event with the first DistribuTech Africa to further address the needs of Africa’s energy sector
Internationally renowned power transmission and distribution event DistribuTech, which has been providing a comprehensive overview of the global power distribution sector for more than 20 years, will make its Africa debut next year, in conjunction with the second...
 
 
 
 
Aug 23, 2013
GREEN JOBS Several technologies relating to waste-to-energy and biofuels could create a further 100 000 jobs
A study of the estimated employment potential of four broad green economy strategies in South Africa has indicated that at least 445 587 jobs could be created.
Aug 23, 2013
It is common cause that South Africa is facing various challenges with regard to its water resources and the management thereof. It is also well recognised that South Africa needs to intensify its efforts to protect its already limited water resources and materially...
Aug 21, 2013
South African black-owned photovoltaic (PV) solar company Black Lite Solar on Wednesday announced that the National Empowerment Fund (NEF) had bought a 23% stake in the company for an undisclosed sum. The primary aim of this investment by the NEF was to further its...
Aug 16, 2013
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Aug 16, 2013
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Aug 16, 2013
Namibia Power (NamPower) on Friday started its search for an environmental impact assessment consultant for the national electricity utility’s solar photovoltaic (PV) projects. Nampower aimed to develop three 10 MW solar PV power plants in Namibia as part of its...
Aug 16, 2013
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POWER SUPPLY FOR WATERThe eThekwini municipality in Durban has already brought two mini hydroschemes on its existing infrastructure to the tender stage
The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) has finalised two of the 28 projects aimed at scaling up renewable energy and energy efficient solutions in key emerging markets and selected developing countries in Africa and Asia.
Aug 16, 2013
Electronics manufacturer Samsung Electronics Africa has developed a range of solar-powered technologies that have been adapted for African conditions and is suitable for use in rural villages and urban residential areas.
Aug 13, 2013
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Aug 09, 2013
The US African Development Foundation (USADF) is partnering with electric services and capital company General Electric (GE) Africa to launch the Power Africa Off-Grid Energy Challenge (Power Africa Challenge).
 
 
 
 
Aug 09, 2013
Municipalities should investigate energy-saving opportunities by conducting energy audits and issues, such as electrical load management during peak demand periods, must be clear and understood by wastewater treatment plant operations staff, says Water Research...
Aug 09, 2013
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75 MWThe 75 MW farm with its 1-million solar panels will generate enough electricity to power about 14 000 South African homes every year
Solar energy company Solar Capital signed its second Independent Power Purchase Agreement with the Department of Energy.
Aug 06, 2013
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The Department of Energy (DoE) has released the Draft Integrated Energy Planning Report for public consultation and has announced that it will host stakeholder consultations in various parts of the country during the months of September, October and November. The...
Aug 05, 2013
Global wind and solar developer Mainstream Renewable Power on Monday announced a €100-million equity investment deal with Marubeni Corporation, which would see the Japanese group take a 25% stake in the company. Ireland-based Mainstream, which has plans to build wind...
Aug 02, 2013
Construction on the 50 MWe Bokpoort concentrated solar power (CSP) plant project in the Northern Cape started after reaching financial close in June, a consortium led by Saudi-based electricity and desalinated water producer, Acwa Power International, said on Friday....
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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