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Power cuts push businesses towards alternative solutions

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st February 2020 With the prevalent load-shedding now a part of South Africa’s long-term reality, the private sector is increasingly seeking solutions to minimise the operational and financial implications of the crisis. In the spotlight as an alternative to the national grid is the deployment of battery storage,... 

New energy paradigm can drive Africa’s development

By: Schalk Burger     21st February 2020 Africa can meet its major sustainable energy and development goals without becoming more energy intensive, as it has a unique opportunity to use renewable energy, natural gas and energy efficiency to meet its development needs and provide reliable and modern energy services. This is the... 

New energy paradigm can drive Africa’s development

Mantashe says Ministerial Determinations needed to unlock IRP 2019 are finalised and await Nersa’s concurrence 

By: Terence Creamer     19th February 2020 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe announced on Wednesday that the Section 34 Ministerial Determinations required to give effect to the Integrated Resource Plan 2019 had been finalised and were currently serving before the National Energy Regulator of South Africa in order to... 

Mantashe says Ministerial Determinations needed to unlock IRP 2019 are finalised and await Nersa’s concurrence
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Grid-scale containerised energy storage system launched in South Africa

By: Darren Parker     19th February 2020 Energy solutions company BlueNova Energy, part of JSE-listed Reunert Group, on Wednesday launched its grid-scale Intelligent Energy Storage System (iESS) at Reunert Park, in Midrand, where the first unit has been installed to support businesses occupying the office park. The BlueNova Energy iESS,... 

Grid-scale containerised energy storage system launched in South Africa
The BlueNova iESS

Deep-cycle flow batteries being deployed in mobile network towers

By: Schalk Burger     31st January 2020 Compact, deep-cycle zinc-bromine flow batteries made by ASX-listed battery manufacturer Redflow are being deployed in telecommunications towers in South Africa and the company aims to serve similar needs in key African markets, says Redflow CEO and MD Tim Harris. The company is rolling out its... 

Deep-cycle flow batteries being  deployed in mobile network towers
TIM HARRIS Redflow has deployed its batteries in commercial, industrial and micro-grid applications in Australia, the Pacific and Thailand

Local lithium-ion battery plant to open its doors this year 

By: Irma Venter     20th January 2020 The Megamillion Energy Company intends to be Africa’s first large-scale producer of lithium-ion batteries, with a mandate to make batteries “in Africa, for Africa’s benefit first”. Megamillion aims to have Africa’s first lithium-ion battery production pilot plant up and running in the second half... 

Local lithium-ion battery plant to open its doors this year
Nechan Naicker

Company provides rooftop PV systems in S Africa

17th January 2020 Rooftop photovoltaic (PV) systems are extremely exposed and therefore especially vulnerable to damage caused by the direct and indirect results of lightning strikes. Since the PV system is directly connected to the electrical installation of the building, lightning strikes can have severe... 

Sasol willing to consider using ‘green hydrogen’ to produce lower-carbon fuels 

By: Terence Creamer     13th December 2019 South African energy and chemicals group Sasol, which is under increasing pressure to lower its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, has indicated a willingness to participate in demonstration projects aimed at deploying its Fischer-Tropsch assets in combination with ‘green hydrogen’, produced from... 

Sasol willing to consider using ‘green hydrogen’ to produce lower-carbon fuels

Renewable-energy projects well under way

By: Darren Parker     13th December 2019 Construction on several Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) fourth bid window projects are well under way. The REIPPPP fourth window bids include 12 wind farms, 12 solar photovoltaic (PV) projects, a biomass project, a mini-hydro project and a concentrated... 

Renewable-energy projects well under way
BLADE RUNNING About half of the turbine components had been delivered to Kangnas and Perdekraal Wind Farms in October

Additional renewable energy development zones proposed

13th December 2019 The second phase of the Strategic Environmental Assessment for wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) energy in South Africa proposes three additional renewable energy development zones for wind and solar PV energy projects. The renewable energy development zones support the responsible implementation... 

Additional renewable energy development zones proposed
RENEWABLE ENERGY DEVELOPMENT ZONES The Phase 2 proposed zones support the responsible implementation of the Integrated Resource Plan 2019

Metair completes Romanian battery factory, mulls sale of energy storage business

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th December 2019 JSE-listed automotive components maker Metair has successfully completed the installation of the company’s first lithium-ion battery cell manufacturing and assembly facility in Bucharest, Romania. The facility will start producing cells from the second quarter of next year, at a capacity of... 

Association calls for more small-scale embedded generation as load-shedding persists  

By: Simone Liedtke     9th December 2019 The most recent bout of load-shedding in the country has provided further evidence of embattled power utility Eskom’s “increasing inability to supply the level of electricity required” by South Africa’s households and industries, the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) said... 

Association calls for more small-scale embedded generation as load-shedding persists

Manufacturer targets product releases, skills development

By: Cameron Mackay     8th November 2019 Solar energy equipment supplier Microcare plans to share its local story of innovation, job creation and skills development next year during its thirtieth year of manufacturing in South Africa and aims to celebrate with product releases and support for even higher standards of solar equipment... 

Manufacturer targets product releases,  skills development
OFF THE GRID Microcare plans to share its local story of innovation, job creation and skills development next year during its 30th year of manufacturing in South Africa

SA’s sun, wind resources enough to meet the country’s needs

By: Schalk Burger     8th November 2019 Solar and wind resources can be used as bountiful energy sources for development, similar to how abundant coal resources in the late nineteenth- and throughout the twentieth- century powered industries and fuelled development, says energy solutions provider Energy Partners Solar CEO Manie de... 

Bushveld supports Avalon, redT merger 

By: Simone Liedtke     1st November 2019 Integrated primary vanadium producer Bushveld Minerals has agreed to support the merger of vanadium redox flow battery manufacturer Avalon Battery Corporation and redT energy with interim funding of $5-million. The interim funding will give Bushveld an opportunity to acquire a strategic interest... 

Bushveld supports Avalon, redT merger
Photo by Creamer Media
Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo

South Africa to test market for emergency power ‘gap fillers’ as IRP is finalised   

By: Terence Creamer     18th October 2019 South Africa will release a request for information (RFI) in the coming weeks to test the market for solutions to close an immediate electricity supply gap of between 2 000 MW and 3 000 MW, which has emerged primarily as a result of a fall in the energy availability factor (EAF) from Eskom’s coal... 

South Africa to test market for emergency power ‘gap fillers’ as IRP is finalised
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe on the Integrated Resource Plan 2019 allocations and the need for short-term supply solutions. Camera Work: Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 18.10.2019

South Africa's energy mix still to lean on coal in next decade  

By: Reuters     18th October 2019 Coal will continue to play a significant role in South Africa's plan to boost electricity generation over the next decade, with more renewable energy also lined up, Mineral Resources & Energy minister Gwede Mantashe said on Friday. He said the additional capacity for the energy mix until 2030... 

South Africa's energy mix still to lean on coal in next decade
Mineral Resources & Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

All mobility heading to electric future; solar and storage seen as key enablers

By: Schalk Burger     2nd October 2019 The Department of Science and Innovation’s (DSI’s) electric mobility initiative uYilo director Hilten Parmar on Tuesday highlighted that worldwide all forms of mobility, including personal, freight, aviation and marine transport, were moving towards the use or inclusion of electric systems. The... 

Decentralised generation has big implications for distribution network

By: Schalk Burger     20th September 2019 The electricity distribution network will become increasingly important – and has to become increasingly smart – to meet future electricity needs amid the growth of variable and decentralised generation, a range of experts say. The electricity distribution industry will have to change drastically... 

Decentralised generation has big implications for distribution network

One battery material sector is cheering for lower prices

By: Bloomberg     19th September 2019 Lower prices of vanadium, a metal mainly known for strengthening steel, are key in the drive to increase its use in the booming battery sector, according to the developer of an Australian mine. The metal’s retreat from a price spike in 2018 is being welcomed – rather than lamented – by producers... 

One battery material sector is cheering for lower prices

Korea electricity utility offers knowledge and equipment to South Africa

By: Schalk Burger     6th September 2019 National utility Korea Electric Power Corporation (Kepco) stands ready to provide electricity and equipment services in South Africa as part of its goal of growing its export business, Kepco small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) and start-up VP Kwang-Soo Hwang said on Thursday. The utility has... 

Eskom confident of avoiding summer load-shedding but does not rule it out  

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th September 2019 State-owned power utility Eskom on Wednesday said it was unlikely that there would be any load-shedding over the next seven months as the utility’s generation performance was starting to improve. The embattled utility had managed to avoid load-shedding for 164 consecutive days, with an average... 

Eskom confident of avoiding summer load-shedding but does not rule it out
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer

EVs present economic and sustainability opportunities for SA

By: Schalk Burger     30th August 2019 Electric vehicles present economic and sustainability benefits for South Africa by offsetting fossil fuel imports and improving air quality, while providing potential storage and grid balancing benefits as the use of renewable energy grows, says electric vehicle and smart mobility company... 

Opinion: How should SA’s gas infrastructure be configured for a least-cost power system? 

By: Tobias Bischof-Niemz     8th August 2019 As outlined in the previous Transition Talk column (see Engineering News July 12–18, page 51), while gas will become more important in South Africa’s future electricity system, its role should not be overstated. Even in the absence of other flexibility options – such as batteries, pumped-hydro... 

Opinion: How should SA’s gas infrastructure be configured for a  least-cost power system?

CSIR doubles down on solar PV amid energy-autonomous campus success

By: Donna Slater     12th July 2019 The Pretoria-based headquarters of research organisation the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has almost doubled its commissioning of solar photovoltaic (PV) installed capacity because of its rooftop-mounted fixed-axis solar PV plant exceeding initial performance expectations.  

CSIR doubles down on solar PV amid energy-autonomous campus success

Kibo mulls renewables cogeneration opportunities  

By: Simone Liedtke     24th June 2019 In line with its strategy of incorporating long-term renewable energy solutions into its existing coal power projects, Africa-focused Kibo Energy has signed a collaboration agreement with ESS Tech to develop suitable baseload electricity storage solutions. Having recognised the increasing need to... 

Six new members join Hydrogen Council

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th June 2019 Six new member companies have joined the Hydrogen Council, a global CEO-led initiative for hydrogen technologies. The council now has 60 members after BP joined as a steering member and AVL, Itochu Corporation, Liebherr Group, Power Assets Holdings and SinoHytec joined as supporting members. 

The world will get half its power from wind, solar by 2050

By: Bloomberg     18th June 2019 Nearly half the world’s electricity will come from renewable energy by 2050 as costs of wind, solar and battery storage continue to plummet. That titanic shift over the next three decades will come as electricity demand increases 62% and investors pump $13.3-trillion into new projects, according... 

Hydrogen offers pathway for lowering hard-to-abate carbon emissions – IEA 

By: Terence Creamer     14th June 2019 Hydrogen and hydrogen-based fuels could help facilitate the decarbonisation of a range of sectors where the pathway for achieving meaningful emission reductions is currently uncertain or difficult, a new global study argues. Released by the International Energy Agency (IEA) at a meeting of G20... 

Hydrogen offers pathway for lowering hard-to-abate carbon emissions – IEA

Storage presents African utilities with opportunities to rekindle investor appeal

By: Simone Liedtke     12th June 2019 The advent of renewable energy and new storage technologies presents Africa’s utilities with an opportunity to increase capacity and efficiency, while rekindling their appeal to investors, Standard Bank said on Wednesday. The “clear and rapid” evolution in Africa’s energy and energy... 

Storage presents African utilities with opportunities to rekindle investor appeal
Standard Bank power and infrastructure head Stephen Barnes

Bushveld Energy partners with US company on vanadium electrolyte rental product

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th June 2019 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals’ 84%-owned Bushveld Energy subsidiary has enabled the successful deployment of a vanadium electrolyte rental product in industrial-scale batteries developed and sold by Avalon Battery Corporation of Fremont, California. Bushveld Energy and Avalon worked together to... 

Pioneering system holds huge potential for microgrids

By: Kim Cloete     23rd May 2019 A sharper focus on renewable energy has led to increased opportunities for microgrids in rural areas, industrial and commercial parks and residential developments in African countries. “Technology is progressing very fast on alternative energies and systems. An increased focus on renewable energy... 

University of Nottingham academics patent gravitational energy storage using soil batteries

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd May 2019 Academics have patented new concepts on electric power energy storage using gravity, with the concept of gravity energy storage using soil batteries being promoted by two University of Nottingham academics – European Academy of Sciences fellow and World Society of Sustainable Technologies... 

Pioneers and projects that shone at African Power, Energy & Water Industry Awards

By: Kim Cloete     17th May 2019 A dynamic South African leader in renewable energy, a former influential government minister in Ethiopia, the Ghana Grid Company and a range of renewable energy projects were among the winners at the annual African Power, Energy & Water Industry Awards announced in Cape Town this week. The... 

Nuclear is a solution to Eskom’s woes 

By: Mamaili Mamaila     17th May 2019 The success of all the countries that have undertaken large nuclear programmes shows that nuclear energy is a credible solution to State-owned power utility Eskom’s power challenges, says retired Eskom chief nuclear officer David Nicholls. 

Nuclear is a solution to Eskom’s woes
Retired Eskom Chief Nuclear Officer David Nicholls discusses the power utility, scan the barcode with your phones QR reader, or go to ‘Video Reports’ on www.engineeringnews.co.za/ Camerawork: Christo Greyling. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 24.04.2019

Global energy investment out of step with security of supply, climate needs  

By: Terence Creamer     14th May 2019 A new report on global energy investment in 2018 points to an ongoing misalignment between approved expenditure on new fuel and power projects and meeting the twin goals security of supply and decarbonisation. The International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) ‘World Energy Investment 2019’ report,... 

Global energy investment out of step with security of supply, climate needs
IEA executive director Fatih Birol

Sanedi signs contract with SolarTurtle to develop next-gen solar kiosks

By: Schalk Burger     19th April 2019 The South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi), the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and community empowerment solar photovoltaic (PV) product developer SolarTurtle have signed a contract to develop the next-generation SolarTurtle solar energy kiosk, called the... 

Sanedi signs contract with SolarTurtle  to develop next-gen solar kiosks
BABYTURTLE The BabyTurtles can be moved to events, taxi ranks, schools or other high foot-traffic areas where people have phones to recharge
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