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Wind Energy

100 MW power purchase agreement signed in Nairobi

     28th October 2016 In June energy company Kipeto Energy’s (KEL’s) Kipeto wind power project came one step closer to delivering additional clean energy to the people of Kenya following an announcement that it has formally signed a 20-year purchase power agreement with Kenyan power utility Kenya Power. This... 

Company sees potential for growth in wind energy

By: Kimberley Smuts     28th October 2016 Owing to Southern Africa’s vast coastline and high winds, energy distributor Vert Energy believes that there are plenty of opportunities for the wind power division of its business to grow, in both the residential and independent power producer (IPP) sectors. Vert Energy MD Grant Robertson... 

Company sees  potential for growth  in wind energy
GRANT ROBERTSON Vert energy has positioned itself at the forefront of the energy sector in Southern Africa

Further potential for wind energy

By: Kimberley Smuts     28th October 2016 Global professional services firm WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff Africa highlights that there is great potential for wind energy as a suitable energy source for South Africa. The company notes that the first wind farms are already on the grid and contribute to South Africa’s energy supply. Three... 

Further potential for wind energy
SUITABLE ENERGY SOURCE Wind energy is a cleaner fuel source as wind turbines do not produce atmospheric emissions

Offshore wind farm on track for first energy this year

     28th October 2016 Digital industrial company GE unit, global energy financial solutions provider GE Energy Financial Services, and global bank Citi, announced earlier this month, the closing of tax equity financing on offshore wind and transmission developer Deepwater Wind’s Block Island wind farm, the first... 

Offshore wind farm  on track for first energy this year
Photo by Bloomberg
OFFSHORE WIND FARM The Block Island wind farm is a landmark project in the US renewable energy market

S Africa shifts towards 100% renewable energy

By: Kimberley Smuts     28th October 2016 This year’s Windaba conference and exhibition, which will take place during Wind Energy Week, aims to discuss ways in which South Africa could work towards achieving 30 000 MW of renewable energy by 2050. The conference – themed Towards 100% Renewables – will be held at the Cape Town Convention... 

S Africa shifts towards 100% renewable energy
100% RENEWABLES This years theme has been informed by developments in the renewable energy industry

Wind energy investments increase future renewable energy plans

By: Kimberley Smuts     28th October 2016 Although the Department of Energy (DoE) has initiated the highly successful Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) in South Africa, which has led to the rapid expansion of renewable energy, both wind and solar, integrated professional and technical services... 

Wind industry celebrates a million jobs

     28th October 2016 The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) reports that wind industry growth has meant a 5% increase in employment in the sector, which has employed 1.1-million people globally. GWEC highlights the socioeconomic benefits generated by the global wind industry, in addition to supplying clean power.... 

Wind industry celebrates  a million jobs
Photo by Duane Daws
REACHING FOR CLIMATE GOALS The wind industry has witnessed record growth in recent years

Windaba exhibitors showcase energy portfolio

By: Kimberley Smuts     28th October 2016 Global providers of wind energy services to wind farm developers, owners, investors and others, UL-Dewi South Africa, which is part of US-based Underwriters Laboratories (UL), will exhibit at this year’s Windaba. Having participated in the Windaba for the past two years, the company points out... 

WindAc Africa to spark wind energy discussions

     28th October 2016 The South African Wind Energy Association (Sawea) highlights that a unique opportunity is arising for the first time for academics and researchers to share knowledge on wind energy in Africa, in the form of the first academic conference – WindAc Africa –  on the subject to be held on the... 

Battery-powered bolting system designed for turbine maintenance

     27th November 2015 While there are battery-powered bolting solutions for wind turbine maintenance, the general consensus among wind energy industry stakeholders is that these solutions lack battery longevity and often succumb to overheating and bending, says bolting systems manufacturer Hytorc COO Jason Junkers.... 

Battery-powered bolting system designed for  turbine maintenance
LITHIUM GUN The battery-powered bolting gun is ideal for wind turbine maintenance

Design flaws in wind turbine foundations may prove costly, says engineering firm

     27th November 2015 While wind turbines are standard products that are designed, verified by prototype testing and independently certified, their foundations are designed on a project-by-project basis to suit site-specific ground conditions. This, according to engineering consulting firm Arup, makes wind turbine... 

Engineering consultancy introduces integrated earthing for wind energy facilities

     27th November 2015 Engineering consulting firm Hatch Goba has introduced a new approach to integrated earthing for wind energy facilities, using insulated cables to connect the individual wind turbine groundmats to the substation groundmat, taking the equivalent circuit of the entire wind energy facility (WEF) into... 

Engineering consultancy  introduces integrated earthing for wind energy facilities
Photo by Bloomberg
INTEGRATED EARTHING Hatch Goba has researched new groundmat designs for grid integration at wind energy facilities

Engineering multinational provides 157 wind turbines for SA wind farms

     27th November 2015 Electrical engineering and electronics company Siemens will, by 2017, have supplied a total of 157 wind turbines to wind energy projects in South Africa, following a 2014 contract that committed Siemens to supplying wind turbines to a consortium led by wind and solar utility Mainstream Renewable... 

Engineering multinational provides 157 wind turbines for SA wind farms
EN-ROUTE TO JEFFREYS BAY Siemens successfully supplied and installed turbines at the Jefferys Bay Wind farmin the Eastern Cape

NC wind project’s turbine foundations among the world’s greenest

     27th November 2015 The Northern Cape’s Loeriesfontein wind farm has announced that its wind turbine foundations comprise very low quantities of Portland cement in the concrete formulation, resulting in what is believed to be one of the world’s lowest carbon footprints for any wind farm foundation, according to... 

NC wind project’s turbine foundations among the world’s greenest
WIND TURBINE FOUNDATION The Loeriesfontein wind farm is expecte to be completed by 2017

Regular inspections, monitoring a must to improve turbine efficiency

By: Nadine James     27th November 2015 Systematic independent technical inspections and independent real-time, around-the-clock condition monitoring of wind turbines, which are rarely done in South Africa, will improve their operational efficiency, maintenance and life span, advocates Cape Town-based renewable-energy consultant... 

Regular inspections, monitoring a must to improve turbine efficiency
SMOOTH OPERATION Independent inspections ensure that wind turbines operate efficiently

Renewables specialist spearheads Kenyan wind power project

     27th November 2015 Engineering company WorleyParsons is one-third of the way into its 32-month contract for the Lake Turkana Wind Power (LTWP) project, in Kenya, for which it was tasked to deliver project management services in 2014. The project aims to supply 360 MW of reliable, low-cost wind-turbine generator... 

Renewables specialist spearheads  Kenyan wind power project
UHURU KENYATTA Kenya's president unveils a commemorative plaque at Lake Turkana Wind Power groundbreaking ceremony

Western Cape wind farm achieved full operational capacity - supplying the national grid

     27th November 2015 State-owned power utility Eskom’s Sere wind farm, near Vredendal, in the Western Cape, achieved full commercial operational capacity of a 100 MW on March 31. “Sere is Eskom’s first large-scale renewable energy project and forms part of our commitment to renewable energy and reducing our carbon... 

Western Cape wind farm achieved full operational capacity - supplying the national grid
SERE WIND FARM The Western Cape wind farm is capable of producing enough electricity to supply 124 000 homes

Wind farm transaction 'a big deal' for local renewables investment

     27th November 2015 Fund management firm Gaia Infrastructure Partners has concluded a landmark equity transaction in the Dorper wind farm project, a preferred bidder under Round 1 of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) run by the Department of Energy (DoE). Gaia believes... 

Wind farms stimulate socioeconomic development in WC

     27th November 2015 Impoverished communities near rural Vredenburg, 130 km north of Cape Town, are starting to reap the benefits from the West Coast One wind project, which became fully-operational in June, and is operated by a consortium comprising financial services provider Investec, electric utility company... 

Wind farms stimulate  socioeconomic  development in WC
WEST COAST ONE The 94 MW wind farm will counteract more than 5 billion tons of carbon emiision

Bolting system increases windmill construction speed

By: Bruce Montiea     28th November 2014 Precision and hydraulic special service equipment manufacturer Power Team says its SPX bolting system, which it supplies to contracting companies in the South African wind energy sector, enables these companies to significantly increase windmill erection speed, reduce construction costs and... 

Bolting system increases windmill construction speed
POWER EQUIPMENT The SPX bolting system ensures accurate torque and tension levels on every bolt

Company completes transportation and erection of wind turbines

By: Bruce Montiea     28th November 2014 International heavy-lift and plant relocation specialist engineering firm Vanguard provided the transportation and erection services for nine 3 MW Sinovel wind turbines for the Van Stadens wind farm project, in the Eastern Cape, says Vanguard MD Bryan Hodgkinson. The project forms part of the... 

Company completes transportation and erection of wind turbines
ON THE MOVE The towers for the turbines necessitate their transportation in three or four segments

Company supplies generators to wind farm

By: Bruce Montiea     28th November 2014 In its endeavour to support the country’s drive to propel the use of wind farms as sources of generating green renewable energy, temporary power and temperature-control solutions supplier Aggreko supplied nine 60 kVA generators to the precommissioning of the wind turbines at the Jeffrey’s Bay... 

Company supplies generators to  wind farm
WIND POWER Aggreko provides support services across the full life-cycle of both on- and offshore wind farms

R300m production factory opened

     28th November 2014 Renewable energy industrial and logistics processes company GRI Renewable Industries in November opened a new R300-million wind-turbine tower production factory in Atlantis, Cape Town. “With South Africa currently in the grip of debilitating rolling black-outs and load shedding owing to... 

R300m production factory opened
PRODUCTION CAPACITY The new wind-turbine tower production factory is capable of producing 150 wind towers a year

SA to double electricity generated through wind farms 

By: Bruce Montiea     28th November 2014 South Africa is creating the capacity to generate close to 2 GW of electricity from wind farms and, “within the next five years, this will more than double”, says Stellenbosch University’s Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies director, Professor Wikus van Niekerk. “South Africa was... 

SA to double electricity generated through wind farms
GENERATING ELECTRICITY The Jeffreys Bay wind farm started operating this year

SA wind energy industry thriving

By: Bruce Montiea     28th November 2014 The South African wind energy industry has had a few hiccups since the beginning of the independent power producer (IPP) procurement programme, however on the whole the industry has excelled, says technical consultancy 3E Renewable Energy. “Essentially initiated and supported by the Department of... 

SA wind energy  industry thriving
NICOLA CENCELLI The wind industry market has progressed into a thriving industry that is showing clear signs of sustainability

Turbine for low wind speed areas launched

     28th November 2014 To help with meeting the need to increase the number of wind farms in South Africa, including in areas with moderate to low wind speeds, global engineering company Siemens in November launched its new wind turbine at wind energy exhibition event Windaba, held in Cape Town. “With the Model... 

Turbine for low wind speed areas launched
ROTATING The SWT-3.3-130 delivers 3.3 MW and extracts maximum energy yield from low to moderate wind velocities

Wind energy industry creating jobs

By: Bruce Montiea     28th November 2014 While there is not a significant skills deficit in the South African wind energy industry, primarily the result of on-the-job training, there is a need to formalise the training and invest more substantially in local community training, says renewable-energy and sustainability consulting firm... 

Wind energy industry creating jobs
SARAH STANDS The wind industry has created a need for more trained professionals such as turbine technicians, large-inverter programmers, engineers and quality managers

Wind energy projects help restore ecosystem

By: Bruce Montiea     28th November 2014 South Africa needs to pursue projects that use wind for renewable- energy generation, as this green source of energy mitigates the emission of greenhouse gases (GHGs) while restoring and improving the ecosystem, says carbon advisory firm Promethium Carbon director Harmke Immink. The benefits that... 

Wind energy projects help restore ecosystem
Photo by Bloomberg
GREEN ENERGY Projects that use wind to generate renewable energy are essential

Wind farm to go live before year-end  

By: Bruce Montiea     28th November 2014 Infrastructure equity investment manager African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM) is proud to have played a key role in the completion of the Cookhouse wind farm, in the Eastern Cape, as one of the funders of the project, says AIIM CEO Jurie Swart. “We are pleased to have played a part... 

Wind farm to go live before year-end
VAST The Cookhouse wind farm is 25%-owned by the local community of the town of Cookhouse through a community trust

Chemicals solutions company products ideal for wind turbine construction

By: David Oliveira     29th November 2013 Products from chemical solutions company Chryso Southern Africa Group are ideal for base foundation construction for wind turbines, as well as various other aspects of the country’s proposed extensive wind farm energy projects, says Chryso technical services GM Eddie Correia. Independent power... 

Increasing number of wind energy projects stimulates sector

By: David Oliveira     29th November 2013 The outlook of the wind energy sector in South Africa is positive, owing to the increasing number of wind farm projects being awarded through the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), says University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business professor Anton... 

Local manufacturer receives award from Sawea

By: David Oliveira     29th November 2013 Internationally recognised manufacturing and engineering company DCD Group was presented with the Distinguished Contribution to the Advancement of Local Content in Wind Energy award by nonprofit wind industry representative, the South African Wind Energy Association (Sawea), in September, for its... 

Local manufacturer  receives award from Sawea
DIPOLELO ELFORD, SIMON GRAAF DCD Group received the Distinguished Contribution to the Advancement of Local Content in Wind Energy award from South African Wind Energy Association

Need for more power increases interest in renewable energy

By: David Oliveira     29th November 2013 Most of Africa’s installed electrical capacity is in South Africa, which is heavily reliant on coal for its electricity generation needs, says South Africa-based law firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr, noting that there has been little incentive for South Africa to invest in renewable energy in the past.... 

Renewable-energy business awarded wind project

By: David Oliveira     29th November 2013 Renewable-energy business and project developer Red Cap was announced as one of the preferred bidders in round three of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) last month for its Gibson Bay wind farm project, in the Kouga local municipality, in the Eastern... 

Renewable-energy business awarded wind project
KOUGA GROUND-BREAKING CEREMONY Mark Tanton, Kouga executive mayor Booi Koerat and former Minister of Energy Dipuo Peters at the ground-breaking ceremony at Kouga wind farm

Strategy required to develop SA wind turbine manufacturing capabilities

By: David Oliveira     29th November 2013 The development of wind turbine manufacturing capabilities in South Africa needs to be strategically motivated for it to become a globally competitive industry, global environmental conservation organisation World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa (WWF-SA) Living Planet unit head Saliem Fakir... 

Wind turbines popular among SA farmers

By: David Oliveira     29th November 2013 Renewable-energy solutions provider Eveready Diversified Products, trading as Kestrel Renewable Energy, says that the use of its wind turbines has increased in recent years, owing to the increased focus on renewable and environmentally safe energy.  Kestrel Renewable Energy wind turbines are a... 

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