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Guidance note on support for off-grid renewable energy launched

By: Dylan Slater     19th January 2018 The first edition of the Off-Grid Government-Industry Dialogue (OGID) Day – which took place in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire during October – resulted in the launch of a guidance note for governments. The note aims to share recommendations for policymakers about how they can support the off-grid... 

China's Dec coal output hits 2-year record over firm demand in winter

By: Reuters     18th January 2018 China's December coal output rose from November to hit its highest level since December 2015, as miners boosted output to meet increasing demand after Beijing softened winter coal burning restrictions in northern homes due to gas shortages. The world's biggest coal miner produced 314.87-million... 

Australia’s Vimy maintains positive view on uranium

By: Mariaan Webb     16th January 2018 Perth-based uranium mining hopeful Vimy Resources is maintaining a positive view on the uranium market and will “actively and energetically” engage in contract negotiations this year, to underpin financing for a new mine in the Great Victoria desert of Western Australia. The company, which is... 

Solar steam powers homes – and new jobs – in South Africa

By: Reuters     12th January 2018 South Africa may still get most of its energy from coal, but in the country’s sunny Northern Cape province, a different electricity source is taking hold: solar steam. A Spanish renewable energy company has opened three thermal solar plants – which use the sun’s heat to create electricity - in... 

TNG commissions EMC to assess alternative power for mine

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st December 2017 Australian strategic metals company TNG has commissioned Energy Made Clean (EMC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Carnegie Clean Energy, to assess alternative power options for its flagship Mount Peak vanadium-titanium-iron project, in the Northern Territory. EMC will conduct an alternative power... 

Biggest Australian business lender to stop new coal mine funding

By: Bloomberg     14th December 2017 National Australia Bank (NAB) pledged to stop funding new thermal coal mine developments and boost lending to renewable energy projects as part of global efforts to tackle climate change. “While we will continue to support our existing customers across the mining and energy sectors, including... 

Macron: World is losing battle against climate change

By: News24Wire      13th December 2017 French President Emmanuel Macron delivered a stark warning on climate change at a meeting in Paris, urging political and business leaders to launch an urgent new phase in the fight against global warming. "We are losing the battle," Macron said at Tuesday's " One Planet " summit.  "We must all... 

SA power plant listed 4th dirtiest in world's 'Dirty Dozen' 

By: News24Wire      12th December 2017 South Africa’s Thabametsi project has been listed as one of the “Dirty Dozen projects”, twelve fossil fuel projects worldwide environmental groups say exemplify the massive volumes of public finances still flowing to fossil fuel projects, which are driving climate change. The list comes as world... 

Jasco slashes carbon footprint with solar energy solution

By: Nadine James     8th December 2017 Technology solutions provider Jasco’s Power Solutions & Renewable Energy team will leverage its experiences from its successful solar project as a base for understanding the engineering, procurement and construction requirements for solar energy systems in high-end residential, commercial and... 

South Africa, Norway announce new oceans research programme

By: Anine Kilian     6th December 2017 The Norwegian Embassy in South Africa, together with the Department of Science and Technology (DST), has signed a declaration of intent to develop a new bilateral research programme focused on the oceans economy. The intent for the development of the programme, called the South Africa-Norway... 

Second Norway-South Africa Science Week to stimulate oceans science and economy 

By: Schalk Burger     1st December 2017 The second Norway-South Africa Science Week will provide a platform for scientists, researchers, civil servants and business people from both countries to share best practices and policies to promote the sustainable use of ocean resources. Norwegian ambassador to South Africa, Botswana,... 

Rotor blade manufacturing facility officially opens in Tangier

     27th October 2017 Wind turbine components manufacturer Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) officially inaugurated its new rotor blade factory in Tangier, Morocco, earlier this month, at an event chaired by Moroccan Minister of Industry, Investment, Trade and Digital Economy, Moulay Hafid El Alamy, and Siemens... 

Solar PV beats other forms of power in 2016

By: Bloomberg     20th October 2017 Solar power grew faster than any other source of fuel for the first time in 2016, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said in a report suggesting the technology will dominate renewables in the years ahead. The institution established after the first major oil crisis in 1973 said 165 gigawatts... 

Oaktree's Molycorp legacy firm is said to weigh IPO, sale

By: Bloomberg     27th September 2017 Advanced materials producer Neo Performance Materials, carved from the remains of bankrupt Molycorp, is weighing an initial public offering (IPO) or an outright sale, according to people familiar with the matter. Neo Performance, backed by investment firm Oaktree Capital Group, has not... 

EU power generators warn plan to cut use of coal may backfire

By: Bloomberg     26th September 2017 A group representing power generators across the European Union warned that the bloc’s plans to limit the use of coal may backfire, encouraging utilities to seek returns on new fossil-fuel plants instead of putting money into clean energy. European Commission is considering a law that would... 

The legal requirement to think about global warming

     22nd August 2017 During March 2017 the High Court of South Africa in Pretoria, handed down a decision that has been hailed in some quarters as a victory in the fight against dirty energy and global warming. The court's decision in isolation isn’t a decisive victory for the proponents of clean energy, but it does... 

Despite rising EV tide, automaker urges SA to implement cleaner-fuels vision

By: Irma Venter     18th August 2017 Research published by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) this month shows that electric vehicles (EVs) may account for 54% of all new light-duty vehicle sales globally by 2040. However, it is unlikely that South Africa will follow this trend to the same degree. 

Chinese illegal mining crackdown lifts dysprosium price

By: Mariaan Webb     10th August 2017 A crackdown on illegal mining in China is good news for the Australia’s Northern Minerals, which is developing the first hardrock dysprosium operation outside of China. The developer of the Browns Range pilot plant project, in northern Western Australia, said on Thursday that the price of... 

Nuclear seen featuring alongside renewables in future energy mix

By: Dylan Slater     28th July 2017 During the yearly atomic energy forum – Atomexpo 2017 – which was held in Moscow last month, a round-table discussion featuring several energy experts agreed that a sustainable future power generation mix would almost certainly use an increased amount of nuclear energy in conjunction with... 

Demand growth for some metals may exceed 1 000% – World Bank

By: Martin Creamer     18th July 2017 A new World Bank report highlights the potential impacts that the expected continuing boom in low-carbon energy technologies will have on demand for many minerals and metals, including Southern Africa's platinum, manganese and chrome. Using wind and solar energy, and energy storage batteries, as... 

Despite electric-car future, SA must pursue clean fuel agenda, says VWSA MD

By: Irma Venter     14th July 2017 Research published by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) this month shows that electric vehicles (EVs) may account for 54% of all new light-duty vehicle sales globally by 2040. However, it is unlikely that South Africa will follow this trend to the same degree. 

Elon Musk exposes deep coal divide in energy-hit Australia

By: Bloomberg     14th July 2017 Elon Musk’s intervention in Australia’s energy crisis is widening a divide over the future of coal. The billionaire Tesla Inc. founder, who has promised to help solve an Australian state’s clean energy obstacles, sees no place for the fossil fuel. That conflicts with the national government’s... 

AEP debuts on JSE’s AltX 

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th June 2017 The debut of black-empowered clean energy group AEP Energy Africa on JSE’s AltX marks the start of new beginnings for the company which is aiming to become “Africa’s clean energy champion”. Speaking to Engineering News Online post the listing celebrations, AEP COO Nkosi Gugushe boasted about the... 

Old dame receives her makeover

     26th June 2017 The old South African Police Service (SAPS) storage facilities in Cape Town, Western Cape, have undergone important upgrades that have given them a completely new lease on life. This extensive overhaul was driven by the South African Department of Public Works (DPW), which nominated JG Afrika as... 

At Oil & Gas Africa Show, Pelican Presents for the First Time its Innovative Advanced Lighting Solutions for Safety

     21st June 2017 In its continuous commitment with innovation to enhance the safety of professionals working in high-risk environments, Pelican™ -the global leader for over 40 years in the design and manufacture of advanced portable lighting tools- presents at Oil & Gas Africa (Hall 2/Stand A6) two... 

Innovation key to addressing youth employment – Pandor

By: Anine Kilian     9th June 2017 Recent statistics on youth unemployment highlight the need for South Africa to devote attention to science, technology and innovation, said Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor at a briefing on Friday, adding that “business as usual” would not work. The Quarterly Labour Force Survey,... 

Ethiopia says it will continue to support cement investments

By: John Muchira     12th May 2017 Ethiopia will continue to offer investors in the cement industry attractive incentives as it seeks to dominate the cement trade in the wider East Africa region. Cement production in the Horn of Africa nation has increased tenfold during the past decade, owing to the entry of new investors... 

Business networking at Africa’s biggest trade event

     5th May 2017 By participating in business to business (B2B) meetings at the renowned African Utility Week, small, medium-sized and micro enterprises (SMMEs) in the water and power utility sector that benefit from European Union (EU) support will be better able to expand business abroad. Business Beyond... 

Shift away from coal good for jobs and more

     28th April 2017 US President Donald Trump’s executive order to repeal former President Barrack Obama’s environmental policies without offering an alternative for how the US will address climate change shows poor leadership and a lack of long-term vision. The executive order will not bring back the coal industry,... 

Alphamin appoints Swanepoel, Baloyi to board; starts mine boxcut construction

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th April 2017 TSX-listed Alphamin Resources, which is developing the Bisie tin project, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has appointed Bernard Swanepoel and Paul Baloyi to its board. Swanepoel currently also serves on the boards of miners Impala Platinum, Zimplats, eXtract Limited, African Rainbow Minerals... 

South Africa’s hydrogen fuel cell programme making steady progress

By: Keith Campbell     14th April 2017 The Department of Science and technology (DST) is pleased with the progress being made by the Hydrogen South Africa (HySA) research, development and innovation (RDI) programme. This is a natural resources beneficiation project, aimed at increasing the market for the country’s platinum reserves by... 

South Africa’s hydrogen fuel cell programme making steady progress

By: Keith Campbell     13th April 2017 The Department of Science and Technology (DST) is pleased with the progress being made by the Hydrogen South Africa (HySA) research, development and innovation (RDI) programme. This is a natural resources beneficiation project aimed at increasing the market for the country’s platinum reserves by... 

Nuclear advocate contests ‘unrealistic’ renewables scenarios

By: Keith Campbell     24th March 2017 Australian-founded and -based, globally-active, non-governmental organisation Bright New World argues that nuclear energy has a key role to play in ensuring both economic development and environmental sustainability. “Our goal is a stable climate, human development and a rich nature,” explains... 

Want to sell more wind, solar power? Find corporate buyers

By: Bloomberg     24th March 2017 Contracts to sell electricity directly to corporate users are among the key demand drivers for wind and solar power, while the influence of state mandates wanes, according to a report by Moody’s Investors Service. Multiple factors are spurring corporate power deals, especially from companies that... 

DEHN Africa shields wind turbines from lightning and surges

     27th February 2017 The general public’s consumption of alternative fuels is growing including wind energy, which has been used since 2000 BC and is one of the greatest sources of safe and clean energy. Wind farms are fast developing and are created for the purpose of generating large amounts of electric power.... 

Efforts to salvage wind-tower plant shut in wake of Eskom’s refusal to sign new IPP contracts

By: Terence Creamer     17th February 2017 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is hoping to salvage the domestic manufacturing capability established to produce wind-tower sections in the Eastern Cape that was set up in response to government’s demand for higher levels of local content in the renewable-energy sector. However, it... 

Raigarh–Pugalur ultrahigh-voltage direct current transmission link project, India

By: Sheila Barradas     17th February 2017 Power Grid Corporation of India is building one of the longest transmission links in the world. 

IDC hopes to salvage wind-tower plant, but warns liquidation can’t be ruled out 

By: Terence Creamer     8th February 2017 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is hoping to salvage the domestic manufacturing capability established to produce wind-tower sections in the Eastern Cape that was set up in response to government’s demand for higher levels of local content in the renewable-energy sector. However, it... 

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