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Energy storage seen as an enabler for grid modernisation in realising IRP 2030 vision 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd October 2018 The advent of technologies such as energy storage, small-scale embedded generation and smart grid solutions are set to fundamentally change South Africa’s electricity landscape, outgoing Eskom generation group executive Thava Govender said during an opening address at the SA Energy Storage... 

Eskom gearing up for big grid-scale battery storage roll-out 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd October 2018 State-owned electricity utility Eskom is preparing to roll-out battery energy storage systems (BESS) across multiple sites as part of a replacement plan for the 100 MW Kiwano concentrated solar power (CSP) project initially approved as part of the $3.75-billion World Bank loan extended to the... 

The impact of solar photovoltaic technologies at the municipal level

22nd October 2018 As the costs of solar photovoltaic (PV) technologies continue to decrease and electricity prices continue to increase, a significant number of people have already invested in PV, generating their own electricity through renewable energy. The benefits to this trend in terms of carbon emissions are... 

Congo sets deadline for plan on 11 000 MW hydropower plant

By: Bloomberg     22nd October 2018 The Democratic Republic of Congo gave two groups of investors a four-week deadline to submit a joint proposal on the development of the multibillion-dollar Inga 3 hydropower plant. The government signed an accord with Chinese and Spanish consortia this week to advance the 11 000 MW facility, the... 

The impact of solar photovoltaic technologies at the municipal level

22nd October 2018 As the costs of solar photovoltaic technologies continue to decrease and electricity prices continue to increase, a significant number of people have already invested in PV, generating their own electricity through renewable energy. The benefits to this trend in terms of carbon emissions are... 

Bosnian government to help keep Aluminij smelter on power grid

By: Reuters     19th October 2018 A Bosnian regional government will help to keep aluminium smelter Aluminij Mostar running, a Minister said on Friday, after heavy debt brought it to the brink of closure. Management at Bosnia's sole aluminium smelter had called for the Bosniak-Croat Federation to intervene after the business was... 

New Mpumalanga mall set to spur growth in the area

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th October 2018 The R240-million Thulamahashe Mall, in Mpumalanga, a new development between partners Nthwese Developments and Twin City, is set to open on October 25, and is expected to create an economic upswing in the rural area, says Nthwese Developments MD Seabelo Theledi. The development has a gross... 

Dutch solar road proves successful, moves on to heavy traffic road trial

By: Irma Venter     19th October 2018 A solar bike path trial in the Netherlands has exceeded all expectations, and will now be rolled out to a road with heavier traffic. The SolaRoad pilot cycle path alongside the N203 near Krommenie, in the Netherlands, was opened in October 2014. It is 90 m long and 3.5 m wide. 

Amid falling platinum prices, PGM miners upping chrome ore production to improve profitability 

By: Nadine James     19th October 2018 Some platinum group metals (PGM) producers have become large producers of chrome ore to improve their profitability, says Kagiso Asset Management investment analyst Mandi Dungwa. South Africa is the world’s largest chrome producer, delivering more than half of the global ore supply in 2017, with... 

Tech, fashion showcased in iconic African designs

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th October 2018 A successful campaign aimed at bringing to life the transformative capabilities of data has revealed the combination of the power of technology and fashion and turned a concept into a dialogue. A thought-provoking project under the bannered theme “Fabric” undertaken by Siemens in August... 

IRP 2018 suffers from major failings, nuclear analyst claims

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th October 2018 South Africa's Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2018 contained serious flaws which significantly undermined confidence in its recommendations. So affirmed University of the Witwatersrand Honorary Research Fellow and South African Network for Nuclear Education, Science and Technology National... 

Better recycling requires pact with consumers

By: Schalk Burger     19th October 2018 While commercial companies continue to work to reduce the impact of their products on the environment, improving the recycling of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) requires the involvement and understanding of consumers, said recycling company Mpact GM Nicholas Schild. PET recycling rates in South... 

Carbon Tax Bill, draft IRP 2018 not aligned

19th October 2018 South Africa is in the process of developing policy instruments to mitigate climate change and ensure the least cost to the economy for future energy requirements. At the core of these environmental and economic objectives are the Draft Carbon Tax Bill (DCTB) and the Draft Integrated Resource... 

Supportive climate

By: Terence Creamer     19th October 2018 South Africans were naturally preoccupied on October 8 with whether or not Nhlanhla Nene’s offer to resign as Finance Minister would be accepted by President Cyril Ramaphosa, who subsequently appointed Tito Mboweni to the post. On that same day, however, representatives from 195 countries... 

Lesotho Highlands Water Project – Phase II, Lesotho/South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     19th October 2018 Construction work on Phase II of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project is set to start soon. 

G7 Renewable Energies expands into Mini Grid sector as decentralised generation scales up for deployment on the African continent

18th October 2018 South African energy pioneers, G7 Renewable Energies (Pty) Ltd, have expanded their portfolio by investing in RVE.SOL, a leading mini-grid development venture using renewable energy to foster decentralised electrification in Africa. RVE.SOL’s patented, pay-as-you-go system “KUDURA”, is a... 

Keep coal’s current share of the energy mix, says NUM

By: Kim Cloete     18th October 2018 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has called for coal to be retained far more strongly in the country’s energy mix. In its submission on the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2018, the NUM Western Cape said it was concerned that coal’s share in the energy mix was set to be reduced. “As... 

Organisations raise objections to the draft IRP

By: Kim Cloete     17th October 2018 Industry bodies and organisations have welcomed aspects of the draft Integrated Resource Plan 2018 but have also raised concerns during public hearings held in Parliament on Wednesday. They are hoping that their suggestions will be included in a final plan for South Africa’s energy future. 

First electricity from Imaloto slated for 2021 

By: Simone Liedtke     17th October 2018 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals, parent company of coal and energy company Lemur Holdings, on Wednesday announced that the Imaloto project is on track to deliver electricity to south-western Madagascar by 2021. The Imaloto project is a developing integrated thermal coal mining and independent power... 

GE calls for more coal power within the IRP 

By: Kim Cloete     17th October 2018 General Electric (GE) has called on the South African government to reconsider investing in a further 1 600 MW of coal-fired power generation capacity, describing it as "the lifeblood" of South Africa’s economy, a significant job creator and important source of foreign exchange. “The removal of 1... 

India’s Coal Ministry passes strictures on Coal India

By: Ajoy K Das     17th October 2018 Passing strident strictures on Coal India Limited (CIL) for failing to effectively review production and supplies, the Coal Ministry has directed the miner to immediately start liquidating coal stockpiles to mitigate shortages at power plants across the country. The Coal Ministry, in a rare... 

Organisations oppose coal in IRP public hearings 

By: Kim Cloete     16th October 2018 Public hearings into the Integrated Resources Plan (IRP) kicked off in Parliament on Tuesday, with several organisations voicing their concerns about the plan’s provision for new coal-fired power stations. Attorney Robyn Hugo of the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) told Parliament’s... 

AfDB to provide €229m for Rwanda electricity programme

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th October 2018 The Rwandan government has signed a €229.20-million funding agreement with the African Development Bank (AfDB) to support the country’s electricity supply improvement programme and expand access to electricity under the Scaling Up Electricity Access Program Phase II (SEAP II). This builds on... 

EnviroServ returning to its roots following Shongweni malodour issue

By: Simone Liedtke     16th October 2018 After acknowledging that its KwaZulu-Natal-based Shongweni landfill was a contributor to malodour, waste management company EnviroServ has returned to its “old way of disposing of waste”, which comprises using lime to raise the alkalinity (pH) levels at its landfill sites. This decision,... 

Nylon anchors from fischer are a strong, safe alternative to plastic plugs

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th October 2018 Available in South Africa exclusively from leading distributor Upat, fischer has used pure polyamide material for over 50 years, with constant composition, to ensure that the material lasts for decades, Upat Technical Manager Kevin Owen explains. Nylon is the generic designation for a family of... 

CSIR seeks municipal partners for energy master plan pilot project 

By: Terence Creamer     16th October 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) aims to partner with a metropolitan council and a district municipality to compile pilot municipal energy master plans for electricity (MEMPs), which will provide the two councils with insight into the best electricity supply blends for... 

Study that fails to back Trump coal rescue plan kept under wraps

By: Bloomberg     15th October 2018 A report commissioned by the Energy Department failed to reach conclusions favoring the Trump administration’s efforts to prop up coal and nuclear power – and remains under wraps six months after submission. “The report hasn’t seen the light of day,” the principal author, Michael Webber tweeted... 

Forward-thinking municipality uses pumps to generate electricity

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th October 2018 A technical team serving the requirements of the Drakenstein Municipality in the Western Cape has designed one of the country’s largest pump and turbine stations to be used for water reticulation to the nearby town of Paarl in dry periods, and as turbines to generate electricity for the city... 

Congo miners seek concessions in new code as arbitration on hold

By: Bloomberg     12th October 2018 Miners in the Democratic Republic of Congo are seeking concessions under the nation’s new industry code and holding off challenging it through arbitration, in the hope they can still wring out a compromise in the world’s main source of cobalt and Africa’s biggest copper producer. Producers... 

Eskom optimistic plan to boost coal stocks will prevent power outages

By: Paige Müller     12th October 2018 The continuing coal supply shortage at State-owned power utility Eskom Holdings is considered a crisis by industry commentators. Although conceding that it “is not an ideal situation”, Eskom has assured Parliament that it is implementing a recovery plan to prevent any unplanned capacity loss.... 

Energy efficient pumps solve water challenges

12th October 2018 Power-saving water-pump solutions company Grundfos presents municipalities with improved energy efficient pumps that allow them to lower their demand on the national power grid, says sub-Saharan Africa regional head Henning Sandager.    “Water, waste water removal and electricity are the main... 

ACSA reports fall in earnings in line with lower aeronautical charges

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th October 2018 The Airports Company South Africa (ACSA), one of the few South African State-owned companies that has been able to keep itself financially healthy, reported recently that, despite declines in its revenues, profits, and earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda), it was... 

Medupi power station project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     12th October 2018 Unit 2 at the Medupi power station produced first power on October 7, 2018. 

Nacala International Airport solar photovoltaic energy plant, Mozambique

By: Sheila Barradas     12th October 2018 WHN Solar plans to build a 100 MW photovoltaic plant as part of the Mozambique government's initiative to establish universal access to electricity by 2030. 

Rio Tinto to restart sale of Icelandic aluminium plant – sources

By: Reuters     10th October 2018 Rio Tinto is close to restarting a sale process for some of its aluminium assets, including a plant in Iceland, which have been valued at around $350-million, two sources familiar with the matter said. The assets include a 53% stake in a Dutch anode facility and 50% of the shares in a Swedish... 

Plea for govt to awaken to massive economic potential of mining  

By: Martin Creamer     10th October 2018 A plea for the government to awaken to the massive real potential of the South African mining sector was made on Wednesday by Eunomix CEO Claude Baissac, who decried the disincentivising of South African mining over the past 20 years as an inexplicable paradox and a massive mineral policy... 

Emerson To Buy General Electric’s Intelligent Platforms Business

10th October 2018 Acquisition increases Emerson’s capabilities as a complete automation solutions provider across process, hybrid and discrete end markets. Emerson today announced it has agreed to acquire Intelligent Platforms, a division of General Electric (NYSE: GE). Intelligent Platforms’ programmable logic... 

Mercedes-Benz rolls out fuel-cell SUV to tackle tech hurdles

By: Bloomberg     10th October 2018 Mercedes-Benz will soon start handing over its latest fuel-cell electric car to fleet customers to keep a toe-hold in a promising technology that’s been hampered by the difficulties of storing and refueling hydrogen. The Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell model combines a fuel cell with a battery that can... 

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