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Feb 05, 2016
Busa's Martin Kingston at the Nersa hearings
Business warned on Friday that South Africa risked entering a “vicious cycle” of ever-increasing yearly electricity hikes, beyond those already approved, owing to the nature of the current tariff-setting formula, which allows Eskom to recover variances in revenue...
Feb 05, 2016
Automation company ABB is on schedule to complete automation for the first 800 MW generating unit at State-owned enterprise Eskom’s Kusile power station, in Mpumalanga. “With record timing as a key deliverable of such an intrinsically complex project, there is...
Feb 05, 2016
ABB’s biggest automation order at Kusile thermal power plant in South Africa celebrates in these days its first important success. Owned by the South African electrical utility, Eskom, Kusile Power Station will comprise six units of 800 megawatt each, will be the...
Feb 05, 2016
AILING INFRASTRUCTURE Damaged and outdated electrical infrastructure is impeding Africa's socioeconomic growth
Most infrastructure investments on the African continent are in the energy sector, but power plants and transmission lines across Africa presently operate at a fraction of installed capacity due to insufficient maintenance and lack of modernisation.
Feb 05, 2016
GO WITH THE FLOW Energy storage devices, such as redox-flow batteries, are becoming more cost effective, which will boost growth in the renewable energy sector
The narrow focus on cost may be leading to misconceptions about the real value of energy storage, according to a new report by the World Energy Council (WEC) called ‘E-storage – shifting from cost to value’.
Feb 05, 2016
ALL GASSED UP BMW's Rosslyn plant in Gauteng is one of ten commercial biogas operations in South Africa
The introduction of support programmes for both the commercial, and household or rural level, will boost growth in the biogas industry, which will subsequently assist with the increase of renewable-energy supply, waste management, job creation, skills transfer and...
Feb 05, 2016
Modern physics describes ‘physical reality’ in terms of four known fundamental forces (also known as fundamental interaction), namely gravitational, electromagnetic, strong nuclear, and weak nuclear. As physics has no accepted universal framework, physicists have...
Feb 05, 2016
REACHING OUT TO BUSINESSES Industrial Energy Efficiency phase 2 will be introducing a funding mechanism for businesses that require financing for the energy efficiency projects
Resource efficiency programme the National Cleaner Production Centre, South Africa (NCPC-SA) will launch Phase 2 of its Industrial Energy Efficiency (IEE) project, at the Energy Services (Esco) Conference, which takes place on February 17, day two of the 2016 Africa...
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Feb 04, 2016
Chamber of Mines CEO Roger Baxter
The Chamber of Mines (CoM) has joined the ranks of industry stakeholders concerned about State-owned power utility Eskom’s R22-billion Regulatory Clearing Account (RCA) application to the National Electricity Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) in respect of 2013/14....
Feb 04, 2016
Power utility Eskom is concerned about the rising cost of coal in South Africa and has called for greater competition in the industry. “Coal costs have increased sharply. Our coal costs are too high. We need to make sure we focus on creating more competition and...
Feb 04, 2016
Eskom CFO Anoj Singh
 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) homed in on the “prudency” and “efficiency” of Eskom having spent an extra R8-billion on diesel to operate the expensive open cycle gas turbines (OCGTs) during its 2013/14 financial year, as Regulatory Clearing...
Feb 04, 2016
If Free State municipalities do not settle their debt or make sustainable payment arrangements with Eskom, they will soon face blackouts, the power utility has warned.  About eight municipalities in the Free State owe Eskom almost R842-million.
Feb 04, 2016
Rolls-Royce Power Systems plans to replicate the 100 MW Mozambique gas-fired power station it is commissioning elsewhere in Africa as the company expands its footprint across the continent, a top official said. Demand for electricity in Southern Africa is rising fast...
Feb 04, 2016
Renewable energy, in the form of biogas generated from anaerobic digestion, has not nearly reached its full potential in South Africa.  However, Hilde Herman, Intern, EES Africa (Pty) Ltd, states it can be beneficial to diverse users across the country. EES Africa is...
Feb 03, 2016
While Kenya hopes to develop its national power grid by adding 19 200 MW of renewable energy – against a demand of 15 000 MW – by 2030, there are several factors hindering the investment needed to reach this goal. Kenya was ranked second among African nations, behind...
Feb 02, 2016
Sylvia Lucas, the Premier of the Northern Cape, will lead a high-level meeting with power utility Eskom on Tuesday following power cuts to five municipalities last week. The Magareng, Thembelihle, Ubuntu, Dikgatlong and Renosterberg municipalities in the Northern...
Feb 01, 2016
The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) – as part of its broadening mandate into matters of tax abuse – has contracted energy analyst and former Eskom executive Ted Blom to head up its challenge and objections to Eskom's 16.6% electricity tariff increase...
Feb 01, 2016
Officials at a Mpumalanga municipality have rejected Eskom’s allegations that they failed to settle a R5-million electricity bill, which will result in their power supply being cut. Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said the Nkomazi local municipality only paid for...
 
 
 
 
Jan 29, 2016
South Africa is currently experiencing its worst drought since 1992. Overall, there has been a marked decrease in stored water in the country’s dams over the last year. Saving electricity has been the focus for quite a few years now due to the constraints on the...
Jan 29, 2016
There is currently a heated debate in the public discourse about nuclear proliferation and government’s announcement that it will proceed with a nuclear build programme. Media coverage about whether nuclear power is the right solution for South Africa is extensive....
Jan 29, 2016
The selection of a consortium to build the dam is in an unplanned second round of bidding.
Jan 29, 2016
SACHIN KULKARNI Air Products highlights the advantages and need for oxygen and ozone technologies that can address wastewater treatment issues globally
With oxygen constituting about 21% air and a gaseous-specific gravity of 1.1 kPa, industrial and specialty gas products and chemicals provider Air Products highlights the advantages and need for oxygen – which can be stored as gas –  and ozone technologies that can...
Jan 29, 2016
An update on the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme – fourth window.
Jan 29, 2016
Shortcomings in sustainable energy supply from State-owned power utility Eskom are regarded as a big contributor to the substantial growth of the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) market, says gas equipment company African Gas Equipment MD Andries Henning.
Jan 29, 2016
The exciting South African nuclear power development programme has taken a few major strides over the past few months. The environmental-impact assessment team have submitted their report concerning nuclear power sites.  They have recommended that the best site to...
Jan 29, 2016
The project will comprise a third dam and hydroelectric-generating station, to be built on the Peace river, in north-east British Columbia.
Jan 28, 2016
There is currently a heated debate in the public discourse about nuclear proliferation and government’s announcement that it will proceed with a nuclear build programme. Media coverage about whether nuclear power is the right solution for South Africa is extensive....
Jan 28, 2016
Attributable platinum production from Aquarius’s operating mines increased by a marginal 0.5% in the three months ended December 31, to 89 399 oz, despite production headwinds at the group’s Kroondal mine and a decrease in material processed at the Platinum Mile...
 
 
 
 
Jan 28, 2016
The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) hearings have been “bitterly disappointing” and “have not worked”, an energy analyst said on Wednesday. “I have reviewed the outcomes of the Nersa hearings that I have testified at since 2009, and if we are going...
Jan 26, 2016
Kansanshi mine, Zambia
Providing an update on power supply to its Zambian operations, dual-listed base metals miner First Quantum Minerals noted on Tuesday that its Kansanshi mine and smelter, as well as its Sentinel project, in the North-Western province, were being consistently provided...
Jan 25, 2016
The demand for intelligent solutions for running a better and more efficient supply business is growing in Turkey. Now one of the world’s leading suppliers of smart metering solutions, Danish Kamstrup, opens a new local subsidiary in Istanbul to provide better...
Jan 22, 2016
Eskom sustainability division GM Barry MacColl
The research unit of State-owned power utility Eskom has invested R8.3-million in a pilot eutectic freeze crystallisation plant at its innovation centre in Gauteng in an effort to test whether the solution could be deployed as an alternative water treatment...
Jan 22, 2016
A group of around 30 people disrupted Nersa’s public hearings into Eskom’s proposed tariff increase in Durban on Friday. Moments before the end of proceedings, they held up placards with slogans including “Eskom you are greedy” and “Stop the coal use” and shouted...
Jan 22, 2016
London Stock Exchange AIM-listed company Ncondezi Energy has announced that it has entered into a binding Joint Development Agreement (JDA) with China’s Shanghai Electric Power Company (SEP) to develop the Ncondezi coal mine and thermal power station project in...
Jan 22, 2016
OFFGRID PROSPECTS CSIR’s Pretoria campus aims to go 100% offgrid through its new solar photovoltaic plant
The 558 kW ground-mounted photovoltaic (PV) solar plant at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), in Pretoria is fully operational with initial testing completed in 2015. The project, which began construction in June last year, forms part of the...
Jan 22, 2016
MMBONENI MUOFHE Solar solutions applications in households will continue to increase as electricity prices continue to rise
The Department of Science and Technology (DST) is funding two solar energy projects that are set to become game changers in the research and development (R&D) of solar solutions.
Jan 22, 2016
LIGHTING UP AFRICA Natural light solar lamps to light up Africa
Global roof window manufacturer Velux Group has delivered the first natural light solar lamps to African countries Senegal, Zimbabwe and Zambia. The solar lamps were designed by Mariana Arando and Luca Fondello of the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina as part of...
Jan 22, 2016
South African new-vehicle sales declined by 4.1% in 2015 compared with 2014. This follows a 0.7% drop in 2014 compared with 2013. s Unaudited data released by the Department of Trade and Industry show that South African new-vehicle sales decreased to 617 927 units in...
 
 
 
 
Jan 22, 2016
BMW ECO TEAM PRO The BMW Eco Team Pro, consists of engineering students from the University of Johannesburg
Following its win at this year’s Shell Eco-marathon, BMW Eco Team Pro from the University of Johannesburg (UJ) plans to attract more sponsors for the project to participate abroad, particularly at the 2016 Shell Eco-marathon in London.
Jan 22, 2016
The Gauteng provincial government recently announced the nominees for the recently launched Township Entrepreneur  Awards, the winners of which will be announced on February 20. It is tempting to dismiss the awards as just another excuse to hold a gala event without...
Jan 22, 2016
GENERATING ELECTRICITY The ElectraTherm Power+Generator is distributed in South Africa by Alt.EnerPro
Through the process of feeding off heat from burners and boilers at tempretures as low as between 77 ºC and 116 ºC, the ElectraTherm Power+Generator distributed in South Africa by energy projects and professional services company Alt.EnerPro can generate up to 110...
Jan 20, 2016
The business community in Zimbabwe has added its voice to opposition to a proposed electricity tariff hike of 49% by the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC), saying the economy cannot sustain any cost increases. In a joint press...
Jan 20, 2016
While noting that it supported the financial sustainability of energy utility Eskom, the South African Local Government Association (Salga) has called for this to be achieved responsibly and without detriment to the parastatal’s customers and the public as a whole....
 
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