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What Industry 4.0 means for business

     Updated 6 hours ago At its core, the Fourth Industrial Revolution, or Industry 4.0, is driven by the coming together of physical and digital technologies. By gathering and analysing data from machines and robots, we are able to obtain insights into the health and performance of industrial installations, allowing us... 

Renewable energy crucial to Africa’s power

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     Updated 6 hours ago Many African leaders have realised the crucial role that renewable energy can and will play in “bringing power to their people”, says multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP Africa power transmission and distribution director Dinesh Buldoo. “The return-on-investment of renewable power... 

Distributed generation can mitigate transmission constraints in Africa

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     Updated 6 hours ago Investment in the African transmission grid and distributed generation solutions could be viable in mitigating the challenge of providing access to electricity, says power generation original-equipment manufacturer Himoinsa. “Whether owing to transmission constraints or distribution issues,... 

Resistance persists despite declaration of new renewables dawn

By: Terence Creamer     Updated 6 hours ago The world did not stop to allow South Africa to get off. While ‘sunny South Africa’ spent more than two years delaying the introduction of new renewable-energy plants, including 12 solar photovoltaic (PV) projects and a concentrated solar power (CSP) plant, the rest of the world continued... 

Salga voices concern about impact of possible higher electricity tariffs on municipalities

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th April 2018 During public hearings being held to enable the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) to determine whether to allow power utility Eskom to recoup R66.6-billion under the Regulatory Clearing Account (RCA) mechanism, the South African Local Government Association (Salga) has expressed... 

Gauteng province to streamline approval process for projects to boost investment – MEC

By: African News Agency      19th April 2018 The Gauteng provincial government is working at streamlining the process of assessing the environmental impact of projects in order to speed up the approval process for businesses and encourage investment, its member of the executive council for economic development, environment, agriculture and... 

Further tariff increases would exacerbate Eskom’s death spiral – EIUG

By: Simone Liedtke     18th April 2018 The Energy Intensive User Group (EIUG) of Southern Africa, whose members account for about 40% of electrical energy consumed in the country, has warned that increases to electricity tariffs will exacerbate State-owned power utility Eskom’s “death spiral”. The EIUG is participating in the National... 

Tomorrow’s smart cities will need equally smart utilities

     18th April 2018 By Hannes Venter, Industry Advisor: Utilities at SAP Africa Sustainable energy consumption and 'green' energy production at home is becoming a new lifestyle. Today's hyperconnected consumer expects a reduced environmental footprint while still enjoying seamless services and ease of use, improving... 

World Bank sees microgrids playing bigger role in Africa’s electrification as solar costs fall

By: Terence Creamer     18th April 2018 Changes in generation technologies, including the sharp fall in solar photovoltaic (PV) costs, means that the evolution of electricity systems in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) will need to involve more than one national grid, a new World Bank report argues. “The path to universal electrification will... 

Eskom says facing coal shortages at seven power plants

By: Reuters     17th April 2018 South African power utility Eskom, which is battling to recover from a financial and leadership crisis, said on Tuesday that it was facing coal shortages at seven power stations. Eskom supplies around 95% of South Africa's electricity, predominantly by burning coal. The state-owned utility has... 

Outa calls for Eskom turnaround before tariff hikes are granted

By: Kim Cloete     17th April 2018 Eskom should first implement a turnaround strategy before the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) considers granting it a tariff hike, says the Organisation for Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa). “Eskom leadership must institute stringent measures to recoup the billions of rands siphoned out... 

Cosatu strongly rejects Eskom’s appeal for more money

By: Kim Cloete     16th April 2018 The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has rejected Eskom’s appeal to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) to recover its costs in the provision of electricity, calling it “unaffordable, unreasonable and unjustifiable”. “We have no faith in Eskom. We completely... 

ELB gets go ahead to start construction at Ngodwana biomass plant

By: Anine Kilian     16th April 2018 JSE-listed ELB’s ELB Engineering subsidiary, together with its project partner, KC Cottrell, has received notice to proceed with the building of a 25 MW biomass power plant for Ngodwana Energy following the successful bid in terms of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement... 

Glencore releases all-embracing 117-page sustainability report

By: Martin Creamer     16th April 2018 One of the strategic priorities of diversified mining and marketing company Glencore is to invest in community initiatives that deliver sustainable socioeconomic benefits, the London- and Johannesburg-listed company states in today’s 117-page Sustainability Report 2017, which emphasises the... 

Coastal Park landfill gas flaring project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     13th April 2018 The City of Cape Town's Department of Solid Waste Management intends using methane as a fuel for the generation of electricity.  

Lake Turkana wind power project, Kenya

By: Sheila Barradas     13th April 2018 LTWP consortium is building a 310 MW wind farm in Marsabit County, which will feature sixty-five 850 kW wind turbine generators. 

Eskom outlines case for R67bn clawback amid tariff-hike hostility

By: Terence Creamer     12th April 2018 State-owned electricity group Eskom has expressed confidence that its three applications to recoup nearly R67-billion through the Regulatory Clearing Account (RCA) mechanism will succeed, stressing that its submissions are fully aligned to the most recent RCA decision made in 2016 for the 2013/14... 

Digitisation playing increasingly important role in grid transformation

By: Anine Kilian     11th April 2018 Increasing penetration of renewable energy has had a major impact on power grids all over the world, necessitating the need for digital technologies to handle factors such as variability, ABB power grids division president Claudio Facchin said at the ABB Customer World Africa Conference 2018 on... 

S African foundry aims to expand footprint in North America 

By: Donald Makhafola     11th April 2018 The capacity of some aspects of the smelting industry in North America, such as the steel sector, has significantly deteriorated in the past 25 years, as a result of Chinese companies dominating the market and supplying cheaper products, says South Africa-based foundry and engineering company... 

New technologies key to driving Africa’s growth

By: Anine Kilian     10th April 2018 Africa has a historic opportunity to accelerate growth and development by tapping into the potential that new technologies hold, ABB Asia, Middle East and Africa region President Dr Chun-Yuan Gu said on Tuesday. Delivering the keynote speech at the ABB Customer World Africa 2018 conference in... 

Mathe Group expands tyre recycling facility, despite Redisa demise

By: Irma Venter     9th April 2018 The Mathe Group’s Hammarsdale plant, in KwaZulu-Natal, has quadrupled employment and more than doubled output since coming on stream in 2016, says the tyre recycler. Dr Mehran Zarrebini, head of British investment group PFE International, which is one of the major shareholders in the Mathe Group,... 

Coega Development Corporation welcomes the signing of the IPP contracts

By: Simone Liedtke     6th April 2018 The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) on Friday welcomed government’s commitment to clean energy, following the signing of 27 power purchase agreements with renewable-energy producers, reigniting the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). The projects,... 

IPP signing ‘a symbol of hope for South African business’ – Sola

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th April 2018 Solar energy company Sola has commended Energy Minister Jeff Radebe’s signing of 27 outstanding power purchase agreements with renewable energy independent power producers (IPPs).  

Three-nation talks on Ethiopia dam fail to reach agreement

By: Reuters     6th April 2018 Talks in Khartoum between Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt to resolve differences over a dam Ethiopia is building ended early on Friday without agreement, the Sudanese foreign minister said. Egypt and Ethiopia are at loggerheads over the construction of the Grand Renaissance Dam, a $4-billion... 

South Africa’s renewables focus shifting from costs to jobs and transformation

By: Terence Creamer     5th April 2018 The themes of transformation and employment in the renewable-energy sector have started to eclipse traditional concerns over cost and reliability following government’s highly contested, and much delayed, decision to press ahead with the signing of agreements for another 27 renewables independent... 

Consortium appointed as EPC contractor for Mpumalanga biomass project

By: Simone Liedtke     5th April 2018 A consortium comprising engineering consultant ELB Engineering Services, environment equipment manufacturer KC Cottrell and the ELB Educational Trust, has been appointed as the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for Ngodwana Energy’s 25 MW biomass project, in Mpumalanga.... 

Num hits out at Radebe on IPP deal, threatens to end ANC support

By: News24Wire      5th April 2018 The National Union of Mineworkers (Num) has threatened to end its support for the African National Congress (ANC) if government continues with its renewable energy programme, saying clean power will destroy jobs and create ghost towns in coal mining areas. “Workers of this country will not... 

EIUG scrutinises Eskom application for recovery of costs

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd April 2018 The Energy Intensive User Group (EIUG) of Southern Africa on Tuesday submitted its comments to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) regarding State-owned power utility Eskom’s regulatory clearing account (RCA) applications for 2014/15 to 2016/17 and says Nersa should allow only... 

Prairie Mining starts legal action against Poland's environment Ministry

By: Reuters     3rd April 2018 Australia's Prairie Mining said it filed a lawsuit in a Warsaw civil court on Friday against the Polish environment ministry, seeking an extension to the company's exclusive rights to a mining project in the country. The news sent the miner's shares plunging 30% in London and 20% in Warsaw. 

Court rules against Numsa on renewable energy IPP application

By: Anine Kilian     29th March 2018 The North Gauteng High Court on Thursday ruled against the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) and civic group Transform RSA’s urgent application to stop State-owned Eskom from signing contracts with private renewable energy projects. Numsa had asked the court to block the... 

Nampak mulls sale of glass business

By: Simone Liedtke     29th March 2018 JSE-listed packaging company Nampak plans to dispose of its glass business, as market demand exceeds the operation’s capacity to supply products, given ongoing production limitations. Progress within the business has not been as fast as desired and it is expected to make a loss for the half year... 

US power group touts microgrids ‘as the way forward’

By: Simone Liedtke     29th March 2018 Decentralisation, through the implementation of microgrids, could be the key to improving grid resilience, US-based electricity supplier Illinois Power Company and Tucson Electric Power Company CEO Charles Bayless told an audience in Johannesburg this week. The design of microgrids, which... 

Construction set to begin on ‘flagship’ 40 MW Moz solar project

By: Terence Creamer     28th March 2018 Oslo-listed renewable-energy developer Scatec Solar, which has its African regional hub in Cape Town, South Africa, expects to begin constructing a 40 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) project in Mozambique in the coming weeks after the project reached financial close in early March. GM and VP for... 

City of Cape Town's planned hikes for water, sanitation, electricity and rates  

By: News24Wire      28th March 2018 The introduction of fixed charges for water and electricity and a hefty increase in water and sanitation tariffs are some of the proposals for the next year in the City of Cape Town's draft budget, tabled on Wednesday. The total proposed budget for the new financial year that starts in June is... 

East Africa looking to smart grids for cost-effective way to deliver electricity – US firm

By: African News Agency      28th March 2018 East African countries are increasingly looking to smart grids and associated technologies as a cost effective and scalable way to deliver electricity quickly and reliably, an industry official said. Delegates from Kenya, Ethiopia, Rwanda, and Uganda recently participated in business meetings and... 

Africa struggles to meet energy demand and reduce carbon emissions 

By: Simone Liedtke     28th March 2018 The global energy sector is faced with the dual challenge of meeting growing energy demand, while simultaneously needing to lower carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the energy system, says MIT Energy Initiative director Robert Armstrong. Speaking at the twenty-first Power and Electricity World... 

Park Inn by Radisson installs Cape Town’s first PVT project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th March 2018 Hotel brand Park Inn by Radisson, together with hybrid solar products producer Solarus, have installed a large-scale commercial hybrid photovoltaic and thermal (PVT) project in Cape Town’s central business district – the first PVT project in the city.  

Eskom raises R43bn as it begins to attract more investors 

By: Kim Cloete     27th March 2018 Acting Eskom CEO Phakamani Hadebe said on Tuesday that the State-owned enterprise had raised R43-billion from the market and that it would come up with a comprehensive, integrated strategy for the entity by September. “As of today, I’m happy to announce that Eskom has been able to raise in gross... 

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