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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... 

Renewables-heavy mix is South Africa’s cheapest option, yet another study confirms

By: Terence Creamer     1st December 2017 A new, independently produced techno-economic model of South Africa’s cost-optimal power generation mix in 2040 outlines a system where 69% of the electrical energy is produced from onshore wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) generators, supported by batteries and gas-fired generators. Conducted by... 

Medupi power station project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     1st December 2017 Eskom has linked unit four of its Medupi coal power station to the grid. 

Liquefied natural-gas-fired gas turbine combined-cycle power plant, China

By: Sheila Barradas     1st December 2017 Qingdao Energy Kaiyuan Thermoelectricity is building an 80 MW liquefied natural-gas-fired gas turbine combined-cycle power plant, in Shandong province. 

Grid operators turning to batteries as costs fall and need for flexibility rises

By: Terence Creamer     28th November 2017 The standalone cost of battery energy storage remains above South Africa’s prevailing, albeit rising, electricity tariffs, but could already be commercially viable in some instances when the “stacked benefits” of the technology are taken into account. A levelised cost of electricity (LCOE) study... 

Ingeteam and Indar exhibit at WindEurope 2017

     27th November 2017 Zamudio, 27th November 2017. Ingeteam, an independent global supplier of electrical conversion equipment, will present its full range of wind energy drive train products at the WindEurope Conference & Exhibition 2017, taking place later this month in Amsterdam.  Exhibiting at booth #1D24,... 

‘Mining’ the most out of OTR tyres with NitraLife’s nitrogen filling: improved safety, better inflation and less ‘hot air’

     24th November 2017 Today, in the mining industry, safety standards are more stringent than ever. Should a mine experience an incident, which results in an injury or even a fatality, the subsequent legal consequences and financial penalties can be severe. A potential risk in open-pit mines concerns the ultra-large... 

Microgrids add new arrow to Africa’s electricity access quiver

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th November 2017 The launch of a R25-million solar energy, lithium-ion battery storage microgrid on Robben Island – the World Heritage Site in Table Bay, Cape Town, which, until recently, relied on diesel to generate electricity – not only showcases the versatile advantages of microgrid technology, but also... 

Eskom continues to implement IPP procurement programme

     24th November 2017 The Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme REIPPPP) has its foundation in the Integrated Resource Plan 2010 (IRP 2010), which was promulgated in March 2011. The IRP identifies the preferred technology to ensure the sustainability of South Africa's electricity system,... 

Microgrids add new arrow to Africa’s electricity access quiver

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th November 2017 The launch of a R25-million solar energy, lithium-ion battery storage microgrid on Robben Island – the World Heritage Site in Table Bay, Cape Town, which, until recently, relied on diesel to generate electricity – not only showcases the versatile advantages of microgrid technology, but also... 

Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, Ethiopia

By: Sheila Barradas     24th November 2017 Negotiations on how to conduct technical studies of the dam’s potential impact on the downstream countries – Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia – have broken down. 

Achiras wind power project, Argentina

By: Sheila Barradas     24th November 2017 Central Puerto is building a 48 MW wind farm, in the province of Córdoba. 

Robben Island inaugurates solar PV microgrid  

     23rd November 2017 Robben Island, a World Heritage Site in Table Bay, Cape Town has gone green with the installation of a R25-million solar energy, lithium-ion battery storage microgrid. Mia Breytenbach has the details. 

Scheduling confusion for Private Electricity Generators

     21st November 2017 On 10 November 2017, the Minister of Energy gazetted a notice which amended and substituted Schedule 2 to the Electricity Regulation Act, 2006 (“ERA”). This amendment was done in accordance with the Minister’s powers in terms of section 36(4) of the ERA which empowers the Minister to do so. While... 

Bushveld Energy and Partners Deploy Eskom's First Vanadium Redox Flow Battery

     21st November 2017 Bushveld Minerals Limited , a mineral project development company with a portfolio of vanadium and coal assets in Southern Africa and an investment in tin, is pleased to announce that its 84%-owned energy subsidiary, Bushveld Energy Limited ("Bushveld Energy") has confirmed its first vanadium... 

A little nuke never hurt nobody

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     17th November 2017 I recently told a group of people at a pub (a pub, can you believe?) that I thought Donald Trump was a "good idea".  There was the sort of silence that you get when the stage magician vanishes completely and then the sort of shouting that follows when Sandra Bullock asks who would like to go with... 

Empire State Connector, US

By: Sheila Barradas     17th November 2017 The project proposes to use upstate generators to deliver renewable energy and capacity directly into New York City. 

India’s SCCL to start work on six coal mines

By: Ajoy K Das     16th November 2017 India’s second-largest coal miner, Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL), is planning to start work on six mines before the end of March. Besides ramping up production capacity, the opening up four underground and two opencast projects will enable SCCL to bridge the productivity gap... 

Solar Project Brings Relief to Malawi Health Facilities

     15th November 2017 As part of its ongoing commitment to developing the healthcare infrastructure in Malawi, the country’s Ministry of Health, through the Global Fund Project Implementation Unit (PIU), has embarked on a $3,7-million project to install solar energy at 85 health facilities nationwide. In an interview... 

South Sudan seeks outside help as it aims to power up

By: John Muchira     10th November 2017 South Sudan is pleading for foreign funding and investment in the energy sector to light the country which remains in the dark. Despite being endowed with vast oil and gas reserves and massive potential to generate electricity from hydro, solar and wind sources, the country entirely depends on... 

Innovative system uses truck engine to refrigerate cold trailers

By: Irma Venter     10th November 2017 Eqstra Flexi Fleet, a division of Eqstra Fleet Management and Logistics, has partnered with New Way, Ice Cold Bodies, and Javgro Transport Refrigeration Solutions to design a cold trailer that will run “80% to 90% of the time” using power from the truck engine, says Javgro MD Kenan Gröss. In... 

Turkish electronics, electrical trade mission to meet SA importers

     6th November 2017 Following renewed Turkish-South African commitments to boost bilateral trade, a Turkish electronics and electrical goods trade mission will travel to South Africa in November for meetings with local buyers and distributors.  

Newly inaugurated PV microgrid to supply almost 50% of Robben Island’s electricity

By: Mia Breytenbach     3rd November 2017 Robben Island, a World Heritage Site has gone green with the installation of a R25-million solar energy, lithium-ion battery storage microgrid that will supply almost half of the island’s yearly electricity requirement. The Department of Tourism, together with the appointed engineering,... 

Khobab and Loeriesfontein wind farm projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     3rd November 2017 The wind farms have been connected to State-owned power utility Eskom’s grid. 

Barra dos Coqueiros combined-cycle power plant, Brazil

By: Sheila Barradas     3rd November 2017 The project aims to build a combined-cycle power plant using three gas turbines with corresponding heat recovery steam generators and one steam turbine. 

Energy savings halved with Atlas Copco’s 4th generation VSD+ compressors

     2nd November 2017 Atlas Copco Compressor Technique is proud to introduce its 4th generation VSD+ compressors - the GA75-110VSD+! “This 4th generation which follows hot on the heels of the GA37- 75 VSD+  compressors we launched in 2016 is the biggest generation of VDS+ compressors for Compressor Technique’s... 

Atlas Copco NGP+ Nitrogen Generator – 99,999% pure nitrogen onsite!

     27th October 2017 “Onsite industrial gas (nitrogen and oxygen) generation offers a much more sustainable and cost-efficient solution compared to cylinder or bulk liquid supply which require transport, handling, storage and administration,” notes Charl Ackerman, Business Line Manager of Atlas Copco Compressor... 

Wind training facility increases course offering

By: Nadine James     27th October 2017 Accredited wind energy training facility the South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre (SARETEC) has become a Global Wind Organisation- (GWO-) certified training facility, and can now offer the GWO Basic Safety Training (BST) and Basic Technical Training (BTT) qualifications to wind... 

Loeriesfontein Wind Farm connected to grid

     27th October 2017 Loeriesfontein Wind Farm as well as Khobab Wind Farm, both located in the Northern Cape, are now connected to State-owned power utility Eskom’s grid, through Eskom’s Helios substation and the commissioning of wind turbines has started. “We energised the wind farm substations with Eskom... 

Positive prospects for synfuels sector with focus on efficient maintenance

By: Simone Liedtke     27th October 2017 Welding and construction equipment-related supplier Renttech South Africa (SA) sees prospects for the synfuels industry improving, as the recent depressed period - owing to the decline globally in hydrocarbon fuel prices - has seen the petrochemicals industry focusing on efficient maintenance,... 

Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, Ethiopia

By: Sheila Barradas     27th October 2017 The project is 60% complete. 

Queensland’s APLNG directs more gas to domestic market

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     26th October 2017 The Australian Pacific liquefied natural gas (APLNG) project, offshore Queensland, will supply an additional 41 PJ of natural gas to the Australian domestic market, operator Origin Energy reported on Thursday. The new contract increased the APLNG project’s total domestic contracted supply... 

One rare thing to watch for in US coal earnings: A profit

By: Bloomberg     24th October 2017 After years of bleeding cash and a painful string of bankruptcies, US coal miners are poised to do something rare – enjoy an earnings season. Boosted by higher global coal prices and a more conservative approach to mining, Peabody Energy kicks off the industry’s reporting cycle Wednesday and is... 

7.5 MW / 5.2 MWh Energy Storage System, installation completed

     24th October 2017 A Smart Energy Storage System Project Santerno installed and commissioned a 7.5 MW, 5.2 MWh storage system to serve as a grid stabilizer in an off-grid petrochemical plant. The system comprises three functional units, each featuring one Santerno Skid controlled by a Santerno power management... 

Robben Island inaugurates R25m microgrid

By: Mia Breytenbach     20th October 2017 Robben Island, a World Heritage Site has gone green with the installation of a R25-million solar energy, lithium-ion battery storage microgrid that will supply almost half of the island’s yearly electricity requirement. The Department of Tourism, together with the appointed engineering,... 

Bicacon considers manufacturing acquisition opportunities

By: Schalk Burger     20th October 2017 Construction and engineering services group Bicacon is investigating the viability of establishing a manufacturing division within the group to produce products for use by its maintenance division, says Bicacon Group strategy and planning head Bornapart Sibanda. The group continues to look for... 

Teleeye SA Collaborates With Flir Systems On Critical Temperature Monitoring

     19th October 2017 Local remote alarm and video verification specialist, TeleEye SA, has collaborated with the world leader in thermal imaging, FLIR Systems, to develop a critical thermal temperature notification and monitoring solution.   Remotely monitoring equipment and facilities with thermal cameras can detect... 

‘Absolutely no need' for nuclear, Dames says in State-capture testimony

By: Kim Cloete     18th October 2017 Former Eskom CEO Brian Dames has revealed that he faced a breakdown in communication between the board and management, as well as death threats during his time at the state utility.  He has also told Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises that there is "absolutely no need" for... 

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