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Lithium Americas inks investment agreement with Thai energy company

By: Samantha Herbst     18th July 2017 Niche minerals company Lithium Americas has closed an investment agreement with BCP Innovation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Thai energy company Bangchak Corporation Public Company, in which the latter has agreed to provide Lithium Americas with an aggregate of $113-million to fund a portion of... 

Unisa professors scoop 2016/17 NSTF awards

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th June 2017 Two University of South Africa (Unisa) professors have been recognised for excellence in science, engineering and technology and innovation at the nineteenth Annual National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) 2016/17 Awards. Material and Process Synthesis research unit director and chemical... 

NUM goes to war over proposed Eskom power station closures

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th March 2017 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Wednesday said it was planning mass protest action over State-owned power utility Eskom’s decision to mothball five power stations to make room for independent power producers (IPPs). In an effort to “save” Eskom from bankruptcy and privatisation, as... 

Cape Town to take delivery of 11 electric buses by year-end

By: Irma Venter     24th March 2017 Cape Town’s fleet of eleven electric buses are scheduled for arrival by the end of 2017, “operating by the beginning of 2018, or sooner”, says Cape Town Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) commissioner Melissa Whitehead. The buses will be supplied by Chinese green energy firm BYD, in... 

Coal transporters take Eskom, government to court 

By: African News Agency      23rd March 2017 The Coal Transporters Forum (CTF) has approached the high court, seeking an interdict to bar Eskom from entering into contracts with renewable energy independent power producers (IPPs) as envisaged by government. At a press briefing in Pretoria on Thursday, CTF spokesperson Mary Phadi however... 

Cape Town’s e-buses to arrive at end 2017; e-bus plant on track 

By: Irma Venter     28th February 2017 Cape Town’s fleet of eleven electric buses are scheduled for arrival by the end of 2017, “operating by the beginning of 2018, or sooner”, says Cape Town Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) commissioner Melissa Whitehead. The buses will be supplied by Chinese green energy firm BYD, in... 

Energy Revolution Africa 2017 explores the future of renewable energy for the continent

     18th January 2017 Everything you want and need to know about renewable energy and the future of energy development and growth in Africa comes under the spotlight at Energy Revolution Africa 2017. This co-located event to African Utility Week will be hosted for the first time in Africa in Cape Town from 16 to 18... 

As Kazakh market discipline points to price trough, uranium developers focus on lower costs

By: Henry Lazenby     13th January 2017 News this week that Kazakhstan will curtail its uranium output by about 10% this year has sent spot prices to the highest levels since September, provoking cautious optimism among market observers that the trough has been traversed. “I think that this move signals a fundamental change in... 

Next four years critical to meeting Paris agreement targets

     10th January 2017 New report provides concrete recommendations for cities to meet aggressive goals and halt climate change On 1 December 2016 in Mexico City, the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) and consultants Arup outlined the first emission reduction plan in order to meet the most ambitious Paris... 

New explorer Ocean Minerals to look offshore Cook Islands for REEs

By: Henry Lazenby     29th September 2016 Recently formed US-based exploration company Ocean Minerals is heading to the exclusive economic zone of the Cook Islands, in the Southern Pacific, to look for rare earth elements (REEs) and scandium on the deep ocean floor. The Houston, Texas-based company on Wednesday joined the likes of... 

Coal India lines up capex for thermal and solar power generation

By: Ajoy K Das     12th September 2016 Coal India Limited (CIL) has committed $758-million in the current financial year for its foray into thermal and solar power generation projects. According to preliminary plans, CIL’s entry into thermal and green energy is likely to include two 800 MW coal-based power plant in the eastern Indian... 

Anaergia takes over as manager of SA’s first commercial biogas plant

By: Irma Venter     19th August 2016  The day-to-day management of South Africa’s first commercial biogas plant have shifted to biogas expert Anaergia Africa, part of the Anaergia international group of companies, as from July. Anaergia Africa will manage the plant in a two-year contract. 

Bio2Watt appoints Anaergia to manage biogas plant, looks to expand

By: Irma Venter     10th August 2016 The day-to-day management of South Africa’s first commercial biogas plant have shifted to biogas expert Anaergia Africa, part of the Anaergia international group of companies, as from July. Anaergia Africa will manage the plant in a two-year contract. 

Bio2Watt appoints Anaergia to manage Bronkhorstspruit commercial biogas plant

     28th July 2016 The day-to-day operations of South Africa’s first commercial biogas plant are being managed by biogas expert Anaergia Africa Proprietary Limited, part of the Anaergia international group of companies, effective 18 July 2016.   Sean Thomas, Bio2Watt’s Managing Director, says that Anaergia’s... 

Sustainable disposal methods to be investigated

     8th July 2016 The rise in waste generated by South Africa has led to the need for responsible and environment-friendly disposal methods. According to local waste management business Interwaste sales and marketing director Jason McNeil the default method of disposal for many years has been directing this waste... 

France, Switzerland to finance small-scale green energy projects in South Africa

By: Dylan Slater     24th June 2016 An agreement to finance a technical assistance programme to assist banks in financing small scale renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in South Africa was signed on May 26 by the French Agency for Development (AFD) and the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs of Switzerland (Seco).  

SANEDI signs agreement to extend technical assistance for Green Credit Line

     9th June 2016 SANEDI (South African National Energy Development Institute) and the AFD (the French Development Agency) signed an agreement on the 26th of May 2016, to extend and implement the Technical Assistance Facility to the SUNREF 2 Green Credit Facility. The event was attended by the Ambassadors of both... 

IHS Towers Wins Africa Telecom Infrastructure Company Of The Year Award

     24th May 2016 IHS Towers, the largest mobile telecommunications infrastructure provider in Africa, Europe and the Middle East, has won the 2016 Africa Telecom Infrastructure Company of the Year Award at Africa’s Information Technology & Telecom Awards. The Award was received during the West Africa Telecom... 

Renewable-energy prices reach low of $0.03/kWh 

By: Kim Cloete     18th May 2016 New technologies and the rapid rise of renewable energy have shaken up the global energy landscape, with prices falling to below $0.03/kWh. “We are now in the world of three cent renewable energy,” said Bloomberg New Energy Finance UK advisory board chairperson and founder Michael Liebreich. 

Aus govt must ban fracking – report

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     5th May 2016 An interim report by a Select Committee on unconventional gas mining in Australia has recommended that the federal government work with state and territory governments to ban the process of hydraulic fracturing across the country. In November, the Senate resolved to establish a Select Committee... 

DTI industrialisation goal boosted by R57bn in private-sector investment

By: Ilan Solomons     20th April 2016 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is leveraging R57.1-billion in private-sector investment, through various incentive schemes, to support local industrialisation efforts, said Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies, who delivered his Budget Vote on Wednesday. The Minister noted that... 

Black industrialists funding forum sifting through first 50 applications 

By: Terence Creamer     31st March 2016 South Africa’s black industrialists funding forum had its inaugural meeting in mid-March to consider 50 applications from aspirant black-owned manufacturing enterprises, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies revealed this week. Speaking following a meeting with the Black Business Council... 

Squeeze On China An Opportunity For Australian

     22nd March 2016 An Australian company which has won Japanese backing to develop high grade graphite deposits out of east Africa to market into Europe says the sector should take heart from supply and regulatory pressures on the commodity’s historic powerhouse, China. Addressing the inaugural Paydirt 2016... 

KACO new energy inverters power the largest solar park on the Virgin Islands. 

     4th March 2016 At five megawatts, USVI Solar I is the largest photovoltaic system on the U.S. Virgin Islands. Installed on challenging terrain and under harsh weather conditions on Saint Thomas, the solar park received the 2015 "Ground-Mount Project of the Year Award". After all, the system covers ten percent... 

Green technology uptake slow in Africa owing to risk to jobs

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th February 2016 While it makes economic and environmental sense for African governments to adopt green energy technologies at a macro level , the continent is reluctant to do so as green technologies are currently not economically viable for households or individuals, says the Sam Tambani Research Institute’s Dr... 

Ascension Properties installs solar plant

     2nd February 2016 Ascension Properties, together with Voltas Technologies and Tritec SA, has installed a 140 kWp solar plant on its Island Centre complex in Paarden Eiland, Cape Town. Ascension Properties, a JSE listed property income fund, has gone green with its first solar PV installation commissioned early in... 

Sustainable solutions provided for hydroelectricity components

By: Kimberley Smuts     30th October 2015 With a focus on using renewable-energy sources to produce green energy as a reliable source of electricity, power generation products provider Vert Energy provides sustainable solutions for hydroelectricity, wind power and for steam and gas turbines. The company has the capacity to deliver... 

EGP solar photovoltaic projects, Brazil

By: Sheila Barradas     16th October 2015 Enel Green Power has been awarded the right to sign 20-year energy supply contracts in Brazil for 553 MW. 

Nuclear the cheapest; subsidises renewables‚ says minister 

By: RDM News Wire      3rd September 2015 Nuclear energy is the cheapest source of energy in South Africa‚ and is subsidising renewable energy‚ says Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson‚ on another day of heated parliamentary debate as ministers refused to lift the veil of secrecy surrounding the proposed nuclear new build deal.... 

Cesa celebrates engineering excellence

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th August 2015 Consulting engineering firm Moroff & Kuhne won this year’s Engineering Excellence award for projects with a value greater than R250-million, at the Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) Aon Engineering Excellence Awards, for work done on The Point shopping and lifestyle centre. This involved... 

NSN Link will interconnect Nordic and British energy markets with the world's longest subsea power link incorporating Nexans' HVDC cable technology

     14th July 2015 • Power interconnection beneath the North Sea will enable Norway and UK to share up to 1400 MW of green energy from 2021 onwards • Statnett SF and National Grid has awarded Nexans a contract valued at around Euros 340 million to deliver the subsea cable on the Norwegian side The NSN Link under... 

Solar Impulse 2 proves you cannot rely on the sun for power

By: Kelvin Kemm     26th June 2015 The totally solar-powered aircraft, Solar Impulse 2, was built to be used in an attempt to fly around the world powered by solar power alone. I must say that this aircraft is a wonderful piece of technology and I marvel at the science and design which went into its construction. 

TNG considers solar power for Mt Peake project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th June 2015 Australian strategic metals company TNG has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with renewable energy group Energy Made Clean (EMC) to evaluate and implement energy supply options for its Mount Peake vanadium project, including the potential supply of a solar power system to the project.... 

Greener energy sources for groundwater projects in KZN

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th May 2015 Clients are looking towards greener energy sources to drive groundwater abstraction and reticulation schemes in the rural parts of KwaZulu-Natal, according to the KwaZulu-Natal office of consulting engineers and scientists, SRK Consulting SA. SRK tells Engineering News that appropriate energy... 

Baglar wind power project, Turkey

By: Sheila Barradas     8th May 2015 The project consists of the development, construction and operation of a greenfield wind power plant near Konya, in Turkey. 

Nordlink interconnector project, Germany and Norway

By: Sheila Barradas     1st May 2015 The project will connect the Norwegian and German electricity markets to exchange green energy. 

After navigating SA’s perilous IPPs rules, 4.4 MW biogas plant to switch on before June 

By: Terence Creamer     17th March 2015 After several years of navigating project-threatening red tape and currency fluctuations, the 4.4 MW Bronkhorstspruit biogas power plant, which will supply clean energy to a leading automotive manufacturer in Gauteng, is expected to enter production before June. Outlining the project’s... 

Sustainable building driven by environmental concerns

By: Dylan Slater     23rd May 2014 Construction companies are aiming to use more sustainable methods of building, as the sector is increasingly being driven by companies’ need to have a lower environmental footprint to meet increasingly stringent environmental legislation, states audit, tax and advisory services firm KPMG. 

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