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Computational fluid dynamic simulation benefits industry

     9th June 2017 Numerical modelling of bulk processes using computer-based models provides a quicker and more beneficial method than manual calculations for complex steam generation systems, says engineering, construction and maintenance service provider Steinmüller Africa. Recently, full computational fluid... 

Slurry Kiln 9 project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     10th March 2017 The project involves the construction of a one-million-tonne-a-year clinker production line. 

PPC says R1.7bn kiln revamp to improve enviro compliance, market position

By: David Oliveira     3rd February 2017 JSE-listed cement producer PPC last month invited media to a tour of its Slurry operation, in the North West, and the construction site of the R1.7-billion Slurry Kiln (SK) 9 project, which is scheduled for first clinker production at the beginning of next year. The brownfield project, which... 

LINDOFLAMM from Afrox for optimal heating applications

     1st December 2016 Whether preheating, postheating, flame straightening, flame hardening, flame brazing, fusing or hot forming, LINDOFLAMM flame solutions from Afrox ensure optimum performance at the lowest processing costs for precision manufacturing processes. LINDOFLAMM is a range of innovative preheating, flame... 

Expert Assistance And Service Provided By M&C

     28th November 2016 The ability to implement enhancements during the repair or refurbishment of critical electrical rotating machinery is a major advantage to end users. Through the level of skills and expertise that resides within this leading electrical machinery service provider, Marthinusen & Coutts, a division... 

Ozone depleting gas smugglers face clampdown

     3rd November 2016 Industries using imported ozone depleting HCFC refrigerants face escalating retrofit and recycling costs and should not be tempted to use illegal alternatives, warned leading industrial gases company Afrox. The South African government has launched a campaign to clamp down on the smuggling of... 

Cooler reduces nitrogen oxide emissions from marine engines

     21st October 2016 Exhaust gas recirculation coolers manufactured from durable stainless steel are resistant to the effects of temperature and corrosion, according to heat exchangers solution provider Kelvion. There are two stainless steel cooler solutions available for four-stroke engines.  High-temperature... 

Ensuring uninterrupted service for energy sector pumps

     30th September 2016 Owing to the requirement for technologically advanced systems on modern-day renewable energy plants, in order to obtain every available kilowatt of power out of a plant and thereby ensure the utmost efficiency and the projects’ success, pumps, valves and related systems producer KSB Pumps and... 

Agility In Custom Engineering

     13th September 2016 HVAC systems in the military and rolling stock sectors have very specific operating requirements and could include anything from the ability to operate in extreme climates to severe space constraints to ergonomic issues such as low noise tolerance. In addition, there are typically all sorts of... 

Company supplies single chamber melting, casting furnace

     5th August 2016 Mechanical engineering company Hertwich Engineering will supply a melting and casting furnace with a capacity of 55 000 t of aluminium a year, as well as a charging machine, to Austrian aluminium product supplier AMAG. Commissioning of the new furnace is scheduled for mid-2017. The move to... 

Concentrated solar plants valuable for South Africa 

By: Robyn Wilkinson     29th July 2016 As baseload plants, concentrated solar plants (CSPs) are highly sought after in the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), says infrastructure operations and maintenance (O&M) company Invest in Africa Holdings (IIAH) director Gabriel Reeder. 

Biofuels tested for boiler efficiency

By: Sebastian Whyle     3rd June 2016 Owing to growing global demand for a cleaner and more sustainable environment, boiler and environmental solutions provider John Thompson has, over the past few years, carried out a series of tests by firing a variety of biomass fuels on boilers installed at the company’s Boiler Development and... 


     27th May 2016 Some 125 km southeast of Upington, in the Northern Cape, the solar collectors of the 50 MW Bokpoort concentrated solar thermal plant warm the heat transfer fluid that, in turn, heats the molten salts to create a giant battery. This makes it possible for the plant to produce electricity day and... 

Bokpoort concentrated solar power plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     6th May 2016 Bokpoort, which was inaugurated in April this year, has set a new African record for the continuous supply of electricity. 

Molten salt energy storage used in S Africa CSP project

     8th April 2016 The Bokpoort concentrated solar power (CSP) project in the Northern Cape is one of the few CSP projects that use heat exchanger as a diffusion medium for the energy stored inside the molten salt. The R5-billion project has one of the highest solar radiation footprints in the world and is being... 

Bokpoort concentrated solar power plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     1st April 2016 The project was officially inaugurated on March 14 this year. 

Corobrik installs quality-enhancing robotic technology at Lawley Factory

     29th March 2016 Improved productivity, environmental efficiency, flexibility and enhanced manufacture quality are some of the massive benefits associated with Corobrik’s new robotic technology at its Lawley Factory. Following the introduction of this unique robotics’ system at its Rietvlei factory, Corobrik... 

Northern Cape concentrated solar power farm reaches full capacity 

By: Mia Breytenbach     5th February 2016 Power developer ACWA Power Solafrica’s Bokpoort concentrated solar power (CSP) plant reached full operation capacity – ahead of schedule. The R5-billion project, near Upington, in the Northern Cape, has one of the highest solar radiation footprints in the world. 

Robust, nonclogging materials extend life of cooling towers

     5th February 2016 The upgrading of a cooling tower’s fill media with components constructed out of robust and non-clogging materials such as polypropylene (PP), polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or stainless steel can lead to cost-effective ways of extending the life of a cooling tower. According to cooling tower... 

TFR’s locomotives to receive advanced HVAC systems

     5th February 2016 Custom made mobile air-handling systems designer, developer and manufacturer Booyco Engineering is currently working on the manufacturing of heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems that will be delivered to train manufacturer Bombardier Transportation in 2018. The HVAC systems... 

SMEs benefiting from cost-saving steam boilers

     22nd January 2016 Small and medium steam applications are benefiting from Cape Town-based boiler manufacturing company Cape Boiler & Heater’s flash-type steam boilers, Steamatic. 

Booyco Engineering Wins Prestigious International Hvac Contract

     23rd November 2015 The award of a contract to supply HVAC systems for the 240 Bombardier TRAXX Africa, TFR’s Class 23E locomotives being built by Bombardier Transportation for Transnet Freight Rail for General Freight Business is testimony to Booyco Engineering’s international reputation for engineering specialised... 

Redstone concentrated solar thermal power plant, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     30th October 2015 The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (Opic) has signed an agreement recognising its $400-million commitment of debt financing to support the development of the Redstone project. 

Packaged heating system to reduce heavy fuel oil’s viscosity

     23rd October 2015 Oil and gas specialised equipment supplier Energas Technologies this month commissioned a packaged heating system for a local oil storage facility upgrade – the first type of this installation for the oil storage facility. Heavy fuel oil (HFO) is stored in large tanks at the local oil storage... 

Redstone concentrated solar thermal power plant, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     9th October 2015 The project entails the construction and operation of a concentrated solar thermal power plant in Postmasburg, near Kimberley, in the Northern Cape. 

Efficient solutions for economical heat and steam generation

     18th September 2015 Heating systems manufacturer Viessmann announced in March that it is introducing new high-pressure steam boilers into the market this year. 

V&A Waterfront harnesses seawater cooling technology

By: Dylan Stewart     18th September 2015 Heating, refrigeration and air-conditioning solutions provider Carrier is installing a 6 MW district cooling plant that uses the cold Atlantic seawater in the harbour, at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront, to provide cooling for the property’s Silo District development, says Carrier business development... 

New magnetic system from SKF offers oil-free, energy-efficient solutions for centrifugal compressors in chillers

     20th August 2015 SKF has launched a new magnetic system, an oil- and contact-free drive solution for centrifugal compressors in chillers. Combining a high-speed permanent magnet motor and active magnetic bearings with integrated controls, the magnetic system can operate with variable speed drives from various... 

Next-gen oxidation oven lowers carbon fibre costs

     7th August 2015 New technology from thermal processing engineering firm Despatch offers the end-user a viable and readily available product that could meaningfully lower the cost of producing carbon fibre. 

Bokpoort concentrated solar power plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     12th June 2015 Acwa Power has reported that it will start operations at its 50 MW molten salt solar project, in the Northern Cape, in 2016. 

Solar developers must pay attention to bird kill problem

By: Kelvin Kemm     24th April 2015 For a long time, I have been saying that, invariably, new technology developments bring with them not only highly tangible benefits, but also, quite frequently, undesirable side effects that are not that tangible at first.  I have said that it is the duty of technology developers to look for the... 

Multotec’s Highly Skilled Experts Help Customers

     3rd March 2015 A key differentiator for Longi-Multotec in the marketplace is having highly skilled and experienced experts on hand. “It is important to work with an original equipment manufacturer that understands the system parameters and is able to see past the one-size-fits-all option that has been the... 

Multotec’s Highly Skilled Experts Help Customers

     3rd March 2015 A key differentiator for Longi-Multotec in the marketplace is having highly skilled and experienced experts on hand. “It is important to work with an original equipment manufacturer that understands the system parameters and is able to see past the one-size-fits-all option that has been the... 

Copper used in HVAC systems to reduce air contamination

     6th February 2015 Microbial growth in heating ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems with the subsequent contamination of indoor air is of increasing concern, as airborne bacteria and fungi have the potential to adversely impact human health by causing infections, allergic responses or toxic effects, says... 

Heat transfer specialist commits to sustainability

By: Jonathan Rodin     6th February 2015 With industrial processes placing an ever-increasing demand on the environment, it is imperative for equipment manufacturers to streamline product development processes with energy conservation, energy management and the preservation of natural resources to ensure a sustainable future, says... 

Removing the myth of fouling in CSP steam generator design

     22nd January 2015 The use of fouling factors is mistakenly requested in concentrated solar power steam generator technical specifications, resulting in up to 30% oversized steam generator components, increased material costs and hindered CSP competitiveness as a result. Aalborg CSP removes the myth of this... 

Refurbishment Extends Cooling Tower Life By 20 Years

     5th December 2014 An industrial cooling tower’s life expectancy is between 15 and 25 years, yet it is not always necessary to install a completely new system; old cooling towers can be refurbished or upgraded at a fraction of the cost. Refurbishment or upgrades can bring a cooling tower’s components up to original... 

Bokpoort concentrated solar power plant project, South Africa

     17th October 2014 The Bokpoort concentrated solar power plant is more than 50% complete. 

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