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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. 

Worleyparsons Manages Africa’s First Csp Projects

     29th September 2014 WorleyParsons has become the first consulting engineering firm in sub-Saharan Africa to act as Owner’s Engineer on concentrated solar power (CSP) projects in South Africa. This follows the recent award of two contracts to provide Owner’s Engineer services to the continent’s first CSP projects,... 

Medupi Unit 6 on track for year-end synchronisation

By: Leandi Kolver     8th August 2014 State-owned power utility Eskom on Friday reported that work was progressing well on preparing the first boiler unit of the Medupi power station for synchronisation at the end of this year. Eskom said good progress had already been made on the chemical cleaning of the Unit 6 boiler, with the... 

Rotary kilns use and selection highlighted

By: Ilan Solomons     8th August 2014 Original-equipment manufacturer of thermal processing, agglomeration and materials handling equipment Feeco International is providing a range of process technology, including thermal processing systems, for several African countries. Feeco has recently supplied equipment, including rotary... 

SA vessels assist in propelling space-travel rocket

By: Ilan Solomons     1st August 2014 Local vessels manufacturer GasCon supplied six 250 m3 liquid oxygen storage tanks to US space transport services company Space Exploration Technologies’ (SpaceX’s) launch site in California, in the US, in May 2013. SpaceX has developed the Falcon 9 two-stage rocket to transport satellites and the... 

Multi-energy-source solution offers water-heating alternative

By: Schalk Burger     11th July 2014 A 500 ℓ to 2 000 ℓ integrated multi-energy source water heating system can be used in the healthcare, hospitality and up-market residential markets in South Africa, says Nobel solar water heater local distributor Enerjetic director Peter Strydom. The system uses solar energy as its main energy... 

Controls improve efficiency

     6th June 2014 Combustion controls, used in boilers, can boost thermal efficiency and reduce excess air curves, resulting in improved combustion reactions within the boiler. 

Glass manufacturer upgrades recycling facility

By: David Oliveira     6th June 2014 South Africa-based float and patterned glass manufacturer PFG, a division of the PG Group, is expanding its windshield recovery and reclamation facility in Springs, on the East Rand of Johannesburg. PFG sales director Bob van Schelt notes that the expansion will help the company recycle more... 

Steam trap provides solution to condensate problems

By: Mia Breytenbach     9th May 2014 The ability of valves supplier Heaton Valves’ Powertrap GT10 to improve production by removing condensate from steam systems where stall may occur makes it an increasingly popular solution for the petrochemical, food and beverage and motor industries that are having problems with heat-exchanger... 

Care centre receives large-scale solar water heating system

By: Sashnee Moodley     2nd May 2014 Solar Energy Solutions company Solardura has completed the installation and commissioning of a large-scale solar water heating system for the Blessed Gérard Care Centre in Mandeni, KwaZulu-Natal.  

Soot blower and water lance maintenance crucial

By: Ilan Solomons     18th April 2014 In the past two years, power service systems and solutions provider Clyde Bergemann Africa has placed special emphasis on strengthening its after- market service offering to the local power industry, aftermarket service executive director Badrish Nathoo tells Engineering News. “This is... 

HRS Heat Exchangers expands in Turkish Waste Water Treatment.

     26th February 2014 HRS Heat Exchangers, has provided WABAG with a customised thermal transfer solution to assist in a sewage treatment application in Siverek Turkey. WABAG is one of the world’s leading suppliers and installers of Water and Wastewater treatment plants. The Siverek Plant provides sewage treatment to... 

Bokpoort concentrated solar power plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     17th January 2014 Mott MacDonald has been appointed lenders’ technical adviser by Investec Bank and ABSA Bank for the Bokpoort concentrated solar power plant. 

Murray & Roberts Engineering Africa Platform Positions Itself As A Specialist Engineering Business

     12th December 2013 Murray & Roberts’ Engineering Africa platform continues to make notable progress with its market penetration into Africa during 2013. The companies that comprise the platform are Engineering Procurement and Construction (“EPC”) projects implementer, Murray & Roberts Projects - with a focus on... 

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