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G7 Renewable Energies expands into Mini Grid sector as decentralised generation scales up for deployment on the African continent

18th October 2018 South African energy pioneers, G7 Renewable Energies (Pty) Ltd, have expanded their portfolio by investing in RVE.SOL, a leading mini-grid development venture using renewable energy to foster decentralised electrification in Africa. RVE.SOL’s patented, pay-as-you-go system “KUDURA”, is a... 

South Africa’s synfuels know-how could give it edge as world mulls power fuels 

By: Terence Creamer     15th October 2018 The newly formed Global Alliance Power Fuels believes that South Africa is well positioned to become a leading site for the large-scale production of liquid fuels from renewable energy and has confirmed with Engineering News Online that the country is on its radar for possible future... 

Hydrogen from renewables may be energy transition’s ‘missing link’

By: Terence Creamer     7th September 2018 Producing hydrogen from variable renewable electricity (VRE) could be the ‘missing link’ in the unfolding transition to a decarbonised global energy system, a newly released report argues. Published by the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena), the study explores the production of... 

Record production anticipated at BMW’s Rosslyn plant in 2019

By: Irma Venter     30th August 2018 Production at BMW Group South Africa’s (BMW SA’s) Rosslyn plant could, potentially, reach a new record in 2019. BMW SA started production of its first X3 models in April, following a R6.2-billion investment to move from 3 Series sedan assembly to building the new X3 sports-utility vehicle. 

Key to a sustainable future: thyssenkrupp launches advanced water electrolysis

17th August 2018 As renewable energy sources continue their global success story, the demand for integrating them into the current South African energy and industry landscape grows. thyssenkrupp now offers a key technology for renewables integration: Industrial scale water electrolysis for large projects.... 

Redstone concentrated solar thermal power plant, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     20th July 2018 Acwa Power has signed an investment agreement with South Africa’s Central Energy Fund regarding the project. 

Thyssenkrupp launches industrial-scale water electrolysis solution for large projects

By: Schalk Burger     13th July 2018 Engineering and construction company Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions on Thursday launched its industrial-scale advanced water electrolysis solution that makes large-scale hydrogen production from electricity economically attractive. The advanced water electrolysis features a well-proven cell... 

Solar Turtle Wins Nation Builder Social Innovation Challenge

18th June 2018 SOLAR TURTLE, pitched by Lungi Tyali, was announced as the winner of the inaugural Nation Builder Social Innovation Challenge. They came out on top, chosen from ten outstanding ideas presented at the pitching final, hosted at the Stellenbosch University LaunchLab on Wednesday evening, 13 June.... 

SOLA Future Energy recognised in awards linked to the National Development Plan

4th June 2018 SOLA Future Energy, a South African company responsible for installing Robben Island’s solar power system, has been selected as a finalist in the Vision 2030 Awards. The awards recognise organisations, enterprises and individuals that are aligned with the government’s Nine-Point Plan to boost... 

465 TWh of renewable energy sourced by companies in 2017 – Irena

By: Simone Liedtke     24th May 2018 Companies in 75 countries actively sourced 465 TWh of renewable energy in 2017, an amount close to the overall electricity demand of France, a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) states. With the continued decline in the costs of renewables, the report suggests that... 

Corporate Sourcing of Renewables Growing, Taking Place in 75 Countries

24th May 2018 IRENA study shows world market for corporate sourcing of renewable electricity reached 465 terawatt hours in 2017 – enough to power a country the size of France Companies in 75 countries actively sourced 465 terawatt hours (TWh) of renewable energy in 2017, an amount close to the overall... 

Can we get 100% of our energy from renewable sources? New article gathers the evidence to address the sceptics.

18th May 2018 Is there enough space for all the wind turbines and solar panels to provide all our energy needs?  What happens when the sun doesn’t shine and the wind doesn’t blow?  Won’t renewables destabilise the grid and cause blackouts? In a review paper last year in the high-ranking journal Renewable and... 

Researchers suggest 100% renewable energy system is plausible

By: Nadine James     18th May 2018 A multinational group of researchers have co-authored a paper to demonstrate that there are no roadblocks to sourcing 100% of a country’s power supply from renewable sources. The researchers, from Germany’s Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial... 

SA falling behind on renewable energy 

By: News24Wire      2nd May 2018 South Africa is falling behind on renewable energy project implementation, even as other nations accelerate their plans for green energy. According to data from Greenbyte, a renewable energy management systems manufacturer, SA lags far behind fellow BRICS country China which has 188 232 MW... 

Solar powers Redefine Properties’ sustainability efforts

By: Simone Liedtke     5th April 2018 JSE-listed Redefine Properties’ total installed photovoltaic (PV) fleet will produce about 35.75-million kilowatt-hours a year of solar power when fully operational.   This forms part of the diversified real estate investment trust company’s strategy on solar energy to deliver cost efficiencies... 

Contract duration key to hybrid-power-for-mines investment case

By: Terence Creamer     15th February 2018 Alignment between a mine’s life and the tenor of a power purchase agreement (PPA) has been held up as the main consideration for those mining operations considering investments into hybrid power solutions, which combine renewable energy and battery storage with gas or diesel generators. Speaking... 

New ‘power-to-X’ prospects may arise as renewables costs continue to fall

By: Terence Creamer     15th January 2018 The outlook for solar and wind electricity costs to 2020 “presages historically low costs for new renewable electricity”, which could create new economic and industrial opportunities, a new International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) report argues. Released in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab... 

Rwanda, Mauritius get funding for solar PV projects

By: Anine Kilian     15th January 2018 The Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) on Monday announced that $25-million in concessional loans from ADFD have been earmarked for solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in Mauritius and Rwanda. The projects have the potential to significantly... 

Wind energy industry optimistic despite frustrations

By: Kim Cloete     15th November 2017 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) is confident that the tide will turn and that Eskom will soon, and finally, sign the outstanding power purchase agreements (PPAs) that have delayed the renewable energy industry for the past two years. SAWEA chairperson Mark Pickering outlined the... 

Pen y Cymoedd wind farm project, Wales

By: Sheila Barradas     27th October 2017 The Pen y Cymoedd wind farm was inaugurated at the end of September. 

Brown accused of exaggerating renewable energy prices 

By: African News Agency      20th June 2017 Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown and the Department of Energy were accused on Tuesday of exaggerating the price of renewable energy to win public support for Eskom’s contested nuclear expansion programme. Brown told Parliament’s portfolio committee on energy the actual current cost of... 

Oil and mining giants detail road map to reduce carbon by half

By: Bloomberg     25th April 2017 A group of companies and nonprofit agencies that includes energy giants Royal Dutch Shell and BHP Billiton said global greenhouse gas emissions could be cut in half by 2040 without impeding economic development, in part by converting grids to use mostly renewable power. The declining costs of... 

Opinion: Renewables IPP programme an example of impeccable governance

7th April 2017 It is important to regularly pause, reflect and appreciate a job well conceived and well executed. Back in 2010, the South African government took the bold decision to create a legislative and practical environment in which the Department of Energy could procure power generated by private... 

Power switched on at South Africa's first independent landfill gas generation scheme

8th December 2016 South Africa's first independent landfill gas-to-power project has begun generation in Johannesburg - providing 3MW of renewable electricity, enough to supply more than 5,500 homes.   Project developer ENERGY Systems has started operation at Robinson Deep landfill site in Johannesburg. This is... 

New Brunswick announces plan to phase out coal generation

By: Henry Lazenby     7th December 2016 Canada’s maritime province of New Brunswick is following in the footsteps of the federal government and other provinces such as Alberta and Ontario to phase out or announce plans to completely phase out coal-fired electricity generation by 2030. In its new action plan ‘Transitioning to a... 

IEA upscales five-year renewables growth forecast after 2015 ‘turning point’

By: Terence Creamer     25th October 2016 The International Energy Agency (IEA) has significantly increased its five-year growth forecast for renewable energy in light of what it describes as a “turning point” in 2015, when a record 153 GW of new renewables capacity was added globally. In its ‘Medium-Term Renewable Market Report’, the... 

Packaging manufacturer joins renewable-energy campaign

19th August 2016 Food processing and packaging solutions provider Tetra Pak has joined the RE100 renewable-energy campaign, committing to increase its use of renewable electricity from 20% today, to 100% across all global operations by 2030. The announcement was made at the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) forum​... 

Bokpoort CSP officially inaugurated

By: Anine Kilian     14th March 2016 The R5-billion Bokpoort concentrated solar power (CSP) project was officially inaugurated by Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Commerce and Trade Minister Dr Tawfig Fawzan Alrabiah on Monday.   Located in the Northern Cape and developed by a consortium led by... 

Local governments must play bigger role in energy sector

By: Nadine James     5th February 2016 Local governments, as key decision-makers in urban development and planning, need to be more involved in the development of a sustainable energy sector, says research organisation Sustainable Energy Africa (SEA) director Mark Borchers.  

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. 

Miners developing renewable-energy ventures at BC mineral projects assured of govt support 

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd October 2015 British Columbia’s economy had historically been firmly rooted in mining and, with a slew of new projects progressing through the permitting stage, the provincial government was ready for them to plug into its vast grid, brim-full of renewable electricity, and to support miners’ efforts to... 

Synthetic fuel produced from air, water and green electrical energy

23rd October 2015 Dresden, Germany-based cleantech company Sunfire in April started producing synthetic diesel – which does not contain any sulphur or fossil oil – from air, water and green electrical energy at its power-to-liquids (PTL) demonstration rig in Dresden. The rig uses Sunfire’s PTL technology to... 

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. 

Coal is a dirty fuel of the past, says WWF  

By: Kim Cloete     6th October 2015 The Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) has called on governments to introduce legislation that puts a stop to the construction of new coal plants, stating that coal consumption needed to be phased out completely by 2050, or earlier. The international nongovernmental organisation pointed out at the... 

Why collaboration is key to low-carbon cities

30th September 2015 Paula Kirk, Arup Energy and Climate Change Leader and Justin Wimbush, Associate, Energy, South Africa discusses why cities need to take the lead in tackling climate change, and why public, private and civil society partnerships will be critical to their success. 

Biogas from fish, chocolate used in carpet production

By: Zandile Mavuso     18th September 2015 Biogas produced from anaerobic digestion of fish, chocolate and other food waste is currently being used as an ecofriendly agent in the production of carpets by global carpet manufacturer Interface Flooring’s plant in the Netherlands, which it hopes to employ in all its plants globally. 

Bokpoort CSP plant to start early next year 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th June 2015 Riyadh-based water and power developer Acwa Power will start operations at its 50 MW molten salt solar project in the Northern Cape in 2016. The company said on Thursday that the Bokpoort concentrated solar power (CSP) independent power project, in Groblershoop, near Upington, was currently in... 

Speyside biomass power station project, Scotland

By: Sheila Barradas     19th September 2014 The new woodchip combined heat and power plant will supply 87.4 GWh/y of renewable electricity to the national grid. 

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