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South Africa must wake up to fuel cell race or risk losing out 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th December 2016 South Africa is in a global race in fuel cell development and should not consider itself “special”, as there are a number of other countries that could reap benefits from their fuel cell plans far sooner, an analyst warned on Friday. Speaking during a panel discussion on the impact of fuel cell... 

Importance of energy efficiency highlighted at DoE conference

By: Simone Liedtke     9th December 2016 The importance of energy efficiency as part of policy is increasing in many countries, subsequently making it important to develop and maintain well founded indicators to better inform policymaking. 

Innovation earns company biofuels award

     9th December 2016 Market research company and consulting firm Frost & Sullivan has awarded its 2016 Company of the Year Award to South African renewable-energy company Biogreen for its innovative performance and customer impact in the production of biodiesel from used cooking oil. Biogreen offers its suppliers and... 

Plan, but no man

By: Terence Creamer     9th December 2016 South African Reserve Bank (SARB) governor Lesetja Kganyago does little to hide his frustration about the lack of progress in pursuing the structural reforms required to improve South Africa’s growth prospects and deal with its serious unemployment problem. He argues that the National Development... 

Research ongoing to further develop biogas in South Africa

     9th December 2016 Despite the biogas sector being a well developed industry globally, ongoing research continues to further develop and strengthen the industry in South Africa, highlights the South African Biogas Industry Association (Sabia). The association notes that a variety of biogas applications have been... 

Black-woman-owned steel manufacturing company launched 

By: Anine Kilian     8th December 2016 Despite the difficult economic climate South Africa currently finds itself in, black-woman-owned steel-manufacturing company RSC Avelo, which was officially launched in Roodepoort, Gauteng on Thursday, aims to be a key player in market, according to MD Mayleen Kyster. “Even though we are in a... 

Intercontinental hybrid air race raises awareness of unique technology, design

By: Dylan Slater     8th December 2016 Earlier this week Canada-based hybrid airship manufacturer Solar Ship challenged US aerospace, defence and security technologies company Lockheed Martin to undertake an intercontinental friendly air race to raise international awareness about hybrid aircraft and renewable-energy technologies in... 

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... 

Gas technology group makes case for flexibility as South Africa mulls power road map

By: Terence Creamer     7th December 2016 Leading gas-engine technology provider Wärtsilä has started making the case for greater flexibility within South Africa's evolving electricity supply industry, as well as within the gas-to-power subsector itself, as the country seeks comment on its future electricity road map. The Finnish group,... 

Infrastructure-focused legal firm sets up Africa practice

By: Terence Creamer     5th December 2016 International law firm Pinsent Masons is formally establishing its African office in Johannesburg, from where it plans to pursue continental opportunities in the areasof infrastructure, energy and technology. The firm, which is domiciled in the UK, is a specialist infrastructure practice... 

Continued investment growth foreseen in Western Cape

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd December 2016 The Western Cape is increasingly being recognised as a feasible alternative gateway into South Africa or Africa, owing to it contributing 14.3% of the country’s gross domestic product, making it the second biggest provincial economy in the country, says engineering and design company WSP |... 

Hybrid gensets to complement renewable energy

By: Robyn Wilkinson     2nd December 2016 Generating set producer Aksa Power Generation South Africa (SA) will launch its hybrid generating set (genset) in South Africa in January next year, providing a standby power generating solution to the country that is able to run in parallel with renewable-energy sources. 

Plans in place to stimulate industries for further economic growth

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd December 2016 Being the second largest regional economy after Gauteng, the Western Cape is set on creating new industries as well as stimulating labour-intensive industries such as agroprocessing, marine culture, the green economy, tourism, and oil and gas to further grow the economy. 

UK to stimulate nuclear research, development and innovation

By: Keith Campbell     2nd December 2016 The United Kingdom has launched a new nuclear innovation programme. This was recently announced in Manchester by the country’s Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (equivalent to Minister in South Africa), Greg Clark. “We want to upgrade the UK’s existing nuclear... 

Awareness low of South Africa’s ‘astounding’ renewables success, US survey finds

By: Terence Creamer     1st December 2016 Amid domestic uncertainty about the future of South Africa’s renewable-energy procurement programme, a US State Department official has described the initiative as “astoundingly successful” and reports that several countries are currently seeking to draw lessons from the country’s reverse-auction... 

Debt capital markets in Africa remain resilient, says Standard Bank

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     1st December 2016 A review of the continent’s activity in debt capital markets by financial services provider Standard Bank reveals continued growth in issuance, including the evolution of new asset classes, which speak well to both the resilience and future growth prospects of Africa’s debt capital markets. Debt... 

Alberta to pay coal power producers C$1.1bn to transition away from coal generation by 2030 

By: Henry Lazenby     25th November 2016 As part of the province’s ‘Climate Leadership Plan’, the Alberta government has agreed to pay three coal power producers operating in the province more than C$1-billion over the next 14 years to compensate them for prematurely shuttering their coal-fired power plants by 2030. The agreements will... 

Renewables body questions ongoing constraints on clean technologies in IRP base case 

By: Terence Creamer     25th November 2016 The South African Renewable Energy Council (Sarec) has added its voice to those questioning the constraints imposed on renewable-energy technologies in the updated base case of Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), which has been released for public comment. The council, which is the umbrella body for... 

Blair Athol solar power project, Australia

By: Sheila Barradas     25th November 2016 The project proposes the construction of a solar power station on rehabilitated land at the Blair Athol coal mine. 

Dismissive of 2037 nuclear timeline in IRP base case, Eskom to release RFP by year-end 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd November 2016 State-owned power utility Eskom indicated on Tuesday that it planned to move ahead with a controversial request for proposals (RFP) for nuclear before the end of 2016, despite the base case in a draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) update indicating that the first reactor would only be required... 

Regional demand grows for safety science company’s services

By: Mia Breytenbach     18th November 2016 Global independent safety science company UL says demand for its services in Southern Africa has increased by more than 25% year-on-year since the company established a local footprint in 2015. The company certifies, validates, tests, verifies and inspects manufactured products, as well as audits... 

South Africa’s slump in African renewables index reflects Eskom-induced uncertainty

By: Terence Creamer     15th November 2016 South Africa’s ranking in a continent-wide renewable-energy index has plummeted, reflecting the current market uncertainty that has arisen as a result of Eskom’s refusal to sign power purchase agreements (PPAs) with preferred bidders named following the most recent auctions held under the... 

ACWA Power to reassess bullish South Africa stance should Redstone collapse 

By: Terence Creamer     15th November 2016 The head of Saudi Arabian electricity group ACWA Power says that, while the company remains a patient investor in South Africa, the outcome of the current impasse with Eskom relating to its 100 MW Redstone concentrated solar power (CSP) project will be critical to the group’s future investment... 

Renewables body urges new Eskom chief to restore communications and momentum 

By: Terence Creamer     14th November 2016 The South African Renewable Energy Council (Sarec) has expressed the hope that the new CEO of Eskom will restore “constructive communication” with the renewable-energy industry, which it says has faced “increasingly irrational and inaccurate criticism” during Brian Molefe’s tenure. Molefe... 

Nepad to assist with acceleration of energy ramp-up in Africa

By: Anine Kilian     14th November 2016 The planning and coordinating technical body of the African Union’s New Partnership for Africa's Development (Nepad) is working to accelerate the development and implementation of Africa's high-priority renewable-energy projects. This is Nepad’s contribution to the implementation of the Africa... 

Cape Town-based German school turns on 100% solar electricity system

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th November 2016 The German International School Cape Town (DSK), in Tamboerskloof, this week switched on its new 150 kW solar electricity system, aimed at supplying the entire school with energy from the sun and feeding excess energy into the City of Cape Town’s grid. The new system, along with an initial... 

Amid policy angst, US energy diplomat points to bipartisan support for powering Africa

By: Terence Creamer     11th November 2016 America’s Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Resources would not be drawn this week on how the administration of President-elect Donald Trump could approach energy policy and the Africa Power Initiative in particular. However, Ambassador Mary Burce Warlick highlighted during... 

SA mining sector generally not yet ready to willingly adopt modernised mining methods

By: Dylan Slater     11th November 2016 The South African mining sector is, generally, not yet in a position to willingly adopt and implement an array of digitalised and modernised mining methods, contrary to advisory and general industry views on the need to modernise mines to prepare them for the future, according to University of... 

Strong sense of irony as Eskom solicits energy-intensive connections

By: Terence Creamer     11th November 2016 Amid weak economic growth, falling industrial and mining demand and a rise in plant availability, Eskom has appealed to industrial customers to approach it for new connections, saying it is “open for business”. The State-owned utility announced a recovery in the energy availability factor (EAF)... 

Sarec too raises IPP delay concerns

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th November 2016 The South African Renewable Energy Council (Sarec) has become the latest organisation to raise concerns over State-owned power utility Eskom’s repeated delays in signing off on new power purchase agreements (PPAs) with independent power producers (IPPs). In a response statement to the disclosures... 

Eskom renews commitment to GO15, executive elected to board

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th November 2016 Eskom on Tuesday said it would continue investing in transmission infrastructure, aimed at leveraging advanced technology solutions for a reliable and sustainable power grid. As one of 19 international large power grid operators (PGOs), Eskom is a member of global PGO voluntary initiative GO15,... 

IFC study finds climate pact helped open up $23tn in emerging market opportunities

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th November 2016 A study released on Tuesday by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of World Bank Group, shows that the historic global agreement on climate change adopted in Paris last year helped open up nearly $23-trillion in opportunities for climate-smart investments in emerging markets... 

Investment in wind energy cascades to communities

By: Kim Cloete     4th November 2016 Africa’s leading wind energy event, Windaba, has wrapped up in Cape Town, with its organisers confident of the event’s role in transitioning South Africa to a cleaner energy future.  “Windaba has provided many comparable examples of global experience of achieving environmental sustainability,... 

Eskom in desperate search for industrial customers as surplus grows 

By: Terence Creamer     4th November 2016 Amid weak economic growth, falling industrial and mining demand and a rise in plant availability, Eskom has appealed to industrial customers to approach it for new connections, saying it is “open for business”. The State-owned utility announced a recovery in the energy availability factor (EAF)... 

South African renewables IPP in financing deal with Japan’s Inabata

By: Mia Breytenbach     4th November 2016 Renewable energy independent power producer and energy consulting group Next Renewable Generation (NrG) has concluded a significant investment deal with large Japanese trading company Inabata to further fund the development of renewable energy projects in Africa. The investment deal, finalised in... 

CSIR study reveals optimistic renewable-energy scenario

By: Kim Cloete     3rd November 2016 A study by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has revealed that South Africa could radically cut its energy costs if it aims for a 70% renewable-energy share by 2040. CSIR Energy Centre head Dr Tobias Bischof-Niemz provided details of the study, titled ‘Least-cost... 

WWF-SA welcomes South Africa’s ratification of Paris agreement

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd November 2016 Environmental preservation organisation World Wide Fund for Nature – South Africa (WWF-SA) has welcomed South Africa’s ratification of the milestone Paris agreement reached at the twenty-first Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).... 

RS Components signs authorised global distribution agreement with Power Integrations, boosting support for power supply designers

     2nd November 2016 Closer cooperation with power-conversion IC innovator accelerates access to new products and strengthens technical back-up RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc, the global distributor for engineers, has become an authorised worldwide distributor for Power Integrations... 

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