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African conference strives to boost bioenergy industries

     18th August 2017 Global conference organiser Centre for Management Technology (CMT) notes that its Biomass Trade & Bioenergy Africa conference will be held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Sandton on September 28 and 29. CMT hopes that the conference will further development of the African biomass and bioenergy... 

Auctions steam ahead

By: Terence Creamer     18th August 2017 South Africa may be on the global sidelines currently with regard to the procurement of new renewable generation capacity, chiefly because of Eskom’s refusal to enter into new power purchase agreements. Nevertheless, as a relatively early adopter (some might even say pioneer) of the auction... 

Cape firm launches compact solar-powered battery system

By: Dylan Slater     18th August 2017 Cape Town-based energy storage solutions company BlueNova Energy has launched its first, fully integrated solar photovoltaic (PV) system – the CompactHybird – onto the South African market.  

Organisation lobbies government to kick-start biogas market

By: Nadine James     18th August 2017 The Southern African Biogas Industry Association (Sabia) is liaising with national government departments to create an enabling environment for the biogas industry, thereby establishing a viable biogas market. Sabia chairperson Jason Gifford explains that the organisation’s working groups are in... 

Wind body aims to use mentoring scheme to support gender transformation

By: Mia Breytenbach     18th August 2017 The South African Wind Energy Association (Sawea) has launched a programme to connect leading women in the energy sector with senior students at South African universities and young professionals currently entering the energy sector. The WindAc Africa Mentoring Programme seeks to promote the... 

Bushveld Energy, IDC studies indicate favourable vanadium battery, electrolyte demand

By: Mia Breytenbach     16th August 2017 There is favourable demand for vanadium redox flow batteries (VRFBs), particularly in the utility and offgrid, as well as minigrid markets, with demand to peak in 2025 to 2030. This is according to recently concluded market studies, commissioned by Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals’ energy subsidiary... 

Furnaces and kilns manufacturers are feeling the heat

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th August 2017 Furnaces and kilns manufacturers are taking strain, as with many other industries, owing to financial difficulties amid the current economic climate, says furnaces and kilns manufacturer Van Tuyls director and owner Richard McCullough. McCullough indicates that the number of manufacturers in the... 

Japan-Africa initiative to help improve electricity access on the continent

By: John Muchira     11th August 2017 Efforts to increase electricity access in Africa have received a major boost following the launch of the Japan-Africa Energy Initiative (JAEI). Through the JAEI, the Japanese government intends to provide up to $6-billion in both concessional and nonconcessional loans to support the New Deal on... 

As batteries make power play, South Africa mulls market participation

By: Irma Venter     4th August 2017 The world changed more than could be imagined in the 1990s. Not only was it the advent of all things Internet and digital connectivity, it also saw the birth of the rechargeable lithium battery, required to charge humankind’s new tools, such as cellphones and laptop computers. Today, the chase is... 

As batteries make power play, South Africa mulls market participation

By: Irma Venter     4th August 2017 The world changed more than could be imagined in the 1990s. Not only was it the advent of all things Internet and digital connectivity, it also saw the birth of the rechargeable lithium battery, required to charge humankind’s new tools, such as cellphones and laptop computers. Today the chase is... 

IDC reports strong rise in support for black industrialists as disbursements fall  

By: Terence Creamer     31st July 2017 South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has announced that its funding approvals have increased to a record R15.3-billion in 2017, but also confirmed that it would not meet a five-year target, set in 2015, of R100-billion in approvals by 2020. Presenting the financials in... 

African countries embrace alternative energy sources

     28th July 2017 With African governments realising that long-term power solutions will not come in the form of one technology, South Africa’s Department of Energy is advocating advances in coal, renewable energy, gas and nuclear technologies, says global engineering, procurement, construction and consulting... 

Coega IDZ preferred location for the gas to power programme

By: Nica Schreuder     28th July 2017 The Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) has initiated an environmental impact study for South Africa’s gas-to-power programme, and has strategically explored the IDZ’s full potential beyond its gas power plant’s current allocation of 1 000 MW. “The foundation of South Africa’s readiness... 

Investment in gas economy tough if risk exceeds appetite

By: Nica Schreuder     28th July 2017 Gas infrastructure for electricity generation requires key investors to get involved in this capital-intensive endeavour but if the perception among investors is that of risk exceeding reward, investment is unlikely to emerge, says oil and gas equipment supplier Energas Technologies project... 

Moves to fast-track regulation could ignite energy efficiency sector

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th July 2017 As businesses move to become more self-reliant and decrease their exposure to electricity price volatility, government is also moving ahead with policy support for energy efficiency initiatives in homes, business and industry, says Pan-African law firm Bowmans public law and regulatory head and... 

Nuclear seen featuring alongside renewables in future energy mix

By: Dylan Slater     28th July 2017 During the yearly atomic energy forum – Atomexpo 2017 – which was held in Moscow last month, a round-table discussion featuring several energy experts agreed that a sustainable future power generation mix would almost certainly use an increased amount of nuclear energy in conjunction with... 

Hulisani invests in global wind tower producer

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st July 2017 JSE-listed Hulisani has structured an investment path into wind towers producer GRI Wind Steel South Africa through a R82.5-million deal, marking Hulisani’s move “down the renewable-energy value chain”. The investment holding company provided preference share funding to Pele Green Energy (PGE)... 

Rock Creek Wind Farm, US

By: Sheila Barradas     21st July 2017 Enel Green Power North America is building a 300 MW wind farm in Missouri. 

Sakuto solar photovoltaic project, Japan

By: Sheila Barradas     21st July 2017 Sakuto is the largest solar photovoltaic scheme under construction in Japan to date. 

State capture casts long shadow over Eskom’s results  

By: Terence Creamer     19th July 2017 South Africa’s worst kept corporate secret was confirmed on Wednesday, when Eskom reported a sharp fall in after-tax profits to R888-million in 2017, from over R5-billion in the previous financial year. However, the results were overshadowed by serious allegations of corruption and... 

Brown acknowledges cost competitiveness of renewables as she calls for deal that goes ‘beyond price’ 

By: Terence Creamer     18th July 2017 Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown, who in June criticised the high cost of renewable energy, offered a tacit acknowledgement on Tuesday of the growing competitiveness of solar and wind, while calling for a long-term deal with the renewable-energy sector to avoid job losses in the energy... 

Decentralise, find optimal mix

     14th July 2017 Decentralisation of generation and determining the optimal energy mix for available resources and needs are crucial for addressing Africa’s energy challenges, say industry experts on the advisory board of the upcoming POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa conference and exhibition in Johannesburg. 

Energy storage solutions to be leveraged in South Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     14th July 2017 The decreasing cost of energy storage solutions presents many opportunities for South Africa to manage the key issue of localised peak load power generation more efficiently, says green energy solutions provider Freedom Won cofounder and director Antony English. 

Event to advance renewable-energy models

By: Robyn Wilkinson     14th July 2017 POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa is crucial to business development on a continent where there are chronic energy shortages and access to modern, affordable energy services is critical to developmental objectives, says South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (Sapvia) chairperson Davin Chown. 

Increased demand for fibre connectivity cables and accessories

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th July 2017 Cable accessories company Tank Industries says the telecommunications industry is picking up, owing to the uptake of fibre-optic cables in domestic and new build commercial installations.  

New thermodynamic cycle to disrupt the renewables landscape

By: Robyn Wilkinson     14th July 2017 Thermodynamic technology developer Heat Recovery Micro Systems owner Johan Enslin will introduce a disruptive new avenue for renewable-energy generation that can significantly lower electricity costs for power utilities and smaller decentralised power generating systems at this year’s POWER-GEN &... 

Power crucial to Africa’s economic development

By: Robyn Wilkinson     14th July 2017 With strong correlations between electric capacity and economic development, access to reliable and cost-effective power is crucial to enabling nations to harness the productive capabilities of their people and obtain meaningful growth, says engineering, procurement and construction company Black... 

Snowy Mountains Scheme 2.0 project, Australia

By: Sheila Barradas     14th July 2017 The project proposes the expansion of the pumped-storage scheme, its first expansion since the hydropower plant was completed in 1974. 

Spotlight on solar

By: Robyn Wilkinson     14th July 2017 With solar photovoltaic (PV) installations now recognised globally as the cheapest form of power generation, a key emerging trend is the integration of these systems with storage and transport options, says solar solutions provider SOLA Future Energy CEO Dom Wills. 

The business case for captive renewable energy plants in Africa

     14th July 2017 Renewable energy has journeyed from the subsidised fringes of electricity supply to become an integral part of the power landscape, particularly across Africa, where it has the potential to provide millions of citizens and businesses with access to a cleaner, more affordable, easily deployable... 

Finalisation of ‘lowest cost’ IRP included in growth action plan 

By: Terence Creamer     13th July 2017 The finalisation of the “lowest cost” Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity has been included in a list of energy-related interventions unveiled by Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba as part of ‘Government’s Inclusive Growth Action Plan’ published on Thursday. Likewise, the National Treasury... 

Competition aims to unearth African energy startups

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th July 2017 A competition aimed at identifying innovative startups in the field of electricity access in Africa has been launched, following an agreement between energy multinational Enel and Swiss-based Seedstars World, which facilitates startup competitions in more that 75 countries. Dubbed the ‘Africa... 

Clean energy’s global investment share grew to record 43% in 2016 

By: Terence Creamer     11th July 2017 The share of clean-energy spending rose to a record 43% of total energy-related investment in 2016, the International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) yearly World Energy Investment report shows. Global energy investment fell by 12% to $1.7-trillion last year, the second consecutive year of decline.... 

Profound policy implications

By: Terence Creamer     7th July 2017 A newly published academic paper offers something of a valuable signpost for African policymakers as they grapple with the problem of needing to add new electrical capacity at scale in a context of major global technological change – developments that will, undoubtedly, have material implications... 

Company leads by example in new green premises

By: Robyn Wilkinson     30th June 2017 Engineering consultant WSP Africa will be moving into its new head office in Knightsbridge office park in Bryanston, in September, providing its clients with a stellar example of a sustainable building project.  

Gravitational forces of energy transition

By: Terence Creamer     30th June 2017 The focus in South Africa’s electricity sector has shifted in recent times from a debate on the future system design – particularly the role of renewable energy, gas and nuclear in the generation mix – to the poor state of governance at Eskom. However, this should not be interpreted to mean that... 

National Planning Commission member calls for energy planning overhaul

By: Terence Creamer     30th June 2017 A member of the National Planning Commission (NPC) has pointed to serious shortcomings in South Africa’s current energy planning processes and has called for future plans, including the highly contested Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity, to be compiled by a new independent technical... 

To deliver on Africa’s economic growth goals, power supplies must be stable, sustainable and available across the continent.

     27th June 2017 New top of mind issues include sustainability, finding new revenue streams, risk management, asset management and the place for nuclear in the energy mix. Enclosed is a press release, which we hope you will consider. Dr. Willem De Beer, Chairman of the POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa Advisory... 

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