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Jasco targets internal strategy as company stabilises

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th September 2016 As smart technologies firm Jasco Electronics emerges from a milestone year that represented stability and consolidation, the JSE-listed group will focus on two levers of growth, in addition to its identified group focus areas, in a year set to be marred by worsening economic conditions. Despite... 

BioTherm Energy secures 20 MW solar project in Ghana

By: Anine Kilian     23rd September 2016 Independent power producer BioTherm Energy has won the tender to develop a 20 MW solar project in Ghana. The company will build, own and operate the facility under a 20-year power purchase agreement. 

Breathtaking views on electricity and renewables

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     23rd September 2016 Of late, I have been reading in Engineering News and other publications of opinion on electricity and renewable energy by various people that are just breathtaking. It is interesting that these opinions are somewhat fanciful, to say the least. Let us first get down to the detail in a particular... 

Coega positions itself as energy mix hub

By: Nadine James     23rd September 2016 A growing number of manufacturing opportunities have been created and sustained through the approach of diversifying the energy mix in the Eastern Cape, which has seen the development of several energy investment projects worth more than R3.5-billion. The Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ)... 

Entrepreneurs form joint venture to boost renewable energy service

By: Dylan Slater     23rd September 2016 With over 600-million people in Africa living without electricity, four entrepreneurs have joined forces in an effort to reduce this volume of people without access to electricity with the formation of renewable energy company ePower Holdings.  

Waste-to-energy project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     23rd September 2016 The project entails the development of South Africa’s first waste-to-energy plant. 

IFC, UK govt to develop solar energy prospects in Nigeria

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th September 2016 The International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the UK Department for International Development (DFID) are facilitating the deployment of off-grid and embedded solar in Nigeria. Through this partnership, IFC’s Off-Grid and Embedded Solar Market Development and Finance Programme, and DFID’s Solar... 

Awards recognise game-changers in South Africa’s energy sector

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th September 2016 Strategic adviser Dr Willie de Beer received the 2016 South African National Energy Association (Sanea) Energy Award in recognition of his ongoing contribution to the local energy sector. The awards recognise South Africans and their efforts in ensuring that the country enjoys a stable and secure... 

Black business pioneer raises concern about IPP uncertainty

By: Terence Creamer     16th September 2016 One of South Africa’s pioneering black-owned companies, Thebe Investment Corporation, says it is critical that the prevailing uncertainty surrounding the future of independent power producers (IPPs) be urgently resolved, saying that the current “confusion is not appreciated” by it and other... 

Waste-to-energy project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     16th September 2016 The project entails the development of South Africa’s first waste-to-energy plant. 

Gas will be integral to energy mix in the future – Eskom

By: Anine Kilian     15th September 2016 South Africa’s decision to introduce a carbon tax by 2020 will impact coal mines in an already declining coal market, Eskom renewables research manager Kubeshnie Bhugwadin said on Thursday. Addressing an audience at a gas workshop hosted by the Fossil Fuel Foundation, she pointed out that the... 

Welding industry seeks new alternatives  

By: Victor Moolman     9th September 2016 With fewer projects being available in the power generation and petrochemical sectors, South African Institute of Welding (SAIW) executive director Sean Blake says that for those seeking welding industry opportunities alternative sectors have to be considered. 

Move to high-profile mining yielding benefits for Gold Fields' flagship mine

By: Dylan Slater     2nd September 2016 A move from low-profile to high-profile mining at gold major Gold Fields’ South Deep mine is yielding benefits, having not only improved production volumes by 87% in the first and second quarters of this year, compared with the same period last year, but also increased other key metrics. One of... 

African industry urged to use oil downturn to address regulatory uncertainty

By: Schalk Burger     2nd September 2016 Though the depressed global oil price has led to reduced activity in the oil and gas sector across Africa, the industry should improve skill levels and governments should improve regulatory frameworks and licence systems to prepare for when price and activity increases, says PwC Africa Oil and... 

Gestamp 2 solar project, Egypt

By: Sheila Barradas     2nd September 2016 The project entails the construction of a 20 MW photovoltaic plant. 

Amid worries over IPP-programme credibility, Eskom says issues being resolved

By: Terence Creamer     31st August 2016 A South African solar industry body has warned that the credibility of the country’s much-vaunted Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) is being threatened by ongoing delays to the programme, as well as uncertainty over Eskom’s willingness to conclude power... 

Massive increase in the use of resources looms over the next decade

By: Kim Cloete     31st August 2016 Stakeholders in the global minerals and metals industry, which uses 12% of global energy production, have been called to take responsibility in the quest for a more sustainable future. United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) International Resource Panel member Dr Patrice Christmann said... 

Qhena confident solar project commitment will be ‘honoured’

By: Terence Creamer     30th August 2016 Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) CEO Geoffrey Qhena expressed confidence on Tuesday that projects that had been adjudicated under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) would proceed, despite the recent resistance shown by Eskom to signing a power... 

Eskom’s IPP pushback continues despite Cabinet endorsement 

By: Terence Creamer     30th August 2016 Despite Cabinet having insisted at its recent lekgotla that South Africa has no intention of “changing course midstream” in its support of the independent power producer (IPP) programme and notwithstanding that all determinations are in terms of official Ministerial determinations, State-owned... 

Centre developing clean tech SMEs to support low-carbon transition

By: Schalk Burger     26th August 2016 The Climate Innovation Centre South Africa (CICSA) of The Innovation Hub plans to increase the number of clean technology small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to support the transition of government and industry to a less carbon-intense economy, says CICSA innovation specialist Nhlakanipho... 

South Africa won’t change IPP course ‘midstream’ 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd August 2016 Cabinet appears to have put paid to Eskom efforts to halt the country’s highly regarded independent power producer (IPP) programme, with Minister in The Presidency for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Jeff Radebe indicating on Monday that there was no intention to “change course midstream”.... 

Anaergia takes over as manager of SA’s first commercial biogas plant

By: Irma Venter     19th August 2016  The day-to-day management of South Africa’s first commercial biogas plant have shifted to biogas expert Anaergia Africa, part of the Anaergia international group of companies, as from July. Anaergia Africa will manage the plant in a two-year contract. 

Can Eskom sustain plant recovery?

By: Terence Creamer     19th August 2016 In its most recent presentations on the performance of its power stations, Eskom has pointed to improvements in the energy availability factor (EAF) from its coal-fired power stations over the past few months as evidence of a solid operational turnaround. The State-owned utility shows, for... 

Consulting firm warns of ‘vicious cycle of defection’ from Eskom, municipalities

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th August 2016 The rapid decline in renewables pricing, large-scale battery production and new technologies reducing the price of storage, which will make renewables feasible on a larger scale within 15 years is putting State-owned power utility Eskom at risk of losing electricity demand to the... 

New Schneider Electric variable-speed drives improve efficiency, security

By: Schalk Burger     19th August 2016 The research and development (R&D) of the latest generation of industrial equipment manufacturer Schneider Electric’s Altivar process variable-speed drives (VSDs) focused on smooth performance and efficiency, cybersecurity and connectivity to support automated industrial systems, says Schneider... 

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​... 

Exxaro eyes more renewables

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th August 2016 Following the success of its entry into renewable energy through a 50% wind farm joint venture (JV) with Tata Power, diversified miner Exxaro Resources is exploring further opportunities in clean energy. Independent power producer (IPP) Cennergi had marked its first income generation following... 

IPP programme beneficial for South Africa

By: Anine Kilian     17th August 2016 Given the environmental and economic benefits of South Africa’s independent power producer (IPP) programme, its continuation and growth will best serve South Africa’s energy needs, says energy solutions provider Energy Partners head of business development Andre Agenbag. Commenting on State-owned... 

Cairo Solar Farm project, Egypt

By: Sheila Barradas     12th August 2016 The project is part of the first regulatory round of the Egypt's Feed-in Tariff programme, which aims to procure 4 300 MW of renewable-energy capacity. 

Hybrid power generation system wins energy award

By: Mia Breytenbach     12th August 2016 The Hybrid Power Generation System (HPGS) of national security alliance North Atlantic Treaty Organisation’s (Nato’s) Energy Security Center of Excellence has won one of the Energy Transition Trophies 2016. The awards, held in Paris, France, in June, covered such themes, as factories, energy,... 

Reflections on technological change

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     12th August 2016 I believe that all technologies go through a cycle. Henry Ford once said: “If I’d asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses”. But even as we read quotes from famous motor vehicle manufacturers, it is obvious that the motor vehicle, as in 'car', is on its way to... 

Bio2Watt appoints Anaergia to manage biogas plant, looks to expand

By: Irma Venter     10th August 2016 The day-to-day management of South Africa’s first commercial biogas plant have shifted to biogas expert Anaergia Africa, part of the Anaergia international group of companies, as from July. Anaergia Africa will manage the plant in a two-year contract. 

Solar-energy system installer shines with Band-It solution

     5th August 2016 Stainless steel band-and-buckle from Banding & Identification Solutions Africa has even found its way into the renewable energy sector, with solar-energy system installer Solareff of Roodepoort in Gauteng using Band-It for cable bundling on its projects. Solareff is a specialist South... 

Energy poverty unemployment and growth 

     5th August 2016 The recent discussion about energy and electricity is one of the most important debates South Africa can have.   One of the fundamental objective of South Africa is the necessity to address urgently inequality unemployment and poverty and this objective cannot be achieved by redistribution of... 

Amakhala Emoyeni wind energy facility, South Africa

By: Mariaan Webb     5th August 2016 The project has achieved commercial operation. 

Benban 1 solar photovoltaic project, Egypt

By: Sheila Barradas     5th August 2016 The project is being developed under Egypt’s first-round feed-in-tariff programme. 

BMW Group plant, Mexico

By: Sheila Barradas     5th August 2016 The plant will manufacture the new BMW 3 series sedan. 

Government regulations seen supporting further green building uptake

By: David Oliveira     5th August 2016 Sustainable development specialists and property analysts have urged all South African businesses and developers to embrace the reality of green building as government actively pursues legislation to enforce more sustainable construction. Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU)... 

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