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Japanese multinational signs East African geothermal development deals

     28th October 2016 Japanese conglomerate Toshiba Corporation has moved to expand its presence in the East African renewable-energy market by signing geothermal development deals with Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda and Djibouti. The memorandums of understanding (MoUs) that Toshiba signed with the four countries will see... 

S Africa shifts towards 100% renewable energy

By: Kimberley Smuts     28th October 2016 This year’s Windaba conference and exhibition, which will take place during Wind Energy Week, aims to discuss ways in which South Africa could work towards achieving 30 000 MW of renewable energy by 2050. The conference – themed Towards 100% Renewables – will be held at the Cape Town Convention... 

Windaba exhibitors showcase energy portfolio

By: Kimberley Smuts     28th October 2016 Global providers of wind energy services to wind farm developers, owners, investors and others, UL-Dewi South Africa, which is part of US-based Underwriters Laboratories (UL), will exhibit at this year’s Windaba. Having participated in the Windaba for the past two years, the company points out... 

Company commercialises thermoplastic material with low friction coefficiency

     15th July 2016 In May, plastic fabrication and engineering company Vesconite Bearings  started to commercialise its Superlube, a thermoplastic bearing material with one of the lowest coefficients of friction of any polymer available. The development of Superlube – conducted at the company’s laboratory in... 

The impact of local content rules in renewables sector questioned

     20th May 2016 By Dr Chris Ettmayr and Professor Hendrik Lloyd Economies around the world are demanding more energy, but the nature of the demand is changing, with preference given to energy sources that have a reduced environmental impact. A dichotomy arises for governments that need to increase generation... 

Poweroad eyes market entry after Powertech Africa acquisition

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd April 2016 Following its outright acquisition of Powertech subsidiary Powertech Africa, for an undisclosed amount, newly established Poweroad Africa was preparing to make its official debut into the electric power market in May. Absorbing the full staff complement, as well as the assets and contracts of... 

Reflections on recent IPP industry developments

By: Sisa Njikelana     19th June 2015 Recent and current developments compels one to cite achievements and challenges in the midst of the current power crisis. Embedded generation is becoming a reality for businesses and households, thanks to the initiative by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) to introduce the... 

Company manufactures fasteners for renewable energy sector

By: Pimani Baloyi     20th June 2014 Johannesburg-based fastener solutions provider Swagefast reports that it has experienced an increase in business since it ventured into manufacturing fasteners for the renewable-energy market in 2013. Company FD Jay Rossouw tells Engineering News that the company has been awarded two major... 

Company refocuses its resources on SA power projects

     29th June 2012 Fluor South Africa, which is part of the global engineering, procurement, construction, maintenance and project management company Fluor Corporation, says its newly established power group is well-positioned to bring the corporation’s international power expertise to the local market. 

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