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TNPA unveils R255m admin building at Ngqura

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th June 2017 State-owned Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has unveiled a new R255-million administration building – eMendi – at the Port of Ngqura, in the Eastern Cape. Speaking at the unveiling, TNPA CEO Richard Vallihu said the 10 000 m2 building was named in reference to the SS Mendi troop ship... 

‘Significant implications’ for design of African power markets as renewables prices fall

By: Terence Creamer     26th June 2017 Recent renewable energy price reductions, together with sub-Saharan Africa’s (SSA’s) formidable solar and wind resources, have made solar and wind technologies the cheapest sources of power in several countries, which carries significant implications, a newly published academic paper argues, for... 

Ingeteam supplies its photovoltaic power stations for a 100 MW solar plant in Australia

     26th June 2017 Ingeteam has supplied 23 of its 4.8 MW power stations for the Clare Solar Farm project, located in the Australian state of Queensland. This 100 MWAC (125 MWDC) project, conducted by Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV), is being constructed by the Australian EPC, Downer EDI. The energy generated by... 

Old dame receives her makeover

     26th June 2017 The old South African Police Service (SAPS) storage facilities in Cape Town, Western Cape, have undergone important upgrades that have given them a completely new lease on life. This extensive overhaul was driven by the South African Department of Public Works (DPW), which nominated JG Afrika as... 

Highest number of Renewable Energy installations in SA

     23rd June 2017 Specialist electrical contractor, Brand Engineering SA (Pty) Ltd, has carried out the highest number of utility scale solar Renewable Energy (RE) installations in the RE industry in South Africa.  It has become a key construction partner for RE developers, and is responsible for the generation of... 

Increased customs duty on stainless steel fasteners an ‘oversight’

By: Robyn Wilkinson     23rd June 2017 Cape Town-based fastener supplier Fastenright is appealing to the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac) to remove the customs duty that was implemented on stainless steel fasteners on April 1. 

Tech watchers forecast major disruption on way for power utilities

By: Schalk Burger     23rd June 2017 The energy generation industry will be dramatically disrupted over the next ten to twenty years, and electricity could be close to free within the next twenty years. This will dramatically impact the power generation industry and will trigger a sea-change in the way it generates revenue, say... 

Solar Powered Variable Speed Drives For Remote Borehole Applications

     21st June 2017 Farmers are making increasing use of photovoltaic solar panels and variable speed drives (VSDs) to get clean and continuous power to their boreholes in remote locations, cutting out the need for costly infrastructure and cables to link with the main grid. Zest WEG Group, a subsidiary of leading... 

Magnet now distributes new portable Mobiya solar LED lanterns, which have been designed by Schneider Electric as a convenient, safe and reliable source of energy efficient lighting.

     21st June 2017 Mobiya TS 170S off-grid portable solar LED lanterns consist of a solar panel and an integrated mobile phone charging facility, with a USB cable with 5 adaptors. “This compact, user friendly lighting system is particularly well suited for use in off-grid households, small shops and for street... 

New building inaugurated for company anniversary

     20th June 2017 Endress+Hauser Flowtec AG looks back 40 years – world-leading manufacturer for flow measuring technology The market for high-quality flowmeters has been growing for decades, with the name Endress+Hauser Flowtec AG in Reinach, Switzerland, closely linked to the last 40 years. “The new facility,... 

Free power: African launch of new batteries you recharge from saltwater

     20th June 2017 Hydra Light launches fuel cells at Johannesburg show next week that recharge by dipping in seawater, offering hours of free power possibilities without an electrical source After winning innovation awards around the world, Hydra Light, an Australia company, this week launches its innovative... 

Qld resource exports soar, but regulatory uncertainty still worry - CEOs

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     19th June 2017 Research by the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has shown that despite an A$8-billion increase in resource exports in the December quarter, Queensland’s CEOs continue to have some concerns. A quarterly sentiment survey has highlighted concerns around government policy uncertainty, with QRC... 

Grayston pedestrian and cyclist bridge, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     16th June 2017 The City of Johannesburg has reported that the project will be completed by October. 

Luminaire manufacturer expands product offering 

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 Energy efficient luminaires manufacturer Beka Schréder launched a new standalone solar luminaire – the SOL-ONE – in May 2017, which uses the most efficient light-emitting diodes (LEDs), says Beka Schréder marketing manager Sibusiso Skosana. 

New era in large satellite propulsion marked by recent launch

By: Keith Campbell     16th June 2017 The world’s first high-power satellite employing an all-electrical propulsion system, Eutelsat 172B, has been successfully launched from Kourou in French Guiana, manufacturer Airbus Defence and Space announced on June 2. The new satellite will provide broadcast, in-flight broadband, and improved... 

Ngonye (formerly Mosi-oa-Tunya) photovoltaic solar project, Zambia

By: Sheila Barradas     16th June 2017 The project involves the construction of a 34 MW solar photovoltaic project. 

Rocket technology idea wins Global Impact Challenge Award

By: Mia Breytenbach     16th June 2017 The idea to use innovative rocket technology that uses asteroid metal as fuel to achieve industrial-scale transport of mined asteroid material has been crowned the winner of the 2017 Singularity University Global Impact Challenge (GIC) Southern Africa edition competition. The US-based Singularity... 

Sol Real solar photovoltaic power plant project, Panama

By: Sheila Barradas     16th June 2017 Enel brought the Sol Real project into production in April. 

Towercos could hold the key to mobile tower market growth

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th June 2017 Third-party tower companies (towercos) may be the key to accelerating connectivity and network coverage market growth across sub-Saharan Africa, Frost & Sullivan said on Wednesday. To focus on their core operations, mobile network operators (MNOs) are increasingly becoming more comfortable with... 

NPC commissioner calls for energy-planning overhaul 

By: Terence Creamer     14th 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... 

Renewable energy eclipsing coal – Fieldstone 

By: Martin Creamer     12th June 2017 Renewable energy is very rapidly ousting coal, which could present a blow to Botswana, which has been pinning its hopes on coal replacing the static diamond industry as its new platform for economic growth. “Renewable energy is just about the only thing being invested in,” Fieldstone Africa MD... 

Innovation key to addressing youth employment – Pandor

By: Anine Kilian     9th June 2017 Recent statistics on youth unemployment highlight the need for South Africa to devote attention to science, technology and innovation, said Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor at a briefing on Friday, adding that “business as usual” would not work. The Quarterly Labour Force Survey,... 

Senwes launches first silo PV system

By: Anine Kilian     9th June 2017 Agricultural company Senwes has launched the first silo solar photovoltaic (PV) system in South Africa, at its Hennenman silo, in the Free State. “Around 1 120 solar panels were installed, with a total capacity of 358 kW. The total projected solar utilisation is 472 460 kWh/y, which constitutes... 

Company unveils containerised gas-to-power product offering

By: David Oliveira     9th June 2017 Cape Town-based containerised renewable-energy generation company SustainPower hosted their official gas-to-power product launch at African Utility Week (AUW), held in Cape Town last month. The company focusses on containerised gas-to-power and solar solutions with the integration of technologies... 

Industry trends shift towards efficient, intelligent strategies

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th June 2017 The main feature of global demand for energy is a shift to maximising efficiency through delivering energy at the lowest cost per kilowatt per hour, says independent process industry consultant Santosh Gunpath. He tells Engineering News that this was evident from his interactions with industry... 

IRP draft hinders cogeneration opportunities  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th June 2017 An unintended consequence of the recently published draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for energy is that because it excludes cogeneration as a viable technology, cogenerators will be unable to participate in the energy market without Ministerial consent, says Paper Manufacturers Association of... 

Mafraq I solar photovoltaic power project, Jordan

By: Sheila Barradas     9th June 2017 The 50 MW solar PV plant is expected to reduce Jordan’s carbon footprint by more than 80 000 t/y of carbon dioxide. 

Need for businesses to become energy efficient

     9th June 2017 According to the International Energy Agency, many companies are using up to 100% more energy than they would if they were best practice energy efficient businesses, says provider of efficient solutions for reducing energy costs and carbon emissions Ensight Energy Solutions CEO Francis Barram. 

Residential solar PV poses significant threat to utility model 

By: David Oliveira     9th June 2017 Increasing environmental awareness was driving South Africans to invest in a more sustainable future by installing solar photovoltaic (PV) rooftop panels, global professional service company Accenture resources associate director Ashley Maistry said at the African Utility Week, held in Cape Town... 

Eskom establishes large-scale battery test and demonstration facility  

By: Anine Kilian     8th June 2017 State-owned power utility Eskom’s research, testing and development (RTD) department has unveiled a battery testing and demonstration facility – the only one of its kind in South Africa.   The objective of the facility, based at Eskom’s Research and Innovation Centre in Rosherville, Johannesburg,... 

New approaches needed for utilities, municipalities

     8th June 2017 Utilities and municipalities need to innovate and be optimised to address SA’s power challenges and stay relevant, say experts Speaking ahead of the POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa conference and exhibition in Johannesburg, key industry stakeholders have highlighted the need for utilities and... 

Hulisani overhauls management to align with strategy

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th June 2017 JSE-listed investment holding company Hulisani has appointed its current CIO Marubini Raphulu as its new CEO, effective July 1. Raphulu takes the reins from Hulisani co-founder Malungelo Zilimbola, who will continue to serve as a member of the board in a nonexecutive role and who will remain... 

Upliftment model launched to help BoP SMMEs

By: Anine Kilian     7th June 2017 Turnkey business solutions provider Modular has launched its Modularise initiative and show room, in Pretoria. The Modular Innoboxes are made from reusable storage containers and contain the hardware, software and educational content to run a successful business in a micro economy.  

CONCO’s success gained in SA renewable energy market opens doors

     6th June 2017 CONCO, Africa’s largest power infrastructure service provider with 30 years’ Africa-wide experience in transmission, distribution and power infrastructure development, has successfully completed the electrical balance of plant for over nine wind farms and four solar photovoltaic (PV) parks in... 

Measurement of geomagnetically induced currents in substations

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th June 2017 Ohio Semitronics USA, have worked with several utility companies in Eastern, Southeastern and Midwest USA to measure a quasi DC current in power substations. This DC current is not generated by the power plant itself rather coming from electromagnetic activity that originates from the sun.... 

Sinetech Appointed As Exclusive Distributor For AEG Solar

     5th June 2017 Sinetech have concluded an exclusive distribution agreement with AEG lndustrial Solar, Solar Solutions GmbH to distribute their sophisticated range of solar panels and inverters throughout the SADEC region. AEG has established itself over the last 100 years as a very well respected German brand... 

Coal industry expresses ‘serious concern’ about Australia’s electricity market review

By: Mariaan Webb     5th June 2017 The Australian coal industry has expressed “serious concern” about reports that the Finkel review of the national electricity market has turned its back on coal-fired electricity, in favour of renewable energy. Minerals Council of Australia CEO Brendan Pearson said on Monday that the country... 

Ring main unit launched to cater for increased renewables output

By: David Oliveira     2nd June 2017 Electrical engineering firm Lucy Electric launched its modular Aegis36 ring main unit at Africa Utility Week, which took place in Cape Town last month. The unit is designed for switchgear of up to 36 kV installed in secondary distribution networks and particularly for renewable-energy projects. 

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