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RMB wins African Banker Investment Bank of the Year award

     18th August 2017 Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) won the Investment Bank of the Year award for the fifth year running in the African Banker Awards 2017. The award is made by the African Banker magazine to the most innovative investment bank operating in Africa. RMB received the accolade at an award ceremony on 23rd May... 

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.  

Despite rising EV tide, automaker urges SA to implement cleaner-fuels vision

By: Irma Venter     18th August 2017 Research published by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) this month shows that electric vehicles (EVs) may account for 54% of all new light-duty vehicle sales globally by 2040. However, it is unlikely that South Africa will follow this trend to the same degree. 

Electrical Power Generation 101

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     18th August 2017 A few things we should possibly all know if we wish to talk about energy. The national grid is not a energy storage dam. What goes into the grid comes out of the grid very shortly, almost instantaneously. Thus, the amount of power generated matches the amount of power used, apart of losses due to... 

Lapa solar park, Brazil

By: Sheila Barradas     18th August 2017 The solar park is currently the biggest solar photovoltaic facility in Brazil and comprises the 80 MW Bom Jesus da Lapa and the 78 MW Lapa solar parks. 

Lesotho 20 MW solar photovoltaic project, Lesotho

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th August 2017 The African Development Bank has approved a $695 000 grant to support a bankable business case for the project. 

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... 

Arup Structural Engineering Expertise Highly Commended By Saice

     16th August 2017 The South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) recognised Arup with a Highly Commended Award in the Structural Engineering Project Division for their work on the PwC Tower, at the Most Outstanding Project Awards ceremony hosted by SAICE, Johannesburg Branch.   “Our unique contribution... 

AfDB’s sustainable energy fund to support first utility-scale solar PV project in Lesotho

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th August 2017 The African Development Bank- (AfDB-) managed Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (Sefa) has approved a $695 500 grant to NEO I SPV, a subsidiary of independent power producer OnePower Lesotho, to support the preparation of a bankable business case for the development of the winning project of the... 

Balwin Properties partners with SolarAfrica

By: Anine Kilian     11th August 2017 JSE-listed Balwin Properties has partnered with renewable energy provider SolarAfrica to incorporate solar energy at two of its upmarket developments. The Kikuyu development, in Midrand, and The Whisken development, in Johannesburg, are one of the first developments in South Africa to offer... 

Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park, United Arab Emirates

By: Sheila Barradas     11th August 2017 The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park is the biggest single-site solar park in the world that is based on the independent power producer model.  

Trump is said to be 'really interested' in payments for coal use

By: Bloomberg     10th August 2017 West Virginia Governor Jim Justice said Donald Trump is “really interested” in his plan to prop up Appalachian mining by giving federal money to power plants that burn the region’s coal. Justice, a coal and real estate mogul elected governor last year as a Democrat, announced at a West Virginia... 

Ingeteam bags 170 MW inverter order for three PV plants in Morocco

     8th August 2017 Ingeteam has commenced the supply of its equipment to three solar photovoltaic power plants in Morocco, totaling 170 MW of output power. These three PV plants, which will be amongst the largest in North Africa, are expected to be operating within a year and to have a service life of at least... 

CDC’s diverse Energy approach boasts well for the Eastern Cape

     7th August 2017 The Coega Development Corporation recently hosted the Minister of Energy Ms Mamokolo Kubayi who recommitted the Coega SEZ as one of the preferred locations identified to host the gas to power plant and identified the CDC as one of the important partners to assist the department in implementing... 

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... 

Hatta hydroelectric power station project, United Arab Emirates

By: Sheila Barradas     4th August 2017 The project entails the construction of the Gulf Cooperation Council’s first hydroelectric power station and forms part of the Hatta Comprehensive Development Plan. 

Partnership to provide solar energy for properties globally

By: Victor Moolman     4th August 2017 Solar solutions provider SOLA Future Energy and South African property development company Atterbury Property Developments have partnered to provide solar energy and electrical storage solutions to the Atterbury portfolio of properties to a projected cost of up to R210-million. 

Shapoorji Energy solar photovoltaic power project, Egypt

By: Sheila Barradas     4th August 2017 The project entails the greenfield construction of a 50 MW photovoltaic plant on open desert land owned by the Renewable Energy Agency. 

Cash-flush Randgold in massive Côte d’Ivoire gold discovery

By: Martin Creamer     3rd August 2017 The exploration team of Randgold Resources, which on Thursday reported a 53% leap in half-year profits, plus cash on hand of $572.8-million even after the $94-million dividend payout, has defined a large target in Côte d’Ivoire, which is considered to be “potentially the most exciting gold... 

Leading power firms showcase new technologies to Africa

     3rd August 2017 75 international exhibitors and over 2,800 delegates converged at the Sandton Convention Centre for the fifth annual POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa in July, to explore power solutions and discuss strategies and technologies for power sector growth on the continent. With the urgent need for... 

Glencore asks Australia to focus on economy before climate deal

By: Bloomberg     2nd August 2017 Australia may need to consider delaying its goals to combat global climate change in order to prioritise energy security and economic prosperity, according to a senior executive at Glencore. The country’s emerging energy crisis, in conjunction with government-imposed clean-energy targets, has... 

Zambia’s offgrid homes to be equipped with pay-to-own solar home systems

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd August 2017 Energy and financial services firm Fenix International is working to deploy pay-to-own solar home systems in Zambia leveraging telecommunications giant MTN’s mobile money platform. In partnership with the Swedish Embassy in Zambia, which committed nearly $3-million to the project up to 2020,... 

Introduce stringent anti-emission laws – Royal Bafokeng Platinum

By: Martin Creamer     2nd August 2017 The South African government must introduce stringent anti-emission legislation as well as press for the platinum equivalent of the gold Kruger Rand, Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri insists. Phiri expressed dismay at the government, as custodian of the world’s major platinum endowment,... 

Atlantis to be designated as an SEZ

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd August 2017 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies is preparing to issue a gazette outlining an intention to designate the proposed Atlantis Special Economic Zone (SEZ). The SEZ Advisory Board-recommended action followed an application for designation by the Western Cape Department for Economic... 

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... 

Fuel cell electric vehicles provide double the driving range

By: Victor Moolman     28th July 2017 Fuel cell technology developer Isondo Precious Metals (IPM) says hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) will be able to consistently and reliably provide driving ranges comparable to today’s internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles. 

Gas beneficial in diversifying energy mix

By: Nica Schreuder     28th July 2017 Gas can be used to supplement the variable nature of renewables, thereby adding to a steadily diversifying energy mix in South Africa, says advisory firm KPMG South Africa energy economist Requier Wait. Variable renewable energy (VRE) is nondispatchable, owing to the fluctuating nature of, for... 

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... 

US electric industry knew of climate threat decades ago – report

By: Reuters     25th July 2017 The US electric industry knew as far back as 1968 that burning fossil fuels might cause global warming, but cast doubt on the science of climate change and ramped up coal use for decades afterward, an environmental watchdog group said on Tuesday. The California-based Energy and Policy Institute,... 

CSP engineering specialist optimistic of technology’s inclusion in new IRP

By: Terence Creamer     24th July 2017 Global engineering and technology group SENER, which is active in three concentrated solar power (CSP) projects in South Africa, is optimistic that South Africa’s updated Integrated Resources Plan (IRP) will include an allocation for CSP, despite the technology’s exclusion from the draft Base... 

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)... 

Drones Take Off In Utility Inspections

     21st July 2017 Concerns over worker safety are helping to drive the adoption of drones in utility inspections to new heights. “The Wall Street Journal wrote about this trend well over two years ago and now it’s finally making its way to South African shores,” says Philip Smerkovitz, Managing Director of... 

Opinion: Another look at South Africa’s electricity generating options 

     21st July 2017 In this opinion article, economic risk consultant Rob Jeffrey calls for a re-evaluation for the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2016 planned and recommended electricity mix going forward Energy is the critical component of the country’s future policy mix. Electricity is the necessary... 

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