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SA black consumer body urges regulator to reject Eskom’s tariff hike application

By: African News Agency      11th October 2017 The National Black Consumer Council (NBCC) on Wednesday said that it opposed Eskom’s proposed application for a 20% electricity tariff increase next year. TheNBCC urged the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) to reject the troubled power utility’s application and rather grant it “a... 

Qld releases more exploration acreage

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     11th October 2017 The Queensland government will release more than 19 000 km2 of land for gas exploration as part of its annual exploration programme, Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said on Wednesday. The gas generated from these exploration tenements will be used to power local... 

Minister offers snapshot of renewables generation

By: Terence Creamer     6th October 2017 Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi reports that, as at the end of July, the combined installed generation capacity of renewable-energy independent power producers (IPPs) stood at more than 3 200 MW across 58 sites. In a reply to a Parliamentary question posed by Economic Freedom Fighters MP... 

‘Virtual’ gas network expands offering to firms within 300 km of Joburg

By: Dylan Slater     6th October 2017 Through a rapidly expanding gas distribution network, gas supplier Virtual Gas Network is presenting the energy industry with lower energy costs and improved profitability, while also enabling energy producers and consumers to move towards meeting cleaner emissions targets.  

Khobab and Loeriesfontein wind farm projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     6th October 2017 The Khobab Wind Farm has completed the installation of all its wind turbines in September, ahead of schedule. 

High Rock power plant aerating turbine installation project, US

By: Sheila Barradas     6th October 2017 The project entails the provision and installation of three aerating chambers of 13.4 MW each. 

SKF enters the world of manufacturing using world-class digital technology

     4th October 2017 SKF's operations in Sweden are set to be given a boost with the inauguration of a completely new, fully automated and digital production process in Gothenburg, adapted for the manufacture of spherical roller bearings. The new production unit is the first of its type to be put into operations... 

Ideas that work for industrial development. The 6th CSIR Conference

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd October 2017 The 6th Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Conference themed ‘Ideas that Work for Industrial Development’, will take place at the CSIR International Conference Centre, Pretoria East on October 5 and 6 this year. 

Turbine installations at wind project completed ahead of schedule

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th September 2017 Khobab Wind Farm, in the Northern Cape has completed all 61 wind turbine installations, ahead of schedule this month. Further, Khobab, together with its adjacent wind farm, the Loeriesfontein Wind Farm, in the Hantam municipality, in the Northern Cape province, have achieved more than two-million... 

Stay woke

By: Terence Creamer     29th September 2017 For all the wrong reasons, Eskom’s profile has remained high despite the stabilisation in electricity supply over the past year and a bit. Most of the current news flow has to do with governance failings and allegations of State capture and corruption. Sadly, the debate about the future structure... 

Austria wind farms project, Austria

By: Sheila Barradas     29th September 2017 Windkraft Simonsfeld plans to build four wind projects in Lower Austria. 

Sarco and Aurora wind farms, Chile

By: Sheila Barradas     29th September 2017 Aela Energia and Mainstream Renewable Power plan to build two wind farms, with a combined capacity of 299 MW. 

Chemin de Grès Wind Farm, France

By: Sheila Barradas     29th September 2017 Électricité de France is building a 30 MW wind farm in northern France. 

Wayra I (formerly Nazca) Wind Farm, Peru

By: Sheila Barradas     29th September 2017 Enel Green Power Peru plans to build Peru's biggest wind farm, with a capacity of 132 MW. 

An ill wind

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     22nd September 2017 One commentator said this: "The renewable energy purchase programme, launched in 2011, has been celebrated as a spectacular success directing private capital into public infrastructure and a model for attempts to lure private investment into other projects." I am sure this is how wind farm... 

Protecting pipelines from overvoltage interferences

     15th September 2017 Pipelines operate under high pressure, meaning that the material used (such as steel) can rapidly reach its maximum lifespan. In extreme cases, heavy corrosion can damage the pipeline and result in leakage that may impact both on the material used and the environment. Thus it is clear that... 

DEHN Africa pays tribute to local partners at annual awards ceremony

     15th September 2017 Lightning and surge protection solutions provider, DEHN Africa has once again acknowledged local distribution partners, recently awarding top associates at its fourth annual African partner awards ceremony, which was held at the Randpark Golf Club in Johannesburg. The big winner for the evening... 

DEHN Africa upholds lighting protection installation standards with twice-yearly two-day HVI Cable workshop

     15th September 2017 DEHN Africa (PTY) LTD recently trained a number of local partners on the installation of the company’s high-voltage-resistant insulated (HVI®) cable, in a two-day workshop which was run by the company’s technical director, Hano Oelofse. DEHN Africa is the local subsidiary of Germany-based... 

Mitigate summer lightning strike risk and tick insurance compliance boxes for your thatched roof with DEHN Africa

     15th September 2017 It is no longer necessary to install a 30-metre long mast as the only option for lightning protection for residential or commercial thatched roof structures. This is thanks to DEHN’s external protection system for installation on thatched buildings, the High Voltage resistant Insulated (HVI)... 

Fate is against us

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     15th September 2017 Recently, somebody was  discussing minibus taxis and how badly they drive. It was mentioned that, in fact, they drive very well: they pass through the narrowest of gaps between cars, they glide down pavements. They can reverse at high speed through rush hour traffic. They can embark and disembark... 

Tidal turbine plant project, France

By: Sheila Barradas     15th September 2017 The Tidal turbine plant project will ensure the assembly and maintenance of the tidal turbines for the Normandie hydroproject.  

Pluck the strings and weep

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     8th September 2017 On May 8, 2016, supporters of the green movement reached a moment of nirvana – the state of perfect peace, highest happiness and liberation from the repeating cycle of birth, life and death. Not since the end of Margaret Thatcher had their dreams been so realised. The huge event was this: on a... 

Néstor Kirchner-Jorge Cepernic hydroproject, Argentina

By: Sheila Barradas     8th September 2017 The Néstor Kirchner-Jorge Cepernic hydroproject will use water from the Santa Cruz river to generate electricity. 

Thermaspray showcases thermal spray coating technologies and welding capabilities in Limpopo

     7th September 2017 Thermaspray showcased its ground-breaking thermal spray coating technologies and Plasma Transferred Arc (PTA) welding process capabilities at the Mining & Technical Exhibitions (MTE) which took place in Mogalakwena and Lephalale, Limpopo, on 1st and 3rd August 2017 respectively. Thermaspray’s... 

Rare earth metals electrified by China's illegal mining clean-up

By: Bloomberg     7th September 2017 Rare earths are booming again as a clampdown on wildcat miners in China crimps supply in the world’s biggest producer while the clean energy boom bolsters their use in everything from electric vehicles to wind turbines. Prices for “light” rare earths including neodymium and praseodymium have... 

Caution creeps in as renewables industry digests implications of 77c/kWh tariff cap

By: Terence Creamer     4th September 2017 South Africa’s solar photovoltaic (PV) and wind industry bodies have added a degree of caution to their initial positive reactions to an announcement by Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi regarding the signing of power purchase agreements (PPAs) for 26 renewable-energy projects that have been on... 

Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme – fourth window, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     1st September 2017 An update on the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme – fourth window. 

Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme – third window, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     1st September 2017 An update on the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme – third window. 

Nachtigal Amont hydropower project, Cameroon

By: Sheila Barradas     1st September 2017 The project will harness the potential of hydroelectric power in the Sanaga river basin. 

Caterpillar inaugurates new Joburg parts distribution centre 

By: Mia Breytenbach     31st August 2017 Caterpillar has officially inaugurated its new parts distribution facility, near Johannesburg, Gauteng. The 60 000 m2 facility consolidated two smaller parts distribution sites – Linbro Park and Isando – and offers several advantages, including enabling the company to work more efficiently, while... 

SOFC and Thermal Spray, General.

     29th August 2017 R. Hinckley Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC), and hybrid electrical generation systems based upon this technology offer the potential for highly efficient utilization of abundant natural gas resources.  Projected efficiency for SOFC-based systems for electrical power generation could reach as high... 

Living entirely on renewables is in the realm of fantasy

By: Kelvin Kemm     25th August 2017 I had a discussion with someone on why there is no town in the world that runs entirely on solar and wind power. He insisted that there were such towns. I still disagree and then went to do a search. This is some of what I found. In Germany, there is a town called Feldheim that claims to run... 

Port Augusta Renewable Energy Park – Stage 1, Australia

By: Sheila Barradas     25th August 2017 Stage 1 incorporates wind turbines and solar photovoltaic modules, with a total generation capacity of up to 375 MW. 

West Islay Tidal Energy Park project, Scotland

By: Sheila Barradas     25th August 2017 The project is located off the coast of the Scottish island of Islay in Argyll and Bute.  

Alibunar Wind Farm project, Serbia

By: Sheila Barradas     25th August 2017 The project entails the construction of a 42 MW wind farm. 

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... 

Taranto Wind Farm project, Italy

By: Sheila Barradas     18th August 2017 Taranto will be the first offshore plant in the Mediterranean, with a total rated capacity of 30 MW. 

Jebel Ali power station – K Station, Phase 3, United Arab Emirates

By: Sheila Barradas     11th August 2017 The Phase 3 project includes the supply, installation, testing and launch of two F-type gas turbines that will produce 590 MW at 50 °C. 

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