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Smoke and mirrors

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     15th December 2017 In September 2016, a '50-year-event' storm occurred in South Australia. Power system voltage transients caused nine wind farms to shut down, and two large wind farms – the Hornsdale wind farm and the Snowtown wind farm – reduced output by  86 MW and 106 MW respectively in the space of one second.... 

Protect equipment and productivity levels with flexible and space saving DEHNcord during SA’s lightning season

     8th December 2017 The South African summer season brings with it widespread possibilities of lightning strikes. The massive voltage fluctuations caused by lightning can damage sensitive equipment, as well as cause data loss on computers, servers and storage devices. To combat this, the DEHNcord surge arrester from... 

EB Campbell hydroelectric power station refurbishment, Canada

By: Sheila Barradas     8th December 2017 The project entails the refurbishment of six of the eight turbines at the hydroelectric power station.... 

Renewables-heavy mix is South Africa’s cheapest option, yet another study confirms

By: Terence Creamer     1st December 2017 A new, independently produced techno-economic model of South Africa’s cost-optimal power generation mix in 2040 outlines a system where 69% of the electrical energy is produced from onshore wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) generators, supported by batteries and gas-fired generators. Conducted by... 

La Castellana Wind Farm, Argentina

By: Sheila Barradas     1st December 2017 Central Puerto is building a 99 MW wind farm to the south of Buenos Aires. 

Liquefied natural-gas-fired gas turbine combined-cycle power plant, China

By: Sheila Barradas     1st December 2017 Qingdao Energy Kaiyuan Thermoelectricity is building an 80 MW liquefied natural-gas-fired gas turbine combined-cycle power plant, in Shandong province. 

Eurus Ishinomaki Wind Farm, Japan

By: Sheila Barradas     1st December 2017 Eurus Energy is building a 24 MW wind farm in Ishinomaki city, in the Miyagi prefecture. 

De Aar wind projects connected to the grid

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th November 2017 The 96.48 MW De Aar and the 138.96 MW De Aar 2 North wind projects have successfully reached early operations and have been connected to the Hydra transmission substation. The projects, located near De Aar, in the Northern Cape, were selected as preferred bidders under Round 3 of the Renewable... 

DFS lowers capital and operating costs of WA rare earths project

By: Mariaan Webb     28th November 2017 The definitive feasibility study (DFS) of the Yangibana rare earths project in Western Australia has significantly improved the capital cost requirements and operating cost estimates. The project, which has been assigned a ‘lead-agency project’ status by the state government, will require... 

Ingeteam and Indar exhibit at WindEurope 2017

     27th November 2017 Zamudio, 27th November 2017. Ingeteam, an independent global supplier of electrical conversion equipment, will present its full range of wind energy drive train products at the WindEurope Conference & Exhibition 2017, taking place later this month in Amsterdam.  Exhibiting at booth #1D24,... 

DEHN protects wind turbines

     21st November 2017 Wind energy is a clean and renewable form of energy, which is also drought-resistant and almost emission-free. However, as South Africa’s renewable energy industry continues to explore wind energy as a potential resource, considerations around possible lightning strikes need to be factored in.... 

DEHNrecord Alert makes the maintenance of SPDs smart and simple

     21st November 2017 DEHNrecord Alert enables status reports from surge protection devices (SPDs) to be transmitted via Modbus and, for example, relayed to a smart device. The start-up is quick and easy via the free app, which allows you to receive status reports, such as push messages, wherever you are, reporting if... 

Siemens to cut 6 900 jobs to tackle flailing turbines business

By: Reuters     17th November 2017 Siemens will cut about 6 900 jobs, or close to 2% of its global workforce, mainly at its power and gas division, which has been hit by the rapid growth of renewables. Most of the cuts, about 6 100, will be made before 2020 at Siemens's Power and Gas division, which once thrived on supplying large... 

Specialised welding enhances refurbishment capabilities

By: Robyn Wilkinson     17th November 2017 Having proven the benefits of laser beam welding for the refurbishment of industrial components in a range of experimental projects, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) National Laser Centre (NLC) is working to commercialise this specialised technique for the South... 

Lincoln Gap Wind Farm project, Australia

By: Sheila Barradas     17th November 2017 Senvion has been issued a notice to proceed under a contract to install the first 35 turbines of the 59-turbine Lincoln Gap Wind Farm. 

Nenskra hydropower project, Georgia

By: Sheila Barradas     17th November 2017 Nenskra is proposing to build a 280 MW capacity high-head hydropower plant. 

Wieringermeer onshore wind farm, Netherlands

By: Sheila Barradas     17th November 2017 Vattenfall is repowering and expanding its Wieringermeer onshore wind farm to 180 MW. 

Wind energy industry optimistic despite frustrations

By: Kim Cloete     15th November 2017 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) is confident that the tide will turn and that Eskom will soon, and finally, sign the outstanding power purchase agreements (PPAs) that have delayed the renewable energy industry for the past two years. SAWEA chairperson Mark Pickering outlined the... 

DEHN protects wind turbines

     15th November 2017 Wind energy is a clean and renewable form of energy, which is also drought-resistant and almost emission-free. However, as South Africa’s renewable energy industry continues to explore wind energy as a potential resource, considerations around possible lightning strikes need to be factored in.... 

Camborne School of Mines pioneers ‘Fairtrade’ model for ethically, sustainably resourced raw materials

By: Henry Lazenby     10th November 2017 A team of researchers at the University of Exeter’s Camborne School of Mines, based in Cornwall, the UK, are pioneering the development of a ‘Fairtrade’ model for ethically and sustainably resourcing raw materials that are crucial in the manufacturing of next-generation technologies. The research... 

White Pines Wind Farm, Canada

By: Sheila Barradas     10th November 2017 wpd is building a wind farm that will provide clean, renewable energy for about 3 000 homes.  

Horns Rev 3 Wind Farm, Denmark

By: Sheila Barradas     10th November 2017 Vattenfall is building a 407 MW wind farm 34 km off the west coast of the Danish Jutland Peninsula. 

Golden Hills North Wind Energy Centre, US

By: Sheila Barradas     10th November 2017 Sonoma Clean Power is replacing 283 wind turbines with twenty 2.3 MW turbines capable of generating even more power. 

Uranium-endowed South Africa stands to benefit from ambitions to improve electricity access in Africa

By: Dylan Slater     3rd November 2017 In tandem with growing ambitions to increase access to electricity for many African citizens who currently have limited or no access to electricity comes the call for new large-scale power stations to be built. This has prompted a keen interest in nuclear power stations and, consequently, a... 

Khobab and Loeriesfontein wind farm projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     3rd November 2017 The wind farms have been connected to State-owned power utility Eskom’s grid. 

Barra dos Coqueiros combined-cycle power plant, Brazil

By: Sheila Barradas     3rd November 2017 The project aims to build a combined-cycle power plant using three gas turbines with corresponding heat recovery steam generators and one steam turbine. 

Čibuk 1 wind farm project, Serbia

By: Sheila Barradas     3rd November 2017 The project aims to build a wind farm, which will produce electricity for an estimated 113 000 households. 

Viento Los Hercules Wind Farm, Argentina

By: Sheila Barradas     2nd November 2017 The wind farm aims to supply about 64 000 households with green electricity every year. 

Conference aims to strengthen cross-border relations

By: Nadine James     27th October 2017 The prospects for wind power within and beyond the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) will be discussed at this year’s Windaba conference and exhibition, exploring opportunities outside South Africa’s borders, and consider ways of establishing cross-border... 

Loeriesfontein Wind Farm connected to grid

     27th October 2017 Loeriesfontein Wind Farm as well as Khobab Wind Farm, both located in the Northern Cape, are now connected to State-owned power utility Eskom’s grid, through Eskom’s Helios substation and the commissioning of wind turbines has started. “We energised the wind farm substations with Eskom... 

Proper lubrication directly correlates with safety

     27th October 2017 Lubrication can have a big impact on the safety of wind turbine operations by reducing operational safety risk at an operation during equipment servicing and maintenance, says oil company ExxonMobil Europe, Africa and Middle East (EAME) SHC brand adviser Rainer Lange. He explains that, inspecting... 

Pen y Cymoedd wind farm project, Wales

By: Sheila Barradas     27th October 2017 The Pen y Cymoedd wind farm was inaugurated at the end of September. 

7.5 MW / 5.2 MWh Energy Storage System, installation completed

     24th October 2017 A Smart Energy Storage System Project Santerno installed and commissioned a 7.5 MW, 5.2 MWh storage system to serve as a grid stabilizer in an off-grid petrochemical plant. The system comprises three functional units, each featuring one Santerno Skid controlled by a Santerno power management... 

Rotary table shot blast machine: what it is and how it works

     23rd October 2017 Shot blasting is a technique used to clean, reinforce (by shot peening) or polish various types of material, especially metals. The versatility of this method is so impressive that it is also used to achieve artistic effects on glass, stone, marble and wood. 

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.  

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