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Grid-connected 
solar farms for 
sub-Saharan Africa

1st October 2010 AEG Power Solutions South Africa has partnered with local solar developer RetoSolar to build large grid-connected solar farms, which aim to generate an alternative source of power in sub-Saharan Africa.  

New emergency power 
crisis management service

17th September 2010 Power products and solutions specialist Powermode reports that its nationwide emergency power crisis management service, which was launched in the first quarter of this year, is centred on the preventative maintenance and repair of stand-by power generators and batteries. 

Skills shortage ongoing challenge for standby power industry

17th September 2010 The lack of technical skills and manpower among developing contractors is a significant challenge for the stand-by power industry, reports power solutions company Meissner. 

Construction on track 
at Vanggatfontein

3rd September 2010 Coal junior Keaton Energy reports that construction is productively under way at the first phase of its Vanggatfontein project, in Mpumalanga province. 

Research aims to reduce water use, greenhouse gases

3rd September 2010 The Coaltech Research Association reports that it is currently under way with various research studies to reduce the amount of water used at coal plants and the emission of greenhouse gases. 

New electronic detonator can improve productivity

3rd September 2010 Supplier of mining explosives and blasting accessories BME reports that its new Axis electronic detonator can improve productivity in coal mines by reducing the handling of waste and controlling vibration. 

Lack of skills of 
emerging contractors negatively impacts on
industry

3rd September 2010 The lack of technical and financial capabilities of emerging companies is a significant challenge in the coal industry reports diversed consulting engineers and scientists company SRK Consulting. 

Artisan shortage in coal sector severe

3rd September 2010 The demand for skills development and training in the coal-mining industry is an ongoing challenge, which will continue to increase as the demand for energy increases and more coal mines are opened, reports the Colliery Training College (CTC). 

Separation system aims to reduce water pollution

3rd September 2010 Environmental solutions company Procon Environmental Technologies has been awarded a $1-million contract by mining giant Vale to install a hydrocyclone or oily water separation system at the Moatize coal mine, in Mozambique. 

Eliminating corrosion, abrasion in coal mining

3rd September 2010 Abrasion, corrosion and insulation specialist company Uretech has joined forces with a key composite manufacturing company to build composite structures to tackle corrosion and abrasion in coal mining. 

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