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African Utility Week

Abatement solution for coal-fired power pollution

By: Claire O'Reilly     4th June 2021 EPCM Global Engineering are the South African representatives of the Luxembourg-based company Carbon Process & Plant Engineering (CPPE) who is the owner and provider of the Sulfacid® technology for flue gas desulphurisation by reacting the SO2 with water on an Activated Carbon bed in order to... 

Big potential for offshore energy

30th April 2021 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has come out in support of feasibility studies into offshore wind energy, saying this could solve South Africa’s energy woes. 

OFFSHORE WIND FARMS 
Offshore wind power, or offshore wind energy, is the use of wind farms constructed in bodies of water, usually in the ocean, to harvest wind energy to generate electricity
OFFSHORE WIND FARMS Offshore wind power, or offshore wind energy, is the use of wind farms constructed in bodies of water, usually in the ocean, to harvest wind energy to generate electricity

Hydrogen companies enter green economy MoU

By: Claire O'Reilly     30th April 2021 Green hydrogen technology company Nel Hydrogen has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with global chemicals and refining industry catalysts, technology, and services supplier Haldor Topsoe. 

M4000 NEL WATER ELECTROLYSER

The ideal generator for producing green hydrogen at scale for the production of green ammonia
M4000 NEL WATER ELECTROLYSER The ideal generator for producing green hydrogen at scale for the production of green ammonia

S Africa gas startup receives major funding

30th April 2021 Johannesburg-based gas cylinder startup Bluedrop Energy has secured a R300-million investment from global investment firm J. Sassoon Group for its liquefied petroleum gas cylinder manufacturing plant. 

KENNETH MADUNA
Bluedrop is ecstatic with the investment made by J. Sassoon Group
KENNETH MADUNA Bluedrop is ecstatic with the investment made by J. Sassoon Group

Water stress can jeopardise business models

30th April 2021 South Africa’s recent droughts are teaching businesses a life-changing lesson that businesses can no longer simply assume that clean water will always be available to keep operations running smoothly. 

GERT NEL
When putting together a business model for a multi-million rand business development, a key factor will now be the reliability of water supply
GERT NEL When putting together a business model for a multi-million rand business development, a key factor will now be the reliability of water supply

Joint agenda for energy events

20th November 2020 Private sector participation in the energy sector, small-scale hydro and minigrid opportunities, desalination as an option to secure water security and helping sustainable small and medium-sized enterprises with a toolkit are just some of the highlights of the digital African Utility Week and... 

POWER AGENDA
Amid the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the energy sector in Africa, the organisers of the Digital Energy Festival seek to address critical issues
POWER AGENDA Amid the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the energy sector in Africa, the organisers of the Digital Energy Festival seek to address critical issues

New launch expands LED lighting options

20th November 2020 Light manufacturer BEKA Schréder recently announced the launch of the Omnistar Micro and Mini. Together with the Midi and Maxi, the Omnistar family is now complete.  

SHINING BRIGHT 
The Omnistar Micro/Mini is designed and manufactured in South Africa, it is highly efficient and energy saving
SHINING BRIGHT The Omnistar Micro/Mini is designed and manufactured in South Africa, it is highly efficient and energy saving

Africa’s ‘staggering’ hydropower potential discussed at event

20th November 2020 Hydropower plays a key role in all of the African Development Bank's (AfDB’s) High Five priority areas that are intended to support the continent's achievement of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. This is according to AfDB power systems development director Batchi Baldeh, who... 

ENERGY EVENT
The potential for hydropower in Africa is staggering
ENERGY EVENT The potential for hydropower in Africa is staggering

Wind turbine prototype gives impressive results

20th November 2020 Energy solutions company GE Renewable Energy – which will be exhibiting at African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa 2020 – announced last month that its Haliade-X prototype, the world’s most powerful wind turbine operating to date, has been optimised and is now operating at a 13 MW power output.... 

Renewable energy law proves 20 years success

1st May 2020 Since the introduction of the German Renewable Energies Act (EEG), the share of renewable energy in gross power consumption in Germany has continually increased from 6.2% in 2000 to 42.1% in 2019.  

INEVITABLE POWER 
In Germany, regenerative energies are the number one power source
INEVITABLE POWER In Germany, regenerative energies are the number one power source

Energy uncertainty an opportunity for private sector

By: Theresa Bhowan     1st May 2020 Owing to power generation and energy supply uncertainty in South Africa, renewable-energy solutions provider Economic Development Solutions (EDS) believes that this creates opportunities for private-sector participation in energy supply. 

RENEWED AND ENERGISED 
There are obstacles hampering the growth of the renewable-energy sector
Photo by Bloomberg
RENEWED AND ENERGISED There are obstacles hampering the growth of the renewable-energy sector

Incentives needed to aid local energy tech

By: Mamaili Mamaila     1st May 2020 While there is an increased focus on local content across several South African industries, government could do more in terms of incentivising local manufacturing, says energy solutions company i-G3n co-founder and director Sydney Phakathi. 

NO FUSS WHATSOEVER 
i-G3n offers standard solutions that it can also tailor to suit the specific needs of every client
NO FUSS WHATSOEVER i-G3n offers standard solutions that it can also tailor to suit the specific needs of every client

Water heating now a sustainable solution

By: Theresa Bhowan     1st May 2020 Power management technology supplier PowerOptimal manufactures products that are specifically designed to provide more sustainable energy solutions in South Africa. 

RICHARD FEARON
The PowerOptimal Elon solar photovoltaic (PV) water heater allows for the direct connection of solar PV modules to a standard South African electric geyser
RICHARD FEARON The PowerOptimal Elon solar photovoltaic (PV) water heater allows for the direct connection of solar PV modules to a standard South African electric geyser

Trafo Power Solutions

24th January 2020 Trafo Power Solutions was established to cater for the growing appetite and scope for the application of dry-type transformers in Africa. These power solutions are suitable across a wide range of industry including mining. The company offers a wide range of cast resin transformers from 160 kVA to... 

Trafo Power Solutions

PowerGen, AUW co-location brings more conversation and connection

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     3rd May 2019 This year’s African Utility Week (AUW) will welcome the generation sector through the co-location of the electricity industry forum PowerGen Africa for complete discussions ranging from the power sector planning to smart city delivery. “With the concentration of senior decision-makers... 

JEFF RADEBE
Will provide the Ministerial address at this years AUW
JEFF RADEBE Will provide the Ministerial address at this years AUW

Possible solution to SA’s power challenges

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     3rd May 2019 Solar photovoltaic (PV) technology, in combination with energy storage products, can offer solutions to some of South Africa’s challenges, which include load-shedding, rising power prices and no grid availability in certain areas, says solar PV and energy storage system provider IBC SOLAR South... 

SUPPORT SYSTEM
Solar photovoltaic in combination with storage products can provide a reliable energy source
SUPPORT SYSTEM Solar photovoltaic in combination with storage products can provide a reliable energy source

South African-Danish partnership to launch Phase 2 of water project

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     3rd May 2019 Phase 2 of the Strategic Water Sector Cooperation partnership between Denmark and South Africa will be launched at this year’s African Utility Week, which will be held from May 14 to 16 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. The partnership will host an exhibition stand and the water... 

ASSESSMENTS EQUAL SAVINGS
Water assessments can often bring about unplanned energy savings
ASSESSMENTS EQUAL SAVINGS Water assessments can often bring about unplanned energy savings

Slimline battery pack announced

3rd May 2019 Smart water metering company Utility Systems is one of the platinum sponsors at this year's African Utility Week (AUW) exhibition that is taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from May 14 to 16. 

CHOP AND CHANGE
New replaceable battery pack for its water management device
CHOP AND CHANGE New replaceable battery pack for its water management device

Company to focus on hydropower at AUW

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     3rd May 2019 South Africa-based independent power producer Renewable Energy Holdings (REH) aims to focus on the role hydropower plays in the Southern Africa power sector at this year’s African Utility Week (AUW). “Hydropower is a very stable resource to add to the grid, especilly when compared with solar... 

STABILITY 
Hydropower is a very stable resource to add to the grid compared to solar power
STABILITY Hydropower is a very stable resource to add to the grid compared to solar power

New locking devices on show at AUW

3rd May 2019 Power management company Eaton announces a new line of colour-coded Arrow Hart locking devices for use in commercial and industrial applications. This solution brings the 6 V rating colours from the International Electrical Code (IEC) 60309 standard to locking devices, which then enhances safety... 

PERFECT PAIR 
Full locking device offering matches the IEC colour standard for voltage rating to easily identify circuit ratings
PERFECT PAIR Full locking device offering matches the IEC colour standard for voltage rating to easily identify circuit ratings

Collaboration a solution for the water sector

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     3rd May 2019 Government and individuals can contribute to solutions for the water sector by creating awareness on unlicensed dumping at manholes, and through better collaboration among industry bodies, says wastewater treatment utility East Rand Water Care Company (ERWAT) MD Tumelo Gopane. “Inadequate... 

ENERGY SAVVY
ERWAT implements more energy efficient technologies to improve the quality of the receiving surface waters
ENERGY SAVVY ERWAT implements more energy efficient technologies to improve the quality of the receiving surface waters

New funding triggers open call for project proposals

4th May 2018 Multi-donor fund, the Energy and Environment Partnership covering Southern and East Africa (EEP Africa) will launch an open call for proposals on innovative clean energy projects, technologies, and business models that require funding during the African Utility Week (AUW) to be held in Cape Town... 

SIGNED, SEALED AND DELIVERED The financial commitment was signed at the at Nordic Development Fund (NDF) in Finland
Photo by EEP
SIGNED, SEALED AND DELIVERED The financial commitment was signed at the at Nordic Development Fund (NDF) in Finland

Development agendas to curb power woes

4th May 2018 Sub-Saharan Africa is burdened with a complex and persistent electricity gap that is difficult to bridge in the medium to long-term owing to population growth, says intergovernmental partnership Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) programme officer Grania Rubomboras. To address the increasing population... 

TRANSMISSION DISCUSSIONS The transmission and distribution programme at African Utility Week will focus on Africa’s electricity business models
Photo by Bloomberg
TRANSMISSION DISCUSSIONS The transmission and distribution programme at African Utility Week will focus on Africa’s electricity business models

Initiative brings more German companies to AUW

4th May 2018 The German Energy Solutions Initiative which is coordinated and financed by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy will be bringing seven German companies to African Utility Week (AUW) for the German pavilion. According to the German Energy Solutions Initiative head of division... 

RENEWABLE ENERGY The initiative supports the implementation of flagship energy projects
RENEWABLE ENERGY The initiative supports the implementation of flagship energy projects

Industry body pioneers awareness programme to upgrade vending systems

4th May 2018 The South African metering standards industry body Standard Transfer Specification Association (STSA) will hold a workshop presentation and take part in the strategic conference during the African Utility Week (AUW) to urge the utilities industry to upgrade electricity meters to STS600. STSA is a... 

Exclusive CEO Forum to discuss utilities transformation at AUW

By: Melissa Zisengwe     4th May 2018 CEOs from Africa will meet at the Pan-African Utility CEO Forum to discuss pertinent issues affecting the power, energy and water sectors. The Forum at African Utility Week (AUW), taking place from 15 to 17 May, is the largest of the five forums and is the meeting place for CEOs from across the... 

UTILITY CEOs About 40 CEOs from the continent are expected to attend the forum
UTILITY CEOs About 40 CEOs from the continent are expected to attend the forum

Company to address water investment and tech advances at AUW

By: Melissa Zisengwe     4th May 2018 State-owned Ghana Water Company chief technology and innovation manager Richard Otoo will highlight the importance of water management as well as the impact of technology on a utility company in transition during African Utility Week (AUW). The conference will focus on the increasing need for... 

RICHARD OTOO Once people understand the economic value of water, willingness to pay for the long-run marginal cost of water may not be a problem
RICHARD OTOO Once people understand the economic value of water, willingness to pay for the long-run marginal cost of water may not be a problem

Latest LED luminaire range to be showcased at AUW

By: Melissa Zisengwe     4th May 2018 Luminaires manufacturer BEKA Schréder will showcase its latest light-emitting diode (LED) luminaire range at African Utility Week (AUW), which will be held in Cape Town from May 15 to 17. The range – designed and manufactured in South Africa – includes the Ziya LED street light, the Kazelle... 

THE OPTIWAY A low-power LED bulkhead luminaire that can be mounted on any structure
THE OPTIWAY A low-power LED bulkhead luminaire that can be mounted on any structure

Local company targets mechanical tube cleaning opportunities at AUW

By: Melissa Zisengwe     4th May 2018 South Africa-based engineering, procurement and construction company Lesedi Nuclear Services says the African Utility Week (AUW) is the ideal platform to introduce energy companies and utilities to lesser known but an efficient mechanical tube cleaning system. The event is an opportunity to meet... 

SHANE PEREIRA AUW is an opportunity to meet companies and energy professionals in the African market
SHANE PEREIRA AUW is an opportunity to meet companies and energy professionals in the African market

Wastewater company aims to attract new clients at AUW

By: Melissa Zisengwe     4th May 2018 South African wastewater management company East Rand Water Care Company (Erwat) returns to African Utility Week (AUW) for the second time to showcase its “vital” energy and water services.   

WATER TREATMENT EXPERTISE Erwat has the expert skills and capabilities to be a key player in the water and energy sectors
WATER TREATMENT EXPERTISE Erwat has the expert skills and capabilities to be a key player in the water and energy sectors

Zest WEG Group

4th May 2018 Zest WEG Group, a subsidiary of leading Brazilian motor and controls manufacturer WEG, has a strong commitment to contributing to the development of Africa and has been servicing the mining sector on the continent for more than 35 years. An in-depth understanding of the harsh conditions found... 

Zest WEG Group

African Utility Week organisers clinch four awards

5th May 2017 Cape Town-based trade exhibition and conference organiser Spintelligent, which owns and organises the African Utility Week, has won four major awards at the Respect, Opportunities, Achievement, Recognition (Roar) Organiser and Exhibitor Awards, which took place in Johannesburg on January 26. The... 

AWARD WINNING EVENT African Utility Week is the joint winner in the Best Trade Exhibition 6 001 m2  to 12 000 m2 category
AWARD WINNING EVENT African Utility Week is the joint winner in the Best Trade Exhibition 6 001 m2 to 12 000 m2 category

Drought has exposed SA’s poor water management

5th May 2017 The drought, which has impacted many regions within South Africa for a considerable length of time, has exposed the poor – or in some cases lack of – water management ability of many water institutions, as well as the difficulties and inability of municipalities and their consumers to reduce... 

HARSH TRUTHS Drinking water and wastewater utilities in Africa are struggling to cope with the increasing demand for services
Photo by Duane Daws
HARSH TRUTHS Drinking water and wastewater utilities in Africa are struggling to cope with the increasing demand for services

Internship academy launches young professionals platform

5th May 2017 In response to the youth unemployment epidemic on the African continent, internship facilitators  Africa Internship Academy (AIA), will be launching its Young Energy and Power Professionals (YEPP) platform at the 2017 African Utility Week, which takes place at the  Cape Town International... 

NURTURING POTENTIAL The launch intends to establish a network of graduates attempting to solve Africa’s power and energy issues
NURTURING POTENTIAL The launch intends to establish a network of graduates attempting to solve Africa’s power and energy issues

Telecommunications giant sponsors African Utility Week

5th May 2017 Telecommunication provider Huawei has signed a platinum sponsorship with African Utility Week (AUW), which is the leading conference and trade exhibition for African power, energy and water professionals, taking place from May 16 to 18 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.  

JERRY JI Green sustainable development can enrich lives in the era of energy intelligence
JERRY JI Green sustainable development can enrich lives in the era of energy intelligence

Awards to recognise innovation and efficiency at utility event

5th May 2017 The fourth edition of the yearly African Utility Week (AUW) Industry Awards will once again honour pioneering utilities, projects and people in the energy and water industry on the continent during the AUW event, on May 17, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.  

RECOGNITION Being a finalist verifies excellence in the nominee’s business and proves leadership in either the energy or water industry
RECOGNITION Being a finalist verifies excellence in the nominee’s business and proves leadership in either the energy or water industry

PPP promising for water industry

5th May 2017 Water management forms an important part of African Utility Week and this year, the conference will focus on how private-public partnerships (PPPs) can assist water utilities to become more responsive and efficient in their practices. During the upcoming African Utility Week in Cape Town in May,... 

Energy management to improve

By: Johane Turkstra     5th May 2017 Attending this year’s African Utility Week taking place from May 16 to 18, the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) believes that the implementation of energy management systems (EnMSes) can be beneficial for energy producers in Africa. Referring to the Industrial Energy... 

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