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Energy Efficiency News

Firms and households tap rooftop power as load-shedding risk lingers

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st January 2022 Improving technologies, which reduce deployment costs, as well as lower tariffs and thousands of hours of sunshine every year, along with the continued challenges of State-owned power utility Eskom’s load-shedding, will likely drive more citizens and businesses to adopt solar photovoltaic (PV)... 

Electricity sector outlook  

14th January 2022 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the difficulties in the South African electricity sector in 2021, the issues that are still facing Eskom, whether there are any signs of hope for the sector this year and what should be done to begin dealing... 

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Electricity sector outlook

Building owners have one year left to obtain energy performance certificates

By: Simone Liedtke     14th December 2021 Owners of buildings in South Africa have one year left to obtain and prominently display an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) or risk a fine of R5-million, five years imprisonment or both. The regulations, under the National Energy Act, were gazetted a year ago and apply until December 7,... 

Eskom power transition lacking energy, says LTM Energy CEO

By: Tracy Hancock     2nd December 2021 State-owned power utility Eskom, South Africa’s largest emitter of greenhouse gasses, is not adapting to change fast enough, as the world races to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 by adopting greener energy solutions, says local energy services company LTM Energy CEO Dhevan Pillay. South... 

LTM Energy CEO Dhevan Pillay
LTM Energy CEO Dhevan Pillay

Bursaries on offer for Wits Business School energy leadership courses

By: Schalk Burger     22nd November 2021 The University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) Business School has introduced a new stream in its existing Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in Management in the field of Energy Leadership, which offers a specialisation in electricity. Additionally, the South African-German Energy Programme and... 

Amendments demand stringent compliance

By: Claire O'Reilly     5th November 2021 With the new amendments to the Carbon Tax Act earmarked to pave the way for developing a national standard to approve offset carbon positive projects and administer these projects on a national database, Economic Development Solutions (EDS) head of business development Eckart Zollner says... 

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ECKART ZOLLNER Economic Development Solutions head of business development

Mobile e-air compressor suitable for niche markets

By: Claire O'Reilly     5th November 2021 Given global demand for carbon-neutral products, industrial equipment manufacturer Atlas Copco Industrial Southern Africa is increasing its range of electric equipment, such as its mobile e-air compressor, says business line manager David Stanford. 

Picture of an mobile electrical air compressor designed by Atlas Copco called the e-air compressor
ATLAS COPCO E-AIR COMPRESSOR The e-air range delivers compressed air with a flow of 3 m3/min to 37 m3/min, with its running costs reduced by up to 50% when compared with diesel alternatives

SANEA names 2021 Energy Awards winners

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd November 2021 Industry association the South African National Energy Association (SANEA) has named the winners of the 2021 Energy Awards, who were acknowledged for their contribution to the energy sector and the country’s energy community. The Energy Shapeshifter award was awarded to Lethabo Manamela, the... 

Free app enables facility managers to view LED lighting savings

By: Schalk Burger     28th October 2021 A free smart device app and Web-based tool has been developed to enable anyone in South Africa to measure how much energy, cost and greenhouse-gas emissions savings will be achieved by switching to light-emitting diode (LED) lighting, while ensuring the quality of luminescence is maintained or... 

Schneider Electric adds to its EcoStruxure Power offering

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     22nd October 2021 Over a billion people on the African continent either have no access or only limited access to energy, while South Africa faces electricity supply constraints. Energy management and automation company Schneider Electric, says it has always been in the business of developing energy efficient... 

Energy saving proves uncertain

22nd October 2021 Uncertainty seems to be the only certainty when it comes to the security of South Africa’s electricity supply and associated utility costs.   

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RICHARD PURSER There are a myriad of ways in which large energy consumers can better manage their processes and energy spend

Foundry company converts to renewable energy

22nd October 2021 The recent announcement by government that “own generation of power” without the requirement for a license had been increased from 1 MW to 100 MW was well received by industry as a whole. Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is looking into the viability of incorporating solar power as the... 

Municipalities central to resolving energy security issues, says panel  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th October 2021 During the closing panel of the Electricity Forum, Manufacturing Circle executive director Philippa Rodseth said municipalities were the missing piece of the energy security puzzle and an elephant in the room in terms of South Africa achieving a just energy transition. From an industrialisation... 

Pump systems optimised through energy-saving assessments

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     8th October 2021 With international studies showing that pump systems account for more than 20% of global electrical energy demand, the National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) has worked with more than 450 companies during the past decade, under its flagship Industrial Energy Efficiency Project.... 

IEA implores countries to help lower the production cost of hydrogen

By: Donna Slater     4th October 2021 The International Energy Agency (IEA) reports in its ‘Global Hydrogen Review 2021’ report, released on October 4, that although investment is increasing in hydrogen projects to support a clean energy transition, further efforts are needed to reduce costs and encourage wider use across sectors.... 

Energy efficiency standards, labelling programmes effective, says SANEDI 

By: Schalk Burger     29th September 2021 The International Energy Agency's (IEA's) 'Achievements of Energy Efficiency Appliance and Equipment Standards and Labelling Programmes' report states that labelling electrical equipment according to energy performance helps consumers make informed buying decisions, leading to billions of dollars... 

EPC regulations to support energy efficiency businesses, says Alliance Energy

By: Schalk Burger     27th September 2021 The Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) regulations gazetted by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) in December 2020 present opportunities for individuals and businesses in the energy sector, including young professionals, entrepreneurs and graduates in the engineering... 

iREREP to have 30-year lead time, private sector to be responsible for technical and financing aspects 

By: Donna Slater     20th September 2021 The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) launched its Integrated Renewable Energy and Resource Efficiency Programme (iREREP) by opening its request for information (RFI) on September 20, saying its 30-year lead time is aligned with government’s National Infrastructure Plan 2050... 

Company can cater to high retrofitting demand

By: Cameron Mackay     17th September 2021 Software solutions provider ABB Electrification has experienced high demand from the local market for energy-efficient systems related to integrating automation into electrical and mechanical systems, particularly in terms of retrofitting these products into older buildings. “These... 

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ENERGY EFFICIENT BUILDINGS Older buildings consume up to twice as much energy as new construction. Retrofitting existing buildings with more efficient technologies is however possible

Public Works to release RFI in development of green energy, resource efficiency drive 

By: Donna Slater     2nd September 2021 The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) plans to release a request for information (RFI) for the Integrated Renewable Energy and Resource Efficiency Programme (iREREP) on September 20, to garner ideas and information into ways to deliver mutual value through strong partnerships... 

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The Mpumalanga High Court, which the DPWI handed over in November 2019, is an example of a building where energy and water saving technologies could be rolled out

The importance of organisational culture in supporting women

27th August 2021 Project developer G7 Renewable Energies head of development Karen de Bruyn has spoken about the importance of organisational culture in supporting careers for women in previously male dominated sectors. 

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KAREN DE BRUYN The global renewable energy revolution has set in motion new opportunities for women to contribute to the engineering sector

Hydrogen a suitable greener alternative

By: Nadine Ramdass     27th August 2021 South Africa’s Gas Act defines “gas” as natural gas (CH4) and hydrogen (H2). Hydrogen will, in the future, be a suitable substitute for natural gas to support decarbonisation, says South African Oil and Gas Alliance (SAOGA) Gas Economy Leadership Group chairperson Craig Morkel. However, the... 

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CRAIG MORKEL Imported LNG can start developing gas market

LNG opportunities abound

By: Nadine Ramdass     27th August 2021 The anticipated decline of Mozambique’s Pande & Temane gasfields creates a need for new sources of natural gas for the local industry, says engineering services consulting firm WSP regional director Martin Mkhabela. “The quickest and most cost-effective option to fill the gap is through the... 

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MARTIN MKHABELA Gas-fired power plants are cost-effective and dispatchable alternatives

Important link between South Africa’s mining industry and its public capital markets is broken

By: Martin Creamer     27th August 2021 With South Africa needing more listings on its stock exchanges, what can be done to encourage companies in general and junior mining companies in particular to go public? A lot of the building blocks are in place. South Africa has a stock exchange that punches way above its weight relative to the... 

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South African energy efficient lighting study to start soon

By: Schalk Burger     21st July 2021 A new study on energy efficient lighting in South Africa will be undertaken as part of the South African-German Energy Partnership, which includes the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). The study will start in... 

Manufacturer provides solutions for distance learning

By: Cameron Mackay     16th July 2021 Educational engineering equipment manufacturer and importer Amtec Techniquip has developed new products to assist in local distance learning at a time when learners cannot physically access their engineering learning institutions. “Two trends we’ve been adapting to are the integration of... 

Kyalami receives energy performance certificate

By: Schalk Burger     8th July 2021 The Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit and International Convention Centre has received its energy performance certificate with a rating of B, says South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) energy efficiency and corporate communications GM Barry Bredenkamp. “The facility is... 

EPC regulations roll out promoted

By: Cameron Mackay     2nd July 2021 The South African National Accreditation System (SANAS) is actively promoting the roll-out of the new Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) Regulations. This is being done through SANAS’ new accreditation programme for accreditation of inspection bodies that will issue EPCs for buildings in... 

Itochu partners with Shell to lower its mining sites’ carbon footprint

By: Donna Slater     1st July 2021 Petrochemicals company Shell International and Tokyo-headquartered investment firm Itochu Corporation have agreed to collaborate to accelerate the digitalisation and decarbonisation of Itochu’s mining sites, as well as increase the operational efficiency thereof. Shell will offer its sectoral... 

Aligning energy transition with 1.5°C climate target will yield jobs windfall 

By: Terence Creamer     1st July 2021 An energy transition aligned with a 1.5°C-compatible climate pathway has net positive effects on job creation, a new report published by the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) states. The full ‘World Energy Transitions Outlook’ document shows that under a scenario that limits the... 

Aligning energy transition with 1.5°C climate target will yield jobs windfall

SANEDI encourages consumers to save energy

By: Schalk Burger     29th June 2021 Modified consumer behaviour and the implementation of energy-efficient solutions can reduce electricity demand, while also enabling South Africans to save money on their energy bill, says South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) energy efficiency and corporate communications... 

Time billing solutions in battery storage

By: Anna Moross     25th June 2021 Energy storage is becoming a critical part of business operations and a vital element of the economy, particularly in the manufacturing sector, says solar energy company Blockpower director Kyle Bohnsack.  

ENERGY STORAGE  
250kVA, 1MWh containerised battery system in operation within Sabi Sands South Africa
ENERGY STORAGE 250kVA, 1MWh containerised battery system in operation within Sabi Sands South Africa

Wind an energy storage game changer – association

By: Anna Moross     25th June 2021 Wind energy is important in driving potential demand for energy storage, says nonprofit organisation South African Wind and Energy Association (SAWEA) CEO Ntombifuthi Ntuli. 

KLIPHEUWEL WIND FARM 
The demand particularly pertains to . . . the hybridisation of wind energy, which allows for electricity to be generated from two or more sources with storage
KLIPHEUWEL WIND FARM The demand particularly pertains to . . . the hybridisation of wind energy, which allows for electricity to be generated from two or more sources with storage

SANEDI study looks into residential power use inefficiencies

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th June 2021 The South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) has published a study on residential energy use, which suggests that, by improving energy efficiency in this sector, it can reduce evening peak demand. During peak periods, the residential sector accounts for up to 35% of national... 

Strong policy needed to grow a green biofuels industry

By: Nadine Ramdass     18th June 2021 To ensure that the South African biofuels industry grows sustainably, World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa (WWF-SA) Bioenergy programme manager Tjaša Bole-Rentel says there needs to be a differentiation at policy level based on each biofuel’s environmental impact. Biofuels have the potential... 

BIOFUEL POWERED DELIVERY VAN
Biofuels can burn cleaner but are not climate neutral
BIOFUEL POWERED DELIVERY VAN Biofuels can burn cleaner but are not climate neutral

University spinoff company develops energy, water efficiency solution for schools

By: Donna Slater     11th June 2021 Stellenbosch University (SU) spinoff company GreenX Engineering’s initiatives to help equip Cloetesville Primary School, in Stellenbosch, with energy-saving technology ensured that it became the first school in South Africa to receive an electrical performance certificate (EPC). The school... 

Cloetesville Primary School principal Rodger Cupido (pictured centre) receives the energy performance certificate, and is joined by Western Cape Education Department education planning DDG Salie Abrahams and SU COO professor Stan du Plessis.
Cloetesville Primary School principal Rodger Cupido (pictured centre) receives the energy performance certificate, and is joined by Western Cape Education Department education planning DDG Salie Abrahams and SU COO professor Stan du Plessis.

Pioneers for sustainable urban regeneration

By: Claire O'Reilly     11th June 2021 An urgent shift from traditional market practice towards the ‘green industrial revolution’ is underway, hence specialised commercial property financial services company TUHF’s advocating for the following of green and sustainable building principles in the construction and building industries.  

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