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Energy Efficiency News

Consulting engineering sector faces skills depletion

By: Mandisa Nyathi     1st July 2022 The Covid-19 pandemic has led to increased retrenchments and job losses in the consulting engineering industry, which, in turn, has led to a skills drain in the sector, temporary works consultant Waco Engineering Services MD Otto Botha says. 

Energy Catalyst Africa launches in South Africa to support energy technology development

By: Schalk Burger     27th June 2022 Energy technology innovation and funding network Innovate UK has launched the Energy Catalyst Africa programme in South Africa to support the development of energy technologies by providing early- to late-stage development and commercialisation funding. The UK government-led programme is aimed at... 

Hyve Group opens Johannesburg office

By: Donna Slater     21st June 2022 International exhibition and conference organiser Hyve Group has opened a Johannesburg office as a means to enhance its presence in South Africa and expand opportunities for South African citizens.

Hyve Group, which employs over 650 people in 12 offices globally, organises over 50 trade... 

Schneider targets more licence agreements to accelerate localisation in South Africa

By: Terence Creamer     20th June 2022 Energy management and automation multinational Schneider Electric is planning to partner with more South African manufacturers as part of a strategy geared towards accelerating the expansion of its domestic market presence, while increasing local content. Global CFO Hilary Maxson told Engineering... 

Schneider Electric CFO Hilary Maxson
Schneider Electric CFO Hilary Maxson

Solving Eskom’s inability to meet demand requires multistakeholder participation – EIUG

By: Donna Slater     10th June 2022 The Energy Intensive Users Group (EIUG) says that the task of mitigating risks related to the system performance and defining future electricity supply is too complex to be resolved by power utility Eskom alone, but instead requires active participation by other stakeholders as well. EIUG CEO... 

Committee welcomes appointment of Jacob Mbele as DMRE director-general

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th June 2022 Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy chairperson Sahlulele Luzipo has welcomed the appointment of Jacob Mbele as director-general of the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE), saying he believes Mbele’s illustrious career at the DMRE qualifies him for the position.... 

An image of Jacob Mbele, newly appointed director-general of the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy
Jacob Mbele

Company adds new product to its boiler offering

10th June 2022 Industrial process technologies supplier Alfa Laval has launched its new Alfa Laval AC65 brazed plate heat exchanger at its first online net-zero launch event, where it showcased new, cutting-edge thinking in energy efficiency, clean energy and circular-economy solutions.  

An image of a brazed plate heat exchanger
HEAT EXCHANGER Company offers new, cutting-edge thinking in energy efficiency, and clean-energy and circular-economy solutions.

Drones launched for boiler inspections

By: Mandisa Nyathi     10th June 2022 Rope access specialist Skyriders introduced the new Elios SkyEye drones last month for use in non-destructive testing when inspecting boiler internals at power stations. 

An image of a boiler inspection drone
BOILER INSPECTION Rope access Specialist adds drones for burner inspection

Company adds two new boiler rental units

10th June 2022 Local boiler and burner supplier Combustion Technology has added two new boiler rental units to its rental offering. 

An image of a rental boiler
RENT A BOILER Combustion Technology adds two new boiler rental units

Drive-based solutions enhance efficiency, safety of machines

3rd June 2022 Engineering Solutions provider BMG’s Nord predictive maintenance solutions offer fast, efficient and comprehensive evaluation of analogue and digital data, to enhance the operational efficiency and safety of machines.  

Image of Nord’s maintenance system
PREDICTIVE SOLUTIONS The intelligent PLC in Nord drive technology forms the basis for condition monitoring and predictive maintenance.

Tech company commissioned to run upgrades in UAE

3rd June 2022 Global technology company ABB has installed ABB Ability System 800xA, called the market-leading distributed control system (DCS) automation platform, to upgrade three grinding units at Star Super Cement in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), 

Automation supplier launches MV VSDs

By: Mandisa Nyathi     3rd June 2022 Earlier this month electrification and automation product supplier ElectroMechanica (EM) extended their portfolio with the launch of the high-performance and cost-effective Delta MVF23/MVF20 series medium-voltage variable speed drives (VSDs).  

an image of a MVF23/MVF20 drive
NEW DRIVES The Delta MVF23/MVF20 series offers advanced flux-oriented vector control techniques, with or without the use off-speed sensors

Motor efficiency critical for sustainability

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd June 2022 In pursuit of global targets to reduce climate change, many countries have enforced the use of various efficiency classes of motors, but Africa, including South Africa, does not have something similar in place. Considering that between 40% and 50% of power consumed on an electricity grid can be... 

PREMIUM EFFICIENCY
A motor’s purchase price typically makes up only about 2% of its lifecycle cost over 10 years
PREMIUM EFFICIENCY A motor’s purchase price typically makes up only about 2% of its lifecycle cost over 10 years

Local assembly of MACC drives to slash lead times

3rd June 2022 Drive technology supplier SEW Eurodrive’s expanded local capability out of its new Aeroton facility will include the assembly of SEW M-Series Air Cooled Condenser (MACC) air-cooled condenser drives for delivery at a rate of three units a week 

An image of an air-cooled condenser.
AIR COOL CONDENSERS Air-cooled condenser (ACC) systems used in steam-driven power generation plants.

Enlit Africa is back

27th May 2022 Enlit Africa returns to Cape Town as a live conference and exhibition from June 7 to 9 this year, focusing on the current opportunities and challenges in the energy sector – from self-generation for municipalities and gas exploitation to renewable and energy storage solutions for the commercial... 

Company to exhibit at Enlit Africa in June

27th May 2022 With advanced submetering instrumentation and intelligent energy management solutions, industrial power and energy meter solution manufacturer Accuenergy is proud to be exhibiting at Africa's leading energy event, Enlit Africa 

Energy transition to be discussed at Enlit

27th May 2022 As South Africa experiences yet another period of load-shedding, the option of generating electricity for personal use is starting to look all the more attractive. 

Workable solutions to mitigate SA’s energy crisis

27th May 2022 South Africans have become accustomed to working and living with load-shedding over the past few years. Scheduled and unscheduled power outages have become a reality, with 1 130 hours of planned power cuts experienced in 2021 alone. Recently, the country was warned that the future of its... 

An image of a battery that stores energy from the solar PV
ENERGY STORAGE Solar photovoltaic equipment, such as battery prices, have increased owing to the pandemic

First hydrogen-burning power plant operational

27th May 2022 Energy supplier Long Ridge Energy Terminal (Long Ridge) – a subsidiary unit of transportation and infrastructure company Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors and an affiliate managed by asset management firm GCM Grosvenor – announced a successful first step to transition Long... 

An image of a hydrogen burning plant
HYDROGEN POWER PLANT Long Ridge Energy delivers first gas hydrogen burning plant

Hydro project achieves commercial operation

27th May 2022 The Nyamwamba 11, 7.8MW hydropower project reached its PPA Commercial Operation Date (COD) on March 17, 2022. 

NCPC-SA energy efficiency objectives ‘big opportunity’ to reduce South Africa’s carbon intensity

By: Simone Liedtke     26th May 2022 Considering the economic objectives in South Africa, despite the challenges facing the country, the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) believes there remains a “big opportunity” to reduce the country’s carbon intensity. This opportunity, Department of Trade, Industry and... 

Pic of NCPC's 2022 IEE Conference

Green Building Council relocates to new building in Cape Town

By: Donna Slater     25th May 2022 The Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) will be moving to a new 330 m3 green office at Growthpoint Properties’ River Park facility, in Mowbray, in Cape Town, on June 1 under a three-year lease. River Park recently improved its green rating to a GBCSA 5-Star Green Star SA – Existing... 

An image of Green Building Council South Africa's new Cape Town offices
The Green Building Council South Africa's new Cape Town offices

Efficient trucks added to fleet

By: Halima Frost     13th May 2022 Heavy lifting and rigging specialist Lovemore Bros added four new trucks from global truck manufacturer Volvo to its heavy lifting and materials handling fleet. Lovemore Bros heavy rigging manager Shane Hawyes says the benefit of the acquisition is threefold. 

A condenser lift using a hydraulic gantry at a heavy lift job in South Africa
CONDENSED POWER A condenser lift supplied by Lovemore Bros using its hydraulic gantry

Project launched to fast-track energy, water transition

By: Halima Frost     13th May 2022 The South African Industry Adaption (SAIA) project was launched last month to accelerate South African industry’s energy and water transition to a decarbonised, green and inclusive economy, as well as a vibrant job market. SAIA is a collaboration between the governments of South Africa and... 

A photo of Lee-Hendor Ruiters speaking at teh launch of the The South African Industry Adaption (SAIA) project which was launched last month to accelerate South African industry’s energy and water transition a collaboration between the governments of South Africa and Flanders, in Belgium, and the United Nations Industrial Development Corporation
LEE-HENDOR RUITERSThe South African Industry Adaption (SAIA) project was launched last month to accelerate South African industry’s energy and water transition

Two installations prove company’s mettle

By: Halima Frost     13th May 2022 Industrial boiler manufacturer Steam Generation has successfully completed two projects in Africa that highlight its ability to improve energy efficiency and management for clients. “We commissioned a steam generation plant for a notable brewery in Accra, Ghana, in January, which entailed... 

A large 3 000 kg/h burner installed at local food, home and personal care product producer, in Isando,
BIG BURNER Steam Generation has installed two burners for a client based in Isando

DA wants State of Disaster declared on Eskom  

By: Sane Dhlamini     12th May 2022 Democratic Alliance Shadow Minister of Public Enterprises Ghaleb Cachalia on Thursday called for a State of Disaster to be declared on power utility Eskom following a heavy run of load-shedding this year. The DA has also written to Presidency Director-General Phindile Baleni requesting a State of... 

Image of DA Shadow Minister of Public Enterprises Ghaleb Cachalia
DA Shadow Minister of Public Enterprises Ghaleb Cachalia

New infrastructure vulnerable to climate change owing to mismanagement, corruption

By: Darren Parker     10th May 2022 New infrastructure was just as vulnerable to climate change as ageing infrastructure, said South African Local Government Association (Salga) senior climate change adviser Slindile Maphumulo on May 10. She explained that, while ageing infrastructure was vulnerable to being damaged or destroyed... 

Flood damage to roads in KZN

Servo-hydraulic tech reduces energy needs

By: Tracy Hancock     6th May 2022 As most machinery is manufactured overseas, there is not much local demand for servo-hydraulic technology, but “massive” energy savings can be achieved, says local industrial automation solutions provider Motion Tronic director Bradley Douglas. Motion Tronic is the South African representative of... 

ADVANTAGEOUS TOOL Companies can determine the potential energy savings servo-hydraulics can realise for a specific machine by using an online energy calculator Baumüller introduced this year
ADVANTAGEOUS TOOL Companies can determine the potential energy savings servo-hydraulics can realise for a specific machine by using an online energy calculator Baumüller introduced this year

Netcare receives SAEEC award for energy savings, energy efficiency

By: Schalk Burger     5th May 2022 Hospital group Netcare has received the South African Energy Efficiency Confederation (SAEEC) 2021 Award for Commercial Corporate Company of the Year in recognition of its contribution to energy savings. The private healthcare group and its national environmental sustainability manager André... 

Gas industry gearing up for growth

By: Anna Moross     29th April 2022 Decisions and announcements made last year by a number of state owned entities have inched South Africa closer to the implementation of a successful gas-to-power programme, says engineering consultancy WSP regional director Martin Mkhabela. 

An image of WSP regional director Martin Mkhabela
MARTIN MKHABELA The biggest constraint to the gas programme in South Africa has always been the availability of gas volumes to support the future growth of the industry

Project aims to boost gas industry in SA

By: Anna Moross     29th April 2022 Natural gas and helium producer Renergen is securing financing for Phase 2 of its Virginia gas project the completion of which it hopes to achieve by 2025. The project comprises exploration and production rights for 187 000 ha of gasfields across Welkom, Virginia and Theunissen, all in the Free... 

An image of Stefano Marani CEO of Renergen
STEFANO MARANI With there being “a great need” for energy and gas in South Africa and Virginia gas project has paved the way to smooth the path for the rest of the industry, hopefully clearing significant amounts of red tape for other producers.

Delivering compressed natural gas to industry

29th April 2022 Supplier of premium quality gas SLCNG is a wholly owned subsidiary of SLG that has been delivering large-scale compressed natural gas (CNG) to industry since 2015. The operation is based in Umbogintwini, in KwaZulu-Natal, and accesses gas from the existing pipeline network. 

An image of  SLCNG’s trucks
COMPRESSED NATURAL GAS The switching to CNG from other fuels like liquefied petroleum gas, IP, diesel, and petrol, can save 20% to 30% on fuel costs

Energy mix required to assist with power generation challenges

By: Anna Moross     22nd April 2022 All possible creative and innovative energy solutions must be explored to mitigate the challenges faced by State-owned power utility Eskom while it tries to diversify the energy mix and reduce the reliance on coal-powered generation, says strategic research and advisory company Birguid senior... 

An image of a power utility
INNOVATIVE ENERGY SOLUTIONS South Africa’s solar industry has potential and is a sector that could greatly change the subregion’s energy mix over the next 20 years

Prompt build of hydrogen economy needed

By: Sabrina Jardim     15th April 2022 Amid load-shedding, and a reliance on diesel-fired, open-cycle gas turbine power stations being economically unviable, South Africa’s efforts to build a green hydrogen economy should be accelerated, says National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) president Mdu Mlaba. Green hydrogen does not... 

An image depicting white hydrogen energy storage containers with wind turbines and solar panels outdoors
Photo by Petmal
READY, SET, GO Mlaba says local green hydrogen projects should be accelerated to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 and to avoid potential tax penalties

Many hydrogen opportunities in S Africa

By: Sabrina Jardim     15th April 2022 The export of green hydrogen is an opportunity South Africa should capitalise on, as are a number of other hydrogen opportunities that are available, says hydrogen-focused company Hydrogen Energy Applications (HYENA) CEO Niels Luchters. “Hydrogen and fuel cells provide a reliable energy source,... 

An image depicting Dr Jack Fletcher and Niels Luchters analysing and discussing plans in an office space
Photo by RAEng/GGImages/RodgerBosch
DR JACK FLETCHER & NIELS LUCHTERS HYENA’s POWER POD is a diesel generator replacement and is currently being developed as a prototype

Pilot projects can launch hydrogen economy locally

By: Sabrina Jardim     15th April 2022 South Africa should move forward with pilot projects to enable the green hydrogen economy to grow on a larger scale, says project integrator and technology provider Green Hydrogen Solutions founder and CEO Ebrahim Takolia. “As more renewable energy comes online from Eskom and distributed energy... 

Image of a smiling Ebrahim Takolia, CEO of Green Hydrogen Solutions
EBRAHIM TAKOLIA The company has been Beta testing its application – Green Hydrogen App Ecosystem - to facilitate the integration of variable renewable electricity into a green hydrogen ecosystem

Green hydrogen economy to bring opportunities for S Africa

By: Sabrina Jardim     15th April 2022 Government needs to hasten implementation of policies and execute its investment commitments to enable a local hydrogen economy, says National Society of Black Engineers president Mdu Mlaba. “This is crucial to unlock the green hydrogen economy and the opportunities it presents.” 

An image depicting white and blue hydrogen energy storage containers, a wind turbine and solar panels set outdoors
HYDROGEN OUTLOOK National Society of Black Engineers president Mdu Mlaba says a local green hydrogen economy presents new opportunities
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