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Energy Efficiency News

Electricity grids to benefit from IoT

By: Nadine Ramdass     16th April 2021 Embracing renewable energy, adapting business models, reducing operational expenditure and using Internet of Things (IoT) technologies can lead to effective power generation and transmission, says University of Pretoria (UP) associate professor Raj Naidoo. While the energy model for electricity... 

Labelling of 1 000 profitable cleantech solutions includes eight local products

By: Donna Slater     13th April 2021 The Solar Impulse Foundation has officially reached the goal of assigning the Efficient Solutions Label to 1 000 profitable cleantech solutions from around the world and the list includes eight South African solutions, reports economically viable green economy solutions nonprofit organisation... 

Company plays maintenance role

26th March 2021 Engineering solutions specialist BMG plays a critical role in the sugar sector, not only during the operational period of sugar production, but also in off-crop seasons, when maintenance and refurbishment on sugar farms and at mills is essential. BMG works closely with sugar farmers and engineers... 

INDUSTRY BACKING
BMG works with sugar farmers and engineers at mills by providing components and support services to enhance production, minimise downtime and extend equipment service life
INDUSTRY BACKING BMG works with sugar farmers and engineers at mills by providing components and support services to enhance production, minimise downtime and extend equipment service life

Fossil fuels found accountable for millions of deaths

By: Halima Frost     19th March 2021 Fossil fuels are, through a marked contribution to air pollution, accountable for 8.7-million deaths globally in 2018, which adds to the mounting evidence that air pollution from ongoing dependence on fossil fuels is detrimental to global health, says University College London (UCL) associate... 

POISON
Fossil fuels are responsible for millions of deaths globally every year
POISON Fossil fuels are responsible for millions of deaths globally every year

Hydrogen supplier fuels public transport

By: Halima Frost     19th March 2021 Renewable-energy and hydrogen supply company Nel Hydrogen has installed a 2 MW proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyser system at transport operator SunLine Transit’s premises in California, in the US, to fuel their fleet of fuel cell buses.  

ENERGY MAKER
The Nel Hydrogen proton exchange membrane  electrolyser allows for on site hydrogen generation from water
ENERGY MAKER The Nel Hydrogen proton exchange membrane electrolyser allows for on site hydrogen generation from water

Sustainability leader ramps up ESG strategy

By: Halima Frost     19th March 2021 Energy management and automation company Schneider Electric has begun to implement its new Schneider Sustainability Impact (SSI) programme for 2021 to 2025, in the hopes of significantly accelerating its progress to being a more sustainable company.   The programme is built on six long-term... 

ZANELLE DALGLISH Our vision of sustainability is holistic and ecosystemic, as it covers all environmental, social and governance topics
ZANELLE DALGLISH Our vision of sustainability is holistic and ecosystemic, as it covers all environmental, social and governance topics

Gas can decrease emissions in power generation

By: Halima Frost     19th March 2021 With power generation being accountable for 41% of current global carbon emissions, which amount to about 33.7 Gt/y of carbon dioxide (CO2), multinational conglomerate General Electric Company (GE) believes that gas can play a vital role in decreasing carbon emissions. “Gas burns at less than... 

TURNING GAS TO POWER
The HA turbine supplied by GE has made significant inroads into the energy sector since its introduction
TURNING GAS TO POWER The HA turbine supplied by GE has made significant inroads into the energy sector since its introduction

Opinion: Is load-shedding here to stay? 

15th March 2021 In this opinion piece, South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) GM Barry Bredenkamp writes about steps electricity users can take to reduce demand as load-shedding continues. Since Eskom cannot meet the country’s demand for electricity, load-shedding is likely to be with us... 

Opinion: Is load-shedding here to stay?

Green hydrogen to be phased in to decarbonise steel production – Fitch Solutions

By: Donna Slater     11th March 2021 In the second part of its special coverage on the impact of hydrogen on the mining and metals sector, Fitch Solutions Country Risk & Industry Research (Fitch Solutions) reports that it believes green hydrogen will be adopted in the metals sector, in particular in the steel sector, in the longer... 

AfDB grants Morocco energy company $965 000 for renewables transition

By: Donna Slater     18th February 2021 The African Development Bank’s (AfDB’s) Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (Sefa) is providing a $965 000 grant to Morocco’s Société d’Ingénierie Energétique (SIE), to support its transition into the first “super energy service company (Esco)” initiative in Africa. Sefa is an AfDB-managed... 

Company expands lighting range

12th February 2021 International lighting solutions provider Signify has expanded its Philips Hue portfolio in the US. This expansion includes an outdoor light to further personalise gardens and porches, a new wall switch module that makes existing light switches smart, and a redesigned Philips Hue dimmer switch.... 

Range provides dependable power distribution

12th February 2021 Electrical and digital building infrastructure provider Legrand’s range of Zucchini busbars includes the LB PLUS range of busbar trunking systems, designed for the distribution of power from 25 A to 63 A. This durable busbar trunking system is an efficient single product solution for dependable... 

DEPENDABLE POWER DISTRIBUTION
Key advantages of this power distribution system over conventional busbar systems include a simple design, quick installation and improved performance
DEPENDABLE POWER DISTRIBUTION Key advantages of this power distribution system over conventional busbar systems include a simple design, quick installation and improved performance

Solutions light up local lodge

By: Cameron Mackay     12th February 2021 Lighting products supplier BEKA Schréder has supplied exterior lighting solutions to Skukuza Safari Lodge, which was officially opened last November. Located in one of the largest game reserves in Africa, the Kruger National Park, the newly built lodge offers tourism facilities for local and... 

LIGHTING THE WAY
This solution includes BEKA LEDPOST installed throughout the lodge’s facilities and BEKA SERIES 30 installed at the back-of-house area
LIGHTING THE WAY This solution includes BEKA LEDPOST installed throughout the lodge’s facilities and BEKA SERIES 30 installed at the back-of-house area

Hydrogen growth to continue as energy users increasingly look to green technology

By: Donna Slater     9th February 2021 Following a surge in stock prices throughout 2020, the growth of the hydrogen energy sector looks set to maintain momentum throughout this year, financial services firm finnCap’s new quarterly energy report for the first quarter of 2021 states. The report, titled 'Hydrogen − this time it's for... 

Lighting energy saving app developed to save costs

By: Donna Slater     8th February 2021 The South African German Energy Programme (Sagen), implemented by the German development agency Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) have launched a new application (app) to improve investment decisions... 

Business relationship mutually beneficial

By: Theresa Bhowan     29th January 2021 The international partnership between sawmill technology supplier Newsaw and Italy-based biomass boilers and heating solutions provider Uniconfort has resulted in power solutions, power independence and cost-effective maintenance for boiler plants in Africa. “Since 2004, Newsaw has been watching... 

TEAM WORK
Uniconfort has a turnkey solution that combines steam with biomass boilers and turbines
TEAM WORK Uniconfort has a turnkey solution that combines steam with biomass boilers and turbines

Boiler maintenance cuts company costs

29th January 2021 A comprehensive boiler maintenance programme not only keeps boilers up and running reliably, but also ensures equipment longevity and improves safety for employees. However, many companies try to save costs on water treatment to reduce operating costs and meet production demands. While this can... 

BREAKING THE BAD 
About 1 mm of scale build-up can increase fuel consumption by 2%
BREAKING THE BAD About 1 mm of scale build-up can increase fuel consumption by 2%

Energy efficiency incentive applications surged in lockdown, says Sanedi

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th January 2021 South African businesses are increasingly prioritising energy efficiency as they seek to navigate a more challenging business environment, with energy bills continuing to rise and carbon tax now a reality. The South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi) reports that it has seen... 

Big oil producers face 19% fall in production

15th January 2021 Assurance, advisory and tax services firm PwC’s Africa Oil and Gas Review 2020, released in November, estimated a 19% fall in oil production for the top five African producers: Nigeria, Algeria, Angola, Libya and Egypt. The report, titled ‘Energising a New Tomorrow’, focused on 20 African... 

ENERGY TRANSITION The report noted that the pandemic had not only caused the biggest global oil demand slump in history, it had accelerated the global energy transition by as much as five years
ENERGY TRANSITION The report noted that the pandemic had not only caused the biggest global oil demand slump in history, it had accelerated the global energy transition by as much as five years

2020s a ‘once-in-generation opportunity’ to scale job-rich, zero-carbon industries

By: Terence Creamer     10th December 2020 The 2020s represent a “once-in-a-generation opportunity” for countries, companies and investors to scale zero-carbon industries that will stimulate growth, support more resilient economies and create millions of jobs, a newly released global report argues. Titled ‘The Paris Effect: How the... 

2020s a ‘once-in-generation opportunity’ to scale job-rich, zero-carbon industries

Fall in energy efficiency investment threatens climate goals – IEA 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd December 2020 Investment in energy efficiency worldwide is on course to fall by 9% in 2020, the International Energy Agency (IEA) forecasts, warning that the Covid-induced slump threatens international climate goals. The agency’s ‘Energy Efficiency 2020’ report estimates that global primary energy intensity... 

Pneumatic breakers increase efficiency and productivity

27th November 2020 The powerful, lightweight and ergonomic RTEX and TEX pneumatic breaker ranges from industrial equipment manufacturer Atlas Copco exemplify abalance between high performance and high comfort, says Atlas Copco portable products business line manager David Stanford. 

RTEX PNEUMATIC BREAKERS 
The breakers have a breaking power that matches much heavier top class 30 to 35 kg breakers
RTEX PNEUMATIC BREAKERS The breakers have a breaking power that matches much heavier top class 30 to 35 kg breakers

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.... 

World Bank helps South African govt develop energy efficiency financing mechanisms

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th November 2020 The World Bank has provided a $305 000 grant for South Africa to develop a study on sustainable financial mechanisms for demand-side energy efficiency market transformation. The beneficiaries of the study, the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) and the Department of... 

SANEDI rolls out cool roof project in Cape Town

By: Simone Liedtke     11th November 2020 The South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) is rolling out 26 000 m2 of cool roofing technology in the City of Cape Town as part of the Cool Roofs and Insulation Collaboration. The purpose of the roll out is to demonstrate the power of passive cooling when cool coatings are... 

SANEDI rolls out cool roof project in Cape Town

Cooling equipment to increase energy efficiency of data centres

By: Cameron Mackay     6th November 2020 There is a significant push to provide energy efficient technologies for data centre applications to reduce their carbon footprint and reduce energy costs. Consequently, data centres can save significantly in terms of energy and associated costs by ensuring their cooling solutions are designed... 

RORY REID
MPT are well-known for our critical power solutions, but need to grow the market awareness of our ideal HVAC applications in the data centre arena
RORY REID MPT are well-known for our critical power solutions, but need to grow the market awareness of our ideal HVAC applications in the data centre arena

Company releases efficient lighting range

6th November 2020 Lighting technology manufacturer BEKA Schréder last month announced the launch of the ECOBAY, a light-emitting-diode (LED) lighting range with a high return on investment. According to BEKA Schréder, ECOBAY is the ideal luminaire for lighting industrial facilities at optimised light levels, and... 

LIGHTING THE WAY
ECOBAY has a long lifetime and requires low maintenance, as lamps do not need to be replaced for more than 10 years
LIGHTING THE WAY ECOBAY has a long lifetime and requires low maintenance, as lamps do not need to be replaced for more than 10 years

Noticeable growth in smart home market

By: Cameron Mackay     6th November 2020 There has been noteworthy growth in the local smart home and building automation market in the past three years, owing to the growing demand for energy efficiency, says automation solutions provider ElectroMechanica (EM) product manager Ryan Whitelaw. EM has focused on expanding its product... 

AUTOMATION AT HOME
Coviva is a wireless, smart home control and retrofit technology system that can be used to retrofit older buildings with smart automation solutions
AUTOMATION AT HOME Coviva is a wireless, smart home control and retrofit technology system that can be used to retrofit older buildings with smart automation solutions

Flowmeters can reduce wasted energy

By: Cameron Mackay     6th November 2020 Specialised importer and distributor of industrial and electronic products Actum Group offers a range of energy efficient products to service a variety of industrial and electric applications. “In our energy efficiency range, we have world-leading brands that can help customers run not only a... 

Pandemic prompts local focus on energy efficiency

By: Cameron Mackay     6th November 2020 Owing to Covid-19, the South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi) has witnessed an increase in the number of new applications from companies for the Section 12L Energy Efficiency tax incentive. “With companies aiming to be competitive under the pandemic and remain in business,... 

BARRY BREDENKAMP
The economic benefits of energy efficiency are indisputable and will assist companies that are re-starting their operations
BARRY BREDENKAMP The economic benefits of energy efficiency are indisputable and will assist companies that are re-starting their operations

Difficulties heightened during pandemic, company forges ahead

By: Mamaili Mamaila     30th October 2020 South Africa’s subdued economic growth has been well recorded – even prior to the pandemic, says industrial equipment supplier Verder Pumps South Africa MD Darryl Macdougall. 

CHECK THIS OUT
Verder Pumps South Africa also launched the new Verder HI-Clean AODD and EODD pumps earlier this month, with more announcements planned heading into 2021
CHECK THIS OUT Verder Pumps South Africa also launched the new Verder HI-Clean AODD and EODD pumps earlier this month, with more announcements planned heading into 2021

Technical panel being assembled to support delivery of 62 infrastructure projects 

By: Terence Creamer     29th October 2020 Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille reported on Thursday that nearly 1 200 applications were received from professionals willing to serve on the Technical Advisory Panel for South Africa’s Infrastructure Investment Plan. Applications for the panel were advertised in August... 

Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille
Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille

Schneider Electric says digital transformation a ‘key step’ to improve energy efficiency

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd October 2020 Embracing digital transformation in the power and energy sector is a key step in national and regional plans to improve energy efficiency throughout sub-Saharan Africa. As economies throughout the region power up and organisations focus on how they can resume their operations, research by... 

Schneider Electric says digital transformation a ‘key step’ to improve energy efficiency

Recognition of LPG benefits in energy mix growing

16th October 2020 For many years, the benefits of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) for South Africa “have been largely, frustratingly, moot”, according to a statement from industry association LPG South Africa (LPGSA). The doubt surrounding LPG’s benefits stems from an historically inconsistent and unreliable supply... 

BIG BOY
Bidvest Tank Terminal’s large-scale mounded LPG storage facility in Richards Bay was scheduled for completion this year
BIG BOY Bidvest Tank Terminal’s large-scale mounded LPG storage facility in Richards Bay was scheduled for completion this year
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