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Energy Efficiency News

Gap analysis needed to guide gas-to-power industry growth

By: Darren Parker     16th October 2020 With the potential of gas as an alternative energy source in South Africa an encouraging prospect, South African Oil and Gas Alliance (Saoga) CEO Adrian Strydom says the gas-to-power industry needs to conduct an accurate gap analysis, and engage in upskilling and capacity building to ensure that... 

Pump energy efficiency, maintenance critical to address water scarcity 

By: Simone Liedtke     16th October 2020 Although not many realise it, South Africa is an arid country and there is a pressing need to address water scarcity, which is why pump manufacturer Grundfos places such emphasis on energy efficiency and addressing water leakages in pumping systems, says team leader Andrew Brunette. He laments... 

COMPLETE SOLUTION
The Grundfos PS.R complete pumping station with tanks, pumps and controls
Grundfos team leader Andrew Brunette discusses the company’s energy efficiency and maintenance offerings.

Gas-powered solutions offer lower upfront cost

By: Darren Parker     16th October 2020 In a capital-constrained Covid-19-affected market, gas-fired generators offer the advantage of a relatively low upfront capital cost, compared with coal- or diesel-fired alternatives, says energy solutions company GE Gas Power Sub-Saharan Africa  executive Nosizwe Dlengezele. She adds that it is... 

NOSIZWE DLENGEZELE
Gas plays an important role in bridging the energy gap to help create a lower-carbon energy future
NOSIZWE DLENGEZELE Gas plays an important role in bridging the energy gap to help create a lower-carbon energy future

Wind farms in Northern, Western Cape head for completion

2nd October 2020 Two of major renewable power generation company Lekela Power’s wind farms will take major steps towards completion and to contributing 250 MW of energy to the national power grid before the end of the year. The Perdekraal East Wind Farm will add 110 MW to the grid. It is one of the company’s... 

Manufacturing tipping point could be pushed back by innovation and tech – De Ruyter

By: Donna Slater     23rd September 2020 Addressing the Manufacturing Circle annual general meeting (AGM) on September 22, Eskom CEO and former Manufacturing Circle former chairperson Andre de Ruyter said that investing in research, embracing innovation and technology and lowering manufacturing costs are equally critical in boosting... 

Heating solutions ensure energy efficiency

18th September 2020 Electrical and digital building infrastructure specialist Legrand South Africa’s smart Netatmo solutions, which are designed for convenience, safety and comfort at home, ensure energy efficiency and enhanced aesthetics. 

UNMATCHED CONSISTENCY 
Smart Netatmo thermostats ensure the home environment stays at the correct pre-set temperature – no matter what the outside weather conditions are
UNMATCHED CONSISTENCY Smart Netatmo thermostats ensure the home environment stays at the correct pre-set temperature – no matter what the outside weather conditions are

HVACR industry at a turning point

By: Mamaili Mamaila     18th September 2020 The heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) industry is at a turning point and it is up to all the innovators in the industry to take the lead and set a new standard for South Africa, multinational air-conditioning manufacturing company Daikin South Africa MD Koen Van... 

KOEN VAN WYNENDAELE
Before the Covid-19 outbreak, the industry in general was under pressure owing to a sluggish economy with limited to no growth, a difficult political climate and a tough investment climate
KOEN VAN WYNENDAELE Before the Covid-19 outbreak, the industry in general was under pressure owing to a sluggish economy with limited to no growth, a difficult political climate and a tough investment climate

Locally produced hot water innovation reduces household energy costs 

By: Donna Slater     11th September 2020 Using heat pump systems manufacturer EMS Holdings’ domestic 200 ℓ integrated heat pump system can save households between 60% and 70% of their monthly electricity costs as it uses home-grown efficient technology. EMS Holdings CEO Franco Diedericks, speaking during this year's Electra Mining... 

Company underlines lithium-ion forklift battery benefits for warehouses

By: Cameron Mackay     11th September 2020 Local industrial lithium-ion battery distributor CHASE Technologies GM Brent Frazer explains that the company’s lithium-ion phosphate (LiFePO4) battery packs for forklifts present a more cost-effective, maintenance-free and environment-friendly option for forklift users. These battery packs... 

POSITIVE MARKET IMPACT 
CHASE Technologies’ is looking to convert 50% of the current local electric forklift market from lead-acid batteries to LiFePO4 batteries
POSITIVE MARKET IMPACT CHASE Technologies’ is looking to convert 50% of the current local electric forklift market from lead-acid batteries to LiFePO4 batteries

World-first heat pump to launch at Electra

By: Tracy Hancock     4th September 2020 Krugersdorp heat pump manufacturer EMS Holdings will officially launch its world-first 200 ℓ low-pressure, integrated heat pump alongside its official distributor, ACDC, at Electra Mining Africa 2020 Connect from September 7 to 11. “For the first time in a long time, we have something that is... 

FRANCO DIEDERIKS
Since the ease of the lockdown, sales are starting to pick up, especially among new developments and refurbishment projects
FRANCO DIEDERIKS Since the ease of the lockdown, sales are starting to pick up, especially among new developments and refurbishment projects

$25m investment expands horizon for clean-energy firm 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd September 2020 Independent private equity fund manager Metier has announced a $25-million investment into clean-energy company Broadreach Energy, which specialises in deploying renewable-energy and energy efficiency projects in the commercial and industrial (C&I) sectors of various African countries. The... 

Broadreach Energy MD Adam Bekker
Broadreach Energy MD Adam Bekker

IFC confirms $225m green-economy loan to FirstRand

By: Terence Creamer     1st September 2020 The World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) has extended a $225-million loan to South Africa’s FirstRand Bank, which will deploy the finance in support of “energy-efficient and water-smart projects” in South Africa. The loan includes a $75-million contribution from the Dutch... 

IFC confirms $225m green-economy loan to FirstRand

Regulations, pricing a challenge for local LNG uptake

By: Theresa Bhowan     28th August 2020 Despite there being vast benefits to using liquefied natural gas (LNG) locally, natural gas producer Renergen tells Engineering News that regulations and pricing are impeding the growth of the LNG sector. 

RENEWING ENERGY 
Renewable energy is fast becoming more affordable
RENEWING ENERGY Renewable energy is fast becoming more affordable

Initiative launched to stimulate adoption of fast-growing energy management standard by South African firms  

By: Terence Creamer     25th August 2020 An initiative is under way to accelerate the adoption by South African industrial firms of the international energy management standard ISO 50001, which is designed to help improve the performance of a company’s energy-intensive assets to support cost savings and emission reductions. Although ISO... 

Initiative launched to stimulate adoption of fast-growing energy management standard by South African firms
The NCPC-SA’s Alf Hartzenburg, who heads up the IEE Project in South Africa, on the benefits of the international energy management standard ISO 50001. Camera Work: Kutlwano Matala Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Microgrid solutions could combat load-shedding

By: Mamaili Mamaila     21st August 2020 Microgrid solutions with battery energy storage systems are ideal to ensure stable and sustainable power by harnessing solar and other renewable energy resources, says technology solutions provider Hitachi ABB Power Grids. 

GREEN ENERGY SOLUTIONS 
Hitachi ABB’s intelligent solutions for a more dynamic grid will also contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 7 of affordable, reliable and clean energy
GREEN ENERGY SOLUTIONS Hitachi ABB’s intelligent solutions for a more dynamic grid will also contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 7 of affordable, reliable and clean energy

Rising demand for lithium-ion-powered forklifts anticipated

By: Cameron Mackay     14th August 2020 “The demand for lithium-ion-powered forklifts is increasing locally, owing to companies wanting to reap the benefits of energy efficiency and cost effectiveness, as well as in preparation for changing legislation regarding emissions,” says forklift distributor for Masslift Africa national sales... 

CLEAN HANDLING
The highest demand for lithium-ion-powered forklifts has been from fast-moving consumer goods applications that require clean environments for food
CLEAN HANDLING The highest demand for lithium-ion-powered forklifts has been from fast-moving consumer goods applications that require clean environments for food

Sasol calls for bids for 10 MW solar plants at Mpumalanga, Free State operations

By: Terence Creamer     3rd August 2020 Chemicals and energy group Sasol has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for the development of two embedded solar photovoltaic (PV) facilities of 10 MW apiece at its operations in Secunda, in Mpumalanga, and Sasolburg, in the Free State. The closing date for submissions is Friday, October 2. 

The Secunda complex
The Secunda complex

Concern raised over R1.5bn cut to electrification budget 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd July 2020 Concern continues to be raised over the fact that the biggest cut made to the Department of Minerals Resources and Energy’s 2020/21 budget is for the electrification of poor households, especially in those province with the largest connection backlogs. The cuts, which were signalled in early... 

Concern raised over R1.5bn cut to electrification budget

Centre’s expertise can improve asset testing

By: Cameron Mackay     17th July 2020 The Centre for Asset Integrity Management (C-AIM Consult), a business unit of research organisation Enterprises University of Pretoria (UP), can serve the local industry with key capabilities through its expertise in vibration-based condition monitoring and structural health monitoring. “These... 

SPECIALIST TESTING CAPABILITIES 
C-AIM provides engineering consulting services to assist industry in optimally managing the structural integrity of physical assets over their life cycles
SPECIALIST TESTING CAPABILITIES C-AIM provides engineering consulting services to assist industry in optimally managing the structural integrity of physical assets over their life cycles

Partnership brings new drive systems

10th July 2020 Component and technical services provider BMG and German precision engineers Getriebebau Nord entered a partnership to assemble, distribute and support Nord Drive Systems throughout Southern Africa. BMG has made a substantial investment over the years to ensure assembly, stockholdings and... 

OPTIMUM DRIVE CONFIGURATIONS 
Nord IE5+ synchronous motors can be combined with all Nord gear units and drive electronics as a modular system to enhance LogiDrive systems
OPTIMUM DRIVE CONFIGURATIONS Nord IE5+ synchronous motors can be combined with all Nord gear units and drive electronics as a modular system to enhance LogiDrive systems

Sanedi appoints interim CEO

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd July 2020 South African National Energy and Development Institute (Sanedi) has announced the appointment of CFO Lethabo Manamela to interim CEO, effective May 1. This followed the departure of Dr Thembakazi Mali, who took up a senior position at petrochemicals company Sasol.  

Sanedi interim CEO Lethabo Manamela
Sanedi interim CEO Lethabo Manamela

Covid-19 brings about a wider scope of opportunity for energy, water, waste sectors

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th June 2020 While Covid-19 has resulted in delays in investment in South Africa, it has also given rise to some new opportunities in the green economy space, across sectors including energy, water, agriculture and waste management, says nonprofit green economy organisation GreenCape. Since publishing its... 

IEA makes case for $3-trillion global clean-energy stimulus plan  

By: Terence Creamer     18th June 2020 The International Energy Agency (IEA) released a ‘Sustainable Recovery Plan’ on June 18 that outlines the case for a $3-trillion global clean-energy stimulus plan over the coming three years to help repair the economic and employment damage caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Produced in... 

IEA makes case for $3-trillion global clean-energy stimulus plan

Energy efficiency part of futureproofing assets

By: Tracy Hancock     12th June 2020 Local building owners are looking to futureproof their assets for the secondary market, and reduce operating costs across all sectors, including the commercial, office, retail, industrial and residential sectors. This is according to independent nonprofit organisation Green Building Council of... 

GRAHAME CRUICKSHANKS
The rate of energy efficiency-related retrofits is high in commercial office, retail and industrial spaces
GRAHAME CRUICKSHANKS The rate of energy efficiency-related retrofits is high in commercial office, retail and industrial spaces

Boiler hire eliminates operational disruptions

5th June 2020 Businesses that rely heavily on boilers are occasionally confronted with a situation where they are forced to operate at reduced capacity. 

Outsourced steam to improve efficiency, ensure cost savings

5th June 2020 The economic downturn has had a severe impact on countless businesses, forcing many to re-examine their operational costs. 

Covid-19 an opportunity for better resource management

By: Darren Parker     29th May 2020 The national lockdown because of Covid-19 presents a good opportunity for manufacturing companies to improve their resource and utilities management, says government-funded programme National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) KwaZulu-Natal regional manager Kevin Cilliers. There is... 

KEVIN CILLIERS
It is important to have a good management practice in place for utility use while there is time and space to focus on it
KEVIN CILLIERS It is important to have a good management practice in place for utility use while there is time and space to focus on it

Organisations say Covid-19 should not further delay universal access to energy

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th May 2020 In a report, 'Tracking Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG 7): Energy Progress', international organisations have warned that universal access to energy by 2030 will fall short unless efforts are scaled up significantly. According to the authors − the International Energy Agency (IEA), the... 

Organisations say Covid-19 should not further delay universal access to energy

Select Committee says DMRE is improving its service delivery

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th May 2020 The Select Committee on Land Reform, Environment, Mineral Resources and Energy has welcomed the plan to implement the proposed nuclear new build programme at a scale and pace that the country can afford to ensure the security of energy supply. The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy... 

Sector increasingly adopting digitalisation

By: Mamaili Mamaila     22nd May 2020 Technology provider ABB Southern Africa believes that digitalisation can address the production challenges of the sugar industry. 

JOHN MANUELL
The full potential of sugar production processes lies in leveraging available data to drive the seamless interoperability among people, assets and production processes
JOHN MANUELL The full potential of sugar production processes lies in leveraging available data to drive the seamless interoperability among people, assets and production processes

Localisation, digitalisation key to cost-effective maintenance in trying times  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th May 2020 Covid-19 has resulted in less funding for the power generation sector, owing to lower revenue from electricity sales amid business restrictions. At the same time, the sector still has to invest in the necessary equipment maintenance to ensure reliable power supply.  

Energy experts on AUW panel discuss maintenance trends
An energy export panel discusses maintenance trends in a Covid-19 world

New label can improve consumer education

By: Tracy Hancock     8th May 2020 The next challenge for the South African domestic appliance industry is the migration to a new energy efficiency label under the Appliance Energy Efficiency Standards and Labelling (S&L) programme to improve consumer education. The label will simplify energy classes and provide explanations of... 

ON PAR The energy efficiency of domestic appliances in South Africa is generally of a high standard
ON PAR The energy efficiency of domestic appliances in South Africa is generally of a high standard

Local energy not managed efficiently

By: Tracy Hancock     8th May 2020 South Africa is not using its world-class renewable energy resources to drive energy efficiency, says independent conservation organisation World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa (WWF-SA) urban futures project manager Louise Scholtz. “If we were, South Africa’s Integrated Resources Plan 2019... 

TRANSFORMATIVE DEVELOPMENTS
The decreasing cost of renewable-energy technologies, such as rooftop solar photovoltaic, are one of the developments transforming South Africa’s energy market
TRANSFORMATIVE DEVELOPMENTS The decreasing cost of renewable-energy technologies, such as rooftop solar photovoltaic, are one of the developments transforming South Africa’s energy market

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

2019 set a record for renewable electricity generation in the UK

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th April 2020 In a report issued on April 9, the British Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) reported that, based on provisional figures, last year had been a record year for the production of electricity using renewable technologies in the UK. Renewable electricity generation last... 

Cleaner power demand boosts gas genset sales

17th April 2020 Stringent environmental regulations, declining gas prices and increasing demand for flexible transmission of renewable power have sparked a growing interest in gas-powered generator sets (gensets) in Europe, says market research company Frost & Sullivan. The firm reported in February, in... 

SWITCHED ON
According to Frost & Sullivan a growing interest in gas-powered generator sets has been experienced in Europe
SWITCHED ON According to Frost & Sullivan a growing interest in gas-powered generator sets has been experienced in Europe

Power supplier targets datacentres

17th April 2020 In realising that providing uninterrupted electrical energy is the backbone of a datacentre’s infrastructure, global generator manufacturer Aksa Power Generation launched its power range targeted at the requirements of a datacentre earlier this year. The company suggests that companies need... 

DATACENTRIC
Maintaining power is core to the successful running of data centres according to Aksa Power Generation
DATACENTRIC Maintaining power is core to the successful running of data centres according to Aksa Power Generation
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