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Energy Efficiency News

Energy efficiency gains in decline, IEA warns

By: Schalk Burger     22nd November 2019 The global rate of progress of improving energy efficiency is slowing and has declined for three consecutive years, leaving it well below the 3% minimum that intergovernmental organisation International Energy Agency (IEA) analysis shows is central to achieving global climate and energy goals,... 

Mobilisation of private finance key to closing Africa’s $2.6tr energy gap  

By: Terence Creamer     8th November 2019 State budgets and development finance will not be sufficient to fund the investments required to meet Africa’s growing power demands to 2040, a new International Energy Agency (IEA) report warns. Titled ‘Africa Energy Outlook 2019’, the report states that cumulative investments of $2.6-trillion,... 

Mobilisation of private finance key to closing Africa’s $2.6tr energy gap

Demand increasing for compressed-air audits

By: Cameron Mackay     8th November 2019 Owing to the struggling South African economy, as well as the general need for companies to reduce energy costs in operational processes, the demand for compressed-air auditing has increased over the past two years, says compressed-air products suppliers Artic Driers CEO Allen Cockfield. A... 

SAVINGS IN THE AIR


Artic Driers can rebuild many old air dryers sold by certain manufacturers. This will make them more energy efficient and generally cost-effective
SAVINGS IN THE AIR Artic Driers can rebuild many old air dryers sold by certain manufacturers. This will make them more energy efficient and generally cost-effective

Manufacturer targets product releases, skills development

By: Cameron Mackay     8th November 2019 Solar energy equipment supplier Microcare plans to share its local story of innovation, job creation and skills development next year during its thirtieth year of manufacturing in South Africa and aims to celebrate with product releases and support for even higher standards of solar equipment... 

OFF THE GRID

Microcare plans to share its local story of innovation, job creation and skills development next year during its 30th year of manufacturing in South Africa
OFF THE GRID Microcare plans to share its local story of innovation, job creation and skills development next year during its 30th year of manufacturing in South Africa

Focus on implementing energy efficiency project by 2021

By: Cameron Mackay     8th November 2019 The National Cleaner Production Centre (NCPC-SA) is looking to escalate the implementation of energy management in South African industry to allow companies to benefit from the support of the Industrial Energy Efficiency (IEE) Project before the project ends in 2020/21. The IEE Project is... 

ENSURING ENERGY EFFICIENCY 

Companies participating in the IEE Project have achieved energy savings of 4 286 GWh since 2010, and GHG mitigation of 3.9-million tonnes of CO2 equivalent
ENSURING ENERGY EFFICIENCY Companies participating in the IEE Project have achieved energy savings of 4 286 GWh since 2010, and GHG mitigation of 3.9-million tonnes of CO2 equivalent

South Africa to test market for emergency power ‘gap fillers’ as IRP is finalised   

By: Terence Creamer     18th October 2019 South Africa will release a request for information (RFI) in the coming weeks to test the market for solutions to close an immediate electricity supply gap of between 2 000 MW and 3 000 MW, which has emerged primarily as a result of a fall in the energy availability factor (EAF) from Eskom’s coal... 

South Africa to test market for emergency power ‘gap fillers’ as IRP is finalised
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe on the Integrated Resource Plan 2019 allocations and the need for short-term supply solutions. Camera Work: Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 18.10.2019

SANEDI receives $100 000 grant for cool roofs challenge

By: Schalk Burger     2nd October 2019 The State-owned South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) has received a $100 000 grant from the 1-Million Cool Roofs Challenge to deploy solar reflective coatings and/or materials between August this year and December 2020, the institute announced in a statement on Wednesday.... 

Cool surfaces in Groblershoop, Northern Cape
Cool surfaces in Groblershoop, Northern Cape

Partnership deploys waste recycling tech

By: Cameron Mackay     27th September 2019 Energy equipment and waste disposal solutions provider Bio-Dynamic Fuel (BDF) is focusing on partnering with food service and retail businesses to deploy the company’s waste disposal and renewable-energy solutions on a national level. The company’s technology entails converting used cooking oil... 

OIL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL
The deployment will focus on the company’s developed B-Tech 40 ℓ processor and chemical mix, which converts used cooking oil into biofuel
OIL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL The deployment will focus on the company’s developed B-Tech 40 ℓ processor and chemical mix, which converts used cooking oil into biofuel

Solar heating pilot seeks to demonstrate viability of large-scale applications

By: Donna Slater     27th September 2019 The first solar district heating system was launched in South Africa by Austrian Ambassador to South Africa Dr Johann Brieger on May 15 at the University of the Witwatersrand’s (Wits’) Junction student residences in Parktown, Johannesburg, through a partnership facilitated by the South African... 

Solar heating pilot seeks to demonstrate viability of large-scale applications

HVAC product manufacturing plant in Columbia expanded

20th September 2019 Indoor comfort solutions and services provider Trane marked a celebration last month to commend a significant expansion to its manufacturing facility in South Carolina, Columbia in the US, as well as highlight the company’s ongoing efforts in environmental, social and business sustainability. 

The Columbia facility expansion, in addition to additional workforce initiatives and community donations, are in line with the company’s 2030 sustainability commitments
The Columbia facility expansion, in addition to additional workforce initiatives and community donations, are in line with the company’s 2030 sustainability commitments

HVAC-R system to be introduced to S Africa in Q1 2020

By: Cameron Mackay     20th September 2019 Diversified technology company Johnson Controls will introduce Verasys – the first plug-and-play control system that integrates heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC-R) equipment and controls – to the South African market in the first quarter of next year. Johnson... 

Institute establishes drive for CO2 as natural refrigerant

By: Cameron Mackay     20th September 2019 Local heating, refrigeration and air conditioning (HVAC) industry body the South African Institute of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (SAIRAC) has established a drive to introduce the option of using carbon dioxide (CO2) as a natural refrigerant, referred to as R744, through technical talks... 

Versatile drives ideal for HVAC industry

By: Cameron Mackay     20th September 2019 Many features of the variable-speed drive (VSD) solutions provided by drive technology provider SEW-Eurodrive can be applied to projects in the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) industries, says SEW-Eurodrive mechatronic sales engineer Paul Strzalkowski. He states that here VSDs... 

MIXING CONVEYORS The conveyor system consists of a central conveyor that is fed by eight smaller conveyors, each of which contain various frozen-food products to be mixed
MIXING CONVEYORS The conveyor system consists of a central conveyor that is fed by eight smaller conveyors, each of which contain various frozen-food products to be mixed

NCPC-SA to host free-for-business greener industries conference

By: Schalk Burger     3rd September 2019 The National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) will host a conference aimed at growing greener industries at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) convention centre on September 10 and 11 and at no cost to businesses and industries. The fourth Industrial... 

Carbon tax awareness leads to gas conversions, growth for company

By: Cameron Mackay     30th August 2019 Increased demand for converting to the use of natural gas from heavy fuel oils for energy solutions has led to opportunities for compressed natural gas supplier Virtual Gas Network. The introduction of the Carbon Tax Act in June this year has led to an increase in awareness in the industrial and... 

ACCESS FOR GROWTH

Importing and increased access to LNG would allow for downstream development and could help Virtual Gas Network become a national gas distributor
ACCESS FOR GROWTH Importing and increased access to LNG would allow for downstream development and could help Virtual Gas Network become a national gas distributor

South African beverage sector aiming for cleaner production

By: Tracy Hancock     23rd August 2019 National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) is joining forces with nonprofit organisation Beverages Association of South Africa (Bevsa) to support and accelerate its members’ efforts to reduce their carbon emissions, save water, limit waste and embrace renewable energy and green... 

CLEANER AND GREENER
The food and beverage industry should explore how to be part of the transition to green enterprise and green economy
CLEANER AND GREENER The food and beverage industry should explore how to be part of the transition to green enterprise and green economy

Legislation, waste diverting can drive biogas growth

By: Cameron Mackay     16th August 2019 Changing legislation and the continued strain on landfill space in South Africa is causing a significant drive in the country to divert waste, particularly organic waste, away from landfill sites. Alternative waste solutions provider GCX Zero Waste manager Hein Fourie says this can help to... 

COMPLEX MARKETS

Growth of the biofuels sector is slow, as the sector is slowly learning how to accommodate and adapt to South African market conditions
COMPLEX MARKETS Growth of the biofuels sector is slow, as the sector is slowly learning how to accommodate and adapt to South African market conditions

Food processing industry ideal for biogas production

By: Cameron Mackay     16th August 2019 Industries that produce large quantities of organic waste, such as the food processing industry, are ideal for biogas production, says local waste disposal solutions provider Global Energy director Henry Thomson. The Cape Town-based engineering consulting and turnkey project company provides... 

CONFIDENCE IN BIOGAS
Establishing credibility in biogas technology is crucial in implementing more projects
CONFIDENCE IN BIOGAS Establishing credibility in biogas technology is crucial in implementing more projects

Solar-powered irrigation requires greater subsidisation 

By: Darren Parker     9th August 2019 The high initial capital expenditure required for solar-powered irrigation systems (SPISes) makes it mostly an unviable option for small-scale farmers in South Africa, unless they receive heavy subsidisation, according to International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage president Felix... 

POWER TO THE PEOPLE
Solar-powered irrigation could provide a low-running-cost solution for farmers who have no access to grid power
ICID president Felix Reinders discusses South Africa’s role in international irrigation concerns.

Agriculture sector driven to spend more upfront on innovation 

By: Darren Parker     9th August 2019 Amid current economic pressure, high energy costs and power grid uncertainty, the agriculture sector in South Africa is starting to favour higher capital expenditure on advanced technology because of the resulting long-term reductions in operating costs, says drive engineering company... 

WILLEM STRYDOM
SEW-Eurodrive helps clients understand where they can save on energy efficiency
SEW-Eurodrive sales manager Willem Strydom discusses the motors supplied to the 100 t/h Free State feed mill.

Gas to flourish in short to medium term

26th July 2019 Evidence suggests that the natural gas market boom is likely to continue in the short to medium term, alludes trade insurance firm Coface sector economist and statistician Khalid Ait-Yahia. Natural gas is a convenient way to produce energy, owing to its abundant supply, versatility, and the fact... 

IN THE PIPELINE There are still viable uses for gas and the trend should continue for the short to medium term
IN THE PIPELINE There are still viable uses for gas and the trend should continue for the short to medium term

Modular solutions a growing trend in sector

By: Tracy Hancock     26th July 2019 The adoption of decentralised technologies, which increase the modularity of vehicle manufacturing production lines, is a growing trend in the global automotive industry, with more local manufacturers expressing interest in such solutions, says drive engineering company SEW-Eurodrive. The... 

KEEPING PACE Technologically, the South African automotive industry is starting to conform to global best practice
KEEPING PACE Technologically, the South African automotive industry is starting to conform to global best practice

Cleaner and quieter generators now available

By: Halima Frost     26th July 2019 Supportable power generation solutions provider SustainPower has partnered with industrial generator manufacturer Pramac to provide clean and quiet standby power with its liquid petroleum gas (LPG) and natural gas (NG) generators for South Africa. The partnership was announced at the Africa... 

CAN IT Containerised gas generators offer mobile solutions and easy setup
CAN IT Containerised gas generators offer mobile solutions and easy setup

Gas earmarked as notable power source in sub-Saharan Africa

By: Halima Frost     26th July 2019 Gas is positioned to be a notable contributor to an increased electrification access rate in Sub-Saharan Africa, says multinational conglomerate GE Gas Power sub-Saharan Africa commercial executive, Nosizwe Dlengezele-Motsitsi. She tells Engineering News that gas could also potentially replace... 

PLANE TECH
Aeroderivative gas turbines were borne from jet engine technology developed by GE Aviation
PLANE TECH Aeroderivative gas turbines were borne from jet engine technology developed by GE Aviation

Virtual Gas growing its network

26th July 2019 Natural gas solutions provider CNG Holdings’ delivery subsidiary, Virtual Gas Network, is currently delivering uninterrupted supplies of liquid natural gas (LNG) to its customers equivalent to 736 400 ℓ of diesel for each site. This is achieved through the efficient road distribution system which... 

FAST AND FUEL-IOUS
An ever growing gas network allows for more clients to convert to the cheaper and cleaner natural gas option
FAST AND FUEL-IOUS An ever growing gas network allows for more clients to convert to the cheaper and cleaner natural gas option

Flexible modular drive system added to range

By: Cameron Mackay     12th July 2019 Automation solutions provider Schneider Electric has added the new Altivar Process Modular (APM) drive system to its range of Altivar Process variable-speed drives (VSDs), which were displayed at the company’s stand at the Africa Automation Fair, held in Johannesburg last month. “This is a... 

DRIVE FOR FLEXIBLE LOADS

The APM drive system provides flexibility for end-users in terms of late changes to the load in the design and installation phase of a project
DRIVE FOR FLEXIBLE LOADS The APM drive system provides flexibility for end-users in terms of late changes to the load in the design and installation phase of a project

CSIR doubles down on solar PV amid energy-autonomous campus success

By: Donna Slater     12th July 2019 The Pretoria-based headquarters of research organisation the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has almost doubled its commissioning of solar photovoltaic (PV) installed capacity because of its rooftop-mounted fixed-axis solar PV plant exceeding initial performance expectations.  

CSIR doubles down on solar PV amid energy-autonomous campus success

Eskom will not restore power to areas affected by illegal connections

By: Sane Dhlamini     11th July 2019 Power utility Eskom on Thursday warned that it will not be restoring power in areas affected by illegal connections. This decision comes after extensive customer and various stakeholder engagements across the Gauteng province, aimed at resolving issues related to electricity services.  

Eskom will not restore power to areas affected by illegal connections

IEA energy efficiency commission gathers expertise from all walks of life

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th July 2019 Ireland's Prime Minister Leo Baradkar has been elected the honorary chairperson of the International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) newly established Commission for Urgent Action on Energy Efficiency. The independent high-level global commission is set to examine how progress on energy efficiency can be... 

Stringent standards raising bar on emission reduction tech 

By: Mamaili Mamaila     5th July 2019 There is now more pressure on local industries than ever before to reduce local emissions to meet stringent environmental standards. 

Stringent standards raising bar on emission reduction tech
GE executive project director Nthabiseng Kubheka discusses the company's full scope of work at Eskom's Kusile Power Station. Camwerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 24.05.2019

South Africa urged to start integrating carbon neutrality into revamped industrial strategy 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd July 2019 The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) is urging South Africa to take proactive steps to begin integrating the concept of carbon neutrality into its revised industrial strategy, warning that a delay in doing so could undermine the future competitiveness of the country’s... 

UNIDO energy and climate coordinator in South Africa Conrad Kassier
UNIDO energy and climate coordinator in South Africa Conrad Kassier

Wits launches first solar district heating system in South Africa 

20th June 2019 The South African National Energy Development Institute last month launched the first solar district heating system in South Africa at the Wits University’s Junction Campus, saving the buildings millions in energy costs a year. 

Wits launches first solar district heating system in South Africa
Wits launches first solar district heating system in South Africa

Balwin registers over 16 000 EDGE certified units

By: Simone Liedtke     18th June 2019 JSE-listed Balwin Properties has registered more than 16 000 units across seven of its built-to-sell and three of its rental developments as excellence in design for greater efficiency certified with the Green Building Council South Africa. The registration will be completed over the next six... 

Balwin Properties Kikuyu development
Balwin Properties Kikuyu development

Energy-saving LEDs illuminate hospital

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     14th June 2019 High energy savings and a good colour rendering were achieved by replacing the high-pressure sodium installation with light-emitting-diode (LED) floodlights at the Tygerberg Hospital, in Cape Town, says lighting manufacturer BEKA Schréder sales engineer Grant Kemp. “High masts were installed... 

Programme to revive local foundries

By: Mamaili Mamaila     14th June 2019 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has mandated the National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) to align its work stream with that of the National Foundries Technology Network (NFTN) to revive the local foundries sector. 

RELEVANCE
The NFTN facilitates the relevant skills and training projects to transfer knowledge in line with its skills development programme
Photo by Bloomberg
RELEVANCE The NFTN facilitates the relevant skills and training projects to transfer knowledge in line with its skills development programme

NCPC-SA to drive resource efficiency in manufacturing

By: Mamaili Mamaila     14th June 2019 If the South African manufacturing sector wishes to mitigate the effects of rising tariffs and the new Carbon Tax, then it needs to become more resource efficient, according to the National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) 

GREEN ECONOMY
The manufacturing sector has not been growing because of its mounting challenges
GREEN ECONOMY The manufacturing sector has not been growing because of its mounting challenges

Green buildings rising

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     14th June 2019 As the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) introduces more rating tools, the construction industry’s uptake of green building is “sky rocketing”, says professional services firm WSP Africa building services regional director Alison Groves. The GBCSA developed the Green Star South... 

ALISON GROVES
While the demand for new green buildings continues to grow, it will not replace the importance of the existing building stock
ALISON GROVES While the demand for new green buildings continues to grow, it will not replace the importance of the existing building stock
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