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Generators and Standby Power

Temporary power plants crucial for energy sector

By: Jonathan Rodin     2nd May 2014 During emergency situations, where there is an unexpected loss of electricity, utility companies or energy authorities must have a backup plan to restore electricity as soon as possible. The best solution is to proactively plan the worst-case scenarios, says electrical power supplier Altaaqa... 

Significant growth expected for power demand in South Africa

By: Jonathan Rodin     2nd May 2014 There is an increasing demand for power generation, specifically standby power, in South Africa, owing to continuous electricity supply constraints and higher utility pricing, as well as the need to sustain business operations, says generators and engines provider New Way Power CEO Hyram... 

SUPPLY AND DEMAND The company noticed an increase in the volume of quotations for generators, and the market is expected to grow significantly in the coming years
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SUPPLY AND DEMAND The company noticed an increase in the volume of quotations for generators, and the market is expected to grow significantly in the coming years

Hydrocarbon-based fuel research and development project under way

By: Jonathan Rodin     2nd May 2014 Consulting engineering firm Raventech, in collaboration with educational institution North-West University (NWU) has initiated a research and development project, which started in January, to investigate hydrocarbon-based fuel management, quality and enhancement for diesel engines and generators.... 

Hired generators demand high – Rand-Air

6th December 2013 Despite the prevailing tough economic conditions which many South African companies are currently encountering, generator hire company Rand-Air reports that there is still ongoing demand for its generators, as projects are still going ahead. However the company does note that demand patterns have... 

Generator sets to be commissioned at completion of Portside construction

By: David Oliveira     6th December 2013 Electrical equipment supplier Zest WEG Group’s generator set division reports it will commission four 1 250 kVA generator sets, two 1 250 kVA transformers and medium voltage control panels and interface units it supplied to the Portside building in Cape Town, in February 2014 to coincide with the... 

Generator sets to be commissioned  at completion of Portside  construction

Power supply disruptions have serious financial implications – Atlas Copco

6th December 2013 Power demand is outstripping supply across the globe and, for a developing continent such as Africa, the problem is magnified, says international engineering group Atlas Copco. Interruptions in power supply through the grid are unpredictable, both in terms of time and duration. These inevitable... 

Clean diesel fuel reduces generator maintenance and downtime

By: David Oliveira     6th December 2013 Owing to companies’ increased use of diesel-fuelled generators, the need for clean diesel fuel to keep generators operational is becoming more important, South Africa-based fuel management technologies, products and services company Clear Fuel Technology (CFT) MD Ron Mattig tells Engineering... 

Unstable power supply threatens SA’s economic growth

By: David Oliveira     6th December 2013 Without guaranteed basic electricity delivery, the economic stability of South Africa is threatened. There is currently a significant shortage of power supply, resulting in State-owned power utility Eskom asking industry, businesses and households to cut consumption to reduce and stabilise... 

Distributor supplying market-specific generators to telecoms industry

By: Samantha Herbst     21st September 2012 Equipment importer and distributor Smith Power Equipment is expanding its product and service offering to the telecoms industry, with a particular focus on the provision of generators for that sector in Southern Africa. Smith Power will supply China-based generator manufacturer Kipor’s range of... 

Industrial equipment specialist supplies SAPS

By: Samantha Herbst     21st September 2012 Industrial and commercial equipment specialist Advanced Industrial Technology, or Ai-Tec, has completed the installation of three 100 kVA generator sets for the South African Police Service (SAPS). “Because of increasing electricity outages in Mpumulanga and Limpopo, it was necessary to install a... 

Industrial RGX generators offered

21st September 2012 Industrial manufacturer Subaru Power Products now backs up its industrial RGX generators with a new five-year limited warranty covering both the generator and the engine. Subaru’s RGX industrial generators combine premium features and heavy-duty construction to offer a reliable power source to a... 

‘Severely underused’ standby generators could mitigate power shortages – industry executive

By: Samantha Herbst     21st September 2012 Existing standby generators may be the key to mitigating the looming threat of power shortages in South Africa, assuming that State-owned power utility Eskom can seize the opportunity to take advantage of more than 3 500 MW of standby power already installed across the country, says engineering... 

Developing markets reluctant to rent equipment, prefer buying

By: Samantha Herbst     21st September 2012 Global temporary power provider Aggreko has recognised that many companies in developing countries still prefer to buy, rather than rent, stand-by power equipment, despite the numerous benefits of renting the equipment, especially during times of economic difficulty. “If you look at the more... 

Supplier launches new genset controller

By: Samantha Herbst     21st September 2012 Italy-based electrical equipment manufacturer Lovato launched its new RGK800 generating set (genset) controller unit in South Africa this month. Specialist electrical equipment supplier Electromechanica hosted the launch event at its Johannesburg and Cape Town offices, having flown in two Lovato... 

Durban depot performing well

By: Jessica Hannah     16th September 2011 Temporary power and temperature control service provider Aggreko South Africa reports that its Durban depot, which was opened in March this year, is doing well. 

IS UPS technology suitable for underground applications

By: Jessica Hannah     16th September 2011 The application of alternative battery technology by safety warning system company Booyco Electronics has resulted in the development of an intrinsically safe (IS), uninterruptible power supply (UPS), which offers reliable performance under the harshest operating conditions. 

Manufacturer makes new 1 MW generator available

16th September 2011 Diversified equipment manufacturer Atlas Copco has added the new 1 MW QAC1250 generator to its existing QAC range in response to interest from the rental and power generation markets. This is the company’s first 1 MW generating unit. 

Direct foreign investment to buttress market prospects

16th September 2011 The inability of Tanzanian State-owned electricity utility, Tanesco, to meet current electricity demand, is encouraging local and international investment in the electricity sector and creating significant opportunities for emergency power generator use, says consultancy Frost & Sullivan. 

Hydrodynamic screw to be introduced to South Africa

By: Jessica Hannah     16th September 2011 Multidisciplinary equipment supplier Wam Group South Africa aims to introduce its Italian sister company Roncuzzi’s hydrodynamic screws to the South African market. 

Generator industry continues to grow

By: Jessica Hannah     16th September 2011 The international generator industry continues to grow and, in recent years, has been characterised by a significant increase in manufacturers, distributors and middlemen, says energy generation company Himoinsa sub-Saharan Africa sales manager Juan Ignacio Perona. 

Company upgrades Wits faculty’s generator capacity

16th September 2011 Power equipment company Barloworld Power has replaced Wits University’s Faculty of Health Sciences’ almost 40-year-old generator, which provides the school with its standby power, with a much larger system. 

New emergency power 
crisis management service

By: Karishma Thakurdin     17th September 2010 Power products and solutions specialist Powermode reports that its nationwide emergency power crisis management service, which was launched in the first quarter of this year, is centred on the preventative maintenance and repair of stand-by power generators and batteries. 

Generator suited to 
mining industry

17th September 2010 Local plant-hire and equipment rental company Rand-Air, part of the global Atlas Copco group, believes that its 500-kVA generator is best suited for the mining industry, which generally has a larger power requirement compared with the power requirements of other industries. 

Unit aims to reduce 
generator’s noise levels

17th September 2010 Power equipment company Barloworld Power and consulting engineers Pro Acoustic Consortium are jointly installing an innovative insulated Cat C32 stand-by power unit, which aims to reduce the noise levels of generators, at the University of Pretoria.


Powering up the 
magistrates court

17th September 2010 Power generation systems company Advanced Industrial Technology (Ai-Tec) has installed a 300-kVA generator at the Motherwell magistrates’ court, in Port Elizabeth. 

Generator market poised for growth

17th September 2010 Growth partnership company Frost & Sullivan reports that the East African generator set market (genset) earned revenues of $54,4-million in 2009, and expects this to reach $212-million in 2014. The end-user sectors that were covered in the ‘East African Genset Market’ study included... 

Skills shortage ongoing challenge for standby power industry

By: Karishma Thakurdin     17th September 2010 The lack of technical skills and manpower among developing contractors is a significant challenge for the stand-by power industry, reports power solutions company Meissner. 

Specialist awarded power 
generating equipment contract

17th September 2010 Power generation specialist Wärtsilä has received a contract to supply the power generating equipment and associated engineering for the power generation of the Cabin gas plant power generation project in British Columbia, Canada, says Wärtsilä president for North America Frank Donnelly. 

Generator or battery backup proves to be a difficult choice for companies

By: Kelly Farthing     18th September 2009 Specialist power management company Powermode chief technology officer Philip Hampton says that companies often battle between the choice of generators or battery backups to support their power needs.  

Generator suitable for high-temperature applications

18th September 2009 The world’s first generator with coils made of high-temperature superconductors (HTS) has been running continuously for half a year without problems in Nuremberg, Germany. 

Generator specifications critical to different altitudes 

By: Kelly Farthing     18th September 2009 Generator manufacturer Propower Generators says that many companies are being sold standby-rated generator sets that are not powerful enough to meet their specific needs. 

Power solutions company provides customised generators

By: Kelly Farthing     18th September 2009 Power solutions company Meissner is providing customised generators alongside its uninterruptible power supply (UPS) offering to satisfy customer requirements. 

Systems designed for high-protection environments

18th September 2009 The Eaton MX range of uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems from power solutions company Eaton Power Quality is specifically designed for data centres and critical server rooms that demand high protection.  

New storage system feature enters local market

18th September 2009 Data storage and protection solutions company Xiotech Africa has brought the new PowerNAP feature for its Emprise 5000 storage system to the South African market. 

High fuel capacity unit launched

18th September 2009 Power solutions company Cummins Power Generation has launched its new 1 500-kW Rental Power unit, which has a high-fuel capacity. 

Company supplies turnkey backup power solution

18th September 2009 To improve efficient power-management capabilities and increase uptime in its data centre, diversified manufacturing and technology company Emerson Network Power has raised the capacity of its Liebert NXL uninterruptible power supply (UPS) system. 

Small uninterruptible power supply enters market

18th September 2009 Uninterruptible power supply (UPS) manufacturer Falcon has launched its SSG500, a UPS that is claimed to be one of the smallest 500-VA on-line models available. 

Maintenance plays a critical role in industry

By: Kelly Farthing     18th September 2009 Cape Town-based subsidiary of the Zest Electric Group, IMS Cape, says that after-market service and support for generator sets should not be an optional extra. 

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