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Renewable Energy News

Hyprop expands national solar project

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     Updated 6 hours ago Real estate investment trust Hyprop is set to decrease its carbon footprint further, with the landlord expanding its solar project across 66% of its South African shopping mall portfolio. “As part of Hyprop’s drive to continually minimise the impact on the environment, one of our key focus areas... 

Shift from high- to low-carbon must be systematic and just – Mantashe 

By: Terence Creamer     Updated 6 hours ago South Africa’s Mineral Resources and Energy Minister, Gwede Mantashe, used the platform created by the International Energy Agency (IEA) Clean Energy Transitions Summit on July 9 to stress that South Africa’s shift form a high-carbon to a low-carbon needed to be both systematic and just. Speaking... 

Shift from high- to low-carbon must be systematic and just – Mantashe
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Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Clean energy should be at ‘core’ of Covid-19 stimulus plans – Guterres 

By: Terence Creamer     9th July 2020 United Nations secretary-general António Guterres appealed to governments on Thursday to place the transition from fossil fuels to clean energy at the “core” of their Covid-19 economic recovery spending. Guterres also used the platform created by the International Energy Agency (IEA) Clean Energy... 

Clean energy should be at ‘core’ of Covid-19 stimulus plans – Guterres
United Nations secretary-general António Guterres

African countries urged to allocate 25% of stimulus spending to renewable energy 

By: Terence Creamer     8th July 2020 African countries should aim to invest 25% of their Covid-19 stimulus budgets in renewable energy, Sustainable Energy for All CEO Damilola Ogunbiyi said on Wednesday, noting that renewable energy had emerged as the cheapest source of new electricity for most countries on the continent. Speaking... 

African countries urged to allocate 25% of stimulus spending to renewable energy

Germany to become major source of platinum demand for fuel cell EVs, says WPIC

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th July 2020 As much of Europe prepares for a rapid green energy transition as part of the region's Covid-19 recovery strategy, Germany, in particular, could be the gamechanger that makes widespread adoption of fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) in Europe a reality, says the World Platinum Investment Council... 

Eskom issues power alert due to 'constrained system' 

By: African News Agency      8th July 2020 South African power utility, Eskom on Wednesday issued an alert level one urging users to reduce electricity supply due to a constrained system. "Eskom requests the public to reduce electricity usage as the power generation system is still severely constrained. This morning one generation unit... 

 Eskom issues power alert due to 'constrained system'

SAPVIA elects new board members

By: Donna Slater     8th July 2020 Solar energy industry body, the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) has announced the names of its new board members. This follows their election during a recent annual general meeting.  

Solar energy offers benefits for airports

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th July 2020 Airports in Africa have the opportunity to implement solar energy projects that will have various benefits, ranging from environmental to financial, speakers said during an Africa Solar Industry Association (AFSIA-hosted) webinar on July 7. Barrett Energy principal Stephen Barrett said solar... 

Presidential Climate Change Coordinating Commission seen as key to navigating South Africa’s ‘just transition’ 

By: Terence Creamer     7th July 2020 A member of South Africa’s National Planning Commission has called for the Presidential Climate Change Coordinating Commission to be established, arguing that such a multi-stakeholder institutional platform is required to implement the just transition vision outlined in the country’s National... 

Presidential Climate Change Coordinating Commission seen as key to navigating South Africa’s ‘just transition’

Eskom to seek authorisation to proceed with repurposing of four coal stations 

By: Terence Creamer     7th July 2020 State-owned electricity producer Eskom aims, within the coming months, to seek authorisation from its board and government to initiate a formal bidding process for the repurposing and repowering of the Camden, Komati, Grootvlei and Hendrina coal-fired power stations using lower-carbon generation... 

Eskom to seek authorisation to proceed with repurposing of four coal stations

Air Products and thyssenkrupp sign green hydrogen agreement

By: Schalk Burger     6th July 2020 NYSE-listed industrial gases multinational Air Products and industrial technology multinational thyssenkrupp on July 5 announced that they had signed an exclusive strategic cooperation agreement to develop world-scale electrolysis plants to generate green hydrogen. The two companies will... 

Youth recruitment, training sets Enel Green Power South Africa apart from competitors

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd July 2020 Amid the youth unemployment rate rising to 58.1% in the fourth quarter of last year, energy company Enel Green Power South Africa (EGP RSA) has reaffirmed its commitment to youth employment and training. “South Africa’s people must now contend with a pandemic that has dealt a massive blow to the... 

Nersa to provide concurrence on technology-specific determination this month 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd July 2020 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa indicated on Thursday that it intended providing concurrence this month for a Ministerial determination that would open the way for the procurement of new electricity generation capacity in line with allocations contained in the 2019 edition of the... 

Nersa to provide concurrence on technology-specific determination this month

More SA corporates pursuing self-generation 

2nd July 2020 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the South African companies that are seeking to generate renewable energy to supply power for their operations in order to reduce emissions and ensure available power supply. He also talks about what is... 

More SA corporates pursuing self-generation
More SA corporates pursuing self-generation

Global efforts needed to fast-track clean energy innovation

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd July 2020 A significant and concerted global push to accelerate innovation will be needed to pave the way to the energy sector reaching net-zero emissions, according to International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) Energy Technology Perspectives (ETP) Special Report on Clean Energy Innovation. The report discusses... 

Swedish Stirling, Samancor sign MoU for clean energy tech at smelters

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st July 2020 Clean tech company Swedish Stirling and South African ferrochrome producer Samancor Chrome have entered into a memorandum of understanding regarding the possible installation of up to 135 PWR BLOKs at Samancor Chrome’s TC Smelter, Ferrometals and Tubatse Alloys smelters. On December 13, 2019,... 

Hydrogen to fuel giant mining trucks in green shift by Anglo 

By: Bloomberg     1st July 2020 Anglo American is advancing plans to convert its fleet of giant diesel-fueled mine trucks to hydrogen power as the company seeks to burnish its green credentials. More than 400 mine-haul trucks could be rebuilt to use hydrogen fuel, with a pilot project starting next year at Anglo American... 

Economic opportunity of South Africa’s energy transition akin to new ‘gold rush’

By: Terence Creamer     30th June 2020 South Africa’s energy transition from coal to cleaner energy carries an economic opportunity equivalent to the discovery of gold in the country more than a century ago, a new South African National Energy Association (Sanea) report argues. Published on June 30, the ‘South African Energy Risk... 

Economic opportunity of South Africa’s energy transition akin to new ‘gold rush’

ArcelorMittal SA seeks IPP bids for roll-out of solar PV plants across operations 

By: Terence Creamer     30th June 2020 JSE-listed steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has become the latest South African company to release a request for information (RFI) to independent power producers (IPPs) to build, own and operate solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants across its six operational sites. The group has... 

ArcelorMittal SA seeks IPP bids for roll-out of solar PV plants across operations

Green hydrogen opportunity for South Africa to drive economic recovery

By: Simone Liedtke     29th June 2020 The opportunity for South Africa to couple its renewable energy economic stimulus to non-electricity prospects presents the possibility for a new power export market, which can be laid now. The economic and energy benefits of green hydrogen is one of the many prospects discussed during the recent... 

Green hydrogen opportunity for South Africa to drive economic recovery
Hulisani CEO Marubini Raphulu

More than 90% of issues in Nile dam negotiations resolved, AU chief says

By: Reuters     29th June 2020 More than 90% of issues in the tripartite negotiations on the giant Nile dam between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan have been resolved, the African Union Commission Chair Moussa Faki Mahamat said in a statement on Saturday. The African Union has two weeks to help broker a deal to end a decade-long... 

Eskom’s new just energy transition office assessing green finance options for repurposing of old coal stations

By: Terence Creamer     25th June 2020 Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter reports that the State-owned utility’s newly created just energy transition (JET) project office is evaluating green financing options that could help accelerate the deployment of renewables and facilitate the repurposing of its older coal plants in ways that improves... 

Eskom’s new just energy transition office assessing green finance options for repurposing of old coal stations
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Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter

Sapvia eagerly awaits restart of renewables procurement

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th June 2020 The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (Sapvia) has welcomed government’s stated intention of implementing the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2019, which will contribute to the country’s Covid-19 recovery package. “The IRP’s biggest opportunity is in low cost electricity, which... 

Jobs in renewable energy could triple to 30m by 2030 - Irena

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th June 2020 The International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) says that, with the right investment from the private sector globally, jobs in renewable energy can triple to 30-million by 2030. It points out that, with every $1-million invested in renewables, it creates three times more jobs than in fossil fuels. 

Jobs in renewable energy could triple to 30m by 2030 - Irena

3D printed wind turbines to improve access to, cost of renewable energy

By: Simone Liedtke     24th June 2020 GE Renewable Energy, three-dimensional (3D) construction printing company Cobod and building materials and solutions provider LafargeHolcim have partnered to co-develop wind turbines with optimised 3D printing concrete bases and which reach record heights of up to 200 m. The three partners will... 

Perdekraal East Wind Farm on track for grid connection by end-July

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th June 2020 The main transformer for the 110 MW Perdekraal East Wind Farm, in the Western Cape, has arrived by road transportation from Pretoria, marking another important milestone in the project's construction. The 500 MVA megatransformer was locally manufactured, which added to the wind farm’s local... 

Perdekraal East Wind Farm on track for grid connection by end-July
Perdekraal East Wind Farm receives its main transformer by road transportation

Next renewables bidding round to be launched only in second quarter of 2021   

By: Terence Creamer     23rd June 2020 The new head of South Africa’s Independent Power Producers Office (IPPO), Tshifhiwa Bernard Magoro, reported on Tuesday that the next bidding round for the procurement of utility scale renewable-energy projects, often referred to as Bid Window 5, would be launched only in the second quarter of... 

Next renewables bidding round to be launched only in second quarter of 2021
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Tshifhiwa Bernard Magoro

Ramaphosa says infrastructure to be placed at heart of South Africa’s postpandemic stimulus  

By: Terence Creamer     23rd June 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa believes that infrastructure should be the “flywheel” of South Africa’s economic recovery from the growth- and job-destroying Covid-19 crisis and announced on Tuesday that infrastructure would, thus, be placed at the centre of South Africa’s postpandemic stimulus... 

Ramaphosa says infrastructure to be placed at heart of South Africa’s postpandemic stimulus
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Renewables statistics point to slow response to South Africa’s power constraints 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd June 2020 New statistics released by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Energy Centre show that South Africa added only 100 MW of additional utility scale renewable-energy capacity in 2019, despite supply-side constraints and an intensive period of load-shedding. In fact, the report... 

Renewables statistics point to slow response to South Africa’s power constraints

Rolls-Royce announces creation of its Microgrid Competence Centre in Berlin

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th June 2020 UK-based industrial technology group Rolls-Royce has announced that it has renamed its 73.1%-owned German subsidiary company Qinous as Rolls-Royce Solutions Berlin and upgraded it into a Microgrid Competence Centre. Qinous was a Berlin-based startup specialising in energy storage, which had... 

The IEA's Sustainable Recovery Plan 

19th June 2020 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Editor Terence Creamer about the International Energy Agency's newly released Sustainable Recovery Plan, the agency's proposal that massive new renewables deployments are needed over the next three years and what South African policymakers... 

The IEA's Sustainable Recovery Plan
The IEA's Sustainable Recovery Plan

Biogas courses offered online despite delay

By: Halima Frost     19th June 2020 As cement, aggregate and readymix concrete producer AfriSam marks ten years since the inaugural AfriSam-SAIA Award for Sustainable Design + Innovation, the 2019/20 edition is likely to set new trends. The fifth round of the biennial awards is taking place amid an era of worldwide economic... 

Biogas courses offered online despite delay
OF COURSE NCPC-SA is offering its end-user course online to who are new to the biogas sector and those who would like to know more about the technology

UK government gives cash injection to new energy storage technology project

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th June 2020 The British government has awarded a grant of £10-million to support the construction of the world’s first commercial liquid air battery storage facility, at Trafford in Greater Manchester. The facility will be able to store enough electricity to power 200 000 homes for five hours a day, and will... 

UK government gives cash injection to new energy storage technology project
Artist’s impression of the combined liquid air energy storage and power generation facility at Trafford

Tussle for control of the Nile escalates as megadam talks falter

By: Bloomberg     18th June 2020 A last ditch attempt to resolve a decade-long dispute between Egypt and Ethiopia over a huge new hydropower dam on the Nile has failed, raising the stakes in what - for all the public focus on technical issues - is a tussle for control over the region’s most important water source. The talks... 

Tlou gets green light for 2 MW plant

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th June 2020 ASX- and Aim-listed Tlou Energy has been granted a 15-year electricity generation licence by the Botswana Energy Regulatory Authority. The licence is for 2 MW of coal-bed methane, gas and solar power generation at the company’s Lesedi project.  

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

Global energy demand growth was slowing before Covid-19, says BP

By: Bloomberg     17th June 2020 Growth in energy demand was declining even before the coronavirus pandemic spread globally, keeping consumers under lockdown and sending prices to record lows, BP said on Wednesday. The oil major’s annual Statistical Review of World Energy showed that growth in primary energy consumption slowed... 

Global energy demand growth was slowing before Covid-19, says BP
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