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Renewable Energy News

New Netcare hospital to feature green technologies

By: Darren Parker     3rd March 2022 Healthcare provider Netcare’s new Alberton Hospital, which will open its doors in April, will feature several green technologies, including solar power, advanced energy, water and waste management systems, integral building design elements and sustainable materials. “Developing the large 427-bed... 

Norfund, CDC commit R600m towards wind, solar energy projects in South Africa 

By: Donna Slater     3rd March 2022 Norwegian investment fund for developing countries Norfund has committed to invest R360-million in South African renewables investor and developer H1 Capital, while UK development finance institution (DFI) CDC Group will commit R240-million. The transaction represents a joint vision by the two... 

US official says South Africa aid aimed at coal plants not EVs

By: Bloomberg     3rd March 2022 A group of the world’s richest nations that pledged $8.5-billion in climate finance to South Africa wants the money to be used to retire coal-fired power plants, according to a senior US official involved in the talks, damping suggestions some could be channelled to producing electric vehicles... 

Eskom's Duvha power station
Photo by Bloomberg
Eskom's Duvha power station

Decentralised microgrids a solution to Africa’s mobility crisis

By: Darren Parker     2nd March 2022 The development of decentralised microgrids that run on renewables should be encouraged and enabled throughout Africa to allow for the adoption of electric vehicles (EV) in remote areas, which would contribute significantly towards resolving mobility challenges across the continent. The proposed... 

A microgrid solution

M&R expects to add to record R61bn order book over coming year 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd March 2022 Engineering and contracting group Murray & Roberts (M&R) reported a strong recovery in earnings for the interim period to December 31, as well as another increase in its order book, which rose to a record R61.1-billion. The JSE-listed group reported attributable earnings of R55-million and... 

M&R Head Office

Energy efficiency part of net-zero journey, but investments, renewable energy needed for broad impact

By: Schalk Burger     2nd March 2022 Energy efficiency is an important component to reaching net-zero greenhouse-gas emissions, lifting people out of energy poverty and enabling development, but requires public and private investment to secure these benefits, as well as growing development and use of renewable energy sources,... 

Several factors limiting financial support for African renewable energy projects

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd March 2022 There are significant opportunities in Africa for renewable energy but securing financial backing for projects can be a problem owing to a number of challenges facing the investor community. This was indicated by speakers during a panel discussion at the African Energy Indaba on March 1. 

Sakhumnotho Power, Keren Energy partner on 100 kW green hydrogen proof-of-concept project

By: Schalk Burger     1st March 2022 Investment holding company Sakhumnotho business unit Sakhumnotho Power has partnered with energy project development company Keren Energy Investments to undertake a proof-of-concept project to produce green hydrogen at a site supplied by Namaqua Engineering, in Vredendal, in the Western Cape. The... 

Many considerations in Africa's just energy transition pursuit

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st March 2022 As African countries pursue an energy transition, it is vital that this process be just and takes into account the impact on jobs and communities, and this requires a number of considerations, including developing proper policy, being cognisant of regional differences while also seeking an... 

Mantashe wants to ‘refocus’ just energy transition debate as DMRE moves to finalise own policy  

By: Terence Creamer     1st March 2022 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe indicated on Tuesday that his department will seek to “refocus” South Africa’s just energy transition debate as it prepares to finalise its policy on the matter. In an address to the Africa Energy Indaba on Tuesday, Mantashe indicated that the... 

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Cheap South African solar projects face cost challenge to close

By: Bloomberg     1st March 2022 Solar projects in South Africa’s latest renewable power procurement round may have difficulty reaching financial close due to issues including rising supply chain costs, according to people familiar with the details. Some of the bids are experiencing trouble ahead of a deadline to complete... 

Investec Property to build solar rooftop PV plant at Cornubia Mall

By: Schalk Burger     1st March 2022 Property development company Investec Property will build a 5.25 MW rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) plant at the Cornubia Mall, in Durban, to reduce the mall's reliance on the grid and ease the pressure on the national power grid. This is a key step in Investec Property’s mission to embrace... 

A photo of the Cornubia mall with its rooftop solar plant
The Cornubia mall

South Africa must build resilience to external shocks while decarbonising

By: Darren Parker     28th February 2022 If South Africa were to pursue its own version of a Green New Deal (GND), it would need to decarbonise the economy while building resilience to external shocks and stabilising the economy for all, said Global Institute for Sustainable Prosperity president Fadhel Kaboub on February 25. He espoused... 

A photo of Finance and Fiscal Commission deputy chairperson Michael Sachs
Photo by Oscar Gutierrez
Finance and Fiscal Commission deputy chairperson Michael Sachs

Bushveld Energy pushing for localisation of VRFB technology

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th February 2022 South Africa needs to industrialise further and create more jobs and vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) manufacturing presents an ideal technology for full localisation. Energy storage solutions provider Bushveld Energy is seeking to build a local supply chain for its VRFB technology and is... 

An image of Bushveld Minerals’ Vametco vanadium plant
Bushveld Minerals’ Vametco vanadium mine and plant, in the North West province, will have 3.5 MW of solar PV generation and 4 MWh of VRFB storage.

Mantashe says Eskom to seek permission for coal-to-gas switch at some old stations  

By: Terence Creamer     25th February 2022 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe says he expects Eskom to make an application soon for a Section 34 determination to facilitate gas-to-power generation at some of the coal power stations that the utility aims to repower and repurpose as part of its unfolding just energy... 

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Donna Slater
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Indaba ties in with city’s energy plans

By: Sabrina Jardim     25th February 2022 With the City of Cape Town being an emerging leader in the new energy space in South Africa, Cape Town Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis says hosting the Africa Energy Indaba (AEI) at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) bodes well for the city’s energy plans. “While we want to focus the... 

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MAYOR GEORDIN HILL-LEWIS The mayor of Cape Town is excited to host the 2022 Africa Energy Indaba at the CTICC owing to the city’s energy’s plans

Council to coordinate content at Indaba

By: Sabrina Jardim     25th February 2022 The South African Electrotechnical Export Council (SAEEC), supported by the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC), is collaborating with the Africa Energy Indaba (AEI) to profile South African companies in the energy sector at the event. SAEEC is coordinating the engagement between... 

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CHIBONI EVANS The SAEEC is collaborating with AEI organisers regarding content to be discussed at this year’s Indaba.

Power Quality the focus at AEI

By: Sabrina Jardim     25th February 2022 The National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) aims to raise awareness of the importance of Power Quality in the manufacturing industry at this year’s Africa Energy Indaba (AEI). Power Quality refers to the degree to which a power system conforms to established standards; in the... 

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TANYA VAN ZYL The NCPC-SA to address Power Quality issues in South Africa at this year’s AEI.

EPC company a gold partner at Indaba

By: Sabrina Jardim     25th February 2022 Engineering procurement and construction (EPC) company Lesedi is participating at this year’s Africa Energy Indaba (AEI) as a gold partner, says Lesedi business development executive Shane Pereira. This will be the company’s eighth year of participation. 

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SHANE PEREIRA As a gold partner at the AEI, Lesedi aims to provide critical insights to attendees

Indaba to focus on increasing need for energy access

By: Sabrina Jardim     25th February 2022 This year’s Africa Energy Indaba (AEI) will focus on the growing need for energy access throughout Africa, says exhibitions company Siyenza MD Liz Hart. The event will be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) from 1 to 2 March 2022. 

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HYBRID MODEL This year’s hybrid AEI combines a virtual conference with a physical exhibition

Law firm to provide insight on energy laws

By: Sabrina Jardim     25th February 2022 Law firm Norton Rose Fulbright will participate at this year’s Africa Energy Indaba as a partner, providing a legal perspective on energy sector laws. The global law firm provides a business law service, with an industry focus throughout major key industries, including the energy industry. 

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Photo by Frank Harms
TRANSITION MISSION Norton Rose Fulbright is participating as a partner at this year’s Indaba to discuss energy storage and the just energy transition

Ending load-shedding, training experts among measures that can improve South Africa’s energy security 

By: Donna Slater     23rd February 2022 South Africa needs to undertake six measures to improve its energy and electricity security and sustainability, as well as ensure it can meet ongoing electricity demand, FutureEnergy CEO Andy Calitz said on February 23. Speaking at a webinar on South Africa’s Energy Transition Journey, hosted by... 

Govt signals reduction or elimination of guarantees for REIPPPP projects 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd February 2022 A government study is currently under way to explore alternative support for the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), the National Treasure states in its 2022 Budget Review. “This is expected to result in a reduction or elimination of guarantee requirements... 

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Iamgold reflects on impact of doubling of Essakane solar plant

By: Schalk Burger     23rd February 2022 The 22 ha solar photovoltaic plant at gold producer Iamgold's Essakane mine, in Burkina Faso, produces 25 000 MWh/y of electricity, while also reducing carbon dioxide equivalent emissions by 16.5 t, eliminating 5.5-million litres of fuel use a year and 120 fuel delivery trucks a year to sustain... 

Mining industry progressing with energy transition to zero-emissions mines 

By: Schalk Burger     23rd February 2022 Energy and mining industry experts this week detailed how the mining industry is grappling with the technical challenges of transitioning existing, and preparing new, operations to become more efficient and integrating renewable energy sources to, eventually, facilitate net-zero emissions from... 

Scatec calls for comprehensive update on Eskom restructuring in Godongwana's Budget speech

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd February 2022 Independent power producer Scatec is calling on Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana to provide a comprehensive update on the restructuring of power utility Eskom during his maiden Budget speech this afternoon. Scatec sub-Saharan Africa GM Jan Fourie says the market needs an update on the utility's... 

An image of a solar plant built by Scatec

Low-carbon hydrogen power on the rise

By: Darren Parker     23rd February 2022 Market research and analysis firm Fitch Solutions is expecting to see an increase in the development of low-carbon hydrogen production technologies and projects over the rest of the year. Speaking at a webinar on February 22, Fitch Solutions senior power and renewables analyst Thomas van Lanschot... 

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Natural gas consumers and suppliers will be negatively impacted by the rise of green hydrogen

African miners aggressively pursuing decarbonisation

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd February 2022 Mining companies are aggressively pursuing decarbonisation at their operations, with a myriad of different strategies, and varying timelines across the spectrum of miners, but with the same end-goal of reducing carbon emissions and ultimately achieving net-zero operations. This was indicated by... 

The solar and heavy fuel oil hybrid energy plant at B2Gold's Fekola mine
The solar and heavy fuel oil hybrid energy plant at B2Gold's Fekola mine

Metair expects to report more than 100% increase in full-year earnings

By: Darren Parker     22nd February 2022 JSE-listed energy storage solutions provider Metair expects to report headline earnings per share (HEPS) of between 350c and 360c for the financial year ended December 31. That compares with the HEPS of 148c reported for 2020. 

Niger, Emerging Energy Corp sign green hydrogen development agreement

By: Schalk Burger     22nd February 2022 The Republic of Niger signed an agreement with German energy solution provider Emerging Energy Corporation (EEC) to work together to explore and develop commercial green hydrogen projects in Niger. "Both parties will find opportunities to enable demand for the product and prepare Niger to become... 

AfDB commits $164m for decentralised renewable energy in six countries

By: Schalk Burger     21st February 2022 Development finance institution the African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved the Leveraging Energy Access Finance (LEAF) framework, under which it will commit up to $164-million to promote decentralised renewable energy in six African countries. “The $800-million programme will help spur... 

Sasolburg electrolyser to be repurposed to produce green hydrogen within 24 months 

By: Terence Creamer     21st February 2022 Green-hydrogen aspirant Sasol has set aside R350-million to repurpose an operational electrolyser at Sasolburg, in the Free State, to produce green hydrogen. CEO Fleetwood Grobler tells Engineering News that the “proof-of-concept project” is likely to be fully operational within 18 to 24 months,... 

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Ethiopia turns on the turbines at giant Nile hydropower plant

By: Reuters     21st February 2022 Ethiopia began producing electricity on Sunday from its Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), a multibillion-dollar hydropower plant on the River Nile that neighbours Sudan and Egypt have worried will cause water shortages downstream. After flicking a digital switch to turn on the turbines in... 

City of Cape Town says future IPP rounds will cater for wheeling, but not round one  

By: Terence Creamer     18th February 2022 The City of Cape Town has defended its decision not to accept bids for wheeled electricity as part of its first independent power producer (IPP) procurement round but says future tenders will cater for wheeling. The city aims to enter into 20-year power purchase agreements (PPAs) with multiple... 

The City of Cape Town
The City of Cape Town

Platinum industry sees value in offshore wind-to-hydrogen technology

By: Darren Parker     18th February 2022 Sustainable offshore energy production could help deliver cost-competitive green hydrogen, which the World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) says could play a significant role in the transition away from fossil fuels. Green hydrogen is produced by the electrolysis of water, which is, in turn,... 

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Global installed wind-generation capacity was at 564 GW in 2018

Billions in climate funds have South Africa agencies tussling

By: Bloomberg     18th February 2022 One of the biggest announcements from last year’s COP26 climate talks was a pledge by some rich countries to provide $8.5-billion to help South Africa transition away from coal. Now different interests within the country are tussling over how that money should be distributed. Eskom Holdings, the... 

Nzimande outlines key role for green hydrogen in recovery as he launches Hydrogen Society Road Map   

By: Terence Creamer     17th February 2022 Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister Dr Blade Nzimande made a direct link between the country’s plans to produce green hydrogen for export and domestic markets and the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan (ERRP) when officially unveiling the Hydrogen Society Road Map (HSRM) on... 

Minister Blade Nzimande
Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister Dr Blade Nzimande speaks during the virtual launch of the Hydrogen Society Road Map. Production: Kutlwano Matala & Nicholas Boyd.
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