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Renewable Energy News

SA’s renewable energy policy to be reviewed

By: Chanel de Bruyn     1st September 2009 The Renewable Energy Market Transformation Implementation Support Unit (REMT-ISU), which is a joint initiative of the World Bank and the Department of Energy, is looking for consultants in the energy sector to undertake a revision of the White Paper on Renewable Energy Policy of 2003. The unit,... 

Eskom defers smaller, mainly renewable, projects 

By: Christy van der Merwe     28th August 2009 Eskom CEO Jacob Maroga said this week that it was in the utility’s interest to ensure that renewable energy contribution to generation capacity was optimised, because climate change issues were firmly on the company’s agenda. “We really want to be sure that the renewable agenda is firmly on... 

CEF looking for consultants to advance wood-waste power project

By: Chanel de Bruyn     28th August 2009 The Central Energy Fund (CEF) was looking for consultants to provide it with consulting services for a business management implementation programme for a joint-venture 8-MW wood-waste power plant, in George. The project was being developed, and would be operated, by Cape Clean Energy (CCE), a... 

Nuclear still ‘firmly’ part of SA power generation plans – Eskom 

By: Chanel de Bruyn     28th August 2009 State-owned power utility Eskom was hoping that a clear strategy for South Africa’s nuclear plans would emerge in the next few months, as nuclear was still “firmly” part of the country’s electricity generation plans, CEO Jacob Maroga said this week. He noted in a results presentation on Thursday... 

'Maize-based ethanol can reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by 50%'

By: Leandi Kolver     28th August 2009 Newer corn ethanol facilities show that modern processes can reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by about 50% compared to petrol, according to the ‘Improvements in Life Cycle Energy Efficiency and Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Corn-Ethanol’ analysis. 

Biofuels forecast to account for 46,1% of ‘unconventional fuel’ growth in next 20-odd years

By: Leandi Kolver     28th August 2009 The world’s liquid fuels supply will grow 22% from 86,2-million barrels per day (mbpd) in 2007 to 105,4 mbpd in 2030, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA) projections in the 2009 Annual Energy Outlook. 

Enviro study into R1,5bn Western Cape wind farm project to start next month

By: Jade Davenport     28th August 2009 An environmental impact assessment (EIA) for a proposed R1,5-billion 70 MW wind farm in the vicinity of Darling in the Western Cape is anticipated to begin within the next month. 

Renewable energy firm wants small solar PV systems included in Refit  

By: Christy van der Merwe     24th August 2009 Solar photovoltaic (PV) installation and monitoring firm, The Power Company, on Monday said that there were numerous benefits to the inclusion of small-scale solar PV systems under the renewable energy feed-in-tariff (Refit). There was a push from the industry, for the National Energy Regulator... 

Lesedi to build R150m manure-to-power plant in Heidelberg 

By: Chanel de Bruyn     21st August 2009 Independent power producer (IPP) Lesedi Biogas Project (LBP) is planning to build one of the world’s largest open-air feedlot manure-to-power projects in the world, in Heidelberg, near Johannesburg, it said this week. The proposed power generation station, which would have a midmerit output rate... 

SA academics taking part in global bioenergy initiative

By: Leandi Kolver     21st August 2009 A new project has been launched at the University of Stellenbosch in response to the growing uncertainty about whether the world should look to bioenergy, such as biofuels, heat and electricity, to play a prominent role in the future. 

IDC, Brazil bank deal augurs well for local bioethanol production  

By: Darren Parker     21st August 2009 South Africa edged one more step towards a fully fledged ethanol-from-sugar regime earlier this month with the signing of a cooperation agreement by the Brazilian State-owned development bank Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Economico e Social (BNDES) and South African independent development... 

180 bids received for Port Elizabeth solar water heater project

By: Christy van der Merwe     19th August 2009 The Central Energy Fund (CEF) said it received some 180 bids in response to its advertisement seeking interested parties for the supply of solar water heaters (SWHs) for the initial phase of a major project roll-out in Port Elizabeth. South African National Energy Research Institute CEO Kevin... 

Sessa hoping to ‘plant the seeds of education’ with new youth initiative

By: Christy van der Merwe     19th August 2009 The Sustainable Energy Society of Southern Africa (Sessa) will launch its ‘Young Sessa’ division at the International Solar Energy Society (ISES) 2009 World Solar Congress, which it is co-hosting in October. Sessa will also launch its own ‘Sessa Green Certificate’, which will allow companies,... 

SA to host international solar congress in Oct

By: Christy van der Merwe     19th August 2009 In just over 50 days, South Africa will host the International Solar Energy Society’s (ISES’s) 2009 Solar World Congress, which will take place in Johannesburg in October, with the theme ‘renewable energy: shaping our future’. “Hosting this conference in South Africa is excellent timing,”... 

Industry players sceptical about SA’s 2013 renewable target 

By: Christy van der Merwe     18th August 2009 The South African government’s renewable energy policy has set a target for a 4% contribution, or about 10 000 GWh of electricity to be produced from renewable sources by 2013, however, whether this target would be met, was doubted by many industry players. Gathered at a climate change and... 

SA working on financial instruments to boost renewable projects 

By: Christy van der Merwe     17th August 2009 The Department of Energy (DoE) was developing financial instruments to ensure that renewable energy becomes a reality in South Africa, said clean energy division chief director David Mahuma on Monday. Speaking at a conference in Pretoria, hosted by the Institute for Global Dialogue, he said that... 

Absence of incentives hindering development of an ethanol-from-sugar industry

By: Darren Parker     14th August 2009 Significant potential exists for a sugar cane-based renewable energy market in South Africa, but a lack of government incentives continues to hinder the market’s development, said Tongaat Hulett MD Peter Straude at the company’s results presentation, in Johannesburg, last week. 

Wave energy technology coming back under the spotlight

By: Jade Davenport     14th August 2009 Wave energy research and development in South Africa is presently lagging far behind that of its wind and solar renewable energy counterparts. 

Climate change presents opportunity to move into new growth areas – CSIR

By: Christy van der Merwe     7th August 2009 Achieving economic growth and tackling climate change were not divergent issues, and a number of countries were seeing them as an opportunity to re-orientate some of their industries, by getting “out of the old failing industries and into new growth areas of green technology”, said Council for... 

Generating energy from sugar: What does it mean for South Africa?

By: Darren Parker     7th August 2009 If South Africa’s sugar industry is to grow, it has to keep an eye on new markets and opportunities, one of which may, once current restrictions are overcome, manifest in sugar cane-based energy. 

Renewable energy equipment market could grow tenfold by 2015

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th August 2009 Revenues for Southern Africa’s renewable energy equipment market could increase to $262,3-million by 2015, as the use of the renewable technologies could grow “exponentially” over the next couple of years. Growth consultancy firm Frost & Sullivan highlighted on Tuesday that the renewable energy... 

Tongaat Hulett to invest R145m in Zimbabwe, says operations recovering

By: Chanel de Bruyn     3rd August 2009 Agroprocessing firm Tongaat Hulett remained “very optimistic” about its prospects for 2010 and beyond, CEO Peter Staude said on Monday. The firm, which has improved its operating performance and operating profit for six consecutive years, was confident that its Zimbabwean operations would... 

Westcor to withdraw from Inga 3 hydropower project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     31st July 2009 The Western Power Corridor (Westcor) chief executive Dr Pat Naidoo on Friday said that the joint-venture company would look at developing smaller projects in Angola and Namibia, as it planned to withdraw from the Inga 3 hydropower project on the Congo river. Speaking at an event hosted by the... 

SA researcher develops vertical axis wind turbine configuration 

By: Christy van der Merwe     31st July 2009 Vaal University of Technology head of the Innovation Centre Jan Jooste has developed a new configuration of the vertical axis wind turbine, which he stated could realise a shift in wind energy generation from horizontal axis wind turbines, as well as significantly lower wind energy generation... 

Israeli solid-waste treatment firm eyeing SA market 

By: Shannon de Ryhove     31st July 2009 Israeli biological municipal solid waste (MSW) treatment company Arrow Ecology is hoping to offer its low-cost ArrowBio biological waste treatment system to the South African waste market. 

New 250-MW Uganda hydropower plant to be operational mid-2011 

By: Chanel de Bruyn     28th July 2009 A 250-MW hydropower plant being constructed in Uganda, Bujagali, was expected to support economic growth and reduce poverty in the country, while also reducing tariffs and tariff subsidies being paid by the Ugandan government. Ugandan Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development acting... 

Key ingredients for successful projects often lacking – Absa Capital

By: Chanel de Bruyn     28th July 2009 If African project developers appoint the right advisers, partners and lenders, their projects could still succeed and be completed in good time, despite the gloomy economic environment, Absa Capital head of power and energy Anand Naidoo told the Hydropower Africa conference on Tuesday. Naidoo... 

Solar PV manufacturer welcomes Refit consultation paper

By: Christy van der Merwe     27th July 2009 Solar photovoltaic (PV) panel manufacturer Sharp has welcomed the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) consultation paper, which revises the current renewable energy feed-in-tariff (Refit) to include, among other technologies, solar PV. The company noted that in recent months... 

€400bn transcontinental solar-energy venture 
gains heavyweight backers

By: Terence Creamer     24th July 2009 Over the next three years a group of 12 large European companies will seek to map out investment plans of an ambitious transcontinental renewable-energy project, which proponents argue could supply up to 15% of Europe’s electricity requirements by 2050 and involve an investment of around... 

Korean giant launches world’s first solar innovation 

By: Leandi Kolver     24th July 2009 Technology innovation company Samsung Electronics now builds billboards powered by solar energy.


SA and Germany could improve renewable energy co-operation – chamber  

By: Christy van der Merwe     21st July 2009 Energy efficiency and renewable energy were sectors with a lot of potential to scale up South African and German co-operation, said Southern African German chamber of commerce and industry CEO Matthias Boddenberg on Tuesday. “In Germany, we have done several workshops informing South African and... 

Regulator includes more renewable technologies in Refit, outlines purchase agreement

By: Christy van der Merwe     20th July 2009 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has released a consultation paper for phase-two of the renewable energy feed-in-tariff (Refit), on its website, and was requesting inputs and comment from stakeholders and the public. The consultation paper included a lengthy draft of the... 

New drive concept 
for wind farms

17th July 2009 Wind power plant manufacturer the Bard Group is further developing the technology of its Bard 5.0 wind turbine, to be used in a commercial wind farm 100 km off the coast of Germany. 

The US green 
transmission battle

By: Kelly Farthing     17th July 2009 The US’ new economic stimulus plan is providing billions of dollars towards the doubling of the nation’s supply of renewable energy; environmentalist groups, however, are opposing the plan to build new transmission lines intended to carry this renewable energy.


Lesson from Israel’s recycling park hub

By: Shannon de Ryhove     17th July 2009 Israel’s Dan Region Association collects up to 2 800 t a day of household waste and it is for this reason that the association is transforming the former garbage dumpsite, Hiriya, into the country’s largest, most advanced environmental centre and public park, an idea that South African... 

100% local high quality pressure vessel, expansion joints, boiler economizer and general fabrication 

16th July 2009 South African Compensators is offering 100% locally manufactured high quality pressure vessels, tanks, expansion joints round and rectangular, boiler economizers and ducting suitable for use in the power generation, petrochemicals, mining, and paper and pulp industries. These products can be... 

Mozambique to build new 1 500 MW hydropower station

By: Chanel de Bruyn     15th July 2009 Construction on the 1 500 MW Mphanda Nkuwa hydropower project, in Mozambique, was on schedule to start in January 2011 and become commercially operational by 2015, Standard Bank adviser Megan Short said on Wednesday. She noted that the concession agreements and the off-take agreements, with the... 

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