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Rural communities still to embrace solar stove

By: vanessa vasques     2nd August 2002 Imagine buying a fully operational stove for under R200. Not many of us could even fathom such a thing, but even more unthinkable is the fact that the manufacturer is trying its best to keep the cost of the stove even lower than this, and yet so few people are using them, especially those for... 

Zambia sets electrification target

19th July 2002 ZAMBIA – Half of the Zambian population will have access to the national electricity grid by 2010, in terms of a target the country’s government has set for itself. 

Cape backing to two wind-farms

5th July 2002 Cape Town is throwing its weight behind the Western Cape’s two wind energy projects - the Darling demonstration wind farm and Eskom’s wind energy demonstration facility. 

Sun puts sparkle in dirty water

By: Karel Smrcka     5th July 2002 An aerating device originally designed to revive a dying trout farm in the UK is finding many applications around the globe, including use alongside conventional equipment in cleaning major spills and pollutants from decommissioned oil rigs. 

Chinese to build Uganda solar plant

10th June 2002 A Chinese solar company, Shenzhen Topway Solar, is planning the commissioning of a $500 000 solar assembly plant in Uganda. 

Morocco in solar power deal

23rd May 2002 A French consortium has won a $11,97-million contract to supply 16 000 Moroccan homes with solar power panels to generate electricity, consortium leader TotalFinaElf said. 

Solar water pump launched following Australian/SA JV

By: nkolola halwindi     26th April 2002 Through a joint venture with Australian-based pumps company Magnetic Gearing and Turbine (MGT), Boksburg castings company Rely Precision Castings, a division of Allied Productions Industries (API), has launched the MGT-50 solar water pump for use in the agricultural industry and in remote areas. 

New water-supply system to challenge windmills

26th April 2002 A new cost-competitive solution driven by renewable energy sources to the world water supply market has been introduced by Grundfos, of Johannesburg. 

Power utiity tests non-grid solar solution in Gauteng

By: Irma Venter     26th April 2002 An 18-m-high solar dish will capture the attention of motorists on the N1 in July as Eskom, in partnership with the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), install the 25 kW system on the bank’s property next to the Ben Schoeman highway between Johannesburg and Pretoria. 

Big solar plan for Northern Cape

12th April 2002 By 2005, South African power utility Eskom could be operating the world’s largest concentrating solar power (CSP) plant. 

SA test solar generation option

8th April 2002 Energy utility Eskom and the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) have announced the proposed launch of a solar dish-engine system, which will be erected at the premises of DBSA. 

Wave power potential

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     15th February 2002 I undertook that the next few columns would discuss the above topic, based on a number of papers given at a recent conference. 

Big industrial solar-heating potential

19th October 2001 Domestic, commercial and industrial solar-water heating opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa are vastly underutilised and, with electricity price increases expected to startle consumers in the near future, some observers believe that economic forces will drive individuals and businesses towards... 

Without fossil fuels

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     12th October 2001 I was wondering, just the other day, what will happen when fossil fuels run out. 

Solar could be cheaper in future

17th August 2001 In the wake of alarming news from Eskom that electricity tariffs could possibly increase by as much as 40% to 50% nation-wide over the next few years, more light is being shed on alternative energy solutions. 

Solar energy solution developed

By: Irma Venter     17th August 2001 Black empowerment company Suntracker Dome has developed an innovative solution in the field of solar energy. 

Local biotech funding tops R100m

3rd August 2001 Total biotechnology funding in South Africa amounts to more than R100-million a year, and it is estimated that half of this supports genetic modification. 

Cape winds to power new R90m project

3rd August 2001 Construction of a R90-million wind farm in the Western Cape capable of producing 10 MW of renewable energy that will serve as a demonstration project for the local industry, will begin before the end of the year. 

New wind-energy advance

By: System Author     18th August 2000 The dust has barely settled since the Department of Minerals and Energy declared the Darling wind farm demonstration project – a national wind-farm demonstration project on the Cape east coast – and now a Darling demonstration wind farm project steering committee will be meeting... 

South Africa offered Russian wind-power technology

By: System Author     21st July 2000 A large Russian State-owned company is looking for a South African partner to introduce its wind power-generation technology to South and Southern Africa. 

Wind-energy farm, Western Cape

By: System Author     12th November 1999 The 10 MW Darling demonstration wind farm, an initiative by the Oelsner Group, is nearing implementation stage, and commissioning of the first 5 MW phase is expected next year. 

How power can be brought to rural areas through technology

By: System Author     5th November 1999 A renewed focus is needed to bring electricity to the world’s rural areas. 

Solar-powered emergency callpoints

By: System Author     5th November 1999 Calling ambulance services and the South African Police Services is being made easier with the installation of emergency callpoints throughout the Cape metropolitan area’s informal settlements. A hundred premanufactured callpoints are being erected at a rate of ten a day among the six local... 

Technological advances with solar cells

By: System Author     22nd October 1999 Developments to Watch 

Sun shines brightly on new referral system

By: System Author     15th October 1999 Pumps 

Darling power project is blowing in the wind

By: System Author     27th August 1999 Electrically Speaking 

Solar power solution in barrow

By: System Author     27th August 1999 An innovative solution has been found for previously-disadvantaged communities to obtain hot, purified water; a necessity to most people. 

DME set to power-up non-grid image in SA

By: System Author     6th August 1999 Non-grid electrification should be seen as being equal to that of grid electrification 

SA non-grid must find its place in the sun

By: System Author     6th August 1999 David Poggiolini Engineering News Features Reporter South Africa has the expertise, the resources and the manufacturers, and yet it does not even feature on the renewable-energy map, argues Solcen MD Hannes Opperman. Solcen is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) which strives to promote the use... 

Private wind farm awaits purchase decision

By: System Author     6th August 1999 A decision on a power purchase agreement (PPA) for the proposed pilot wind farm located at Darling, on the Cape West Coast, is imminent following the conclusion of talks between the developer of the project, Darling Independent Power Producer (IPP) and power utility Eskom. 

Duties, theft short-circuit solar-energy sector

By: System Author     6th August 1999 Steep customs duties on imported photovoltaic (PV) components and the theft of PV modules are hampering the growth of the local solar-energy manufacturing industry, Africa Solar MD John Doster tells 

Cape mulling pilot wind-farm project

By: System Author     9th July 1999 Adecision to proceed with a pilot wind-farm project in the Western Cape is expected by the end of this year. Project leader: wind Lizelle Kok reports that State-owned power utility Eskom has been conducting desktop studies on wind energy for two years, looking at the feasibility of such an... 

R188m solar project lights up rural towns

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Twinkling lights, the sound of up-to-the-minute television news broadcasts and lilting radio music are becoming part and parcel of nights in the rolling hills of rural northern Kwazulu-Natal. This follows the launch of a R188-million solar power project that is set to provide power to 60 000... 

Solar roof development

By: System Author     30th April 1999 A solar roofing system, jointly developed by Gapp Architects and Urban Designers and Solar Heat Exchangers, is being used to roof part of a public bathhouse built for the Katorus Market Society. This society is a non-governmental organisation representing the townships of Katlehong, Tokoza and... 

Sunny South Africa becomes solar capital

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 A R2,7-million solar energy project completed last month is providing electricity to 582 homes, three schools and eight businesses in the remote Folovhodwe village in the Northern Province. The project has been undertaken in a joint venture between ASE, IBC, Webasto, and Siemens, which led the... 

EU funds for school electrification

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 The European Union (EU) is providing 15-million Euro for the remote electrification of 1 000 rural schools in South Africa that are outside of Eskom’s grid expansion plan using solar energy. Eskom non-grid electrification project leader Henry van Rensburg tells Engineering News that the EU... 

Renewed vision on non-grid electrification

By: System Author     19th February 1999 In the new White Paper on Energy Policy released in December last year, government recognises the need to bring the role of non-grid electrification projects in line with grid electrification projects. “Biomass forms the main energy source in the rural domestic sector, while other renewable... 

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