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Switching solutions for the renewables industry

20th November 2020 A range of US-manufactured power contactors and switches specifically suited to the renewables industry, is now available in South Africa. Johannesburg-based Denver Technical is the South African distributor of a number of GIGAVAC products, such as high voltage relays, power contactors and switches. 

Portable solar-powered water purifier and sanitation system

17th July 2020 An innovation that purifies water using solar power offers a number of functions, including a portable handwashing station, warm shower and source of clean drinking water. The unit serves as a sink and, with available upgrades, can be converted into a portable shower that provides clean, hot... 

Portable solar-powered water purifier and sanitation system
The GoSun Flow portable solar-powered water purification system

Clean energy storage for mines

28th May 2020 Reliable, cost-effective, 24/7 energy supply is an essential resource for successful mining operations, whether grid-connected or off-grid. The reliability of utility-sourced electricity can be a challenge for mines in Africa, while off-grid diesel generation and related fuel-supply costs and... 

Clean energy storage for mines
AESS is a representative of ESS, manufacturer of the Iron Flow battery

Renewable power at Zimbabwe facility cuts climate impact

22nd May 2020 Solar power that operates with no battery storage, consuming the energy as it is generated, has already saved over 400 t of carbon dioxide emissions at a Harare-based facility that focuses on the remanufacture of trucks, loaders, drills and bolters. The innovative design substantially reduced the... 

Energy savings at manufacturing site

22nd April 2020 The installation of a renewable energy solution at a local manufacturing facility has seen a significant contribution to the company’s energy savings. The investment saw 684 photovoltaic solar panels being installed, creating a 223 kW generating system and providing almost 20% of the daily... 

Energy savings at manufacturing site
Photovoltaic solar panels installed at the Multotec manufacturing facility

Local transformers for renewable energy projects

27th March 2020 A local transformer manufacturing facility has supplied 36 specialised photovoltaic (PV) transformers to a solar energy generation plant in the Northern Cape. Conventional distribution transformers are not adequate for renewable energy applications and distribution photovoltaic (DPV) solar energy... 

Local transformers for renewable energy projects
A completed WEG PV transformer supplied for use at a solar energy generation plant

PV design tool updated

16th January 2020 A number of new features have been added to a Web-based photovoltaic (PV) design tool. The updates aim to make commercial solar design faster and easier for large PV systems. 

Ground mount system for the solar industry

10th October 2019 A ground mount system promising less material per kW of installed capacity, a faster assembly and a higher load-bearing capacity, has recently been unveiled. High-tensile steel, usually used in the automotive and the mechanical engineering industry, is being used for the pile driven foundations,... 

Renewable energy mounting system offers environment-friendly solution

13th August 2019 A new solar photovoltaic (PV) mounting solution offers a flexible way to build a solar energy system, without the use of obstructing substructures that are potentially damaging to the environment. By mounting solar modules on specially-designed ropes, which are attached to walls or pillars, a... 

New roof hook added to solar offerings

23rd July 2019 A new type of roof hook is available for use in solar installations. The roof hooks are welded in one piece and come in 6 mm or 8 mm bar thickness. They are made of high-strength steel grade S700MC in accordance with European Standards 10149-2: 2013-12 and have been granted European Technical... 

Bifacial tracking system for solar modules

23rd July 2019 A new tracking system has been optimised for bifacial modules, which are solar units designed to allow light to enter from both sides. The reverse side of the module tables have been adjusted so that the units can be installed without creating shade from metal struts or similar structures.... 

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