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SA green-tech company pilots 100% electric reefer trailers in The Netherlands

By: Irma Venter     18th November 2021 Four companies have initiated a nine-month pilot project in The Netherlands, which will see diesel refrigeration systems in semi-trailers replaced by zero-emission battery-electric prototypes.  This is the first time that refrigerated trailers are being run by 100% electric eco-sustainable power.  

New technology to significantly reduce cement production emissions

22nd October 2021 A new solution developed by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and its partners, could result in significant reductions in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the production of cement and quicklime. As one of the ingredients for concrete, cement is the world's most widely used building... 

Image of gloved hands holding dry cement to illustrate that VTT and partners have developed a solution that could significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the production of cement and quicklime
VTT and partners have developed a solution that could significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the production of cement and quicklime

Fast-tracking the transition to all-electric mines

16th September 2021 A new range of solutions designed to help accelerate the move towards zero-carbon mines, has recently been launched. The ABB Ability eMine portfolio of electrification technologies is said to make the all-electric mine possible – from mine to port. It is integrated with digital applications and... 

Image of open pit mine to illustrate that ABB has launched a portfolio of solutions to help accelerate the move towards zero-carbon mines
ABB has launched a portfolio of solutions to help accelerate the move towards zero-carbon mines

Polymer bearings support more efficient solar power installations

9th September 2021 Solar panels are designed to track the sun for maximum efficiency and the bearings that facilitate the movement usually require regular maintenance to ensure long-term operation in the harsh, arid and dusty climates where solar farms are traditionally located. A new range of polymer bearings is... 

Image of  a long-life pillow block bearing from igus South Africa
A long-life pillow block bearing from igus South Africa

Outdoor lighting goes green

20th August 2021 A locally-manufactured solar lighting system, suitable for a range of outdoor applications, is designed to operate consistently at a high light output over a 12- to 14-hour period. Combined with the ZIYA luminaire, the SOLARPOLE from BEKA Schréder is said to provide a reliable lighting solution... 

Image of SOLARPOLE solar lighting system from BEKA Schréder
The SOLARPOLE solar lighting system from BEKA Schréder

Clean, quiet battery energy storage systems

22nd July 2021 A range of battery energy storage systems promises zero fuel consumption, zero carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and zero noise. Such systems present a simpler way to capture and store renewable energy for immediate or later use, ready for delivery at any given time, serving as ideal short-term... 

Atlas Copco’s ZenergiZe ZBC solar application
Atlas Copco’s ZenergiZe ZBC solar application

Innovative solution for stabilising electricity grids

9th July 2021 Increased renewable generation and large, complex power networks means that different parts of the grid are not always perfectly synchronised, which can cause power to fluctuate. To guard against fluctuations in power supply, traditional power grids have synchronous generators which can help... 

Image of solar power plant
DNV has launched its GPM POD solution for stabilising electricity grids

Diesel-free shipboard power for marine environments

18th June 2021 Self-contained mobile hydrogen generation systems designed for marine environments are said to be an industry-first, incorporating ground-breaking technology and creating a commercial path to clean, diesel-free shipboard power. With the ability to generate hydrogen onboard and on demand, the... 

RIX Industries has announced the availability of its M2H2-Series mobile hydrogen generation system
RIX Industries has announced the availability of its M2H2-Series mobile hydrogen generation system

Cash-back scheme for renewable energy SMEs

11th June 2021 A new cash-back campaign aims to bolster solar energy installation businesses, with a particular focus on lowering the barriers to entry for new installers in the industry. Solar products provider, Valsa Trading, has launched a cash-back voucher campaign whereby customers will qualify for R2 500... 

Valsa Trading is offering cash-back vouchers to customers
Valsa Trading is offering cash-back vouchers to customers

Custom-engineered solar inverter stations for large-scale PV plants

21st May 2021 A complete range of central inverter stations for photovoltaic power generation plants have recently been introduced in South Africa. Aimed at supporting the move to cleaner, renewable solar energy, the stations are designed to suit the specific requirements of solar power plants and are said to... 

The WEG ESW 750 centralised inverter station, housed in a 12 m container installed on site
The WEG ESW 750 centralised inverter station, housed in a 12 m container installed on site

Lighter pitched roof system for solar installations

15th April 2021 A pitched roof system that has been developed to include new profile geometries and connecting elements, promises to be lighter, more load-bearing and easier to install. The new product line has been launched in Europe and will be available to international markets in the near future. 

The ProLine ProRail from the Schletter Group
The ProLine ProRail from the Schletter Group

Clean, quiet energy storage

29th January 2021 A new modular energy storage solution using high-density lithium-ion batteries has recently been unveiled. Atlas Copco asserts that its new ZenergiZe energy storage system offers optimum performance, significant fuel savings, reduced carbon dioxide emissions, zero noise and virtually no... 

The ZenergiZe energy storage system from Atlas Copco
The ZenergiZe energy storage system from Atlas Copco

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. 

Denver Technical is the South African distributor of GIGAVAC products
Denver Technical is the South African distributor of GIGAVAC products

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... 

The GoSun Flow portable solar-powered water purification 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... 

AESS is a representative of ESS, manufacturer of the Iron Flow battery
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... 

Photovoltaic solar panels installed at the Multotec manufacturing facility
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... 

A completed WEG PV transformer supplied for use at a solar energy generation plant
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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