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Energy storage demand remains high despite global slowdown

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd April 2020 If Covid-19 mitigation measures continue to be extended, effectively curtailing the movement of goods and people, through the second quarter of this year, research and consultancy group Wood Mackenzie (Woodmac) says it will have to lower its global energy storage deployments forecast for the year... 

IEA urges governments to integrate clean-energy transition into Covid-19 stimulus packages 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd March 2020 The stimulus plans being developed by governments to counter the economic damage of the Covid-19 pandemic “offer an excellent opportunity to ensure that the essential task of building a secure and sustainable energy future doesn’t get lost amid the flurry of immediate priorities”, International... 

IEA urges governments to integrate clean-energy transition into Covid-19 stimulus packages

Privatisation slowly becoming reality

By: Tracy Hancock     20th March 2020 The type of participants attending this year’s Power & Electricity World Africa & The Solar Show are proof that Africa seeks to become less reliant on governments for its electricity supply, says event organiser Terrapinn Power & Electricity World Africa conference producer Caroline Mubima.... 

Privatisation slowly becoming reality
DRIVEN DISCUSSION The growing adoption of electric vehicles is one trend expected to dominate discussion at Power & Electricity World Africa 2020

Nersa finally initiates public process for concurring with Mantashe’s power determinations  

By: Terence Creamer     18th March 2020 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) published two consultation papers on Wednesday for two separate Ministerial determinations submitted by Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe for the regulator’s concurrence as required by the National Energy Regulator Act. By... 

Nersa finally initiates public process for concurring with Mantashe’s power determinations

CBI invites research proposals to advance lead battery tech in energy storage

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th March 2020 The Consortium for Battery Innovation (CBI) has, for the first time, launched a request for research proposals to support battery technology innovation in energy storage systems. The consortium is seeking research bids focused on facilitating the latest understanding in energy storage... 

Bank forecasting ‘exponential growth’ for South Africa’s small-scale power market 

By: Terence Creamer     11th March 2020 A leading South African bank is forecasting “exponential growth” for the country’s small-scale embedded generation (SSEG) market in the coming few years, having already committed to funding project pipelines worth more than R1-billion,  mostly in the form of rooftop solar. Nedbank CIB energy... 

Bank forecasting ‘exponential growth’ for South Africa’s small-scale power market
Nedbank CIB energy finance principal Duncan Abel

Innovative thermal energy storage chain

By: Debbie French     9th March 2020 Academics at the University of Nottingham, in the UK have developed thermal energy technology for a range of applications including buildings, greenhouses, cold storage and industrial processes. The patented ChainStore technology is being promoted by Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences and... 

Innovative thermal energy storage chain

Nersa aiming to grant concurrence on Ministerial determinations within three months 

By: Terence Creamer     5th March 2020 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa will release a consultation paper, possibly next week, which will formally initiate the public-participation process required to secure the regulator’s concurrence on two Section 34 Ministerial determinations that have been drafted by Mineral... 

Nersa aiming to grant concurrence on Ministerial determinations within three months

Companies urged to embrace disruptive technology

By: Kim Cloete     5th March 2020 Companies and governments have been urged to embrace disruptive technology, as it can contribute to decarbonising energy and make it cleaner, greener and more accessible. Executives and experts attending the Africa Energy Indaba, in Cape Town, this week, outlined huge advances in electric... 

IRP to be reviewed frequently, says DMRE

By: Kim Cloete     3rd March 2020 The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) says it has started with its work to implement the Integrated Resources Plan (IRP) 2019 from a policy and regulatory point of view. A Section 34 determination is needed to operationalise the IRP 2019, which supports a diverse energy mix. 

IRP to be reviewed frequently, says DMRE

Solar energy storage demand drives LoggerV2 sales

By: Tracy Hancock     24th February 2020 Interest in affordable energy-storage monitoring amid current power constraints and the green energy drive has been exponential in driving the uptake of the LoggerV2, says local lithium-ion battery storage solutions manufacturer Solar MD. “Demand is increasing for Solar MD’s energy-storage... 

Solar energy storage demand drives LoggerV2 sales

Power cuts push businesses towards alternative solutions

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st February 2020 With the prevalent load-shedding now a part of South Africa’s long-term reality, the private sector is increasingly seeking solutions to minimise the operational and financial implications of the crisis. In the spotlight as an alternative to the national grid is the deployment of battery storage,... 

New energy paradigm can drive Africa’s development

By: Schalk Burger     21st February 2020 Africa can meet its major sustainable energy and development goals without becoming more energy intensive, as it has a unique opportunity to use renewable energy, natural gas and energy efficiency to meet its development needs and provide reliable and modern energy services. This is the... 

New energy paradigm can drive Africa’s development

Mantashe says Ministerial Determinations needed to unlock IRP 2019 are finalised and await Nersa’s concurrence 

By: Terence Creamer     19th February 2020 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe announced on Wednesday that the Section 34 Ministerial Determinations required to give effect to the Integrated Resource Plan 2019 had been finalised and were currently serving before the National Energy Regulator of South Africa in order to... 

Mantashe says Ministerial Determinations needed to unlock IRP 2019 are finalised and await Nersa’s concurrence
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Grid-scale containerised energy storage system launched in South Africa

By: Darren Parker     19th February 2020 Energy solutions company BlueNova Energy, part of JSE-listed Reunert Group, on Wednesday launched its grid-scale Intelligent Energy Storage System (iESS) at Reunert Park, in Midrand, where the first unit has been installed to support businesses occupying the office park. The BlueNova Energy iESS,... 

Grid-scale containerised energy storage system launched in South Africa
The BlueNova iESS

Deep-cycle flow batteries being deployed in mobile network towers

By: Schalk Burger     31st January 2020 Compact, deep-cycle zinc-bromine flow batteries made by ASX-listed battery manufacturer Redflow are being deployed in telecommunications towers in South Africa and the company aims to serve similar needs in key African markets, says Redflow CEO and MD Tim Harris. The company is rolling out its... 

Deep-cycle flow batteries being  deployed in mobile network towers
TIM HARRIS Redflow has deployed its batteries in commercial, industrial and micro-grid applications in Australia, the Pacific and Thailand

Local lithium-ion battery plant to open its doors this year 

By: Irma Venter     20th January 2020 The Megamillion Energy Company intends to be Africa’s first large-scale producer of lithium-ion batteries, with a mandate to make batteries “in Africa, for Africa’s benefit first”. Megamillion aims to have Africa’s first lithium-ion battery production pilot plant up and running in the second half... 

Local lithium-ion battery plant to open its doors this year
Nechan Naicker

Company provides rooftop PV systems in S Africa

17th January 2020 Rooftop photovoltaic (PV) systems are extremely exposed and therefore especially vulnerable to damage caused by the direct and indirect results of lightning strikes. Since the PV system is directly connected to the electrical installation of the building, lightning strikes can have severe... 

Sasol willing to consider using ‘green hydrogen’ to produce lower-carbon fuels 

By: Terence Creamer     13th December 2019 South African energy and chemicals group Sasol, which is under increasing pressure to lower its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, has indicated a willingness to participate in demonstration projects aimed at deploying its Fischer-Tropsch assets in combination with ‘green hydrogen’, produced from... 

Sasol willing to consider using ‘green hydrogen’ to produce lower-carbon fuels

Renewable-energy projects well under way

By: Darren Parker     13th December 2019 Construction on several Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) fourth bid window projects are well under way. The REIPPPP fourth window bids include 12 wind farms, 12 solar photovoltaic (PV) projects, a biomass project, a mini-hydro project and a concentrated... 

Renewable-energy projects well under way
BLADE RUNNING About half of the turbine components had been delivered to Kangnas and Perdekraal Wind Farms in October

Additional renewable energy development zones proposed

13th December 2019 The second phase of the Strategic Environmental Assessment for wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) energy in South Africa proposes three additional renewable energy development zones for wind and solar PV energy projects. The renewable energy development zones support the responsible implementation... 

Additional renewable energy development zones proposed
RENEWABLE ENERGY DEVELOPMENT ZONES The Phase 2 proposed zones support the responsible implementation of the Integrated Resource Plan 2019

Metair completes Romanian battery factory, mulls sale of energy storage business

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th December 2019 JSE-listed automotive components maker Metair has successfully completed the installation of the company’s first lithium-ion battery cell manufacturing and assembly facility in Bucharest, Romania. The facility will start producing cells from the second quarter of next year, at a capacity of... 

Association calls for more small-scale embedded generation as load-shedding persists  

By: Simone Liedtke     9th December 2019 The most recent bout of load-shedding in the country has provided further evidence of embattled power utility Eskom’s “increasing inability to supply the level of electricity required” by South Africa’s households and industries, the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) said... 

Association calls for more small-scale embedded generation as load-shedding persists

Manufacturer targets product releases, skills development

By: Cameron Mackay     8th November 2019 Solar energy equipment supplier Microcare plans to share its local story of innovation, job creation and skills development next year during its thirtieth year of manufacturing in South Africa and aims to celebrate with product releases and support for even higher standards of solar equipment... 

Manufacturer targets product releases,  skills development
OFF THE GRID Microcare plans to share its local story of innovation, job creation and skills development next year during its 30th year of manufacturing in South Africa

SA’s sun, wind resources enough to meet the country’s needs

By: Schalk Burger     8th November 2019 Solar and wind resources can be used as bountiful energy sources for development, similar to how abundant coal resources in the late nineteenth- and throughout the twentieth- century powered industries and fuelled development, says energy solutions provider Energy Partners Solar CEO Manie de... 

Bushveld supports Avalon, redT merger 

By: Simone Liedtke     1st November 2019 Integrated primary vanadium producer Bushveld Minerals has agreed to support the merger of vanadium redox flow battery manufacturer Avalon Battery Corporation and redT energy with interim funding of $5-million. The interim funding will give Bushveld an opportunity to acquire a strategic interest... 

Bushveld supports Avalon, redT merger
Photo by Creamer Media
Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo

South Africa to test market for emergency power ‘gap fillers’ as IRP is finalised   

By: Terence Creamer     18th October 2019 South Africa will release a request for information (RFI) in the coming weeks to test the market for solutions to close an immediate electricity supply gap of between 2 000 MW and 3 000 MW, which has emerged primarily as a result of a fall in the energy availability factor (EAF) from Eskom’s coal... 

South Africa to test market for emergency power ‘gap fillers’ as IRP is finalised
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe on the Integrated Resource Plan 2019 allocations and the need for short-term supply solutions. Camera Work: Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 18.10.2019

South Africa's energy mix still to lean on coal in next decade  

By: Reuters     18th October 2019 Coal will continue to play a significant role in South Africa's plan to boost electricity generation over the next decade, with more renewable energy also lined up, Mineral Resources & Energy minister Gwede Mantashe said on Friday. He said the additional capacity for the energy mix until 2030... 

South Africa's energy mix still to lean on coal in next decade
Mineral Resources & Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

All mobility heading to electric future; solar and storage seen as key enablers

By: Schalk Burger     2nd October 2019 The Department of Science and Innovation’s (DSI’s) electric mobility initiative uYilo director Hilten Parmar on Tuesday highlighted that worldwide all forms of mobility, including personal, freight, aviation and marine transport, were moving towards the use or inclusion of electric systems. The... 

Decentralised generation has big implications for distribution network

By: Schalk Burger     20th September 2019 The electricity distribution network will become increasingly important – and has to become increasingly smart – to meet future electricity needs amid the growth of variable and decentralised generation, a range of experts say. The electricity distribution industry will have to change drastically... 

Decentralised generation has big implications for distribution network

One battery material sector is cheering for lower prices

By: Bloomberg     19th September 2019 Lower prices of vanadium, a metal mainly known for strengthening steel, are key in the drive to increase its use in the booming battery sector, according to the developer of an Australian mine. The metal’s retreat from a price spike in 2018 is being welcomed – rather than lamented – by producers... 

One battery material sector is cheering for lower prices

Korea electricity utility offers knowledge and equipment to South Africa

By: Schalk Burger     6th September 2019 National utility Korea Electric Power Corporation (Kepco) stands ready to provide electricity and equipment services in South Africa as part of its goal of growing its export business, Kepco small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) and start-up VP Kwang-Soo Hwang said on Thursday. The utility has... 

Eskom confident of avoiding summer load-shedding but does not rule it out  

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th September 2019 State-owned power utility Eskom on Wednesday said it was unlikely that there would be any load-shedding over the next seven months as the utility’s generation performance was starting to improve. The embattled utility had managed to avoid load-shedding for 164 consecutive days, with an average... 

Eskom confident of avoiding summer load-shedding but does not rule it out
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer

EVs present economic and sustainability opportunities for SA

By: Schalk Burger     30th August 2019 Electric vehicles present economic and sustainability benefits for South Africa by offsetting fossil fuel imports and improving air quality, while providing potential storage and grid balancing benefits as the use of renewable energy grows, says electric vehicle and smart mobility company... 

Opinion: How should SA’s gas infrastructure be configured for a least-cost power system? 

By: Tobias Bischof-Niemz     8th August 2019 As outlined in the previous Transition Talk column (see Engineering News July 12–18, page 51), while gas will become more important in South Africa’s future electricity system, its role should not be overstated. Even in the absence of other flexibility options – such as batteries, pumped-hydro... 

Opinion: How should SA’s gas infrastructure be configured for a  least-cost power system?

CSIR doubles down on solar PV amid energy-autonomous campus success

By: Donna Slater     12th July 2019 The Pretoria-based headquarters of research organisation the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has almost doubled its commissioning of solar photovoltaic (PV) installed capacity because of its rooftop-mounted fixed-axis solar PV plant exceeding initial performance expectations.  

CSIR doubles down on solar PV amid energy-autonomous campus success

Kibo mulls renewables cogeneration opportunities  

By: Simone Liedtke     24th June 2019 In line with its strategy of incorporating long-term renewable energy solutions into its existing coal power projects, Africa-focused Kibo Energy has signed a collaboration agreement with ESS Tech to develop suitable baseload electricity storage solutions. Having recognised the increasing need to... 

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