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Russia’s latest great game in Africa: energy

By: African News Agency      10th June 2019 Vladimir Putin has made no secret of his intention to return Russia to its previous glory as a world power by all means available to him, not least of which has been military aggression such as in Crimea. But on the African continent, where Russia has no colonial hangover like Europe or the... 

South Africa’s wind power construction to peak at above 1 GW in 2020/21 – WoodMac 

By: Schalk Burger     5th June 2019 Wind energy construction activity in South Africa will peak at more than 1 GW of capacity in 2020/21 as developers race to operationalise projects that were awarded during the fourth bid window of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme, says Wood Mackenzie... 

Oil monitoring technology prolongs gearbox life

31st May 2019 Advanced monitoring technology company Atten2 presented its OilHealth and OilWear on-line optical sensors at the Wind O&M EU 2019 trade fair, held in February in Munich, Germany. Atten2 produces and markets the OilHealth and OilWear on-line optical sensors for the analysis of industrial fluids,... 

Oil monitoring technology prolongs gearbox life
WINDING ME UP The wind turbine’s gearbox and oil efficacy can be monitored by sensors

Enel’s fourth South African wind farm to start operating in 2021

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th May 2019 Energy company Enel’s renewables subsidiary Enel Green Power (EPG) South Africa has started construction on its 140 MW Oyster Bay Wind Farm, in the Kouga municipality, in the Eastern Cape. The €180-million wind project comprises 41 turbines and will generate around 568 GWh/y, which effectively... 

Senegal imports turbines for West Africa's first big wind farm project

By: Reuters     24th May 2019 Senegal started importing turbines for its first large-scale wind farm on Thursday, the biggest such project in West Africa that will supply nearly a sixth of the country's power. Privately-owned British renewable power company Lekela expects the wind farm, located in Taiba Ndiaye, about 100 km... 

Transport of wind turbine components for two projects under way

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th May 2019 Turbine tower sections for the Kangnas Wind Farm and Perdekraal East Wind Farm are being transported from the Port of Saldanha Bay and from Atlantis to the project sites. The two wind projects, which form part of Bid Window 4 of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement... 

Nuclear is a solution to Eskom’s woes 

By: Mamaili Mamaila     17th May 2019 The success of all the countries that have undertaken large nuclear programmes shows that nuclear energy is a credible solution to State-owned power utility Eskom’s power challenges, says retired Eskom chief nuclear officer David Nicholls. 

Nuclear is a solution to Eskom’s woes
Retired Eskom Chief Nuclear Officer David Nicholls discusses the power utility, scan the barcode with your phones QR reader, or go to ‘Video Reports’ on www.engineeringnews.co.za/ Camerawork: Christo Greyling. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 24.04.2019

Power Africa moves towards its goal of bringing more energy to the continent

By: Kim Cloete     16th May 2019 Power Africa, which was launched by former US President Barack Obama six years ago, is working towards its target of providing energy access to an additional 60-million new homes and businesses and adding 30 000 MW of cleaner, more efficient electricity generation capacity on the African... 

Eberhard calls for renewables to play a far greater role in South Africa 

By: Kim Cloete     7th May 2019 Energy expert Anton Eberhard has called for renewable energy to play a far greater role in South Africa, adding that solar and wind energy had saved the country from what could have been a far darker place during the recent spate of load-shedding. “Independent power producers have mitigated... 

Eberhard calls for renewables to play a far greater role in South Africa
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Anton Eberhard

Energy dept launches updated Wind Atlas for South Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th May 2019 Department of Energy (DoE) acting director-general has launched the Wind Atlas for South Africa (WASA) High-Resolution Wind Resource Map, which has expanded its coverage to all nine provinces of the  country.   Addressing delegates at a seminar in East London, the acting director-general... 

Energy dept launches updated Wind Atlas for South Africa

IEA says world cannot ‘press pause’ on renewables, as capacity growth stalls  

By: Terence Creamer     6th May 2019 The International Energy Agency has expressed concern over the “unexpected flattening” of renewable-energy capacity additions in 2018, which, at 180 GW, remained in line with additions recorded in 2017. It was the first time since 2001 that year-on-year additions of renewable energy failed to... 

IEA says world cannot ‘press pause’ on renewables, as capacity growth stalls

SABS hosts wind energy technical meeting

By: Simone Liedtke     6th May 2019 The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) is hosting 40 international delegates of the International Electrotechnical Commission’s (IEC’s) technical committee 88 (TC 88) at the SABS’s plenary meeting on May 6 and 7. The IEC’s Renewable Energy Conformity Assessment will then meet on May 9 and... 

Nedbank reports ‘overwhelmingly positive’ response to pioneering renewable-energy bond 

By: Terence Creamer     30th April 2019 Financial services group Nedbank reported an “overwhelmingly positive” market response on Tuesday to its pioneering listing of a renewable-energy bond on the Green Bond Segment of the JSE. Nedbank became the first South African bank to list such an instrument on the bourse’s platform, which was... 

Nedbank reports ‘overwhelmingly positive’ response to pioneering renewable-energy bond
Bruce Stewart (holding Vuvuzela) at the listing on April 30 of the Nedbank Renewable Energy Bond

Upcoming Windaba to extend gaze beyond South Africa to rest of continent

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th April 2019 The ninth edition of the yearly Windaba conference will expand its focus from the role that wind energy can play in improving electricity security and development in South Africa to the generation technology’s potential in the rest of sub-Saharan Africa. The 2019 gathering takes place in Cape... 

Upcoming Windaba to extend gaze beyond South Africa to rest of continent

EDF puts energy-challenged Africa at the centre of its 2030 development strategy

By: Simone Liedtke     29th April 2019 Africa is at the heart of French energy solutions provider EDF’s ambition to triple its activity outside of Europe, as well as to double its renewable energy capacity globally, by 2030; however, there are various challenges facing the continent, and the company aims to help address these through... 

EDF puts energy-challenged Africa at the centre of its 2030 development strategy
EDF senior VP for Africa Valérie Levkov

CSIR analysis highlights positive contribution of renewables during 2019 load-shedding periods  

By: Terence Creamer     24th April 2019 South Africa’s fleet of utility-scale variable renewable energy plants contributed to limiting the extent of load-shedding instituted by Eskom during the first quarter of 2019 by 46%, new analysis by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research research shows. The report adds that, absent... 

CSIR analysis highlights positive contribution of renewables during 2019 load-shedding periods

Tanzania eyes 10 000 MW power generation capacity by 2025

By: Reuters     23rd April 2019 Tanzania aims to have six times its current power generation capacity by 2025 through investment in thermal and renewable energy, deputy energy minister Subira Mgalu told Parliament on Tuesday. The East African country boasts reserves of over 57-trillion cubic feet of natural gas, but faces... 

IPPs and distributed energy solutions drive innovation

5th April 2019 While the obligation to deliver safe, reliable power to customers through aging assets is paramount, utilities face a rapidly evolving market as independent power producers (IPPs) and distributed generation solutions drive innovation and investment, says engineering, procurement and construction... 

IPPs and distributed  energy solutions  drive innovation
SOLAR POWER Distributed energy resources are forcing utilities to find ways to distribute electricity in a sustainable and efficient manner or risk losing customers

Demand for utility-scale battery solutions increasing

By: Thabi Madiba     5th April 2019 Advancements in energy storage technology are starting to reflect in the rise of utility-scale battery solutions, which could revolutionise the ability of intermittent renewables to have higher penetration into the grid, says solar energy company SOLA Future Energy CEO Dr Dom Wills. The company... 

Demand for utility-scale battery solutions increasing
ROBBEN ISLAND BATTERY ROOM SOLA stores excess solar power in lithium-ion batteries and deploys it as the sun sets, resulting in an overall reduction of the diesel used to operate generators

Opinion: If renewables are so cheap, why are we paying so much for them? 

By: Tobias Bischof-Niemz     5th April 2019 Hardly a week passes without a statement being made about the high costs of renewable energy in South Africa. Typically, the argument is made on social media and is framed to suggest that Eskom is buying electricity at R2.22/kWh from renewable-energy independent power producers (REIPPs) and that... 

Opinion: If renewables are so cheap, why are we paying so much for them?

Energy storage a viable solution to load-shedding

By: Thabi Madiba     5th April 2019 Amid State-owned power utility Eskom’s announcement of there being a high risk of rotational load-shedding, which will be implemented only if absolutely necessary, power management company Eaton South Africa MD Seydou Kane says energy storage solutions can play an important role in creating more... 

Energy storage a viable solution to load-shedding
SEYDOU KANE Energy storage solutions provide not only flexibility but also cost savings, should they be integrated into a company’s power grid

Interest in hydrogen storage increasing

By: Thabi Madiba     5th April 2019 Interest in hydrogen energy storage continues to grow, owing to the very large storage capacity that liquid organic hydrogen carrier (LOHC) technology offers, compared with other technologies. Currently, most hydrogen is stored as a cryogenic liquid or is compressed under high pressure, which are... 

Strong renewable energy capacity growth continues

By: Simone Liedtke     4th April 2019 The decade-long trend of strong growth in renewable energy capacity continued in 2018 with global additions of 171 GW, according to data released by the International Renewable Energy Agency this week. The year-on-year increase of 7.9% was bolstered by new additions from solar and wind energy,... 

Strong renewable energy capacity growth continues

Improved policy, regulation needed to help Eskom power SA, Brics Bank meeting told

By: African News Agency      2nd April 2019 Without alternative power generation capacity, unemployment will remain rampant in South Africa, Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) chief executive Patrick Dlamini said on Tuesday. "The policy makers, they have a decision to make, to make sure that you can be able to enable and sustain... 

Improved policy, regulation needed to help Eskom power SA, Brics Bank meeting told

NDB, DBSA sign loan agreement for renewable energy projects in South Africa 

By: Simone Liedtke     1st April 2019 The New Development Bank (NDB) and the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) have signed a $300-million loan agreement for the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction and Energy Sector Development project. The NDB will provide the loan to the DBSA without a sovereign guarantee. 

Opinion: If investment is the goal, what should SA’s electricity game plan be? 

By: Tobias Bischof-Niemz     22nd March 2019 South Africa has correctly identified the lack of investment as a serious constraint to economic growth and job creation. President Cyril Ramaphosa has moved to address the problem by reaching out to domestic and foreign investors both informally and through the inaugural Investment Conference,... 

Opinion: If investment is the  goal, what should SA’s electricity game plan be?
LEAST-COST ADVANTAGES: No environmental benefits in deviating from South Africa least-cost electricity scenario

Opinion: If there are more jobs in renewables, why are coal miners so unhappy?

By: Tobias Bischof-Niemz     8th March 2019 As outlined previously, an electricity system made up of solar photovoltaic (PV) plants, wind farms and flexible generators will employ at least 30% more people than a comparable energy-equivalent coal fleet (see the Transition Talk column in the February 22-28 edition of Engineering News). This... 

Opinion: If there are more jobs  in renewables, why are coal miners so unhappy?
Photo by ENERTRAG
The net benefits of a least-cost mix of solar PV, wind and flexibility should be directed towards policies that support coal workers

Atlantis wind turbine tower manufacturing signals renewables industry’s recovery

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th March 2019 Wind turbine tower sections for the 140 MW Kangnas Wind Farm, one of the Round 4 Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) projects, are being manufactured locally, at the Atlantis Special Economic Zone (SEZ), in the Western Cape. Kangnas Wind Farm said in a... 

Orion mulls solar, wind energy generation options for Prieska project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th March 2019 ASX-listed Orion Minerals on Tuesday announced that it had signed a renewable energy generation collaboration agreement with Juwi Renewable Energies South Africa to investigate the renewable energy generation potential at the Prieska zinc/copper project, in South Africa’s Northern Cape province.... 

Orion mulls solar, wind energy generation options for Prieska project
Photo by Creamer Media
Orion Minerals Errol Smart

Motsepe rejects Eskom conspiracy claims as ‘ridiculous’, but admits to ‘serious’ perception problem 

By: Terence Creamer     18th February 2019 Black business luminary Patrice Motsepe has labelled as “ridiculous” a recurring allegation that African Rainbow Energy & Power (AREP) is part of an unscrupulous plan to collapse Eskom and supplant the State-owned power utility with independent power producers (IPPs), in which the business would... 

Motsepe rejects Eskom conspiracy claims as ‘ridiculous’, but admits to ‘serious’ perception problem
Photo by Creamer Media
AREP chairperson Patrice Motsepe

Gordhan’s IPP renegotiation proposal triggers ‘breach of contract’ warnings 

By: Terence Creamer     15th February 2019 A report indicating that the South African government may seek to renegotiate power purchase agreements (PPAs) concluded with independent power producers (IPPs) in 2011 and 2012 is raising alarm bells within the industry, which is still recovering from a protracted period of uncertainty created... 

Gordhan’s IPP renegotiation proposal triggers ‘breach of contract’ warnings

Event set to dissect the future of African energy

By: Paige Müller     15th February 2019 The eleventh edition of the Africa Energy Indaba – which will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Johannesburg, from February 19 to 20 this year – will focus on the future prospects and direction of energy on the African continent from an energy provision and investment point of view.... 

Event set to dissect the future of African energy
Photo by Duane Daws
AFRICA’S ENERGY FUTURE The Africa Energy Indaba will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Johannesburg, from February 19 and 20 this year

Enel starts construction of 140 MW Eastern Cape wind farm

By: Simone Liedtke     12th February 2019 Italy’s Enel, through its renewable subsidiary Enel Green Power RSA (EGP RSA), has started construction of its 140 MW Nxuba wind farm in the Amatole district, making it the group’s third wind project in the Eastern Cape province. The construction of Nxuba, which is expected to be completed by... 

Opinion: Are there really more jobs in coal than in renewables? 

By: Tobias Bischof-Niemz     12th February 2019 There is considerable support in South Africa for the notion that a transition in the electricity system from coal to renewable energy will trigger a jobs bloodbath at both Eskom and the Mpumalanga coal mines. A detailed analysis of the job numbers, however, suggests quite the opposite. In fact,... 

Opinion: Are there really more jobs in coal than in renewables?
Dr Tobias Bischof-Niemz

Electrical equipment group aims to penetrate new markets with integrated offering 

By: Terence Creamer     12th February 2019 Electrical products manufacturer Zest WEG Group has added an integrated-solutions offering to its products-oriented sales strategy in a bid to penetrate market segments in which there is a growing appetite for all-encompassing solutions. The South African company is the fifth largest branch... 

Electrical equipment group aims to penetrate new markets with integrated offering
Zest WEG Group CEO Siegfried Kreutzfeld in conversation with Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer on the group's growth strategy. Camera Work & Editing: Darlene Creamer.

New statistics point to renewables playing a role in load-shedding mitigation  

By: Terence Creamer     11th February 2019 Newly released statistics on the performance of South Africa’s small, but expanding, renewable-energy fleet point to a positive contribution from the country’s wind and solar plants during those hours towards the end of 2018 when Eskom resorted to load-shedding. Compiled by the Council for... 

New statistics point to renewables playing a role in load-shedding mitigation
CSIR Energy Centre principal engineer Jarrad Wright

Africa, Middle East increase onshore wind power capacity to 5.7 GW

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th February 2019 The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) on Monday released data that found Africa and the Middle East had installed 962 MW of onshore wind power capacity in 2018 – a 300 MW increase compared with 2017. The GWEC’s global wind report forecasts that a further 6.5 GW of capacity will be added by... 

Africa, Middle East increase onshore wind power capacity to 5.7 GW
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