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New VSD software offers energy savings

By: Cameron Mackay     24th May 2019 Electrical and energy solutions provider Zest WEG Group is deploying a new plug-and-play variable speed drive (VSD) software solution that achieves automatic energy savings when used with any standard electric motor. The solution was developed by WEG Group software engineers in Brazil. 

Pioneering system holds huge potential for microgrids

By: Kim Cloete     23rd May 2019 A sharper focus on renewable energy has led to increased opportunities for microgrids in rural areas, industrial and commercial parks and residential developments in African countries. “Technology is progressing very fast on alternative energies and systems. An increased focus on renewable energy... 

Nordic countries strengthen partnerships with sub-Saharan Africa

By: Kim Cloete     17th May 2019 The Nordic countries of Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden are strengthening their partnerships with sub-Saharan African countries to increase green electrification and water security. The four countries are known for their expertise in developing viable and innovative energy systems, with a... 

Swedish Foreign Minister outlines goal to be 100% reliant on renewables

By: Kim Cloete     14th May 2019 The Nordic countries have brought their renewable energy expertise to South Africa for African Utility Week and shown how serious they are about reducing carbon emissions. Sweden’s State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Niklas Johansson, on Tuesday said the European country had the most stringent... 

Rio Tinto’s Kennecott Utah copper mine switches to renewable energy

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd May 2019 Mining major Rio Tinto will be permanently shutting the coal power plant at its Kennecott Utah copper project, switching the operation to renewable energy and reducing its annual carbon footprint at the mine by nearly 65%. The company announced on Thursday that Kennecott’s electricity needs would... 

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... 

Local gas-to-power specialist partners with Italian Pramac to introduce clean and quiet standby gas to power

24th April 2019 Sustainable Power Generation, a Cape Town-based company that provides energy solutions in rugged, secure containerised systems, continues to show its mettle in these challenging times. Over the last few years, SustainPower has actively made innovative contributions into natural gas and biogas... 

Altaaqa Global Energy Services Wins Power Projects in Sri Lanka

11th April 2019 Altaaqa Global Energy Services, a leading global provider of integrated energy solutions, has been awarded new contracts to supply 18 MW on two sites for six months by the Ceylon Electricity Board, Sri Lanka’s electricity company. The power plants in Mahiyanganaya and Polonnaruwa, with capacities... 

Bushveld Energy commissions first VFRB project  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th March 2019 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals on Wednesday announced that its 84%-owned subsidiary Bushveld Energy had commissioned a vanadium redox flow battery (VFRB) project with Eskom, including site acceptance testing. At completion, the unit will have a peak output of 450 kWh.  

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