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Funding South Africa’s infrastructure spending gap: Why it is crucial to crowd in the private sector 

18th January 2022 By Conway Williams –  Head of Credit,  Prescient Investment Management Government is making critical headway in paving the way for private sector involvement in infrastructure investment, but there are outstanding factors that still need to be resolved if South Africa is to close its substantial... 

Adani wins key coal tender as India acts to avoid energy crisis

By: Bloomberg     5th January 2022 Adani Enterprises has won a contract to supply overseas coal to India’s top electricity generator as the nation aims to avoid a repeat of last year’s energy crisis, according to people familiar with the matter. Adani, India’s largest trader of imported thermal coal, will deliver one-million tons... 

NRF boasts 230 kW grid-tied solar PV rooftop installation

By: Schalk Burger     15th December 2021 The National Research Foundation (NRF) has installed a grid-tied rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) systems at its Brummeria Building, in Pretoria, with the two 82.2 kW and one 50 kW inverters providing a combined alternating current capacity of 215.6 kW. The overall system has a direct current... 

Renewable underground pumped hydroelectric energy storage project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     10th December 2021 thyssenkrupp Uhde Africa and Wismut have been appointed to execute a prefeasibility study for the proposed project at Sibanye’s Driefontein mine. 

What does load shedding cost your company?

9th December 2021 The impact of ongoing power cuts on the SA industry Load shedding has become an ever-present reality in South Africa.  It has a massive effect on South Africa’s GDP, specifically in the manufacturing industry. In a study conducted in 2018, it was established that load shedding is costing the... 

Is your power backup investment failsafe when Eskom load shedding strikes?

9th December 2021 Wave after wave of load shedding has hit the country, as you would have experienced, no doubt. This has resulted in incidents where service providers and businesses in all industries have been unable to operate at full capacity. Initially, when all of this started in 2020, we ourselves suffered a... 

Hybrid-electric aero engine technology demonstrator passes megawatt milestone

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th December 2021 UK-based global major industrial technology group Rolls-Royce has reported that its hybrid-electric aero power and propulsion technology demonstrator, Power Generation System 1 (PGS1) had reached and passed the milestone of delivering more than 1 MW of power. This had been achieved only weeks... 

Jendamark Automation invests in a rooftop solar system

By: Irma Venter     8th December 2021 Jendamark Automation has installed a R3.2-million rooftop solar plant at its manufacturing facility in Gqeberha, in the Eastern Cape.  The system comprises 481 solar panels capable of generating up to 274.5 MWh of electricity a year. 

Business as usual despite genset demand spike

By: Darren Parker     3rd December 2021 Generator set (genset) manufacturer Atlas Copco Power Technique business development manager Philip du Plessis says the business is always prepared to try to close any sale that comes its way, regardless of factors influencing the market. “While we do see an increase in inquiries under these... 

More growth expected for diesel generators

By: Darren Parker     3rd December 2021 South Africa’s diesel generator market is expected to grow at a compound yearly growth rate of more than 2% from 2020 to 2025, according to a report released this year by research organisation Mordor Intelligence.   Factors such as an increase in throughput of peaking plants and demand for... 

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