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2011 is almost at an end, but is still an eventful year for the South African Water Research Commission (WRC) as they celebrate their 40th anniversary. To celebrate this important milestone, the WRC is currently compiling a special publication highlighting their impact on, and involvement in, addressing the myriad of challenges facing the South African water sector. A conference is also in the pipeline to showcase the past successes of this institution and also launch its 40-year special publication. History of the organization:Following a severe drought in the 1960’s the then state president appointed a Commission of Enquiry into water…
China Sourcing Fair is set to facilitate another productive sourcing platform for global buyers and suppliers at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg on November 30 to December 2, 2011.The Fair's December 2010 staging saw thousands of buyers checking out various quality products from Greater Chinese exhibitors.More than providing buyers with quality suppliers and cost-effective products, the China Sourcing Fair also presented a free conference program featuring relevant topics on China sourcing for beginner and veteran entrepreneurs.More than 5,800 buyers attended the first annual China Sourcing Fairs from December 1-3, 2010 at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa.…
The trade publication Photon tested the SolarMax 13MT three-phase string inverter and awarded it with the prized "very good" seal of approval for its efficiency. The Sputnik Engineering AG device functions "not only precisely, but also efficiently" with MPP tracking and, according to the editors, also achieved other "very good results". This means that the device is one of the leading test candidates and "is an exemplary demonstration of the current string inverter trend: Three trackers ease the design of a system and can be implemented in order to optimise photovoltaic systems on complicated roofs." In addition, the editors of…
By Eben Owen, enterprise and solutions manager: South Africa at Schneider Electric Virtualisation is an undisputed leap forward in data centre evolution – it saves energy, increases computing throughput, frees up floor space and facilitates load migration and disaster recovery. However, less well known is the extent to which virtualisation’s entitlement can be multiplied if power and cooling infrastructure is optimised to align with a new, leaner IT profile. While the virtualisation challenges of dynamic and migrating high-density loads, underloading of power and cooling systems and the need to ensure that capacity meets demand at the row, rack and server…
Low Voltage Switchgear Granted Full Certification by National Electricity Testing FacilityCertification Underscores GE’s Continued Investment in South Africa Arc Proof Feature Provides Added Safety Setting a milestone for the electrical equipment sector in South Africa, GE (NYSE: GE) has completed the first fully type-tested arc-proof low voltage switchgear to be manufactured in the country. The low voltage switchgear has been granted full certification by the National Electricity Testing Facility (NETFA), showcasing how GE’s global expertise continues to benefit South Africa’s energy and industrial sector.“The switchgear passed NETFA‘s stringent seven tests on the first attempt, a commendable achievement to the team.…
TANESCO, the Tanzanian state electricity utility, is currently unable to meet electricity demand and is encouraging local and international investment into the industry. This is creating significant opportunities for emergency power generators.New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (http://www.energy.frost.com), Overview of Tanzanian Electricity Industry, finds that Tanzania’s available electricity capacity was 660 MW in 2010 and estimates that it will reach 913 MW by 2015, due to increases in operational efficiency.“Growth in the Tanzanian electricity industry is driven by the development of the mining and manufacturing industries,” notes Frost and Sullivan’s Energy and Power Analyst Vincent Maposa. “Mining companies are already…
Hatch Africa has been retained by the Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) to provide consultancy services to its Hwange Thermal Power Station in Zimbabwe. Consulting firm Hatch Africa has been selected by power utility, Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC), to act as the lead consulting engineer on its Hwange Thermal Power Station Expansion Project, located in the Matabeleland North Province of Zimbabwe. Hatch Africa director Marius Knoesen says that the project involves the expansion of the Hwange Thermal Power Station to include approximately two additional 300 megawatt (MW) coal-fired plant units. As the lead consulting engineer on the project, Hatch Africa will…
Edna Molewa, the Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs shared her excitement in hosting COP 17 with media and delegates at a press briefing this week. The conference on climate change that will attract an international audience is due to take place in Durban from 28 November to 9 December. “I have the responsibility of leading the South African delegation in pursuing the country’s interest at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, COP 17 negotiations,” Molewa says. She listed three key priorities that the South African delegation has to focus on to gear up for the COP 17…
Traffic lights across Johannesburg will be fitted with uninterrupted power supply units to improve mobility for commuters, the Johannesburg Roads Agency said on Thursday.“The city will be spending more than R11-million to modernize traffic lights by installing solar-powered signals and remote monitoring systems at critical intersections,” said spokesperson for the agency, Thulani Makhubela.The agency said it would install uninterrupted power supply units at main intersections so that when there were power cuts in the area, the traffic lights would continue working as normal.It said 30% of the city's traffic lights had been fitted with light-emitting diodes which were much brighter…
Products from the Siemens’ Spectrum Power range produced by Siemens Energy satisfy all requirements specified by international standards. This comes after the company’s successful performance in interoperability tests recently conducted at the French power utility EDF in Paris by the international users' association Utilities Communications Architecture (UCA). They passed the IEC 61968 and IEC 61850 standard tests in the framework of future smart Grid solutions. Their product line includes power control systems, protection equipment, substation automation systems and Ethernet switches. The UCA tested the network control systems for data interchange capability in compliance with the power distribution management standard IEC…
What impact will the return of high energy prices have on the fragile economic recovery? Will geopolitical unrest, price volatility and policy inaction defer investment in the oil sector and amplify risks to our energy security? Answers to these questions are just some of the topics that will be discussed in the 2011 World Energy Outlook (WEO) that will be released in November. The latest data, policy developments, and the experience of another turbulent year are brought together to provide robust analysis and insight into global energy markets. The WEO 2011 will once again give detailed energy demand and supply…
Siemens Energy received an order to deliver 63 of its SWT-2,3-101 wind turbines for five wind power plants in Brazil. The wind turbines have a rating of 2,3 MW and a rotor diameter of 101 meters. Tractebel Energia, the energy utility headquartered in Florianópolis, ordered the stock, after the project was commissioned for late 2012. The combined capacity of the five projects will be 145 MW. Four of the wind power plants are located in the state of Ceará and one in Piauí in northeastern Brazil. “This is the third order Siemens received from Brazil in the last six months,”…
If you have a need to understand the petroleum industry, sign up for an introductory course at the Energy Institute of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) from 28 August to 2 September. At the moment there are no university courses devoted to the whole industry. New entrants to the industry have difficulty in getting to grips with its extent and its ramifications. This created a need for the course that was identified by the Department of Energy. Petroleum companies are global players, and oil majors have been among the leading companies in the Fortune 500 list for the…
If you are passionate about energy efficiency don’t miss the Green Hour. Tune in on Mondays between 1 and 2 pm to Kingfisher FM, a radio station based in Nelson Mandela Bay, to listen to Gareth Burley’s programme. He devotes an hour every week to discussing various current topics concerning energy efficiency. Burley took hands with The Southern African Association for Energy Efficiency (SAEE) to create the programme. The aim of the radio broadcast hour is to start a national conversation about energy efficiency. Join the conversation and be inspired to take part in a ‘switching off’ campaign that encourages…
According to the data released by Statistics South Africa, the actual estimated volume of electricity consumed in March increased by 1,6% year on year.Electricity consumption for the first quarter of 2011 increased by 1,4% (820 Gigawatt hours), compared with the first quarter of 2010. In March, the actual estimated production of electricity increased by 1,7% year on year (363 GWh). For the first quarter of 2011 the estimated production of electricity increased by 1,5% (963 GWh) compared with the first quarter of 2010. In addition to this, seasonally adjusted electricity production increased by 1,5% in the first quarter of 2011…
The Energy minister Dipuo Peters has released a new publication, “Saving Electricity in a Hurry” to help the country deal with its electricity issues.The publication was commissioned by the International Energy Agency (IEA). It is a brief case study that highlights certain lesions from recent electricity shortfalls in Chile, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa and the United States.According to IEA Executive Director, Nobuo Tanaka, international cooperation was needed to address energy challengs. “It is imperative to have discussions around the issue so we could get a solution to address the challenges we are faced with. Tanaka further adds that “Saving…
On Monday 25 July about 150 000 coal workers went on strike seeking a 14% wage increase. According to the state owned entity, Eskom, stoppage would not have an immediate impact on plants providing electricity to Africa’s largest economy. Eskom adds that the only way in which the strike could have an impact is if it becomes a long drawn out strike. “We have an average of 38 days of coal stockpiles at the power stations,” said spokesperson Tony Scott. “If the strike goes on for a long time and demand goes up due to cold weather, it would put…
The Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority’s (ZESA) expressed interest to attract suitable financiers and contractors for the expansion of two of the country’s existing power stations is a step in the right direction. Vincent Maposa, an energy and power industry analyst at Frost and Sullivan, an international growth and partnering company, believes the planned upgrade of $1,3-billion will help the country to meet its electricity-generating capacity. “An increase in 900 MW by 2013 will bring the total available electricity capacity of the country to 300 MW within their projected demand,” explains Maposa. “The country currently has an available capacity of 1…
The launch of the International Standard ISO50001 on 15 June 2011 is likely to add further drive to the energy-management momentum that is building in South Africa. Energy is one of the most critical challenges facing the international community today. The International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) estimates that this standard could have a positive impact on some 60% of the world’s energy use. “In many ways the publication of the ISO50001 is well-timed for the South African market since we are once again moving into a situation where we find ourselves facing a supply-capacity constraint. Companies embarking on an ISO50001…
Steel and engineering firms reach wage deal with the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa to end a two-week long strikeSouth African steel and engineering firms reached a wage deal with the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) to end a two-week long strike, a union official said on Friday, while a fuel sector strike showed no signs of ending.Tens of thousands of steel workers downed tools nearly two weeks ago demanding a 13 percent wage rise -- almost three times the inflation rate and nearly double the employers' offer of 7 percent.The companies and NUMSA met…
Ramps up its bets on the booming but environmentally controversial shale gas industry Top global miner BHP Billiton will buy gas producer Petrohawk Energy Corp for $12.1 billion, ramping up its bets on the booming but environmentally controversial shale gas industry.The agreed all-cash deal is pitched at a rich 65 percent premium to Petrohawk's last-traded share price and follows BHP's $4.75 billion purchase of Chesapeake Energy's interest in an Arkansas shale gas field in February."Their view on their first shale buy was they were buying at bottom-of-the-cycle prices. I guess they see value here," Peter Chilton, portfolio manager at Constellation…
Q. What are the goals and merits of these proving tests? A.(Nissan) The proving tests are being carried out to confirm the practicality (of the EVs) in our customers' business, thus for the Japan Post test, we are confirming the practicality for use in delivery. The merit is that we can reflect customer feedback to product development.(Japan Post) As a company that possesses approximately 20,000 delivery and collection vehicles, it is necessary for us to consider the environment including the reduction of CO2. For that reason we have decided to aggressively adopt electric vehicles.Q. What is the story behind the…
The Fuel Retailers’ Association (FRA) and the Chemical, Energy, Paper, Printing, Wood and Allied Workers Union (Ceppwawu) said negotiations to end the ongoing petroleum workers strike will begin on Monday. Earlier, the National Petroleum Employers’ Association said negotiations would begin on Saturday.But the FRA and Ceppwawu said they were only aware of Monday’s meeting. Ceppwawu's John Appolis said, “We are going to the meeting in the hope that the employers will come up with an alternative wage offer... We will then consider what offer they make to us.” As the disputing parties head to the negotiating table, around 250 petrol…
Acknowledging the rapid growth of southern Africa’s sustainable and efficient energy sectors, the Sustainable Energy Society of Southern Africa (SESSA), has appointed a permanent ombudsman.Carel Ballack, who has extensive experience with a wide range of sustainable and efficient energy technologies, takes over from Colin Bain, who previously handled the portfolio on a contract basis.SESSA is dedicated to the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies including solar-based energies (such as photovoltaics, thermal heating and cooling), wind, biomass and hydro. Its inter-disciplinary nature attracts the membership of industry, scientists, researchers, developers and the general public – the only qualification is…
The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) is looking forward to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA)’s imminent announcement of the revised renewable energy feed-in tariffs and sees this as a positive step in the implementation of renewable energy in South Africa.However, SAWEA is concerned that the Department of Energy’s intention to pursue a competitive bidding process for the first rounds of South Africa’s renewable energy procurement could adversely affect investor confidence and destroy South Africa’s nascent renewable energy industry.In 2009, NERSA announced feed-in tariffs – a guaranteed purchase price for electricity generated from renewable energy sources –…
The renewable energy feed-in tariff (REFIT) announced recently by the National Energy Regulator of SA (Nersa) as binding on all independent power producers could not be binding at all, but could be used only as a guideline, according to a legal opinion obtained earlier this month by the South African Wind Energy Association and supported by the Treasury.The Department of Energy has also adopted the opinion as a basis for its renewable energy plans to avoid the risk of a future legal challenge, even though parts of the industry do not favour competitive bidding as it could result in developers…
South Africa water resources face a range of challenges, such as aging infrastructure, technical skills capacity, polluted rivers and a large amount of waste amongst consumers. On 23 June, Deputy Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs Rejoice Mabudafhasi discussed various challenges and initiatives in our country.“Our role as a Ministry is to ensure that our country has enough water; environment is protected in order to meet our country’s developmental needs,” said Mabudafhasi during a media briefing in Parliament.“Service delivery is the business of all spheres of government. It is for that reason that the Ministry has identified the water and…
On 20 June, Honeywell announced that its green jet fuel has successfully powered the first transatlantic biofuel flight, which landed today at Paris Le Bourget Airport.The Honeywell-operated Gulfstream G450 became the first aircraft to fly from North America to Europe with a 50/50 blend of Honeywell green jet fuel and petroleum-based jet fuel, powering one of the aircraft’s Rolls-Royce engines. It was also the first business jet to be powered by a biofuel.The flight departed from Morristown, N.J., at 9pm on Friday and arrived in Paris about seven hours after take-off. The jet closely followed the route taken by Charles…
In the beginning of June, Energy Minister Dipuo Peters announced that South Africa has committed R18.6-million to complete a feasibility study for a solar park in Upington. Peters told delegates that localisation would be “vigorously pursued” in moving ahead with the project. The feasibility study will be completed by the end of July.The solar park could host proven and emerging solar technologies including photovoltaic (PV), concentrated PV plants and concentrating solar power technologies, such as power tower and parabolic trough alternatives. When fully developed, it could realise a total investment of more than US$20-billion.For more information, click here (http://freethegreenmonster.com/energy/our-energy-moving-forward)
Natural gas producers must boost capacity to feed an increasingly gas-hungry world, but they need reliable long-term contracts to do it, the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) said on Thursday.Many analysts say the gas glut that has blighted exporters since the former big importer, the United States, became self-sufficient with shale gas will soon vanish because of export disruptions in war-torn Libya, which increased the demand and a death of new supply.At the first group meeting since the tsunami smashed into Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant, Leonid Bokhanovsky, GECF secretary-general, commented: “Member countries are working to ensure that regardless of the…
The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has produced a special report on the future of the nuclear industry, updating its outlook for the top nuclear countries and a handful of atomic hopefuls.According to the report, entitled “The Future of Nuclear Energy”, the EIU sees a decade of growth for nuclear power with only a marginal impact from the Fukushima accident. Some of the accident’s policy effects have been large and far-reaching – such as the radical abandonment of nuclear power in Germany and Italy – but other nations will pursue nuclear technology essentially as before. While Germany’s early closure of eight…
An energy-saving scheme, designed to notably reduce the usage of electricity, gas, paraffin and wood fires for cooking in households across all South African communities, was announced by Wonderbag in partnership with Frog and Microsoft South Africa in June 2011.Valerie Flanagan of Wonderbag comments: “This world-first programmatic Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project, registered with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), puts South Africa at the forefront of audited household-level carbon reduction.”The programme, which involves local government, environmental programme managers, mobile technology and a “Cloud-based innovation” from Microsoft, introduces a new way of measuring and reducing the carbon…
The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) has announced that it will lend Zambia US$285-million for an electricity line linking southern and eastern Africa. “The construction of the power line will start in November 2011 and it will be done by China’s TBEA,” said Ernest Mupwaya, managing director of Zambia’s power company, Zesco.The US$285-million loan will be used for the 365 km stretch that falls within Zambia and it will be repaid over 20 years, with a five-year grace period. “This development will not only improve security and reliability of support, but will also enhance cross-border power trade,” said…
Nigeria’s National Council on Privatisation (NCP) has approved the shortlisting of 525 bids of firms seeking to take over the generation and distribution companies that will emerge from the privatisation of the country’s power monopoly, Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN).The Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), which is handling the privatisation process, sought prospective investors’ interest in the 11 distribution companies unbundled from the PHCN last year. It also invited interest in the four thermal power stations and concessionaires for the two hydropower stations.According to the Nigerian edition of Business Day, a breakdown of the bids shows that 253 of…
The African Development Bank (AfDB) has granted a US$365-million loan to South Africa’s state-owned power utility Eskom to boost its share in renewable energy. The loan will assist Eskom in implementing a US$1,3-billion project comprising sub-Saharan Africa’s first concentrated solar power plant and South Africa’s first large-scale wind power plant.Hela Cheikhrouhou, the director of the AfDB’s energy, environment and climate change department, commented: “The initiatives are the first of their kind in a region where they are seen as a test case and catalyst for larger-scale delivery of power using renewable technologies to displace considerable future CO2 emissions.”South Africa currently…
Niche energy publication, 25º in Africa, is launching a new Water magazine entitled WATER 360. From June, the Water magazine will be available as a flip-side segment to 25º in Africa and will split off as a separate magazine later on. “Water issues and water management is a huge part of energy and sustainability, and a major focus worldwide, which makes it a great complementary publication for our existing energy title,” says Marlene van Rooyen, editor of 25º in Africa and WATER 360. Water is one of the key focus areas for government, businesses and civil society as well as…
From 29 April the maximum rebates available became the same as the current average rebate on the programme. Rebate values that were lower than the new maximum value (in accordance with table below) have remained at that level. The table below illustrates this with real values.Note the first TABLE shows low pressure rebate values and the second shows high pressure rebate. NB: Valid and complete claim forms of systems installed before 29 April will be accepted for processing by Deloitte at the old rebate value until 13 May at 17:00 All accredited suppliers on the programme have received this message.Eskom…
The American company Symbion Power has acquired a 112 MW thermal power plant in Tanzania amid chronic energy shortages in the country. According to government officials, Symbion Power is expected to sign a new power purchase agreement with the energy-deprived east-African country after the acquisition.“We are pleased with the announcement that Symbion Power has decided to invest in Tanzania by acquiring a 112 MW power plant. The private sector will have an important role to play in providing long-term energy solutions in Tanzania,” said the US ambassador to Tanzania, Alfonso Lenhardt, in a statement.Symbion Power is also working on another…
According to a survey by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), young people want to be a force for change and create their own vision of sustainable development. Over 8 000 young adults from 20 countries participated in the study, called the Global Survey for Sustainable Lifestyles. The results provide intriguing insights into the way young people think about their daily lives and activities, and their beliefs about the role they play in influencing change.The survey’s results are presented in UNEP’s new report, “Visions for Change: Recommendations for Effective Policies on Sustainable Lifestyles”, highlighting the need to work together to…
Certain concepts for fostering rural development imply the systematic exploitation of locally available renewable sources of energy. In this perspective, integrated energy farms, or integrated energy settlements, can be thought of as sustainable power centres, supplying local markets with fuels and electricity, while at the same time covering their demand for food crops and soft commodities.Afrisolar and IISD are hosting an international strategy workshop on 8-10 June in Loccum, Germany, where participants will be able to have an open dialogue with distinguished experts and reflect on palpable development options for a few showcase places.At a more political level, the workshop…
France’s development bank, the Agence Francaise de Developpement, (AFD) has agreed to provide a €30-million line of credit to two Kenyan banks for lending to businesses that want to invest in renewable energy projects.The funds will be available through CF Standbic Holdings Ltd. and the Co-operative Bank of Kenya. The funds will be made available to small hydro, wind, biomass, cogeneration and solar power projects, as well as energy-efficiency initiatives, reads a statement by the Kenya Association of Manufacturers.The project, dubbed the Regional Technical Assistance Programme (RTAP), is part of the environmental credit lines that have been extended by AFD…
Leaders from South Africa, Gabon and Kenya gathered at the World Economic Forum (WEF) for Africa in Cape Town last month. During the forum, African leaders pledged to work together and take a united stance at the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP 17), which will be held in Durban in November.Gabon’s President, Ali Bongo Ondimba, said: “The question for leaders is how committed we are to be a little less selfish and to think of the community as a whole. It is important for us as Africans to get together. We will be determined to speak with one voice.”The…
With the transportation sector growing considerably, and the demand for transport fuels rising globally, the International Energy Agency (IEA) assesses biofuels – liquid and gaseous fuels derived from biomass – as one of the key technologies to reduce CO2 emissions and reduce dependency on liquid transport fuels. According to a technology roadmap by the IEA, entitled “Biofuels for Transport”, the global share of biofuels in total transport fuel will grow from 2% today to 27% in 2050. Bo Diczfalusy, the IEA’s director of sustainable energy, comments: “While vehicle-efficiency will be the most important and most cost-efficient way to reduce transport-emissions,…
Countries with advanced nuclear energy technology must ensure that nuclear reactors can withstand multiple hazards, said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to the Round Table on Strengthening Preparedness for Nuclear Accidents, held in Geneva in May.“The tragedy at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has raised questions about the future of nuclear energy and fuelled public fears. Men and women around the world are asking: Are we really doing well and all that we can to safeguard the world’s people in the case of nuclear accidents? Recent events suggest that there are large gaps in how societies and the international system…
At a recent press conference held at the United Nations’ headquarters in New York, UNFCCC executive secretary Christiana Figueres said that governments are “seriously examining ways to avoid a regulatory void if the Kyoto Protocol is allowed to lapse without a replacement mechanism in place by December 2012”. According to Figueres, two major tasks for governments before the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) is to agree on ways to strengthen the international conditions enabling countries to work together in making deeper global emission cuts, and designing the new climate institutions that would provide adequate and…
CSP Today has released a report that challenges the conventional wisdom on scale and cost in order to identify the tipping point for concentrated solar power. It is widely cited that scaling up plant size is the CSP sector’s silver bullet for lowering costs. CSP Today, however, argues that the reasons for scaling up could yet be flawed. Their new report provides a concise breakdown of the current LCOE across a range of CSP parabolic trough plant sizes to deliver startling insight into why bigger isn’t necessarily better.False economyHigher volume sales for CSP plants yield more competitive prices from suppliers,…
In the last year, the photovoltaic (PV) market reached a cumulative installed capacity of around 40 GW worldwide, with an annual added capacity of 15,5 GW. While the PV market has experienced unprecedented growth over the past decade, much of the progress has been very heterogeneous, varying from country to country due to several factors, the most important being different national regulations and incentive schemes as well as varying availability of financing facilities.Market doubled in 2010The PV industry experienced significant growth in 2010. Capacity additions grew from 7,2 GW installed in 2009 to 16,6 GW in 2010. This major increase…
Eroding infrastructure, inadequate maintenance, geological foundation problems and pollution are some of the major factors contributing to the fact that 80% of South African dams are in dire need of rehabilitation. It is with these major concerns that Intelligence Transfer Centre (ITC) brings you their Dam Management & Rehabilitation in Africa conference that will be held on 28 & 29 July 2011 in Johannesburg. Government, dam rehabilitation divisions, water boards and skilled technical staff within the water division are hard at work to promote dam management & rehabilitation with millions of rand’s being spent.This conference aims to provide a platform…
During 31 March to 1 April 2011, African hydropower experts, members of government, policy makers, regional planners and civil society representatives discussed the challenges for sustainable hydropower development at the Conference on Hydropower for Sustainable Development in Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.Water and energy ministries and specialists from 32 countries (Africa, Americas, Europe, Asia, Oceania), as well as representatives of AUC, UNECA, regional power pools, regional economic and African specialised institutions attended the event.Organised by the Ethiopian Ministry of Water and Energy in collaboration with the African Union (AU) Commission and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), participants discussed…
Siemens wind turbines supply clean electricity to over 50,000 households Located in the Baltic Sea, Germany’s first commercial offshore wind farm is now fully operational. With German Chancellor Angela Merkel in attendance, EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG commissioned the project, which consists of 21 Siemens wind turbines, each with a capacity of 2.3 megawatts (MW) and a rotor diameter of 93 meters. The EnBW Baltic 1 wind farm will supply more than 50,000 German households with clean electricity. Siemens Energy constructed the facility in an area covering about seven square kilometers in the Baltic Sea, located approximately 16 kilometers north of…
May 6 2011: Total announces that its subsidiary, TEPA (Block 17/06) Limited, and Sociedade Nacional de Combustíveis de Angola (Sonangol E.P.), have discovered hydrocarbons in the north-eastern area of the deep offshore block 17/06.Drilled in a water depth of 445 meters, the Canna-1 well discovered hydrocarbons in reservoir of Miocene age and produced more than 5,000 barrels per day of high quality oil (33° API) during a production test.Sociedade Nacional de Combustíveis de Angola (Sonangol) is the concessionaire of the Block 17/06. TEPA (Block 17/06) Limited is the operator of the Block 17/06 with a 30% stake. Total’s partners in…
The recent award of the contract for the construction of the Kusile Power Station located in Witbank, Mpumalanga has seen Lesedi Nuclear Services, join an elite group companies, allocated a significant role in the realization of the project.On the 20th April 2011, Lesedi Nuclear Services - a leading EPC contractor in the conventional and nuclear energy sector, signed a letter of acceptance with Grinaker- LTA Metals and Minerals for the Kusile project and will be responsible for procurement and supply of the Balance of Plant equipment. In as far as design is concerned Lesedi will be involved in the design…
Laboratory for Visionary Architecture [LAVA] is featured at two events at Salone Internazionale del Mobile, Milano, 13th - 17th April.Wallpaper* Handmade at BrioniLAVA was chosen by Wallpaper* magazine to create a light in collaboration with Philips, the global leader in lighting. The lamp, EVOLUTION, is on display at Handmade during the fair.Chris Bosse, Asia Pacific Director of LAVA says: ‘the challenge was to re-imagine an object that everybody knows, to break up preconceived ideas. The playful reinterpretation of a sculptural table lamp resembles a plant rather than a desk light’.Rogier van der Heide, Chief Design Officer at Philips Lighting, says:…
The Board of the Southern African Association for Energy Efficiency (SAEE) is proud to announce that it has received technical sponsorship from the IEEE Power & Energy Society for its SAEE Convention 2011 (SAEEC2011) titled Energy Efficiency @ Work. You are cordially invited to submit an abstract for consideration to speak at the SAEEC2011 – deadline for submission is 18 May 2011.“IEEE strives to be essential to the global technical community and to technical professionals everywhere. IEEE members connect with others to share ideas and obtain new knowledge. The goal is to be universally recognized for the contributions of technology…
Memmingen, Germany. 29 April 2011. Phaesun´s new PN-AP is a three-phase, variable frequency pump inverter with a power output from 1.1 to 5.5 kilowatts. The PN-AP can power a wide range of standard pumps and makes a battery back-up unnecessary. Integrated MPP trackers ensure that the device finds the maximum power point of the solar generator at any time. The maximum efficiency of the new device is 97 percent.Phaesun will be showing the PN-AP inverter for the first time at the Intersolar Europe trade fair. It is part of a turnkey solution that also includes solar modules, structures, a pump,…
The Eskom eta Awards, which have attracted hundreds of entries in the nine major categories for 22 years, have made some changes in their repertoire, including the introduction of a new category “Energy Savings in Households” and some fresh ideas to attract further entries.The eta Awards, sponsored by Eskom and endorsed by the Department of Energy, recognise those individuals and companies who are truly making a difference in terms of using energy efficiently and the Energy Savings in Households category will acknowledge and reward people who have implemented innovative energy efficiency applications at home.Not only do these innovators have the…
The South African government wants to use the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Summit, scheduled to take place in Durban later this year, to convince the country’s business sector to take a leading role in the global efforts to slow climate change.Business Unity South Africa (Busa) and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa met on 15 April for a two-hour discussion on how the sector can assist government pass policies that promote green growth. “We had a very fruitful discussion, which touched on a whole range of issues pertaining to how business can make COP 17 a success. Based on what…
The International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) have released a study that attributes deforestation in West Africa to low fertiliser usage in farming cocoa, cassava and oil palm.West Africa has doubled the region’s cocoa production over the last 25 years – this output has contributed to the clearing of forests. According to the study, farmers could have achieved the same production through intensified fertiliser usage and agrochemicals. According to IITA, by doing so farmers would have doubled their incomes and helped to avoid deforestation and degradation on 2,1-million hectares and in the process,…
On 13 April, the European Commission unveiled a proposal to overhaul the rules on the taxation of energy products in the European Union (EU). The proposal includes new rules to restructure the taxation of energy products and to remove current imbalances and takes into account both their emissions and energy content.Existing energy taxes would be split into two components that, taken together, would determine the overall rate at which a product is taxed. A press release by the European Commission says: “The Commission wants to promote energy-efficiency and the consumption of more environmentally-friendly products and wants to avoid distortions of…
When the voluntary Energy-Efficiency Accord process was initiated in 2005, it brought focus onto an issue that had been neglected for years for a number of reasons, including the unsustainably low price of electricity. Despite the inherent structural constraints, the work of the Accord signatories led to a number of positive achievements, including:Stimulating a number of companies to establish their energy baselines:• Stimulating some signatories to make significant investments in energy-efficiency.• Beginning the seed work for the measurement and verification standard, which has now been published as SATS 50010.• Motivation for funding from the Swiss government and UNIDO, and the…
A fresh evaluation of energy-efficiency policies implemented in IEA countries indicates that significant improvements have been made, particularly in the transport sector, since the last study in 2009.Nobuo Tanaka, executive director at the IEA, was speaking at the Global Energy-Efficiency Forum in Brussels on 12 April when she urged countries to keep up the good work and “to plan and implement energy-efficiency policies in areas not yet addressed”. The IEA’s 25 energy-efficiency policy recommendations cover a broad range of areas, such as transport and buildings. If implemented globally, without delay, the IEA estimates that the proposed actions in these recommendations…
Last month, Eskom detailed its plan to meet electricity supply challenges during the winter months, when higher demand will increase the load on a tight power system.At Eskom’s second quarterly briefing on the state of the power system, Eskom CEO Brian Dames said: “We are managing a tight power system. We are on alert and we will continue to communicate with our stakeholders on the state of the system. Eskom managed to keep the lights on during the first quarter of 2011, thanks to innovative supply-side initiatives, active demand-side management and the co-operation of 49-million South Africans.”“The winter season will…
With South Africans, environmental activists and Karoo residents up in arms about Shell’s plans to explore for deep shale gas in the Karoo, it’s hard to believe that some of the well-researched arguments can be misguided.Ivo Vegter recently wrote a column for The Daily Maverick which shows that some of the green arguments about hydraulic fracturing could be riddled with cracks.“The Treasure the Karoo Action Group (TKAG) claims that Shell’s exploration will require between 7,2-million and 144-million litres of water. Millions always sound like a lot, and that is undoubtedly why they chose not to use cubic metres, the more…
On 15 April, Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) agreed on the selection of the forty members who will be entrusted with the task of the Green Climate Fund, the new institution which will manage long-term finance mobilised to enable developing countries to address climate change.The selection of the Transitional Committee, which will prepare operational specifications for the fund in time for approval by the next UN Climate Conference in Durban in December, was one of the first scheduled tasks for 2011 under the international Cancun Agreements.“The high level of interest among governments in contributing…
On 12 April, South African Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel announced that the state-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) will invest R102-billion over the next five years to boost the industrial sector.“IDC will substantially increase the level of industrial funding and will make available R102-billion over the next five years for investment in new growth path priorities,” said Patel.Green energy industries and the mining and manufacturing sectors will receive the lion’s share of the funds, with each receiving approximately R20-billion over the next five years.The R102-billion investment by IDC represents a 160% increase of actual approvals in the last five years.For…
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is going to produce renewable energy from rubber, project director Daniel Adam told the press in April. Rubber trees are abundant in the district of Bas-Fleuve and in Lukula, south-west of the country.Adam was speaking to the press after a meeting with the mayor of the town of Boma, Marie-José Nsuami.In Liberia, Buchana Renewables is busy with a similar project that uses woodchips from old rubber trees to generate renewable energy.For more information, click here (http://www.afriquejet.com/news/africa-news/dr-congo-to-produce-renewable-energy-from-rubber-tree-201104108311.html)
BY THE MINISTER OF WATER AND ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS, MINISTER BEE MOLEWA, MPON WEDNESDAY, 20 APRIL 2011,IN THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY, PARLIAMENTHonourable Chairperson of this session; Honourable Deputy Minister, Rejoice Mabudafhasi, MP;Honourable Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee, Advocate Johnny de Lange, MP;Honourable Members of the Portfolio Committee;Honourable Members of Parliament;Distinguished Chairpersons and Chief Executives of Public Entities;Distinguished Guests;Ladies and Gentlemen;Introduction I stand before you almost a month before our country holds local government elections, where South Africans will elect local government representatives of their choice. Honourable Members, the fact that our country will be holding these elections; our fourth since the dawn…
The medium voltage (MV) and high voltage (HV) switchgear market in South Africa holds high growth potential for manufacturers. Eskom will continue to implement its grid-strengthening projects, boosting growth in the HV segment. The MV segment has become increasingly competitive and is threatened by decreasing margins. The ongoing lack of maintenance in the distribution network by various municipalities will provide a longer-term opportunity. A new analysis by Frost & Sullivan, “The South African Medium and High Voltage Switchgear Market”, finds that the market will be driven by utilities and IPPs until 2020.“Eskom’s continued investment in grid-strengthening projects will drive growth…
Rebates on heat pumps now available to small business and homeowners Eskom Integrated Demand Management (IDM) has added another rebate programme to its hot water solutions initiative. The new rebate on heat pumps, used for residential water heating, will enable access to quality hot water systems and enable homeowners and small businesses to buy the systems at discounted prices. A heat pump uses a small amount of energy to move heat from one medium to another, using mechanical work to move heat from a low temperature source to a high temperature sink. An electrical element geyser uses 3 units of…
Carbon Market Data, a European company providing carbon market research and IT services, issued a data summary on the recent release of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme‘s 2010 verified emissions reports.Based on their calculations, the EU emissions trading scheme (EU ETS) installations were long by 37 Mt in 2010, having emitted 37 million tonnes CO2 less than their number of freely received carbon allowances. Certain installations emitted 1737 MtCO2 during the same period, representing an average increase in CO2 emissions of 3.15% per installation in 2010 over 2009 (this figure takes into account only the installations that have submitted their…
At UN Climate Change Negotiations in Bangkok, UN climate chief calls on governments to purposefully tackle work agreed in 2010; address shortfalls in climate action read the release on our website:http://unfccc.int/files/press/press_releases_advisories/application/pdf/pr20110404bkk.pdfSpeaking at the first UN climate change negotiating session of the year in Bangkok, Thailand, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres called on governments to purposefully tackle work agreed in 2010 and address shortfalls in climate action in order to put the world on a climate-safe path."Here in Bangkok, governments have the early opportunity to push ahead to complete the concrete work they agreed in Cancun, and to chart a way…
Even if a number of new African refinery projects and upgrades materialise, they will fail to halt the rapidly growing gap between refinery output and demand for clean products, according to international oil industry consultancy CITAC Africa LLP, which specialises in the African market. Under CITAC’s ‘best case’ scenario, which assumes the addition of 810,000 b/d (40mn mt per year) of new refining capacity by 2020, Africa would still be short of over 1.5mn b/d (69mn mt per year). The continent’s current clean products shortfall is 900,000 b/d (41mn mt per year). There will be a shortage of as much…
On 31 March 2011 the National Energy Regulatorof South Africa (NERSA) amended Transnet Limited’s licence to operate its petroleum pipeline system by setting tariffs, as a condition of that licence, for the period from 01 April 2011 to 31 March 2012. Transnet initially applied for a 69.1% increase in allowable revenue. Later it revised its application to a 128% increase in allowable revenue. NERSA has set tariffs that will allow Transnet to realise a 59.9% increase in allowable revenue compared to the 2010/11 tariff period. (An increase from R1,223.63 million in 2010/11 to R1,957.72 million in 2011/12.) The size of…
Solar lights can be a great addition to any outdoor area – turning your garden into a magical night-time landscape. Melissa Davidson, from The Lighting Warehouse, offers some tips on what to look for when selecting outdoor solar light fittings for your garden.Modern solar lights are much more than the innovative gadgets they used to be a few years back, says Melissa Davidson, from The Lighting Warehouse: “Today, solar lights come in a plethora of various styles and designs; they are practical, functional, long-lasting, virtually maintenance-free and affordable – making them a great choice for your outdoor lighting needs.”How solar…
The Dutch company EverkinetIQ International has developed in close collaboration with Pekago, Albis and BASF its first small wind turbine in the PIQO Series with the aid of Luran® S KR 2858 G3, an ASA resin from BASF. The new product is intended to provide locally generated energy on industrial facilities, high-rise buildings, hospitals and other municipal buildings as well as private homes. Its smaller diameter and, above all, lower weight distinguish it from the well-known large wind turbines. The first prototypes of this micro wind turbine have been installed on buildings in the Netherlands, where they are undergoing extensive…
A climate vulnerability index that judges which developing countries are the most at risk from climate change has been submitted to the United Nations. The proposal highlights the deep divide between developed and developing nations and how to oversee billions of dollars to help developing nations adapt to droughts, floods, rising seas and heatwaves. The goal of developing nations is to raise US$100-billion per year from 2020, but no one knows how the cash will be distributed. Close to 200 nations agreed to submit initial ideas to the UN Climate Change Secretariat during climate negotiations in Cancun last December.South Korea…
The Tanzania Electric Supply Company (Tanesco) is considering tapping power from the Southern Africa Power Pool (SAPP) to alleviate the chronic electricity shortage in the country.The utility’s general manager, Stephen Mabada, says the project entailed interconnection southwards to the Zambian grid, northwards to Kenya, north-westwards to Uganda and other Nile Basin Initiative countries and westwards through the implementation of the Regional Rusumo Falls Hydropower Project to link all member countries of the Eastern Africa Power Pool (EAPP).“We also have medium-term plans, which, when implemented, would see projects developed to meet the increasing demand for electricity locally and regionally during the…
AREVA and the South African Nuclear Corporation (Necsa) have signed an agreement to extend their ongoing cooperation to develop South Africa’s nuclear industry. Cooperation between the two entities was first initiated in 2008.The agreement was signed by AREVA CEO Anne Lauvergeon and Necsa CEO Rob Adam in the presence of Eric Besson, the French Minister of Industry, Elizabeth Dipuo Peters, the South African Minister of Energy, and Rob Davies, the South African Minister of Industry and Trade. It is part of the broader cooperation between France and South Africa, which was established during South African President Jacob Zuma’s state visit…
Zimbabwe expects to produce its first electricity from the planned 2 400 MW Sengwa coal power plant by 2014, said a senior official from the mining group RioZim in March 2011.RioZim also expects to seal a strategic partnership deal for the US$3-billion plant in May.“We should have the first 600 MW on site by 2014, with the last unit completed by 2020. Zimbabwe is desperate for power,” Josphat Sachikonye, managing director of RioZim, told Reuters journalists at the sidelines of the NG Mining conference.Zimbabwe relies heavily on its mining industry to prop up an economy struggling to overcome years of…
For the fourth consecutive year, Fiat Automobiles is the brand which has recorded the lowest level of CO2 emissions by vehicles sold in Europe in 2010, with an average measurement of 123,1 g/km (4,7 g/km less than the 2009 average). The record is certified by JATO Dynamics, the world’s leading automotive consultancy and research firm.This new record is a result of continuous improvement – over the last 4 years, Fiat Automobiles has reduced its average emissions by 10%, from 137,3 to 123,1 g/km of CO2, significantly lower than the target set out by the European Union for 2015, which has…
According to a new UN report, curbing emissions of black carbon, a component of soot, along with methane and tropospheric ozone, could cut projected climate warming by 0,5ºC by 2070. The report states that such cuts could be made with existing technology and would “have immediate and multiple benefits for human well-being”. Some of the strategies for reducing black carbon, methane and ozone include capturing methane produced by landfills and fossil fuel extraction, introducing cleaner-burning cooking stoves, installing particulate filters on diesel engines and banning the practice of burning fields of agricultural waste.For more information, click here.
The Energy Collective recently published an article stating that shale gas extraction (called fracking) won’t result in sustainable wealth generation because shale gas wells have completely different production characteristics than conventional wells.“When a tight formation is stimulated with millions of gallons of fracking solution at high pressure, it enables gas that is relatively close to the collecting pipe to flow quite freely – initially. Within just a few months, most of that newly released gas has been extracted and the flow rate drops rather dramatically. Within the first year, about 50% of the gas that will ever come from that…
A column by Paul Baier in Greenbiz.com reflects on the highlights of carbon reporting in 2010 and its impact on the market. Baier says many of the changes are healthy as sustainability and emissions reporting moves away from “feel good” disclosures towards risk identification and competitive advantages. Some of the top trends include:Two pioneering voluntary climate initiatives ceaseDespite widespread support and success, the US EPA abruptly began winding down its climate leaders programme. The Chicago Climate Exchange, a pioneering effort to voluntarily trade carbon, announced the cessation of trading in late 2010. Despite these early efforts ending, the Carbon Disclosure…
The Department of Energy has called for an urgent review of the country’s strategic fuel stock amid the current political crisis in North Africa and the Middle East and its effective oil price.“No one can deny the negative impact of what is happening in the Middle East,” said Deputy Energy Minister Barbara Thompson at the Energy Indaba in Sandton on 1 March. “The price of oil has reached and gone beyond the US$100 per barrel mark, a fact that puts a serious financial strain on our economy,” said Thompson.“There is an urgent need to review the country's strategic fuel stock…
Earth Hour was once again celebrated across the globe on 26 March. As the event crossed the Cook Islands and the lights came on after the hour’s darkness, it marked a record for Earth Hour with the Cook Islands being the 134th country to join the movement. Once again, individuals, schools, businesses and governments across the globe showed their commitment to caring for the planet.Locally the energy savings amounted to 340 MW, a drop off from last year’s saving, but an impressive feat none the less. Some of the participants (including myself) were municipal buildings, the iconic Table Mountain and…
This niche-market energy efficiency Convention and Exhibition will this year be held on 16 and 17 November 2011 at Emperors Palace Gauteng.The energy efficiency @ work convention and exhibition, the Southern African Association for Energy Efficiency Convention (SAEEC) is the flagship event of the SAEE and annually draws over 60 knowledgeable speakers from across the world to address a niche audience of delegates. Great opportunities are created for exhibitors to display their products, solutions and services to delegates that attend from across the country. Opportunities exists for persons to present case studies, share knowledge on new solutions and discuss matters…
Africa’s largest energy show will take place in Johannesburg later this month, bringing together industry experts from around the continent to discuss possible solutions to Africa’s electricity supply challenges. The 13th annual Power & Electricity World Africa Conference and Exhibition will be an important opportunity to meet and network with Africa’s energy leaders, learn about the latest projects from coal to renewable energy, attract investment and form mutually beneficial partnerships. A combination of the highest calibre keynote speakers, the widest range of seminar and workshop topics and over 250 companies exhibiting makes Power & Electricity World Africa 2011 the ultimate…
While we often read about the potential of nuclear energy to solve global warming and energy security problems, we rarely read about the nuclear industry’s expensive history of taxpayer subsidies and charges to utility ratepayers. “These subsidies not only enabled the nation’s existing reactors to be built in the first place, but have also supported their operation for decades,” said a report by the Union of Concerned Scientists entitled Nuclear Subsidies: Still Not Viable Without Subsidies.South Africa currently operates one nuclear plant – Koeberg – which has a 1 800 MW capacity, but the country has proposed to build six…
Camco, an international company specialising in climate change solutions, and Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS), an independent economic policy research institution, recently released a case study entitled “The Construction Industry’s Path towards a Low Carbon Trajectory” with funding from the British High Commission. According to the case study, the South African construction industry has been increasingly focused on both the introduction of green practices and on energy-saving technologies.Globally, the building sector is said to contribute more than one-third of the total energy usage and associated greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in society. Major South African construction companies, such as Group…
The World Reconstruction Conference (WRC), together with the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, will host a global innovation competition. The WRC is organised by the World Bank and the United Nations.Open to individuals, teams and companies, the competition is looking for new approaches to disaster recovery and reconstruction. “New and innovative ways of addressing challenges in disaster recovery and reconstruction play an important role in natural disasters,” reads the competition on the conference’s website (www.wrc-2011.org). The aim is to showcase new solutions developed in the wake of disasters, develop awareness for their use in other and future recovery operations…
Are we overestimating energy-efficiency’s effect on reducing carbon emissions?Energy-efficiency technologies and strategies are generally considered to be a win-win situation. You reduce your electricity bill (and your carbon footprint) and the technologies pay for themselves over a period of time. Besides the initial required capital – a company, homeowner or organisation will be able to see the effects of their savings almost instantly.However, a new report by the Breakthrough Institute (an advocacy group in Oakland, California), is challenging this consensus. The report, entitled “Energy emergency: Rebound and backfire as emergent phenomenon”, suggests that the “rebound effect” that negates some of…
Consulting engineering and project implementation firm Hatch recently received industry recognition for its project delivery systems at the annual Open Text Content World user conference, in Washington DC. The GlobalStar Enterprise and Enterprise Content Management (ECM) Champion Awards, held at the user conference, recognises Open Text customers for their outstanding efforts in deriving business value from innovative and successful ECM deployments. Hatch was recognised as the frontrunner in the ‘Best Practices for User Adoption’ category for its implementation of Open Text technology (iPas DM and Communities of Practice) to address its requirements for the effective management of all documents on…
Christophe de Margerie, Total’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, was invited to meet the Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev this afternoon in Moscow. It gave them the opportunity to review the overall activities of Total in Russia. Christophe de Margerie highlighted the dynamism of relationships of the Group with Russian partners and expressed its optimism concerning Total’s future in Russia.In the evening, in presence of Russia’s Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, Christophe de Margerie signed with Leonid Mikhelson, Novatek’s Chairman and one of the main shareholders, two Memorandums of Cooperation to develop the cooperation between Total and the Russian company Novatek and…
For the third year running, the 7th edition of the AFRICAN UTILITY WEEK tradeshow will be hosting a French Pavilion organised by UBIFRANCE, the French Agency for International Business Development. About fifteen French companies will gather in a 120m² space to introduce their technology and innovations in the field of electricity to decision-makers from all over Africa. For the 2010 to 2017, national South African company ESKOM’ investment plans will involve 300 billion Rand, mainly in the construction of coal power thermal stations at Medupi and Kusile, as well as in the recommissioning of three former coal power stations, representing…
Site visits will prove province green in “heart and soul”African Utility Week delegates will be able to experience first-hand how far the Western Cape has come in developing its own renewable energy resources during site visits which form part of the event which takes place from 15-17 March. The latest developments in solar and wind energy will be showcased during Africa’s largest utility event. Green heart and soulSays Claire Volkwyn, project director of African Utility Week: “The Western Cape is a show case for renewable energy in South Africa. African Utility Week again presents a dedicated conference break away detailing…
Trina Solar says finance is the biggest challenge Is solar power a feasible renewable energy option? How can we make large scale uptake of solar energy work in Africa? Many of these questions around Africa’s options to meet power challenges in more environmentally friendly ways will be answered at this year’s African Utility Week which is held at the CTICC in Cape Town from 15-17 March. The increased global focus on renewable energy is reflected in the experts, technology and services featured at what is still the largest power and energy conference and exhibition in Africa. South Africa committed to…
Africa wants to invest in recession-proof Africa nowPower projects in Africa are increasingly viewed as attractive investments by foreign and African investors says Nicole Smith, project director of the Power Indaba Summit which is taking place from 14-16 March 2011 at the CTICC in Cape Town, South Africa. Development finance organisations, multi-lateral financiers, private investors, fund managers as well as government and utility delegations will be attending this high-level summit, particularly from countries in the SADC and COMESA regions and further afield from West African power houses Nigeria and Ghana. The investment imperativeAccording to Power Indaba’s Nicole Smith, “the investment…
Joanne Yawitch has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of the National Business Initiative (NBI). Yawitch, who was the Deputy Director-General of Climate Change at the Department of Environmental Affairs, has lead the climate change talks on behalf of government and therefore has a deep understanding of the issue and through this will bring tremendous value to the work of the NBI. Yawitch has also worked in the issues of air quality, pollution and waste management, environmental law enforcement and environment impact management within this department.“This is an exciting appointment for the NBI as Joanne has through her…
Nampower plans to solicit bids as early as April for the US$1-billion power plant that forms part of its Kudu gas-to-power project. The development of the 1.3-trillion cubic feet offshore gas field has been plagued for over a decade by price disagreements and technical difficulties.Paulus Shilamba, managing director of Nampower, told Reuters that Russian gas exporter Gazprom (which had been in talks to build the 800 MW) plant for the project, will now have to go up against other bidders.“We are looking for a partner for construction of the plant. Tenders will go out in April and Gazprom will get…
The global market for LED light fixtures, which stood at US$3.8-billion in 2010, is expected to grow to US$8.3-billion by 2011, according to new research by Strategies Unlimited.The heightened awareness of energy efficiency as well as global fiscal stimulus has created suitable conditions for the adoption of white light application of LED technology, which would otherwise have faced high costs.The study also indicates that the only issue remaining a barrier to the progression of the market is the high cost of designing LEDs into luminaires. Nonetheless, the report says the global impetus to reduce energy consumption is likely to propel…
The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), which has been running for nine consecutive years, has sent over 4,800 requests to the world’s largest publicly-listed companies for its 2011 report. 2011 also marks the second year that CDP has sent requests for water use and management (the number of institutional investors supporting the CDP Water Disclosure has more than doubled since last year).In a press statement by the CDP, the organisation noted that a report published last year found “that, all other factors being equal, the greater a company’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions the lower its stock value.”In the report, the authors…
Thorium, a radioactive metal that is cleaner than uranium (and cannot be used by the defence industry), is attracting fresh international expert, said nuclear expert Eben Mulder at the South African Water & Energy Forum in February. “South Africa supplied thorium to the international nuclear industry for about 20 years until it lost out to the development of uranium-based technology because of Cold War politics and the era’s arms race,” said Mulder, who is the director of North West University’s Postgraduate School of Nuclear Science and Engineering.According to Mulder, the US, UK, Saudi Arabia, China and South Korea have expressed…
Eskom is currently looking at options to ensure the company’s coal security for its power stations over the long term. At a recent coal conference in Cape Town, Eskom CEO Dan Marokane said that the company faces substantial challenges to secure the long term coal supplies it requires for its existing and new power stations.“We have choices to make as a country if we are to find the optimal balance between coal exports and domestic energy security. We are concerned that the market on its own may not ensure that balance,” said marokane.Eskom has a plan that sources most of…
According to a PwC report, “Creating value from corporate responsibility”, the quality of sustainable and corporate responsibility data that companies disclose will need to improve to keep pace with stakeholder expectations. Half of the CEOs PwC surveyed plan to change their business strategies in the next three years because they expect their stakeholders to factor environmental and corporate responsibility into purchasing decisions.“Investors, regulators and NGOs are holding businesses to higher standards, and company reputations and valuations are hinging on their ability to report on their efforts in a quantitative way,” said Kathy Nieland, PwC’s US Sustainable Business Solutions leader.According to…
According to a PwC report, “Creating value from corporate responsibility”, the quality of sustainable and corporate responsibility data that companies disclose will need to improve to keep pace with stakeholder expectations. Half of the CEOs PwC surveyed plan to change their business strategies in the next three years because they expect their stakeholders to factor environmental and corporate responsibility into purchasing decisions.“Investors, regulators and NGOs are holding businesses to higher standards, and company reputations and valuations are hinging on their ability to report on their efforts in a quantitative way,” said Kathy Nieland, PwC’s US Sustainable Business Solutions leader.According to…
On 21 February, Brent crude was trading at US$103, 77 a barrel as clashes in OPEC-member Libya continue. The rising clashes and increasing oil price heightened fears of social unrest spreading across the Middle East and North Africa and disrupting supplies in the major oil-producing region."In the short-term there would be a negative impact. There will be chaos and a real concern that supply could be disrupted in Libya. The bigger issue is if it spreads to Saudi Arabia," said Tony Nunan, a risk manager with Tokyo-based Mitsubishi Corp.Protests against Muammar Gaddafi, leader of Libya which exports around 1,1 million…
According to www.ae-africa.com, Russia is looking to strike agreements in order to tape South Africa’s energy industry, including renewable energy. This interest in the country’s energy sector is largely thanks to South Africa’s admission into BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China), which offers economic benefits to its member countries. Two of the five nations, China and Russia, are mostly manufacturing economies, while Brazil, Russia, and South Africa are suppliers of raw materials. For more information, click here (http://www.ae-africa.com/read_article.php?NID=2737)
Energy-intensive companies operating in South Africa have established an ‘Industry Task Team on Climate Change’, or ITTCC, to prepare a formal response to the National Treasury’s ‘Carbon Tax Discussion Paper’.
In December, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) warned that global warming will cause yields of rice and wheat to fall in all regions of the world by 2050, compared to a future without climate change.
South Africa is a mega-diverse country of immense natural beauty that is blessed with an abundance of natural mineral, fossil and renewable resources. South Africa’s physical assets are matched only by its people - a truly Rainbow Nation.However, South Africa is also a water-stressed developing country - still dealing with the legacy of apartheid, the challenge of poverty, and unemployment as well as the gap between rich and poor, low levels of education and the endeavour to deliver basic services to all its people.South Africa is both a contributor to, and potential victim of, global climate change given that it…
• Zero-emission vans becoming increasingly widespread • Full-function van for everyday operations • Up-to-the-minute powertrain engineering, powerful lithium-ion batteriesVitoria/Spain – The Mercedes-Benz Vito E-CELL is celebrating yet another premiere: the first van with an electromotive drive system to be produced by a car manufacturer ex factory is now taking to the roads outside Germany. As of today the first five vehicles are out and about on Spanish streets. The vehicles were handed over to the customer during a special ceremony at the Mercedes-Benz production location for the Vito E-CELL in Vitoria. In the presence of Basque Prime Minister López, the…
(Date), 2011: In October 2010, the Department of Energy made public the draft Integrated Electricity Resource Plan (IRP) for South Africa 2010 – 2030. The plan’s intention is to provide an indication of South Africa’s electricity demand; how this demand will be supplied; and what electricity will cost. Hatch Africa associate and president of the South African Coal Processing Society, Gerrit Lok, says that the 20 year electricity capacity plan is crucial towards determining South Africa’s long-term electricity demand, as well as how this demand should be met in terms of generating capacity, type, timing and cost. Based on an…
Manufacturing index 63.88 and non-manufacturing index 61.33 both indicating expansion Amsterdam, 4 February, 2011. Africa Business Panel has published the first pan African Business Confidence Index (ABCI). The index measures business confidence in the manufacturing and non-manufacturing private sector throughout Africa. Results are published on a monthly basis.January’s results indicate confidence and growth with an index of 63.88 and 61.33 for the manufacturing and non-manufacturing sectors respectively. A level of 50 and above indicates expansion. 955 business professionals from 42 countries in Africa participated in the survey making the results a reliable gauge and early indicator of the underlying economic…
GOVERNMENT plans to sell off large tracts of England’s forests could spell disaster for the country’s ecological heritage, while throwing away the chance to steer current management practices in a more environmentally positive direction.For more than a decade, the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) has campaigned to protect the world’s forests from illegal logging and the associated illegal trade in producer countries, working undercover in often dangerous circumstances to expose environmental crime and abuse.On the day the UN International Year of Forests was launched (02.02.11), the charity announced it will be utilising its campaigning expertise on the home front in…
“Recent government policy documents identify increased energy costs as a major threat to the energy intensive sectors in South Africa. This is of concern as the sector presents significant opportunities for development of new industries to assist Government to meet their growth and job creation objectives,” says Duane Newman, Tax Director at Deloitte.According to the Economic Development Department’s New Growth Path (NGP), Government has stated it’s intention to grow the economy at around 7% over the next decade and create five million additional jobs during this period in the following key sectors: infrastructure, agriculture, mining, manufacturing, tourism and the latest…
The 'most significant advance in chiller bearing technology in -recent history' cuts energy consumption, cuts costs, enhances eco sustainabilityThe use of magnetic bearings in mechanical equipment is not new to industry.However, their use in large tonnage refrigeration and gas-compression applications is. Harnessing this technology on large industrial and commercial chillers, is thus being hailed as one of the most significant advances in centrifugal-compressor-bearing technology in recent history. One of the most significant benefits is the fact that the technology offers a 10% efficiency improvement compared to conventional, variable-speed chillers."For organisations that are serious about improving energy efficiency and making use…
Dr Nompumelelo Siswana, has been elected chairperson of the South African Petroleum Industry Association for 2011. Dr Siswana succeeds chairperson of Sasol Oil, Maurice Radebe as the chairperson. She is the 17th industry leader and second woman to chair the association since its establishment in July 1994. Sipho Maseko, BP Southern Africa Chief Executive Officer is the associations vice chairperson. The chairperson and vice chairperson are appointed annually.Dr Siswana is the vice president for Trading, Supply and Logistics at PetroSA, South Africas national oil company. She has held various positions in the petroleum industry and the Ministry of Minerals and…
PARIS, France (Jan. 24, 2011) - The trophy recognising the revolutionary Nissan LEAF as Europe's Car of The Year 2011 was handed over to Nissan Motor Co.'s President and CEO Carlos Ghosn in a special ceremony held today at the Pavillion Gabriel in Paris. To win the award, the 58 CoTY members - leading motoring journalists from 23 European countries - placed Nissan LEAF ahead of six conventional new cars on the shortlist. It is the first time in CoTY's 48-year history that the annual award has been won by an electric vehicle. "I am convinced that we will see…
On 18 January, the South African petrochemicals group Sasol said it would not continue with a planned coal-to-liquids (CTL) plant project in Indonesia as it seeks to focus more on gas-to-liquids (GTL) opportunities.“Sasol has taken the decision to accelerate its focus on business development of new GTL opportunities and limit its focus on the development of CTL opportunities beyond current opportunities (China and India), which are already at advanced stages of development,” said company spokeswoman Jacqui O’Sullivan. O’Sullivan said Sasol must still disclose how much it plans to spend on the project as “it was not even in prefeasibility”.For more…
On 11 December 2010, the UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico, ended with the adoption of a balanced package of decisions that set all governments more firmly on the path towards a low-emissions future and support enhanced action on climate change in the developing world.The package, dubbed the ‘Cancun Agreements’, was welcomed to repeated loud and prolonged applause by parties in the final plenary.“Cancun has done its job. The beacon of hope has been reignited and faith in the multilateral climate change process to deliver results has been restored,” said UNFCCC executive secretary Christiana Figueres. “Nations have shown they…
The Hydro-electrica de Cahora Bassa (HCB) company, which manages Mozambique’s Cahora Bassa hydro-electric dam, has announced that the dam’s power generation capacity has been raised by 240 megawatts to 1 920 MW.The US$10,5-million upgrade of the dam, which supplies power to Mozambique and to neighbouring South Africa, was financed from the company’s own balance sheet.HCB said it would also begin an extensive rehabilitation and modernisation of the company’s substation in the Songo district, without giving more details.For more information, click on http://af.reuters.com/article/investingNews/idAFJOE6BS02T20101229.
A hybrid energy solution, which could be deployed at municipal rubbish dumps to produce both electricity and transport fuels from fresh garbage, has been developed by the Centre of Material and Process Synthesis (COMPS) at the University of the Witwatersrand.The so-called “Gate project” (Garbage-to-Energy Project) has been proved on a laboratory scale, while the main electricity- and fuel-making components are already in commercial operation in Japan, China, South Africa and Australia.The proposed solution aims to combine these components into a modular facility capable of dealing with South Africa’s triple challenge of municipal waste disposal, power shortages and unemployment. COMPS is…
Johnson Controls’ York console air-conditioning units, which have a market share of approximately 60% in South Africa, recently launched their manufactured console units using R410A, a gas refrigerant with zero ODP (ozone depleting potential). This is in response to the outlawing of refrigerants containing CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons) due to the damage they cause to the environment.“HCFC refrigerants, like R22 which is used in the majority of common console and split console air-conditioners, were successful transitional refrigerants - but these too need to be phased out. The new console units deliver additional benefits as they make use of inverter compressors and are…
On 9 December 2010, a draft carbon tax policy was approved by the South African cabinet. The government said it was considering a direct carbon tax on actual measurement emissions, a fossil-fuel input tax based on carbon content and an output tax applicable to emitters.South Africa hopes the taxes will influence behaviour among consumers and industry, including Eskom and Sasol, which are among the country’s top emitters.The treasury said a tax of R75 per tonne of CO2, which could increase to around R200 per tonne of CO2, would be “feasible and appropriate” to achieve reduction targets.However, while the proposed tax…
A new crude oil concept vessel that is fuelled by liquefied natural gas and removes the need for ballast water and will almost eliminate local air pollution. The concept vessel, named Triality, also recovers hundreds of tons of cargo vapours on each voyage and represents a major step towards the new environmental era for the tanker shipping industry.According to the DNV, Triality is environmentally superior to a conventional crude oil tanker, its solutions are feasible and based on well-known technology and it is financially attractive compared to conventional crude oil tankers operating on heavy fuel oil. Compared to the traditional…
Zambia and South Africa have signed new agreements on natural resources and environmental management. According to South African President Jacob Zuma, the agreements will not only benefit the two countries, but Africa as a whole.South Africa is Zambia’s largest exporter and in 2009 alone, the two countries signed six agreements on mining, energy, agriculture, health, trade and diplomatic consultations. “Such warm historical ties must translate into stronger economic, social and developmental relations between the two countries,” said Zuma during a state banquet in honour of Zambian President Rupiah Banda, who was in South Africa to discuss economic cooperation between the…
Emerging economies are also emerging leaders in effective climate action, according to a WWF report issued at the beginning of the Cancun UN Climate Summit. The report, entitled Emerging Economies – How the developing world is starting a new era of climate change leadership, examines emissions trends and climate action plans for five of the world’s largest developing economies (Brazil, China, India, Mexico and South Africa) and finds that these economies are acting with greater determination, ambition and energy than several countries in the developed world.“The race to grow clean technology markets and embrace a low-carbon future is well underway…
The amount of subsidies the Ugandan government provides to private power companies is expected to double in order to handle the growing demand for electricity. Eskom Uganda and Umeme Ltd (a Ugandan electricity transmission company) will receive Shs488-billion from government to maintain the current electricity tariffs. Umeme recently tried to hike its tariffs, but it was unable to get the support it needed.“The government has continued to inject a significant amount of subsidies into the electricity sector in order to keep the tariffs where they are now – a situation that is unsustainable for a much longer period,” the Minister…
By Marie Parramon, Sustainability Legal Consultant at IMBEWU Sustainability Legal Specialists (Pty) LtdThe words faith and hope have been used frequently in the description of the outcomes of the 16th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 16) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 6th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP), referred to collectively as COP 16, which was held in Cancun, Mexico, in December 2010. The United Nations executive secretary, Christiana Figueres, was quoted saying that “COP 16 has…
Under the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Initiative (a collaboration between the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and the World Resources Institute), emissions attributable to a company are divided into three scopes. The technicalities of greenhouse gas reporting, which involves participation of hundreds of companies around the world, can seem confusing when it comes to the various scopes of reporting. Where does a company’s reporting responsibilities begin and where do they end? 25º in Africa takes a look at the different categories of greenhouse gas reporting.Scope 1 emissions Scope 1 emissions are direct emissions from sources it owns or controls (such…
Namibia will be developing a nuclear energy programme in order to make use of its uranium resources. Isak Katali, Namibia’s Minister of Mines and Energy, said this uranium and nuclear energy policy will be developed to cover the entire nuclear fuel cycle.“It is the expressed decision of the Namibian government to seriously consider the development of nuclear power in order to complete the national energy mix and provide sufficient energy for our development,” said Katali during Namibia’s first-ever stakeholder meeting. According to mining commissioner Erasmus Shivolo, the draft legislation and policy document are expected to be finished by mid-2011. Shivolo…
Over 9 000 delegates from 190 countries gathered in Cancun, Mexico for the 16th United Nations Climate Change Conference from 29 November to 10 December 2010. “The beauty of the surroundings in which we are working cannot hide the fact that the stakes at this particular conference are very high. The political stakes are high because the effectiveness and credibility of your multilateral intergovernmental process are in danger. And the environmental stakes are high because we are quickly running out of time to safeguard our future,” said Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC at the opening session of the…
* New Prius v and Prius c Concept make their worldwide debut* Prius v fits the lifestyle of young, active families * Prius c Concept an inspiration for future small, entry hybrid * Plug-in to arrive in the first half of 2012 Toyota Motor Sales in the USA unveiled the Prius family of vehicles at the 2011 North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Monday, 10 January 2011. In addition to the current third-generation Prius and Prius Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle (PHV), the new Prius v midsize hybrid-electric vehicle and the Prius c Concept vehicle joined the iconic hybrid brand,…
The seeds of the Croton tree, when pressed, produce bio-diesel, a type of bio-mass fuel. The World Bank is taking steps to bring biomass energy into its future lending portfolio. A workshop in Nairobi in December launched the Biomass Energy Initiative for Africa (BEIA) BEIA supports pilot programs in Senegal, Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania and will soon add three more.
Cancun/Geneva (WMO) - The year 2010 is almost certain to rank in the top 3 warmest years since the beginning of instrumental climate records in 1850, according to data sources compiled by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
Total has announced that its affiliate Total E&P UK has made a new gas and condensate discovery in the West of Shetland on the United Kingdom Continental Shelf, close to the currently under development Laggan and Tormore fields. The Edradour exploration well lies in block 206/4, 75 kilometres North West of Shetland in a water depth of 300 metres.“While definitive testing is still to be completed, Edradour already is another meaningful discovery for us in the West of Shetland region. It should reinforce our third production hub on the United Kingdom Continental Shelf around the Laggan and Tormore fields, after…
On 23 November, state-owned power utility Eskom reported its interim results. The results showed a R9.5-billion net profit for the six months ended September 2010, a substantial improvement on the R1.1-billion in the first half of the year. The rise reflected a combination of higher revenue from increased power tariffs, higher GWh sales and a reduced loss on embedded derivatives.“Eskom has moved away from recovery mode and is now laying a foundation for sustainable growth. We have a new strategic direction, the build programme is progressing, our funding plan is in place and these results show we are improving the…
Power and automation technology group ABB recently announced that it had commissioned the new US$180-million Caprivi link interconnector built for Namibia’s national power utility, NamPower. The high voltage transmission system connects the electrical grids in Namibia and neighboring Zambia, providing a new route for power imports. It was officially inaugurated by Namibia's President, His Excellency Hifikepunye Pohamba.The 350 kilovolt (kV), 300 megawatt (MW) link is ABB's first HVDC Light (high-voltage direct current) transmission connection commissioned using overhead lines instead of underground or underwater cables. The 950-km link provides a vital connection to facilitate power flow across Namibia, and helps strengthen…
General Motors South Africa (GMSA) has been applying a number of measures to eliminate waste and the company recently won a SJM Flex Environmental Award for their efforts.GMSA has been reducing, reusing and recycling waste in order to conserve natural resources. “Environmental responsibility is one of the company’s six primary focus areas of the manufacturing facilities, and in line with GMSA’s philosophy of continuous improvement we push to improve environmental results every year,” said Michael Pearton, GMSA Vice President of Manufacturing Operations.One of GMSA’s accomplishments includes a reduction of 159 tons of carbon dioxide through humidity control at all paint…
The GreenCape initiative, which will promote renewable energy and a green economy, was launched in the Western Cape on Friday, 5 November. The government-funded, industry-led initiative has been mandated with the roll-out of a comprehensive green economy strategy.Alan Winde, Western Cape Minister of Finance, Economic Development & Tourism, said that the provincial government provided R5-million to kick-start projects in the sector. “This initiative is supported by each and every member of the Cabinet, including the premier. We are building a new sector in this province, and from it, we will achieve significant growth and jobs”, said Winde.Winde explained that the…
According to scientists at Malaysia’s University Putra Malaysia (UPM), developing nations, particularly those lying near the equator, will need to adapt to higher temperatures as the impacts of climate change threaten their agricultural output.The study showed that the increased world temperature will actually benefit developed nations, located in temperature or sub-temperate regions such as Europe. Summers in such countries were getting warmer than before, and thus allowed them to plant rain-fed food crops or “short-term” crops such as rice.Countries adversely affected by climate change would be able to adapt by developing new varieties of crops and leveraging on agricultural technologies…
Delegations from approximately 30 countries met on a ministerial level in Mexico City in the beginning of November to hammer out a basis for success when environment ministers meet in Cancun, Mexico, for COP16. During this initial meeting, WWF published a list of “policy prescriptions” for eleven of the world’s most influential nations to bring to the table.“These eleven governments have not done enough to get climate policy out of its sick-bed since Copenhagen,” said Gordon Shepherd, Leader of the WWF Global Climate Initiative. “WWF is delivering the right policy prescriptions to restore the talks to good health.”According to WWF,…
“The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is widely expected to lead to tougher regulations with consequences for the whole offshore industry,” says Andreas Sohmen-Pao, CEO of the BW Group, one of the world’s leading maritime groups, to DNV Forum. He adds that new requirements, if based on thoughtful regulation, can bring the industry forward and generate business opportunities for progressive companies.Andreas Sohmen-Pao shared his views on topics such as the outcome of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the impact of the financial crisis on the shipping industry. “We are watching carefully to see what…
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in America conducted “one of the most exhaustive and detailed studies to date” which found that solar homes sold 20% faster, for 17% more than equivalent non-solar homes.The study was conducted across several subdivisions built by different California builders. According to the study, when Shea Homes put solar PV and solar thermal systems on half the homes in a development, all 257 of them sold within a year, two years faster than expected. And while these new houses were priced at US$380 000 to US$500 000, they sold for as much as US$600 000.The…
Zimbabwe’s biofuels production program was initiated in 2004 in order to reduce energy imports through local production of biodiesel and ethanol. Government is aiming to have biofuels replace 10% of Zimbabwe’s liquid fuel requirements by 2017 (which will require 80-million litres of ethanol and 100-million litres biodiesel be produced by 2017).In the Chisumbanje region of the country, a 500-million litres per annum ethanol plant is currently under construction, writes the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service. The plant is expected to begin production in the first quarter of calendar year 2011. The ethanol project is a public/private sector partnership called “build-operate-transfer”.PoliciesAlthough the…
President Jacob Zuma and Public Enterprises Minister, Barbara Hogan, attended the official re-opening of the Camden Power Station in Ermelo on the 23rd of October. The 43-year-old power station was first opened in 1967, and half of the station was mothballed in 1988.State-owned power utility Eskom is returning service to three power stations (the other two are Grootvlei and Komati power stations) as part of its capacity expansion programme. The decision to shut down the three power stations was made in the 80’s because Eskom was generating more electricity than the country needed.Brian Dames, Eskom’s Chief Executive said that Eskom’s…
Sasol has announced that they will raise power generation capacity at its Secunda operation to 800 MW by 2011. Manager for strategic sourcing of utility energy Piet van Staden says that work is now proceeding on the installation of heat recovery steam generators that will convert the facility into a combined-cycle gas turbine by June and add a further 80 MW of capacity. “Sasol plans to capture steam from the same turbines to generate an additional 80 MW and the project would be completed by mid-2011,” said Staden. The expansion will cost approximately R2,5-billion to complete, but the company considers…
Marlene van Rooyen, editor of niche energy publication 25º in Africa was nominated for Business to Business editor of the year award at the 2010 PICA Awards. This year marks PICA’s 41st award ceremony, which recognises and rewards publishing excellence in the consumer, customer and business to business sectors of the South African magazine publishing industry.“A successful editor is more than a person who has a good eye for a story. This is someone who can create a magazine that is successful on a multitude of levels. Such a person must ensure the title provides content that is relevant and…
Niche energy publication, 25º in Africa, partnered with Sustainability Legal Specialists, IMBEWU, to host the first of many bi-monthly climate change debate forums. The first event, called the Climate Change Thinkers Forum, was held on the 16th of November at the IMBEWU head office in Rosebank.
The components of houses and buildings are huge sources of electricity usage. With South Africa’s rising electricity costs and an increased focus on sustainable building solutions, consumers and companies are continually looking for better, cost-effective alternatives to achieve thermal comfort in buildings without causing a hike in electricity costs.Benlo Schmidt, architectural project manager at Insuseal Advanced Insulation, says that Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) is one of the best solutions to address energy-efficiency and thermal comfort in buildings. “Closed cell polyurethane has one of the highest R-values of any commercially available materials, but R-value alone is not the answer – one…
Why do organisations increase spending to “green” themselves and what is required to realise real returns on energy-efficiency investments?“First of all, it does pay to invest in greening buildings or production facilities,” says Frikke Malan, business development manager of Energy Cybernetics. “Having said that, it is important to realise there is a big difference between calling a building ‘green’ or ‘efficient’ after spending a bit of money on a few isolated energy-efficiency projects, and having truly transformed a building’s energy consumption according to your customised integrated energy management plan with supporting documented proof in the form of measured and verified…
Africa’s increased demand for available resources and unstable energy environment have caused building owners and companies to seek energy management solutions to absorb rising electricity prices and ensure sustainability. Architects and design professionals need to change the way they design, incorporate electricity saving measures and guide clients on how to create more energy-efficient environments.In May 2009, the Department of Minerals and Energy was di¬vided into two separate departments, namely the Department of Mineral Resources and the Department of Energy. The Department of Energy is responsible for ensuring explo¬ration, development, processing, utilisation and management of South Africa’s energy resources. As the…
WWF’s Living Planet Report is a health-check on the natural world and this report is launched every second year. The 2010 Living Planet Report aims to raise public awareness of the pressures on the biosphere and spreading the message that “business as usual” is not an option.Using an expanded set of complementary indicators, the report documents the changing state of biodiversity, ecosystems and humanity’s consumption of natural resources, and explores the implications of these changes for future human health, wealth and well-being.One of the longest-running measures of the trends in the state of global biodiversity, the Living Planet Index (LPI),…
By Andrew Johnston, Altron Group company secretaryThere are many myths and fears of implementing a carbon footprint strategy throughout an operation. This article, which was written by Andrew Johnston of Allied Electronics Corporation Limited (Altron), hopes to dispel some of these myths and provide practical advice on how to achieve a carbon footprint strategy.“The Altron group recognises the following three cornerstones relating to climate change:• Climate change is significant both locally and globally and Altron fully supports the intentions of international agreements such as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).• In order to be effective, such agreements…
Ali Ben Bongo was elected as the president of Gabon in 2009. He is the son of El Hadj Omar Bongo Ondimba, the previous president of Gabon, who was one of the longest-serving heads of state in the world. He has been dominating the political scene in this African country for over four decades. Since Gabon’s independence from France in 1960, only two autocratic presidents had ruled the country.Location: Western Africa, bordering the Atlantic Ocean at the Equator, between Republic of the Congo and Equatorial Guinea.Climate: tropical, always hot, humid.Terrain: narrow coastal plain, hilly interior, savanna in east and south.Elevation…
BASF Polyurethanes’ Pure Polyurea spray-on coating emanating from the leaders in Polyurea from Europe has recently become available in South Africa.Pure Polyurea spray coat elastomers offer outstanding features, such as excellent durability, abrasion resistance and high chemical resistance. More unique Pure Polyurea features include:• Zero volatile organic compounds;• No substances of concern;• Seamless and impervious membrane;• Flexible (420% elasticity);• Excellent adhesion;• Quick curing;• Excellent noise-absorption; and• Tolerant of high moisture and humid conditions during application. The fact that pure polyurea coatings are tolerant to moisture and humidity during curing, means that it can be applied within a wider window of…
One would expect to encounter more than just a flash of inspiration at a contemporary design exhibition – but the sheer brilliance of the winning entries on display at the awards event of the 2010 Eskom Energy Efficient Lighting Design Competition surpassed all expectations. The event, which formed part of the Eskom eta Awards function, honoured the six individual winners as well as the educational institution of the winning student.In order to draw on the full breadth and depth of talent and skill in South Africa, the Eskom Energy Efficient Lighting Design Competition is open to students and professionals in…
While most property developers and building owners have been slow to adopt energy efficiency strategies, the expected hike in electricity costs in South Africa over the next few years means that focusing on these initiatives will be vital from a financial perspective.Apart from the financial benefits of having energy efficient buildings, energy efficiency is also the most effective way of mitigating climate change, with global strategy consulting firm McKinsey estimating that energy efficiency strategies are the most profitable, but also the biggest contributor to reducing harmful CO2 emissions.A 2009 global study by US publishing house McGraw Hill revealed that green…
Total Gabon recently released their third-quarter 2010 financial results, which showed that Brent averaged $76.9 per barrel, up 13% from the prior-year period, but down 2% from the second counrter of the year. In October, Total Gabon signed two agreements with the Gabonese government to extend the company’s Avocette and Coucal field licenses. In August, Total Gabon was also granted a third exploration period, of four years, in order to continue appraising Aloumbe’s (a deep exploration well) potential. For more information about oil and gas highlights in Gabon, click here.
Biel, 09.11.2010. Since October the new headquarters of Bleu Vert near Avignon, France, has been enhanced by two solar power plants. On 2 October, the French natural cosmetics wholesaler inaugurated two plants with outputs of 101 and 2.69 kilowatts respectively. Among the 600 guests were politicians and journalists, customers and suppliers, as well as project partners and neighbours. A ride on a crane allowed guests an overhead view of both photovoltaic (PV) plants. Three inverters made by the Swiss manufacturer Sputnik Engineering turn their direct current into the alternating current used on the grid. The PV power plants were installed…
Members of the National Stakeholder Advisory Council on Energy have called for an extension in the period during which the public can comment on the country’s long-term energy plan – the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2010.
UK’s Secretary for Energy and Climate Change, Minister Chris Huhne, has proposed an ‘energy saving revolution’ and strengthening international partnerships to achieve a low carbon economy.
The European Investment Bank (EIB) and African Development Bank (AfDB) have agreed to give €45-million to design, build and operate Africa’s first large-scale wind farm. The onshore wind energy project is situated on the four Cape Verde islands and the project is being considered a model for other African countries.
New research by Frost & Sullivan shows that the sub-Saharan African energy market was expected to triple in investment value between 2010 and 2015, driven by a significant need for energy diversification and energy security of supply.
The World Bank has approved a loan for a $270-million solar power plant in Egypt. This amount includes a $100-million investment by the Clean Technology Fund, which is affiliated with the World Bank and a $170-million loan from the bank.
According to the China-Africa Trade and Economic Relationship Annual Report 2010, China and Africa have continued to build stronger ties with 2010 bilateral trade volume exceeding 2008’s US$106.8-billion.
The Nigerian government has concluded a contract for a 10 MW wind farm in the federal state of Katsina. The project includes 37 wind turbine generators (WTG) of the type Vergnet GEV MP C 275 kW and the project is planned to be carried out in the next 30 months.German company Terrawatt Planungsgesellschaft mbH (http://www.terrawatt.de) has won the request for proposal for technical consultancy services and construction supervision and they will be handling project coordination, project administration and supervision, technical control as well as construction supervision. Terrawatt was involved in various wind energy projects with an overall capacity of more…
Nigeria Minister of Environment John Ogar Odey and ECCO2 Corp, an affiliate organization of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, have started plans to immediately launch “ECCO2 Nigeria Project” in efforts to reduce greenhouse gases, carbon emissions, stimulate the Nigerian economy, and increase confidence in Kyoto Protocol. The ECCO2 clean development mechanism (CDM) goals will be achieved by installing ECCO2's patented technology in all motor vehicles, buildings, and marinecraft throughout the nation.
During the week-long meeting of several hundred African experts and Government ministers in Addis Ababa in October, United Nations officials called on industrialised countries to live up to their multi-billion dollar pledges to help the developing world adapt to climate change.
Standard Bank, Africa’s largest lender, has agreed to partner with Australian firm Cool nrg in the development of clean energy projects in the developing world.
Since 2009 RWE, Linde and BASF have been testing new technology for separating carbon dioxide (CO2) from flue gas in a pilot plant at RWE’s Niederaussem power station near Cologne. The results of the practical test are now available:
Development of hybrid components for front-wheel-drive vehicles. Cooperation will leverage significant economies of scale.
The Tognum Group company MTU South Africa (PTY) Ltd, supplier of engines, complete propulsion and power systems in southern Africa is providing emergency back- up power to Black Rock Mine. Situated in the Northern Cape, the underground manganese mine will now be able to operate during unforeseen power outages.
Power Technologies (Pty) Ltd (Powertech), a member of the JSE-listed Allied Electronics Group (Altron), has announced its entry into the switchgear market with two products in the 11kV Air Insulated Medium Voltage range.
One of the world’s largest offshore wind power plants has begun operations in the Baltic Sea off the coast of Denmark. E.ON opened the Rødsand II project, with 90 Siemens offshore wind turbines with a ceremonial act.
Concentrix Solar has inaugurated a 60 kW solar power facility at the Aquila Private Game Reserve in Touwsrivier, Western Cape. The game reserve is now able to cover all its energy requirements during daylight hours.
Scientists at the University of Manchester have presented a series of reports that claim sustainable wood and other biofuels could hold the key to lowering harmful greenhouse gases.
The World Bank has approved a US$150-million loan for a new electricity transmission project in Tanzania. The Backbone Transmission Investment Project is expected to increase availability, reliability and quality of grid-based power supply to northern regions of Tanzania.
The CO2 car tax, which came into effect on 1 September, is one of the urgent public policy responses that will assist the country in its efforts to reduce its carbon footprint by 34% by 2025, said experts.
Carbon Positive News, who has readers in over 65 countries, has partnered with Acre Resources and Acona for the 2010 Carbon Salary Survey. This survey plots the climate change job market including salary levels, geographical location, job functions and career satisfaction levels.
West Africa Pipeline Company (WAPCo) Managing Director, Jack Dickenson, recently made a statement saying that the company has put systems in place to ensure incident-free operation.
Although the decision regarding the funding of the Kusile have not yet been finalised, Eskom remains committed to building the planned power plant during discussion with government as shareholder to explore different funding options.
Optimal Energy CEO, Kobus Meiring, was recently announced as the winner of the Visionary Category at the Men’s Health Best Men 2010 awards for his role in the creation of South Africa’s first electric vehicle, Joule.
The European Climate Foundation (ECF) and Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP) have released a new report, entitled Energy Savings 2020: How to triple the impact of energy savings policies in Europe.
With the effects of climate change becoming a strong reality, this year sees the inception of a brand new global initiative: the Katerva Challenge. This competition is designed to inspire and applaud ideas that solve global problems.
Investment in exploration of oil and gas is booming in Africa. The continent currently supplies approximately 11% of the world’s oil and untapped reserves are estimated at just under 9% of global proven reserves.
SANEA has announced the winners of its 2010 Energy Awards in each category. These are:SANEA Energy Project CategoryAwardBabcock International Group – Engineering DivisionRepresented by David Brook, Babcock was the principal contractor on the Mondi Merebank Multi Fuel Boiler (MFB) contract that pioneered a number of locally developed world-class technological innovations with international application. SANEA Energy Journalism CategoryAwardHillary Erasmus of Brooke Pattrick PublicationsA regular attendee at SANEA meetings, Hillary is well-known for her insistence on accurate and objective reporting of energy matters. She ensures that her work is well researched and that it presents a balanced view of the issues. SANEA…
Thorium is a tantalising possibility for nuclear power reactors. This natural-occurring, slightly radio-active metal was discovered in 1828 by Jons Jakob Berzelius, a Swedish chemist. It can be found in most rocks and soils. Thorium is about three times more abundant than uranium and there are a variety of reasons why the energy sector should start taking note of the thorium vs uranium debate.
“Gas as a commodity emphatically fits in South Africa’s energy policy position. In 1998, the White Paper on Energy Policy advocated for the government’s commitment geared at developing a gas industry that will feed into the energy mix, to ensure security of energy supply,” said South African Energy Minister Dipuo Peters at the third National Gas Conference in Gauteng in September.
When it comes to climate change in South Africa, the growth without constraints scenario versus the scenario required by science is too broad a gap to close (as indicated in the LTMS), according to Dr Jenitha Badul, Director of National Greening at the Department of Environmental Affairs.
Engineering Dynamics’ machine conditioning solutions is providing peace-of-mind to a number of organisations that make use of large capital equipment.
Monday 13 September marks the beginning of the first pan-African high-level conference on biodiversity, to be hosted by the Government of Gabon in Libreville. Entitled “Biodiversity and fight against poverty: What opportunities for Africa?”, the conference brings together international experts and environment ministers from across the African continent in an attempt to contribute an African point of view to the debate on the link between biodiversity and economic development, and the means to properly measure the value biodiversity, eco-system services and renewable natural resources as contributing factors in economic growth and poverty reduction.
The Minister of Energy, Ms Dipuo Peters, today launched the first Atlas on the geological storage of carbon dioxide in Africa.
Finnish firm Fenno Caledonian has signed an oil and gas exploration agreement with Sudan’s oil ministry. The exploration agreement is for block 10, in the east northern part of the country and covers an area of over 80 000 kilometres.
Bio Energy Resources, a company in Lilongwe that works with small-scale farmers, is seeking financing for a renewable energy project in Malawi. The project involves the planting and processing of Jatropha in order to introduce the use of biodiesel in rural communities.
The Greek conversation group, Green Project, is travelling across the African continent, visiting biodiversity and renewable energy projects from Alexandria to the Zambesi River. On 13 August, the group clocked 5 000 kilometres and made a pit-stop at the headquarters of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi.
After the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP15) in Denmark in 2009, the Energy, Climate, and Innovation Program (ECI) in the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy (CIERP). T
Biodiesel and ethanol benefit from large financial support in almost all European Union Member States. Biofuels at What Cost? Government Support for Ethanol and Biodiesel in the European Union – 2010 Update, focuses on the level of support provided by the EU since 2007 and reports important changes in subsidy policies.
The World Bank has launched a probe into the procedures relating to the approval of the controversial US$3.75-billion loan to fund Eskom’s new coal-fired power plant.
According to N’Dri Koffi, Ivory Coast’s representative to the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), the region’s crude oil production could double to 100 000 barrels per day within the next two years if a technical problem with its main field is solved.The offshore Boabab field, which is operated by Canadian Natural Resources, has been hindered by silting in the reservoir, but a solution is to be found soon. "There are some problems with the Baobab field, which is silted. Solutions are being found and production could hit 100 000 barrels per day in two years," said Koffi in an interview…