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On the 9th of October 2014 Oliver Kinross will be hosting the 2nd Annual Africa Oil & Gas Awards. The awards are taking place at the world class Sandton Convention Centre as part of the Africa Oil & Gas Expo. The awards ceremony is an initiative of Oliver Kinross to reward achievements made by African and International companies operating across Africa. Oliver Kinross has built a very strong reputation in the last six years establishing itself as a global name in oil & gas through providing high level workshops, conferences and unique networking opportunities across the world. The first edition…
Eskom's 8% average increase of energy prices per annum over the next five years, petrol price hikes, the increase of farmworkers' minimum wage, as well as the e-tolling regulations in Gauteng, will all add to the increasingly high input costs across the agricultural sector, all of which farmers continue to battle to contain. According to Arthur Chien, CEO of Talesun Energy, a leading supplier of solar energy solutions, some of these costs can be alleviated, especially electricity is one cost that farmers can reduce and do have control over. “Renewable energy solutions allow farmers to reduce energy costs and protect…
Dishwashers: brilliant, fast, efficient.Dishwasher specialist Winterhalter is setting the standards with its new PT Series pass-through dishwashers. Innovative functions guarantee a top performance for cleaning results, speed and efficiency. IndividualityThe machines of Winterhalter’s new PT Series are available in three different sizes. Customers can choose between PT-M, PT-L and PT-XL, depending on the space available and the size of the wash items. Thanks to the differing dimensions, dishes, pizza dishes and trays as well as GN 2/1 pans or Euronorm standard crates can be washed with ease. For the first time, Winterhalter’s pass-through machines are available with different software features.…
Local infrastructure solutions group, Akhani, and South African energy management services company Energy Cybernetics, have joined forces to identify renewable energy and energy efficiency opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa. Akhani Group, a B-BBEE level 1 company, provides turnkey solutions of support infrastructure for the mining, oil, gas, energy sector and related industries and is based in South Africa, Mozambique and Tanzania. The Group consist of Mine Procurement Solutions (MPS) and Vhaselwa Engineering & Management Consulting (VEM). Energy Cybernetics is an energy services company with a 16 year track record in the industrial, commercial and mining sectors. Energy Cybernetics delivers services to…
The November revision of the 2010 Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity (IRP) imposed a price ceiling on any nuclear programme and suggested a decision on plans for 9,600 MW of nuclear power could be delayed for at least two years. The review is yet to be approved by the Cabinet. At a debate on South Africa’s proposed nuclear future hosted by the Academy of Science of South Africa in Pretoria last month, cost concerns dominated the discussion with some experts arguing that nuclear power was one of the cheaper long-term options available, while others noted that it required a high…
The North West University (NWU) in Potchefstroom campus boasts a campus grid-tied PV solar installation system which comprises a 5 x 3kW solar PV system that feeds directly into the engineering faculty’s grid. In addition, a 1 x 3kW island system was installed close to the main entrance of the faculty with the main purpose of charging three electric scooters and an electric bicycle used as transport on the campus. This system was installed as a partnership project between SUNFarming Germany and SUNCybernetics in South Africa to provide practical training opportunities at the NWU for persons at the faculty and…
With the transport industry contributing to approximately 18% of global CO₂ emissions, effective fleet management is an option worth considering for companies who are mindful of green matters. Businesses looking to both save money and reduce their carbon footprint should start with their greatest source of CO₂ emissions, which is their fuel consumption, according to Steven Sutherland, sales director for RSA and Africa at MiX Telematics, a global provider of fleet and mobile asset management solutions. The number of kilometres driven, driving and idling times, jobs per day and time spent at customer sites, as well as other driver behaviour…
As more wind farms become fully operational and put electricity into the constrained South African grid, Wind Energy BirdLife South Africa and South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) have noted and welcomed the increasing commitment to environmental best practice relating to birds and wind power in South Africa. Given the potentially adverse effects of global climate change on birds, BirdLife South Africa and SAWEA share a commitment to renewable energy. Their co-operation led to the adoption of a code of conduct in June 2013 for wind farm developers in South Africa. While the code of conduct does not explicitly deal…
South Africa is at a tipping point in terms of what is required of municipalities to comply with, what needs to be achieved and what is appropriate and necessary to ensure an acceptable and reliable level of performance. This is according to a report released by the Water Research Commission (WRC) in partnership with the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) entitled: Drivers for Wastewater Technology Selection – Assessment of the Selection of Wastewater Treatment Technology by Municipalities in Relation to the Management Capability and Legislative Requirements by M van der Merwe-Botha and G Quilling. Over the past decade, much…
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concluded earlier this month that the shale gas revolution is the key to reducing greenhouse gas emissions blamed for global warming. IPCC scientists said switching from coal to natural gas for electric generation, heating and transportation, can and has curbed greenhouse gasses (GHGs). Breitling Energy's CEO, Chris Faulkner, said he is not surprised by the IPCC's conclusions, but is pleased the scientists have unearthed them at such a critical time for the shale industry. “It's very encouraging to hear that the UN's climate scientists are recognising the value of shale gas as key…
By Karel Steyn, President of the Southern African Association for Energy Efficiency (SAEE) Minister Pravin Gordhan, Minister of Finance, gave notice that section 12L of the Income Tax Act, 1962 (Act No. 58 of 1962), which allows for a deduction in respect of energy efficiency savings, came into operation on 1 November 2013. This allows for tax deductions calculated at 45 cents per kilowatt hour or kilowatt hour equivalent of energy efficiency savings. The value of the incentive was regularly mentioned as a concern during the recent country-wide workshops organised by SANEDI. The benefit for making use of the 12-L…
A Western Cape family has been challenged to help save the planet by reducing energy consumption in their home. Their house will soon receive a makeover by the Green Building Council of South Africa, which is expected to include a range of energy-saving installations to make their home more “green”. It is hoped that they will inspire other South Africans to follow suit, as they aim to cut their electricity consumption by half. Watch in the gallery as the family discusses their energy-saving options. Source: eNCA http://www.enca.com/technology/cape-family-sign-green-home-makeover
South Africa is targeting its rapidly changing renewable energy sector – which is expected to account for more than 20% of the country’s total power generation capacity by 2030, in comparison to the less than 5% it currently contributes – as a source of employment opportunities, according to Frost & Sullivan research. A strong procurement process in a relatively stable political environment, as well as long-term targets and proactive legislation from the government, are expected to drive the expansion of renewable energy. Global pressure, especially from developed countries where coal is increasingly less of a major part of the energy…
Hydraulic fracturing has opened a whole new world of oil and gas, but even Exxon Mobil Corp. says it’s not the world’s best energy source for the future. Energy-efficiency technology will save 500 quadrillion British thermal units over the next 30 years, said Ted Pirog, an energy analyst with Exxon Mobil Corp. “That’s the amount of energy that the world uses today,” said Pirog, who spoke at the North Texas Commission luncheon on Wednesday. “Our greatest source of energy in the future is our ability to use it more efficiently.” Natural gas will be the biggest player, overtaking coal generation…
The Namibian government, together with stakeholders in the energy sector, should draft a law on renewable energy and energy-efficiency as a matter of urgency. Net metering for domestic solar photovoltaic installations must also be made available across all electricity distribution and supply entities in the country, except if they already offer a reasonable feed-in tariff for such systems, and appropriate legislation and regulations should be finalised expeditiously. Renewable energy feed-in tariffs (Refit) must also be finalised and operationalised as a priority. These were some of the suggestions made during the two-day conference on renewable energy in Windhoek, organised by the…
South Africa’s Department of Energy is going to increase the amount of energy it will be procuring under the third window of its renewable energy programme for independent power producers, Energy Minister Ben Martins announced earlier this month. Martins said in a statement that this department would be allocating additional megawatts to the third window of the programme, thus including additional bidders, due to the increasingly competitive pricing offered by the round three bids. “The department will, in this regard, follow a due procurement process to include additional bidders under window 3,” Martins said, giving no further specifics. He added…
South Africa is one of the most promising emerging markets for concentrated solar power (CSP). It has abundant solar resources, a strong need to develop a new source of energy and a robust incentive scheme from the government. So what is the latest from this market and what can we expect from 2014 onwards?How suitable is South Africa for CSP? With a DNI level of 2 800kWh/m₂/a (compared to Spain’s 2 100kWh/m₂/a) and large, flat landscapes, South Africa has the ideal solar resources for CSP. The annual electricity demand of the country is expected to increase from 240,5TWh to 375TWh…
Two key features stand out from the - as yet unreleased - report by the Council for Geoscience (CFG) on South Africa’s coal reserves and resources: the dominance of the Waterberg coal field and the amount of coal that remains unmined in the traditional coal belt around Emalahleni and Middelburg in Mpumalanga. The two are linked and have big implications for future infrastructure developments in the country - the most strategically important of which are aimed at maintaining the supply of coal to a number of Eskom’s existing power stations around Emalahleni and Middelburg, which are rapidly exhausting their local…
An environmental organisation has reported the Department of Energy to the Advertising Standards Authority of South Africa (ASASA) for claiming nuclear energy is “affordable”. The organisation, Project 90 by 2030, has said the Department of Energy must prove their claim of affordability with up-to-date evidence – or destroy their promotional material that carries the message. Project 90 by 2030 has an issue with the nuclear message on promotional notepads and water bottles that the Department of Energy handed out at a recent energy stakeholders’ dinner in Camps Bay. The goods had the department’s logo and the message: “Nuclear power is…
Impressive results displayed in electricity generation and reduction of emissions through use of innovative PV technology JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 23 April 2014 - Trina Solar Limited (“Trina Solar” or “the Company”), a global leader in photovoltaic modules, solutions, and services, has quickly become a key player in the local solar industry, and was recently an integral part of the creation of Africa’s largest industrial grid-tied solar plant. The roof-mounted system was assigned by Belgotex Floorcoverings at their Pietermaritzburg KwaZulu Natal-based manufacturing facility, and the project was developed by Sustainable Power Solutions. Trina Solar was selected as sole supplier of over…
The Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) industry is at a crossroads. The emergence of the United States of America as a potential new supplier of LNG based on shale gas is transforming the industry. During the next few years a significant volume of LNG will come onto the market with changing business models increasing liquidity and providing opportunities for short term trading. Prospects for LNG importers have never been better with the development of Floating Storage Regasification Units (FSRU) enabling small scale localised imports. In addition, new pricing mechanisms are emerging creating arbitrage values between regional markets. It is essential for…
By Nathan Venter, General Manager at Schletter South Africa The Renewable Energy Independent Power Provider Programme (REIPPP) kick-started a revolution in the solar photovoltaic (PV) industry in South Africa and many of its mechanisms , aimed at driving rapid expansion, have created the opportunity to grow the market yet further into sub-Saharan Africa. Ghana, Senegal, Zimbabwe, Namibia and more countries are all on the lips of manufacturers and suppliers in the solar PV industry and the discussion in solar PV circles has changed significantly from pre-2011 when it was about small-scale, rural electrification projects in Africa to become grid-feeding independent…
Schneider Electric South Africa, a specialist in energy management, is pleased to announce that Bernhard Klöss has joined the company as director of its Industry Business in southern Africa. Klöss has held executive posts for the past six years, and also has more than 20 years of experience in the engineering, and oil and gas industries. He therefore brings to the company extensive leadership experience as well as expertise in corporate account management, channel management, operations management, marketing and sales, general industries, and project and product business. As the director for Industry Business, Klöss will be responsible for the marketing,…
he spotlight was once again on South Africa’s power supply system when Eskom recently declared a power supply emergency. While the state-owned power utility is better positioned to handle the constrained situation we face than it was in 2008, in the longer term the country needs to consider a more market-driven demand side driven and competitive model to overcome some of its challenges. That’s the word from GIBB’s Power and Energy Sector General Manager, Paul Fitzsimons, who said in mature markets different power generators sell electricity to a central independent buying office, which then sells the electricity on to energy…
In a logistical feat, a large mining project in the Democratic Republic of Congo has received a total of seven modular water treatment plants – four to treat domestic sewage, and three for supplying drinking water – from Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies South Africa, a subsidiary of Veolia Water. The plants will service construction and operations camps in the area. Six of these plants will be installed at a construction-phase gold mine in the north eastern Democratic Republic of Congo to support construction, maintenance and operations staff, while one of the drinking water plants will be installed at an…
Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, has announced the release of PowerChuteTM Network Shutdown v3.1 with enhanced virtualization support, a network-based server shutdown solution for IT equipment. Equipped with extended virtualization capabilities, PowerChute Network Shutdown v3.1 works in conjunction with the APC by Schneider Electric Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) Network Management Card to enable automatic virtual machine migration and graceful virtual machine and host shutdown in VMware® and Microsoft® Hyper-V clusters. This provides users with the assurance that mission critical equipment will be protected in the event of an extended power failure. “While virtualization has changed the IT…
Wind turbines are often met with mixed reactions; some believe they are unsightly and inefficient while others believe them to be a valid source of clean energy and a thing of beauty on the horizon. The benefits of wind turbines are obvious, autonomous clean renewable energy but the main problem is that they are extremely expensive to build and are often found to be financially unfeasible. Altaeros Energies, a wind energy company formed out of MIT, claim their Buoyant Airborne Turbine (BAT) will produce more energy at a lower cost. The BAT integrates proven aerospace and wind turbine technology to…
Dubbed the most attractive emerging investment destination for solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity, South Africa will this year see a number of new renewable energy projects becoming operational. According to David Dyer, divisional executive for services and renewable energy at Marsh Africa, about three years ago, the Department of Energy announced a Renewable Energy IPP bidding programme with an allocation of about 3725MW of power in five different rounds, with a split between PV (1450MW), wind (1850MW), concentrated solar power (CSP), hydra, landfill gas, biomass and biogas making up the balance. In December 2012, the minister determined that a further 3…
Most South Africans don’t know where their waste flows, have no idea that they should – by Law – recycle and yet, even if they do, don’t know or can’t get to where their separated garden refuse, glass, paper, tins or plastics should be dropped off. Our government aims to have all households in the country's large centres separating their own waste into recyclable and non-recyclable material two years from now. Yet most people aren’t even aware that separating their waste into recyclables at household level is a requirement in terms of the Waste Act. The state of recycling in…
Opinion by Johannes CilliersJohannes Cilliers is Director of Business Development for sub-Saharan Africa at First Solar. First Solar is a leading, global solar energy company. Office +27 21 488 1013 e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), energy production alone accounts for some 15 percent of the world’s total water withdrawal, which amounts to an estimated 580 billion cubic meters of freshwater per year. To put that number into context: global energy generation now consumes enough water per year to fill about 232 million Olympic-sized swimming pools. In fact, thermoelectric power plants already account for over a third…
Schneider Electric Solar Business, a global leader in solutions for solar power conversion chain, has launched a complete range of products for residential, small commercial and off-grid solar and backup power. These products arrived locally for the Southern African market at the beginning of 2014 and reiterate Schneider Electric’s commitment to the solar industry. “Schneider Electric is fully committed to be a leader of the solar industry. At a time of heavy turbulences in the solar market, we accelerate our investment to bring best-in-class products to the market” said Laurent Bataille, Senior Vice President, for the Solar Business of Schneider…
On Monday, 31 March 2014, a team of hydrology experts met at the Water Research Commission (WRC) to explore the shape and future of hydrology research in South Africa. The high-level specialists came mostly from universities (e.g. UKZN, UFS, UP, Rhodes) offering hydrology as a qualification, and science councils (such as the NRF, SAWS, CSIR, SAEON, etc.) and government departments (such as DWA and DST), as well as industry. All agreed that the future of hydrology in South Africa is currently uncertain, with a declining capacity in terms of the number of well- trained hydrologists in the country, lack of…
As an end-of-year bonus to the energy efficiency industry the long awaited “Regulations in terms of Section 12L of the Income Tax Act, 1962, on the allowance for energy efficiency savings” was promulgated and came into operation on 1 November 2013. The allowance is for the purpose of determining the taxable income derived by any person from carrying on any trade in respect of any year of assessment ending before 1 January 2020. It stipulates that there must be allowed as a deduction from the income of that person an amount in respect of energy efficiency savings by that person…
Includes Three Discovered Fields HOUSTON, Texas – March 26, 2014 – CAMAC Energy Inc. (“CAMAC Energy”) (NYSE MKT: CAK) is pleased to announce the Parliament of the Republic of Ghana has ratified the Petroleum Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Ghana, Camac Energy Ghana Limited, the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), Base Energy Ghana Limited, and GNPC Exploration and Production Company Limited (GNPC Explorco) covering the Expanded Shallow Water Tano Block offshore Ghana in the Gulf of Guinea’s Tano Basin. The ratification of the Petroleum Agreement followed approval by the Cabinet of the Government of Ghana, and a…
According to the World Bank only around one-fifth of the Sub-Saharan population has access to electricity, compared with about one-half in Southers Asia and more than four-fifths in Latin America. For a continent to move forward and develop economically, it needs a robust, stable and secure power sector. Africa’s generation capacity has not significantly increased since the late 80’s, leaving it lacking behind the rest of the world and unable to provide access to electricity for its people. Ageing infrastructure and underinvestment in transmission and distribution is perpetuating the electricity crisis on a continent with a population on the rise,…
The World Bank’s global Thirsty Energy Initiative aims to make governments in Africa and elsewhere aware of the interdependencies and foreseeable pressure on water as a resource for energy generation. South Africa celebrated National Water Week this week, in line with World Water Day on 22 March – showing that South Africa is part of the greater water resource cycle. Diego J Rodriguez, senior economist at the World Bank’s Water Unit, explains that there are water-energy challenges in most regions of the world in which there is already competition for existing water resources and dry and water-stress areas. “If we…
First Solar and GE’s power conversion business is utilising their recently established technology and commercial partnership to develop a more cost-effective and productive utility-scale PV power plant design that combines First Solar’s thin-film CdTe modules with GE’s new ProSolar 1 500 volt inverter/transformer system. First Solar has integrated new technology into its modules and optimised them for 1 500VDC applications. Combined with GE’s 4MW ProSolar 1 500V inverter/transformer stations, this development enables power plant engineering design that significantly increases the size of the solar array served by each inverter and reduces the number of inverter/transformer stations required for each plant…
South Africa’s target of building 8,4 gigawatts (GW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity by 2030, combined with the success of its large-scale tendering process in attracting investment to fulfil this goal, positions the country as the most attractive emerging PV market globally, according to analysis by IHS Technology (NYSE: IHS). South Africa scored 66 out of 100 in the IHS Emerging PV Markets Attractiveness Index for the fourth quarter of 2013, which is 17 points ahead of the second-most attractive market, Thailand, as presented in the figure attached. The index ranks the attractiveness of PV markets in emerging countries to…
Energy Minister Ben Martins and the vice-administrator of China’s National Energy Commission, Tan Rongyao, met in Cape Town to discuss China’s interest in participating in South Africa’s nuclear energy projects. According to a joint statement released by Martins and Rongyao, China has proposed an agreement, still under consideration by both parties, which covers the supply of nuclear energy products, infrastructure funding, supplier development and localisation, skills development, and research and development. In 2006, South Africa and China signed an inter-governmental agreement on cooperation in the peaceful use of atomic energy, covering the design, construction and operation of nuclear reactors. The…
South Africa’s first natural gas filling station is now open in Johannesburg. CNG Holdings launched the station in Langlaagte, Johannesburg, as part of its goal of providing natural gas facilities across the country. The objective is to provide clean energy and to reduce transport costs. CNG is also currently converting existing filling stations to offer natural gas as an alternative fuel source. The company is in the process of converting 1 000 taxis to run on natural gas, enabling these vehicles to refuel at the newly launched station. CNG Holdings chief executive officer, Stephen Rothman, believes this will have a…
The Karoo already has the electricity infrastructure to take full advantage of energy derived from shale gas. The US “inadvertently” reached 1997 Kyoto Protocol carbon dioxide emission reduction targets by last year without ratifying the international climate change agreement. This was due to its stagnant economy after the global markets crash, and also because of its shale gas boom. These are a few of the “facts” that came out of the Shale Gas World Africa Conference in Johannesburg this month. The event was part of the Power and Electricity World Africa Convention in Sandton, preceded last month by the Africa…
On paper, South Africa’s long-term energy plans look solid, with coal, nuclear, gas and renewables all viable options. But none are likely to prevent potentially crippling future power crunches in Africa’s biggest economy unless a decision is made soon on when and how to add capacity to the grid. State-owned power utility Eskom is scrambling to finish new power plants, including Medupi and Kusile, massive coal-fired outfits with a combined capacity of about 9 500 megawatts (MW). But they are still several years away from completion, and in the interim Eskom will be battling to keep the lights on, nursing…
In South Africa both carbon tax and carbon offsets are fast becoming a reality. For carbon offsets to be functional, a carbon offset trading system is required. Promethium Carbon has released a report addressing the potential structuring of the market for a carbon offset trading system in South Africa. The purpose of the report is to identify the requirements for such a trading system. The work was funded by the British High Commission’s Prosperity Fund. The South African Government’s climate change strategy allows for the potential use of carbon offsets in two applications. The first is to allow companies to…
A new water metering solution can assist consumers to learn good water habits while helping them improve their credit rating. Some economists suggest that nearly a third of the credit active population of South Africa show signs of over-indebtedness. Naturally, this means their credit rating is low, making it difficult for these consumers to make any positive changes to their lives. In many instances, consumers are in debt to municipalities for their water and lights bills – in fact, some eight million people are known to be in exactly such a position. However, says Larry Symington of MyWater, there is…
The demand for water is becoming more serious with increasing economic development, growth in population, changing lifestyles and shifts in demographic patterns. At the same time, water as a sector is difficult to manage because conflicting industries are vying for the slice of this liquid pie. Competing for every raindropWater is needed in industry for production and manufacture of products and services. Similarly agriculture and food production industries need water too. Then there is electricity generation and primary energy extraction and processing, all of which need water as well. Not forgetting municipal water requirements mainly for human consumption and sanitation.…
To boost the town’s sewage treatment capacity, the Walvis Bay Municipality recently contracted Aqua Services & Engineering (ASE), a subsidiary of the global Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies, to upgrade existing stone-media bio-filters to the company’s flagship trickling filter technology at the local sewage treatment works. This upgrade, valued approximately at R15 million, will significantly improve the quality of final effluent from this portion of treatment, amounting to about 6,5 mega-litres per day. Existing civil works in the form of the old trickling filters’ superstructures were rejuvenated to house the new generation treatment process. “It’s the first time that the…
Namibia, like its fellow Southern African Power Pool members, is currently facing an electricity shortage. Namibian generation capacity is only around 380MW with a demand of over 450MW. At the moment the shortfall is made up by electricity imports, but member countries are struggling to meet their own needs, so these imports are no longer reliable. On evaluation of the country’s options for increased power generation, an attractive option was to rehabilitate NamPowers Van Eck Station, situated in Windhoek. This 120MW coal-fired plant was built in the early seventies and is very close to the end of its life. Virtually…
Nedbank Group has unveiled Africa’s first ever banking branch that fully offsets its energy usage through renewable energy sources. The Lansdowne Corner branch, which is situated in Cape Town, utilises an innovative hybrid power installation, effectively making it a 100% off-the-grid outlet. The grid-tied renewable energy system harnesses solar and wind energy, and converts this to standard mains electricity directly to the Nedbank branch. The Lansdowne Corner branch was transformed to run completely on renewable energy as part of Nedbank’s commitment to being a leading enabler of environmental sustainability in South Africa. So effective is the hybrid energy installation that,…
As South Africa’s wafer-thin reserve margin finally crumbled in the past week to usher in load shedding, irate consumers were again left in the dark in more than one way. Literally, many were in the dark for hours, with no light, no television and no way to boil water for cup of tea. Figuratively, many were surprised to find it all happening again after so many assurances that it wouldn’t. Energy is the heart beat of the economy - cardiac arrest was not what anyone had in mind. Given this bleak situation, the imminent commissioning of more than 600 MW…
Virtually all South Africans have in some or other way been impacted by water supply changes brought on by climate change. On an almost daily basis we see, read, experience increased flooding in some places, increased drought in other places, warmer temperatures here, colder temperatures there; and have to grapple more and more with the adverse impacts of these changes on food security, infrastructure, and a myriad other socio-economic factors. The risk that climate change poses to water supply and demand is a growing global phenomenon but the impacts are most acutely felt at the local level, where municipal managers…
By Andrew Gilder (senior associate) and Mdududuzi Mamkeli (candidate attorney) in the environmental business area at ENSafrica 14 March 2014: The use of biofuels[1] as a renewable energy source presents the potential for numerous environmental, energy security and efficiency benefits to the South African economy. The biofuels industry also has potential as a key source of employment. In light of this potential, government has sought, over the past few years, to put in place a policy environment conducive to the development of a robust national biofuels industry. These attempts have been only partially successful. However, very recently the biofuels policy…
Proudly endorsed by Jacques Kallis and Dale Steyn 575 million people across Africa, 10 million in South Africa alone, are not connected to any form of electricity. Compounded by Eskom’s recent load shedding which has placed enormous strain on business and communities alike, the need for a safe, sustainable, cost-effective and environmentally friendly solution to Africa’s pressing energy problem is critical. ‘Switch to Portable Solar Power’ comprises a full range of portable plug-and-play solar products capable of addressing any power requirement. Endorsed by local cricket heroes, Jacques Kallis and Dale Steyn, ‘Switch to Portable Solar Power’ aims to improve the…
Former US vice president and climate reality project chairman, Al Gore, addressed more than 700 community leaders, entrepreneurs, activists and business innovators who were trained as climate reality leaders during a three-day training held by The Climate Reality Project in Johannesburg, SA. Showing many examples of the effects of climate change in countries throughout the world, people suffering because of severe storms, floods, wild fires, droughts, desertification and famine that is becoming more intense and more persistent than the world has ever seen before, little was left to be said about the reality of climate change. “We are at a…
As a modern building material, wood offers exceptional possibilities. Its potential for engineering and diverseshapes is limitless and it shows additional benefits as one of the most environmentally sustainable buildingmaterials in the world. So said the introduction to the fourth Wood Conference held this February at theCTICC in Cape Town. Architects, engineers, quantity surveyors and timber experts were invited by organisersHWZ International to discuss the global value and sustainability of using wood in the building industry.A number of Issues pertaining to wood, forestry and the entire value chain that is based upon them in SouthAfrica came to the fore during…
Extracting valuable by-products from municipal sewage and re-using them in crop fertilisers and day-to-day consumer applications is gaining popularity, and industry is already capitalising on this controversial new resource, according to experts at the world’s largest supplier of water services, Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies. At the company’s technical seminar, which was held in Johannesburg towards the end of last year, Laurent Schmitt, design and build general manager at Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies South Africa, discussed the concept of nutrient and product recovery with top municipal and industrial figures. “Instead of seeing municipal sewage as something that needs to…
Since its inception in 2010, the Industrial Energy-Efficiency Project in South Africa (IEE Project) has assisted industry to over R230 million in energy savings. This has been achieved through the promotion and implementation of Energy Management Systems (EnMS) and Energy Systems Optimisation (ESO) in approximately 30 plants from energy-intensive sectors. The objective of the IEE Project – which is implemented by the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) in partnership with the United nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) – is to contribute to a sustainable transformation of industrial energy usage practices in South Africa. As part of this…
By Robbie Louw, director of Promethium Carbon A lot has been said about the introduction of a carbon tax into the South African economy. It is difficult to maintain a clear head in all the noise, so one needs to go back to the fundamentals from time to time. This article takes a step back and looks at the principles. Most taxes are fundamentally a penalty on doing something good. A carbon tax is a penalty on doing something bad. Making profit is good for the economy and yet the businessman making the profit is penalised with corporate taxes. Emitting…
Soventix South Africa supplied and installed a ground-mounted solar plant at the Oldenburg Vineyards in Stellenbosch last year. The installation comprised SMA Inverters (3x SMA STP 17 000L-10), Soventix Modules (190 x 235 Watt Project Pro P Series) and Schletter Mountings (FS Uno Mounting System), and measures 44,65kWp in output capability. The plant, which took a week to install, was built to reduce the client’s reliance on utility power as well as reduce power costs on the farm. Solar energy provides an important contribution to electricity supply. This contribution will continue to increase rapidly in the coming years, both at…
SA forecast to follow international financial assistance mechanism trend Renewable energy technologies will supply between 5% and 8% of the world’s mining industry power consumption by 2022, according to research released last week by Navigant Research. The report, which analyses the global market for renewable energy in the mining industry, predicts that renewable energy will pick up significantly in the industry, as innovative finance mechanisms increase. According to Arthur Chien, CEO of Talesun Energy, increased adoption of renewable energy practices is the key driver to achieving a sustainable future for South Africa’s mining sector. “Renewable energy provides stable and reliable…
EnviroServ acknowledges key role played by CargoWare Waste management is a social, economic and environmental priority but the business of waste management has become increasingly complex and costly. EnviroServ has led the way in responsible waste management in Africa for over 50 years and some new innovative and integrated logistics software is likely to ensure that the company will continue to maintain this position in the future. Seeking to streamline existing procedures and optimise fleet, fuel and cost management, EnviroServ contracted CargoWare, a specialised logistics software solution provider, to install and integrate its management software. The move has optimised and…
The Honourable Deputy Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Ms Rejoice Mabudafhasi and the Executive Mayor of the Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality, Cllr Kgosientso Sputla Ramokgopa, have launched the War on Leaks project in Mamelodi on the 7th of March 2014. This project will see 200 youths benefiting from a skills development programme and basic plumbing job opportunities within the City of Tshwane as part of the Tshepo 10 000 initiative over the next three years. Fiberpipe has responded to the call of Government for private sector involvement and active participation in addressing the socio-economic challenges faced by our country in…
Dr Chris Haw, Managing Director at SOLA Future Energy (Pty) LTD and Spokesperson for South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) A recent article by SAPVIA’s chairperson, Davin Chown, puts into perspective the unacceptable situation that we again face with regard to our electricity supply in South Africa. The Minister of Public enterprises, who on the 26th February was heard on 567 Cape Talk radio claiming that all government departments are working furiously to rectify the situation, failed to acknowledge the role of the private sector in solving our electricity crisis. The only new generation capacity added to the national grid…
Africa’s growing industrialisations requires new thinking to reduce CO2 emissions; prioritising alternative energy generation methods and growing energy consumption. Innovative hydroelectric energy generation technology has proven to be a leading cost effective choice and a huge success for commercial operations. Mining is a prime mover in Africa’s economic growth but faces its challenges to connect to reliable sources of energy. Mine operations relying on diesel generated energy face a risky supply chain to transport diesel to remote areas in Africa. Even where diesel is practical, the risk of rising costs and environmental issues are significant. As director of French hydro-turbine…
By Robbie Louw, a director of Promethium Carbon, a carbon advisory firm.The Minister of Finance gave an update on the Government’s intentions with respect to the introduction of a carbon tax in the Budget Speech on Wednesday. The introduction of the tax on the emission of greenhouse gas emissions will bedelayed by one year to 2016. In addition, the introduction of carbon tax is intended to occur at the same time as a reduction in the electricity levy. The delay is following issuesconcerns raised during public consultation and input from the Department of Environmental Affairs that the carbon tax should…
In their quest to deliver world-class solutions to the South African market, Xylem Water Solutions South Africa officially celebrated the opening of its brand new location in Cape Town, with an intimate breakfast soiree on 13 February. The expert team at Xylem Water Solutions South Africa decided to open the branch as an ongoing drive to improve efficiencies and increase customer convenience, by merging two sales branches into one ‘super site’ in the areas where their clients operate. Xylem’s new Cape Town office now offers all water pumping and other fluid management solutions under one roof, contributing to better customer…
Daniel joined BP in 1989. Since then he has held a number roles based in the UK, Belgium, South Africa, the Netherlands and Germany. These have included National Retail Sales Manager South Africa, Retail Portfolio Manager Western Europe and Performance Planning & Business Development Manager for Retail Europe. Since 2006, Daniel has been based in Bochum, Germany where he held a number of roles associated with the company’s retail and franchise operations. Prior to his role as CEO Daniel was the Operations Director for Poland, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, Austria and Switzerland. Announcing his appointment, Thandi Orleyn, BP Southern Africa Chairperson,…
The eThekwini Municipality has a state-of-the-art green building developed for it by City Architects. The new eThekwini Water and Sanitation (EWS) Customer Service Centre in KE Masinga Avenue is built using Corobrik’s NFP Plaster Brick and Firelight Satin Bricks, while Firelight Plinth Stretcher bricks were added for special facings. Corobrik’s managing director, Dirk Meyer, says design innovation and green construction are long-term priorities for this building, and as a result the use of clay bricks in the overall design ensured that the structure complied with the green briefing. “Clay brick is extremely versatile and compatible with complementary green building methods…
The world is on track to blow the 2°C carbon budget estimated by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPPC) for the next 89 years, within a period of 21 years, according to an analysis carried out by PwC. This puts the world on a path consistent with potential global warming of around 4°C by 2100, the most extreme scenario presented in the recent IPCC 5th Assessment Report on climate science. The results from the 5th annual PwC Low Carbon Economy Index examine the amount of energy-related carbon emitted per unit of GDP needed to limit global warming to 2°C.…
South Africans are now beginning to use renewable energy from the national grid. A solar power plant built by the global energy provider Scatec Solar and local partners has become the first utility-scale renewable energy facility to supply electricity to Eskom after connecting to the grid three months ahead of schedule. Officially opened in November last year, the 75 megawatt (MW) Kalkbult solar photovoltaic (PV) plant near Petrusville in the Northern Cape will generate 135-million kilowatt hours a year, equivalent to the annual electricity consumption of 33 000 households. It has been fully commissioned in ten months, with construction commencing…
Expert international energy audit identifies significant potential reduction in power costs and consumption at iconic stadium A major new energy-efficiency project is kicking off at one of South African sport’s best-loved sports venues, with the first assessment and audit phase now completed. Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg means memories for millions of rugby, soccer and music fans, but there are massive power requirements for a venue which can accommodate up to 65 000 people. In late October, two renowned international energy engineers and stadium experts, Prof Volkmar Bleicher and Alexander Knirsch, undertook a comprehensive audit of Ellis Park’s power consumption.…
Given the tragic events in Hlalani in 2013 as well as Mothotlung earlier this year, plus the estimated R670 billion needed over the next 10 years to offer access to previously unserviced communities, grow and maintain water infrastructure, and rehabilitate existing infrastructure, it is patently obvious that South Africans must pay greater attention to their water supplies – both in terms of using it wisely and ensuring that the source remains sustainable. For the South African National Bottled Water Association (SANBWA) this means further developing, monitoring and measuring its environmental vision which is to improve members’ environmental stewardship. It also…
Energy price volatility is currently the number one critical uncertainty keeping energy leaders around the world awake at night, with the global recession and future climate framework remaining serious concerns and unconventional fossil fuels showing the biggest upward trend. On the global action agenda, energy efficiency and renewable energy take top priority, according to the 2014 Word Energy Issues Monitor that was released by the World Energy Council (WEC) at the African Energy Indaba. “This is an unprecedented time of uncertainty in energy,” comments Dr Christoph Frei, secretary general of the WEC, who points out that twenty years back, one…
Innovative technology that uses algae to convert waste coal dust into a clean, high-quality coal which can readily be processed into biofuel was publicly demonstrated at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth last month. The pioneering technology has been developed by the university over the past three years with funding from the Department of Science and Technology, and plans are afoot for its products to be commercialised, the university said in a statement. One of the main areas of research at the university’s Institute of Chemical Technology, InnoVenton, has been the conversion of waste coal into a usable,…
The Petroleum Agency of South Africa (Pasa) estimates that recoverable reserves of shale gas in the Karoo are about 40-trillion cubic feet — much less than the US Energy Information Administration’s (EIA’s) estimate of 480-trillion cubic feet. Pasa resource development manager, David van der Spuy, told Parliament’s energy committee on Thursday that while it seemed much lower that the initial estimate, it was still a significant resource which could be commercially exploited. “Our best estimate is 40-trillion cubic feet,” Van der Spuy said. He said the EIA had revised its original estimate down to 370-trillion cubic feet and then 211-trillion…
Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda recently agreed to develop a joint power generation project to increase power supply in these three countries. This agreement was reached during a meeting of the heads of state of the three countries in Kampala, Uganda, dubbed the Fourth Northern Corridor Integration Projects Summit. Since June last year the three countries are pursuing several joint integration initiatives, especially cross-border infrastructure projects, as well as other schemes designed to ease movement of people and goods and services across the region. “Work on power inter-connection should be completed in the following timeline: Republic of Uganda by February 2015,…
AREVA and Schneider Electric have signed a strategic partnership agreement to develop energy management and storage solutions based on hydrogen fuel-cell technology. Under the terms of this agreement, both groups will combine their expertise in order to design and propose energy storage solutions that guarantee the reliability of electrical grids for isolated sites and areas where access to power is limited. AREVA will provide the Greenergy Box™, an energy storage solution made with an electrolyser and fuel cell. This is used to store hydrogen and oxygen from water electrolysis during periods of low energy demand in order to produce electricity…
Concentrated solar power (CSP) may increase its actual capacity by 2 100MW in the REIPPPP with the new proposed Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). The South African CSP market could be 1,5 times bigger than the current largest market, Spain. The Department of Energy (DoE) has called for public comment on an updated version of the IRP and the responses will be used to inform the Cabinet, who will decide in March about the future allocation of South Africa’s energy mix for the next 20 years. CSP stands to increase substantially – up to 3 300MW – at the expense of…
In partnership with the Department of Energy, Sasol has launched the Integrated Energy Centre (IeC) at Makwane Village in the Free State Province last month. The centre will deliver energy essentials such as petrol, diesel, lubricants, and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) to the doorsteps of the rural poor. An IeC is a one-stop energy shop owned and operated by a community cooperative. It provides energy solutions to communities; access to affordable, safe and sustainable energy services; and information on how to handle and utilise energy resources including liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). In addition, IeCs promote the development of small businesses…
High energy price volatility has for the first time replaced global climate framework as the number one critical uncertainty driving the world energy agenda, according to the 2014 World Energy Issues Monitor. Global climate framework uncertainty, which still is a key uncertainty, is now perceived by energy leaders to have less impact than in the previous three years of the study. Meanwhile, carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) continues to be viewed as technology with only a limited impact on the energy sector, continuing the clear trend over the past three years. The study further finds that energy leaders are…
The annual Africa Energy Indaba, the World Energy Council’s (WEC’s) African regional event, took place from 18 to 20 February in Johannesburg, South Africa. “This year the Africa Energy Indaba took itself to the next level,” says Brian Statham, chairperson of the South African National Energy Association, the WEC member committee which co-organised the event. He added that the WEC’s studies released at the World Energy Congress “have been drawn through into the Energy Indaba programme, and were discussed as plenary sessions, within an African context”. The event had a new addition this year – the Indaba Energy Leaders’ Dialogue.…
The Gauteng MEC for Infrastructure Development, Qedani Mahlangu, says there is a need to develop policies that address issues of energy security, social equity and environmental sustainability. Mahlangu was speaking on the second day of discussions at the Africa Energy Indaba in Sandton on Wednesday. “We need to move beyond business as usual. The energy ‘trilemma’ is more poignant to developing countries within the African continent than ever before. “We need to develop energy policies which decisively address the conflicting challenges of energy security, social equity and environmental sustainability. We need a cohesive solution,” she said. The trilemma is described…
Wits University scientists have debunked two big myths around climate change by proving firstly, that despite predictions, tropical storms are not increasing in number. However, they are shifting, and South Africa could be at increased risk of being directly impacted by tropical cyclones within the next 40 years. Secondly, while global warming is causing frost to be less severe, late season frost is not receding as quickly as flowering is advancing, resulting in increased frost risk which will likely begin to threaten food security.According to Jennifer Fitchett, a PhD student in the Wits School of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies…
From the brand that is synonymous with durability, quality and unmatched reliability, Marley is proud to introduce MEGAFLEX Dragline Hoses to its comprehensive portfolio of plastic pipe solutions for the irrigation industry. This high pressure PVC hose is designed to provide superior environmental and performance benefits to uphold more sustainable water management in irrigation practices. Manufactured with a high quality polyvinyl chloride (PVC) inner liner and outer cover, and added longitudinal reinforcement for extra durability, MEGAFLEX Dragline bears a tell-tale registered stripe that is exclusive to the MEGAFLEX brand. This stripe represents the benchmark of quality hoses, and has been…
Energy price volatility is currently the number one critical uncertainty keeping energy leaders around the world awake at night, with the global recession and future climate framework remaining serious concerns and unconventional fossil fuels showing the biggest upward trend. On the global action agenda, energy efficiency and renewable energy take top priority, according to the 2014 Word Energy Issues Monitor that was released by the World Energy Council (WEC) at the African Energy Indaba.“This is an unprecedented time of uncertainty in energy,” comments Dr Christoph Frei, secretary general of the WEC, who points out that twenty years back, one major…
HONOURABLE DIKOBE BEN MARTINS,MP AT THE AFRICA ENERGY INDABATUESDAY, 18 FEBRUARY 2014 SANDTONProgramme Director,HE Minister Yaluma, Ministry of Mines, Energy, and Water, Zambia,Fellow panelists,Ms Marie- Jose Nadeau, Chairperson, World Energy ,Dr Ibraham Mayaki, Chief Executive Officer of the NEPAD Planning and Co-ordination Agency,Mr Brian Statham, Chairman, The South African National Energy Association,Energy and infrastructure leaders and representatives from various African countries,Esteemed Representatives of Government, State owned companies and Regulators,Senior officials of the World Energy Council,Distinguished stakeholders of the Energy industry , Good morning!!I wish to commend the organisers of the Africa Energy Indaba.The Indaba affords us all an opportunity to…
24 February 2014: As Eskom declared 2014’s first ‘state of emergency’ last week, enforcing the contractual obligations of large users to reduce electricity consumption in order to keep the lights on, wind energy in South Africa has proved its viability as the first wind farms provide power to the grid. This latest declaration again highlights the vulnerability of the nation’s electricity supply and the need for additional capacity. It comes at a time where the first utility scale wind farms developed under the government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) have begun exporting electricity to the grid, making…
Solar Capital, a prominent solar energy producer in South Africa, has walked away with the prestigious Best Renewable Energy Company in Africa at the recently held ‘The New Economy Sustainable Energy Awards 2013. Other winners at the awards include Eskom as the Best Energy Group in Africa. As the sustainable energy sector progresses into a period of encouraging growth, The New Economy Sustainable Energy Awards recognises the innovators and industry leaders who have bettered standards, performance and expectations around the world. Albert Lennon, Chief Executive Officer of Solar Capital, says that the company is honoured that their hard work on…
SolarWorld is lighting up Intaka Island’s Environmental Education Centre, as World Design Capital Cape Town 2014 project #WDC338, with a state of the art solar installation that showcases the environment, sustainable living and green technologies in an eco-energy classroom in South Africa. Says Gregor Küpper, Managing Director of SolarWorld Africa, this solar-powered project combines urban development and nature conservation to provide innovative and sustainable solutions that maximise long term educational opportunities for the City. Set amidst the 16Ha wetland and bird sanctuary, the Intaka Island eco-centre is situated within Century City, approximately 7km from Cape Town’s CBD, just north of…
High energy price volatility has for the first time replaced global climate framework as the number-one critical uncertainty driving the world energy agenda, according to the 2014 World Energy Issues Monitor, released today by the World Energy Council (WEC). Global climate framework uncertainty,while still is akeyuncertainty, is now perceived by energy leaders to have less impact than in the previous three years of the study. Meanwhile, carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) continues to be viewed as a technology with only a limited impact on the energy sector, continuing the clear trend over the past three years. Christoph Frei, WEC…
A special range of cables designed to repel dirt and prevent the accumulation of material on its surface has dramatically improved hygiene in “clean room” environments such as hospitals, restaurants and food manufacturing facilities throughout the world. As a result Helukabel’s specially developed Nanoflex product range was recently awarded the international Wire and Cables Technology award for excellence in the cabling and connectors category. The prestigious award showcases the best products available worldwide in the wire and cabling sectors. Nanoflex cable technology from Helukabel was recognised for its technologically advanced antimicrobial insulation materials that prevent the spread of harmful organisms…
Executives from global Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC) majors Acciona, Sener and TSK together with The Dow Chemical Company met to celebrate the companies’ strong relationship and commitment to emerging Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) markets. A consortium comprising the three contractors was recently awarded the EPC contracts by Saudi-based ACWA Power to build the Bokpoort 50MW CSP Plant in Northern Cape, South Africa and Noor 1 160MW CSP Plant in Morocco. Dow’s DOWTHERM™ A was the Heat Transfer Fluid of choice for these plants. “Investing in alternative industry is part of the region’s strategic growth agenda. As the market leading…
Abengoa’s plant will produce 16.3 Ml of water per day, benefitting more than 250,000 people February 13, 2014.- Abengoa (MCE: ABG.B/P SM /NASDAQ: ABGB), the international company that applies innovative technology solutions for sustainability in the energy and environment sectors, has completed the construction of the project to supply drinking water from Xangongo to Ondjiva in the province of Cunene, southern Angola. The project involved construction of a plant with a capacity to treat 16.3 Ml of water per day. The company was also responsible for laying 100 km of pipelines that will transport the water from the River Cunene…
JA Solar is the first solar company to receive such certification from CQC SHANGHAI, China, February 11, 2014 - JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. (Nasdaq:JASO) ("JA Solar" or the "Company"), one of the world's largest manufacturers of high-performance solar power products, today announced that the performance of the Company’s solar modules in extreme environments has been certified by the China Quality Certification Center (“CQC”), China’s largest professional certification body. JA Solar is the first solar product manufacturer to receive this CQC accreditation. As part of the certification process, JA Solar modules were tested for reliability and durability under high temperatures…
Grundfos improves pump motors to boost premium efficiency and intelligence The Grundfos CME PumpGrundfos has released what it claims to be one of the most intelligent and energy-efficient pump motors in the world. The company has unveiled its new line of MGE and MLE motors - with integrated frequency converters up to and including 2.2 kW. The MGE/MLE motors (models H & I) operate above the minimum requirements for the new IE4 motor efficiency level as defined by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) in the upcoming standard for rotating electrical machinery, IEC 60034-30-1 Ed.1 (CD)[1]. "Customers will get a standard…
B- and M-Class are environmental champions Stuttgart/Hamburg. Mercedes-Benz B 200 Natural Gas Drive and Mercedes-Benz ML 250 BlueTEC 4MATIC are "AUTOTEST Environmental Champions 2014". The two models took first place for the Compact Van and SUV categories respectively in the environmental ranking which the AUTOTEST product-testing magazine of the German AutoBild Group carries out annually together with the ÖKO TREND institute for environmental research. The independent Wuppertal-based institute delves beyond the vehicle's fuel consumption, examining the entire life cycle – from production through to recycling. The ÖKO TREND institute has been publishing an environmental ranking for cars annually since 1997.…
Availon announced today that its portfolio of wind turbine under maintenance has reached the 2GW milestone since its foundation in 2007. In just six years, Availon has established itself as global leader of multi-brand wind turbine maintenance services to reckon with. Availon has experienced steady growth and currently employs a workforce of around 300 employees. In addition to focusing on its core market of Germany, the company is also steadily expanding its global strategic position in the United States, Italy, Spain and Poland. “We are not only recording clear growth in our core market of Germany, but also primarily in…
It was clear at the C40 Cities Mayors Summit, hosted on African soil for the first time, that cities play a key role in confronting climate change, both on local and global scales. According to Michael Bloomberg, outgoing C40 chairman and former mayor of New York, that is because cities account for 70% of global carbon emissions and two thirds of the world’s energy use. Mayors have a broad range of executive powers that they can use to reduce those emissions and around the world cities are taking action. C40 works with these cities to affect climate change strategies and…
Eskom must build more intelligence into the electricity grid if a proper mix of energy sources is to reduce risk and increase flexible capacity generation as part of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), says Nathan Venter, GM of Schletter South Africa. The Department of Energy (DoE) IRP is currently open to comment as part of a draft update, due for closure on 7 February and submission by March this year, and has downgraded the projected reliance on nuclear, coal and wind technologies while increasing solar photovoltaic (PV) and gas. Yet, there remains many contrasting points of view on just how…
In the last couple of years, the mining industry has faced many challenges, grappling with high operational costs and fluctuating commodity prices, on top of ongoing strike action and wage negotiations. 25 Degrees in Africa talked to William Gould, CEO of Tsebo Energy Solutions about how sustainable energy solutions can assist mines in maximising their bottom line. According to Gould, roughly 30% of operating costs of mines goes into energy and particularly electrical energy. While many players recognise value in going the efficient route, implementation is often a challenge on its own. “Mines are very conscious of their energy consumption…
With the successful bidders for Round 3 of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) announced, it has emerged that the price of wind energy has dropped dramatically to a simple average of 74 cents per kilowatt hour – decreasing significantly from the already highly competitive price of the previous round. This is despite adverse exchange rate changes between the bidding rounds. Wind power in Round 3 was approximately 31c/kWh or 30% cheaper than the projected cost of new coal power from Eskom’s Medupi plant. This is in addition to the pollution cost of coal power that the University…
South African companies listed on the JSE Top100 participate in the global CDP on an annual basis. The CDP is backed by more than half of global institutional investors and it asks major companies to disclose in what way they are exposed to climate change. The announcement of the South African results comes within a week after the conclusion of the latest Conference of Parties of the UNFCCC, also known as COP19. Comparing the results of the South African CDP with the outcome of COP19 highlights some interesting trends as well as points towards possible successes and failures. The importance…
The focus on the renewable energy sector has never been higher, with governments around the world setting tough targets for the amount of energy provided by renewable sources. The global demand for renewable energy continued to rise in 2012, supplying an estimated 19% of the global final energy consumption, according to The Renewables Global Status Report, published by REN21. Given the financial hurdles of many renewable energy projects and the speed of change in renewable energy technology in what is still a relatively new industry in South Africa, contractors and developers in the field require specialist risk and insurance broking…
Positive sentiment is starting to seep back into the mining environment, as key players acknowledge the need for better collaboration, healthier partnerships and more certainty about future policy. Attending the 2014 Mining Indaba in Cape Town this week, SRK chairman Roger Dixon said it was encouraging to hear Minister of Mines Susan Shabangu highlighting the value of the mining sector to SA’s economy, and the importance of supportive regulations. He said it was also important that she emphasised how Africa’s mining development had to be integrated with its infrastructure development initiatives over the long term, rather than expecting “quick wins”…
The wastewater treatment technology of the future “When chemicals are used to treat water, one is actually adding secondary pollution to the water. In other words by solving one problem, you are in actual fact creating another one”. These are the words of Palmach Zeevy, Executive Chairman & founder of Pollution to Water (P2W). P2W was established in 2005 and has a number of commissioned sites in Europe and Israel. In Africa, the company currently has 4 projects at mines that it operates at the size of 12 to 14 Ml per day, treating every possible contaminate in one system.…
The world is set to face several significant challenges in balancing global energy needs in addressing the triple challenge of the energy trilemma over the next four decades, according to a new report entitled “World Energy Scenarios: Composing energy futures to 2050”, presented by the World Energy Council (WEC). The WEC study assesses two policy scenarios: the more consumer-driven Jazz scenario, and the more voter-driven Symphony scenario, which places greater focus on climate change mitigation and adaption. The myth-busting report highlights that energy demand is set to double by 2050, driven by non-OECD growth. To meet this growing demand, the…
Did you know that private cars account for a staggering 87% of the energy used on transport in and out of the Central City today, and with this region currently using 7100 terajoules of energy per year, unchanged behaviour will see us consuming 12600 terajoules* per year by 2030? To put it in context, one terajoule of energy is enough energy to power a single family’s home for thirty years. This bit of information is just one piece out of many in a report released today that pinpoints the carbon output and energy consumption of Cape Town’s central city. The…
A significant pipeline located in Southern Africa that is currently under construction is expected to accommodate the region’s growth water demand projected to 2030. As part of the construction of this more than 8km, 3.5m diameter pipeline, a number of innovative technologies have been required for what is said to be Sub-Saharan Africa’s largest water pipeline. One of these was the design, manufacturing and testing of a 3.0m dismantling joint. This article provides details of the overall requirement in terms of the supply, delivery and testing of the electromagnetic flow meter. To account for the water that is to be…
Uniross, the rechargeable battery manufacturer, endorsed by the WWF, is one of only nine suppliers to have scored in the range of 74% to 94,44% in a Massmart/Walmart environmental survey. A total of 500 Massmart suppliers were invited to complete the survey and in total 268 responses were received, equating to a 53% response rate, more than double the response received in previous years. Based on survey feedback; 38.8% of respondents were from the general merchandise category, 19% from the food category, a combined 21.6% from the building materials and home improvement category, 10% from the non-edible food category, 4.7%…
Finnish energy company Fortum Oyi is substantially refurbishing its hydropower plant in Imatra in the southeast of Finland between 2013 and 2015. The project involves the complete refurbishment of two of the power plant’s seven units. In the run-up to the project, Fortum aimed to use as many local suppliers as possible in the project’s subcontracting work. As SEW-EURODRIVE Oy was the only company capable of offering a complete package (see info box), it was awarded the contract for modernizing the intake gates. The turbines, generators, and electricity and automation systems will be upgraded in units three and four that…
In its quest to provide innovative solutions to Africa’s energy challenges, the continent’s premier energy event is launching the Indaba Energy Leaders’ Dialogues. The 2014 Africa Energy Indaba will bring together global and regional energy leaders to exchange views on critical issues facing the energy industry, in what will be a “first” for the African continent. The Energy Leaders’ Dialogues will take place from the 18-20 February at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg in informal, off the record discussions. The high-level, invitation-only events will provide an intimate setting where energy champions can discuss pressing energy issues. Topics to be…
Energy storage as a natural process is as old as the universe itself - the energy present at the initial formation of the universe has been stored in stars such as the sun, and is now being used by humans directly or indirectly for example to grow crops. Energy storage has evolved over the years with one of the more commonly known mechanical applications being the control of waterways to drive water mills. Complex systems of reservoirs and dams were constructed to store and release water and the potential renewable energy it contained. Today, electrical energy can be stored in…
Late last year, COP19 discussions were held in Poland regarding developing nations’ carbon gas emissions. Andrew Gilder sheds light below on the significance of the discussions last year in light of SA’s position on climate change. 1. What is the significance of the COP19 discussions held late last year, especially in light of participating countries’ policies on climate change? COP17 held in Durban in 2001 set a deadline for finalisation of the post-2020 international climate change legal regime by the end of 2015. There has been only slight progress towards this goal at COP18 and COP19. Consequently, the next two…
Energy ministers and delegates from 19 countries committed to the creation of an ambitious initiative, the Africa Clean Energy Corridor, at a meeting in Abu Dhabi, convened by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The Corridor will boost the deployment of renewable energy and help to meet the rising African energy demand with clean, indigenous, cost-effective power from sources including hydro, geothermal, biomass, wind and solar. The ministers and delegates endorsed the Action Agenda on the evening of IRENA’s Fourth Assembly, which began on 18 January in Abu Dhabi. “The Africa Clean Energy Corridor will provide the continent with the…
The engineering group DCD Wind Towers is on track to complete the construction of its R300-million wind-tower manufacturing facility in the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), in the Eastern Cape, by 3 February 2014. The 23 000m² factory will have the capacity to produce 110 wind towers a year, with the intention to increase production to 200 wind towers a year. The wind towers will be manufactured for various original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that are part of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). Wind tower sizes will range from 120m in length and nearly 5m in diameter, with…
Sasol Limited’s chief executive officer, David Constable, and the South African Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, inaugurated Sasol’s new ethylene purification unit, known as the Ethylene Purification Unit 5 (EPU5), in Sasolburg on 14 January. Located at the Sasol Polymers Plant in Sasolburg, the R1,9-billion ethylene purification unit aims to address the growing demand for polyethylene material. The plant will also ensure better utilisation of Sasol’s existing downstream polyethylene facilities. In delivering his opening remarks at the official opening, Constable said: “Through the installation of the new ethylene splitter, considerable production capacity has been freed up to…
Two South African cities have been selected as finalists in the 2014 Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) Earth Hour City Challenge, a global competition that recognises the substantial long-term efforts of cities to combat climate change. The two contenders, Cape Town and Durban, were among six South African cities that participated in a collaborative programme between the WWF and ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability by registering their green urban development plans for building, transport, energy and food systems on the carbon Cities Climate Registry (cCCR), an internationally recognised carbon reporting platform managed by ICLEI. The other four participating local cities…
Johannesburg is already experiencing the impact of climate changes by frequent flooding, drought, heat waves and extreme hail storms.Climate change is anticipated to increase the population migration into Johannesburg as people face natural resource scarcity and the collapse of agricultural livelihoods due to rising temperatures and extreme weather conditions. A projected increase in the City of Johannesburg’s (CoJ) population (that is not purely as a result of population growth) will put additional strain on the city’s infrastructure and resources. Considering that climate conditions are becoming more unpredictable in future, Joburg’s strategies in adapting to climate change, take cognisance of scarce…
According to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) Global 500 Climate Change Report 2013, 50 of the 500 largest listed companies in the world are responsible for nearly three quarters of the group’s 3.6 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. As the wave of global consciousness grows for businesses to be more environmentally, socially and economically responsible, South African businesses need to strongly consider integrating sustainability strategies into their New Year’s resolution plans. This is according to Arthur Chien, CEO of Talesun Energy, a leading supplier of solar energy solutions, who says that companies need to look at championing…
Uniross, the rechargeable battery manufacturer, endorsed by the WWF, is one of only nine suppliers to have scored in the range of 74% to 94,44% in a Massmart/Walmart environmental survey. A total of 500 Massmart suppliers were invited to complete the survey and in total 268 responses were received, equating to a 53% response rate, more than double the response received in previous years. Based on survey feedback; 38.8% of respondents were from the general merchandise category, 19% from the food category, a combined 21.6% from the building materials and home improvement category, 10% from the non-edible food category, 4.7%…
Promethium Carbon has received an award in recognition of its outstanding contribution to Africa’s economic growth and development evidenced by the number of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) methodologies and projects in South Africa, Namibia and Kenya it has registered with the United Nations. The Star Excellence Award was presented at the Africa - Middle East Energy Outlook Forum & Awards Ceremony at the Sheraton Hotel in Abu Dhabi, during the World Future Energy Summit (WFES 2014). “In total, Promethium has registered over 15 carbon credit projects in Africa, from a wide variety of renewable energy, energy efficiency, waste-to-energy and fuel-switch…
Fanie Brink, Agriculture and Biofuels Advisor The construction of a 158 million litre bio-ethanol plant in Bothaville from grain sorghum as a feedstock is very short-sighted as far as both the biofuels strategy of the government and its policy to develop small black farmers are concerned. The latest position paper on the South African biofuels regulatory framework for the development of the local biofuels industry was announced last week by the Minister of Energy, mr Ben Martins, and published in the Government Gazette in terms of the National Energy Act of 2008. Several reasons for this short-sightedness are related to…
Waterboard uses CAPEX programme to accelerate water sectorskills developmentOn 23 January 2014, Magalies Water launched the pilot of the innovative Magalies Water Capacity Building Programme. The programme is designed to address the need for skilled and employable students. . The students were drawn from the following fields: engineering, technicians, technologists, artisans, scientists, process controllers, and plant operators, amongst others. Magalies Water provides water services in the following Provinces: North West, Limpopo, and Gauteng... New opportunities for accelerated capacity building for students were identified in the organisation’s extensive programme to upgrade existingand develop new water infrastructure to meet growing demand for…
According to figures released by the Department of Energy, around 3.2 million households in rural areas are still without electricity, despite more than 200,000 being connected to the national grid in the 2012/13 financial year complementing 5.7 million connections made in the 1997-2011 period. “While the electrification of South Africa is being achieved as fast as can be expected, there are many households still without power,” says Jack Ward, managing director of Powermode, a South African power provisioning company specialising in the design and implementation of back-up power sources for domestic, commercial and industrial applications. “It is now recognised that…
JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ: JASO) ("JA Solar" or the "Company"), one of the world's largest manufacturers of high-performance solar power products, and Powerway PV SA Pty., Ltd (“PWSA”), a leading provider of comprehensive solar farm construction services, today announced that they have formed a Joint Venture to establish a solar module manufacturing facility in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The facility, located in Port Elizabeth’s COEGA Industrial Development Zone, will service customers in South Africa and the broader Southern African region with solar modules assembled from JA Solar’s high-efficiency cells. Production is scheduled to begin in the second quarter…
South Africa’s mining industry continues to face tough times plagued by increasing costs and continued industrial action, which together with lower production and international demand weakness have resulted in shrinking margins and wide ranging impairment provisions for the industry. The significant decrease in profitability of the industry has also resulted in a substantial contraction in market capitalisation of South African mining stocks. This decrease is in line with international mining counterparts, who are also struggling with higher costs and lower prices. A weakening rand over the period shielded the local mining industry to a certain degree from the decline, with…
South Africa’s mining industry continues to face tough times plagued by increasing costs and continued industrial action, which together with lower production and international demand weakness have resulted in shrinking margins and wide ranging impairment provisions for the industry. The significant decrease in profitability of the industry has also resulted in a substantial contraction in market capitalisation of South African mining stocks. This decrease is in line with international mining counterparts, who are also struggling with higher costs and lower prices. A weakening rand over the period shielded the local mining industry to a certain degree from the decline, with…
The year 2014 is expected to be an important year in the energy industry in South Africa. The first generation activity at Medupi is expected, clearer guidance on nuclear and shale gas is expected, the renewable energy (RE) industry will continue its significant expansion and the Department of Energy will unveil its amended long-term energy roadmap – this is on the back of a challenging 2013. The South African economy has been slowing down over the last 18 months, predominantly as a result of the spill-over effect of the global economy. Various growth adaptations have been seen over the past…
At the end of December 2013, Volvo Construction Equipment’s Braås facility completed its journey towards becoming carbon neutral. The 45,000 m2 site in southern Sweden, which specializes in the design and manufacture of articulated haulers, is now powered entirely by renewable energy sources – including wind, biomass and hydropower – that neither produce harmful emissions nor contribute to the greenhouse effect. This momentous achievement follows in the footsteps of the Volvo Group’s trucks facility in Ghent which sets the standard for emissions-free industrial manufacturing in 2007. And just as Ghent became the first carbon neutral facility in the automotive sector,…
Figueres to consult C40 Mayors on the UN climate process, in recognition of the impact of local actions to reduce carbon emissions and climate risks.January 15, 2014 (New York, NY) – Today the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) announced that Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, will participate in the fifth biennial C40 Mayors Summit, leading a discussion on how the UN can play a greater role in working with megacities to advance their leading efforts on climate action. The C40 Mayors Summit will take place in Johannesburg…
The Innovation Hub, Africa’s first accredited Science and Technology Park formalised in April 2013 its strategic partnership through the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with FONGIT, a Swiss high technology business incubator, to support the development of new enterprises in healthcare, IT/ ICT, gaming, biosciences and the green economy sectors. FONGIT manages, on behalf of the State of Geneva, a dedicated cleantech incubator focusing on technologies for smart-cities. The Innovation Hub (TIH) is a subsidiary of the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency, which is an agency of the Gauteng Department of Economic Development. Mr McLean SIBANDA, CEO of…
AUTHORITATIVE Engineering News-Record (ENR) has placed international engineering consultants Royal HaskoningDHV in 9th position in Africa, confirming the company’s global expertise and capabilities. ENR compiles and publishes rankings of the largest construction and engineering firms annually, measured by gross revenues. It also provides news, analysis, data and opinion for the construction industry worldwide. ENR released its latest Global Sourcebook in December 2012. Royal HaskoningDHV, which has a Level 2 B-BBEE Status, is involved in some of the biggest projects on the continent. The recent rankings are recognition of the company’s sustainable and innovative solutions in Africa. The group’s global rankings…
Availon announced today that it has won a 124 MW maintenance contract for two Italian wind farms from Alpiq Holding Ltd., the Swiss energy group that owns and operates the two farms. The full service maintenance contract runs for a 10 year period, and covers 62 Gamesa wind turbines. Both wind farms are located in Sicily. Availon have taken over responsibility for the maintenance of the wind turbines, after the expiry of the wind farms warranty period. The 40 MW Enpower 3 Wind farm consists of twenty 2 MW G8X Gamesa turbines, located in Cattolica Eraclea, in the Agrigento region.…
Fracking the Karoo for natural gas may not be the solution to South Africa’s electricity shortfall. The so-called energy boom, which fracking could potentially bring to South Africa’s economy, if given the go-ahead, is likely to be short lived. This is according to Arthur Chien, CEO of Talesun Energy, who says that should fracking become the norm in South Africa, the long-term repercussions on the economy as well as the effect on the environment and public health, may be staggering, not to mention the potential clean-up costs that will fall on taxpayers for decades to come. Chien says that in…
The ongoing Water Research Commission-funded project, the South African Mine Water Atlas, will provide water managers with a comprehensive reference on the extent of mine-influenced water in the country, both on the surface and underground. The project is being led by consulting firm Golder Associates. Once completed, it will be the most comprehensive document of its kind in South Africa. Mining has been an integral part of the South African economy for over 100 years. The industry employs close to 500 000 workers and contributes 18% of the country’s gross domestic product. The mining sector is also a large user…
Johnson Controls Global WorkPlace Solutions (GWS), a leading provider of facilities and real estate management, has launched a new offering called Enterprise Energy Services to help global 1,000 companies reduce energy consumption and meet carbon-reduction targets. The service is distinct in the corporate real estate marketplace because it delivers the expertise of energy professionals, hardware, software and guaranteed savings from a single company. The new offering combines energy-centered operations and maintenance practices, energy advisory services and energy efficiency projects into a self-funding continuous energy improvement program, supported by an enterprise data management system. Enterprise Energy Services combines Johnson Controls’ facilities…
BASF presented its comprehensive range of innovative water solutions dedicated to the desalination industry at the World Congress of the International Desalination Association (IDA) held in Tianjin, China, in October last year. One highlight of the range is the new T-Rack® 3.0, based on inge® ultra-filtration membrane technology for seawater desalination pre-treatment. BASF also unveils the next generation of the Sokalan® RO-Xpert software with its feature of precisely predicting scale inhibition capabilities of BASF’s environmentally beneficial Sokalan® RO anti-scalants. “We were proud to present to the IDA World Congress participants BASF’s unique water solutions for the various desalination processes including…
Industrial and residential applications and products There are many significant advantages stemming from the use of heat pumps. These range from reduced running costs and efficiency gains to combining them with under-floor heating systems. Heat pumps are essentially renewable energy products which use small amounts of energy collected from the ground or air to transfer heat from one location to another, providing a total heating and hot water solution for a property. As the renewable energy extracted is free, the only cost incurred when collecting energy for heat pumps is the electricity required to run them. Heat pumps are often…
South African companies have demonstrated leadership in their commitment to transparency, their improvements in disclosure and the voluntary adoption of emission reduction targets. The CDP in South Africa is a long-standing partnership between the London-based CDP and the NBI. The South African CDP report is supported by KPMG as the lead sponsor, the Industrial Development Corporation and the South African Post Office. Analysis of questionnaires sent to companies and compilation of the CDP report was undertaken by Incite Sustainability with input from the NBI. The South Africa Top 100 JSE listed companies’ response rate of 83% ranks South Africa as…
South Africa finds itself in a unique position when it comes to water. Although the country can be defined as a water-stressed country, it is not the lack of water that is the most problematic aspect of water and sanitation needs – it is rather the treatment and delivery of water to those who need it. If not addressed, several serious problems could arise that could prove to be the seeds of future crises. In these situations, water-related problems would have a serious impact, causing the country’s social and economic life to take a turn for the worse. With this…
Programme DirectorRepresentative(s) of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)Representatives of Provincial and Local GovernmentsRepresentatives from other Government EntitiesOfficials from the Department of Environmental Affairs and other Government DepartmentsRepresentatives of the AcademiaRepresentatives of the MediaDistinguished GuestsLadies and gentlemen I welcome you to the launch of the report on South Africa’s Environmental Performance Review compiled by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). We as South Africa, very much appreciate the fact that even though we are at the moment still non members of the OECD, the OECD as an international cooperation organisation, which, among other things, provides technical…
NBI partners with UK and SA Governments for Private Sector Energy Efficiency project 4 December 2013: The National Business Initiative (NBI) has today announced the launch of the Private Sector Energy Efficiency (PSEE) project, aimed at encouraging all South African businesses to understand their impact on the environment and to participate in energy efficient initiatives. The NBI was awarded £8.6-million (in excess of R100-million) by the UK Government through its Department for International Development (DFID) to implement a countrywide programme of support for energy efficiency improvement to the private sector. Joanne Yawitch, CEO at the NBI, says the main aim…
The recent release of the Physical Science Basis of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 5th assessment report reaffirmed the certainty that climate change is happening and is exacerbated by man-made emissions. The IPCC 5th Assessment Report is the largest, most complete review of peer reviewed and published climate science. The science demands action globally to reduce or mitigate our emissions and adapt to the changing conditions we are likely to experience. The South African government has responded with policy and legislation focused on emissions reduction, including the possibility of a carbon tax, and is investigating the impact of…
Engen Lubricants, a leading marketer of cutting-edge, locally manufactured and imported lubricants, will introduce Hydrokin ESF, a hydraulic fluid with excellent energy-saving properties, to its customers in the South African and SADC markets this month. Anton Allner, strategy manager at Engen Industrial Lubricants, says the numerous sectors that consume hydraulic fluids (including mining, engineering and energy) can save up to 11% on their machines’ power use by merely changing fluids. He says the small amount of energy consumption needed with Hydrokin ESF is due to its better sealing performance at all operating temperatures around machine parts including pumps, pistons and…
Eskom’s 4 800MW Kusile Power Station – which is under construction in the Mpumalanga province – was named as a project finalist in Bentley System’s 2013 Be Inspired Awards competition for its innovative use of a virtual 3D plant simulator. Once completed, Kusile Power Station will consist of six units – each generating 800MW, adding a total capacity of 4 800MW at completion – making it one of the largest coal-fired power stations in the world. Using the Bentley MicroStation platform and associated Bentley Civil Products, Eskom created a fully immersive 3D, virtual and interactive model of Kusile that gives…
ArcelorMittal plans to reduce its electricity bill by building an 800 megawatt (MW) compressed natural gas plant at a steel-making facility in the Western Cape, the Business Report newspaper said on Friday. Intensive power users say expensive tariffs in the local economy make them uncompetitive. Earlier this year, the energy regulator gave the nod to power utility Eskom to raise prices by 8% annually over five years. Electricity makes up 44% of ArcelorMittal’s Saldanha plant costs. The facility uses 160MW of electricity at a cost of R750m each year. If the project receives all the necessary approvals, ArcelorMittal will import…
The bio-diverse Verlorenvlei estuary has been stripped of redundant electrical infrastructure, in a move which is set to reduce bird deaths in the area. The Verlorenvlei estuary along the west coast of South Africa is an important feeding area for South Africa’s most endangered birds and serves as a sanctuary for over 189 species of birds. Verlorenvlei was proclaimed a Ramsar site in 1991. “We’ve had quite a lot of incidents where pelicans and flamingos have collided with power lines,” project co-ordinator of the Wildlife and Energy Programme for the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT), Constant Hoogstad, told News24. A section…
Results show carbon budget limits are now within the planning cycle of major infrastructure and business investment decisions, increasing the risk of stranded assets. The world is on track to blow the 2°C carbon budget estimated by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPPC) for the next 89 years within a period of 21 years, according to an analysis carried out by PwC. This puts the world on a path consistent with potential global warming of around 4°C by 2100, the most extreme scenario presented in the recent IPCC 5th Assessment Report on climate science. The results from the 5th…
Innovation in South Africa’s agricultural sector is needed to provide a systemic solution to the country’s rising cost of transport, food and power. According to the REN21 Global Status Report, Brazil, China, India and South Africa are leading the development of large-scale innovative programmes that address the challenges of energy access and sustainability within rural communities. Innovative off-grid energy technologies must be phased in to meet the demands of the agricultural sector’s 3.6 percent annual growth and delink it from non-renewable power sources across the food chain from source to consumer. South Africa has vast untapped renewable energy sources especially…
Today, Sasol launched its Sasol turbodieselTM ULS 10ppm in the South African market. This is the lowest sulphur content diesel available in South Africa and has advanced detergency and lubricity properties to keep the engine and fuel injection system clean and well protected. It is ideally suited to compliment the modern day fuel to enable these engines to run efficiently, while producing less harmful exhaust emissions. Sasol turbodieselTM ULS 10ppm is guaranteed to contain 10ppm sulphur or less and allows latest technology vehicles fitted with exhaust after treatment devices to operate freely in South Africa and will require less regeneration…
Stringent environmental regulations and aging facilities fire up the global services market - China, India, Brazil and the Middle East expected to be MRO hotspots The increasing demand for processed fuels has placed maintenance repair overhaul (MRO) services under the spotlight. At the same time, the spiralling costs of MRO resources are constricting the margins of its service providers. China, India, Brazil and the Middle East are expected to be MRO hotspots as their refinery capacities are expanding in line with their ambition to become regional refinery hubs. Recent analysis from Frost & Sullivan (http://www.energy.frost.com), Global Oil & Gas Refinery…
400,000 people now have guaranteed water security. Johannesburg 18 October 2013 A team from Royal HaskoningDHV were announced the winners in the water category with the St Helens Rock Pump Station upgrade project at the recent South African Institution of Civil Engineers Annual Awards, held in Johannesburg. Sharing the presentation stage with Royal HaskoningDHV was Cllr Mondli Chaliza Ugu District Municipality Deputy Mayor. The project presented many challenges which were overcome through high level innovative engineering – aspects that convinced the judges that the team from Royal HaskoningDHV were worthy winners! The project involved the rehabilitation and upgrading of 1970’s…
COEGA celebrated today as it put pen to paper on an R300-million investment deal with industrial gas company Afrox. The organisation said this was the first public announcement of a secured investor in this financial year and that other deals were in the pipeline. “Coega has really gained momentum over the past few years in spite of a tricky global economic climate and we have shown sustained investor attraction, particularly on strategic and high impact projects,” said Christopher Mashigo, Coega Development Corporation (CDC) Business Development Executive Manager. “Clearly investors are closely watching the developments at the Coega Industrial Development Zone…
The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has confirmed that it received BHP Billiton’s official response this week to Eskom’s application for a review of the utility’s electricity supply contracts with the miner’s aluminium. Only after this meeting would Nersa be in a position to decide whether it felt it was within its mandate to hold public hearings into the controversial commodity price-linked contracts. Section 32 compels the regulator to investigate complaints of “discrimination regarding tariffs or conditions of access”. The legislation stipulates that Nersa is required to institute a formal investigation and act to ensure that any licence…
PetroSA, South Africa’s state oil company, is looking for an acquisition target as it pursues a goal of supplying a quarter of the fuel needs in the continent’s largest economy by 2020, from about 5% now. “We’ve got an aspiration to enter into the downstream market by way of an acquisition,” chief executive officer Nosizwe Nokwe-Macamo told reporters in Johannesburg recently at a strategic update presentation by the company. “How we do that, is something that is not yet completely defined. We would love to acquire one of the companies in this country.” The state-owned company is considering buying a…
Eskom’s Medupi Leadership Initiative (MLI) – aimed at helping local unskilled and semi-skilled workers to find employment after completion of the power station project near Lephalale – is setting the precedent as the largest post-construction work opportunity programme of its kind in South Africa. Medupi presents the first-ever work opportunity for many of the more than 17 000 workers on site at the largest construction project in the Southern Hemisphere. Eskom launched the MLI together with contractors, organised labour, local government and traditional leaders in April 2013 in an attempt to extend the benefit of employment beyond the project and…
A tool that can measure an organisation’s carbon footprint and help reduce its emissions has been developed by international consulting engineering firm Royal HaskoningDHV. The tool will be beneficial to companies, especially when South Africa’s carbon emission tax comes into effect in 2015, and will enable companies to save money by identifying processes or technologies with high carbon emissions and replacing them with more efficient options with lower carbon footprints. Royal HaskoningDHV has recently performed a computation using the tool for the eThekwini Municipality and a programme of intervention is being drawn up to lower its carbon footprint. Siva Chetty,…
BASF’s Global Business Unit, Fuel and Lubricant Solutions, recently announced the appointment of Umongo Petroleum Additives as its distribution partner for its lubricant oil additives, base stocks and components for metalworking fluids in South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa. Umongo Petroleum Additives has a long established reputation in this lubricant market, and the new partnership will be an important aspect in the future growth of this portfolio of products. The dedicated team at Umongo Petroleum Additives is looking forward to offering their technical and commercial support to the industry for this range of BASF products. In 2009, BASF acquired Ciba, followed…
With high operating and development costs surrounding many offshore Arctic fields, profit can only be achieved with decreased state taxation rates under current market conditions, says an analyst with the research and consulting firm GlobalData. Domagoj Baresic, GlobalData’s analyst covering upstream oil and gas, states that the interplay between potential profit gains and high costs will likely be most evident in the Russian Federation, which has a strong state policy of developing upstream resources in its untapped Arctic frontier. According to GlobalData, Russia has 27 confirmed offshore oil and natural gas planned fields in the Arctic Circle, some of which…
The internationally-recognised manufacturing and engineering company DCD was presented with the Distinguished Contribution to the Advancement of Local Content in Wind Energy Award by the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) in September 2013 for its continued efforts and contributions towards promoting localisation in the energy sector. SAWEA is a non-profit organisation representing the local wind industry. Its members, who are local and international entities active in the wind energy supply chain, collaboratively promote the sustainable use of commercial wind energy in South Africa. SAWEA presented the award to DCD at the Windaba gala dinner hosted in Cape Town, in…
One of Sika’s ready-to-use mortars was the sole product required to refurbish a water-speed reduction channel that flows into the Zuikerbosch Pumping Station situated in Vereeniging, Gauteng.
Global clean energy usage is becoming a priority for countries worldwide and South Africa is no exception. The fourth annual China Sourcing Fair will exhibit solar and energy products at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand from 7 to 9 November 2013. Solar energy is a distinctive solution and contribution to the South African energy-mix. The Integrated Resource Plan 2010, states that at least 42 percent of electricity used in South Africa, must originate from renewable energy sources. As South African consumers are becoming more aware of their carbon footprint, business owners and volume buyers have the opportunity to offer…
Municipalities across Africa are adopting new technology and ICT (Information and Communication Technology) options in their efforts to increase revenue collection. Increased revenue collection, and the management thereof, will improve the ability of the municipality to sustain and even expand service delivery to their residents and customers. Many African countries have already recognised the pivotal role that technology plays in achieving successful revenue collection. A recently launched electronic tax payment system in Tanzania has shown remarkable increases in revenue collection. Since it was launched earlier this year nearly US$3million has been collected, a 57% increase on the same period for…
Successful implementation of the REIPPP will stimulate investments in large, utility-scale RE systems CAPE TOWN, South Africa – 10 October, 2013 – The potential for renewable energy (RE) generation in South Africa is high, and the successful execution of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPP) has powered the growth of the RE industry in the country. New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (http://www.energy.frost.com), South Africa Renewable Energy Project Tracker, finds that the REIPPP aims to generate 3,725 megawatt of the country’s total electricity from renewable sources. RE accounted for less than one percent of the energy mix…
Indisputable and proven cost-saving technology hits local shores for diesel engine users; offering vehicle fuel cost saving of 6%* upwards and 8%* CO2 emissions reductions, as well as up to 19%* NOx and in excess of 25% reduction in CO and SO2. What better way to enter the Southern African market with a 15-year international track record, loads of ‘heavyweight’ enterprise customers,  proven local trials, client endorsements and a ‘ready-set-go’ infrastructure to deliver great fuel cost-savings and a substantial reduction in the release of noxious gases? The Rentar Fuel Catalyst (RFC) can rightfully claim fuel cost-savings of 6%* and close…
Abengoa’s Solana, the US’s first large-scale solar plant with thermal energy storage system, begins commercial operation Photograph of Solana, the world´s largest parabolic trough plant with a total installed capacity of 280 MW (gross) and also the first solar plant in the United States with thermal energy storage. Download image: http://www.abengoa.es/export/sites/abengoa_corp/resources/gestion_noticias/images/20131009_NP_Solana_alta.jpg About Abengoa Abengoa (MCE: ABG.B) applies innovative technology solutions for sustainability in the energy and environment sectors, generating electricity from renewable resources, converting biomass into biofuels and producing drinking water from sea water. (www.abengoa.com) For any questions, please contact the following: Communications Department: Patricia Malo de Molina Meléndez. Tel.…
A bilateral partnership between the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) and the Department of Social Development (DoSD) has contributed to the dreams of a young, aspiring scientist. The 14 year old Phinda Runeli  obtained a silver medal for the development category at the Nelson Mandela Bay Region of Eskom Science Expo for young scientists and took part in the national competition which was held at the Birchwood Hotel in Johannesburg from the 25- 28 September 2013. Phinda said taking part in the national competition was challenging but has spurred his enthusiasm to compete again. “I have learnt a lot, I’ve managed…
South Africa has a history of producing world class research and technologies in a number of niche areas, most recently in the form of the widely publicised digital laser coming out of the CSIR. The country is also well positioned to tap high growth opportunities on the African continent through the integration of high tech knowledge with a relatively strong understanding of the sub-Saharan context. At the same time, for emerging technology entrepreneurs South Africa, and Gauteng in particular, it can be a frustrating place; more money and possibilities than anywhere on the continent but no clear starting point. In…
With the first South African professionals qualified to lead an audit team to certify a company as ISO 50001-compliant having recently graduated, South Africa now has the capacity to support industry to become energy-efficient at the highest possible standard. Following the adoption of the SANS/ISO 50001 standard, the Industrial Energy-Efficiency Project (IEE Project), together with the South African Auditor and Training Certification Authority (SAATCA), developed and convened two SANS/ISO 50001 lead auditor and training provider courses in 2012 and 2013 respectively. These courses have produced South Africa’s first lead auditors qualified to conduct SANS/ISO 50001 enterprise audits and provide training…
Wind turbine maker Suzlon Group (which has a subsidiary in South Africa that is a SANEA member), has stated that its subsidiary Repower will be supplying turbines for new wind farms at Clashindarroch in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, Eye Airfield in Suffolk in southeast England, Hampole in Yorkshire and Westnewton in Cumbria. “We are particularly delighted to continue our working partnerships with Vattenfall, Broadview Energy and Temporis Capital, as well as signing our first contract with Good Energy, with whom we look forward to working with in 2013 and beyond,” Andreas Nauen, chief executive officer of Repower Systems, said. The Clashindarroch Wind…
According to reports, PetroSA, the state’s oil and petroleum company, is expected to make an announcement soon on the acquisition of a stake in the operations of fuel retail and forecourt owner Engen, although no details are available yet. “PetroSA has continuously indicated a willingness to venture into the downstream market,” PetroSA spokesman Thabo Mabaso said. “The company is speaking to various partners, and discussions are continuing.” Engen spokeswoman Tania Landsberg said the company does not comment on shareholder issues. For almost two years, PetroSA has been engaged in behind the scenes negotiations on the transaction, but it seems that…
While the winter period went well without having to implement load shedding, South Africa’s electricity supply would remain constrained over the coming summer months, Eskom’s senior general manager, Andrew Etzinger, said. Speaking at an energy-efficiency workshop hosted by the South African Property Owners Association in Midrand, Etzinger pointed out that electricity consumption during the 2013 winter was back at the 2007 levels, partly as a result of slow economic growth, but also due to the implementation of Eskom’s integrated demand management programme. He added that a significant amount of maintenance had been completed during the winter, but further maintenance was…
The recently released World Economic Forum’s (WEF’s) Global Competitiveness Report has revealed that South Africa, while still enjoying a coveted second spot, has been overtaken by Mauritius as the most competitive country in sub-Saharan Africa, and has slipped one ranking to 53rd in the 2013/2014 report. According to Hennie Heymans, managing director of DHL Express, infrastructure is a key indicator in the report, and South Africa needs to focus on infrastructure to improve the country’s competitive ranking. Heymans says efficient infrastructure is critical for ensuring the effective functioning of the economy, as it is an important factor in determining the…
Eskom’s plans to retrofit the Medupi Power Station with flue gas desulphurisation (FGD) – a mechanism that controls emissions or emission control equipment – six years after each unit has been commissioned, remain unchanged and do not differ from the original environmental approval. The delay in the retrofitting of the FGD referred to by Earthlife Africa and Groundwork is aligned with the delay in the commissioning of the generating units at Medupi. Since the FGD will only be retrofitted after the National Emission Standards come into place in April 2015, Eskom has to apply for a postponement of the compliance…
INNOVATIVE gas application techniques used in the welding process are being introduced to the Eastern Cape market by national gas company, Air Products, as part of its new air separation unit (ASU) in the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), which is due to be constructed over the next year. This development is sure to guarantee peace of mind for the region’s growing manufacturing sector – led by an automotive industry that is dependent on gas for all manufacturing processes. Air Products recently hosted a business breakfast with the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber giving insight into the advancements in welding…
New research by Johnson Controls, a leader in delivering solutions that increase energy efficiency in buildings, shows energy efficiency interest rose 116 percent globally since 2010, with those who set goals making the greatest strides in reducing energy use. Momentum is also growing for green building certification and green tenant space leasing, although 22 percent cite a lack of funding as the top barrier to investment. This is according to Johnson Controls Energy Efficiency Indicator, a global survey of more than 3,000 decision-makers in 10 countries. Philip Gregory, senior regional executive Middle East and Africa, for Johnson Controls Global WorkPlace…
Renowned international expert in energy conservation, energy management, urban sustainability and performance contracting, Dr Stephen A Roosa, will be presenting the US-based Association for Energy Engineers (AEE) Certified Renewable Energy Professional (REP) training course in South Africa at its launch in November 2013. The Energy Training Foundation (EnTF), the approved training partner of the AEE for the Southern African region and training provider for the Southern African Association of Energy Efficiency (SAEE), will be presenting the first Certification programme in South Africa designed to recognise the expertise and experience of professionals involved in the specification and application of renewable and…
Impala Platinum operates their Refineries in Springs on the East Rand about 20km from O.R Tambo Airport. In light of the listed activities that contain several emission limits that need to be complied with by 2015 and 2020 respectively. Impala pro-actively started monitoring their stack emissions against these requirements. The ignition process where the metal is formed generates emissions like hydrochloric acid, ammonia, chlorine and ammonium chloride. To address the ammonia fumes an ammonia scrubber was installed in 2005. The filter material on the system servicing the ignition furnaces could not effectively remove the problematic aerosol ammonium chloride. Due to…
Leading glass bottle manufacturer Consol has managed to signifi-cantly reduce its CO2 footprint at its flint glass manufacturing plant in Nigel, Gauteng, by adopting the MOVIGEAR decentralised drive system developed and by supplied by specialist drive engineering company SEW-EURODRIVE. The glass manufacturing process requires a considerable amount of energy and Consol, which has an estimated capacity to produce more than one million glass containers per year, introduced a number of environmentally friendly measures in its production process in 2011 to reduce its power consumption, and the MOVIGEAR drive system is among these energy saving solutions. The SEW-EURODRIVE MOVIGEAR mechatronic drive…
  Pretoria, Thursday 12 September 2012 - The Gauteng Accelerator Programme (GAP), a portfolio of high profile innovation competitions, launched three new initiatives for researchers and entrepreneurs in the information and communication technology (ICT), green economy and medical sectors on 9 September 2013. The competitions are being hosted by The Innovation Hub Management Company, a subsidiary of the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency (GGDA), which is an agency of the Gauteng Department of Economic Development (DED). GAP is an expanded version of what previously used to be called the Gauteng Innovation Competition and GAP Biosciences programme which, over the past…
The Department of Environmental Affairs has approved the emergency request from the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) and the salvage team working of the stricken MV Smart vessel to dump 10 000 tons coal from the vessel in to the sea as an interim measure. About 50 000 of tons coal spilt into the ocean soon after the vessel ran aground. MV Smart, a bulk carrier that ran aground in Richards Bay last month, has spilt in two, making it almost impossible for the salviors to carry out other alternative dumping solutions. The approval of emergency dumping of coal…
SATURDAY, 21 SEPTEMBER 2013   Taking place at a beach, river, stream or water source near you!   Early morning beach cleanup at Muizenberg This year, the world’s largest annual volunteer effort for ocean health, the International Coastal Clean-Up (ICC), will take place on Saturday, 21 September 2013. According to Plastics|SA, the official coordinator of the annual beach and river clean ups that take place around South Africa, they are once again expecting thousands of South Africans to volunteer their time and energy in an effort to keep our country’s beaches beautiful and litter free.   “This day is undoubtedly…
The National Business Initiative (NBI) recently announced its success in a bid from the United Kingdom (UK) Department for International Development (DFID) worth ₤8,7 million, to implement a countrywide programme of support to the private sector in energy-efficiency improvement – at this stage called the Private Sector Energy-Efficiency Project (PSEEP). The DFID has recognised the need to provide direct support to South African companies through the NBI, building on its experience in the sector and its successful mobilisation of the private sector’s engagement and involvement in COP17. The initiative is supported by South Africa’s Department of Energy and will build…
The long-term success and sustainability of the South African nuclear energy sector is entirely dependent on the establishment of a local content threshold, and international manufacturing and engineering company DCD is appealing to government to take a proactive approach in formally announcing this figure as a matter of urgency. At its annual industry convention hosted in Port Elizabeth from 14 to 16 August 2013, the Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (NIASA) suggested that a 59 per cent local content threshold is a viable figure if all South African resources and capacity is fully utilised. This will encourage all vendors,…
hile the AMD problem has not yet been solved in a sustainable manner, sufficient progress is being made on a number of fronts to warrant cautious optimism. A significant new development is the shift in focus in some mining companies directly located in key areas. The most encouraging of these is Mintails, where the executive management has decided to embrace the concept of stewardship as the guiding framework for their water policy and stakeholder engagement platform. This pledge was made public when Mark Brune, in his capacity as Executive Chairman of the Board, made a commitment to embrace the UN…
This year the month of September will once again be Plastics SA’s Clean-up and Recycle Month, which will culminate in National Recycling Day on 20 September and the 28th International Coastal Clean-up Day on 21 September. Douw Steyn, sustainability director of Plastics SA, says: “What originally started as a plastics industry drive in 1996, has since developed into a country-wide awareness campaign that enjoys the support and involvement of the National Recycling Forum (NRF) and all the players in the packaging industry, including the glass, cans and paper converters and recyclers. During September we see packaging leaders united around a…
Cobalt International Energy Inc. (Cobalt) (NYSE:CIE) recently announced that it has entered into a new rig contract in West Africa. The West-African Total Gabon-operated Diaman #1B well recently reached its total depth of 5 585 metres and encountered approximately 50-55 metres of net hydrocarbons in the objective pre-salt formations. Cobalt also confirmed that operations continue to progress on the Lontra #1 well in Block 20 and the Mavinga #1 well in Block 21 in offshore Angola. Results from these wells are anticipated later in the third quarter or early in the fourth quarter. Cobalt owns a 40% working interest and…
On Friday, 16 August, the University of Johannesburg’s (UJ’s) Solar Society hosted its first open day and the official launch of the society. “South Africa is well-positioned to become a world leader in alternative energy applications. In order to realise this potential, energy innovation must be promoted through technology development and commercialisation”, says Prof Willem Clarke, chief executive officer of Resolution Circle. The UJ Solar Society was established to take advantage of student participation beyond the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment. The society organises students from different faculties to support the objectives of the programme and to encourage…
After Tullow Oil Plc (TLW) discovered oil in the East African state of Kenya, the country is set to start shipments in 2016, overtaking neighbouring Uganda as Africa’s primary oil exporter. Exports will underpin Kenya’s shilling currency and are being pushed by a government that wants a lead on Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, whose East African resources in recent years attracted explorers such as China’s CNOOC and France’s Total SA. “Exporting oil will allow Kenya to diversify export earnings and act as a catalyst for infrastructural spending, especially on the transport network,” said Phumulele Mbiyo, regional…
Moody’s investor services has affirmed Eskom’s long-term foreign currency rating with a negative outlook and downgraded the company’s stand-alone credit quality by one notch. In its announcement, Moody’s stated that the reasons for the downgrade were the deterioration of Eskom’s stand-alone credit profile due to the leveraging of its balance sheet to fund its capital investment programme, and the negative financial impact of the lower-than-expected tariff increases granted by NERSA. Operating a power system with a much-diminished reserve margin has severely impacted Eskom’s financial performance. Eskom has had little choice but to run all available power stations irrespective of the…
The South African government is going ahead with plans to build the third coal-fired electricity power station in South Africa to follow after the Medupi and Kusile power stations. According to Rob Davies, the Minister of Trade and Industry, the recent Cabinet lekgotla took a decision to immediately take steps to resolve South Africa’s energy constraints. Other measures would include finalising the process of authorising shale gas exploration in a responsible and environmentally-friendly manner and exploring opportunities in the biofuels industry. “The focus of the government, business and labour must be on accelerated implementation of domestic plans to grow the…
South Africa’s renewable energy efforts ramped up with the launch of the country’s first large-scale high-resolution Wind Resource Map. The Wind Resource Map would be a vital instrument in the government’s planning for efficient use of the country’s wind resources, Energy Minister Ben Martins said in a statement. The map currently covers the Western Cape and parts of the Eastern and Northern Cape provinces. The information promises not only to cut down on development time and costs, but also to help level the playing field between larger and smaller players in the industry. Denmark is providing financial support to South…
The chief executive officers (CEOs) of seven leading biofuel producers and European airlines recently launched an industry-led initiative to speed up the deployment of sustainable biofuels in Europe. Second-generation biofuels can reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by at least 65%. During the Brussels meeting, Leaders of Sustainable Biofuels established a common strategy based on several actions aimed at accelerating market penetration and technology deployment and use. The group of leaders also plans to address national policymakers, the European Commission and the European Parliament with a single voice as they believe that second-generation biofuels can play a key role in reducing…
The recipients of the SANEA/SANEDI Energy Awards 2013 were announced at a prestigious awards ceremony and banquet hosted by Brian A Statham, chairman of the South African National Energy Association (SANEA), on 22 August. In his keynote address, Statham paid tribute to the many men and women who are striving on a daily basis to ensure that South Africa enjoys a stable and secure energy future.   The South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) has chosen to collaborate with SANEA in recognising South Africans and their achievements, specifically by promoting awards in the research and innovation sectors. The SANEDI/Record…
A Tale of Renewed Cities Improving energy efficiency in urban transport systems could slash spending by up to $70 trillion by 2050, according to a newly-published report – ‘A Tale of Renewed Cities’— by the International Energy Agency (IEA). It would also reduce emissions harmful to health and climate, and transform 21st century cities into safer, more pleasant places to live. The study delves into over 30 case studies worldwide, demonstrating how cities have improved their transport systems, primarily through reducing car use and increasing public transport options. It pays particular attention to the innovations and best practices adopted by…
For the 4th consecutive year, Energy Cybernetics has been making its Energy Barometer tool available to building owners and facility managers to participate in the National Energy Barometer Survey (NEBS). The Energy Barometer is a non-intrusive and cost-effective process to determine the energy consumption stance of a building in relation to others in a similar market and environment. NEBS endeavors to compile an accurate database of building energy use information in the country and is supported by the Central Energy Fund (CEF), the National Energy Efficiency Agency (NEEA), the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) and the Energy Training…
Substantial investment and decades of international experience has placed global engineering consultancy firm SMEC as a frontrunner in ensuring the continued development and upgrade of water infrastructure in Africa.  The international SMEC Group water division is undertaking projects worldwide to the value of an estimated US$40-million, and SMEC general manager for water and environment, Pula Herath points out that the division boasts a geographical footprint across 13 countries in Africa. "Water is a scarce resource worldwide, nowhere more so than Africa. To ensure that this precious commodity is efficiently managed on a local level, SMEC places a high priority on…
In 2013 Daimler AG is once again asserting its market leadership in electric cars in Germany. In the first half of 2013 the electrically powered models from Mercedes-Benz and smart achieved a market share of 42 percent. The absolute leader is the electric smart, which heads the registration list for electric cars with 983 units and a market share of 40 percent. Compared to the previous year, the company has therefore increased its unit sales of electrically powered models in Germany by around 80 percent. Prof. Dr. Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, responsible for…
At the inaugural South African Water, Energy & Food Forum (SAWEF) Gala Awards hosted at Montecasino in Fourways, long-time struggle stalwart and fiercely independent academic, Professor Kader Asmal, was posthumously awarded the first ever SAWEF Order of Leadership by Deputy Minister of Water Affairs, Ms Rejoice Mabudafhasi, and SAWEF co-founder and noted environmentalist Professor Anthony Turton. The award was received on behalf of the family by  professor Asmal’s nephew, Ebrahim Asmal. Speaking at the awards ceremony Deputy Minister Mabudafhasi lauded the late professor Asmal for his commitment to pioneering democratic South Africa’s water legislation and implored her colleagues to build…
For the 4th consecutive year, Energy Cybernetics has been making its Energy Barometer tool available to building owners and facility managers to participate in the National Energy Barometer Survey (NEBS). The Energy Barometer is a non-intrusive and cost-effective process to determine the energy consumption stance of a building in relation to others in a similar market and environment. NEBS endeavors to compile an accurate database of building energy use information in the country and is supported by the Central Energy Fund (CEF), the National Energy Efficiency Agency (NEEA), the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) and the Energy Training…
Based on a study by the Water Research Commission A recent study by the Water Research Commission (WRC) and the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) found that inappropriate wastewater technology compromise quality and sustainable service delivery in municipalities. The study’s objective was to assess the relevance of various regulatory, design and management aspects as vital factors in the selection and implementation of sustainable technologies. A press release by the WRC states: “Over the past decade, much attention has been devoted to the engineering, science and technological aspects of wastewater treatment in South Africa. More recently, attention has been redirected…