Energy Efficiency
As a result of severe power shortages in 2008 and 2009, Ethiopia’s government launched a project to transform the country’s approach to energy-efficiency by switching from incandescent light bulbs to CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Lamps). The initiative was supported by the World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA) and managed by its Africa Energy Unit (AFEG).
Friday, 12 November 2010 11:06

2010 eta Awards winners

The 21st prestigious eta Awards, sponsored by Eskom and the Department of Energy, was held on 4 November 2010. Awarded across nine major categories, last year’s competition attracted hundreds of entries from South Africans who were keen to share their energy saving innovations.
Friday, 12 November 2010 11:04

Standard Bank drives energy efficiency

Johannesburg 4 November 2010 - Standard Bank has taken another major step towards becoming even more energy efficient and reducing its carbon footprint with the introduction of one of Gauteng’s largest solar hybrid energy efficient water-heating systems at its head office in Johannesburg.
The components of houses and buildings are huge sources of electricity usage. With South Africa’s rising electricity costs and an increased focus on sustainable building solutions, consumers and companies are continually looking for better, cost-effective alternatives to achieve thermal comfort in buildings without causing a hike in electricity costs.
It is a well known fact that South Africa is classified as a water scares country. It is also clear that the adequate supply of water for many areas in South Africa can be sustained only if immediate actions are taken to prevent imminent water shortages.
Thursday, 16 September 2010 12:14

Improve power quality, reduce costs and save

PowerFix, a product distributed in Southern Africa by Iskhus Power, has the ability to help you save on your electricity bill and simultaneously protect your valuable equipment against unstable power. “PowerFix reduces energy waste and it gets customised to ensure optimal power quality for each client,” explains Iskhus Power CEO Otto Hager.

Presentation by Bernhard Vath, Head of New Business Development Basotect, BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany.

In view of the rising demands on energy-efficiency and the efficient use of materials, thermal insulation and lightweight construction are becoming increasingly important.

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is funding a ZAR120-million climate change mitigation programme in South Africa and on 30 July, the South African Department of Energy (DoE) announced that a contribution of ZAR13,95-million from the agency would be used for an energy-efficiency project.
Eurolux recently announced that the company has been appointed as exclusive distributors for Aurora, global manufacturers of exceptional LED and CFL technologies, in South Africa. At the announcement of this new partnership, International Development Director for Aurora, Paul Johnson, explained to delegates how LEDs will impact technology, design and eco-living in South Africa over the next few years.
The energy-saving efforts of commercial and industrial sector businesses were commended for their commitment towards energy efficiency at the Energy Cybernetics Energy Barometer public launch and awards dinner on 9 June in Fourways, Johannesburg. The Energy Barometer assists South African businesses to scientifically assess their energy consumption, compare it to national average energy efficiency benchmarks and then to improve on it by implementing energy optimisation projects.