Innovations
A South African Air Quality Information System (SAAQIS), which will enable policy-makers and the general public to be able to access centralised air quality information, has been launched by the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) at the South African Weather Service.
DNV (Det Norske Veritas), an independent foundation with the purpose of safeguarding life, property and the environment, has introduced a new container ship concept. Quantum is the name of the concept ship and it’s designed to transport more cargo while using less fuel, thereby reducing the impact on the environmental.
South African Weather Service’s (SAWS) new state of the art weather radar network was launched on 29 March 2010. ZAR240-million has been granted by government for infrastructure investment in order to upgrade and replace its over 30 year old radar systems to bring about a substantially improved weather observation network.
Monday, 10 May 2010 15:06

Wiring device innovations

A new dimension in wiring devices has been introduced by Legrand. These specialists in the design and manufacture of products and systems for electrical installations and information networks recently launched the Arteor range – which encompasses simple switches, to the most advanced home automation systems – and they now also provide a multitude of stand-alone and system functions for commercial and residential environments.
BASF has patented a roller ball, called viavario, from its expanded polypropylene, Neopolen. The ball run consists of modules which can be joined together to create new tracks and it benefits from the expanded polypropylene's features such as low weight, impact strength, durability and a wide range of colours.
Lighting importer and distributor, Eurolux, has announced its joint ownership of the locally designed Ni9htwatcher technology. According to the company, this decision and announcement follows an increasing international and local interest in security lighting range, as well as an opportunity to exhibit the Ni9htwatcher at both the Frankfurt Lighting and Las Vegas DIY Fairs.
Innomatic, a reputable automation system provider in Gauteng, continues to help customers save energy with innovative technologies in building automation. The latest technologies, coupled with the ongoing support of their highly qualified team, are contributing to the evolution of green building changes in South Africa in a significant way.
Wednesday, 24 March 2010 13:11

New micro wind turbines by Philippe Starck

Revolutionair is the new line of Micro Wind Turbines designed by acclaimed French designer Philippe Starck and developed by Italy’s Pramac S.p.A. These wind turbines took two years to research and develop and they have been designed for domestic use and small business applications.
BASF – The Chemical Company and Hyundai have jointly developed an i-flow concept car which was presented at the Geneva Motor Show in the beginning of March. The innovations of this car, such as the high-gloss Liquid Metal coating which is not only eye-catching, but also environmentally friendly due to the use of a waterborne paint system, have not been combined in automobiles to date and illustrate possibilities for environmental automobiles in the future.
“Sustainability is a lot more than just global warming. There are many other aspects of sustainability that are critical to our future,” says Graham Terry, Senior Executive of Research and Strategy at the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA).