Renewable Energy
Wednesday, 24 March 2010 13:33

glasstec and solarpeq 2010

glasstec 2010 is taking place in Düsseldorf, Germany from 28 September – 01 October, 2010. This leading international trade fair covers the entire value chain of glass with all its facets, including glass machinery and equipment, construction, as well as the glazier trade.
The Global Climate Network (GCN), an international research organisation, recently published a report indicating that 145 000 jobs could be created from renewable energy by 2020 in South Africa.

Truth will out
From Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, circa 1600

In the 21st century , as mankind witnesses the increasing extremes of climate change, the urgency to use alternatives to fossil fuel power has increased.

Policies, rebates, subsidies and incentives to encourage renewable energy are on the rise and many companies are making promises and pledges as never before. These are the countries which have established renewable energy targets from 2013 to 2020.
The government has set the target of 10 000 GWh of renewable energy generation by 2013 and Eskom is expecting its Solar Water Heating Programme to contribute up to 23% of this target. According to Cedric Worthmann, the Solar Water Heating Programme manager at Eskom, the programme has delivered an average of 6.4 GWh per annum to date.
Wednesday, 03 February 2010 16:27

Eskom borrows €1 185-million from French banks

On Monday, 28 December 2009, Eskom announced that it had signed a loan agreement of 1 185-million Euros (approximately ZAR13-billion) covered by COFACE the French Export Credit Agency (ECA).
Wednesday, 03 February 2010 16:22

SRK Consulting SA appoints new chairperson

SRK Consulting SA, consulting engineers and scientists to the natural resource industries, has appointed Roger Dixon as its new chairperson. Dixon has 37 years experience in the mining engineering field and he joined SRK Consulting as principal mining engineer in 2004.
Wednesday, 03 February 2010 15:51

Masdar’s new rooftop mounted solar system

Dockweiler AG, a leading international manufacturer of stainless steel tube systems, recently had Masdar PVs thin-film based solar modules installed on the roof of its new production facilities in Neustadt-Glewe, Germany, by system integrator Ralos. This was the first time that Masdar’s modules were utilized for a rooftop mounted solar system.
Wednesday, 03 February 2010 15:48

40-million EUR loan for renewable energy projects

On 1 December 2009, the European Investment Bank (EIB) agreed to provide a 40-million EUR loan to FirstRand Bank to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy projects across South Africa.
On Monday, 7 December 2009, a training session on solar water heating systems was launched in Soweto. A total of 48 trainees (16 trainees are trained at a time) will soon find themselves ahead of the pack in the field of installing and maintaining solar energy solutions thanks to a public-private initiative between Schüco, a leading German company in sustainable building envelopes and energy-efficient solutions, its local South African partner Alltube (Pty) Ltd, and the Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG).

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