Volume 6, Number 5 - Oct/Nov 2011

Drive solutions innovator, SEW-Eurodrive, has released the MOVIGEAR B, the latest extension to the company’s MOVIGEAR family of all-in-one decentralised mechatronic drive systems. The MOVIGEAR B series comprises motor-, gear-unit and drive electronics in a single, compact housing. Additional features such as four communication variant options, new safety functionality and a specific wet area variant, make the MOVIGEAR B one of the most versatile decentralised drive solutions on the market today.
This is the second in a three-part series of edited articles in Water360 on reusing water to make beer, by Dr Bernard Talbot of Talbot & Talbot. This article will focus on filtration methods and other technologies for water recycling in breweries.
Top quality drinking water is readily available to South Africans. The newly-released Blue Drop Water Report vouches for this as several municipalities received a cum laude rating on water quality after being assessed.
The availability of water is key to sustainable urban development in South Africa. That is why the eThekwini Municipality’s Water and Sanitation (EWS) Unit’s number one priority is to deliver water to people efficiently, economically, reliably and fairly.
It is not difficult to find out precisely what the quality of your tap water is. According to Dr Tobias Barnard, director of the Water and Health Centre at the University of Johannesburg, there are two easy ways to check the quality of your tap water.
Graeme Kilfoil, involved with waste-water treatment in sub-Saharan Africa for the past 20 years, has been appointed by Thuthuka Group Limited to manage its Water Treatment and Reclamation Division.
The Department of Water Affairs established the Green Drop Regulation Programme in 2008 to certify the wastewater systems of all municipalities and water service providers in South Africa.
National Science Week, which was held in August, created opportunities for corporate giants such as BASF to invest in the development of the youth. The company launched their Kids’ Lab experiments programme during this week to show their support. Then 2011 is also the International Year of Chemistry, of which BASF is a global sponsor.
Written by Nichelle LemmerThe quality of drinking water in South Africa rendered some controversial headlines in the media in recent years. This resulted in an increase of public awareness on the quality of tap water and created opportunities for growth in the residential water-filtering system market. Unfortunately this market is also bombarded with products sold, due to the public reacting out of fear rather than sound facts.
After years of planning and consultation with communities in the uMzumbe and Hibiscus Coast local municipalities, Umgeni Water is implementing a bulk water-supply scheme. One of the key elements is the R85-million Mhlabatshane Dam on the Mhlabatshane River, including the installation of infrastructure like pump stations and rising mains, new water-treatment works and holding tanks.
According to The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC), the role of its packaging is to deliver its products safely to its consumers.
“In South Africa today, bottled water is a food-product category of its own, and is regulated by the Department of Health as such,” said John Weaver of the South African National Bottled Water Association (SANBWA).
The South African government sees solar water heaters (SWH) as the ideal way of providing hot water to communities without the burden of water-heating monthly bills. The large-scale introduction of SWH’s is a means to reduce the demand for energy on the national grid.
Thea Holm, a director at SESSA member Omnibus Engineering, has been chosen as one of seven South Africans who will attend a six-month leadership training course in Germany later this year.
Although Africa is endowed with fossil and renewable energy resources, which could more than adequately cover its energy needs, it remains the most poorly electrified continent in the world. The proportion of people without electricity in Africa is higher than anywhere else on the planet, with as little as 5% of the population having direct access to electricity in some countries. 
Written by Nichelle LemmerThe eyes of the world will be on Durban in November and December, when more than 20 000 delegates from the global community, representing 190 nations, will come to the city for COP17. Durban plays host to the largest gathering of an international community that will discuss climate change. This is also the biggest conference ever to be held on the African continent. The discussions will take place at the International Convention Centre (ICC).
Although Libya produces less than 2% of the world’s oil, the high quality of its reserves is rocking the boat in world markets, because Libya’s “sweet” crude oil cannot be easily replaced in the production of gasoline, diesel and jet fuel, particularly by the many European and Asian refineries that are not equipped to refine “sour” crude, which is higher in sulphur content.
BP has announced that it has completed the sale to Puma Energy of its fuel-marketing businesses in Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Malawi and Tanzania, with the latter being concluded on 1 September 2011.
The Fukushima nuclear power-station disaster caused by the tsunami in March this year, coupled with the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl collapse at virtually the same time, put the spotlight firmly on nuclear power once again.
Global energy management company, Schneider Electric South Africa, has teamed up with the French Ministry of Education and the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) to launch a centre aimed at training electricians, electrical technicians and electrical engineers.
Written by Nichelle LemmerEdna Molewa, the Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, shared her excitement in hosting COP 17 with the media and delegates at a press briefing in August. The conference on climate change, which will attract an international audience, is due to take place in Durban from 28 November to 9 December.
The tremendous interest generated by the Day of 5-billion on 11 July 1987 led to the establishment of World Population Day as an annual event. For more than 20 years, 11 July has been an occasion to mark the significance of population trends and related issues.
The first meeting of the Technology Executive Committee (TEC), the policy arm of the UNFCCC Technology Mechanism, was held in Bonn, Germany, recently.
For the eleventh year in succession, BASF was again included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World). The company received special recognition by the analysts for its sustainability engagement in genetically-modified organisms, product stewardship, environmental management system, climate strategy, and risk and crisis management.
The Green Industries Strategic Business Unit of the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) focuses on projects that will enhance the environment and support the reduction, avoidance and adaptation of carbon emissions.
100% South African, 100% handmade, 100% solar-poweredThe Jabulani solar water heater is a locally manufactured solar water heater for low-cost developments.
Having taken the decision to dispense with the loud and disturbing diesel generators at its Xigera Lodge in the Moremi area of the Okavango Delta in Botswana, Wilderness Safaris now has a 35kW SolarWorld Africa system installed by the SolarWorld distributor On Track.
The China Sourcing Fair is set to facilitate another productive sourcing platform for global buyers and suppliers at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg on 30 November to 2 December 2011.
Written by Nichelle LemmerEnergy usage in buildings now takes centre stage, as new regulations on energy-efficiency will be included in the National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act. The regulations will create opportunities for South Africa to reduce the energy usage of buildings. Energy-efficiency in buildings can easily be achieved by introducing sensible and practical measures that save energy when new buildings are both designed and built.
The Envirolight street light with its patented reflector system and ultra long-life compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) has been evaluated as the most cost-effective technology for residential street lighting in a Nelson Mandela Bay energy-efficiency tender.
Edna Molewa, the Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, published the National Environmental Management Laws Amendment (NEMLA) Bill of 2011 for public comment on 26 August 2011 in Government Gazette No. 34558, General Notice No 586.
Mobile telecoms coverage in remote rural areas could be set to explode with the launch of field trials of a new hi-tech power plant that utilises the latest in hydrogen fuel-cell technology.
Africa Electricity, a big tradeshow on electricity and energy, is scheduled to take place on 15 to 17 November at the Gallagher Convention Centre. The Middle East Electricity Committee, a portfolio within Informa Group, is set to host the event.
According to Brian Statham, Chairman of SANEA, “The event itself was superb. Everything played out according to plan.” He further adds that: “There was a constant buzz of conversation going on between the people who had attended the event. This was excellent seeing that our motto is energy people working together.”
Keeping track of developments in the hydropower industry is now easy after the launch of a new database detailing all microhydro installations in eastern and southern Africa. The database was recently introduced to visitors at the Hydropower Africa conference in Johannesburg. The web-based programme provides information on current developments and the content will be updated by hydropower-industry professionals on a regular basis.
This past winter, when numerous extreme cold fronts were hitting South Africa and office workers around the country were tinkering with their individual heating units, has emphasised the need for implementing a workable energy strategy.
Equatorial Guinea gained independence in 1968 after 190 years of Spanish rule. This small country, composed of a mainland portion plus five inhabited islands, is one of the smallest on the African continent.
As a result of climate change, developing countries are exposed to an increase in the extent and frequency of extreme weather events, with negative impacts on agriculture, physical infrastructure, tourism, fisheries and other sectors of the economy.
Schneider Electric’s head office, known as the Hive, is the first in the world to comply with the new ISO 50001 standard for energy management systems. By this the company lives up to their policy to continually strive to improve energy-efficiency in their buildings, reduce their carbon footprint and enhance user comfort.
Written by Nichelle LemmerClimate change finance is a hot topic on the lips of various international leaders, experts on climate and finance gurus alike. Investors are eager to get a slice of the cake as the emerging green economy will play a prominent role in the financial market, fuelled attempts to mitigate the global impact of climate change by the global community.
The deadline to register clean development mechanism (CDM) projects to qualify for the first Kyoto Protocol’s global CDM fund commitment is in 2012.
Waste management in South Africa, as in most countries, was historically heavily reliant on the knowledge of landfilling.
Researchers at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) BioEnergy Science Centre (BESC) in the US have made a discovery that could increase the production of ethanol and lower its costs.
Biomass-generation plants primarily burn waste wood, but as their role in clean energy is expanding, more wood will be needed. Where will it come from?
This is the second article in a three-part series on shale gas in 25º in Africa, based on a report by PFC Energy. The first article (which appeared in Journal 4) focused on the hype around global shale-gas resources versus prospects for achieving US-scale production volumes in the future.

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