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The private Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) market is set to boom in South Africa’s commercial and industrial (C&I) sectors as many Independent Power Producers (IPP’s) look beyond the country’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Program (REIPPP). To explore the opportunities and challenges this new market has to offer IPP developers, they have released a whitepaper: Assessment of Private PPA Opportunities in South Africa. It outlines the key barriers to South Africa’s Private PPA market and why, despite everything, it could boom. You can access your free copy of the whitepaper online.
Solar has just become unobtrusive and, well, even good-looking with Tesla’s launch of solar roof tiles. Designed and engineered together with the recently acquired SolarCity, the goal was to create a beautiful roof that is efficient at the same time, making homes look good while reducing the cost of electricity. The solar roof consists of uniquely designed, long-lasting tempered glass tiles embedded with the highest efficiency photovoltaic cells and covered with a coloured louvre film that allows cells to blend into the roof while exposing them to sunlight. The solar tiles are thereby integrated into the roof and are not…
Over the last decade, the uptake of vegetated roofs has increased in South Africa, with architects and building owners looking for ways to create greener and cooler (better insulated) buildings, all while ensuring long-term sustainability and energy efficiency. The vegetation on planted roofs slows down heat transfer through a process of evapotranspiration, where moisture absorbed by the plants’ roots is emitted by the leaves. The result is that the surface of the roof is even cooler than the ambient air, which helps to slow down heat transfer in and out of a building. But apart from being cooler and more…
Bringing together green building and urban renewal with quality architectural design, 4 Stan Road demonstrates respect for its context as well as a sustainable future. The development earned both four-star Green Star SA Design and As-Built certifications from the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA). ContextBordered by three residential towers and a large office development, the original single-storey building, constructed in 1991, somewhat disappeared between the massive developments and could no longer accommodate the growing needs of its occupants. MDS Architecture designed the office building for a consortium of professionals and today, 4 Stan Road is a slick, sculptural…
Imagine growing fresh produce inside a city apartment. Well, in a design by Weston Baker Creative Group, this is exactly the idea. With an outlook that design is a process of understanding and innovative problem solving, the creative design agency has designed a Hybrid Farm Apartment Building that twists according to the sun to facilitate urban farming. The concept is a new building type specifically developed for cities, offering farm space for local grown produce as well as residences. Catching sunThe proposed concrete-based shaft structure is topped with a massive glass enclosure, of which the clever geometry accommodates the angle…
Zero Mercury is the goal, as the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) in collaboration with the Africa Institute plans its Global Environment Facility(GEF) funded Mercury Initial Assessment Project (MIA). This effort together with DEA’s Mercury inventory and cost benefit analysis project and the recent National Consultative Workshop on mercury added products (maps), are the first steps government, private sector and NGOs are taking towards the ratification and subsequent implementation of the Minamata Convention.  The national consultative workshop on mercury added products (maps), which took place in Tshwane on 2nd November 2016, was organized by groundWork [1], with the support of…
With the Nelson Mandela Bay region’s largest supply dam levels dropping rapidly as warmer weather sets in, the Gamtoos Irrigation Board (GIB) is asking residents and farmers to be increasingly vigilant when it comes to water usage. The Kouga Dam, which is managed by GIB, is currently at 63.1% capacity – a level which is likely to drop rapidly as warmer weather sets in over the festive season, the organisation has warned. GIB financial and human resources director Rienette Colesky said that, since its establishment in 1991, the organisation had been responsible for supplying water to 250 farms with a…
The need for reliable power to fuel growth and environmental considerations are paving the way for natural gas to reshape Africa’s electricity landscape – proper planning and sound execution are key to bringing these to life, explains Webb Meko, Business Development Director,  Sub-Saharan Africa, Black & Veatch. Johannesburg, November 2016 - Africa is home to one of the greatest future energy sources: gas. Continuous exploration and talks, combined with gas’s low carbon make-up, have paved the way for a potentially powerful emerging gas-to-power market.   However, bringing gas-to-power facilities online involves a complex process of planning, including fuel supply and…
After surveying more than 250 industrial sites, Energy Partners found that while the majority of businesses claim to have energy management strategies in place, only about 5% of them have had success in reducing energy costs. This according to Gary Fahy, Head of Client Development at Energy Partners, an energy management specialist that is also part of the PSG group of companies. “This is a massive missed opportunity for most, as successful energy efficiency programmes typically reduce a company’s energy costs by between 10% and 30% - often even without the need for upfront capital investment,” Fahy says. He adds…
Sweden is set to ditch taxes on its production of solar energy in 2017 in a bid to run entirely on renewable energy by 2040. Solar energy is currently marginal in the Nordic nation, accounting for less than 0,1% of electricity production. Sweden relies mostly on hydropower (39%) and nuclear power (36%). The finance ministry said in a statement that the production of solar electricity for own use would be entirely exempt from taxes. Electricity providers would meanwhile only be taxed 500 kronor (R769) per megawatt hour, which is a 98% reduction from the current level. The proposal is likely…
African heads of state and government marked Africa Day at the UNFCCC 22nd Conference of Parties (COP22) with focused and strategic discussion on the ratification and roll-out of the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the key continental initiatives to support member states’ efforts. As climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing the world, with Africa already experiencing some of the most severe impacts, the continent’s leaders have proactively responded with the establishment of the Committee of Africa Heads of State and Government on Climate Change (CAHOSCC) and the African Group of Negotiators (AGN) on Climate that have…
Having a hot shower is what prompted Sandiswa Qayi to create an award-winning invention to heat water up quickly while saving electricity. The Hot Spot, created in conjunction with Amahlathi Eco-Tech, is a plastic glove which can be fitted over any standard geyser element to give 50 litres of hot water at 50°C within 30 minutes of it being switched on. It works by pushing the hot water from the bottom to the top of the geyser.  “You operate your geyser like a kettle. With your kettle, you heat the amount of water you need. Like a kettle, instead of…
Regions with high irradiation levels can be hampered with difficult conditions for grid connection, whether it be difficult terrain or unsuitable grids for PV deployment. The Northern Cape is one such area where power companies have been navigating the challenges of grid connection, but a recent utility-scale PV project has navigated such issues and has received praise for its smooth connection to the South African grid. The 86MW Mulilo-Sonnedix-Prieska solar PV plant was successfully connected to the grid in October, and the EPC on the project, juwi Renewable Energies, was proud to proclaim that it was completed on schedule, on…
South African renewables manufacturing capacity and industry processes were under scrutiny at a wind conference held in Cape Town. The Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) bid requirements for local content have risen from 21,7% in round one to a target of 65% in round four and financial close of round 4 is imminent, according to a statement released by Nordex Acciona Windpower. Speaking on the industry leaders’ panel, managing director of the wind firm and chairperson of the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) manufacturers and local content working group, Anne Henschel, said the firm remains committed…
Cape Town is the newest member of the World Energy Cities Partnership (WECP) and one of only two African countries alongside Angola. The city’s goal is to obtain at least 20% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020, but the city is not permitted to buy directly from independent producers. The Western Cape was excluded from the national government’s recent announcement on its gas-to-power independent power producer (IPP) programme. But Department of Energy deputy director-general, Tseliso Maqubela, said Saldanha Bay was still a consideration. In addition, Cape Town is well positioned to service oil and gas projects around Africa.…
The employment and economic spin-offs of South Africa’s domestic oil-refining sector have received prominence in a new study, which suggests that the country’s six refineries generate yearly economic activity of more than R200 billion and sustain more than 480 000 jobs. The study , titled “The petroleum industry’s contribution to South Africa”, was commissioned in 2015 by the South African Petroleum Industry Association (Sapia) and has been compiled by KPMG, using 2014 data. It comes amid ongoing uncertainty over the future of the existing refinery fleet, which is ageing and will require significant investment if it is to be able…
South Africa delayed plans to build new nuclear power plants over concern about their cost and the waning demand for additional electricity as economic growth stalls. Under a new timeline, the first nuclear power is expected to come on stream in 2037, with a total 20 385MW of nuclear energy added to the national grid by 2050, according to the “base case” scenario outlined in a presentation about the Department of Energy’s updated Integrated Resources Plan. The proposal also estimates an additional 37 400MW of power from wind, 17 600MW from solar plants, 35 292MW from gas and 15 000MW…
For the eighth time the “Green Talents – International Forum for High Potentials in Sustainable Development” culminated in a festive award ceremony at which the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research honoured the newest 25 awardees for their innovative green ideas from various fields of research and promoted an international exchange. Musaida Mercy Manyuchi, 33, from Zimbabwe conducted her PhD in Chemical Engineering at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology where her research focused on the production of bio-coal for larger domestic purposes using an integrated process. This year’s award ceremony formed part of the largest Green Talents Alumni…
Andrew Gilder, Mansoor Parker and Olivia RumbleENSafrica Although the carbon tax did not feature in the Budget Speechdelivered on February 24, 2016, it remains in the mainstream ofthe fiscal agenda for 2016 in South Africa. I. Budget 2016The South African Finance Minister PravinGordhan did not mention the proposedcarbon tax in his Budget Speech delivered onFebruary 24, 2016. Curiously, given the emotion thathas surrounded the idea of the tax since 2010, when itwas first formalized in a Treasury discussion paper,commentary on the implications of the Minister’s apparentomission has been muted or nonexistent. This article seeks to remedy the silence and arguethat:…
Climate change could sink up to 122 million more people into extreme poverty by 2030, mostly in South Asia and Africa, where small farmers would see their output plummet, the UN warned.In an annual report, the UN's Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) warned that a worst-case scenario involving high-impact climate change would pound the communities that rely on agriculture for their livelihood. It called for a "broad-based transformation of food and agricultural systems" to adapt to a warmer world, and doubling down on support for the world's 475 million smallholder farm families. "There is no doubt climate change affects food…
The Energy Centre of the CSIR has moved to provide updated and consistent information on the cost of new power from wind, solar PV, baseload coal IPP, baseload Eskom coal, and nuclear power generation technologies in South Africa. By CHRIS YELLAND, investigative editor, EE Publishers. In a presentation dated October 14, 2016, the head of CSIR’s Energy Centre, Dr Tobias Bischof-Niemz, and Ruan Fourie, energy economist at CSIR’s Energy Centre, provide a comparative analysis for new power in South Africa based on recent coal IPP bid price announcements by Minister of Energy Tina Joemat-Pettersson on October 10, 2016, and other…
Just as one green building doesn’t make a green city, merely having solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on the roof also doesn’t make a green building. While simple interventions such as solar PV and solar heating systems or double glazing will increase a building’s energy efficiency, there are many other categories of building construction in which to score additional green points. The Green Building Council of South Africa’s (GBCSA’s) Green Star South Africa rating system, like others from around the world, provides a range of “green measures that can be used in the design, construction and management of building to make…
In an industry first for South Africa, Central Square at Menlyn Maine, which opened on 21 September 2016, has been certified using a custom tool from the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) and has achieved a Green Star SA Custom Mixed Use rating. Central Square is the 65 000m² city centre of South Africa’s first green mixed-use city precinct, Menlyn Maine, and comprises a piazza, public park, hotel, apartments, conferencing, offices, hospital, sporting facilities and specially selected retail and restaurants in a 30 000m² boutique-styled mall. #MeetMeAtCentralSquareImagining Central Square as a meeting and greeting place, Henk Boogertman, architectural…
The expansion of coal-fired power generation through the Coal Baseload Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (CBLIPPPP) is not compatible with South Africa’s commitments to keep global warming to 1.5 degrees celsius above pre-industrial levels, or even to an increase of 2 degrees celsius. The proposed Khanyisa and Thabametsi power plants, announced as “preferred bidders” in the Department of Energy’s CBLIPPPP are unnecessary and destructive, says the Life After Coal Network. Life After Coal is a joint campaign by the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER), groundWork, and Earthlife Africa Johannesburg (ELA). As well as contributing to climate change, the projects will…
The coming into force of the Paris Agreement on 4 November 2016 illustrates the international community’s elevated appreciation of the political, environmental, economic and social importance of the urgent implementation of a comprehensive global climate change response. Compared to the eight years it took for the Kyoto Protocol to come into force, the 11 months between the conclusion of the Paris Agreement and its coming into operation is the blink-of-an-eye in the context of international diplomacy.Although South Africa formally indicated to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (“UNFCCC”) that it intended to ratify the Paris Agreement, it has…
Parties to the Montreal Protocol are expected to adopt an historic global agreement mandating controls on hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) consumption and production after eight years of protracted negotiations. The agreement, expected to be approved within hours, will avoid more than 70 billion tonnes of CO2-equivalent HFC emissions. The Kigali amendment will cap and phase down HFC consumption starting 2019, with developed countries taking action first and developing countries starting in 2024. Most developing countries, including China, by far the largest HFC consumer and producer, have committed to freeze HFC consumption in 2024. A second later schedule was agreed for a small…
Younghoon David Kim, the newly elected Chair of the World Energy Council began his three-year term by holding talks with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on October 21. The two shared views on the importance of fostering the implementation of Goal 7 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which recognises energy as a key driver of development. In his first formal meeting as Council Chair, following his inauguration at the World Energy Congress, Mr. Kim reaffirmed that the World Energy Council will continue to work closely together with the United Nations to…
The island nation of Cape Verde has pledged to power the entire country with nothing but renewable energy by the year 2020, and vowed to help other African states work towards the same goal in the future. With almost no mineral resources of its own and little arable farmland, the outcrop in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean relies on expensive imports for almost all the needs of its 550 000 population. But there are two things it does have in abundance: Sun and wind. In 2010, the Cape Verde government released a study setting out the benefits of investing…
The construction of George Airport, the country’s first “green” airport, has been completed. From its control towers to its escalators, its baggage carousels to its ATMs, the regional airport will run exclusively on power supplied by 2 000 solar panels, AFP reports. The panels have the capacity to supply up to 750kW each day, nearly twice the required 400kW. Any excess energy will be transferred to the municipal power grid, with a running clock inside the airport tallying the number of households powered by the system. George Airport’s decision to rely on solar power in a region with somewhat unpredictable…
South Africa will have to wait for more months in order to relaunch its affordable energy programme. Formalised in 2010, the project for the construction of about six to eight reactors with a capacity of 9,600MW is now being considered as an expected, yet difficult to be achieved, dream. South Africa’s energy minister, Tina Joemat-Pettersson, had promised that the call for tenders will be launched on 30 September, but this was not done as promised. The energy minister’s office has said it needs to complete information gathering on the project, but environmental experts are against the move. “Nuclear is never…
The minister of energy, Tina Joemat-Pettersson, has announced the successful bidders for government’s first implementation of the coal-based Independent Power Producer Programme (IPPP). Thabametsi and Khanyisa have been selected as the preferred bidders for the coal-based IPPP. This project, active since 2014, is the first to encourage private energy production using coal. According to the Department of Energy (DOE), bidders will add about 863MW of power to the national grid within the next five years, with initial production planned for 2020. Further than energy production, says Joemat-Pettersson, these bidders will ensure black economic empowerment and majority South African participation. Joemat-Pettersson…
The Academy of Science of South Africa (Assaf) published a report titled “South Africa’s technical readiness to support the shale gas industry”, of a study that was commissioned by the Department of Science and Technology in 2014. The department wanted to assess current available information and technologies, should shale gas exploitation be implemented, to counter energy challenges. The Cabinet considered the report last month, in which a panel chaired by University of Cape Town (UCT) academic Cyril O’Connor said there was a need for clarity on the availability of underground saline water, “given that it is unlikely that potable groundwater…
Sasol has completed the first-ever 3-D onshore seismic programme in Mozambique. This involved the acquisition of 115 square kilometres of data in the Inhassoro field, which is part of the onshore Production Sharing Agreement (PSA) licence area. To be developed in phases, the first phase of the PSA licence area development proposes an integrated oil, LPG and gas project adjacent to Sasol’s existing Petroleum Production Agreement (PPA) area. Sasol has made significant progress on Tranche 1 of the PSA Development as approved by the Council of Ministers on 26 January 2016. Senior vice-president for Sasol Exploration and Production International, John…
With the European Union (EU) ratifying the Paris Agreement, the dual thresholds (55 countries and 55% of global emissions) for the Paris Agreement entering into force have been crossed. The country threshold was crossed a few weeks ago, building optimism for the second threshold being crossed before COP22 in Morocco in November this year. This optimism turned to excitement when India ratified the agreement on 2 October. All that was needed then, was the EU, who had already committed to an accelerated process. On 5 October, Espinosa Cantellano, Christiana Figueres’ successor as executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention…
he World Energy Council has identified that per capita energy demand will peak before 2030. This is in stark contrast to historic growth levels, which have seen global demand for energy more than double since 1970. Technological innovation, government policies and lower growth expectations will have a significant impact on the sector in the coming decades.   The findings come in a new set of exploratory scenarios, developed in collaboration with Accenture Strategy and the Paul Scherrer Institute, which were launched at the 23rd World Energy Congress in Istanbul by the World Energy Council. The three scenarios entitled “Unfinished Symphony”,…
The World Energy Council has identified that per capita energy demand will peak before 2030. This is in stark contrast to historic growth levels, which have seen global demand for energy more than double since 1970. Technological innovation, government policies and lower growth expectations will have a significant impact on the sector in the coming decades.   The findings come in a new set of exploratory scenarios, developed in collaboration with Accenture Strategy and the Paul Scherrer Institute, which were launched at the 23rd World Energy Congress in Istanbul by the World Energy Council. The three scenarios entitled “Unfinished Symphony”,…
Although wave-generated power could meet a quarter of America’s energy needs, the technology lags other renewables such as wind and solar. But the United States (US) Navy has established a test site in Hawaii, where power from floating devices travels a mile through undersea cables to Oahu’s power grid – the first wave-induced electricity online in the US. The two buoys deployed in Hawaii are visible from Marine Corps Base Hawaii at Kaneohe Bay. These buoys convert wave movement to electricity. The US government and military have put about $334 million into wave energy research over the last decade, while…
The City of Cape Town’s investment in energy efficiency has seen almost 45 000 street lights being fitted with energy-saving light emitting diode (LED) lights so far. This includes the recent successful retrofitting of 1 100 street lights as part of a R3,8-million LED street lighting pilot in Burgundy Estate, Summer Greens, Eversdal, Bothasig and Aurora, which has already lead to a 32% reduction in the electricity load usage, the mayoral committee member for energy, environmental and spatial planning, Johan van der Merwe, said. The city’s energy-efficiency programme had resulted in savings of more than R110 million over the past…
Having set the African record of 161 hours for continuous operation at a load factor of 76% before an inclement weather interruption during its first month of operation, the Bokpoort concentrated solar plant (CSP) in the Northern Cape is a shining example of the immense potential of CSP technology as a renewable energy source. Powered by a Siemens SST-700 two-casing steam turbine generator set, the multi-billion rand Bokpoort plant also boasts 9,3 hours of storage, thanks to molten salt storage facilities that act as a massive rechargeable battery. Bokpoort is among the most efficient solar plants in the world operating…
South African engineering and construction-projects company, Murray & Roberts Holdings Ltd, is evaluating a United States (US) oil and gas acquisition in a bid to transform itself into an international operator specialising in underground mining, oil and gas, and power and water projects. The mining-industry division has units operating in Australia, South Africa, Canada and the US, and the next step will be to extend the geographic reach of the oil and gas business, which operates primarily in Australasia, chief executive officer Henry Laas said in an interview. The company is doing due diligence on a potential target in the…
The Department of Energy (DoE) has listed the names of several expert advisers whose services it has used over the past five years in relation to the country’s controversial nuclear procurement programme. However, the value of the various contracts was not immediately provided. In a statement the DoE said that, as the Cabinet-designated procuring agency, it was establishing a programme management office (PMO) with “the necessary resources including human resources, information technology and other resources”. This was being done in preparation for the procurement process, which would be initiated only once a request for proposals (RFP) was formally issued. Energy…
South Africa has officially opened its latest wind farm – an 80MW facility at Noupoort in the eastern Karoo region. The Noupoort Wind Farm spans 7 500 hectares and comprises 35 99m-high wind turbines. All 35 turbines of the R1,9 billion wind farm are producing clean renewable electrical energy to meet the needs of almost 70 000 average South African households. Noupoort Wind Farm will generate about 304 800MWh of clean renewable energy per year and eliminate approximately 300 000 tons of carbon emissions each year when compared to traditional fossil-fuel power plants. In addition to zero carbon emissions and…
South Africa’s decision to introduce a carbon tax by 2020 will impact coal mines in an already declining coal market, leading to further coal mine closures and impacting on Eskom’s security of supply, Kubeshnie Bhugwadin, Eskom’s renewables research manager, said at a gas workshop hosted by the Fossil Fuel Foundation. “Electricity tariffs are going to increase and when Eskom increases its prices, our customers will look for alternate forms of energy, which right now will probably be gas or solar power,” she said. Bhugwadin pointed out that if Eskom wanted to remain in the coal business, it would have to…
The recipients of the 2016 SANEA/SANEDI Energy Awards, as well as the 2016 SANEDI/Rekord Renewable Energy Research Excellence (RERE) Awards, were announced at a prestigious banquet hosted by Brian Statham, chairman of the South African National Energy Association (SANEA). 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. “SANEA’s vision of ‘Energy People Working Together’ is alive as we come together to congratulate these winners. “It is important for all of us to stretch the boundaries. If…
The recipients of the 2016 SANEA / SANEDI ENERGY AWARDS were announced at a prestigious awards ceremony and banquet hosted by Brian A Statham, Chairman of the South African National Energy Association (SANEA). This gala event reflected the significance of the both the awards and the recipients. 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. "SANEA's Vision of 'Energy People Working Together' is alive as we come together to congratulate these winners.” The South African National…
Britain’s decision to leave the European Union (EU) may push back its planned exit from coal, a mainstay in the nation’s energy supply for more than a century. As the region’s second-biggest economy plans to close its last coal-fired power plant in less than a decade, it will be forced to rely more than ever on imports of natural gas and electricity. By leaving the EU, Britain could lose easy access to foreign supplies through the bloc’s single market, just as it plans to almost triple the number of power cables linking it to European nations by 2022. UK utilities…
Ethiopia has begun installing the first two turbines, which will generate 700 megawatts (MW) of electricity, in its 6 000MW hydroelectric plant on its Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile. Although the river basin covers eleven countries, 85% of its water rises in Ethiopia. The Ethiopian government is on an ambitious drive to increase its installed electricity capacity from the current 4 400MW to 17 300MW by 2020, with part of the electricity to be exported to neighbouring and regional countries. Border towns in the self-declared Republic of Somaliland and Kenya are already interconnected with the Ethiopian power…
The United Kingdom (UK) government’s funding scheme for Southern Africa, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s (FCO) programme, intends to assist in the South African energy sector’s development by seeking to create real, measurable outcomes through the provision of funds, a sum which will assist in boosting the South African energy sector. The UK government has in its 2015 review budget announced a £1,3 billion ($168 billion) Prosperity Fund over the next five years to promote the economic reform and development needed for growth in partner countries. In South Africa, the funding will be targeted at supporting eight renewable energy projects…
The Department of Energy (DoE) will make a preliminary information memorandum on the gas-to-power programme available to the market within the 2016/17 financial year, which, according to the minister of energy, Tina Joemat‐Pettersson, will lay the foundation “prior to commencing with the formal procurement process later in the year”. She further outlined that the Port of Ngqura – adjacent to the Coega IDZ, is one of the potential ports considered for the implementation of the gas-to-power programme. Sakhumzi Somyo, MEC for economic development, environmental affairs and tourism in the Eastern Cape, said: “The Eastern Cape’s plan to host a gas-to-power…
One of the world’s biggest solar technology companies is closing its Cape Town factory due to what it terms the government’s lack of commitment to green energy. German manufacturer SMA Solar Technology has also taken a swipe at Eskom for “shocking statements” about the independent power producer programme, which has effectively been shelved by Eskom chief executive officer, Brian Molefe. “SMA and its shareholders fail to see a commitment from the South African government to create a sustainable business environment and promote foreign direct investment,” said Thorsten Ronge, general manager of SMA’s sub-Sahara division. Responding to The Times’ queries on…
Speaking at a Cabinet briefing, the minister in the Presidency for performance monitoring and evaluation, Jeff Radebe, indicated that there is no intention to “change course midstream” when it came to the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). He endorsed the energy minister, Tina Joemat-Pettersson’s, statement that South Africa is pursuing a “diversified energy mix”, which would include IPPs and the new nuclear build programme. This followed revelations that the Eskom chairperson, Dr Ben Ngubane, wrote her a letter indicating that the state-owned utility was unwilling to sign further power purchase agreements with IPPs beyond the preferred projects…
When completed next year, Handel Architects’ residential building for Cornell University’s new campus in New York will be the tallest and largest residential building in the world that is designed and built to Passive House (PH) standards. Passive House (PH) is considered the strictest international energy-efficiency building standard in the world. Surpassing standards such LEED, it drastically reduces buildings’ energy consumption, 60% to 70% less than typical building stock, while creating a healthier and more comfortable living environment for a fraction of residents’ usual energy costs. Designed by Handel Architects, the Cornell Tech 26-storey residential tower is projected to save…
What are the owners of offshore wind farms are spending their money on? How is Brexit impacting them and what are the projected challenges for those building, operating and owning offshore wind farms? Over a 3rd of offshore wind owners say they’re spending the majority of their budget on data analysis. Watch this short video for insight into the minds of 500+ of the European offshore wind industry’s greatest technical and business minds. http://1.windenergyupdate.com/LP=14076
With eight of South Africa’s nine provinces declared drought disaster areas, the agricultural sector and other water-intensive industries are incorporating clever water conservation solutions to preserve this increasingly scarce commodity. Among these solutions are the lining of dams and reservoirs to cut water losses from seepage into the soil, as well as covering water bodies to reduce losses from evaporation – requests which are increasingly being asked of water solutions company Rhino Water, the company says. The latest weekly report released by the national Department of Water and Sanitation indicates that the country’s dams and reservoirs are currently operating at…
First-of-its-kind renewable energy facility to support South African sustainability and waste management efforts; boost electricity supply South Africa’s first waste-to-energy (WTE) plant will be located in the Drakenstein Municipality, near Wellington in the Western Cape and will contribute 10 megawatts to the nation's power grid – enough to power more than 10,000 South African homes. Black & Veatch was selected by MBHE African Power (PTY) Ltd, a local renewable energy developer, to provide technical assistance for the development.  “This landmark project will play a critical role in boosting power supply and available electricity to households,” says Webb Meko, Managing Director at…
Green building is rapidly gaining momentum worldwide and the GBCSA Convention, held at the Sandton Convention Centre in July, has yet again turned the attention to the effect of the built environment on climate change, but more importantly, also highlighted the potential for change. “Green is no longer a nice to have, it is an absolute imperative,” stressed Seana Nkhahle, chairperson of the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA). “It is an imperative to use resources efficiently and address the impact of climate change while creating healthier, more productive, better environments for the people who occupy them.” The GBCSA has…
In light of the catastrophic threats posed by climate change, Greenpeace has analysed the top three political party’s manifesto’s to understand their stance on clean energy, and climate change. The impacts of climate change have already been felt in South Afric over the proceeding eight months with the current drought conditions leading to water scarcity across the country and escalating food costs. Thus political parties stance on energy and their position on climate change is of utmost importance to all South Africans and the country itself. ANC The ANC manifesto touches on some key areas in terms of energy and…
Cennergi, a 50:50 joint venture between mining conglomerate Exxaro Resources and India’s Tata Power, achieved Commercial Operations for its 95 MW Tsitsikamma Community Wind farm (TCWF) Wind Farm Project this week. It’s the second wind farm of the energy company to achieve commercial operations this year. Cennergi was selected as the preferred bidder for two wind projects under the second window of the South African government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPP). “The commissioning of the Tsitsikamma wind farm fulfils Exxaro’s vision of extending its position in the energy value chain beyond coal. In addition, it is a…
By Tristão Abro from Relight Energy For many companies, warehouse lighting has always been a grudge cost. However, to keep a business running effectively and efficiently warehouse lighting must be both efficient and as cost effective as possible. Businesses that keep lighting expenditure to a minimum and buy cheaply can ultimately carry a far greater cost. For example, poor lighting means that products contained in a warehouse could be mis-read and reading labels correctly in this environment is a fundamental requirement. Spending as little as possible on warehouse lighting is a lose-lose situation for everyone. Under-investing in suitable lighting or failing…
Following more than two years of cooperation, Lloyd’s Register has awarded its first Technology Qualification certificate to a developer of ocean energy technology, AW-Energy in Finland – a leader in near shore wave energy. The Technology Qualification certificate was presented in person by the Chairman of Lloyd’s Register, Thomas Thune Andersen, to the CEO of AW-Energy, John Liljelund, and in the presence of the British Ambassador to Denmark, HE Ms. Vivien Life, at the British Embassy in Copenhagen on Tuesday 12 July. AW-Energy’s Chairman of the Board, Per Langer, says: “I have seen that this has been very challenging, but…
Dates: 23, 24, 25 November 2016       Venue: Indaba Hotel, Fourways, Johannesburg Intelligence Transfer Centre presents the 7th Annual Women in Engineering Convention scheduled for 22, 23 & 24 November 2016. This conference is not only aimed at empowering women, but also at highlighting the contribution engineering projects have made in continuously growing the economy. ITC will be inviting leading women from the engineering field, government and other stakeholders to speak on how they continuously overcome engineering challenges in the 21st century in this massive sector. To request a full conference brochure email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Key strategies to be discussed:•    Leading mega…
Key decision makers from across the continent to attend GIL 2016: Africa congress on 18th August, 2016The enterprise as we know it today will become unrecognisable in the next 10 years.  Any organisation that is not embracing digital transformation will succumb to the effects of Digital Darwinism and be left behind in an increasingly fast changing digital super economy. On 18th August 2016, Frost & Sullivan will host its annual Growth, Innovation and Leadership (GIL) 2016: Africa congress at the Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa. Key decision makers from across the continent will be in attendance, along…
Renewable energy solutions provider, Suzlon Group, has won the prestigious Golden Peacock Eco Innovation Award 2016 for its S97 120m hybrid tower wind turbine, the world’s tallest all-steel hybrid tower wind turbine with a hub-height of 120 metres above ground level. Designed indigenously to harness the enhanced availability of wind resources at higher altitudes, thus maximising energy yields in low wind regimes, it makes sub-optimal wind sites viable with an industry-leading energy yield. The prototype turbine located in Kutch, Gujarat, achieved a 35% plant load factor (PLF) for the 12-month period since its launch in November 2014. The S97 120m…
Gas prices are at their lowest in 14 years and many African countries are adopting gas as their primary power source as they seek industrialisation within environmental constraints. In Egypt, the global engineering firm Siemens has orders to supply three natural gas-fired combined cycle power plants, each with a capacity of 4 800MW for a total combined capacity of 14 400MW. Algeria is expanding its capacity from 11 000MW to 26 000MW by 2022, and Siemens is supplying gas turbines for two power plants which will generate over 2 000MW to power five million homes. In Nigeria, Siemens supplied and…
The first commercial planes in Africa to use biofuels carried 300 passengers between Johannesburg and Cape Town on 15 July. The Boeing jets, operated by South African Airways (SAA), were partly powered by nicotine-free, high-energy “Solaris” tobacco plants cultivated by farmers in Limpopo Province. The flights represent a major step forward for Project Solaris, a partnership between biochemists Sunchem SA, fuel specialists SkyNRG, SAA and Boeing, which launched in 2014 with the aim of delivering “local, sustainable jet fuel production” at large scale. “This is very significant as it proves we can use this biofuel,” says Ian Cruickshank, SAA’s group…
The International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) has developed a new procurement standard for gas turbines used in power plant applications. The new standard — ISO 19859:2016, Gas turbine applications – Requirements for power generation — is intended to provide both purchasers and contractors with minimum technical requirements and management of the information exchange between them for the procurement of gas turbine engines that are intended for power generation applications. This procurement standard for gas turbines is a set of specifications including performance, reliability, lifetime, operational envelope, maintainability, quality assurance, project management, documentation, installation and commissioning. ISO 19859:2016 is available from…
While geothermal energy is renewable and can be used for baseload supply, the major challenge surrounding this type of energy in South Africa is that exploration is expensive, which is why it has yet to be undertaken in the country, says Royal Haskoning DHV energy consultant David Johnson. Speaking at the Power-Gen Africa Conference in Sandton, Gauteng, Johnson said that most of South Africa has very low geothermal potential, owing to the country’s temperate climate. He added, however, that there are potentially suitable resources in South Africa, owing to the presence of hot springs in the country. “The potential has…
The public enterprises minister, Lynne Brown, announced the establishment of a nuclear engineering centre that will form part of the Eskom Power Plant Engineering Institute (EPPEI) Phase Two programme, which is due to run from 2017 to 2021. “Eskom will establish a specialisation centre focusing on nuclear engineering and technology. The specialisation centre will have a dedicated director and partnership with reputable international universities,” she said. Speaking at a conference hosted in Johannesburg, the minster underscored that South Africa only has two options for baseload and mid-merit operations to manage electricity system requirements, that being coal and nuclear. She conceded…
The share of global electricity generated by solar photovoltaics (PV) could increase from 2% now to as much as 13% by 2030, according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). It estimates that solar PV capacity could reach between 1 760 and 2 500 gigawatts (GW) by 2030, up from 227GW currently. “Recent analysis from IRENA finds that cost reductions for solar and wind will continue into the future, with further declines of up to 59% possible for solar PV in the next ten years,” said IRENA director-general Adnan Z Amin. Solar PV regularly costs just…
The future of the government’s independent power producers’ programme, which has been lauded as a global success, is uncertain following an Eskom board decision that it will not sign any power purchase agreements with private producers after the current round is finalised, without engagement over the matter. Eskom chairman, Ben Ngubane, said the board had concerns about the Renewable Independent Power Producers Programme (REIPPP), and there was a need for the government to look at all the implications for Eskom and its future. As an indication that enthusiasm for the REIPPP is cooling, in a speech at the Power-Gen Conference…
The Energy Awareness Game© is a fun, entertaining and educational board game. The game uses home ownership as a basis for learning the fundamentals of energy saving and teaches anyone, above the age of 6, energy awareness. Concepts such as electricity metering, are simplified and depicted in a creative manner that's intuitive and easy to understand. The game interplays 'Risk vs Reward', how to manage your risky energy expenses against the reward of more income from energy savings, and serves as a tool to promote energy awareness for all ages. Energy expenses are things like geysers, appliances, chargers, fridges, stoves,…
Individual country pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions would need to be strengthened in order to limit future climate change to well below the 2°C limit included in the Paris climate agreement, according to a new assessment. Pledges made for the Paris agreement on climate change last winter would lead to global temperature rise of 2.6 to 3.1°C by the end of the century, according to a new analysis published in the journal Nature. In fact, the entire carbon budget for limiting warming to below 2°C might have been emitted by 2030, according to the study. “The Paris Agreement was…
Sika’s Sustainability Strategy 2014–2018 is producing a positive outcome. In the first two years of the strategy, Sika has exceeded five of the six target areas covering the economic, environmental, and social dimensions of its business. Sika has delivered more value to its stakeholders with less impact on the environment.More Value for StakeholdersSika's "More Value, Less Impact" initiative, which brings the six sustainability target areas together in one concept, is delivering on its promise, meeting all value adding targets during the two-year 2014/2015 period. Operating profit grew by 12.3%, reflecting the company's excellent economic performance. All new product, system, and…
A South African company is designing a safe helium-cooled nuclear reactor that will use a locally designed pebble-based thorium/uranium fuel, replacing uranium as the primary fuel. This will provide a safer environment, without meltdown risk, such as that experienced at the Fukushima reactor in Japan. “The pebble fuel will be based on thorium, using uranium as the fissile driver material. The by-products produced by thorium are safer than that produced by a uranium-based nuclear reactor, making it safer and extremely difficult to make a nuclear weapon,” said Trevor Blench, chairman of Steenkampskraal Thorium Limited (STL). The thorium will be mined in…
South Africa is a country that is disproportionally affected by the consequences of global warming. Our coast has been identified as one of the regions in the world at highest risk of flooding and studies estimate that wildfires burn approximately 3 million hectares per year. “Longer dry spells and rising temperatures would only increase that risk,” warns Mario Molina, International Director of The Climate Reality Project. Molina is one of a powerful line-up of internationally recognised climate change and sustainability leaders to address the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) Convention in Johannesburg this July. An advocate for bold green…
The climate change challenge cannot be isolated from the on-going need for economic development in Africa, and the aim should be to reduce CO2 emissions whilst increasing trade and economic opportunities for the growing population on the continent. Jonathan Horn, MD of Maersk Line Southern Africa – a member of Maersk Group – is shedding light on the environmental challenges that lie ahead, and aims to show that substantial reductions in CO2 are possible while still enabling trade and development across Africa. Horn explains that in order to create a sustainable low carbon economy, an efficient shipping sector is critical.…
In May 2016 Germany broke a renewable energy record when 95% of the national power demands were met by renewable energy resources and power prices went negative for a few hours. With approximately 2 500 hours of sunshine per year - among the highest in the world – South Africa has great potential for an energy revolution of its own and a similar capacity with regards to alternative energy generation. This is according to Cala van der Westhuizen, Head of Marketing and Sales for Energy Partners – a leading energy solutions provider in the country, who says that approximately 95%…
A team of American researchers have engineered new types of particles called topological plexcitons, which could help pave the way for more efficient energy transfers in solar cells and other forms of photonic circuits. The researchers have managed to improve on a process known as exciton energy transfer (EET), which describes the way light and matter exchange energy when they meet. On its own, EET is only possible over very short distances – about one hundred millionth of a metre. But one way to extend this is by creating plexcitons, where excitons in a molecular crystal are combined with plasmons…
Kenya ranks in the eighth position among the largest geothermal energy producers in the world, putting the East-African country among the top green energy economies. This is according to the latest annual Renewables 2016 Global Status Report published by REN21, which states that by the end of 2015 the amount of geothermal energy in Kenya’s national grid had expanded to a total of 600MW. The analysis stated that geothermal now accounts for over a quarter of the country’s total power capacity of 2 333MW. The Kenyan government has in recent years renewed its interest in geothermal energy to reduce the…
Sasol’s field development plan (FDP) for the Production Sharing Agreement (PSA) licence in the Inhambane province, Mozambique, reached an important milestone with the commencement of the drilling of the first well. Adjacent to its current producing Petroleum Production Agreement licence, the PSA development is an integrated oil, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and gas project. The spud marks the beginning of the drilling campaign, which is part of the first phase of the FDP, the delineation and initial development of the Temane G8, Temane East, Inhassoro G6 and Inhassoro G10 reservoirs. A total of 13 production wells will be drilled (including…
The potential to produce electricity from wind turbines in South Africa is more widely spread than initially thought, a study by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has determined. CSIR energy centre head, Dr Tobias Bischof-Niemz, says the study outputs could serve as input into South African energy-planning processes such as the Integrated Energy Plan, the Integrated Resource Plan for electricity, strategic grid planning, the Transmission Development Plan and wind and solar PV strategic environmental assessments. “The magnitude and cost competiveness of wind power in South Africa is on par with that of solar PV. In addition, wind…
Global clean energy developer, ET Energy, has founded a new South African subsidiary, ET Solutions South Africa Pty Ltd., which will offer engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services, along with operations and maintenance (O&M) for large-scale solar power plants. ET Energy has already been awarded a 130MW package of projects through the fourth round of bidding for South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). Construction on these projects is expected to start at the end of the third quarter of 2016. Within the next two years, the company has a target for the completion of an additional…
Eskom has enrolled 100 young qualified artisans for training in preparation for the new nuclear build expansion. The minister of public enterprises, Lynne Brown, launched the 2016 Eskom Nuclear Operator Pipeline Project at the Koeberg Power Station in Cape Town, aimed at addressing scarce local skills in the field of nuclear energy. “The programme, spanning five years, aims to build a path to ensure that there are sufficient local nuclear resources to service the country’s present and future nuclear needs,” Brown said. She explained that after a period of five years the trainees will leave the training as qualified nuclear…
Coal will remain part of Africa’s energy mix owing to its availability, cost advantage and ability to generate much-needed electricity, says African Union (AU) chairperson, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, in spite of the global trend to move to alternative sources of energy, given its cost. Her view is that it would be unrealistic to expect that Africa could develop without using coal. “It’s there, it’s cheap, it can be used to generate electricity,” she emphasises, adding that it behoved the continent to use what it had to industrialise. “But, of course, as the technology for solar power and wind energy…
The announcement by the Department of Energy to develop a gas policy will guide the country towards a sustainable natural gas economy, says the minister in the Presidency for planning, monitoring and evaluation, Minister Jeff Radebe. “The introduction of gas as an additional source of power in South Africa’s energy mix will lessen the dependence of coal and ensure sufficient, diverse and secure energy availability to citizens and the economy, now and in the future. This will also increase the country’s trajectory of realising a re-industrialised economy, a higher and inclusive growth path and job creation,” he said at a…
The World Nuclear Association have launched its report providing key metrics on nuclear power plant performance and reviewing recent developments in the global nuclear industry. Speaking at the launch, Agneta Rising pointed out: “This report shows that, despite challenging market conditions in some regions, existing nuclear plant performance is strong and the pace of new build is accelerating.” Recent years have been some of the most challenging for the global nuclear power plant fleet, but major new build programmes, new technology developments, reactor restarts in Japan and strengthening public support mean prospects for the years ahead are brighter. Even though…
The average costs for electricity generated by solar and wind technologies could decrease by between 26% and 59% by 2025, according to a report released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The report, The Power to Change: Solar and Wind Cost Reduction Potential to 2025, finds that with the right regulatory and policy frameworks in place, solar and wind technologies can continue to realise cost reductions to 2025 and beyond. It estimates that by 2025, average electricity costs could decrease 59 per cent for solar photovoltaics (PV), 35 per cent for offshore wind, and 26 per cent for onshore…
eltherm South Africa has been awarded the contract for the heat tracing system design and installation for the Xina Solar One power plant near Pofadder in the Northern Cape. It is eltherm’s first major project since establishing its operations in South Africa a year ago. eltherm SA is a subsidiary of global heat tracing company, eltherm GmbH, which has its headquarters in Germany. The contract, awarded to eltherm SA by Abengoa, will include the customised development, engineering and construction of Xina Solar One’s heat tracing system.   Kilometres of mineral insulated heating cable will be used for the heat tracing…
Radical new technique promises a cheaper and more secure method of burying CO2 emissions underground instead of storing it as a gas. The results suggest that basaltic rocks may be effective sinks for storing carbon dioxide removed from the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide has been pumped underground and turned rapidly into stone, demonstrating a radical new way to tackle climate change. The unique project promises a cheaper and more secure way of burying CO2 from fossil fuel burning underground, where it cannot warm the planet. Such carbon capture and storage (CCS) is thought to be essential to halting global warming, but…
South Africa is Africa’s clean energy frontrunner. Since 2011, it has invested R249 billion in wind and solar technology. We are followed by Morocco, which has spent R64 billion, and Kenya, which has spent R37.3 billion. This emerged at a talk by Michael Liebreich, chair of the advisory board at Bloomberg New Energy Finance, a leading provider of information on clean energy to investors, energy companies and governments. He addressed a packed auditorium during African Utility Week at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. Around the world, R5.1 trillion has been invested in renewable energy – including wind and solar…
Green building is gaining rapid momentum in Africa with office buildings in Rwanda and Namibia both receiving 6-Star Green Star ratings, certified by the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA). In Kigali, Rwanda, the Nobelia Office Tower has achieved the very first Green Star rating in the country – a 6-Star Green Star SA-Rwanda - Office v1 Design rating for shell and core. While in Windhoek, Namibia, Emcon Consulting Group’s offices received a 6-Star Green Star SA-Namibia - Existing Building Performance Tool v1 rating, becoming the second Green Star certified building in the country, and the first to attain…
The rationale behind the design of the community centre in Tubatse, Burgersfort, which was completed in 2014, goes beyond using sustainable building practices and locally sourced materials to also focus on community engagement, skills transfer and long-term upliftment. The Humana Child Aid Tubatse Project involved members of the community in the planning and construction of the centre, and today employs full-time staff members as well as volunteers. Serving as an outreach to about 3 000 families, the centre offers a library, computer room, a hall for events, a crèche and a kitchen for cooking classes. The landscaping was designed to…
Perseverance is what helped Makasela Air, a small heat ventilation and air-conditioning contracting company, to not only successfully complete Property Point’s two-year enterprise development incubation programme, but in the process also grow in leaps and bounds and win a prize of R25 000. A Growthpoint initiative, the incubation programme focuses on empowering both the entrepreneur and their business with the skills and knowledge they need to ensure long term sustainability. Tiyani Khoza, owner of Makasela Air, heard about the incubation programme on the radio, but his first application to enter the programme was unsuccessful. Not giving up, he approached Property…
Fieldstone Africa has introduced an investment index for renewable energy in Africa to assist investors, developers and financial institutions in comparing the relative merit of renewable efforts in different countries.  The Fieldstone Africa Renewables Index (or FARI) is unique among industry measures insofar as it takes into account real world experience as well as the legal, regulatory and technical basis to get things done.  With its presence in the market for over 20 years, Fieldstone Africa has been involved in energy and infrastructure across Africa. In the last five years, project activity has involved an ever increasing amount of renewable…
Carbon-dioxide emissions from the United States’ energy sector now stand at 12% below 2005 levels, a drop mainly driven by the continuing collapse of the coal industry. Last year, coal made up 80% of all retired electricity-generating capacity, with plants shutting down across the mid-west and south. Americans’ energy consumption resulted in the release of 5,2bn tons of CO2 last year, according to the United States (US) Energy Information Administration (EIA), down from 5,4bn tons in 2014. The 12% cut since 2005 has come during a period in which the US economy has, adjusting for inflation, grown by 15%. A…
Touted by its creators as the world’s largest solar-powered computer, the Watly machine’s mission is to provide electricity, clean water and Internet services that could transform lives and economies across rural Africa. The system works by capturing solar energy through photovoltaic panels on the surface of the Watly module, which is converted into electricity through an internal 140kwh battery. This powers a patented water treatment system that uses a graphene-based filtering process, before the water is boiled and then distilled. The process can deliver 5 000 litres of safe drinking water every day. The battery also powers a connectivity hub…
An agreement in principle for the structuring of energy deals was reached between the Zimbabwean minister of energy and power development, Samuel Undenge, and his South Africa counterpart, Tina Joemat-Pettersson, last month, although no timelines have been indicated yet on when the pact would be in place. According to the Zimbabwean secretary for energy and power development, Partson Mbiriri, the two ministers will sign a memorandum of understanding, informed by the fact that South Africa and Zimbabwe share a lot in the energy sector, which includes electricity, fuel and infrastructure, most of which has been happening outside an official framework.…
A residential energy solution, which allows homeowners to generate and store their own electricity, has been officially launched in the Western Cape market by Energy Partners Home Solutions, a division of PSG. Dubbed the Icon Home Energy Hub, the solution is designed primarily for medium-sized households with a monthly electricity bill of above R1 500. It comprises roof-mounted solar panels with a 3,1kWp capacity and an inverter, which converts direct-current electricity produced by the panels to alternating current. The inverter is integrated with a 3,6kWh lithium-iron phosphate battery, which is able to store energy for use during higher-tariff peak periods.…
South Africa’s electricity consumption has fallen 14% from a peak reached nine years ago.South Africa used 18 827 Gigawatt-hours (GWh) of power in March, according to a Statistics SA report. Historical data shows July tends to be the country’s heaviest electricity usage month, and a record 21 780GWh were drawn in July 2007, straining Eskom’s generation capacity and leading to rolling blackouts. Electricity consumption is a simple measure of a country’s industrial health, and the closure of BHP Billiton’s power-guzzling aluminium smelters, along with many mines placed under care and maintenance, has alleviated South Africa’s power crunch over the past…
Ahead of the release of a Request for Proposal (RFP), the Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation of Russia hosted a media contingent on a trip to Hungary, where the company has not only built and maintained nuclear reactors for the last thirty years, but is also financing and building a new fleet to meet the country’s future energy requirements. Rosatom believes its involvement in Hungary is a blueprint for the model that could be used in South Africa’s future nuclear development when it comes to the type of technology, operating model and financing arrangement that can be deployed. Koeberg, also…
In the Western Cape, Italian multinational power manufacturer and distributer, Enel, through its subsidiary Enel Green Power RSA (EGP RSA), has completed and connected to the grid the Paleisheuwel photovoltaic (PV) power plant. With an installed generation capacity of 82,5MW, the plant is able to generate more than 153GWh per year, equivalent to the annual energy consumption needs of about 48 000 South African households, the Italian firm said in a statement. In addition to clean generated power, the plant could offset an estimated 140 000 tons of CO2 emissions into the atmosphere every year. The generated clean power will…
Global gases company, the Linde Group, its subsidiary African Oxygen (Afrox) and alternative energy firm Renergen signed a deal to commercialise South Africa’s first onshore natural gas field in the Free State, enabling the production of liquid helium. The 187 000ha gas field in Virginia in the Free State has proven reserves of 25-billion cubic feet, or the equivalent of about one-billion litres of diesel. The deal requires Linde to build a state-of-the art helium extraction plant at a cost of about R200m, creating numerous indirect and about 30 direct jobs. According to Nick Haines, the New York-based head of…
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USE-IT, the eThekwini Waste Materials Recovery Industry Development Cluster, has won the Eco-Logic Recycling and Waste Management award for work done in 2015.  The awards recognizing environmental excellence are made in 14 categories by Enviropaedia and sponsored by high-level corporate supporters.‘This year’s competition was a clear demonstration of how eco-logic thinking is now entering in the mainstream,’ said David Parry Davis, editor of The Enviropaedia, during the award ceremony in Cape Town on 21 April. ‘The work that so many South Africans are doing to create a more sustainable environment is inspiring.’  He added that each of the Eco-Award entries…
Riverbed Technology, the application performance company, today announced that global energy company Engen is using Riverbed solutions to centralize Remote and Branch Office (ROBO) IT, and improve productivity, back-up and data security across its multi-national organization. Riverbed® SteelFusion™ has improved IT operations and information security at branch office locations by taking servers, applications, and data out of the branches and consolidating them in secure data centers. Additionally, Riverbed® SteelHead™ optimizes the company’s wide area networks (WAN) and delivers accelerated application performance across the entire network for an enhanced end user experience at any site.Founded in 1887, Engen, an African-based energy…
Riverbed Technology, the application performance company, today announced that global energy company Engen is using Riverbed solutions to centralize Remote and Branch Office (ROBO) IT, and improve productivity, back-up and data security across its multi-national organization. Riverbed® SteelFusion™ has improved IT operations and information security at branch office locations by taking servers, applications, and data out of the branches and consolidating them in secure data centers. Additionally, Riverbed® SteelHead™ optimizes the company’s wide area networks (WAN) and delivers accelerated application performance across the entire network for an enhanced end user experience at any site. Tweet This: Riverbed helps energy company…
The success of the Department of Energy’s (DoE) Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement (REIPPP) Programme is a shining example of South Africa’s ability to undertake large infrastructure programmes to boost the local economy despite the current period of slow growth internationally. This public-private partnership programme has allowed for energy growth and successful private investment, which contrasts with a number of other international renewable energy programmes that have faced difficulties and setbacks. According to Paschal Phelan, Chairman of Solar Capital, the renewable energy developers involved in the REIPPP Programme have funded their facilities largely through independently sourced international investors and…
Promethium Carbon, in cooperation with Harmony Gold, launched an online toolkit to facilitate the development of sustainable and bankable projects which will focus on generating renewable energy, rehabilitating mining impacted land and creating jobs. This toolkit was launched during a function that was hosted at the Chamber of Mines. The toolkit was the outcome of the Community-Based Renewable Energy Project, funded by the British High Commission in Pretoria. This project effectively integrated renewable energy generation, restoration of mining impacted land and economic development in local communities to create sustainable value.  Taking the diverse nature of South Africa’s developmental landscape into consideration,…
Research released in February this year found that if South Africa’s degree of commitment to green building holds, the country will be a leader in the global green market in the next three years. South Africa is depicted as an engine of new green growth for the next three years, with the World Green Building Trends 2016 Smart Market Report reporting that global green building continues to double every three years. Presented by Dodge Data & Analytics and United Technologies Corporation, the World Green Building Trends 2016 study focused on global green building growth. The report provides new world green…
Nature is integrated with the urban landscape through the creation of a 90m² planted wall at The Zone @ Rosebank. The 90m² planted wall at The Zone @ Rosebank is the largest installation of its kind in Africa. The spectacular vertical garden is situated on the ground floor of The Zone Boulevard, which is part of the multi-million rand redevelopment that started in the middle of last year. This architectural feature facilitates a seamless flow from the indoors to the outdoors within the centre’s high-street shopping ambience, and creates a standout piece of natural beauty. In the city, where space…
UNFCCC Media Alert: Fresh Look for UNFCCC Newsroom + New Guide on Purpose and Structure of the Paris Agreementhttp://newsroom.unfccc.int/unfccc-newsroom/unfccc-newsroom-gets-new-post-paris-look/ The UN climate change secretariat today launched a fresh version of its flagship website to reflect the top news and priorities following the historic Paris Climate Change Agreement, which 195 countries concluded in the French capital, in December. The secretariat also launched a new guide on the purpose and structure of the Paris Climate Change Agreement. The frontpage Newsroom continues to carry all the breaking news and views of the day about climate change. The new Paris Agreement section allows users to focus easily on…
On Earth Day April 22, 2016, with a record number of countries signing the Paris climate agreement in New York, Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility looks ahead at the G7 meetings next month and outlines why safeguarding the global commons is the wisest investment we can make.For the first time in seven years, environment ministers from G7 countries are meeting as part of the preparations for the G7 Summit itself.  This is a clear recognition that environmental issues are increasingly being mainstreamed into economic decision-making.There are very good reasons for world leaders to take the…
Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has congratulated the Department of Transport on the official opening of South Africa’s - and Africa’s - first solar-powered airport in George. Transport Minister Dipuo Peters launched the project that is spearheaded by the Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) at a special ceremony in the city on Friday. Most of the airport’s energy needs will be supplied through 200 square meters of photo-voltaic (PV) panels. PV technology generates electricity from solar radiation providing a renewable and clean energy source In its first phase, 750kw will be generated through this clean energy source, which is…
By: Celine Paton, Consultant for Energy & Environment, Frost & Sullivan Africa Following global trends leaning towards a more sustainable future, governments in most African countries have established increasingly ambitious renewable energy (RE) targets for their power sector. However, with the notable exception of South Africa and the hydro power sector, not much has materialised thus far. The South African Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPPP), implemented since 2011, has proven to be a large success for the country, with 6.3 GW of RE procured by Eskom since its inception. This totals approximately 15 per cent of South African…
An Australian consortium is offering to buy 110GWh of energy between its members, which would require a renewable energy plant with about 15 wind turbines or 250 000 solar panels. Councillor Arron Wood from the City of Melbourne said the project emerged from the council’s target to source 25% of its energy from renewables by 2018. The council commissioned a study of how much renewable energy would be available from solar panels on City of Melbourne rooftops, and it only amounted to about 2% of what they needed to meet the target, he said. “Particularly in a dense environment like…
Clean energy corridors with a combined capacity of 2GW are being planned for the West African region under plans put forward by ECOWAS Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE). Mahamma Kappiah, executive director of ECREEE, says the corridor will involve connecting many 10-15MW solar PV plants, as well as many other technologies such as wind and hydro. “In the 2GW, we have different contributions from each country. Nigeria wants to take 1GW of it and the rest is shared among other countries, some with 200MW and some with 500MW.” The concept of the corridors is expected to…
The mining industry is faced with the effects of a growing energy deficiency as evidenced by the recent approval by Query: NERSA of an Eskom tariff hike exceeding 9%, in addition to energy supply constraints to the mining industry and resulting losses in excess of R1,3 billion, as reported by Consultancy Africa Intelligence. Mining companies are looking inwards and exploring solutions allowing for independent electricity generation in mitigation of inadequate access to energy – a factor that is ranked as one of the top ten business risks in the mining industry, according to an EY 2015 - 2016 report on…
Eskom is on the list of recipients awarded the first set of long-term loans by the New Development Bank (NDB), also referred to as the Brics bank. Eskom will get $180 million (R2,6 billion) over 12 to 20 years, for transmission lines to evacuate 670MW generation and transformation of 500MW of renewable energy generation by IPPs in the country, said the NDB. However, this loan is just a small amount of what Eskom says it needs in the next 20 years. “We as Eskom have said that between now and 2025 we are going to spend R213 billion on transmission…
The minister of science and technology, Naledi Pandor, has unveiled South Africa’s first prototype hydrogen fuel-cell forklift and a refuelling station at Impala Refining Services in Springs, near Johannesburg. The development is set to boost South Africa’s hydrogen fuel-cell industry. The prototype is a collaborative effort between the Department of Science and Technology through the HySA Systems Centre of Competence, based at the University of the Western Cape, and Impala Platinum (Implats) through its Impala Refineries in Springs. Over the past three years, Implats has provided HySA Systems with funds of R6 million to enable the prototype development. Implats plans…
South Africa’s Department of Energy says the process to procure six new nuclear power plants to help overcome chronic electricity shortages had been delayed for more consultations, but had not stalled. Africa’s most industrialised economy was expected to finalise some requirements for its nuclear expansion by April, with Russia and China the frontrunners to build the new power stations. “There is a consultation process with key stakeholders that the Department of Energy has undertaken before issuing the request for proposals (RFP),” the department said in a statement. “This consultation process has not yet been concluded and the RFP will be…
Engen Petroleum introduced Air1®, the world’s top AdBlue® brand, in South Africa two years ago and continues the drive to reduce vehicle emissions. “Despite a lag in more stringent emissions legislation for trucks and busses operating on South African roads, the on/off-road AdBlue® business is growing steadily in sub-Saharan Africa,” says Sydney Brückner, business manager for emission fluids at Engen. AdBlue® is used in conjunction with selective catalytic reduction (SCR) units in exhaust systems. This reduces nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions in diesel engine exhaust gases, which is in line with more stringent emission regulations introduced in other parts of the…
The South African government is aiming to increase gas imports to meet the country’s growing energy needs. A new 2 600km pipeline is planned to strengthen the supply of gas in the country. South Africa’s SacOil Holdings has announced an agreement with Mozambique’s national oil and gas company, Profin Consulting, and the China Petroleum Pipeline Bureau (CPP) to construct a US$6bn natural-gas pipeline from the Rovuma Basin in Northern Mozambique to South Africa’s Gauteng Province, with offtakes to other neighbouring South African Development Community countries. Efforts are also in place to identify and develop new domestic reserves. The government recently…
One of the United Kingdom’s largest battery-based energy storage facilities has been connected to the grid as part of new research led by the University of Sheffield on the growing area of energy storage. The £4m facility was officially launched on Thursday 17 March 2016 with the announcement of a new innovation project with energy companies E.ON and Uniper looking at future possibilities for large-scale energy storage and how to overcome the challenges associated with connecting such technologies to the grid. The lithium titanate battery was chosen because it is fast to charge and discharge, has a long lifetime and…
Zimbabwe’s state-owned power producer has picked a local company and two Indian firms to build a $128 million hydropower plant to generate 30MW of electricity. Noah Gwariro, the chief executive officer of Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC), said Intratrek Zimbabwe and its partners, Bharat Heavy Electrical Ltd and Angelique International Ltd, will build the Gairezi power station in the east of the country. The plant is expected to take 30 months to complete. “The project will start as soon as we reach financial closure. We expect the money to come from Afreximbank,” Gwariro told Reuters, referring to Africa Export and Import…
Anti-fracking campaigners have vowed to file an urgent application in court to stop any fracking in the Karoo region. The government announced that exploration for shale gas will begin in the next 12 months, ending years of speculation over the project and following years of postponements. The government believes the exploration of shale gas is an area of real opportunity for South Africa, and that shale gas has the potential to provide South Africa with greater energy security, growth and job creation. According to the government, the exploration will lead to excellent prospects for beneficiation and will add value to…
A total of 2 500MW of privately owned coal-fired electricity – the amount of power allocated within government’s independent power producers (IPPs) plan – could be under threat of widespread public resistance via environmental justice organisations that are opposed to coal-fired power because of its detrimental impact on the environment and human health. To date, groundWork (gW) and Earthlife Africa Johannesburg (ELA) – together with community partners in the Vaal, Mpumalanga Highveld, and KwaZulu-Natal – have launched a legal challenge against three proposed new coal-fired power stations proposed under the Coal Baseload Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (CBLIPPPP). These are…
Eskom’s “war room”, which was established at the height of South Africa’s energy crisis, has been closed down. Public Enterprises director-general Mogokare Seleke told the parliamentary portfolio committee on public enterprises that the need for the crisis centre no longer exists. Seleke said a group of young engineers was basically playing Tetris – moving resources around so that maintenance took place without power gaps. Medupi’s Unit 6 has since come online, feeding more power into the grid, and the country has had six months without load shedding. Further measures taken included co-generation agreements, gas imports, independent power producers and liaison…
n the basis of joint educational programmes, Russia’s nuclear agency, Rosatom, will help to train South African nuclear power industries’ staff, according to a statement by the agency. “A continuous improvement of personnel will allow South Africa to achieve sustainable development and competitiveness in the world market of nuclear technologies,” the statement reads. The initiative is part of Rosatom’s memorandum, signed in July 2015 with the South African authorities, on cooperation in the field of professional development and short-term training programmes. According to the nuclear agency, these educational programmes will allow South Africa to implement joint projects in the sphere…
The Saudi-based energy firm ACWA Power is planning to invest more than R35bn in renewable and conventional energy projects in South Africa over the next five years. Speaking at the commissioning of the R5bn Bokpoort concentrated solar energy plant, which has one of the highest thermal energy storages in the world, ACWA Power chairman, Mohammad Abunayyan, said the Northern Cape, where temperatures can exceed 45°C, was one of the top three locations in the world with the highest solar capacity. The plant has the capacity to store up to 9,3 hours of power for night usage and to electrify about…
The eighth annual Africa Energy Indaba, held on 16-17 February, hosted almost 1 000 delegates who attended the Sandton conference, exhibition and various side events which are hosted during the Africa Energy Indaba week every year. Various African energy ministers, including 50 global and continental energy luminaries, attended the in-depth workshops, panel discussions and private leaders’ dialogues in Johannesburg, South Africa, to decide and debate Africa’s energy future for the decades to come. The event was covered extensively in the African mainstream media, with front-page headlines deliberating how Africa can overcome its enormous challenges in ensuring access to energy for…
Today, The Honourable Ms Tina Joemat-Pettersson, Minister of Energy, inaugurated the 175MW Solar Capital facility based in De Aar, Northern Cape – making it the largest solar farm ever completed in the Southern Hemisphere, Africa and the Middle East region. This launch of the facility is the culmination of a two-phase project. The first phase has a capacity of 85MW and the second phase an even larger capacity of 90MW. In total the facility is 473ha, consists of 503 942 modules and took a mere 28 months to construct. The amount invested in the project totaled  R2.2 billion and R2.6…
An independent review has validated the suitability of thin film Cadmium Telluride (CdTe) photovoltaic (PV) modules to power utility-scale solar power plants in South Africa. The study, commissioned by First Solar, Inc. and undertaken by Stellenbosch University’s Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies (CRSES), concluded that the modules “are a technically feasible, environmentally friendly and safe way to produce electricity in South Africa.” The in-depth assessment - based on an extensive review of scientific literature, interaction with experts and site visits – considered performance of CdTe PV under South African conditions, product safety, and environmental impacts. The study’s conclusions…
Minister Gordhan presented his budget speech to Parliament. Summarised below are important aspects from a government grant and incentives perspective. The Green Economy  There is very little mention of carbon tax in this year’s budget. The Finance Minister makes no reference to it in his speech. However, the 2016 Budget Review states that the carbon tax will be ‘revenue neutral’ up to 2020 given the current economic outlook in South Africa. There is no clarity provided on what exactly is meant by ‘revenue neutral’ and what the post-2020 implications would be and whether this principle of ‘revenue neutrality’ will be…
Over 1 gigawatt (GW) of power from wind energy is already feeding much-needed electricity into the country’s grid, according to the South African Wind Energy Association (Sawea). This figure equates to the supply of 511 000 household's average energy consumption, it says. This calculation is based on household consumption of 6.000 kiloWatt hours per year, supplied by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and an average capacity factor of 35% from the wind turbines. Sawea points out that this is a conservative figure as many turbines are performing closer to 40% plus. There is much more to come, promises…
The Interlace residential development in Singapore, designed by OMA/Buro Ole Scheeren, exemplifies a fresh understanding of contemporary urban living, which earned it the coveted World Building of the Year 2015 title. The 170 000m² dense housing project involves 31 apartment blocks, each six storeys high with a total of 1 040 residential units of various sizes. Inventively, instead of just placing separate buildings next to each other, the apartment blocks were turned horizontally and stacked in hexagonal arrangements around eight open courtyards. Partly resting, partly hovering, the blocks form an interlaced network of living spaces and social areas. The stepped…
The notion of building eco-towns in the ocean may seem farfetched, but architect Vincent Callebaut believes that his Aequorea project, a series of self-sufficient floating villages, could in fact be constructed by 2050. Aequorea is an underwater farm project designed to be energy self-sufficient, recycle all waste and fight ocean acidification. The farm draws its name from a bioluminescent, light-emitting jellyfish with articulated, webbed tentacles, which enable it to swim and produce its own energy. Built out of garbageThese bio-inspired villages would be 3D printed from algoplast, a composite material that mixes algae with plastic waste recycled from the so-called…
Kenya Electricity Generating Co., the country’s biggest power producer, said it will receive a $387.2 million loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency to fund the construction of a geothermal power plant. The loan agreement will be signed next month, when the company plans to tender for construction of the Olkaria 5 facility, about 70 kilometers (44 miles) northwest of the capital, Nairobi, Chief Executive Officer Albert Mugo said in an e-mailed response to questions Thursday. Construction is expected to begin in the third quarter and power from the plant will be added to the national grid by 2018, it…
Cape Town and Johannesburg won two of the ten categories at the C40 Cities Awards, which honour cities from across the globe that demonstrate leadership in taking climate action. Cape Town – water programmeTop of the Adaptation Implementation category, the Mother City was commended for its water conservation and demand management (WCWDM) programme aimed at minimising water waste and promoting the efficient use of water. The programme includes raising public awareness around water use efficiency, the introduction of a stepped water tariff, free of charge plumbing repairs for low-income households, training of community plumbers, the promotion of alternative water sources…
Iran has proposed a project with Hungary to design and develop a small nuclear reactor that could be sold across Asia and Africa, while being built in the Islamic republic. Iran’s Ali Akbar Salehi said he envisions a joint pilot project with Hungary to design a 25 megawatt (MW) reactor and another one of up to 100MW, a size he said would be marketable across Asia and Africa. He told a conference in Budapest small reactors would be more affordable to poorer countries and require less cooling water, a critical consideration in Africa and Asia. Iran will build two more…
The Tanzania Geothermal Development Company (TGDC) has been ordered to begin drilling three holes in the Lake Ngozi area by June this year. Business Week reported that in 2015, TGDC general manager, Boniface Njobe, said Tanzania has identified 50 potential areas across the country where 5 000MW of geothermal power could be produced. Njobe said these areas need to be explored through public-private partnership arrangements, which would enable the country to produce 200MW from geothermal power by 2020. According to Business Week, Sospeter Muhongo, minister of energy and minerals, explained that research conducted in the field proved that the water…
Mobile solar energy provider Ugesi Gold has partnered with EnergyNet to provide an off-grid primary school located in an informal settlement of Palm Ridge, Gauteng, with a mobile solar power station dubbed PowerTurtle. According to the company, in the past other solar projects have attempted to install solar panels at off-grid schools, but due to theft the projects were not successful. However, the PowerTurtle is a unique, container-based design, which allows for unparalleled security. Morning sunshine triggers the solar panels to unfold within minutes, which are enabled by a specifically engineered rail system, while in the evenings the solar panels…
The first Tesla Powerwall in South Africa has been installed in Johannesburg, says authorised reseller Dako Power, who plans to gather and use data based on the performance of the initial unit. The 7 kilowatt hour (kWh) daily cycle Powerwall system which is available in South Africa, harnesses and stores energy generated from solar panels during the day for use at night and during power outages. According to Tesla, the lithium ion Powerwall, which operates at a 92% efficiency rate, can provide 3,3kW of continuous power, the same as its peak output. It said lights per room in a typical…
The first Tesla Powerwall in South Africa has been installed in Johannesburg, says authorised reseller Dako Power, who plans to gather and use data based on the performance of the initial unit. The 7 kilowatt hour (kWh) daily cycle Powerwall system which is available in South Africa, harnesses and stores energy generated from solar panels during the day for use at night and during power outages. According to Tesla, the lithium ion Powerwall, which operates at a 92% efficiency rate, can provide 3,3kW of continuous power, the same as its peak output. It said lights per room in a typical…
Shalton Mothwa, a qualified nuclear physicist, took part in the Red Bull Amaphiko Academy, a workshop that aims to inspire young South African entrepreneurs to collaborate, be creative and share their ideas for a brighter South African future, where he presented his project: the AEON Power Bag. Mothwa’s AEON Power Bag is a laptop bag that will be able to charge mobile devices by farming the energy from surrounding Wi-Fi and telecommunication signals. He is hopeful that it will go long way to empower young children and students in rural areas, allowing them the freedom to connect with learning websites…
South Africa has the potential to become a major unconventional gas producer‚ according to a new World Energy Council report launched at the Africa Gas Forum. Large reserves of shale gas have been identified in the Karoo basin which alone could provide up to 4% of additional electricity requirements with no need for pipelines‚ the report states. However‚ to take advantage of these opportunities‚ the study says that South Africa needs to take three key actions: Plan infrastructure and ensure water management is taken into account, build local expertise and provide financial incentives such as tax incentives. “Unconventional gas is…
Eskom is distributing ten million energy-saving lamps in all nine provinces until the end of March 2017. This follows a successful campaign in which 64 million energy-saving lamps were distributed around the country since 2006. Through its Energy-Efficient Lighting Exchange Programme, Eskom will conduct door-to-door campaigns to swap old-style light bulbs and spent compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) with new energy-efficient ones. An estimated 155MW – enough to power two towns the size of Thaba Nchu – was saved during the first phase of the rollout of the programme. CFLs can last up to eight times longer than incandescent lamps and save up…
Sasol has obtained approval from the Mozambique Council of Ministers for its Field Development Plan (FDP) that will see further hydrocarbon resources developed to support Southern African growth. To be developed in phases, the first phase of the Production Sharing Agreement (PSA) licence area development proposes an integrated oil, LPG and gas project adjacent to Sasol’s existing Petroleum Production Agreement (PPA) area. The PPA area is where natural gas from the Pande and Temane fields is currently produced and processed in a central processing facility, before being transported via an 865km pipeline to gas markets in Mozambique and South Africa.…
Keith Schneider  Pongola - January 7 2016 could hardly have been worse in this thunderously beautiful, water-parched, and economically reeling nation of 53 million residents at the bottom of Africa. The rand slid in value to its lowest level ever and is now worth barely more than 6 US cents. The business confidence index fell to its worst-ever rating. National meteorologists projected that a deep drought, already a year old, would persist until the end of 2016. Agronomists said that grain harvests were likely to be half the normal total. Layoffs in the farm sector caused by moisture scarcity and…
The agreement recently achieved at the COP21 climate-change summit in Paris, France, is a landmark all of us can celebrate, says Mega Water Corporation founder and CEO, Rudy Roberts.“This important step forward in trying to limit the impact of climate change should not distract us, however, from the fact that many countries face serious challenges in dealing with water scarcity across Africa, including South Africa,” he says. “Achieving a reliable supply of treated and clean water for our people is another aspect of the environmental challenges we face. Without such reliable water supplies, personal health and industrial progress are at…
28% of the ZAR 192.6 billion ($14.08bn) invested under the REIPPP programme came from international investors, according to International Investment in the South African Renewable Energy Industry. So where did it come from – and how can you attract further international investment to procure and develop your CSP projects?Find out by viewing the complimentary report hereThe content includes interviews with the likes of the Department of Trade & Industry and the South African Wind Energy Association, a case study of one of Abengoa’s flagship CSP projects, and detailed data on the companies and geographies who are committing to the South…
Government’s commitment to attracting foreign investments, however, could turn the tide in the project’s favour, finds Frost & Sullivan The demand for electrification in Africa is unquestionable and seemingly insurmountable given the current state of energy affairs. The first phase of the Inga III dam project, Basse Haute (BC), is planned to commence in 2017 and has the capacity to generate 4,800 megawatts (MW) of green energy. The hydroelectric potential of the Inga site is estimated at 40% of the continent’s total capacity. Should the project gain traction, a multitude of opportunities will present themselves in operations, maintenance and indirect…
Oilprice.com recently spoke with Carl Larry, Director of Oil and Gas at Frost & Sullivan, a consultancy that conducts research on oil and gas markets, to get his thoughts on the state of oil in 2016. Oilprice.com: I saw that you were on Bloomberg in December, and you said that you thought oil would go to the low $30s per barrel, which was a good call at the time, before OPEC would sort of relent. Do you see any chance that OPEC can actually coordinate any production cuts? Carl Larry: No, you know, at this point I think that there…
Oilprice.com recently spoke with Carl Larry, Director of Oil and Gas at Frost & Sullivan, a consultancy that conducts research on oil and gas markets, to get his thoughts on the state of oil in 2016. Oilprice.com: I saw that you were on Bloomberg in December, and you said that you thought oil would go to the low $30s per barrel, which was a good call at the time, before OPEC would sort of relent. Do you see any chance that OPEC can actually coordinate any production cuts? Carl Larry: No, you know, at this point I think that there…
According to IHS Technology, a market research and forecasting company based in Englewood, Colorado, the global pipeline of planned battery and flywheel projects reached 1,6 gigawatts (GW) in in the fourth quarter of 2015, marking a 45% increase compared to the previous quarter. Based on a pipeline of about 900 megawatts (MW) of global grid-connected battery projects expected to be commissioned this year, IHS Technology is forecasting that the global installed capacity of energy storage systems will double by 2017. The brunt of the new energy storage projects deployed in 2016, or about 45% of the total capacity, is likely…
Located at a teacher’s college in Lagos, Nigeria, an experimental solar-powered soccer pitch was launched last year in a three-way collaboration between energy giant Shell, music star Akon, who has been championing solar energy on the continent, and Pavegen, a United Kingdom-based start-up which has a target of providing low-cost renewable energy solutions to Africa’s electricity problems. Only the second ever launched across the world, the solar-powered pitch combines both kinetic and solar energy to produce electricity. Pavegen technology makes use of pitch tiles which generate electricity by capturing kinetic energy from footfall. The harnessed energy can power low voltage…
The SADC Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Report 2015 has identified huge untapped renewable energy potential in the region. Renewables now account for approximately 23,5% of power generation, largely driven by electricity supply shortages in several key countries, but also by the changing economics of wind and solar energy. The overall hydropower potential SADC countries is estimated at about 1 080 terawatt hours per year (TWh/year), but capacity being utilised at present is just under 31 TWh/year. The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) further estimates that the solar power potential of the region is at approximately 20 000 terawatt-hours (TWh) per…
Coal exports from South Africa’s Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) climbed with 5,7% to a record of 75,4-million metric tons in 2015, exceeding the facility’s target. Prices of the fuel have fallen more than 40% since the start of 2014 as raw-materials prices are mired in the longest slump in decades on weaker growth in China, the largest consumer of metals to grains. RBCT handles coal from mines owned by companies including Glencore Plc, Anglo American Plc and South32 Ltd. The facility has the capacity to ship 91-million tons annually. About 59% of the exports went to Asia, mostly India,…
The Department of Energy’s (DoE’s) director-general, Thabane Zulu, confirmed in an exclusive statement in December that Cabinet has authorised the department to issue a request for proposal (RFP) for South Africa’s nuclear procurement programme. A major query regarding this development was how the government would pay for the construction of the 9 600MW nuclear power stations. The DoE said that Cabinet approved a process where the business proposals submitted through the RFP process will determine the final funding model. Zulu said proposals in this regard will first be submitted to the Energy Security Cabinet Sub-Committee for recommendation before being considered…
South African born Elon Musk is considering a plan to build a gigafactory in Cape Town to manufacture Tesla Powerwall batteries. This comes after a report that Evan Rice, former chief executive officer of GreenCape, has been appointed as Tesla’s business development manager for South Africa. Tesla Motors is planning to open an office in South Africa in early 2016, aimed at providing its energy storage solutions to local consumers and businesses. Tesla has already produced its first batch of Powerwalls at its gigafactory in Nevada, and stock of the batteries is due in South Africa by the end of…
Eskom has been implored to cut costs instead of increasing electricity tariffs. The power utility has been lambasted at public hearings into an application for a further R22,8 billion from the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa). Big businesses, unions and civil society organisations say this will result in a 16% electricity price hike if approved. Nersa has heard claims that an electricity price increase could result in a bigger migration towards alternative energy sources. The Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Sid Peimer has questioned Eskom’s use of diesel, which ballooned from a projected R2 billion to R8…
New research out of the University of Cape Town investigates the effects of an Eskom development in an area that is important for bird conservation. It also highlights the protection of grasslands areas which are  increasingly threatened due to increasing demands for water and electricity. Nature conservation is often complicated by conflicting land-use demands. David Maphisa’s PhD thesis, “Towards adaptive management of high-altitude grasslands: Ingula as a case study”, focuses on a moist, high-altitude grassland where Eskom is building a pumped storage scheme. To offset the negative effects of this development, Eskom has bought additional land that is to be…
South Africa generates 108-million tonnes of domestic waste per year, with R17 billion worth of waste products being buried at landfills. This poses a serious concern to the environment, in the long term, where there is an immediate need for government and the private sector to work together in finding alternative waste management and recycling solutions. Similarly, this type of waste presents massive opportunities for commercial use and therefore, solutions aimed at this need to be considered. In fact, Mark Gordon, Deputy Director for Chemicals and Waste management at the Department of Environmental Affairs has been quoted as saying: “Waste…
(Amendment of section 12L of Act 58 of 1962, as substituted by section 29 of Act 22 of 2012 and amended by section 38 of Act 31 of 2013) 18 January 2016 Please note that in terms of the recently promulgated Taxation Laws Amendment Act, Act No. 25 of 2015, published in Government Gazette No. 39588, the Section 12L energy efficiency tax incentive has been amended and improved to increase the amount of the (measured and verified) deduction from 45c to 95 cents per kilowatt hour or kilowatt hour equivalent of energy saved. Furthermore, the increased rate is deemed to…
Region faces shutdown of hydro-electric plants and collapse of mining industry Concerns regarding a catastrophic failure of the Kariba Dam have been thrust into the spotlight again as Zambia’s energy minister announced last week the possible shutdown of its hydroelectric plants with water levels in Kariba Dam dropping to below 14%. Adding to concerns about Kariba dam, the Geological Survey Department director Chipilaika Mukofu said experts were still assessing the possible effect of a 4.6 magnitude earthquake on the Kariba Dam in Siavonga on 12 Jan 2016.  In an interview, Mukofu said the quake’s epicentre was within sensitive reach of…
Organisations certified to ISO 50001 standard to elevate South Africa’s profile in clean energy The South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI), is proud to support a prestigious new awards program to recognise companies or organisations that use an ISO 50001-certified energy management system (EnMS) to save energy and reduce costs. Energy Management Leadership Awards should generate broader global use of these proven systems and help to attain national and global climate goals. The programme is sponsored by the Energy Management Working Group (EMWG) of the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), which is an active group of forward-thinking energy ministers from…
By Bev Palmer As a South African, I can relate to and sympathise with anyone who says they are a bit more than concerned with the current (and looming) water situation in South Africa. It seems that each time we switch on our TV’s after a long day at the office, and an even longer and more frustrating commute – we are bombarded with anxiety-attack worthy news. If it’s not the electricity crisis, it’s the water crisis. See, I believe that we could survivor some extended power cuts here and there – but tell me that I can’t flush my…
Gemini Wind Park CEO, Matthias Haag, talks about what it took to construct one of the world’s largest offshore wind farms. The Gemini Wind Park will significantly reduce carbon for The Netherlands and increase the country’s wind power by more than a third, in a single project. First power is expected early this year with commercial operation scheduled for 2017. Not visible from land, the project posed some challenges and saw some clever innovations. For one, the project took place over tidal flats with water depth varying from 0m to 4m deep, which meant that traditional offshore construction methods couldn’t…
A large scale floating solar panel array road is set to soak up Californian sunshine to power a city’s water treatment plant. The City of Holtville has signed an agreement with Aussie company Infratech to manufacture the one megawatt floating solar system including 3576 panels, 276 rafts and 12 treatment pumps. It will float on the surface and power a new water treatment plant to be used for the town’s drinking water supply and irrigation. The system will also significantly reduce evaporation and decrease the reliance on chemicals such as chlorine to treat the water. The photosynthesis process that creates…
The Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) has made an ambitious commitment to introduce a net zero/positive building certification scheme by 2020, and six more meaningful goals, at COP21 in Paris today.A total of 25 Green Building Councils from around the world unveiled national commitments to transform the sustainability of their buildings to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and ensure that the building and construction industry plays its part in limiting global warming to 2 degrees. Buildings currently account for around one third of global emissions. But green building is one of the most cost-effective solutions to climate change, which generates…
In 2013 Growthpoint Properties undertook a massive improvement in the energy efficiency of its buildings, retrofitting 195 properties with a combined footprint of close to 1 million square metres.By any measure the retrofit was a major undertaking. The company however only installed LED lighting selectively because, according to its Head of Sustainability & Utilities, Werner van Antwerpen, he and his colleagues judged that the LED technology available at the time was not mature enough. Instead, Growthpoint predominantly favoured T-5 electronic ballast lighting, which gave the company reasonable energy cost savings.  Now, in 2015, Growthpoint has just retrofitted the basement parking…
Governments in Africa must create an environment where pit-to-port projects can get off the ground for the benefit of widespread development on the continent, says Frans Pienaar, Chairman of Inyatsi Construction, a company that has been involved in such projects in southern Africa.Pit-to-port projects are part of a holistic approach to development, and roads and earthworks, such as those work done by Inyatsi, contribute significantly to the lives of people on the continent. Africa does not have sufficient infrastructure for moving materials, as it remains an underdeveloped continent lacking logistics infrastructure.“Due to the huge capital cost of pit-to-port projects, several…
KSB Pumpsand Valves is supplying eight ultra-efficient pump sets for Rand Water’s Palmiet Pumping station near Alberton to help boost potable water supply to the Gauteng region. The large diameter pumps are to be installed in tandem on four pumping lines, each delivering 200Ml/day at a head of 206m. This is achieved with the use a four slow speed suction pumps to keep NPSH requirements down, these pump directly into the four booster pumps which boost the pressure to the required 20 bar. The pumps are driven by two motor sizes, 2080kw for the suction pumps and 4130Kw for the…
Friday, 19 February 2016, 07:00 – 15:30VENUE: Sandton Convention Centre Introduction: 1-Day Open Dialogue on the imminent radical change in the Electricity Supply Industry in South Africa In the future our electricity supply sector will have greater variety of generation technologies, more Independent Power Producers, more embedded generation in the distribution sector and more co-generation and self-generation from large and small consumers.  This evolution will require new approaches to development, operation and maintenance of transmission and distribution networks, metering, tariffs and licencing.  A new range of skill-sets will be required by suppliers, consumers and government organisations to take full advantage…
CEO Global recognised the Most Influential Women in the African Continent at the Continental Gala Dinner at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand in November. The event celebrated the achievements of the women and men who are advancing African economies and communities. The dinner was attended by foremost business executives and government officials. The Most Influential Women: Agencies and Regulatory Authorities: Menesiah Muinjo (Namibia) Agriculture: Agnes AtimApea(Uganda) Automotive and Components: Danelle van der Merwe (South Africa) Building and Construction: Marna van der Walt (South Africa) Business and Professional Services: Anne Elizabeth Pratt (South Africa) Chemical, Pharmaceutical and Petrochemical: Joan Njeri…
Approximately 400 affordable green housing units will be developed in the Western Cape and Gauteng after an agreement for joint funding was finalised in November 2015. The agreement between Affordable Housing Development Finance at Nedbank Corporate and Investment Banking (NCIB) and the Green Fund, managed by the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) on behalf of the National Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), is made possible through the creation of an earmarked R120 million concessionary loan funding pool to be administered by Nedbank. “Green affordable housing combines social and environmental sustainability to promote access of lower- and middle-income individuals to…
The annual Green Star SA Leadership Awards 2015, sponsored by Old Mutual Property, recognises the country’s top-rated Green Star SA buildings and leading green building professionals. Announcing the winners at the Green Building Convention in Cape Town, Brian Wilkinson, chief executive officer of the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA), commented: “Our convention this year aimed to inspire better buildings, and this is exactly what our leading building professionals and projects are achieving. Like us, they constantly work towards designing, building and operating better, greener buildings that tread lightly on our stressed planet.” Highest rated building category    Winner: Hotel…
Built out of wooden palettes, wine bottles and other recycled materials, the new building housing the Silindokuhle Crèche in the Joe Slovo Township in Port Elizabeth provides a safe and healthy learning environment for some 80 children. The centre was designed by Love Story volunteer and NMMU graduate, Kevin Kimwelle, as part of his PhD, which deals with how architecture can be an agent of social change. French architecture from the Collective Saga studio got involved to build the centre and adapt the design to the site and demands from the community. Apart from being sustainable, recycled materials that were…
A building’s sustainability is influenced by many factors and product decisions, much of which is prescribed by building regulations. However, to get the optimal mix takes more than just a Coke and a smile. Jacques Laubscher, associate professor in the Department of Architecture at the Tshwane University of Technology, is part of a working group focused on building regulations in the face of climate change. Together with the other members on the steering committee, Henk Visscher from the Delft University of Technology and Edwin Chan from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, they involve built environment specialists from around the world…
There has been a rapid decline in the costs of solar and wind power, to such an extent that both technologies are now cheaper than nuclear or coal. This development will radically transform global electricity generation networks. How this transformation takes place in South Africa will depend on the role of government, the regulator, the market and to some extent civil society. At the moment government is pursuing a strategy based on a limited number of high capacity sites. These are connected to the national grid and owned or operated by about 100 independent power producers. The strategy preserves country’s…
Private sector participation and international cooperation will facilitate the commercial exploration of substantial energy reserves, says Frost & Sullivan East Africa is emerging as a hotbed for energy related investments not only for its robust economic growth, but also for its potential to become one of the largest producers and exporters of oil and natural gas in the world. Countries like Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Rwanda - which have traditionally depended on biomass to meet most of their energy requirements - are gradually shifting to modern energy sources to meet the growing demands of the expanding urban population and the…
University teams from across English-speaking Africa will compete to find the best solutions to improve the performance of a house on Vilakazi Street in Orlando West, Soweto. Vilakazi Street is one of the most famous streets in South Africa, having housed two Nobel Laureates - Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela. The building in the centre of this competition is based on the original 1944 design of houses on Vilakazi Street, similar to the original Mandela home. The aim of the challenge is to provide a competitive forum for student members of the Southern and East African Architectural and Engineering…
As the terrorist attack in Paris sparks worldwide fear of similar reprisals and a bloody shootout and hostage situation in a five-star Mali hotel exacerbates those concerns, global energy security reels under the pressure of unfathomable geopolitics. In an exclusive interview with Oilprice.com, Robert Bensh—managing director and partner at Pelicourt, a Western-owned oil and gas company navigating tricky conflict zones—discusses: • The terrorist threat to global energy security• What ISIS is really after• The bigger oil picture for ISIS• Why Iraq can't cope• Why Iraqi Kurdistan has disappointed• Why loose and shifting alliances spell geopolitical disaster• Whether it's all as…
Costa Rica has for 255 days managed its four-and-a-half million residents’ energy needs with little fossil fuel use. The Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) reports that 98,82% of the electricity generated for domestic use came from renewable sources such as wind, geothermal, solar, biomass and hydroelectric plants. The remaining 1,18% came from fossil fuels, used mainly in back-up situations. “The decline in oil imports has positively impacted on electricity prices, as well as the expansion strategy and exchanges with the regional electricity market,” said ICE chief executive officer, Carlos Manuel Obregon. Luis Pacheco, ICE manager, added that their projections show…
Launched in London last month with prominent Ghanaian and former United Nations secretary-general, Kofi Annan, the Energy Africa Campaign will speed up access to household solar energy and lighting for people across Ghana and wider Africa. While solar technology and mobile payment systems exist in Ghana, less than 1% of households use solar energy. During a visit to Ghana, the United Kingdom’s minister of state for international development, Grant Shapps, said: “The time is right to kick-start a solar revolution in Ghana and across Africa. It is not acceptable that two out of out three people in Africa simply do…
South Africa has been identified as having exceptional wind resources, according to the latest developed Wind Atlas, which highlights that “traditional climatology and global models underestimated resources potential in the country by as much as 5%”. The Department of Energy’s (DoE) quarterly wind power publication acknowledges the achievements of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), which has connected 1,991GWh of wind power to the national grid since its inception in 2011, but expects wind energy to contribute 10% to the national energy production by 2030. According to the report, South Africa’s portfolio includes some of the largest…
South Africa’s Cabinet is “poised to make a decision” on the way forward soon, the head of the country’s atomic energy company commented in a recent interview on Johannesburg-based Talk Radio 702. “It will go ahead – we do not have an option,” Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (NECSA) chief executive officer, Phumzile Tshelane, stated. The country’s two choices to increase continuous power are coal and nuclear, as other methods are not viable given the deteriorating climate, he said. The country has signed nuclear cooperation accords with Russia, China, France, the United States of America, Japan and South Korea.…
More than 90% of South Africa’s energy consumption is derived from fossil fuels – resulting in the release of more than 400-million tons of carbon dioxide (CO₂) a year, still one of the highest per capita CO₂ emissions globally. Therefore, some believe carbon capture and storage (CCS) are highly relevant technology for South Africa and that a successful deployment would enable the country to continue to exploit its abundant coal resources while meeting its climate commitments. The critics, however, have slammed South Africa’s decision to continue with CCS research, arguing that it represents a false solution, which undermines the necessary…
The current bid selection criteria of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement (REIPPP) Programme’s narrow evaluation and spatial blindness favours projects that are not necessarily the least-cost option for renewable energy at the point of consumption, writes Pierre Potgieter and Chris Yelland from EE Publishers. This not only impacts energy costs for Eskom, and therefore for consumers, but also creates transmission congestion and delayed connections to an already constrained grid, incurring even further costs. Renewable energy (RE) generation forms part of the national integrated resource plan for electricity, IRP 2010-2030, a plan adopted by the Department of Energy in…
Earmarked as a greenfields project, the Burgan Cape Terminal, with a storage capacity of 118 670m³, was an Operation Phakisa project, which was “the first major project to be rolled out in the port of Cape Town”, according to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) director-general, Lionel October. The terminal, which would create about 350 new jobs, is expected to be completed in 2017. The project is a partnership between the Dutch terminal operator VTTI, which has a long history of port operations, logistics and distribution in the oil and gas sector, and South Africa’s Thebe Energy. Source: Business…
Five landfill gas-to-energy plants will be developed in Johannesburg by a consortium led by Manchester, United Kingdom, based biogas specialist, ENER-G Systems. The five facilities are expected to produce a total of 13MW of energy and achieve equivalent carbon dioxide emissions savings of approximately 542 495 metric tons per year. This was said to be comparable to the environmental benefit of removing 180 832 cars from the roads, or the carbon dioxide that would be offset by a 444 668 acre forest – almost as big as the footprint of South Africa’s Kruger National Park. Development is planned to take…
University teams from across English-speaking Africa will compete to find the best solutions to improve the performance of a house on Vilakazi Street in Orlando West, Soweto. Vilakazi Street is one of the most famous streets in South Africa, having housed two Nobel Laureates - Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela. The building in the centre of this competition is based on the original 1944 design of houses on Vilakazi Street, similar to the original Mandela home. The aim of the challenge is to provide a competitive forum for student members of the Southern and East African Architectural and Engineering…
Professional women from across the energy field came together at the Females in Energy Efficiency (FEE) networking breakfast at Emperors Palace on 12 November, as part of the 10th South African Energy Efficiency Convention. This breakfast was hosted in conjunction with the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) and Saint-Gobain. Opening the morning’s proceedings, FEE Committee chairperson, Noxolo Mbana, explained that the FEE, which was established in November 2014 during the 2014SAEEC, is a division of the Southern African Association for Energy Efficiency (SAEE), focusing on supporting and celebrating the role of women in the energy efficiency industry.…
The African continent has massive economic potential and fostering trade plays a critical role in stimulating various growing industries such as financial services, energy and technology. However, a lack of infrastructure and challenging customs procedures continue to pose logistical challenges for South African and global businesses, particularly in landlocked countries such as Malawi, Zimbabwe and Zambia. “Establishing reliable trade lanes between the continent and the rest of the world is key to stimulating Africa’s economy-generating industries in order to meet the growing needs of its customers,” says Maersk Line’s Bruce Marshall, country manager for Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi. “Increasing trade…
The current droughts and peculiar weather patterns experienced in various parts of South Africa are an urgent call to all stakeholders to take appropriate action towards combating the impacts of climate change. This, and other urgent environmental realities, is what Nedbank and WWF-South Africa responded to when the WWF Nedbank Green Trust was founded 25 years ago. The Trust is funded through the Nedbank Green Affinity programme, and since inception, has contributed in excess of R 211 million to over 200 conservation projects. The Trust takes a community-based approach to fund projects in marine, freshwater, land stewardship, species, climate change,…
Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, announced it attended today’s White House Summit on Climate and the Road through Paris and issued a climate commitment pledge in line with the American Business Act on Climate. The Summit gathered leaders from government, private sector, academic, technical and scientific communities to focus on cross-sector efforts to tackle the climate change challenge in the United States and around the world. Additionally, participants discussed how to further engage and organize in support of the upcoming COP21 Paris climate negotiations. At the event, Schneider Electric announced that it has made an…
With the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) certifying the first housing projects in the country using the EDGE (Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies) residential green building tool, currently in pilot phase, the council is now set for a major rollout of green building ratings in SA’s residential property sector. This was announced by GBCSA Chief Executive Officer, Brian Wilkinson, at the 2015 Green Building Convention in Cape Town today (6 November 2015). Wilkinson revealed that the Ravenswood affordable housing development in Ekurhuleni, Gauteng, has become the first residential project in Africa to achieve an EDGE Design Certification. The…
By Neil Cameron, General Manager, Johnson Controls Building Efficiency Sustainability remains a hot topic as it’s the right thing to do. It’s the hard returns that will get companies taking action. However, while new greener technologies are being architected into the design of new buildings in South Africa, there remains a major disconnect in older commercial facilities between landlords and tenants on the topic – to the detriment of both. To quantify the opportunity, consider that potential energy cost savings – which mostly depend on the implementation of proven new technologies – are 30% to 80%. A United Nations (UN)…
Oil and gas companies have had a tough time over the past year trying to weather the storm of falling oil prices. But the political and financial winds are moving in the wrong direction for the industry, raising more "above ground" problems at a time that they can ill-afford it. Drilling oil and gas wells requires a lot of money. For companies that have seen their revenues vanish because of collapsing oil prices, access to credit is obviously critically important. But U.S. financial regulators are growing concerned about a pile of energy debt that is deteriorating in quality. A report…
Despite many successes in the industry, the value of wind energy to South Africa is still underrepresented. Supporting this key message from the Department of Energy at Windaba 2015, Karen Breytenbach, head of the Independent Power Producer’s Office, presented statistics showing the widespread benefits of wind energy, including huge water savings brought about by renewable energy.   “For each kilowatt hour of renewable energy that displaces fossil fuels in the national grid, 1.2 litres of water will be saved. At full operation of the entire portfolio, the programme will save 52 million litres of water per annum,” she pointed out.…
Belgotex Floors was named the overall winner at the 2015 Massmart Supplier Environmental Awards for their environmentally-friendly product manufacturing and sustainable business practices.Until recently, Belgotex Floors had the largest single roof-mounted 1MW photovoltaic solar installation in the country, which currently provides 5% of its annual energy requirement, as well as an onsite water treatment plant that reuses all the water from their operations. The company also follows a sustainable product lifecycle approach, which enabled a saving of up to 35% 45% in water and up to 38% in generation of waste since receiving ISO14001 certification in 2009. What’s more, Belgotex…
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