Archive for September, 2014

Mapping the Ebola outbreak in Liberia

  Addressing Homes, a US company specialising in geospatial location technology, has found itself in the midst of the Ebola crisis with the ability to provide mapping technology that is vital to accurately tracking the position of victims, the location of clinics, and identifying outbreak trends. The company is providing its technology free of charge […]

Students do the Telkom Centres of Excellence proud

  After the plenaries and vendors speaking about how they will solve the future of telecommunications,  the real Southern Africa Telecommunication Networks and Applications Conference (SATNAC)  started with presentations of papers and work in progress at the Telkom Centres of Excellence (CoEs).  Not that the plenaries are unimportant –  they are, as it is that section […]

IE3 compliant motors at reduced cost

  Zest WEG Group CEO Louis Meiring has announced that the group will introduce IE3 compliant electric motors as standard across its entire product range as of January 2015. Addressing members of the media at the company’s stand at the recent Electra Mining Africa 2014 expo in Johannesburg, Meiring noted that energy efficiency is becoming […]

Solar Challenge 2014 highlights

Here are the highlights from the Sasol Solar Challenge 2014 – a solar car endurance race from Pretoria to Cape Town, South Africa. Today is the penultimate day of the race, and it seems like it is going to be a nail biting race to the finishing line. [View the story “Sasol Solar Challenge 2014 […]

Power developments in Africa, October 2014

  Botswana opens new coal source  The Minister for minerals, energy and water resources in Botswana has approved the transfer of title of the Mmamabula West prospecting licence to African Energy Resources. Analysis of extracted samples and geological surveys indicate that Mmamabula West contains 892 Mt of identified coal and 1541 Mt of “inferred resource”. […]

Lightning and surge protection for rooftop PV systems

  According to the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA), photovoltaic (PV) is the fastest growing power generation technology in the world. Between 2006 and 2009 the installed capacity globally grew on average by 60% per annum. These systems are exposed to all weather conditions and are expected to be able to withstand them over […]