Perovskite cells set to cut PV costs as manufacturing ramps up

Bolstered by a new manufacturing consortium, Perovskite developer Oxford PV aims to commercialise its high-efficiency cells by early 2020 and predicts costs could soon fall below silicon. The company says a new German consortium will develop high-volume manufacturing processes for its Perovskite technology to improve production efficiency for industrial 156 mm x 156 mm wafer […]

The coal crisis at Eskom worsens…

Information being received by EE Publishers indicates that the coal crisis at Eskom is worsening, with at least four and possibly more of Eskom’s 15 coal-fired power stations now having less than ten days of coal at hand on their stockpiles. Eskom has advised EE Publishers that it requires an additional 1,3-million tons of coal […]

Registration: Workshop on Draft IRP 2018

. EE Publishers, the South African Photo-Voltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) and other interested and relevant industry associations and professional institutes are hosting and facilitating an open workshop on the Draft Integrated Resource Plan IRP 2018 for electricity The workshop will assist stakeholders and participants in understanding, preparing, formalising and making input to Draft IRP 2018, […]

Revolutionary wind power technology launched

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Pretoria launched a revolutionary vertical axis wind turbine recently. Although still in the early stages of prototype development, the wind turbine has already been subjected to comprehensive scrutiny and has passed feasibility trials at the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Stellenbosch, and wind tunnel […]

Stakeholder workshop discusses way forward for SABS’ NETFA test facility

. On 30 August 2018, the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) in association with EE Publishers hosted the SABS Electro-Technical Sector Stakeholder Workshop and NETFA Site Tour at St. George’s Hotel, Pretoria, to establish collaboration between the SABS and the electro-technical sector, with the aim of building capacity for testing in order to meet […]

CSIR WOAN report and revised ECA bill to go to parliament

The cabinet has approved the study conducted by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to determine the spectrum requirements for the Wireless Open Access Network (WOAN) as envisaged in the Integrated ICT Policy white paper. The white paper was approved by the cabinet in September 2016 but was opposed by many sectors of […]

Draft IRP 2018 released for public comment

The minister of energy, Jeff Radebe, has published the long-awaited draft of the integrated resource plan (IRP) for electricity (2018) at a media briefing in Pretoria. The public have 60 days to comment on this new plan. The details are outlined below. The IRP follows a process which was initially promulgated in 2011. It was, […]

“Atoms Empowering Africa”: Youth video competition deadline extended

Rosatom has officially extended the deadline for submission of the Youth Video Competition, devoted to the potential of nuclear power to help bolster Africa’s economic and social development, until 10 September 2018. Young people between the ages of 18 to 30, alone or in a group of up to three, are encouraged to film a 60- […]

Power system remains unstable as Eskom declares dispute with unions

Eskom says it has declared a dispute with trade unions National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), The National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (NUMSA) and Solidarity over the precondition that NUM and NUMSA introduced as part of the wage negotiations. Last week at a meeting convened through the auspices of the Commission for Conciliation, […]

Labour unions “act in defiance of the law and the needs of the country”

Eskom says that some labour unions are unaccountable agents which unilaterally disregard ministerial understandings and act in defiance of the law and court interdicts, demonstrating an attitude of narrow self-interest defiance, underpinned by a lack of humility or responsibility to service the power needs of the nation. Eskom’s ongoing warnings of possible power interruptions stem from […]