The potential impact of LNG in sub-Saharan Africa

  Over the last 30 years, the demand for gas as a substitute for coal and oil as an energy source has increased.  There has been a particular increase in the demand for liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Asian countries, which accounts for 75% of global demand. Sub-Saharan Africa is set to benefit from the […]

The science, engineering and law of nuclear energy in South Africa

An interview with NECSA CEO Mr. Phumzile Tshelane and Chairman Dr. Kelvin Kemm In an exclusive interview, Chris Yelland, investigative editor, and Joanne Taylor, assistant editor at EE Publishers, posed a number of questions to Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (NECSA) CEO Mr. Phumzile Tshelane and Chairman Dr. Kelvin Kemm, to explore issues surrounding […]

Molefe to head up Eskom again: what’s going on?

  Eskom’s board has apparently decided to reinstate Brian Molefe to his position as CEO of the power utility with immediate effect. This follows a dispute between the board and the minister of public enterprises over a payment Molefe was to receive. Molefe left the utility at the end of 2016 after hearing that he […]

Balancing the data scales

  The recent elections in France, and not so recently in the US, have exposed how data can be used to influence the results of elections. Companies like Google and Facebook are acquiring massive global repositories of data resources and developing algorithms to analyse and filter data which can then be used by commercial and […]

Power industry focuses on renewables: Solar PV is the fastest growing

  Increased decentralisation, the need to decarbonise electricity generation, and digitisation to boost operational efficiency are driving market opportunities in the power industry. Continued regulatory support for renewable energy in key markets will see global power investment reach $443,5-billion in 2017. Solar photovoltaic (PV) will be the fastest growing segment, followed by wind power, accounting […]

Collaboration and integration key factors in South African space strategy

  This speech was given by Naledi Pandor, the Minister of Science and Technology, at the 2017 International Symposium on Remote Sensing of the Environment (ISRSE) on 8 May 2017 at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Pretoria. South Africa has a long history in space science and technology. However, it was […]

Executive summary, full submission and response by CSIR to DoE on Draft IRP 2016

  The article below is the executive summary of the full submission and response by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to the Draft Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity (Draft IRP 2016) issued by the SA Department of Energy in November 2016 for comment and input from relevant stakeholders and the general public by […]

Eskom funding may be muffling dissenting voices on nuclear

  The lure of millions in Eskom funding appears to have muzzled two research institutions previously highly critical of the state-owned utility’s plans to procure a fleet of nuclear power stations. In the case of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) amaBhungane understands that the CSIR’s Energy Centre has been effectively gagged since […]

New nuclear build is justifiable, says WNA

  In a new report, Nuclear Power Economics and Project Structuring, the World Nuclear Association shows that new nuclear build can be justified in many countries on the strength of today’s economic criteria and identifies the key risks associated with a nuclear power project and how these may be managed to support a business case for nuclear investment. This is the executive summary of the […]

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