Why wage war for a slice of SA’s electricity pie?

  It’s unfortunate that titles such as “It’s war: Nuclear versus renewables” and “Renewable energy is being crushed in the coal and nuclear grinder” are used in articles about the energy sector. I have never, in my 15 years working in the energy sector, heard the coal or nuclear industry proponents argue that renewable energy […]

Eskom’s revolving door, endless scandals cloud SA’s energy future

  Eskom’s revolving door and constant scandals have not only crippled the state power utility, but hampered any meaningful debate on what energy technologies could shape South Africa’s economy. On Monday night embattled Eskom chairperson Ben Ngubane announced his exit, the latest in shock to hit the tumultuous state utility. While Eskom and South Africa’s […]

Book launch: Innovation and disruption at the grid’s edge

  Dr. Fereidoon Sioshansi’s new book, “Innovation and disruption at the grid’s edge” examines the implications of distributed energy resources and the rise of prosumers on the incumbents’ business models, as well as the challenges regulators will have to face as they manage a level playing field for newcomers and existing players, in the light […]

Sociology and technological totalitarianism

  My encounter with sociology goes back several months when a statement made in the media that we needed more engineers in society to uplift standards, among others, was met with horror by two sociology professors, who seemed to regard engineers  as inhuman creatures only interested in technology. It includes a recent encounter with a […]

Nuclear energy: the best option for South Africa?

  Eskom appears to be more concerned with building large new nuclear power stations than in signing power purchase agreements with independent power producers which use renewable energy sources. Energize caught up with energy analyst and managing director of EE Publishers, Chris Yelland, and asked his opinion of what generation technologies South Africa should opt […]

Data and tech as smart transport enablers

  Transport engineers from across South Africa convened in Centurion on 24 May 2017 to discuss ways of using intelligent transportation system tools to better enable smart logistics. Big data and data sharing drew special attention. Intelligent transportation systems, or ITS, take an integrated approach to transport and logistics networks and multimodal transport to coordinate […]