Key issues that Eskom is simply not ready to acknowledge publicly yet

It is now approaching 100 days since Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Browne appointed new Eskom Group Interim CEO Johnny Dladla to replace suspended former interim CEO Matshela Koko, who in turn was appointed to replace disgraced previous CEO Brian Molefe. Since then, the industry and the country has been waiting with bated breath for Mr. […]

Energy storage: The next game changer

The rise of variable renewable generation is driving demand for storage. A recent article in The Economist “Electrifying everything”, was devoted to batteries with projections of massive investments and rapidly falling costs. Even more telling, however, was a sold-out energy storage conference recently organised in San Diego. As described in an article in San Diego […]

Engineering study dispels myths on limits to renewable energy in the South African grid

A serious engineering study and report has dispelled the myths and propaganda peddled by fired former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe and suspended Eskom acting CEO Matshela Koko on the limits and costs of accommodating significant levels of variable renewable energy capacity in the South African power grid. Note: To ensure strict technical accuracy, significant parts […]

High-res aerial imagery from hurricane damage publicly available

The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) will make available to the public high-resolution aerial imagery of areas affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. By going to the link and typing in an address, a before-and-after comparison will be available if the property is in an affected area that has been surveyed from the air. Harvey […]

Foreword to the World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2017

The World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2017 (WNISR2017) provides a comprehensive overview of nuclear power plant data, including information on operation, production and construction. The WNISR2017 assesses the status of new-build programmes in current nuclear countries as well as in potential newcomer countries. This is the Foreword to the report. Click here to download the full […]

What is the future of nuclear power?

The World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2017 (WNISR2017) provides a comprehensive overview of nuclear power plant data, including information on operation, production and construction. The WNISR2017 assesses the status of new-build programmes in current nuclear countries as well as in potential newcomer countries. This is the Introduction to the report. Click here to download the […]

Status of the international nuclear industry

The World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2017 (WNISR2017) provides a comprehensive overview of nuclear power plant data, including information on operation, production and construction. The WNISR2017 assesses the status of new-build programmes in current nuclear countries as well as in potential newcomer countries. This is the executive summary of the report. Click here to download […]

SAPP member states plan more transmission interconnectors

Only 34% of the available electricity was traded between the Southern African Power Pool’s (SAPP’s) member states during 2016, this owing to the lack of transmission and distribution capacity in the region, said Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi at the 49th SAPP Conference of Meetings in Pretoria recently. The total electricity traded in the Southern African […]

Different approaches needed for mine safety

The Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy’s (SAIMM) MineSafe conference on 30 and 31 August 2017 saw mining companies, commercial entities, union representatives and universities gather to discuss new approaches to mine safety. This year’s theme was “Striving for zero harm – driving excellence through compliance”. Technological solutions such as 3D laser scanning, rock […]

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