IEA report: Boosting the power sector in sub-Saharan Africa

  Over the past 15 years, sub-Saharan Africa’s GDP growth accelerated substantially. Growth averaged at 5% per year between 2008 and 2015. It slowed to 3,5% in 2015, but is expected to increase to 4% in 2016. Limited access to electricity is a significant constraint to sustained economic growth across the continent. Chinese companies are increasingly […]

CSIR Energy Centre presents its outlook for South Africa’s future electricity mix

  In the absence of an update to the outdated national Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity, IRP2010-2030, the CSIR Energy Centre has presented its own study to re-optimise the South African power capacity and energy mix from 2016 to 2040. The CSIR study by Dr. Tobias Bischof-Niemz, Jarrad Wright, Joanne Calitz and Crescent Mushwana was […]

Updated: Appeal stalls RCA clawback of R42-billion by Eskom from electricity customers

  Both Eskom and the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) have submitted applications for leave to appeal a 16 August 2016 judgement by Judge Cynthia Pretorius in the Pretoria High Court . (See editor’s note below.)  The judgement by Judge Cynthia Pretorius had set aside NERSA’s R11,2-billion regulatory clearing account (RCA) award for […]

Virtual reality: Primitive but promising

  The data explosion has called for new ways to visualise information. Virtual reality has become one solution in this quest. A product of video games, its entertainment value is one reason for its growth. Business applications have since emerged, not least in GIS, but the question remains whether the technology needs further development to […]

Cost of new power generation in South Africa

  The Energy Centre of the CSIR has moved to provide updated and consistent information on the cost of new power from wind, solar PV, baseload coal IPP, baseload Eskom coal, and nuclear power generation technologies in South Africa. In a presentation dated 14 October 2016, the head of CSIR’s Energy Centre, Dr. Tobias Bischof-Niemz, […]

3D laser scanners and forensic reconstructions

  The use of the laser scanner at crime and crash scenes offers different workflows with varying degrees of time required at the scene. In cases where speed of capture and efficiency are factors, the approach taken at the scene must change to minimise the number of scans and overall time required, without sacrificing the […]

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