Ambassador celebrates company’s four decades in South Africa

EDF, a global low-carbon energy supplier, celebrated it 40th anniversary of operations in South Africa recently. The French ambassador to South Africa, Christophe Farnaud, said in his opening address that the economy must grow to provide much needed jobs, but not at the expense of the environment. Therefore, clean energy is the common denominator of […]

New technical models set to reduce costs of power generation, distribution for Africa

Innovative new technologies and architectures set to reduce the costs of power generation and distribution will be presented at the Power-Gen & DistribuTech Africa conference and expo which is set to take place at the Sandton Convention Centre on 17 – 19 July 2018. Speaking ahead of Africa’s premier power sector summit, experts outlined a […]

Onshore wind operations and maintenance

With competitive auctions suppressing energy prices in mature onshore wind markets, wind farm owners and operators are under constant pressure to reduce costs and increase revenue. In a mature market, where as much as 349 GW of global onshore wind capacity could be “out-of-warranty” by 2020 [1], benchmarking and the in-depth analysis of asset performance […]

International researcher to speak at upcoming electrical test workshop

Internationally renowned engineer and researcher, Dr Andrew Eriksson, will deliver the opening keynote address at SABS’ upcoming electrical test workshop. Dr Eriksson is the former assistant director of the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) National Electrical Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) and was involved in the establishment of the high-voltage test facilities […]

Loan agreement to facilitate grid of renewable energy signed

Eskom and KfW, the German Development Bank on behalf of the German Government, have signed a US$100-million (approximately R1,35-billion) loan facility to support further investments in the transmission network in the Northern Cape in order to facilitate the grid integration of renewable energy independent power producer (IPP) projects under the recently-signed power purchase agreements (PPAs). […]

Air quality rules may force Eskom to close power stations

Proposed new air quality rules will force Eskom to comply with pollution standards or shut down its polluting power stations. Most of Eskom’s ageing coal power stations cause severe air pollution, which contribute to the deaths and ill-health of thousands of South Africans every year. Despite this, Eskom has thus far been let off the […]