European Parliament supports renewable energy projects

  Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have again voted in favour of ambitious climate and energy policy by supporting three binding 2030 targets for renewables, greenhouse gas reductions and energy efficiency in plenary. According to Stephane Bourgeois from the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), the European Parliament has again shown it is the most forward-thinking […]

Power company exits lighting market

  Powertech, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Altron group, has sold its 50% stake in Tridonic SA back to the parent company in Austria. The transaction took effect on 1 February 2014. Tridonic SA had been a joint venture between Powertech and Tridonic Austria since 1993. As part of its drive for efficiency and customer centricity, Powertech […]

East African energy source to change

  It is expected that the energy mix in East Africa will diversify from its predominant dependence on hydro, affording additional opportunities for power infrastructure advancement. New analysis from Frost & Sullivan’s  Power Infrastructure Tracker in East Africa , finds that the demand for electricity in East Africa is expected to grow at approximately 5,3% […]

Monitoring string currents in PV installations

  Phoenix Contact offers its Solarcheck monitoring system – a reliable tool for monitoring string currents in large-scale photovoltaic (PV) installations. The system can be easily integrated into existing network structures, and faults and performance-related issues are quickly identified, enabling specific countermeasures to be immediately initiated. This enhances system availability and increases the revenue generated by […]

Control system for Russian LNG project

  Yokogawa has been awarded a contract by Yamgaz to supply integrated control and safety systems (ICSS) for the Yamal LNG project to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant and other facilities at Sabetta on Russia’s Yamal peninsula in northwest Siberia, above the Arctic Circle. This plant is one of Russia’s largest resource projects, and […]

ACSA works towards ISO 50 001 conformance

  The Energy Training Foundation (EnTF) recently presented its energy management system complementation (EnMSI) training and workshop with members of the Airports Company of South Africa’s (ACSA) technical and engineering member team – who have all undertaken roles and responsibilities to reduce the company’s energy consumption through a properly implemented energy management system. ACSA has already […]

Helping customers to purchase on the website

  RS Components (RS)  has completed the global implementation of its Live Chat service, which offers help to customers when browsing and making a purchase on the RS website. Now live in 29 countries (including South Africa), in 19 languages, the service forms a key part of the company’s strategy to add value to customers […]

Offshore figures hide slow-down in new projects

  2013 saw 418 offshore turbines come online in Europe, with a record 1567 MW of new capacity. This is 33% more than the capacity installed in 2012. This makes a new total of 6562 MW of offshore wind power – enough to provide 0,7% of the EU’s electricity. However a closer look at what happened […]

Maximising PV systems’ efficiencies

  While power companies might not be able to control the sun, it is in their interest to ensure that their PV installations are built, operated and maintained in such a way that every available photon is converted into revenue. System productivity is much more than the sum of its constituent parts. It is as […]

Circuit breakers with direct opening action

ACDC Dynamics, sole distributors of Terasaki in South Africa, offers a full range of moulded case circuit breakers (MCCBs) and air circuit breakers (ACBs). The Terasaki TemBreak2 range’s specifications exceed international standards for safety. Direct opening action, recommended by IEC standards for machine safety, are standard features in most models and ranges. A unique safety […]

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