Solar farm supplies power onto the grid

  De Aar Solar Power is exporting power into the De Aar Municipality’s power grid. In the event of a power outage due to scheduled maintenance by Eskom, or perhaps a fault on the line, the company will be able to supply power to the town and surroundings areas. During the commissioning process, the inverters […]

Test facility benefits from new safety tester

  The UK office of TÜV SÜD, a global testing, certification, inspection and training provider, has replaced its older testers with the HAL 103 multi-function safety tester from Clare, represented in South Africa by Test Instruments Africa (TIA). This instrument, which complies to the EN 50191 standard on test environments, performs earth bond, AC/DC high […]

CSP set to grow in South Africa

  Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) stands to increase substantially – up to 3300 MW – at the expense of wind capacity, with new proposed changes to the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). The South African CSP market could become 1,5 times bigger than the current largest market, Spain. The Department of Energy called for public comment […]

Private sector investment in Nigeria’s power grid

  Standard Bank has helped to fund three power deals with the Nigerian government. These form part of the country’s seven power generating companies and its eleven electricity distribution firms, created out of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria. The first two deals, concluded by Standard Bank South Africa, involved the Federal Government of Nigeria […]

Stationary fuel cell market to undergo outstanding growth

  The stationary fuel cell market is forecast to show massive growth, climbing from $390-million in 2012 to $7,52-billion by 2020, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 44,7%, thanks to increasing interest in this technology and the help of government subsidy programs, says research and consulting firm GlobalData. According to the company’s latest […]

Company wins €130-million contract

  Between July and November 2013, Saudi Electricity Company (SEC), Saudi Arabia’s electricity utility, awarded Alstom Grid a total of nine contracts worth around €130-million. Saudi Arabia’s electricity demand is currently rising at 8% per year, with extensive plans for industrial development by 2022, with six new major cities being built across the Kingdom. This […]

Partnership for supplying energy to remote African islands

  Of the world’s fifty-two small island developing states (SIDS), six are in Africa. They include: Cape Verde, Comoros, Guinea Bissau, Mauritius, São Tomé and Príncipe, and Seychelles. These countries range in size from the smallest, Seychelles, which is composed of 115 small islands representing the largest number among African SIDS, to the largest, Guinea […]

Importance of voltage measurements in motor protection

  Unbalanced voltages are unequal voltage values on 3-phase circuits that can exist anywhere in a power distribution system. Unbalanced voltages can cause serious problems, particularly to motors and other inductive devices. Typically, these voltages may differ by a few volts or more. When voltages differ excessively, problems occur. For general motor protection, it is […]

Solar-powered toll gates for Zimbabwe

  While South African taxpayers cried foul at their government for failing to explore all options on e-tolling, Zimbabwe raced ahead to lead the world with the first installation of 22 solar-powered tollgates this year. This solar power initiative falls within the country’s plan to upgrade its road transport services as part of an overall […]

Small investment brings significant energy and financial savings

  ArcelorMittal Saldanha Works in the Western Cape, a steel producer mainly for the export market, was recently praised by donor partners of the Industrial Energy Efficiency Improvement Project (IEE Project) for the significant energy-efficiency improvements that it has achieved through its participation in the project. The plant served as a pilot site for the […]