R350-million miniature substation contract

Powertech Transformers has received the majority share of the miniature substation contract from Eskom to the value of approximately R350-million. The contract, which covers a two year period comprises miniature substations which are intended for various housing developments throughout South Africa where Eskom supplies power, and will be manufactured locally in the company’s Cape Town […]

Becoming a smart utility

Schneider Electric recently announced that is has been selected by Nova Scotia Power to implement an advanced distribution management system (ADMS) based outage management system (OMS) as an integrated smart grid solution to improve operational efficiencies and outage management response and restoration. The project will enable the utility to meet the challenges of increasing consumer […]

Northern Cape solar project achieves construction milestone

De Aar Solar Power achieved a major milestone this week when it installed its final solar panel.  Over 167 000 solar panels have been installed on the project in the last five months, making it one of the few IPPs of this scale to reach this construction target in the Northern Cape area. During the […]

Power products now CE-compliant

Advanced switching solutions manufacturer Gigavac has announced that its line of power products including contactors and battery disconnect switches are now CE approved. The approval includes standard Gigavac Epic sealed contactors both GX, industrial, and MX hi-reliability series. Other products covered under the CE mark are the BD and HBD manual switch series, along with […]

Universal isolated converter, splitter and trip alarm

The DAT 4530 is a universal DIN rail-mount unit which is able to measure and linearise voltage, current and resistance signals, as well as potentiometers and standard thermocouples and RTDs. After programming, the measured values are converted to a current or voltage signal on the two outputs. An output contact is also available as trip […]

63 kA substation for soccer stadium

ABB has won an order worth around $30-million from Furnas Centrais Elétricas S.A. to construct a new indoor transmission substation in Rio de Janeiro to power the renowned Maracanã soccer stadium and the adjacent neighbourhood. The stadium was the world’s largest when originally inaugurated in 1950, with space for around 200 000 spectators. It has […]

Creating high performance buildings

Artur Socha, Buildings Division product manager at Schneider Electric South Africa, says that buildings are no longer simply there to house employees and run businesses. Energy efficiency has become part of the overall business strategy, resulting in executives having to look beyond their core business, identifying how the building functions and operates and how space […]

Monitoring surge arresters remotely

Dehn’s condition monitoring system allows SPDs to be monitored remotely without going to site, saving valuable time and money. The compact DRC MCM XT DIN rail-mounted device is designed for condition monitoring of up to ten pre-programmed Blitzductor XT arresters (40 signal lines) with an integrated LifeCheck monitoring circuit. Integrated into the SPD modules, LifeCheck […]

Largest PV in the agricultural sector

SolarWorld Africa together with EPC partner African Technical Innovations, has commenced supply and installation of Southern Africa’s largest agricultural rooftop photovoltaic (PV) system for Ceres Fruit Growers. The 4060 polycrystalline panels are being installed on four north-facing roofs of the customer’s coldrooms. The system will supply the refrigeration compressor rooms during the peak season. The […]

Rent, don’t buy industrial plant

The ability to concentrate on core business functions and eliminate unnecessary overheads is a leading factor in future sustainability. Rand-Air’s Industrial Plant Rental (IPR) programme offers an alternative to tying up business funds in capital equipment. Byrone Thorne, the company’s marketing manager, says that IPR was introduced nine years ago with only nine compressors, and […]