Computer for field use

  The SEL-3355 computer is built for speed, reliability, and security. With its solid-state design, no moving parts, and standard worldwide no questions asked ten year warranty, it offers the performance and flexibility you need for the most demanding rugged computing applications. Key feataures include: an operating temperature range from –40 to +75°C; fanless and […]

Company secures projects worth R280-million

  Powertech Quadpro, an Altron group company that provides turn-key substation solutions, recently celebrated its first successful year as a member of the Altron group. Altron acquired a 51% stake in QuadPro Power Solutions and merged the acquisition with Powertech IST Energy, Powertech’s existing substation business. The new business has shown considerable success. In its […]

Filtering dust by inertia

  Current industrial filtration methods often require costly maintenance, and filter membrane replacement on an ongoing basis. Tshwane-based Rand Technical Services (RTS) offers robust, highly-effective inertial spin filter technology for industrial dust and exhaust separation, which is virtually maintenance-free. Spin filter units are a high-efficiency application of cyclone technology. Air to be separated is blown […]

Nine contracts worth around €130-million from Saudi Arabia

  Between July and November 2013, Saudi Electricity Company (SEC), Saudi Arabia’s electricity utility, has 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. […]

MV solutions at 24th AMEU Technical Convention 2013

  Schneider Electric showcased its medium voltage (MV) solution at the 24th Association of Municipal Electrical Utilities (AMEU) Technical Convention 2013, recently held at the East London International Convention Centre. Schneider Electric experts carried out live demonstrations on three MV units – Premset, RM6 and GMA – to delegates invited by the Buffalo City Metropolitan […]

Converting beetle-killed trees into biofuel

  The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced that it has awarded nearly $10-million to an academic, industry, and government consortium led by Colorado State University to study the major challenges limiting the use of insect-killed trees in the Rockies as a sustainable feedstock for bioenergy. The award was made by USDA’s National Institute […]

Small investment for 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 […]

Supplying energy to remote African islands

  Six of the world’s 52 small-island developing states (SIDS) are in Africa, viz.: 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, to the largest, Guinea Bissau, which has almost 80 islands. At least 300 […]

Relays comforming to the IEC 61850 family

The IEC 61850  standard was created to be a internationally standardised method of communication and integration and to support systems built from multi-vendor intelligent electronic devices (IEDs) that are networked to perform protection, monitoring, automation, metering, and control. Examples include using IEC 61850 Goose messages to communicate high-speed information between local relays or other devices […]

NGO powers African villages

  Innovation Africa, a non-profit NGO, is supplying photovoltaic (PV) equipment to power small water-pumping stations, medical clinics, schools and orphanages in many African villages. The organisation, which has completed 59 projects in four African countries, is currently working on a project to provide light and cellphone recharging stations at a village school in Limpopo […]