Man-made disasters and resilient home power systems

  Resilient power systems are usually taken to mean grid power systems that can survive natural disasters and provide power to critical sites under extreme conditions. This requirement emerged in the USA after Hurricane Katrina and is now being legislated into many states. In South Africa, we are not subject to such devastating natural disasters […]

Engineers: kingpins in creating technology for sustained development

  The technological world has changed significantly over the past century from a mainly mechanical-driven one to an electrically controlled one. The past century saw the development of the transistor in the 1940s and the arrival of the first functionally integrated circuit in 1960, a mere 55 years ago. The very first microprocessor was commercially […]

Which energy sources for SA? Nuclear, renewables, coal…

  As an energy manager, an energy measurement and verification professional I have been involved in the energy field for more than 20 years. I am therefore very conscious of the need for energy efficiency, and to limit the impact on the environment. I am however not an expert in any specific field regarding the […]

Cable theft and the plight of the municipality

The monthly cost to South Africa of copper cable theft rose to R13,2-million in October 2014, 43% higher than in the previous year, according to new South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI) statistics. This was the fifth month-on-month increase and was up from R12-million in August and R13-million in September last year. In […]

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