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Energy storage for Robben Island solar microgrid

SOLA Future Energy has designed and constructed a solar energy microgrid for Robben Island. The system consists of a solar photovoltaic (PV) farm, combined with a lithium-ion battery storage facility and smart controllers to ensure a seamless electricity supply. Robben Island has an energy usage profile that comprises residential needs, desalination, harbour, and offices; in […]

Key Eskom witnesses fail to appear at Koko’s disciplinary hearing

After some initial delays, the disciplinary hearing of suspended head of generation and former acting CEO at Eskom, Mr. Matshela Koko, got off to a rocky start at about 17h00 on Wednesday 18 October 2017 in the Franklin Auditorium at Eskom Megawatt Park, Johannesburg. The disciplinary hearing relates to widely reported allegations of nepotism and […]

Past performance is no guarantee of future success

The World Energy Council released its 2017 Annual Report recently. The report, sub-titled “The energy transition: How innovation is driving change”, considers information from 17 industry leaders from a number of countries from South America to the Middle East. It concludes that new technologies will introduce dramatic changes to the energy sectors of both developed […]

Battery pilot could power up 1600 jobs

A new research pilot plant for manufacturing materials used in batteries could ultimately lead to the creation of 1600 jobs.  Science and Technology Minister, Naledi Pandor, launched the Lithium Ion Battery (LIB) precursor pilot plant facility, established in partnership with the University of Limpopo, in Mbombela this week. The facility’s project manager, Danie Theron, said […]

City of Tshwane / PEU smart prepayment metering contract judged invalid

The North Gauteng High Court on Friday declared all the City of Tshwane’s agreements with PEU Capital Partners and its implementing agent TUMS constitutionally invalid. The court further ordered that R950-million in a special trust account set up for the purchase of PEU’s infrastructure be released to the city immediately. City of Tshwane Mayor Solly […]

Energy storage: The next game changer

The rise of variable renewable generation is driving demand for storage. A recent article in The Economist “Electrifying everything”, was devoted to batteries with projections of massive investments and rapidly falling costs. Even more telling, however, was a sold-out energy storage conference recently organised in San Diego. As described in an article in San Diego […]

Dedication event for 66 MW solar PV plant declared a national key point

Enel Green Power South Africa (EGP RSA) held a dedication event on 20 September 2017 when its first large scale solar project in South Africa was declared a National Key Point for energy supply by the South African Police Service, making it the first EGP RSA facility to be given this recognition. The 66 MW […]

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