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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 […]

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 […]

Dealing with inrush currents in distribution transformers

Among the subtleties associated with distribution switchgear configuration, inrush current is a necessary evil which must be taken into consideration. It is the source of much frustration for field operators and SCADA control teams; when issuing a close command on an open breaker results in an immediate trip. Was it genuine fault? Is it risky […]

New solar plants now powering whole of Northern Cape

With yet another renewable energy (RE) project completed on time and on budget, one has to wonder why the Departments of Energy (DoE) and Public Enterprises (DPE) tolerate Eskom’s continued refusal to sign additional power producer agreements. This especially since the latest REIPPP energy price bids that Eskom refuse to sign are so much lower […]