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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 […]

Kilonova gravitational-wave captured

For the first time, NASA scientists have detected light tied to a gravitational-wave event as two neutron stars merged in the galaxy NGC 4993, located about 130-million light-years from Earth in the constellation Hydra. On 27 August 2017, the space agency’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope picked up a pulse of high-energy light from a powerful […]

Ready to disrupt – tales of technologies, targeted sectors and a changing workforce

A look at the nature of disruption, the characteristics of the innovation that underpins it, how disruption happens, and which industries are next in line. In short, are the machines coming for our jobs? Disruption, often imagined as a lurking threat ready to destroy established businesses and business models, is on everyone’s minds of late. […]

In conversation with Prof. Barry Dwolatzky – dedication and passion but funding is lacking!

  If I was allowed only two words to describe Prof. Barry Dwolatzky, director of the Joburg Centre for Software Engineering at Wits University (JCSE) it would be “dedication and passion” – dedication in his commitment to support the creation of jobs in the IT sector and passion in the way he is doing it. […]

Is ICASA covering up for its minister?

  In a statement issued yesterday afternoon, the chairperson of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), Dr. Stephen Mncube,  said  that  ICASA does not appoint councillors nor can it decide on the end date for its councillors. “The appointment of councillors is done through the minister after a Parliamentary process and the term […]

Young scientists at Expo show that science is fun

  Enthusiasm for science and ingenuity best describes the 34th International Science Fair held in Boksburg from 7 to 10 October 2014. The Eskom Expo for young scientists was attended by over 900 young people from all over South Africa with 632 unique exhibits showing their passion for science and technology. The Expo is the […]

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