Posts tagged as Africa

An invitation to invest in South Africa’s energy sector

The minister of energy invites all investors in the energy sector to consider South Africa as a developing nation with huge potential to grow in a politically stable environment. The country is open for business and welcomes foreign direct investments. Addressing ministers, senior government officials, company CEOs and other dignitaries from Kenya, Togo, Benin, Sao […]

Drone company secures mining contracts

Rocketmine, a subsidiary of the international Delta Drone Group, has renewed its contract with South African mining giant, Exxaro Resources Group. The drone company will provide survey and mapping solutions to the Grootegeluk site in the Limpopo Province as part of the mining company’s plan to evolve towards the “digitised mine of the future”, where […]

The evolution of the electricity sector and the role of innovation

The energy industry, particularly the electricity sector, has undergone exciting developments over the past two centuries. From fulfilling the basic functions of lighting and cooking at the turn of the 19th century, electricity is now the backbone of the world’s economy and a basic societal need. In his keynote address at the 2018 Africa Energy […]

Winner of the digital solutions of the year award

Siemens won the “Digital Solutions of the Year” award at Africa Utility Week’s Industry Gala Awards recently. The award recognises the company’s microgrid installation at its South African headquarters in Johannesburg. The energy-efficient campus will generate its own green energy and provide a cost-effective energy mix which will enable the campus to become a centre […]

Guide to renewable energy in Africa launched

The energy practice of DLA Piper, a global law firm located in more than 40 countries, has launched Renewable Energy in Africa, a new guide for clients. The guide summarises the regulatory environment for renewable energy in twelve African jurisdictions, highlighting the key policy objectives for national governments and providing insight into the projects which […]

Addressing Africa’s energy deficit

With recent reports estimating that 600-million people are without access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa, significant and sustained investment is required across Africa’s entire energy generation and supply value chain. While even a decade ago meeting Africa’s energy backlog was considered unaffordable, today, many largely technology-driven factors are creating new opportunities for investment in Africa’s […]

Space weather warning centre for Africa

The African region is set to derive even greater benefit from the recent upgrade to the South African National Space Agency’s (SANSA) Space Weather Regional Warning Centre located in Hermanus in the Western Cape. Unveiled recently by South Africa’s Minister of Science and Technology, Mrs Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, this state-of-the-art facility is the only regional warning […]

Millions of urban Africans still don’t have electricity: here’s what can be done

At least 110-million of the 600-million people still living without access to electricity in Africa live in urban areas, and most are within a stone’s throw from existing power grid infrastructure. Why do they remain unconnected? In Nigeria, Tanzania, Ghana and Liberia alone there are up to 95-million people living in urban areas. All are in close […]

Addressing Africa’s dire need for ubiquitous, reliable electricity

In a presentation at the ABB Customer World Africa 2018 recently, Claudio Facchin, the president of ABB’s power grids division, said that the changing generation landscape, including an increase in the penetration of renewable energy sources, has introduced certain challenges. The grid, Facchin said, which was originally built for one-way power flow, has had to […]