Posts tagged as energy

Why is energy efficiency still on the to-do list?

Energy efficiency, which has been defined as “the best and cheapest way to reduce CO2 emissions and use the least amount of electricity to achieve a desired result” and is often viewed as an obvious cost-saving option in an industrial or commercial operation, is frequently not implemented in South Africa. The National Energy Act of […]

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 […]

Addressing the challenges of electricity supply in Africa

The energy sector is undergoing something of a metamorphosis. Digital technology and small scale embedded generation are becoming more common in electrical systems, leaving traditional power utilities with many unanswered questions. Perhaps the most important question is how this energy revolution can be used to address the severe energy poverty that exists in many parts […]

32% growth in solar generation

By the end of 2017, global renewable generation capacity had increased by 167 GW and reached 2179 GW worldwide. This represents an annual growth of around 8,3%, according to new data released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). In the same period, wind energy grew by 10%. Asia continued to dominate the global solar […]

Three PV plants totalling 258 MW to achieve financial close

Norwegian Scatec Solar ASA (SSO) and partners are expecting to achieve financial close for three solar PV plants in South Africa totalling 258 MW. In April 2015, Scatec Solar was awarded preferred bidder status for the three projects in Upington in the fourth bidding round under the REIPPP. Construction start is expected in the third […]

Redstone agreement for 100 MW CSP project signed

As part of the South African Department of Energy’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), a consortium led by Solar Reserve and ACWA Power have signed a 20-year power purchase agreement with Eskom for the “Redstone” solar thermal power project. According to the companies, the 100 MW power station with 12 hours of […]

Awarded 285 MW of wind in first tender win

Enel’s Indian renewable subsidiary BLP Energy has won a 25-year energy supply contract for a 285 MW wind farm in Gujarat State. The project was awarded under the fourth tranche of the 2 GW national wind tender issued by the government company Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI). The company will invest US$290-million in the […]

Generating power from sewage

The sewage treatment plant in Burgebrach, Bavaria, demonstrates how a municipal enterprise can effectively reduce its energy and disposal costs with the help of a biogas plant. For the existing sewage treatment plant, which serves a population of 13 000, Weltec has added a sludge digestion unit including energetic utilisation of sewage gas in the […]

Operation begins at Peru’s largest PV plant

Enel, through its Peruvian renewable energy subsidiary Enel Green Power Peru (“EGPP”), started operations at the 180 MW Rubi solar PV plant, which is Peru’s largest solar plant and Enel’s first solar facility in the country, will be able to generate approximately 440 GWh per year. The project is financed in part through the company’s own […]