Posts tagged as energy

Reliable power for data and telecommunications sites

  Fuel cells are finding increasing use in the ICT sector, both as back-up power and as primary power sources, and are proving to be an effective alternative to traditional battery and diesel generator backup systems, in a variety of applications, from small remote telecommunications sites, to large data centres. Fuel cell technology features both […]

A call for action for energy

  The South African National Energy Association (SANEA) is hosting an open dialogue on the effective implementation of the National Development Plan (NDP) on 6 November 2014 at the Indaba Hotel, Fourways, Gauteng. The all-day event, dubbed the SANEA Action for Energy 2014, seeks to identify the areas where industry and government can work together […]

Benefits of continuous improvement in energy management

  Using its own energy monitoring system, Endress and Hauser detected that the ventilation system of one of its buildings was using almost three times the energy of any other. As a result, the company starting looking for a method of improving its energy saving and efficiency programme at its production centre. In 2012, in […]

Call for papers for Cigré’s 2015 international symposium

  The Cigré International Symposium will be held at the Lord Charles Hotel, Somerset West, Cape Town, from 26 – 30 October 2015. The theme of the symposium is “Development of electricity structures in sub-Saharan Africa”. The symposium is aimed at transmission, distribution and generation owners, system operators, suppliers, designers, traders, regulators, research laboratories and […]

No longer the Dark Continent – Africa is open for business!

  “If you have a business and your business does not reach out to Africa, you are presiding over a dying enterprise, and that is not open for negotiation. We see it every day”. This was the message from Victor Kgomoeswane, author of “Africa is open for business” and anchor  for CNBC Africa Business news. […]

Procurement models applied to IPP programmes in South Africa

  The Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) is largely viewed as a positive and innovative programme. We need a base-load procurement model that builds on the successes of the REIPPPP and extends these to base-load IPPs. Eskom’s future financial health presents a significant risk to procurement of renewables, thermal base-load and nuclear […]

Industrial power and energy savings initiatives in South Africa

  The electricity crisis of 2008 sparked an unprecedented interest in electrical energy efficiency. In the previous era of the cheapest electricity in the world and an abundant supply, little attention was paid to efficiency of electricity usage. The crisis resulted in numerous initiatives by government, the utility, industry associations and consumers, all aimed at […]

Pressure booster for LNG exploration

  Rand Air, a local company in the global Atlas Copco group, has introduced the Hurricane Booster for use in a number of applications such as oil and gas mineral exploration sites off the east coast of Africa. The booster can operate at various pressures, and is not limited to one preset pressure. The booster […]

Eskom shake-up on the cards…

  Shortly after new minister of public enterprises, Lynne Brown, read Eskom Generation the riot act at the 2014 Eskom financial results presentation on 11 July 2014, there are signs that a significant shake-up is on the cards at Eskom. Mike Rossouw, former general manager engineering at Richards Bay Minerals, group executive strategy and risk […]

Remarks by minister of energy to the Parliamentary Portfiolio Committee on Energy

  On Tuesday, 1 July 2014, the new minister of energy, Tina Joemat Pettersson addressed the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Energy in Cape Town. Below is a transcript of her remarks. Chairperson, The President of the Republic addressed the nation on 17th June 2014 and I dare say that the directives and injunctions issued to […]