Posts tagged as Solar

South Africa’s electricity systems to change dramatically

Modern technologies, which have already impacted the way we communicate, are entertained, work and live, are about to change the way we generate, use and pay for electricity. The digital age, which was born with the invention of the microprocessor integrated circuit in the late 1960s, has revolutionised modern society. Digital techniques are used in […]

PV battery charger upgrade consumes less power

Victron Energy is expanding grid-connection approvals globally for its new MultiPlus-II 48 V battery inverter-charger, boosting the market for this robust unit that works both on and off-grid. The device connects with a wide range of energy storage systems, from lead-acid and lithium-based batteries to zinc-bromine flow batteries. The unit is easier to install than earlier models with […]

Largest rooftop solar PV solution in South Africa

The Mall of Africa’s solar PV system, which covers an area of approximately 45 000m² (4,5 ha), is the largest rooftop grid‐tied PV system of its kind in the southern hemisphere and the tenth largest worldwide. The solution is estimated to produce 7800 MWh annually. The energy generated by the solution supports the mall’s day‐to‐day […]

Perovskite cells set to cut PV costs as manufacturing ramps up

Bolstered by a new manufacturing consortium, Perovskite developer Oxford PV aims to commercialise its high-efficiency cells by early 2020 and predicts costs could soon fall below silicon. The company says a new German consortium will develop high-volume manufacturing processes for its Perovskite technology to improve production efficiency for industrial 156 mm x 156 mm wafer […]

Reducing carbon footprint by 50% with solar energy solution

In early-2015, Jasco, a company that delivers end-to-end solutions across the entire ICT, power, enterprise and security value chains, realised the opportunity to become a leader in the field of renewable energy, harnessing its expertise on a solar project at its own head office complex, Jasco Park. Located in Midrand, north of Johannesburg, Jasco Park […]

Companies derive benefit from a private microgrid

Large companies risk expensive loss of production when the municipal or utility power supply fails. Such failures become more frequent as infrastructure ages, but can also result from other factors such as cable theft, severe weather conditions, etc. Companies can protect themselves from such losses by installing a private microgrid at their factory site. One […]

Ambassador celebrates company’s four decades in South Africa

EDF, a global low-carbon energy supplier, celebrated it 40th anniversary of operations in South Africa recently. The French ambassador to South Africa, Christophe Farnaud, said in his opening address that the economy must grow to provide much needed jobs, but not at the expense of the environment. Therefore, clean energy is the common denominator of […]