Posts tagged as Wind

Smart grids to reduce costs and improve service

In his opening address at the SAIEE’s Smart Grid Conference recently, the president of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE), Jacob Machinjike, said that a smart grid infrastructure would provide unique opportunities for improved electricity services which would benefit people in Africa.   The conference, which was held at the Eskom Convention Centre […]

Energy storage: The next game changer

The rise of variable renewable generation is driving demand for storage. A recent article in The Economist “Electrifying everything”, was devoted to batteries with projections of massive investments and rapidly falling costs. Even more telling, however, was a sold-out energy storage conference recently organised in San Diego. As described in an article in San Diego […]

A “just” transition to a lower-carbon economy

Despite knowing that both coal mines and coal-fires power stations have a finite life, it speaks to poor planning and the poor implementation of policy in South Africa that nothing has been done to address what comes after or to deal with the need to transition to a lower-carbon economy. Misinformation in statements published by […]

New solar plants now powering whole of Northern Cape

With yet another renewable energy (RE) project completed on time and on budget, one has to wonder why the Departments of Energy (DoE) and Public Enterprises (DPE) tolerate Eskom’s continued refusal to sign additional power producer agreements. This especially since the latest REIPPP energy price bids that Eskom refuse to sign are so much lower […]

Apply now for sponsored participation at wind energy conference

  Students from South African universities are encouraged to submit an application for sponsorship to attend the South African Wind Energy Association’s WindAc Africa conference in November. The event will give students who are keen to understand the diverse wind energy sector the opportunity to join experts in the field for an in-depth experience of […]

The end for “baseloadism” in SA, and the need for “flexible” power generation

  In the brave new world of power generation, the old paradigm and approach of dispatching baseload, mid-merit and peaking generation capacity, in that order to meet electricity demand, is being turned on its head. With the massive reduction in the price of renewable energy from wind and solar photo-voltaic (PV) plant over the last […]

Hybrid energy solutions a global focus for sub-Sarahan Africa

  Having recently returned from the Africa Energy Forum 2017 in Copenhagen, I was amazed at how much momentum there is internationally in the support of renewable energy. There was clearly no shortage of talking points for the approximately 2500 delegates, and it seems clear that independent power producers (IPPs) who were part of the […]

New data shows benefits of renewable energy

  The Renewable Energy Data and Information Service (REDIS) has been updated with new data up until June 2017. REDIS provides project data for 121 renewable energy generators, and now features more than one million hourly electricity production data records from 83 plants in operation, from April 2012 to June 2017. In this REDIS update, […]

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