Archive for March, 2013

In support of Earth Hour 2013

Energy efficieny company Magnet supported the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF’s) Earth Hour in a pledge to support action against climate change by switching off lights at 20h30 on 23 March 2013. According to MD Brian Howarth, the company saves an average of 275-million kWh per year, said to be the equivalent of lighting up 13 […]

Building automation reaches the highest level

Information from Beckhoff Automation With a height of 103 m  and 29 floors, the “KölnTriangle”, officially opened on the 2 September 2006  is one of the tallest buildings in Cologne, Germany. Due to its height, the building designed by architects Gatermann + Schlossig became a political issue from the outset and attracted public attention because of […]

Installations have never been this easy

Tools are items that separate us from the animal kingdom. From before time man had an affection for tools, we started chipping rocks into spearheads and developed from there. We have come a very long way to present day. There are many different tools that are vital for use in implementation projects from hand tools […]

Instrumentation specially for the mining industry

Instrotech, a South African manufacturer, importer and distributor of process control instrumentation, has identified and put together a grouping of specialised instrumentation products, specifically for the particular needs of the mining industry.  Ultrasonic Sensors, Wire-actuated Encoders and Electromagnetic Flow Meters all have specific mining industry application, for example: Ultrasonic sensors: Ultrasonic sensors (also known as […]

SABIA – Feedback from our chairman

First off, a warm welcome to the new members on our mailing list, who have joined us since the Afrcan Energy Indaba 2013. We held our fourth SABIA meeting on Tuesday evening the 12th March, again kindly hosted by the IDC at both their Sandton as well as Cape Town offices – a big thank […]

New PV projects bring 33 MW of extra power

Construction has already started on two of Africa’s most powerful photovoltaic (PV) plants as part of South Africa’s REIPPP.  These projects will be fitted with 6000 safeTrack Vertec azimuth tracking systems supplied by IdeemaTec Deutschland. Each of the trackers is equipped with 23 modules. The 22 MW Herbert project will use 4000 trackers, while the […]

Situation awareness

Information from Invensys Situation awareness has many complex definitions but it all comes down to being able to know what is going on, what can affect the outcome and how you would cope with what could happen.   Please download the following pdf

Spherical imaging system for GIS applications

Point Grey has released the Ladybug5 camera, the next-generation version of the popular Ladybug series of 360-degree cameras. The new LD5-U3-51S5C redefines past performance benchmarks, boasting an impressive 30 megapixels of total resolution covering 90% of a full sphere; a 5 Gbit/s USB 3.0 interface; and a ground-breaking post-processing workflow that provides high dynamic range, […]

Bosch ends photovoltaics activities

Bosch is to discontinue its activities in crystalline photovoltaics at the beginning of 2014.  All associated activities will cease with the exception of  Bosch Solar CISTech GmbH in Brandenburg, Germany, which will continue as a development centre for thin-film technology. Its future alignment will be decided at a later date. Over the past years, Bosch […]

Smart metering for Africa?

by Kobus van den Berg, Aurecon   Smart metering (SM) systems can support various aspects of electricity distribution management, but it is important to understand the additional functionality of SM systems and to establish whether they meet the requirements for Africa.   Download the following pdf