Archive for November, 2013

Raw coal sampling system

When monitoring the efficiency of a combustion process, it is important to know and understand the nature of the coal being burned. Generally, a proximate analysis will include the following: heat value; moisture content; hardness (Hard Grove index); sulfur content; ash content and volatility. These parameters are essential when optimising the combustion process at coal-fired […]

R9-billion wind projects to start next year

A consortium led by global wind and solar company Mainstream Renewable Power has been awarded preferred bidder status by the Department of Energy (DoE) for three large-scale wind energy projects in the Northern Cape with a total generation capacity of 360 MW. The award was made under the third round of the REIPPP programme. The […]

Variable area flowmeters for liquids and gases

Kobold Instrumentation, represented in South Africa by Instrotech, has launched the KFR line of acrylic body flowmeters. Bridging the microflow and large flow ranges, these flowmeters can provide an effective solution to industrial applications, such as gas analysis and water applications. The unit operates on proven suspended float system, i.e. the installation position is vertical […]

International CSP conference in South Africa this year

  CSP Today South Africa will take place on the 8 – 9 April 2014 at the Southern Sun hotel in Cape Town. This year’s agenda combines a mix of local and international experts to help to overcome key financial and technological challenges, addressing the most critical topics in order to achieve cost reduction and […]

Energize winning letter: Municipal maintenance

This month’s winning letter compares the NERSA compliance scores of municipalities which have outsourced their maintenance to those that have not.  Download the PDF document

1000 RADMASTE certificates awarded

by Mike Rycroft, features editor Since the beginning of 2009, the centre for research and development in mathematics, science and technology education (RADMASTE) has been providing in-service development opportunities to educators through Witwatersrand University accredited short courses. Download the PDF document

Solar business leader for southern Africa appointed

James Shirley has taken up the opportunity to head up, and be fully accountable for, the solar business unit for southern Africa at Schneider Electric. This includes providing the link between the locally located Schneider Electric office in Midrand and the company’s international offices, in order to bring the global specialist in energy management’s best practice products, […]

Hydraulic fluid with energy-saving properties

Engen Lubricants have introduced Hydrokin ESF, a hydraulic fluid with excellent energy-saving properties, to its customers in the South African and SADC markets. Numerous sectors that consume hydraulic fluids (including mining, engineering and energy) can save up to 11% on their machines’ power use by merely changing fluids. The small amount of energy consumption needed […]

The work of Cigre subcommittee SC D2

The scope of SC D2 is: ICT as applied to the electricity networks of the future: Telecommunication networks in electric power utilities (architectures, media, protocols, etc.) New ICT architectures to control the bulk power systems (smart meter, smart grid, intelligent grid, control centres EMS, MMS, etc.) ICT governance within utilities – in-house versus outsourced Information […]

Laboratory opened in Tete, Mozambique

Condition monitoring specialists WearCheck recently extended their growing African footprint from Southern Africa to West and now East, into Tete Province Mozambique, where they serve the region’s growing precious stone and coal mining industries. This follows the recent launch of its first West African laboratory in Ghana. The company offers a range of condition monitoring […]