Archive for November, 2014

Energize Inbox, November 2014

  This month’s letters include a concern regarding Eskom’s transmission plans and a response to last month’s Jacob Marley column. Send your letters to:   re: Eskom’s transmission plans Sir We are fast approaching an endgame in the electricity supply industry (ESI) and how the Department of Energy (DoE) and other stakeholders choose (or are forced) […]

Reducing SA’s electrical distribution transformer losses

  Forty-eight years after the birth of the first edition of the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS 780: 1966), little has been done in South Africa to reduce the distribution transformer losses as compared to first-world and BRICS countries, with the current edition have been released in 2009. Achieving increased energy efficiency through technological […]

Evaluating energy efficiency on a coal power plant’s performance

  Eskom has embarked on energy efficiency initiatives on its coal boiler plants in a bid to decrease the amount of coal burnt and in turn increase the electricity generated. This study focused on the analysis of the before and after outage data obtained from the unit cards in one of the Eskom’s “once through” […]

Kizildere II: Geothermal energy in Turkey

  Zorlu Energy, a large Turkish contractor, is an innovative and forward-thinking firm which is a part of the Zorlu Group of companies, a huge Turkey conglomerate. Zorlu Energy entered in the geothermal arena after they purchased the 15 MW Kizildere I Geothermal Power Plant in 2008. The Kizildere site is located in the Menderes […]

The lighting industry and the cycle of change

  I recently spoke to a colleague about a senior management course he had attended and I asked him what he had learnt. One of the things he took away with him and which resonated with me was the “four rooms of change” theory, developed by the author, Claes Janssen. This theory is essentially about […]

Certificate of Compliance course at Highveld Region

  The Certificate of Compliance (CoC) course presented at the Highveld region includes the interpretation of the Electrical. Installation Regulations 2009 (OHS Act 85 of 1993); completion of the Certificate of Compliance (Annexure 1 of the EIR 2009); completion of the Test Report according to SANS 10142-1 and the use of correct test instruments for […]