Massive automation project achieves key milestones

  ABB’s biggest automation order at the Kusile thermal power plant celebrates early milestones. The company is on schedule to complete the automation for Unit 1 of the 4800 MW coal-fired power station following successful factory acceptance tests (FATs) of the balance-of-plant and the unit which were performed late last year. Kevin Kosisko, the company’s […]

Safety last, and no power to the people…

  The general public is regularly encouraged to report illegal electricity connections, and while some may choose to turn a blind eye and let the poor steal what government has not yet provided, other citizens do what they are asked to do and call the designated municipal and Eskom hotlines. In a growing city such […]

SA AMSAT CubeSat project on track

  SA AMSAT has successfully completed the first prototype of the various elements of its CubeSat project, named Kletskous. The CubeSat is being designed and built by radio amateurs and will ultimately include a 20 kHz linear transponder, extensive telemetry and command systems and selected school science projects. Kletskous measures 10 x 10x 10 cm […]

Wobbles in the sustainability of renewable energy…

  International solar power developer Abengoa (NASDAQ: ABGB), with three concentrating solar power (CSP) projects in South Africa, started insolvency proceedings on Wednesday 25 November 2015, perhaps signalling an overheating of the global renewable energy sector, and a correction in the trajectory of adoption of renewable energy in the face of reduced prices for fossil […]

World Radiocommunication Conference allocates spectrum for future innovation

The World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15) concluded its deliberations on Friday 27 November 2015 as delegates signed the Final Acts that revise the Radio Regulations – the international treaty governing the use of radio-frequency spectrum and satellite orbits. In a statement by the Minister of Telecommunication and Postal Services Dr. Siyabonga Cwele said that overall […]

Eskom reports higher revenue, profit

Eskom’s chief executive, Brian Molefe, has announced the power utility’s interim financial results for the six months ended 30 September 2015. He reported that earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) increased by 9% to R24,9-billion from R22,8-billion in 2014 on the back of an 8% growth in revenue which amounted to R87,9-billion. Net […]