Combined dust sample probe improves measurements

  Durag’s D-RX 250 combined sample probe is used for continuous monitoring of dust concentrations in flue gas ducts, dust extraction pipes and similar applications. Besides measuring dust concentration, volume flow and temperature, the absolute pressure in the flue is also measured. These measurements enable the figures to be converted to normal conditions. The combined […]

Private sector investment in Nigeria’s power grid

  Standard Bank has helped to fund three power deals with the Nigerian government. These form part of the country’s seven power generating companies and its eleven electricity distribution firms, created out of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria. The first two deals, concluded by Standard Bank South Africa, involved the Federal Government of Nigeria […]

Company wins two contracts worth R1,32-billion

Alstom has signed two contracts totaling around R1,32-billion with PSP Investments for the supply of two 150 MW pump-turbines with the associated balance of plant equipment and the company’s distributed control system (DCS) for the 300 MW Gilboa pumped storage power plant in Israel. The company also signed an eighteen-year operation and maintenance agreement, covering […]

Nuclear power demystified

  The Nuclear Africa 2014 Congress, to be held from 18 to 20 March 2014 in Midrand, brings a cross-section of nuclear power players together to strengthen technological and economic discussion concerning the construction of the new nuclear power plants for South Africa. The Congress consists of a two-day conference, an exhibition, and a separate […]

Stationary fuel cell market shows outstanding growth

  The stationary fuel cell market is forecast to show massive growth, climbing from $390-million in 2012 to $7,52-billion by 2020, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 44,7%, thanks to increasing interest in this technology and the help of government subsidy programs, says research and consulting firm GlobalData. According to the company’s latest […]

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 […]

Low voltage motor protection relay

The NewCode relay from NewElec is an ISO 9001:2000 compliant, locally designed and manufactured three phase electronic motor protection relay. The relay is fully configurable with the aid of free front-end software or a man-machine interface unit (MMI). An on-board data base stores fault and event records, which are date and time stamped. The front-end […]

Distributed control system for small to mid-size process applications

Honeywell recently announced the release of Experion LX, a purpose-built distributed control system for small to mid-size operations with continuous and batch process control applications. Experion LX is designed specifically for smaller plants (less than 5000 I/O points, one engineering server and up to 15 operator stations), that require a control system that is easy […]

French “fracking” ban to remain for foreseeable future

The recent decision to uphold the ban on hydraulic fracturing (‘fracking’) in France by the constitutional court, preventing further exploration activities for shale gas reserves, is unlikely to change in the near future, despite the warnings of advocates that France will miss out on a significant source of cheap energy, says a new report from […]

Changes to gas engine sales and service channels

Clarke Energy has made two key acquisitions in South Africa – GE’s South African Jenbacher gas engines service business and Agaricus Trading, the official sales representative of GE Jenbacher in the region. The company has also been awarded the status of distributor and service provider for these gas engines in South Africa, Mozambique and Botswana. […]