Testing substation protection systems

With the new PCA2 protection condition analyser from Megger, it is now possible to test simultaneously all key elements of substation protection systems including the protection relay, circuit breaker, DC system, and protection circuitry. The unit captures detailed information about the full protection operation sequence, before, during and after the trip, making it an ideal […]

Safety glow-in-the-dark tape for power failures

K-Sun’s photoluminescent glow-in-the-dark tape (Photolum) is a disaster prevention product used to mark items or emergency exits that may be required during a power failure. These include flashlights, tools, back-up power enerators, fire extinguishers,emergency evacuation route indication, and similar equipment required in a power failure situation. Providing high-level luminance, the tape provides long-term performance with […]

First solar plant to supply Eskom with power in Kimberley area

Droogfontein Solar Power will be the first solar plant to supply Eskom with power in the Kimberley area, and one of the first solar projects to export power in South Africa. This is a milestone for the region and will ensure that the project remains on schedule. The export of power to the Eskom grid […]

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. […]

Company wins “Contractor of the Year” award

John Thompson’s utility boiler and environmental equipment business unit, based at Isando, has been named “Contractor of the Year” for 2012/2013 by Eskom’s Tutuka power station in Mpumalanga. The unit has a three-year boiler-contract with Tutuka. The company was commended for its high technical performance, quality control and safety record on the contract as its […]

Transformer factory wins SANAS accreditation

Powertech Transformers is pleased to announce that its Pretoria factory’s test department recently received SANAS accreditation conforming to the ISO/IEC 17025 standard. The company is the first transformer OEM within South Africa to receive this particular accreditation. The South African National Accreditation System (SANAS) is recognised as the single national accreditation body that awards formal […]

Festive season power cuts to impact retail businesses

Power outages may well play a key role in festive season shopping, with retailers bracing themselves for disruptions in the wake of traditional electricity consumption spikes and increased cable theft in the upcoming holiday period. This is the view of Jack Ward, MD of Powermode, a power provisioning company. Ward underlines the seriousness of cable […]