The crisis at Kusile and the titanic Eskom continues…

. Eleven years after construction started on Eskom’s massive 4800 MW Kusile coal-fired power station in Mpumalanga province, South Africa, not one of its six 800 MW generator units is currently delivering power into the grid. Construction started at Kusile in 2008, and all six generation units were planned to be in commercial service by […]

European GNSS experiences service disruptions

Galileo initial navigation and timing services have experienced ongoing interruptions since 12 July 2019, but the services have been restored on 18 July 2019. Update: 18 July 2019 Services recovered Malfunction explained as equipment fault at ground station Galileo Initial Services have now been restored. Commercial users can already see signs of recovery of the […]

Solar power system that works at night a renewable energy game-changer

An innovative thermal battery being developed by researchers at Curtin University in Australia may be key to a solar power system capable of producing electricity overnight, rivaling fossil fuels as a viable source of power for commercial and heavy industries around the world, including mining operations. Curtin is collaborating with international renewable energy companies United […]

Picture gallery: Nedbank / EE Publishers seminar on embedded generation in SA

The 2nd seminar Nedbank / EE Publishers seminar explored the role of small- and medium-scale distributed embedded generation in meeting the electrical energy needs of the future – the necessary business case, policy, regulatory and financing environment for behind-the-meter solutions such as rooftop solar PV and other distributed generation. Mr Thabang Chiloane, divisional executive for […]

Cable theft interrupts testing at SABS laboratories

The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) has advised customers in a statement that testing conditions have been disrupted as a result of cable theft in the Pretoria area. The unforeseen disruption, says the statement, will cause delays in testing and the issuing of customer test certificates. Electricity cables were stolen during May 2019 and, […]

Barbara Creecy faces first major court action as SA’s new minister of environmental affairs

. Just days after World Environment Day on Wednesday 5 June 2019, South Africa’s new Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and Environmental Affairs, Barbara Creecy, faces a huge wake-up call as environmental justice groups  launch a major legal action demanding that government clean up the air in the Mpumalanga Highveld. On Friday 7 June 2019, groundWork […]

Impacts and health effects of air pollution by Eskom, Sasol Synfuels and Natref

. A new study report on the air quality and health effects of air pollution by Eskom, Sasol Synfuels and Natref in and around South Africa’s Highveld Priority Area (HPA) provides shocking evidence of the harmful effects caused by these organisations to the environment and to human health. The study report by Dr Gray is […]

Redefined SI measurement standards come into effect

On World Metrology day, 20 May, four of the seven base units comprising the International System of Units (SI) changed. While this revision underlies all measurements in science, it will not affect our everyday lives. A metre will still be a metre, a litre of petrol will still be a litre of petrol, and one […]

SA ready to embrace modern electricity generating technologies, minister tells conference

South Africa is ready to embrace modern electricity generating technologies to improve security of supply and increase access to electricity to all its citizens.  In his keynote address at the opening of the 2019 Africa Utility Week and Powergen Africa 2019 in Cape Town, Jeff Radebe, the minister of energy, said the conference offered a […]