New report assesses SA companies and banks’ response to climate risks

. The Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) launched the fifth assessment in its Full Disclosure Series today, 25 November 2019. The new report, entitled “Full Disclosure 5: The Truth About South African Banks’ and Companies’ Ability to Identify and Address Climate Risks”, considers South African banks’ and companies’ disclosure of and engagement with climate risks. […]

Relevant skills required to survive and thrive in the fourth industrial revolution

The fourth industrial revolution is characterised by technologies which are blurring the lines between the physical, digital and biological spheres, commonly referred to as cyber-physical systems. The rapid technological innovations associated with the fourth industrial revolution will change the way we interact with the world and revolutionise the very nature of the work we currently […]

Public lighting: Lighting the way to smart city development

Public lighting is one of the services most visually seen by the general public within a city (though it almost goes unnoticed). Lighting provides a sense of visual safety and security. This improved sense of safety and security will often lead to an increase and further promotion of community activities, events, sport, trade, industry and […]

Anticipating silicon solar cells with significantly improved efficiency

Theoretical calculations indicate that under certain conditions silicon can endow solar cells with a much higher efficiency. Small silicon clusters may provide a source of accordingly modified silicon. However, to date these clusters have not been accessible in soluble form, a prerequisite for flexible processing. Researchers at the Technical University of Munich have now discovered […]

Nedbank / EE seminar: ICT infrastructure to support an effective ICT ecosystem in SA for utilities of the future

Nedbank and EE Publishers are hosting a morning seminar on: ICT infrastructure to support an effective ICT ecosystem in SA for utilities of the future This is the 5th in a series of important infrastructure seminars from Nedbank & EE Publishers DATE: Tuesday 26 November 2019 TIME: 09h00 to 14h30 (see detailed programme below) VENUE: […]

Medupi magic fails Eskom and South Africa – the stuff of nightmares

Following major problems that brought Eskom’s Medupi power station to its knees during the height of the load shedding last week, Medupi’s power station manager, Rudi van der Wal, is leaving Eskom to take up a position overseas. Van der Wal had resigned before the mess started, and was due to leave in about two […]

Automation sets in as geomatics solutions mature

Incremental changes in geomatics solutions on display at InterGEO 2019, the world’s largest geo-industry fair, show a market reaching maturity. Like other digital industries, it is now ripe for automation which brings opportunities to deliver better quality information at greater speed. Industry experts who are ready to embrace it stand to reap automation’s benefits, while […]

Machine learning algorithms in boiler plant root cause analysis 

It is often difficult to determine detrimental boiler conditions because the large number of boiler input and output parameters create a complex problem. Such was the case in this study, where a radiant superheater and internal desuperheater were retrofitted in an existing industrial water-tube boiler at a South African sugar mill. After installation, the steam […]

Wild Fire Fiasco: California utility’s decision to shut off power to avoid wild fires backfires

. Following the devastating wild fires in 2017 and 2018, for which the Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) was found to be partially at fault, the utility’s finances have taken a dive. Its liabilities from scores of lawsuits exceeds its assets by a wide margin, the standard accounting definition for being bankrupt. Of course, […]

Status of nuclear power as world switches to renewables

The energy sector is the largest cause of global greenhouse gas emissions. The pertinence of mitigation strategy options needs to be judged, among others, according to three key criteria: feasibility, cost and speed. The latest World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2019 (WNISR2019) provides a comprehensive overview of nuclear power plant data, including information on age, […]