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, […]

Visualising data to improve communication and understand business

This article will explore some workflows for answering pertinent business questions using data and best practice visualisation principles, focusing on a last-mile, home-delivery logistics business case. While Tableau software is used, the general principles can apply to any software used. As mapping technologies have advanced and high-powered functionality is incorporated more and more into end-user […]

Teenagers rewarded for scientific investigations

Are school uniforms “silent killers”? This question was studied and answered by two teenagers from Cape Town’s Rondebosch Boys’ High School recently. Research undertaken by Grade 10 learners André Toerien and Zuhayr Halday, revealed an unexpected result and went on to win them the Hendrik van der Bijl  prize, sponsored by EE Publishers, at the […]

Changes in electric network design essential, conference hears

The energy system of the future will be ubiquitous, diverse, complex and diversified. This is the view of a panel drawn from a number of experts representing companies active in the British and European energy sectors. Speaking at the recent Solar & Storage Live event in Birmingham, England, the panel concluded that the way in […]

Too late for gas to save a looming power deficit?

It is already too late to hope that the introduction of gas generation in the new energy mix would contribute to avoiding the projected power deficit from about 2023, according to panelists at a recent gas forum. The consensus was that to implement such a project would require at least six years, if everything was […]