Articles: EE Publishers

Government’s roadmap to “reform” SA’s electricity industry

On Tuesday 29 October 2019, South Africa’s Department of Public Enterprises published its “Roadmap for Eskom in a reformed electricity supply industry“. The report states that Eskom will be divided into three operational entities; that power stations will compete with one another to reduce the cost of electricity to users for the good of the […]

Explosive letter sent to Parliament’s energy oversight committee by Necsa board

An explosive letter, dated 17 October 2019, from the current Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (Necsa) board to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Minerals and Energy, reveals startling new information relating to the misuse of Necsa’s funds by the former board under fired former chairman Kelvin Kemm and former CEO Phumzile Tshelane. The letter […]

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: […]

Offshore wind to become a US$1-trillion industry

The International Energy Agency (IEA) reports that offshore wind power will expand impressively over the next two decades, boosting efforts to decarbonise energy systems and reduce air pollution as it becomes a growing part of electricity supply. Europe is set to be the engine of growth for this flourishing renewable energy technology, followed closely by […]

Greater flexibility in electricity generation essential, delegates hear

Renewable energy has changed everything because renewable energy is the cheapest technology for generating electricity in most parts of the world today. This, according to panelists at a recent seminar held in Johannesburg, will make fossil fuel-fired and nuclear power generation redundant, particularly when coupled with energy storage technologies whose prices are decreasing rapidly too. […]

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 […]

Understanding the basics of power measurement theory

Electrical power applications are changing rapidly which means the load on the electric network is changing: more harmonics and more risk of unbalance. This so-called “bad” power costs money and wastes energy. This article provides some basic theory to understand what is happening with today’s electrical applications. Apparent power To understand the relation between active […]

South Africa should open the door wider for renewables

South Africa’s advanced industrial and financial sectors, together with its abundant natural resources, have contributed in making it the second largest economy in Africa. But to bring power to the remotest corners of the country, to maintain its economic growth momentum and to reduce its carbon footprint, it must accelerate the adoption of efficient, economic, […]

New plug and connector range launched

Industrial plugs and sockets manufacturer and supplier Ampco unveiled the AMPCO Gen 2 plastic plug and connector range to the commercial, mining and industrial sectors across Africa. The launch took place on 17 October 2019 during a press conference at the Roodepoort, Johannesburg head office of its sister company, Powermite. Powermite director Donovan Marks said […]

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 […]