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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 […]

The importance of gas as an energy source

South Africans seem to be convinced that the best form of energy is electricity. But this is not always true. Natural gas is a clean-burning source of energy which is ideal for many industrial processes. In the latest iteration of the country’s energy plan, the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP2019), gas is predicted to provide 8% […]

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 […]

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 […]

South Africa plans for lower electricity demand, more renewable energy

South Africa’s energy sector to make use of more wind power and a little less coal in the future. The country’s integrated resource plan (IRP), the guideline for its future energy infrastructure, was released on Friday, 18 October 2019, many months later than originally promised. According to the IRP, the South African power system consists […]

Government urged to expedite IRP

The minister of mineral affairs and energy, Gwede Mantashe, says the long-awaited integrated resource plan (IRP) for electricity will go before Cabinet this week. Business Unity South Africa’s (BUSA’s) president Sipho Pityana, is urging the government to expedite the gazetting of a least-cost, least-regret option which will power the economy and create and sustain jobs. Pityana […]