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Choosing a variable frequency drive or soft starter

When accelerating an AC motor to full speed using a full voltage connection, a large inrush current may be required. Additionally, the torque of the AC motor is mostly uncontrolled and can shock the connected equipment, potentially causing damage. Variable frequency drives and reduced voltage soft starters can reduce inrush currents and limit torque thereby […]

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 […]

User conference explores benefits of integrated geospatial applications

Esri South Africa’s User Conference from 22 to 25 October this year celebrated the company’s 30th anniversary of doing business in southern Africa, and under the theme “See what other’s cant”, focused on extracting insights from geospatial data. Echoing Esri’s vision of the geographic information system, the company’s Jim Higgins described the GIS as a […]

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 […]