Posts tagged as generation

Managing expectations and opposition to the restructuring of Eskom

. There has been much speculation in the media on the pending restructuring and unbundling of Eskom. It is expected that President Cyril Ramaphosa will be giving some direction in this regard in his forthcoming state-of-the-nation address on Thursday 7 February 2019. For more than a year, in order to secure ongoing funding, there has […]

Floating power barge offers quick reliable electricity

Wärtsilä has combined two of its strengths, viz. power generation and marine technology, to create an integrated solution in the form of power barges. These barges can be easily relocated where needed and are therefore an ideal solution for power production on an interim basis as they can be connected to the grid to alleviate […]

Light at the end of the tunnel? Eskom reveals recovery plan

Eskom’s new chief executive officer, Phakamani Hadebe, says the board has approved a turnaround strategy which will address the power utility’s major difficulties. The institution has compiled a 9-point recovery plan which is designed to overcome problems in its generation division and enable the power utility to meet its obligations to provide a reliable supply […]

Vibration monitor for rotating machines

The Monitran condition monitoring system monitors and logs vibration in rotating machines. The device can measure as many as 32 channels. Parameters that can be measured include velocity and envelope g, as well as temperature. Known as the MTN5032, the microcontroller-based system has an easy-to-navigate 18,5 cm colour touch screen which enables users to set alarm […]

Testing the acoustical noise of a generator set and interpreting the data

Large generator sets produce high levels of noise that must often be mitigated to meet national regulations and directives. This usually involves key decisions about the optimal generator set location and installation, how to design noise control systems and other factors, which is why it is important to conduct accurate noise level assessments timeously, before […]

Developments in ammonia for fuel cells

IHI Corporation tested its 1 kW ammonia-fueled solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) in Japan; Project Alkammonia concluded its work on cracked-ammonia-fed alkaline fuel cells (AFC) in the EU; the University of Delaware’s project for low-temperature direct ammonia fuel cells (DAFC) continues with funding from the US Department of Energy’s ARPA-E and, in Israel, GenCell launched […]

Concerns mount over Eskom’s medium-term system adequacy outlook

. Following the recent exposé by EE Publishers on the deepening coal supply crisis facing Eskom, alarm bells are also sounding regarding the utility’s worsening generation plant performance impacting South Africa’s medium-term (five-year) system adequacy outlook. There are deepening concerns about the overall state of Eskom’s aging fleet of coal-fired power plants, and the ability […]