Posts tagged as Microgrid

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, […]

What are microgrids?

Microgrids are stand-alone power generating, distribution, and storage systems which can be operated independently or connected to the primary utility grid. By locally optimising various generation sources, such as solar PV, gensets, the grid and energy storage, a microgrid can create a range of financial and environmental value streams for an organisation. This article describes […]

Cutting energy costs with microgrids

As South Africans suffer another round of power interruptions, imposed upon them by the national power utility which is unable to generate sufficient electricity to keep the lights on, advanced technology offers a realistic, affordable and environmentally-friendly solution. Six months ago, Energize visited Eaton’s factory in Wadeville, Germiston, to see a sophisticated microgrid which had […]

Rural microgrid project improves people’s lives

Communities which reside in rural areas far from existing electrical infrastructure constitute a significant portion of the 600-million people in sub-Saharan Africa who have no access to electricity. These communities are deprived of modern lifestyle improving technologies such as electric light, microwave cooking, radio and television, cellphones and internet access – things most people take […]