Posts tagged as Power

Eskom is unsustainable in its present form

Eskom’s road to sustainability will be long, hard and painful. The power utility is facing severe challenges financially and operationally. The risk of load shedding in the coming months remains fairly high; the cost of keeping the lights on will further impact financial performance; and tough decisions are necessary to achieve full recovery. That’s the […]

Power developments in Africa, Nov-Dec 2018

Universal electrification becoming a reality Kenya’s Lake Turkana Wind Farm is making the promise of nationwide access to electricity a reality. Electrification rates have reportedly increased from 28% in 2013 to 60% in 2017. The rate is expected to reach 80% by 2020. Lake Turkana Wind Farm is the biggest in Africa, with a generating […]

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 […]

Launch of new transformer company

SGB-SMIT, a European transformer specialist and Power Matla, a locally owned black empowered company with investments mainly within the renewable energy, ICT, mining and power utilities markets, launched their new company SGB-SMIT Power Matla recently. The new company, originally Powertech Transformers (PTT), will continue to operate out of its two factories in Pretoria and Cape Town. The […]

Localised production facilities for natural ester dielectric fluid in South Africa

The use of natural ester dielectric fluid instead of mineral oil in power transformers offers many advantages and the announcement that a local factory is to be set up to produce this fluid is a very important development in South Africa’s energy sector. Wilec, a division of Actom, currently imports natural ester dielectric fluid for […]

Challenges and opportunities in South African and German electricity markets

South Africa’s electricity sector is undergoing a multifaceted transformation brought about by energy security concerns, rising electricity prices, the emergence of renewable energy technologies and the introduction of independent power producers. This article considers the fundamental elements which characterise the German and South African energy markets, highlights the challenges which are prevalent in the energy […]

Life extension to nuclear power plant

Kozloduy NPP and Consortium Rusatom Service signed an agreement for a feasibility study for the possible life extension, to 60 years, of the Bulgarian nuclear power station’s power unit No. 6  recently. The event was attended by the Bulgarian energy minister, Temenuzhka Petkova, as well as senior representatives from Rosatom and Kozloduy NPP. The results of the […]