Posts tagged as Renewable

Solar park concept resurfaces in ministerial determination

  The concept of a large solar park, accommodating a substantial solar energy generating capacity was first mooted in 2009, when a proposal to construct a 5 GW solar park in the Upington area was made by the minister of energy. The project has been overshadowed by the success of the REIPPPP, which ran independently […]

Can South Africa afford new “carbon free” power stations?

  The editorial on the cost of carbon free new build power stations, which was published on page 3 in the June 2016 edition of Energize, elicited a wide response, and this is a more detailed version to demonstrate the source of the arguments. The core issue here is the cost of building new nuclear […]

Assessing South African – American renewable energy projects

  Searching the outskirts for a solar baseload model Pierre Potgieter, assistant editor at EE Publishers, is on a week-long tour of South Africa, sponsored by the US Embassy, seeking out various innovative renewable energy projects. The articles below form a diary of his travels. Day 1: Monday 27 June A solar park under construction in […]

High capacity, deep cycle energy storage solution

  PowerBank is the latest addition to the well-known Omnipower brand by Sinetech. This lithium ion (Li-ion) energy storage solution was first launched at the Solar Show Africa 2016, held at the Sandton Convention Centre in March. The device is a high power and compact 48 V, 6,5 kWh energy storage solution capable of being discharged to […]

Scaling up variable renewable power: the role of grid codes

  The power sector globally is accelerating its transition towards a sustainable energy regime. Since 2011, over 100 GW of annual capacity additions have been from renewables: more than fossil fuel and nuclear power additions combined. The share of renewables in total electricity production in 2014 exceeded 22%. Hydropower accounted for 16,4% and variable renewable […]

Largest number wind turbines en route

  The first of 1098 wind turbine components are en route to Loeriesfontein. This area will soon become home to the largest expanse of wind turbines on the African continent. Khobab and Loeriesfontein Wind Farms, which together span 6653 ha, will produce a combined output of 280 MW generated by 122 wind turbines. Over 1000 […]

SA Department of Energy in quandary as SunEdison files for bankruptcy protection

  After months of financial uncertainty, international solar giant SunEdison (NYSE: SUNE; OTC: SUNEQ), and some of its international subsidiaries, have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the US on 21 April 2016. This uncertainty has seen its share price tumble from a high of US $33,45 in July 2015 to $0,34 before filing […]