Posts tagged as Renewable

High-efficiency PV panels launched

  Canadian Solar, one of the world’s largest solar power companies, launched its latest high efficiency poly modules, named Ku Modules at the recent Intersolar Europe exhibition.  This portfolio of products uses the company’s proprietary black silicon cell technology. The black silicon cell efficiency exceeds that of the current standard poly cells in the market. The new modules […]

Why wage war for a slice of SA’s electricity pie?

  It’s unfortunate that titles such as “It’s war: Nuclear versus renewables” and “Renewable energy is being crushed in the coal and nuclear grinder” are used in articles about the energy sector. I have never, in my 15 years working in the energy sector, heard the coal or nuclear industry proponents argue that renewable energy […]

Wind turbine technicians graduate

  Speaking at the South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre’s (SARETEC) Wind Turbine Service Technician graduation ceremony, which took place on Global Wind Day, 15 June 2017, the South African Wind Energy Association’s (SAWEA’s) CEO, Brenda Martin, addressed graduates and affirmed the relevance of youth development in the future of the Wind energy sector and […]

Programme to ensure high quality PV installations launched

  The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA), in association with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), BSW Solar, GreenCape, SARETEC and DGS Berlin, has developed a programme to ensure that solar photovoltaic (PV) installations are done responsibly and sustainably. It is estimated that close to 60 000 solar PV installations have been undertaken in […]

Resistance to hydropower is evaporating as science takes centre stage

  Big dams have a bad reputation. They’re often associated with social disruption and environmental damage. That perception is now shifting. The challenges of climate, urbanisation and economic growth in countries and communities already burdened by poverty and underdevelopment is leading to a radical change in attitudes. Dams and related water infrastructures are once again […]

Deep-cycle batteries for solar applications

  Trojan Battery has launched its new line of maintenance-free, true deep-cycle absorbent glass mat (AGM) batteries specifically designed for solar and other renewable energy applications. With its non-spillable design, the new batteries enable installers to customise the use and position of the batteries in customer applications, and are certified for non-hazardous shipping. This battery […]

Building a solar PV farm in Africa

Solar PV project development and construction is well established internationally and particularly so in Europe and America. Africa has caught onto the wave with utility scale projects operational in Algeria, Egypt, Kenya, Mauritius, Morocco, Namibia, Reunion, Rwanda, South Africa, Tunisia and Uganda, with developments ongoing in many other countries. This article discusses the development of […]

Does the need for flexibility spell the end for “baseloadism”?

  Electricity demand in South Africa has changed dramatically over the last eight years. New demand profiles call for more flexibility in electricity generation, while environmental concerns and new technologies make energy efficiency and renewable energy sources more popular. Speaking at a meeting of the Society for Automation, Instrumentation, Measurement and Control (SAIMC) recently, Chris […]