Posts tagged as renewables

Africa’s energy landscape transitions to base load-capable renewables

The advent of renewables, new storage technologies present Africa’s utilities with an opportunity to increase capacity and efficiency while re-kindling their appeal to investors.  There has been a clear and rapid evolution in Africa’s energy and energy infrastructure landscape over the last decade. While much of this new technology has challenged the traditional dominance and […]

Renewables sector key players respond to government’s call to action

Recent developments in the South African energy sector have created a favourable climate for renewable resources to take centre stage in the future of the country’s energy landscape. In a bold, but necessary move to downscale his Cabinet, President Cyril Ramaphosa elected Gwede Mantashe as the new minister of mineral resources and energy. It is […]

Nuclear power in a clean energy system

Nuclear power today makes a significant contribution to electricity generation, providing 10% of global electricity supply in 2018. In advanced economies, nuclear power accounts for 18% of generation and is the largest low-carbon source of electricity. However, its share of global electricity supply has been declining in recent years. The International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) report, […]

SA ready to embrace modern electricity generating technologies, minister tells conference

South Africa is ready to embrace modern electricity generating technologies to improve security of supply and increase access to electricity to all its citizens.  In his keynote address at the opening of the 2019 Africa Utility Week and Powergen Africa 2019 in Cape Town, Jeff Radebe, the minister of energy, said the conference offered a […]

In conversation with ABB’s global manager for network control

ABB has been selected by CI-Energies (Societe des Energies de Côte d’Ivoire) to upgrade the power distribution network of Ivory Coast, one of the fastest developing countries in Africa. The modernised Ivorian power grid will cater to the growing demand for electricity within the country and enhance the export of electricity to neighboring countries who […]

Global energy spending stabilised last year, says IEA

The International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) annual benchmark for tracking energy investment, World Energy Investment 2019 reports that in 2018, global energy investment stabilised at over US$1,8-trillion after three years of decline. The report provides a full picture of today’s capital flows and what they might mean for tomorrow’s energy sector. It assesses whether the frameworks […]

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 […]