Posts tagged as renewables

Large scale energy storage test and demonstration facility launched

  Eskom’s Research Testing & Development (RTD) department has established a battery test and demonstration facility at its Research and Innovation Centre in Rosherville. The objective of this facility is to compare different technologies and supplier products under identical conditions and to identify which of these products is suitable for Eskom’s future needs for energy […]

SA renewable energy success opens doors

  Conco has completed the electrical balance of plant for over nine wind farms and four solar photovoltaic (PV) parks in South Africa including grid connections. This work forms part of the South African government’s renewable energy independent power producer procurement (REIPPP) programme. For bid windows one, two and three, the company secured the electrical […]

Nuclear energy: the best option for South Africa?

  Eskom appears to be more concerned with building large new nuclear power stations than in signing power purchase agreements with independent power producers which use renewable energy sources. Energize caught up with energy analyst and managing director of EE Publishers, Chris Yelland, and asked his opinion of what generation technologies South Africa should opt […]

Cabinet reshuffle: what this means for the energy industry

  South Africans are in a state of shock following President Zuma’s seemingly abrupt decision to reshuffle his cabinet. Paired with the subsequent credit downgrades, the country’s future is, yet again, riddled with uncertainty. The new minister of energy, Mmamoloko Kubayi, has held positions within the telecommunications and postal services industries, and is a member […]

Highly critical written responses received by DoE to its Draft IRP 2016

  The Department of Energy (DoE) released a draft update (Draft IRP 2016) to its earlier Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity (IRP 2010-2030) in November 2016, and invited comments and input through a public participation process. The deadline for this feedback was 31 March 2017. This review provides a summary of five major submissions made, […]

Industry association responds to draft IRP

  The public participation process for SA’s Integrated Resources Plan 2016 update report (IRP2016) is an ideal opportunity for South African citizens to sway the long-term investment choices that will serve the country up to 2050. We don’t often have an opportunity to influence government policy, so this is a significant moment, not just for […]

Next generation wind and solar power: from cost to value

  Wind and solar photovoltaics (PV) are currently the fastest-growing sources of electricity globally. In 2015, their additional annual generation met almost all incremental demand for electricity. This is the executive summary of a new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA). Click here to download the full report Variable renewable energy (VRE) costs, especially […]

Getting wind and sun onto the grid

  Wind and solar PV capacity has grown very rapidly in many countries, thanks to supportive policy, and dramatic falls in technology cost. By the end of 2015, these technologies – collectively referred to as variable renewable energy (VRE) – had reached double-digit shares of annual electricity generation in ten countries. This is the executive […]

Room for renewables and nuclear in energy mix

  Renewable energy falls short of being a base load power source in South Africa, suggests a researcher. Ben Heard, director of Bright New World organisation and PhD Candidate at the University of Adelaide, has conducted research to dispute the claims by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) that renewables have the capacity […]