Minister impressed by innovations at hydropower plant

The Minister of Water and Sanitation Gugile Nkwinti has expressed appreciation for the innovative technologies at the Bloemwater hydropower plant in Mangaung. The Minister was taken on a tour of the plant on Friday. The plant is able to produce 96 kilowatt of electricity and provides 70% of Bloemwater offices’ power needs. “The plant also uses a changeover panel specifically designed to sense when a dip in electricity supply occurs and changes over automatically to the grid. If all power fails then the changeover panel will automatically activate a diesel…

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New orders for RTS Africa principal Nel’s hydrogen filling stations internationally ‘fuelling’ hydrogen-powered vehicle trend

The era of fossil-fuelled transportation is drawing to a close. Climate change concerns and dwindling liquid hydrocarbon reserves will undoubtedly change the patterns of personal and commercial transportation in the future. While there are sound cases to be made for the adoption of transportation alternatives such as battery-powered electric vehicles (EVs) – as well as for hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) – the latter type holds the better potential for diminished environmental harm in the longer term. Managing Director of RTS Africa Engineering, Ian Fraser, explains that both battery-powered cars…

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Rafiki Power and Mobisol have partnered to pilot a new approach labelled the Hybrid Grid

  Power and Mobisol have partnered to pilot a new approachlabelled the Hybrid Grid – bringing higher value and better service tooff-grid clients in rural Tanzania. Arusha/ Düsseldorf/ Berlin, March7th, 2018 Rafiki Power (E.ON Offgrid solutions GmbH) and Mobisol GmbH have partnered to pilot a new approachlabelled the Hybrid Grid for off-grid clients in rural Tanzania. The Hybrid Grid is combining the best of mini-grids and solar home systems to bring higher value and better service to their mutual customers at lower cost. While Rafiki Power will continueto build mini-grid…

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African focused power producer invests more than £1m in end-to-end software from IFS to streamline its business systems and processes

Globeleq selects IFS Applications 9 to support expansion plans IFS, the global enterprise applications company, today announced that Globeleq, a leading independent power producer solely focused on Africa, will implement IFS Applications™ 9 to supersede legacy IT systems and processes across the business and its operating plants. The new system infrastructure will enable Globeleq to be more efficient and standardise reporting across the group. Globeleq is a leading investor, developer, owner and operator of power projects in Africa. The company develops economically sustainable businesses that contribute to the continued development…

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SINETECH: Eterbright CIGS thin-film solar panels the most sensible choice in almost any installation

Higher daily yields, higher shade tolerances and positive light-soaking effect add up to a faster time to break-even, which make Eterbright CIGS thin-film solar panels the most sensible choice in almost any installation. Click here to read about the performance of thin-film solar panels in Sinetech’s own testbed on the roof of its Randburg headquarters.                     * Prices quoted are Retail Prices. Registered Sinetech Dealers: Please enquire about Dealer Pricing. Prices are on current stock only. Ex-stock/ex-works Randburg. Subject to Sinetech’s…

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SustainPower delivers first locally manufactured biogas combined heat and power generator

SustainPower, together with Unique Hydra, part of the Unique Group (a world leader in providing engineering expertise, sales and rental equipment and the latest technology for the marine, diving, pipeline and subsea market sectors) has recently delivered a locally manufactured biogas electrical power generator to ibert (Pty) Ltd, one of the leading biogas companies in Southern Africa.   The containerised combined heat and power unit (CHP) produces electricity and heat in a waste to energy process which, by recovering about 90% of the energy in the gaseous fuel, is very…

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Energy efficiency a must for construction industry

Public Works Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko on Monday called on the construction industry to embrace innovative technologies that have superior energy efficiency performance compared to conventional materials. “Energy efficiency will contribute to sustainable development, while [eco-labelling construction products] will contribute towards South Africa’s green building policy,” said Minister Nhleko following his recent visit to the innovative construction product assessments entity, Agrément South Africa, located at the CSIR buildings in Pretoria. Minister Nhleko pledged support for Agrément South Africa’s Vision 2030 aimed at ensuring that innovative, modern and improvement methods of construction…

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SOLAR POWERED VARIABLE SPEED DRIVES FOR REMOTE BOREHOLE APPLICATIONS -ZEST WEG GROUP

SOLAR POWERED VARIABLE SPEED DRIVES FOR REMOTE BOREHOLE APPLICATIONS

Farmers are making increasing use of photovoltaic solar panels and variable speed drives (VSDs) to get clean and continuous power to their boreholes in remote locations, cutting out the need for costly infrastructure and cables to link with the main grid. Zest WEG Group, a subsidiary of leading Brazilian motors and controls manufacturer WEG, supplies these stand-alone electrical solutions so that users in the agricultural sector can immediately benefit from ‘free’ solar power for pumping water. As a key element of this arrangement, the VSD protects the motor from the…

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Atlantis SEZ a step closer to fruition

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies has published the intention to designate the Atlantis Special Economic Zone (SEZ). The public has 30 days from 8 September to support or object the designation of Atlantis. On Friday, Minister Davies said the proposed SEZ has already demonstrated its strong economic potential and attractiveness to investors by the fact that it has successfully managed to secure investors even before the designation of the SEZ. There are five investors at the proposed SEZ which is located in the Western Cape that are already operational,…

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PE firm to supply green energy to KFC outlets

Shaun Gillham Municipality leading way in renewable power wheeling At the forefront of South Africa’s energy revolution, Port Elizabeth energy services company, Energyworx, is poised to supply several Nelson Mandela Bay outlets of a national fast food chain with green power. Energyworx is awaiting approval from the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa), after which it will start supplying more than a dozen KFC outlets in the Bay with renewable energy. It operates from Port Elizabeth’s technology and innovation hub and the custodian of the metro’s SmartCity ambitions, the…

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