South Africa needs R178bn to help transition from coal, study says

South Africa needs a climate finance transaction of $11 billion (R178 billion) to help the country transition from coal to renewable energy and to soften the blow for communities dependent on the mining and use of the fossil fuel, a University of Cape Town study said. South Africa, through state utility Eskom Holdings, is almost entirely dependent on coal for electricity. The country produces the same quantity of greenhouse gases as the UK, which has an economy eight times larger. “The study envisions a climate finance transaction of $11 billion…

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South Africa’s cities to switch to solar as Eskom monopoly ends

South Africa’s cities to switch to solar as Eskom monopoly ends  In addition to improving security of supply, the move will allow the cities to boost their fight against climate change by using power that doesn’t result in the emission of greenhouse gases. Still, it will slash revenue for Eskom, which is struggling to service a $30 billion debt bill. “Internationally many cities are at the forefront of dealing with climate-change disasters and so have adopted proactive climate-change responses,” Lauren Hermanus, director of Adapt, a South African company that provides…

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Renewable energy and agricultural processing project boost employment in oil conflict-ridden Niger Delta region of Southern Nigeria

  The Niger Delta, an area with a chequered past of exploitation, is set to benefit from a renewable energy plant and an agriculture processing project providing electricity, jobs and economic empowerment Asanita Agricultural Processing Company has secured funding to build a renewable energy power plant and a cassava processing to ethanol plant in Southern Nigeria. The project located on a 40-hectare estate in Edo State in the Niger Delta region, will produce 50,000 litres per day of ethanol and deliver electricity for up to 300 homes. By creating hundreds…

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A successful sustainability model: Air Products SA’s state-of-the-art dissolved acetylene facility

  Air Products South Africa unveiled a dissolved acetylene (DA) facility in Midvaal two years ago with two clear objectives: to centralise the manufacturing of acetylene at a single dedicated high volume production facility, but more importantly to design it in such a way that it was aligned to the latest global trends in process technology, health, safety and environmental management. Guided by Air Products’ global engineering standards as well as years of management and operational experience, the in-house Air Products project team designed and constructed the facility to incorporate…

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SA’s Perdekraal East Wind Farm celebrates commercial operations

  The 110MW Perdekraal East Wind Farm, outside of the Western Cape province in South Africa, commenced commercial operations on 8 October 2020. This large-utility scale wind farm is set to make an impact on South Africa’s national grid, whilst continuing to grow the social resilience of the surrounding Witzenberg communities, noted a company statement. In line with the renewable energy sector trend, which is working to meet the department of energy’s local content requirements, the wind farm achieved very high local content levels, exceeding 48%. This includes both locally…

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Steam generators arrive at Koeberg power plant

The first of Koeberg’s nuclear power station’s long-awaited six new replacement steam generators have arrived. The generators arrived at the plant on Tuesday. “This is a culmination of exceptional teamwork and collaboration, heralding a key milestone for Africa’s only nuclear power station. The steam generators weigh approximately 380 tons each and are about 20 metres long. The first three will be installed into Unit 1 between February and June 2021,” said Eskom. They were being transported by road from Cape Town Harbour over a period of eight hours per steam…

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KANGNAS WIND FARM ENERGISES ITS MAIN TRANSFORMER

  The 140MW Kangnas Wind Farm, on the outskirts of Springbok, celebrated the successful energisation of its main transformer this week. The 250MVA transformer is locally manufactured and arrived in the Northern Cape via road from Gauteng last week. Housed at the Groeipunt Transmission substation, the transformer receives generated power from the wind farm via a distribution network, where it is responsible to step the voltage up from 132kV to 220kV. “We are grateful to the 97-strong construction crew, which comprises both the wind farm and Groeipunt team, who diligently…

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Circular economy: moving Africa towards environmental sustainability

  A circular economy can support Africa’s economic development, enhance sustainability and help curb future health problems. But it requires collaboration between government, business and consumers. First published by ISS Today. For Africa, the impact of Covid-19 has made thinking about the future more important than ever. Recent analysis by the African Futures and Innovation team at the Institute for Security Studies forecasts that the pandemic is set to undo several years of development progress on the continent. At the same time, Covid-19 has raised questions about how prepared we are for future…

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Why wind and solar would offer the DRC and South Africa better energy deals than Inga 3

  Seven years ago the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) proposed the Inga 3 – a 4.8GW hydropower project on the Congo River – with great fanfare. Third in a series of dams that would form the Grand Inga complex on the Congo river, the project was touted as a solution to southern Africa’s energy deficit woes and a way for the DRC to participate in regional economic development. Seven years later, development of Inga 3 has yet to begin. The project continues to be stymied by conflicts. For example, earlier…

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World Added More Solar, Wind Than Anything Else Last Year

    For the first time ever, solar and wind made up the majority of the world’s new power generation — marking a seismic shift in how nations get their electricity. Solar additions last year totaled 119 gigawatts, representing 45% of all new capacity, according to a report Tuesday by BloombergNEF. Together, solar and wind accounted for more than two-thirds of the additions. That’s up from less than a quarter in 2010. The surge comes as countries move to slash carbon emissions and as technology costs fall. “That is a big deal,” said…

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