The link between power security and water

JOHANNESBURG, SA, (NOVEMBER 25, 2021) – California is currently on the edge of its seat during wildfire season. The U.S. state’s vast forests, many clustered in its north, are notorious for their tinderbox conditions. High winds can pick up debris such as branches, hitting power lines and causing sparks that quickly grow into infernos.   Such incidents are undoubtedly bad for California’s energy reliability. But they are flashpoints in a much bigger problem. Fires not only destroy power infrastructure, but persistent droughts are causing significant water shortages in the area,…

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Making agility count in the power sector: Rand-Air’s rental equipment solutions ensure optimal productivity

Rand-Air, a recognised leader in the provision of portable air and power to the local market, has been supplying rental equipment to the South African power sector for over 20 years. Rand-Air is part of the Atlas Copco Specialty Rental division and an established provider of air, nitrogen, power, flow (pumps), steam boiler and lighting solutions.   Byrone Thorne, Sales and Marketing Manager at Rand-Air, explains: “We assist the power sector with rental equipment for their standby and prime power requirements, including the supply of compressors, generators, lighting towers and…

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THE HYDROGEN ECONOMY WILL SEE NO GROWTH IN SOUTH AFRICA WITHOUT ADEQUATE INVESTMENT INTO NEW SKILLS

  By Yershen Pillay, CEO, CHIETA   There is ongoing excitement in South Africa about the prospect of the Hydrogen Economy – we are one of just two African countries gearing up for it. The ability to turn chemical energy into electrical energy without emitting greenhouse gasses is certainly something to be celebrated and invested in. At the same time, with the global hydrogen market expected to record a value of US$184.10 billion in 2025, the economic opportunities open to the wider hydrogen value chain are a good news story…

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Building energy performance in the spotlight ahead of COP26: “Energy efficiency is a business and environmental imperative”

As the world prepares for the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) taking place in November, measures to minimise greenhouse gas emissions are in the spotlight. The South African National Energy Development Institute has placed emphasis on the decarbonisation of commercial buildings.   The built environment is responsible for approximately 40% of global carbon emissions – and the operation of these buildings contribute upwards of 28% of the world’s energy consumption. With climate change at the forefront of current international discussions, and considering South Africa’s large carbon footprint, it…

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Learners in rural areas to be taught about climate change and renewable energy

Learners from schools and wind farms in remote communities of the Western, Northern and Eastern Cape will be educated on renewable energy and climate change awareness by the South African Wind Energy Association’s (SAWEA’S) Educational EnergyDRIVE in partnership with the South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi). The campaign was established by Sawea in partnership with the Durban University of Technology as part of Sawea’s WindAc Africa Conference and will make its way to remote communities where learners often did not have access to information about renewable technologies. Sawea programmes…

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SA grants Turkey’s Karpowership licences for floating power generation

Nersa confirmed in a statement that it had approved a total of seven power generation licences for preferred bidders, including three for Karpowership. By Wendell Roelf, Reuters 22 Sep 2021  07:22 Image: Supplied South African energy regulator Nersa has granted Turkey’s Karpowership three licences to generate power on floating gas ships at ports, a company spokesperson said on Tuesday. The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) confirmed in a statement that it had approved a total of seven power generation licences for preferred bidders, including three for Karpowership. . Karpowership has faced…

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Hyundai Motor Group sets out vision for hydrogen energy

The Hyundai Motor Group has set out its vision for hydrogen energy and a global hydrogen society, and its plans to popularize hydrogen by 2040 through the introduction of new technologies and mobility solutions in transportation and other industrial sectors. At its Hydrogen Wave global online forum held this week, the Hyundai Motor Group (Group) unveiled unprecedented plans that will see the electrification of all new commercial vehicle models – featuring fuel cell electric or battery electric powertrains, as well as the application of fuel cell systems – by 2028.…

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Energy efficiency ‘service providers’: A simple solution to going green, without capital outlay

Many businesses and individuals are aware of the importance of reducing their energy consumption; doing so offers benefits for the environment and a decrease in one’s utility bill. However, one of the biggest barriers to wider adoption of energy efficient technology is the capital outlay required to purchase, install, and maintain these systems. This is according to Barry Bredenkamp, General Manager, Energy Efficiency & Corporate Communications at the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI). Bredenkamp reports that a possible solution lies in the procurement of energy efficiency as a…

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Manufacturing for renewables will create jobs, says Eskom’s De Ruyter

Eskom CEO André de Ruyter is discussing efforts to go greener at the state-owned power utility. Gallo Images Manufacturing renewable energy components are part of a bigger strategy to create some 300 000 jobs, Eskom CEO André de Ruyter said in an interview on radio station 702 on Friday, citing studies by a national business initiative. De Ruyter was discussing efforts to go greener at the state-owned power utility. Eskom generates most of South Africa’s electricity from coal. The utility, which reported a fourth straight annual loss earlier this week and…

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Autodesk acquisition delivers powerful urban design platform into South Africa

Autodesk announced the completion of its acquisition of Oslo, Norway-based Spacemaker on November 24, 2020, for $240 million net of cash. This represents Autodesk’s thirteenth investment in design and construction solutions providers in three years, including five acquisitions.   Spacemaker helps architects and urban designers maximise developers’ long-term property investments and realise the full potential of the site by enabling them to quickly generate, optimise and iterate on design options taking into consideration design criteria and data like terrain, maps, wind, lighting, traffic, zoning, etc. Further, supporting the effort to…

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