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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South Africa faces a tough road to net-zero emissionsby 2050, but there are opportunities on the way

The International Energy Agency (IEA) – of which South Africa is an association country – recently released a report detailing a way forward for countries looking to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 and thus give the world an even chance of limiting the global temperature rise to 1.5°C. However, the recommended path to net-zero would be a tough one for South Africa to follow, considering our heavy reliance on coal. As the world prepares for the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) taking place in Glasgow, Scotland in November…

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Entrepreneur taps into African spirituality to discover the extra benefits of the impepho indigenous plant

African spirituality is incomplete without impepho, an indigenous African plant that, once dried, is burnt to communicate with one’s ancestors. It is used to cleanse, steam, heal, drink for powerful health benefits, and as an offering when praying. First published in the Daily Maverick 168 weekly newspaper. Gogo Majola (25) has turned her curiosity on how to use impepho differently – without burning it – into an entrepreneurship avenue and a spirituality learning curve for everyone, but especially for millennials. In many ways, the younger generation is less informed about African spirituality…

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Deregulation and Technology Will Fulfil South Africa’s Power Needs

By Caspar Herzberg, President, Middle East and Africa, Schneider Electric South Africa has long dominated Africa’s growth charts. And I believe that South Africa has the potential to be the fastest growing economy on the continent again. There’s one issue that we must address, and that’s the issue of electricity. Simply put, South Africa must fix its power shortages and bring the load shedding to zero. To do this, we must talk about deregulation and technology.   I had the pleasure of speaking about this issue recently on a session…

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Industry fears that South Africa’s Carbon Tax Act lacks teeth

Opinion piece: By Eckart Zollner, Head of Business Development at EDS South Africa is already experiencing the adverse effects of climate change and faces multiple challenges in relation to this phenomenon over the next decade. Since 1990, South Africa’s average temperature has increased at a rate of more than double that of global increases, already resulting in more frequent droughts and extreme weather events.   Alarmingly, the country has seen a seven-fold increase in its fossil-fuel CO2 emission levels since 1950, with 80-90% of these emissions resulting from the burning…

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A massive windfarm in South Africa is ready for business – creating energy for nearly 500,000 homes

Renewable power generation company, Lekela, has announced that its 140MW Kangnas wind farm in South Africa has successfully reached commercial operations. This marks the completion of all five wind farms in a Lekela-led consortium across South Africa. Together, these total over 600MW and will provide clean, cost-effective power for up to 485,000 South African homes over the next 20 years. The Kangnas wind farm is situated just over 50km east of the town of Springbok in the Nama Khoi Local Municipality of the Northern Cape. Construction for the project began…

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Ford’s Silverton Factory In South Africa Is Getting A Massive 13.5 MW Of Solar PV

The Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa’s factory in Silverton, Pretoria, South Africa is getting a massive 13. 5 megawatt (MW) solar system. This will make it one of the largest solar PV systems installed at a factory worldwide. The system will have solar carports enough to cover 4,200 parking bays. The PV plant will cost R135 million (US$8.7 million). This means the grid-tied project will come in at about $0.64/W, which is pretty impressive for a carport system. The Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa wants to have the factory fully self-sufficient…

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