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Energy Efficiency News

Smart metering to drive energy efficiency

24th May 2024 The age-old practice of monthly meter readings is drawing to a close in the face of the modern world’s dynamic and fluctuating energy demands says utility metering management solutions provider Remote Metering Solutions (RMS) chief commercial officer Frikkie Malan. He explains that traditional... 

Daimler Truck Southern Africa launches electric heavy-duty truck range

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd May 2024 Original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Daimler Truck Southern Africa (DTSA) has launched a line of electric heavy-duty trucks, called eActros, as part of its Power Up electric mobility offering. The fully battery-electric truck range includes the Mercedes-Benz eActros 300, comprising 4 x 2 and 6... 

Daimler Truck Southern Africa's Mercedes-Benz eActros electric heavy commercial truck
Photo by Creamer Media's Marleny Arnoldi
Daimler Truck Southern Africa's Mercedes-Benz eActros electric heavy commercial truck

Not out of the woods yet, but there is visible progress – Eskom CEO

By: Irma Venter     21st May 2024 On day 55 of no loadshedding in South Africa, newly appointed Eskom boss Dan Marokane warns that the country is “not of out the woods yet, but we have visible progress towards where we want to be, and we should acknowledge that”. Speaking at Enlit Africa 2024 held in Cape Town on Tuesday – on day... 

Eskom CFO Calib Cassim and CEO Dan Marokane
Photo by Creamer Media
Eskom CFO Calib Cassim and CEO Dan Marokane

Boiler rebuild to be delivered to biomass power station

17th May 2024 Flow control solutions developer Valmet announced in April that it would deliver a major boiler rebuild to the Steven’s Croft biomass power station in Lockerbie, Scotland in the UK, which is operated by energy infrastructure operator E.ON. The order is included in Valmet’s orders received in the... 

The Steven’s Croft biomass power station in Lockerbie, Scotland in the UK
POWERFUL REVAMP The boiler build being undertaken by Valmet for the Steven’s Croft biomass power station will increase efficiencies and output

Michelin research shows how transporters can reduce total cost of ownership

By: Darren Parker     10th May 2024 Tyre manufacturer Michelin has launched its latest research focused on total cost of ownership, which is aimed at shifting the mindsets of South African transporters to run more efficient and sustainable fleets. The ‘2023 Decarbonising South Africa’s Transport Sector’ outlines that transport is... 

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Organisers expect record attendance at event

By: Halima Frost     10th May 2024 With ballooning foot traffic, demonstrated by an increase in attendance of 81% from 2022 to 2023, the organisers of this year’s Enlit Africa anticipate a “bumper event that will be attended by global dignitaries and industry leaders”. The Enlit Africa 2024 will be held at the Cape Town... 

A man standing on a podium at last years Enlit Africa Event
TAKING TO THE FUTURE This years Enlit Africa theme – Less Talk, More Action – aims to encourage attendees and speakers to move away from talk in favour of action and implementatio

Cooling company to highlight new concepts

By: Halima Frost     10th May 2024 After two successful webinars that unpacked the use of air-cooled condensers (ACC) for recoverable energy in power generation, thermal solutions specialist Industrial Water Cooling (IWC) aims to address future clients and investors at this year’s Enlit Africa 2024, which will be held at the Cape... 

An air-cooled condensers designed and manufactured by IWC
COOL AS A CUCUMBER According to thermal solutions specialist Industrial Water Coolin air-cooled condensers are the most efficient, green option for cooling

City of Joburg working on 'innovative measures’ to reduce power outages, promises Mayor Gwamanda 

By: Thabi Shomolekae     2nd May 2024 City of Johannesburg mayor Kabelo Gwamanda announced on Thursday that the City intends to add an additional 50 MW of power to its grid by bringing online the Durban Street Substation, in the next financial year. Gwamanda was presenting the State of the City Address in Johannesburg, where he said... 

Image of Kabelo Gwamanda
Johannesburg mayor Kabelo Gwamanda

Eskom says generation recovery plan gathering momentum 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th April 2024 During a State of the System address hosted on Friday, Eskom confirmed its generation recovery plan (GRP) is making tangible progress, with various coal-fired power station units having been refurbished, repaired or optimised. Launched in April 2023 following extensive stakeholder engagements,... 

Eskom chairperson Dr Mteto Nyati
Eskom executives discuss progress on the generation recovery plan and next steps

Eskom anticipates limited winter loadshedding amid generation improvements   

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th April 2024 Newly appointed Eskom group CEO Dan Marokane has provided assurances that loadshedding during the upcoming winter months will likely be contained at Stage 2, thanks to improvements in generation performance across the coal-fired power station fleet. As of April 26, Eskom has marked 30... 

Eskom group CEO Dan Marokane
Eskom group CEO Dan Marokane unpacks the loadshedding forecast for winter 2024

Electrical specialist says load curtailment in Ekurhuleni should be respected, or more outages may ensue

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th April 2024 With the City of Ekurhuleni having entered into a load curtailment agreement with national power utility Eskom, this mandatory energy reduction has been met with some protest by businesses, but electrical control equipment provider CBI-electric:low voltage engineering executive Dr Andrew Dickson... 

Defy launches solar-powered off-grid range 

24th April 2024 Amid the compounding effects of loadshedding in South Africa and increasing concerns about climate change, appliance manufacturer Defy has launched its Solar Off-Grid fridge and freezer range to address local energy challenges. Sabrina Jardim tells us more. 

Defy launches solar-powered off-grid range
Defy launches solar-powered off-grid range

Track busways more efficient than traditional systems

19th April 2024 Electrical and digital specialist Legrand avers that its track busway system is an efficient and flexible alternative to traditional power distribution systems that lack flexibility in adapting to changes. Legrand states that a reliable and flexible power distribution system is an essential... 

The above image depicts the Legrand track busways which provide localised power to machines, removing the need to run power cables and extension cords across the floor, preventing potential fire and tripping hazards
Photo by Legrand
HAZARD PREVENTION The plug-in units of the Legrand track busways provide localised power to machines, removing the need to run power cables and extension cords across the floor, preventing potential fire and tripping hazards

ABB becomes minority investor in GridBeyond

By: Darren Parker     16th April 2024 Technology company ABB has joined investors EDP, ESB, TotalEnergies, Act and DublinBIC in becoming an investor in energy management solutions company GridBeyond, which uses artificial intelligence (AI) and data science to enable customers to improve distributed energy resources and industrial... 

ABB engineer working on ABB drives and motors

Electricity outlook for winter  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th April 2024 Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the halt in loadshedding over recent weeks; what South Africans should expect for the higher-demand winter period; and the longer-term outlook for South Africa's electricity sector. 

Electricity outlook for winter
Electricity outlook for winter

Schneider launches entry-level circuit breakers for basic applications

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th April 2024 Energy management and automation group Schneider Electric has launched two new entry-level market products – the GoPact Moulded Case Circuit Breaker (MCCB) and the Manual Transfer Switch (MTS). The products have been designed with the basic entry level of the market in mind that require... 

Schneider Electric's new GoPact Moulded Case Circuit Breaker
Photo by Creamer Media's Marleny Arnoldi
Schneider Electric's new GoPact Moulded Case Circuit Breaker

IRP 2023 comment deadline fast approaching  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th March 2024 Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the fast-approaching deadline for public comment on the draft Integrated Resource Plan of 2023 and stakeholders' likely reaction. 

IRP 2023 comment deadline fast approaching
IRP 2023 comment deadline fast approaching

Defy launches solar-powered off-grid fridge, freezer range

By: Sabrina Jardim     19th March 2024 Amid the compounding effects of loadshedding in South Africa and increasing concerns about climate change, appliance manufacturer Defy Appliances has launched its Solar Off-Grid fridge and freezer range to address local energy challenges and provide reliable ‘always-on’ refrigeration to ensure... 

An image depicting the Solar Off-Grid range

Greater energy efficiency demand in growing food, bev industry

By: Tracy Hancock     15th March 2024 Demand for drive solutions specialist SEW-EURODRIVE’s energy efficient product offering is currently strong and increasing steadily with end-users in the growing food and beverage industry and the original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that supply them, says SEW-EURODRIVE Cape Town branch... 

Fish on production line
PRODUCING TARGETS SEW-EURODRIVE has assisted with meeting capacity requirements to achieve production targets at a local fish processing facility through the correct gearbox selection and specification

Tharisa launches its Redox One energy storage business

By: Sabrina Jardim     12th March 2024 Integrated resource group Tharisa has launched its Redox One business, which develops long-term energy storage solutions that incorporate the raw materials produced by Tharisa. The company says its solutions use proprietary proven technology developed over decades, including by the National... 

Redox One CEO THOMAS GEBAUER
Redox One CEO THOMAS GEBAUER

Hitachi Energy, BluVein accelerate the electrification of heavy haul mining fleets through MoU

By: Sabrina Jardim     5th March 2024 Global technology group Hitachi Energy and BluVein – an innovator in dynamic charging technology – have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to accelerate the electrification of heavy haul mining fleets. Hitachi Energy's advanced power electronics and digital charging technologies allow... 

An image depicting the BluVeinXL – Surface Mining Electrification Technology

Air Liquide subsidiary chooses local BBBEE partner

By: Sabrina Jardim     1st March 2024 Air Liquide Large Industries South Africa (ALLISA) has appointed investment holding company Community Investment Holdings (CIH) as its local broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) partner, in line with its social transformation ambition. CIH now holds a 25% shareholding in ALLISA - a... 

BCG highlights challenges, opportunities amid energy transition

By: Sabrina Jardim     28th February 2024 Amid the global transition to cleaner energy sources, African countries face various challenges and opportunities pertaining to the adoption of renewable energy. Consulting firm Boston Consulting Group (BCG) partner Rudi van Blerk noted during an online discussion on February 27 that many African... 

Lighting system advances energy efficiency

By: Lynne Davies     23rd February 2024 Luminaire manufacturer BEKA Schréder’s wireless control system Schréder ITERRA offers a wireless control solution for lighting applications, providing a “robust, cost-effective and futureproof platform” for customers to manage their infrastructure to adapt the lighting while maximising energy... 

The above image depicts a facility, which comprises a lighting solution that enables managers to dim the luminaires as needed
EXTENDING THE LIFE SPAN Dimming of the luminaires when and where needed will result in energy saving, as well as increase the lifespan of the luminaire and its components, providing a better return on investment

HotBot geyser devices deliver energy savings, lower power surges to grid

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th February 2024 Since launching its HotBot devices for smart geyser management in 2020, energy solutions developer Plentify has recorded considerable energy savings across its user base, as well as lower demand surges to the grid following loadshedding. Fifteen years since State-owned power utility Eskom started... 

Plentify HotBot geyser management device
Plentify HotBot geyser management device

Energy Council of South Africa joins World Energy Council

By: Schalk Burger     19th February 2024 The Energy Council of South Africa has become a member of the United Nations-affiliated global body the World Energy Council (WEC), which will serve to strengthen the standing of the Energy Council of South Africa and provide access to a range of international resources and global networks, as... 

Red Energy launches SigenStor in South Africa

By: Sabrina Jardim     16th February 2024 Commercial solar energy specialist Red Energy has launched SigenStor – an artificial intelligence (AI) optimised five-in-one energy storage system – in South Africa. Red Energy has been chosen as one of the few approved installers for SigenStor, highlighting the company's commitment to providing... 

Event aims to catalyse change, progress in next decade

By: Simone Liedtke     16th February 2024 With a focus on long-term sustainable development and innovation, African energy sector-focused event Africa Energy Indaba (AEI) aims to catalyse change and progress over the next decade. The 2024 iteration of this event will be a “prime example” of this ongoing event’s relevance to the industry,... 

LATEST ITERATION
The 2024 iteration of the Africa Energy Indaba reflects a comprehensive strategy designed to address both immediate and future energy challenges
LATEST ITERATION The 2024 iteration of the Africa Energy Indaba reflects a comprehensive strategy designed to address both immediate and future energy challenges

South Africa’s inaugural Grid Emission Measure highlights coal dependence

By: Bloomberg     14th February 2024 South Africa produced its inaugural official gauge of the carbon intensity of its electricity production, confirming its status as one of the world’s top producers per capita of greenhouse gases. The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and he Environment this month said that the country’s domestic... 

Komati Power Station

Zero Carbon Charge signs R1bn deal to bring EV superchargers to South Africa

By: Sabrina Jardim     7th February 2024 Renewable energy-powered electric vehicle (EV) charging station company Zero Carbon Charge has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Chinese energy storage systems manufacturer Shanghai Magic Power Tech Co, also known as Magic Power, and its local partner Greencore Energy Solutions, to... 

An image depicting Zero Carbon Charge and Magic Power signing the MOU

Reducing corrosion in waste heat boilers

2nd February 2024 The corrosion of waste heat boilers (WHBs) – which are crucial in the recovery and use of heat generated as a by-product by non-ferrous pyrometallurgical plants globally – has a detrimental impact on asset life and overall performance, according to international surface protection solutions... 

Eskom to roll-out ‘load limiting’ to more Gauteng areas following Fourways pilot

By: Terence Creamer     1st February 2024 Eskom is aiming to expand the coverage of its so-called ‘load limiting project’ – where households equipped with smart meters continue to receive limited power supply during periods of Stage 1 to 4 loadshedding –  to more Gauteng suburbs, following a pilot project in the Fourways area. The... 

A person lighting a candle

Firm hails efficiency plan’s stance on electric motors

26th January 2024 Plan to apply the Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) for low-voltage electric motors in South Africa have been hailed by solutions provider WEG Africa as an exciting step toward energy efficiency and a lower carbon future for the industry. The Department of Trade, Industry and... 

Energy efficient solutions for loadshedding

26th January 2024 South Africa’s electricity problems have left the country without power for many hours a day, causing grave difficulties for businesses and households, notes power generation and electromechanical power transmission product supplier Vert Energy. “The inability of the country’s primary electricity... 

Clarens becomes the first South African town to introduce load curtailment

By: Sabrina Jardim     24th January 2024 Clarens, in the Free State, has become the first town in South Africa where residents are now equipped to manage their own electricity load through load curtailment. The town is already gearing up for smart city initiatives with smart metering and electrical vehicle charging stations already... 

Electricity Regulation Amendment Bill essential to resolving energy crisis

19th January 2024 The Electricity Regulation Amendment Bill will accelerate South Africa’s shift towards a decentralised, modern, and low-carbon energy system, says industry association Energy Council of South Africa CEO James Mackay. This shift will enable vital reforms that will help end loadshedding as well as... 

AN image of Energy Council of South Africa CEO James Mackay
Photo by Darren Parker
JAMES MACKAY The Electricity Regulation Amendment Bill will enable significantly increased levels of investment, job creation and economic growth

Proposed new IRP met with some skepticism  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th January 2024 Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the background to the publication for public comment of the latest Integrated Resource Plan (IRP); the main changes in the IRP 2023, compared with the IRP 2019; the initial reaction to the new IRP; and the public commentary process. 

Photo of Terence Creamer
Proposed new IRP met with some skepticism
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