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Energy Efficiency and Management

Milestone for net-zero carbon emission buildings

10th November 2023 Having successfully achieved a Net-Zero Carbon Level 2 measured certification from the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) for its existing properties in Gauteng, real estate investment trust (REIT) Redefine Properties notes that the milestone marks the first time in South Africa that... 

New spray increases energy efficiency

10th November 2023 Sustainability has propelled the creation of new technologies, with the economical use of energy resources becoming an important objective within metalworking companies, says fluid technology solutions specialist technotrans business development manager Hary Kosciesza. Consequently, technotrans... 

The above image depicts the high-frequency pulsating valves, that operate without compressed air, and produce a precise, mist-free oil application, removing the need for an extraction system
EASE OF APPLICATION As a result of the high-frequency pulsating valves, the technotrans solutions operate without compressed air, and produce a precise, mist-free oil application, removing the need for an extraction system

Reducing grid reliance to reduce costs

10th November 2023 With loadshedding impacting productivity and income generation, and increasing safety and security risks, investing in solar photovoltaic (PV) has become more common. Consequently, getting a thorough electrical usage and needs analysis done to determine the best system design is a need that... 

The above image depicts a solar photovoltaic array
Photo by One Energy Group
COORDINATED COST REDUCTION Combined with sophisticated hybrid inverters, the use of self-generated energy can be increased by drawing power from both the grid and battery storage, decreasing grid reliance

Thermal solutions increase efficiency

By: Lynne Davies     10th November 2023 An integrated site energy management plan is strongly advised amid South Africa’s power constraints, as it demonstrates opportunities – such as integrating electrical and thermal systems – to increase overall energy efficiency, says steam and boiler operations and maintenance service provider... 

 The above image depicts a reverse osmosis water treatment plant for boiler water pore treatment
Photo by Associated Energy Services
PRESERVATION OF RESOURCES The preservation of resources of production and reducing their use can be achieved through efficient processes and operations, or systems integration, resulting in lower production costs

CoCT on track to become African energy diversification beacon

By: Tracy Hancock     11th November 2022 The City of Cape Town (CoCT) is working on diversifying its energy resources to significantly reduce its reliance on struggling State-owned power utility Eskom in the next two years and, thereby, the impact of loadshedding on its customers. The municipality intends to end loadshedding for... 

INVITING INCENTIVE 
In July, the City of Cape Town expanded its small-scale embedded generation programme to permit commercial customers to sell more electricity than they use
INVITING INCENTIVE In July, the City of Cape Town expanded its small-scale embedded generation programme to permit commercial customers to sell more electricity than they use

Efficient management of constrained energy supply vital

By: Tracy Hancock     11th November 2022 It is important that local municipalities manage South Africa’s available power supply as efficiently as possible by adopting smart-grid enabling products, as the country continues to battle electricity generation constraints, especially with President Cyril Ramaphosa having stated that... 

MUNICIPAL INTEREST
Schneider Electric expects to start a pilot project by the end of the year in collaboration with a Western Cape municipality, where the RM AirSeT switchgear will be installed at one of its substations as proof of concept
MUNICIPAL INTEREST Schneider Electric expects to start a pilot project by the end of the year in collaboration with a Western Cape municipality, where the RM AirSeT switchgear will be installed at one of its substations as proof of concept

Climate change major energy efficiency driver

By: Tracy Hancock     11th November 2022 While the implementation of energy efficiency measures reduces demand on South Africa’s fragile power system, the climate change agenda continues to significantly influence corporate South Africa’s efforts in this respect, says renewable-energy solutions company Solareff – a member of nonprofit... 

A MORE EFFICIENT APPROACH 
Companies must consider energy efficiency and embedded generation together when calculating their energy requirements
A MORE EFFICIENT APPROACH Companies must consider energy efficiency and embedded generation together when calculating their energy requirements

Efficient trucks added to fleet

By: Halima Frost     13th May 2022 Heavy lifting and rigging specialist Lovemore Bros added four new trucks from global truck manufacturer Volvo to its heavy lifting and materials handling fleet. Lovemore Bros heavy rigging manager Shane Hawyes says the benefit of the acquisition is threefold. 

A condenser lift using a hydraulic gantry at a heavy lift job in South Africa
CONDENSED POWER A condenser lift supplied by Lovemore Bros using its hydraulic gantry

Project launched to fast-track energy, water transition

By: Halima Frost     13th May 2022 The South African Industry Adaption (SAIA) project was launched last month to accelerate South African industry’s energy and water transition to a decarbonised, green and inclusive economy, as well as a vibrant job market. SAIA is a collaboration between the governments of South Africa and... 

A photo of Lee-Hendor Ruiters speaking at teh launch of the The South African Industry Adaption (SAIA) project which was launched last month to accelerate South African industry’s energy and water transition a collaboration between the governments of South Africa and Flanders, in Belgium, and the United Nations Industrial Development Corporation
LEE-HENDOR RUITERSThe South African Industry Adaption (SAIA) project was launched last month to accelerate South African industry’s energy and water transition

Tracker technology increases PV efficacy

By: Halima Frost     13th May 2022 The Genius Tracker from solar energy equipment supplier GameChange Solar can increase a solar photovoltaic (PV) installation’s harnessing efficacy by up to 25% as opposed to a static tracking system. The single axis tracker can be installed on slopes of about 7%, “but it could be designed to... 

A long row of solar panels of specially designed Genius trackers supplied by Gamechange solar at an installation in South Africa
TOP TRACKER The Genius Tracker offered by GamChange solar increases harnessing efficiency on a solar panel by about 25%

Two installations prove company’s mettle

By: Halima Frost     13th May 2022 Industrial boiler manufacturer Steam Generation has successfully completed two projects in Africa that highlight its ability to improve energy efficiency and management for clients. “We commissioned a steam generation plant for a notable brewery in Accra, Ghana, in January, which entailed... 

A large 3 000 kg/h burner installed at local food, home and personal care product producer, in Isando,
BIG BURNER Steam Generation has installed two burners for a client based in Isando

Risk reduction and decision support for financial investments in solar PV projects

13th May 2022 The CSIR Energy Centre commissioned a quality and reliability laboratory for testing solar photovoltaic (PV) module reliability in accelerated timeframes to support local manufacturers, project developers, system owners, and lenders in the PV value chain. The lab features accelerated stress test... 

CSIR Photo

Battery installation bolsters solar plant efficacy

By: Halima Frost     13th May 2022 Renewable-energy turnkey provider African Clean Energy Solutions (ACES) Renewables is installing two 540 kWh hybrid lithium-ion batteries at a business park near the Eastgate shopping centre, in Gauteng, to ensure energy efficiency amid load-shedding disruptions. The project, which includes the... 

A large array of solar panels on the top of an office building
TOP-UP The solar PV installation on top of a building finished by ACES Renewables last year will be complimented by a Battery storage system

Amendments demand stringent compliance

By: Claire O'Reilly     5th November 2021 With the new amendments to the Carbon Tax Act earmarked to pave the way for developing a national standard to approve offset carbon positive projects and administer these projects on a national database, Economic Development Solutions (EDS) head of business development Eckart Zollner says... 

Picture of interviewee Eckart Zollner who is the Economic Development Solutions (EDS) head of business development
ECKART ZOLLNER Economic Development Solutions head of business development

Mobile e-air compressor suitable for niche markets

By: Claire O'Reilly     5th November 2021 Given global demand for carbon-neutral products, industrial equipment manufacturer Atlas Copco Industrial Southern Africa is increasing its range of electric equipment, such as its mobile e-air compressor, says business line manager David Stanford. 

Picture of an mobile electrical air compressor designed by Atlas Copco called the e-air compressor
ATLAS COPCO E-AIR COMPRESSOR The e-air range delivers compressed air with a flow of 3 m3/min to 37 m3/min, with its running costs reduced by up to 50% when compared with diesel alternatives

Energy consumption reduced with new pumps

5th November 2021 The installation of pumps manufacturer and supplier Grundfos pumps and related equipment as part of an international beer brewer’s expansion in Gauteng highlights a common commitment to water and energy efficiency. 

Picture if a dosing skid in a breweries water recovery plant
BEER MADE SUSTAINABLY Grundfos dosing skids installed at a brewery water recovery plant

Energy efficient products offered to various industries

7th May 2021 Specialised importer and distributor of industrial and electronic products Actum Group offer a range of energy efficient products to a variety of industries with numerous applications. 

Portfolio ensures better efficiency

By: Anna Moross     7th May 2021 Electric variable-speed drives and motors supplier ABB Motion in January released their ACS880LC liquid cooled drives portfolio that can improve overall system efficiency by reducing auxiliary power consumption by up to 10%. 

LIQUID COOLED DRIVES
This portfolio of liquid cooled drives technology includes a reduced footprint of up to 30%
LIQUID COOLED DRIVES This portfolio of liquid cooled drives technology includes a reduced footprint of up to 30%

Digitalisation key to energy efficiency

By: Anna Moross     7th May 2021 Digitalisation is key to addressing the challenges faced in trying to implement energy efficiency initiatives for wastewater treatment plants and buildings, says South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) data and knowledge management programme project manager Teslim Mohammed... 

WASTEWATER EFFICINECY 
SANEDI in collaboration with DMRE are working on making wastewater treatment plants more efficient
WASTEWATER EFFICINECY SANEDI in collaboration with DMRE are working on making wastewater treatment plants more efficient

Project focuses on guidelines for SMEs

By: Anna Moross     7th May 2021 With the second phase of the Industrial Energy Efficiency (IEE) project ending in December this year, National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) IEE project leader Sashay Ramdharee says that, for the remainder of the year, the project will focus on developing sector-specific energy... 

SASHAY RAMDHAREE
The focus of the IEE project will be on providing these guidelines for SMEs in the commercial buildings, automotive, metal casting and agricultural processing industries
SASHAY RAMDHAREE The focus of the IEE project will be on providing these guidelines for SMEs in the commercial buildings, automotive, metal casting and agricultural processing industries

New unit designed for efficiency

7th May 2021 Industrial products provider, BMG’s new NORD DuoDrive unit, an integrated geared unit that combines the recently launched NORD IE5+ synchronous motor and a single-stage helical gear unit in one compact housing, has been designed for optimum system efficiency.  

NORD DUODRIVE
BMG’s new NORD DuoDrive unit - an integrated geared unit that combines the recently launched NORD IE5+ synchronous motor and a single-stage helical gear unit in one compact housing - has been designed for optimum system efficiency.
NORD DUODRIVE BMG’s new NORD DuoDrive unit - an integrated geared unit that combines the recently launched NORD IE5+ synchronous motor and a single-stage helical gear unit in one compact housing - has been designed for optimum system efficiency.

Energy efficiency digital platform launched

By: Anna Moross     7th May 2021 Leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, Schneider Electric, launched its energy efficient EcoStruxure Automation Expert, its software-centric universal automation system, at the Hannover Messe 2021, which was held online last month. 

ECOSTUXTURE AUTOMATION EXPERT 
The Ecostuxture Automation Expert is the engine that drives the digital transformation of energy management and automation, and enables the all-digital, all-electric world powered by sustainable, clean and plentiful electricity
ECOSTUXTURE AUTOMATION EXPERT The Ecostuxture Automation Expert is the engine that drives the digital transformation of energy management and automation, and enables the all-digital, all-electric world powered by sustainable, clean and plentiful electricity

Uniconfort

7th May 2021 Uniconfort manufactures and installs Biomass Plants up to 30 MWth and Cogeneration Systems up to 5 MWe.  Our Mission is to give Value to Biomass and Waste from wood, industrial and agricultural processes, converting all into Clean Energy. The Biomass Boilers produce steam, hot water, superheated... 

Uniconfort

Company introduces new super premium efficiency motors 

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th May 2021 Brazilian motor and controls manufacturer WEG’s South African subsidiary Zest WEG has introduced its new WEG IE4-rated super-premium efficiency motor to the South African market. The motor, available in the size range between 37 kW and 355 kW, is being phased into the company’s WEG W22 range from... 

Company introduces new super premium efficiency motors
Zest WEG electric motors manager Fanie Steyn demonstrates the energy efficiency of the new IE4 super-premium efficiency motor on a demonstration trailer

Cooling equipment to increase energy efficiency of data centres

By: Cameron Mackay     6th November 2020 There is a significant push to provide energy efficient technologies for data centre applications to reduce their carbon footprint and reduce energy costs. Consequently, data centres can save significantly in terms of energy and associated costs by ensuring their cooling solutions are designed... 

RORY REID
MPT are well-known for our critical power solutions, but need to grow the market awareness of our ideal HVAC applications in the data centre arena
RORY REID MPT are well-known for our critical power solutions, but need to grow the market awareness of our ideal HVAC applications in the data centre arena

Company releases efficient lighting range

6th November 2020 Lighting technology manufacturer BEKA Schréder last month announced the launch of the ECOBAY, a light-emitting-diode (LED) lighting range with a high return on investment. According to BEKA Schréder, ECOBAY is the ideal luminaire for lighting industrial facilities at optimised light levels, and... 

LIGHTING THE WAY
ECOBAY has a long lifetime and requires low maintenance, as lamps do not need to be replaced for more than 10 years
LIGHTING THE WAY ECOBAY has a long lifetime and requires low maintenance, as lamps do not need to be replaced for more than 10 years

Noticeable growth in smart home market

By: Cameron Mackay     6th November 2020 There has been noteworthy growth in the local smart home and building automation market in the past three years, owing to the growing demand for energy efficiency, says automation solutions provider ElectroMechanica (EM) product manager Ryan Whitelaw. EM has focused on expanding its product... 

AUTOMATION AT HOME
Coviva is a wireless, smart home control and retrofit technology system that can be used to retrofit older buildings with smart automation solutions
AUTOMATION AT HOME Coviva is a wireless, smart home control and retrofit technology system that can be used to retrofit older buildings with smart automation solutions

Flowmeters can reduce wasted energy

By: Cameron Mackay     6th November 2020 Specialised importer and distributor of industrial and electronic products Actum Group offers a range of energy efficient products to service a variety of industrial and electric applications. “In our energy efficiency range, we have world-leading brands that can help customers run not only a... 

Pandemic prompts local focus on energy efficiency

By: Cameron Mackay     6th November 2020 Owing to Covid-19, the South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi) has witnessed an increase in the number of new applications from companies for the Section 12L Energy Efficiency tax incentive. “With companies aiming to be competitive under the pandemic and remain in business,... 

BARRY BREDENKAMP
The economic benefits of energy efficiency are indisputable and will assist companies that are re-starting their operations
BARRY BREDENKAMP The economic benefits of energy efficiency are indisputable and will assist companies that are re-starting their operations

New label can improve consumer education

By: Tracy Hancock     8th May 2020 The next challenge for the South African domestic appliance industry is the migration to a new energy efficiency label under the Appliance Energy Efficiency Standards and Labelling (S&L) programme to improve consumer education. The label will simplify energy classes and provide explanations of... 

ON PAR The energy efficiency of domestic appliances in South Africa is generally of a high standard
ON PAR The energy efficiency of domestic appliances in South Africa is generally of a high standard

Local energy not managed efficiently

By: Tracy Hancock     8th May 2020 South Africa is not using its world-class renewable energy resources to drive energy efficiency, says independent conservation organisation World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa (WWF-SA) urban futures project manager Louise Scholtz. “If we were, South Africa’s Integrated Resources Plan 2019... 

TRANSFORMATIVE DEVELOPMENTS
The decreasing cost of renewable-energy technologies, such as rooftop solar photovoltaic, are one of the developments transforming South Africa’s energy market
TRANSFORMATIVE DEVELOPMENTS The decreasing cost of renewable-energy technologies, such as rooftop solar photovoltaic, are one of the developments transforming South Africa’s energy market

Solutions, new tech punted for energy use

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th May 2020 There is an increasing need to think outside of the box when it comes to South Africa’s energy approach, not only in the energy mix, but in how it is managed and used, says Zest WEG newly appointed group CEO Juliano Vargas. Zest WEG, the South African subsidiary of Brazilian motor and controls... 

South Africa has duty to address SADC energy efficiency

By: Tracy Hancock     8th May 2020 South Africa has a duty to make the energy efficiency knowledge accrued through the Industrial Energy Efficiency Project (IEEP) more accessible to the rest of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region to help drive its economic development through globally competitive... 

ENERGY HEAVY
South Africa’s industry consumes more than half of the energy used by the industrial sectors in all the remaining SADC States
ENERGY HEAVY South Africa’s industry consumes more than half of the energy used by the industrial sectors in all the remaining SADC States

Demand increasing for compressed-air audits

By: Cameron Mackay     8th November 2019 Owing to the struggling South African economy, as well as the general need for companies to reduce energy costs in operational processes, the demand for compressed-air auditing has increased over the past two years, says compressed-air products suppliers Artic Driers CEO Allen Cockfield. A... 

SAVINGS IN THE AIR


Artic Driers can rebuild many old air dryers sold by certain manufacturers. This will make them more energy efficient and generally cost-effective
SAVINGS IN THE AIR Artic Driers can rebuild many old air dryers sold by certain manufacturers. This will make them more energy efficient and generally cost-effective

Manufacturer targets product releases, skills development

By: Cameron Mackay     8th November 2019 Solar energy equipment supplier Microcare plans to share its local story of innovation, job creation and skills development next year during its thirtieth year of manufacturing in South Africa and aims to celebrate with product releases and support for even higher standards of solar equipment... 

OFF THE GRID

Microcare plans to share its local story of innovation, job creation and skills development next year during its 30th year of manufacturing in South Africa
OFF THE GRID Microcare plans to share its local story of innovation, job creation and skills development next year during its 30th year of manufacturing in South Africa

Focus on implementing energy efficiency project by 2021

By: Cameron Mackay     8th November 2019 The National Cleaner Production Centre (NCPC-SA) is looking to escalate the implementation of energy management in South African industry to allow companies to benefit from the support of the Industrial Energy Efficiency (IEE) Project before the project ends in 2020/21. The IEE Project is... 

ENSURING ENERGY EFFICIENCY 

Companies participating in the IEE Project have achieved energy savings of 4 286 GWh since 2010, and GHG mitigation of 3.9-million tonnes of CO2 equivalent
ENSURING ENERGY EFFICIENCY Companies participating in the IEE Project have achieved energy savings of 4 286 GWh since 2010, and GHG mitigation of 3.9-million tonnes of CO2 equivalent

Industry not fully maximising benefits presented by ISO 50001

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     10th May 2019 South African industries have not yet fully maximised the enormous benefits that the ISO 50001 standard presents for them, says National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) project manager Ngoanathari Maja. ISO 50001 provides a framework for managing energy performance and... 

CURBING EMISSIONS
ISO 50001 helps companies reduce their environmental impact to meet emissions reduction targets
Photo by Getty Images
CURBING EMISSIONS ISO 50001 helps companies reduce their environmental impact to meet emissions reduction targets

Company is driving acceptance of central plant optimisation

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     10th May 2019 Central plant optimisation (CPO) is at this point relatively new to the South African market and not widely accepted, but multinational diversified technology and industrial leader Johnson Controls, together with its specialisation partner multidiscipline solutions provider ITD Group, is driving... 

CHILLER SYSTEM 
Central plant optimisation software can constantly and consistently maximise the efficiency and performance of an entire central chilled water plant
Photo by Bloomberg
CHILLER SYSTEM Central plant optimisation software can constantly and consistently maximise the efficiency and performance of an entire central chilled water plant
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