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Energy Transition

Company leverages offering, expertise to ‘redefine’ S Africa’s energy industry

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd March 2024 As South Africa’s energy sector continues to grapple with climate change and an increasing demand for electricity, electromechanical equipment manufacturer ACTOM is making significant strides in redefining the industry through its production of transformers, high-voltage equipment, switchgear and... 

Sustainable energy transition on track for mining industry

22nd March 2024 The energy transition and the global move towards net zero by 2050 require coordinated action by mining companies, governments, unions and communities to ensure just transitions for coal mines and communities, according to a recent press release authored by Webber Wentzel partners Bruce Dickinson... 

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BRUCE DICKINSON The energy transition will entail a shift from fossil fuels to clean energy sources

Civil and Power Generation Projects

22nd March 2024 Thermal insulation and scaffolding organisation Civil and Power Generation Projects (CPGP) have again achieved remarkable success, this time at State-owned power utility Eskom’s Kusile and Matla power stations. CPGP is pleased to announce recent contract awards with major stakeholders,... 

Civil and Power Generation Projects

Europe’s energy demand boosts Africa’s importance

By: Trent Roebeck     22nd March 2024 Ongoing geopolitical tensions and conflicts – such as the war between Ukraine and Russia, and trade tensions between China and the US – are increasing the trend of European countries investing in countries on the African continent for new and/or replacement energy sources, but also manufacturing... 

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AMADOU DIALLO The DHL Global Forwarding MEA CEO is confident that Africa will continue to remain of high importance in the future energy transition

Mixed generation necessary for ‘seamless’ energy transition

By: Trent Roebeck     22nd March 2024 The energy transition – in South Africa, Africa, and globally – entails an appropriate mix of energy generation sources, including gas, hydrogen power and renewables, in order to achieve the goals of energy security, decarbonisation and emission reduction, says energy technology company GE... 

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KENNETH OYAKHIRE During this energy transition, efforts ought to include hydrogen as an energy source, incorporate carbon capture and sequestration solutions, enable the digitising and orchestrating the grid and the adoption of more fuel-efficient fleets

Alternative fuel production to increase during energy transition 

By: Trent Roebeck     22nd March 2024 One of the foreseeable local and global energy transition trends in 2024, and beyond, is that of increased production of transport fuels made of vegetable oils and animal fats in the short term, augmented with production of electro-fuels (e-fuels) in the longer term, says engineering firm Fluor... 

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MICHIEL BAERENDS Fluor's process director believes that the realisation of a global energy transition relies heavily on alternative fuels and e-fuels

300% growth demand noted by solar company

By: Cameron Mackay     24th March 2023 Renewable-energy solution provider Solar MD has noted a 300% growth in demand for energy storage solutions in South Africa, owing to increasing demand for energy storage products in the residential, commercial and industrial sectors. “While the residential sector has shown steady linear growth,... 

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INNOVATION FOCUS The company is constantly exploring new battery chemistries and materials to improve the performance and durability of its energy storage products

Just energy transition spurs innovation in energy value chain

24th March 2023 The just energy transition (JET) in South Africa provides global power technologies leader Hitachi Energy with opportunities to supply the utility, industry and infrastructure sectors with innovative solutions and services across the energy sector value chain. “Digital and energy platforms are... 

Regulatory changes to boost energy projects

By: Cameron Mackay     24th March 2023 Recent regulatory changes in the local energy sector – such as the lifting of the licensing threshold for independent power generation – will help boost solar energy equipment supplier GameChange Solar’s involvement in energy projects. “The lifting of the threshold, however, is not a switch that... 

S Africa a key energy market

By: Cameron Mackay     24th March 2023 Despite the disappointment for the local wind industry over the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) Bid Window 6 – which did not approve any new wind generation capacity – wind turbine designer and manufacturer Nordex Energy South Africa regards the country... 

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COMPTON SAUNDERS In anticipation of the high demand, Nordex decided last year to introduce newer-generation technology and standardise this technology across its new wind farms

Transferrable skills, collaboration vital for transition, employment

By: Cameron Mackay     24th March 2023 With the introduction of the just energy transition, there will be a downsizing in personnel in sectors such as coal, which, in turn, will require a transfer of skills to the renewable-energy sector. The world’s leading organisation for project professionals, Project Management Institute (PMI),... 

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MEETING THE SKILLS GAP People who are equipped with the leadership and project management skills to support the South African energy transition will be vital to solve local challenges

Measuring wind resources for the energy transition

24th March 2023 Having pioneered the installation of meteorological measurement masts (met masts) at various locations to assess the wind data in Mpumalanga, almost immediately upon setting up offices in South Africa five years ago, renewable-energy company ENERTRAG South Africa’s strategy has been to prove that... 

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PROVING VIABILITY ENERTRAG South Africa’s strategy has been to prove that wind resources in South Africa are economically viable

Project management skills vital for local energy transition

By: Sabrina Jardim     25th March 2022 Project management skills are imperative to ensure that South Africa’s clean energy transition is successful, says organisation National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) president Mdu Mlaba and nonprofit organisation Project Management Institute (PMI) business development lead George Asamani.... 

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PIONEERING THE ENERGY TRANSITION Mdu Mlaba and George Asamani expect South Africa’s energy transition to pave the way for other African countries

Infrastructure investment needed for transition

By: Sabrina Jardim     25th March 2022 Local energy generating sites should be established throughout the country when providing sufficient capacity, says Economic Development Solutions (EDS) head of business development Eckart Zollner, pointing out that this will require substantial infrastructure investment, redesign and... 

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ENERGY EFFICIENT Zollner says energy efficiency needs to be addressed as much as energy transition

SA faces challenges in energy transition

By: Sabrina Jardim     25th March 2022 South Africa is struggling to address the energy security and economic imperatives of the national energy requirements, owing to the delay in implementation of new capacity additions and  the reduced energy availability factor and poor performance of its coal fleet, says Council for Scientific... 

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ARADHNA PANDARUM Pandarum says economic diversification options and skills development plans need to be considered for the transition from coal-based energy

Gas to play critical role in South Africa’s energy transition

25th March 2022 Given growing decarbonisation expectations and the decline in renewable power generation costs, multinational industrial company General Electric (GE) sees gas playing a critical role in South Africa’s energy transition. Renewable energy is also considered an important aspect of the transition,... 

Track4A, Malaysia - 9HA.02 plant - View by night
Track4A, Malaysia - 9HA.02 plant - View by night

Enel Green Power

25th March 2022 Enel Green Power, also known as EGP, seeks out energy around the globe: in the power of wind and water, in the heat of the sun, in the depths of the earth and, above all, in people. Founded in December 2008 as part of Enel Group, EGP has a presence in 28 countries on five continents, developing... 

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Lithium-ion batteries assisting energy transition

By: Sabrina Jardim     25th March 2022 Cape Town-based energy equipment and solutions provider Solar MD is expanding its production capabilities for South Africa to meet the expected demand for renewable-energy solutions, owing to the country’s anticipated energy transition. “Our current manufacturing capacity is 180 MWh/y and we... 

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POWER UP Solar MD provides energy management systems for its BESS containerised solutions

Solar energy relevant for SA’s energy transition

By: Sabrina Jardim     25th March 2022 The pricing of solar modules is continually improving and the technology is expected to be beneficial for South Africa’s energy transition, says solar energy equipment supplier GameChange Solar chief commercial officer Derick Botha. “Solar energy has often been overlooked, primarily because of... 

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TIME TO SUN-SHINE GameChange Solar aims to help drive a substantial amount of South Africa’s conversion to solar power

Skills needed to foster transition

By: Sabrina Jardim     25th March 2022 South Africa’s renewable-energy transition requires skills development and the educating of the country’s renewable-energy sector stakeholders, says Economic Development Solutions (EDS) head of business development Eckart Zollner. “In South Africa, there are concerns around an energy industry... 

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ECKART ZOLLNER Zollner says upskilling and a mindset shift is necessary for a successful transition

Council actively involved in energy master plans

By: Sabrina Jardim     25th March 2022 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has partnered with the City of Cape Town, and Stellenbosch, to create energy master plans to inform optimal procurement and market design for their municipalities’ specific renewable-energy needs. Energy master plans have been completed... 

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ISO-CERTIFIED Pandarum says the CSIR’s solar PV reliability laboratory is now ISO-certified and is successfully providing commercial services

Fossil fuels found accountable for millions of deaths

By: Halima Frost     19th March 2021 Fossil fuels are, through a marked contribution to air pollution, accountable for 8.7-million deaths globally in 2018, which adds to the mounting evidence that air pollution from ongoing dependence on fossil fuels is detrimental to global health, says University College London (UCL) associate... 

POISON
Fossil fuels are responsible for millions of deaths globally every year
POISON Fossil fuels are responsible for millions of deaths globally every year

Hydrogen supplier fuels public transport

By: Halima Frost     19th March 2021 Renewable-energy and hydrogen supply company Nel Hydrogen has installed a 2 MW proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyser system at transport operator SunLine Transit’s premises in California, in the US, to fuel their fleet of fuel cell buses.  

ENERGY MAKER
The Nel Hydrogen proton exchange membrane  electrolyser allows for on site hydrogen generation from water
ENERGY MAKER The Nel Hydrogen proton exchange membrane electrolyser allows for on site hydrogen generation from water

Research shows promise in decarbonisation drive

By: Halima Frost     19th March 2021 The research of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) into accelerated decarbonisation scenarios for the South African power system confirms considerable opportunity to accelerate decarbonisation at low or zero net cost, says CSIR electrochemical energy technologies research... 

SAVING FOR THE FUTURE
Battery storage can become a substantial contributor to maximizing the efficacy of renewable energy
SAVING FOR THE FUTURE Battery storage can become a substantial contributor to maximizing the efficacy of renewable energy

Sustainability leader ramps up ESG strategy

By: Halima Frost     19th March 2021 Energy management and automation company Schneider Electric has begun to implement its new Schneider Sustainability Impact (SSI) programme for 2021 to 2025, in the hopes of significantly accelerating its progress to being a more sustainable company.   The programme is built on six long-term... 

ZANELLE DALGLISH Our vision of sustainability is holistic and ecosystemic, as it covers all environmental, social and governance topics
ZANELLE DALGLISH Our vision of sustainability is holistic and ecosystemic, as it covers all environmental, social and governance topics

Biogas holds great power generation potential

By: Halima Frost     19th March 2021 South Africa has the potential to generate upwards of 10 000 MW of power if it were to harness and capitalise on all biogas opportunities, however, the greatest challenge is not a lack of capacity but more the lack of market opportunity, says Southern African Biogas Industry Association (Sabia)... 

POWER-TENTIAL
Biogas has the potential to contribute significantly to the power mix in South Africa and globally
POWER-TENTIAL Biogas has the potential to contribute significantly to the power mix in South Africa and globally

Gas can decrease emissions in power generation

By: Halima Frost     19th March 2021 With power generation being accountable for 41% of current global carbon emissions, which amount to about 33.7 Gt/y of carbon dioxide (CO2), multinational conglomerate General Electric Company (GE) believes that gas can play a vital role in decreasing carbon emissions. “Gas burns at less than... 

TURNING GAS TO POWER
The HA turbine supplied by GE has made significant inroads into the energy sector since its introduction
TURNING GAS TO POWER The HA turbine supplied by GE has made significant inroads into the energy sector since its introduction

Sintech

19th March 2021 Since 1989, Svendborg Brakes has been recognised as a leading global expert in intelligent braking solutions for many applications across a broad spectrum of industries. Extensive application knowledge, innovative design, fast prototyping and exhaustive testing ensures that customers  get the... 

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