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Link Solar releases portable solar panels suitable for outdoor, marine use
Published: 26 Sep 18
There is a lack of portable solar panels in the market, says specialised solar product manufacturer Link Solar, which has released of its own portable solar panel range for outdoor use and marine grade level use. These solar panels, the company explained, are specifically created to serve as an effective power source while providing convenience.
Greensmith Energy unveils standardized energy storage solution Has PDF
Published: 25 Sep 18
GridSolv optimizes storage technology and software integration to deliver powerful upgrade in generation performance The technology group Wärtsilä has released a new solution, GridSolv, the company’s first standardized energy storage solution.
Concrete Offers Unmatched Structural Integrity, Says TCI Has PDF
Published: 25 Sep 18
Structural integrity, durability, energy efficiency and fire resistance are just a few of the benefits concrete construction offers for the creation of infrastructure, says Bryan Perrie, MD of The Concrete Institute (TCI). Perrie says the strength of concrete elements in buildings is well understood by structural engineers, architects and contractors. This includes in-situ reinforced concrete, precast concrete, tilt-up, hybrid construction, and post-tensioned concrete elements.
Why Are More Mines Integrating Renewables? Has PDF
Published: 25 Sep 18
By Melodie Michel, Energy and Mines Rob Schueffner, Hybrid Energy Solutions Manager for Caterpillar Electric Power, explains how the financial benefits and reliability of renewable energy solutions available for mines today are quickly matching the environmental benefits.
South African investment mission to Japan 'successful', says acting Invest SA head
Published: 24 Sep 18
Many Japanese companies are keen to invest in South Africa and others are interested in expanding their investments, Invest South Africa acting head Yunus Hoosen said on Sunday. . In a statement after returning from an investment mission by the trade and industry department (DTI), together with presidential investment envoy Phumzile Langeni and Business Leadership South Africa CEO Bonang Mohale, Hoosen described the mission as "successful".
US backs protecting Yellowstone’s northern gateway from mining
Published: 23 Sep 18
New mining claims should be banned for 20 years on more than 30 000 acres north of Yellowstone National Park to preserve scenery, wildlife habitat, waterways and outdoor recreation that fuels tourism in nearby Montana towns, the US Forest Service said Friday. The recommendation to withdraw 30 370 acres of the Custer Gallatin National Forest from mineral development comes after two large gold-mining operations were proposed near Yellowstone, sparking opposition from conservationists and local businesses in an area known as Paradise Valley.
Recycled PET use held back by collection rates
Published: 21 Sep 18
Beverage multinational subsidiary Coca-Cola Bottling South Africa (CCBSA) uses 10% recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) and has completed technical and production validation of 25% rPET content, but are constrained by the availability of rPET, Coca-Cola Bottling Gauteng and Inland regional supply chain manager Henry Peek said on Friday. CCBSA energy and sustainability manager JP Blumenthal detailed the company's engineering work to make their PET beverage bottles lighter, called lightweighting, which has seen the weight decrease from 54 g for a 2 litre bottle about 11 years ago to 45.7 g currently, with a wall thickness of about 0.3 mm. The company has validated further lightweighting and can reduce the weight of a 2 litre bottle to 41.8 g, which it would phase in over the next six months.
Focus turns to nonexplosives-based rock breaking as quest for safer, more-efficient mining intensifies Focus turns to nonexplosives-based rock breaking as quest for safer, more-efficient mining intensifies
Published: 21 Sep 18
The South African mining industry, once the backbone of economic growth, intensive job creation and development, is declining constantly, owing to the slow rates of research and development into newer, safer, modernised, mechanised and continuous mining methods. A key pillar of improving mining efficiency and safety for personnel – as mining becomes deeper in search of orebodies – is using alternative rock-breaking methods to replace the legacy explosives-based methods.
The industrialisation debate in SA – what are the lessons?
Published: 21 Sep 18
Manufacturing has been in slow decline in the past decade or so. The sector has always been treated as a useful link between mining and higher-value beneficiation. Light and heavy industrialisation were, and in some respects still are, at the core of South Africa's industrial base. Before the dawn of democracy, sanctions imposed on the apartheid regime by the international committee led to military industrialisation, which became an additional key component of the industrial base in South Africa. The State was the leading agent of carving the industrial pathway.
Local coal future depends on economic situation
Published: 21 Sep 18
Coal mining currently provides more than 86 000 jobs locally, and this figure will increase as more junior mines are expected to open in the future, provided that the economic situation “does not deteriorate further”, says coal consulting company XMP Consulting senior coal analyst Xavier Prévost. South African coal production has remained stagnant during the last five years because of a lack of incentives and capital to implement new coal projects. However, production will soon drop drastically because some of the older, larger mine reserves are almost exhausted, he tells Mining Weekly.
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