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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.
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.
Africa needs to invest in fuel cell technology
Published: 21 Sep 18
Countries are recognising the value and future impact that fuel cells and hydrogen technologies will provide. Now is the time for Africa to join this global movement and invest in the fuel cell future, says Washington-based global advocacy organisation Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association communications and outreach director Jennifer Gangi. “Fuel cells generate electricity using an electrochemical reaction – not combustion. Aside from being efficient, reliable and quiet, fuel cells are rugged, so they can be sited in harsh terrain, extreme climates and rural areas without infrastructure to generate power for buildings, communication and mission critical equipment.”
Company eyes expansion into Africa
Published: 21 Sep 18
Owing to its ability to adhere to State-owned power utility Eskom’s stringent electrification infrastructure requirements, electrical solutions and engineering provider Gridbow has expanded its services into other African countries. “Contrary to popular belief, Eskom has very stringent rules with regards to engineering and quality in electrification and distribution that include the submission of correct documentation, complying with legislation about upholding environmental standards and maintaining heritage sites. We have been able to produce projects that meet requirements without fail,” says Gridbow Engineers and Technical Services COO Farai Chabata.
R&D on clean coal technologies crucial in SA
Published: 21 Sep 18
The research and development (R&D) of clean coal technologies in South Africa is absolutely necessary, says Fossil Fuel Foundation director and recently retired Department of Science and Technology-National Research Foundation South African Research Chairs Initiative Clean Coal Technology chair Professor Rosemary Falcon. Clean coal technologies are a collection of technologies being developed to reduce the environmental impact of coal during production and in energy generation.
Ingeteam presents its new platform to monitor PV plants and self-consumption systems Has PDF
Published: 20 Sep 18
The INGECON SUN Monitor platform is available as a web application and also as an app for iOS and Android mobile devices. A number of self-consumption systems monitored with this application are already achieving mean monthly self-consumption ratios of more than 99%.
CNN-flighted advert projecting huge growth for platinum-using fuel cells
Published: 18 Sep 18
French company Air Liquide, a member of the Davos-launched Hydrogen Council that includes platinum-mining company Anglo American, is currently flighting an advertisement on the global television network CNN, which forecasts exceptional growth for the hydrogen and fuel cell market. Quoting the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan, and flighting the advertisement in association with Invest Japan, the gas company is forecasting a hydrogen and fuel cell market size that will be valued at eight trillion yen by 2050.
DEHN AFRICA offers lightning and surge protection as solar installations in Africa gather momentum
Published: 17 Sep 18
The use of solar power and solar energy installations is growing around the globe, and this holds true in Africa as well. DEHN AFRICA has worked on a number of projects across the continent and notes that, while solar installations are on the rise, the use of photovoltaic (PV) installations brings with it the need for protection against lightning and surge protection. This is according to Julienne Puttkammer, part of the technical team at DEHN AFRICA, who says, “We have seen a recent focus on the importance of solar power in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries, where the installation of solar projects is gathering momentum. At DEHN AFRICA, we’ve definitely had an upswing in this area over the past six months, as well as involvement in projects in more northern and central Africa.”
‘We can’t do expensive’
Published: 14 Sep 18
During a recent panel discussion on the ‘electricity utility of the future’ the Energy Intensive Users Group of Southern Africa’s Piet van Staden made the point that industry could deal with complexity, but “we can’t do expensive”. He was speaking the day after Energy Minister Jeff Radebe released a draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP 2018), which confirmed that the cheapest way to provide new electricity in South Africa would be through a mix of solar photovoltaic (PV), onshore wind and ...
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