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SA urged to home in on green-hydrogen export niche
Published: 21 Jun 19
The technology to produce green hydrogen, which is produced by electrolysing water using renewable energy, in South Africa is becoming cost-effective enough to develop the capacity to sell the product in local and international industrial markets, says technical advisory services firm Kambuku Consulting founding director Justin Wimbush. The available technology is viable for South African-produced green hydrogen to be supplied to the European transport markets. This is supported by the fact that countries, such as Japan, are putting in place arrangements to buy hydrogen generated in locations as distant as Chile, he highlights.
SPD vanadium project, South Africa SPD vanadium project, South Africa
Published: 21 Jun 19
Tando Resources has announced plans to implement parallel development strategies for its SPD vanadium project.
Lamu coal-fired power plant project, Kenya Lamu coal-fired power plant project, Kenya
Published: 21 Jun 19
Electricity from a planned coal-fired plant in Lamu might cost ten times as much as its developers suggest.
Collaboration seen as key to unlocking South Africa’s industrial potential
Published: 14 Jun 19
The revival of South Africa’s flagging manufacturing sector is core to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s broader economic recovery plan. The importance attributed to manufacturing can be seen in the President’s decision to appoint the experienced Ebrahim Patel to lead the newly restructured Trade and Industry portfolio, which re-consolidates the Department of Trade and Industry with the Economic Development Department. There is also a growing recognition within government that, despite having the most diversified and industrialised economy in sub-Saharan Africa, South Africa’s manufacturing performance is lacking vibrancy, even when compared with some of its African peers.
Collaboration seen as key to unlocking South Africa’s industrial potential Collaboration seen as key to unlocking South Africa’s industrial potential
Published: 14 Jun 19
The revival of South Africa’s flagging manufacturing sector is core to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s broader economic recovery plan. The importance attributed to manufacturing can be seen in the President’s decision to appoint the experienced Ebrahim Patel to lead the newly restructured Trade and Industry portfolio, which re-consolidates the Department of Trade and Industry with the Economic Development Department. There is also a growing recognition within government that, despite having the most diversified and industrialised economy in sub-Saharan Africa, South Africa’s manufacturing performance is lacking vibrancy, even when compared with some of its African peers.
Côte d’Ivoire smart grid improves power security, access to power pool
Published: 14 Jun 19
A smart electricity grid solution, developed and built by electricity multinational ABB, provides connectivity for all critical elements of the grid, helps operators to balance supply and demand and, crucially, enables Côte d’Ivoire to access the West African Power Pool (Wapp), says ABB Power Grids division Grid Automation business line MD Massimo Danieli. The project, which upgraded the power distribution network, was very important to enable the country to participate in the Wapp and control the export and import of electricity, he says.
Foundry company plans further expansion into Zambia
Published: 13 Jun 19
South Africa-based foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie’s Zambian branch will expand its workshop into a fully equipped heavy machine and fabrication shop with fabrication facilities to cater for other industries. Thos Begbie Zambia MD Piet du Preez highlights this as the medium- to long-term vision for the company.
Opinion: How should SA approach the procurement of least-cost power?
Published: 31 May 19
In the previous Transition Talk column (Engineering News May 17-23, 2019), I explored what it would take to depoliticize the process of drafting a rational Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for South Africa. Such a plan will outline what investments need to be made in the electricity sector. The next step, which is the topic of this Transition Talk, is to procure the generation assets required in the plan in an efficient manner. In regulatory terms, where prudency and efficiency are the two key objectives, the IRP stands for prudency (doing the right things), while the implementation of the IRP represents efficiency (doing things right).
Globeleq adds four more plants to South African renewables portfolio
Published: 30 May 19
Africa-focused independent power producer Globeleq announced on Thursday that it had acquired four more South African renewable-energy plants, adding to an existing 238 MW wind and solar portfolio in the country. The plants and the asset management company were purchased from an affiliate of Brookfield Asset Management.
Collective SA effort needed to spotlight platinum’s deftness in climate change battle
Published: 28 May 19
More vehicle manufacturers are acknowledging that platinum-catalysed hydrogen fuel cells are the sole route to 100% carbon-free driving. But platinum’s own catalytic prowess is in danger of being under-acknowledged.
 
 
 

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