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Air Products, Jeka highlight benefits of solar rooftop installations Has Video
Published: 19 Jul 19
A solar photovoltaic roof-mounted power plant system installed at industrial and specialty chemicals supplier Air Products’ Kempton Park facility generates sufficient energy to meet between 60% and 70% of the facility’s day-time requirements, Air Products GM Maropeng Bahula says. The plant, installed by black-owned Jeka Energy, can also be expanded into a hybrid system in the future to store energy to cater for the facility’s night-time energy requirements.
South Africa’s Power utility
Published: 17 Jul 19
Eskom is by far the largest of South Africa’s many state owned companies. This near monopoly power utility is in crisis. It is the single largest threat to South Africa’s economy, according to a former Minister of Finance.
Natura welcomes Namibia’s new energy framework
Published: 28 Jun 19
Natura Energy on Friday announced that the company was forging ahead with the development and implementation of the 50 MW TeraSun energy solar photovoltaic power park initiative to sell, across the national grid, competitively priced electricity to large power users in Namibia. The decision follows an announcement by the Namibian Cabinet, in April, approving the new Modified Single Buyer model regulatory framework.
Hydrogen offers pathway for lowering hard-to-abate carbon emissions – IEA
Published: 28 Jun 19
Hydrogen and hydrogen-based fuels could help facilitate the decarbonisation of a range of sectors where the pathway for achieving meaningful emission reductions is currently uncertain or difficult, a new global study argues. Released by the International Energy Agency (IEA) at a meeting of G20 energy and environment ministers in Karuizawa, Japan, the report says that hydrogen and hydrogen-based fuels could help facilitate emission reductions in sectors such as long-haul transportation, aviation, shipping and buildings, as well as in chemicals and steel manufacturing.
Opinion: Why solar is an attractive solution for small firms
Published: 27 Jun 19
In this article, South African Photovoltaic Industry Association programme manager Niveshen Govender outlines the business case for those small firms weighing an investment in solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. Increased demand and technological advances have attributed to the significant decrease in solar photovoltaic (PV) systems costs over the years.
For first time ever, renewables surpass coal in US power mix
Published: 26 Jun 19
For the clearest sign yet that renewable energy has gone mainstream, consider this: Clean energy resources supplied more of America’s electricity than coal for the first time ever in April. Hydropower dams, solar panels and wind turbines generated almost 68.5-million megawatt-hours of power in April, eclipsing the 60-million that coal produced that month, Energy Information Administration (EIA) data released late Tuesday show. That’s the most clean power the US has ever made – and the least coal it has burned for power in years.
Massive solar-storage project is planned for the Nevada desert
Published: 26 Jun 19
NV Energy, the Nevada utility owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, agreed to buy power from three massive solar farms equipped with big batteries in the Nevada desert. The projects mark one of the the biggest expansions of solar and storage ever proposed in the US Combined, they’ll produce enough power to supply a city the size of Newark, New Jersey, according to BloombergNEF.
‘Platinum Valley’ SEZ in three months – Patel
Published: 26 Jun 19
The legal entity for the Bojanala Platinum Valley Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in North West, which already has an investment pipeline in place, will be set up in the next three months, Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel promised on Tuesday evening. Fuel cell development is listed as the main focus of the Platinum Valley SEZ, which has also been earmarked for platinum recycling and additional autocatalyst manufacture.
Mining automation, IIoT, raise cyber risk Has PDF
Published: 26 Jun 19
Next-generation automation is a double-edged sword for the mining sector, increasing the risk of cyber-attacks jeopardising safety and revenues, warns GECI South African mining operations are set to embrace next-generation automation and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) systems to slash costs and increase production, but they risk crippling shutdowns and threats to human safety if they fail to adequately protect their infrastructures against cyber-attack, says cyber security specialist GECI. 
AfDB to fund upgrades to South Sudan water, sanitation infrastructure
Published: 26 Jun 19
South Sudan’s water and sanitation infrastructure is to be upgraded thanks to a decision by the African Development Bank to provide $24.7-million in funding. The bank’s Strategic Water Supply and Sanitation Improvement Project will support the rehabilitation of about 50 km of the capital Juba’s distribution network and other related infrastructure including metering and public water collections outlets.

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