Heat pumps save electricity at old age home

[img:ThermoWise_0.jpg| ]19 June 2012 - ThermoWise, in conjunction with Eskom, will save an old age home in Durban over R1.6 million in electricity costs over the next five years.

“Eskom was commissioned by an old age home in April 2010 to log and monitor the monthly electrical consumption for the establishment’s hot water system,” Bronwynn Fine, sales director, ThermoWise, specialist in energy solutions, says. “After investigation and analysis, Eskom and ThermoWise recommended the installation of three air-to-water heat pumps to optimise electricity savings at the old age home. These heat pumps significantly increase the energy savings that already result from the existing solar system installed on the roof of the building.

Morupule colliery expansion project

[img:ConveyorO_0.JPG|Conveyor drive
station at Morupule
]19 June 2012 - SSI Engineers and Environmental Consultants, in partnership with ADP Projects, have been working on the Morupule colliery expansion project for almost three years.

Morupule Colliery Ltd (MCL) is Botswana’s only operating coal mine, and has been in production since 1973, successfully progressing from a conventional drill and blast operation to a mechanised continuous miner operation in 2004.  The coal mine is situated in the eastern part of Botswana, about 14 km west of Palapye on the road to Serowe. The Morupule lease area contains a world class coal deposit, of which the coal is a medium to low grade sub-bituminous coal suitable for steam raising. The seam being mined is generally uniform, about 8.0 metres thick, and the mining horizon has very few or no markers within it. Mining horizon is typically controlled by mining with 1.0 metre of coal in the floor, and a mining height of 4.2 metre.

Euro carbon emission reduction plans to boost biopellet energy market

[img:CO2_0.jpg| ]18 June 2012 - Europe’s goal to reduce carbon emissions will ensure a substantial increase in biopellet consumption and create a surge in the global market value, energy expert GlobalData predicts. The global biopellet market value, which stood at US$3,894 million in 2011, will climb at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15.7% to reach an estimated US$14,530 million by 2020.

New addition to SAEE Energy Awards in 2012

[img:Energy.thumbnail.JPG| ]18 June 2012 - The Southern African Association for Energy Efficiency (SAEE) promotes the efficient use of energy to ensure a sustainable supply and induced economic growth through lowered energy use – thus the launch, in 2012, of the SAEE Energy Patron Award.

The SAEE annually recognises excellence in the energy industry of any new energy companies, any persons who have recently joined the energy industry, or persons and companies that have made an outstanding contribution towards improving energy efficiency and reducing emissions, as well as an energy project that has delivered exceptional results.

Measurement tools for energy efficient buildings

[img:FlukeP_0.jpg| ]18 June 2012 - The achievement of savings in energy consumption is a national imperative in South Africa as energy consumers ask what they can do to reduce their energy bills. Fluke, represented in southern Africa by the Comtest group, has come up with a solution to the measures called for in SANS 204:2011 and SANS 10400-XA:2011 which relate to energy efficiency in buildings, environmental sustainability, and energy usage in buildings.

Fluke has put together a range of test and measurement tools to cover this issue. These are:

Eskom reports sound financial performance

[img:Eskom_0.jpg| ]15 June 2012 - Eskom has reported a sound financial performance for the third consecutive year, earning a surplus which will be reinvested in full in the company to support its expansion and service debt.  This comes after two years in which Eskom has reshaped its business to position it for better performance and future growth.

Eskom showed net profit of R13.2 billion for the year to end-March 2012, up from R8.4 billion for the previous year and only slightly above the R12.8 billion which the company reported for the first half of its financial year to end-September. Eskom’s business tends to be seasonal, with most of its profit earned in the first half of the year, which covers the winter months when tariffs for large customers are higher and maintenance costs are lower.

Malawi hopes for Mozambique interconnector to end power shortage

[img:October%2021%202008%20pic%203_0.JPG| ]15 June 2012 - Timeslive reports that Malawi’s total demand for power currently stands at 300 MW while the country’s generation capacity is only 266 MW.

The shortfall is projected to grow rapidly in a country where the World Bank says only 8% of the population of 14 million has access to electricity. The country’s ministry of energy estimates that Malawi will require 603 MW by 2015 and 829 MW by 2020.

Ghana enters into PPA for 50 MW solar installation

15 June 2012 - The Electricity Company of Ghana, the country’s second largest utility, has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) to buy 50 MW of solar power for 25 years. This agreement is valued at over US$280 million.

SA electricity price a long way from being cost reflective

[img:Brian_0.jpg|Brian Dames,
CEO, Eskom
]By Antonio Ruffini

14 June 2012 - The revenue per kWh of South Africa’s power supply company, Eskom, increased to ZAR50.3c/kWh for its financial year to the end of March 2012. The state owned company reported its financial results on the 14th of June 2012, and at a pre-results briefing CEO Brian Dames and finance director Paul O’Flaherty said that if the revenue was to be cost reflective of the real price of electricity it should be somewhere between ZAR80c/kWh and 95c/kWh.

Leadership inconsistencies hinder SA infrastructure development

[img:Pirie.thumbnail.jpg|Graham Pirie,
]14 June 2012 - Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) has reiterated the need for the country’s government to get its house in order. The lack of infrastructure development due to projects not being undertaken as well as tender processes taking up to three years to materialise is, says CESA, in large part due to the lack of leadership within the government organisations.

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