East African Geothermal Risk Mitigation operation awarded to German consortium

[img:Hands.thumbnail.jpeg| ]26 June 2012 - Pöyry Deutschland in association with GeoThermal Engineering (GeoT) has been awarded consulting contract to establish and operate the Geothermal Risk Mitigation Facility (GRMF) for Eastern Africa. The contract is valued at $4.5 million with a duration of 4 years.

Pöyry Deutschland GmbH in association with GeoThermal Engineering GmbH (GeoT) has been awarded a Consulting Contract by the African Union Commission (AUC) in cooperation with the KfW Development Bank for the establishment and operation of the Geothermal Risk Mitigation Facility (GRMF) for Eastern Africa. The value of the contract amounts to EUR 3.5 million ($4.5 million) and it has been awarded in April 2012. The duration of the project is 48 months.

Nigeria: FG signs MOU with Brazil’s Electrobas

[img:VP-GoodluckJonathan_0.jpg| ]26 June 2012 - President Goodluck Jonathan has Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a Brazilian firm, Electrobas, on the development of power projects in Nigeria.

This came as the President reaffirmed his administration's commitment to sustainable development of the country.

He made this position known while delivering his statement to the plenary session of the on-going United Nations Conference on Sustainable development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

South Africa: Eskom and SA Government responsible for threatening water crisis

[img:water.thumbnail.jpeg| ]26 June 2012 - A water crisis is looming in South Africa, communities are at risk of losing access to water, and coal is right in the middle of it, according to a report released by Greenpeace. This latest briefing is a stark reminder to the SA government to start pushing Eskom to substantially invest in renewable energy.

South Africa is projected to experience a 17% gap between water supply and demand by 2030, but new mega coal-fired power stations (Medupi and Kusile) are being built by the national utility Eskom without a clear view of what the water impacts are likely to be.

Less than half of electricity customers in Nigeria have a working...

[img:Nerc1_0.jpg| ]25 June 2012 - Almost 55% of electricity customers in Nigeria are not metered or don’t have a functional meter and are at the mercy of estimated billing, according to new study from the Nigerian Electricity Regulation Commission (NERC).

This means that just 8.4% of the total number of households in the country is being billed correctly. The survey was conducted in the wake of growing customer dissatisfaction with the practice of estimated billing. It found that of the almost 5.2 million registered customers, almost 2.9 million (56%) were metered. However, of these about 22% of the meters were faulty, leaving just 2.2 million customers being billed on metered data.

M&A activity in the renewable energy sector set to increase

[img:Report%20d_0.jpg| ]25 June 2012 - The renewable energy space is expected to see a high level of M&A activity in the next 12 months despite changes to government incentive schemes in Europe and regulatory uncertainty in the United States, according to the third edition of M&A in Renewable Energy – Global Outlook 2012.

The wind and photovoltaic (PV) subsectors are expected to experience the most significant M&A activity and respondents, drawn from 100 renewable energy M&A professionals in the corporate, investment banking and private equity communities, believe both wind and PV will achieve grid parity as early as 2015 or 2016 in Germany, Italy and Spain.

South African biogas digester wins award

[img:AwardT_0.jpg| ]25 June 2012 - Two South African developed biogas digesters earned their inventor second place in the SA Cleantech Competition. AGAMA Biogas was recognised for the innovation and the quality of its BiogasPro and SmartTop prefabricated biogas digesters. The first small digester to achieve certification from the South African Pipeline Gas Association, the BiogasPro is a patented system that is engineered, designed and manufactured in South Africa.

Direct current (DC) or alternating current (AC)?

[img:Lightbulb1_0.JPG| ]22 June 2012 - Direct current (DC) or alternating current (AC)? That was the question behind the war of the currents at the end of the 19th century. Industrialist George Westinghouse and inventor Nikola Tesla wanted to use alternating current to transport electric energy, while Thomas Edison was a vigorous proponent of direct current.

But Edison’s efforts were in vain. His opponents prevailed, and alternating current grids have dominated the transmission of electric energy worldwide ever since. There were good reasons for that decision: Using transformers, alternating current can be easily adjusted to almost any desired value; in addition, alternating current makes it possible to develop meshed power grids.

Nuclear reactor decommissioning industry set to surge

[img:nuclear_power.thumbnail.jpg| ]22 June 2012 - About half of the world’s nuclear reactors are expected to be closed by 2030, creating a substantial market for the commercial nuclear reactor decommissioning industry in the years to come.

According to a new report from GlobalData more than 200 nuclear reactors, accounting for about half of the world’s nuclear facilities, will be decommissioned, assuming no life extensions are granted. The plans mean a significant boost for the global nuclear decommissioning industry, with Europe accounting for the bulk of the closures.

Solar water heating system at University of Pretoria

[img:Solar%202r_0.jpg| ]22 June 2012 - Holms and Friends, formerly Omnibus Engineering, has installed a solar water heating system at the University of Pretoria (UP) which – with a total 672 m2 collector surface – is the biggest glazed installation in southern Africa.

The installation at the university’s veterinary campus, Onderstepoort, meets the warm water demands of its new energy efficient residences housing 550 students. It also avoids the production of 450 tonnes of CO2 and saves 600,980 litres of water each year.

Busbars for Gaborone office development

[img:Busbars_0.jpg|Busbars installed at
the new Prime Plaza
commercial office
development in
Gaborone, Botswana
]20 June 2012 - Legrand Zucchini busbars have been installed at the new Prime Plaza commercial office development in Gaborone, Botswana.

“This new city centre building, with a reputation as the greenest office development in Botswana, will ultimately consist of three buildings, with a total construction area of 11,180 m²,” Luk Ivens, general manager, Legrand South Africa, says.  

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