Energy Efficiency

The power and energy market recognises that climate change is real and among the mitigations against this climate crisis to lowering the global carbon footprint is through energy efficiency. Research and development studies indicate that the building sector, through the adoption of smart buildings, has the most potential to reduce energy use. Carbon pricing coupled with the reduction in use of fossil-fuel are central to attaining energy efficiency. Energy efficiency offers the cleanest resource for clean energy transition while addressing climate change effects understood in the Paris Agreement. In order to realise energy transition, government entities are advised to put measures in place in a form of regulation and standards, these include; net-zero carbon economy, incentivising electric vehicles which will lead to increase in charging stations, replace incandescent light bulbs with LEDs.

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ECOWAS region: Call for the development of waste to energy projects

The ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) seeks to conduct pre-feasibility studies for waste to energy projects.

AUW & POWERGEN Africa: The (digital) show will go on!

The postponed live, in person edition of this leading conference and exhibition at the Cape Town International Convention Centre will take place from 11-13 May 2021.
hybrid energy solutions

The big question: Considerations when employing hybrid energy solutions

The Big Question we asked the experts is: What are the considerations that businesses should be mindful of when employing hybrid energy solutions?

Analyses of free electricity as a social relief measure

By mid-April 2020, 13 African countries had announced free electricity as part of their COVID-19 crisis for poor households.
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Ed’s note: Cost-reflective tariffs vs. the South African consumer

The latest court battle between NERSA and Eskom, which holds the energy monopoly, will see power tariffs increase from 116.72c/kWh to 128.24c/kWh in 2021.

Electric pressure cookers and microgrids can solve biomass cooking challenge

Six villages in Tanzania participate in an important research project on the use of electric pressure cookers to overcome the challenges of biomass cooking.

HOMER Grid users can now design custom microgrid control strategies

HOMER Energy by UL gives users the ability to evaluate how changes in operation impact the cost of operating hybrid energy systems.
electric vehicle charging

HOMER Grid Software now models electric vehicle charging stations

A recent software update can now model how hybrid systems power electric vehicle charging stations and design RE and storage systems.

Water treatment works project to benefit SANDF Air Force Base

SANEDI is partnering with the Department of Defence for a water treatment works project at the SANDF Air Force Base in Limpopo.
Test tubes in a Laboratory

Biogas research laboratory launched in Togo

Togo has launched a research biogas laboratory at Lomé University to deepen knowledge on climate change and its impact on land use in West Africa.

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