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.

Nigeria hosts Africa’s largest solar powered cell site for mobile phone...

[img:nigeria_0_1.JPG| ]7 June 2012 - IHS Africa, a telecommunications infrastructure provider with headquarters in Nigeria and operations across sub-Saharan Africa, has opened the largest solar-powered cell site in Africa dedicated to the telecommunications industry.

Small, single operator solar sites are increasingly being deployed, given the absence of public power in many parts of Africa, but this is the first large multi-operator installation. The site is made up of solar panels covering 96 m2 and will produce a total capacity of 12 kilowatt peak (kWp). It will supply electricity to three mobile network operators, with further room for expansion.

Global energy utility market for customer care and billing almost US$914...

[img:Care_0.jpg| ]6 June 2012 - IDC Energy Insights estimates that the global market for energy utility customer care and billing applications for 2012 will be US$913.9 million, with a combined annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.9% between 2011 and 2015. Customer care and billing systems absorb a significant portion of utilities' IT spending, second only to enterprise resource planning systems.

Measurement and verification regulation for SA energy efficiency incentives

[img:Energy.thumbnail.JPG| ]6 June 2012 - South Africa set in motion the development of regulations and standards to claim energy efficiency tax incentives in 2009, when the then minister of finance, Trevor Manual, announced that there would be tax incentives for companies that can demonstrate energy savings. This necessitated the establishment of the Council for Measurement and Verification Professionals of South Africa (CMVPSA).

Technology Innovation Agency and Eskom seek to harness renewable ocean energy

[img:Ocean%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg| ]4 June 2012 - The Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) and Eskom are collaborating to explore technologies that can be developed to create and utilise ocean current energy, as an alternate source of renewable energy. The initiative was launched on the 1st of June 2012.

Submissions are invited from parties and innovators who have an interest in this kind of technology. Workshops will be held in various regions to further introduce and elaborate on the challenge. The closing date for submissions is Tuesday, 3rd July.

Fuel importer looks to build 80 MW plant in Kenya

[img:Kenya de_0.jpg| ]30 May 2012 - Bloomberg reports that Gulf Energy, a Kenyan petrol station operator and fuel importer, plans to build an 80 MW power plant fed by heavy fuel oil. This is to provide additional generation capacity as electricity use grows at about 14% a year in east Africa’s largest economy.

Groundbreaking smart grid project in USA

[img:Assesment2.thumbnail.jpg| ]29 May 2012 - Mesa del Sol, Albuquerque’s mixed-use, master planned community in the southern part of the city, has unveiled its new smart grid system – the first of its kind in the USA. The smart grid system, in conjunction with the PNM Prosperity energy storage project, the country’s first solar storage facility that is fully integrated into a utility’s power grid, is a showcase for future smart grid projects. The project objective is to innovate smart grid controls to overcome the challenges presented by the intermittency associated with renewable energy sources.

The winners and losers in the rechargeable battery market

[img:Recharge%20B_0.jpg| ]29 May 2012 - Growing consumer demand for economically and environmentally friendly energy storage devices, particularly for the new generation of electric cars, is advancing the technology for rechargeable batteries, according to technology intelligence provider GBI Research.

Decreasing oil and gas reserves across the globe are driving up fossil fuel prices and encouraging customers to shift towards sustainable energy sources. One of the most significant changes within this is the potential switch from petroleum-based vehicles to electric alternatives. Electric vehicles require different energy storage devices to run, and this will fuel the demand for advanced batteries in the future. The current electric vehicles market mainly consists of hybrid electric vehicles, and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

Sheraton Hotels looks to SA Company for solar power

[img:Shera_0.jpg| ]24 May 2012 - A member of the Sustainable Energy Society of Southern Africa (Sessa), Pacific Solar Technologies has provided the collectors for an ambitious solar water heating project in China. According to the company’s Sarel Joubert, some 330 m2 of non-pressurised solar collectors were installed for the Sheraton Hotel in Jinan, the capital of Shandong province in Eastern China, to bring the total area to 660 m2.

The case for smart metering in Africa

[img:Kobusvdb_0.jpg|Kobus Van den Berg,
Electrical Engineer,
Aurecon
]24 May 2012 - Smart Metering (SM), is an important tool in the management and improvement of energy efficiency on a global scale. New metering technologies have been introduced all over the world to deal with energy (electricity, gas and heat) shortages, meter reading problems, revenue protection processes, customer service improvement and a host of other business-related issues.  Coupled to this, many governments and energy regulatory bodies are introducing legislation to enforce the deployment of SM systems. This is a complex and technically demanding process involving role-players from various backgrounds, such as engineering, finance, legislation, customer care and political intervention.

World’s biggest platinum producer pushes fuel cell technology

[img:SusanShabangu_0.jpg| ]23 May 2012 - During May 2012, South African platinum mining group Anglo American Platinum launched a platinum-based fuel cell powered mine locomotive prototype. The project was delivered in collaboration with Vehicle Projects, Trident South Africa, and Battery Electric, and will see this partnership construct five fuel cell locomotives which will be tested for underground use at one of Anglo American Platinum’s mines.

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