[img:Suzlon%20w_0.jpg| ]By Antonio Ruffini
15 May 2013 - With South African heavy engineering group DCD having already begun construction of a wind tower factory at the Coega industrial development zone in the Eastern Cape, Suzlon, India’s largest wind-turbine maker, says its plans to build a plant in the country are also advanced.
Rob King, CEO of DCD, has said that there is room in the South African market, which plans for 8,400 MW of wind projects over the next 20 years, for a second or even third local factory. The country’s energy policy has taken a strong stance on localisation and the need for the renewable energy projects being undertaken to ensure technology transfer and create jobs in South Africa.
There are nine solar photovoltaic (PV) projects totalling 417.1 MW, seven wind projects totalling 562.5 MW, one concentrated solar project (CSP) of 50 MW, and two small hydroelectric projects totalling 14.3 MW.
Director, DCD]9 May 2013 - South African energy sector policy requires round two wind energy projects under the auspices of South Africa’s renewable independent power producer programme (REIPPP) to have at least 35% local content (increasing to 40% from round three). As a result heavy engineering group DCD has begun construction of a R300 million wind energy structure factory at the Coega industrial development zone (IDZ) near Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape.
8 May 2013 - The first two generations of photovoltaics, wafer-based and thin film devices, have seen mass market adoption in recent years, with different technologies characterised by varying degrees of success. Crystalline silicon platforms are by far the most successful, holding over 80% of market share, but are currently characterised by low profitability. Thin films have found success in markets where large land areas are available (e.g. solar farms) or in parts of the world where weather conditions limit the power output of silicon modules (e.g. humid, hazy regions).
The company will also supply an advanced tracking system with a back-tracking algorithm that optimises tracker movement and eliminates shadow on the panels.
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[img:IPA_0.jpg| ]2 May 2013 - Ten African innovators have developed practical solutions to some of the continent’s most intractable problems. Chosen from more than 900 applications from 45 countries, the finalists for the Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) 2013 provide practical examples of Africa’s investment potential.