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2013 – Issue 3

Flying power plants

The possibility of flying power plants that can export energy to the earth is intriguing. Solar powered aircraft is old news. From Solar Impulse supporting one person day and night with nothing but photovoltaics on...

Plans to restructure Libya’s electricity sector

Oil producing countries such as Libya are increasingly taking the view that these resources are not renewable and represent an asset that can and should be used cautiously and preserved – hence it is...

Nigeria’s power sector reform enters next phase

When the selected bidders made the August 2013 final 75% payment for the privatisation of Power Holding Company of Nigeria successor firms, it marked an important milestone in Nigeria’s power sector reform initiative. The successful...

Distributed power from gas in Africa

The use of distributed gas powered engines to supply non-grid connected electricity, as well as grid connected power, is a field that is finding increasing and diverse potential across Africa. The range of gas sources...

Gas to power in Africa

Gas in Africa has seen a lot of growth in exploration and there are interesting dynamics in terms of gas to power. The global gas sector is becoming diverse and vibrant. There has been the...

Where water scarcity and energy intersect

Power generation only accounts for 2% of water usage in South Africa, but planning in the sector has to take cognisance of the water scarce environment in which it operates. Washington DC based research group,...

Skilling ESI artisans in SA

A requirement being brought into place for South Africa in the electrical field of a ratio of one qualified artisan to mentor two apprentices highlights that such qualified artisans are thin on the ground. One...

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