2014 – Issue 2

Lessons for South Africa’s wind sector

South Africa’s emerging utility scale wind industry has the advantage of insights from international experience where the onshore equivalent has been in existence for...

Cable diagnostics… the next generation

Network operators can now get faster and significantly more reliable information about the quality and the condition of their cables. This is made possible...

In depth: Zimbabwe (and the region’s) energy options

Many options have been listed to rectify Zimbabwe’s power generation capacity shortage, but how many and which of these will pan out, and what...

Modular power plant solution

First Solar, a global leader in photovoltaic (PV) solar energy solutions, has introduced a modular solar power generation unit purpose-built for solar power project...

In depth: Hydroelectric power in Africa

Hydroelectric power is often the cheapest electricity option available to African countries, and its implementation manifests in a variety of forms across the continent. Grid...

Revenue Assurance Solution

Africa’s average economic growth in 2013 was 4%. This is 1% higher than the growth of the global economy. Despite global recession, Africa is...

Bridging power to alleviate Africa’s deficit

It is no secret that Africa is short of electricity, but significant quantities of bridging power are having a big impact on countries ranging...

The operation of batteries in a deep cycle application

By Colin Mackay, who runs the solar division at Specialised Battery Systems Whether for off grid photovoltaic systems, wind power systems or even grid tied...

Refurbishment and life extension of SA’s power plants

Rehabilitation or new built? This is a key question to be answered by plant operators, very often during the lifetime of existing plants. Experience...

In depth: Electricity economics and ideology in South Africa

South Africa, a country with major electricity sector challenges, many of these self-imposed, has a government policy with an aggressive carbon footprint reduction imperative...

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