2015 – Issue 1

In depth: Next-generation African utilities and smart cities

In conversation with Dr Carlos Lopes, executive secretary, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, we uncover the path for African utilities and cities development. The...

Multifunction system for transformer and substation testing

Transformer and Substation Test System (TRAX) is defined as a multi-functional test set solution, for transformer and substation testing, writes Marius Pitzer, regional sales...

In depth: Embrace standards to evolve a smart industry

The need for electrotechnical standardisation in Africa is two-fold; firstly harmonisation of standards is necessary to conform to the World Trade Organisation treaties and...
Underground cables

In depth: Infrastructure crimes – utility assets under siege

Cable theft in South Africa has become so rife that the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI) periodically issues a Copper Theft...

King coal still needs to hold court while renewables & nuclear...

South Africa has been the jewel in the crown on the continent in terms of producing abundant, low cost electricity: all based upon accessible,...

Low hanging fruit: hydropower in existing water infrastructure

What you see in Figure 1 below does not show a high pressure massage shower but rather a device that ‘destroys’ energy, a so-called...

In depth: Eskom Koeberg Supplier Development and Localisation

The nuclear supply chain legislative and regulatory framework is constantly being revised in view of global lessons learnt, which includes events such as the...

In depth: One woman’s journey from Egypt to the African Union

ESI Africa was fortunate to interview H.E. Dr Elham Mahmoud Ahmed Ibrahim, the woman mandated to enhance efforts for accelerated integrated infrastructure development and...

Emergency Power: What are the alternatives when conventional power runs out?

In both theory and practice, a mobile generator is the most efficient solution for short term emergency power as it is easily moveable, has...

In depth: Are Mini-Grids the Missing ‘Middle’ in Kenya?

With enhanced capacity building to qualify solar technicians, availability of vast financing mechanisms, and continued support to streamline policy and regulatory frameworks, are our...

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