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2017 – Issue 1

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ESI Africa Edition 1, 2017

ESI Africa issue 1/2017 is packed with informative articles from industry experts based in cities across the globe, including California, Lagos, Cape Town, Winnipeg and Dar es Salaam. Articles cover six key areas: generation,...

Unearthing a woman of substance in the geothermal sector

In an exclusive interview with Phyllis Gathoni Mathenge, the company’s drilling engineer, ESI Africa undertakes a bit of ‘excavation’ to uncover how to succeed in the geothermal domain.This article first appeared in ESI-Africa Edition...
IT solutions

Smart metering: A classic case of convergence of information and operation technologies

Historically, Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT) have served differing functions and have hence resided in different departments within the utility. The operations side of the utility has always been responsible for execution,...
safety

Safety and business sustainability in the power industry

The challenges in the power sector in Nigeria grew with time in the face of weak infrastructure, vandalism, electrical accidents with several electrocutions, and poor service. For the purpose of implementing a strategy to...
biogas

Prime time to grow the African biogas industry

The multitude of benefits derived from biogas have been demonstrated in the World Biogas Association (WBA) report launched in December 2016. Equally the report shows that research is in its infancy: with the right...

Prime time to grow the African biogas industry

When Renzo Rosso said “Diesel pioneered the idea of luxury denim, and we still drive this market. But it encompasses more: the consumers love the brand, the lifestyle, the mentality of Diesel”, it certainly...
municipalities

Finance structures within municipalities: a guide to revenue loss recovery

The distribution of electricity requires significant operating revenues and expenditure from municipalities. However, due to national power utility Eskom’s high bulk tariff increases municipalities have had to make tough financial decisions with regard to...

High cost of a Kaplan turbine project: The ‘whys’ explained

Hydropower project implementation is always capital intensive with high upfront investment, needed hence creating a perceived risk among financiers and lenders. Fund lenders naturally ask why a Kaplan project, with similar capacity output, is costlier than...
Kikagati hydropower

O&M challenges in Africa’s hydropower sector

Bill Girling, hydropower development director at the International Hydropower Association (IHA), uncovers the complexities and challenges of operation and maintenance (O&M) of hydropower facilities across the world. “This article first appeared in ESI-Africa Edition 1,...

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