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Swedish Stirling has signed a letter of intent with one of South Africa’s largest ferrochrome producers. Recently, the parties signed an agreement granting The company twelve month exclusivity to negotiate the installation of initially up to 25 PWR BLOK 400-F (9,9 MW) to a power generation facility at Glencore’s smelter … Continue reading "Exclusivity agreement signed"

The SABS Laboratory Services Division has put a KSB split case pump with a 2800 m3 per hour capacity through the paces of pump acceptance testing at the SABS Pump Testing Facility in Pretoria. The pump, driven by a V16 quad turbo Mitsubishi motor with 1350 kW power output, is … Continue reading "SABS tests largest pump in 41 years"

Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO), the country’s largest electric utility, awarded ABB Power Grid’s business with a large order to build two new converter stations. One station on the mainland converts the power from alternative current (AC) to direct current and transfers the electricity by undersea cable with almost no … Continue reading "Large order for converter stations in South Korea"

Skyriders Access Specialists set a new record when it deployed its Elios SkyEye confined-space drone for the first time in the massive internal space of the back-pass ducting at a major coal-fired power station in Limpopo. The back-pass ducting conveys the hot exhaust gases and fly ash to the precip … Continue reading "Drone deployed for major boiler inspection"

There is global momentum to diversify electricity generation sources for economic, environmental and security reasons. Distributed generation (DG) enables more companies to enter the electricity market stimulating competition, encourages the development of renewable energy (RE) and limits the impact of events such as cyber-attacks. However, conventional electricity distribution networks are … Continue reading "Integrating renewable energy sources into smart grids – Part three"

Partial discharge (PD) diagnostics is required to identify defects in a non-destructive way and start corrective action to avoid in-service failure, stopping a potential catastrophic failure before it happens. The Techimp Aquila is a compact (<12 kg) solution for fast and flexible PD diagnostic testing, and can even be used … Continue reading "Portable PD diagnostic instrument doubles as monitoring system"

We should be grateful we’re having a mild winter. Without the power received from the independently owned and operated renewable energy-sourced power stations we’d be in the dark – or facing serious loadshedding events right now. Roger Lilley Since we are not experiencing loadshedding at present,  some may believe that … Continue reading "Is loadshedding imminent? – Ask the weatherman"

Silicon solar cells have been around for a long time. The most efficient solar panels on the market manage 22%,but unfortunately, the days of large improvements in efficiency have long been over. New technologies which offer higher efficiency are still years away from market, so the only road to higher … Continue reading "Minor improvements to silicon crystalline PV cells increase efficiency"

Comtest is offering Fluke’s expert series thermal imagers – the TiX560 and TiX520. Users of infrared devices need maximum flexibility with an ergonomic design that allows for easy navigation over, under and around hard-to-reach objects.  With an articulating lens that rotates a 180° with the FlexCam lens and a 5,7 … Continue reading "New series thermal imagers"

RWW Engineering, a South African manufacturer of electrical equipment for industry and utilities, has been appointed the South African manufacturer of inverters for Spanish company Green Power Technologies. The inverters will be used at three 75 MW solar PV farms which are being built as part of Round 4 of … Continue reading "Locally made inverters for new solar farms"


Wildlands Conservation Trust

The Wildlands Conservation Trust (WCT) assists local communities and local governments in realising the virtuous cycles between human and ecological well-­being.

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The uMdoni Municipality and the Project Preparation Trust (PPT) are partners in this project with PACE.

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Hout Bay Recycling Co-op

A social enterprise started by Thrive Hout Bay saw residents of Imizamo Yethu township in Hout Bay begin recycling in 2009.

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Kuyasa is low-carbon housing development in one of the poorest and most vulnerable corners of Khayelitsha, Western Cape.

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Welbedacht – Energy Efficient Housing

This project was originally designed by USAID to demonstrate appropriate energy efficient technologies in low-income households in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), South Africa.

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Spier Mob Grazing

Since April 2009 Angus McIntosh has managed a portion of Spier agriculture that involves 74 hectares of irrigated pasture.

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Reliance Compost

We would like to see a world in which composting companies of tomorrow replace the oil companies of today in the local economy.

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Walker’s Recycling

Walkers Recycling is a family-run business started in 2005 by Eddie Walker. The business collects high-value recyclable material from the Cape Town CBD.

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