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JA Solar supplies half-cell modules for solar plant in Namibia

July 2, 2018 • Mining & Energy, Southern AfricaComments Off on JA Solar supplies half-cell modules for solar plant in Namibia

JA Solar, a world-leading manufacturer of high-performance solar power products, announced that it has supplied 6.5MW half-cell modules for a solar plant in Namibia, Africa. This plant marks the first half-cell modules project in Namibia and represents JA Solar’s first application of half-cell modules in utility-scale projects. Located in Namibia, the...

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Minister Radebe promised greater alignment between South Africa’s energy plans.

‘South Africa to align energy plans with SADC gas master plan’ – Minister Jeff Radebe

June 27, 2018 • Mining & Energy, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on ‘South Africa to align energy plans with SADC gas master plan’ – Minister Jeff Radebe

South Africa hosted the joint meeting of Southern African Development Community (SADC) Ministers responsible for Energy and Water in, Johannesburg on Tuesday, 26 June 2018. The meeting was co-chaired by the Minister of Energy Jeff Radebe and Minister of Water...

Smart, hands-free mining solutions for the future

Building a case for predictive maintenance for mining

June 26, 2018 • Mining & Energy, OpinionComments Off on Building a case for predictive maintenance for mining

The South African mining industry performed poorly over the past ten years, shrinking to become even smaller today than it was in 1994. However, if major constraints impeding accelerated growth and development are lifted, estimates show that the mining sector...

Grundfos' Sustainable Intelligence Hub brightens the future of water management

Grundfos’ Sustainable Intelligence Hub brightens the future of water management

June 25, 2018 • Internet of Things, Mining & Energy, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on Grundfos’ Sustainable Intelligence Hub brightens the future of water management

Last week, as part of an industry open day, Grundfos South Africa hosted the Sustainable Intelligence Hub exhibition, a high-tech showcase on how intelligent technology and digital solutions can play an important role in solving the world’s water and...

ENGIE to continue expanding decentralised energy offering following year of successes

ENGIE to continue expanding decentralised energy offering

June 20, 2018 • Mining & Energy, Southern AfricaComments Off on ENGIE to continue expanding decentralised energy offering

Global utility, ENGIE, is confirming its focus on off-grid energy provision in Africa, with plans to continue expanding their solar home system (SHS) and mini-grid activities. ENGIE is launching new mini-grid projects in Zambia with ENGIE PowerCorner and...

Building a Case for Predictive Maintenance for Mining

Building a case for predictive maintenance for mining

June 19, 2018 • Mining & Energy, Opinion, Southern AfricaComments Off on Building a case for predictive maintenance for mining

The South African mining industry performed poorly over the past ten years, shrinking to become even smaller today than it was in 1994. However, if major constraints impeding accelerated growth and development are lifted, estimates show that the mining sector...

The EU’s renewable energy ambitions: Bioenergy from forests is not always carbon neutral

The EU’s renewable energy ambitions: Bioenergy from forests is not always carbon neutral

June 18, 2018 • Mining & EnergyComments Off on The EU’s renewable energy ambitions: Bioenergy from forests is not always carbon neutral

Since the launching of the EU’s clean energy package in November 2016, the European institutions and many Member States have emphasised their renewable energy ambitions, which culminated in political agreement on the recast of the renewable energy directive...

Remote monitoring as a power management solution

Load shedding expected throughout the weekend

June 15, 2018 • Mining & Energy, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on Load shedding expected throughout the weekend

On Friday, June 15, South Africa experienced its second consecutive day of load shedding, with power outages likely to continue over the weekend. Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said that stage 1 load shedding started at 11:30 and would continue until 21:00...

Africa has potential to revolutionise the energy sector through smart power innovation

Africa has potential to revolutionise the energy sector through smart power innovation

June 14, 2018 • General, Mining & EnergyComments Off on Africa has potential to revolutionise the energy sector through smart power innovation

Within developing economies, including Africa, there are growing opportunities to implement new technologies and localised energy generation systems, that could lead to innovation that will change how the world generates, stores and distributes power. This is...

Smart cities hold the key to a more connected and inclusive future for Africa

How smart technologies will drive Africa’s electrical expansion

June 14, 2018 • Mining & EnergyComments Off on How smart technologies will drive Africa’s electrical expansion

The use of advanced metering technologies is steadily on the rise in Africa, but, to evolve the business models of the electrical utilities operating on the continent, utilities still need to harness the full digital potential of technologies such as smart...

Mobile application cost calculator for major household appliances to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Mobile application cost calculator for major household appliances to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

June 11, 2018 • Mining & Energy, Southern AfricaComments Off on Mobile application cost calculator for major household appliances to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

The Department of Energy has implemented a programme to remove the highest energy-consuming appliances from the South African market. The programme is aimed at introducing appliances that are less energy consuming and compliant with the new Minimum Energy...

Why settle for megabits per second when you can cruise along at gigabits per second?

LTE Boosts automation and safety in the mining industry

June 9, 2018 • Mining & Energy, OpinionComments Off on LTE Boosts automation and safety in the mining industry

South Africa has one of the most abundant mineral reserves in the world. Different estimates suggest that the country could be sitting on $2.5-$5 trillion worth of mineral reserves. Mining, therefore, is an essential economic activity in the country with the...

IFAD Vice-President in Kenya to promote innovations for rural transformation

IFAD Vice-President in Kenya to promote innovations for rural transformation

June 6, 2018 • East Africa, Healthcare, Mining & EnergyComments Off on IFAD Vice-President in Kenya to promote innovations for rural transformation

Cornelia Richter, Vice-President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), concluded a five-day visit to Kenya where she met with Deputy President William Ruto and other high-ranking government officials to discuss expanding successful...

New Namibian solar project to address socio-economic development challenges

New Namibian solar project to address socio-economic development challenges

June 6, 2018 • Mining & Energy, Southern AfricaComments Off on New Namibian solar project to address socio-economic development challenges

Namibia’s minister of mines and energy, Tom Alweendo, highlighted the need for the government and private sector to collaborate in order to address socio-economic development challenges. The announced was made during the launch of the B2Gold Otjiko...

No more nuclear deal between South Africa and Russia

No more nuclear deal between South Africa and Russia

June 5, 2018 • Mining & Energy, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on No more nuclear deal between South Africa and Russia

South Africa’s Minister of Energy, Jeff Radebe, confirmed that the country no longer has a nuclear deal with Russia. This announcement follows Deputy President David Mabuza’s official visit to the Russian Federation in May and the BRICS Summit taking...

Why settle for megabits per second when you can cruise along at gigabits per second?

Why LTE is a game changer for mining Industry

June 1, 2018 • Mining & Energy, Top StoriesComments Off on Why LTE is a game changer for mining Industry

The African mining industry is a significant driver of its economic development. The industry then needs to use the latest and the best-in-class connectivity options to enhance operational efficiency and ensure the safety of miners and assets. Mines are...