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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 (0)

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 starting commercial sales of SHS in Ivory Coast with its subsidiary Fenix. This is part of ENGIE’s...

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Building a Case for Predictive Maintenance for Mining

Building a case for predictive maintenance for mining

June 19, 2018 • Mining & Energy, Opinion, Southern AfricaComments (0)

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 (0)

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...

Eskom is cutting power to certain areas on Friday as protesting workers make it impossible to sustain full electricity supply.

Load shedding expected throughout the weekend

June 15, 2018 • Mining & Energy, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

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 (0)

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...

How smart technologies will drive Africa's electrical expansion

How smart technologies will drive Africa’s electrical expansion

June 14, 2018 • Mining & EnergyComments (0)

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 (0)

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...

Internet Solutions announces new LTE data package

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...

Internet Solutions announces new LTE data package

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...

MeshPower’s mini-grid in rural Rwanda to open up new economic opportunities

MeshPower’s mini-grid in rural Rwanda to open up new economic opportunities

May 16, 2018 • East Africa, Mining & EnergyComments Off on MeshPower’s mini-grid in rural Rwanda to open up new economic opportunities

Renewable energy company MeshPower has launched a solar mini-grid in Gitaraga village, Bugesera District in Eastern Rwanda. The 4 Kw AC/DC mini-grid will provide clean energy access to 196 households and 15 businesses, nine of which are operated by women....

The number of people without access to electricity has increased, as the population growth has outpaced infrastructure development.

Addressing the energy paradox in Africa

May 16, 2018 • Mining & Energy, Top StoriesComments Off on Addressing the energy paradox in Africa

Almost 20 years ago, approximately 400 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa had no access to electricity. Today, the number of people without access has increased, as the population growth has outpaced infrastructure development. As a result, there are over...

Sherry Zameer - Senior Vice President Internet of Things Solutions, CIS, Middle East and Africa region, Gemalto

Gemalto strengthens trust in smart energy with its new end-to-end security solution

May 15, 2018 • Mining & Energy, SecurityComments Off on Gemalto strengthens trust in smart energy with its new end-to-end security solution

Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, is strengthening trust in the smart energy sector with an end-to-end security solution which protects the entire ecosystem. Deployed by smart meter makers and distribution systems operators, the offer provides...

Finding the connection for power supply in Africa

Finding the connection for power supply in Africa

May 14, 2018 • Mining & Energy, OpinionComments Off on Finding the connection for power supply in Africa

Transmission and distribution networks are key components to electrifying Africa. With this in mind, regional integration dominates the agendas of African policymakers and donor finance institutions – and the focus is on developing infrastructure that binds...