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The impact of digitisation on the energy sector

January 23, 2019 • Mining & Energy, Top StoriesComments Off on The impact of digitisation on the energy sector

“The fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0) is pushing energy efficiency, as more and more items become digitised. The Internet of Things (IoT) includes the refrigerator in your home, the aircon in your office and the entire production process in your factory. The more efficiently these run, the less energy is expended,” explains Barry Bredenkamp,...

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Schneider Electric launches new digital ecosystem

Schneider Electric launches Go Green in the City 2019

January 18, 2019 • Mining & Energy, Southern AfricaComments Off on Schneider Electric launches Go Green in the City 2019

  Schneider Electric launched Go Green in the City 2019, its annual global student contest to find bold ideas and innovative solutions for smarter, more energy-efficient and sustainable cities. Now in its ninth year, Go Green in the City is a major...

Blockchain technology used to validate ethically sourced minerals in the DRC

Blockchain technology used to validate ethically sourced minerals in the DRC

January 17, 2019 • Mining & EnergyComments Off on Blockchain technology used to validate ethically sourced minerals in the DRC

Ford Motor Company, Huayou Cobalt, IBM, LG Chem and RCS Global announced plans to use blockchain technology to trace and validate ethically sourced minerals. The pilot is expected to be completed mid-year 2019. The group, which includes participants at each...

Energy efficiency puts cash back in your pocket

Energy efficiency puts cash back in your pocket

January 16, 2019 • Mining & Energy, Southern AfricaComments Off on Energy efficiency puts cash back in your pocket

Energy efficiency is often seen as a ‘nice to have’ or only for ‘big corporations’ but not applicable at home or small to medium businesses because it is expensive or not necessary. “It is this kind of thinking that delays the implementation of...

Mining industry gets super wireless technology boost

Mining industry gets super wireless technology boost

January 15, 2019 • Mining & Energy, Top StoriesComments Off on Mining industry gets super wireless technology boost

Epiroc, a productivity partner for the mining, infrastructure and natural resources industries, has signed a cooperation agreement with Ericsson to jointly help mining companies achieve optimal wireless connectivity in their operations through LTE and 5G...

How smart models can make solar and wind energy more reliable

How smart models can make solar and wind energy more reliable

January 10, 2019 • Mining & Energy, Southern AfricaComments Off on How smart models can make solar and wind energy more reliable

South Africa’s shift to renewable energy is moving at a slow pace, however there are some small communities which have already been integrated into renewables and are predicted to be the future of energy. Communities in the remote areas of the country have...

Mining industry gets super wireless technology boost

National Energy Services Reunited Corp receives multi-year contracts in North Africa

December 30, 2018 • Mining & Energy, North AfricaComments Off on National Energy Services Reunited Corp receives multi-year contracts in North Africa

National Energy Services Reunited Corp, a provider of integrated energy services in the Middle East and North Africa (”MENA”) region, has revealed that it has been awarded a number of major multi-year contracts in North Africa and the Gulf region...

Gwakwani gets access to sustainable energy and water

Gwakwani gets access to sustainable energy and water

December 18, 2018 • Mining & Energy, Southern AfricaComments Off on Gwakwani gets access to sustainable energy and water

A remote village located 300km north of Polokwane, Gwakwani now has access to energy and water through sustainable interventions, thanks to a partnership between the University of Johannesburg’s (UJ) Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering...

West Africa-based pay-as-you-go solar company raises $25 million Series C funding round

Desert solar initiative to make Africa a renewables power-house

December 10, 2018 • Mining & EnergyComments Off on Desert solar initiative to make Africa a renewables power-house

The details of the “Desert to Power Initiative” have been outlined as part of the Paris Agreement climate change talks at COP24 in Katowice, Poland. Energy poverty in Africa is estimated to cost the continent 2-4 % GDP annually, according to the African...

Load Shedding

Overcome load shedding this Festive Season with these top tips

December 6, 2018 • Lists, Mining & Energy, Top StoriesComments Off on Overcome load shedding this Festive Season with these top tips

The festive season has officially begun; however, it looks as though South Africans will be celebrating the holidays without electricity, at certain times of the day and night, as South African power utility Eskom has implemented load shedding. As load...

Rwanda signs nuclear deal with Russia

December 6, 2018 • East Africa, Mining & EnergyComments Off on Rwanda signs nuclear deal with Russia

Russia and Rwanda have signed an intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. It was signed on Wednesday, 5 October 2018 in Moscow by Alexey Likhachov, director general of Russian state nuclear corporation...

South Africa: New Solar Plant opens in Upington

South Africa: New Solar Plant opens in Upington

December 3, 2018 • Mining & EnergyComments Off on South Africa: New Solar Plant opens in Upington

On 30 November 2018, 100MW of new solar power was added to the grid, as the Karoshoek Solar One project went live in Upington, Northern Cape.  This project is the latest success of Government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement...

Visa, Branch collaborate to expand financial access across Sub-Saharan Africa

Visa partners Vivo Energy to enhance digital payments across 15 African markets

November 27, 2018 • East Africa, Mining & Energy, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Visa partners Vivo Energy to enhance digital payments across 15 African markets

Visa, payments technology company and Vivo Energy, the company that markets and distributes Shell-branded fuels and lubricants in Africa, have announced a Pan African agreement to provide digital payment services to consumers across 15 African countries. The...

Mining industry gets super wireless technology boost

5-point checklist to ensure optimal cost and operational efficiency in mining

November 13, 2018 • Mining & EnergyComments Off on 5-point checklist to ensure optimal cost and operational efficiency in mining

Rising input costs, regulatory pressures and flat commodity prices is making it increasingly difficult for local miners to make enough money to stay afloat and sufficiently support the surrounding industries and communities, which were established primarily...

Africa’s bumpy road to sustainable energy

Africa’s bumpy road to sustainable energy

November 7, 2018 • East Africa, Mining & Energy, Southern Africa, West AfricaComments Off on Africa’s bumpy road to sustainable energy

For years, Kenyans freely used and disposed of plastic bags. The bags were ubiquitous—in the markets, in the gutters, and in the guts out of 3 out of every 10 animals taken to slaughter. Nakuru, a town northwest of Nairobi, was a particular eyesore, with a...

Greenlight Planet, Zonful Energy install 10,000 solar home systems in Zimbabwe

Greenlight Planet, Zonful Energy install 10,000 solar home systems in Zimbabwe

November 6, 2018 • Mining & Energy, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on Greenlight Planet, Zonful Energy install 10,000 solar home systems in Zimbabwe

  Greenlight Planet announced that its partner, Zonful Energy a pay as you go (PAYG) company in Zimbabwe set an impressive record of distributing 10,000 Sun King solar home systems in a short span of four months. Zonful Energy, in partnership with...