Billions invested in renewable energy to address SA power deficit

from SAVIOUS KWINIKA in Pofadder, Northern Cape POFADDER, (CAJ News) – GOVERNMENT and the private sector are investing billions of rands as South Africa makes the most of its abundance in renewable sources of energy and ultimately address erratic power supplies that are partly to blame for prevailing economic challenges. The country has vast clean energy sources as […]

Solar energy storage plant, picture by Savious Kwinika, CAJ News

from SAVIOUS KWINIKA in Pofadder, Northern Cape
POFADDER, (CAJ News) GOVERNMENT and the private sector are investing billions of

Billions invested in renewable energy to address SA power deficit

Lizeka Matsheka, IDC Divisional Executive for Agro, Infrastructure and New Industry, photo by Savious Kwinika, CAJ News

rands as South Africa makes the most of its abundance in renewable sources of energy and ultimately address erratic power supplies that are partly to blame for prevailing economic challenges.

Billions invested in renewable energy to address SA power deficit

Dominic Jose Goncalves, Vice President for Business Development at Abengoa, photo by Savious Kwinika, CAJ News

The country has vast clean energy sources as sunlight, wind, biomass and geothermal heat but a lack of investment over the years has seen the country fail to exploit these.

Things are anticipated to change following a multibillion-rand investment by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and Public Investment Corporation (PIC) 100 megawatt (MW) solar plant in Pofadder, some 230km west of Upington, Northern Cape Province.

The facility, said to become the African continent’s largest renewable source of energy, ahead of solar photovoltaic project in Jasper, also in the Northern Cape, feeds directly into Eskom’s national power grid.

The plant in Pofadder is one of more than 20 projects nationwide, worth R14 billion, with the financing set to result in creating thousands of the much needed job opportunities and ensuring surplus electricity supplies.

Such projects contribute to South Africa´s goals of achieving up to 17,800 MW of renewable energy by 2030, and reducing dependence on oil and natural gas.

Lizeka Matsheka, IDC Divisional Executive for Agro, Infrastructure and New Industry, said South Africa required reliable sources of energy to attract more investment and create much-needed jobs.

“There is no economy that can prosper without electricity. We can’t afford to ration energy industrially and residentially,” Matsheka told CAJ News Africa in Pofadder.

She said the electricity load shedding that peaked in 2014 highlighted the consequences of failure to invest in renewable energy.

“IDC facilitates creation of jobs through projects such as this one (renewable energy investment),” Matsheka said of the latest facility.

Jeff Radebe, the energy minister, who officially commissioned the power plant, said the country, through its 2030 vision, planned to invest $10,8 billion (about R130 billion) in renewable energy, a development that would drive the spiraling costs of electricity down.

He said the government, in partnership with private companies such as Abengoa Solar would ensure Eskom adequately supplied the nation without concerns of load shedding.

“Lack of energy contributed to low growth of South African economy. Past energy shortfalls taught us to increase power generation. South Africa is rich in renewable energy,” Radebe said.

He added renewable energy had the added advantage of reducing carbon emissions.

Dominic Jose Goncalves, Vice President for Business Development at Abengoa, which installed the 300 hectare solar thermal plant, said some 95 000 households were now benefitting from solar energy.

Goncalves said 1 300 jobs had been created.

Local communities are also set to benefit through the transfer of skills.

Abengoa Solar built the plant and carries out its operation and maintenance. IDC, South Africa´s largest development finance institution, holds 29 percent. The local KaXu Community Trust holds 20 percent.

Sylvia Lucas, the Northern Cape Premier, hailed the Pofadder project as a “game changer” in electricity generation.

She however bemoaned the poor state of roads in the province as a drawback to economic growth.

“This challenge is limiting economic growth,” Lucas said.

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source: CAJ News Africa » Engineering

Power meters to come to a standstill in 2024

by SAVIOUS KWINIKA JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – THERE are concerns South African utilities might leave it too late until about 7 million prepaid electricity meters become obsolete by 2024 when the system that runs credit tokens run out of numbers. The Standard Transfer Specification Association (STSA) has thus embarked on an awareness programme to inform […]

Electricity pre-paid reader

by SAVIOUS KWINIKA
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) THERE are concerns South African utilities might leave it too late until about 7 million prepaid electricity meters become obsolete by 2024 when the system that runs credit tokens run out of numbers.

The Standard Transfer Specification Association (STSA) has thus embarked on an awareness programme to inform the utilities to upgrade their vending systems and the need to reset meters before November of that year.

All 7 million existing meters will stop accepting credit tokens and must be upgraded to Standard Technical Specification (STS) 600 . STSA estimates the number of prepayment meters could still grow to approximately eight million by 2024.

Approximately 50 million meters are currently installed globally.

Don Taylor, director of the STSA, the South African metering standards industry body, explained the token identifier (TID) is calculated as the number of minutes that have elapsed since a defined base date of 1993 up to the time of creating the token.

The TID has a limited range and will run out in November 2024, at which point all existing prepayment meters will stop accepting credit tokens, Taylor further explained.

“In order to circumvent this issue, the memory of each meter needs to be cleared of all stored TIDs and its cryptographic key needs to be changed before 2024.”

Utilities or the end customer should clear the memory and change the meter keys before November 2024.

The new range of TIDs will then start from a new base date of 2014 and run out in 2045.

“There is thus a six-year window within which the utilities have to complete this programme,” said Taylor.

He expressed concern utilities might leave this too late, hence the standards body was embarking on an awareness programme. It is reaching out to all STS users and providing a platform to facilitate technical support and guidance to users during the implementation of the TID rollover programme.

STSA aims to establish a website where users can interact on related issues.

In addition, it is embarking on a communication effort with users by making use of media channels and conference events to raise awareness of the 2024 TID rollover.

STSA was created in in 1993 as an industry standard to support the Eskom’s electrification programme to connect 10 million households to the grid.

It is a returning industry partner association and exhibitor at the African Utility Week exhibition and conference scheduled for Cape Town in May.

– CAJ News

source: CAJ News Africa » Engineering

Nominations open for SAP Africa Quality Awards

by MTHULISI SIBANDA JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – THE nomination period for the 2018 SAP Quality Awards in Africa is now open. The awards honour SAP customers who embrace quality in their SAP software implementations and realise great business value through successful planning and execution. “This is an excellent opportunity to get acknowledgment for your achievements […]

SAP Africa Quality Awards

by MTHULISI SIBANDA
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – THE nomination period for the 2018 SAP Quality Awards in Africa is now open.

The awards honour SAP customers who embrace quality in their SAP software implementations and realise great business value through successful planning and execution.

“This is an excellent opportunity to get acknowledgment for your achievements within your own organization and in the market,” said Nazia Pillay, Head of Active Quality Management at SAP Africa.

SAP Quality Awards are open to all SAP customers in Europe, Middle East and Africa region that submit an online nomination before February 28.

Excelling companies will be awarded in such categories as Business Transformation, Fast Delivery and Innovation.

Winners receive Gold, Silver or Bronze awards, which are handed over at SAP Forum on April 25.

The Gold winners advance to the regional awards where regional winners are invited to a regional gala dinner event in the second quarter of 2019 to receive their awards.

Projects which have been live for between two and 18 months before the submission deadline are eligible.

The SAP Quality Awards provide a great opportunity for companies with best-in-class SAP implementations to recognize the teams that have enabled this success.

The winners’ success will be celebrated through local events, SAP newsletters, as well as being given a great platform for press activity.

Earlier this year, the City of Cape Town were the biggest winners at the SAP Africa Quality Awards held in South Africa.

Alteram, Botswana Oil, Cosumar, Kenya Electricity Transmission Company, Nigeria German Chemicals, Pick n’ Pay and United African Company Nigeria were also awarded.

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source: CAJ News Africa » Engineering

Awards to honour excellence in East Africa’s power industry

From MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – THE region’s leading projects, individuals and companies in the sector will be honoured at the inaugural East African Power Industry Awards organised as part of the upcoming East African Power Industry Convention (EAPIC). The convention is scheduled for August 27-28 in Nairobi, Kenya. “We regard […]

outstanding power professionals and projects in the East African region are recognised and honoured

From MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – THE region’s leading projects, individuals and companies in the sector will be honoured at the inaugural East African Power Industry Awards organised as part of the upcoming East African Power Industry Convention (EAPIC).

The convention is scheduled for August 27-28 in Nairobi, Kenya.

“We regard these awards as long overdue as it is high time that the outstanding power professionals and projects in the East African region are recognised and honoured,” says Natalie Bacon, Programme Director of EAPIC.

“The seven awards categories will highlight those companies and
executives who have been responsible for pioneering new frontiers, pushing boundaries, inspiring others and achieving growth in turbulent and challenging markets.”

Celebrating the region’s triumphs and successes in 2014/2015, the
industry is able to nominate candidates for seven award categories in the awards, ranging from Power Transaction of the Year, Clean Energy Project of the Year to the category of Outstanding Woman in Power.

An accomplished list of industry experts has agreed to form a panel of independent judges that will decide on the winners.

These include Arlete Sando (Electricidade de Moçambique, Mozambique), Brian Mushimba (Eskom, Uganda), Caroline Kimathi, (Electricity Regulatory Commission, Kenya), Charles Muchunku (KEREA, Kenya), David Otwoma, (National Commission for Science Technology and Innovation, Ministry of Education, Kenya).

Others are Emma Kiilu (Electricity Regulatory Commission, Kenya),
Gordon Molefe (Botswana Power Corporation), Hindpal Jabal (Energy
Regulatory Commission, Kenya) and Florence Nsubuga (UMEME, Uganda), who made history in May this year by becoming the inaugural winner of the Woman in Power Award at African Utility Week in Cape Town, South Africa.

The Kenyan utility, KenGen, also won two awards at African Utility Week, namely Power Utility of the Year as well as Clean Power Project of the Year, and will be hot favourites to beat in the East African competition.

EAPIC and the East African Power Industry Awards are organised by
Spintelligent, leading Cape Town-based trade exhibition and conference organiser, and the African office of Clarion Events Ltd, based in the United Kingdom.

CAJ News

source: CAJ News Africa » Engineering