Eskom aiming to "freeze" pollution from power station and mine wastewater streams

The research unit of state-owned power utility Eskom has invested ZAR8.3 million in a pilot eutectic freeze crystallisation plant at its innovation centre in Gauteng in an effort to test whether the solution could be deployed as an alternative water treatment technology at its power stations – one that eliminates all effluent liquid discharge and materially reduces it raw water consumption.

Researchers at the Rosherville campus are even optimistic that the solution will not only prove viable in recovering power-station water, but could also enable Eskom to begin treating acid mine drainage for use in its plants, offering a new source of water that is currently regarded as a major negative aspect of South Africa’s mining legacy.

Engineering News, 22 January 2016

South African delegation inundated by eager energy investors

South African Energy Minister, Tina Joemat-Pettersson, on Friday 22 January 2016 told a briefing at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, that the South African delegation had been inundated with requests for meetings from potential energy investors.

The minister added that the evaluation of the potential nuclear power programme would be done along the same lines as the highly lauded and successful Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme.

Engineering News, 22 January 2016

SA must take gap left for gas in resource plan

With more than 7% of the world’s gas reserves — an estimated 14.13 trillion cubic metres of potential natural gas throughout Africa and 16.9 trillion cubic metres of proven reserves — Africa’s largely underexplored abundant natural gas reserves represent one of the critical keys for unlocking the continent’s development and industrialisation potential.

Large finds in Mozambique and Tanzania that account for about half of Africa’s gas-fuelled power potential, acknowledged prospects in Angola and Nigeria’s significant reserves are set to change the face of the region.

Business Day, 25 January 2016

CSIR aims to power campus by 100% renewables

A 558 kW ground-mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) plant at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has reached commercial operation. 

This project is part of the research facility’s goal of running its Pretoria campus 100% on renewable power.

ESI-Africa, 26 January 2016