Russia awards Eskom on energy efficient programme

On Friday, South African state-owned power utility, Eskom, announced that its Integrated Demand Management (IDM) programme has won an award for the promotion of energy efficient ways of living.

The power utility won the category titled "Foreign project in the sphere of energy efficiency recommended for implementation in the Russian Federation".

ESI-Africa, 23 November 2015

Eskom signs ZAR2.3 billion credit deal with French agency

Eskom and French funding agency Agence Française de Developpement (AFD) on Monday morning signed a ZAR2.3 billion credit facility agreement to finance Eskom’s distribution projects in the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo.

Eskom said the loan would be repaid at "competitive rates" and will finance investments for grid strengthening, refurbishment, reliability improvement, reticulations, split metering and upstream grid reinforcement to cater for renewable energy.

Business Day, 23 November 2015

South Africa, a "globally significant" renewables investment destination with $11 billion under belt

South Africa sustained its top 10 ranking as an attractive renewable-energy investment destination in the Climatescope 2015 index, confirming its status as a "globally significant investment destination", having attracted over $11 billion in clean-energy investment since 2012. 

The country ranked fourth in an index comprising of 55 emerging markets and came in behind only China, Brazil and Chile, and ahead of India and Mexico.

Engineering News, 23 November 2015

Carbon limits to put $2 trillion of coal, oil, gas projects at risk – report

Up to $2 trillion in petroleum and coal projects will not be needed if the world takes action to limit warming of the planet to two degrees Celsius, according to a report released this week ahead of a global climate summit in Paris. 

The report adds to a string of studies warning investors that measures to curb carbon emissions will hit earnings at coal, oil and gas companies as the world shifts to cleaner energy.

Engineering News, 25 November 2015

Regular inspections, monitoring a must to improve turbine efficiency

Systematic independent technical inspections and independent real-time, around-the-clock condition monitoring of wind turbines, which are rarely done in South Africa, will improve their operational efficiency, maintenance and life span, advocates Cape Town-based renewable-energy consultant etaWind. 

Since the South African wind-energy sector is still in its infancy, there are no binding regulations regarding independent technical inspections, but "internationally . . . a regime based on periodic inspections and condition-based inspections is preferable", says etaWind MD Felix Bielefeld.

Engineering News, 27 November 2015

Design flaws in wind turbine foundations may prove costly, says engineering firm

While wind turbines are standard products that are designed, verified by prototype testing and independently certified, their foundations are designed on a project-by-project basis to suit site-specific ground conditions. This, according to engineering consulting firm Arup, makes wind turbine foundations one of the most high-risk, project-specific design elements in wind farm development.

Further, as there is no internationally available and comprehensive code guidance for wind turbine foundations, designers must correctly incorporate a number of different local and international design codes, which requires a very detailed understanding of the background to both local and international codes.

Engineering News, 27 November 2015