Carbon Industry News

SA’s carbon tax is a step in the right direction

March 18, 2019

SA’s carbon tax is a step in the right direction The transition to a low-carbon economy offers long-term investors a range of new market opportunities 07 MARCH 2019 – 13:54 JON DUNCAN [image: Picture: SUNDAY TIMES] Picture: SUNDAY TIMES Since 2010 the debate concerning the net effect of pricing carbon … Continue reading “SA’s carbon tax is a step in the right direction”

‘No doubt’ temperatures in Arctic will rise 3.5C by 2050, says UN – Climate Action

‘No doubt’ temperatures in Arctic will rise 3.5C by 2050, says UN New research by the United Nations (UN) has found that a sharp temperature rise in the Arctic is now inevitable. – 14 March 2019 – Rachel Cooper – New research by the United Nations (UN) has found that … Continue reading “‘No doubt’ temperatures in Arctic will rise 3.5C by 2050, says UN – Climate Action”

Kids tell world’s politicians: ‘It’s our future,…

OUR BURNING PLANETKids tell world’s politicians: ‘It’s our future, stop destroying it’ By Tessa Knight• 18 March 2019 Geenah, a Grade 12 student, holds a sign that says ‘This ain’t fake news’ outside of Parliament in Cape Town on March 15 during a protest to raise awareness about climate change. … Continue reading “Kids tell world’s politicians: ‘It’s our future,…”

Leading parties aren’t in the green for environmental policies

Leading parties aren’t in the green for environmental policies By Tessa Knight• 18 March 2019 90 Reactions On 8 May South Africans won’t see a green party on the ballot paper. Instead, what they will see is political parties with lofty claims of bettering the South African environment and pushing … Continue reading “Leading parties aren’t in the green for environmental policies”

Tanzanian Urbanization

For sustainable cities, pessing need is to co-ordinate investments and plans at the city-scale to avoid piece-meal and costly urban development. #7thTanzaniaUrbanizationLabMeeting pic.twitter.com/wq63fbOZHG — ESRF (@ESRFTZ) March 15, 2019

Almost 90 years of power solutions excellence

Founded in Denmark in 1933, Danfoss is a leading supplier of energy-efficient power solutions. The company is, among others, a provider of mobile hydraulics for the construction, agriculture and other vehicle markets, and has pioneered orbital motors and steering units. Danfoss Cooling engineers and develops energy-efficient cooling technologies; encourages the … Continue reading “Almost 90 years of power solutions excellence”

Modelling decentralised energy grid with GIS digital twin

March 17, 2019

Bentley Systems has announced the availability of OpenUtilities DER Planning and Design Assessment Solutions, the latest of its electric utility software offerings that provide decision support and cost-based models and simulations for distributed energy resources (DER) integration. In partnership with Siemens’ Digital Grid business unit, OpenUtilities Solutions for DER enables … Continue reading “Modelling decentralised energy grid with GIS digital twin”

Cost-reduced drone-based wind turbine inspections

Sulzer & Schmid Laboratories has launched a new inspection platform, the 3DX HD, which has been developed as a cost-effective solution to cope with large volumes of high definition wind turbine blade inspections. Based on the compact and flexible DJI M-210 drone, the platform delivers fully autonomous drone inspections at … Continue reading “Cost-reduced drone-based wind turbine inspections”

School Strikes Special

March 16, 2019

Breaking News: 100,000s children take to the streets on #climatestrike globally [image: Fossil Free Digest] Today is an historic day. As I write, 100,000s of children and students have already walked out of school to strike for the climate. And their global call to action is only just beginning — … Continue reading “School Strikes Special”

Gas Players Win Carbon Backdown by Western Australia Regulator

March 15, 2019

Western Australia’s environmental regulator will withdraw controversial new guidelines on carbon emissions, providing relief to gas producers who said they could lead to delays in billions of dollars… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Want to Help Fight Climate Change? Have More Children

in the context of your own decisions about family but in global terms, specifically per-capita carbon emissions. In the U.S., they have been declining for some time, due partly to the shift from… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

World Bank Doubles Pledge to Climate Efforts in Africa

Development Agency Ltd. will on Thursday sign an emission-reduction purchase agreement to buy carbon credits from smaller hydropower plants. … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

De Blasio Maps $10 Billion Plan for a Flood-Proof Manhattan

just not happening.”President Donald Trump’s skepticism that climate change is the result of carbon-dioxide emissions from the use of fossil fuels means that the city can’t rely on federal funds… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

The Green New Deal Progressives Really Are Coming for Your Beef

smaller-scale and sustainable farming, where the government would offer benefits for reducing their carbon footprint. That could mean choosing poultry over beef, or cutting waste. Incentives are the “carrot”… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

When Paying $1 for Coal Power Plant Is Still Paying Too Much

spend $400 million to $800 million to retrofit the facility with carbon capture and sequestration technology that would collect carbon dioxide before it’s released into the atmosphere, Heller said… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Champions of Big Oil Extend Olive Branch to Green New Dealers

together and having a conversation” with U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez about the low-carbon blueprint intended to free the country from fossil-fuel dependence in a decade.His remarks came… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

What If Google and the Government Merged?

energy losses, finding ways to make cement and heat homes without releasing carbon, and developing ways to capture carbon cheaply from the air. Government research can and should help achieve breakthroughs… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Green Buildings Saved Renters $72M, Fannie Mae Says

which has made it the largest green bond issuer worldwide.Buildings are one of the top sources of carbon emissions in the U.S., and improvements like these feature in the policies of Representative… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Australian, New Zealand students kick off global climate change strike

… government inaction on climate change. “Climate change is worse than… movement, which started in August 2018 when 16-year-old Swedish climate… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

Shell sets its first carbon reduction targets on output, consumption

March 14, 2019

… it planned to reduce carbon emissions from its oil and gas operations… period, the first time the company has issued carbon footprint targets… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

SA’s nuclear medicine facility ready to restart production

Following a lengthy period of shutdown in 2017 and 2018 which resulted from safety scares, the production of radioisotopes by NTP Radioistopes (SOC) started up again in November 2018 and ran until February this year, at which point it was stopped again for a short period to ensure that the … Continue reading “SA’s nuclear medicine facility ready to restart production”

Fast track solution irons out fluctuating voltage

When a Gauteng-based pharmaceutical manufacturing facility decided to upgrade its electrical systems, it discovered severe voltage fluctuations which could reduce the life and performance of its equipment. Trafo Power Solutions solved this potential headache with an innovative and fast-tracked installation. The pharmaceutical company had decided to relocate its factory’s substation … Continue reading “Fast track solution irons out fluctuating voltage”

Remote oscillography gives network visibility

Distribution network protection assets such as automatic circuit reclosers provide a grid wide view of a system, but network monitoring by means of conventional SCADA is no longer sufficient with increasing load complexity and distributed generation. To assist engineers, Noja Power’s OSM recloser provides a platform for oscillography capture and … Continue reading “Remote oscillography gives network visibility”

CEO looks to grow African footprint

As part of its ongoing growth plans, Zest WEG Group will continue to focus on opportunities in more African countries, according to Siegfried Kreutzfeld, its new chief executive officer. With 40 years of service in the global WEG Group, Kreutzfeld brings a wealth of industry experience to the top job at … Continue reading “CEO looks to grow African footprint”

Energy company acquires water treatment plant

Energy Partners Water (EP Water) recently announced its merger with water purification specialist, Venus Water Treatment, after concluding the purchase of a 100% stake in the company. The merger adds significant manufacturing and project execution capability to EP Water’s portfolio. With the capabilities acquired through this merger, the company will … Continue reading “Energy company acquires water treatment plant”

Oil-free compressors assist automotive factory

Local provider of portable air and power Rand-Air was recently requested to hire two diesel oil-free compressors to a local facilities management company, for use at the end-customer’s  local motor vehicle manufacturing plant. The vehicle manufacturer’s plant has become the nerve centre of the company’s South African operations. Over the past … Continue reading “Oil-free compressors assist automotive factory”

Earth fault algorithm for recloser controller

Nola Power has released an upgrade to its recloser controller firmware and introduced an optional Cos Phi algorithm to the existing earth fault protection suite. Although the OSM recloser system with RC control already possesses a high resolution SEF capability, with pickup from 200 mA SEF, the inclusion of the … Continue reading “Earth fault algorithm for recloser controller”

Series of natural gas generators launched

Cummins launched its HSK78G natural gas generator series recently. The series offers a total package of gas generator capabilities and innovative gas technology for prime and peaking power applications. With a power density of up to 2,0 MW from a 78 l engine, the new generator series is designed to … Continue reading “Series of natural gas generators launched”

Gas-powered industrial scale dust extractor

Dustcontrol UK will showcase the firm’s new DC Storm LPG, its powerful Tromb 400 extractors, the DC 2900 and DC 1800 eco vacuums and its DC Aircube cleaners at the upcoming Safety & Health Expo 2019 from 18 to 20 June in London. The innovative propane-driven DC Storm LPG came … Continue reading “Gas-powered industrial scale dust extractor”

SAIEE lightning safety webinar

The South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE) is planning to hold a webinar on the topic of lightning safety on 26 March 2019 from 18h00 to 19h00. The webinar will focus broadly on the topic of lightning, with particular attention being given to practical safety guidelines, basic physics of … Continue reading “SAIEE lightning safety webinar”

Call for Climate Strike – 15 March 2019

Dear all, This is a call to join the *Cape Town Climate Strike this Friday 15th March!* Inspired by Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, up to 2000 pupils from more than 20 schools and universities will gather in Cape Town outside parliament and stand up for the climate. *Programme:* 12 … Continue reading “Call for Climate Strike – 15 March 2019”

Essilor says top shareholder's proposals not in merger agreement

March 13, 2019

…PARIS (Reuters) – A proposed gesture by EssilorLuxottica’s top…, is not in the merger agreement of the two companies, a spokesman with Essilor… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

The advantages of corporate power producer agreements

Baker McKenzie, a specialist global law firm based in Johannesburg, hosted a seminar recently which considered the benefits of corporate power producers’ agreements (PPAs) with independent power producers (IPPs) in South Africa. Principal benefits for corporates include protection from load-shedding, the ever-increasing tariffs, unreliable electricity supply, compliance to clean energy … Continue reading “The advantages of corporate power producer agreements”

Levelling the playing field: Placing Eskom in a competitive environment

The dividing of Eskom into three separate entities: Generation, Transmission and Distribution may be a good thing and might help to make the utility more efficient, focused and transparent. However, the electricity crisis does not start or end with Eskom. The entire electricity supply industry needs a major overhaul. If … Continue reading “Levelling the playing field: Placing Eskom in a competitive environment”

Washington state carbon tax poised to fail after Big Oil campaign

March 12, 2019

… rejecting a ballot initiative to create the first carbon tax in the United…. The Carbon Emissions Fee and Revenue Allocation Initiative, known… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

Carbon Offsets Stakeholder Workshop – 27 March, 2019, Midrand

Treasury, 7 March, 2019 Please note that a stakeholder workshop to further engage on the comments received on the Draft Regulation on the Carbon Offsets before finalisation of the Regulation is scheduled as follows: Date:               27  March 2019 Time:               09:30 – 15:00 Venue:             VA Auditorium, DBSA, 1258 Lever Road, Headway … Continue reading “Carbon Offsets Stakeholder Workshop – 27 March, 2019, Midrand”

Electricity tariff increases “shocking”, says BUSA

Following a highly publicised request by Eskom for tariff increases of between 15 and 17% per year for the following three years, the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa), has announced its decision to allow Eskom to increase the tariff for electricity by 9,41% in 2019, 8,1% in 2020 … Continue reading “Electricity tariff increases “shocking”, says BUSA”

Power developments in Africa, March 2019

Egypt to participate with EAPP countries Egypt is to work with East Africa Power Pool (EAPP) countries in an attempt to advance common goals in the energy sector. These goals include the greater use of renewable energy in rural electrification, improving energy efficiency and the planning of electricity projects ion … Continue reading “Power developments in Africa, March 2019”

SA pupils to join global protest

LegalBrief, 12 March, 2019 Climate Change: SA pupils to join global protest There is a new movement in SA led by ‘climate kids’ who will join a global school strike on 15 March to call for climate action from governments who they say are ‘stealing our future’. According to a News24 report, an estimated … Continue reading “SA pupils to join global protest”

Analysis of the Updated Draft IRP2019 presented to Nedlac on 6 March 2019

March 11, 2019

. After several delays, the Draft IRP2019, updated by the Department of Energy (DoE) to incorporate the comments arising from the public participation process which closed on 26 October 2018, was finally submitted to Nedlac on 6 March 2019. This now enables Nedlac to commence its work of reviewing the … Continue reading “Analysis of the Updated Draft IRP2019 presented to Nedlac on 6 March 2019”

Carbon Calculated – Celebrating Over 10 Years in the Industry

View this email in your browser *- THE MARK OF TRUSTED PARTNERSHIP -* Carbon Calculated, celebrating over 10 years in the industry. Dear colleagues and valued clients, For over a decade Carbon Calculated has partnered with businesses to provide them with the tools they need to measure and manage their … Continue reading “Carbon Calculated – Celebrating Over 10 Years in the Industry”

Misdiagnosis means Eskom’s problems will persist

If you counted every hair on your head, that amount probably will not add up to the amount of times you have read and heard about the causes of the Eskom crisis. Corruption and state capture have been identified as the bedrock reasons why South Africans have been thrown into … Continue reading “Misdiagnosis means Eskom’s problems will persist”

In “Consumers, prosumers, prosumagers,” electricity generation, and by whom, has changed

March 7, 2019

The electricity sector has entered a phase of unprecedented change. Three of the industry’s pillars are moving simultaneously: generation, consumption and trading arrangements. These changes will bring about new and exciting opportunities for those who dare to embrace the challenge of environmentally-friendly, distributed and stored energy, electric vehicles and innovative … Continue reading “In “Consumers, prosumers, prosumagers,” electricity generation, and by whom, has changed”

Weekly Briefing – Green Climate Fund approves new projects, new director

No Images? Click here *N E W S -* *Green Climate Fund approves new projects, new director* [image: Plastic pollution on Kuta Beach] *The Green Climate Fund has approved US$440 million in financing for nine projects around the world, and appointed a new executive director, Yannick Glemarec, as the institution … Continue reading “Weekly Briefing – Green Climate Fund approves new projects, new director”

Africa’s first sea water solar desalination plant

March 6, 2019

Africa’s first sea water solar desalination plant has now produced more than 10 000 kl of drinkable water. The plant, located in Witsand in the Western Cape, has been fully operational since 20 December 2018, solving the water crisis in the area and providing the local population a steady water supply, especially … Continue reading “Africa’s first sea water solar desalination plant”

Upgrading a pumped storage power plant

ABB’s generator circuit-breaker technology will help to enable smooth integration of renewables and modernise one of UK’s key power plants. The Dinorwig pumped storage power plant in North Wales has been hailed as one of the world’s most innovative construction projects. Dinorwig power plant is the fastest pumped storage installations … Continue reading “Upgrading a pumped storage power plant”

XR Extinction Rebellion – Going Global

As XR actions take place all over the world, XR UK reveals its strategic overview for April’s International Rebellion [image: XR-logo-4col-Black-Linear] Welcome to the *14th Extinction Rebellion Newsletter!* In the global north, spring is almost here – but Extinction Rebellion is blooming in both hemispheres, bringing our ideas and energy … Continue reading “XR Extinction Rebellion – Going Global”

Solar park enters commercial operation

March 4, 2019

The Kathu Solar Park, which was constructed by Sener and Acciona Industrial, came into commercial operation recently. With an installed capacity of 100 MW, it will allow clean energy to be supplied to 179 000 homes in the Northern Cape Province and prevent the emission of 6-million t CO2 into … Continue reading “Solar park enters commercial operation”

Lightning protection for thatched roofs

Lightning and surge protection company DEHN Africa recently presented its high-voltage-resistant insulated (HVI) lightning protection system for thatched roofs in the picturesque location of the Pilanesberg National Park in the North West Province. Hano Oelofse, the company’s managing director says the old 30-metre free-standing masts for external lightning protection are very … Continue reading “Lightning protection for thatched roofs”

Huge market for electric vehicle motors

Traction motor sales grow faster than electric vehicle sales because small vehicles such as mobility for the disabled have two motors. IFEVS has put two in microcars for four-wheel drive. In larger cars, two motors is now commonplace for economy, performance, four-wheel drive, vectored steering, and attack survival. Audi E-tron … Continue reading “Huge market for electric vehicle motors”

Water-based fuel to be launched soon

Electriq-Global and Dutch company Eleqtec have entered into an agreement to launch Electriq-Global’s water-based fuel technology in the Netherlands. Together they plan to launch the comapny’s recycling plants, and introduce applications for trucks, barges and mobile generators. The progressive Dutch market is moving to adopt zero-emission mobility solutions and is looking … Continue reading “Water-based fuel to be launched soon”

Reliable enough for heart surgery

GenCell Energy, a manufacturer of fuel cell energy solutions, recently announced that The Hillel Yaffe Medical Centre in Israel has installed a hydrogen-based GenCell G5 long-duration UPS (uninterrupted power supply) within its cardiac catheterisation unit. The project was executed together with healthcare service provider and GenCell’s medical market distributor, Medtechnica. Representing … Continue reading “Reliable enough for heart surgery”

Natural gas fuels the future

Unplanned interruptions due to a sudden cut in energy supply are one of the difficulties businesses running on natural gas never have to worry about. NGV Gas and Virtual Gas Network (VGN), through its distribution network, ensures users which are anywhere within a 500 km radius of Johannesburg receive the … Continue reading “Natural gas fuels the future”

Advancing the alternative energy industry

Diesel Electric Services (DES) dedicates itself to advancing the alternative energy industry. The company strives to help customers make a positive impact on our planet by mitigating human-induced climate change and pollution. This is done through better understanding of the design principles, greater focus on safety issues, commitment to the wellbeing … Continue reading “Advancing the alternative energy industry”

[Coal]Ditch coal for energy – the net is closing

www.esi-africa.com/industry-sectors/generation/op-ed-sa-energy-sector-told-to-ditch-coal/ – Features/Analysis – Industry Sectors – Generation – Renewable energy – Regional News – Southern Africa Op-Ed: SA energy sector told to ditch coal March 4, 2019 0 [image: coal stockpiles] Image credit: Stock – – – – *The South African government’s defence of coal-fired power is becoming increasingly … Continue reading “[Coal]Ditch coal for energy – the net is closing”

[[Climate]The US Green New Deal

www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2019/02/green-new-deal-decisions-hinge-on-four-key-questions/ What’s in the Green New Deal? Four key issues to understandBy Dana Nuccitelli on Feb 2, 2019Science, costs and benefits, ethics and morality, and of course politics are at heart of decision making on Green New Deal. [image: Puzzle pieces] In the few weeks since it was introduced as … Continue reading “[[Climate]The US Green New Deal”

UPDATE 2-EU agrees to cut greenhouse gas emissions from trucks

March 2, 2019

… as part of its commitment to cut its output of greenhouse gases… overall goal of reducing greenhouse gases by at least 40 percent below… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Green house gas

The travelling wave nuclear reactor

March 1, 2019

Interest in small modular nuclear reactors, which are planned to have short construction times, standard designs and simplified operation, as well as a much higher fuel utilisation, is showing a resurgence. The travelling wave nuclear reactor (TWNR), based on the breed and burn principle, is one of the options being … Continue reading “The travelling wave nuclear reactor”

Is Eskom-controlled load-shedding the best way of balancing electrical supply and demand?

February 28, 2019

After a life-time of self-imposed exile, providing consultancy services to utilities and government institutions around the world, and occasionally re-visiting South Africa, I detected a noticeable improvement in mood. People are happy and content; business confidence and international co-operation is up. Had South Africa turned the corner? Anything was better … Continue reading “Is Eskom-controlled load-shedding the best way of balancing electrical supply and demand?”

Foreword to the Department of Energy’s annual report for 2017/2018

The National Development Plan is our nation’s overarching plan that seeks to fulfil the aspirations of the majority of South Africans, and black people in particular. It underpins our developmental endeavours and informs the policies and strategies spearheaded by government. It is the blueprint and programme to build on our … Continue reading “Foreword to the Department of Energy’s annual report for 2017/2018”

Joint research platform for energy storage systems

The new Fraunhofer Project Centre for Energy Storage and Systems (ZESS) was inaugurated in February 2019. The purpose of the new project centre is to develop existing energy storage systems, both mobile and stationary, to the level of industrial maturity, and to demonstrate new solutions at a level of technological … Continue reading “Joint research platform for energy storage systems”

US$100-million to help SA achieve its climate targets

February 27, 2019

The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) has been granted funding to the value of US$100-million from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) to establish the Embedded Generation Investment Programme (EGIP).  Embedded generation, under EGIP, is defined as the production of electricity from generation facilities which are connected to the national … Continue reading “US$100-million to help SA achieve its climate targets”

Some hope of change thanks to the younger generation – monbiot.com

Posted: 17 Feb 2019 11:47 PM PST Why older people must stand in solidarity with the youth climate strikes. By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 15th February 2019 The Youth Strike 4 Climate gives me more hope than I have felt in 30 years of campaigning. Before this week, … Continue reading “Some hope of change thanks to the younger generation – monbiot.com”

Electric powered farm vehicles set to revolutionise agriculture sector

The use of battery power for agricultural vehicles and machinery promises to revolutionise the agricultural industry by lowering costs and improving production. From battery powered large tractors to autonomous small electric robots, battery and solar power are changing the face of agriculture. Agriculture is under pressure to produce more food using a … Continue reading “Electric powered farm vehicles set to revolutionise agriculture sector”

Sovereign Wealth Funds Should Do More on Climate Change

February 26, 2019

years were collectively the world’s warmest ever. Ever.The world is losing the race to curb carbon dioxide emissions. In 2017, output of the gases that contribute to global warming climbed to… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Energy Traders Gird for Market Roiling Mishap in No-Deal Brexit

power, gas and carbon in a no-deal Brexit:U.K. power prices surge. As Britain is a net importer of electricity, shipments from neighboring France are a crucial element of supplyCarbon emission prices… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Mboweni’s carbon tax roundly slammed

*Climate Change: Mboweni’s carbon tax roundly slammed* There has been largely negative reaction to Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s announcement last week that a Carbon Tax – which forms part of government’s efforts to deal with climate change – will be instituted in early June on petrol and diesel. According to … Continue reading “Mboweni’s carbon tax roundly slammed”

Europe's Populist Right Threatens to Erode Climate Consensus

parties ahead of September elections.The AfD in its 2017 federal election program wrote that carbon dioxide “is not a pollutant, but an indispensable component of all life,” adding that “the International… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Land of Earthquakes and Volcanoes Threatened by a New Scourge

February 25, 2019

Montana State University researcher David McWethy said a drier and warmer climate in the central region and the growth of forestry plantations is creating a recipe for disaster. Chile exported a record… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Ocasio-Cortez Critics See $93 Trillion Cost From Green New Deal

2005.That includes between $8.3 trillion and $12.3 trillion to meet the plan’s call to eliminate carbon emissions from the power and transportation sectors and between $42.8 trillion and $80.6 trillion… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Persian Gulf Countries Are Having Their Own Oil Crisis

the rest of the world in trying to reprice energy in a way that reflects the societal cost of carbon emissions. French President Emmanuel Macron recently tried to increase and rationalize fuel prices… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Five Carbon Capture Techniques to Help Ward Off Global Warming

chief technology officer at Carbon Engineering Ltd., a startup in Squamish, B.C., with 50 employeesCarbon Engineering’s test facility in Squamish, B.C.Source: YouTubeCarbon Engineering says its test… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Proposed IPP re-negotiations will threaten energy investments

The recent stance by public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan, as reported in Business Day, to renegotiate contracts with companies that won the first two rounds of the Renewable Energy Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) will not afford South Africa the opportunity to create value, especially in terms of job creation. Eskom’s load … Continue reading “Proposed IPP re-negotiations will threaten energy investments”

The minister of energy on the status of electricity generation in South Africa

Following societal and industry concerns regarding what the Department of Energy’s decisions will be  with regard to the latest update to the country’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) following public consultations and the public statements made by the leaders of certain political parties and labour unions, the minister of energy, Jeff … Continue reading “The minister of energy on the status of electricity generation in South Africa”

Unilever, L'Oreal, Danone Deemed Most Ready for Climate Change

change relative to their peers, according to a report from the nonprofit CDP.Formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project, CDP took a double-barreled approach in ranking the 16 largest consumer companies… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Australian Leader Makes Climate Change Pitch as Election Looms

businesses.The government’s plan will address climate change “with practical solutions that reduce carbon emissions while preserving our economic strength and our living standards,” Morrison said in… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Washington's Inslee Says a 2020 Decision Could Come This Week

February 24, 2019

eliminate the state’s use of fossil fuels by 2045. A month earlier, voters defeated a proposed fee on carbon emissions that he backed.Jay InsleePhotographer: Ben Nelms/BloombergWhile less prominent nationally… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

The sorry state of air pollution from Eskom’s coal-fired power stations

. With all the emphasis currently focussed on Eskom’s financial and operational sustainability and future structure, the utility’s environmental performance and sustainability is inevitably neglected, and indeed has become the sacrificial lamb on the altar of the money Gods. In October 2018, an analysis and study of Eskom’s own air … Continue reading “The sorry state of air pollution from Eskom’s coal-fired power stations”

Huawei Frightens Europe's Data Protectors. America Does, Too

impact of the law by drawing on a provision in the act that allows the U.S. to reach “executive agreements” with countries allowing a mutual exchange of information and data. The European Commission… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Stainless and Sustainable: A Dane's Quest to Make Fashion Green

U.K., lawmakers are considering a special tax to fund recycling and reduce the industry’s greenhouse gas emissions.Like NikeLabfresh’s technology is neither new nor exclusive, but it isn’t as common… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

South Africa Committed to More Renewable Power, Radebe Says

He said the most industrialized African nation has made various commitments to reducing climate change.Under President Cyril Ramaphosa, who is leading a drive to attract $100 billion of investment… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

British Steel Said to Face Possible $130 Million Brexit Hit

its annual free allocation of carbon permits in February, which it could then put toward its payment obligations. But EU officials suspended Britain’s free carbon permits from Jan. 1 as part of… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Crazy Wealth, Extreme Poverty and a CO2 Champion: Weekend Reads

February 23, 2019

maligning carbon dioxide to the “demonization of the poor Jews under Hitler.” As Jennifer Dlouhy and Ari Natter write, William Happer has drawn scrutiny for insisting that rising carbon dioxide emissions… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Feinstein Unveils Green Deal Alternative After Kid Confrontation

Green New Deal – and also explicitly calls for achieving those reductions through a price on carbon, among other ways.Dianne FeinsteinPhotographer: Andrew Harrer/BloombergDuring a meeting with… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Canada Regulator Backs Trans Mountain Oil Pipeline Expansion

effects” on area whales, and on indigenous use associated with the whales, while the NEB found greenhouse gas emissions from shipping will likely be significant, the regulator said. But the agency considers… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

Insurers Worry a Financial Crisis May Come From Climate Risks

February 22, 2019

ActivityAfter PG&E’s Climate-Driven Bankruptcy, Who’s Next?: QuickTakeGermany’s Dried-Up Rivers Cut Growth But the Rebound Is ComingCoal Champion Glencore Bends to Pressure on Climate ChangeCoal Developers… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Man-Made Climate Change Causes Its First Mammal Extinction

Source: Bloomberg, 01:01 Australia dropped the Bramble Cay melomys from its endangered list, among unprecedented heat and coral die-off. … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

‘The beginning of great change’: Greta Thunberg hails school climate strikes | Environment | The Guardian

‘The beginning of great change’: Greta Thunberg hails school climate strikes The 16-year-old’s lone protest last summer has morphed into a powerful global movement challenging politicians to act – Taking part? Share your stories Jonathan Watts @jonathanwatts Fri 15 Feb 2019 06.00 GMTLast modified on Mon 18 Feb 2019 14.53 … Continue reading “‘The beginning of great change’: Greta Thunberg hails school climate strikes | Environment | The Guardian”

Meet the CO2-Praising Physicist Behind Latest Trump Climate Push

later in a CNBC interview, Happer said “The demonization of carbon dioxide is just like the demonization of the poor Jews under Hitler. Carbon dioxide is actually a benefit to the world — and so were… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Investing in Our Knowledge Base: The World’s First International Research Conference on Carbon Pricing

Investing in Our Knowledge Base: The World’s First International Research Conference on Carbon Pricing – Email

Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition (CPLC) Research Conference – Recap

See the feature story and highlight video summarizing the conference. CPLC Research Conference – Recap The world’s first international research conference on carbon pricing took place last week in New Delhi, India. The feature story & highlight video summarizing the conference is available below. View the Feature Story The Carbon … Continue reading “Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition (CPLC) Research Conference – Recap”

Teachers to join climate protests to demand curriculum reform | Environment | The Guardian

Teachers to join climate protests to demand curriculum reform On Friday demonstrators will protest against ‘negligent’ climate change education Jonathan Watts @jonathanwatts Thu 21 Feb 2019 07.00 GMTLast modified on Thu 21 Feb 2019 18.45 GMT – – –

FERC Approves 1st LNG Plant in 2 Years After Ending Deadlock

about Venture Global’s plan to put U.S. gas on the water.The compromise put forward to break the deadlock was to calculate the direct annual greenhouse gas emissions that the Venture Global project… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

SA takes important next steps to solving its power crisis

South Africa’s power utility Eskom is on the brink of collapse. It owes foreign and local lenders more than R400-billion, it receives insufficient income from the sale of electricity to service its repayment commitments, is owed about R35-billion in overdue arrear debt by direct users and municipalities and is bogged … Continue reading “SA takes important next steps to solving its power crisis”

No Sacrifice in Returns From Low Carbon Investing (Radio)

Investments, joined Rishaad Salamat and Bryan Curtis on Daybreak Asia. She discusses her focus on low carbon solutions to multi-asset management. She goes onto China’s environmental goals and positive moves… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Sempra Is Fighting Back Californians Who Want Natural Gas Gone

2025. California already has a goal to phase out greenhouse gas emissions by 2045 to combat climate change. … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Ford Probes Emissions, Mileage Testing Over Doubts on Compliance

February 21, 2019

of employees raised concerns in September, and Ford said it reported the issue to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board this week.Ford said the probe does… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Cargill Plans to Work With Farmers on Save-the-Forest Initiative

agricultural company, plans to provide more transparency on its supply chain to customers and climate-change wary consumers in response to global concerns over deforestation.America’s largest privately-held… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

White House Ends California Mileage Talks, Setting Up Showdown

talks with California officials over nationwide annual fuel mileage standards for cars to curb carbon emissions, setting up a likely court battle that may leave requirements on automakers under a… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Lithium Market Cheers as Top Supplier Sees Demand Driving Higher

world’s lithium, expects prices to remain flat or to increase this year. Prices for lithium carbonate, the most common form of the mineral, have fallen from historic highs, but still remain more… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Zion Prayers Align With This Rally's Destiny: Taking Stock

earnings reports (save what appears to be some company-specific woes at cyber security player Carbon Black) including hospital operator Community health, cruise line player Norwegian Cruise Line… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Copper and Lithium Giant Squeezing Water Rights for Miners

decades of mining activity.With complaints from local communities rising and the effects of climate change worsening, the world’s largest copper producer is planning to implement measures that will… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Five Things You Need to Know to Start Your Day

Major Chinese port bans Australian coal imports, report says. Is Tesla a cult? Man-made climate change causes its first mammal extinction.Want the lowdown on European markets? Get the European… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

UBS's Paris Penalty Shows Le Sheriff Has Come to Town

Fans of French exceptionalism may not want to admit it but the $5.1 billion penalty a Paris judge slapped on UBS Group AG for helping clients to launder their hidden assets is the strongest sign… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Why Palladium's Suddenly an Especially Precious Metal: QuickTake

ends up in the exhaust systems in cars, where it helps turn toxic pollutants into less-harmful carbon dioxide and water vapor. It is also used in electronics, dentistry and jewelry. The metal is… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Aluzinc a game-changer for MCCs

The replacement of steel by aluzinc in the manufacture of Shaw Controls motor control centres (MCCs) brings a range of benefits to the company’s customers, according to Anderson Kohler, senior manager, operations. The company traditionally used steel for its MCCs, which must be powder coated in order to protect it … Continue reading “Aluzinc a game-changer for MCCs”

Brussels Edition: The Real Weak Link

divorce deal more acceptable to the House of Commons. Officials on both sides say some kind of agreement is getting nearer but doubts remain over whether it’ll get enough support in the U.K. Parliament… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Keeping the Lights on After Brexit: No-Deal's Impact on Energy

The U.K. will leave the European Union on March 29 and so far there’s no agreement to replace the rules and regulations that govern vital trade between Britain and the rest of the world. If a no-deal… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

The $32 Trillion Pushing Fossil Fuel CEOs to Act on Climate

Action 100+ include: Royal Dutch Shell Plc will set carbon-output targets for the following three or five years as it works to halve its “net carbon footprint” by 2050. The goals will be tied to executive… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Bramble Cay Melomys Now Extinct Due to Man-Made Climate Change

February 20, 2019

threats, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change included a passage about indigenous people who live in the area and face “disproportionate climate change vulnerability” that includes heat stress… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Amazon (AMZN) Agrees to Reveal Carbon Footprint in 2019

also pledged in a blog post Monday that half of its shipments would be “net zero” carbon—also known as carbon-neutral—by 2030.The world’s biggest e-commerce company has for years resisted pressure… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Is Toilet Paper Bad for the Environment? NRDC Calls Out P&G, KMB

remaining intact woodlands, and store more carbon per hectare than other types. Every year, they absorb what 24 million passenger vehicles produce in carbon dioxide over the same time span, according… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

'Climate Security' Panel May Give White House Skeptics New Voice

Happer, a physicist and National Security Council senior director who has touted the benefits of carbon dioxide emissions, could give climate skeptics a platform to push back against conclusions reached… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Housing Dream Turned Nightmare Spurs a Backlash in Australia

the government has a portfolio for young people, is also pledging more concerted action to curb carbon emissions and support renewable energy. Morrison has faced nationwide protests from school children… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Brazil’s Deadly Dam Collapse Could Force the Mining Industry to Change

constructed of tailings, and it’s designed to grow as more and more waste is pumped in.Meanwhile, climate change and aging mines have made the problem more pressing, with rainfall increasing in many parts… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Coal Champion Glencore Bends to Pressure on Climate Change

emissions.Who else is taking action on climate change? Royal Dutch Shell Plc plans to reduce its net carbon footprint by half by 2050. Shell bowed to shareholder pressure to set short-term emissions targets… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Glencore Said to Plan to Cap Coal Output in Climate Shift

biggest commodity trader is said to plan to cap coal output in response to investor pressure on climate change. The numbers come after a turbulent year for Glencore as it faces a series of problems in… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Glencore's Thermal Coal Cap Brings End Closer for Fossil Fuel

increasingly likely to buck management on climate-related shareholder resolutions.Glencore’s move follows “engagement with investor signatories of the Climate Action 100+ initiative,” the company said… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Glencore Plans New Buyback as Trading Profit Disappoints

giant also pledged to cap coal production in response to investor pressure for action on climate change.Glencore rose 0.8 percent as of 9:05 a.m. in London, as the FTSE 350 Mining Index gained… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Eskom, tariffs, bailouts and IPPs – let’s cut throu…

www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2019-02-20-eskom-tariffs-bailouts-and-ipps-lets-cut-through-the-chaos/?tl_inbound=1&tl_groups[0]=80895&tl_period_type=3&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=First%20Thing%20Wednesday%2020%20February%202019%20Investec&utm_content=First%20Thing%20Wednesday%2020%20February%202019%20Investec+CID_053662bccafc845f3bb6ddd3afc01da8&utm_source=TouchBasePro&utm_term=Eskom%20tariffs%20bailouts%20and%20IPPs%20%20lets%20cut%20through%20the%20chaos Eskom, tariffs, bailouts and IPPs – let’s cut through the chaos By Dirk De Vos• 20 February 2019 A South African engineer and technician work on the Helio 100 Concentrating Solar Power pilot facility at Mariendahl experimental farm of the University of Stellenbosh, South Africa, 02 September 2015. EPA/NIC … Continue reading “Eskom, tariffs, bailouts and IPPs – let’s cut throu…”

Parliament approves long-delayed Carbon Tax Bill 19th February 2019

m.engineeringnews.co.za/article/parliament-approves-long-delayed-carbon-tax-bill-2019-02-19 Parliament approves long-delayed Carbon Tax Bill 19th February 2019 BY: REUTERS Parliament on Tuesday approved the long-delayed Carbon Tax Bill as it seeks to reduce harmful carbon emissions in Africa’s most industrialised and polluting country. Big energy users including Sibanye-Stillwater and ArcelorMittal’s local unit have opposed plans by South … Continue reading “Parliament approves long-delayed Carbon Tax Bill 19th February 2019”

Talks Said to Break Down Between California, U.S. on Autos

February 19, 2019

administration. It also recommended revoking California’s cherished authority to set tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions standards for new autos.The federal regulators are considering a final rule that… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

As Heat Scorches Fields, Brazil's Soy Yields Prove Resilient

inputs. Booming world harvests have helped to keep food inflation relatively tame even as climate change has brought increased risks from drought, heat and storms. In Brazil, bountiful harvests… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Bond Raters to Advise on Fix to California Law That Doomed PG&E

crisis almost two decades ago.Fatal wildfires, which have intensified in severity because of climate change, have ravaged California in the past two years and helped push its biggest utility, PG&E… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Sustainable Finance Is Growing in the World's Worst-Polluting Country

benefit that solving local challenges will make a significant dent in global efforts to lower carbon emissions or build sustainable agriculture.The Chinese government’s ambitious environmental goals… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Air France Pilots Approve Pay Deal, Handing CEO Smith a Victory

to rotating strikes and a companywide employee vote that pushed him out the door.Tuesday’s agreement, which follows a deal with Air France cabin crew, secures pay and greater pilot flexibility… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Theresa May's Time Is Almost Up on Brexit Deal

portrayed Democratic proposals to expand government-run health insurance programs and combat climate change as socialist.States fight back | California is suing to block Trump from diverting federal… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Manitoba Offers Trudeau an Olive Branch in Carbon Tax Battle

premier in Canada is willing to work with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on his controversial new carbon tax.While conservative leaders in Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan have pledged to fight the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Proposed IPP “renegotiations” will threaten green energy investments and job creation

The recent stance by Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan, as reported in the Business Day, to “renegotiate” contracts with companies which won the first two rounds of South Africa’s renewable energy procurement programme (REIPPPP) will not afford South Africa the opportunity to create value, especially on the job creation front. … Continue reading “Proposed IPP “renegotiations” will threaten green energy investments and job creation”

Minister presents challenges at opening of energy conference

The 2019 Africa Energy Indaba, hosted by the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, was opened today by Jeff Radebe, the minister of energy. This is his speech. Jeff Radebe It gives me great pleasure to again welcome all our visitors to Energy Indaba 2019, in the City of Johannesburg. For … Continue reading “Minister presents challenges at opening of energy conference”

Summer 2019: Climate Change Will Bring Strong Storms and Smog

Planetary Sciences. “In plainer speech, it’s climate change and its fingerprint on weather events.”The problem has to do with how the atmosphere’s changing heat structure, which is directly related… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

After Vale, Improving Mining Waste Disposal Remains a Challenge

resulting in catastrophic failures. Both factors are likely to get worse as a result of climate change. For instance, rainfall in Brazil’s Minas Gerais state, where both the Brumadinho and Samarco… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Renewable energy IPP re-negotiation a clear breach of contract

Brenda Martin The re-negotiation of terms with successful bidders of the first two rounds of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) would be a clear breach of contract and damaging to investor confidence says the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) – an industry body which … Continue reading “Renewable energy IPP re-negotiation a clear breach of contract”

EU agrees on greenhouse gas emission cut for trucks

… commitment to cut its output of greenhouse gases. The European Parliament… to help the bloc meet its overall goal of reducing greenhouse gases… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Green house gas

Brexit Derivatives Maelstrom Averted With EU Access to London

dollars of trades in London, even if the U.K. quits the bloc without a withdrawal deal in place.The Paris-based European Securities and Markets Authority on Monday confirmed that firms in the 27 remaining… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Brussels Edition: Trade Woes

Truck Caps | The EU stepped up its fight against climate change, agreeing to impose caps on carbon dioxide from trucks for the first time in a challenge to manufacturers such as Daimler AG. Negotiators… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trudeau’s Top Aide Resigns Amid Reports of Meddling in SNC Probe

warned of the need to fight climate change in his resignation statement. “Our kids and grandkids will judge us on one issue above all others. That issue is climate change,” he said.Butts didn’t specify… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

EU Negotiators Reach Agreement on First CO2 Caps for Trucks

European Union negotiators agreed to impose caps on carbon dioxide from trucks for the first time, stepping up the fight against climate change with a challenge to manufacturers such as Daimler… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

France Touts Tax Break for Data Centers to Lure Brexit Clients

February 18, 2019

electricity is ready to use at one of the most competitive prices and our energy is 95 percent carbon free,” Le Maire said from a data center a few kilometers outside of Paris. “Few European states… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

China Unveils Plan to Tie Hong Kong, Macau Closer to Mainland

regional trading center for private equity, property rights and commodities; a futures exchange with carbon emissions as the first product The government will support Macau in becoming a yuan clearing… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Germany in talks for joint arms exports agreement with France

…. He said Berlin and Paris were in talks to reach a formal agreement…BERLIN (Reuters) – Berlin and Paris are in talks on common defense… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

Trump Is Starting to Get Under Merkel’s Skin

U.S. diplomats spent much of the past two weeks trying – and eventually failing – to persuade Paris and Brussels to side with the White House against Berlin.While Merkel’s speech earned a standing… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Merkel Is Said to Be Ruffled at Prospect of More Trump Hardball

diplomats leaned on officials in Paris and Brussels to join their opposition to the Nord Stream 2 project over the past 10 days as Merkel thrashed out an agreement over the plan with France, the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

The Winners and Losers From Singapore's 2019 Budget Plan

spending on the environment and water resources by almost 29 percent. Singapore will apply a carbon tax on this year’s emissions and double its excise duty for diesel taxes to 20 Singapore cents… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Why the USA should partner with Africa to deploy advanced reactors

There is growing interest in nuclear power across several African countries. The USA could help to create more equitable and sustainable deployment of clean nuclear power on the African continent by assisting with the supply of advanced small modular nuclear reactors. Of the 30 countries identified by the International Atomic … Continue reading “Why the USA should partner with Africa to deploy advanced reactors”

Hedge Fund Operator Plans $1 Billion India-Focused ESG Fund

Strategies LLP, said in an interview at his office in Mumbai. “The compelling newsflow around climate change and work-related issues is driving this shift.”Avendus expects to raise $1 billion over two… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

The Policies That Will Decide Who Wins Australia's Election

economy ticking.CoalitionLaborHas dropped plans to legislate the Paris Agreement goal of cutting carbon emissions by at least 26% from 2005 levels by 2030Is targeting a 45% cut in emissions and 50%… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Natural Gas Guru Who Corrected the CIA Says Russia and U.S. Pick the Wrong Fight

February 17, 2019

set aside their fight over natural gas markets and focus on slashing fossil fuel pollution more quickly.Nebojsa Nakicenovic helped set the stage for the global gas boom five decades ago as part of… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

Why `Green New Deal' Has Washington in Such a Lather: QuickTake

largely absent for now. Green New Deal proponents say their immediate goal is to change the debate about the climate, to inject a greater sense of urgency and ambition. What’s been put down on paper… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Trump's Wall Emergency Order: Don't Assume Anything

future presidents would be given a blank check to declare emergencies and to address (say) climate change and gun violence. Under the National Emergencies Act, the central question is not whether… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Flybmi's Collapse Over Brexit Strands Passengers Across Europe

Londonderry in Northern Ireland through 2021.BMI also blamed rising prices for European Union carbon allowances, which have more than doubled since the beginning of last year.Flybmi had 376 employees… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Ritholtz's Reads: Sky-High Apartments and What Animals Know

(Quartz) The Tiny Swiss Company That Thinks It Can Help Stop Climate Change (New York Times) see also The Cautious Case for Climate Optimism via giant carbon-sucking machines. (New York magazine)… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Sunday Strategist: Airbus Grounded Its A380 After Only 11 Years

or how thoroughly engineers would figure out how to make parts out of ultra-light, uber-strong carbon fiber alchemy.What the C-suite in Toulouse could have considered more carefully, however, were… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

May Pleads for Unity as EU Talks Set to Continue: Brexit Update

flybmi ceased operation, blaming uncertainty surrounding Brexit, higher fuel prices and increased carbon costs.Labour’s McDonnell Says Second Vote Still on Table (10:55 a.m.)Labour Shadow Chancellor… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Shell Eyes Limit to How Clean Oil Output Can Be in Climate Push

February 16, 2019

by end users — in its targets and reporting.Only about 15 percent of the carbon intensity, measured in grams of carbon dioxide per megajoule, comes from production, refining and the energy delivered… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Tensions Rise at Air France-KLM Over Fate of Dutch Unit’s CEO

time to safeguard a degree of autonomy for KLM. Subsequent agreements have ensured KLM headquarters jobs won’t be transferred to Paris and the carrier will keep its financial independence. Smith… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Australia in Tree-Planting Binge to Help Meet Climate Targets

original tweet.Morrison has said Australia will comfortably meet its Paris-agreed goal to reduce carbon emissions by 26 to 28 percent of 2005 levels by 2030, but has no specific policies in place to… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Rivian Founder Now Has Amazon Backing His Electric Vehicles

February 15, 2019

California and Michigan, with automated driving and software engineers in San Jose, battery geeks in Irvine, and traditional auto engineers just outside Detroit. It also has a small office in the U… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Third of Himalayan Glaciers Can No Longer Be Saved: Study

temperature were 2 C (3.6 F), two-thirds of Himalayan glaciers will melt, it said. The 2015 Paris Agreement was a landmark moment in international diplomacy, bringing together governments with vastly… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Credit Suisse Names Abib as New Chairman of Global Energy Role

energy giants facing a business transition with the rise of renewables and the fight against climate change.Abib’s new role will span the oil, gas, power and renewable coverage groups, according to… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Pence Gets Silent Treatment From U.S. Allies Skeptical of Trump

Treaty Organization and to multilateral approaches to issues such as trade, arms control and climate change. The idea that the U.S. has abandoned leadership of the West has become commonplace.A senior… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

UK Students Protest Lack of Action on Climate Change

around Britain are rallying to demand that Britain’s Conservative government take action on climate change. The demonstrators, many in their school uniforms, skipped class and are refusing to take… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Alberta Pushes Refineries in Shadow of Old Money-Eating Project

North West Refining Inc. The government’s support for the Sturgeon refinery and an accompanying carbon capture and storage project was controversial early on. The project’s cost has more than doubled… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

U.K. School Students On Climate Strike

Source: Bloomberg, 00:23 Thousands of students in the U.K. have skipped school to protest over climate change. … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

GOP Looks to Turn Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal on Democrats

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s sweeping plan known as the Green New Deal to avert climate change, but not because they like it. They think they can use it to cast Democrats as extreme, take… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

VW Targets Carbon-Neutral Production for First Electric Car

Volkswagen AG plans to save 1 million tons of carbon-dioxide emissions a year by making production of its first electric model carbon neutral, part of an effort to clean up its image in the aftermath… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

A $1 Million Car? Here Are 11 of Them

Cylinders: 6• Top speed: 150 mphSource: Aston MartinAston Martin Valkyrie, $3.2 millionThis all carbon-fiber hybrid model has gullwing doors and a removable steering wheel to make it easier to get… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Koenigsegg Is Ready to Fight Ferrari at 249 MPH

half-completed jigsaw puzzle—and nary a robot in sight. Almost all the components are made in-house: carbon fiber lamp cases and wheels, chassis, and engines engraved with the signature of the person who… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

BNEF Brief: New Report Shows CO2 Emissions Jumped in 2018

Energy by BNEF. Three big trends from the report is that gas is booming, the power sector is de-carbonizing and CO2 emissions jumped last year. … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Musk’s Boring Co. Discussed a JFK Transit Tunnel With New York Officials

traveling into and out of the city. But regional engineers raised concerns over the Boring Co. tunnel’s feasibility.Possible problems identified by the engineers included ventilation issues, the potential… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Rep. Blumenauer on Amazon HQ2 and Legalized Marijuana

so-called Green New Deal, a package of climate-change measures unveiled by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York. He speaks with Bloomberg’s Emily Chang on “Bloomberg Technology.”… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

GOP Splits Over Trump's Emergency Declaration for Wall Money

“What’s to stop a President Elizabeth Warren or any other Democratic president from saying climate change is a threat to national security?”Charles Tiefer, a professor of law at the University of… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Trump's Love for Coal Not Enough to Save Money-Losing Plant

February 14, 2019

down from 44 percent a decade earlier, according to BloombergNEF. Growing concerns about climate change have prompted regulations that often make coal plants money losers. The industry closed almost… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Trump to Sign Border Bill, Declare Emergency for More Wall Money

ConstructionOther possible sources of money include military construction funds, Army Corps of Engineers projects, and money forfeited by convicted criminals. Senate Armed Services Chairman Jim Inhofe… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Central Bank Governor Tells Norway Not to Quit Oil Age Early

be “substantial” for the nation of 5.4 million people and have little effect in fighting climate change.”We may benefit from this industry for many years to come, because the world will continue… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

These Telefónica Cell Towers Can Run on 100 Percent Solar Power

towers with 100 percent solar,” says Mark Jacobson, a Stanford professor of civil and environmental engineering who sees solar energy as the climate-friendly future of wireless networks. He warns… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

GOP Senators Optimistic Trump Will Sign Border Wall Compromise

account.Other possible sources of money include military construction funds, Army Corps of Engineers projects, and money forfeited by convicted criminals. Senate Armed Services Chairman Jim Inhofe… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Congress Moves to Avoid Shutdown Yet Plan Lacks Trump Assurance

account.Other possible sources of money include military construction funds, Army Corps of Engineers projects, and money forfeited by convicted criminals. Senate Armed Services Chairman Jim Inhofe… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

What Happened When I Bought a Home With Sunrun Solar Panels

improving margins and making use of government incentives, while speaking the languages of both environmental righteousness and Silicon Valley disruption. By early 2018 the company was deploying more… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Di Maio Draws Line in Sand on Italy-France High-Speed Rail Plan

proposed tunnel.Engineers inside the TAV project in Saint Martin de la Porte, France.Photographer: Giulio Napolitano/BloombergFive Star cut its teeth as a political movement with environmental-based opposition… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Skyscrapers Made of Timber Make Comeback, Nudged by Google Unit

100 years ago, builders are using so-called mass timber from younger, smaller trees that are engineered together, said architect Michael Green, an early proponent of the material. Unlike traditional… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Texas Shale Forces Big Oil Cost Revolution, Chevron CEO Says

though he insists that oil and gas still have a strong future in scenarios laid out in the Paris Agreement on climate change.“I’m not one who believes that even the world’s best strategic planners… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Europe's Diesel Drivers Beware: Heftier Tax Is Coming Your Way

support the commercial trucking industry and because of the greater fuel efficiency of diesel engines, according to Alain Mathuren, a spokesman for the group.DieselgateHowever, public perception… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

France's Le Drian Says Ambassador Back in Rome Soon After Row

with Italian populist leaders, saying it would soon send its ambassador back to Rome after what Paris saw as meddling in internal affairs.“Today, I can tell you that the return of our ambassador will… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Star Trek's Captain Kirk Has Survival Lesson for Fund Managers

to survival is surely differentiation.Epsilon Theory points to the flood of firms bolting environmental, social and governance considerations onto their existing products, and is rightly dismissive… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Chevron Pledges Alignment With Paris Accord But Won't Cap Output

pledged to reduce air pollution intensity by 25 to 30 percent by 2023, as recommended in the Paris agreement that took effect in 2016. The target applies across the company’s global portfolio, including… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Big Shift In Consumer Behavior Towards Food: Durrani (Radio)

the new Big Tobacco, linking the industry to a global obesity epidemic, malnutrition and climate change. Hosted by Abramowicz and Paul Sweeney. Running time 07:31… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Renault Warns Hard Brexit Would Kill Hopes for 2019 Growth

analyst at JPMorgan, said in a note.The shares rose 3.4 percent to 58.61 euros at 9:40 a.m. in Paris trading, valuing the carmaker at 17.3 billion euros ($19.5 billion).A tougher business environment… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Green New Deal: Here Are Some Improvements

to do with climate change. This is a full-service opinion site, though, so Noah today followed up his criticism with his own suggested GND. The Noah Smith GND keeps some of the climate-y elements… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Airbus Scraps A380, Books $1.2 Billion Costs as CEO Heads Out

percent, the most in more than a month. Airbus was up 5.1 percent to 109.74 euros at 9:03 a.m. in Paris, taking gains for the year to about 30 percent.In addition to terminating the A380 superjumbo… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Overheard Aide Says May to Offer Deadline Delay: Brexit Update

the final fortnight.”Hunt Optimistic After Talks in Paris (5 p.m.)Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said meetings with the French government in Paris left him optimistic that a deal can be reached on… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Another Utility Is One Wildfire Away From Ruin, No Fix in Sight

the costs to customers? If so, how much? Should the state seed the fund with money from its greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program? Still, Sacramento is committed to resolving the issue, “because we’ve… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

McConnell Plans Vote on Green New Deal as GOP Criticizes Measure

so “everyone can go on record and see how they feel about” the measures designed to fight climate change.Senate GOP leaders who joined McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, at a news conference in Washington… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Versailles Denies Prior Knowledge Ghosn's Wedding Was Private

: Joel Saget/AFP via Getty ImagesBirthday Party?In 2016, Renault signed a 2.3 million euro-agreement with Versailles for the restoration of its Salon de la Paix, part of the famous Hall of Mirrors… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

U.S. Election: Ocasio-Cortez's Ideas Could Cost Democrats in 2020

environmental goals are unachievable on the timescale she proposes — the U.S. cannot get to “net-zero greenhouse gas emissions” in 10 years, especially if it intends to rely only on renewables. (The European… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

Climate change could hurt a baby's heart

Source: Bloomberg, 00:44 Climate change isn’t only bad for the planet. It could be causing heart defects in newborns… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

What a World Bank Critic Might Do as World Bank Head: QuickTake

government, freedom and the rule of law.” Plus, he hails from an administration that pulled out of the Paris climate-change accord at a time when the World Bank has been ramping up investment in environmental… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

’Paris to Pittsburgh’, Running for Water Awareness (Podcast)

Michael Bonfiglio, discusses his film “Paris to Pittsburgh” about climate change. Mina Guli, Chief Executive Officer at ThirstforWater.org, talks about her effort to run 100 marathons in 100 days… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Di Maio Says Macron Acts as Offended Royalty in Rome-Paris Spat

with Yellow Vests protesters as “lese-majeste,” defending a controversial move that prompted Paris to recall the French ambassador from Rome and sparked a crisis in bilateral ties.Di Maio, of the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

The Latest: Trump Can't See Himself With a White House Dog

it’s not going to happen.” The nonbinding resolution outlined ambitious plans to cut all greenhouse gas emissions to net zero over 10 years while instituting massive investments in wind and solar… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

Sherrod Brown Defends Decision Not to Endorse Green New Deal

presidential contender, shrugged off arguments from liberals on Tuesday that signing onto the climate change plan known as the Green New Deal is essential to winning over the party’s base. “I don’t… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Energy Companies Perform Better When CEO Pay Isn't Tied to Production

jeopardizing shareholder value, according to a new report.As many parts of the world shift toward a low-carbon economy, energy companies may be at increasing risk “of over-investing, and wasting capital on… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Coal Developers Take Note: Climate Change Killed This Coal Mine

on Friday.Mining projects in New South Wales already have to include carbon emissions and greenhouse gas impact assessments as part of receiving consent. New South Wales Mineral Council Chief Executive… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

California Puts Another Nail in Fossil-Fuel's Coffin

endangered species in California, which has set a goal of getting all of its electricity from carbon-free sources by 2045. Last year, state regulators approved a plan for PG&E Corp. to deploy battery… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

How the Green New Deal Almost Went Nuclear on Its First Day

“clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy sources,” within 10 years “to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions through a fair and just transition for all communities and workers.”The proposal… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

Why Action on ‘Forever Chemicals’ Is Taking So Long: QuickTake

Co. and DuPont (now DowDuPont’s spinoff Chemours Co.). They’re characterized by bonds between carbon and fluorine that are among the strongest in organic chemistry. Consumers may be more familiar… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Fiat Chrysler Pays $77 Million for Missing Fuel Economy Target

automakers have lobbied the Trump administration to ease fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards, in part because low gas prices and the surging popularity of sport-utility vehicles weren’t… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

Brexit Bulletin: A Curious Silence

March 29 exit date, May’s government will introduce a new U.K. carbon emissions tax of 16 pounds ($20.60) per metric ton of carbon emitted for power generators and high emitting factories, starting… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Indian Billionaire Birla Taps Banks for U.S. Aluminum M&A Deal

companies remain prized borrowers in the loan market. Last year, SKI Carbon Black Mauritius Ltd., a holding company for Birla Carbon, signed a $1.2 billion facility to refinance loans from 2016 at a… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

In Germany, the Green New Deal Actually Works

case against Germany goes: Despite a sustained effort to boost sustainable sources of energy, carbon emissions haven’t fallen in recent years because the country hasn’t been able to kick its coal… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

An Alternative to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal

also implement a carbon tax, something now missing from the plan. This would encourage factories to reduce carbon output, to encourage air and sea travel to search for lower-carbon alternatives and… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Airbus Axes A380 Flagship, Drawing Curtain on Jumbo-Jet Era

Dreamliner, as well as Airbus’s A350 models, twin-engine planes that pioneered the use of lightweight carbon fiber and efficient engines, helped airlines drastically cut fuel expenses and allowed them to… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Wall Street Is More Than Willing to Fund the Green New Deal

investment in green bonds and asset-backed securities, which are securitized leases tied to low- or no-carbon assets such as solar panels or loans made to landlords to finance building upgrades. The government… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Brexit's Realities Are Sobering

name a salmon for your ex and feed it to a bear. (h/t Mike Smedley)Canada’s forests emit more carbon than they absorb.How humans might live on a tidally locked planet.Note: Please send salmon and… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Celebrating 55 000 installations

Australian switchgear engineers Noja Power celebrated the achievement of 55 000 global installations of its OSM recloser product in December 2018, and in commemoration have consolidated the functionality and versatility of this product that has made this achievement possible. Driven to deliver safety, security and simplicity to the global electricity distribution … Continue reading “Celebrating 55 000 installations”

PV GreenCard programme praised

The Electrical Safety Indaba Workshop is a platform created and hosted by the Department of Labour (DoL) with the aim of providing stakeholders in the electrical industry insights into safety and applicable compliance standards to be followed by industry players.  This year’s indaba was held at Peter Mokaba stadium in … Continue reading “PV GreenCard programme praised”

Engineer@Leisure – Steaming into history

Reefsteamers NPC is one of only a few “heritage” steam operations run largely by volunteers still active in South Africa; others include Friends of the Rail (FotR) in Pretoria, (soon to become Wonder Steam), Ceres Rail (previously Atlantic Rail) in the Cape, Umgeni Steam Railway in Natal as well as … Continue reading “Engineer@Leisure – Steaming into history”

Scholarships for nuclear studies for African students

Rosatom has announced that applications are now open for scholarships in nuclear studies, for African students to help develop the next generation of African nuclear scientists and engineers. The scholarships fully fund tuition fees and partly cover living expenses. The goal of the scholarships are to support interest in nuclear research … Continue reading “Scholarships for nuclear studies for African students”

Consolidation creates a turnkey solution

Following its launch in April 2018, TLT-Turbo has now finished consolidating its South African operations. The company manufactures radial and axial flow fans for virtually any industrial application and is regarded as one of the world’s leading manufacturers of technology-driven industrial fans and ventilation systems. To enhance the local company’s … Continue reading “Consolidation creates a turnkey solution”

Micro-grid energy management system for Maldives

Toshiba recently announced that they have won an order to supply the micro-grid energy management system (μEMS) to the “Preparing Outer Islands for Sustainable Energy Development (POISED)” project in the Republic of Maldives from Nishizawa, a Japanese general trading company. The system will start operation in Hithadhoo Island of Addu … Continue reading “Micro-grid energy management system for Maldives”

Cast resin transformers ready for action

Trafo Power Solutions has secured the order for 13 custom-designed cast resin transformers for Rand Water’s large Zuikerbosch wastewater treatment works near Vereeniging. The water purification and sedimentation facilities at Zuikerbosch will reportedly provide an additional 600 Ml per day to the system at a project value of R3-billion, as part … Continue reading “Cast resin transformers ready for action”

Overcoming a culture of non-payment

A culture of non-payment for electrical services by community members is prevalent in South Africa. President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his recent State of the Nation address, said that this unwillingness to pay for services – which extends beyond electrical services – was a serious problem which the government will have … Continue reading “Overcoming a culture of non-payment”

Eskom to be divided into three business units

In his latest State of the Nation address in Parliament, President Cyril Ramaphosa said that energy security in South Africa is imperative if the economy is to grow. Eskom he said, is in crisis and presents a great risk to the country’s economic stability. It is vital, Ramaphosa said, that … Continue reading “Eskom to be divided into three business units”

Locally-made superior quality transformers for Africa and beyond

SGB-SMIT POWER MATLA is a local transformer company with factories in Pretoria and Cape Town. The company was formed when SGB-SMIT, the pure-play transformer specialist from Europe and Power Matla, a locally owned black-empowered company with investments within the renewable energy, ICT, mining and power utilities markets, launched the new … Continue reading “Locally-made superior quality transformers for Africa and beyond”

Electrical equipment firm sells supplier division

Actom has sold its Wilec division to Makarenge Electrical Industries (MEl), a black-empowered company based in Gauteng. Wilec manufactures input materials to the electric rotating machine and transformer manufacturing and repair industries. According to Actom’s group CEO, Mervyn Naidoo, the disposal of Wilec demonstrates the group’s corporate strategy to focus on its core … Continue reading “Electrical equipment firm sells supplier division”

Plastic waste to energy converter solves pollution problem

February 13, 2019

Recor says its “swallow all” technology can convert waste into electricity, gas, heat, steam and even liquid fuels. The company says it has developed a world first containerised solution that delivers stored power and water from any type of waste. This is ideal for disaster relief programmes, remote off-grid communities, … Continue reading “Plastic waste to energy converter solves pollution problem”

WMO addresses UN Security Council for first time | World Meteorological Organization

public.wmo.int/en/media/press-release/wmo-addresses-un-security-council-first-time WMO addresses UN Security Council for first time Climate Disaster risk reduction 25 Published 25 January 2019 For the first time in its history, the World Meteorological Organization has addressed the UN Security Council on the risks to international peace and security posed by climate change and climate-related disasters. … Continue reading “WMO addresses UN Security Council for first time | World Meteorological Organization”

Labour to set out plans to decarbonise UK and fulfil green jobs pledge | Environment | The Guardian

www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/feb/12/labour-plan-decarbonise-uk-green-jobs-climate-crisis?utm_term=RWRpdG9yaWFsX0d1YXJkaWFuVG9kYXlVS19XZWVrZGF5cy0xOTAyMTM%3D&utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&… Labour to set out plans to decarbonise UK and fulfil green jobs pledge Party says Labour government would tackle climate change by starting economic revolution Matthew Taylor Tue 12 Feb 2019 16.00 GMTLast modified on Tue 12 Feb 2019 20.30 GMT – – –

McConnell Plans Vote on Green New Deal as GOP Criticize…

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he plans to put the Democrats’ Green New Deal to a vote McConnell Plans Vote on Green New Deal as GOP Criticizes Measure By Bloomberg• 13 February 2019 epaselect Democratic Representative from New York Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (R) hugs Democratic Representative from Minnesota Ilhan Omar … Continue reading “McConnell Plans Vote on Green New Deal as GOP Criticize…”

Why South Africa’s energy generator is in so much trouble

Eskom is by far the largest of South Africa’s many state owned companies. This near monopoly power utility is in crisis. It’s the single largest threat to South Africa’s economy, according to a former minister of finance. Wits Business School’s Adjunct Prof. Rod Crompton explains why this is the case … Continue reading “Why South Africa’s energy generator is in so much trouble”

SAIPPA breakfast announced

February 12, 2019

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Electric vehicles: an induction motor comeback?

A new IDTechEx Research report, “Electric motors for electric vehicles: land, water, air 2019 – 2029” measures how induction (asynchronous) motors are losing market share. They used to power 50% of electric buses and all forklifts and the Tesla S even gave them credibility beyond the large-reliable-affordable category. Their deficit … Continue reading “Electric vehicles: an induction motor comeback?”

Climate risk missing in polar vortex reporting » Yale Climate Connections

February 11, 2019

www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2019/02/climate-risk-missing-in-polar-vortex-reporting/ Needed: Reporting on climate risks from polar vortexThe late January deep freeze across much of the U.S. offers a valuable ‘teachable moment’ for media: Polar vortex heightens risks from climate change. [image: Email to someone]

Wide-ranging post-SONA interview with Eskom CFO Calib Cassim reveals all…

February 10, 2019

. Considering its importance to the South African economy, many people are deeply concerned about Eskom’s financial status as a going concern. EE Publishers’ investigative editor and managing director, Chris Yelland caught up with Eskom’s new CFO to find out more about the utility’s financial position. Calib Cassim CA(SA) was … Continue reading “Wide-ranging post-SONA interview with Eskom CFO Calib Cassim reveals all…”

2018 was Earth’s fourth hottest year on record, NOAA and NASA report

February 7, 2019

2018 was Earth’s fourth-hottest year on record, NOAA and NASA report – Global temperatures across land and sea were 1.4-1.5 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th century average in 2018, according to NOAA and NASA. – The U.S. suffered 14 weather and climate disasters with costs surpassing $1 billion during a … Continue reading “2018 was Earth’s fourth hottest year on record, NOAA and NASA report”

Met Office: global warming could exceed 1.5C within five years | Environment | The Guardian

Met Office: global warming could exceed 1.5C within five years Lowest Paris agreement target may temporarily be surpassed for first time between now and 2023 Jonathan Watts Wed 6 Feb 2019 16.00 GMTLast modified on Thu 7 Feb 2019 01.05 GMT – – –

Angular contact thrust ball bearings

SKF has developed the double direction angular contact thrust ball bearings for machine tools where space is limited and easy mounting is required. The high-precision bearings serve as support bearings for the ball screws, which are commonly used to drive the various axes in the machine tool. This application requires … Continue reading “Angular contact thrust ball bearings”

New pressures on Eskom’s plant performance and energy availability factor

. New pressures on Eskom’s generation plant performance and energy availability factor (EAF) are making themselves felt at Medupi, Kusile and a number of other coal-fired power stations, as a key Eskom contractor and service provider runs into severe financial difficulties. It has been established that Clyde Bergemann Africa (CBZ) … Continue reading “New pressures on Eskom’s plant performance and energy availability factor”

Climate change is the deadliest legacy we will leave the young | John Lanchester | Opinion | The Guardian

*Link to the article* Climate change is the deadliest legacy we will leave the youngJohn Lanchester Property prices, pensions and austerity will pale into insignificance compared with the effects of global warming on the next generation Wed 6 Feb 2019 19.04 GMTFirst published on Wed 6 Feb 2019 16.11 GMT … Continue reading “Climate change is the deadliest legacy we will leave the young | John Lanchester | Opinion | The Guardian”

Activist investors put climate change on BP’s agenda

*N E W S -* *Activist investors put climate change on BP’s agenda* [image: Plastic pollution on Kuta Beach] *Image credit: Shutterstock* *Several of the world’s largest investment groups are backing a shareholder resolution at the oil major BP, which would commit the company to align its business with the … Continue reading “Activist investors put climate change on BP’s agenda”

Invitation to a National Stakeholder Workshop – 07 February 2019

Dear Valued Stakeholder, As you may be aware, the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has been involved in a process to develop a draft action plan for climate change responses, including ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) in the various South African Biomes. This has also been accompanied by the development of draft … Continue reading “Invitation to a National Stakeholder Workshop – 07 February 2019”

Eskom’s “licence to kill” must be revoked

February 6, 2019

Eskom’s latest attempt to avoid pollution standards has been met with vigorous opposition. The Life After Coal/Impilo Ngaphandle Kwamalahle Campaign (the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER), groundWork, and Earthlife Africa), the Highveld Environmental Justice Alliance Network (HEJN), and the Vaal Environmental Justice Alliance (VEJA) submitted strongly worded opposition to Eskom’s … Continue reading “Eskom’s “licence to kill” must be revoked”

SA mines must decarbonise, decentralise and digitise

South African mines must adopt and invest in renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency measures as part of their sustainability measures. This will require a programme of decarbonisation, decentralisation and digitisation. Jeff Radebe The minister of energy, Jeff Radebe, speaking to the Energy and Mining Sectors session at the recent Investing … Continue reading “SA mines must decarbonise, decentralise and digitise”

A third of Himalayan ice cap doomed, finds report | Environment | The Guardian

www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/feb/04/a-third-of-himalayan-ice-cap-doomed-finds-shocking-report?utm_term=RWRpdG9yaWFsX0d1YXJkaWFuVG9kYXlVS19XZWVrZGF5cy0xOTAyMDU%3D&utm_source=esp&utm_medium=E… A third of Himalayan ice cap doomed, finds report Even radical climate change action won’t save glaciers, endangering 2 billion people Damian Carrington Environment editor @dpcarrington Mon 4 Feb 2019 11.45 GMTLast modified on Mon 4 Feb 2019 18.15 GMT – – –

[Carbon Tax]South Africa: Parliament passes Carbon Tax into law | ESI-Africa.com

www.esi-africa.com/south-africa-parliament-passes-carbon-tax-into-law/ South Africa: Parliament passes Carbon Tax into law February 6, 2019 0 [image: Carbon Tax] Featured image: Stock – – – – *The South African government has introduced a new legislation in response to the rapid climate risks heightened by the large emitters of greenhouse gases (GHGs) — the … Continue reading “[Carbon Tax]South Africa: Parliament passes Carbon Tax into law | ESI-Africa.com”

Digitisation saves energy

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 air-conditioner in your office and the entire production process in your factory.  The more efficiently these run, the less energy is … Continue reading “Digitisation saves energy”

Solar EPCs see increased finance opportunities

Solar financing specialist SolarAfrica, together with investment management company Inspired Evolution, signed a R100-million equity investment facility which enables a fund size of up to R500-million to finance solar PV solutions. The new funding joint venture allows SolarAfrica to provide competitive financed solutions for its growing EPC and sales partner … Continue reading “Solar EPCs see increased finance opportunities”

Increasing opportunities for PPAs in SA

Solar power generation continues to gain traction in South Africa, and an increasing number of businesses in the country are showing interest in acquiring solar photovoltaic (PV) systems for private power generation. Over the past year, it has also become evident that power purchase agreements (PPA) offer some of the … Continue reading “Increasing opportunities for PPAs in SA”

Mines need to transition to cleaner, more efficient forms of energy

February 5, 2019

Speaking at a breakfast meeting at the recent Mining Indaba in Cape Town, Nkululeko Buthelezi, the interim chairperson of the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI), said that South Africa’s economy is energy intensive and since the mining sector is a member of the Energy Intensive User Group (EIUG), … Continue reading “Mines need to transition to cleaner, more efficient forms of energy”

Renewable energy business focus to accelerate growth

GE says it intends to intensify its focus on the growing renewable energy market by consolidating all of the company’s renewable and grid assets into a single, simplified renewable energy business. Global demand for renewable power generation and the associated grid integration continues to increase globally with renewable capacity additions … Continue reading “Renewable energy business focus to accelerate growth”

– Carbon Pricing Leadership – February Mini-Update

See the latest from the CPLC. February Mini-Update See the latest developments and upcoming events. *CPLC Research Conference* February 14-15, 2019 The Research Conference follows on the heels of the 2019 edition of the World Sustainable Development Summit (WSDS) and is convened by the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition (CPLC). The … Continue reading “– Carbon Pricing Leadership – February Mini-Update”

Biogas plant given a new lease of life

Nordmethan, a company in the Weltec Biopower Group, has taken over an insolvent biogas plant in Germany. The company says it will modernise the 2,2 MW plant and return it to full operation as a going concern. The original plant had been set up in 2009 for the digestion of … Continue reading “Biogas plant given a new lease of life”

BUSA’s submission to Nersa re Eskom’s latest tariff increase application

February 4, 2019

Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) made the following submission to Nersa regarding Eskom’s fourth multi-year price determination (MYPD4) application for the 2019/20 to 2021/22 financial years. Sipho Pityana, president of BUSA BUSA’s response to Eskom’s pricing applications consistently emphasises the relationship between reliability of supply; predictability of tariffs; competitiveness of … Continue reading “BUSA’s submission to Nersa re Eskom’s latest tariff increase application”

[Event]Newly launched Programme for African Utility Week and POWERGEN

View the African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa Programme Brochure: 14-16 May 2019, CTICC, Cape Town, South Africa Email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser . JUST LAUNCHED: THE MUCH ANTICIPATED PROGRAMME BROCHURE We are pleased to provide you with an opportunity to be one fo the first … Continue reading “[Event]Newly launched Programme for African Utility Week and POWERGEN”

Electric dive boats for eco-friendly marine tourism

The MahaRaja Eco Dive Lodge in Raja Ampat, Indonesia is providing emission-free dive boats, powered by Torqeedo electric outboards, to its clients. The region is popular with scuba divers and snorkelers thanks to its rich marine life, which includes more than 1300 species of fish and 75% of all the hard-coral species … Continue reading “Electric dive boats for eco-friendly marine tourism”

Recognition for fuel cell solutions

GenCell has won Frost & Sullivan’s 2019 Europe Enabling Technology Leadership Award. Based on its recent analysis of the European fuel cells market,  the company was recognised for its fuel cell solutions which provide clean backup and off-grid power to utilities, healthcare, telecommunications, and automated industries. Using an alkaline electrolyte, … Continue reading “Recognition for fuel cell solutions”

Incentive programme includes product bundles

Flir is running an incentive programme to the end of 2019 which includes special, cost-saving product bundles. The Flir C3 is a powerful, fully-featured, pocket-sized thermal camera designed for a wide range of building and electrical/mechanical applications.  Its slim, light profile fits comfortably into any work pocket so the camera is … Continue reading “Incentive programme includes product bundles”

David Wallace-Wells on climate: ‘People should be scared – I’m scared’ | Environment | The Guardian

David Wallace-Wells on climate: ‘People should be scared – I’m scared’ Climate change The journalist and author has claimed climate change will soon render the world uninhabitable, leading his supporters to say he’s telling the terrifying truth and critics to brand him a reckless alarmist. Why is he so worried? … Continue reading “David Wallace-Wells on climate: ‘People should be scared – I’m scared’ | Environment | The Guardian”

Managing expectations and opposition to the restructuring of Eskom

February 3, 2019

. There has been much speculation in the media on the pending restructuring and unbundling of Eskom. It is expected that President Cyril Ramaphosa will be giving some direction in this regard in his forthcoming state-of-the-nation address on Thursday 7 February 2019. For more than a year, in order to … Continue reading “Managing expectations and opposition to the restructuring of Eskom”

FirstRand joins exodus of banks withdrawing funding of new coal-fired power plants in SA

February 2, 2019

. FirstRand Bank has joined the exodus of local banks that were funding new coal-fired power plants in South Africa, and in particular the Thabametsi and Khanyisa independent power producer (IPP) projects. These two projects are included in the draft integrated resource plan for electricity, Draft IRP 2018, for completion … Continue reading “FirstRand joins exodus of banks withdrawing funding of new coal-fired power plants in SA”

Micro-ohmmeter generates 300 A

February 1, 2019

HV Test offers DV Power’s first handheld micro ohmmeter which generates regulated DC current up to 300 A. The RMO-H is ideal for a number of applications for contact resistance measurements of non-inductive test objects in both field and factory testing environments, with a user-friendly interface, allowing the user to set … Continue reading “Micro-ohmmeter generates 300 A”

Global Warming and Extreme Cold: How One Leads to the Other

Global Warming and Extreme Cold: How One Leads to the Other January 11, 2018 TRNN Replay: Research on the connection between extreme weather – such as the severe cold snap that hit the US Northeast – and global warming, shows that these are intimately connected, despite what climate deniers such … Continue reading “Global Warming and Extreme Cold: How One Leads to the Other”

Can South Africa solve its energy crisis?

January 31, 2019

Policy debates in South Africa’s energy sector are becoming increasingly polarised, but it is critical to ensure broad participation if we want to re-imagine the energy sector and solve the country’s energy crisis, argued experts at a recent discussion hosted by the UCT GSB in conjunction with Power Futures South … Continue reading “Can South Africa solve its energy crisis?”

Electrification of the chemical industry: Power-to-chemicals programme

The chemical industry relies heavily on energy for all production processes, from petrochemical to pharmaceuticals to common everyday items. The availability of cheap electricity from renewable energy sources stands to revolutionise the industry, and replace depletable feedstock with renewable material, using surplus electricity from renewable sources. The chemical industry is … Continue reading “Electrification of the chemical industry: Power-to-chemicals programme”

Will unbundling Eskom ensure a sustainable electricity system?

. That Eskom needs to be restructured is no longer in question. In its current form, the organisation poses a systemic risk to the South African economy and is “too big to fail”. The real question is what form this restructuring should take.  Dr Tobias Bischof-Niemz For sure, the generation … Continue reading “Will unbundling Eskom ensure a sustainable electricity system?”

ESI Insights #15: The World Economic Forum fights Climate Change | ESI-Africa.com

ESI Insights #15: The World Economic Forum fights Climate Change January 30, 2019 0 – – – – *In this week’s episode we take a closer look at the main topics uncovered in Davos around fighting climate change and the role that the power and energy sector has to play.* … Continue reading “ESI Insights #15: The World Economic Forum fights Climate Change | ESI-Africa.com”

[SDGs]NBI News Update: The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2019

*NBI and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)* 30 January 2019 *Dear Anton* *WHY SHOULD BUSINESS ENGAGE WITH THE GLOBAL GOALS AGENDA?* The global economy is trending towards one that supports a more sustainable future, featuring reduced emissions and increased social health and equity, economic prosperity and environmental well-being. In order … Continue reading “[SDGs]NBI News Update: The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2019”

The latest IRENA Quarterly Newsletter 30 January 2019

Read the latest newsletter from iRENA View this email in your browser Renewables and energy efficiency work in tandem Increased use of renewable energy means more efficient production of electricity. Understanding and exploiting such synergies will be crucial as the world seeks sustainable energy options. *Energy transformation calls for increased … Continue reading “The latest IRENA Quarterly Newsletter 30 January 2019”

The role of private sector participation in sub-Saharan Africa’s energy sector

The organisers of the 2019 Africa Energy Indaba, which is set to take place at the Sandton Convention Centre on 19 and 20 February, say that there is a strong correlation between electricity consumption and economic growth. However, electricity inaccessibility and unremitting power shortages hamper initiatives for economic growth and … Continue reading “The role of private sector participation in sub-Saharan Africa’s energy sector”

Americans’ Concern About Climate Change Surging to Record Levels

therealnews.com/stories/americans-concern-about-climate-change-surging-to-record-levels Americans’ Concern About Climate Change Surging to Record Levels January 30, 2019 Dr. John Kotcher of George Mason University discusses a new poll about climate change and says improvements in media coverage have helped spur the public’s concern about the issue Facebook Twitter Reddit Email Share Story Transcript DIMITRI … Continue reading “Americans’ Concern About Climate Change Surging to Record Levels”

Biomass gasification for large-scale electricity generation

January 30, 2019

Electrical power generation can make use of several biomass processes, including direct combustion, combustion of gas derived from fermentation or gasification, and combustion of pyrolysis fuel. Thermal gasification and pyrolysis are seen as the most promising technologies for the generation of electricity from biomass. Biofuels are fuels produced directly or … Continue reading “Biomass gasification for large-scale electricity generation”

Nedbank withdraws funding for new coal IPPs

January 29, 2019

. Nedbank lived up to its slogan as the “green” bank in a decision to  withdraw its funding of two proposed new coal-fired power stations in South Africa, Thabametsi and Khanyisa. This decision fits with the banking group’s commitment to “green” funding, responsible lending and supporting sustainability initiatives. The bank … Continue reading “Nedbank withdraws funding for new coal IPPs”

New training centre for fuel company

Engen has moved its training academy from Edgemead to Hillside. The training centre is geared to provide new service station franchisees with practical on-the-forecourt training over a two-and-a-half week period as well as practical standards training. In addition, the facilities provide existing ervice station managers, franchisees and head office staff … Continue reading “New training centre for fuel company”

Work on new nuclear projects suspended

Hitachi has announced that it will pull away from two large UK projects due to failed financial negotiations with the British government. The company said it would accept a loss of approximately $2,77-billion that went into developing Horizon Nuclear Power’s two projects, including new reactors slated for Wylfa Newydd and Oldbury-On-Severn, projects … Continue reading “Work on new nuclear projects suspended”

Measuring volumetric flow by oscillation

Instrotech is offering the Kobold DOG range of flowmeters that use the unique oscillation principle to measure dry or humid gases even in low pressure applications. In this measuring procedure, a partial stream of the medium is led into the measuring cell by means of a bypass. In the measuring … Continue reading “Measuring volumetric flow by oscillation”

For faster troubleshooting

Thermal imagers are invaluable to help quickly troubleshoot electrical equipment, panels, and transformers. Fluke’s 279 FC TRMS thermal multimeter is the first test tool to integrate a full-featured true rms (TRMS) digital multimeter (DMM) with a thermal camera, in one device. The device allows technicians to check for hot spots in … Continue reading “For faster troubleshooting”

Urban Climate Politics and Multilevel Governance

January 28, 2019

This new article on “The Embeddedness of Urban Climate Politics in Multilevel Governance: A Case Study of South Africa’s Major Cities” in the Journal of Environment and Development might be of interest to some of you: journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1070496518819121 Abstract: “Numerous scholars have lately highlighted the importance of cities in the global … Continue reading “Urban Climate Politics and Multilevel Governance”

Hurricane power outages may increase risk of carbon monoxide poisoning

January 27, 2019

… sources can cause carbon monoxide poisoning, scientists warn. Portable… carbon monoxide to cause severe injury and death when they’re used indoors… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

We could wreck natural world, David Attenborough tells Prince William – BBC News

January 24, 2019

www.bbc.com/news/uk-46957085 We could wreck natural world, David Attenborough tells Prince William – 22 January 2019 – Share this with Facebook – Share this with Messenger – Share this with Twitter – Share this with Email

CORRECTED-Major U.S.utility Xcel Energy says it will be carbon-free by 2050

January 23, 2019

…. utilities, on Tuesday unveiled plans to accelerate its carbon reduction… goals, saying it will deliver only carbon-free electricity to customers… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

Independent research reveals extent of Eskom’s violation of air quality laws

The Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) commissioned a study in late-2018 to assess Eskom’s state of (non)compliance with its air emission licences (AELs). It was found that – in its own monthly emission reports over a 21-month period – Eskom revealed nearly 3200 exceedances of its daily AEL limits for … Continue reading “Independent research reveals extent of Eskom’s violation of air quality laws”

Direct air capture of CO2: An alternative means of carbon capture

Coal-fired power stations will continue to form a major portion of the power generation mix in the immediate future. Much research has been done on reducing CO2 emissions from these sources by CO2 capture, but very little on emission from smaller sources. An approach which captures CO2 directly from the … Continue reading “Direct air capture of CO2: An alternative means of carbon capture”

Greenland’s ice melting faster than scientists previously thought – study | World news | The Guardian

Greenland’s ice melting faster than scientists previously thought – study The pace of ice loss has increased four-fold since 2003 as enormous glaciers are depositing ever larger chunks of ice into the Atlantic ocean, where it melts, causing sea levels to rise Oliver Milman @olliemilman Tue 22 Jan 2019 12.13 … Continue reading “Greenland’s ice melting faster than scientists previously thought – study | World news | The Guardian”

Prince William interviews David Attenborough on climate change impacts

This is a YouTube video of Prince William interviewing David Attenborough at Davos.

Oceans Are Warming Far Faster Than Scientists Estimated

therealnews.com/stories/oceans-are-warming-far-faster-than-scientists-estimated Oceans Are Warming Far Faster Than Scientists Estimated January 22, 2019 Scientist Zeke Hausfather explains a new study showing oceans are warming 40% faster than the IPCC estimated Facebook Twitter Reddit Email Share – Help Us Make Real News! – Donate Online – Donate by Check – Donate by … Continue reading “Oceans Are Warming Far Faster Than Scientists Estimated”

Power Futures SA Launch Event: Wednesday 23 January 4pm @ UCT GSB

*Subject: **[Erc-seminars-l] Power Futures SA Launch Event: Wednesday 23 January 4pm @ UCT GSB* *Date: *22 January 2019 at 13:49:05 GMT+2 Greetings All Please join us in launching Power Futures SA. At this juncture, we believe that it is critical that we stand together in solving the challenges we face … Continue reading “Power Futures SA Launch Event: Wednesday 23 January 4pm @ UCT GSB”

Billionaire Bill Koch Doesn’t Have to Sell His Oxbow Carbon

January 22, 2019

Billionaire Bill Koch doesn’t have to sell his Oxbow Carbon LLC so two private equity firms can recoup an investment of more than $250 million in the energy company, an appeals court ruled, reversing… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Kinder Morgan Is Said to Weigh Sale of Carbon Dioxide Unit

Pipeline giant Kinder Morgan Inc. is weighing a sale of the largest transporter of carbon dioxide in North America, which could fetch more than $5 billion, according to people familiar with the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Muggy Disney Parks, Downed AT&T Towers: Firms Tally Climate Risk

reports for 2018, including more than 1,800 from the U.S.On Tuesday, CDP, formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project, released letter grades for those companies that measure “how aware they are… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Colleges Funded Bird, But Don’t Want Electric Scooters on Campus

company went public in 2011.Bird says that one of its missions is to reduce car usage, traffic, and carbon emissions. And some see scooters as potentially a good fit for campuses. “Colleges and universities… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Confident Oil Industry Set to Ratchet Up Spending in 2019

additional cost savings and safety benefits in automating processes. Meanwhile investment in low-carbon energy will be small, with most respondents saying regulations are the main motivation to spend… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

From Greenspan to Yellen, Economic Brain Trust Backs Carbon Tax

asserting that a robust, gradually rising carbon tax is “the most cost-effective lever to reduce carbon emissions at the scale and speed that is necessary.”“A carbon tax will send a powerful price signal… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Davos: The Backlash Against Fat Cat Bosses Is Coming

backlash is coming.There has always been a whiff of hypocrisy at Davos, where elites expand their carbon footprint, eat $43 hot dogs and throw lavish parties in the name of making the world a better… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

New York Plan to Kill Coal Is Already Boosting Power Prices

and this is the first time a state has targeted coal by using its regulatory authority to limit carbon emissions. While the plan wouldn’t kick in until 2021, it’s already affecting power markets and… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Solar and Wind Power Investors Get More Bang for Their Bucks

dollars’ more investment in wind and solar technologies in the coming years, a volume of zero-carbon, zero-marginal-cost electricity that will significantly challenge the world’s traditional utilities… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

SIHH 2019: Best Watches IWC, Montblanc, Audemars, Jaeger, Hermes

it burns less energy while sitting still. And Ulysse Nardin and Girard Perregaux developed new carbon-metal compounds to make their cases even stronger. These are my favorite watches from the show… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Prestigious double accolade for energy efficiency achievements

Netcare won two coveted awards at the 2018 South African Energy Efficiency Confederation (SAEEC) conference. The private healthcare group was recognised with the Commercial Corporate Company of the Year and Commercial Energy Project of the Year awards at the recent 13th annual SAEEC conference that took place in Kempton Park, … Continue reading “Prestigious double accolade for energy efficiency achievements”

[Just Energy Transition]A New World – The Geopolitics of the Energy Transformation

An interesting analysis of global energy transition: geopoliticsofrenewables.org/report ” Introduction: Fundamental changes are taking place in the global energy system which will affect almost all countries and will have wide-ranging geopolitical consequences. Renewables have moved to the centre of the global energy landscape. Technological advances and falling costs have made … Continue reading “[Just Energy Transition]A New World – The Geopolitics of the Energy Transformation”

Your weekly digest from Yale Climate Connections

[image: Yale Climate Connections] * Feature articles* [image: FDR] The ‘Green New Deal’: Six things to know *by Daisy Simmons* The ‘Green New Deal’ has inspired lots of conversation in the climate world. Here are a few key points to consider. —————————— [image: Painting] ‘Will there be famines?’ *by Sara … Continue reading “Your weekly digest from Yale Climate Connections”

New Climate Economy Newsletter: January 2019

NCE Update: January 2019 View this email in your browser *Table of Contents* – Looking Ahead to 2019 – WEF Global Risks Report 2019 – What will the rest of 2019 bring? *Looking Ahead to 2019* The IPCC 1.5 C report was a stark reminder of the economic and human … Continue reading “New Climate Economy Newsletter: January 2019”

Europe’s Most Important River Is Running Dry – Bloomberg

Climate Changed Europe’s Most Important River Is Running Dry The Rhine waterway, critical to moving coal, car parts, food and thousands of other goods, risks becoming impassable because of climate change. By William Wilkes , Vanessa Dezem , and Brian Parkin January 18, 2019, 7:00 AM GMT+2 Vessels on the … Continue reading “Europe’s Most Important River Is Running Dry – Bloomberg”

Energy storage: The potential to change the industry

Development of electrical energy storage technology and applications in the electrical energy sector is moving ahead in leaps and bounds. All sectors are affected , from generation to consumption, and technology is advancing rapidly towards larger and larger network and grid  installations, while at the same time reducing the cost … Continue reading “Energy storage: The potential to change the industry”

[Event]INVITATION: Umhlaba Ushushu (The Earth is Getting Hot) – 26 January 2019

January 21, 2019

An entertaining theatre show that brings to life some of the problems communities face when ‘foreign’ solutions are applied to their problems. *INVITATION: Umhlaba Ushushu * *(The Earth is Getting Hot)* Join us for an entertaining theatre show that brings to life some of the problems communities face when ‘foreign’ … Continue reading “[Event]INVITATION: Umhlaba Ushushu (The Earth is Getting Hot) – 26 January 2019”

[IPCC]South Africa hosts first lead author meeting of the IPCC | Department of Environmental Affairs

South Africa hosts first lead author meeting of the IPCC *16 January 2019* South Africa, through the Department of Environmental Affairs, will host the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group II First Lead Author Meeting of the Sixth Assessment Report from 21 to 25 January 2019 in Durban. … Continue reading “[IPCC]South Africa hosts first lead author meeting of the IPCC | Department of Environmental Affairs”

Small-scale coal-fired generation: An option for the future?

The days of mega-sized coal-fired projects are over, at least for this country. The use of coal as a fuel for power generation will nonetheless continue for many years in the future, with the difference that small-scale (clean) coal-fired plant (SSCFP) is seen to be the technology of choice. Future … Continue reading “Small-scale coal-fired generation: An option for the future?”

Nuclear conference addresses current and emerging challenges

Thembisile Majola The deputy minister of energy, Thembisile Majola, addressing the recent Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Science and Technology, said that humanity is facing enormous challenges relating to, climate change and the environment; water resources; food security; access to affordable and reliable energy; as well as human and animal health. … Continue reading “Nuclear conference addresses current and emerging challenges”

Energy minister looks to wind sector for investment

Addressing delegates during the second day of SAWEA’s annual Windaba conference the Department of Energy (DoE), acknowledged the Wind sector’s ability to attract substantial investment into the country; to significantly contribute to the country’s reduction of greenhouse gas emissions; and to drive down the cost of power through competitive pricing. … Continue reading “Energy minister looks to wind sector for investment”

Update from Cigre study committee D2

Cigre’s Study Committee (SC) D2 for Information Systems and Telecommunication involves Advisory Group (AGs), Work Groups (WGs), Joint Working Groups (JWGs) and task forces for the development and publication of the best practices on information systems and telecommunication in Electrical Power Utilities (EPUs). The two main categories of the produced … Continue reading “Update from Cigre study committee D2”

Committee on energy adopts draft IRP 2018

Following a public-wide consultation, the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Energy has adopted the draft IRP 2018. In this process the committee received around 41 written submissions, including 38 requests to make oral submissions. The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) notes that some of the key submissions made by the … Continue reading “Committee on energy adopts draft IRP 2018”

Work on UK nuclear project suspended

Hitachi has announced its intention of pulling away from two large nuclear projects in the UK due to failed financial negotiations. The company’s Wylfa Newydd and Oldbury-On-Severn projects, which were expected to be the future home of new advanced boiling water reactors, which were approved by Britain’s nuclear power regulator … Continue reading “Work on UK nuclear project suspended”

[Fossil fuel][Coal]New report: U.S. oil & gas drilling to unleash 1,000 coal plants’ worth of pollution by 2050

January 19, 2019

Oil Change International and 17 partners are out with a major new report called *Drilling towards Disaster*, which shows why ending extraction and managing the decline of the fossil fuel industry must be a key part of climate leadership for any U.S. politician. The report outlines a set of recommendations … Continue reading “[Fossil fuel][Coal]New report: U.S. oil & gas drilling to unleash 1,000 coal plants’ worth of pollution by 2050”

How the cargo ship industry is cleaning up its act

m.engineeringnews.co.za/article/how-the-cargo-ship-industry-is-cleaning-up-its-filthy-act-2019-01-18 How the cargo ship industry is cleaning up its filthy act 18th January 2019 BY: BLOOMBERG Air pollution from cars and factories has been regulated in much of the world since the 1970s. When it comes to the smoke-belching ships that carry global trade, the rules have been a … Continue reading “How the cargo ship industry is cleaning up its act”

Four Audi Officials Indicted by U.S. for Emissions Cheats

January 18, 2019

Bauder, who led Audi’s diesel engine development department from 2002 to 2012; Axel Eiser, who oversaw that department and also headed the Volkswagen AG unit’s engine development division; Stefan… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Jeremy Grantham’s $1 Billion Plan to Fight Climate Change

but the environment. At universities and investor conferences, gardening clubs and local environmental groups, he gives a talk titled “Race of Our Lives”—the one between the Earth’s rapidly warming… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

As Elon Musk Cuts Staff at SpaceX, Boring Co Has New Job Openings

positions.Boring Co. is soliciting applications for nearly a dozen jobs, which include tunnel engineering and software development. The startup employs about 80 people. Space Exploration Technologies… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Heavy Smog, Worsened By Weather, Raises Alarm Across Asia

levels of PM 2.5, tiny particulate matter that can dangerously clog lungs, was due to diesel engine emissions. The Department of Royal Rainmaking and Agricultural Aviation said it was preparing… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Pickup Trucks and Electric Vehicles Head for a Culture Crash

last year, there were reports of U.S. drivers being “ICEd out”: drivers of internal combustion engine cars deliberately occupying dedicated charging spots, preventing EV drivers from using them. … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Russia, Serbia sign nuclear cooperation agreement

January 17, 2019

…PARIS (Reuters) – Russia and Serbia have signed a cooperation… agreement on civil nuclear energy, state-owned Russian reactor builder… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

Power company donates fire protection equipment

Eaton Africa’s sponsorship of a fire safety system has helped the Alta du Toit Centre in Bellville to offer a more secure and safe environment for their residents and staff members. After an inspection was done by the local fire department, it was found that the centre was no longer … Continue reading “Power company donates fire protection equipment”

Small thermal plants hold promise for African economies

Small-scale power generation plants driven by hydrocarbon sources and biomass are still likely to play a valuable part in rolling out electricity in regions of Africa unserved by grid power and where renewable resources are insufficient to sustain a reliable energy supply. Chris Dalgliesh The lack of a secure baseload … Continue reading “Small thermal plants hold promise for African economies”

Lightning and surge protection for solar installations

Africa has the highest incidents of lightning strikes annually. A significant variance in lightning flash densities across different parts of Africa requires unique solutions across countries. Dehn Africa is building its experience and reputation in creating tailored solutions for solar energy installations across the “lightning continent”. NASA maps, made from satellite … Continue reading “Lightning and surge protection for solar installations”

Dry sorter coal-beneficiation solution coming

Aury Africa aims to bring its first dry separator to South Africa for trial at a coal mine in 2019. Aury Africa, a subsidiary of design and construction coal group DADI Engineering Development Group, is in discussions with its sister company Meiteng Technology Group to bring in its telligent dry … Continue reading “Dry sorter coal-beneficiation solution coming”

A Planet in Crisis: The Heat’s on Us

A Planet in Crisis: The Heat’s on Us [image: The Gulkana Glacier in the Alaska Range, like most glaciers globally, is losing mass rapidly. Some experts predict that every alpine glacier in the world will be gone by 2100.]The Gulkana Glacier in the Alaska Range, like most glaciers globally, is … Continue reading “A Planet in Crisis: The Heat’s on Us”

[Climatye Change]Concatenated Environment Risk – paper in Nature

twitter.com/i/topics/tweet/1085422033603911681?cn=ZmxleGlibGVfcmVjcw%3D%3D&refsrc=email More Nice paper on concatenated environmental risk, but as @gotonura and @_chandnisingh point out, misses the links back to poverty, inequality and economic structure… and associated potential for joined-up solutions 0 replies0 retweets0 likes Reply Retweet Like Direct message

Analysis paralysis over South Africa’s IRP for electricity presents massive economic risk

January 16, 2019

. It has been four months now since the release of the Department of Energy’s latest draft Integrated Resource Plan for electricity (Draft IRP 2018) for public comment on 27 August 2018, and two months since the closing date for public comments on 25 October 2018. So where’s Wally? Initially … Continue reading “Analysis paralysis over South Africa’s IRP for electricity presents massive economic risk”

Minister of energy addresses learners in Limpopo

On School Energy Day and as part of the Department of Energy’s “back to school” programme, the minister of energy, Jeff Radebe, addressed learners who had gathered at Nzhelele, Makhado Multipurpose Centre, Biaba in Limpopo and donated shoes to them. The following is the minister’s speech to the learners. Jeff … Continue reading “Minister of energy addresses learners in Limpopo”

Custom modification option announced

Noja Power recently announced a custom modification option to include a second set of current transformers (CTs) in its OSM recloser product. With the this product being deployed in more substation environments, the additional CTs allow for implementation of differential protection schemes. The additional CTs are installed inside the recloser, with … Continue reading “Custom modification option announced”

Out of the fog: honeycomb films

Researchers are producing honeycomb-shaped films using an approach that mimics what happens when we breathe on a glass surface. The films have potential use in numerous applications, from tissue regeneration and bio-sensing to solar cells, explains an article in the journal “Science and Technology of Advanced Materials”. Water droplets condense when humid air … Continue reading “Out of the fog: honeycomb films”

Municipal electrical utilities face mounting challenges

Municipal electrical utilities, the distributors of electricity to many, if not most, of the country’s electricity consumers, face mounting challenges as technological developments change the way in which electricity will be generated, distributed, sold and possibly resold in the future. Refilwe Mokgosi The rising cost of electricity is likely to … Continue reading “Municipal electrical utilities face mounting challenges”

GIS and hybrid switchgear technology

The need for higher reliability, more compactness and insensitivity to environmental factors are the key drivers for the evolution of SF6 gas insulated switchgear (GIS). The higher the voltage the more applicable is the use of GIS switchgear. With today’s ever-increasing land and civil cost for substations, the ability to … Continue reading “GIS and hybrid switchgear technology”

Vertical axis wind turbines for urban applications

As horizontal-shaft wind turbines (HAWTs) increase in size, they become more visually and audibly disturbing. This limits the use of the energy resource of wind in cities as even small turbines of a few tens of kW capacity require tall masts and are deemed visually unpleasant. The challenge to produce … Continue reading “Vertical axis wind turbines for urban applications”

Power developments in Africa, January 2019

Refinery’s power plant maintenance plan signed GE has signed a multi-year service agreement to support the power requirements of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation’s Port Harcourt Refining company. The twelve-year agreement includes the provision of parts, spares, repairs and services over two major inspection cycles for three units of the … Continue reading “Power developments in Africa, January 2019”

Obituary: Bill Graham

William Irvine (Bill) Graham of Graham, Golding and Associates passed away in December 2018. As a special tribute to this stalwart, Vector invited industry members to share their messages of thanks and condolences. Bill Graham Bill started work as a specialist consultant to panel builders, end-users and specifiers with regard … Continue reading “Obituary: Bill Graham”

New minisub design boasts internal bunding wall

Armcoil is now offering the market a sophisticated minisub which incorporates a bund wall and storage tank to retain oil should the oil-filled transformer leak. This new design addresses the environmental risk and clean-up costs associated with oil spills from minisub transformers. Minisubstations (minisubs) can be defined as substations which … Continue reading “New minisub design boasts internal bunding wall”

Addressing the issue of Eskom’s ever-rising electricity tariffs

January 15, 2019

Eskom has applied to NERSA, the energy regulator, for a 15% tariff increase for three consecutive years. The power utility is facing dire financial constraints with excessive corporate debt of more than R400-billion (as per its interim results presentation on 28 November 2018) and outstanding arrear debt for electricity sold, … Continue reading “Addressing the issue of Eskom’s ever-rising electricity tariffs”

Eskom engages stakeholders on its revenue application 

Eskom has explained the power utility’s rationale for its average annual electricity increase application of 15% for three years under the fourth Multi-Year Price Determination (MYPD4) and Regulatory Clearing Account (RCA) balance application for 2018 to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA). The presentation was made to stakeholders … Continue reading “Eskom engages stakeholders on its revenue application “

[LEDS][Jobs] Request fpor comment: Draft Low Greenhouse Gas Emission Development Strategy (LEDS) for your comments

Dear Stakeholder, Please find a reminder to provide comments into the Draft Low Greenhouse Gas Emission Development Strategy (LEDS). Attached please find the link below on the Draft Low Greenhouse Gas Emission Development Strategy (LEDS). www.environment.gov.za/sites/default/files/strategic_plans/southafricas_lowemission_developmentstrategy_dec2018draft.pdf Please forward your written inputs to (MMundalamo@environment.gov.za, 012 399 9164) on or before 31 … Continue reading “[LEDS][Jobs] Request fpor comment: Draft Low Greenhouse Gas Emission Development Strategy (LEDS) for your comments”

New products for electric mobility on water

Torqeedo’s Deep Blue product line offers the most powerful electric motor systems. Up until now, 50 kW was the maximum power available from a single Deep Blue motor. Twin installations could deliver a system power of up to 100 kW. The company will now launch its new Deep Blue 100 … Continue reading “New products for electric mobility on water”

Inverter project secured in Japan

GE has been selected by Toyo Engineering Corporation on behalf of the project owner, GK KS Power 1, a special purpose vehicle consortium by GE Energy Financial Service and K-Energy, to provide its 1500 V inverters to build the 24 MW solar plant project located in Katsuura City, Chiba Prefecture, … Continue reading “Inverter project secured in Japan”

Sustainable solutions give new life to Gwakwani

Gwakwani, a remote village located 300 km north of Polokwane,  now has access to energy and water through sustainable interventions, thanks to the partnership between the University of Johannesburg’s (UJ’s) Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering Science and Schneider Electric. A highlight of the project was the installation a solar-powered off-grid … Continue reading “Sustainable solutions give new life to Gwakwani”

‘Green warriors’ on the rise as big investors back…

‘Green warriors’ on the rise as big investors back the climate change fight By Melanie Gosling• 14 January 2019 A demonstration of environmental organiSations is held alongside the UN Climate Summit COP24 in Katowice, Poland, 14 December 2018. The COP (Conference of the Parties) summit is the highest body of … Continue reading “‘Green warriors’ on the rise as big investors back…”

Applications for pad mounted recloser

Noja Power’s OSM reclosers provide simplicity in network protection and automation. With the standard system including all protection and communication capabilities expected of MV distribution circuit breakers, the recloser has found new favour in a pad mount arrangement. The company’s GMK allows for further flexibility in applications allowing for third … Continue reading “Applications for pad mounted recloser”

Awarded for power station demolition work

Jet Demolition won its second consecutive award at the annual World Demolition Awards 2018 at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on 8 November. The premium event of its kind, the awards are hosted by Demolition and Recycling International, published by the KHL Group, in conjunction with the European Demolition Association. … Continue reading “Awarded for power station demolition work”

The role of renewables in SA’s economy and a just energy transition

The South African Renewable Energy Council (SAREC) has reaffirmed its commitment to building the renewable energy sector in South Africa, adding that its member associations recognise that the industry needs to play a more constructive role in meeting the energy challenges facing the region. To this end, the council says … Continue reading “The role of renewables in SA’s economy and a just energy transition”

[Coal][Renewable Energy]Legalbrief Environmental – SA commits to green economy switch at key conference

*Environmental Law & Justice Watch* Issue no:588 Tuesday 15 January 2019 *View in browser * *SA commits to green economy switch at key conference* Partnerships, frameworks and taking scientific evidence into consideration are crucial to the development of a green economy in SA, delegates at a Cape Town conference heard … Continue reading “[Coal][Renewable Energy]Legalbrief Environmental – SA commits to green economy switch at key conference”

Quo vadis Eskom?

January 14, 2019

The South African economy relies on the availability of a reliable, affordable and adequate supply of electricity. Economic growth is thus dependent upon the success of Eskom as its prime supplier of electricity. The power utility’s leaders are working to improve its performance, but are they moving the utility in … Continue reading “Quo vadis Eskom?”

[Carbon Tax]Global moves in climate change fight leaves little room for tackling inequality

Global moves in climate change fight leaves little room for tackling inequality If SA subscribes to internationals standards on carbon offsetting, the country will miss out on developmental opportunities spotted by local organisations 14 JANUARY 2019 – 05:04 ANTON CARTWRIGHT Inequality is back in focus in SA following a damning … Continue reading “[Carbon Tax]Global moves in climate change fight leaves little room for tackling inequality”

The use of robots in the maintenance of overhead lines

Strategic assets, such as electricity transmission grids, must be operated in a safe, predictable and reliable way. To do so, best practices in the operation and maintenance of transmission networks must evolve to respond to the changing context of pressured grid operators: operation and maintenance standards, laws and regulations, increasing … Continue reading “The use of robots in the maintenance of overhead lines”

[Renewable Energy]Peer Review Invitation – Round 1: Renewables 2019 Global Status Report

*First round of Peer Review for the Renewables 2019 Global Status Report!* Dear colleagues, contributors, and friends of REN21, We are happy to announce that the *Round 1 Peer Review Draft* of the *Renewables 2019 Global Status Report* (GSR 2019) is ready for your expert input. We invite your comments … Continue reading “[Renewable Energy]Peer Review Invitation – Round 1: Renewables 2019 Global Status Report”

Webinar: How to calculate a single company´s contribution to climate change?

*right. based on science*, a climate data provider, will be holding a Webinar in which for the first time, companies will be able to independently calculate their contribution to global warming. With the XDC webApplication, you can precisely find out by how many °C the Earth would warm up to … Continue reading “Webinar: How to calculate a single company´s contribution to climate change?”

: International Solar Energy Society -new publication: Dispelling the Myths – Renewables in the Grid

The International Solar Energy Society, ISES, has launched its latest publication “Dispelling the Myths – Renewables in the Grid” a set of eight infographics dispelling the most commonly claimed myths about renewable energy integration. When discussing renewable energy, knowledge is key, especially when confronted with commonly claimed shortcomings about renewables. … Continue reading “: International Solar Energy Society -new publication: Dispelling the Myths – Renewables in the Grid”

Teach children not to breathe

January 13, 2019

www.monbiot.com/2019/01/11/dont-breathe/ Don’t Breathe 11th January 2019 Share86 Pollution is now the biggest threat to children’s health. So why is it so neglected? By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 9th January 2019 Imagine that you could buy, in thousands of shops across the country, canisters containing toxic gas. Imagine that … Continue reading “Teach children not to breathe”

[Hydrogen][Renewable Energy]

January 12, 2019

m.engineeringnews.co.za/article/hydrogen-leap-needed-to-aid-platinums-future-2019-01-11 Hydrogen leap needed to aid platinum’s future 11th January 2019 BY: MARTIN CREAMER CREAMER MEDIA EDITOR [image: Demand-starved PGM cliff.] Demand-starved PGM cliff. JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – A South African decision to step firmly into the hydrogen age, like so many other countries are doing, has great potential benefit for … Continue reading “[Hydrogen][Renewable Energy]”

Ocean Temps Rising Faster Than Scientists Thought: Report | HuffPost

January 11, 2019

www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/science-research-ocean-warming_us_5c37b793e4b05cb31c40d768?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=__TheMorningEmail__011119&utm_content=__TheMorningEmail__011119+CID_fdf54ecfcb8… U.S. NEWS 01/10/2019 07:23 pm ET Ocean Temps Rising Faster Than Scientists Thought: Report Scientists say the rate of ocean warming has led to more rain, increased sea levels, coral reef destruction and declining ocean oxygen levels. [image: headshot] By Sanjana Karanth [image: Research published in Science on Jan. 10 … Continue reading “Ocean Temps Rising Faster Than Scientists Thought: Report | HuffPost”

Extinction Rebellion newsletter – Get ready for a green 2019!

January 10, 2019

*Happy 2019, and welcome to the 11th Extinction Rebellion Newsletter!* To view the webversion, click here . We’re hitting the new year running, with an incredible number of events happening all over the country. The main theme for January will be the laying of foundations and preparing for the coming … Continue reading “Extinction Rebellion newsletter – Get ready for a green 2019!”

Urbanisation, cities and climate change

twitter.com/i/topics/tweet/1083087870339018753?cn=ZmxleGlibGVfcmVjcw%3D%3D&refsrc=email More Anton Cartwright Retweeted The Economist Urbanisation, cities and climate change are integrally linked as emphasised in @IPCC_CH #SR15 report last year. Wood…? Maybe, but urban form, clean energy transport and materials more generally will be key. @UrbanAfricaACC @NCEcities @AromarRevi @sethschultz @GinaZiervogel Anton Cartwright added, *The Economist*Verified account @TheEconomist … Continue reading “Urbanisation, cities and climate change”

A Rift Between Germany and Brazil Stalls Work on Carbon Market

January 9, 2019

efforts to write the part of the a rulebook that might have expanded carbon trading.At issue is who would be able to sell carbon credits in the new system, which envoys are hoping will spur emissions… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Warning for GOP on Climate From Former Republican Representative

a tax on carbon dioxide emissions and redistribute the revenue to households in the form of quarterly dividend checks. Costello’s addition as managing director of Americans for Carbon Dividends… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Pollution Got Worse in 2018 Thanks to Two Overlooked Sectors

broader view might be called for.A pair of often-overlooked sectors posted the largest rises in carbon dioxide pollution in the U.S. in 2018. Emissions generated by industrial manufacturing jumped… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Volkswagen Plans Green-Power Alternative to Tesla's Energy Push

their game to boost tepid uptake of electric cars to comply with more stringent regulations for carbon-dioxide emissions. The European Union agreed on yet tighter caps from 2030 in December, which… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Said Poised to Nominate Wheeler as Permanent Chief of EPA

priorities. With Wheeler at the helm, the agency has already sought to ease Obama-era limits on carbon dioxide from new coal plants and has proposed changes that could make it harder to toughen mercury… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Fiat Is Said Near Deal to End U.S. Criminal Probe on Diesels

diesel-engine vehicles that the government alleges were equipped with software that masked the true carbon emissions of the cars in lab tests.The Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

PG&E Bankruptcy Risk Gets Real – But What Comes After?

situation. And that could hamper another important political goal in California: the push for zero-carbon electricity by 2045.The Gordian knot here is that the cost of the wildfires, the risk of future… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Pelosi Says House to Revisit Climate Plan Based on 2009 Bill

tax on carbon with revenue distributed back to taxpayers. One approach advocated by lawmakers, including Florida Democratic Representative Ted Deutch, would apply a $15-per-metric-ton carbon fee to… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

U.K. Upends Economic Orthodoxy That Growth Needs More Power

services grew.Carbon Brief AnalysisSource: Carbon Brief“The U.K. trend since 2005 breaks with the economic orthodoxy that a growing economy must be fueled by rising electricity use,” Carbon Brief said… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Full-featured digital multimeter with data storage and Bluetooth

January 8, 2019

Major Tech has announced the imminent release of its MT1005 CAT IV 600 V high-tech digital multimeter. This heavy-duty, True RMS, industrial instrument with a large 50 000 count 320 x 240 TFT colour LCD display, offers fast A/D converting sampling time, high accuracy, built-in datalogging and trend capture features. … Continue reading “Full-featured digital multimeter with data storage and Bluetooth”

Hybrid power plant for Nigeria

With the reduction in price of electricity storage technology and intermittent renewable power sources such as wind and solar energy, there is a move towards combining technologies for optimised power solutions for many customers. The company’s first such project has been delivered at OK Plast bottling factory in Nigeria, which … Continue reading “Hybrid power plant for Nigeria”

Floating power barge offers quick reliable electricity

Wärtsilä has combined its two of its strengths, viz. power generation and marine technology, to create an integrated solution in the form of power barges. These barges can be easily relocated where needed and are therefore an ideal solution for power production on an interim basis as they can be … Continue reading “Floating power barge offers quick reliable electricity”

Foreign loan for infrastructure upgrade

Eskom and Agence Française de Développement (AFD) have signed a R1,5-billion loan agreement to support the electricity utility’s investments in extending and strengthening its power transmission grid along the west coast of South Africa. This loan constitutes the first tranche of a R6,5-billion multi-tranche loan facility signed between the two … Continue reading “Foreign loan for infrastructure upgrade”

Training sessions give insight into solutions

Training gives customers a comprehensive understanding of the full range of Band-It stainless steel band-and-buckle systems, preformed clamps, cable ties, and identification solutions available from Banding & Identification (ID) Solutions Africa. As part of its ongoing customer initiatives, the company ran a series of training sessions at ACDC Dynamics, one of … Continue reading “Training sessions give insight into solutions”

The life-saving urgency of reducing air pollution

January 7, 2019

The severity of the impact of climate change on health is increasingly clear. A report tabled by the World Heath Organisation (WHO) following the recent COP24 meeting in Poland, presents important findings and makes vital recommendations.  The drivers of climate change – principally fossil fuel combustion – pose a heavy burden … Continue reading “The life-saving urgency of reducing air pollution”

Tackle climate or face financial crash, say world’s biggest investors | Environment | The Guardian

www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/dec/10/tackle-climate-or-face-financial-crash-say-worlds-biggest-investors change Tackle climate or face financial crash, say world’s biggest investors UN summit urged to end all coal burning and introduce substantial taxes on emissions Damian Carrington in Katowice @dpcarrington Mon 10 Dec 2018 00.01 GMTLast modified on Mon 10 Dec 2018 00.55 GMT – – –

Coal 2018: Analysis and forecasts to 2023

January 1, 2019

Coal remains a major component of global fuel supplies, accounting for 27% of all energy used worldwide and making up 38% of electricity generation. It plays a crucial role in industries such as iron and steel. But concerns about air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions cloud the future of coal. … Continue reading “Coal 2018: Analysis and forecasts to 2023”

New Climate Economy Update: COP24 Debrief

December 30, 2018

NCE Update: December 2018 View this email in your browser *Table of Contents* – COP24 Debrief – Momentum is Building – NCE at COP24 – Looking Forward to Davos – The Global Commission in the Media *COP24 Debrief* *Photo: IISD * The international climate negotiations in Katowice, Poland concluded with … Continue reading “New Climate Economy Update: COP24 Debrief”

Analysis of global temperatures allowing for La Niña, El Niño and volcanic eruptions

www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2018/12/2018-the-hottest-la-nina-year-ever-recorded/ 2018 – the hottest La Niña year ever recordedBy Dana Nuccitelli on Dec 12, 2018The past five years are the five hottest since the launch of reliable global measurements more than a century ago.

We Are off the Cliff – Zielone Wiadomości

December 24, 2018

Dahr Jamail na szczycie Góry Olimp (Park Narodowy Olympic, USA) WE ARE OFF THE CLIFF Dahr Jamail 15 grudnia 2018 A conversation with Dahr Jamail, an American investigative journalist and author. He reported from Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan. Now his writings focus on issues related to the environment … Continue reading “We Are off the Cliff – Zielone Wiadomości”

[Renewable]REN21 Newsletter – December 2018

December 23, 2018

Latest news from the REN21 Community View this email in your browser Newsletter – December 2018 In this issue News from the Secretariat | News from the Network | Upcoming Events *Dear Readers,* *A year comes to an end, a moment to look back on a year of transition and … Continue reading “[Renewable]REN21 Newsletter – December 2018”

Released: Guide to Communicating Carbon Pricing

View this email in your browser Released: Guide to Communicating Carbon Pricing Stakeholder and public support are critical for an enduring and robust carbon pricing policy. How jurisdictions communicate their carbon pricing policy plays a key role in creating and maintaining that support. *At COP24*, the Partnership for Market Readiness … Continue reading “Released: Guide to Communicating Carbon Pricing”

Identifying good-faith questions about climate » Yale Climate Connections

ARTICLE How to sort out good-faith questions about climate change Sure, there are trolls out there – but don’t rule out productive conversations with others because of them. [image: Email to someone]

China carbon industry to face severe overcapacity -association

December 22, 2018

…BEIJING, Dec 22 (Reuters) – China’s carbon industry will face severe… Carbon Industry Association (CCIA) said on Saturday. Carbon products… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer explains…

December 21, 2018

. A refreshing openness by Eskom’s new management was demonstrated yesterday in an exclusive interview with Eskom COO Mr Jan Oberholzer by EE Publishers. The interview followed dramatic developments in the operations of Eskom this year, including the decline in the utility’s generation plant performance, shortages of coal at power … Continue reading “Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer explains…”

Major U.S.utility Xcel Energy says it will be carbon-free by 2050

December 20, 2018

…, on Tuesday unveiled plans to accelerate its carbon reduction goals, saying… it will deliver only carbon-free electricity to customers by 2050… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

Memo from chairman of Necsa subsidiary NTP Radioisotopes slams misinformation

December 19, 2018

. In a memo to staff today, Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (Necsa) subsidiary NTP Radioisotopes SOC Ltd chairman Dr Namane Magau slammed misinformation in certain media [apparently emanating from fired former Necsa chairman Dr Kelvin Kemm and suspended former CEO Phumzile Tshelane] claiming that there are plans to … Continue reading “Memo from chairman of Necsa subsidiary NTP Radioisotopes slams misinformation”

Days of future passed: a look backwards and forwards

It seems a good time, at the start of a new year, but not quite the start of a new decade, to review the past year and take a speculative look at the future. We are only a year away from the magical decadal dateline, and this prompts the question … Continue reading “Days of future passed: a look backwards and forwards”

Will cheap storage make rooftop solar obsolete?

The addition of storage to rooftop solar (RTS) is becoming more popular as prices fall and more behind-the-meter (BTM) storage systems become available. The reduction in feed-in and net-metering tariffs has shifted applications to own use, but arbitrage and other factors have extended the use of BTM storage beyond that … Continue reading “Will cheap storage make rooftop solar obsolete?”

NBI Quick Brief: Post COP24 – 18 December 2018

18 December 2018 *NBI Quick Brief: Post COP24* *COP24 ran over time and was, after weeks of gruelling negotiations, officially closed late on Saturday evening, the 15th December 2018. Whether COP24 was a success or not depends on how you view it. If you compare the progress against enabling actions … Continue reading “NBI Quick Brief: Post COP24 – 18 December 2018”

Turning darkness into light

By providing the funds needed to repair five Durban schools which had been been severely damaged in storms, Engen turned darkness into light. So says Colin Chand, the principal of Collingwood Primary School in Wentworth. The company committed  R1-million to effect repairs critical to the safety, comfort and security of … Continue reading “Turning darkness into light”

Ultrasonic level measurement Hart transmitter

December 18, 2018

Siemens presents Sitrans Probe LU240, its newest ultrasonic level measurement Hart transmitter, a hardworking and rugged device that provides reliable level, volume, and flow measurements. Engineered for the challenges of the environmental industry, this transmitter is also suited for the chemical and food and beverage applications. Field-proven process intelligence echo … Continue reading “Ultrasonic level measurement Hart transmitter”

Laundry group goes green

Bidvest Laundry Group has led the field in total laundry solutions in South Africa for more than 35 years. It offers factories, mines, hotels and hospitals a comprehensive laundry service tailored to their exact requirements. As an ISO 9001 accredited operation, quality, consistency and reliability are hallmarks of the service … Continue reading “Laundry group goes green”

Comments on the draft carbon tax offset guidelines 2018 – Credible Carbon Pty Ltd

To: Thank you for the opportunity to comment. Please find our comments on behalf of Credible Carbon Pty Ltd, and a piece of independent peer-reviewed research that we feel supports our case and is worthy of consideration in this important deliberation. Warm regards, Anton M: 0847803450 SKYPE: antcartwright Comments-on-SA-off-set-guidelines-Dec-2018.pdf Newham-20133.pdf

Comments on the Draft Carbon Offset Regulations 2018 – South South North

To: Dear Sir/Madam SouthSouthNorth’s involvement in registering Africa’s first CDM and the world’s first Gold Standard project – and the later work in implementing and verifying Gold Standard CERs, provides us with a fairly unique experience and means we are relatively well-placed to comment on the carbon off set policy. … Continue reading “Comments on the Draft Carbon Offset Regulations 2018 – South South North”

Making carbon pricing work for citizens | Nature Climate Change

Perspective | Published: 30 July 2018 Making carbon pricing work for citizens – David Klenert , – Linus Mattauch , – Emmanuel Combet , – Ottmar Edenhofer , – Cameron Hepburn , – Ryan Rafaty & – Nicholas Stern *Nature Climate Change*volume 8, pages669–677 (2018) | Download Citation Abstract The … Continue reading “Making carbon pricing work for citizens | Nature Climate Change”

[Fossil Fuels]The Oil Industry’s Covert Campaign to Rewrite American Car Emissions Rules – The New York Times

The Oil Industry’s Covert Campaign to Rewrite American Car Emissions Rules , the country’s largest oil refiner, has backed the Trump administration proposal to roll back car efficiency standards.CreditErin Kirkland for The New York Times Image Marathon, the country’s largest oil refiner, has backed the Trump administration proposal to roll … Continue reading “[Fossil Fuels]The Oil Industry’s Covert Campaign to Rewrite American Car Emissions Rules – The New York Times”

Why the UN Secretary-General is right to say that it is “immoral and suicidal” not to accelerate emissions reductions – Jeremy Leggett

Why the UN Secretary-General is right to say that it is “immoral and suicidal” not to accelerate emissions reductions – Jeremy Leggett 15 Some may think that the UN chief is exaggerating the threat of climate change, and that David Attenborough is overly alarmist in warning that the collapse of … Continue reading “Why the UN Secretary-General is right to say that it is “immoral and suicidal” not to accelerate emissions reductions – Jeremy Leggett”

Shareholders call on ExxonMobil to set greenhouse gas reduction targets

December 16, 2018

… for lowering its greenhouse gas emissions. The call, led by the New York…-term targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from both its operations… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Green house gas

COP 24 deal

www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/dec/15/progress-and-problems-as-un-climate-change-talks-end-with-a-deal Progress and problems as UN climate change talks end with a deal Nations agree on implementing 2015 Paris agreement, but put trickiest issues on back burner Fiona Harvey in Katowice Sat 15 Dec 2018 22.43 GMTFirst published on Sat 15 Dec 2018 22.33 GMT – – –

Governments agree rules for implementing 2015 Paris climate agreement

… detailed framework for the 2015 Paris Agreement which aims to limit a rise… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

Climate Conference Notebook: Climate talks go into overtime

December 15, 2018

…KATOWICE, Poland (Reuters) – Climate change talks billed as the most… climate change. Under the article, countries should agree to rules to ensure… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

[COP 24]COP 24 in final stages – of compromise

m.engineeringnews.co.za/article/ministers-work-around-the-clock-to-strengthen-global-climate-deal-2018-12-14 BACK Full access to Engineering News Subscribe Now Ministers work around the clock to strengthen global climate deal 14th December 2018 BY: REUTERS KATOWICE – Ministers are working around the clock to complete and strengthen the rules for making a landmark agreement to combat climate change operational, with one … Continue reading “[COP 24]COP 24 in final stages – of compromise”

EXPLAINER-What is driving a rally in EU carbon permit prices?

…* European carbon price graphic https://tmsnrt.rs/2PbgSCB By Susanna… Twidale LONDON, Aug 15 (Reuters) – The Benchmark European carbon price… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

DEA launches climate change monitoring app at UN climate change conference

December 14, 2018

DEA launches climate change monitoring app at UN climate change conference 13TH DECEMBER 2018 BY: MARLENY ARNOLDI CREAMER MEDIA ONLINE WRITER SAVE THIS ARTICLE EMAIL THIS ARTICLE FONT SIZE: -+ The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) on Friday launched the South Africa Biennial Update Report Explorer (BURE) app on the … Continue reading “DEA launches climate change monitoring app at UN climate change conference”

The Nobel Prize for Climate Catastrophe – Foreign Policy

The Nobel Prize for Climate Catastrophe The economist William Nordhaus will receive his profession’s highest honor for research on global warming that’s been hugely influential—and entirely misguided. BY JASON HICKEL DECEMBER 6, 2018, 1:42 PM [image: NEW HAVEN, CT – OCTOBER 08: Yale Professor William Nordhaus attends a press conference … Continue reading “The Nobel Prize for Climate Catastrophe – Foreign Policy”

More Americans view climate change as 'imminent' threat: Reuters/Ipsos Poll

December 13, 2018

… of Americans see climate change as an “imminent” threat driven mainly by human… that the United States should work with other nations to curb climate change… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

We Need An Ecological Civilisation Before It’s Too Late

Promises of “green growth” are magical thinking, writes Jeremy Lent… *We need an Ecological Civilisation Before It’s Too Late* *In the face of climate breakdown and ecological overshoot, alluring promises of “green growth” are no more than magical thinking.* *In * *this essay , Jeremy Lent , author of The … Continue reading “We Need An Ecological Civilisation Before It’s Too Late”

Were corrupt officials behind Eskom’s policy of coal from 51% black-owned mines?

December 12, 2018

When Eskom’s chairman Jabu Mabuza stated that everybody is to blame for the current load shedding last week, there was quite a reaction. The week before, at Eskom’s interim results presentation, he made another strange statement that went mostly unnoticed. Mabuza told journalists and analysts that Eskom doesn’t have a policy that … Continue reading “Were corrupt officials behind Eskom’s policy of coal from 51% black-owned mines?”

Carbon Tax Bill, South Africa’s climate change battle…

Carbon Tax Bill, South Africa’s climate change battlefield By Kevin Bloom• 12 December 2018 Photo by Sam Bark on Unsplash 34 Reactions In its bid to tackle climate change, the South African government has thrown most of its weight behind setting a price on carbon emissions. The tabling of the … Continue reading “Carbon Tax Bill, South Africa’s climate change battle…”

Katowice COP24 Notebook: ministers asked to stand up against climate change

December 11, 2018

… important U.N. conference since the Paris 2015 deal on climate change… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

Brazil should stay in Paris climate agreement -future environment minister

… that the country should stay in the Paris Agreement on climate change… of the Paris Agreement, which sets targets for countries to reduce… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

Mobile e-voucher system for off-grid consumers

Pay-as-you-go solar pioneer Azuri and consumer goods company Unilever recently launched an e-voucher system to help off-grid rural consumers in Kenya access consumer goods and services via pay-as-you-go solar. During Theresa May’s recent visit to Kenya, Azuri and Unilever announced that they were teaming up to bring solar to millions off-grid … Continue reading “Mobile e-voucher system for off-grid consumers”

How to make a carbon tax popular? Give the proceeds to the people | World news | The Guardian

www.theguardian.com/world/2018/dec/04/how-to-make-a-carbon-tax-popular-give-the-profits-to-the-people How to make a carbon tax popular? Give the proceeds to the people A groundbreaking Canadian scheme that rewards green living holds lessons for world leaders wrangling over carbon emissions at the UN summit in Poland Supported by [image: The Skoll Foundation] About this content Leyland Cecco in Victoria, … Continue reading “How to make a carbon tax popular? Give the proceeds to the people | World news | The Guardian”

Tackle climate or face financial crash, say world’s biggest investors | Environment | The Guardian

Tackle climate or face financial crash, say world’s biggest investors UN summit urged to end all coal burning and introduce substantial taxes on emissions Damian Carrington in Katowice several times worse than the 2008 crisis, they said. The investors include some of the world’s biggest pension funds, insurers and asset … Continue reading “Tackle climate or face financial crash, say world’s biggest investors | Environment | The Guardian”

The Carbon Journey – Carbon Calculated Newsletter

The latest issue of Carbon Calculated’s newsletter! View this email in your browser *- THE CARBON SPECIALISTS -* *On the carbon journey with our clients * Welcome to this, our third newsletter of 2017. In this issue we’ve used our experience in the sustainability sector to create a selection of … Continue reading “The Carbon Journey – Carbon Calculated Newsletter”

Summary for Policy Makers_MF_3_online.indd

SR1.5 FOR CITY ANDURBAN LEADERS Climate science must be accessible to urban policymakers, because without them, there will be no limiting global warming to 1.5°C. As eighteen of the authors representing all 5 chapters of the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C (SR1.5), we have produced the following Summary … Continue reading “Summary for Policy Makers_MF_3_online.indd”

Climate change creates mutant fugu, a deadly Japanese delicacy

December 10, 2018

… missile alert system to warn residents. And now, climate change is adding… fish out there like this.” SWEEPING IMPACT OF CLIMATE CHANGE The rise… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

Xcel Becomes First Big U.S. Utility to Swear Off Greenhouse Gas

December 9, 2018

company would consider using systems designed to capture and trap carbon dioxide emissions from gas or coal plants, a spokeswoman said.The announcement comes as wind and solar energy have become… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

How a Kids’ Lawsuit Could Upend U.S. Climate Rules: QuickTake

S. government has violated their constitutional right to a livable climate by not keeping greenhouse gas emissions at a level needed to contain global warming. They also argue the atmosphere is… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

Xcel CEO Says Nuclear Power Is Key to Meeting Goal to Cut Carbon

closing.Read More: Xcel Is First Big U.S. Utility to Swear Off Greenhouse GasLow electricity prices, plus competition from natural gas and renewables plants are putting intense economic pressure on… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

Trump Flunks Econ 101 in Auto Mileage Rollback, Researchers Say

rule. The Trump administration has also proposed revoking California’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from vehicle tailpipes. The state currently has rules in place through 2025, and… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

Investors Press Oil Industry to Oppose Trump Methane Rollbacks

methane emissions that needlessly tarnish the reputation of natural gas as a clean fuel and call into question the role natural gas can play in a low-carbon future,” according to the letter. “Absent… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

Britain, Denmark Seen as World Leaders in Climate Change Fight

transform pledges made in Paris three years ago into an international rulebook aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions.Countries’ ranking based on clean power, fossil-fuel use, electric vehicles, carbon… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

Why Italian Populists Are Abandoning Green Energy

importer of oil and depends on Russia for much of its natural gas. Those factors are colliding with ambitions to rein in greenhouse gas emissions and meet targets set out in the Paris Agreement on… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

A Little Good News About Climate Change for Once

some good news, for a change. Global economies are growing at a much faster rate than their greenhouse gas emissions, according to the Global Carbon Project, an international scientific collaboration… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

U.N. climate negotiators sweat over detail and divides

December 8, 2018

…. conference since the Paris 2015 agreement on climate change… through talks to breathe life into the Paris climate deal negotiators… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

Katowice COP24 Notebook: Protesters raise the alarm on climate

…. conference since the Paris 2015 deal on climate change are nearing… connection to the climate talks in Katowice. Since the beginning… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

Radebe replaces Necsa board over ‘defiance’ and ‘ineptitude’

December 7, 2018

. Energy Minister Jeff Radebe said on Friday that the complete replacement of the board of the Southern African Nuclear Energy Corporation, or Necsa, was warranted given its failures to exercise its fiduciary duties. Deputy minister of energy Thembisile Majola The minister was speaking at a briefing in Pretoria. Necsa … Continue reading “Radebe replaces Necsa board over ‘defiance’ and ‘ineptitude’”

Black company makes renewable energy history

A 100% black-owned company has made history in the highly competitive South African renewable energy industry by pioneering and leading the development of a large-scale concentrated solar power (CSP) station that is now supplying electricity to Eskom’s severely constrained national grid. The R11-billion, 100 MW Ilanga CSP1 power station is … Continue reading “Black company makes renewable energy history”

Load shedding: Minister cracks the whip

Public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan on Thursday announced immediate plans to put an end to the load shedding that has been a daily occurrence countrywide since 29 November and threatens to gobble up any green shoots of economic growth. Pravin Gordhan (Photo: Moneyweb) Gordhan had called the Eskom leadership back … Continue reading “Load shedding: Minister cracks the whip”

[The ‘great dying’: rapid warming caused largest extinction event ever, report says | Environment | The Guardian

The ‘great dying’: rapid warming caused largest extinction event ever, report says Up to 96% of all marine species and more than two-thirds of terrestrial species perished 252m years ago Oliver Milman in New York @olliemilman Thu 6 Dec 2018 19.00 GMTLast modified on Thu 6 Dec 2018 19.05 GMT … Continue reading “[The ‘great dying’: rapid warming caused largest extinction event ever, report says | Environment | The Guardian”

Carbon emissions set to rise in 2018 for first time in five years

December 6, 2018

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA) carbon emissions from advanced economies set to rise in 2018 for first time in five years, reversing a declining trend. The organisation reports that the world’s advanced economies will see an uptick in their carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions this year, bucking a five year-long … Continue reading “Carbon emissions set to rise in 2018 for first time in five years”

Revised Carbon Tax Bill introduced to parliament

Garyn Rapson The minister of finance recently introduced the revised Carbon Tax Bill to Parliament. The Bill takes into account feedback received during the parliamentary hearings on the December 2017 draft bill which took place earlier this year. The bill aims to give effect to South Africa’s objectives and commitments … Continue reading “Revised Carbon Tax Bill introduced to parliament”

Four things the UN chief wants world leaders to know, at key COP24 climate conference opening

December 5, 2018

[image: Four things the UN chief wants world leaders to know, at key COP24 climate conference opening] Four things the UN chief wants world leaders to know, at key COP24 climate conference opening 04 December 2018 *During the UN COP24 Climate Change Conference grand opening on December 3, Secretary-General António … Continue reading “Four things the UN chief wants world leaders to know, at key COP24 climate conference opening”

Photovoltaic association participates in renewables forum

The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) was represented by its vice chairperson, Busi Nxumalo, as an active participant at a forum discussion hosted by Regenesys Business School in Johannesburg. The association was invited to provide insight and guidance to the discussion on renewables as the future of South Africa’s … Continue reading “Photovoltaic association participates in renewables forum”

Nuclear sector governance in South Africa heads for the courts – again

  Following a landmark judgement in the Cape Town High Court on 26 April 2017 that stopped the procurement of 9,6 GW of new nuclear power reactors by Eskom and Necsa in its tracks, nuclear sector governance in South Africa is heading for the courts again. Since the financial crisis … Continue reading “Nuclear sector governance in South Africa heads for the courts – again”

Portfolio committee on energy adopts draft IRP 2018

The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Energy has adopted the draft IRP 2018 following a public consultation process. In this process, the committee received some 40 written submissions including 38 requests to make oral submissions. The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) notes that some of the key submissions made by … Continue reading “Portfolio committee on energy adopts draft IRP 2018”

Microbial fuel cells: A new approach to waste-water treatment

December 4, 2018

The use of wastewater for energy generation by biodigestion and generation of biogas is a well established process in use at numerous waste-water treatment plants. A new approach, based on microbial fuel cells, which offers a scalable alternative with much potential, is in the development stages. The technique also has … Continue reading “Microbial fuel cells: A new approach to waste-water treatment”

Katowice Notebook: official start to climate negotiations

…. conference since the landmark Paris 2015 deal on climate change have… Fiji, one of the island states at the sharp end of climate change… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

Removing deadly greenhouse gas in switchgear

Carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) emission contributions to international global warming may be well published, but the electricity industry uses a potent greenhouse gas in considerable volumes. Sulfur hexafluoride gas (SF6) is a synthetically created gas which has exceptional insulating properties, so it is used in circuit breakers, transformers, ring … Continue reading “Removing deadly greenhouse gas in switchgear”

Talking to machines and telling them what to do

Nowadays, we worry about robots taking our jobs and becoming smarter than us. But whether we like it or not, the future spells an increasing interaction with machines in one form or another. As this trend intensifies, human machine interfaces (HMIs) will become an ever more important technology for us … Continue reading “Talking to machines and telling them what to do”

Carbon tax/carbon budget alignment and implications for carbon offset projects

Dear All Tax/budget alignment and implications for carbon offset projects – quick statement, based on Treasury’s recent presentation to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance, on 27 November 2018. – Once the DEA’s carbon budget allocations commence: – carbon tax at R 120/tC02e will apply to the extent of the … Continue reading “Carbon tax/carbon budget alignment and implications for carbon offset projects”

Measurements and uncertainty in testing laboratories

December 3, 2018

Each day, literally hundreds of measurements are made in laboratories using several types of test methods or standards. This article explains why the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) laboratories (including the National Electrical Test Facility (NETFA)) use a particular rounding-off procedure in their test results. This can have implications in … Continue reading “Measurements and uncertainty in testing laboratories”

Renewables O&M, asset management and energy storage market outlook 

In recent years the renewable energy industry in the US has gone from being a bit player to a rising star in electricity generation. At a time when many conventional forms of generation, including coal and nuclear, are finding it increasingly hard to attract investment, wind and solar are seen … Continue reading “Renewables O&M, asset management and energy storage market outlook “

Taking science, technology and innovation another step forward

DST Minister Kubayi-Ngubane. “Science, technology and innovation is a force for development and critical to ensuring long-term growth for South Africa”, said Minister of Science and Technology, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, at the first summit discussing the draft white paper on science, technology and innovation (STI). The summit was held at the … Continue reading “Taking science, technology and innovation another step forward”

Necsa board, chairman and CEO on the ropes…

December 2, 2018

. Independent reports are being received by EE Publishers that energy minister Jeff Radebe has requested the Necsa board to provide reasons why it should not be removed, and that issues relating the Necsa chairman are central to this matter. It appears that the issues raised by the minister with … Continue reading “Necsa board, chairman and CEO on the ropes…”

Environmental E-Alert – Carbon tax – the transition to a low carbon economy to begin on 1 June 2019

November 30, 2018

Revised Carbon Tax Bill introduced to Parliament Last week the Minister of Finance introduced the revised Carbon Tax Bill (Bill) to Parliament. The Bill takes into account feedback received during the Parliamentary hearings on the December 2017 draft Bill that took place earlier this year. The Bill aims to give … Continue reading “Environmental E-Alert – Carbon tax – the transition to a low carbon economy to begin on 1 June 2019”

Climate Action Tracker report: Scaling up climate action – South Africa

The Climate Action tracker analysts have been hard at work, and today have published the first in our “Scaling Up Climate Action” series that looks at the most promising sectors in a country for decarbonisation. *Scaling Up Climate Action: South Africa *finds that South Africa could fully decarbonise its energy, … Continue reading “Climate Action Tracker report: Scaling up climate action – South Africa”

A Steel Company Plans to Save the Ocean With Its Molten Waste

November 29, 2018

a Japanese company in an industry better known for its carbon-dioxide emissions than for environmentalism. Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. says it’s found a way to use some of its waste to stop… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Americans Will Pay Billions More For Climate Change, and That’s the Best Case

claims of some environmental groups— “genetically engineered crops have shown economic benefits for producers, with no substantial evidence of animal or human health or environmental impacts.” The… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

`Passionate' Electric Car Owners to Drive Growth, Shell Says

of oil prices as consumers buy into a technology aimed at making driving fun while being environmentally friendly, according to Royal Dutch Shell Plc.“It’s a technology many of our customers like… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

People—and Cities—Are Making Hurricanes Worse

area. The goal, according to Gabrielle Villarini, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Iowa, was to determine whether the city itself affected Harvey’s… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

California Fires: Easing the Danger Won't Be Easy

an intrinsically western one. It has taken a tremendous amount of government money, environmental engineering, and colonial violence for there to be such a thing as “private property” in the West… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Trump's EPA Is Said to Propose Tougher Big-Rig Pollution Rules

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to propose new rules to slash pollution emissions from heavy-duty trucks and engines, a person familiar with the matter said.The proposal is designed… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Interview: Is there light at the end of Eskom’s tunnel?

Bruce Whitfield, the host on Talk Radio 702’s Money Show, interviewed Chris Yelland, an energy commentator and the managing director of EE Publishers, following Eskom’s media briefing where it released its interim financial results for the 6-month period to 30 September 2018. Whitfield asked Yelland whether Eskom has a “man … Continue reading “Interview: Is there light at the end of Eskom’s tunnel?”

Eskom is not sustainable in its present form

Eskom’s road to sustainability will be long, hard and painful. The power utility is facing severe challenges financially and operationally. The risk of load shedding in the coming months remains fairly high; the cost of keeping the lights on will further impact financial performance; and tough decisions are necessary to … Continue reading “Eskom is not sustainable in its present form”

Brazil nixes plans to host U.N. climate conference

November 28, 2018

… on sustainable development issues, especially in relation to climate change… out of its offer to host the United Nations climate conference next… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

Greenhouse gas emissions gap wider than ever: U.N. report

November 27, 2018

…By Bate Felix PARIS (Reuters) – Global greenhouse gas emissions… greenhouse gas emissions reached a record high of 53.5 billion tonnes… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Green house gas

Factbox: A field guide to U.N. climate jargon

… on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Its 24th annual meeting will be held… to climate change from 2020. Countries have to submit an updated and enhanced… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

Political divisions cloud Poland climate talks

… to the next round of United Nations talks on climate change. The most important… and those vulnerable to climate change, such as islands and low-lying… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

Four new wind projects under construction

South Africa’s wind energy industry was under the spotlight recently at the 2018 Windaba in Cape Town. Among the key themes at this year’s event, the first event since the lifting of the REIPPPP impasse, was growing investment in the industry. In the recent Round 4 of the REIPPPP, Nordex was awarded four … Continue reading “Four new wind projects under construction”

Ekurhuleni airport’s “super-sub” extension contract

Actom Power Systems, the company’s substation project management business unit, was awarded a contract of over R30-million in July this year to extend the 132/11 kV airport “super substation”. The contract entails the construction of two new 60 MVA transformer bays to power a large-scale data centre expansion project currently being … Continue reading “Ekurhuleni airport’s “super-sub” extension contract”

For connecting renewables and distributed generation

Distributed generation proliferation is the new normal for distribution network operators, as the commercial viability of medium scale generation incentivises the development of this infrastructure. Connecting these generation plants to the grid provides a unique challenge, where connection is no longer trivial, but the costs of engineering connections must be … Continue reading “For connecting renewables and distributed generation”

Coolant and air filtration

Cummins Filtration’s coolant and air filtration production plant in Woodmead, Johannesburg is the most modern in the company’s global footprint. Apart from producing quality products, the facility also prides itself on its exemplary safety record since being established in 2015. The Woodmead facility is ISO 9001 Quality Management System and ISO … Continue reading “Coolant and air filtration”

Is renewable energy really the future? Industry bodies say it is

November 26, 2018

Busi Nxumalo In a presentation to the Regenesys Business School in Johannesburg recently, Busi Nxumalo, the vice chair of the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA), said that renewable energy is a key element in South Africa’s economic growth plan. Renewable energy has been included in the Department of Energy’s … Continue reading “Is renewable energy really the future? Industry bodies say it is”

Responses to the 4th US Report on Climate Change

With thanks to Nick King www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2018/11/climate-change-US-report0/ www.washingtonpost.com/energy-environment/2018/11/23/major-trump-administration-climate-report-says-damages-are-intensifying-across-country/?utm_term=.8f3c3f829189 www.npr.org/2018/11/23/668555773/climate-change-is-already-hurting-u-s-communities-federal-report-says www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/nov/23/climate-change-america-us-government-report www.cnbc.com/2018/11/23/us-report-says-climate-change-will-batter-economy-in-clash-with-trump.html www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2018/11/rising-seas-force-marshall-islands-relocate-elevate-artificial-islands/

China will strive to do better in climate change fight – envoy

… of climate change become more urgent, Xie Zhenhua, the country’s top climate… Xie, speaking to reporters before a new round of climate talks… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

UPDATE 1-China will strive to do better in climate change fight – envoy

… of climate change become more urgent, Xie Zhenhua, the country’s top… their commitment to combating climate change. “We hope… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

Affordable domestic home solar kit

November 25, 2018

The Voltex Group has launched the Voltex Home Solar (VHS) kit which offers a complete solution for electrical contractors wishing to provide an efficient domestic installation and is an affordable option for the homeowner. The 5 kW VHS kit comes complete with 15 x 265 Wt solar panels and a … Continue reading “Affordable domestic home solar kit”

Water and energy conservation in the spotlight

Water and energy conservation have become primary concerns among industries across the globe due to policies favouring and promoting the sustainable use of natural resources. Membrane-based treatment technology is highly valued for its efficiency and reliability. Smart-IoT enabled and digitalised sustainable solutions are the key growth factors in the water … Continue reading “Water and energy conservation in the spotlight”

U.S. report to detail costs of climate change as Trump downplays threat

November 23, 2018

… detailing the threat climate change poses to the economy, in what… of climate change and provide scientific assessments of the risks… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

Carbon Tax Bill provides for tax-free allowances of up to 95%, but concern over impact persists

Carbon Tax Bill provides for tax-free allowances of up to 95%, but concern over impact persis ts 22ND NOVEMBER 2018 BY: TERENCE CREAMER CREAMER MEDIA EDITOR SAVE THIS ARTICLE EMAIL THIS ARTICLE FONT SIZE: -+ South Africa’s National Treasury has included several transitional tax-free allowances in the Carbon Tax Bill … Continue reading “Carbon Tax Bill provides for tax-free allowances of up to 95%, but concern over impact persists”

[Carbon Tax] Are you prepared? The Carbon Tax is set to come into effect in 2019 (GCX advertorial)

November 22, 2018

A new start date, carbon offsets and what you can do to protect your business. Are You Prepared for the Carbon Tax Finance Minister Tito Mboweni introduced the Carbon Tax Bill in the National Assembly yesterday. The Carbon Tax will now come into effect on the 1st of June 2019. … Continue reading “[Carbon Tax] Are you prepared? The Carbon Tax is set to come into effect in 2019 (GCX advertorial)”

No room for climate delay, UN chief tells online summit

The world is not moving fast enough to curb global warming and needs immediate action to address the issue, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told an online climate change conference Thursday. Guterres issued the call to arms ahead of next month’s COP24 climate talks in the southern Polish city of Katowice, … Continue reading “No room for climate delay, UN chief tells online summit”

Compressed air, the new stationary battery

November 21, 2018

Lead acid stationary batteries have been in use since 1859 and despite several disadvantages, such as their low energy-volume-ratio their low cost still makes them a firm favourite for a number of applications for example as stationary batteries. In  the meantime, new battery technologies have come and gone and although … Continue reading “Compressed air, the new stationary battery”

Case study: Grid parity analysis of a PV-BESS hybrid

A proprietary technical and economic model was used to determine the optimal sizing of a grid-connected PV-BESS (solar PV and battery energy storage system) combination for a mine under development and located in the Northern Cape. This article presents the analysis of grid parity dynamics based on the levelised cost … Continue reading “Case study: Grid parity analysis of a PV-BESS hybrid”

[Renewables]Renewables are too small to matter – is this a myth?

Renewables are too small to matter Myths of the energy transition:Analyst NoteOctober, 2018 Key Findings The series. This is the first of a series on the myths of the energy transition. We contrast myth with reality, and cast light on the merchants of doubt. Myth 1. Renewable energy sources are … Continue reading “[Renewables]Renewables are too small to matter – is this a myth?”

Marshall Islands first nation to submit new, binding climate targets

… national targets to reduce emissions and adapt to climate change… Nations’ Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and then every five… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

[Carbon Tax]Carbon Tax Bill – introduced to the National Assembly 20 November, 2019

pmg.org.za/bill/858/?utm_campaign=new-bill&utm_source=transactional&utm_medium=email 1. Bills Carbon Tax Bill (B46-2018)Share this page: Section 77: Money Bills – Bill versions: – B46-2018 Under consideration by the National Assembly. Bill history NATIONAL ASSEMBLY – Finance Standing Committee – 13 February 2018 Carbon Tax Draft Bill: National Treasury briefing – 14 March 2018 Carbon Tax Draft … Continue reading “[Carbon Tax]Carbon Tax Bill – introduced to the National Assembly 20 November, 2019”

PV-BESS hybrids make economic sense as they approach grid parity

Significant economic benefits can be achieved by switching to solar and battery hybrid power for heavy energy users connected to the South African grid. This was highlighted in an award-winning paper “Grid parity analysis of a PV-BESS hybrid case study” at EE Publishers’ recent SA Energy Storage conference which was held at … Continue reading “PV-BESS hybrids make economic sense as they approach grid parity”

REQUEST FOR UPDATE ON AND PRIORITISATION OF THE CLIMATE CHANGE BILL

November 20, 2018

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CPLC Launches First Official Chapter in Singapore

*CPLC Launches First Official Chapter in Singapore* Mr Teo Chee Hean , Singapore Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security, supported the launch of CPLC Singapore and called on more businesses to join. This photo was provided via the Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security’s … Continue reading “CPLC Launches First Official Chapter in Singapore”

The Extinction Rebellion – A Tipping Point for the Climate Emergency? – Paul Gilding

THE EXTINCTION REBELLION – A TIPPING POINT FOR THE CLIMATE EMERGENCY? Standard The only rational response to the scientific evidence on climate change, is to declare a global emergency – to mobilise all of society to do whatever it takes to fix it. As the UN Secretary General Guterres recently … Continue reading “The Extinction Rebellion – A Tipping Point for the Climate Emergency? – Paul Gilding”

New study “Warming assessment of the bottom-up Paris Agreement emissions pledges”

A new study published in Nature Communications tackles the question: “How much global warming would result from the world following the ambition of a given country’s climate pledge (NDC)?” In this study, we derive a global warming metric to assess each country’s climate pledge (NDC) based on the global warming … Continue reading “New study “Warming assessment of the bottom-up Paris Agreement emissions pledges””

Hopeless Realism – George Monbiot

Hopeless Realism 19th November 2018 Share6 No effective means of stopping climate breakdown is deemed “politically realistic”. So we must change political realities. By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 14th November 2018 It was a moment of the kind that changes lives. At a press conference held by Extinction … Continue reading “Hopeless Realism – George Monbiot”

Live From The Field

www.dailymaverick.co.za/opinionista/2018-11-19-our-burning-planet-the-long-suicide-revisited/ 8 Reactions Any lingering doubts about climate change being a guaranteed catastrophe are no longer merited. This is because of the evidence recently provided by the UN’s Inter-Government Panel on Climate Change, the body tasked with producing the most accurate scientific information on the changing climate. Follow Save The … Continue reading “Live From The Field”

Light at the end of the tunnel? Eskom reveals recovery plan

November 19, 2018

Eskom’s new chief executive officer, Phakamani Hadebe, says the board has approved a turnaround strategy which will address the power utility’s major difficulties. The institution has compiled a 9-point recovery plan which is designed to overcome problems in its generation division and enable the power utility to meet its obligations … Continue reading “Light at the end of the tunnel? Eskom reveals recovery plan”

Exclusive: At U.N. climate talks, Trump team plans sideshow on coal

November 15, 2018

… a rule book to the 2015 Paris agreement on climate change, which set… Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned in a report that the world’s use… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

G20 countries (in)action report

Here is a new report on G20 CC /finance policies. This is a brilliant t report and there are amazing details of each g20 country in terms of their GHG/finance commitments and programmes. Links here to: Op Ed in Climate Home www.climatechangenews.com/2018/11/14/g20-countries-must-break-addiction-fossil-fuels/ Link to report page where there are all … Continue reading “G20 countries (in)action report”

Global carbon prices too low to combat climate change: OECD

November 14, 2018

…LONDON (Reuters) – Carbon prices in major advanced economies are too… and Development (OECD) said on Tuesday. Carbon pricing, via taxes or emissions… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

At last we have an updated IRP, but what is it really achievable?

When the IRP 2018 was published for comment in August 2018 a number of people (including me) breathed a collective sigh of relief that the hotly debated, dreaded and much anticipated large allocation of capacity to cripplingly expensive, and potentially politically tainted nuclear energy wasn’t there.  Sue Rohrs Don’t get … Continue reading “At last we have an updated IRP, but what is it really achievable?”

[Fossil]World has no capacity to absorb new fossil fuel plants, warns IEA | Business | The Guardian

November 13, 2018

World has no capacity to absorb new fossil fuel plants, warns IEA Watchdog says new projects must be low carbon or existing plants must be cleaned up Adam Vaughan @adamvaughan_uk Tue 13 Nov 2018 00.01 GMT – – –

NYC tells 2nd Circuit climate change case should be revived

… to revive its climate change lawsuit against five major oil companies… climate change. To read the full story on Westlaw Practitioner Insights, click here: http://bit.ly/2JY3RKt … View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

[Oil]Growing demand for oil will lead to shortage and high prices in 2020s | New Scientist

Growing demand for oil will lead to shortage and high prices in 2020s [image: Demand for] Energy demand in India is set to double Milind Ketkar / Alamy Stock Photo By Michael Le Page We need to slash greenhouse emissions to limit global warming, the UN warned in October. But … Continue reading “[Oil]Growing demand for oil will lead to shortage and high prices in 2020s | New Scientist”

State and Trends of Carbon Pricing 2018

November 12, 2018

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Eskom’s coal stockpiles deteriorate further

Eskom’s coal stockpile situation has deteriorated further, with five power stations having less than 10 days’ stock. Interventions to stabilise the coal supply may only have a positive impact by March next year. This means Eskom is entering the rainy season in Mpumalanga extremely exposed and that load shedding is a … Continue reading “Eskom’s coal stockpiles deteriorate further”

Power developments in Africa, Nov-Dec 2018

Universal electrification becoming a reality Kenya’s Lake Turkana Wind Farm is making the promise of nationwide access to electricity a reality. Electrification rates have reportedly increased from 28% in 2013 to 60% in 2017. The rate is expected to reach 80% by 2020. Lake Turkana Wind Farm is the biggest … Continue reading “Power developments in Africa, Nov-Dec 2018”

[Coal][Renewable]

November 10, 2018

m.engineeringnews.co.za/article/lazard-says-inflection-point-reached-making-new-renewables-cheaper-than-existing-coal-2018-11-09/rep_id:4433 Lazard says ‘inflection point’ reached making new renewables cheaper than existing coal 9th November 2018 BY: TERENCE CREAMER CREAMER MEDIA EDITOR A new US study comparing the costs of energy from various generation technologies indicates that an “inflection point” has been reached where, in some cases, it is more … Continue reading “[Coal][Renewable]”

[Gas] Invitation: Global call on gas lock-in challenges, 26 November 2018

November 9, 2018

*Subject:* Invitation: Global call on gas lock-in challenges, 26 November 2018 Dear colleague A quick word of introduction if we’ve not yet met: I’m a director of climate thinktank E3G based in Brussels, and for the past several years have been working on natural gas and climate issues in Europe. … Continue reading “[Gas] Invitation: Global call on gas lock-in challenges, 26 November 2018”

Invitation: Parliamentary Colloquium on Climate, Air Pollution, Energy and Health

On 14 Nov, in Parly, groundWork is hosting a Colloquium on Climate, Air Pollution, Energy and Health. The invitation to parliamentarians is below. *Please attend if you can!* Dear Honourable Chairs, Members, Secretaries to the Chairs, Secretaries of the various Portfolio Committees on Health; Water and Sanitation; Energy; Economic Development; … Continue reading “Invitation: Parliamentary Colloquium on Climate, Air Pollution, Energy and Health”

Respect Existence or Expect Resistance ⚠️⚠️

Thousands set on London for mass civil disobedience in next two weeks- [image: motionmailapp.com] *View web version* (Recommended) The Declaration has been made – countdown to action begins *RESPECT EXISTENCE OR EXPECT RESISTANCE* *Welcome to the 7th Edition of the Extinction Rebellion Newsletter. If you’ve just found us, take a … Continue reading “Respect Existence or Expect Resistance ⚠️⚠️”

Daily Maverick’s new Climate Change series: Our Burning Planet…

November 8, 2018

Begin forwarded message: Habe a look at the Daily Maverick’s excellent new series on Climate Change, titled *Our Burning Planet*, which (will) take(s) a critical look at SA’s response to climate change from many different angles. The editorial announcing the series is: “*The Earth is on fire, it’s time to … Continue reading “Daily Maverick’s new Climate Change series: Our Burning Planet…”

Decentralised renewable energy with minigrids

G7 Renewable Energies has expanded its portfolio by investing in RVE.SOL, a minigrid development venture using renewable energy to foster decentralised electrification in Africa. The company’s patented, pay-as-you-go system “Kudura”, has more than six years of proven reliability and measured outcomes. The investment in RVE.SOL will enable G7 to be … Continue reading “Decentralised renewable energy with minigrids”

Identifying sulfur hexafluoride leaks in HV equipment

Identifying leaks of sulfur hexafluoride (SF6), used as an electrical insulator in extremely high-voltage utilities applications, generally requires the purchase or rental of an expensive gas detector or hiring an outside consultant. The alternatives are shutting down equipment and using a sniffer (which after some time, can determine only the … Continue reading “Identifying sulfur hexafluoride leaks in HV equipment”

Corporate funding in solar sector in 2018

Mercom Capital Group, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, has released a new report on funding and merger and acquisition (M&A) activity for the global solar sector in the third quarter of 2018 and the first nine months of 2018. Total corporate funding (including venture capital funding, public market … Continue reading “Corporate funding in solar sector in 2018”

Electric equipment company granted ASIB approval

Ensuring the safety of one’s employees is of paramount importance. The insurance industry is tightening requirements world-wide, and this has filtered into South Africa too. There are definite requests for compliance with local and international standards. Diesel Electric Services recently acquired Automatic Sprinkler Inspection Bureau (ASIB) approval to design, manufacture, install, maintain … Continue reading “Electric equipment company granted ASIB approval”

PV hybrid project for Great Barrier Reef

Juwi Renewable Energy recently signed an agreement with the University of Queensland to deliver a high penetration solar, battery hybrid power solution under an EPC contract, at the Heron Island Research Station located in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. The project consists of a 500 kW roof top installation combined with … Continue reading “PV hybrid project for Great Barrier Reef”

Powerful three-phase motor protection

NewElec’s KD and KE powerful three-phase motor protection relays improve plant production capabilities across all industries. The company will assist with relay parameter settings and installation, while leaving technical knowledge onsite for ease of use and front-end understanding. These motor protection relays have the following protection features: overload with user selectable … Continue reading “Powerful three-phase motor protection”

Waste-to-energy project agreed

Ripasso Energy has signed a letter of intent with Glencore Operations in South Africa for the installation of at least 44 and no more than 136 PWR BLok units at Glencore’s Lydenburg facility and/or its Lion facility in South Africa, with a value of between €22-million and €68-million. The aim … Continue reading “Waste-to-energy project agreed”

Unprecedented power station asset sale announced

Global advisory and asset management company, Gordon Brothers, has announced the exceptional sale of major power generation equipment from the UK power station, Seal Sands in Teesside, England. This unique sale is unparalleled with in the industry due to the pristine, virtually unused condition of the equipment. The majority of assets … Continue reading “Unprecedented power station asset sale announced”

South Africa joins International Energy Agency

Jeff Radebe, the minister of energy, and Dr Fatih Birol, the executive director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), jointly announced that South Africa has joined the IEA as an Association Country. South Africa is the first sub-Saharan African country to institutionalise its engagement with the IEA, a development which … Continue reading “South Africa joins International Energy Agency”

Norway wealth fund will not yet blacklist greenhouse gas emitters

November 7, 2018

… be excluded for producing too much greenhouse gas emissions in either… greenhouse gases, as mandated by parliament, because further… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Green house gas

Washington Voters Reject Carbon Tax, Handing Big Oil A Win | HuffPost

Washington Voters Reject Carbon Tax, Handing Big Oil A Win The oil and gas industry spent a record $31 million urging the Evergreen State to vote “No.” [image: headshot] By Alexander C. Kaufman GEORGE ROSE VIA GETTY IMAGES – – – –

Innovative funding for Namibian PV plant

In a first-ever guarantee collaboration with the French development finance institution Proparco, Standard Bank has assembled an innovative local funding structure for the construction of a R950-million, 45 MW solar PV plant in Namibia. Since the project did not benefit from a government guarantee, there was no political risk protection … Continue reading “Innovative funding for Namibian PV plant”

Enabling the growth of gas-powered transport

NGV Gas, the natural gas provider of commercial fleets and a division of CNG Holdings, is enabling the growth of gas-powered transport in South Africa through a rapidly expanding compressed natural gas distribution network of standalone and in-house fuelling stations: in Gauteng and soon in KwaZulu-Natal too. In recent years, … Continue reading “Enabling the growth of gas-powered transport”

Report back from Cigré Paris session 2018

Cigré is a global community for the collaborative development and sharing of power system expertise. Established in Paris, France in 1921, Cigré has a long history as a key player in the development of power systems. An organisation connecting power system professionals from all over the world, Cigré runs a worldwide … Continue reading “Report back from Cigré Paris session 2018”

SAIEE 2018 Annual award winners

The South African Institute  of Electrical  Engineers (SAIEE) hosted  it’s 107th Annual Banquet in the form of a Masquerade Ball at the Midrand Conference Centre on 26 October 2018. The evening’s entertainment was provided by the enigmatic Evita Bezuidenhout, who had the guests in stitches, and literally had makeup running off … Continue reading “SAIEE 2018 Annual award winners”

South Africa’s Low Emission Development Strategy presentation – Energy Governance Initiative, South Africa

South Africa’s Low Emission Development Strategy presentation November 7, 2018 1 Min Read From: ClimateSecretariat [mailto:ClimateSecretariat@environment.gov.za] Sent: Wednesday, November 7, 2018 9:29 AM Subject: LEDS Presentation Dear Stakeholder Please find attached South Africa’s Low Emission Development Strategy presentation given by the DEA on 7 November, 2018. Presentation 1_ South Africa … Continue reading “South Africa’s Low Emission Development Strategy presentation – Energy Governance Initiative, South Africa”

Comments on the draft integrated resource plan (IRP2018)

The recently released IRP2018 draft, a discussion document and not cast in stone, differs significantly from both the 2010 and 2016 versions. Changes which steer the plan away from a diverse mix of technologies in the direction of a high dependence on renewable energy have evoked a large amount of … Continue reading “Comments on the draft integrated resource plan (IRP2018)”

An Electrifying Idea – George Monbiot

www.monbiot.com/2018/11/06/an-electrifying-idea/ An Electrifying Idea 6th November 2018 Share3 What if we abandoned photosynthesis as the means of producing food, and released most of the world’s surface from agriculture? By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 31st October 2018 It’s not about “them”, it’s about us. The horrific rate of biological … Continue reading “An Electrifying Idea – George Monbiot”

Updated Carbon Pricing Dashboard!

November 6, 2018

From: Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition Date: Mon, Nov 5, 2018 at 5:00 PM Subject: Updated Carbon Pricing Dashboard! See the latest carbon pricing initiatives around the world. View this email in your browser *Updated Carbon Pricing Dashboard!* Carbon Pricing Dashboard Update Launched in May 2017, the Carbon Pricing Dashboard is … Continue reading “Updated Carbon Pricing Dashboard!”

[Event]Invitation: Launch webinar of the Brown to Green Report 2018, 14 November 2018

*One week before the G20 Summit in Argentina and COP24 in Poland, Climate Transparency launches its Brown to Green Report 2018. Covering 80 indicators, the report is the world’s most comprehensive ** review of G20 climate action. It provides concise and comparable information on G20 country mitigation action, finance and … Continue reading “[Event]Invitation: Launch webinar of the Brown to Green Report 2018, 14 November 2018”

Apocalyptic Climate Reporting Completely Misses the Point | The Nation

Apocalyptic Climate Reporting Completely Misses the Point Recent news commentary ignored the UN climate report’s cautiously optimistic findings. By Daniel Aldana Cohen NOVEMBER 2, 2018 – fb – tw – mail – Print [image: german-climate-protestors_ap_ba] October 2018: Participants in the “Save the forest! Coal stop” demonstration, Kerpen, North Rhine-Westphalia.(Christophe Gateau … Continue reading “Apocalyptic Climate Reporting Completely Misses the Point | The Nation”

[Renewables]What happens when you feed your grid blockchain

Blockchain based renewable energy certificates: How to make it real? September 27, 2018 0 [image: Blockchain bond] Featured image: Stock – – – – *When investing in green certificates the question of how these instruments work is often aised, since it’s impossible to track or influence the path taken by … Continue reading “[Renewables]What happens when you feed your grid blockchain”

IRP2018 calculations seem “mathematically flawed”

Overheated rhetoric and fuzzy science seem to have dictated parts of the new Integrated Resource Plan 2018 (IRP2018). Substantial public prejudice against nuclear would make it difficult, if not impossible, for nuclear to exist as an energy source if legacy issues trump logic. The nuclear industry is being paraded as … Continue reading “IRP2018 calculations seem “mathematically flawed””

Massive precision lathe boosts in-house capacity

One of the largest lathes on the African continent has been installed at Marthinusen & Coutts’ power generation equipment repair facility in Benoni. The company plans to use and this acquisition to expand its service offering to its customers. This lathe gives the company the ability to offer the machining of … Continue reading “Massive precision lathe boosts in-house capacity”

Rural microgrid project improves people’s lives

November 5, 2018

Communities which reside in rural areas far from existing electrical infrastructure constitute a significant portion of the 600-million people in sub-Saharan African who have no access to electricity. These communities are deprived of modern lifestyle improving technologies such as electric light, microwave cooking, radio and television, cellphones and internet access … Continue reading “Rural microgrid project improves people’s lives”

[Carbon tax update

*- THE MARK OF TRUSTED PARTNERSHIP -* *South Africa’s carbon tax: postponed to June 2019 * Last week South Africa’s Finance Minister, Tito Mboweni, tabled his Medium Term Budget Statement in Parliament. The Minister highlighted during his speech that business and labour have raised a number of concerns regarding the … Continue reading “[Carbon tax update”

[Energy][EV][Renewables][Gas]BP Energy Outlook 2018 ranks EV market high | ESI-Africa.com

www.esi-africa.com/bp-energy-outlook-2018-ranks-ev-market-high/?utm_source=Spintelligent+Publishing+mailer&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ESI+Daily+Enews+01+November+2018&utm_term=https%3A%2F%2Fwww…. BP Energy Outlook 2018 ranks EV market high November 1, 2018 0 [image: BP Energy Outlook 2018] Featured image: Stock – – – – *More than half of the world’s energy will come from petrol and natural gas in the year 2040, according to the BP Energy Outlook 2018 … Continue reading “[Energy][EV][Renewables][Gas]BP Energy Outlook 2018 ranks EV market high | ESI-Africa.com”

Ocean Shock: The planet’s hidden climate change beneath the waves.

October 31, 2018

www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/ocean-shock-warming/?ncid=newsltushpmgnews__TheMorningEmail__103118 [image: image.png] Change compared to long-term average

The @IPCC_CH climate report is clear: radical change necessary now and will be beneficial

Anton Cartwright on Twitter The @IPCC_CH climate report is clear: radical change necessary now & will be beneficial, technological & policy ingredients of this change are available. Focus now on removing the vested interests that impede uptake of solutions & on a relatively smooth & just transition. 1:16 AM – … Continue reading “The @IPCC_CH climate report is clear: radical change necessary now and will be beneficial”

[Policy]Coalition advocates reform in urban policies, resources allocation to councils — Property — The Guardian Nigeria Newspaper – Nigeria and World News

guardian.ng/property/coalition-advocates-reform-in-urban-policies-resources-allocation-to-councils/ lobal experts have enjoined African governments to review their National Urban Policies (NUPs) to address structural impediments and lay the foundations for inclusive urban expansion. They pinpointed out that 18 NUPs drafted in Sub-Saharan Africa including Nigeria are full of the standard policy jargon. The technical capabilities, legal frameworks, … Continue reading “[Policy]Coalition advocates reform in urban policies, resources allocation to councils — Property — The Guardian Nigeria Newspaper – Nigeria and World News”

Global carbon prices too low to combat climate change – OECD

…LONDON, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Carbon prices in major advanced economies… and Development (OECD) said on Tuesday. Carbon pricing, via taxes… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

The unseen driver behind the migrant caravan: climate change | World news | The Guardian

October 30, 2018

central-america The unseen driver behind the migrant caravan: climate change Migration While violence and poverty have been cited as the reasons for the exodus, experts say the big picture is that changing climate is forcing farmers off their land – and it’s likely to get worse Oliver Milman in New … Continue reading “The unseen driver behind the migrant caravan: climate change | World news | The Guardian”

Zero Campaign: would you like to be a part of this?

October 29, 2018

ACR has joined a coalition of other NGOs working in Africa and wondered whether your organisation would like to participate in this campaign? *Campaign introduction: *Zero – a coalition campaign – is launching on 7 November 2018, the start date of the African Development Bank’s Africa Investment Forum in Johannesburg, … Continue reading “Zero Campaign: would you like to be a part of this?”

ACDI convenes expert panel on IPCC Special Report on 1.5 degrees Celsius of Global Warming | African Climate & Development Institute

www.acdi.uct.ac.za/news/acdi-convenes-expert-panel-ipcc-special-report-15-degrees-celsius-global-warming ACDI convenes expert panel on IPCC Special Report on 1.5 degrees Celsius of Global Warming 19 Oct 2018 – 15:30 ACDI Deputy Director Sheona Shackleton leading the panel discussion Within hours of the release of the IPCC’s much awaited Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 degrees on 8 … Continue reading “ACDI convenes expert panel on IPCC Special Report on 1.5 degrees Celsius of Global Warming | African Climate & Development Institute”

How Change Happens with Duncan Green – YouTube

How Change Happens with Duncan Green – YouTube The world is full of wannabe ‘change agents’; a mix of campaigners, lobbyists, organisations and officials – all determined to transform the world. But how can we effect REAL change in the world?

Eskom’s flagship battery energy storage systems (BESS) project

Eskom, as part of its research into new technologies and systems, built a 360 MW/1440 MWh battery energy storage systems (BESS) at its Research, Testing and Development Centre in Germiston recently. This unit will add to the power utility’s existing pumped-hydro storage schemes, which will have provide a combined installed … Continue reading “Eskom’s flagship battery energy storage systems (BESS) project”

[Renewable]Shell’s vision of a zero carbon world by 2070, explained – Vox

Oil majors are taking climate change seriously … but not seriously enough for climate hawks. By David Roberts @drvox david@vox.com Mar 30, 2018, 9:00am EDT SHARE Shutterstock Oil companies are finally beginning to bow to the reality that the world is getting serious about climate change — or might be, … Continue reading “[Renewable]Shell’s vision of a zero carbon world by 2070, explained – Vox”

Electric energy associations sign historic agreement

October 26, 2018

Two of the world’s largest electric energy associations, Cigré and GO15, have signed an historic memorandum of understanding (MOU). The signing cements the relationship between the two organisations and will strengthen collaboration efforts in solving issues facing the electrical power industry. The signing took place GO15’s Annual Steering Board meeting … Continue reading “Electric energy associations sign historic agreement”

Benchmark EU carbon price falls 6 pct on Brexit uncertainty

…LONDON, Oct 15 (Reuters) – * The benchmark European carbon price fell…). * The benchmark EU carbon price traded at 19.15 euros/tonne at 13.46 GMT, down 6… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

Battery-based energy storage to accelerate renewable energy take-up

The uptake of large-scale battery-based energy storage will accelerate the implementation of renewable energy technologies and drive the decentralisation of South Africa’s energy system. Furthermore, energy storage, small-scale embedded generation and smart-grid solutions are set to fundamentally transform the country’s electricity landscape. These statements were made by Thabang Audat, the … Continue reading “Battery-based energy storage to accelerate renewable energy take-up”

South Africa’s electricity systems to change dramatically

Modern technologies, which have already impacted the way we communicate, are entertained, work and live, are about to change the way we generate, use and pay for electricity. The digital age, which was born with the invention of the microprocessor integrated circuit in the late 1960s, has revolutionised modern society. … Continue reading “South Africa’s electricity systems to change dramatically”

Brazil's presidential front-runner would keep country in Paris Agreement

October 25, 2018

… country out of the Paris Agreement on climate change, reversing his… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

The myth of “clean coal”: Why coal can only ever be dirty

“Clean coal” is sometimes promoted as the lifeline that will allow governments to continue to depend on coal for energy generation. But there is no such thing as “clean coal”. South Africa is the biggest coal producer in Africa. Over the past 10 years alone, South Africa has produced an … Continue reading “The myth of “clean coal”: Why coal can only ever be dirty”

PV battery charger upgrade consumes less power

Victron Energy is expanding grid-connection approvals globally for its new MultiPlus-II 48 V battery inverter-charger, boosting the market for this robust unit that works both on and off-grid. The device connects with a wide range of energy storage systems, from lead-acid and lithium-based batteries to zinc-bromine flow batteries. The unit is easier … Continue reading “PV battery charger upgrade consumes less power”

CPLC Newsletter – Fall 2018

*CPLC Newsletter | October 2018 * World’s First International Research Conference on Carbon Pricing is set for February 14-15, 2019 in New Delhi, India. Convened by the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition , the conference aims to better understand the existing research base on carbon pricing and explore key topics including … Continue reading “CPLC Newsletter – Fall 2018”

Revolutionary grid technology to be tested

Faraday Grid has announced an agreement with UK Power Networks, for it to trial a new technology which could redefine how the electricity grid works. The company says the technology will create a smart, flexible electricity system which increases the capacity to deliver more renewable energy, such as wind and … Continue reading “Revolutionary grid technology to be tested”

Optimal design of hybrid renewable energy systems

A hybrid system is generally understood to mean a system that makes use of a combination of different technologies that gives a better result than the use of a single technology on its own. Hybrid RE systems are used extensively in off-grid, grid connected and industrial microgrid applications. Increase in … Continue reading “Optimal design of hybrid renewable energy systems”

DC nanogrid-based energy bank for off-grid rural communities

October 24, 2018

More than 1,4-billion people worldwide do not have access to electricity; and 600-million of them live in sub-Saharan Africa. The average electrification rate of the region is 31%, with disparities between urban and rural areas. Various solutions are being implemented and monitored for their efficiency. Among the solutions for increasing universal … Continue reading “DC nanogrid-based energy bank for off-grid rural communities”

Eskom claims R762-billion over the next three years

The National Energy Regulator (Nersa) has received Eskom’s Third Multi-Year Price Determination (MYPD3) Regulatory Clearing Account (RCA) Year 5 (2017/18) application, totalling R21,6-billion, as well as the Fourth Multi-Year Price Determination (MYPD4) revenue application, totalling R762-billion (R219-billion, R252-billion and R291-billion for 2019/20, 2020/21 and 2021/22 financial years, respectively). In February … Continue reading “Eskom claims R762-billion over the next three years”

Despite climate pledges, China struggles to break coal habit

…. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said… said he was pulling the United States out of the Paris climate accord… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

Stakeholder consultation session on the development of the Greenhouse Gas Emission Performance Guidelines

October 23, 2018

*Subject:* Stakeholder consultation session on the development of the Greenhouse Gas Emission Performance Guidelines *Importance:* High Dear Stakeholder, Please find attached presentation on the development of the Greenhouse Gas Emission Performance Guidelines to collate your inputs. The written inputs should be forwarded to Mashudu Mundalamo ( mmundalamo@environment.gov.za, 012 399 9164) … Continue reading “Stakeholder consultation session on the development of the Greenhouse Gas Emission Performance Guidelines”

New Publications on Climate Change Communication

*From:* International Climate Change Information and Research Programme ICCIRP [mailto:ICCIP@outlook.com] *Sent:* 20 October 2018 09:45 *Subject:* New Publications on Climate Change Communication Dear Colleagues, One of the major needs seen in respect of addressing the various challenges climate change poses to countries, people and ecosystems, is the need for better … Continue reading “New Publications on Climate Change Communication”

[Event] FW: SAVE THE DATE: INVITATION TO THE EXTENDED NATIONAL COMMITTEE ON CLIMATE CHANGE DIALOGUE: 6-7 NOVEMBER 2018

*From:* ClimateSecretariat *Sent:* 17 October 2018 10:31 AM *To:* Irene Koenze; Dineo Ngobeni; Agnes Mohlala *Subject:* SAVE THE DATE: INVITATION TO THE EXTENDED NATIONAL COMMITTEE ON CLIMATE CHANGE DIALOGUE: 6-7 NOVEMBER 2018 Dear Climate Change Stakeholder You are hereby invited to the next Extended NCCC Stakeholder dialogue scheduled for 6-7 … Continue reading “[Event] FW: SAVE THE DATE: INVITATION TO THE EXTENDED NATIONAL COMMITTEE ON CLIMATE CHANGE DIALOGUE: 6-7 NOVEMBER 2018”

National climate change mitigation legislation, strategy and targets: a global update – Energy Governance Initiative, South Africa

National climate change mitigation legislation, strategy and targets: a global update October 23, 2018 2 Min Read Gabriela Iacobuta, Navroz K. Dubash, Prabhat Upadhyaya, Mekdelawit Deribe & Niklas Höhne Here is a link to the full paper: 2018_Iacobuta et al_Climate survey update_Climate Policy_2018 ABSTRACT Global climate change governance has changed … Continue reading “National climate change mitigation legislation, strategy and targets: a global update – Energy Governance Initiative, South Africa”

Rebelling Against Extinction – George Monbiot

October 20, 2018

Rebelling Against Extinction – George Monbiot www.monbiot.com/2018/10/19/rebelling-against-extinction/ Rebelling Against Extinction 19th October 2018 Share54 When governments abandon us, we must step up By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 17th October 2018 It is hard to believe today, but the prevailing ethos among the educated elite was once public service. … Continue reading “Rebelling Against Extinction – George Monbiot”

[Coal]The End of Coal Could Be Closer Than It Looks – Bloomberg

October 19, 2018

www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2018-10-09/the-end-of-coal-could-be-closer-than-it-looks The End of Coal Could Be Closer Than It Looks Despite a pessimistic forecast, it’s possible to meet consumption-cut targets on the current path. By David Fickling October 9, 2018, 7:04 AM GMT+2 Dramatically cutting coal consumption isn’t as far-fetched as it seems. Photographer: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images AsiaPac David … Continue reading “[Coal]The End of Coal Could Be Closer Than It Looks – Bloomberg”

[Coal]GE calls for more coal power within the IRP

October 18, 2018

GE calls for more coal power within the IRP m.engineeringnews.co.za/article/ge-calls-for-more-coal-power-within-the-irp-2018-10-17 GE calls for more coal power within the IRP 17th October 2018 BY: KIM CLOETE CREAMER MEDIA CORRESPONDENT General Electric (GE) has called on the South African government to reconsider investing in a further 1 600 MW of coal-fired power … Continue reading “[Coal]GE calls for more coal power within the IRP”

In ‘Blockbuster’ Ruling, Judge Says Youths’ Climate Case Against Trump Administration Can Proceed to Trial

In ‘Blockbuster’ Ruling, Judge Says Youths’ Climate Case Against Trump Administration Can Proceed to Trial www.commondreams.org/news/2018/10/16/blockbuster-ruling-judge-says-youths-climate-case-against-trump-administration-can In ‘Blockbuster’ Ruling, Judge Says Youths’ Climate Case Against Trump Administration Can Proceed to Trial “October 29, here we come!” by Julia Conley, staff writer – – – – – – – – – … Continue reading “In ‘Blockbuster’ Ruling, Judge Says Youths’ Climate Case Against Trump Administration Can Proceed to Trial”

Nobel award recognises how economic forces can fight climate change | News | Environment | M&G

October 16, 2018

Nobel award recognises how economic forces can fight climate change | News | Environment | M&G mg.co.za/article/2018-10-10-nobel-award-recognises-how-economic-forces-can-fight-climate-change/ ENVIRONMENT Nobel award recognises how economic forces can fight climate change Andrew J. Hoffman , Ellen Hughes-Cromwick 10 Oct 2018 09:19 [image: William Nordhaus argues markets can help curb climate change. (Craig Ruttle/AP)] … Continue reading “Nobel award recognises how economic forces can fight climate change | News | Environment | M&G”

New Climate Economy October Update

NCE Update: October 2018 View this email in your browser *Table of Contents* – New Climate Economy 2018 Report – Global Commission Engagements – The Global Commission in the Media *New Climate Economy 2018 Report * The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate launched its 2018 flagship Report, *Unlocking … Continue reading “New Climate Economy October Update”

[Renewables]South Africa’s synfuels know-how could give it edge as world mulls power fuels

South Africa’s synfuels know-how could give it edge as world mulls power fuels m.engineeringnews.co.za/article/south-africas-synfuels-know-how-could-give-it-edge-as-world-mulls-power-fuels-2018-10-15 South Africa’s synfuels know-how could give it edge as world mulls power fuels 15th October 2018 BY: TERENCE CREAMER CREAMER MEDIA EDITOR [image: Transmission lines with Sasol’s Secunda complex in the background, where synthetic fuels and … Continue reading “[Renewables]South Africa’s synfuels know-how could give it edge as world mulls power fuels”

Carbon Brief_South Africa Profile

In case you haven’t see this yet: Carbon Brief just published a comprehensive analysis on South Africa’s climate/energy profile. www.carbonbrief.org/the-carbon-brief-profile-south-africa From Gillian Hamilton of CER

New Carbon Tracker report: Nowhere to hide: Using satellite imagery to estimate the utilisation of fossil fuel power plants

October 15, 2018

Dear colleagues, Carbon Tracker has published a new report: *Nowhere to hide: Using satellite imagery to estimate the utilisation of fossil fuel power plants * It is the first study to use satellite imagery to assess the utilisation of coal power plants. Our modelling techniques showed that satellite imagery can … Continue reading “New Carbon Tracker report: Nowhere to hide: Using satellite imagery to estimate the utilisation of fossil fuel power plants”

Climate sensitivity uncertainties leading to more concern

Regards, Peter Atkins Mobile +27 (0) 74 104 2944 www.crediblecarbon.co.za ———- Forwarded message ——— From: Yale Climate Connections Date: Fri, Oct 12, 2018 at 4:04 PM Subject: Your weekly digest from Yale Climate Connections To: Peter [image: Yale Climate Connections] * Feature articles* [image: Scientific American headline] Climate sensitivity uncertainties … Continue reading “Climate sensitivity uncertainties leading to more concern”

Opinion | Stopping Climate Change Is Hopeless. Let’s Do It. – The New York Times

October 13, 2018

www.nytimes.com/2018/10/06/opinion/sunday/climate-change-global-warming.html And while the air would almost immediately be cleaner and people healthier, the heartbreaking impacts of climate change — flooding in London, New York and Shanghai, as well as in Mumbai, India; Hanoi, Vietnam; Alexandria, Egypt; and Jakarta, Indonesia, to touch on just one consequence — would continue for … Continue reading “Opinion | Stopping Climate Change Is Hopeless. Let’s Do It. – The New York Times”

Author of New IPCC Report Says She Still Has Hope

October 12, 2018

therealnews.com/stories/author-of-new-ipcc-report-says-she-still-has-hope IPCC Report Says She Still Has Hope Author of NewOctober 11, 2018 The IPCC’s new report says we could face irreversible consequences of climate change by as soon as 2030, but a coordinating lead author of the report says policymakers, businesses, and individuals can still make big changes to … Continue reading “Author of New IPCC Report Says She Still Has Hope”

Power developments in Africa, October 2018

Trans-border gas pipeline in East Africa Tanzania and Uganda have signed an agreement for the construction a natural gas pipeline. This follows an earlier agreement, signed in May 2017, to construct a crude oil pipeline from Hoima in Uganda, to Chongoleani in Tanga. The project is led by French oil … Continue reading “Power developments in Africa, October 2018”

Short-lived Climate Pollutants Must be Part of the Solution to Get to 1.5˚C Goal of Paris Agreement

October 11, 2018

Short-lived Climate Pollutants Must be Part of the Solution to Get to 1.5˚C Goal of Paris Agreement Dear Colleague, In a few days, the *Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change * will release a major report assessing the prospects for limiting global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. Meeting that temperature … Continue reading “Short-lived Climate Pollutants Must be Part of the Solution to Get to 1.5˚C Goal of Paris Agreement”

IPCC Report

*From Mark Chernaik of ELAW:* As many of you are aware, today (8 October 2018) the IPCC released a new report predicting more dire and rapid changes to the earth’s climate if greenhouse gases cause a global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels. NOTE: The report observes that that … Continue reading “IPCC Report”

[Wind]The wrong spin on wind power – Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

The wrong spin on wind power The main job of a science journalist is usually to explain what scientists’ latest discoveries mean for the wider public. Once in a while, the bigger story is explaining what they *don’t*. “Wind turbines contribute to climate change. ” “Wind power can raise global … Continue reading “[Wind]The wrong spin on wind power – Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists”

Climate report understates threat – Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Climate report understates threat [image: Dead trees and sky]Image courtesy of Shutterstock The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius, released on Monday, is a major advance over previous efforts to alert world leaders and citizens to the growing climate risk. But … Continue reading “Climate report understates threat – Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists”

Gallery: Draft IRP 2018

October 9, 2018

The Draft IRP 2018 Workshop brought 300 delegates together to discuss the Draft IRP 2018 document in preparation for public comment which closes on 27 October 2018. Click on any of the thumbnails below for full-size images. The post Gallery: Draft IRP 2018 appeared first on EE Publishers. Source: EE … Continue reading “Gallery: Draft IRP 2018”

U.S. seeks to stop trial of youths' climate-change lawsuit

… all proceedings in the “Kids’ Climate–Change” lawsuit, which… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

Draft IRP 2018 workshop and stakeholder engagement: Presentations

October 8, 2018

The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA), EE Publishers and other relevant industry associations and professional institutes hosted and facilitated an open workshop on the Draft Integrated Resource Plan IRP 2018 for electricity on 5 October 2018 at Axiz Auditorium in Midrand, Gauteng. The following papers were delivered at the workshop: … Continue reading “Draft IRP 2018 workshop and stakeholder engagement: Presentations”

Workshop equips industry to respond to Draft IRP2018

The Department of Energy released its Draft IRP 2018 for electricity, for public comment, in August. In order to better prepare themselves to submit responses to the Department of Energy’s draft of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2018 for electricity in South Africa, about 300 energy-industry related people gathered at the … Continue reading “Workshop equips industry to respond to Draft IRP2018”

Climate science comeback strategies: Al Gore said what? » Yale Climate Connections

October 5, 2018

Climate science comeback strategies: Al Gore said what? » Yale Climate Connections www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2018/10/climate-science-comeback-strategies-al-gore-said-what-part3/ Climate science comeback strategies: Al Gore said what?By Karin Kirk on Oct 10, 2018Four experts show how to counter false claims without getting dragged to the mud. Part III of a series. [image: Communicating image]Credit: Image by … Continue reading “Climate science comeback strategies: Al Gore said what? » Yale Climate Connections”

Why the coal-fired power station IPPs can’t get going

October 4, 2018

One of the key objectives of the Life After Coal Campaign (consisting of Earthlife Africa, the Centre for Environmental Rights, and groundWork) is to discourage the development of any new coal-red power stations, which would lock South Africa into further dependence on dirty, expensive coal for decades to come, and delay the urgent … Continue reading “Why the coal-fired power station IPPs can’t get going”

Largest rooftop solar PV solution in South Africa

The Mall of Africa’s solar PV system, which covers an area of approximately 45 000m² (4,5 ha), is the largest rooftop grid‐tied PV system of its kind in the southern hemisphere and the tenth largest worldwide. The solution is estimated to produce 7800 MWh annually. The energy generated by the … Continue reading “Largest rooftop solar PV solution in South Africa”

Electricity tariffs to increase dramatically

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa, Nersa, has approved the liquidation of Eskom’s third mutli-year determination (MYPD3) regulatory clearing account (RCA) balances for the 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2017/18 financial years over a four-year period. On 14 June 2018, the regulator approved that a total RCA balance of R32,69-billion will be … Continue reading “Electricity tariffs to increase dramatically”

New study finds incredibly high carbon pollution costs – especially for the US and India | Dana Nuccitelli | Environment | The Guardian

October 3, 2018

New study finds incredibly high carbon pollution costs – especially for the US and India As a wealthy, warm country, the US would benefit from implementing a carbon tax to slow global warming Dana Nuccitelli Mon 1 Oct 2018 11.00 BST – – –

Revolutionary wind power technology

October 2, 2018

WorleyParsons is supplying design support in the form of engineering drawings and engineering analysis for the Brayfoil turbine prototype which uses a flexible wing in a vertical axis configuration to create optimal lift at low rotational speeds, enabling the use of large, dynamically adjustable wing surface areas. Its strength lies … Continue reading “Revolutionary wind power technology”

IPCC 48th session – report on 1.5C impacts and requirements

IPCC 48th session – report on 1.5C impacts and requirements Opening Statement by Hoesung Lee, Chair of the IPCC 48th Session of the IPCC, Incheon, Korea, 1 October 2018 It’s a great honour to welcome you to my home country, Korea, and I am very grateful to the government of … Continue reading “IPCC 48th session – report on 1.5C impacts and requirements”

Namibia’s largest shopping mall goes solar

October 1, 2018

The Grove Mall of Namibia is the country’s retail golden child. Not only is it the country’s first regional mall, but also the largest shopping centre in the country, spanning a massive 52 089 m² of rental area. Located in Kleine Kuppe in Windhoek (which is just 5 km from … Continue reading “Namibia’s largest shopping mall goes solar”

Third hospital to receive solar plant

September 27, 2018

Life Healthcare Group has completed its latest environmental sustainability project with the installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels at the Life Eugene Marais Hospital in Pretoria. This is the third hospital in the Group to have the solar panels installed in line with the Group’s medium-to-long-term environmental sustainability initiatives to … Continue reading “Third hospital to receive solar plant”

Wind farm prepares for construction phase

Perdekraal East Wind Farm, situated within the Witzenberg local municipality, is preparing to begin major construction activity on the Western Cape’s largest wind farm. Since achieving financial closure in June this year, the construction team has been working on establishing on site infrastructure, clearing and grubbing of roads and turbine foundations, … Continue reading “Wind farm prepares for construction phase”

Draft white paper on science, technology and innovation unveiled

September 26, 2018

Twenty years after the adoption of the first White Paper on Science and Technology (DST) in 1996, the Department of Science and Technology (DST) began developing a new draft White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI), which was approved by Cabinet in September 2018. The new document will ensure … Continue reading “Draft white paper on science, technology and innovation unveiled”

Funding of two new coal IPPs in South Africa under threat

. International and local efforts to restrict funding for construction of new coal-fired power plants are gaining momentum, and threatening financial closure of the planned two new coal independent power producer projects in South Africa, Thabametsi and Khanyisa. In the latest development, it has been reliably learned that last week … Continue reading “Funding of two new coal IPPs in South Africa under threat”

New Evidence That Climate Change Poses a Much Greater Threat to Humanity Than Recently Understood Because the IPCC has been Systematically Underestimating Climate Change Risks

September 25, 2018

Three new scientific papers lead to the conclusion that because the IPCC has been ignoring some positive feedbacks in the climate system in its models that could speed up warming and some of these feedbacks are already appearing at less than 2 degree C warming , climate change is a … Continue reading “New Evidence That Climate Change Poses a Much Greater Threat to Humanity Than Recently Understood Because the IPCC has been Systematically Underestimating Climate Change Risks”

UPDATE 1-Big Oil pledges to slash potent greenhouse gas emission

September 24, 2018

… greenhouse gas by a fifth by 2025 in an effort to battle climate change… and gas companies pledged on Monday to slash emissions of a potent… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Green house gas

Big Oil pledges to slash potent greenhouse gas emission

… pledged on Monday to slash emissions of a potent greenhouse gas by a fifth… 24 (Reuters) – A group of the world’s top oil and gas companies… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Green house gas

Documenting climate change – with a drone

September 21, 2018

… to document climate change. Jackson, one of a handful of Reuters… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

[Civil Society]Outcomes Report | Responsible Business Forum on Sustainable Development, Africa, 2018

September 18, 2018

Under the theme ‘Transforming Africa’s development trough innovation, youth and technology’, the *Responsible Business Forum on Sustainable Development, *co-organised with the *United Nations Development Programme, *brought nearly 400 delegates together in Johannesburg, to share recommendations and collaborative approaches to some of Africa’s most pressing development issues. Young people, entrepreneurs and … Continue reading “[Civil Society]Outcomes Report | Responsible Business Forum on Sustainable Development, Africa, 2018”

Perovskite cells set to cut PV costs as manufacturing ramps up

September 17, 2018

Bolstered by a new manufacturing consortium, Perovskite developer Oxford PV aims to commercialise its high-efficiency cells by early 2020 and predicts costs could soon fall below silicon. The company says a new German consortium will develop high-volume manufacturing processes for its Perovskite technology to improve production efficiency for industrial 156 … Continue reading “Perovskite cells set to cut PV costs as manufacturing ramps up”

Precision biomass dosing for biogas plants

September 14, 2018

SDS specialises in the modernisation and automation of biogas plants and associated services. As customer plants are frequently similar but never identical, flexible and modular solutions are called for. The company relies on components from the Siemens Simatic portfolio and the TIA (totally integrated automation) portal, which enables more efficient … Continue reading “Precision biomass dosing for biogas plants”

Hybrid energy solution for underground rail

Off Grid Energy, a manufacturer of power solutions for the construction industry, has installed its largest and most powerful temporary power hybrid unit at Kennington Tube station in London. Four new customer passageways are being built at the station as part of work on the Northern Line Extension, which will extend … Continue reading “Hybrid energy solution for underground rail”

Testing students’ SpaceX prototypes

Travelling from city to city at 700 miles per hour in an underground vacuum tube seems futuristic to some of us, but not to entrepreneur Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, who sees this as the next step in mass transportation technology. Hyperloop is Musk’s concept of electrically propelled … Continue reading “Testing students’ SpaceX prototypes”

Registration: Workshop on Draft IRP 2018

. EE Publishers, the South African Photo-Voltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) and other interested and relevant industry associations and professional institutes are hosting and facilitating an open workshop on the Draft Integrated Resource Plan IRP 2018 for electricity The workshop will assist stakeholders and participants in understanding, preparing, formalising and making … Continue reading “Registration: Workshop on Draft IRP 2018”

Revolutionary wind power technology launched

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Pretoria launched a revolutionary vertical axis wind turbine recently. Although still in the early stages of prototype development, the wind turbine has already been subjected to comprehensive scrutiny and has passed feasibility trials at the Faculty of Engineering at the University … Continue reading “Revolutionary wind power technology launched”

United Airlines targets 50 pct cut in its greenhouse gas emissions

September 13, 2018

…UAL.O > said on Thursday it has set a goal to cut its greenhouse gas… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Green house gas

United Airlines targets 50 percent cut in greenhouse gas emissions

… said on Thursday it has set a goal to cut its greenhouse gas… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Green house gas

Walk in the park: Cities fight climate change with greenery

… right now in the human impacts of climate change,” said Diane Regas, CEO… their commitments under the Paris Agreement to curb climate change, parks… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

E @ L – Sailing on a sunny afternoon

Once a month, on atypical weekend, a corner of Emmarentia Dam in Johannesburg is the scene of a very competitive regatta. Although the competition is between wind-powered sailing boats, the competitors seldom get wet, or even leave the shore. That’s because the boats used in these regattas are radio-controlled scale … Continue reading “E @ L – Sailing on a sunny afternoon”

Power developments in Africa, September 2018

Gas-fired plant extended, converted The Azito Power Expansion Project involves the expansion of an existing 288 MW gas-fired power plant located in Côte d’Ivoire, into a combined cycle plant, with the addition of a 140 MW heat-recovery steam turbine. The Ivorian privately-run power utility, Compagnie Ivoirienne de l’électricité (CIE), is … Continue reading “Power developments in Africa, September 2018”

Using energy storage to defer infrastructure investment

Electricity utilities are faced with a number of challenges relating to network infrastructure expansion. The common challenges are funding constraints, inability to obtain servitudes/right of way (ROW) in time, demand growth uncertainty and life extension of existing infrastructure. Energy storage systems (ESS) represent opportunities to reschedule large investment in the … Continue reading “Using energy storage to defer infrastructure investment”

Waste-to-energy saves money and boosts production

How can a large industrial complex convert something it is discarding into something of value? Or what technology can such a complex use to reduce energy costs and boost output? Glencore’s ferrochrome smelting plant found the answer to lie in the use of the waste gas produced during the smelting … Continue reading “Waste-to-energy saves money and boosts production”

Challenges and opportunities in South African and German electricity markets

South Africa’s electricity sector is undergoing a multifaceted transformation brought about by energy security concerns, rising electricity prices, the emergence of renewable energy technologies and the introduction of independent power producers. This article considers the fundamental elements which characterise the German and South African energy markets, highlights the challenges which … Continue reading “Challenges and opportunities in South African and German electricity markets”

[News, Climate Change] Climate change science comeback strategies: ‘In it for the money’ » Yale Climate Connections

September 11, 2018

Climate change science comeback strategies: ‘In it for the money’ » Yale Climate Connections Climate change science comeback strategies: ‘In it for the money’By Karin Kirk on Sep 9, 2018Experts in science and communication share perspectives on how to counter this persistent myth. Part II of a series. [image: Conversation … Continue reading “[News, Climate Change] Climate change science comeback strategies: ‘In it for the money’ » Yale Climate Connections”

The Carbon-Free Regions Handbook – Rocky Mountain Institute

RMI LAUNCHES *THE CARBON-FREE REGIONS HANDBOOK* The *Carbon-Free Regions Handbook* helps state, provincial, and regional governments implement policies and actions that place their communities on an aggressive path toward sustainable, low-carbon economies. Local governments all over the world are already taking ambitious action to reduce carbon while also strengthening their … Continue reading “The Carbon-Free Regions Handbook – Rocky Mountain Institute”

An invitation to invest in South Africa’s energy sector

September 10, 2018

The minister of energy invites all investors in the energy sector to consider South Africa as a developing nation with huge potential to grow in a politically stable environment. The country is open for business and welcomes foreign direct investments. Jeff Radebe Addressing ministers, senior government officials, company CEOs and … Continue reading “An invitation to invest in South Africa’s energy sector”

No more BBC platform for climate change deniers? It’d be about time | Richard Black | Opinion | The Guardian

Climate change No more BBC platform for climate change deniers? It’d be about time Richard Black The BBC seems to be moving away from feeling obliged to give equal weight to the views of the likes of Lord Lawson Mon 10 Sep 2018 10.00 BSTLast modified on Mon 10 Sep … Continue reading “No more BBC platform for climate change deniers? It’d be about time | Richard Black | Opinion | The Guardian”

Hydrogen could be the missing link in the energy transition, finds new IRENA report

September 6, 2018

mailchi.mp/041340dec035/hydrogen-could-be-the-missing-link-in-the-energy-transition-finds-new-irena-report?e=1873ab1145 Dear Richard Today, the International Renewable Energy Agency launched *Hydrogen from Renewable Power – Technology Outlook for the Energy Transition. *Hydrogen could be the missing link in the energy transition: renewable electricity can be used to produce hydrogen, which can in turn provide renewable fuels to sectors otherwise difficult … Continue reading “Hydrogen could be the missing link in the energy transition, finds new IRENA report”

South Africa | Climate Action Tracker

South Africa | Climate Action Tracker Overview The new South African government under President Cyril Ramaphosa released the long-awaited draft of its Integrated Resource Plan (IRP 2018) in August, setting out a new direction in energy sector planning. The plan includes a shift away from coal, increased adoption of renewables … Continue reading “South Africa | Climate Action Tracker”

Understanding implications of 2°C-compatible coal phase-out plan for SA

. South Africa is highly coal and energy intensive, and has an economy characterised by extremely high levels of inequality and poverty (with more than half of the population living in poverty). In the long run, sustainable growth and development in South Africa will depend crucially on the transition away … Continue reading “Understanding implications of 2°C-compatible coal phase-out plan for SA”

New Climate Economy Report – 2018

UNLOCKING THE INCLUSIVE GROWTH STORY OF THE 21ST CENTURYAccelerating Climate Action in Urgent Times The growth story of the 21st century can unlock unprecedented opportunities of a strong, sustainable, inclusive economy. The benefits of climate action are greater than ever before, while the costs of inaction continue to mount. It … Continue reading “New Climate Economy Report – 2018”

By 2030, We Will Pass The Point Where We Can Stop Runaway Climate Change

By 2030, We Will Pass The Point Where We Can Stop Runaway Climate Change IMPACT 05/09/2018 05:01 BST By 2030, We Will Pass The Point Where We Can Stop Runaway Climate ChangeBut a big economic transformation now could bring 65 million jobs and save 700,000 from early death linked to … Continue reading “By 2030, We Will Pass The Point Where We Can Stop Runaway Climate Change”

West Libya factions raise doubts on Paris talks

September 5, 2018

…* Paris meeting gathers key actors from east, west Libya * Aims… Libya have cast doubt on talks in Paris on Tuesday that aim to pave… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

SA Mining Industry says: “Treasury must abandon carbon tax plan in light of IRP”

www.engineeringnews.co.za/article/treasury-must-abandon-carbon-tax-plan-to-save-ferrochrome-industry-2018-09-04 FONT SIZE: -+ JOHANNESBURG ( miningweekly.com) – National Treasury must abandon its plans to introduce carbon tax, which will result in the closure of smelters at a time of desperate need for job retention and export promotion. This is the consensus of opinion canvassed by *Mining Weekly Online* following … Continue reading “SA Mining Industry says: “Treasury must abandon carbon tax plan in light of IRP””

2018 New Climate Economy Report Launch

mail.google.com/mail/ca/u/0/#inbox/WhctKJTzvVntwzChjFjdllGWzxdKfcmBscssLzwhrCqjcRFpDXxbhlkXsCFFtrGDBGrXMFq We are delighted to announce the publication of the 2018 Report of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, Unlocking the Inclusive Growth Story of the 21st Century: Accelerating Climate Action in Urgent Times . *The Report’s major finding is that we are significantly underestimating the benefits of … Continue reading “2018 New Climate Economy Report Launch”

SA perspective in highly acclaimed World Nuclear Industry Status Report

. Prof. Emeritus Anton Eberhard from the University of Cape Town’s graduate school of business provides a view from a South Africa perspective in his foreword to Mycle Schneider Consulting’s highly acclaimed World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2018. The report provides a comprehensive overview of nuclear power plant data, including information … Continue reading “SA perspective in highly acclaimed World Nuclear Industry Status Report”

The way the carbon market is supposed to work

September 4, 2018

Credible Carbon provided this carbon off-set as a force for poverty alleviation and low carbon development…..just the way the carbon market was meant to work back in 2000! Anton Cartwright on Twitter: “Credible Carbon provided this carbon off-set as a force for poverty alleviation and low carbon development…..just the way … Continue reading “The way the carbon market is supposed to work”

Enel included in prestigious clean energy list again

For the third year out of four since the list was established, Enel has been included in Fortune’s prestigious “Change the World” list, a ranking of the top businesses in the world making a positive social impact through activities which are an integral part of their business strategy and operations. … Continue reading “Enel included in prestigious clean energy list again”

Best paper award at African power conference

Power management company Eaton South Africa won the Best Paper Award for its “Microgrids for Commercial and Industrial” paper at the Power-Gen and DistribuTech Africa Conference, held in Johannesburg recently. An example case study of a microgrid installed on Eaton’s premises in Wadeville, Germiston was presented by Bunty Kiremire, the senior … Continue reading “Best paper award at African power conference”

Growing staff numbers in a stagnant economy

Following an announcement by WearCheck that the company has hired additional personnel, Energize asked the company’s managing director, Neil Robinson, to expand upon the company’s obvious success. Neil Robinson As the South African economy struggles to grow, many local companies are tightening their belts, jobs are difficult to find and … Continue reading “Growing staff numbers in a stagnant economy”

Industry champs at climate change bit

While industry and environmental practitioners have welcomed the first draft of the Climate Change Bill, there is mounting impatience at the absence of the regulatory detail that organisations need to guide their preparations to comply. The bill has been presented over recent weeks by the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) … Continue reading “Industry champs at climate change bit”

Fuel price increase limited to salary adjustment

Jeff Radebe The minister of energy, Jeff Radebe, has announced that the fuel prices will remain unchanged for this month except the 4,9 c/l increase in the retail margin of petrol to cater for the annual salary increase for forecourt attendants, cashiers and other administration staff. South Africa has witnessed … Continue reading “Fuel price increase limited to salary adjustment”

What is the future for electricity utilities?

September 3, 2018

Power utilities all over the world are facing profound changes. These changes, Dr Andrew Eriksson, an energy consultant from Zurich, told an enthusiastic audience recently, will result in the utilities of the future taking on very different roles with new financial models in order to survive the sweeping changes which … Continue reading “What is the future for electricity utilities?”

Obituary: Prof. Philip Lloyd

Prof Philip Lloyd Prof. Philip Lloyd of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) has passed away in Cape Town at the age of 81. At the time of his death, Prof. Lloyd was a professor of energy at the university and a member of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel … Continue reading “Obituary: Prof. Philip Lloyd”

NGOs call for a tougher Climate Change Bill – The Green Times

September 2, 2018

thegreentimes.co.za/ngos-call-for-a-tougher-climate-change-bill/ NGOs call for a tougher Climate Change Bill August 24, 2018 Leave a Comment In its formal response to the Department of Environmental Affairs’ proposed Climate Change Bill , the Life After Coal Campaign has called for a far more robust and proactive Bill. Life After Coal is a … Continue reading “NGOs call for a tougher Climate Change Bill – The Green Times”

PV association welcomes draft IRP 2018

August 31, 2018

The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) welcomes the long-awaited draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) based on rational energy planning which provides a solid foundation to a sustainable future. The IRP was finally approved by parliament on 22 August 2018 and energy minister Jeff Radebe released the plan for public … Continue reading “PV association welcomes draft IRP 2018”

Local PV research and testing facility completed

August 30, 2018

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) Energy Centre has completed the first phase of the new solar energy research and testing facility. This facility will support the domestic solar photovoltaic (PV) industry with aspects of industrial development, research, quality assurance, knowledge generation and human capital. The PV testing … Continue reading “Local PV research and testing facility completed”

Microgrids for productive use of energy in Africa

The use of microgrids in rural electrification projects based on renewable energy sources are mostly associated with bringing basic services to communities. Microgrids are however also increasingly being used to power small businesses in rural areas. This article is a combined summary of several studies on rural microgrids and the productive use … Continue reading “Microgrids for productive use of energy in Africa”

Impacts of LED lighting on power quality

August 27, 2018

Lighting represents a significant portion of global energy use, in some cases approaching 10% of all electrical consumption. Thus, replacing incandescent bulbs with light-emitting diodes (LEDs), which use 75% less energy, offers a viable energy efficiency opportunity. However, because LEDs are non-linear loads they can have significant impacts on power … Continue reading “Impacts of LED lighting on power quality”

Draft IRP 2018 released for public comment

The minister of energy, Jeff Radebe, has published the long-awaited draft of the integrated resource plan (IRP) for electricity (2018) at a media briefing in Pretoria. The details are outlined in this article. Jeff Radebe, minister of energy The IRP follows a process which was initially promulgated in 2011. It … Continue reading “Draft IRP 2018 released for public comment”

Videoscopes for troubleshooting and quality testing

While videoscopes are commonly used in many applications, industrial inspections require powerful, high-resolution videoscopes that clearly display the condition of internal equipment components. High-resolution videoscopes allow industrial maintenance teams to identify equipment issues quickly and schedule preventive maintenance measures to avoid costly unplanned shut-downs. Comtest is now offering the new 800 … Continue reading “Videoscopes for troubleshooting and quality testing”

Digital technology to power mines of the future

Schneider Electric has been at the forefront in the deployment and adoption of digital technologies in mining, and has an entire organisation dedicated to this sector. The future of the industry can benefit from the application and adoption of relevant digital technology to address rising pressures mounting on business sustainability. By … Continue reading “Digital technology to power mines of the future”

World Bank raises $110m via its first blockchain bond | ESI-Africa.com World Bank raises $110m via its first blockchain bond | ESI-Africa.com

August 24, 2018

World Bank raises $110m via its first blockchain bond | ESI-Africa.com World Bank raises $110m via its first blockchain bond | ESI-Africa.com www.esi-africa.com/world-bank-raises-110m-via-its-first-blockchain-bond/?utm_source=Spintelligent+Publishing+mailer&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ESI+Daily+Enews+24+August+2018&utm_term=https%3A%2F… World Bank raises $110m via its first blockchain bond | ESI-Africa.com World Bank raises $110m via its first blockchain bond | ESI-Africa.com www.esi-africa.com/world-bank-raises-110m-via-its-first-blockchain-bond/?utm_source=Spintelligent+Publishing+mailer&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ESI+Daily+Enews+24+August+2018&utm_term=https%3A%2F…

“Atoms Empowering Africa”: Youth video competition deadline extended

Rosatom has officially extended the deadline for submission of the Youth Video Competition, devoted to the potential of nuclear power to help bolster Africa’s economic and social development, until 10 September 2018. Young people between the ages of 18 to 30, alone or in a group of up to three, are … Continue reading ““Atoms Empowering Africa”: Youth video competition deadline extended”

Software solution for electric car manufacturer

August 22, 2018

A start-up company which develops and manufactures electric cars, a minibus, and a kart, selected Siemens PLM Software solutions to optimise production in terms of time, cost and quality. These software solutions provide the company with consistent product information, leading to an increase in manufacturing quality and time efficiencies of … Continue reading “Software solution for electric car manufacturer”

Order for largest solar plant in Vietnam

The globally active solar mounting company Schletter Group will supply the mounting systems for the largest solar power plant in Vietnam. The plant in the south Vietnamese province of Ninh Tuan will generate over 200 MW of solar power, and is scheduled for completion by 2020. The solar power plant is to be … Continue reading “Order for largest solar plant in Vietnam”

Parking and charging management for electromobility

August 21, 2018

Sustainability implemented with consistency. This was the idea behind Germany’s largest electric filling station, which has been constructed at Bechtle’s headquarters in Neckarsulm. The challenge was to integrate 50 charging points into a parking garage with specific structural conditions and to supply it with power from the PV system on … Continue reading “Parking and charging management for electromobility”

A new era of solar power

The growth in demand for clean energy has reached unprecedented levels, and at a rate underestimated by many governments. Solar energy is the dynamic driver of this growth and decisions made now about how to tackle challenges and sustain innovation will shape the future success of the industry and the communities … Continue reading “A new era of solar power”

NEW REPORT OUT from Ecosystem Marketplace – Voluntary Carbon Market Insights: 2018 Outlook and First-Quarter Trends

August 20, 2018

New report and webinar on voluntary carbon markets Forest Trends’ Ecosystem Marketplace is excited to announce the release of its latest report, Voluntary Carbon Market Insights: 2018 Outlooks and First-Quarter Trends. The FULL report is accessible TODAY , along with the recording of our webinar held on July 31st. Please … Continue reading “NEW REPORT OUT from Ecosystem Marketplace – Voluntary Carbon Market Insights: 2018 Outlook and First-Quarter Trends”

The Race of Our Lives: A summary of Jeremy Grantham’s note to investors

August 19, 2018

An excellent White Paper on the problems we are facing in the 21st century. jeremyleggett.net/2018/08/13/the-race-of-our-lives-a-summary-of-jeremy-granthams-seminal-note-to-investors-in-pictures-and-charts-supplemented-with-content-from-future-today/ The Race of Our Lives: A summary of Jeremy Grantham’s note to investors, in pictures and charts – Jeremy Leggett The Race of Our Lives: A summary of Jeremy Grantham’s note to investors, in pictures … Continue reading “The Race of Our Lives: A summary of Jeremy Grantham’s note to investors”

Policies for Better Buildings – Rocky Mountain Institute

August 17, 2018

Policies for Better Buildings – Rocky Mountain Institute www.rmi.org/policies-for-better-buildings/ Policies for Better BuildingsCost-Effective Ways Cities Can Cut Carbon, Slash Costs, and Create Jobs August 16, 2018 | By – Matt Jungclaus – Amy Egerter Cities consume over two-thirds of the world’s energy and account for more than 70 percent of … Continue reading “Policies for Better Buildings – Rocky Mountain Institute”

South Africa’s Climate Change Bill and your business – peteratkins23@gmail.com – Gmail

mail.google.com/mail/ca/u/0/#inbox/WhctKJTrcShpnPBRmTQKfkhxTNLrgnWzkhgzNpCwlrWcZVvnRFmflJhvzBHLcdVMlCjtXTB South Africa’s Climate Change Bill and your business South Africa’s National Climate Change Bill The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) published the much anticipatedClimate Change Bill in June 2018 for public comment. The purpose of the Bill is to build an effective climate change response and ensure the long-term, … Continue reading “South Africa’s Climate Change Bill and your business – peteratkins23@gmail.com – Gmail”

NEW REPORT OUT from Ecosystem Marketplace – Voluntary Carbon Market Insights: 2018 Outlook and First-Quarter Trends – peteratkins23@gmail.com – Gmail

mail.google.com/mail/ca/u/0/#inbox/WhctKJTrcSqNslVqvQLmnZwdFtWnQqjsGwDvtqkVNDQfwFGBRJvNdjNzJZqBctCsLlFRvPq NEW REPORT OUT from Ecosystem Marketplace – Voluntary Carbon Market Insights: 2018 Outlook and First-Quarter Trends Forest Trends’ Ecosystem Marketplace is excited to announce the release of its latest report, Voluntary Carbon Market Insights: 2018 Outlooks and First-Quarter Trends. The FULL report is accessible TODAY , along with the … Continue reading “NEW REPORT OUT from Ecosystem Marketplace – Voluntary Carbon Market Insights: 2018 Outlook and First-Quarter Trends – peteratkins23@gmail.com – Gmail”

First releases of air pollution satellite data

Following months of tests and careful evaluation, the first data on air pollutants from the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite have been released. These first maps show a range of trace gases that affect air quality such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide and ozone. Launched in October 2017, Sentinel-5P is the first … Continue reading “First releases of air pollution satellite data”

Power system remains unstable as Eskom declares dispute with unions

August 16, 2018

Eskom has declared a dispute with trade unions National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), The National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (NUMSA) and Solidarity over the precondition that NUM and NUMSA introduced as part of the wage negotiations. Last week at a meeting convened through the auspices of the … Continue reading “Power system remains unstable as Eskom declares dispute with unions”

What is driving a rally in EU carbon permit prices?

August 15, 2018

…By Susanna Twidale LONDON (Reuters) – The Benchmark European carbon… plants and factories for every tonne of carbon dioxide (CO2) they emit… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

Plant life extension and refurbishment can add flexibility

The question of what to do with ageing coal-fired thermal power plants is a common one in the electricity industry. One cannot simply abandon the site or close down a facility which has much of its operational aspects intact. The solution often chosen is short-term life extension by refurbishment. This often provides … Continue reading “Plant life extension and refurbishment can add flexibility”

The evolution of the electricity sector and the role of innovation

August 14, 2018

The energy industry, particularly the electricity sector, has undergone exciting developments over the past two centuries. From fulfilling the basic functions of lighting and cooking at the turn of the 19th century, electricity is now the backbone of the world’s economy and a basic societal need. Thava Govender In his … Continue reading “The evolution of the electricity sector and the role of innovation”

Climate Change is Coming for Your Wine

August 10, 2018

Could climate change affect the taste of your champagne? French winemakers seem to think so…https://bloom.bg/2KHN1hW… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Oil Supply Fears Have Abated as Production Rises, IEA Says

”The more relaxed outlook comes despite an increase in the agency’s oil demand estimates. The Paris-based agency also said the calm might prove fleeting, echoing its warning from last month that… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Hottest Summer Bumps Up Climate Fight in Swedish Election Race

proposals ahead of the election on Sept. 9. On Monday, the Liberals called for a joint EU-wide tax on carbon emissions. Later the same day, Margot Wallstrom, the foreign minister and a Social Democrat,… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Make-or-Break Moment Arrives for Australia Energy Crisis Fix

— still thin on details — that promises cheaper and more reliable power while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.Turnbull’s Liberal-National government has to win over states run by the main opposition… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

Things to Know Before Global Climate Conference Season Starts

August 9, 2018

talks are poised to finalize rules for implementing the Paris Agreement, making them the most consequential climate conference since the Paris accord was struck in 2015. Bloomberg Environment’s Bobby… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Californians Have Reason to Believe in Global Warming

is happening, according to surveys by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and the George Mason Center for Climate Change Communication. The only states with a higher share of global-warming… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Make-or-Break Moment Arrives for Australia's Energy Crisis Fix

over states run by his main Labor opposition, which are seeking greater commitments to reduce carbon emissions. And even if he succeeds, passage of the legislation through parliament may still fail… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Stokes Backlash by Blaming Environmentalists for Fires

human-caused climate change.“Trump is trying to eliminate regulations designed to combat human-causedclimate change, and to scuttle international efforts to deal with climate change,” Mann said… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

California To Fire Back At Trump For Emission Restrictions

fire back at Trump after he proposed gutting the state’s unique ability to write carmaker greenhouse gas emission limits https://bloom.bg/2KzrVCj #tictocnews… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

Climate Change May Already Be Hitting the Housing Market

For the full experience visit: Climate Change May Already Be Hitting the Housing MarketClimate Change May Already Be Hitting the Housing Market… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

California Returns Fire at Trump's Call to Rescind Its Authority

Last week, President Trump proposed gutting California’s unique ability to write greenhouse gas emission limits for cars and trucks.Now California is firing its own heavy artillery. The state plans… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

Climate Change Is Messing With Your Dinner

For the full experience visit: Climate Change Is Messing With Your DinnerClimate Change Is Messing With Your Dinner… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Trump Isn't Wrecking Obama's Regulation Legacy

plants, Trump’s regulators are taking steps toward removing the most stringent controls on greenhouse gas emissions. They are also reducing regulation of coal companies in other areas. From one point… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

Trump Team Blames Wildfires on Environmentalists, Sparking a Backlash

human-caused climate change.“Trump is trying to eliminate regulations designed to combat human-causedclimate change, and to scuttle international efforts to deal with climate change,” Mann said… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Walmart's Zeal for Green Power Meets a Coal-Loving President

as planned.”“This work is embedded in our business and we think it’s important to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” spokesman Micah Ragland said.Walmart embarked on a green push under Chairman… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

Green Bonds Could Become a Key Part of Global Capital Markets

— a coalition of organizations that want to maintain the U.S.’s prior commitment to the Paris Agreement. Whether it is national carrots and sticks or local motivations, government-led green bond… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Environmentalists Sue to Block Heathrow Airport's Third Runway

runway plan, approved by parliament in June, violates the U.K.’s climate change policy and doesn’t take account of the Paris climate accord.Meanwhile lawyers for five local councils near the airport… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

The Hamburger of the Future Is Here, But Will You Eat It?

hockey puck veggie burgers in the back of your freezer, mind you—these are plant-based patties engineered to mimic the taste of real meat.But making vegetation seem like flesh has always been tough… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Sempra Has to Turn to Cow Dung to Make Up for California Gas Leak

August 8, 2018

Fallon/BloombergMethane emissions are the second-largest contributor to global warming after carbon dioxide, and gas distributors have been looking for ways to reduce them. RNG, which can be produced… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Energy Deals Decline in Canada as Oil Rally Heals Slump's Scars

return.”Tahmazian lays much of the blame for the decline on Canadian government policies, such as carbon taxes, that he says make the nation’s energy sector less competitive with rivals in other countries… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Your Chandelier May Be Trump's Next Regulatory Rollback Target

tenure are estimated to save consumers $550 billion in utility bills and keep 3 billion tons of carbon dioxide, equivalent to about 800 coal plants running for a year, out of the atmosphere, according… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Are microgrids the answer to power Africa?

Many people underestimate the size of Africa. Made up of 54 sovereign states, it’s the same size as China, India, Europe, and the US combined. But no single country is the same. It’s home to the longest river in the world (the Nile), the largest hot desert in the world … Continue reading “Are microgrids the answer to power Africa?”

Firefighters Battle Biggest Blaze in California History

August 7, 2018

been forced to flee. The blaze, dubbed the Mendocino Complex, was reported 20 percent contained. Its rapid growth to an area the size of Los Angeles at the same time firefighters were battling more… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

The Latest: No Containment of Southern California Wildfire

breaking a record set only months earlier. Experts say this may become the new normal as climate change coupled with the expansion of homes into undeveloped areas creates more intense and devastating… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Ten ways the planet could tip into ‘Hothouse Earth’ | Daily Maverick Ten ways the planet could tip into ‘Hothouse Earth’ | Daily Maverick

Ten ways the planet could tip into ‘Hothouse Earth’ | Daily Maverick Ten ways the planet could tip into ‘Hothouse Earth’ | Daily Maverick 16 Reactions Even if humanity slashes greenhouse gas emissions in line with Paris climate treaty goals, the planet could overwhelm such efforts and irretrievably tip into … Continue reading “Ten ways the planet could tip into ‘Hothouse Earth’ | Daily Maverick Ten ways the planet could tip into ‘Hothouse Earth’ | Daily Maverick”

Energize Inbox, August 2018

Our winning letter re: Gas insulated power transformers: a growing technology Dear Editor I really enjoyed reading Mike Rycroft’s article “Gas insulated power transformers: a growing technology” (Energize, June 2018), since I am a retired, ex-senior electro/mechanical designer of power transformers up to and including 700 MVA, 400 kV, most of which … Continue reading “Energize Inbox, August 2018”

Will you accept a massive increase in electricity tariffs?

Industrial action at four of Eskom’s power stations resulted in a shortage of electricity generation recently. Consequently, the power utility declared it would be resorting to load shedding. But where is the wind- and sunshine-generated electricity? What about the 4 GW of reserve margin? Why was the load shedding country-wide … Continue reading “Will you accept a massive increase in electricity tariffs?”

Perspectives on the grand energy transition

This is the ninth consecutive year of the World Energy Council’s (the council’s) annual survey of key challenges and opportunities faced by energy leaders in managing a robust energy transition. This year’s report provides nine global maps, six regional maps and 38 national maps illustrating issues impacting the energy landscape … Continue reading “Perspectives on the grand energy transition”

Teslas Turn the Heads of the Horsepower-Happy in Nascar Country

was,” says Charles.Ted recalls track technicians asking, as they do with every car, to see the engine. Ted, playing dumb, opened the hood to reveal the empty cavity, or “frunk” as Tesla Inc. calls… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

U.K. Sees Brexit Deal Deadline Slipping to End-November

end of November the EU will be so preoccupied with the prospect of Trump disrupting a Group of 20 summit that they will want to get the Brexit deal wrapped up, the person said.The calculation,… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

These Massive Renewable Energy Projects Are Powering Chilean Mines

and scattered wind turbines built into the desert landscape are striking, surely, but with climate change looming, they’re also an investment in the nation’s future.When it’s completed, EIG Global… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

The Latest: New Evacuations Ordered for California Wildfire

officials that California can expect a future of devastating fires, in part because of the changing climate. The largest blaze burned in the Redding area, in Shasta County north of Sacramento. Six… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Trump Said His Fuel Economy Re-Do Would Help Workers. Will It?

another $12.4 billion through 2020 — much of it to meet the environmental dictates. At least 1,200 U.S. factories and engineering facilities in 48 states — and 288,000 American workers – are building… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Ferrari Portofino Review: Blowing Up Expectations for $215,000

drove was trimmed in discrete red stitching and finished in black leather, with virtually no carbon fiber in sight. It was a welcome respite from what’s seemed lately like an arms race among sportscar… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Blade Runners: Prosthetics Startup Xiborg is Ready for Business

sports pros.Paralympic athlete Keita Sato.Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/BloombergXiborg’s J-shaped carbon-fiber blades are built to transfer as much energy to the ground as possible. Sato’s artificial… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Saudi Blowback Over Women's Rights Gives Trudeau a Boost

August 6, 2018

And Trudeau rankled China with a push to adopt provisions on trade like labor, gender and environmental guarantees.While these global clashes have at times eroded Trudeau’s popularity at home, the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Automakers Risk $16 Billion in Fines on EU Emission Breaches

EU policy, yet many are struggling to drive down average fleet emissions of climate-changing carbon dioxide. In 2017, CO2 fleet emissions rose for the first time in years after buyers deserted… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump’s SAFE Fuel Rule Proposal Is Anything But Safe

aren’t ideal policy, it has to be said. A more straightforward policy would be a meaningful tax on carbon, spurring the market to find solutions that balance consumers’ desires with society’s longer-term… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Nuclear Ghost Town Reveals Power Risk for Taiwan's Energy Shift

nuclear, which supplies 12 percent of the island’s electricity, while limiting an increase in carbon emissions. The island’s sprint reflects a drive across the region toward cleaner energy sources… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Reducing carbon footprint by 50% with solar energy solution

In early-2015, Jasco, a company that delivers end-to-end best-of-breed solutions across the entire ICT, Power, Enterprise and Security value chains, realised the opportunity to become a leader in the field of renewable energy, harnessing its expertise on a solar project at its own head office complex: Jasco Park. Located in … Continue reading “Reducing carbon footprint by 50% with solar energy solution”

Joint venture formed in EPC business

ABB’s current oil and gas engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) business will be transferred into a new joint-venture (JV) company which will have majority and controlling interest. The new JV company, Arkad-ABB, will provide the full range of integrated EPC services for oil and gas plants. It will build on more than … Continue reading “Joint venture formed in EPC business”

Investment fails to keep up with energy security and sustainability goals

The electricity sector attracted the largest share of energy investments in 2017, sustained by robust spending on grids, exceeding the oil and gas industry for the second year in row, as the energy sector moves toward greater electrification, according to the International Energy Agency’s(IEA’s) recent review of global energy spending. … Continue reading “Investment fails to keep up with energy security and sustainability goals”

Calls for standardised metric to assess energy sector employment

The global power sector is undergoing a complex structural transition away from a model of regulated, monopolistic, centralised and coal-based electricity supply.  To fully understand the impact and opportunities of this power sector transition for South Africa and what the employment implications of future scenarios could be, standardised employment metrics … Continue reading “Calls for standardised metric to assess energy sector employment”

Offshore wind market to exceed 60 GW by 2024

According to a new research report by the market research and strategy consulting firm, Global Market Insights, the offshore wind market will exceed 60 GW by 2024. Increasing measures to reduce the greenhouse gas emission along with growing electricity demand will significantly drive the global offshore wind market size. In … Continue reading “Offshore wind market to exceed 60 GW by 2024”

The Latest: EU: Wildfires Show Impact of Climate Change

highlighted once again the impact of climate change.” EU Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Christos Stylianides says, “we are facing a new reality” regarding climate change. He said the 28-member bloc must… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Energy storage: From materials to systems

In its pursuit for new materials for energy storage and conversion, the CSIR’s  manganese (Mn) based battery cathode materials research is vital. The conversion interest is through the platinum group metals (PGM) and platinum free fuel cell catalysis work, while experiments in hydrogen storage are being conducted in the metal … Continue reading “Energy storage: From materials to systems”

Power transformer testing with one-time connection

OMICRON’s TESTRANO 600 is the world’s first portable, three-phase test system, which supports all common electrical tests on power and distribution transformers. Weighing just 20 kg, it is ideal for routine and diagnostic testing on-site and during factory acceptance tests. In addition, its innovative design significantly reduces wiring efforts, cutting … Continue reading “Power transformer testing with one-time connection”

Companies derive benefit from a private microgrid

Large companies risk expensive loss of production when the municipal or utility power supply fails. Such failures become more frequent as infrastructure ages, but can also result from other factors such as cable theft, severe weather conditions, etc. Companies can protect themselves from such losses by installing a private microgrid … Continue reading “Companies derive benefit from a private microgrid”

Unauthorised use of patented technology alleged

SolarEdge Technologies recently announced that it has extended its lawsuit pending in the Mannheim District Court, Germany, against Huawei Technologies, a Chinese entity; Huawei Technologies Düsseldorf, a German entity; and Wattkraft Solar, a German distributor for Huawei, by asserting two additional patents related to its power optimiser technology. Also with … Continue reading “Unauthorised use of patented technology alleged”

Quick and easy detection of air leaks

The SKF TKSU 10 is an ultrasonic leak detector that helps users to quickly find leakages in compressed air or vacuum systems. The instrument is very simple to use and features adjustable sensitivity and intuitive guidance for superior leak detection results. Any compressed air system can experience leaks, which amplify the … Continue reading “Quick and easy detection of air leaks”

In conversation with Viv Cohen: Former SA representative to the IEC

Energize recently had the opportunity to chat to Vivian (Viv) Cohen about his passion for life, South Africa and electricity protection devices. For many years, Viv Cohen served as the South African representative to the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), working with other engineers in the design of safety standards for … Continue reading “In conversation with Viv Cohen: Former SA representative to the IEC”

Power developments in Africa, August 2018

Paving the way for more power generation The African Development Bank is providing almost US$65-million for the 670 km long high voltage transmission line linking four 220 kV substations in rural Tanzania. The project forms part of the development bank’s “Light up and power Africa” initiative. The new transmission lines … Continue reading “Power developments in Africa, August 2018”

Trump May Relax Auto Standards While Making Them Harder to Meet

compete around the world, we must continue to invest in both more efficient internal combustion engine technologies, electric-drive technologies and fuel cells,” the Alliance’s Mitch Bainwol and the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Daimler in Talks to Make Electric Smart Cars in China

this year, while the restrictions on passenger vehicles will end in 2022.In its fight to cap carbon emissions and improve urban air quality, China has emerged as the world’s No. 1 market for EVs… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Is Climate Change Coming for Your Champagne?

Drappier is one of a handful of wineries reviving these.What about carbon cutting?The CIVC first assessed the industry’s carbon footprint in 2002. Since then, the region’s growers have significantly… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Reports of Plastic’s Death Were Exaggerated, Amcor Bets

had mixed results, the industry mostly bears few of the costs of disposing of its waste, and carbon emissions from biodegradation are barely being talked about yet.A future in which the packaging… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

World View Wants to Send You to the Stratosphere in a Balloon

August 4, 2018

explore—and a new way to look at their home.Things really started to get interesting in the middle of the 20th century, as a series of adventurous, brilliant, foolish people decided to see exactly how high… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

California Surpasses Emissions Goals Years Ahead of Schedule

In 2006, California set itself an ambitious environmental goal: Reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. The Air Resources Board recently published its assessment of 2016 — and the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

Americans Think NASA Should Focus on Climate Change. Trump Doesn’t

CLARREO (Climate Absolute Radiance and Refractivity Observatory), a mission that uses a reflected solar spectrometer to make highly accurate climate predictions. DSCOVR (Deep Space Climate Observatory)… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

EU Calls Trade War Talks With Asia to Plot Response to Trump Tariffs

offensive.Fifty-one European and Asian countries will be represented at the meeting on trade and climate change on Oct. 18 and Oct. 19, the European Council said in a statement. The summit could serve… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

PG&E Slumps on Prospect of Wildfire-Induced Debt Restructuring

series of wildfires in Northern California last year. While the state is evaluating whether to change liability policies, a proposal from the governor wouldn’t address costs for the 2017 blazes. … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Koch Brothers Challenge Trump on Trade. That's Good.

political and policy networks were enthusiastic funders of Tea Party candidates. They back climate–change deniers. They oppose government aid across the board — even when that aid might create jobs… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

The Ugly Side of Poland’s Booming Economy

Curators at the Museum of the History of Polish Jews noticed a change among their visitors earlier this year: More people were pushing back against its version of history. Some asked why there… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

The Decline and Fall of the American Empire

problems.In recent years, the underlying rate of productivity growth often has been about 1 percent, and rates of economic growth are not even half of what they used to be. Meanwhile, America will have… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

What to Watch in Commodities: Oil, El Nino, Arcelor, Trade, ADM

might, will release second quarter earnings, but escalating trade war is clouding the global growth outlook, hurting the prospects for the maker of bulldozers and other construction and mining equipment… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

All the Things Satellites Can Now See From Space

IndiaCarbon dioxide gets all the attention these days—not only because it’s the main driver of climate change but also because its effects are global and long-lasting. Old-fashioned air pollution is… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

EPA Forces Recall of Half-Million Trucks for Pollution

August 3, 2018

Indiana-based engine-maker is recalling a half-million trucks with faulty pollution controls, the Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday. A defective part means pollution controls on the engines wear… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Trump Moves to Ease Obama Auto-Mileage Rules, California's Clout

The Trump administration, taking aim at one of former President Barack Obama’s signature environmental achievements, is proposing to suspend required increases in vehicle fuel economy after 2020… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Basra, Iraq Is in the Midst of a Water Crisis

acceptable level of 2,400 to 2,600, according to Alaa al-Badran, the head of the Agricultural Engineers Syndicate. The unprecedented salinity, along with the lack of water and nearby oil operations… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Oil Tanker Owners Are Scrapping the Most Ships in Decades

Oil tanker owners are giving up.A 19-month curtailment of OPEC cargoes, and environmental regulations that are proving uneconomical to comply with, have got owners purging the supertanker fleet… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Harassing the Tech Industry Could Backfire on San Francisco

themselves. Engineers want to live in a place where they can maximize their chances of finding good jobs, and companies both big and small want to be near to a big pool of engineers.This is why… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Post-Pruitt Pragmatism on Display as New EPA Chief Alters Course

predecessor Scott Pruitt’s agenda — but not his style.During just three weeks leading the Environmental Protection Agency, Wheeler rescinded a Pruitt promise to back off enforcing limits on highly… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

U.S. Says Driving Would Be Riskier If Fuel Standards Tougher

professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Michigan, said he would choose a 2017 Malibu over a heavier one from 20 years earlier. It’s engineered better, has more features to… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Newest Push to Ease Permian Bottlenecks: Use Gas to Power Drills

them burn it off into the air.“A lot of creative work is going on to lower the wastage and environmental footprint that natural gas has in the absence of pipeline delivery,” said Ramanan Krishnamoorti… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Smog and States' Rights Made California an Environmental Leader

now there’s clean tech. That business backing of environmental protection has been very important in explaining California’s unique environmental trajectory.JF: How would you rate the state’s overall… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

How a Frenzied Race to Harness the Mekong Turned Deadly

Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, said by email.Environmental groups also worry about whether project engineers and construction companies have adequately prepared for climate change… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

New York Yanks Air Permit on New 680-Megawatt Gas-Fired Plant

Environmental groups opposed the plant because it uses gas produced by fracking, and would emit carbon dioxide and other pollutants.“I applaud Governor Cuomo and the DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Disrupting the Auto Industry Almost Always a Losing Bet

well.Imagine the efficiency improvements if vehicle weight had followed the same trend line as carbon dioxide emissions … if only consumers wanted lighter vehicles. Disrupting auto manufacturing… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

BRICS Want World to Play by WTO Rules as Trump Seeks More Duties

agreed to strengthen their cooperation in energy, and want nations to fully implement the Paris Agreement on climate change.The countries also reaffirmed a need for “comprehensive reform” of the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Trump’s EU Jab May Hit Home as Juncker Goes to Washington

Russia-to-Germany Nord Stream 2 natural-gas pipeline; and his decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate change accords and the Iran nuclear deal, both of which the EU is trying to save.Last… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Bill Koch Ordered to Sell Oxbow Carbon in Investor Dispute

Billionaire William Koch was ordered to sell his Oxbow Carbon LLC so two private equity firms can recoup more than $150 million invested in the energy company and get damages for Koch’s unwillingness… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Canada Loosens Carbon Limit for Big Emitters Facing Competition

Canada will face an easier carbon limit when Justin Trudeau’s government starts putting a price on emissions next year.Most firms that produce 50 megatons of carbon dioxide or similar levels of… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

India’s Bank Crisis Is Really a Power Crisis

euros of exposure to fossil-fuel companies and projects, and even a smooth transition to a low-carbon economy might involve losses of 400 billion euros. Worse, it isn’t always certain who’s exposed… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

From Natural Gas to Chicken Breasts — China Commodity Tariffs

concentrateOther precious metal ores and concentrateNickel and zinc ore and concentrateLithium carbonateAgricultureMost major U.S. crops were already hit by previously announced Chinese duties, so… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Nordea Is Shorting Turkey About to ‘Spiral Out of Control’

“Stars” strategy for the emerging market debt portfolio.“Emerging market debt is a relatively carbon intensive asset class,” Ruest said. “A lot of mining, extraction, oil, energy is happening in… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Britain’s Energy Bills Are Actually Falling

the ECIU for the report.“Measures to cut energy waste work — reducing energy demand, cutting carbon emissions and driving energy bills downwards,” said Richard Black, director of the ECIU.Energy… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

First Big U.S. Offshore Wind Farm Offers $1.4 Billion to Customers

with the project in operation by 2021, the developers said in May. It will reduce the state’s carbon emissions by more than 1.6 million tons per year, the equivalent of removing 325,000 cars from… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Corporate Average Fuel Economy Policy Rolls Back Obama Push

were adopted jointly by Washington and California requiring the auto industry to cut allowable carbon dioxide emissions by 2025 to a level similar to targets the European Union, Japan and China have… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

EPA Chief Says He Wants Compromise With California on Car Rules

Bloomberg reported on July 23, the plan will also propose revoking California’s authority to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from cars and light trucks and its mandate for electric vehicle sales in the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Indonesia to Expand Biofuel Mandate to Railways, Power Plants

to fuel retailers, he said.Soaring InventoriesIndonesia has been promoting biodiesel to reduce carbon emissions and absorb excess supply and subsidizes the program through export levies on palm oil… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Effects of MV and HV cable capacitance on operational limits

The question of why all electric transmission and distribution circuits cannot be run underground to avoid the visual and other effects is often posed. The main argument against constructing underground systems is usually financial. But costs are not the only limitation. The basic laws of electricity limit how physically long … Continue reading “Effects of MV and HV cable capacitance on operational limits”

Medium voltage industrial variable speed drives

This article considers the technologies and topologies of MV drives, their advantages disadvantages, and their impact on the quality of energy on the mains and motor sides. Advancements in semiconductor devices such as insulated gate bipolar transistors (IGBTs) allow medium voltage (MV) drives to be used increasingly to conserve energy, … Continue reading “Medium voltage industrial variable speed drives”

BRIEF-Novartis Announces U.S. Renewables Agreement To Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

August 2, 2018

… AGREEMENT TO REDUCE GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS * NOVARTIS – UNDER AGREEMENT… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Green house gas

U.S. utilities balk at expanded carbon-capture subsidy

… carbon dioxide emissions have appeased all these camps, and Congress… showed eight have no plans to purchase and install carbon capture… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

Life extension to nuclear power plant

Kozloduy NPP and Consortium Rusatom Service signed an agreement for a feasibility study for the possible life extension, to 60 years, of the Bulgarian nuclear power station’s power unit No. 6  recently. The event was attended by the Bulgarian energy minister, Temenuzhka Petkova, as well as senior representatives from Rosatom and Kozloduy … Continue reading “Life extension to nuclear power plant”

Massive co-gen engine installed

Estia, a subsidiary of Dalkia, a company which develops, builds and manages innovative, green, cost-effective energy solutions, has installed a Jenbacher cogeneration engine supplied by Clarke Energy into the underground boiler room of the Grand Nancy district heating network in the Haye Plateau, France. The installation required the use of … Continue reading “Massive co-gen engine installed”

Success in patent infringement action

Cummins says it has reached a settlement agreement with JM Turbo Technology precluding the manufacture or sale of products that infringe the company’s registered patents. JM Turbo, which acknowledges that it illegally marketed and sold turbochargers protected by Cummins’ patents and other intellectual property rights registered in multiple countries, has agreed … Continue reading “Success in patent infringement action”

Second gas-fired power plant completed

A consortium comprising GE Power, National Power Parks and Harbin Electric International, recently announced the completion of the Baloki regasified liquefied natural gas power plant, following the successful conclusion of all commissioning works and performance-related tests. The plant, which is based in Pakistan, has a nameplate generating capacity of 1223 … Continue reading “Second gas-fired power plant completed”

Madela Day at Footprints PLAY

On Mandela Day 2018, EE Publishers donated food and clothes to Footprints PLAY at Lammermoor, near Lanseria International Airport, Gauteng, and discovered a home where children of all ages grow up together in the “rainbow family” provided for them by Dr. Yolandi Zafi and her team of volunteers. Just over … Continue reading “Madela Day at Footprints PLAY”

Energy storage system with a difference

A report by independent analysts at Imperial College London predicts that Gravitricity’s gravity-fed energy storage system may offer a better long-term cost of energy storage than batteries or other alternatives – particularly in grid balancing and rapid frequency response services. Gravitricity uses a heavy weight – up to 2 kt – … Continue reading “Energy storage system with a difference”

Debating the electricity generation technologies of the future

Cigre and the SAIEE presented a joint panel discussion recently, which discussed the role of renewable energy technologies in South Africa’s electricity generating future. The panel discussion, chaired by Malusi Maphosa, the director for utilities at Accenture, was held at the University of the Witwatersrand. In his opening address, Prince … Continue reading “Debating the electricity generation technologies of the future”

Cable connectors and clamps for hygienic and wet areas

A special challenge is the reliable and permanent sealing of the cable. With this innovative and patented technology, strain relief and cable seal are strictly separated from each other, the strain relief being guaranteed by means of an extremely strong three-way ball clamp that reliably clamps the cable even in … Continue reading “Cable connectors and clamps for hygienic and wet areas”

Annual power conference and exhibition changes hands

The PowerGen Africa and Distributech Africa 2018 conference and exhibition, which took place at the Sandton Convention Centre recently, was the final one with Pennwell as the event organiser. Next year’s event is scheduled to take place on 14 – 16 May at the Cape Town International Convention Centre and … Continue reading “Annual power conference and exhibition changes hands”

Everyday plastics emit greenhouse gases, scientists say

August 1, 2018

… that commonly used plastics also generate the potent greenhouse gas methane…”. “You can’t solve the greenhouse gas problem until you’ve defined… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Green house gas

Reliable power supply for AC loads

Supply AC loads reliably with the new uninterruptible power supply from the QUINT product range for DIN rails. The device ensures seamless transfer and returns a pure sine curve in mains and battery operation. Combine the uninterruptible power supply with 1 kVA of apparent power with various UPS-BAT energy storage options. … Continue reading “Reliable power supply for AC loads”

Mobile lidar system to monitor air quality

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has designed and constructed a mobile light detection and ranging (lidar) lab that will be operating at the University of Zululand, the second university to have and operate a lidar system on its premises in South Africa. This atmospheric laser radar instrument … Continue reading “Mobile lidar system to monitor air quality”

Transformer company sold to B-BBEE consortium

JSE-listed Allied Electronics Corporation (Altron) has finalised the disposal of its 80% interest in Powertech Transformers to a B-BBEE consortium comprising of Europe’s number one medium-sized manufacturer of transformers, SGB-SMIT, and local black-owned Power Matla Group. The company’s CEO,  Mteto Nyati, says that the company has ensured that the customers of … Continue reading “Transformer company sold to B-BBEE consortium”

Historic HVDC link to be upgraded

ABB has received an order from Transpower New Zealand to upgrade its high-voltage direct current (HVDC) link which interconnects the transmission grids of the country’s North and South islands. The link is a vital element of the country’s transmission system and is used as an energy-balancing system, between the two … Continue reading “Historic HVDC link to be upgraded”

Second wind power project in Kenya begins

WorleyParsons recently signed a 22-month owner’s engineer contract for the Kipeto Wind Power Project in Kenya, the second largest in the country after the Lake Turkana Wind Power Project. The Kipeto Wind Power Project will comprise 60 wind turbines generating a combined capacity of 100 MW of clean, renewable electrical … Continue reading “Second wind power project in Kenya begins”

Groundbreaking for Namibian solar plant

Cronimet Mining Power Solutions Namibia has broken ground on a 150 kWp PV plant in Chobe, Namibia. When completed, the plant will, in combination with an efficient energy storage system, supply Chobe Water Villas with clean energy at a competitive price. The property, which is owned and operated by O&L Leisure is currently … Continue reading “Groundbreaking for Namibian solar plant”

Rooftop solar PV reference station

Sinetech has installed a custom comparison test system for solar PV installers, using three different PV module technologies, at the company’s headquarters in Randburg, Gauteng. The three systems are linked to a high-tech weather reference station capturing a wealth of climatic data of the exact location. These three independent solar systems – … Continue reading “Rooftop solar PV reference station”

Partnership maximises second-life EV batteries

Wärtsilä and Hyundai Motor Group have signed a technology and commercial partnership designed to promote the use of second-life electric vehicle (EV) batteries in the growing energy storage market. The global partnership will combine Hyundai’s expansion in electric vehicles, with Wärtsilä’s energy business, which includes 67 GW of installed power … Continue reading “Partnership maximises second-life EV batteries”

Bridging between traditional and new energy

The global transition to fully realising the potential of renewable energy is a complex and multi-faceted process relying heavily on variable factors such as natural and financial resources that differ from country to country. Bridging between power generation from traditional fossil fuels to renewables requires in-depth prior planning and the … Continue reading “Bridging between traditional and new energy”

Optimising development and simulation

Dongfeng Motor Corporation, a Chinese automaker, uses LMS Amesim from Siemens PLM Software to allow physical tests and simulations to be combined, resulting in the shortening of product development cycles.  Dongfeng is regarded as being among the automotive industry’s leading developers of electric power steering (EPS) systems. EPS is instrumental … Continue reading “Optimising development and simulation”

PSA interested in Paris car-sharing scheme – paper

July 31, 2018

…PARIS, June 9 (Reuters) – PSA is interested in offering a “free… floating” car-sharing scheme in Paris, where drivers could pick up… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

Directional earth fault protection

While directional earth fault also uses the concept of a relay characteristic angle to determine direction, it looks at a different vector value to conventional overcurrent: the zero sequence component. In this article, we explain some of the concepts behind directional earth fault, sharing our experience to support field deployment … Continue reading “Directional earth fault protection”

Taking the load off electricity-supply constraints

Mines, factories, small businesses and even the residential sector need backup power. Cummins has a full range of alternative power solutions on offer. This is particularly relevant as SA’s electricity utility Eskom has reinstituted load-shedding due to a constrained power supply. The company can supply a small (17 kVA) genset for … Continue reading “Taking the load off electricity-supply constraints”

Prepayment meter manufacturing plant set up

Actom Protection and Control has set up a prepayment meter factory at its Knights, Germiston, premises in line with the latest national regulations governing local content requirements for key industrial products. Residential prepayment meters and smart meters are included among many categories of equipment recently designated by the Department of Trade … Continue reading “Prepayment meter manufacturing plant set up”

Financial close on local renewable energy projects

African renewable energy development platform and power producer, BioTherm Energy has reached financial close on a 284 MW portfolio of wind and solar projects in South Africa, as part of the Fourth Round of the South African Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). The four projects, which will … Continue reading “Financial close on local renewable energy projects”

Selected for new energy storage project

esVolta, a developer and owner of utility-scale energy storage projects across North America, has been selected by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) to build an energy storage system in Santa Clara County, California. Under the proposal, which is pending approval by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), esVolta will … Continue reading “Selected for new energy storage project”

High voltage DC contactors

Gigavac’s HX Series of extended performance impervious ceramic (Epic) hermetically sealed high voltage DC contactors are the smallest UL508 approved contactors for 1000 V hot switching. Since first introducing the Epic seal in 2006, Gigavac sealed contactors have become the preferred choice for any application requiring sealed switching. Utilising this … Continue reading “High voltage DC contactors”

Perform thermal imaging inspections more quickly

The Fluke 640 x 480 thermal imaging cameras – the TiX580 and Ti480 – deliver four times the resolution power of previous cameras in these categories. Users can now perform thermal imaging inspections with more confidence and faster results – all with ruggedness and ease-of-use. The TiX580 features a 14,5 … Continue reading “Perform thermal imaging inspections more quickly”

Installation upgrades Limpopo substation

Schneider Electric has installed the company’s first new-generation Premset SSIS (shielded, solid insulation system) modular switchgear at the Stubb Street Substation in Makhado (Louis Trichardt), Limpopo. It is the first of five substations to be renovated to maintain a stable electricity supply, as the town continues to develop. The installation resulted in … Continue reading “Installation upgrades Limpopo substation”

PSA interested in Paris car-sharing scheme: paper

July 30, 2018

…PARIS (Reuters) – PSA <PEUP.PA> is interested in offering… a “free floating” car-sharing scheme in Paris, where drivers could pick up… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

Mangroves and mapping help Mozambique tackle climate change

July 27, 2018

… of managing climate change, he said in Bonn on Friday at an international… to climate change, he said. Given the country’s growing population… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

Addressing SA’s electrical supply challenges

July 26, 2018

The Fossil Fuel Foundation (FFF) conducted a two-day seminar recently on the problems confronting the electrical supply industry in South Africa as a whole and Eskom’s coal‐fired power stations in particular. I came away with the impression that the problem is indeed very serious with many commentators warning that the … Continue reading “Addressing SA’s electrical supply challenges”

Five-nation event focuses on energy for the future

At a time when the international energy sector is discussing new low-cost, generation technologies based on clean, sustainable sources of primary energy, some BRICS member countries are negotiating loans to build old-fashioned, dirty, coal-fired power stations. Using the theme “Energy Transition 4.0”, the 2018 BRICS Business Council’s Energy Event 2018, … Continue reading “Five-nation event focuses on energy for the future”

UPDATE 1-Britain's greenhouse gas emissions fall again as coal use plummets

July 24, 2018

… emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), the main greenhouse gas blamed…) By Susanna Twidale LONDON, March 29 (Reuters) – Britain’s greenhouse… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Green house gas

U.S. Republican unveils bill calling for carbon tax

July 23, 2018

… in the U.S. House of Representatives unveiled a bill calling for a carbon tax… rejection of carbon tax proposals. The measure is sure to fail. But Curbelo… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

Eskom’s results: Revenue flat, costs up, massive loss – how will the lights stay on?

Eskom’s recently released annual financial results reveal that this state-owned power utility is losing money hand-over-fist and is trying to get the public to finance it. Its published income statement document reports that in the year ended 31 March 2018 Eskom’s operating company (i.e. the company which generates and sells … Continue reading “Eskom’s results: Revenue flat, costs up, massive loss – how will the lights stay on?”

Impacts of coal-fired power grossly underestimated in electricity planning

Mining coal and burning it in power stations uses large amounts of water, and pollutes even more water. It imposes massive but uncounted costs on society and particularly on poor people who live in the coal regions. A new report from the Life After Coal campaign calls for these costs to our … Continue reading “Impacts of coal-fired power grossly underestimated in electricity planning”

Republicans Move to Kill Carbon Tax Before It Gains Any Momentum

July 20, 2018

as Monday that would impose a carbon tax on oil refiners, gas processors and coal miners.Read More: Exelon, First Solar Bankroll Campaign to Push a Carbon TaxCarbon tax proposals have never made… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trudeau’s Tough Climate Polices Face a Mounting Backlash

minister is eliminate the carbon tax.Stephen Harper, the Conservative who governed Canada from 2006 to 2015, also sees a political opening. “Let the other guys do a carbon tax because we can all win… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Climate Change Is Disrupting the Planet’s Seasons

politics, as several Republicans back a resolution opposing carbon taxes, another Republican congressman preps a long-shot carbon-tax bill, and several research groups led by Columbia University’s… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

New York's Global Warming Suit Against Oil Companies Tossed

Plc, Royal Dutch Shell Plc and ConocoPhillips, ruling that the federal Clean Air Act controls carbon dioxide emissions and blocks suits such as New York’s. The problem of climate change is for Congress… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Burning Brimstone Promises Fresh Hell for Coal

coal plants is that higher-energy Australian, South African and Colombian coals produce less carbon dioxide than local product. In theory, that would give seaborne soot a fresh market as lower-quality… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Integrated Resource Plan vital for clarity in the energy sector

July 19, 2018

The Department of Energy’s long-awaited Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), which is due for release soon, will help Eskom and other stakeholders in the power industry clarity and direction. Jabu Mabuza Opening this year’s Power-Gen & DistribuTech Africa 2018 power sector event at the Sandton Convention Centre, Eskom’s chairman, Jabu Mabuza, … Continue reading “Integrated Resource Plan vital for clarity in the energy sector”

BRIEF-SGOCO Entered Share Exchange Agreement For Entire Of Paris Sky Ltd

July 18, 2018

… ENTERED INTO A SHARE EXCHANGE AGREEMENT FOR THE ENTIRE ISSUED SHARE… CAPITAL OF PARIS SKY LIMITED – SEC FILING * SGOCO GROUP – ACQUISITION SHALL… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

BRIEF-Immobiliere Dassault signs agreement to acquire building in Paris

… LOCATED AT 16 RUE DE LA PAIX‍​ IN PARIS * SIGNATURE OF PROMISE TO SELL… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

Brexit 'will not change' UK's climate ambition – government official

… to curb carbon emissions and combat climate change, a senior British…, special representative for climate change at Britain’s foreign office… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

Helping a utility optimise efficiency

Schneider Electric South Africa, the global specialists in energy management and automation, recently hosted a technology day in partnership with Eskom to showcase their newest technology, and highlight various solutions to help the utility optimise efficiency in their plants in the future. Key to the success of the day was understanding … Continue reading “Helping a utility optimise efficiency”

Trump Golf Course in Scotland Has Made Him Some Enemies

July 17, 2018

grandiose economic-development and job-creation promises he made when he convinced locals to bend environmental rules so he could build a pair of major golf courses in Aberdeenshire.Trump purchased 1,800… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

An Onslaught of Tourists Is Stressing Out Thailand

instant-noodle packet recovered from the stomach of the whale. For him, it’s emblematic of the environmental and other stresses of a record tourism boom that could see 40 million foreign arrivals –… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Oil and Gas Giants Have the Tools to Lead the Energy Revolution

economically viable, but they need refinement, rather than reinvention. There is a law of engineering stating that as a new technology is adopted and deployed, its price falls, predictably, and… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Race Is On for Greener Straws as Starbucks, MGM Spurn Plastic

big fast-food companies.Smart PlasticTolliver started talking with McDonald’s about more environmentally friendly options a few years ago as concerns about plastic trash gained traction. That sent… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Utility Companies Face Change, Competition

the industry average. Taking it further, though, was something quite different. So efficiency engineer Jim Gao wrote a software model that first recommended maximizing data center efficiency by shutting… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Debating Recycling: Where Should We Put All This Stuff?

have any sense of what kind of environmental impact those chemical processes would have? One problem regulators are facing is that some recycling is more environmentally harmful than the process of… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Temporary EPA Chief Could Keep Gig for Years Without Senate Vote

former energy industry lobbyist may be able to remain in charge of rolling back regulations on climate change and auto emissions for the rest of Trump’s four-year term without Senate confirmation, thanks… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Elon Musk Interview on Tesla, Twitter, Model 3 Factory

openings all of the automakers left Tesla was neglecting the pledge to society in the age of climate change. Tesla has filled that gap, gaining you some serious loyalists. Yeah.But, rightly or wrongly… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Carbon Traders Brace for U.K.'s Possible Exit From EU Market

remain part of the carbon market after Brexit.“There’s a good chance the U.K. leaves the European carbon market,” said Trevor Sikorski, head of natural gas, coal and carbon at Energy Aspects Ltd… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Middle East’s Biggest Petrochemical Plant Moves a Step Closer to Financing

Carbon Holdings hopes to finalize financing for its $10.9 billion petrochemical plant by the end of the year, and expects to begin construction of what would be the Middle East’s largest such facility… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Duke Energy Is Betting on Pig Power to Curb Fossil Fuels

fermentation in rice fields. It’s been identified by the United Nations as a major contributor to climate change. The oil and gas industry, also a major emitter of the greenhouse gas, has come under fire… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Business Case For Environmental Sustainability Very Stong

improving environmental sustainability. He explains the moves they have made to reduce their carbon footprint, prompted initially by customers, then spurred on by the many benefits they discovered… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Oil Trader Vitol Embraces Clean Energy With New Wind Power Fund

and onshore wind farms through its VLC Renewables arm, run by a joint venture together with Low Carbon Ltd. The company is planning to buy minority stakes in projects, working with developers and… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Ritholtz's Reads: Russian Spies, Secrets and Everyday Heroes

billion internet users are not on Facebook (On an Overgrown Path) How Laundry Is Reducing America’s Carbon Footprint (Daily Beast) Republicans Call Trump Summit Remarks “Shameful” and “Bizarre” (Bloomberg);… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Brexit Bulletin: A Narrow Escape

open,” said Hubertus Vaeth, managing director of Frankfurt Main Finance. Brexit and the Carbon Trade | Carbon traders are again preparing for the worst after the U.K. government suggested that it… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Drillers Burned Off Less Natural Gas in 2017, Reversing a Trend

Bank and environmental groups call on oil and gas producers to rein in flaring, which boosts the carbon dioxide emissions that contribute to climate change. The U.S., Russia and Mexico are among the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

EU Electric-Car Sale Growth Sputters on Battery, Charging Limits

enough range.”Carmakers in Europe are under pressure to meet tough new EU rules on lowering fleet carbon dioxide emissions that will be phased in during 2020. Consumers staying on the fence on electric… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Global Economy's Future Is Electric, But Still Dirty, IEA Says

emissions from vehicles, but the issue will not ultimately be solved if they are simply replaced by carbon dioxide and other pollution from fossil-fuel power plants.“Global investment in renewables and… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Longshot Oil Riches Draw Wildcatters to the Utah Desert

requiring more than one ton of sand to produce a single barrel of oil. Heavy crude also contains more carbon than lighter grades.Petroteq is the brainchild of longtime friends from Ukraine, Aleksandr Blyumkin… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Fuel company and bank strengthen ties

July 16, 2018

Engen has confirmed exclusivity as the FNB’s eBucks programme’s fuel partner of choice when earning and redeeming rewards. Clients can also look forward to earning up to R4,00 back in eBucks on every litre of fuel purchased. The new rewards programme also allows members to move up the reward levels faster … Continue reading “Fuel company and bank strengthen ties”

Performance monitoring at Electra Mining 2018

Zest WEG Group’s large outdoor stand at Electra Mining Africa 2018 will display its growing range of products and its integrated approach offering customers added value in the execution of large projects. One of the new products being launched at the event is the WEG motor scan solution. This innovative device … Continue reading “Performance monitoring at Electra Mining 2018”

Accelerometers for vibration monitoring

Local Monitran representative Instrotech is promoting its general-purpose monitoring sensors for use with PLCs and other industrial controllers. They provide users with continuous vibration, output, usually as a 4 – 20 mA signal. Changes in the monitor signal will allow the user to detect vibration changes in the part of … Continue reading “Accelerometers for vibration monitoring”

Leak detection based on thermal imaging

Video analytics company IntelliView has developed a smart camera solution to remove labour-intensive monitoring of pipeline network integrity. At the heart of this is FLIR thermal imaging technology. As a result, oil and gas operators typically apply a multi-layered, multi-technology approach to early leak detection, and this method is proving particularly … Continue reading “Leak detection based on thermal imaging”

Addressing practical skills training in industry

Global energy management and automation company Schneider Electric South Africa has signed a statement of intent with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) to expand the company’s Access to Education training collaboration. Schneider Electric South Africa’s Access to Education speaks to the need for practical skills development within the … Continue reading “Addressing practical skills training in industry”

Low-carbon economy scenarios project under way

July 14, 2018

Low-carbon economy scenarios project under way Amid growing calls for South Africa’s transition to a low-carbon economy to be a just one, a project has been launched to map the possible socioeconomic and environmental scenarios for the transition. The initiative is being undertaken by the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection … Continue reading “Low-carbon economy scenarios project under way”

If We Cherry-Pick Data, Rely on Discredited Projections, and Ignore CO2… EVs Are Bad! – Rocky Mountain Institute

July 13, 2018

If We Cherry-Pick Data, Rely on Discredited Projections, and Ignore CO2… EVs Are Bad! July 10, 2018 | By – Lynn Daniels – Edward J. Klock-McCook www.rmi.org/if-we-cherry-pick-data-rely-on-discredited-projections-and-ignore-co2-evs-are-bad/

Engineers@Leisure: The limitless joys of stargazing

My interest in astronomy started in childhood when my dad bought me a small Tasco refractor telescope at the age of twelve. I was fascinated with what was out there to see. I later became interested in astrophotography, and since I also enjoy taking photographs, purchased a DSLR camera. Three … Continue reading “Engineers@Leisure: The limitless joys of stargazing”

Reactive Power: The compensation specialists

Reactive Power has become a leading MV power factor correction and harmonic filtering supplier. It is based in Johannesburg and operates throughout the Southern African region. The company has served the electrical industry since the late 1980s and in recent years has supplied over 200 harmonic filter banks and shunt … Continue reading “Reactive Power: The compensation specialists”

Five-nation energy event launched

July 11, 2018

The BRICS Energy and Green Economy Working Group, together with the South African National Energy Association (SANEA), will host an Energy Event at the offices of the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), 19 Fredman Drive, Sandton, Johannesburg on 24 July 2018. The event is aimed at bringing together energy experts, energy … Continue reading “Five-nation energy event launched”

Power outages and misinformation

Residents of many of Johannesburg’s suburbs have recently experienced lengthy interruptions in their electricity supply. City Power, Johannesburg’s electricity utility, has offered various reasons for the outages, from cable theft to equipment failure. The question, however, is when will the city’s residents be able to depend on a reliable supply … Continue reading “Power outages and misinformation”

Power developments in Africa, July 2018

Power project nears completion, financial close Ncondezi Energy’s integrated 300 MW power and coal mine project in Tete, Mozambique, is nearing completion. The company says its integrated financial model (FM) is ready for submission to Mozambique’s energy company and the mineral resources and energy ministry. The FM indicates that project … Continue reading “Power developments in Africa, July 2018”

Surge protection for Africa’s data centres

DEHN Africa’s expertise provides surge protection for data centres across the continent. Julienne Puttkammer, member of the company’s technical team, identifies two main types of risk in terms of data centres and electrical power surges: direct and indirect lightning strikes, and switching surges, which can be internal and are caused … Continue reading “Surge protection for Africa’s data centres”

Ambassador celebrates company’s four decades in South Africa

July 10, 2018

EDF, a global low-carbon energy supplier, celebrated it 40th anniversary of operations in South Africa recently. Christophe Farnaud, French Ambassador to South Africa The French ambassador to South Africa, Christophe Farnaud, said in his opening address that the economy must grow to provide much needed jobs, but not at the … Continue reading “Ambassador celebrates company’s four decades in South Africa”

Fixed-mount IR cameras for research analysis

July 6, 2018

For precise research, science, and engineering applications, just seeing heat is not enough, it needs to be measured and analysed as well. The Fluke RSE300 and RSE600 infrared cameras are the first fully-radiometric, fixed-mount cameras with advanced features including software plug-ins to easily analyse thermal data. These cameras continuously stream up … Continue reading “Fixed-mount IR cameras for research analysis”

New technical models set to reduce costs of power generation, distribution for Africa

Innovative new technologies and architectures set to reduce the costs of power generation and distribution will be presented at the Power-Gen & DistribuTech Africa conference and expo which is set to take place at the Sandton Convention Centre on 17 – 19 July 2018. Speaking ahead of Africa’s premier power … Continue reading “New technical models set to reduce costs of power generation, distribution for Africa”

Onshore wind operations and maintenance

July 5, 2018

With competitive auctions suppressing energy prices in mature onshore wind markets, wind farm owners and operators are under constant pressure to reduce costs and increase revenue. In a mature market, where as much as 349 GW of global onshore wind capacity could be “out-of-warranty” by 2020 [1], benchmarking and the … Continue reading “Onshore wind operations and maintenance”

Spray-on thin film photovoltaics: The next step forward?

In a drive to drop the prices of photovoltaic (PV) panels, crystalline silicon technology may have reached its limit. Thin film PV, however, still offers the opportunity to reduce manufacturing costs and hence unit prices.  The capability to fabricate PV solar cells on a large scale and at a competitive … Continue reading “Spray-on thin film photovoltaics: The next step forward?”

Record temperatures all over the world

July 4, 2018

“From the normally mild summer climes of Ireland, Scotland and Canada to the scorching Middle East, numerous locations in the Northern Hemisphere have witnessed their hottest weather ever recorded over the past week. Large areas of heat pressure or heat domes scattered around the hemisphere led to the sweltering temperatures. … Continue reading “Record temperatures all over the world”

International researcher to speak at upcoming electrical test workshop

Internationally renowned engineer and researcher, Dr Andrew Eriksson, will deliver the opening keynote address at SABS’ upcoming electrical test workshop. Dr Eriksson is the former director of the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) National Electrical Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) and was involved in the establishment of … Continue reading “International researcher to speak at upcoming electrical test workshop”

Electricity-generating windows in commercial buildings

July 3, 2018

Pilot projects for electricity-generating windows in commercial buildings are gaining momentum, and studies (utilising annual data of sunlit areas in cities) have claimed that the potential of electricity generation from the windows on a high-rise building could be in the GWh range. Today, the largest established base of installations is … Continue reading “Electricity-generating windows in commercial buildings”

Effect of rooftop PV on distribution transformers

Rooftop-mounted photovoltaic systems (RTPV) are expected to have a dramatic impact on distribution networks, and concern has been expressed on the effect on distribution transformers (DT), as increased thermal cycling is expected. However, several diverse studies have shown that a reasonable penetration of RTPV can extend the lifetime of a … Continue reading “Effect of rooftop PV on distribution transformers”

Measurement accuracy for PV modules

July 2, 2018

Reliable returns for solar power plants can only be determined by high-precision performance measurements on photovoltaic (PV) modules. The performance characteristics of PV modules are tested in TÜV Rheinland’s accredited laboratories, for example on the basis of a statistically relevant sample. The test result decides whether the contract is fulfilled … Continue reading “Measurement accuracy for PV modules”

Batteries for electric freight locomotives

Saft is to supply backup battery systems for 800 Prima locomotives. The company will offer full local end-to-end supplier services from its manufacturing facility in Bibadi, Bangalore. Having established the Bangalore factory in 2013, the company has scaled up its capabilities to become a local supplier to India’s rail market in … Continue reading “Batteries for electric freight locomotives”

Diesel engines meet Euro emissions standards

The ISF 2,8 and 3,8 l four-cylinder engines are the latest additions to Cummins’ range of diesel engines. Customers can expect to benefit from reliable performance and low operating costs, as well as low noise and emissions. The ISF 2,8 caters for Euro III and IV emissions levels, offers advanced … Continue reading “Diesel engines meet Euro emissions standards”

Plastic Pollution: European Union Stems the Tide

plastic trash. Burning emits toxic residue from softeners and dyes, as well as copious amounts of carbon dioxide. (Plastics, after all, are made of hydrocarbons.)Fundamentally, too, when plastic is… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Socialist Ocasio-Cortez's Policies Align With Liberal Democrats'

encourage advancements in renewable-energy technology — would pay big dividends. Not only would carbon emissions be reduced, but better energy storage technology would give a boost to growth. The… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Cable jointing and termination courses offered

Tank Industries has identified a need to increase the level of knowledge and skills of its own personnel and customers in the area of medium- and low voltage jointing and termination methods and procedures. As a result, the company has started a training academy to cater for this need. The facility and … Continue reading “Cable jointing and termination courses offered”

Eni to announce 'epochal' targets on carbon neutral goal

… on a goal of becoming carbon neutral, the group’s CEO Claudio Descalzi said… company and is now betting on the circular economy to become carbon neutral… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

Cable company extends its reach

Aberdare Cables has extended its reach to customers in the Mpumalanga region with the opening of a new branch in Nelspruit. An official opening ceremony for the branch was held on 14 June 2018. Dr Andrew Song, the company’s CEO, addressing customers at the event on the motivation behind establishing an operation … Continue reading “Cable company extends its reach”

Butchery of the Planet – George Monbiot

Butchery of the Planet 13th June 2018 Share220 Defending the living world and its people requires a shift from meat to a plant-based diet By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 8th June 2018 Whether human beings survive this century and the next, whether other lifeforms can live alongside us: … Continue reading “Butchery of the Planet – George Monbiot”

A solution for industrial power quality problems

Industrial  power quality solutions generally consist of devices to deal with individual problems, and if more than one problem needs to be dealt with, more than one device is required. The unified power quality conditioner (UPQC) is designed to cope with multiple PQ issues. Power quality problems experienced at the … Continue reading “A solution for industrial power quality problems”

Professional training in renewable energy offered

Training for certification as a Renewable Energy Professional (REP) at the Nelson Mandela University (NMU) always comes with a welcome bonus for candidates, as they enjoy the vast variety of site visits to experience renewable and alternative energy solutions first hand, as well as research facilities available in the friendly … Continue reading “Professional training in renewable energy offered”

Atomic energy cooperation agreement signed

Rosatom has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Republic of Rwanda regarding cooperation in the field of peaceful uses of atomic energy. This MoU is the first document in the field of peaceful uses of atomic energy signed between the two countries. The document establishes a legal basis for … Continue reading “Atomic energy cooperation agreement signed”

Youth vote fuel company tops

Engen has been voted the “Coolest Petroleum Brand” in the Sunday Times’ “Generation Next” awards for the ninth consecutive year. The fuel and oil company’s social investment, and sponsorship initiatives, shows that it is dedicated to positively engaging and contributing to the future self-sustainability of young South Africans. This is done … Continue reading “Youth vote fuel company tops”

Secrets of Honeymoon Planners for Billionaires

sheik’s bird.But wait, there’s more … Someone Has to Carry the MeatAfter signing a nondisclosure agreement, your first rite of passage with Ovation is to travel with the meat. Literally. The agency’s… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Directional overcurrent: Explaining the underlying physics of directional protection

Distributed generation, which is an emerging technological trend around the world, poses a new set of challenges for the energy industry. With the real possibility of bi-directional power flow and the erosion of the conventional generation, transmission, distribution, retail sequence, the inevitable outcome is that distribution networks need to handle … Continue reading “Directional overcurrent: Explaining the underlying physics of directional protection”

Encouraging youth in science and engineering

The annual Eskom Expo for Young Scientists has been presented for over three decades and has established itself as the premier exposition for South African youth to demonstrate their innovation in the fields of science and technology. The expo aims to develop a strong base of educated and skilled South … Continue reading “Encouraging youth in science and engineering”

BMW, Hyundai Join GM in Pressing U.S. to Forgo Auto Tariffs

July 1, 2018

Disney’s Bob Iger and Tesla’s Elon Musk, quit to protest Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement last year. The forum was disbanded in August following Trump’s tepid response to attacks… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Navarro Says GM’s Warning on U.S. Tariffs Is ‘Smoke and Mirrors’

Disney’s Bob Iger and Tesla’s Elon Musk, quit to protest Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement last year. The forum was disbanded in August following Trump’s tepid response to attacks… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Oil Companies and Lobbyists Say They’re Ready to Solve Climate Change. Check the Fine Print.

June 30, 2018

Oil Companies and Lobbyists Say They’re Ready to Solve Climate Change. Check the Fine Print. truthout.org/articles/oil-companies-and-lobbyists-say-theyre-ready-to-solve-climate-change-check-the-fine-print/

Lithium's Long-Term Outlook Is Bright

June 29, 2018

Intelligence, a research and data firm, projects demand to rise from about 220,000 tonnes of lithium-carbonate equivalent last year to more than 900,000 in 2025 and around 2 million by the early 2030s.But… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Crumpets Newest Victim In Carbon Dioxide Crisis In Europe

There’s a carbon dioxide crisis in Europe and it could lead to emptier supermarket shelves #tictocnews… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

An Amazon Veteran Joins Indoor Farming Startup

in a computerized labyrinth of sensor-rich trays that monitor and react to humidity, light and carbon dioxide. Human farmers work alongside the crates, which automatically adjust inputs, like light… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Loan agreement to facilitate grid of renewable energy signed

Phakamani Hadebe Eskom and KfW, the German Development Bank on behalf of the German Government, have signed a US$100-million (approximately R1,35-billion) loan facility to support further investments in the transmission network in the Northern Cape in order to facilitate the grid integration of renewable energy independent power producer (IPP) projects … Continue reading “Loan agreement to facilitate grid of renewable energy signed”

A Family Fortune Built on Cough Syrup Helps Shape a Swiss City

center. The vine-covered building is home to the Paul Sacher Foundation, a research center for 20th and 21st century music whose archives include more than 100 collections of leading European musicians… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

The Good, Bad and Ugly of U.K. Stocks in the First Half of 2018

interview.Meanwhile, any whiff of a profit warning was enough to send a number of stocks plunging by 20 percent-plus, continuing a theme of 2017. Investors are perhaps concerned that there are now real… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Natural Gas Pushed as a Fossil Fuel Answer to Global Warming

emissions to meet climate change targets. Energy companies see gas doing double duty: it has half the carbon emissions of coal when used in power generation, is abundant and relatively cheap.The “big challenge… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Amazon's PillPack Deal: A New Industry To Disrupt

June 28, 2018

Adidas warned of a possible data breach.KickersHere’s how much cities contribute to the world’s carbon footprint.Elon Musk is in a dispute over a gassy unicorn.Silicon Valley has come up with an app… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Global Natural Gas Prices Rise for First Time in Two Years

is projected to grow under virtually all major scenarios, “including the most aggressive low-carbon transition scenarios,” according to a report published by Italian grid operator Snam SpA, the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Trade War Looms Over Canadian Town Built to Supply America

looks like a model train set: impossibly picturesque with enough infrastructure to set a young engineer’s heart soaring. Locomotives wend through Sphagnum moss-like trees, and hydroelectric plants… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Harry Kane Is Driving the British Economy

There’s a risk, though, that football fans will go thirsty. The combination of a shortage of carbon dioxide gas and a heatwave means pubs have been running out of some beer brands.England plays… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Adaptation Futures Conference 18 to 21 June – Cape Town

Cape Town was proud to have hosted a successful and well-attended international conference – the 5th International Climate Change Adaptation Conference. Have a look at their web site for more information “Adaptation Futures 2018 Dialogues for Solutions” Delegates were given the opportunity to offset their transport emissions through Credible Carbon … Continue reading “Adaptation Futures Conference 18 to 21 June – Cape Town”

Making the impossible possible

The right delivery time is often an important factor in a customer’s purchasing decision. Projects that must be implemented in the shortest possible time frequently require tap changers at a moment’s notice. Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen (MR) is usually able to respond extremely quickly to customers’ needs. This is made possible partly … Continue reading “Making the impossible possible”

America's About to Miss a Big Obama-Era Climate Goal as Trump Dismantles Policies

have accelerated emissions reductions this year. After 2025, those same forces could force more carbon-free nuclear reactors into retirement, leading to an uptick in greenhouse gases produced by power… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

BP Buys Britain’s Largest Electric Vehicle Charging Company

Erginbilgic, chief executive, BP downstream. “And to BP becoming the leading provider of energy to low carbon vehicles, on the road or at home.”Integrated oil companies are facing rising pressure from investors… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

U.K. Deems Heathrow Runway Compatible With Green Targets

1990 levels by 2050. The government has so-called carbon budgets for a series of five-year periods that gradually restrict the amount of carbon dioxide the country can emit.Airlines will still have… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Blue State AGs Accuse Trump of Gutting Climate-Protection Rule

June 27, 2018

hydrofluorocarbons was put in place after they proved to be thousands of times more potent than carbon dioxide, and a cause of global warming.A three-judge panel at the appeals court rejected that… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Oil Majors' Big Legal Fear Is Averted—for Now

members were bombarded with questions. In the U.S., shareholders filed 10 resolutions linked to carbon risk at oil companies this year, double the number five years ago, according to a database from… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Is It Too Early for Fake Meat?

water, chemicals and fossil fuels, which may detract from the overall environmental benefit. A 2015 study published in Environmental Science and Technology found that lab-grown meat products, while… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

A Threat to Shale’s Dominance Emerges 200 Miles off the Gulf Coast

challenging, so the industry is known as much for cost overruns and environmental disasters as it is for building engineering marvels. But after surviving both the Deepwater Horizon spill in 2010… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

To monitor and manage solar energy storage

Moxa’s Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) gateways can provide the computing backbone required for solar energy storage and monitoring. Smart power management and the integration of sustainable energy sources into the power grid are the keys to maintaining continuous power supply to smart cities. These energy storage and monitoring systems … Continue reading “To monitor and manage solar energy storage”

Jaguar Land Rover Promises a Made-in-China Electric Car Soon

($764 million) to make Mercedes EVs with a domestic partner.Getting ReadyChina is moving to cap carbon emissions by 2030, which means automakers will need battery-powered vehicles for the market. … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

In the Age of Trump and Putin, Europe Faces Hard Choices on Gas

makers isn’t particularly strong at the moment,’’ said Trevor Sikorski, head of natural gas and carbon research at Energy Aspects Ltd. in London.Meanwhile, the European Union is investigating whether… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Building Air Conditioners That Won’t Make Climate Change Worse

June 26, 2018

called refrigerants, potent greenhouse gases that can be several hundred times as damaging as carbon dioxide. These units also guzzle electricity—accounting for about 10 percent of all energy consumed… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

SA wind industry helps transform the energy sector

Given the Renewable Energy Industry’s potential and willingness to contribute to national socio-economic development, the industry is taking proactive measures to ensure coordinated efforts result in greater local benefit. Speaking at a recent energy forum, Jeff Radebe, the minister of energy, signalled government’s intention that the socio-economic and enterprise development … Continue reading “SA wind industry helps transform the energy sector”

Renewable energy-powered microgrids and energy storage meet future power needs

As the cost of sustainable energy sources has declined, the deployment of these sources of energy has grown rapidly.  Once on the fringes of the energy industry, solar photovoltaic (PV) and wind turbines are now mainstream technologies. The International Renewable Energy Agency predicts another 90 GW of solar power to … Continue reading “Renewable energy-powered microgrids and energy storage meet future power needs”

Poor air quality and hazardous emissions endanger human life

Air pollution from the burning of fossil fuels for power generation or any other purpose is creating a serious health hazard to residents of the areas nearby. The deterioration of air quality, is said to  adversely affect human health, human welfare and the environment. To address this serious situation, the … Continue reading “Poor air quality and hazardous emissions endanger human life”

How to Steal 50 Million Bees

pesticides, disease, and bears, which really do love honey, just like the cartoons say. Climate change is a problem, especially as it pertains to drought, because bees need lots of water. They… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

City Climate Change Suits Against Big Oil Tossed by Judge

ConocoPhillips and Royal Dutch Shell Plc were also among the defendants.The judge said it’s “true” that carbon dioxide released from fossil fuels has contributed to global warming, but on the other hand,… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Air quality rules may force Eskom to close power stations

Proposed new air quality rules will force Eskom to comply with pollution standards or shut down its polluting power stations. Most of Eskom’s ageing coal power stations cause severe air pollution, which contribute to the deaths and ill-health of thousands of South Africans every year. Despite this, Eskom has thus … Continue reading “Air quality rules may force Eskom to close power stations”

U.S. Judge Throws Out Climate Change Lawsuits Against Big Oil

The nearly five-hour hearing covered topics including the history of climate change research, carbon dioxide’s role as a greenhouse gas, melting ice caps, rising sea levels and extreme weather. … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

JCDecaux Agrees to Buy APN Outdoor for A$1.12 Billion

statement Tuesday. That compares with JCDecaux’s previous A$6.52-a-share offer announced in Paris on June 20, and the company’s last closing price of A$6.40.APN’s board unanimously recommended investors… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Boeing Gets a Jump on Air Show with $14.4 Billion in Jet Deals

June 25, 2018

Airbus SE’s competing A320neo plane.Bamboo Airways made a deposit in mid-June to reserve the carbon-composite Dreamliners, which are tentatively scheduled for delivery in 2020 and 2021. The carrier… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Tory ‘Green Veneer’ Threatened Over Heathrow, Tidal Power

defense, Clark said he rejected the tidal power project in Swansea, south Wales, because other low-carbon energy projects could be developed at far lower costs.And Grayling said Heathrow could face unlimited… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Latest CSP system inauguration

XiNA solar one, the latest CSP system built by Abengoa at a site near Poffader in the Northwest province, was inaugurated on 18 June 2018. Part of window 3 of The REIPPPP, the plant was successfully commissioned in August 2017, and has been delivering power to the national grid since … Continue reading “Latest CSP system inauguration”

Future of Big Oil Increasingly Shaped by the Fate of Global Gas

first time in 30 years, reflecting America’s shale-prodded gas clout.Gas emits about half the carbon dioxide as coal. That means it’s often seen as both a cleaner-burning alternative and a complement… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Wind and Solar Will Rule the World's Power Grid by 2050

June 22, 2018

published its latest projections for the world’s electricity generation. It’s increasingly lower-carbon, reflecting changes in renewable energy already decades in the making, as well as the inexorable… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

OPEC Meeting June 2018: There's No There There

the U.S. market can, writes Nir Kaissar.Weekend ReadingHow to solve global warming? Suck the carbon out of the air. – Noah Smith China’s movie-making bubble looks like it’s about to pop. – Adam… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Save the Planet. Get Carbon Out of the Air.

will be decades before renewable energy reduces carbon emissions to low levels, even with a boost from carbon taxes. During that time, much more carbon will be belched into the air, which will stay… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Renewable energy company ready for renewed projects

Established over 45 years ago, Brand Engineering, together with its BBBEE company, Besamandla, operates in a number of African countries. It is responsible for the generation of 472 MW of power for the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) projects and related renewable energy (RE) initiatives. The majority of the projects … Continue reading “Renewable energy company ready for renewed projects”

Breakaway CEOs on Standing Out and Staying Ahead

June 21, 2018

Envested CEO Isa Watson, Carbon Robotics Co-founder and CEO Rosanna Myers, and Beyond Curious CEO Nikki Barua speak with Synack… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Shale's $2 Billion Natural Gas Leak Shows Bigger Climate Hit

losses equated to enough gas to fuel 10 million homes and had a value of $2 billion a year.While carbon dioxide grabs most of the attention as the top contributor to climate change, methane that makes… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Is Out of Touch in Climate Fight, Canadian Minister Says

to see that.”China, the EU and Canada together accounted for 40 percent of global emissions of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas, in 2017, according to the latest BP Plc statistical review… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Think Economic Growth Is the Be-All? Think Again

that there’s vast potential for a green services sector to achieve both high employment and meet carbon reduction targets without relying on fast economic growth.Most economists dismiss this kind of… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Britain Risks Beer Shortages This Summer

It’s time to get those last orders in.U.K. pubs are facing a possible drought as stocks of carbon dioxide run low, which is expected to hurt the supply and sales of beer as well as soft drinks… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Chevron Deep-Water Tentacles Show Big Oil Rivaling Shale in Gulf

Plc that’s allowing deep-water production in the Gulf to bounce back from disasters both environmental (BP’s Deepwater Horizon spill in 2010) and financial (the oilprice crash of 2014).Oil production… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

CSI projects worth R4-million completed

Actom’s John Thompson division carried out four major corporate social responsibility (CSI) projects recently to uplift previously disadvantaged communities near Grootvlei power station in Mpumalanga. The projects were undertaken as part of contract obligations linked to two contracts currently in operation at Grootvlei by the company’s Utility Boilers and Environmental Solutions … Continue reading “CSI projects worth R4-million completed”

Oil sample diagnostician exceeds 2-million tests

WearCheck couldn’t be prouder of its diagnostic manager John Evans, who recently diagnosed his two millionth transformer oil analysis sample, making him the third in the company’s team of eight diagnosticians to reach this milestone. While official statistics are not readily available, it is extremely rare on a global level to … Continue reading “Oil sample diagnostician exceeds 2-million tests”

Encouraging youth in science and engineering careers

“Harnessing energy from space” – Nokwanda Mantshintshi of the Mahhushe Secondary School receiving the 2017 Hendrik van der Bijl Award sponsored by the Copper Development Association from Levine Warries. The association sponsored three R7000 awards in the 2017 awards programme. The aim of the project was to introduce a pollution … Continue reading “Encouraging youth in science and engineering careers”

Throwing Retirees’ Money Into Tidal Power

the government is serious about both backing industrial innovation and reducing the country’s carbon footprint. As a small island pounded by waves, the U.K. has the potential to become a world leader… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Electra Mining Africa 2018 official electrical, power & control preview supplement

EE Publishers, in association with Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery, is producing approximately 12 000 copies of an exclusive, official Electrical, Power & Control Preview/ Supplement for the Electra Mining Africa 2018 Exhibition. In addition to relevant technical articles and advertisements, the Official Electrical, Power & Control Preview guide will include the … Continue reading “Electra Mining Africa 2018 official electrical, power & control preview supplement”

Swedish Builder Ignores Trump in Bid to Make U.S. Green Again

there’s a strong business case in the U.S. as well for a transition to an economy with lower carbon dioxide emissions.”Skanska says the proportion of its revenue derived from green construction… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Nightmare on China's Wall Street Part II

short-selling, while killing the world’s biggest stock index futures market. Then we’ll have a carbon copy of the last rout. Don’t be surprised if the rhetoric once again turns vitriolic in the event… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Natural-Gas Power Forecasts Are Rosy For Peaker Plants

June 20, 2018

grow much either. That undermines the thesis of gas being a “transition” fuel, generating lower carbon emissions than coal and bridging power’s dirty past and cleaner future.Still, even under BNEF’s… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

EU Can Toughen Its Emissions-Cut Target Under Paris Climate Deal

percent without boosting expenditures needed to meet it. It would also mean a faster reduction of carbon discharges in the EU Emissions Trading System, the bloc’s cap-and-trade program that imposes… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Where are we on the road to clean energy?

Tracking energy transition indicators of both outcomes (e.g. CO2 emissions) and underlying drivers (e.g. clean energy investment) is important for developing a clear understanding of how far we’ve come, while additionally propelling further ambition and action. As the adage goes, “that which is measured, improves”. Caroline Lee All around the … Continue reading “Where are we on the road to clean energy?”

Hurricane-Proof Homes Are Real. Why Isn’t Anyone Buying Them?

economic cost of climate change. In response, architects have come up with almost as many ideas as there are types of disasters to defend against. How Science Links Climate Change to Irma’s Wallop:… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Solar-powered EV charging stations

According to Renewable Energy World (www.renewableenergyworld.com), two of California’s state parks have received new public charging infrastructure which offers electric vehicle owners the ability to charge up on solar power. Envision Solar International is quoted as saying that it has delivered its EV ARC solar-powered charging stations to two parks under the … Continue reading “Solar-powered EV charging stations”

Exelon, First Solar Bankroll Campaign to Push for a U.S. Carbon Tax

June 19, 2018

George W. Bush are guiding the initiative.The campaign, dubbed Americans for Carbon Dividends, aims to bolster a carbon tax-and-dividend plan advanced by prominent Republicans a year ago, using more… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Suncor, Enbridge Seek Clarity After Ford Upends Carbon Trading

disclose their positions in the carbon market or say how much they invested. Suncor spokeswoman Sneh Seetal said the Calgary-based oil producer supports a price on carbon and will work with Ontario… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Norway wealth fund nears blacklisting greenhouse gas emitters

… be excluded for producing too much greenhouse gas emissions in either the oil… greenhouse gases has taken longer than expected, but recent clarifications from… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Green house gas

Addressing the energy paradox in Africa

Approximately 600-million people in sub-Saharan Africa have no access to electricity. This is particularly true in rural areas. Around 63% of the population in sub-Saharan Africa is rural, of which only 19% has access to energy, compared to over 60% of the urban population. However, if current energy access trends … Continue reading “Addressing the energy paradox in Africa”

Guide to renewable energy in Africa launched

The energy practice of DLA Piper, a global law firm located in more than 40 countries, has launched Renewable Energy in Africa, a new guide for clients. The guide summarises the regulatory environment for renewable energy in twelve African jurisdictions, highlighting the key policy objectives for national governments and providing … Continue reading “Guide to renewable energy in Africa launched”

Investment in ultra-fast charging battery company

June 18, 2018

BP Ventures has invested $20-million in ultra-fast charging battery developer StoreDot. This company’s  innovative battery technology is targeting electric vehicle charging in five minutes, and aims to commercialise its flash battery for mobile communication devices as early as 2019. The number of electric vehicles (EVs) worldwide is growing rapidly, and BP is … Continue reading “Investment in ultra-fast charging battery company”

Mechanical grease overflow prevention system

SKF offers its Lincoln mechanical grease overflow prevention system to prevent hazards associated with reservoir overfilling. This product improves worker safety and minimises environmental concerns caused by this type of spill. Easy to install and simple to operate, the system reduces the manpower needed for reservoir filling, freeing personnel for other … Continue reading “Mechanical grease overflow prevention system”

For grid services and virtual power plants

SolarEdge is launching an innovative solution for grid services and virtual power plants, to support a shared energy economy. The company’s grid services offer aggregative control and data reporting enabling the pooling of PV and storage in the cloud for the creation of virtual power plants. The solution will provide … Continue reading “For grid services and virtual power plants”

Gas exploration to get underway

Sezigyn intends to undertake a gas exploration programme in the Offshore Mid Orange Basin, located 80 km offshore of the South African West Coast. The company will not be undertaking any physical exploration activities, and will only conduct desktop analyses of existing data available for the Block. SRK Consulting (South … Continue reading “Gas exploration to get underway”

Deploying 2000 fast-chargers across the country

An offshoot of the Volkswagen organisation created in the wake of the diesel emissions scandal, Electrify America has a quite ambitious plan. It recently announced it had picked suppliers for a new network of fast-chargers across the country. Between now and the end of 2019, it’s going to deploy 2000 … Continue reading “Deploying 2000 fast-chargers across the country”

A high-pressure “boost” of oil-free compressed air

Rand-Air recently took delivery of an Atlas Copco DXT85VSD electrically-driven, oil-free air/nitrogen booster complete with high-pressure hoses. Coupled with their oil-free compressor and dryer, the company can now offer a total solution for 42 bar high-pressure, oil-free compressed air. The 100 kW DXT has a high outlet pressure range of 25 to … Continue reading “A high-pressure “boost” of oil-free compressed air”

Hands-on training in lightning and surge protection

DEHNacademy, the training wing of DEHNAfrica, recently ended an almost year-long period of hands-on training for a group of nine second-year students from Wits, who had spent 2017 at the company before returning to study again this year. Established in 2014, the academy offers practical knowledge and skills in the … Continue reading “Hands-on training in lightning and surge protection”

The Climate Litigation Threat Is Getting Credible

increasing confidence and robustness.Fifth, advances in measurements such as the development of the Carbon Majors database means that the proportional culpability of specific listed firms, such as Exxon… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

World Energy Chiefs See More Natural Gas Aiding Green Push

highlighted the other nations’ commitment to it.”The leaders of the other G20 members state that the Paris Agreement is irreversible,” the communique said last July. The U.S. also fought successfully… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Achieving repeatability in a pressure switch

Calibrating a pressure switch can be a time-consuming task, and repeatability is key to success. Achieving repeatability requires you to apply slow changes in pressure to the switch as it approaches its defined set or reset point. This process can be further simplified by selecting a pump with a wide fine … Continue reading “Achieving repeatability in a pressure switch”

Magnetic flow meter with induction sensor

Instrotech is offering the Eis Flonet FS10, a special type of magnetic flow meter, with an induction sensor for the precise flow measurement of conductive liquids.  The FS10 has a special wear-resistant lining made from natural stone and is fitted with Fisher-Rosemont evaluating electronics. This flow meter is intended for professional … Continue reading “Magnetic flow meter with induction sensor”

All recloser’s components in one package

NOJA Power OSM recloser and RC controller type tested in KEMA Laboratory For NOJA Power, an integrated solution means that their OSM recloser system is supplied with all voltage and current sensors required for protection and automation, paired with a controller which incorporates every protection element you can think of, … Continue reading “All recloser’s components in one package”

JetBlue Founder Raising Funds for New U.S. Airline, Report Says

California, Airline Weekly said. The advanced jetliner reduces fuel burn due to its modern engines and carbon-fiber fuselage.Neeleman is a long-time supporter of aircraft manufactured by Airbus SE, which… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

China's Industrial Juggernaut Is No Cause for U.S. Alarm

June 17, 2018

Japan’s most prominent industries, such as automobiles, motorcycles, video games, robotics and carbon fiber, were never directly targeted by Tokyo’s bureaucrats. The authors concluded that “the practices… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Ontario Scraps Carbon-Reduction Plan as It Expands Elsewhere

June 16, 2018

program while lawmakers in Oregon are debating a carbon-pricing program.Ontario’s election results were largely priced into California’s carbon market. Despite Friday’s announcement, emitters in… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Glencore Caves to Congo to Keep Its Electric Car Dream Alive

Gertler has powerful relationships in the country he first visited 20 years ago, and Congolese mines have a history of suddenly changing hands without due process. … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

A Greener Future Starts With Natural Gas, World Energy Chiefs Say

G20 energy summit, when the final statement emphasized the U.S. decision to leave the global carbon-cutting pact and highlighted the other nations’ commitment to it.”The leaders of the other G20… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Ray Ban Wings, the 24K Gold-Plated Aviator Sunglasses for $518

June 15, 2018

and the arts.”The company is looking ahead, investing in new tech and affinity brands with its Carbon Fibre Ferrari Collection. “Pioneering technology and cutting edge design are key elements at… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

‘Trump Forest’ aims to offset U.S. policies » Yale Climate Connections ‘Trump Forest’ aims to offset U.S. policies » Yale Climate Connections

‘Trump Forest’ aims to offset U.S. policies » Yale Climate Connections ‘Trump Forest’ aims to offset U.S. policies » Yale Climate Connections www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2018/06/trump-forest-aims-to-offset-u-s-climate-policies/?popupally_stop=subscriber

Lab-Grown Meat Startups Backed by Bill Gates, Tyson Foods Face FDA Oversight

Administration, which has begun the process of regulating the industry.Cultured meat, considered an environmentally sound alternative to the real thing, is made by harvesting cells from animals and growing… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Ford to Scrap Ontario's Carbon System in Challenge to Trudeau

job-killing carbon tax was one of his major commitments during the campaign. Ontario will also quit the Western Climate Initiative, Ford said Friday from Toronto.“Eliminating the carbon tax and cap-and-trade… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Exxon Doubles Down on Oil

major cause of climate change. Those prospects have made many investors wary. “If you look back historically there have been a lot of industries that have disappeared because change has swallowed… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Addressing Africa’s energy deficit

With recent reports estimating that 600-million people are without access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa, significant and sustained investment is required across Africa’s entire energy generation and supply value chain. Renita van Tonder While even a decade ago meeting Africa’s energy backlog was considered unaffordable, today, many largely technology-driven factors … Continue reading “Addressing Africa’s energy deficit”

EU's Juncker Says Trump Called Him a ‘Brutal Killer’ at G-7

June 14, 2018

allies with his protectionist tilt, withdrawal from landmark international agreements to fight climate change and to prevent Iran from developing nuclear arms, and criticism of defense spending by fellow… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

China, India Coal Use: Alternatives Are Rising

capacity should mean that the balance of power continues to shift broadly away from the most carbon-intensive sources of power toward renewables in China (and India has good reasons to emulate… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump’s Pick to Lead Weather Agency Spent 30 Years Fighting It

NOAA employees worried about the damage that the president-elect, who famously dismissed climate change as a hoax, might do to the agency. At a post-election gathering, says the Obama appointee… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Investing in North Korea Is Not for the Faint of Heart

investments in North Korea. “It’s going to be the most exciting country in the world for the next 20 years. Everything in North Korea is an opportunity.”Farmers collect rice straw at the Chongsan-ri… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Trump's Coal Gambit May Yield Political Points, Not Mining Jobs

And for years, she has pushed measures to accelerate the development of technology to clean up carbon dioxide emissions at coal-fired power plants and could prolong coal’s use in the electric sector… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Harnessing the potential of solar PV power safely and effectively

Solar photovoltaic (PV) systems are being installed in ever increasing numbers throughout the world and are expected to produce electricity safely and reliably for several decades. However, many systems are not satisfactorily evaluated prior to being put into service and many have little, if any, scheduled maintenance or testing over … Continue reading “Harnessing the potential of solar PV power safely and effectively”

Smart solutions to tackle utilities’ energy losses

The pressure to improve energy efficiency is constant and intense, particularly for utilities since changes to power production and distribution can have a cascading effect influencing the energy efficiency efforts of both utilities and end-users. The opportunity to cut costs is always a motivator for change, and for utilities, the rewards … Continue reading “Smart solutions to tackle utilities’ energy losses”

More than just a trade show

Electra Mining Africa, which has been running for 46 years, is be hosted at the Expo Centre in Nasrec, Johannesburg, from 10 to 14 September this year. Players in the mining, manufacturing, electrical and power industries will engage with visitors and share information on their latest products, services and solutions. New … Continue reading “More than just a trade show”

This Year's Best-Performing Commodity Is About to Hit a Snag

fossil fuels are all factors that may drive carbon permits lower in the second half, said Louis Redshaw, founder of Redshaw Advisors Ltd., a carbon trader in London. “There’s a lot of pressure… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Guess Who Also Met With Pope and Big Oil? Renewables Executives

that there needed to be something done about climate change, that there needs to be a price on carbon — perhaps in the form of a tax on emissions — and that oil and gas companies need a way of… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Global Carbon Dioxide Emissions Hit a New Record

June 13, 2018

percent gain in China. Carbon dioxide output also rose in Brazil, Qatar and Russia, while Turkey’s jumped by 13 percent.In the European Union, home to the world’s biggest carbon market, emissions from… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Germany Signals It Won't Target Transport for Quick Carbon Cuts

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government is signaling it doesn’t see a way to make a quick reduction in carbon pollution coming from cars and trucks as Germany seeks ways to fulfill European Union climate… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Canada Pension Plan Offers Country's Largest Green Bond in Debut

than C$3 billion in renewable energy as it prepares for an expected global transition to a lower-carbon economy.CPPIB invests on behalf of the C$356.1 billion Canada Pension Plan. It boasts the highest… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

BlackRock, Wells Fargo Are Betting on Ethical Investing Funds for 401(k)s

to debut some later this year.The asset managers are betting that a surge in interest in environmental, social or governance investing will carry through to 401(k)s, where there are few such options… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Seven Highly Impressive Ways to Outsource Your Dinner Party

there’s never been a better time to outsource your party prep. An Italian FeastMajor Food Group’s Carbone at Home experience, says co-founder Jeff Zalaznick, is a customizable meal that includes restaurant… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

How Batteries Went From Primitive Power to Global Domination

sales jumping almost tenfold to about 11 million.Some governments, mindful of climate change and carbon-dioxide emissions, are taking steps to boost demand. California wants five million electric vehicles… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Minister’s statement appears to fly in the face of latest “no new coal” report

Jeff Radebe, the minister of energy, reiterated government’s intention to proceed with the procurement of electricity from two independent coal power plants – despite compelling evidence about the disastrous impacts these plants would have for South Africa. Last week, the Energy Research Centre (ERC) released a report which shows that the two … Continue reading “Minister’s statement appears to fly in the face of latest “no new coal” report”

UPS design with active series-parallel power-line conditioning

The double conversion uninterruptible power supply (UPS) is the most common version of online UPSs  in use today, but has a number of drawbacks. The line-interactive UPS system with active series-parallel power-line conditioning capabilities offers a solution to a number of the problems. The double conversion UPS (DCUPS) , shown … Continue reading “UPS design with active series-parallel power-line conditioning”

Techniques to maximise PV panel power output

To harvest energy from solar PV panels efficiently, it is important to ensure that the panel voltage does not collapse under load. Techniques using Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) and Maximum Power Point Control (MPPC) are often used. This article discusses these terms in more detail. As can be seen … Continue reading “Techniques to maximise PV panel power output”

New registration rules for small scale embedded generation

The Draft Licencing Exemption and Registration Notice gazetted today for public comment. The Notice articulates the intention of the Department of Energy (DoE), in consultation with the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa), to repeal the Exemption Notice published under Government Notice Number 1231 of 10 November 2017 and … Continue reading “New registration rules for small scale embedded generation”

Engineering energy solutions for Africa

Zest WEG Group combines its local manufacturing capability with WEG’s range of products to engineer energy solutions for customers around Africa.  The company’s network of agents and distributors across the continent also provides vital insights into local conditions, needs and constraints. Its solutions are tailor-made for individual application requirements. WEG’s … Continue reading “Engineering energy solutions for Africa”

Mobile application simplifies inspection

FLIR Systems has launched FLIR InSite, a new mobile application and web portal for organising client information and thermal inspection data in one location. Ideal for electricians, electrical contractors and thermography service professionals, the FLIR InSite workflow management tool reduces inspection preparation time, increases efficiency and helps to deliver results … Continue reading “Mobile application simplifies inspection”

Aston Martin’s Amped-Up, $240,000 Rapide Is Still Not as Fast as a Tesla

and lid on the trunk, all of which are done in carbon fiber.A new hood with extra-large ventilation inserts also made from carbon fiber, plus carbon-ceramic disc brakes, contribute to a presumed… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

EPA seeks comment on carbon rule replacement

June 12, 2018

… for a possible replacement of Obama-era regulations on carbon dioxide… carbon emissions directly at a power plant. Obama’s Clean Power Plan… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

Technology, Consumer Stocks Prop Up U.S. Indexes: Markets Wrap

fear of getting caught offsides by the next event on the docket keeps things in check,” Jeff Carbone, a managing partner at Cornerstone Wealth, said in an email.The Stoxx Europe 600 Index retreated… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

#MeToo Sexual Harassment Threat to New Female Scientists

plagues academic science, and colleges and universities that train scientists need a culture change so women won’t be bullied out of the field, according to a new report. In fact, it’s time to… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Battery energy storage technologies for off-grid and transport applications

Energy storage systems play a crucial role in off-grid applications globally. Although various energy storage systems exist, this article considers different battery technologies for their suitability for off-grid and electric vehicle applications. Off-grid electricity can be defined as a stand-alone power system or mini-grid to typically provide a small community … Continue reading “Battery energy storage technologies for off-grid and transport applications”

Investing in a just transition

Investing in a just transition: Why investors need to integrate a social dimension into their climate strategies and how they could take action *Policy paper* 1 June, 2018 Download – Robins et al_Investing in a Just Transition (PDF) This discussion paper explores why investors should contribute to the ‘just transition’ … Continue reading “Investing in a just transition”

How $6 trillion of fossil fuel investments got dumped thanks to green campaigners

*How $6 trillion of fossil fuel investments got dumped thanks to green campaigners * June 7, 2018 10.57am SAST Author 1. Rowan Gard Environmental Anthropologist, University of St Andrews Disclosure statement Rowan Gard has received funding from the European Consortium for Pacific Studies (ECOPAS) funded by the European Union. She … Continue reading “How $6 trillion of fossil fuel investments got dumped thanks to green campaigners”

Shift Our Future 2018 – Cape Town

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Draft National Climate Change Bill published for comment

Draft National Climate Change Bill published for comment Environmental Affairs Minister *Edna Molewa* has published the draft National Climate Change Bill for public comment in the Government Gazette, her department said on Sunday. “The purpose of the bill is to build an effective climate change response and ensure the long-term … Continue reading “Draft National Climate Change Bill published for comment”

China's Next Big Thing? Used Cars.

importantly, for the environment. Manufacturing makes up as much as 35 percent of a vehicle’s lifetime carbon emissions, meaning that every buyer who selects a used vehicle over a new one is helping to slow… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Rosneft, Occidental Petroleum Named as Climate Laggards by L&G

“Divestment is a consequence, but it is not the aim. We want to show that the transition to a low-carbon economy is possible and work with companies towards this goal.”Investors with $68.4 trillion… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Merkel's Widening Emissions Gap Piles Pressure on Coal Power

June 11, 2018

seek a quick fix by closing coal plants.Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government has pledged to cut carbon pollution by 2020 by two-fifths compared with 1990 levels but a new Environment Ministry forecasts… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Germany Orders Daimler to Recall 774,000 Diesels in Europe

between authorities and carmakers. Daimler relies on diesel vehicles for profit and to lower the carbon-dioxide output of its vehicles to meet environmental regulations.Threat of FineScheuer had threatened… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Canada Pension Taps Green Bond Market to Fund Renewables

($2.3 billion) in renewable energy as it prepares for an expected global transition to a lower-carbon economy.Canada’s green bond issuance, totaling C$8 billion according to data compiled by Bloomberg… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Ontario's Election Brought Down Carbon Prices 2,000 Miles Away

June 8, 2018

new premier on Thursday, the price of carbon in California fell. Why? Because the Canadian province and California run a joint carbon market, so a carbon allowance traded in Ontario is essentially… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Porsche Picks Taycan as Name for Its First Electric Vehicle

period of unprecedented change — stricter environmental regulations are forcing them to offer more battery-powered vehicles even as combustion-engine cars still generate the vast majority of profits… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

There’s a Better Answer Than Electric Cars

last year, Carbon Engineering’s plant has been producing fuel from the CO2 it extracts by combining it with hydrogen. The fuel is compatible with current internal combustion engines, so there’s no… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Eskom reintroduces weekly system status reports

Pravin Gordhan, Minister of Public Enterprises. Eskom hosted members of the media at its national control facility and launched its weekly system status report. The report, which will be hosted on Eskom’s website, gives a weekly view of energy sent out, peak demand, performance of generating units in terms of … Continue reading “Eskom reintroduces weekly system status reports”

Italy Inc. Is Sleepwalking Into an Ambush by Populist Crusaders

investments in high-speed rail and gas pipelines, and plan to accelerate the shift away from carbon-emitting power plants. They say their election result gives them a mandate to force companies… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Ford's Conservatives Win Ontario Election on Populist Platform

Minister Justin Trudeau, who has vowed to ensure every Canadian province adopts some form of carbon tax. Ford also wants to get rid of the chief executive officer of Hydro One Ltd., the provincial… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Ultra-Long-Haul Airliners Will Survive $100 Oil

June 7, 2018

take-off.For all that Airbus and Boeing boast of breakthroughs from new-generation engines and carbon-fiber fuselages, the 787 and A350 haven’t fundamentally changed that dynamic.Many of the benefits… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

New Mars Discoveries Advance Case for Possible Life

kilometers) away. As with methane, there could well be non-biological explanations for the presence of carbon-containing molecules on Mars, such as geologic processes or impacts by asteroids, comet, meteors… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

The Anything-but-Golf-Tchotchkes-or-a-Tie Father’s Day Gift Guide

On the road, Fi’zi:k Aria R3 road biking shoes ($300), are peerless: Italian engineering, a carbon fiber outsole, and a slick, webbed closure system.Kask HelmetSource: Kask. Unless you’re positive… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

One Day, Your Car May Run on Fumes—From Power Plants

has always been the cost. Carbon Engineering’s technique was developed specifically to address this.Rendering of Carbon Engineering’s air contactor design.Source: Carbon Engineering“This isn’t some… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Bank of England to intensify climate change scrutiny of insurers

… they could cope with fallout from climate change on their balance… insurers on their responses to climate change and planned to issue… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

BoE to intensify climate change scrutiny of insurers

… to see how they could cope with fallout from climate change… with around 10 insurers on their responses to climate change and planned… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

Ikea Sets New Climate Goals to Tackle Unsustainable Consumption

absolute terms,” it said in a statement on Thursday. The company will for example capture and store carbon and work with suppliers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”Climate change is no longer a distant… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

‘Carbon bubble’ could spark global financial crisis, study warns

www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jun/04/carbon-bubble-could-spark-global-financial-crisis-study-warns?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+main+NEW+H+categories&utm_term=277105… ‘Carbon bubble’ could spark global financial crisis, study warns Advances in clean energy expected to cause a sudden drop in demand for fossil fuels, leaving companies with trillions in stranded assets Fiona Harvey Environment correspondent Mon 4 Jun 2018 16.00 BST – – –

An industry in disarray?

Mike Rycroft At a recent meeting of a local well established energy association, a decline in membership prompted the question of whether there is still a place for non-partisan industry associations. The energy industry seems to have split into factions representing different technologies, each promoting its own interests. There is … Continue reading “An industry in disarray?”

Energize Inbox, June 2018

Our winning letter re: Debate on the restructuring of Eskom Dear Editor I believe Eskom should be totally restructured, firstly by appointing only professional business people to the board, including non-executive directors, who have all worked in large, profitable, private multinational corporations preferably in the international electrical engineering field. They … Continue reading “Energize Inbox, June 2018”

The Economic and Social Benefits of Low-Carbon Cities: A Systematic Review of the Evidence — Working Papers

newclimateeconomy.report/workingpapers/workingpaper/the-economic-and-social-benefits-of-low-carbon-cities-a-systematic-review-of-the-evidence/?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=NCEcities&utm_campai… WORKING PAPERS – SHARE/FOLLOW – Follow us Newsletter – – Permanent link to this page – DOWNLOADS/TRANSLATIONS WORKING PAPERCITIESThe Economic and Social Benefits of Low-Carbon Cities: A Systematic Review of the EvidenceANDY GOULDSON, ANDREW SUDMANT, HANEEN KHREIS, EFFIE PAPARGYROPOULOU This paper demonstrates that there are many synergies between aspirations … Continue reading “The Economic and Social Benefits of Low-Carbon Cities: A Systematic Review of the Evidence — Working Papers”

Repsol Shows Faith in Oil's Rally With Dividend, Spending Boost

June 6, 2018

About 4 billion euros of the total will go toward expanding retail operations and developing low-carbon businesses.Major oil producers around the world, which implemented sweeping cost cuts during… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

China’s Costly Ban on Foreign Trash

June 5, 2018

billion kilowatt hours of electricity and prevented the generation of 522 million metric tons of carbon dioxide. For a country desperately trying to reduce air pollution and greenhouse-gas emissions… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Google Is Pushed to Tie Executive Pay to Progress on Diversity

harassment, said Liz Fong-Jones, an engineer who’s backed a petition to create better policies and procedures. Those concerns came to the fore after another engineer, James Damore, wrote a 3,000-word… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

There's a Chance Trump's Power Bailout Actually Cuts Emissions

however, would probably lead to more nuclear production and could displace millions of tons of carbon dioxide a year, BNEF analyst William Nelson said in the report.Capacity payments would keep coal… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Starbucks's Howard Schultz Shouldn't Run for President

1980s, it was a $5 billion company with 60,000 employees.But Norris, who was a superb computer engineer, also believed that corporations had a social mission to improve the communities in which they… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Record Low Solar Prices May Return to India Thanks to China Reforms

spearhead global efforts to combat climate change.India’s maximum annual solar-cell manufacturing capacity is about 3 gigawatts while average yearly demand is 20 gigawatts, meaning the remainder… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

The Fight for Paper Straws Is Getting Fierce in New York Bars

from the Major Food Group that’s better known for such restaurants as the Grill, the Pool, and Carbone. Since the bar’s menu features colorful, ambitious drinks like the rum-infused Exotica Bowl,… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Why Subaru Is Happy to Be Last in Electric Race

among the environmentally sensitive drivers now placing hundreds of thousands of reservations for emission-free Teslas. Latecomers also risk missing out on recruiting top electric engineers and establishing… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

A Meltdown Didn’t Kill Three Mile Island, But Shale Probably Will

the value it provides from an environmental standpoint, from a resilience and reliability standpoint, from a fuel diversity standpoint, and as an economic engine for the communities in and around… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Vitol-Backed Maker of Fuel From Plastic Sees 100-Fold Growth

roughly the same amount of carbon as other diesels when burned in a car or bus engine, emissions are as much as 90 percent lower during manufacture, classifying it as a low-carbon fuel, Bohn said. That… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Setting the gold standard in electrical calibration

Since 1988, the Fluke 5700 calibrator range is said to have set the standard for multifunction calibrator performance in calibration laboratories. Fluke is offering the “gold standard” of multifunction calibration – the 5730 A high-performance multifunction calibrator. Its features include improved performance specifications for AC voltage; AC current and resistance; … Continue reading “Setting the gold standard in electrical calibration”

Engineers@Leisure: Getting hands dirty and having fun!

I have always had an affinity for anything mechanical and from an early age I was making or modifying something. Initially it was making things out of bits of wood and nails, then I moved onto bicycles. My true passion, however, was ignited with the purchase of a 1960s Vespa … Continue reading “Engineers@Leisure: Getting hands dirty and having fun!”

Insulation week 2018 adds insulator flashover data to new technical brochure

The Study Committee responsible for insulation studies (SC D1) held its Insulation Week at Stellenbosch University recently. The event began with a plenary session with a summary of the progress on all the D1 Work Groups. The session was attended by Stellenbosch University’s power engineering research students and academics as … Continue reading “Insulation week 2018 adds insulator flashover data to new technical brochure”

Power developments in Africa, June 2018

Large hydroelectric power project for Ethiopia Ethiopia Electric Power plans to develop a 550 MW hydroelectric power plant. EEP has invited private project developers to finance and foresee the construction of Didesa hydroelectric power project. The plant is estimated to have an annual gross energy generation capacity of 5580 GW, … Continue reading “Power developments in Africa, June 2018”

Benefits of molten salt for heat transfer and thermal energy storage

Molten salts – ionic solids which become liquids at elevated temperatures – offer exceptional heat transfer, chemical stability, and thermal energy storage (TES) capability. These attributes are essential to their longstanding commercial use in a broad range of industrial settings and underlie their rising promise for CSP applications. Concentrating solar … Continue reading “Benefits of molten salt for heat transfer and thermal energy storage”

Chinese Burn Only Makes the Solar Industry Stronger

for the benefit of all.Policy changes in 2018 have been bad news for incumbent producers of solar panels. For the industry as a whole – and for the global climate – they’re likely to prove a salutary… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Mars Is Spending $1 Billion on Sustainability

“Partly because it’s the right thing to do but also partly because there’s already a price on carbon and we only expect it to increase,” Parkin said. “With 26 million tons of CO2 in our extended… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Going Greener Can Get You Cheaper Loans at This Dutch Bank

June 4, 2018

fast-growing market for environmental financial instruments that also includes green bonds and low-carbon equity indexes.Since the Paris climate agreement was passed by representatives of almost 200… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Renewable energy to gain a greater share of SA’s electricity future

The South African government will launch a new round in its Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers’ Procurement Programme later this year. Minister of Energy Jeff Radebe Addressing an audience of about 400 delegates at the Department of Energy’s (DoE’s) Stakeholder Engagement event at Gallagher Conference Centre recently, Jeff Radebe, the … Continue reading “Renewable energy to gain a greater share of SA’s electricity future”

Americans Will Pay a High Price to Save Coal

June 3, 2018

some of the president’s top supporters. The losses for everybody else — in higher emissions of carbon, additional premature deaths, and higher outlays on electricity — would be far greater. Dirty… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Energy Plan Is About Insecurity, Not National Security

June 1, 2018

Climate change, another threat to America’s well-being, is given lip-service at best (and yet carbon pricing would actually help those nuclear plants.) And the sentiment rings particularly hollow… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Total Unconvinced by Hydrogen Cars as France Unveils Subsidies

powered by hydrogen and encourage cleaner production of the gas. The policy aims to cut France’s carbon emissions caused by the production of hydrogen — used in everything from oil refining to the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

What to Expect From Marchionne’s Farewell Show at Fiat Chrysler

units this year. It will introduce seven new models, including a resurrected 8C sports car with a carbon fiber chassisThe Ram pickup division aims to increase sales by as much as 30 percent by 2022… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Shell Tries to Market Some of Its Natural Gas as Clean Energy

Europe a combination of gas and certificates that show emissions are offset with financing for carbon-reduction projects. It’s testing markets in Germany, Italy, Spain and Britain to gauge demand… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Researcher Who Saw Stressed 2020 Oil Market Is More Worried Now

to improve the oil refining industry’s environmental and social performance. They came up with different results.In a nutshell, Tallett, a chemical engineer by training, says the problem is insufficient… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Europe's Rising Car Emissions Box BMW, Daimler Into Tight Corner

emissions were clouded by the revelation last month by the European Union that the amount of carbon dioxide produced by new cars rose last year, reversing at least seven years of steady decline… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

EPA Science Board Rebukes Pruitt's Use of Science to Deregulate

underlying the way the federal government estimates the damages attributable to each metric ton of carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere.In a proposal sent Wednesday to the White House Office of… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

California Approves Record Utility Spending for Electric Cars

May 31, 2018

emissions by 40 percent from 1990 levels by 2030. Vehicles are the state’s largest source of carbon emissions.The programs include funding for Sempra’s San Diego Gas & Electric to offer rebates… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

EPA Said to Seek End of California's Authority Over Auto Mileage

Administration aimed at rolling back a signature Obama-era environmental regulation to slash carbon dioxide emissions. The proposal will now undergo a review by the White House before it is released… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump's Tariffs Will Boost Bonds at the Expense of Stocks

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin declared on May 20 that the trade war with China was “on hold” as the two sides negotiated terms of a new agreement. But Trump put the conflict back in play with… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

‘I’m Lost’ With Trump, EU’s Juncker Admits as Metal Tariffs Loom

Trump administration following its decisions to withdraw from a landmark global pact to fight climate change, abandon an international accord to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons and threaten… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

How sales of new electric vehicles have hit record levels

Dynamic market uptake of electric vehicles (EVs) has occurred in recent years. On-going support and commitments for increased deployment of EVs from policy makers and the automotive industry has resulted in increased sales volumes. This, together with growing competition in the development of new technologies, are likely to contribute to … Continue reading “How sales of new electric vehicles have hit record levels”

Ben & Jerry’s Bets On Blockchain To Cancel Out The Carbon In Every Scoop

www.forbes.com/sites/oliversmith/2018/05/29/ben-jerrys-bets-on-blockchain-to-cancel-out-the-carbon-in-every-scoop/#1a287fed688c Ben & Jerry’s Bets On Blockchain To Cancel Out The Carbon In Every Scoop [image: Oliver Smith] Oliver Smith Forbes Staff May 29, 2018, 02:30am #ChangeTheWorld – – – Hoda Kotb, Kathie Lee Gifford and Jimmy Fallon on NBC News’ ‘*Today’* show with Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Credit: … Continue reading “Ben & Jerry’s Bets On Blockchain To Cancel Out The Carbon In Every Scoop”

Europe's Largest Asset Manager Sees ‘Tipping Point’ on Climate

owners as well. France was the first country to make it mandatory for investors to disclose the carbon footprint of their portfolios, mandating it in a law the same year.Another reason that institutional… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Time to liberate economic development for renewable energy companies

May 30, 2018

With government refreshing its drive to build renewable energy capacity, it’s time for these respective companies in the industry to renew their focus on economic development outputs. Licences were first issued in 2011 and the communities around these plants are growing. With the sector being revitalised, now is the time … Continue reading “Time to liberate economic development for renewable energy companies”

An assessment of new coal plants in South Africa’s electricity future

This report assess the cost, emissions and supply security implications of South Africa’s coal baseload independent power producer (IPP) procurement programme which was launched in 2014 in line with the new coal capacity envisaged in the 2010 Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity (IRP 2010, DoE, 2011). Since the release of … Continue reading “An assessment of new coal plants in South Africa’s electricity future”

The new IRP for electricity, and the future of coal in the electricity generation mix of SA

A keynote presentation by Chris Yelland, managing director and investigative editor at EE Publishers, at the workshop on Air Quality, Emissions and the Low Carbon Economy hosted by the Fossil Fuel Foundation (FFF) in Johannesburg on 30 May 2018. Introduction On 16 May 2018, I made a keynote presentation at … Continue reading “The new IRP for electricity, and the future of coal in the electricity generation mix of SA”

After Pair of 1-in-1000 Year Floods, a Town Seeks Safeguards

Lexington, Massachusetts, said what happened Sunday in Ellicott City appears consistent with climate change expectations. “Extreme heavy precipitation events are increasing in the Northeast U.S.,”… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Daimler Reboots Smart Car's Management for Electric-Only Future

May 29, 2018

sedan and AMG GT sports car. The 107,000-euro G-Class offroader produces nearly three times the carbon dioxide as the Smart ForTwo, meaning sales of the petite model provide an important contribution… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Canada Buys Kinder Trans Mountain Pipeline for $3.5 Billion

environment and the economy by backing the C$7.4 billion pipeline expansion while pushing a national carbon price to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.Extraordinary CostsThe provincial government in oil-producing… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

RenTec Vet Who Mastered Venture Talks Wealth and Why Quants Rule

that’s not me. That is a lot of people I know — Nat Simons, Jim Simons’s son, is focused on climate change. I think that’s great. There are people who had a relative die of a particular disease and… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Can we supply 100% of our energy needs from renewable sources?

Is there enough space for all the wind turbines and solar panels to provide all our energy needs?  What happens when the sun doesn’t shine and the wind doesn’t blow?  Won’t renewables destabilise the grid and cause blackouts? In a review paper published in the high-ranking journal Renewable and Sustainable … Continue reading “Can we supply 100% of our energy needs from renewable sources?”

Trudeau’s Hipster Economics Looked Great Until Trump Cut Taxes

also boosting minimum wages. The federal government is requiring provinces to put a price on carbon emissions to help fight climate change in a program that could push power bills up further. Railroad… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Working hard to develop the industry

Davin Chown, the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association’s (SAPVIA’s) chairperson, says the recent signing of the 27 power-purchase agreements has ushered in many a sigh of relief. What happens next with the Expedited Round, the Small IPP Programme and the IRP (which will be up for another round of consultation … Continue reading “Working hard to develop the industry”

Israel's $10 Billion Island Project Sparks European Interest

offshore in the Mediterranean.Jan de Nul Group of Luxembourg and Belgium’s Dredging Environmental & Marine Engineering NV have sent senior employees to discuss the project, according to Avi Simhon,… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

De Beers to Sell Diamonds Made in a Lab

have the same physical characteristics and chemical makeup as mined stones. They’re made from a carbon seed placed in a microwave chamber and superheated into a glowing plasma ball. The process creates… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

China Considers More U.S. Coal Imports to Cut Deficit

October, his administration proposed the repeal of the Clean Power Act, which was designed to cut carbon dioxide emissions from electricity generation.West Virginia was the second-biggest coal producer… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

EPA's Own Science Advisers to Rebuke Agency Over Auto Rollback

areas for scientific and technical assessment.”The auto efficiency rule was designed to slash carbon dioxide emissions from cars and light trucks by boosting fuel economy to a fleet average of more… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Other People’s Money – George Monbiot

www.monbiot.com/2018/05/29/other-peoples-money/ Other People’s Money 29th May 2018 Share21 Make bosses pay for the disasters they cause By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 24th May 2018 Once more, they walk away. The senior bosses at Carillion, like those at RBS, Northern Rock and a host of other corporate zombies, went … Continue reading “Other People’s Money – George Monbiot”

The World Isn’t Prepared for Retirement

though, workers didn’t seem to recognize the huge impact that basic changes in the labor force, technology and the climate will probably have on their retirement plans, said Catherine Collinson… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Power from the sun: An overview of CSP in South Africa

Concentrated solar power (CSP) is enjoying a boost of renewed attention worldwide as the renewable industry moves into the storage phase. There are currently a number of CSP plants operating and under construction in South Africa, and we went to look at one. The CSP sector is receiving renewed attention … Continue reading “Power from the sun: An overview of CSP in South Africa”

Canada Is Likely to Buy Full Trans Mountain Pipeline Project

economy by backing the C$7.4 billion ($5.7 billion) pipeline expansion while pushing a national carbon price to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.Expects to SellCanada first offered earlier this month… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

World’s largest renewable energy-based storage system

May 28, 2018

HDF Energy will install a 140 MWh renewable energy storage system in French Western Guiana. Dubbed the CEOG project, this power plant power plant will deliver 100% clean, affordable and reliable power continuously, day and night – with no fluctuations and at reduced costs – to an area of more … Continue reading “World’s largest renewable energy-based storage system”

EU Proposes a Total Ban on Plastic Forks and Other Products

measures to drastically cut the consumption of others, in the latest push by the EU to reduce carbon emissions and marine litter threatening its seas.The ban will apply to plastic cotton buds, cutlery… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Island goes green

One example of a distributed energy system implemented by Siemens was for the Italian energy utility company Enel on the Mediterranean island of Ventotene. The approach taken by Siemens to solve the island’s power issues was to install a Siestorage type battery storage system. All the components were integrated directly … Continue reading “Island goes green”

Mixed outlook for renewable energy installations

Renewable energy has a mixed outlook in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region, due to a reluctance to invest from some countries and an inability to afford renewables in others, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company. Several major MEA countries are actively supporting the growth of renewable … Continue reading “Mixed outlook for renewable energy installations”

Cooperation offers energy storage benefits

Varta Storage and E-One Moli Energy (Moli) have announced a collaborative relationship to develop the market for high performance Li-ion battery (LiB) applications. With the new cooperation the companies will meet the demand for LiBs in high performance Li-ion cells. The demand arises from major cell vendors and large scale … Continue reading “Cooperation offers energy storage benefits”

Oil analysis for Africa

WearCheck is to supply Burkino Fsao and Namibia with oil analysis laboratories soon. The Burkino Faso laboratory will be commissioned by a specific customer, while the Namibian lab will be a commercial facility which will provide oil analysis to any industry requiring its services. Each laboratory will be equipped with … Continue reading “Oil analysis for Africa”

Diesel Cars to Die Out in Tesla-Like Future, EU Regulator Says

May 27, 2018

China’s approach of imposing quotas. A draft European law to tighten caps on car discharges of carbon dioxide offers incentives for automakers to shift to electric vehicles.In the meantime, Bienkowska… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Spark: Report Release—The Economics of Clean Energy Portfolios – peteratkins23@gmail.com – Gmail

May 25, 2018

mail.google.com/mail/ca/u/0/#inbox/163930e33c013e11 Spark—the eNewsletter of RMI Email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser . Thursday, May 24, 2018 REPORT RELEASE: *THE ECONOMICS OF CLEAN ENERGY PORTFOLIOS* In a new report released Monday, Rocky Mountain Institute examines the potential role of “clean energy portfolios,” or collections of renewable energy and … Continue reading “Spark: Report Release—The Economics of Clean Energy Portfolios – peteratkins23@gmail.com – Gmail”

SPECIAL EDITION: Adaptation Futures 2018 – 18 – 21 June 2018

May 24, 2018

Over 1000 delegates from 280+ organisations will attend the world’s premier climate adaptation conference in Cape Town next month… *SPECIAL EDITION * In just over three weeks, more than 1000 climate adaptation researchers, practitioners, business leaders, policymakers and social and environmental activists from around the world will arrive in Cape … Continue reading “SPECIAL EDITION: Adaptation Futures 2018 – 18 – 21 June 2018”

Exxon CEO's Solution on Shares: Drill Big, Drill Better

the future of oil and gas given the rise of renewables, electric cars and policies to curb climate change, some equity investors are reluctant to invest in Big Oil, said Tim Perry, global co-head… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Offshore Wind, Long Delayed in U.S., Gets a Lift in New England

project in operation by 2021, the developers said in a statement. It will reduce the state’s carbon emissions by more than 1.6 million tons per year, the equivalent of removing 325,000 cars from… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Did Tesla’s Big Australian Battery Kill the Business Case for More? | Greentech Media

www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/has-teslas-big-australian-battery-killed-the-business-case-for-more?utm_source=Storage&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=GTMStorage#gs.I8LSCpI Did Tesla’s Big Australian Battery Kill the Business Case for More? There might not be much of an ancillary services market left for other projects. JASON DEIGN MAY 18, 2018 [image: The Hornsdale battery is almost doing too good of a job.] The Hornsdale battery is almost doing too … Continue reading “Did Tesla’s Big Australian Battery Kill the Business Case for More? | Greentech Media”

BP Invests $20M in Tech to Charge EVs in 5 Minutes | Greentech Media

www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/bp-invests-20m-in-tech-to-charge-ev-batteries-in-minutes?utm_source=Storage&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=GTMStorage#gs.o7keRWw BP Invests $20M in Tech to Charge EVs in 5 Minutes “We are committed to be the fuel provider of choice—no matter what car our customers drive.” JULIA PYPER MAY 22, 2018 [image: StoreDot plans to deploy the technology in mobile devices next year.] StoreDot plans to deploy the … Continue reading “BP Invests $20M in Tech to Charge EVs in 5 Minutes | Greentech Media”

Gas Supply Crunch Thwarts Europe's Plans to Kill Off Coal Power

deal with an accumulated glut, according to Carbon Tracker Initiative, a U.K. researcher.That won’t necessarily persuade utilities to use more gas.“Carbon will keep trying to encourage the fuel switch… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

India Disappointed by Rich Nations' Climate Treaty Track Record

in terms of emission reductions and financial contributions,” Mandy Rambharos, a negotiator on carbon markets for South Africa, said in an interview.Under an extension to Kyoto, known as the Doha… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Alibaba’s Tiny Loss-Making Unit Suddenly Soars 70%

the retail behemoth, surged 27 percent on Thursday.Ali Health’s moves are reminiscent of Fangda Carbon New Material Co., another little-known Chinese company that became the 11th most-traded common… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Exxon to Slash Gas Flaring 25% by 2020 in Emissions Push

May 23, 2018

associate vice president at the Environmental Defense Fund, a New York-based non-profit group. “In a carbon-constrained world, oil and gas industry leaders should seek to virtually eliminate emissions… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

N.J. Governor Signs Nuclear Plant Bill Enviro Groups Opposed

Energy Finance.“It’s a combination of effective pressure by nuclear operators and nuclear’s zero-carbon emissions profile, which makes the subsidies more palatable to governors and ratepayers alike… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

BRIEF-Exxon Mobil Announces Greenhouse Gas Reduction Measures

… GREENHOUSE GAS REDUCTION MEASURES * EXXONMOBIL – EXXONMOBIL IS UNDERTAKING… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Green house gas

Diesel Fears Become Reality With First Driving Ban in Germany

they’re affected by driving bans.Even as they emit higher amounts of NOx, diesel autos produce less carbon dioxide than equivalent gasoline vehicles. That makes the fuel especially important for German… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

In Trump-Versus-California, One Negotiator Is Unlike Any Other

people could actually see created a deep reservoir of support when California started regulating carbon dioxide to fight climate change in 2006.Nichols left ARB in 1983 for high-profile jobs, including… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

What does Basic Income have to do with climate change?

What does Basic Income have to do with climate change? by Emily Tyler A few days ago I listened to a podcast interview with Guy Standing , a researcher and author on the idea of Basic Income. He, together with many others, puts forward compelling reasons for the introduction of Basic (Universal) … Continue reading “What does Basic Income have to do with climate change?”

To Save Coal Jobs, Trump Should Train Coal Workers to Perform Energy Audits, Install Solar and Maintain Wind Farms – Renewable Energy World

To Save Coal Jobs, Trump Should Train Coal Workers to Perform Energy Audits, Install Solar and Maintain Wind Farms May 18, 2018 By Jennifer Runyon [Chief Editor] [image: Workers install solar on a roof.] Credit: Pixabay.

New Jersey Governor Plans to Sign Nuclear Bailout Bill

May 22, 2018

Energy Finance.“It’s a combination of effective pressure by nuclear operators and nuclear’s zero-carbon emissions profile, which makes the subsidies more palatable to governors and ratepayers alike… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump's Doomsday Scenarios for Power Grid Undercut by His Agency

probably won’t make money through 2021, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance.The Latest: Carbon Capture, the Vacuum Cleaner the Climate Needs“Critics are quick to declare that the grid is reliable… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Cracking a climate conundrum » Yale Climate Connections

www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2018/05/cracking-a-climate-conundrum/?popupally_stop=subscriber Cracking a climate conundrumCO2 emissions leveled off between 2014 and 2016. But annual growth of CO2 in the atmosphere rose to more than 50 percent above that of past decades. What explains the contradiction? [image: Email to someone]

Shell Sees Off Controversial Votes on Climate Change, CEO Pay

ambitions completely consistent and compatible with the Paris agreement.”The push to eliminate carbon emissions from the world is a massive challenge for oil and gas companies. By Shell’s estimate… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

BP Invests in Tech to Charge Cars as Quickly as Filling Gas Tank

dual purpose — potentially providing a shield against criticism about their contribution to climate change, while also offering a commercial foothold in a technology that could account for half of… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

There’s an Unexpected Revenue Surge for Generating Electricity

turbines, which account for half of the region’s power output, combined with rising coal and carbon prices has pushed Nordic rates to the highest level in five years. The value of certificates… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Global effort against climate change cannot be postponed – Basic countries

Global effort against climate change cannot be postponed – Basic countries Global effort against climate change cannot be postponed – Basic countries 21st May 2018 BY: NEWS24WIRE The Basic countries, comprising Brazil, South Africa, India and China, have reiterated that the global effort against climate change is an irreversible process … Continue reading “Global effort against climate change cannot be postponed – Basic countries”

Fuel-Efficient Cars Will Be Worse for Oil Than Electric Vehicles: BNEF

and Exxon Mobil Corp. has said its traditional fossil fuels business isn’t threatened by climate–change policies.For more, read a QuickTake Q&A on Why the Prospect of ‘Peak Oil’ Is Hotly DebatedSaudi… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Cambridge's $8.5-Billion Endowment to Respond to Divestment Push

May 21, 2018

“take responsibility for all of its emissions” and “clarify how they see their future in a low-carbon world” in a letter published in the Financial Times on May 18.Cambridge has received donations… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Fwd: IRENA Quarterly Q2 2018

OFF-GRID ENERGY ACCESS ATTAINS NEW HEIGHTS *New estimates show rapid growth in the numbers of people using off-grid solar and other renewable power… Read more * AUCTIONS DRIVE RISE OF SOLAR PV IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA *A series of auctions to procure solar and wind power allowed South Africa to join … Continue reading “Fwd: IRENA Quarterly Q2 2018”

South Africa working on Climate Change Bill | News24

*A Climate Change Bill is on the cards for South Africa.* Speaking at a press briefing before introducing her department’s budget to the National Assembly on Wednesday, Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said in addition to finalising the National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy, the department had developed a draft Climate … Continue reading “South Africa working on Climate Change Bill | News24”

World Demand for Air Conditioning Also Pushes Power Needs

May 18, 2018

demand patterns. Until then, keep cool.Weekend reading Someone in East Asia is cheating on the environmental treaty that banned ozone-destroying chlorofluorocarbons. Nine design firms have unveiled their… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Fiat Chrysler Suit Emails Suggest Diesel Cheat Known in 2010

tried to convince him the software, called “t_engine,” didn’t count as cycle detection.The automaker’s emissions control “will be managed mainly on t_engine which is, no matter what Fiat says, a cycle… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Big Oil Investors Say More Needed to Tackle Climate Change

from their products once sold.“Reducing the carbon impact of their products is the most effective strategy for these companies to move to a low-carbon world,” they said in the letter. “The capital… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Time to Block the Lithium Cartel

who’ve historically guarded their interests have opposed such a path.Here’s how the lithium carbonate market is structured at present: North Carolina-based Albemarle Corp. is the market leader,… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

China Tightens Grip on Global Battery Metals With Chile Deal

predominantly a crop-nutrient producer, SQM has become the world’s biggest exporter of lithium carbonate.Global ShareTianqi’s acquisition of the stake in SQM would likely increase its share of global… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Eskom restructuring debate: Videos, slide presentations, summary article and outcomes

. Following the open public debate on 10 May 2018 on the restructuring of Eskom entitled: “Should Eskom be restructured, and if so how and when?”, we have pleasure in providing a comprehensive record of the debate, including: videos of the presentations; a summary article of the debate; the full … Continue reading “Eskom restructuring debate: Videos, slide presentations, summary article and outcomes”

Carbon Capture, the Vacuum Cleaner the Climate Needs

of Carbon Capture and Storage.The Center for Carbon Dioxide Removal’s overview of approaches to carbon capture. The National Energy Technology Laboratory’s portal for carbon capture.Carbon Brief’s… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Microsoft Pitches Greener Cloud to Lure Customers From Traditional Computing

May 17, 2018

running four popular applications in its cloud data centers significantly reduces energy use and carbon emissions compared with companies’ own server farms.Microsoft tested Azure’s computing and storage… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

American Appetites for SUVs, Pickups Might Not Doom Fuel Economy

business. It’s also a source of concern for those (like me) who worry about oil consumption, carbon emissions, the balance of payments and the like. Cars and light trucks have both been getting… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Diesel Technology Under Fire as EU Sues to Decrease Pollution

industry invested heavily in diesel as a profitable stop-gap technology to meet tighter rules on carbon dioxide emissions. Standards will again tighten in 2021, which means carmakers risk fines as… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Thoughts on the optimal electricity-generation mix for South Africa

. A keynote presentation by Chris Yelland, EE Publishers, at the annual conference of the National Nuclear Regulator of South Africa in Johannesburg on 16 May 2018 I have been asked recently if I have changed my views on nuclear, coal and renewable energy. The answer is: Yes, my views … Continue reading “Thoughts on the optimal electricity-generation mix for South Africa”

Elon Musk’s Empire Converges: Boring Tunnel to Link L.A. With SpaceX

Angeles’s public works committee recommended that the proposed Boring tunnel be exempt from an environmental review process. If the full city council approves the exemption, it would effectively fast-track… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Surge in nuclear builds sustainable energy mix

A surge in new nuclear plants coming online is helping to build a sustainable global energy mix, reduce emissions and meet electricity demand, says Agneta Rising, the World Nuclear Association’s director general. Speaking on the opening day of the Atomexpo 2018 conference in Sochi, Russia, Rising said nuclear energy had … Continue reading “Surge in nuclear builds sustainable energy mix”

Richemont’s Baume to Customize Vegan, Sustainable Luxury Watches

facilities in the various markets where Baume watches will be sold, cutting down on transit and carbon footprint.The Baume Iconic Series watch.Source: HodinkeeAt its launch today, Baume will have… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Monaco’s $2.4 Billion Plan to Stay Relevant? Expand The Coastline

“most expensive” architecture, and more about the prince’s plan of transitioning Monaco into a carbon-neutral country by 2050.The district will follow a pedestrian-only design, with such sustainable… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

New Zealand Budget 2018: Winners and Losers

NZ$100 million for a Green Investment Fund that will encourage private-sector investment in low-carbon industries. There is also more money for protecting native species and conservation initiatives… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Aluminum's Green Cloak Masks a Black Heart

May 16, 2018

to a carbon anode with which it reacts to form carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide, while the leftover molten aluminum settles on the cathode.That step deals a blow to aluminum’s low-carbon aspirations… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Genset manufacturer with in-house distribution network

Cummins is able to provide customers with a broad range of power solutions. Moreover, it differentiates itself from many of its competitors due to its robust distribution network. The company owns its distribution channels in many key African markets, or has very strong joint venture (JV) partners. What this means for … Continue reading “Genset manufacturer with in-house distribution network”

EPC business model change

ABB has announced actions across three of its divisions to complete the business model change for engineering, procurement and construction (EPC). These decisions are in line with the company’s strategy to shift the centre of gravity towards strengthened competitiveness, higher growth segments and lower risk. In the power grids division, the company has … Continue reading “EPC business model change”

Navigating a shifting energy market

General Electric (GE) is racing to keep pace with seismic shifts in the global energy industry as demand for power rises more slowly than in the past, owing to the improved efficiencies of appliances and commercial buildings increasingly engineered to save electricity. Power demand growth in China, for instance, has … Continue reading “Navigating a shifting energy market”

Technology for electrical heat tracing in CSP plants

Electrical heat tracing (EHT) is required in concentrated solar power (CSP) plants to prevent the crystalisation of molten salts (from 240°C), to ensure the correct viscosity of various heat transfer fluid (HTF), to keep synthetic oil at about 15°C and water from freezing, which occurs when fluids remain static in … Continue reading “Technology for electrical heat tracing in CSP plants”

Now Volvo Says It Will Ditch Diesel in Europe

to the embattled technology as a stop-gap to reach the E.U.’s ambitious regulation on cutting carbon dioxide emissions.Meanwhile, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV will cease to offer diesel versions… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Battery storage, smart grid, and efficiency companies raise millions in funding

The battery storage, smart grid and energy efficiency sectors are seeing dramatic growth. Mercom Capital Group, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report on funding and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity for the battery storage, smart grid, and energy efficiency sectors for the first quarter of … Continue reading “Battery storage, smart grid, and efficiency companies raise millions in funding”

Unique nuclear floating power unit sets sail

Akademik Lomonosov, the world’s only nuclear floating power unit (FPU), has set sail from the Baltic shipyard. The unit is en route to Russia’s far-east via Murmansk, where nuclear fuel will be loaded into its reactors. First criticality of the reactors is scheduled for autumn 2018. All necessary construction works … Continue reading “Unique nuclear floating power unit sets sail”

Kenyan wind power project nears completion

WorleyParsons’ project delivery and engineering consultancy is nearing completion of its major scope of work on the Lake Turkana wind power (LTWP) project in Kenya, with a key milestone of all 365 turbines completed in only 362 days. The company’s team was contracted by the LTWP consortium to provide overall project … Continue reading “Kenyan wind power project nears completion”

Natural gas an important part of SA’s energy future, minister says

Certainty in South Africa’s energy policy is vital for the country’s economic growth as it will stimulate much-needed investment. Speaking at the Gas to Power Africa Congress in Cape Town recently, Jeff Radebe, the minister of energy said that South Africa needs to grow and to attract significant infrastructure investment there … Continue reading “Natural gas an important part of SA’s energy future, minister says”

Studying the evolution of the electricity grid and opportunities for the future

GO15, a voluntary initiative of the world’s 19 largest power grid operators representing more than 70% of the world’s electricity suppliers, has announced a study of three key areas to ensure future operational and economic sustainability for the transmission and system operator industry. Thava Govender Thava Govender, the president of … Continue reading “Studying the evolution of the electricity grid and opportunities for the future”

Green Investing in Britain Falls to Lowest in Decade

of pounds of investment is needed in clean energy, transport, heating and industry to meet our carbon targets,” said Mary Creagh, a member of Parliament who leads the the Environmental Audit Committee… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

U.S. insurers unprepared for climate change disasters – study

… the dangers of climate change, making them likely to raise rates or deny… to treat storms as “anomalous rather than correlated to climate change… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

Tesla Loses Energy Leaders Amid Musk's Reorganization

May 15, 2018

manage the electric grid, integrate a growing amount of solar and wind power, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Tesla has partnered with Southern California Edison to provide batteries at the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

Airport Transportation Goes Cleaner on Electric Power

users with a quieter ride.Buses like the ones destined for LAX are a small but growing source of carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S. Transit buses made up just 1.3 percent of road transport emissions… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Norwegian Gas Exporter Warns Europe May Be on Verge of Blackouts

”Reduced capacity reserve means higher use of gas to produce electricity, also supported by higher carbon prices that discourage dirtier-burning fuels.“It is very difficult to see that there is any other… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Coal at Record Is Latest Pressure to Weigh on Utility Earnings

$90.65 a ton on Tuesday, a fifth consecutive day of gains that together with higher costs on carbon emissions lifted the price of electricity in the process. China’s power generation needs has… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Blockchain Fan IBM Helps Issue a Digital Coin for First Time

companies that want to offset their carbon emissions. The token also facilitates the process through which companies can quantify their environmental impact.The carbon credits InfiniteEARTH receives… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

The effect of EV charging on distribution system planning and modelling

Distribution systems are becoming more and more complex with the growth of distributed generation, behind the meter storage and electric vehicles (EVs). The classical model of a distribution network with top down unidirectional flow of electricity and predictable daily consumption patterns is no longer valid, and new approaches are required … Continue reading “The effect of EV charging on distribution system planning and modelling”

This Man Is Building an Armada of Saildrones to Conquer the Ocean

black letters across the eye-scorching orange mainsail. Most of the body is a lightweight, sturdy carbon-fiber composite, and the rest is plastic and ceramic—all resistant to saltwater. The sail and… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Should Eskom be restructured and if so how and when?

An open public debate, attended by approximately 250 people in Midrand recently, discussed various options on the future of Eskom. A vote at the end of the debate showed that 70% of those present voted in favour of a deep and decisive restructuring of Eskom, while 14% voted that the … Continue reading “Should Eskom be restructured and if so how and when?”

Biomass power generation

“ELB Engineering Services (ELB) turned to power and large industrial projects as the decline in commodity prices led to fewer capital projects in that sector”, says Dr Stephen Meijers, chief executive of ELB in an interview with Energize. Dr Stephen Meijers It was recently announced that the ELB-KCC Consortium (consisting … Continue reading “Biomass power generation”

Everyone Wants to See Green in Bonds

May 14, 2018

institutes have also become involved.There are complaints:Sean Kidney, chief executive of the Climate Bonds Initiative, a UK-based non-profit organisation, pointed to a concern for investors in such… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Trump Tells Car Executives He’s Still Open to Talks With California

May 11, 2018

by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown.The “process is just beginning” to revisit fuel economy and carbon emission rules, Marchionne said, which he termed “the right thing to do.”The Alliance of Automobile… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Inspiring Terms Are Simple. ‘Climate Change’ Isn’t.

dark surfaces would, which makes the cold periods colder worldwide. Similarly, warmth releases carbon dioxide, which acts as a greenhouse gas traps solar heat and amplifies warm periods.Adding to… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Insurer to Invest in Coastal Wetlands to Mitigate Storm Damages

offset its carbon emissions.XL Catlin, the property insurance unit of Bermuda-based insurer XL Group Ltd., and the Nature Conservancy announced plans on Thursday to develop “blue carbon resilience… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Apple Backs Alcoa, Rio Tinto to Develop Carbon-Free Metal Making

May 10, 2018

Apple Inc. is backing a joint venture between metal producers Alcoa Corp. and Rio Tinto Group to develop a new aluminum-making process that eliminates greenhouse gases.The Alcoa-Rio joint venture… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Climate Talks Stall as Detail Sought on $100 Billion Finance

the cost of carbon emissions in Europe is creating pools of new cash that might come their way. As industrial countries take on tighter emission targets, they may buy traded carbon credits from… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Activist ValueAct Takes Stake in Wood Pellet Manufacturer Enviva

reduce demand for coal, they remain controversial among environmentalists because they still emit carbon dioxide when burned. Enviva requires its wood suppliers to commit to replanting trees and managing… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

California Becomes First State to Mandate Solar on New Homes

May 9, 2018

curb greenhouse gases. The housing mandate is part of Governor Jerry Brown’s effort to slash carbon emissions by 40 percent by 2030, and offers up a playbook for other states to follow.“This is… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Smarter Wind Turbines Try to Squeeze More Power on Each Rotation

speed and direction that’s going to hit it soon from the other machines,” said Paul Veers, chief engineer for the U.S. government’s National Wind Technology Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

One Thing Trump, Some Environmentalists Both Love: Nuclear Power

an even bigger threat. Ideally, the group would like to save reactors with a national price on carbon emissions. But absent that, it sees the next best approach as the one underway in New York, Illinois… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Energy storage battery project gaining ground

Progress is continuing with the construction of a vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) for Eskom.  Bushveld Energy has finished manufacturing the direct current portion of the VRFB, with factory acceptance expected during this month. The delivery of the entire system to the power utility is planned for the second quarter. … Continue reading “Energy storage battery project gaining ground”

Upgrade for recloser product announced

Driven by field demand and requirements for centralised management of Intelligent Electronic Device (IED) timestamping, switchgear engineering firm Noja Power recently announced the implementation of the simple network time protocol (SNTP) in its RC controller series. This enhancement is freely available to users of the company’s OSM recloser system with … Continue reading “Upgrade for recloser product announced”

Solar systems light up Zandspruit community

Energy poverty is a thing of the past for over 100 households in the informal settlement of Zandspruit, west of Johannesburg. Schneider Electric South Africa recently provided close to 130 solar systems to light up the lives of community members, and provided training to residents in the installation thereof. In the … Continue reading “Solar systems light up Zandspruit community”

Spirit of innovation results in more patents

Endress+Hauser, a provider of measurement and automation technology, has traditionally placed a high value on research and development. Employees who make significant contributions to a patent filing are invited to an annual Innovators’ Meeting. Patents with particularly high business impact are recognised with special awards. This year’s event was held … Continue reading “Spirit of innovation results in more patents”

Inverter technology wins award

SolarEdge Technology was voted the gold winner for its HD-Wave inverter technology in the renewable energy category by the Edison Awards, one of the premier awards program in the United States recognising innovation. SolarEdge joined some of the world’s most recognised companies for the awards ceremony celebrating 31 years of … Continue reading “Inverter technology wins award”

Energy companies finalise partnership agreement

Siemens and Neptune Energy Germany have signed a partnership agreement joining development efforts in the field of digitalisation. Neptune is an exploration and production company, part of the globally active Neptune Energy Group, and is an expert in the production of hydrocarbons. The Co-Creation partnership agreement allows both companies to combine … Continue reading “Energy companies finalise partnership agreement”

Biogas plant lineup expanded

Weltec Biopower is currently building three anaerobic digestion plants in Northern Ireland. All three 500 kW plants will be completed and go live soon. Two of them are being set up in County Antrim in north-east Northern Ireland. Another plant is being built in Benburb in County Tyrone. The company will soon … Continue reading “Biogas plant lineup expanded”

Energy storage project for platinum mine

Anglo American Platinum announced recently that Primus Power will be installing eight EnergyPod battery systems at the Amandelbult mine, in Limpopo. The energy storage project at Amandelbult deepens the ongoing partnership between the companies. Having first invested in Primus Power through the Platinum Group Metals Development Fund (PGMDF) in 2014, … Continue reading “Energy storage project for platinum mine”

Major investment in generator fleet

To address increased demand for its services, Rand-Air has added 52 new generators to its rental fleet, from 60 to 500 kVA. The new generators are also a commitment to customers to ensure that they have prime power available as and when they need it. While the company does supply customers … Continue reading “Major investment in generator fleet”

Roshqott Power Enterprises: Bridging economic transformation

Franchising is an effective growth and sustainable model for developing black economic empowerment (BEE) companies in South Africa. Last year, Roshqott announced an engineering franchise model for its company. This year the company is taking a bold step forward with new changes to its structure. The company’s engineering franchise model … Continue reading “Roshqott Power Enterprises: Bridging economic transformation”