Carbon Industry News

Indonesia's Grasberg Hardball Is Scoring an Own Goal

April 26, 2018

unexpected environmental consequences.”For all that Grasberg’s tailings system is inadequate, Adkerson is right to question whether the Indonesian government is motivated by environmental concerns… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Mexico City's Water Problem Is Going to Get Worse

April 25, 2018

restrictions during a drought that ended (for now) with the super-wet winter of 2016-2017.Climate change is often cited as contributing to these water shortages around the world, and maybe it has… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Lira's U-Turn a Sign Turkey's Rate Rise Is No Magic Bullet

too. The rhetoric is not more hawkish. There is nothing on the liquidity front. It is almost a carbon copy of the previous one. They just added ‘upside movements in import prices have increased such… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Boeing Shakes Off Trade-War Jitters as Cash Beats Estimates

production and market risks as the company plots its first all-new aircraft family since the carbon-composite 787, said Ken Herbert, an analyst with Canaccord Genuity.As the launch of the new mid-range… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Eskom to announce coal recovery plan to address imbalance in coal stock levels

The challenge of coal stock levels below the required target of 20 days at seven of Eskom’s power stations is not ideal, more especially as the power utility prepares for the traditionally higher electricity usage period in winter. The organisation has, however, put measures in place to address the current … Continue reading “Eskom to announce coal recovery plan to address imbalance in coal stock levels”

Battery powered digital industrial thermometers

Kobold’s DTE series of digital temperature gauges offer a wide range of industrial and analytical possibilities for applications where high accuracy and clear indication is required, and where alarm control and displayed messaging is either useful or a requirement as in controlled environments such as hospitals and scientific laboratories.   In … Continue reading “Battery powered digital industrial thermometers”

Fight Grows Over Who Owns Real Estate Drowned by Climate Change

courtrooms, legislatures, and government offices, raising the question of whether and when climate change justifies seizing private property. The stakes are enormous, affecting not just ownership… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Solution for gas supply safety systems

Danish company Eltronic has developed a special safety system known as a gas valve train (GVT) that is capable of safely and reliably switching off the supply of highly explosive natural gas. The instrumentation for the system is provided by Siemens. The GVT is based on the double block and … Continue reading “Solution for gas supply safety systems”

Multifunctional transformer diagnostics tool

  The Megger TRAX transformer and substation test system instrument provides 13 different testing capabilities for transformer diagnostics alone, as well as extensive test capacities for other system assets, such as capabilities to time and record motion on circuit breakers, etc. Balance, in particular, is very important.   Not only … Continue reading “Multifunctional transformer diagnostics tool”

Deal for 1800 MW of wind power concluded

ESA, the newly formed local subsidiary of German-based Enertrag and Genesis Eco-Energy Developments (GEED), one of South Africa’s most successful pioneering renewable energy project developers and investors, have concluded an agreement to develop 1800 MW of wind energy projects in South Africa. The deal catalyses a portfolio of wind energy projects … Continue reading “Deal for 1800 MW of wind power concluded”

Ngodwana biomass project to go ahead

ELB Engineering Services (ELB), KC Cottrell, and the ELB Educational Trust have been appointed as engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for the 25 MW biomass project by Ngodwana Energy. The consortium will erect a biomass plant alongside the Sappi Ngodwana Mill in Mpumalanga. The scope of work is to … Continue reading “Ngodwana biomass project to go ahead”

Another nuclear reactor connected to the grid

Rosatom reports that Unit 1 of the Leningrad NPP-2 has been synchronised to the grid and the unit has begun generating elecricity. Unit 1 is a VVER-1200 reactor, a Russian-designed pressurised water power reactor, and the company’s second Gen III+ reactor to be connected to the grid. The company says … Continue reading “Another nuclear reactor connected to the grid”

Power transformers study group submits report

The scope of SC A2 covers the life cycle of all types of power transformers. This includes HVDC transformers, phase shifters, shunt reactors and transformer components such as bushing and tap-changers. Southern Africa is represented at SC A2 by Adesh Singh and Khayakazi Dioka. Their responsibilities are split such that … Continue reading “Power transformers study group submits report”

Coke Finds That Americans Still Love Their Soda After All

April 24, 2018

to protein shakes. But a big source of growth this quarter came from a more familiar place: carbonated soft drinks.Even as U.S. consumers reportedly move away from artificial sweeteners, the company’s… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Threatens Iran Over Nuclear Program in Macron Meeting

Paris climate accord, but has nonetheless urged Trump to stick to American commitments to reduce carbon pollution.Side AgreementsMacron urged the president to consider the nuclear deal “in a wider… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

BNEF Talk: The Future of LNG

Sethia talks about the supply and demand outlook for natural gas and LNG, and their role in a low carbon future. … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Brexit 'will not change' UK's climate ambition :government official

… carbon emissions and combat climate change, a senior British government… representative for climate change at Britain’s foreign office. “Climate… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

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

Result of hearing of Eskom’s group executive for group capital

Tim Bruinders SC, who was appointed by Eskom to chair a disciplinary hearing convened to consider charges levelled against Abram Masango, the power utility’s group executive for group capital, has found Masango not guilty of the charges levelled against him. Masango was placed on suspension on 15 November 2017, and was … Continue reading “Result of hearing of Eskom’s group executive for group capital”

Coca-Cola’s Focus on Healthier Drinks Pays Off

WaterCoca-Cola’s results were also boosted by its portfolio of sparkling waters in the quarter. The carbonated versions of its Dasani and Smartwater brands saw double-digit growth. And the recent acquisition… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Big Oil Still Unloved by Investors Despite Better Fortunes

investors expect them to keep a tight leash on costs, yet spend money to stay relevant in a low-carbon future.“The investment community still is not sure we’re going to handle these higher prices… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Activists to Take Center Stage as Annual Meetings Get Under Way

Shell has asked shareholders to vote against the resolution since it already aims to cut its net carbon footprint in half by 2050. “The resolution could, if supported, tie the hands of existing and… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Implementing economic development in rural communities

The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) is working with key constituencies to help improve the implementation of economic development components through industry practice. A final workshop in a series hosted by SAWEA brought together key representatives of the three constituencies concerned with economic development in the Renewable Energy Independent … Continue reading “Implementing economic development in rural communities”

Electric Buses Are Hurting the Oil Industry

passengers around the world’s busiest cities. That, according to Ho, adds up to 18 million tons of carbon dioxide pollution avoided, which is about as much as 3.8 million cars produce in each year.“The… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Court Blocks Trump Effort to Delay Boost in ‘Gas Guzzler’ Fines

April 23, 2018

penalty rule is a common sense measure that would protect consumers’ pocketbooks while reducing the carbon emissions that harm our health and drive climate change,” Schneiderman said in a statement. “As… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

M&A Risk Stalks Innogy's Green Bonds as Clean Energy Backfires

environmentally-friendly activities, like a grid upgrade as part of the country’s transition to a low-carbon economy or smart home technology. The developments are being closely watched by the 255-billion… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

First nuclear power plant in UAE completed

The construction of unit 1 at Barakah, the first nuclear power plant to be constructed in United Arab Emirates (UAE), has been completed. The presidents of South Korea and Abu Dhabi attended a ceremony marking the event recently. All four units at Barakah are scheduled for completion by 2020. The four … Continue reading “First nuclear power plant in UAE completed”

Cleantech company to open local sales office

Swedish cleantech company Ripasso Energy will form a subsidiary, Ripasso South Africa, and open a sales and service office in Johannesburg in May. The recent interest from the metal and mining industries in South Africa may prove to be the company’s major breakthrough. The decision is based on the surge … Continue reading “Cleantech company to open local sales office”

The gravitational vortex water turbine puts a spin on small hydro

The interest in small hydropower systems, which can be used to generate local and off-grid electricity in small rivers and streams, has led to the development of a number of new designs all exploiting technologies which are not suitable for large scale hydro generation. The vortex turbine uses both kinetic … Continue reading “The gravitational vortex water turbine puts a spin on small hydro”

Turning waste plastics into biogas

The Lead South Australia reports that scientist David Thompson is soon to file an application for patent protection for his polymer-organic energy treatment (POET) system, which uses anaerobic digestion technology to turn a range of plastics, including polyethylene, polypropylene, polystyrene and expanded polystyrene, into methane. The process also produces inert, … Continue reading “Turning waste plastics into biogas”

The Puerto Rico Family Office that Bought a Wind Farm

single-family office Treehouse Investments LLC. (The family’s concern about sea levels rising from climate change inspired them to name the business after an elevated house, he says.) The family office owns… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Millions of urban Africans still don’t have electricity: here’s what can be done

At least 110-million of the 600-million people still living without access to electricity in Africa live in urban areas, and most are within a stone’s throw from existing power grid infrastructure. Why do they remain unconnected? Rebekah Shirley In Nigeria, Tanzania, Ghana and Liberia alone there are up to 95-million people living … Continue reading “Millions of urban Africans still don’t have electricity: here’s what can be done”

China Targets 100% Clean Power for Area Near Beijing

world’s biggest clean energy investor, wants to make Xiongan a sustainable city as it works to cap carbon emissions by around 2030. The nation announced its plans to set up the new city southwest of… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

IEA: Energy Efficiency Could Deliver 35% of Needed Emissions Reductions | News | SDG Knowledge Hub | IISD

April 22, 2018

17 April 2018: According to a report released by the International Energy Agency (IEA), energy efficiency measures could deliver more than a third of the cumulative reductions of GHG emissions necessary to meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement on climate change. Achieving these savings requires new policies and investments … Continue reading “IEA: Energy Efficiency Could Deliver 35% of Needed Emissions Reductions | News | SDG Knowledge Hub | IISD”

De Lille: Time For Climate-Change Action Is Now

VOICES 20/04/2018 06:00 SAST | Updated 20/04/2018 06:01 SAST De Lille: Time For Climate-Change Action Is NowThe impact of climate change has the ability to compound existing challenges in urban environments. – By Patricia De Lille m.huffingtonpost.co.za/2018/04/20/de-lille-time-for-climate-change-action-is-now_a_23331782/

All Lyft Rides Are Now Carbon Neutral

All Lyft Rides Are Now Carbon NeutralAs Lyft becomes one of the world’s largest voluntary purchasers of carbon offsets, every ride will now contribute to fighting climate change. medium.com/@johnzimmer/all-lyft-rides-are-now-carbon-neutral-55693af04f36?source=userActivityShare-41739bfa153f-1524375116

BRIEF-Calvert Research & Management Urge Genesee & Wyoming Shareholders To Vote For Greenhouse Gas Emissions Goals

April 20, 2018

… FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS GOALS – SEC FILING Source… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Green house gas

Sparklines: Disasters Are Costing Us More as We Insure Them Less

world” — the curb.Uber’s main North American rival, Lyft, has committed to making every ride carbon-neutral, “a multi-million dollar investment in the first year alone.” In the race to create self-driving… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Mexico's High Gasoline Prices Don't Make a Lot of Sense

production. Which leads me to another proposal: Maybe we Yankees could help out by, say, enacting a carbon tax to shrink our burgeoning federal deficit. That wouldn’t necessarily reduce gasoline prices… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Impossible Foods Quest to Save Planet Draws Environmentalist Ire

ingredient” that solves what he calls the planet’s biggest environmental problem: beef.The ingredient, made from soybean roots and genetically engineered yeast, goes into vegetarian Impossible Burgers, which… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Peter Thiel: Libertarian, Contrarian or Something Else?

for the CFO job at Uber. Meanwhile, Lyft has committed to buying millions of dollars worth of carbon offsets to cover emissions from its ride-hailing business.Chinese companies sell globally. Now… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Order for watertube boiler received

John Thompson, a leading designer and manufacturer of fossil fuel- and biomass-fired boilers and ancillary plant, has made a breakthrough sale of the innovative MicroGen small medium-pressure watertube boiler it has developed for the local and international industrial markets.  Automotive tyre manufacturer Sumitomo Rubber SA has ordered a 30 t/h … Continue reading “Order for watertube boiler received”

Peru’s largest solar PV plant inaugurated

Enel, through its Peruvian renewable energy subsidiary Enel Green Power Peru (“EGPP”), has started operations at the 180 MW Rubi solar PV plant, which is Peru’s largest solar plant and Enel’s first solar facility in the country. Enel invested around US$170-million in the construction of Rubi, as part of the … Continue reading “Peru’s largest solar PV plant inaugurated”

IE3-compliant motors promote energy efficiency

SEW-Eurodrive South Africa showcased its IE3-compliant DRN series of asynchronous motors at bauma CONEXPO Africa 2018. The range has set a new benchmark in the local electric-motor industry in terms of energy efficiency. Stricter international regulations have meant that all two-, four- and six-pole asynchronous motors with a power rating of … Continue reading “IE3-compliant motors promote energy efficiency”

Heightening industrial cyber security by detecting anomalies

Siemens will present a solution for detecting anomalies in industrial networks at the Hannover Messe 2018. “Industrial Anomaly Detection” enables security-related incidents, such as unauthorised intrusions and malware, to be identified and countermeasures to be taken. The software is pre-installed on an industrial PC (IPC), and easily integrated into industrial … Continue reading “Heightening industrial cyber security by detecting anomalies”

Bearings for stringent environments and harsh conditions

In today’s industrial world, customers need solutions that are robust enough to withstand the toughest challenges and the most testing environments while meeting ever growing demands. In addition, these solutions must work harder, longer and safer for improved uptime and subsequently greater productivity and efficiency. SKF Explorer tapered roller bearings present … Continue reading “Bearings for stringent environments and harsh conditions”

For accurate indoor air quality measurements

Comtest is offering the Fluke 985 particle counter, a rugged, highly accurate meter that measures airborne particles to troubleshoot and monitor indoor air quality (IAQ). The 985 is ideal for facility maintenance, HVAC and IAQ professionals to monitor cleanroom and conduct HVAC filter testing and IAQ commissioning and investigations in buildings. … Continue reading “For accurate indoor air quality measurements”

Position sensor detection for hydraulic cylinders

Instrotech has on offer Siko’s SGH wire-actuated encoders that measure the cylinder stroke as well as its speed in the hydraulic cylinder with impressive efficiency, flexibility and robustness. The SGH technology transforms hydraulic and telescopic cylinders as well as piston accumulators into smart cylinders and hydraulic systems. A suitable sensor is … Continue reading “Position sensor detection for hydraulic cylinders”

$35-million to fund renewable energy in Africa

Inspired Evolution has successfully secured a further US$35-million in commitments from the African Development Bank (AfDB) and Swedfund International AB (Swedfund) in a second closing of its Evolution II Fund. Growing investor confidence in the company’s offering, consolidates its market position as one of sub-Saharan Africa’s leading specialised clean energy … Continue reading “$35-million to fund renewable energy in Africa”

Second major solar contract for 2018

Eltherm South Africa is responsible for the design and installation of the electrical heat tracing (EHT) system at the 100 MW Ilanga solar thermal power plant near Upington in the Northern Cape. Ilanga marks the second big concentrated solar power (CSP) project for the company this year; the installation of an … Continue reading “Second major solar contract for 2018”

$63-million project for Spain

DuPont Safety & Construction, maker of DuPont Nomex, has announced it will complete the addition of Nomex filament yarn capacity at the DuPont Asturias site in Spain. This decision marks a total project investment of more than $60-million. This investment decision supports strong market demand, with plans for product commercialisation in … Continue reading “$63-million project for Spain”

U.S. to Review Gas Pipeline Policy for First Time Since 1999

April 19, 2018

agency to take a “hard look” at whether and how the agency could consider the social cost of carbon when it makes decisions.Another Democratic Commissioner, Richard Glick, issued a dissent over… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Forget Rising Interest Rates, Banks Are Still Loving Solar Power

electricity as states seek to limit emissions from fossil fuels like coal or natural gas linked to climate change. Installations will rebound to 10.3 gigawatts in 2019 and 12 gigawatts in 2020, compared… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Lyft Says Every Ride Will Be Carbon Neutral With Clean-Air Plan

Uber Technologies Inc.As part of the program, Lyft hired a company, called 3Degrees, to oversee carbon-offset investments. Those will include efforts to reduce pollution in auto manufacturing and… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Can Dirt Save the Earth? – The New York Times

SKIP TO CONTENT SKIP TO SI A steaming pile of manure mixed with straw bedding at West Marin Compost in Marin County, Calif.CreditJonno Rattman for The New York Times FEATURE Can Dirt Save the Earth? Agriculture could pull carbon out of the air and into the soil — but it … Continue reading “Can Dirt Save the Earth? – The New York Times”

Lyft clean-air offsets

Lyft is making a “multi-million” dollar investment on carbon offset projects to compensate for emissions from its drivers #tictocnews… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Tesla’s Cash Burn Has Elon Musk’s Dreams Living on Borrowed Time

the upstart electric vehicle maker’s sporty Roadster—described by one impressed reviewer as a “carbon-­fiber mosquito”—was just the beginning:“The strategy of Tesla is to enter at the high end of… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Europe Bolsters Regulatory Clout Over Carmakers After VW Scandal

legislation makes the commission, the 28-nation bloc’s regulatory arm, more like the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.Along with an EU move last year to start measuring cars’ smog-causing pollution… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

The Best Unpretentious Beers You Can Find Just About Anywhere

bottle-conditioned, meaning one packaged to re-ferment with additional live yeast for natural carbonation. “[This] helps the beer age gracefully; and I look for something that doesn’t have too much… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Gentrification Is Turning Berlin Into a Generic Hipsterville

percent average for the same ten years. To many outsiders, especially those from London, New York, Paris or Amsterdam, Berlin is still cheap. The average rent for a two-bedroom apartment in a pre-1918… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Caisse’s Stake in Kinder Brings Quebec Into Bitter Pipeline Feud

April 18, 2018

percent, up from 48 percent in February.Carbon ReviewThe Caisse’s investment in Kinder Canada came before it announced plans to scale back its holdings in carbon-intensive industries in favor of renewable… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Growing Midsize Cities Like Boise Could Replace Urban Future

half of the 20th century might have been a result of its own growth, its greatest impact in the first half of the 21st century might be how its expatriates impact the growth of other states.A look… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Solar energy solution brings massive reduction to carbon footprint

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 “Solar energy solution brings massive reduction to carbon footprint”

Microgrid evolution fuels smarter energy management

Electrical power is essential. From the time when our alarm goes off in the morning to when we turn the lights off at night, we use electrical power. In terms of magnitude, each person in the US spends around $3052 on electricity (2012 figures). With a population of about 314-million … Continue reading “Microgrid evolution fuels smarter energy management”

Energy Intensive User Group calls for publication of new IRP

Xolani Mbanga, the CEO of the Energy Intensive User Group (EIUG), has written an open letter to Jeff Radebe, the  minister of energy, requesting the publication of the integrated resource plan for public comment.  The EIUG, whose members collectively consume approximately 40% of South Africa’s electricity, believes that energy is the … Continue reading “Energy Intensive User Group calls for publication of new IRP”

Why is energy efficiency still on the to-do list?

Energy efficiency, which has been defined as “the best and cheapest way to reduce CO2 emissions and use the least amount of electricity to achieve a desired result” and is often viewed as an obvious cost-saving option in an industrial or commercial operation, is frequently not implemented in South Africa. … Continue reading “Why is energy efficiency still on the to-do list?”

Cosatu rejects above-inflation tariff hikes to bail out “drug addict” Eskom

Granting Eskom above-inflation tariff hikes is like feeding bailout addictions of a drug addict, the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) was told. Matthew Parks (Pic:Trevor Samson/Financial Mail) Nersa is holding public hearings over the next three weeks, relating to Eskom’s application for the regulatory clearing account (RCA) balance … Continue reading “Cosatu rejects above-inflation tariff hikes to bail out “drug addict” Eskom”

Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster Convertible Review

9 seconds of the Aventador S Coupe, which exactly no one will notice.) Plus, this comes on a carbon-fiber body that weighs less than 3,600 pounds, with 507 pound-feet of torque. When you accelerate… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Total Agrees to Buy Utility Direct Energie in $1.7 Billion Deal

the group’s strategy to expand along the entire gas-electricity value chain and to develop low-carbon energies.”Total’s offer values Direct Energie at about 12.5 times its 2018 projected earnings… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Investing in Virtue Is Hard When So Few Companies Measure Up

April 17, 2018

allocation in the ESG Select ETF.One reason that tech is so prominent is that the sector has a low carbon footprint, so it scores highly in environmental screens. But social responsibility screens also… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Big Oil Bids to Burnish Credentials in War on Climate Change

Oil’s new resolve will focus on its fight for a carbon price. When asked last year by a senior policymaker why Shell didn’t advocate for stronger carbon pricing, Van Beurden was surprised. His company… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Combining thermal imaging with electrical measurement

Flir recently announced the Flir DM166 thermal imaging multimeter with infrared guided measurement (IGM). The device features 80×60 thermal resolution, broad multimeter test functions, and the flexibility for use in both high and low voltage applications. Designed to provide faster troubleshooting in applications such as electrical distribution, electro-mechanical systems, HVAC/R, … Continue reading “Combining thermal imaging with electrical measurement”

Key Japanese Anti-Nuclear Governor Considering Stepping Down

Abe has promoted the use of nuclear power as a way to lower the nation’s reliance on costly and carbon-emitting imported fossil fuels. Although the country imposed stronger safety regulations in the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Addressing Africa’s dire need for ubiquitous, reliable electricity

In a presentation at the ABB Customer World Africa 2018 recently, Claudio Facchin, the president of ABB’s power grids division, said that the changing generation landscape, including an increase in the penetration of renewable energy sources, has introduced certain challenges. The grid, Facchin said, which was originally built for one-way … Continue reading “Addressing Africa’s dire need for ubiquitous, reliable electricity”

Aarke Carbonator Is a Stylish Upgrade to SodaStream: Review

Most home carbonating machines are similar in their basic function. The $199 Aarke sparkling water maker, released in late 2016, occupies a unique position because of its stainless-steel construction… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

The Real-Life Fast & Furious Car Shop

exercise in covetous math, as a visitor’s brain scrambles to put a price tag on the cornucopia of carbon fiber. Here’s the rough tally from a random Friday in January: $250,000 (Mercedes G500 Brabus… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

China’s Economic Growth Remains Robust Amid Strong Retail Sales

over trade, how much of the potential drag can the new growth drivers offset?For now, the new engines are taking up the slack with the economic expansion matching the 6.8 percent pace for the last… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Audi Joins French Quest for Biofuels That Won't Challenge Food

Bloomberg Intelligence. Still, biofuels “could be a useful transition fuel to shift towards a lower-carbon transport system,” he said.Having built the demo plant in Germany last year, Delcourt and French… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

EPA Chief of Staff Approved Raises for Aides, Report Finds

April 16, 2018

the agency’s internal watchdog said in an interim report set to be released Monday. The Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector general says documents show Chief of Staff Ryan Jackson authorized… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Lyft’s Strategist Wants Self-Driving Electric Cars to Save World

another ­fitness-facilitating startup, in 2015, Kapoor began studying urbanization. Reducing carbon emissions will hinge on designing cities with efficient transportation—a massive business opportunity… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

BP aims to keep carbon emissions flat into 2025

… LONDON, April 16 (Reuters) – BP said on Monday it will keep carbon… role in the transition towards low-carbon energy following a landmark… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

Shell’s CEO Tells Activists and Investors: Trust Me to Cut CO2

2060 the world must be eliminating more carbon than it’s emitting.Van Beurden has previously announced an ambition for the company to halve its “net carbon footprint” by 2050. That figure includes… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Public hearings on Eskom’s regulatory clearing account commence

Eskom is scheduled to make presentations as the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) conducts public hearings into the power utility’s application in terms of the regulatory clearing account (RCA) balance for the second, third and fourth year (2014/15; 2015/16 and 2016/17 period) of the third multi-year price determination … Continue reading “Public hearings on Eskom’s regulatory clearing account commence”

Fwd: [EGI-SA] Webbers on carbon tax

*16-04-2018* Corporate environmental sustainability – SA’s impending carbon tax Having signed the Paris Agreement on Climate Change in November 2016, and as part of its National Climate Change Response Policy, South Africa has endorsed its “national-determined contribution” commitments to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The National Treasury consequently intends to … Continue reading “Fwd: [EGI-SA] Webbers on carbon tax”

Inside the “coal supply emergency” at Eskom…

Credible reports are being received of alarming coal supply problems at numerous Eskom coal-fired power stations in South Africa’s Mpumalanga province. The reports indicate that the situation has become so serious that Eskom’s primary energy division has recommended to the utility’s new generation head, Thava Govender, that a coal supply emergency … Continue reading “Inside the “coal supply emergency” at Eskom…”

Cloak and dagger drama at the IPP signing

An amazing “cloak and dagger” drama emerged behind the scenes at the signing of 27 outstanding power purchase agreements (PPAs) with renewable energy independent power producers (IPPs) with Eskom refusing to sign at the last moment. At 19h00 on 4 April 2018, hours after the ceremonial signing by Minister Jeff … Continue reading “Cloak and dagger drama at the IPP signing”

New Jersey Rescues Nukes, Aids Wind — And Some Enviros Boo

April 13, 2018

Governor Chris Christie, who shunned offshore wind and pulled New Jersey out of a multistate carbon market designed to lower greenhouse gases. But it drew mixed responses from environmental groups… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Nations Strike Historic Deal to Curb Shipping Industry Emissions

according to the World Bank. If left unchecked, that share could account for 15 percent of global carbon emissions by 2050, a five-fold increase from today.“It is likely this target will tighten further… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Three Reasons California Is Trump’s Worst Nightmare in Clean-Car Fight

reason she’s been unrelenting on the topic of curbing vehicle emissions: Almost 60 percent of the carbon dioxide spewed into California’s air comes from the transportation sector. If the state’s going… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Global Warming Is a Central Bank Issue

moves towards a low-carbon economy.The problem with this idea is that it requires more speculation than central banks should be tasked with. What if this shift to a low-carbon economy happens more… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Is Safe—for Now

April 12, 2018

meant to protect the environment. He’s proposed scrapping President Obama’s signature plan to cut carbon emissions, is rewriting a water pollution rule, and has quashed an effort to put new limits on… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Shell's Oil Isn't Stranded Now But Tomorrow Matters More

implied cap on how much more oil, gas and coal can be used (absent some major breakthrough in carbon-capture technology). And, as happened with the Evening Star, rival ways to power transportation… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Here's Why Friends and Foes of EPA Chief Pruitt Are So Adamant

of his high-profile initiatives, such as overturning the Obama administration’s plan to curb carbon emissions from power plants, face years of legal challenges.Nor can Pruitt’s significance be… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

DoE says overdue IRP will be published soon

Thabane Zulu, DoE director general The Department of Energy (DoE) says it is about to publish the updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) having just signed the outstanding power producer agreements with independent power producers. These 27 new projects constitute the biggest IPP procurement by the Department of Energy to date, representing a … Continue reading “DoE says overdue IRP will be published soon”

New Zealand Steps Up Climate Change Fight With Exploration Ban

and wants to achieve 100 percent renewable electricity generation by 2035 as it seeks to reduce carbon emissions after signing up to the Paris climate accord.“Globally, everyone needs to be making… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Environmentalists to Join the Space Race With Methane-Sensing Satellite

warming over the last century. Molecule for molecule, it’s a more powerful greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, which because of its much greater volume is nonetheless the biggest cause climate change… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

India's Oil Habit Is About to Become a Serious Drag for Modi

is now being encouraged by the tax code isn’t needed just to reduce urban pollution and slow carbon emissions. It’s also a necessity for the current account of a country whose import dependence… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

America’s Most Powerful Car Regulator Isn’t Going to Stop for Trump

April 11, 2018

You’ve overseen the establishment of significant regulation in California—cap and trade, low-carbon fuel standard. What do you see as your most important legacy?That smart regulations can drive… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Down on French Wine? Give These Five Lesser-Known Regions a Taste

and drought in the Rhône Valley, Provence, and the Languedoc. Wine production was down almost 20 percent from 2016, when already it had reached a 30-year historical low. Luckily, the 2014s and… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

First-Class Problem: Pressure Mounts Over EPA Chief’s Spending

fury from environmentalists for his efforts to roll back Obama-era regulations governing climate change, has told Bloomberg that the added protection was necessary because of “unprecedented” threats… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

When Marketing Luxury Vehicles, ‘Electric’ Is No Longer a Bad Word

millionaires and billionaires to make luxury purchases, based on a system of values such as reduced carbon footprints and sustainability, he adds. According to Hallmark, hybrid and electric cars allow… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Celebrating 25 years

From humble beginnings on 1 April 1993, with a staff compliment of only six, to 1 April 2018 with a staff compliment of 542, Diesel Electric Services has been serving its customers and providing real value to its chosen markets. The company says its success can be contributed to hard work, … Continue reading “Celebrating 25 years”

Thermal imaging TRMS multimeter

FLIR has announced the FLIR DM166 thermal imaging multimeter with infrared guided measurement (IGM), described as the industry’s most affordable digital multimeter-thermal imager combination. This devices features 80 x 60 thermal resolution, broad multimeter test functions and the flexibility for use in both high and low voltage applications. Designed to provide … Continue reading “Thermal imaging TRMS multimeter”

Addressing the challenges of electricity supply in Africa

The energy sector is undergoing something of a metamorphosis. Digital technology and small scale embedded generation are becoming more common in electrical systems, leaving traditional power utilities with many unanswered questions. Perhaps the most important question is how this energy revolution can be used to address the severe energy poverty … Continue reading “Addressing the challenges of electricity supply in Africa”

California Says a Car-Emissions Deal With Trump Could Be Doable

roads by 2030, up from a planned 1.5 million in 2025. The state has a legislative mandate to cut carbon dioxide emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

LNG Demand May Need $200 Billion Investment: Bechtel

April 10, 2018

and “it’s a great transition fuel as the energy mix around the world transitions toward more carbon-free sources.”… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Once-Hot Material Graphene Could Be Next Battery Breakthrough

have fizzled out years ago.Remember graphene? The advanced material — made up of a lattice of carbon atoms — may be poised for a comeback, albeit a quiet one, Bloomberg New Energy Finance analyst… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Climate Change Will Disrupt the Way Big Agriculture Is Done

global temperatures rise, regulations for agriculture — the world’s largest contributor to non-carbon dioxide emissions — are likely to become stricter and farmers will demand more environmentally… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Offshore Wind Churns Out Big Bank Payoff as Deals Jump to Record

investing in clean energy to make good on commitments made in the 2015 Paris climate accord to reduce carbon emissions. BNEF estimates countries in the EU provided 61 billion euros ($75 billion) of subsidies… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Kinder’s Pipeline Pause Puts Pressure on Trudeau to Act, Somehow

April 9, 2018

strategy essentially hinges on introducing a carbon price to make oil pipelines palatable. Provinces like Saskatchewan have bristled at the carbon price, and Trans Mountain — one of two major… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Shell's Climate Push Fails to Cut Emissions

to spend as much as $2 billion a year on low-carbon energy sources — the most among the so-called super majors — and intends to halve its carbon footprint by 2050. It has made strides in boosting… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Ten Finalists Picked For XPRIZE’s Carbon Conversion Challenge

director of Energy and Resources at XPRIZE, on this year’s NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE winners and what researchers are trying to turn carbon into. Live from Bloomberg’s Future of Energy Global Summit in… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Call for Proposals for Climate & Clean Energy Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia | pfan.net

pfan.net/event/call-for-proposals-for-climate-clean-energy-projects-in-sub-saharan-africa-and-asia/ Call for Proposals for Climate & Clean Energy Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia Private Financing Advisory Network (PFAN) has launched a call for proposals for climate and clean energy projects and businesses in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Selected projects will receive no-cost coaching by professional consultants and, once … Continue reading “Call for Proposals for Climate & Clean Energy Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia | pfan.net”

Darling Brew becomes Africa’s first carbon-neutral brewery

www.engineeringnews.co.za/article/darling-brew-becomes-africas-first-carbon-neutral-brewery-2018-04-05 Darling Brew becomes Africa’s first carbon-neutral brewery 5TH APRIL 2018 BY: SIMONE LIEDTKE WRITER Western Cape-based craft brewery Darling Brew has been named Africa’s first carbon-neutral brewery and is expected to offset a total of 687.96 t of carbon dioxide over the next year. This, the brewery explained, will … Continue reading “Darling Brew becomes Africa’s first carbon-neutral brewery”

Researchers Are Trying to Turn Carbon Into Things You Can Sell

least 10-fold.Four teams are working on ways to use carbon dioxide in concrete: CarbonCure Technologies Inc. of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia; Carbon Upcycling UCLA, which is affiliated with the University… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

How Blockchain Is Threatening to Kill the Traditional Utility

gather to discuss the future of energy. BNEF is estimating that $9 trillion will be spent on zero-carbon power generation through 2040 — and Vrins sees the technology aiding those investments. Before… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

EIUG scrutinises Eskom application for recovery of costs

The Energy Intensive User Group (EIUG) of Southern Africa has submitted its comments to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) regarding Eskom’s regulatory clearing account (RCA) applications for 2014/15 to 2016/17 and says Nersa should allow only R40-billion of the R65-billion clawback requested by Eskom. Nersa will hold … Continue reading “EIUG scrutinises Eskom application for recovery of costs”

Optimisation of seawater desalination by advanced process control

The shortage of fresh water resources in dry climate zones has increased the need to obtain drinking water or water for irrigation by desalination of sea water in regions close to the coast. Currently around 1% of the world’s population depends on desalinated water for daily use, but this fraction … Continue reading “Optimisation of seawater desalination by advanced process control”

PV grew by 32% in 2017

By the end of 2017, global renewable generation capacity increased by 167 GW and reached 2179 GW worldwide. This represents a yearly growth of around 8,3%, according to new data released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). In the same period, wind energy grew by 10%. Asia continued to … Continue reading “PV grew by 32% in 2017”

Three PV plants totalling 258 MW to achieve financial close

Norwegian Scatec Solar ASA (SSO) and partners are expecting to achieve financial close for three solar PV plants in South Africa totalling 258 MW. In April 2015, Scatec Solar was awarded preferred bidder status for the three projects in Upington in the fourth bidding round under the REIPPP. Construction start … Continue reading “Three PV plants totalling 258 MW to achieve financial close”

Redstone agreement for 100 MW CSP project signed

As part of the South African Department of Energy’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), a consortium led by Solar Reserve and ACWA Power have signed a 20-year power purchase agreement with Eskom for the “Redstone” solar thermal power project. According to the companies, the 100 MW power … Continue reading “Redstone agreement for 100 MW CSP project signed”

More nuclear power in China

The World Nuclear Association released a report on China’s electricity generating plans recently. The report – of which this is an extract – states that most of mainland China’s electricity is produced from fossil fuels, predominantly from coal – 73% in 2015. Two large hydro projects are recent additions: Three Gorges … Continue reading “More nuclear power in China”

Lithium Glut Fears Tempered by Optimism Over Surging Demand

shortage of lithium in the world, but the concern is processing it and developing it into lithium carbonate, lithium products and lithium metal,” Roberge said in an interview. “Not all lithium projects… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Energize Inbox, April 2018

Our winning letter re: Igniting Eskom Generation: Turning the deadweight into economic fuel, Energize, March 2018 Dear Editor This article is an important contribution to the debate about Eskom’s future and the institutional reforms required to place the power sector on a financially and environmentally sustainable footing. I would like … Continue reading “Energize Inbox, April 2018”

Energize Inbox, March 2018

Our winning letter re: Statement by Deputy Minister of Energy Dear Editor I wish to respond to a recent statement made by the deputy minister of energy, according to an article in Business Day dated 20 February 2018: www.goo.gl/zgKfRJ According to the article: “Deputy Energy Minister Thembisile Majola told MPs that … Continue reading “Energize Inbox, March 2018”

Plastic, propellers and pilots

I trained as an environmental scientist and I now find myself deeply involved in cyanide and environmental management systems auditing. The essence of this is dealing with people. (The environment is fine, it’s had roughly four and a half billion years to sort itself out and a few billion people … Continue reading “Plastic, propellers and pilots”

Genset with higher power density

Cummins has announced the launch of the new C450 D5 genset model, as part of the new QSG12 diesel engine series. With an improved design and an advanced combustion system, this new product model offers more power for less space, by delivering a much higher power density and a more … Continue reading “Genset with higher power density”

How to maintain network control during outages

Noja Power’s OSM recloser systems are designed for a 30-year maintenance free service life, with one exception – the UPS battery in the controller. Across the globe, any utility that deploys automatic circuit reclosers (ACRs) would have a maintenance programme for the equipment. These remote devices, which are effectively computer-controlled circuit … Continue reading “How to maintain network control during outages”

Transformers made green

In liquid-immersed power and distributions transformers, the oil serves as both a dielectric insulant and a cooling medium. Owing to possible oil spillages and transformer fires, paramount to the selection of the type of oil to be used are the fire safety and the impact of oil on the surrounding … Continue reading “Transformers made green”

Power developments in Africa, April 2018

Construction begins on 57 MW  Construction has started on the 57 MW Western Area Power Generation Project in Sierra Leone. The power plant is located in the Kissy Dock area, 4 km east of Freetown. BB Energy, an independent energy trading company, will provide HFO under a 15-year fuel supply … Continue reading “Power developments in Africa, April 2018”

Awarded 285 MW of wind in first tender win

Enel’s Indian renewable subsidiary BLP Energy has won a 25-year energy supply contract for a 285 MW wind farm in Gujarat State. The project was awarded under the fourth tranche of the 2 GW national wind tender issued by the government company Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI). The company … Continue reading “Awarded 285 MW of wind in first tender win”

Divestment Hurt Apartheid. Can It Save the Planet?

what some scientists consider the maximum safe level of atmospheric carbon in parts per million. Its goal is to “keep carbon in the ground,” in part by weakening the oil, gas and coal industries… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Planning ahead for SAEEC’s Africa Energy Indaba 2019

April 6, 2018

The South African Electrotechnical Export Council (SAEEC)’s planning is already underway for the 2019 Africa Energy Indaba which is scheduled to take place between the 19 – 20 February 2019. The SAEEC has been approved for funding to host delegates again at the event. High level energy officials will be brought … Continue reading “Planning ahead for SAEEC’s Africa Energy Indaba 2019”

Greener Shipping Can Help Fight Climate Change

April 5, 2018

about as much carbon dioxide each year as Germany’s whole economy. On current trends, its share of the total will rise quickly. It could account for roughly 15 percent of the global carbon budget set… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Lego Billionaires Are Planning Big Investments in Green Assets

renewable energy.What started half a decade ago as an idealistic project to cancel the toymaker’s carbon footprint is now beginning to make much more financial sense for Kirkbi A/S, which has $16 billion… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

China Shines Bright as Solar Leads Record Renewables Investment

energy have shrunk dramatically in recent years, making the economic case to transition away from carbon-intensive energy sources all the more compelling. Even though coal and gas are still the cheapest… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Fear, Machine Guns and Why You Stink at Fact-Checking

View)No, the Rest Aren’t Rising in High-Tech Venture Capital (City Lab)Shell’s vision of a zero-carbon world by 2070, explained (Vox)The striking similarities between mortgage-backed securities and… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Generating power from sewage

The sewage treatment plant in Burgebrach, Bavaria, demonstrates how a municipal enterprise can effectively reduce its energy and disposal costs with the help of a biogas plant. For the existing sewage treatment plant, which serves a population of 13 000, Weltec has added a sludge digestion unit including energetic utilisation … Continue reading “Generating power from sewage”

Operation begins at Peru’s largest PV plant

Enel, through its Peruvian renewable energy subsidiary Enel Green Power Peru (“EGPP”), started operations at the 180 MW Rubi solar PV plant, which is Peru’s largest solar plant and Enel’s first solar facility in the country, will be able to generate approximately 440 GWh per year. The project is financed in … Continue reading “Operation begins at Peru’s largest PV plant”

SAPVIA welcomes the signing of PPAs

The South Africa Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) welcomes the recent signing of the PPAs. The association’s chairperson, Davin Chown, says it has been a long and drawn-out process to prove that renewables have their place and role to play in a rationally decided energy mix. He said the signing will … Continue reading “SAPVIA welcomes the signing of PPAs”

Signing of PPAs removes uncertainty, creates job opportunities

Jeff Radebe Speaking at the signing of the outstanding power-producer’s agreements (PPAs) in Pretoria recently, the minister of energy, Jeff Radebe, said that South Africa has passed the period of uncertainty, not only for the renewable energy industry, but also for private sector investment in the energy sector. Radebe said that … Continue reading “Signing of PPAs removes uncertainty, creates job opportunities”

Top Miner BHP Quits World Coal Association Over Climate Clash

has severed ties with the World Coal Association over a clash of views on how to combat climate change, with the mining giant saying it’ll reap little benefit from staying on as a member.BHP will… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Sara Lee Cake Maker Buys Wind Credits to Offset Your Dessert

April 4, 2018

The maker of Sara Lee cakes and Thomas’ English muffins is buying wind credits to erase the carbon footprint it created by baking your dessert.Grupo Bimbo SAB plans to use renewable energy for… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Google Bought Enough Clean Power for Whole Company and Then Some

consumption is the largest part of our carbon footprint,” Palmer said in a phone interview. “The renewable-energy program we have is the best way to mitigate our carbon impact.” She declined to say how… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Zero-emission ferry route in operation

To comply with the country’s stringent environmental regulations governing ferry emissions, the Norwegian ferry operator Fjord 1 has opted to expand its fleet using all-electric propulsion solutions. The two latest additions to the fleet use zero emission technology. This sustainable solution has allowed the operator to successfully run Norway’s first … Continue reading “Zero-emission ferry route in operation”

Another VVER-1200 reactor connected to the grid

Rosenergoatom, the electric power division of Russian nuclear corporation Rosatom, reported that Unit 1 of the Leningrad NPP-2 was synchronised to the grid and began generating electricity. The VVER-1200 reactor belongs to the most powerful series of Russian-designed pressurised water power reactors and is the company’s second Gen III+ reactor … Continue reading “Another VVER-1200 reactor connected to the grid”

Solar power storage provides 90% self-reliance

ABB’s new REACT 2 inverter and energy storage solution includes a high-voltage Li-ion battery with a long life and a storage capacity of up to 12 kWh. The modular solution can reduce electricity charges thanks to an achievable energy self-reliance of up to 90%. The inclusion of a high-voltage battery … Continue reading “Solar power storage provides 90% self-reliance”

Energy usage and efficiency in hospitals, clinics and medical facilities

Medical facilities are by nature intensive energy users as they work on a 24-hour, seven-days-a-week basis. Energy is used for heating, sterilisation, lighting, air conditioning, cooking and other functions such as radiology, therapy, surgery, etc.   Healthcare is regarded as the second highest energy-intensive building related industry. Many of the … Continue reading “Energy usage and efficiency in hospitals, clinics and medical facilities”

Efficient machine tools increase productivity

Machine tools are used mainly in the automotive industry, mechanical engineering and in drive technology. In practice, the machine tool sector is divided into two main areas: metal forming and metalworking. Photonic Mixer Device (PMD) sensors with time-of-flight technology are used for detecting the loading condition. The O5D100 photoelectric sensor … Continue reading “Efficient machine tools increase productivity”

Access to energy for Limpopo village

An on-going partnership between the University of Johannesburg’s (UJ) and Schneider Electric South Africa has ensured that the Gwakwani Village in Limpopo Province has had access to basic services through sustainable interventions. Schneider Electric’s collaboration with UJ on the Access to Energy project started with the installation of solar lighting … Continue reading “Access to energy for Limpopo village”

Guard against unsafe protection

Millions of sub-standard, Unsafe electrical products for sale and installed in residential, commercial and industrial buildings throughout South Africa. Unscrupulous and negligent suppliers make these products available at great risk to users who buy and install them despite compulsory specifications to protect users. Some circuit breakers meant to protect electricity … Continue reading “Guard against unsafe protection”

EPA Drops Mention of ‘Climate Change’ in Auto-Emissions Reversal

April 3, 2018

the reasons cited in the new document were auto industry comments that the costs of meeting the carbon targets could price some consumers out of the market, thus keeping older, less-efficient cars… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Why Trump and California May Face Off Over Fuel Rules

President Barack Obama, the auto industry agreed to meet stricter targets for fuel economy and carbon dioxide emissions from 2017 to 2025. With Obama now on the sidelines, California stands as the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Engie Ditches Dirty Coal as Latin America Turns to Clean Power

AES, along with Enel and Colbun SA, have agreed not to build new coal plants in Chile without carbon-capture and storage systems to limit emissions.“In Chile, coal is a very important source of… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Russian Tycoon Joins Hunt for Cheap Batteries Using Sodium

power from solar and wind, according to Korotchenkova.Why Batteries Must Pave the Road to Low-Carbon Future: QuickTakeSodium has about 70 percent of the energy intensity of lithium, but is cheaper… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

California Should Stand Its Ground on Auto Emissions

true that fuel-efficiency standards aren’t the best way to reduce emissions — that would be a carbon tax — and that there could be smarter ways to implement these standards. Even so, the industry’s… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

The Climate Change Hypocrisy Of Jet-Setting Academics | HuffPost

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Smart condition monitoring amplifier

Omron offers the N-Smart next-generation sensor series that connect to fibre sensors and laser sensors. A smart condition monitoring amplifier is now available that can connect to general analogue output sensors joining the line-up, enabling building an inexpensive and easy network with various sensors used to understand facility condition. Previously, obtaining … Continue reading “Smart condition monitoring amplifier”

Powering African grid inter-connection

Ensuring that the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP) and East African Power Pool (EAPP) countries have sufficient transmission and distribution infrastructure in place to enable electricity utilities to export (or ‘wheel’) power is one of the biggest opportunities offered by the African energy market at present, argues Louis Naidoo, AECOM … Continue reading “Powering African grid inter-connection”

Nuclear equipment qualification services launched

On 13 February 2018, Framatome, Bureau Veritas and Doosan Babcock signed an agreement creating Equalle, an alliance targeted at supporting the challenge of nuclear equipment qualification for the benefit of new build projects and in-service reactors in the United Kingdom. The qualification of nuclear safety equipment ensures its operability in normal … Continue reading “Nuclear equipment qualification services launched”

New diesel gensets launched

Cummins introduced the new C450 D5, as part of its QSG12 series diesel gensets for the commercial and industrial markets recently. This latest product offers more power for less space by delivering a much higher power density and a more reliable power solution. The series is available from 400 kVA to … Continue reading “New diesel gensets launched”

Solving communications reliability

If a recloser controller is commissioned and under SCADA control, it expects to receive periodic polling and communication from the control server. These are either requests for data, analogues and state, or controls, telling the recloser to execute some action. Typically, poll rates are executed in the sub-minute range. If … Continue reading “Solving communications reliability”

Waste-to-energy workshop hosted

Ekurhuleni, Johannesburg and Tshwane, the three metropolitan cities in Gauteng, produce a tremendous amount of waste. Gauteng has seen a high rate influx of residents searching for better opportunities. Coupled with the population growth, the amount of waste that these municipalities handle has increased significantly. It is with this background … Continue reading “Waste-to-energy workshop hosted”

The untapped potential of Africa biomass

There is significant potential for biomass power generation to supplement the energy mix and support. Speaking ahead of the pan-African power sector forum Power-Gen & Distributech Africa 2018, international power sector experts participating in the conference noted that biomass optimisation presented both challenges and opportunities in Africa. As a renewable, carbon … Continue reading “The untapped potential of Africa biomass”

Hotel installs large-scale PVT project

Park Inn by Radisson’s hotel in Cape Town has, together with Solarus, a producer of hybrid solar power collectors, installed the city’s first large scale commercial hybrid PV and thermal (PVT) project. The hotel has installed 30 power collectors, a unique technology which combines generation of thermal energy with PV generation … Continue reading “Hotel installs large-scale PVT project”

First CHP plants with SCR technology

The German CHP specialist ETW Energietechnik has delivered natural gas combined heat and power (CHP) units with selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology for the first time. Stadtwerke Duisburg is the first user of Adblue technology from ETW. The family business from Moers comprises three plants with CHP engines of the type … Continue reading “First CHP plants with SCR technology”

Plan to fund distributed energy

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has launched a A$12,5-million funding drive aimed at supporting the integration of distributed energy resources. The funding initiative aims to support increasing shares of distributed solar PV and batteries, and help distributed energy resources (DER) in homes and businesses to contribute to grid reliability. DER encompasses … Continue reading “Plan to fund distributed energy”

Cogeneration contract awarded

Italy’s Ansaldo Energia has been awarded a $49-million contract by its part-owner Shanghai Electric Group to supply Ansaldo Energia turbine gas turbines and generators for a new combined-cycle cogeneration plant in Serbia. The 200 MW Pancevo plant is owned by TE-TO Pancevo, and Shanghai Electric Group will be responsible for the EPC work … Continue reading “Cogeneration contract awarded”

The Climate Change Hypocrisy Of Jet-Setting Academics | HuffPost

www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/opinion-dolsak-prakash-carbon-tax_us_5abe746ae4b055e50acd5c80?4ud The Climate Change Hypocrisy Of Jet-Setting Academics By Nives Dolšak and Aseem Prakash Recently, we witnessed a fascinating conversation among a few of our professorial colleagues about their frequent flyer status on a prominent airline. Two of them had achieved “Diamond” status ― the very top of the priority … Continue reading “The Climate Change Hypocrisy Of Jet-Setting Academics | HuffPost”

Used electric-vehicle batteries for microgrid

Eaton has recently inaugurated a new microgrid at the company’s Wadeville site. The microgrid includes the first deployment of its energy storage system, xStorage, in Africa and is geared towards enabling the site to become self-sufficient from an energy consumption perspective. This microgrid  uses second-hand electric-vehicle batteries to increase resilience, provide higher … Continue reading “Used electric-vehicle batteries for microgrid”

Company improves its empowerment status

Actom, a manufacturer, supplier, repairer and maintainer of electro-mechanical equipment, has attained a Level 1 rating under the government’s revised broad-based black economic empowerment (B-BBEE) regulations and amended codes of practice. This makes it the first company in its industrial sector to achieve this status. The group, which attained the … Continue reading “Company improves its empowerment status”

Control system for mountain railway

The Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn (MGBahn) railway carries over eight million passengers a year, making it one of Switzerland’s largest transit companies. The 144 km long rail network climbs a total altitude difference of more than 2000 m. To ensure efficient operation of the network, MGBahn has replaced the existing control … Continue reading “Control system for mountain railway”

Confidence in business environment improving

Cummins Southern Africa has announced a positive outlook for 2018 in the region. Indicators are consolidating for the company’s key markets where an increase in mining activity, equipment rebuilds, the appreciation of the oil price, and the progress of major infrastructure and power projects indicate a favourable business environment. Despite difficult … Continue reading “Confidence in business environment improving”

Offshore wind and wave-powered desalination

Oelsner Group, well known for creating the 5,2 MW Darling National Demonstration Wind Farm, is now turning its attention to offshore wave, wind and desalination technology as a means of producing some desperately needed fresh water. An offshore wave energy generation project, previously side-lined as “future technology” by the Department of … Continue reading “Offshore wind and wave-powered desalination”

Mini oval wheel flowmeter for tight spaces

Instrotech has on offer a space-saving device for original equipment manufacture (OEM) users – Kobold’s DOE oval wheel flowmeter for low and high viscous liquids. Featuring a full stainless steel body and temperature measurement for fuel consumption, the DOE offers different pulse output options including one to measure pulsating flow … Continue reading “Mini oval wheel flowmeter for tight spaces”

Parmigiani Fleurier Type 390 Watch Inspired by Bugatti Sport

2 x 57.7 mm, articulated lugsThickness: 18.4mm at thickest pointCase Material: White gold and carbon fibreDial Color: BlackIndexes: Rhodium plated; numerals with red luminescent coatingWater Resistance:… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Development bank to drive Africa’s solar development

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has signed a joint declaration with the International Solar Alliance (ISA) to promote the development of solar energy in Africa. The joint declaration recognises the bank’s leadership in working with several parties including governments, the private sector and bilateral and multilateral energy sector initiatives to develop the Transformative Partnership on Energy for Africa. The joint declaration, which was signed … Continue reading “Development bank to drive Africa’s solar development”

Dormant Swedish Mine Comes Alive in Rush to Make Car Batteries

other battery components like lithium and cobalt, whose prices have surged in recent months, the carbon material makes up a large part of the raw material costs.Leading Edge’s push in Sweden is part… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

EPA Moves to Cut Obama’s Auto Mileage Rules

April 2, 2018

Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate accord and the EPA’s repeal of a rule slashing carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.Why Trump Would Want to Slow Tough Fuel Standards: QuickTake… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump's China Concern Adds Pressure in Race to Be First With 5G

announcements touting 5G than its smaller rivals.Behind the marketing is billions of dollars in engineering. Carriers, software developers, chipmakers and phone manufacturers are spending about $200… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Shell Game: What Shell Gets Wrong in Its New Climate Report – Oil Change InternationalOil Change International

April 1, 2018

Shell Game: What Shell Gets Wrong in Its New Climate Report Greg Muttitt, March 28, 2018 On Monday, Shell released a new report describing how the world might achieve the Paris goals. The report described a scenario called “Sky,” painting a picture of a possible future. It’s a future full … Continue reading “Shell Game: What Shell Gets Wrong in Its New Climate Report – Oil Change InternationalOil Change International”

Europe's Biggest Gas Field Set for Output Cuts to Limit Tremors

March 30, 2018

concerned that the Dutch go big on this,” said Trevor Sikorski, head of natural gas, coal and carbon at Energy Aspects Ltd. in London. “Getting through a cold winter was already hard at the current… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

EPA Chief Pruitt’s $50-a-Night Rental Raises White House Angst

Oklahoma, has been an enthusiastic crusader against Obama-era regulations meant to combat climate change and limit air pollution. When Pruitt was in Oklahoma, he sued the EPA more than a dozen times… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Exxon Can’t Dodge State Climate Change Probes, Judge Says

March 29, 2018

“We’ve invested about $8 billion on energy efficiency and low-emission technologies such as carbon capture and next generation biofuels.”The attorneys general argued that Exxon was improperly… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Will Cite Cost and Safety for Auto Emissions Rollback

current administration’s plans to begin dialing back the Obama-era rules, which aimed to slash carbon emissions from cars and light trucks by boosting fuel economy to a fleet average of more than… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Bloomberg’s Week in Pictures

Huawei Technologies Co. Chief Executive Officer Richard Yu holds a P20 Pro smartphone at the device’s unveiling in Paris, on March 27. Huawei’s smartphone sales ranked third globally last year… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Best Cars, SUVs at New York Auto Show 2018 in Photos

vent, a carbon fiber splitter, full matrix LED headlights, and 22-inch wheels on all-wheel drive. On the inside, it has seats of natural dyed leather lined with three-dimensional matte carbon-fiber… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Kinder Morgan Should Shed Its MLP Image, CO2 Unit

this situation is to sell stuff.An oft-discussed candidate is the CO2 division, which produces carbon dioxide and uses some of that to produce oil from mature fields (the rest gets sold to third… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Marine nuclear plant leads the way to the future

The development of land-based small modular reactors ( SMRs)  has been ongoing for several decades, and some models are approaching commercialisation or licencing stages. Small nuclear reactors have been in use for marine propulsion for several decades and could provide a bridge to the introduction of land-based SMRs. Compared with … Continue reading “Marine nuclear plant leads the way to the future”

Court rules that IPP agreements can be signed

The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has responded to the court’s ruling today, which has found against Numsa/Transform SA’s application to bring an urgent interdict against the signing of the procured Renewable Energy (RE) Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs). SAWEA awaits the court’s written judgement, which will be made available … Continue reading “Court rules that IPP agreements can be signed”

Britain's greenhouse gas emissions fell 3 percent in 2017: government

…LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions fell by 3… (CO2), the main greenhouse gas blamed for climate change, fell by 3… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Green house gas

Trump’s Tariffs Aren’t the Only Way to Shrink the Trade Gap

essay in Fortune magazine in 2003. It’s essentially the same concept as that which underpins carbon-emission trading. Companies would receive import certificates based on the value of their exports… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Solar implementations: What you need to know upfront

In the wake of looming energy price hikes many organisations are proactively considering solar solutions as an alternative. The time to go solar has never been better. However, solar solutions projects required to power an organisation can be complex, with a number of unexpected costs and potential pitfalls which could … Continue reading “Solar implementations: What you need to know upfront”

Xi Jinping Has a New Signup For China's Pollution Fight: Walmart

retailer is signing on.On Thursday, Walmart Inc. committed to cutting 50 million metric tons of carbon emissions from its Chinese operations — attempting to play good corporate citizen in a country… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Benefits of privatising the electrical distribution sector

Electricity supply in Africa has consistently been provided by state-owned electricity enterprises for over a hundred years. Electricity distribution is usually undertaken by large vertically-integrated government-controlled utilities, except in very few cases. This article provides an analysis of global experiences in the privatisation of electricity distribution and considerations for its application in … Continue reading “Benefits of privatising the electrical distribution sector”

How Volkswagen Walked Away From a Near-Fatal Crash

affected cars were sold in Europe, where rules on nitrogen oxide emissions, unlike those for carbon, are less stringent than in the U.S. European Union rules stipulate that the decisions of an… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Organisations Will Need to Prove Data Control in Place

Chris Strand, Senior Director, Compliance and Governance Programs, Carbon Black discussed intellectual property violations and personal data protection with Doug Krizner and Paul Allen. He explains… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Boeing Hit by Cyberattack, Says Jetliner Production Not Affected

assembly refers to a state-of-the-art new tool at Boeing. Robotic machines there lay down rows of carbon-fiber tape over what will become the 108-foot-long spar that runs down the center of the wing… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Carbon Auctions Are Creating a Green Windfall in Ontario

March 28, 2018

offsetting allowances at auctions. In January, Ontario linked its carbon market with Quebec and California, creating the second-largest carbon market. The government expects to cut 18.4 million tonnes… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

All-Electric Genesis Essentia Concept Debuts at New York Show

Essentia Concept is an all-electric concept coupe. Made from a super-lightweight, low-slung, carbon-fiber monocoque body, and with battery-powered motor that the brand says will get it to 60 miles… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Genesis Shows `Turning Point' Battery Car: N.Y. Auto Show Update

luxury brand: the Essentia.The all-electric coupe is made from a super lightweight and low-slung carbon-fiber monocoque body and sports a battery-powered motor that it says will get it to 60 mph in… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Billionaire Lang Walker Spent $100 Million Building This Resort in Fiji

and a massive organic garden. His goal: to create an intergenerational getaway with a minimal carbon footprint. “I thought, This’ll be pretty easy—maybe 18 months I can have it up and running. Maybe… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

‘Extreme’ Fossil-Fuel Lending Fell in 2017 — Except in Canada

2016. A spokesman for HSBC said that the bank “is committed to an orderly transition to a low carbon world,” and has pledged $100 billion in finance and investment. Citigroup Inc. has also set a… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Signing power producers agreements with IPPs will be “financial suicide” for Eskom

A lawyer for the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) argued in the North Gauteng High Court on Tuesday that the signing of a deal by power utility Eskom with 27 independent power producers (IPPs) may be financial suicide. Numsa, along with Transform RSA, asked the court to … Continue reading “Signing power producers agreements with IPPs will be “financial suicide” for Eskom”

BMW Sued by U.S. Diesel Drivers Over Emissions-Test Cheating

March 27, 2018

000 diesel vehicles. Last week, prosecutors raided the automaker’s Munich headquarters and its engine plant in Steyr, Austria, to look into 7-Series and 5-Series sedans.Volkswagen Shares Haven’t… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Best Technical Article in 2017 Award

Dr. Ulrich Minnaar Each year, Energize selects a technical article written by a local author and presents the author with the Best Technical Article Award. This year, the Best Technical Article for 2017 Award was won by Dr. Ulrich Minnaar of Eskom for his article “Power quality grid code compliance … Continue reading “Best Technical Article in 2017 Award”

How California Taught China to Sell Electric Cars

and China are a study in contrasts, both places are taking a top-down approach to combating climate change by forcing a shift in energy and transportation. China, in fact, has modeled its electric… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

California Is Said to Ready Retaliation If Trump Cuts Auto Rules

will kick off a longer-term process to re-write the Obama-era regulations that aimed to slash carbon emissions from cars and light trucks by boosting fuel economy to a fleet average of more than… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Power's Profit Still Seen in Old-Style Production by Utility CEO

renewables.“New cables will create even more profitable trading and do its most to support a low carbon system in all of North Europe,” Rynning-Toennesen said. “There is enough power for our traditional… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

BRIEF-Environment And Climate Change Canada Laid Ten Charges Against Husky Energy Relating To Heavy Crude-Oil Spill In J…

…March 26 (Reuters) – * ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE CHANGE CANADA ON MARCH… CRUDE-OIL SPILL, IN JULY 2016 * ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE CHANGE CANADA HAS… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

Facebook Turns Toxic for Some ESG Funds

March 26, 2018

ConcernsEthical funds often make heavy bets on technology companies, which typically have a low carbon footprint and better-than-average transparency on environmental issues. The funds sometimes let… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Shell Says Saving Planet Probably Means Sucking CO2 From the Air

would need to work at breakneck pace to inhale the carbon dioxide spewed by previous generations.That jars with the current reality where carbon capture and storage technology is a commercial failure… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Meeting Paris Agreement Targets Will Take Massive Cuts in Emissions

consequences would likely require both drastic cuts to emissions and geoengineering efforts to remove carbon from the atmosphere, according to the paper by Katsumasa Tanaka at the National Institute for… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Building South Africa’s new energy future

. Over the last ten years the rate of change in the energy sector has taken world by storm. Thirty years ago, those who spoke of a sustainable energy future were considered to be either dreamers or science fiction authors! However, we have seen unprecedented technological, environmental, social, political and … Continue reading “Building South Africa’s new energy future”

Europe's $38 Billion Carbon Market Is Finally Starting to Work

TightenEU Policymakers Move to Reduce Glut in Carbon PermitsHere’s What Europe’s Carbon-Market Overhaul Means for BusinessesHow Countries Cut Carbon by Putting a Price on It: QuickTake Q&A… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

One of World's Dirtiest Oil Sources Wants to Go Green

international climate deal, the Kyoto Protocol, after its oil sands drove up carbon emissions. Alberta’s newly increased carbon tax affects coal and natural gas-fired power plants, but doesn’t apply… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

'Don't Break His Back': El-Sisi Ponders How Hard to Push Egypt

March 25, 2018

El-Sisi has forged ahead, combining a public-relations campaign to explain the urgent need for change with a security crackdown that has all-but silenced dissent.QuickTake: Egypt’s Revolution Comes… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Trump Said to Name Energy Department Official as Top Energy Aide

greenhouse gas emissions than older designs as well as construct “clean coal” plants that employ carbon-capture technology to strip out even more.Griffith was a political operative helping the Trump… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

How to Compare Climate Risk Across the Biggest Oil Companies

March 24, 2018

massive $1.6 trillion by ­ignoring climate risk, according to a study by London-based nonprofit Carbon Tracker Initiative. To find out which oil and gas producers are most exposed to these risks,… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

JPMorgan Facing Shareholder Backlash Over Oil Sands Financing

March 23, 2018

companies, according to some shareholders who want the company to disclose the risks.Among the most carbon-heavy forms of petroleum, oil-sands production has also disrupted indigenous communities and… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

EPA Sides With Carmaker Calls to Ease Efficiency Rules, Sources Say

tailpipe rules enacted by President Barack Obama’s administration. The rules were aimed at slashing carbon emissions from cars and light trucks by boosting fuel economy to a fleet average of more than… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Invitation to attend the inaugural AGM of SAESA

. You, your colleagues, business associates and all interested companies and persons are cordially invited to attend the the inaugural AGM of the newly-formed South African Energy Storage Association (SAESA). DATE: 26 March 2018 TIME: 16h00 to 18h00 VENUE: Conference room 2.1, GE offices, 60 Glenhove Road, Melrose Estate, Johannesburg … Continue reading “Invitation to attend the inaugural AGM of SAESA”

Essential tower maintenance completed

Skyriders will continue to target clients in Africa and further afield where its skill set and service offering, as well as the advantageous rand/dollar exchange rate, offer clients a better alternative. The access specialist continues to diversify, having successfully undertaking major new projects such as essential maintenance work on the 237 … Continue reading “Essential tower maintenance completed”

This 184-Year-Old French Power Giant Wants to Lower Energy Bills

March 22, 2018

growth in helping large energy users like hospitals, schools and airports reduce their bills and carbon emissions, Isabelle Kocher, Engie’s chief executive officer, said in an interview in Singapore… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Fake green hues in big banks’ environment-friendly boasts

22 MARCH 2018 – 06:18 AUDREY ELSTER AND DUGAN FRASER [image: Downstream: Banks make big profits by financing mining and other operations that have devastating effects on the environment and on the people who live nearby. Picture: SUPPLIED] Downstream: Banks make big profits by financing mining and other operations that … Continue reading “Fake green hues in big banks’ environment-friendly boasts”

Global carbon emissions hit record high in 2017

…By Nina Chestney LONDON (Reuters) – Global energy-related carbon… of these trends, global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions increased… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

Can a Waste Plant Become Copenhagen’s Biggest Tourism Attraction?

level.For Danes, it’s the crowning jewel in their capital’s push to become the world’s first carbon-neutral city by 2025. The ski slope on top of Bjake Ingels’s $660 million Amager Bakke building… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Join the debate on the restructuring of Eskom

March 21, 2018

You, your friends, colleagues, business associates and all interested persons are cordially invited to attend an open, energy sector debate to consider: Should Eskom be restructured, and if so, how and when? DATE: Thursday 10 May 2018 TIME: 15h00 for15h30 to 18h00, with drinks and snacks thereafter VENUE: Axiz Auditorium, … Continue reading “Join the debate on the restructuring of Eskom”

One of Europe’s Biggest Polluters Is Turning Toward Wind Power

at risk of missing its 2020 clean energy target, which is part of a wider EU goal.The cost of carbon-dioxide emissions permits more than doubled over the past year as the 28-nation bloc agreed to… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

U.S. judge to question Big Oil on climate change

… on Wednesday about climate change science, part of a lawsuit that accuses… address flooding they say is a result of climate change. The companies… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

BMW Joins List of Carmakers Probed for Suspected Diesel Cheating

March 20, 2018

centers on a financial-market statement outlining the number of gasoline cars with potential carbon-dioxide emission issues that had to be corrected. The investigation won’t lead to any incriminating… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

BP Appoints First Ever Woman to Lead Its American Business

currently runs BP’s shipping division and will replace John Minge, who will chair a study on carbon capture technologies with the National Petroleum Council before retiring in March 2019.Leadership… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

McDonald's sets greenhouse gas reduction targets

… announced an approved, science based target to cut greenhouse gas… greenhouse gas emissions by roughly one third, preventing 150 million… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Green house gas

BRIEF-Mcdonald's Says To Partner With Franchisees, Suppliers To Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions Related To its Restauran…

…, SUPPLIERS TO REDUCE GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS RELATED TO MCDONALD’S… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Green house gas

Drone Maker Aerovironment Hangs On to Win Clean-Energy Bet

Tesla or own its shares (they’re up 826 percent) to benefit from green companies lapping the carbon crowd with superior perennial returns.The emergence of clean-energy companies as market leaders… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Vehicle charging stations for the local market

Energy management and automation company Schneider Electric introduces its range of EV Link commercial charging stations for electric vehicles to the South African market. Schneider’s EVlink charging stations for commercial buildings and offices will enable electric vehicle owners to charge their cars when they are away from home. As more car manufacturers continue … Continue reading “Vehicle charging stations for the local market”

Climate Change Is a Threat Even a Child Can See

March 19, 2018

system, a group of children has found a novel way to do so.The 2015 Paris Agreement on reducing carbon emissions looked like a big step forward in addressing global warming. But since then, the U… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Lithium Seen as Lifeline for Oil Majors in Clean Energy Future

facing about how to survive as governments clamp down on the fuels they produce. As the curbs on carbon emissions tighten, a key issue for fossil fuel producers are how much oil and gas demand is at… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Merkel Looks to LNG to Cut Germany’s Dependence on Russian Gas

than coal and oil, natural gas is taking a central role in Germany’s effort to make the economy carbon neutral by 2050. That also involves closing coal plants and investing in wind and solar farms… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

These Are the Men (and One Woman) Filling China's Top Posts

ImagineChinaLi Ganjie, who became environmental minister in June, will wield new powers to rein in carbon emissions and fight climate change under a government shake-up announced last week. The new Ministry… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Here Are the Firms Feeding China's Battery Revolution

China’s biggest producer of lithium compounds, world’s third-largest2016 output: 10,275 tons carbonate; 7,978 tons hydroxide; 1,126 tons lithium metalsListed in Shenzhen, plans HK listing; market… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Total Pays $1.45 Billion for Abu Dhabi Offshore Oil Stakes

March 18, 2018

partnership as the Middle Eastern emirate seeks to expand production capacity.The Paris-based company will take a 20 percent stake in the Umm Shaif and Nasr oil block and help develop natural gas… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Aramco Is Said to Get Cool Response on IPO From U.S. Investors

reduce fossil-fuel consumption to fight against climate change. Moreover, some investors believe that electric vehicles will reduce demand growth over the next two decades.The Saudi state-owned oil… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Congo Grants Total Extension to Oil-Exploration License

March 16, 2018

discovered the world’s largest tropical peatlands in the Cuvette Centrale and say billions of tons of carbon dioxide could be released if they are destroyed.While there is a “principle of prohibiting upstream… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Energy researchers applaud carbon tax, but call for simplified design

Energy researchers applaud carbon tax, but call for simplified design Previous Next ERC’s Professor Harald Winkler 15TH MARCH 2018 BY: TERENCE CREAMER CREAMER MEDIA EDITOR SAVE THIS ARTICLE EMAIL THIS ARTICLE FONT SIZE: -+ The University of Cape Town’s Energy Research Centre (ERC) has welcomed the decision of the South … Continue reading “Energy researchers applaud carbon tax, but call for simplified design”

Aramco Gets Cool Response on IPO From U.S. Investors

fossil-fuel consumption to fight against climate change. Moreover, some investors believe that electric vehicles will reduce future demand growth over the next two decades.The Saudi state-owned… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

How Long Will World Leaders Last?

gaining fast in second place.But when it comes to tackling long-term global challenges such as climate change, poverty or peacemaking, it’s also vital to identify which leaders are likely to stick around… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Czech Tycoon Earmarks $1.2 Billion to Buy Europe's Old Coal

March 15, 2018

greenhouse-gas output have prompted some nations to pursue legislation that would boost the cost of carbon emissions and make burning fossil fuels economically unattractive.“To a large extent this risk… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Energy-intensive firms say carbon tax wrong tool for reducing power emissions

Engineering News, 14 March, 2018 The Industry Task Team on Climate Change (ITTCC), which includes many of South Africa’s largest mining and industrial companies, says the proposed carbon tax will have no material impact on reducing carbon emissions from the electricity sector, which is responsible for around half of the … Continue reading “Energy-intensive firms say carbon tax wrong tool for reducing power emissions”

Statoil Changes Name to Remove ‘Oil’ in Renewable Energy Push

gas industry.Equinor “reflects ongoing changes and supports the always safe, high value and low carbon strategy we outlined last year,” said Chairman Jon Erik Reinhardsen in a statement. The new name… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Market-Beating ‘Social’ Funds Bet on Technology, Clean Energy in 2017

March 14, 2018

cost-competitive.”Technology stocks, which often disclose more sustainability data and have relatively light carbon footprints, also played a large role in propelling the performance of the funds. The most common… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

The transition to a low carbon future must be rapid, and must be for everyone

In response to the interdict sought to stop yesterday’s signature of the Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) for 27 renewable independent power producer procurement programme (REIPPPP) projects, the Life After Coal Campaign emphasises the urgent need for a rapid, but just transition from coal to a low carbon future. Workers in … Continue reading “The transition to a low carbon future must be rapid, and must be for everyone”

Koeberg launches desalination plant

Eskom’s Koeberg nuclear power station has launched a mobile groundwater desalination plant, which will take care of the station’s water needs, thereby easing the pressure on the City of Cape Town’s water supply. The company says the desalination plant is part of Koeberg’s three-pronged water management strategy which includes reducing the … Continue reading “Koeberg launches desalination plant”

Energy Governance SA – Comments on the Draft Carbon Tax Bill SA

Dear Sir/Madam, Please find attached comments on the the draft carbon tax bill from members of the Energy Governance South Africa (EGSA) network. EGSA is a network of over 60 organisations and individuals promoting good governance in the energy sector. Please could you confirm receipt of this email and when … Continue reading “Energy Governance SA – Comments on the Draft Carbon Tax Bill SA”

Add Cow Manure to Your List of Renewable Energy Sources

into an anaerobic digester system where gas concentrates and then has to be stripped of water, carbon dioxide and other elements before being mixed with traditional natural gas and used for heat… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

California Fuel Credits Suffer Blow Before Standards Are Relaxed

changes to a state program intended to cut carbon emissions.So-called Low-Carbon Fuel Standard credit prices fell as low as $74 per metric ton of carbon dioxide in a transaction on March 2, the lowest… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Fastest Growing Energy Consumer Sees Clean Fuel Path on Highway

March 13, 2018

infrastructure in India, starting with refilling stations.“There are two cases for LNG — one is environmental and the other is economic,” Hiranandani said. “LNG is cheaper than diesel. It is still cheaper… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Anglo Says Cleaning Up Mining Will Earn It Billions in Profit

wrote.Anglo’s nine new targets range from reducing freshwater usage by 50 percent and cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent, to less tangible goals such as improving accountability and policy… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

Efficiency Startup Gets Funding to Cut Energy Use by Buildings

Carbon Lighthouse, a San Francisco-based energy-efficiency company, raised $27 million to expand its engineering and marketing efforts.GRC SinoGreen Fund led the oversubscribed funding round and… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Parties agree to delay PPA signing for now

Contrary to earlier media reports, the High Court in Pretoria has not granted an interdict preventing Eskom from signing the 27 outstanding power producer agreements (PPAs). Instead, the court decided to postpone the matter until 27 March when the matter will be heard in full. The minister of energy, Jeff … Continue reading “Parties agree to delay PPA signing for now”

An overview of the South African energy sector’s standards priorities

The following article is compiled from a speech Chris Yelland, the MD of EE Publishers, gave to the South African Bureau of Standards’ (SABS’) SDA Workshop recently. Roger Lilley The Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) is meant to provide some direction for the energy sector to financiers, industrialists, manufacturers and suppliers … Continue reading “An overview of the South African energy sector’s standards priorities”

China Environmental Watchdog Is Getting Stronger

China is creating a stronger environmental watchdog as it aims to cap world-leading carbon dioxide emissions and clear smoggy skies.The newly created Ministry of Ecology & Environment will be tasked… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

The Next Ship You Board Might Run on Batteries

advances in automobiles, Europe is making initial strides as Paris Climate Accord goals to cut carbon dioxide emissions loom large. Dozens of battery-powered boats that can move through inland waterways… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Renewable energy: Friend or foe?

March 12, 2018

The new minister of energy, Jeff Radebe, says that outstanding power-producers’ agreements (PPAs) with independent power producers (IPPs) will be signed on 13 March 2018. But while the renewable energy industry celebrates the minister’s promise, the voices of those opposed to this technology are growing louder, and in some cases … Continue reading “Renewable energy: Friend or foe?”

May's Next Brexit Headache Is Trying to Keep Scotland Happy

public procurement, while devolving other matters such as energy efficiency, water quality and carbon capture and storage.“Our amendments respect and strengthen the devolution settlements across… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

How Blackstone Turned India Into Its Most Profitable Market

March 11, 2018

buyout firm has started front-loading management and operational changes at its targets to improve returns. It brought on more than 20 Blackstone-owned businesses as customers for Indian technology… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

SpaceX Mars Ship Could Make Short Test Flights in '19, Musk Says

advancements in artificial intelligence (“It scares the hell out of me”) and the need to put a price on carbon emissions in order to develop a sustainable energy system.He said that revenue from a project… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Can't Derail Renewable Energy Push

March 9, 2018

The 2017 report included two projections for 2050: one with the Clean Power Plan to cut utility carbon emissions established by the Obama administration, and one without it.The EIA has been overly… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Big Problems. Big Thinkers. Episode 2: Economy

of leaders to find solutions to some of the most urgent challenges facing humanity: global climate change, financial mayhem, nuclear attacks, cyber threats, political paralysis. Terre asks Warren… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Chevron says its business is resilient to climate change

… to a wide variety of possible climate change scenarios as the U.S. oil… projects and more in renewable energy. The climate report summarizes… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

Fwd: National Planning Commission Releases Discussion Paper on Energy as part of NPC Economy Series

In September 2015 the President announced the appointment of the second National Planning Commission (NPC). This second NPC was appointed to, amongst others, promote, advance and monitor the implementation of the National Development Plan (NDP) 2030 by government and across all sectors of South African society. The NPC conducts regular … Continue reading “Fwd: National Planning Commission Releases Discussion Paper on Energy as part of NPC Economy Series”

Comments on the Draft Carbon Tax Bill – 8 March, 2018

To: carbontaxbillcomments@treasury.gov.za, tsepanya@parliament.gov.za, awicomb@parliament.gov.za Cc: Sharlin.hemraj@treasury.gov.za, memory.machimgambi@treasury.gov.za Dear Sir/Madam, Please find attached comments on the the draft carbon tax bill from members of the Energy Governance South Africa (EGSA) network. EGSA is a network of over 60 organisations and individuals promoting good governance in the energy sector. Please could you … Continue reading “Comments on the Draft Carbon Tax Bill – 8 March, 2018”

National Planning Commission Releases Discussion Paper on Energy as part of NPC Economy Series

In September 2015 the President announced the appointment of the second National Planning Commission (NPC). This second NPC was appointed to, amongst others, promote, advance and monitor the implementation of the National Development Plan (NDP) 2030 by government and across all sectors of South African society. The NPC conducts regular … Continue reading “National Planning Commission Releases Discussion Paper on Energy as part of NPC Economy Series”

Powering New York’s Marcus Garvey Village

In the heart of one of the more constrained segments of New York City utility Consolidated Edison’s service territory, Demand Energy and L+M Development Partners have developed a microgrid to provide load relief on days when the grid is stressed by air conditioning demand. Marcus Garvey Village is a low- … Continue reading “Powering New York’s Marcus Garvey Village”

The contribution of pumped storage schemes to energy generation in South Africa

The total installed capacity of the large pumped storage schemes (PSSs) in South Africa is at present some 2910 MW. There are four large PPSs operating currently around the country, with the Steenbras (180 MW) being the municipal asset of the City of Cape Town, and three plants owned by … Continue reading “The contribution of pumped storage schemes to energy generation in South Africa”

Power developments in Africa, March 2018

New interconnector planned The Southern African Power Pool (SAPP) plans to develop a 330 kV interconnector between Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The transmission line will connect Kolwezi in DRC to the district of Solwezi in Zambia, through the Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation (ZESCO) network at Lumwana … Continue reading “Power developments in Africa, March 2018”

China Spreads the Love to All Sources of Energy, Even Coal

combined capacity of 25 gigawatts, the NEA said.To read more about Tongwei chairman’s push for carbon taxes, click here.Grids and tariff reliefThe NEA said China will continue to develop its power… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

A Warning Cry From the Doomsday Vault

in a mountain against the apocalyptic consequences of climate change and war.The challenge they’re facing now is that the climate is changing far quicker than they’d imagined. The facility sprung… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Shell Says Oil's Not Going Anywhere

March 8, 2018

S&P Global Platts’ annual Asian Refining Summit. “A switch to use electricity powered by low-carbon and renewable sources will be relatively straightforward in some sectors of the economy, such… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

There's a Dark Side to the American Shale Boom

has been terrible for coal miners but brought cleaner air and unexpected progress in reducing carbon dioxide emissions.So what’s not to like?Well, there are some immediate environmental downsides… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Washington State Errs in Abandoning Carbon-Tax Proposal

plus the District of Columbia are debating carbon-tax legislation. California has recently extended its cap-and-trade program — which puts a price on carbon emissions, if indirectly — and the Oregon… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

The Battery Will Kill Fossil Fuels—It's Only a Matter of Time

S. agency sent the clearest signal yet that fossil fuels’ days are numbered.True enough, the carbon-burning economy has been declared to be on its death bed umpteenth times before. But this came… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Solar Coalition Set to Unveil $700 Million of Projects

the matter.The International Solar Alliance, an initiative launched at the Paris climate talks in 2015, plans to unveil 20 projects in as many countries during the event on March 11, said the officials… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

African delegation visits energy facility

A high profile delegation from East Africa visited the Siemens North Riding energy management manufacturing facility to broaden their insight on the company’s low and medium voltage solutions offerings, the location of its factory and its contribution to Africa’s sustainable energy future. The delegation included African utilities and regulators who … Continue reading “African delegation visits energy facility”

Inconvenient truths regarding current energy policy and plans vs. available electricity generating sources

To make a final assessment of South Africa’s future electricity strategy it is necessary to evaluate carefully the long term economic impact of the available alternatives sources of energy for electricity generation.  This requires a realistic assessment of the current alternatives based on their full economic impact over a 30 … Continue reading “Inconvenient truths regarding current energy policy and plans vs. available electricity generating sources”

GM Pushes for Electric-Car Credit Extension in Room of Oil Executives

March 7, 2018

research is painting a bearish picture for fossil fuels beyond the next 20 years as more environmentally friendly vehicles, like GM’s Chevrolet Bolt, hit roads across the globe. Still, some CERAWeek… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Teenagers Defeat Trump’s Move to Kill Climate Change Lawsuit

U.S. energy industry’s proliferation of fossil fuels, accounting for a quarter of the world’s carbon emissions. They asked the court to force the government to formulate a formal plan to change… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

America Is Giving Away the $30 Billion Medical Marijuana Industry

students do things such as subject basil plants to high temperatures to study the effects of climate change on what plant people call the constituents, or active elements.Craker first applied for a… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Europe’s Bad Boy Has a Fight on His Hands

on a resurgent economy to win over voters, with unemployment at a record low, economic growth at a three year-high and wages surging by double-digits thanks in part of a dire labor shortage.Peter… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

What the World's Oil Giants Said About Electric Cars at CERAWeek

internal combustion engine,” Saudi Aramco CEO Amin Nasser said. To him, the path toward cutting carbon emissions is a lot more complicated.While it should be a global priority to improve efficiency… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Zinke Says Interior Department Should Be a Partner With Oil Companies

March 6, 2018

the board,” and he tried to dismiss an environmental disadvantage to burning fuels that emit carbon linked to climate change. All fuels, he said, have consequences. When solar facilities are built… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Mercedes-Benz Extends Its AMG Line With a Four-Door Sports Car

much like the excellent screens in the rest of its AMG line. The rear can be configured with two carbon-fiber backed seats (they’re sporty but they don’t recline) or a split-folding “executive” rear… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

BMW Reveals a Gran Coupe Concept That's More Sport Than Sedan

retains the signature BMW kidney grille, this time done in gold with pointed ends, and large carbon-fiber air intakes. The opaque headlights are yellow, a reference to the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Aramco CEO Not Losing Sleep Because of EVs: CERAWeek Update

CEOs of Saudi Aramco, BP Plc and ConocoPhillips. Shale, the future of petroleum demand, and low-carbon technologies are among the recurring themes for industry executives and government ministers… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Saudi Aramco CEO Isn't Losing Sleep Because of Electric Vehicles

hopes of rapid switching” and said electric vehicles won’t deliver quick and cheap reductions in carbon emissions until the power that fuels them is clean. Future transportation will not be a matter… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Jaguar Beats Audi to Electric SUV With High-Pressure Design Room

diesel cars in droves, in favor of gasoline vehicles that emit higher levels of climate-changing carbon dioxide. That’s putting manufacturers’ plans for meeting European Union climate goals at risk… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Volkswagen Is Dreaming If It Thinks Diesel Is Coming Back

Volkswagen’s latest models are among the cleanest. Diesel cars tend to pump out less planet-warming carbon dioxide than petrol vehicles, which was the whole point of selling millions of them in the first… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

At U.N. summit, an evangelical Christian makes the case for climate change

… to establishing that climate change is human-made. But on Monday, she… as a leading voice sharing the science of climate change to skeptics… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

Utilities Look More Like Tech Stocks as They Plan a Digital Futur

Bloomberg Intelligence. Rising competition has squeezed margins, and as companies move away from carbon-based fuels, “they need to invest more even as their earnings are not growing as fast.”Innogy… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Volkswagen CEO Predicts ‘Renaissance’ for Embattled Diesel Cars

best way to meet regulatory demands in the European Union to cut output of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide until demand for zero-emissions electric cars takes off. Other companies are abandoning… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

World Debut: Bentley Enters Hybrid Territory With Bentayga SUV

March 5, 2018

alloy sport pedals, and a center-console chiller among them. A $10,000 “Black” specification adds carbon fiber elements throughout the car, along with a front bumper splitter, side sills, rear bumper… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Economic Equality Is Key to Solving Climate Change, Report Shows

related CO2 combined with an “upscaling” carbon capture and carbon dioxide removal, according to the report. An estimated 37 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide was released last year, 2 percent… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

California Should Focus on Electric Cars, Not Hydrogen Fuel

make the market more sustainable, the thinking goes—part of a kitchen sink approach to reducing carbon emissions alongside electric cars. Brown’s office referred requests for comment to the California… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

An overview of the South African energy sector

The following article is compiled from a speech Chris Yelland, the MD of EE Publishers, gave to the South African Bureau of Standards’ (SABS’) SDA Workshop recently. Chris Yelland The Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) is meant to provide some direction for the energy sector to financiers, industrialists, manufacturers and suppliers … Continue reading “An overview of the South African energy sector”

Koeberg’s Unit 1 shut down for routine maintenance

Unit 1 of the Koeberg Nuclear Power Station was shut down on 26 February for a refuelling outage. The unit is expected to return to service at the end of May. Koeberg Unit 2 is currently operating optimally and is contributing 930 MW to the national grid. Every 15 to 18 … Continue reading “Koeberg’s Unit 1 shut down for routine maintenance”

Russia-Ukraine Spat Adds Stress to EU Gas Market Hit by Cold

March 2, 2018

supplies to Europe because it’s about revenue,” said Trevor Sikorski, head of natural gas, coal and carbon at Energy Aspects Ltd. in London. “Yet, it’s not a great timing to announce the plan.” Gazprom… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

China Is Turning Ethiopia Into a Giant Fast-Fashion Factory

to the developing world has allowed Western consumers to ignore or remain oblivious to the environmental damage and working conditions behind the rising sea of inexpensive clothes. That’s been harder… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

New office for switchgear company

Electrical switchgear manufacturer NOJA Power has announced the opening of its first office in Vietnam. Driven by local demand and growth prospects in the Asia Pacific region, the company’s Vietnam office provides procurement and sales support for the region, augmenting the company’s capabilities in handling demand and suppliers from Asia. The … Continue reading “New office for switchgear company”

Winners of school-level nuclear debate

  Onodwa Jantjies from Rocklands Intermediate School, rose above her peers when she won the Bright Spark award for being the best speaker at the Eskom Schools’ Nuclear Debate launched in the Eastern Cape recently. Loyiso Tyabashe, acting GM for Nuclear New Build said that Jantjies embodied the principle of Eskom’s … Continue reading “Winners of school-level nuclear debate”

Green-tech company rewarded for growth and innovation

On 25 September 2017, the Annual Meeting of the managers of the 2016-2017 promotion of the winning companies of the French Tech Pass was held at the Hôtel Matignon, the French Prime Minister’s residence. During this event, Mounir Mahjouybi, Secretary of State to the French Prime Minister, in charge of Digital, … Continue reading “Green-tech company rewarded for growth and innovation”

Enabling first digital substation in Latin America

ABB will install Latin America’s first digitally-enabled substation in the city of Juazeiro, northeastern Brazil. The new 230 kV substation and connection bay at the Juazeiro II substation will deliver power from a 156 MW photovoltaic power plant under development in the area. The Juazeiro solar project is owned and operated … Continue reading “Enabling first digital substation in Latin America”

Hybrid power cuts mining energy costs

Juwi Renewable Energies has global experience developing renewable energy projects in many countries around the globe. This includes the world’s largest hybrid project for a copper and gold mine in Western Australia. In 2016, the company completed this off-grid solar hybrid project at the DeGrussa mine in the Australian Outback, 900 … Continue reading “Hybrid power cuts mining energy costs”

RFID cable ties provide smart identification opportunities

Today, businesses must implement easy to use, accurate, traceable record-keeping of calibration, location and maintenance requirements that comply to accredited standards. HellermannTyton has for many years manufactured a range of identification products. To complete the range of asset management identification, the company has developed a range of cable ties with integrated … Continue reading “RFID cable ties provide smart identification opportunities”

Partnership to develop solar PV power stations

Inspired Evolution has signed a deal to invest up to USD36-million in Alten RE Developments Africa, the sub-Saharan Africa-focused subsidiary of Alten Energías Renovables. The investment by Inspired Evolution’s Evolution II Fund will scale Alten Africa’s existing solar PV development platform across sub-Saharan Africa. The company offers Evolution II Fund … Continue reading “Partnership to develop solar PV power stations”

High-speed induction motor rotor refurbished

LH Marthinusen recently conducted extensive refurbishment of a rotor from a 8800 kW, 6000 rpm induction motor used in a power generation application. The aging motor, which drives a pump feeding water to a boiler in the power plant, was brought to the company’s main repair facility in Denver, Johannesburg for assessment … Continue reading “High-speed induction motor rotor refurbished”

Entry-point model of advanced thermal imaging cameras

FLIR Systems announces the FLIR E53 – the latest addition to the Exx-Series of advanced thermal imaging cameras for electrical, mechanical, and building applications. This model is an entry-level model in the Exx-Series, but offers the same image clarity, measurement accuracy, and many of the robust features as other models … Continue reading “Entry-point model of advanced thermal imaging cameras”

Three more solar power plants for Egypt

Project developer, investor and acting EPC contractor Ib Vogt has begun the construction of a portfolio of three solar power plants with a joint total capacity of 166,5 MWp, awarded under the second round of Egypt’s Feed-in Tariff (FiT) programme. These are the first plants to begin construction in this … Continue reading “Three more solar power plants for Egypt”

Distributed generation platform developed

Cummins and NRG Energy of the US have announced a strategic commercial partnership to deploy a resilient, cleaner, and cost-effective distributed generation platform for commercial and industrial customers. This platform is the first-of-its-kind in the energy industry. The easy-to-implement solution gives customers the opportunity to transition to a smarter energy consumption … Continue reading “Distributed generation platform developed”

Eskom celebrates 95 years

Phakamani Hadebe Eskom celebrated its 95th anniversary on 1 March 2018. Commenting on the Eskom’s journey of contributing to the growth and development of the people of South Africa and its economy, Eskom’s Interim Group Chief Executive, Phakamani Hadebe said that the power utility is proud of its achievements over … Continue reading “Eskom celebrates 95 years”

Exhibitions company celebrates 50 years

This is an exciting time in South Africa’s history to be celebrating 50 years of achievement and success. So says Gary Corin, Managing Director of Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery at the company’s recent 50th anniversary celebration. Speaking at the celebratory event, attended by industry partners, exhibitors, suppliers, and media, among others, Corin said … Continue reading “Exhibitions company celebrates 50 years”

Standard helps to select power quality instruments

IEC 61000-4-30 Class A takes the guesswork out of selecting power quality instruments. Power quality logging, measurement and analysis is still a relatively new and quickly evolving field. Where basic electrical measurements like RMS voltage and current have well-defined measurement parameters, many power quality parameters have no such definition. This has … Continue reading “Standard helps to select power quality instruments”

Chevron Says Climate Change Fallout No Quick Threat to Oil, Gas

to come, the company said in a report Thursday.With the prospect of tighter emission controls, carbon pricing and growth in renewable energy, some investors and activists are pushing companies to… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Detroit Pickup Sales Drop in Bad Omen for Industry's Cash Cows

March 1, 2018

beds, with the GMC Sierra — revealed for the first time Thursday — offering a lighter-weight carbon fiber box. Unlike with Chevy trucks, the Sierra’s tailgate also can be positioned to stop cargo… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Bob Diamond's Atlas in Talks for Stake in Kepler

stake held by Paris-based BlackFin Capital Partners, said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing confidential discussions. The French private equity firm owns about 20 percent of the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Trump Infrastructure Plan to Stimulate Local Investment, Chao Says

chairman of the environment panel, have mostly applauded Trump’s proposals to streamline environmental reviews and permits for projects, but they haven’t talked much about the funding. Democrats… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Corporate America Is Taking on Guns and Climate—Issues the Government Won't

working mothers, support for politically vulnerable groups, or intensifying efforts to fight climate change, companies are stepping into a void once filled by political rhetoric and leadership. “We… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Cosmetics Maker L'Oreal Is Getting Into the Landfill Gas Business

gas from a site near its Florence, Kentucky, plant under a 15-year deal that will eliminate the carbon dioxide-equivalent of using 1.8 million gallons of gasoline a year, according to a statement… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Finding the way forward for South Africa’s electricity sector

In the midst of a “new dawn” of optimism in South Africa, the country’s leaders must focus on turning the country’s fortunes around.  Priority must be given to raising the economic growth rate.  All other issues are secondary.  The National Development Plan (NDP) has set a GDP growth target of over … Continue reading “Finding the way forward for South Africa’s electricity sector”

Implications of DoE’s amendments to the Electricity Regulation Act

This article contains comments which were made during a speech given at a recent breakfast hosted by the South African Independent Power Producers Association (SAIPPA) in Johannesburg.  Sue Röhrs Mmamoloko Kubayi, in her position as Minister of Energy, signed an amendment to the Electricity Regulation Act, 2006 (ERA) into law, … Continue reading “Implications of DoE’s amendments to the Electricity Regulation Act”

U.S. Advisory Panel Pushes for Lower Offshore Oil Royalties

group’s subcommittees said.The proposed changes came under fire from environmentalists and good government groups.Pam Eaton, a senior adviser for energy and climate at The Wilderness Society, said the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Price of Pollution Is Back in Focus

February 28, 2018

The price of emitting carbon dioxide climbed to a six-year high on Tuesday, catching the market by surprise, according the Bloomberg New Energy Finance analyst Jahn Olsen. The rally was probably… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Germany's Diesel Decision: Bans Are Allowed, But Are They Wise?

incoming coalition government has vowed to avoid such bans, the ruling is a deadly blow for diesel engines in Germany, an event on a par with the country’s 2011 decision to phase out nuclear power plants… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

How Green Is Your Electric Car?

power-plant emissions, and your electric car could easily be responsible for more than 100 grams of carbon-dioxide emissions for every mile driven. Not surprisingly, an electric car in China accounts… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Eskom gets another S&P downgrade following 2018 Budget

S&P Global Ratings has again downgraded the long-term debt of Eskom. The power utility’s debt has been rated ‘CCC+’, the seventh rung of non-investment grade, with a negative outlook. It was previously classed as ‘B-‘, the sixth rung of junk debt. In a media statement S&P said the cash-strapped power utility remains at … Continue reading “Eskom gets another S&P downgrade following 2018 Budget”

Wind industry anticipates the signing of outstanding PPAs

Brenda Martin The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has issued a statement in response to President Ramaphosa’s Cabinet reshuffle this week, which ushered Cabinet veteran Minister Jeff Radebe into the energy portfolio with immediate effect. The association welcomes the appointment of three key ministers who are directly concerned with achieving … Continue reading “Wind industry anticipates the signing of outstanding PPAs”

How a Coal Plant Is Making Room for Wind, Solar to Cut Emissions

February 27, 2018

call Tuesday.“At certain hours of the day, very cheap renewables will allow us to decrease our carbon footprint,” Gluski said. “But at the same time take advantage of our coal plants, using them… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Republican Climate Caucus Members Get Low Environmental Marks

said Steve Valk, a spokesman for the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, which has sought to put a fee on carbon emissions from fossil fuel.Valk says the Republican members of the caucus have achieved small… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

European Council approves carbon market reform

… carbon market received the final green light from the EU Council… on Tuesday. European carbon prices have risen almost 20 percent since… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

Vale Sails New `Green' Ship in Bid to Cut Rivals China Advantage

“green” ships, which can haul 400,000 tons of ore, consume less fuel and emit 15 to 20 percent less carbon dioxide than the previous generation of vessels, said Vale, the world’s largest producer of iron… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Diesel Faces Death Warrant After German Court Paves Way for Bans

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

German Court Ruling Puts Millions of Diesel Cars at Risk of Bans

pollution levels of nitrogen dioxide.“This is a full win for us,” said Juergen Resch, head of environmental group DUH, which brought the initial cases. “The court backed us in all major legal issues… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

No Good Options in Italian Elections

their energy mix, according to research by CDP, a charity that studies the implications of climate change for publicly traded companies. The places where populations are at their most dense and pollution… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

New York City, Albany Part Ways on Divesting Fossil-Fuel Stocks

“The city’s fund trustees started looking at fossil-fuel investments last year, measuring the carbon footprint and hiring a consultant to make recommendations. Just two of the five city funds, with… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Electric Vehicle Fervor Inspires Another Bleak Gasoline Forecast

slump in U.S. gasoline consumption as electric vehicles become popular and internal combustion engines turn more efficient.Demand for the fuel in the world’s biggest oil consumer may drop by a third… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

EU Doesn't Buy U.S. Claim That Steel Imports Undermine Security

February 26, 2018

probably wouldn’t sign trade deals with nations that reject the Paris Agreement to combat climate change, which Trump has vowed to pull out of. The administration has since suggested it could stay… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

BRIEF-Canada Carbon To Pursue Legal Action

…Feb 26 (Reuters) – Canada Carbon Inc: * CANADA CARBON TO PURSUE LEGAL… ACTION * CANADA CARBON – IS IN PROCESS OF FILING LAWSUIT AGAINST… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

All About Five Star, Bane of Italy’s Political Establishment

minister is Luigi Di Maio, who, at 31, would be Italy’s youngest premier ever. He studied engineering, then law, without receiving a degree, and worked briefly as a webmaster before running unsuccessfully… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Can Green Energy Beat Lebanon’s ‘Generator Mafias?’

connected fuel importers, environmental activists say. “In the generator sector, all of these groups are tied to leaders in power,” said Naji Kodeih, an environmental consultant with Green Area… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Pollution Market Gets a Boost in EU With Move to Reduce Glut

create a strong carbon price signal, the positive development of the EU economy and a touch of ‘EUphoria’ created the environment for the significant recovery of European carbon prices,” said Ingo… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Germany's Runaway Power, Pollution Bills Haunt Merkel's New Term

up wind, solar and biomass expansion as promised by Merkel’s new coalition.In terms of cutting carbon dioxide emissions, power consumers aren’t getting value for their money. Since dipping during… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Annual Report late tabling; UNFCCC COP 23 conference; SADC Protocol on Environmental Management for Sustainable Development

Environmental Affairs 20 February 2018 Chairperson: Mr M Mapulane (ANC) Meeting Summary The Department of Environmental Affairs presented a report on the outcomes of the 23rd session of the conference of the parties to the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (COP23), held from 6 to 17 November 2017 in … Continue reading “Annual Report late tabling; UNFCCC COP 23 conference; SADC Protocol on Environmental Management for Sustainable Development”

Demand flexibility: The key to enabling a low-cost, low-carbon grid

More than half of the electricity generation capacity added to the US grid in 2016 and 2017 came from renewable resources, largely driven by the precipitous price decline of wind and solar projects. While this scale of renewable generation has translated into millions of tons of avoided carbon emissions, this … Continue reading “Demand flexibility: The key to enabling a low-cost, low-carbon grid”

Pruitt Vows EPA Overhaul

February 25, 2018

Scott Pruitt says U.S. carbon dioxide emissions fell almost 20% from 2000-2014. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Pruitt Vows to Repeal ‘Prohibition’ on U.S. Energy Resources

February 24, 2018

as unequal responsibilities for the U.S., China and India.“The Paris accord was never about” carbon dioxide reduction, he said.During a question-and-answer session, Pruitt repeated statements about… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Solid state batteries: The future storage standard?

February 23, 2018

Energy storage has become an important factor in both power electric networks and transport and mobility. Developments are resulting in rapid cost reductions as well as increase in capacity. Solid state batteries promise to both increase capacity and improve safety. The current range of batteries, based on Li-ion technology, has … Continue reading “Solid state batteries: The future storage standard?”

Electric drives for trucks and heavy goods vehicles

Most of the focus today appears to be on electric passenger vehicles (EPV), but there is also a significant shift in transport and haulage towards electric vehicles. Developments and advances in the EPV sector have been employed in heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) with marked success. A range of trucks is … Continue reading “Electric drives for trucks and heavy goods vehicles”

The Electric Vehicle Future Is Already Boosting Miners’ Earnings

AG to Ford Motor Co. set out ambitious plans to expand EV production. Average global lithium carbonate prices jumped 9 percent last month, according to Benchmark Mineral Intelligence data.The lithium… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

German Judge Sees ‘Clear Duty’ to Meet EU City-Pollution Limits

February 22, 2018

cities against lower court rulings that driving prohibitions should be considered in local environmental policies. The court must now decide whether EU regulations take precedence over German legal… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Draft Carbon Tax 2017 – public comment deadline 9 March, 2018

National Treasury Enquiries: Communications Unit Email: media@treasury.gov.za Tel: (012) 315 5944 1 MEDIA STATEMENT RELEASE OF CARBON TAX BILL FOR INTRODUCTION IN PARLIAMENT AND PUBLIC COMMENT The National Treasury has today published the Second Draft Carbon Tax Bill for introduction in Parliament, as well as public comment and convening of … Continue reading “Draft Carbon Tax 2017 – public comment deadline 9 March, 2018”

Climate Change: Not an Engineering Problem

inciting conflict. Also, aerosols stay suspended in the atmosphere only for a year or so. If carbon emissions keep rising, we’ll be locked into continuing the treatment forever, lest we face much… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Igniting Eskom Generation – turning the deadweight into economic fuel

Eskom’s current debt is R350-billion, and it needs to raise a further R150-billion over the next three to four years. This is almost certainly impossible, even with a government guarantee. It would appear that Eskom cannot stay afloat without a gargantuan bailout by the South African government. NERSA’s low electricity … Continue reading “Igniting Eskom Generation – turning the deadweight into economic fuel”

How a German Court Case Could Accelerate Diesel's End

February 21, 2018

hamper efforts by German carmakers and Ford Motor Co. to promote diesel vehicles as a means to cut carbon-dioxide exhaust emissions to avoid European Union fines and fixes for millions of older autos… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Investors Are Bailing on Landlocked Canadian Oil

one of the conduits the federal government has approved. On top of that, the industry is facing carbon taxes other jurisdictions don’t have to pay and it’s competing with American drillers which are… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Cyprus Sees Gas Deal With Egypt as Cairo Weighs Israeli Supply

and Eni found small volumes in 2017 at the Onesiphorus field, confirming the existence of a carbonate platform similar to Egypt’s Zohr, which Eni has described as the largest find in the Mediterranean… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

The U.K. Had a Record Year for Wind Generation

report:50 percent of Britain’s electricity came from low carbon sources, making it the greenest year for the nation’s power system; carbon emitted in the power sector fell 12 percentPower demand… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

BP Rejects Concern Over Stranded Assets Amid `Slow' Energy Shift

February 20, 2018

it’s natural gas or oil, it’s decades.”BP has said it plans to invest $500 million a year in low-carbon energy. In December, it re-entered the solar market with a $200 million investment in a photovoltaic… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

BP Sees Electric Future With Oil Demand Peaking in 2030s

energy transition to the forefront of its latest outlook,” said Luke Sussams, senior researcher at Carbon Tracker Initiative, a London-based think tank. Still, its business-as-usual projection “shows… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Europe Can Double Renewable Energy Share by 2030, Irena Says

about the same as what Italy produces. That would bring the EU in line with its target to cut carbon-dioxide discharges by 40 percent in the next decade, the organization estimated. The share of… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Integration of the Carbon Tax and Carbon Budgets in South Africa

World Bank, March 2017 Executive Summary I n 2009, at the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP) in Copenhagen, South Africa made a voluntary commitment to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 34 percent in 2020 and 42 percent in 2025 relative to business-as-usual (BAU). This was part of a wider … Continue reading “Integration of the Carbon Tax and Carbon Budgets in South Africa”

Paying attention to the ‘weave’

Posted on February 20, 2018 by Emily Tyler Our classically trained minds love distinctions. We seek the separate and individual rather than the interconnections. We identify the ‘thing’ before the fabric or the ‘weave’ – as Montuori a writer on complexity in education describes it – that gives it context. Two distinctions I’ve … Continue reading “Paying attention to the ‘weave’”

Oil lab to avoid transformer failure

Testing transformer oil is a key function and should be built into maintenance programmes, as it speaks volumes about the condition of the transformer itself. WEG Transformers Africa has an oil laboratory at its production facility in Heidelberg, Gauteng, and offers an extensive range of services to transformer owners. The dissolved … Continue reading “Oil lab to avoid transformer failure”

Natural Gas Industry Surprised It Could Be So Much Cleaner

leaks into the air at various points between extraction and delivery. Trapping more heat than carbon dioxide, it’s a potent contributor to global warming. Yet credible information on the volumes… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Daimler Downplays Report on Rigged U.S. Emission-Test Software

February 19, 2018

Daimler AG sought to play down a newspaper report that its own engineers questioned the legality of software used to control diesel equipment in its vehicles, saying U.S. authorities knew about… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Siberian Chill Is About to ‘Test’ Europe’s Energy Supplies

swathes of Europe has spurred jumps in energy prices.Prices for electricity, natural gas, coal and carbon rose across the region as colder weather is set to increase demand for heating. The chillier… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Climate Rulebook Likely Done This Year — With or Without U.S.

deal in November and has pledged to double down on coal power, the world’s biggest source of carbon emissions.What Comes of Paris Climate Accord Without U.S.: QuickTake Q&AEspinosa, a career diplomat… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Blockchain’s role in an energy revolution

February 16, 2018

The international energy industry is about to go through another major revolution. Blockchain will change the way energy systems operate, offering new ways for private financiers to invest in distributed energy generation with a low-cost, secure payment mechanism. Paul Mitchell Speaking at the recent South African National Energy Association’s (SANEA’s) … Continue reading “Blockchain’s role in an energy revolution”

Gas Taxes Aren't Paying the Bills for Roads Anymore

February 15, 2018

Additionally, electric vehicle sales are forecast to overtake traditional internal combustion engine vehicle sales by 2038. The market for heavy-duty vehicles is similarly being shaken up by electric… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Big Oil CEOs Appeal to Norway to Back Carbon Capture and Storage

Three of the world’s biggest oil companies called on Norway to help maintain funding for carbon capture and storage technology that is stagnating amid concerns about whether it can ever be cost-effective… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Low-Carbon Investing Is Growing

about 1.4 trillion euros ($1.7 trillion).Amundi has been offering low-carbon indexes since 2014, based on the MSCI Low Carbon Leaders Indexes. The strategy has grown popular with institutional investors… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Coal Plant Closures Drive U.K. Air Pollution to Record Lows

Britain’s transition to a low-carbon economy has driven levels of toxic air pollutants to record lows in 2016, largely because coal-fired power stations have either closed down or been converted… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Banks Told They're Lagging on Response to Climate Change Risks

risks to their markets and economies.Most lenders still aren’t producing firm targets for low-carbon financial products that will aid efforts to keep temperatures from rising, according to a survey… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Amid Weak Oil Demand, Shell Makes Another Bet on Renewables

February 14, 2018

accelerating electrification of the transport industry and emerging policy pressures to de-carbonize global energy,” Will Hares, a London-based analyst for Bloomberg Intelligence, said in an interview… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Factory installs solar to reduce costs, emissions

Emergent Energy, which was recently wholly acquired by financial services provider FedGroup, has completed a 83 kW rooftop solar installation for Cape Union Mart’s K-Way factory in Ottery, Cape Town, helping the company to realise its ambitions to cut carbon emissions and reduce its environmental impact. On days with abundant sunshine, … Continue reading “Factory installs solar to reduce costs, emissions”

To lead offshore wind company’s expansion

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and Vestas Wind Systems (Vestas) have announced that they will appoint Philippe Kavafyan as CEO and Lars Bondo Krogsgaard as co-CEO of MHI Vestas Offshore Wind with effect on 1 April 2018. These appointments are made in accordance with the joint venture agreement’s principle of changing … Continue reading “To lead offshore wind company’s expansion”

Utility scale solar PV plant for Jordan

Wärtsilä recently announced it has signed an EPC contract to supply a 52 MWp solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant to AM Solar in Jordan, in conjunction with Mitsui. This is the first utility-scale PV solar plant signed by Wärtsilä globally. NEPCO (National Electrical Power Company), the offtaker of the solar … Continue reading “Utility scale solar PV plant for Jordan”

Renaissance Technologies Increases Stake in Lithium Producer SQM

SQM five to eight years to increase production to more than 100,000 tons per year of lithium carbonate.Money managers who oversee more than $100 million in the U.S. must file a Form 13F within 45… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Arch Coal Earnings: Making It By Not Counting On Coal

February 13, 2018

gas, rapidly cheapening renewable energy and growing intolerance for its emissions (of which carbon is only one), coal’s defenders have had to resort to cunning plans such as the Department of… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Federal Grants Meant for Clean Coal Misspent on Liquor, Spas

Millions of dollars of federal funds for a failed carbon capture and sequestration project were improperly spent on liquor, lobbying, and spas, according to a watchdog report released Tuesday.Summit… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

U.S. Intelligence Agencies Break With Trump Over Climate Threats

called global warming a “Chinese hoax” and rejected the otherwise unanimous Paris Agreement to cut carbon pollution. In his 2019 budget released Monday, he proposed to eliminate scientific, energy-related… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

EU Eyes Billions of Euros From CO2 Market for Post-Brexit Budget

plans to sound out the bloc’s leaders on redirecting part of the revenue generated by auctions of carbon-dioxide permits from national coffers to the common post-Brexit budget.The move would help plug… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Brexit Bulletin: The Tricky Part

to fill part of the hole in its post-Brexit budget: redirect some money raised by auctions of carbon dioxide permits away from national governments. Ewa Krukowska has the story.Big Spenders | Slovakian… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Industrial true-RMS multimeter

Flir announces the FLIR DM91 industrial true-root mean square multimeter for electrical inspection. Built for industrial electricians and benchtop workers, the 18-function DM91 digital multimeter is capable of datalogging and storage for up to 10 sets of 40k scalar measurements, with a recall function for data review. Designed to streamline the … Continue reading “Industrial true-RMS multimeter”

William Koch Loses Bid to Block Crestview Partners’ Sale Demand

February 12, 2018

William Koch lost a bid to block Crestview Partners LP from forcing the sale of Koch’s Oxbow Carbon energy company so the fund could cash out its investment.Crestview, a New York-based private… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Reenergising ourselves as the livewire of Africa

South Africa is at the cusp of a social revolution, a turning point at which good is shown to triumph over the wrongs of the past. As we watch the Eskom board change and its senior executives being held accountable for the mismanagement of billions of rand; and rejoice over … Continue reading “Reenergising ourselves as the livewire of Africa”

Power developments in Africa, February 2018

Dual-fuel power plant for Ghana Amandi IPP is a 200 MW dual-fuel combined-cycle power plant which achieved financial close in December 2016 and is currently under construction in Ghana. It claims to be the only large-scale base-load independent power generation project in sub-Saharan Africa. The power plant will assist Ghana … Continue reading “Power developments in Africa, February 2018”

Time for variable pricing for feeding into the grid

For some time there have been proposals to charge customers variable prices based on when energy is consumed. Such schemes, which come in many forms and flavours including time-of-use pricing (TOU), real-time pricing (RTP), dynamic pricing and critical peak pricing (CPP) were originally intended to manage peak demand by encouraging … Continue reading “Time for variable pricing for feeding into the grid”

CO2 Emissions Seen on the Rise This Year

February 9, 2018

A strong economy and low gasoline prices can be a bad combination for planet Earth. U.S. carbon-dioxide emissions from power plants, vehicles and other sources are forecast to rise for the first… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Tax Break Popular With Oil Drillers, Conservationists Gets Boost

harness carbon dioxide as it flows out of power plants, ethanol factories, steel mills and refineries.By broadening the tax credit, Congress is unleashing private sector spending on carbon capture… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Climate Change Just Got a Little Less Terrible

the carbon intensity of energy—has been slipping for decades. Burning oil produces less carbon dioxide molecule for molecule than burning coal. Burning natural gas produces much less carbon than… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Fifty actions to address the Eskom and electricity supply industry mess

A question often asked of me recently by radio and TV presenters, print and electronic media journalists, is what exactly needs to be done by the new Eskom board and chairman in the weeks, months and year ahead to steady the ship and steer the utility in the right direction. … Continue reading “Fifty actions to address the Eskom and electricity supply industry mess”

Germany's Power Traders Are About to See Some Volatility

quickly depends on the political decision on the phaseout and the carbon price. Coal retirements would have an impact on carbon prices as there will be less demand.”Danske CommoditiesThe coal phaseout… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

California Wants Utilities to Cut Their Carbon in Half by 2030

resources that can be used to reach the goal.California has already set a target of cutting its carbon emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trudeau Streamlines Oil Project Reviews as Kinder Saga Spirals

February 8, 2018

the Canadian economy. But the new regime could add new restrictions in places that don’t cap carbon emissions.The prime minister’s government on Thursday unveiled new rules for environmental and… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Biofuel Producers, Nuclear Power Get Boost in U.S. Budget Deal

persuaded lawmakers to renew –and expand — a tax credit that rewards businesses for every ton of carbon dioxide they capture.Under current policy, the credit for that captured gas — worth $10 or $20… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Eskom’s financial crisis and the viability of coal-fired power in South Africa

Meridian Economics published a report recently on Eskom’s financial crisis and the decreasing demand for electricity while its costs continue to rise dramatically, driven primarily by its new-build programme. This is the executive summary of the report. The South African power system has reached a crossroads. Eskom, the national power utility, … Continue reading “Eskom’s financial crisis and the viability of coal-fired power in South Africa”

Electric Cars Threaten to Leave This European Nation Behind

technical details in front of oversized computer screens. They are building body parts by laying carbon fiber layers over shiny aluminum molds and welding light-weight chassis tubes by hand.The nine-year-old… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Future trends and the way forward for women in the African energy sector

February 7, 2018

The fourth annual Women in Energy Conference, which is to be held as a side event of the African Energy Indaba (AEI) on 19 February 2018 at the Sandton Convention Centre, is designed to aid an increase in leadership and the development of women involved in the African energy space. This … Continue reading “Future trends and the way forward for women in the African energy sector”

Thabametsi coal plant given go ahead despite staggering climate impacts

Minister of Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa On 30 January 2018, Edna Molewa, the minister of environmental affairs, issued a long-awaited decision in relation to the environmental authorisation for the Thabametsi coal-fired power station. The Minister has decided that – despite the undisputed evidence of the significant climate impacts of the power … Continue reading “Thabametsi coal plant given go ahead despite staggering climate impacts”

Six Steps on the Path to a Latin America Strategy

violence. And the U.S. decisions to pull out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Paris Climate Agreement are extremely unpopular.With all that in mind, what is the best approach for the U.S… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

New York Leads States in Suit Over Trump Delaying Clean Water Rule

February 6, 2018

general from 10 states and the District of Columbia accused the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of violating federal law by delaying the Obama administration’s… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

BP Plans to Invest $500 Million a Year on Low-Carbon Energy

BP Plc plans to invest $500 million a year on low-carbon energy, which presents a growing challenge to its traditional oil business.The U.K.-based oil producer sees “significant commercial potential”… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Ex-Teacher Who Mixed With Mobsters Blames Tax Scam on Dead Men

She denies the charge of being a ringleader in the biggest part of scams involving taxes on carbon-emissions permits that’s cost the French about $2 billion, blaming two dead men instead.Emmanuel… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Brazil's Energy Future Is No Longer Dammed

enormous collateral damage, as tracts of flooded forest rotted in the reservoirs, releasing tons of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. Policy-makers responded by downsizing the reservoirs, but… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Squaw Valley Gets Tesla Batteries to Stabilize Tahoe Power Grid

February 5, 2018

Tesla Inc. batteries will help Squaw Valley Ski Corp. reduce carbon emissions and keep mountain lifts running when storms and trees knock out power lines around California’s Lake Tahoe resorts… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

The Outlandish, Scary Schemes Being Studied to Cool the Planet

global-warming debate. The question on the table: With hope dimming that humankind can effectively curb carbon emissions, is it time to strong-arm nature to turn the thermostat down?To scientists who study… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump to Pull Nomination of Top Environmental Adviser

having improved living conditions around the world and helping to end slavery. She has called carbon dioxide not a pollutant but “a necessary nutrient for plant life.” During Perry’s tenure as governor… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Ethiopian Geothermal Is Private Equity’s Next $4-Billion Bet

on generating from renewable sources,” Bekele said in an interview in London. “We want to be carbon neutral,” he said, adding that he’d like emissions to remain at or below 2010 levels by 2030… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Minister of Public Enterprises gives Eskom green light to sign PPAs

Minister of Public Enterprises, Lynne Brown SAWEA has responded to the Minister of Public Enterprises, Lynne Brown, giving Eskom the green light to sign the outstanding Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) with renewable power producers. The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) is relieved that the 27 renewable energy projects, which … Continue reading “Minister of Public Enterprises gives Eskom green light to sign PPAs”

The Cost of Crypto Is Turning Miners Towards Green Power

places like Canada, Iceland and Paraguay — and luring investors worried about the industry’s carbon footprint.“To conquer the riches of cryptocurrency,” said Gogokhia, Golden Fleece’s 28-year-old… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Extend and Pretend Can't Work Forever

February 4, 2018

offered a political victory for leaders claiming to address climate change. But it will probably prove inadequate to limit severe changes in weather, agriculture, mortality and economic conditions… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Dubai's Al Ghurair Turns to Sugar Beets as Refining Profits Fall

East. Having production closer to where it’s consumed would lower transportation costs and the carbon footprint, Al Ghurair said.Most of the global surplus is in the form of white sugar, with the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Exxon Sees Oil Demand Down 20% in 2040; Or Maybe It'll Be Up

February 3, 2018

shareholder vote last year that demanded Exxon publish the risks it faces if the world hits its carbon-emissions goal to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. The… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

California Gears Up for Trump Battle on Car-Emissions Mandates

February 2, 2018

and zero-emission vehicle rules, his State of the Union vow to “get the Motor City revving its engines again” by halting government mandates has California bracing for a regulatory showdown.Trump… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

The Great Coal Mining Jobs Boom Has Been Postponed

Trump administration has, with its plans to repeal his predecessor’s Clean Power Plan to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, taken some of the pressure off the coal industry.So far… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Maybe Democrats and Republicans Aren't So Far Apart

proprietorships; and the creation of a tax on carbon emissions.In truth, none of this is especially radical. Of Furman’s proposals, only the carbon tax is outside of Republican orthodoxy.The Trump… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Electric Cars and Niche Metals Lure Cash to Africa's Mines

century-old tin project in the Congo as one of the world’s biggest hard-rock lithium mines. Lithium carbonate prices about doubled in the past two years, according to data from Benchmark Mineral Intelligence… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Billions From Trump Tax Cuts Supercharge Fossil Fuel Industry

February 1, 2018

losses and owe no income taxes.Regardless of recent trends, electric vehicles and the specter of carbon taxes make fossil fuels a poor long-term investment, according to David Richardson, an executive… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Daimler's Forecast Shows Strain of Epic Car-Industry Shift

in diesel demand would undermine carmakers’ strategy on meeting tightening emissions levels on carbon dioxide in the European Union. Trucks UnitDaimler plans to invest 10 billion euros to release… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Off-grid solar set to boom in Africa

The role of off-grid and mini-grid in rural electrification in Africa, will be a key discussion session during the tenth Africa Energy Indaba Conference on 20-21st February 2018 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa, supporting the immense growth potential of solar. Solar is making a major impact in Africa; the amount of power from … Continue reading “Off-grid solar set to boom in Africa”

New Areva has become Orano

New Areva has become Orano. Refocused on nuclear materials development and waste management, Orano’s activities encompass mining, conversion-enrichment, used fuel recycling, nuclear logistics, dismantling and engineering. The group has 16 000 employees, with a revenue of €4-billion and an order backlog that represents the equivalent of nearly eight years of … Continue reading “New Areva has become Orano”

Ten key takeaways from Eskom’s 2017/18 interim financial results

A refreshing honesty and frankness in dealing with the critical issues facing the utility was revealed by new Eskom chairman Jabu Mabuza and acting CEO Phakamani Hadebe at the long awaited and delayed Eskom interim financial results presentation for the six-month period ending 30 September 2017. Eskom’s interim financials revealed … Continue reading “Ten key takeaways from Eskom’s 2017/18 interim financial results”

Hybrid Car Sales Propel Surge in European Alternative-Fuel Autos

percent market share in 2017.European Union regulators are requiring the auto industry to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions from vehicle exhausts to limit greenhouse gases. Customers have been reluctant… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Innovation and blockchain tech high on the agenda at the tenth Africa Energy Indaba

Leading figures within the African energy scene will convene at the tenth Africa Energy Indaba, the World Energy Council’s annual African regional meeting, to discuss the importance of innovation and regional integration at a time when the energy sector is undergoing a major transition. The World Energy Council will host … Continue reading “Innovation and blockchain tech high on the agenda at the tenth Africa Energy Indaba”

How to Wreck the World’s Fastest-Growing Renewables Program

efforts to reverse the damage. He called in November for an expansion of renewable energy to reduce carbon and create jobs, saying “we could again become the investment destination of choice for activities… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Tough Rules May Deter Foreign Buyers From Australian Power Bids

assets like electricity networks had damaged Australia’s reputation among investors, according to Carbon and Energy Markets director Bruce Mountain. “I think Ausgrid was poorly handled,” said Mountain… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Review, a Tough New Crossover Contender

January 31, 2018

the Stelvio weighs less than both the Audi Q5 and BMW X3 and comes with both a made-in-Italy carbon-fiber driveshaft and thoughtful weight distribution. With its subtly sexy good looks, generous… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Can France Mix Nuclear and Renewable Power?

are totally complementary.”That combination is the most cost effective way of generating low-carbon electricity in France, EDF says, but that doesn’t mean it comes cheap. Huge investments are needed… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

New CESA president addresses digitisation, integration and regulation

Neresh Pather, president of CESA (right) with Chris Campbell, CESA CEO. Consulting Engineers South Africa’s (CESA) newly appointed President, Neresh Pather, presented his presidential message and theme for the year at a function held in Johannesburg on 30 January 2018. Pather announced that his focus for the year will be … Continue reading “New CESA president addresses digitisation, integration and regulation”

120 Hz infrared camera for the solar industry

The process and product temperature is a very important physical indicator within almost every industrial manufacturing process. This applies to the solar industry, too. Instrotech is offering Optris infrared cameras, used for industrial services. These cameras are becoming more important within the solar industry due to new developments within the area … Continue reading “120 Hz infrared camera for the solar industry”

Coal Snared in Headwind as Traders Flee $300 Billion Market

forefront of the battle against global climate change, setting more ambitious goals for reducing its carbon-dioxide emissions. Not even Donald Trump’s coal-friendly policies in the U.S. and energy-hungry… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

UPDATE 3-Syria plans to join Paris climate agreement, isolating U.S.

… the 2015 Paris agreement for slowing climate change, isolating… the breadth of support for the Paris agreement,” Alden Meyer, of the Union… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

The Latest on Trump’s State of the Union

candidate to protect the popular programs. The Vermont senator also cites wealth inequality and climate change as fundamental threats Trump failed to address. Sanders recalls Trump touting his commitment… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Western Europe's Biggest Oil Producer Is Getting Another Fix

operations by supplying goods and repairing rigs. It’s now looking to get into businesses such as carbon capture and wind power.“Instead of fighting against changes, you need to swim with the current… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

BP Reshapes Portfolio to Ensure Oil Assets Aren't Left Undrilled

January 30, 2018

mounting pressure from investors and environmental activists who deem fossil-fuel growth risky as governments tighten climate regulations and renewable sources proliferate. For BP and many of its peers… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

U.S. Aims to Keep Alignment With California on Auto Mileage Rules

January 29, 2018

2025.The increase is necessary, Brown said, to fulfill the state’s legislative mandate to cut carbon dioxide emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. To achieve that aim, California requires… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

New Jersey to Rejoin Carbon Exchange Christie Exited in 2012

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has ordered the state to rejoin a regional carbon trading program that former governor Chris Christie withdrew from six years ago.Exiting the Regional Greenhouse… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

This Coating Can Make Streets Cooler

reflects solar rays instead of absorbing them. George Ban-Weiss, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Southern California, says the coating, which is based in part on… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Process and timelines for Eskom’s RCA applications

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) has published Eskom’s third multi-year determination (MYPD3) Regulatory Clearing Account (RCA) applications for year 2 (2014/15), year 3 (2015/16) and year 4 (2016/17) totaling R66,6-billion, for public comment. The Regulator will assess Eskom’s RCA applications following due regulatory processes. The indicative timeline for … Continue reading “Process and timelines for Eskom’s RCA applications”

VW Customers Don't Give a Monkeys about Diesel Cheating Animal Testing

warranted, may well ring hollow this time.When Volkswagen admitted rigging about 11 million vehicle engines in 2015, I assumed the German carmaker would pay dearly, not only in terms of fines, repair costs… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Trump’s Infrastructure Plan Hits Early Roadblock Over Funding

Democrats have called for $1 trillion in federal investment. The American Society of Civil Engineers has said more than $2 trillion in additional funding is needed by 2025 to upgrade conditions… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Sorghum cultivar sweetens prospects for biofuels

Biofuels are an energy source which can be considered renewable and carbon neutral in the annual to decadic time scale. Until recently, the biofuels industry in South Africa was based on maize and jatropha as feedstock. The situation changed considerably and biofuels are limited to non-food and non-toxic crops. A … Continue reading “Sorghum cultivar sweetens prospects for biofuels”

Footprint extended via acquisition

Engineering, project delivery and contract operations specialist, DRA, has achieved another major milestone in its international growth strategy with the execution of an agreement to acquire Minnovo, a Perth based engineering company. Minnovo will expand DRA’s growing Australian footprint and add further depth to DRA’s metallurgical, engineering, procurement, project management, … Continue reading “Footprint extended via acquisition”

Protecting equipment from lightning

The South African summer season brings with it widespread possibilities of lightning strikes. The massive voltage fluctuations caused by lightning can damage sensitive equipment, as well as cause data loss on computers, servers and storage devices. To combat this, the DEHNcord surge arrester from lightning and surge protection company, DEHN … Continue reading “Protecting equipment from lightning”

Industrial technologies portfolio strengthened

EOH announces an agreement with j5 International to deliver j5 operations management software (j5 OMS), strengthening its industrial technologies portfolio. j5 operations management software is a natural extension to the EOH industrial software product offering,which is good news for the company’s customers. Listed company EOH, a Level 1 B-BBEE Large Enterprise, operates … Continue reading “Industrial technologies portfolio strengthened”

Massive motors installed in Panamanian mine

Marthinusen & Coutts, a division of ACTOM, recently executed the sub-assembly of six gearless mill drives for Minera Panamá’s remotely situated Cobre Panamá project in record time, and as a result was able to hand the machine over to the mechanical teams for professional assembly well ahead of schedule. Minera Panamá, … Continue reading “Massive motors installed in Panamanian mine”

Locally made improved PV panels available

ARTsolar is proud to announce that its new, tougher and more efficient PV modules are now available to order. The new IP67 rated, four and five busbar modules are tougher and more efficient than ever before, capable of withstanding up to 3800 Pa of wind pressure, 5400 Pa mechanical loads and … Continue reading “Locally made improved PV panels available”

Improving productivity and sustainability

Operations within the mining, petrochemical, construction, food and beverage, and pharmaceutical industries that use compressed air equipment are confronted with numerous hazards daily, often resulting in varying degrees of injuries and in some cases fatalities. Although there are a number of underlying causes of these accidents,  improperly maintained air compressors … Continue reading “Improving productivity and sustainability”

Investors Dont Wast the Presidents Club Latest UK Sleaze Crisis

happen to be the single biggest.Step two. Make a “culture audit” as common as calculating the carbon footprint. Hire an independent firm to do anonymous employee satisfaction survey that goes beyond… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Getting wise about using variable speed drives

With the introduction of the WEG insulation system evolution (WISE) to all WEG motor lines, customers have full assurance that all WEG motors are variable-speed drive (VSD)-compatible. Not all standard electric motors are suitable for use with VSDs, as the motor insulation systems are susceptible to insulation damage caused by the … Continue reading “Getting wise about using variable speed drives”

Maine Bans New Wind Farms First, Seeks Supporting Data Later

January 26, 2018

credits for wind farms and President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement, a move that may lift fossil fuels at the expense of renewables.Wind energy has boomed… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

SAUPEC2018: The sky’s the limit for power engineers

The 26th South African Universities Power Engineering Conference (SAUPEC) was hosted by the School of Electrical and Information Engineering of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg recently. The event provided a forum for post-graduate students and faculty from the region to present their research work in power-related fields. In … Continue reading “SAUPEC2018: The sky’s the limit for power engineers”

In Defense of Good Old Per Capita GDP

all the fashionable buzzwords are covered: productivity, inequality, intergenerational equity, carbon intensity of GDP. It’s not an unreasonable way to evaluate a country’s performance, and it would… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Oil and fluid test set increases productivity

Megger’s new OTD test set, which measures dissipation factor (Tan Delta) of insulating oils and fluids, is designed for increasing productivity in oil test facilities. With features including induction heating and forced cooling for the oil sample, and an oil drain to allow the test vessel to be emptied in … Continue reading “Oil and fluid test set increases productivity”

U.K.'s May Opens Door to Uber Restart in London: Davos Update

January 25, 2018

back on the WTO. Climate Change Making Basements Uninsurable (2:08 p.m.)Private property below ground in some cities may not be insurable in the next decade if climate change advances, the head… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Lagarde Says Cryptocurrency Mining Is Consuming Too Much Power

to mine Bitcoins could fall if there are improvements in computing technology.“In times of climate change and when we look at how much coal is being used in some Chinese provinces to actually mine… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

The Dark Side of America’s Rise to Oil Superpower

limitations may be mere speed bumps. But U.S. dominance is far from a panacea. It won’t reverse climate change. It won’t lessen the political influence of fossil-fuel producers in Washington. Nor will… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

You’re Ordering Wine Wrong

flute in forever. Historically, sparklers were a mash of unripe grapes and sugar to create carbonated wine. Now Champagne is being made like wine, and it’s a compelling experience—best experienced… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Off-the-Shelf Nuclear Plants Could Soon Help Power Electric Cars

Demand for low-carbon electricity to power a future wave of electric vehicles could be provided by small, factory-built nuclear reactors.As Britain’s old coal and nuclear stations shut from 2025… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Europe’s Core Leaders Tell Davos Why They’re Different Than Trump

January 24, 2018

has brought us to this kind of growth,” he said.The leaders all condemned political parties in Europe that exploit public fears over the kind of disruptive change that costs jobs.Populist SurgeEach… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Europe's Core Leaders Tell Davos Why They Are Different to Trump

has brought us to this kind of growth,” he said.The leaders all condemned political parties in Europe that exploit public fears over the kind of disruptive change that costs jobs.Populist SurgeEach… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

SoftBank Leads $865 Million Investment in Construction Tech Startup Katerra

Katerra also said it’ll build a factory in Eastern Washington for making a type of environmentally friendly engineered timber that should be strong enough to replace concrete and steel.The construction… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Wind energy industry awaits signing of outstanding PPAs

Brenda Martin The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) together with the broader renewable power sector anticipates the conclusion of the 26 outstanding power purchase agreements (PPAs) in the first quarter of 2018. The majority of the processes that precede the finalisation of the PPAs were fulfilled by the IPP Office … Continue reading “Wind energy industry awaits signing of outstanding PPAs”

Davos Elite Hope Unpredictable Trump Doesn’t Spoil Their Fun

rejoice as they do to worry. The International Monetary Fund this week predicted global growth will accelerate to the fastest pace in seven years as U.S. tax cuts encourage businesses to invest while… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

India’s Sacred Cow Now Threatens an $83 Billion Dairy Industry

January 23, 2018

a place where it sits. Cows release oxygen.” (They don’t; the animals do emit methane, a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming.)Chhaganlal Gupta started the Shri Krishna Gaushala, a… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

California Dreaming About California Housing

benefits of his bill, he notes in a 3,400-word response to his critics, is that it would reduce carbon emissions.) Wiener’s proposal would surely have unintended consequences. What’s to prevent locals… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Ford Urged to Recall 1.3 Million SUVs Over Exhaust Fume Fears

potential for exhaust fumes to enter the cabins and said that an internal investigation had not found carbon monoxide levels exceeding what people are exposed to every day.According to the complaints, drivers… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Davos Billionaires Meet at World Economic Forum in Switzerland

While the impact of extreme weather is on the rise, few countries are backing promises to curb carbon emissions with action, he said.The other risks are protectionism and terrorism, said Modi, the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Climate Change Could Make Borrowing More Expensive

2015 found roughly $9 trillion in rated debt exposed to environmental issues such as pollution, carbon regulation, water shortages, and natural disasters. In a recent review of its research, S&P found… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump's Tariffs on Solar Mark Biggest Blow to Renewables Yet

renewables. The administration already decided to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement on climate change, sought to roll back Obama-era regulations on power plant-emissions and signed sweeping tax… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Ban on Dirty Oil Residue Is Billion-Dollar Headache for Refiner

polluted cities.Petcoke took off in India after the government began limiting coal use to reduce carbon emissions. Consumption of the oil residue has quadrupled since 2011, with the fuel being used… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump talks Paris agreement, Iran with France's Macron: official

… President Emmanuel Macron on Monday that he believed the Paris climate… agreement was unfair to the United States but looked forward to discussing… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

Trump Taxes Solar Imports in Biggest Blow to Renewables Yet

January 22, 2018

energy. The administration has already decided to pull the U.S. out of the international Paris climate agreement, rolled back Obama-era regulations on power plant-emissions and passed sweeping tax reforms… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Towards a broad energy mix and a focused policy

In determining the ideal energy mix for South Africa, there is no objective truth. What is certain though, is that no one should put all of their eggs into one basket. Paul Fitzsimons What is the ideal energy balance between various energy resources? Should we embrace renewable energy, and phase out … Continue reading “Towards a broad energy mix and a focused policy”

France to reprocess Chinese nuclear fuel

New Areva and its Chinese partner China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) recently signed a memorandum of commercial agreement for the Chinese commercial used fuel treatment-recycling plant project. The agreement was signed in Beijing, in the presence of the President of the People’s Republic of China, Mr. Xi Jinping, and the President of the … Continue reading “France to reprocess Chinese nuclear fuel”

Ensuring optimal operation of Colombian gas power plant

Wärtsilä will ensure the efficiency and reliability of Termo Mechero Morro’s power plant in Colombia. The seven-year operation and maintenance (O&M) agreement includes performance guarantees and optimises the commercial operations of the gas-powered El Morro plant. The agreement expands on an earlier construction contract (EPC) and includes performance guarantees for the … Continue reading “Ensuring optimal operation of Colombian gas power plant”

Li-ion battery platform for wind turbine maker

Vestas and Northvolt recently announced a technology collaboration to develop a li-ion battery platform for Vestas power plants. As an initial phase of the partnership, Vestas is investing €10-million. With renewable energy generation now cost-competitive with electricity produced from fossil fuels, significant challenges remain in how to integrate renewable energy into … Continue reading “Li-ion battery platform for wind turbine maker”

Solar power for German university

The German Jordanian University in Madaba, south of the capital Amman, produces its own solar power using a 2,11 MW PV plant installed on Schletter’s roof and carport systems. The installations are not only used for energy generation, but also for the training of students, to which the Schletter made a … Continue reading “Solar power for German university”

Nuclear power plant upgraded

Areva has upgraded the instrumentation and control technology of the Krško nuclear power plant located in Slovenia. The system monitors and records the neutron flux in the reactor core. Movable flux sensors are brought into the reactor pressure vessel to collect data which provide significant information for the operator to … Continue reading “Nuclear power plant upgraded”

Presidency tackles Eskom’s governance, appoints new board

The government has announced a number of measures to strengthen governance at Eskom, including the appointment of new board members and the stabilisation of management at the electricity-generating parastatal. Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa This follows a meeting of President Jacob Zuma, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown … Continue reading “Presidency tackles Eskom’s governance, appoints new board”

Last Year Was One of Three Hottest Ever Recorded, WMO Says

January 18, 2018

slow global warming even after U.S. President Donald Trump pulled the second-largest emitter of carbon dioxide out the historic 2015 Paris pact.Click here to read more about the climate change treaty“Global… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Keystone XL Pipeline Gets Enough Shipper Pledges to Proceed

in the statement.Keystone XL drew fierce opposition from environmentalists concerned about climate change and landowners along the path in Nebraska. Former President Barack Obama rejected TransCanada’s… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

BioCarbon Engineering Seeks a Greener Earth and Wallet: Chart

BioCarbon Engineering is among the hundreds of companies that have entered the “restoration economy” fray, rebuilding healthy, biodiverse ecosystems around the globe, according to a World Resources… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

The Unlikely Technology Helping Autonomous Cars See

cabins, according to PPG.The company adapted the same coatings—which replace the light-absorbing carbon black used in dark paints with special pigments, some made by chemical giant BASF SE, that let… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

BMW Ranks First, Subaru Rated Worst in Survey by Climate Lobby

among other changes in the industry, an environmental lobby has handed out progress reports.The Carbon Disclosure Project ranked responses from 16 manufacturers on three main issues:Progress towards… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

The Center Must Hold in Germany

infrastructure, where Germany lags. And though the partners promise to reach the country’s 2020 target for carbon emissions, they don’t say how. (Coal provides 40 percent of the country’s energy; the agreement… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Facilitating South African exports and internationalisation

The South African Electrotechnical Export Council (SAEEC) is a non-profit company established as a Public Private Partnership between South African business and the Department of Trade and Industry to facilitate the export growth and internationalisation of its members. The SAEEC’s members comprise South African registered companies which manufacture and provide … Continue reading “Facilitating South African exports and internationalisation”

Power developments in Africa, January 2018

Largest solar farm in West Africa The first solar power plant in Burkina Faso, and the largest in West Africa, was commissioned in November 2017. The project was financed by the French Development Agency and the European Union, and will produce about 5% of the country’s consumption. The cost of … Continue reading “Power developments in Africa, January 2018”

Let’s applaud folks who keep the lights on

It is difficult today to pick up a newspaper without some article criticising Eskom. But does the company as a whole deserve criticism? Justifiable criticism is aimed at the behaviour of the Eskom board and top management, but what is often forgotten is that rest of the organisation is performing … Continue reading “Let’s applaud folks who keep the lights on”

Largest substation in a decade: Within budget and ahead of schedule

Sebenza substation, located immediately behind the Kelvin power station near Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni, rated at 1000 MVA 400/275/132 kV will be the largest substation built in South Africa over the last ten years. Although the new substation and Kelvin power station are located within the City of Ekurhuleni (previously known … Continue reading “Largest substation in a decade: Within budget and ahead of schedule”

Mazda Says Improved Gasoline Cars Cut Need for Electric Vehicles

combustion engines if the electric power isn’t from a clean source. It estimates the level of carbon dioxide emitted by a gasoline-engine Mazda2 at about 9 percent less than the 162 grams-per-kilometer… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Fink's Letter to CEOs Upends a Half-Century of Business Thought

January 17, 2018

renewable power becomes economical and electric cars begin a serious run at the internal combustion engine. Ford Motor Co. announced an $11 billion investment in electric vehicles over the weekend. Investment… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Bannon's Mueller Meeting Looms Large for Trump

Peninsula continues to grow.A list of worries | What keeps the world’s global elite up at night? Climate change, cyberattacks and a “deteriorating geopolitical landscape” since Trump’s election top the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Party Far From Over as Graphite Maker Rallies More Than Bitcoin

peers of the Indian electrode makers have also posted healthy gains in the past 12 months. Tokai Carbon Co. jumped 356 percent in Japan, while Showa Denko KK tripled. … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Qantas Is the Least Fuel Efficient Airline to Fly the Pacific

Qantas Airways Ltd. is the least fuel efficient and burns the most carbon of major airlines that fly across the Pacific Ocean, according to a report by the International Council on Clean Transportation… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump talks Paris agreement, Iran with France's Macron -official

… President Emmanuel Macron on Monday that he believed the Paris… climate agreement was unfair to the United States but looked forward… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

EPA cancels appearance by scientists at climate change conference

… on climate change at a conference in Rhode Island on Monday, an official… the biological implications of climate change, according to a program… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

Britain Will Probably Miss Its Carbon Emissions Targets, Committee Says

required by law.”The U.K. has legally-binding targets known as carbon budgets to set out a plan to gradually reduce pollution. The fourth carbon budget seeks to cut emissions by 51 percent by the middle… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Would Jeopardize Energy Dreams With Nafta Exit

January 16, 2018

any breakdown. That doesn’t mean it’s without risk, though. A good example of this concerns the engine of U.S. oil production growth: The Permian tight-oil basin. The risk there actually arises in… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Energy council offers young innovators opportunities

The energy world is undergoing a grand transition driven by a combination of factors. Christophe Frei, the secretary general and CEO of the World Energy Council, says the fast-paced development of new technologies, together with an unstoppable digital revolution combined with global environmental challenges, present innovation opportunities for companies and … Continue reading “Energy council offers young innovators opportunities”

340 Billion Gallons of Sludge Spur Environmental Fears in Canada

Innovation Alliance. In addition to new filtration methods, the industry also is testing injecting carbon dioxide into tailings and running electrical currents through them to help the solids settle… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

NERSA to publish SSEG rules soon

The Department of Energy published a notice regarding the licensing exemption and registration of small-scale embedded generation (SSEG) plant recently. In response, the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) says it is in the process of finalising the draft SSEG rules which it will publish soon. These rules were … Continue reading “NERSA to publish SSEG rules soon”

Accelerating the fight against climate change

Schneider Electric, the leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, joined other sustainability leaders to support and accelerate the common fight against climate change at the One Planet Summit. Two years to the day after the adoption of the Paris Agreement, and following COP23, President of France Emmanuel … Continue reading “Accelerating the fight against climate change”

Shell Bolsters Renewables Bet With Stake in U.S. Solar Company

January 15, 2018

to a statement.Shell has been growing its foothold in the power business as it prepares for a carbon-constrained world, including an agreement to purchase the U.K’s seventh-largest utility in December… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Wind farms begin commercial operations

Loeriesfontein wind farm and Khobab wind farm have announced the commencement of their 20-year commercial operations, a milestone they have achieved on schedule, on budget and without a single lost-time incident. With a generation capacity of 140 MW each, these two neighbouring wind farms combined make up the largest single … Continue reading “Wind farms begin commercial operations”

Surging Power Bills Spark Rush for Household Solar in Australia

fossil fuels still hold sway for traditional power producers, even as they look ahead to a less carbon intensive future. Sydney-based Alinta Energy Holdings Ltd., which completed the acquisition of… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Shell Braces for Change by Expanding Its Foothold in Electricity

January 12, 2018

Shell Plc is taking small steps toward a future dominated by electric cars, renewable energy and carbon constraints, demonstrating its intent not to remain solely an oil and gas company.The energy… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

New dams in Africa could add risk to power supplies down the line

In the 1980s and 1990s parts of Africa saw a surge in dam building for energy production. After a brief hiatus there has been renewed interested. Many new construction projects are planned and underway across sub-Saharan Africa. Declan Conway Hydropower represents a significant and rapidly expanding proportion of electricity production … Continue reading “New dams in Africa could add risk to power supplies down the line”

Why a Natural Gas Tanker Is Looking for Your Car

CNG stations every 150 kilometers.5. What’s the appeal?For countries trying to meet their climate change pledges under the 2015 Paris agreement, natural-gas vehicles produce less greenhouse gas… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

California Vote Seals Fate of State’s Last Nuclear Plant

January 11, 2018

environmental groups and labor unions to retire the facility and noted that it saw less of a need for its carbon-free output because of projected increases in renewable energy and decreases in customer energy… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

A New Era of Batteries Spells Trouble for Gas in America

years ago — it burns cleaner and more cheaply than coal — regulators are looking to reduce carbon emissions to combat global warming and climate change. Gas now accounts for about a third of… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

This Army of AI Robots Will Feed the World

also erodes and dries out soil, disturbs the microbiome, kills earthworms, and releases trapped carbon. Avoiding tillage eliminates those fuel costs and reduces irrigation needs. See & Spray also… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

America's No. 1 Enemy? Climate Change

plans. The federal government is the largest carbon emitter in the country, and simply by undertaking responsible in-house policies to reduce carbon and pursue renewables, it can move the needle… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Clark Meets With PSA Group as U.K. Prepares Auto Industry Plan

fuels.The government said it would plow 26.4 million pounds, match-funded by industry, into low-carbon vehicle projects by GKN Plc, Ford Motor Co. and Jaguar Land Rover Ltd. Another 32 million pounds… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Diet Coke Gets Biggest Makeover Ever

move comes after years of declines for the brand. Though Diet Coke remains the third-largest carbonated soft drink in the U.S., it saw volume drop 4.3 percent last year, according to industry publication… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Big Apple Sues Big Oil Over Climate Change

policies “should be addressed through sound government policy and cultural change to drive low-carbon choices,” and not by the courts.“”Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is a global issue and requires… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

The New Formal: Casual Dining Loses Out to Fancy Fun Once Again

two fancy-but-lively dining rooms in 2017: the Grill and the Pool. At the former, chef Mario Carbone uses a salvaged duck press to make a roasted vegetable sauce, tableside, for his pastas. Co-owner… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Download: Understanding Natural Gas and LNG Options handbook

Please complete and submit the form below to receive the handbook (7.5 MB PDF) free-of-charge by return email. The American Department of Energy published a handbook recently, authored by a number of African contributors, which focuses on the benefits African countries can derive from the development of liquid natural gas (LNG) resources … Continue reading “Download: Understanding Natural Gas and LNG Options handbook”

Merkel Faces Crunch-Time Redux in Search for Next Government

determine if there’s enough common ground to forge a joint platform on policies from migration and climate to deeper integration of the euro area and relations with Emmanuel Macron’s France.“The European… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

California Republican Issa Says He Won’t Seek Re-Election

Marine officer, announced he’ll seek Issa’s seat. Chavez last year worked with Democrats on climate change legislation, irking the party’s base, and has pushed back against Republicans looking to… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Energy Policy Should Focus on Climate

way and for the right reasons.Nuclear power is crucial to the effort to stop climate change. It safely provides about 20 percent of electricity in the U.S., and some 60 percent of clean energy. This… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Crew Aboard Blazing Iranian Oil Tanker May Be Alive, Owner Says

January 10, 2018

Iranian Tanker Co., said in an interview in Tehran Wednesday. “We are still hopeful that in the engine room at least some people have taken shelter and are waiting to be rescued.”The Sanchi was set… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Ford Sued by Truck Owners, Adding It to Diesel Defendants

S. every year since 1981.The lawsuit could pose a risk to Ford’s plans to introduce a diesel engine in its smaller F-150 pickup. The automaker has said it expects the powertrain will boost fuel… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

The Most Awful Transit Center in America Could Get Unimaginably Worse

Roundtable, says that a dollar invested in infrastructure yields as much as $3 in economic growth.) In the final days of 2017, the situation reached perhaps its bleakest point yet, when the Trump administration… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Bold five-point plan for solar industrialisation

Davin Chown The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) has announced a bold five- point plan for the solar PV industry to drive industrialisation, create jobs, and contribute to economic growth. Speaking recently at the Energy Indaba held at Gallagher Estate in Midrand, SAPVIA Chairperson, Davin Chown, said that solar … Continue reading “Bold five-point plan for solar industrialisation”

Topologies for energy storage in PV systems

Due to recent changes in regulations and standards, energy storage is expected to become an increasingly interesting addition for photovoltaic (PV) installations, especially for systems below 30 kW. A variety of circuit topologies can be used for the battery charger stage, which will require different numbers of semiconductors, voltage classes … Continue reading “Topologies for energy storage in PV systems”

Production update for local PV manufacturer

ARTsolar, currently the only remaining PV manufacturer in South Africa, says it will have 270 Wp and 320 Wp PV modules available for delivery from February 2018. All new modules take advantage of five bus-bar cell technology and improve upon the previous range by also implementing upgraded IP67 rated junction boxes and … Continue reading “Production update for local PV manufacturer”

Blockchain, Drones Are Strategies for Survival at Japan's Tepco

January 9, 2018

down to what he called the five D’s — de-centralization, deregulation, digitalization, de-carbonization and democratization, forces that he said will eventually disrupt the industry’s current structure… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Understanding natural gas and LNG options

LNG exports are poised to be an important catalyst for economic growth in African countries. Natural gas and LNG development can enable economic development and stimulate further investment in national infrastructure. The recent large offshore natural gas discoveries in Africa have focused the attention of the international oil and gas … Continue reading “Understanding natural gas and LNG options”

Don’t Worry, Petrolheads. Driverless Cars Are Still Years Away

President Akio Toyoda introduced an electric-vehicle concept called e-Palette, a box on wheels engineered to drive itself on set routes.The Toyota e-Palette concept vehiclePhotographer: David Paul… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Intensive energy users welcome regulator’s decision

January 8, 2018

The Energy Intensive User Group (EIUG) has welcomed the decision made by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) on Eskom’s revenue application for the 2018/19 financial year 15 December 2017. Eskom funding model resulting in tariffs having to be increased exorbitantly to fund internal inefficiencies is outdated and unsustainable. … Continue reading “Intensive energy users welcome regulator’s decision”

Can Eskom avoid a financial death spiral?

The challenges Eskom is facing around governance, corruption and state capture are common cause, but it is unfortunately crowding out an even more serious structural problem, which talks to the very viability of Eskom as a utility company. Piet van Staden Cleaning up the company, improving efficiencies and restoring it … Continue reading “Can Eskom avoid a financial death spiral?”

How the Sun Might Help Quench Gulf Arabs' Thirst: QuickTake Q&A

clean. Using fossil fuels means these plants contribute to greenhouse gases that exacerbate climate change. They also dump salt back into the ocean in a heated, concentrated brine. This discharge… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Why Trump's Infrastructure Push Might Stall Again

January 5, 2018

detailed one never arrived, only a six-page fact sheet. A planned advisory council of builders and engineers, to be led by Manhattan real estate developers Richard LeFrak and Steven Roth, never took shape;… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Climate Scientists Exiled by Trump Form Panel to Continue Work

January 4, 2018

institutions have taken on climate science research dropped by the Trump administration.Social Cost of CarbonResources for the Future, a 65-year-old policy research organization based in Washington, launched… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Cigré reviews its purpose, mission and vision

Rob Stephen As I look back at the end of my first year as President of Cigré, I am amazed at the dedication and willingness of Cigréans (i.e. members of Cigré) to perform work for Cigré on a volunteer basis.  The production of over 40 brochures per annum as well as … Continue reading “Cigré reviews its purpose, mission and vision”

California Bill Seeks Ban on Fossil-Fueled Vehicles by 2040

state — and more than in some countries.If adopted, the measure would eliminate a huge chunk of carbon emissions as part of the state’s quest to slash greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent from 1990… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

China's Carbon Market Shows How U.S. Is Falling Behind: Q&A

January 3, 2018

price of carbon. Carbon could cost $4 a ton in China, $13 in California and $6 in the EU, and companies will need to figure out how to smooth this out. They’ll want to see a global carbon price develop… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Why the University of Illinois Is Investing in Farmland

be an inflation hedge. “The end product is a necessity, not a luxury,” he says. The risks: Climate change could wreck harvests, and farmland isn’t a liquid asset—it could be hard to get a good price… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

A New Commodities Boom Doesn't Mean Ecological Doom

January 2, 2018

yes, but not in a good way: think falling forests, strained watersheds and more climate-cooking carbon gas.True, Latin Americans are more zealous about their environment than ever, and less inclined… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Oil's Dream to Grow in Plastics Dims as Coke Turns to Plants

organization in Europe. They are made by processing sugars from plants and tend to have a smaller carbon footprint than their conventional counterparts. Some are also designed to naturally degrade after… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Where to Go in 2018

passion project of Australian developer Lang Walker. One exception to the region’s shrinking carbon footprint is Nadi International Airport on the main island of Viti Levu, which is welcoming more… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

New York Fed Takes Names in Search for Next Chief

sensitive to information that’s non-conventional, non-traditional, as Bill Dudley was,” said Joseph Carbone, chief executive at The WorkPlace, a workforce development agency, and a member of the bank’s… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Candy maker Mars looks to curb greenhouse gas emissions across supply chain

January 1, 2018

… is aiming to cut greenhouse gas emissions and address other…. The company now said it will cut greenhouse gas emissions across… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Green house gas

Could companies be made to pay for stoking climate change?

December 31, 2017

… by climate change to sue for damages. The study in the journal Climatic… Change is the first to assess climate change emissions by private and state… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

Beatles Drummer Joins Astronaut, Lawmakers on U.K. Honors List

December 29, 2017

Bussell is made a dame.CBEs go to the author Jilly Cooper, former Treasury adviser Diane Coyle, Carbon Trust Chief Executive Officer Tom Delay, Wesley Clover Corp. CEO Simon Gibson, DeepMind Technologies… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Stretches Meaning of Deregulation in Touting Achievements

undermine environmental regulations issued under the previous administration. The agency put off the carbon-cutting Clean Power Plan and moved to repeal it. It delayed rules on methane leaks from oil and… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

It’s Been One of the Worst Years Ever for Billion-Dollar U.S. Weather Disasters

December 28, 2017

who has in the past dismissed the concept of man-made climate change as a hoax, announced in June that the U.S. would leave the Paris climate accord, saying it favors other nations at the expense… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Battery Makers’ Great Hope for Cheap Lithium Faces Talent Crunch

000 feet (4,000 meters) above sea level in Jujuy province plans to start producing lithium carbonate at an annual rate of 25,000 metric tons in 2019. Dozens of other projects are at earlier stages… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Bull Market Will Continue But Expect Higher Volatility: Carbone

December 27, 2017

Bloomberg Markets AM with Pimm Fox and Lisa Abramowicz. GUEST: Jeff Carbone, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Cornerstone Wealth, discusses his 2018 market outlook. Running time 09:30… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Autonomous Cars Need Tougher Batteries, Lithium-Ion Pioneer Says

December 26, 2017

range, he said. Lithium titanate, for example, can be used in the anode of the battery, where carbon is used commonly now.“Cars are a completely new application, and we’ll have to wait until we… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Why China's Big Step on Carbon Isn't Bigger Still: QuickTake Q&A

December 25, 2017

explainer on the spread of carbon pricing and the debate about its effectiveness. The World Bank’s report on carbon pricing.New York Times graphic showing how carbon markets work.International… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

U.S. greenhouse gas emissions fall 2 percent in 2016, led by power industry: EPA

December 24, 2017

…By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Greenhouse gas emissions… presidency, brings the total drop in U.S. greenhouse gas emissions from… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Green house gas

Vattenfall aims to be carbon neutral before 2050: CEO

… it will become carbon neutral sooner than planned, its Chief Executive… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

Beijing’s Electric-Car Push Could Produce a World-Class Chinese Auto Brand

December 22, 2017

nation’s dependence on imported oil may have a side benefit for its automotive industry. Environmental regulations and production incentives could hasten the development of a high-volume leader… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

The Pope Wants Vatican Startups to Fix Climate Change

on turning waste into clean energy, Emirati social entrepreneur Badr Jafar, and early Google engineer Chade-Meng Tan.Cardinal Turkson at Laudato Si Challenge Demo Day, Dec. 4.Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Pentagon strategy document will not include climate change: official

…WASHINGTON, Dec 21 (Reuters) – Climate change will not be included… that not mentioning climate change did not mean it was no longer a priority… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

Why the Prospect of ‘Peak Oil' Is Hotly Debated

turning its back on oil. But how quickly? Technological advances driven by the threat of climate change could mean the world’s thirst for petroleum tops out sooner than companies such as Exxon… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Gorton Sues U.S. Law Firm for Fraud Over Carbon-Tax Advice

2004, and advised him to invest in a series of companies that created and traded carbon credits managed by Carbon Capital Ltd. Gorton signed up to invest 38 million pounds ($51 million) in several… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Bloomberg's 100 Best Photos of 2017

Bloomberg presents the 100 best photos from a record-setting year in business, technology, climate change and politics around the world. Here are images that captured some of the most memorable moments… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Are Miami Beach’s Luxury Towers the Future of Climate Resilience?

flood, the water won’t stay there for long. “Every progressive architect today looks at [climate change] as an opportunity to create a statement and a solution,” says Karp, taking a sip from a… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Arctic Refuge Just the Start of Trump’s Move to Unlock Alaska Oil

Obama put millions of acres off-limits, citing the risks of oil spills and concerns about climate change.“It’s a recognition that the era of oil is not over in Alaska,” said Kara Moriarty, president… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

A Year of Climate Change in Photos

December 21, 2017

June 1, 2017. Trump said the U.S. would withdraw from the Paris climate pact and that he would seek to renegotiate the international agreement in a way that treats American workers better. … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Lithium King's Abdication May Be Cheered by Carmakers

predominantly a crop-nutrient producer, SQM has become the world’s biggest exporter of lithium carbonate just as prices soar.But thwarting SQM’s chances of meeting rising demand for the mineral used… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

China Sets Out Scaled-Back Vision for Biggest Carbon Market

December 20, 2017

than 26,000 tons of carbon annually qualifyMore than 3 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions affectedIndustry executives and environmental analysts have called for carbon prices of at least… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

China Is Creating a Massive Carbon Market to Fight Climate Change

explainer on the spread of carbon pricing and the debate about its effectiveness. The World Bank’s report on carbon pricing.New York Times graphic showing how carbon markets work.International… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

China's Scaled-Back Vision for Carbon Market

Source: Bloomberg, 04:07 China set out a scaled-back vision of the world’s… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Cuomo Urges New York Pension Fund to End Fossil-Fuel Investments

work with the governor on ways it can contribute to the low-carbon economy. The fund has already invested $2 billion in a low-carbon index. It co-filed a successful shareholder proposal at Exxon… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Insidious Gas Leaks Are Casting Doubts Over Shell's Clean Credentials

seep into the air at various points between extraction and delivery. Trapping more heat than carbon dioxide, it’s a potent contributor to global warming. Yet credible data on the volumes released… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Electric Cars' Race to Nowhere

believes the world will — must — make a rapid transition to electrified transport so as to reduce carbon emissions globally as well as tailpipe pollution in its crowded cities. Thanks to cheaper batteries… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

BRIEF-Transalta Comments On Provincial Carbon Credit Regime

December 19, 2017

… CARBON CREDIT REGIME Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: … View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

French Tycoon Bets Global Warming Will Spur Nuclear Comeback

believes atomic energy will be back in vogue as the cost of climate change mounts. Louis expects Electricite de France SA to build 20 to 30 new reactors to partially replace its aging fleet as intermittent… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

China's carbon market waiting for government approval: media

…BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s long-awaited nationwide carbon trading… tonnes of carbon dioxide has been traded in the pilot cities with a total… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

U.S. repeal of carbon rule criticized in coal country

… administration’s proposal to dismantle an Obama-era rule to slash carbon emissions… to propose a new rule on carbon emissions in the “near future,” which would… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

Adani Cancels A$2 Billion Mine-Building Deal After Funding Woes

projects. Adani’s plan in the Galilee basin is opposed by environmentalists who say it will increase carbon pollution and endanger the health of the Great Barrier Reef marine park in the state’s north… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Environmental authorisation for coal mine set aside

December 18, 2017

The Minister of Environmental Affairs has set the decision to grant the environmental authorisation for the proposed construction of a coal mine in Lephalale, Limpopo aside and referred it back to the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) for reconsideration. In her reasons for the decision on appeal, the Minister stated … Continue reading “Environmental authorisation for coal mine set aside”

Medupi Unit 4 achieves commercial operation

Eskom is pleased to announce that Unit 4 at its Medupi power station project in Lephalale, Limpopo, has attained commercial operation status. The unit was officially declared commercial after the completion of control, performance and the 30 day reliability run, putting all performance guarantees to effect. Unit 4 reached its full power … Continue reading “Medupi Unit 4 achieves commercial operation”

Novel wind turbine design

An exciting renewable energy solution is being developed in the workshops of Diesel Electric Services (DES), South of Johannesburg CBD. Spread over several city blocks, with a staff of some 550, DES are geared to providing the nation with many power solutions and services, but has recently turned its attention … Continue reading “Novel wind turbine design”

Regulator decides on new electricity tariffs

Jacob Modisa The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) announced on 15 December 2017 that it has approved Eskom’s allowable revenue of R190,34-billion for the 2018/19 financial year. This is R29-billion less than the power utility had requested. The approved allowable revenue of R190,348-billion will result in an average … Continue reading “Regulator decides on new electricity tariffs”

Old Coal Is King Even With Another Renewables Record in Germany

and giant batteries, the nation is on course to miss its high-profile 2020 target for cutting carbon dioxide emissions.While wind and solar power by law gets priority and enters the grid first,… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

U.S. Fights Mention of ‘Climate Change’ in New Nafta

December 17, 2017

position follows similar holdouts at the Group of 20 and Group of Seven nations’ meetings earlier this year where the U.S. balked at climate change pledges. President Donald Trump has also announced… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

How Art Museums Fight Wildfires, Floods and Climate Change

part of an elaborate system of fireproofing to shield irreplaceable art as blazes bred by climate change pose a growing threat.A firefighter looks out over the Getty Center while monitoring the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Nigeria Plans to Sell Africa's First Sovereign Green Bonds

commercial hub of Lagos on Friday, it said.Climate ChangeThe bond will enable the West African country to “support initiatives aimed at moderating climate change by investing in solar plants, hydro power… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

New Africa Gas Comes at the Right Time for Europe

see a new African exporter coming into the market,” Trevor Sikorski, head of natural gas and carbon research at Energy Aspects, said by phone. “An obvious market is Europe, particularly when the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

GMOs Might Feed the World If Only Investors Weren’t So Scared

of a variety able to better withstand unpredictable rainfall—a growing problem because of climate change. UC Berkeley scientists also developed seeds for tomatoes resistant to bacterial spot disease… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Russia Wins in Arctic After U.S. Fails to Kill Giant Gas Project

start. Jacques de Boisseson, head of the Moscow office of French energy giant Total SA, which has a 20 percent stake in Yamal LNG, said there were “various moments” when he thought the project may never… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Gas Demand to Get Boost as Supply Surge Sends Prices Lower

abundant gas supply and lower prices but also because the fuel is the most effective way to mitigate carbon emissions, Adeli said. In the past five years, gas prices have become competitive with renewables… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Strategic national smart grid vision for the South African electricity supply industry

December 15, 2017

The Smart Grid 2030 Vision was developed by South African Smart Grid Initiative (SASGI) under the guidance of the Department of Energy and the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI). The document takes into account all the relevant policies, legislation and other indications of the national direction for the … Continue reading “Strategic national smart grid vision for the South African electricity supply industry”

Five point plan for solar industrialisation

December 14, 2017

The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) has announced a bold 5-point plan for the solar PV industry to drive industrialisation, create jobs, and contribute to economic growth. The five points include working with government to build 1500 MW of PV per annum, to facilitate the creation of South African solar … Continue reading “Five point plan for solar industrialisation”

Assessing the visual impact of wind farms: a comprehensive local solution

As with any power infrastructure, wind farms have a visual impact which needs to be considered when assessing the environmental impact of the plant. There is a common opinion that wind turbines are erected without any consideration of the visual impact, but this is not the case as a detailed … Continue reading “Assessing the visual impact of wind farms: a comprehensive local solution”

Natural gas for KZN industry

Commercial-scale supplies of compressed natural gas will soon be available to industry in KwaZulu-Natal, with gas supplier Virtual Gas Network (VGN), a division of CNG Holdings, currently setting up shop and targeting 2018 for the first natural gas deliveries. More cost-effective, cleaner and safer than diesel, petrol, paraffin and LPG fuels, … Continue reading “Natural gas for KZN industry”

SA’s first commercial solar savings insurance

Exposed rooftop panels are vulnerable to the elements. So, what happens if the panels are damaged by hail, and or, if the system develops a fault or requires routine maintenance? The real underlying question is: In these potentially variable conditions, what happens to the savings that businesses have been promised? A new … Continue reading “SA’s first commercial solar savings insurance”

School invests in solar power

South Africa College High School (SACS) in Cape Town committed to clean energy by installing a solar system at its Rosedale Boarding House. The solar system was installed by Energy Partners Home Solutions, part of the PSG group of companies. SACS has become very aware of its carbon footprint, so … Continue reading “School invests in solar power”

Biggest Australian Business Lender to Stop New Coal Mine Funding

Australian newspaper reported earlier.Australia’s largest banks have been restricting lending to high carbon emitters as they face pressure from activists and shareholders to mitigate climate risks. They’ve… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Scientists Are Linking Extreme Weather to Man-Made Warming

researchers at the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.Climate change, driven by carbon emissions from human activity since the start of the Industrial Revolution, affected, among other… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Subsidy-Free Wind Power Possible in $2.7 Billion Dutch Auction

megawatt-hour. That may increase with the introduction of a price set on carbon pollution from fossil fuel plants. The carbon price will be set at 18 euros a metric ton from 2020 and is due to double… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Mining Mogul Murray Gets Coal in His Stocking—and Wants More

redefine” the U.S. Constitution. Invest in “clean coal” research. Murray doesn’t favor spending on carbon-capture technologies, which he regards as “neither practical nor economic.” In October, Perry’s… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Carney's Climate Fight Gets $6.3 Trillion Boost From Firms

December 13, 2017

from climate change has doubled in five months.Companies with a combined market capitalization of more than $6.3 trillion have thrown their weight behind Carney’s recommendations on climate change… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Countries Across Americas Step Up Cooperation on Carbon Pricing

against climate change.Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile and Mexico pledged to apply the cost of carbon dioxide discharges to guide public investment decisions and to encourage private companies to… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Too Big to Grow? Exxon’s Star Dims as It Struggles to Boost Crude

in May urged the oil and gas giant to publish a detailed analysis of how curbs on emissions of carbon could affect the value of its fields, refineries and pipelines. While management opposed that… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

What to Watch at Macron’s Climate Summit

the Green Climate Fund Became a target of Trump, click here.Carbon PricesFor decades, the UN has promoted putting a price on carbon dioxide emissions as a financial tool to curb pollution, yet… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Macron's Climate Summit Draws Pledges to Make Coal a Risky Bet

adapt to climate change will be 1.5 billion euros a year in 2020Study an increase of the European carbon price in some sectors, alongside Germany, Netherlands, the U.K. and SwedenEnsure all French public… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

This is an exciting time for the energy sector, conference hears

December 12, 2017

A more exciting time can be expected in the electrical industry, as the scale and pace of change increases. This is the view of Mark Waldron, the chair of Cigré’s technical council, and Dr. Rob Stephen, the organisation’s president. The changes will affect the way in which infrastructure is built, … Continue reading “This is an exciting time for the energy sector, conference hears”

Taxes on Meat Could Join Carbon and Sugar to Help Limit Emissions

“shadow price” of meat — similar to an internal carbon price — to estimate future costs.Meat could encounter the same fate as tobacco, carbon and sugar, which are currently taxed in 180, 60,… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Ambitious Climate Suit Pitting Teens Against Trump Faces Test

allowing harm to the environment.Carbon EmissionsThe kids have asked for a court order directing Trump’s office to prepare a consumption report on U.S. carbon emissions, along with a remediation… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Why China's Freezing

than making heavy-handed decrees, China should be thinking about market-based reforms such as carbon taxes, while working to improve infrastructure for alternative energies. A more transparent policy-making… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Macron Aims to Keep Paris Climate Deal Alive

talks to form a new government.French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire on Monday called for the carbon price to triple to 30 euros a ton to provide industry a signal that it must invest in cleaning… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Reliable power in the desert

December 11, 2017

Abu Dhabi-based Power Economy Middle East (PE) is a system integrator serving customers from the electric power and oil and gas industries. To ensure reliable SCADA monitoring and control of the new distribution substations in the harsh desert environment, PE chose Ethernet switches from the Siemens Ruggedcom portfolio. The switches … Continue reading “Reliable power in the desert”

Irrational IRP madness grips the energy sector in South Africa

At a media briefing on 7 December 2017 during the so-called “Energy Indaba”, energy minister David Mahlobo announced that the long-awaited Integrated Resource Plan for electricity, IRP 2017, had been finalised and approved by the cabinet the night before. President Jacob Zuma and Energy Minister David Mahlobo IRP 2017 sets … Continue reading “Irrational IRP madness grips the energy sector in South Africa”

Cheniere Taps Obama Energy Official for Global Clean Gas Push

December 9, 2017

top five global LNG supplier, comes as customers in Europe and Asia are shifting toward lower carbon sources, including use of natural gas to help integrate more renewables, Smith said.“Every one… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

China Goes All In on the Transit Revolution

subsidies have helped lower the price of an electric bus from twice that of an internal combustion engine bus to roughly equal today.Urban air pollution and a desire to reduce oil imports.Many Chinese… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Silicon Valley Wants to Solve Our Water Problems

by issues such as California’s drought, the Flint, Mich., water crisis, climate change, and population growth. The number of tech accelerators focused on water issues jumped from 14 in 2013 to 26… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Trump to Release Infrastructure Plan in January, Official Says

December 8, 2017

share and that much more federal funding is needed to meet what the American Society of Civil Engineers has estimated to be a $2 trillion funding gap for infrastructure by 2025. Some advocates say… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Trudeau Leaves China Empty-Handed

counterparts nonetheless extended exploratory talks and announced small developments on beef, climate change and clean technology. They also agreed to cooperate in areas including law enforcement, youth… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Europe's Coal Plants Will Bleed More Cash Through Next Decade

analyst at Carbon Tracker in London, said by phone.For more on how fast Europe’s coal plants are disappearing, click hereMargins at plants will be further squeezed as the cost of European carbon allowances… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Who Will Save the Christmas Tree?

cut from a forest, he said. They grow on grounds not suitable for higher value crops, turning carbon dioxide into oxygen, and their roots hold soil in place. When they’re cut, a new one is planted… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Pruitt Questions EPA Finding That Climate Change Is Health Risk

regulations is no small task. A 2007 Supreme Court ruling essentially required the EPA to regulate carbon dioxide emissions if it found them to be a risk to health and welfare, and the scientific findings… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Bitcoin Is Greener Than Its Critics Think

work and Sunday Night Football. A return to subsistence farming could drastically reduce our carbon footprint, but sometimes using energy to improve our quality of life is worthwhile.The bitcoin… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Billionaire's Mine Financing Hurdles Fuel Bondholder Jitters

loans for the project, which has faced opposition from environmentalists who say it will increase carbon pollution and endanger the health of the state’s Great Barrier Reef.Adani Abbot Point’s notes… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Aston Martin DB11 V8 Review: It's a Better Bet Than the V12

crazy orange piping that gloms to the seats like a superhero spiderweb or the endless options for carbon fiber—adding those would be like spackling stage makeup onto the Mona Lisa. Garish and unnecessary… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

On climate change communications, the science really isn’t settled.

December 7, 2017

David Roberts, Vox.com, 7 December, 2017 This is something completely different, but well worth reading! On climate change communications, the science really isn’t settled. By David Roberts@drvoxdavid@vox.com  Dec 5, 2017 Back in July, journalist David Wallace-Wells published a piece in New York magazine called “The Uninhabitable Earth,” a nightmarish guided tour of the worst-case … Continue reading “On climate change communications, the science really isn’t settled.”

Developing African women leaders for our energy future

The development of renewable energy and energy efficiency programmes will create numerous jobs and business opportunities throughout the African continent. Women’s leadership is a global business issue and is gaining in prominence in Africa. It needs to be addressed systemically across the working environment and include the involvement of both … Continue reading “Developing African women leaders for our energy future”

VW Executive Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison for Diesel Role

in Germany, avoiding arrest. They include executives who led engine development as well as the failed efforts to design a diesel engine that would meet the tougher emissions standards the U.S. adopted… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Corporate Boards Are Ignoring Risks of Sexual Harassment: Q&A

going to increasingly affect industries and markets. We’re going to have to solve climate change over the next 20 years, and the fight for gender equality isn’t going away next year. These are long-term… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Stronger Labor Unions Could Do a Lot of Good

government policy changes — the Taft-Hartley Act of 1947 outlawed certain union tactics and made it easier for states to enact anti-union laws, while various regulatory changes weakened unions’… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

World's No. 1 Miner Sees Bigger Role for Carbon-Capture Systems

materially reduce global emissions” across many industries, Wild said.Carbon capture and storage systems separate carbon dioxide from other emissions generated when coal, oil or natural gas is… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Elan Ripsticks Are Powerful Skis for Almost Any Type of Powder

extremely forgiving. Even if you’re caught off-balance and in a potentially perilous situation, the carbon tubing along the edges makes it easy to muscle around and regain your line. That said, the Ripsticks… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

California Bill in the Works to Banish Gasoline Cars by 2040

would allow the state’s motor vehicles department to register only “clean” vehicles that emit no carbon dioxide, such as battery-electric or hydrogen fuel-cell cars.“Until you set a deadline, nothing… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

U.S. Ready to Ship More Gas to Middle East

expand cooperation in development, trade in oil, gas, coal, LNG, and technologies related to carbon capture, use and storage during meetings this week. Perry also discussed civilian nuclear projects… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Change in the air at COP 23

December 6, 2017

The secretary general of the World Energy Council, Christoph Frei, says that the Paris Agreement really was a tipping point on the road towards low-carbon energy systems. The recent United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, focused on advancing the global energy transition and underlined the accelerating global shift … Continue reading “Change in the air at COP 23”

Massive growth in energy storage anticipated, conference hears

Energy storage is globally considered to be the new wave in the energy sector following on from and supporting recent developments in renewable energy sources such as wind and solar. It is said that, between 2016 and 2024, about $44-billion will be invested in the construction of new energy storage facilities, … Continue reading “Massive growth in energy storage anticipated, conference hears”

SA Energy Storage 2017 conference presentations and papers

Energy storage is globally considered the new wave in the energy sector following on from, and supporting, recent developments in renewable energy sources such as wind and solar. To support this technological development, EE Publishers hosted the SA Energy Storage 2017 conference and exhibition at Emperors Palace in November 2017. This focussed … Continue reading “SA Energy Storage 2017 conference presentations and papers”

Statoil Greenlights Key $6 Billion Norway Arctic Oil Project

following delays, cost overruns and safety mishaps. The government is also facing a lawsuit from environmental groups challenging Barents license awards.‘Robust Profitability’Like Goliat, Castberg has… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

It’s Getting Less Appealing to Drill for Oil in the Arctic

future of Arctic drilling, weighing both moral and financial arguments amid efforts to curb climate change. The first oil project in the Barents, Eni SpA’s Goliat, has come under heavy scrutiny for… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

The Latest: 'Westworld' Delays Production Amid Wildfires

currently raging in Southern California. State Fire Chief Ken Pimlott has told lawmakers that climate change is spawning more and bigger wildfires. Blazes on land under Cal Fire’s protection this year… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

California Bill to Banish Gasoline Cars by 2040 Is in the Works

would allow the state’s motor vehicles department to register only “clean” vehicles that emit no carbon dioxide, such as battery-electric or hydrogen fuel-cell cars.“Until you set a deadline, nothing… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Oil Firms Pledge to Plug Methane Leaks in Bid to Burnish Image

more than carbon dioxide when measured over two decades. Oil companies have been selling gas around the world as a low-carbon alternative to coal, which produces twice as many carbon dioxide emissions… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Conspiracy or Not, Turkey’s Ties to West Are at Risk

its opponents believe Turkey has genuine cause for its sense of betrayal by the West.The climate is changing on the other side of the Atlantic, too, where a traditionally pro-Turkey Congress has turned… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

BlackRock and Vanguard’s $20 Trillion Future Is Closer Than You Think

based on their current market share.Illustration: Kevin Hong”Growth is not a goal, nor do we make projections about future growth,” Vanguard spokesman John Woerth said of the Bloomberg calculations… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

How Trump Did the Impossible: Getting Solar and Oil Lobbyists to Unite

climate change — join with the nuclear industry, which has asked to be rewarded for the fuel’s carbon-free attributes.The solar and wind energy associations faced a flurry of questions from anxious… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Approved miniature circuit breakers

December 5, 2017

A full range of approved miniature circuit breakers offering protection against overload and short circuit in electric conductors, is available from Zest WEG Group. The WEG MDW and WEG MDWH miniature circuit breaker lines comply with the tripping characteristic curves B and C according to IEC 60898 and IEC 60947-2. These … Continue reading “Approved miniature circuit breakers”

Who Will Fund Clean Energy? Familiar Faces

have already invested trillions of dollars want to happen as the world transitions to a lower-carbon power system and electrifies transportation.A look at the numbers shows that the first thing… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

California's Holy-Cow Idea

for about a quarter of human-generated global warming. While it’s not nearly as prevalent as carbon dioxide, and it breaks down in the atmosphere faster, methane is many times more effective than… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Italians Bet Billions on America's Thirst for Cable

in wire and cables? For starters, the switch from centralized, carbon-intensive power production to a more distributed, low-carbon system will need lots of new high-voltage grid connections — offshore… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Tax Reform Losers From Biofuels to Coal to Get Second Chance

persuade lawmakers to renew — and expand — a tax credit that rewards businesses for every ton of carbon dioxide they capture. Under current policy, the credit for that captured gas — worth $10 or… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Lamborghini Finally Unveils the $200,000 Urus SUV

190 mph. The standard model rolls on 21-inch rims and comes with adaptive air suspension and carbon ceramic brakes, as well as active roll stabilization. The Urus has a 650-horsepower 4.0 liter… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

America Crowns a New Pollution King

Administration. The big change has come from the cleanup of America’s electric grid. The chart below shows carbon dioxide emissions from transportation exceeding those from electricity production in 2016 for… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

China Is Said to Plan Extending Electric Vehicle Tax Rebate

technology, said in September. The world’s second-biggest economy, which has vowed to cap its carbon emissions by 2030 and curb worsening air pollution, joined the U.K. and France in seeking a timetable… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

BMW Aims for a 50% Increase in Electric Vehicle Sales Next Year

in the Dax Index.BMW’s struggles with slow sales of the i3 city car, which used a lightweight carbon-fiber body for the first time in a mass-produced vehicle, prompted the carmaker to dial back… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

The Best Food and Restaurants at Disney World, Orlando, Fla.

wealth of experience and training to the Orlando dining scene. Lalicon is an alum of New York’s Carbone, Blue Hill and Blue Hill Stone Barns, and the Oak Room. Bañagale is an Oak Room alum who also… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

‘Political watershed’ as 19 countries pledge to phase out coal

December 4, 2017

The Guardian, 16 November, 2017 New alliance launched at Bonn climate talks hopes to signal the end of the dirtiest fossil fuel that kills 800,000 people a year with air pollution. A new alliance of 19 nations committed to quickly phasing out coal has been launched at the UN climate summit … Continue reading “‘Political watershed’ as 19 countries pledge to phase out coal”

VW Bosses Coached Me to Lie, Jailed Manager Tells U.S. Judge

December 3, 2017

A Volkswagen AG manager scheduled to be sentenced next week for violating U.S. environmental regulations told a judge he was coached by company executives to lie about diesel emissions in a meeting… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Companies Try Boosting Demand for Recycled Plastics

December 2, 2017

material replaces virgin material, and that’s what saves huge amounts of energy, water and greenhouse gas emissions.For a long time this wasn’t an issue because recycled material was cheaper. The… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

Too Few Highway Chargers Are Last `Hurdle' for Electric Cars

developing electric vehicles to meet increasingly stringent pollution standards. In Europe, tighter carbon-dioxide limits are set to take effect in 2021, spurring manufacturers to make battery-powered… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

EU Reaches First Brexit Compromise in Carbon Market Plan

December 1, 2017

Brexit scenario for the Emissions Trading System, where the market would be flooded by British carbon permits no longer needed by U.K. companies in the event negotiations for the country’s orderly… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

China Transforms the Trucking Business

saved more than $9 billion in fuel costs in 2016, and prevented more than 33 million tons of carbon emissions.But perhaps the biggest cost of all those empty and idle trucks is economic. China’s… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Macquarie to Spar With Centrica in Energy Market Revolution

November 30, 2017

“You can bring forward a whole chunk of the investment program rather than having it drip fed.”Carbon BudgetDistributed energy and consumption savings go hand-in-hand with efforts to tackle climate… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Cutting Down on Cow Burps to Ease Climate Change

Ltd., a $14 billion dairy processor, has vowed to increase its milk exports without increasing carbon emissions. But 2017 is set to be the third-hottest year on record—the top two were 2016 and 2015—so… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Contributing to the fight against climate change

November 29, 2017

To mark COP23, Schneider Electric is re-enforcing its aim to become carbon neutral by 2030. At COP21 in Paris in 2015, Schneider Electric announced ten commitments for sustainability. The commitments were aligned with the planet and society barometer, its sustainability scorecard, and contribute to the UN sustainable development goals. These commitments … Continue reading “Contributing to the fight against climate change”

BRIEF-Moody's Says Climate Change Is Forecast To Heighten U.S. Exposure To Economic Loss Placing Short&Long-Term Credit …

…Nov 28 (Reuters) – * MOODY’S SAYS CLIMATE CHANGE IS FORECAST… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

Drought and Neglect Have Decimated Iraq’s Breadbasket

Bloomberg BusinessweekIn addition to imports, Iraq’s Kurdish farmers must also contend with climate change-induced drought and rising soil salinity caused by outdated irrigation methods. A study published… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

EPA to Hold Its One Hearing on Climate Rollback—in Coal Country

holding its one public hearing on rolling back President Barack Obama’s regulations limiting carbon emissions from power plants — and it will be in West Virginia.While the Environmental Protection… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

California Plans to Fight Climate Change With Forestry

good share of the carbon dioxide we produce, we are threatening their ability to do so. The climate change we are hastening could one day leave us with forests that emit more carbon than they absorb… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Corbyn Means Business: An Investor Guide to Labour’s Plan for the U.K.

no Tory would relish another election so soon after May’s disastrous snap poll, the political climate is so volatile that Labour is increasing seen as the “government in waiting.” So what would an… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

GM Takes On Ferrari and Lamborghini With the 2019 Corvette ZR1

the ZR1 looks. Most notably, it has an all-new front fascia and a special “halo” hood made from carbon fiber and with an open cut-out in the middle to show off the supercharger itself. That component… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Shell Atones for Its Past Sins

clean energy. New energy is a fraction of the company’s portfolio.Shell has committed to cut the carbon footprint on its energy products — including their use by customers — by 20 percent by 2035… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

There's Now a Commercial Ship That Produces Zero Pollution

rules that limit the amount of sulfur emissions from ships. There are also talks about adding a carbon tax.International Commitment“There’s a very strong commitment to decarbonize shipping from powerful… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump's EPA Backs a Climate Change Tweak Environmentalists Like

Manufacturers. “It’s great to see something like this, as an example of how it can be done right.”Carbon dioxide from fossil-fuel burning gets all the attention in climate change, and it’s the main… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Toyota Clings to Hydrogen Bet While Electric Sales Soar

November 28, 2017

need not just more infrastructure, but improvements to the Mirai itself, according to chief engineer Yoshikazu Tanaka. The list he gave echoed what Musk has done with his second-generation Roadster… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Dispute at Congo Cobalt Mine Heads to Court, Halts Supply

says it petitioned the International Court of Arbitration in Paris on Nov. 2 to rule whether Gecamines breached a July 2016 agreement to grant Shamrock access to the same site after GTL’s contract… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Carbon Black CEO Expects Cyberattacks to Rise in December

Patrick Morley, Carbon Black chief executive officer, discusses cybersecurity risks during the holiday season with Bloomberg’s… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

London Draws $667 Million Trash-to-Power Investment From Cory

range of technologies which are proven at scale, we can expand our ability to generate clean, low carbon renewable energy for London and treat more of London’s waste within the city’s boundaries,” said… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

TerraCycle Makes Money Off Your Recycled Cigarette Butts and Flip-Flops

fun, exciting and even sexy.”In Szaky’s favor, consumers and investors are demanding a smaller carbon footprint and corporations are spending more on sustainability. At the same time, shoppers want… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Afghan Solar Plant Wins Development Bank Backing

generate at least 43,000 megawatts-hours of power and avoid the equivalent of 13,000 tons of carbon dioxide in the first year after it is complete, according to the statement. … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Eskom’s first vanadium redox flow battery

November 27, 2017

Bushveld Energy has confirmed its first vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) deployment in South Africa. The system will be deployed at Eskom’s Research, Testing and Development (RT&D) centre in Rosherville, Gauteng. This follows Eskom’s identification of the need for potentially up to 2000 MW of additional, daily balanced energy storage … Continue reading “Eskom’s first vanadium redox flow battery”

Windaba 2017 focuses on energy transition and transformation

Windaba 2017, the annual conference of the South African Wind Energy Association, was held in Cape Town on 15 and 16 November 2017, with the theme of “Wind power building futures”. This article summarises the main issues and themes of the conference and exhibition. The Windaba conference was accompanied by … Continue reading “Windaba 2017 focuses on energy transition and transformation”

First workshops on wind farm community trusts

The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has hosted the first in a series of workshops focused on wind farm community trusts. The workshop brought together community trustees, economic development managers, and representatives from both the government’s independent power producer’s (IPP) office and wind farms in the region. Participants used … Continue reading “First workshops on wind farm community trusts”

BHP and Goldman Back a Solar Project Out in Australia’s Banana Plantations

Opportunity’Switching to more renewable energy represents a major untapped opportunity to cut carbon emissions in the mining sector, according to the Rocky Mountain Institute, an advocacy group… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

German's Respite for Coal May End as Talks Resume With Merkel

November 26, 2017

a respite for shares of coal burning utilities including RWE AG and Uniper SE, the issues of carbon dioxide emissions and climate policy loom large with coalition talks set to begin again.“Whatever… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

U.S. Coal Industry Shows No Sign of Comeback

November 25, 2017

rolled back environmental regulations and moved to repeal the previous administration’s curbs on carbon emissions from power plants. Last week, adhering to a British-Canadian initiative presented at… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Industrial growth impossible without electric infrastructure

November 24, 2017

Duncan Bonnett Power-sector companies stand to benefit from the new opportunities afforded by the surge of new infrastructure projects and rapid industrialisation occurring in many African countries. Speaking at a VIP breakfast recently,  Duncan Bonnett, the director of strategy and business development at Africa House, a research consutancy,  said that infrastructure … Continue reading “Industrial growth impossible without electric infrastructure”

China's Communist Party Needs to Save Bike Sharing

funded a revolution on the traffic-choked streets of Chinese cities, giving urbanites a low-cost, carbon-free means to get around quickly. What it hasn’t produced is a viable business model. A little… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

VW Hunts for Critical Element Needed in Electric Cars

Bernstein & Co Ltd. said in a September report.Read more: Why batteries must pave the road to a low-carbon futureThe world’s biggest miners of the metal include Glencore Plc, Eurasian Natural Resources… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Eskom’s latest work on the IRP for the DoE rejects nuclear

The findings of the latest work on the draft Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity, IRP 2017, by Eskom for the South African Department of Energy (DoE) are proving to be somewhat problematic for Energy Minister David Mahlobo. As a result, this latest work by Eskom, and all further work on … Continue reading “Eskom’s latest work on the IRP for the DoE rejects nuclear”

Powering a revolution in South African industry

November 22, 2017

Virtual Gas Network (a division of CNG Holdings) says it is offering the first commercial-scale supply of natural gas in South Africa, now available to businesses anywhere in a 300 km radius of Johannesburg. Boilers, furnaces, dehumidifiers, heaters and coolers, ovens, kilns and turbines can all be fired more efficiently … Continue reading “Powering a revolution in South African industry”

Nuclear project agreements signed

Russia and Nigeria have signed agreements on the construction and operation of a nuclear power plant and a research centre housing a multi-purpose nuclear research reactor in Nigeria. The parties also signed a plan for cooperation in the field of the peaceful use of nuclear technologies. The development of nuclear … Continue reading “Nuclear project agreements signed”

Nuclear generation to double to meet goals

The World Energy Outlook 2017 report, recently published by the International Energy Agency, foresees a substantially expanded role for nuclear energy if the world is to meet the challenges of people’s development needs, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions to avoid dangerous levels of climate change. According to Agneta Rising, the director … Continue reading “Nuclear generation to double to meet goals”

Ruggedised, portable, smart power quality analyser

Megger’s MPQ2000 portable power quality analyser, with its latest software and enhanced capabilities, meets international power quality and delivery standards used around the world.  The device can be powered by either the phase A voltage input or an auxiliary inputof 115 V 60 Hz or 230 V 50 Hz. The … Continue reading “Ruggedised, portable, smart power quality analyser”

China Seen Reaching Peak Carbon Emissions by 2030, Survey Finds

China’s carbon emissions will probably peak on or before 2030, a survey of industry participants found.About 82 percent of 260 stakeholders in the nation’s carbon market gave that forecast, while… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Great Barrier Reef Pitted Against Coal Jobs in Australia Vote

second-highest unemployment rate.Opponents say Australia’s largest coal project would increase carbon pollution, exacerbating coral bleaching that’s already damaged large swathes of the world-famous… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Big Data Could Bring Upside to Renewables Investors

risk that these are the only power assets that will be valuable in the future if there are more carbon taxes.What’s another natural resource you’re excited about?We really like the water space. There’s… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

The Justin Trudeau Lovefest Gets a Reality Check

plummeted in 2014, however, job cuts and capital spending clawbacks set voters on edge. Trudeau’s carbon price proposal and mounting delays in pipeline construction don’t help. Attempting to court the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

No, Norway Isn't Turning Away from Fossil Fuels

Investors Group of Climate Change said investors will look more closely at alignment with the low carbon transition.But there is less to the proposal than meets the eye. As someone who has been involved… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

EcoVadis honors sustainable business processes

November 21, 2017

Endress+Hauser has received a Gold Recognition Level certificate in the EcoVadis audit, improving on the previous year’s result with 66 points. The result illustrates the high importance Endress+Hauser places on its corporate social responsibility (CSR) and the structured, foresighted approach it takes. Twenty-one criteria were assessed in the audit, including environment, … Continue reading “EcoVadis honors sustainable business processes”

Full steam ahead with lightning protection Certificates of Compliance

The newly established Earthing and Lighting Protection Association (ELPA) is working towards the launch of its Certificates of Compliance (CoC) programme by the end of November 2017. This is part of ELPA’s stated aim of improving and empowering those in the lightning protection industry to protect life as well as … Continue reading “Full steam ahead with lightning protection Certificates of Compliance”

Eskom inquiry: So what?

The Eskom inquiry has finally put into practice the theory that Parliament’s role is to hold the executive to account. It was a Sunday in 2014 when the Majuba power station’s coal silo collapsed and Eskom was forced to implement its harsh load shedding policy once again. Everyone remembers that day. … Continue reading “Eskom inquiry: So what?”

Turkish-SA electrotechnical business in bilateral trade talks

South Africa’s electrotechnical sector met its Turkish counterpart for bilateral trade and investment talks in Sandton, Johannesburg. The business-to-business talks with a 23-member Turkish electronics and electrical goods trade mission follow renewed Turkish-South African commitments to boost bilateral trade. The Turkish trade talks showcased Turkish white goods, electronics, cables and … Continue reading “Turkish-SA electrotechnical business in bilateral trade talks”

China on Pace for Record Solar-Power Installations

China, the world’s biggest carbon emitter, is poised to install a record amount of solar-power capacity this year, prompting researchers to boost forecasts as much as 80 percent.About 54 gigawatts… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

These Doomsday Preppers Are Starting to Switch From Gold to Bitcoin

staunch survivalists are convinced bitcoin will endure economic collapse, global pandemic, climate change catastrophes and nuclear war.“I consider bitcoin to be a currency on the same level as gold… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Bitcoin, Viruses, Losers and Saving the World

Amazon” (CNBC)Post-9/11 U.S. War Costs Will Soon Top $5.6 Trillion (Government Executive)Can Carbon-Dioxide Removal Save the World? (New Yorker)39 Things About Life I Wish I Had Known 10 Years… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Funds With $630 Billion React to Norway Oil ‘Revolution’

said. In the energy sector, that analysis points to renewables.Sweden’s AP4 fund applies “de-carbonization strategies to our global index portfolio,” Fransson said. “This means that we actively adjust… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Solar power company receives technology award

November 20, 2017

REC Group has won a second award for its TwinPeak solar power technology at the international Solar + Power awards. The awards were presented in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, recently, in conjunction with the 33rd European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition. The TwinPeak technology is based on half-cut multicrystalline PERC … Continue reading “Solar power company receives technology award”

Innovative energy storage solution for wind farm

ABB has won an order from Dong Energy, the leading Denmark based sustainable energy group, to deliver a 2 MW battery energy storage system (BESS) to support the integration and transmission of power from the Burbo Bank offshore wind farm near Liverpool, UK. The 90 MW Burbo Bank offshore wind … Continue reading “Innovative energy storage solution for wind farm”

Multi-fuel engine for more power generation

Wärtsilä has been awarded the contract to supply a 39 MW power plant to Aqualectra, the utility company of Curaçao. The turnkey project will provide much needed additional generating capacity, and provide Aqualectra with the fast starting capacity and flexibility needed to add more wind power capacity to the island’s system. … Continue reading “Multi-fuel engine for more power generation”

Company halves its carbon footprint

In early-2015 Jasco realised the opportunity to harness its expertise on a solar project at its own head office complex: Jasco Park. Located in Midrand, north of Johannesburg, Jasco Park houses over 250 of the firm’s staff, as well as a data centre and various other amenities. The vision was to use … Continue reading “Company halves its carbon footprint”

Green energy cuts veterinary clinic’s energy costs

The Panorama Veterinary Clinic and Specialist Centre has reduced its electricity grid usage by 17% through the use of alternative energy generation recently installed by Energy Partners Home Solutions. The clinic, which offers a 24 hour emergency service, had previously been paying at least R20 000 per month in electricity … Continue reading “Green energy cuts veterinary clinic’s energy costs”

Merkel Faces Endgame for Next German Government in Party Talks

November 19, 2017

economic policy, Europe and transportation are within reach. That leaves immigration and cuts in carbon emissions as two major obstacles to be addressed on Sunday.Germany’s election almost eight weeks… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Coal Back as Flashpoint in Climate-Change Fight

countries are promising to end coal use altogether, saying its economic appeal is diminishing as carbon taxes push up costs while solar is increasingly competitive. Merkel herself led the world in… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Syria formally joins Paris climate agreement -U.N.

November 18, 2017

…. coal and oil industries. Overall, the Paris agreement seeks to limit… the 2015 Paris deal aimed at slowing climate change, the United Nations said… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

Syria formally joins Paris climate agreement: U.N.

… and oil industries. Overall, the Paris agreement seeks to limit a rise…UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Syria has formally jointed the 2015 Paris… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

Norway Idea to Exit Oil Stocks Is ‘Shot Heard Around the World’

unparalleled heft to a once-grassroots movement to enlist investors in the fight against climate change.The Nordic nation’s $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund said Thursday that it’s considering… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Sovereign Funds Should Sell Off Oil Assets

the rise of the price of carbon emissions or restriction in their quantity will have a negative impact on the final value of the Fund. Despite this large exposure to carbon, the GPF continues to invest… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

U.S. Is Acting ‘Like a 5-Year-Old’ Over Global Warming, EU Official Says

they committed to in Paris.Allowing countries to link national carbon markets, building an international trading system for carbon credits.Voluntary pledges that countries made in Paris two years… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Balance of Power: Cracks Spread Through Global Climate Alliance

global warming fight on track — French President Emmanuel Macron called for a minimum price on carbon pollution while Chancellor Angela Merkel defended Germany’s use of coal and the need to preserve… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Eskom powers ahead with nuclear plans, report shows

November 17, 2017

Despite terminating its nuclear new build request for information in 2017 following a court decision to halt the process, Eskom is powering ahead with plans in preparation for the tender programme to be rebooted.  Acting Eskom Group CEO Sean Maritz Nuclear vendors from France, Russia and China had prepared lengthy … Continue reading “Eskom powers ahead with nuclear plans, report shows”

Trump Climate Exit Panned in Bonn But Cheered in Lordstown, Ohio

Ohio autoworker earned a degree in environmental policy.But Scott is also proud of his vote for President Donald Trump, who pledged to rescind environmental regulations and ditch the global Paris… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

This Cryptocurrency Miner Says It Solved Bitcoin's Power Problem

where the company says it can mine new digital currencies at a cheaper cost and with lower environmental impacts.“A lot of people are worried about the high energy consumption of cryptocurrencies… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Norway's $1 Trillion Wealth Fund Wants Out of Oil Gas Stocks

industry as a whole, it will likely add to pressure on producers already struggling with the growth of renewable energy supplies. The Stoxx Europe 600 Oil and Gas index reversed gains after the announcement… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Norton: Corporates Committing to COP23

accord and cut their emissions accordingly, says Marcus Norton, Chief Partnerships Officer at the Carbon Disclosure Project. He told Bloomberg Daybreak Europe’s Caroline Hepker and Anna Edwards that… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

For Sale: $20 Billion of Unwanted Big-Oil Shares Seek New Owner

industry’s future is being questioned like never before as electric vehicles and the fight against climate change prompt some forecasters to predict that within a decade demand could peak for gasoline and… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Asia's Cities Could Be Key to Fighting Climate Change

are supposed to be contributing to a Green Climate Fund to assist poorer ones in reducing their carbon emissions, with a more politically palatable way to help. Europe, for instance, has plenty of… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

How Much Is the Great Barrier Reef Worth? Economists Just Figured it Out

gauge the risks, scientists have been exposing coral communities to future ocean temperatures and carbon dioxide levels over long periods. The results show how the precious services to the ecosystem… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Changing dynamics: Using distributed energy resources to meet the trilemma challenge

November 16, 2017

The global energy sector is being transformed by three trends that are impacting demand and supply at an unprecedented pace: decarbonisation, digitisation and decentralisation. These trends are reinforcing each other and helping to facilitate a new trend of empowered consumers. This is happening at a time when we are seeing … Continue reading “Changing dynamics: Using distributed energy resources to meet the trilemma challenge”

California’s Housing Policy Is Holding Back Its Climate Policy

the state’s greenhouse gas emissions dropped at less than half the rate of the previous year, according to an August report from the San Francisco-based nonprofit Next 10. Low gas prices and a… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

Scientists Are Skeptical Political Leaders Can Meet Climate Goal

current rates. An essay Hausfather published on the website CarbonBrief estimates that if emissions peak in 2020, then by 2030, the carbon-emissions rate will have to drop by 9 percent a year. If… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Koch-Funded Group Prods Trump’s EPA to Say Climate Change Not a Risk

corporate titans such as Ford Motor Co. and BP Plc. for its efforts against renewable energy and carbon regulation. ALEC is a group of free-market organizations, corporate representatives and state… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

China Could Teach India How to Clean Its Toxic Air

clearing the air.China, which for more than a decade has been the world’s biggest emitter of carbon dioxide, has made its capital the focal point of a clean-up drive. It’s replacing some of its… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Asset Managers Risk Portfolio Greenwashing With Green Bonds

mortgages on properties situated in England and Wales which are in the top 15 percent of the lowest carbon intensive buildings in these countries, based on estimated energy efficiency.”Since the buildings… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Nothing Trump Does Can Save Coal

account for a quarter of electrical production. As coal use declines, greenhouse gas emissions like carbon dioxide are falling by record amounts, according to the U.S. Energy Department.We can debate… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Eskom’s sales, revenue and debtor management challenges

The low electricity price increase granted by the regulator, NERSA, for the 2016/17 financial year, coupled with declining sales volumes, rising costs and debtor payment challenges, are all working to put Eskom’s revenue, cash flow and bottom line under severe pressure. As a result, the Eskom Group profit of R6,38-bilion … Continue reading “Eskom’s sales, revenue and debtor management challenges”

Eskom should curtail Kusile construction, decommission older coal-fired power stations to save costs

November 15, 2017

New research shows that Eskom should decommission its older coal-fired power stations and consider curtailing the Kusile construction programme to save costs. These interventions can be achieved without affecting security of supply. The study, “Eskom’s financial crisis and the viability of coal-fired power in South Africa: Implications for Kusile and … Continue reading “Eskom should curtail Kusile construction, decommission older coal-fired power stations to save costs”

Energy efficient water desalination system

Reverse osmosis and distillation are common method of water desalination, but energy requirements are high. Forward osmosis is a recent development that promises to reduce energy costs and operational complexity, as well as the ability to make use of low quality waste heat. Water desalination is becoming increasingly important with … Continue reading “Energy efficient water desalination system”

Microsoft Sets New Carbon Target to Help Meet Paris Climate Deal

than 2 degrees Celsius.The world’s biggest software company by revenue set a new target to cut carbon dioxide by 75 percent between 2013 and 2030, which is scientifically aligned with the landmark… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Fight Breaks Out Over Fresh Fruit-and-Vegetable Packaging

The bags, known as modified atmosphere packaging, is tailored to control the flow of oxygen and carbon dioxide into and out of the containers to optimize freshness.“You have ready-to-eat, fresh produce… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

China Energy Gorilla Will Eat Less, Do More

the current decade and projected through 2040:China is projected to invest $2.3 trillion in low-carbon power generation (including nuclear plants) through 2040, out of $6.4 trillion on energy supply… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Science Confirms Hurricane Harvey Was Indeed ‘Biblical’

November 14, 2017

leading hurricane scientists has now sharpened that assessment. “By the standards of the average climate during 1981-2000,” MIT’s Kerry Emanuel writes in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Pratt Is Said Close to Unveiling New Seal Design for A320neo

engines used in Airbus SE A320neo and Bombardier Inc. C-Series jets aimed at fixing issues with a carbon seal that has led customers to ground dozens of brand new planes, a person with knowledge of… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Hasbro-Mattel Merger And GE Dividend Cut: Charts

nuclear troubles in France: “If power companies were rewarded for not pumping out planet-warming carbon dioxide, then Electricite de France SA would be a prince among paupers. Nuclear and renewables… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Germany Is Burning Too Much Coal

provide a third of its electricity, more than double the U.S. share. Germany’s goal to lower carbon-dioxide emissions 40 percent by 2020 is significantly more ambitious than that of Europe as a… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Oil and gas to fuel west coast growth

It was recently announced that Royal Bafokeng Holdings is involved in two oil and gas projects in Saldanha Bay which could total an outlay of more than R4-billion. Phase 1 of the Sunrise Energy liquid petroleum gas import facility terminal, costing R1-billion, was officially launched in August this year. According … Continue reading “Oil and gas to fuel west coast growth”

These Women Are Taking On a Traditionally Male Industry

worries a baby might.Ryu BokyoungPhotographer: Jean Chung/BloombergNewly wed, the 28-year-old engineer is now considering her options for when she has children. Taking a break would be inevitable… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Merkel Faces Make-or-Break Week in Talks to Form Government

Christian Democrats, her Bavarian CSU sister party, the pro-market Free Democrats and the environmental Greens, the parties face a self-imposed deadline of Thursday to wrap the talks. The Greens… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Syria plans to join Paris climate agreement, isolating U.S.

…BONN, Germany, Nov 7 (Reuters) – Syria plans to join the 2015 Paris… agreement for slowing global warming, isolating the United States… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

European Union strikes deal on carbon market reform

… to a compromise on carbon market reforms on Thursday, with the bloc keen… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

EU strikes deal on carbon market reform

… to a compromise on carbon market reforms on Thursday, with the bloc keen for a deal… with emissions of over 450 grams of carbon dioxide per kilowatt hour… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

China's Fossil-Fuel Burning in 2017 Outgunned the Carbon Cutters

industrialized.Scientists assigned the Global Carbon Project a tricky task when they formed it 16 years ago: answering the question “where does the carbon go?”It’s no secret where CO2 heads once it… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Here’s What Europe’s Carbon-Market Overhaul Means for Businesses

CO2 available to the carbon market in 2030,” according to Sandbag, a not-for-profit climate change policy think tank, based in Brussels. “This would prevent the EU ETS carbon price rising significantly… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

France's Famous Nuclear Juggling Act

agreement last week on trying to alleviate a glut in carbon trading permits that has caused a decade-long depression in carbon prices.A higher carbon price would boost wholesale power prices, notes… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Shift to Hydrogen Could Meet 20% of World Energy Needs by 2050

the French energy company Engie SA. The group estimated hydrogen has the potential to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by about 6 gigatons a year, more than the 5.5 gigatons the U.S. released in… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump's Efforts to Promote Coal at Climate Summit Draw Protests

development banks to support fossil-fuel projects with the potential to lower emissions — including carbon-capture and storage and liquefied natural gas ventures. Worthington said the effort — which… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Bombardier Near $1.1 Billion C Series Deal With EgyptAir

for at least six of Boeing Co.’s 787 Dreamliners, the first passenger jets made from strands of carbon fiber, said people familiar with the discussions. Airbus SE has also been in talks to secure… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

The Mercedes-Benz AMG GTR Is the Car I Won’t Forget From 2017

types more than a car for serious adults. Sides affixed with blade-like darts, a carbon-fiber spoiler, the carbon-fiber roof, and the bold lighting that advertises “AMG” spelled out on the ground… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Bombardier Envisages Airbus-Supplier Role for Its Belfast Plant

plane.The U.K. aero-structures factory, which employs more than 4,000 people, currently makes carbon-fiber wings for the single-aisle jet, giving it the expertise to work for Airbus itself, Fred… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Asia Takes Robotic Body Parts and Smart Hospitals Further

Shenzhen-based BGI to amass huge databases of their own, Nelson Carney says. Another Chinese firm, iCarbonX, is working on layering data from medical records and behavior on top of its analysis of a person’s… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Power developments in Africa, Nov-Dec 2017

Transmission line development Botswana Power Corporation has connected the Segoditshane-Thamaga 220 kV line and Mogoditshane-Molepolole 132 kV line into Rakola 220/132 kV substation located 7 km from Gabane village. Milestones include the commissioning of the Rakola substation with two 125 MVA transformers and the two parallel 220 kV overhead lines … Continue reading “Power developments in Africa, Nov-Dec 2017”

Multi-product fuel pipeline commissioned

Transnet has recently upgraded its Durban-to-Johannesburg trunk line to multi-petroleum mode. In addition to transporting diesel, which it has done since 2012, it can now also transport Unleaded 93 Octane, Unleaded 95 Octane, and jet fuel at a capacity of 1-million l of fuel per hour (1000 m3/h). Fig. 1: … Continue reading “Multi-product fuel pipeline commissioned”

Engineers at Leisure: Restoring the Spitfire – World War II fighter plane

November 13, 2017

The graceful lines of aeronautical engineer Reginald Mitchell’s masterpiece were once a regular sight in southern African skies after World War II. During the conflict itself, ten South African Air Force (SAAF) squadrons had been equipped with the unmistakable elliptical winged fighter, largely in the Middle-East and Italy. However, following … Continue reading “Engineers at Leisure: Restoring the Spitfire – World War II fighter plane”

Battery capacity testing: Implementing standards and field experience

Stationary lead-acid batteries play an increasing role in the industry today by providing power and back-up energy during emergencies. When an emergency situation occurs it is essential that the battery systems perform as designed, or the substation may be left unprotected, considering that the batteries provide power to the protection … Continue reading “Battery capacity testing: Implementing standards and field experience”

Reducing energy costs and environmental impacts of off-grid mines

Power systems in mining and other industries are seeing a major structural transformation as renewables and energy storage costs continue to decline and global pressure to mitigate CO2 remains strong. For off-grid mining in particular, renewable and storage technologies present an ideal opportunity not only to improve the mine’s environmental … Continue reading “Reducing energy costs and environmental impacts of off-grid mines”

Here’s How Far the World Is From Meeting Its Climate Goals

New York Times. 6 November, 2017 Two years after countries signed a landmark climate agreement in Paris, the world remains far off course from preventing drastic global warming in the decades ahead. On Monday, the latest round of post-Paris international climate talks begin in Bonn, Germany, to discuss how to step … Continue reading “Here’s How Far the World Is From Meeting Its Climate Goals”

An alarming picture emerges as Eskom’s liquidity dries up

A final draft report from Eskom to its shareholder for the 2nd quarter of 2017 ending 30 September 2017 paints an alarming picture of funding difficulties and declining liquidity (cash and cash equivalents plus investments in securities), primarily driven by perceptions of poor governance. The report, which has been viewed … Continue reading “An alarming picture emerges as Eskom’s liquidity dries up”

Saudis, Coal, Defying Trump: Five Things to Watch at Bonn Climate Talks

November 12, 2017

12-month review of where the world is now and where it needs to get.Carbon MarketsEnvoys in Bonn will debate how to regulate carbon markets under the Paris agreement, including looking at how to link… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Resist the Driverless Dystopia!

November 11, 2017

to use and as reliable as traditional ones, and before they’ve become decisively superior environmentally to fossil fuel vehicles. This shouldn’t happen with autonomous driving. Societies are not… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Germany Could Escape Carbon Hole at Home by Investing Abroad

November 10, 2017

Germany comes out and supports international carbon trading,” said Jeff Swartz, director of climate policy at South Pole Group, which sells carbon credits and advises companies on the transition… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

EU Reaches Deal to Overhaul World's Largest Emissions Market

negotiators agreed to overhaul the region’s cap-and-trade program, approving a plan to bolster carbon prices and adjust the emissions market to more ambitious climate goals in the next decade.EU… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

This Energy Giant Is Plotting an Electric Car Charging Network from Norway to Italy

amounts on developing electric vehicles to meet increasingly stringent pollution standards. Tighter carbon-dioxide limits are set to take effect in 2021, spurring manufacturers to make battery-powered… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

One of the World's Biggest Miners Is About to Go Coal-Free

trying to work out which commodities are going to be most disadvantaged in the future, and the low-carbon transition is one of the big uncertainties that they and other companies are facing,” she said… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Moving towards the giant battery

When Thomas Edison invented the first light bulb, he never could have foreseen the industry of today – a global connection of wires that brings individual homes and businesses light and electricity. His simple creation paved the way for an industry that our society depends on daily. However, the power … Continue reading “Moving towards the giant battery”

Chint: Making electricity more efficient, safer and greener

November 9, 2017

Founded in 1984, Chint has become a leader in Chinese industrial electrical equipment and clean energy. The company believes in the philosophy, “Make electricity more efficient, safer and greener” which it has employed since it produced its first miniature circuit breaker 33 years ago. Chint is a supplier of low-voltage … Continue reading “Chint: Making electricity more efficient, safer and greener”

Electric Cars Can Stay Juiced Without Subsidies

subsidies altogether in favor of taxing pollution from internal combustion engines (a far more effective tactic from an environmental perspective).Having been underdogs for so long, it’s not surprising… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Nominee Drops Paganism Claim, Says Climate Change Is Real

nominee of President Donald Trump who had dismissed the threat of climate change and labeled carbon dioxide plant food, abandoned those positions Wednesday under questioning from Senate Democrats… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

At RM Sotheby’s, a $2.6 Million Bugatti Chiron Is Entry-Level

Chiron has plenty of technology, inside and out. It comes with a novel carbon monocoque chassis made with interwoven carbon fiber and aluminum, giving it structural rigidity on the level of a race… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Deutsche Bank's Tool Maps Climate-Change Investment Risks

Bank said Wednesday in a report.“We were feeling that all of the assets and energy going into carbon footprinting were not addressing the immediate risks to us,” said Michael Lewis, head of ESG… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Stop Banning Plastic Bags, Please

institutions should find it in their self-interest to help out. As the world looks for ways to reduce carbon emissions, for instance, an effort focused on developing-world landfills — which are huge emitters… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Evening Briefing Europe: UK Cabinet, Apple-Ireland, Alwaleed, Catalonia

on manufacturers like Volkswagen and Fiat Chrysler. The plan would mean gradual reductions in carbon dioxide discharges and would give incentives for automakers to shift to electric vehicles. If… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Emissions Gap Report – UNEP 2017

November 8, 2017

UNEP, November, 2107. The Emissions Gap Report 2017 A UN Environment Synthesis Report November 2017. Executive summary The Paris Agreement adopted in 2015 set the specific goal of holding global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius (°C) compared to pre-industrial levels, and of pursuing efforts to limit warming to … Continue reading “Emissions Gap Report – UNEP 2017”

Helping electrical professionals spot problems faster

Flir Systems have announced six test and measurement products arriving later this year, including two digital multimeters and a clamp meter that feature infrared guided measurement (IGM). Powered by the Lepton microcamera thermal core, the DM166 and DM285 digital multimeters and the CM275 clamp meter feature a built-in screen to … Continue reading “Helping electrical professionals spot problems faster”

EU agrees measure to safeguard carbon market from Brexit

… states agreed on Wednesday a measure to guard the carbon market in case… tonne of carbon dioxide they emit, issued by a country leaving the bloc… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

Now Even Syria Is Joining the Paris Climate Agreement

capital in December 2015 to pursue national policies that together would avert dangerous climate change by keeping warming “well below 2 degrees Celsius.” The terms of the agreement would allow… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

As Trump Steps Back From UN Climate Talks, Coke and HP Move In

film screenings, panel discussions and cocktail parties where they will highlight the country’s carbon dioxide cuts.Unlike past years, however, the leaders are from corporate America — not the White… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Can’t Cut Fast Enough

Government negotiators started a 23rd round of talks on reducing carbon dioxide emissions Monday. Discussions about stricter limitations, however, won’t start for another year. The delay matters… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Where Green Incentives Led to a Surge in Palm Oil

and carbon released while burning biomass doesn’t harm the environment because it’s offset by carbon removed from the atmosphere when the organic material was growing.“Palm oil is carbon-neutral… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

New Technology Should Be Neither Feared Nor Trusted

is increasing quickly, fossil fuels are still the human race’s main energy source, and global carbon emissions remain at very high levels. If more is not done to transition away from fossil fuels… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

This Year Is Probably One of Three Hottest on Record, WMO Says

of the yearSea surface temperatures are on track to be among the three highest levels on recordCarbon dioxide in the atmosphere measured 403.3 parts per million last year, up 3.3 parts per million… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

NewsREEEP – Special COP Edition

November 7, 2017

REEEP Newsletter, 6 November, 2017 Dear Readers, The 23rd Conference of Parties of the UNFCCC began today in Bonn, and we are excited to see what COP will bring after a year which was particularly stormy, both in a literal and a political sense. If you are attending the COP, I would … Continue reading “NewsREEEP – Special COP Edition”

EPRI appoints African representative

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has strengthened its coverage in Africa with the appointment of Barry MacColl as EPRI International’s a senior regional manager facilitating technology transfer. MacColl will be based in Johannesburg.  MacColl joined EPRI International from Eskom, where he was general manager of the Research, Testing and … Continue reading “EPRI appoints African representative”

Russia and Paraguay sign nuclear agreement

The Russian Federation and Paraguay recently signed an agreement on cooperation for the peaceful use of nuclear power in Vienna. The agreement will be a starting point for an active dialogue between the two countries in the nuclear area and will help to start practical implementation of specific cooperation projects. In … Continue reading “Russia and Paraguay sign nuclear agreement”

Wind farms connect to grid

Loeriesfontein and Khobab wind farms, in the Northern Cape, have been connected to the Eskom grid via the power utility’s Helios substation, and commissioning of the wind turbines has commenced. The wind farms are expected to start supplying electricity to the national grid by early December and will continue to … Continue reading “Wind farms connect to grid”

How Trump White House Wound Up Releasing Dire Climate Report

dismissed the threat of climate change, proposed cuts to climate research and remade scientific advisory boards. Yet it released a report on Friday that said climate change is real, dangerous and… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Get Rid of Capitalism? Millennials Are Ready to Talk About It

”Talking theory left little time to wrestle with concrete problems, such as inequality or climate change. That frustrated Nathaniel Granor, a 31-year-old from Brooklyn who said he was worried about… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

New Zealand’s New Leader Wants to Kill Off Carbon

South Pacific island in a small club of nations ditching fuels like coal and natural gas to cut carbon emissions. While the country of 4.7 million people already gets more than 80 percent of its electricity… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Rich Nations Fail to Help Developing World Fight Climate Change

comes to addressing climate and supporting clean energy,” BNEF analyst Ethan Zindler said.Global carbon dioxide emissions increased by less than 1 percent last year, with the growth stemming primarily… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Car Owners Face Fuel Shock as Emissions Tests Miss Reality

manufacturers’ data, according to a study from the International Council on Clean Transportation. Carbon dioxide emissions on the road are 42 percent higher on average than the official figures from… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

How China and Environmentalists Became Unlikely Bedfellows

energy in China is dominated by fossil fuels.China surpassed the U.S. as the biggest emitter of carbon dioxide in 2006 and is now responsible for 27 percent global pollution, according BP Plc. As… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Energy intensive users: Special pricing deals and the impact of renewable energy

November 6, 2017

Electricity prices in South Africa have increased sharply in the past decade, and we are no longer one of the cheapest countries in the world. Future price hikes are likely to push us even higher. The relatively high cost of electricity is affecting energy intensive industries, and special pricing deals … Continue reading “Energy intensive users: Special pricing deals and the impact of renewable energy”

Greater finance needed to close electricity access and clean cooking gap

A new Energising Finance Report Series released by the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative and partners has alerted that the current flow of finance for energy access and clean cooking will not achieve global goals for delivering universal access by 2030. Estimates show an annual investment of US $45-billion is needed to meet … Continue reading “Greater finance needed to close electricity access and clean cooking gap”

The renewable energy, new coal and gas-to-power IPP programmes in SA – quo vadis?

November 5, 2017

South Africa’s energy sector is at the cross roads in an uncertain and incoherent policy environment caused by the self-induced chaos of the Zuma administration, with three ministers of energy in 2017 alone, and further political change likely after the ANC’s elective conference in mid-December 2017. According to Finance Minister … Continue reading “The renewable energy, new coal and gas-to-power IPP programmes in SA – quo vadis?”

In the Country Where Coal Is King, a Battle With the EU Looms

lawmakers and making coal-dependent Poland fume over upcoming reforms to the world’s biggest carbon market.Negotiators representing the 28-nation bloc and its member states will meet on Nov. 8… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

The Fuel-Guzzling Yacht Industry Wades Into Hybrid Technology

November 4, 2017

diesel-guzzling yacht industry is exploring hybrid engine technology.Luxury boat makers have trailed behind automakers in the quest for new ways to power engines, but Thomas Conboy, North America sales agent… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

This Biotech Scientist Says Washington Needs to Remember the Basics

what you select for. That’s the case in politics, too. Climate change can’t be fixed in the next quarter. We have to fundamentally change our thinking. … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Trump Administration Issues Report Confirming Global Warming

warmest period “in the history of modern civilization,” fueled primarily by rising levels of carbon dioxide, according to the study Friday. The Congressionally mandated report, released by the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Coal Miner Murray Lobbies Trump at Home While Looking Overseas

include ending subsidies for the wind and solar industries and reversing a policy that views carbon-dioxide as a pollutant.Murray is optimistic he’ll get many of his wishes. He singled out Energy… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

South Korean public strongly supports new reactors

November 3, 2017

The people of  South Korea have decided that construction of Shin Kori units 5 and 6 should continue. South Korea’s President Moon has said he will respect the decision. The decision was made by a “Citizens’ Jury” which voted strongly in favour of the resumption of construction of Shin Kori units … Continue reading “South Korean public strongly supports new reactors”

Shore-to-ship power supply at largest port

ABB has been awarded a contract by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority to provide a technology solution that will enable power to be supplied from shore to the Global Container Terminal (GCT) Deltaport. Canada’s largest container port, located in Delta, British Columbia, is designed to handle trans-Pacific container vessels.  The … Continue reading “Shore-to-ship power supply at largest port”

Commercial operations start at Kusile Unit One

GE recently announced that it has successfully commenced commercial operations of Unit One of Kusile’s coal power plant. GE’s scope in Kusile Unit One is the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of six turbine islands, air cooled condensers, and wet flue gas desulphurisation plant (WFGD). The WFGD plant is an … Continue reading “Commercial operations start at Kusile Unit One”

Supporting Uganda’s power goals by cooperation

During the World Economic Forum in May this year, Siemens signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Uganda to cooperate in the areas of power supply, industry, transportation and healthcare, and to focus on infrastructure investments and partnerships between public and private sectors. More recently, the parties attended a follow-up Lab … Continue reading “Supporting Uganda’s power goals by cooperation”

Battery-Powered Cars Will Be Half of Global Auto Market by 2030, Study Says

Battery-powered cars will make up about half of the global automotive market by 2030, as environmental regulations, falling prices and the deployment of driverless taxis fuel demand, according… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Climate Change to Affect 10 Million Americans by 2075, CBO Warns

spending to jump, the Congressional Budget Office projected Thursday. But, instead of trying to cut carbon emissions, the federal government should make coastal residents bear more of the financial risks… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Exxon Is Spending $1 Billion a Year to Research Green Energy

their joint research program. Carbonate fuel cells: Most fuel cells generate electricity by reacting chemically with natural gas or hydrogen. These ones use carbon dioxide. Exxon and FuelCell Energy… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Europe Needs to Be Frank About Biomass

the U.K. considers biomass to be a zero-carbon fuel. But the calculation involved includes a big loophole in the way the European Union accounts for carbon dioxide emissions: Member states are allowed… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Porsche SE Buys Minority Stakes in 3D-Printing Manufacturers

Markforged, founded in 2013, has some 100 employees and can print parts in materials ranging from carbon fiber to metal, Porsche said.Porsche SE no longer holds direct control of the Porsche car brand… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

House Tax Bill Trims Wind Tax Credit, Extends Nuclear Provision

eliminated is a tax credit for so-called enhanced oil recovery, which involves pumping water or carbon dioxide to help get more oil out of depleted or aging reservoirs. But the oil industry would… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Control of renewable energy fueled heaters

Heizomat Gerätebau Energiesysteme based in Gunzenhausen, Germany produces high-end heating plants with an extensive array of functions in its Maicha and Heidenheim locations. The plants, constructed in-house and designed to generate energy from renewable fuels, often comprise more than simply a boiler: they encompass elements of the building technology itself. … Continue reading “Control of renewable energy fueled heaters”

Improving energy reliability in Vietnam

November 2, 2017

The power grid of Vietnam’s largest city is perpetually at risk, so the government approved smart grid development projects, in which the Saigon High Tech Park (SHTP) was included. This important industrial zone is home to 40 companies involved in manufacturing, research, training, and servicing advanced technologies. These companies are highly … Continue reading “Improving energy reliability in Vietnam”

Fuel storage facility opens

The Port of Cape Town’s new fuel storage facility operated by black-empowered Burgan Cape Terminals, is now fully operational. The terminal received its pilot consignment of diesel recently, and was tested ahead of full operation. Located on approximately 37 273 m2 of land at the port’s Eastern Mole, the new fuel storage and distribution facility … Continue reading “Fuel storage facility opens”

Thorough checking of batteries means big savings

Midtronics is the world’s largest supplier of battery testers for lead acid batteries. It provides products to the automotive, heavy truck, and motor sports vehicle manufacturers, battery manufacturers, distributors and dealers worldwide, and most of the world’s major telecommunications companies who service distributed power systems. An investigation by a major British … Continue reading “Thorough checking of batteries means big savings”

SA Energy Storage 2017

The exciting SA Energy Storage 2017 conference and exhibition will take place on the 28 to 30 November 2017 at Emperors Palace, Ekurhuleni, South Africa. Speakers at the event include international and local energy experts. Topics to be covered include financial and regulatory matters, future developments in electric mobility, storage … Continue reading “SA Energy Storage 2017”

Legal challenge to proposed coal-fired power station

Kuyasa Mining and iPower have withdrawn their opposition to the court challenge launched by groundWork – with the assistance of the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) – of the proposed KiPower coal-fired power station, to be based near Delmas, Mpumalanga. groundWork launched court proceedings in August 2017 against KiPower’s environmental authorisation and … Continue reading “Legal challenge to proposed coal-fired power station”

New cooling system for boiling water reactors

Japan’s nuclear watchdog decided recently to require operators of boiling water reactors to install new emergency cooling systems which would activate in the event of a serious accident. The Nuclear Regulation Authority approved the revision of safety regulations to make mandatory the installation of cooling systems to circulate water inside reactor … Continue reading “New cooling system for boiling water reactors”

Innovative clean fuel technology for Kusile

GE recently announced that it has successfully commenced commercial operations of Unit One of Eskom’s Kusile coal-fired power station. The company is responsible for, among other things, the wet flue gas desulfurisation plant (WFGD). The WFGD plant is an environmental control solution which will help to make Kusile one of … Continue reading “Innovative clean fuel technology for Kusile”

Sweden Pays for Trump Whistle-Blower to Attend UN Climate Talks

ribbing Trump on climate change. In February, the government passed a law mandating deep cuts to carbon emissions, arguing that “the U.S. is not there anymore to lead.” In June, after Trump announced… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Efforts to Meet Paris Accord Goals Slipping From Reach, UN Says

from reach as emissions rise and political will falters.Even if every nation meets its targets, carbon dioxide emission levels will be as much as 19 billion tons higher than the levels scientists… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Zinc-bromine flow battery backs up solar rooftop PV system at SA factory

November 1, 2017

Flow batteries have been around for several decades but until recently have been scaled for utility sized operation. Recent developments have produced smaller units which are finding application in industrial networks. A bank of such units manufactured by Redflow, was recently installed at the premises of Bosco in Johannesburg. The … Continue reading “Zinc-bromine flow battery backs up solar rooftop PV system at SA factory”

Consultancy runs on sunshine

Since the installation of photovoltaic (PV) panels on the roof of its Illovo premises, SRK Consulting’s Johannesburg practice has been augmenting the power it draws from City Power, according to managing director Vis Reddy. In order to operate in an environmentally sustainable manner, the company installed a borehole, planted its gardens … Continue reading “Consultancy runs on sunshine”

Greenhouse gas emissions set to bust Paris deal by 30 pct – U.N.

…By Tom Miles GENEVA, Oct 31 (Reuters) – Greenhouse gas emissions… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Green house gas

China to Move Closer to Starting National Carbon Market

services on carbon emissions, jumped as much as 5.3 percent in Shenzhen. Datang Huayin Electric Power Co., a shareholder of Shenzhen-based China Emissions Exchange, a local carbon-trading platform… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Medium and low voltage DC networks: an emerging alternative to AC

October 31, 2017

High voltage DC (HVDC) systems have proved their worth in the transmission of electricity over long distances. DC network technology is being extended to medium voltage (MVDC) and low voltage (LVDC) networks, where there are significant advantages for certain types of network. DC is being considered as an alternative to … Continue reading “Medium and low voltage DC networks: an emerging alternative to AC”

Carbon Pollution Touched 800,000 Year Record in 2016, WMO Says

Carbon dioxide levels surged to their highest level in at least 800,000 years because of pollution caused by humans and a strong El Nino event, according to the World Meteorological Organization… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Brazil Wants to Get Paid for Protecting the Amazon From Logging

compensation for its work to slow deforestation in the Amazon, part of the country’s strategy to reduce carbon emissions under the Paris Agreement.After doubling spending on efforts to limit deforestation… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Daimler Steps Up Electric-Truck Rollout as Tesla Rivalry Looms

Rosa said. “There are many cities that have already announced dates from which they will stop carbon fuel vehicles” from entering downtown areas. … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Authorisation for the Duynefontein nuclear site

October 30, 2017

The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has granted Eskom permission to proceed with the nuclear installation at Duynefontein in the Western Cape, which is next to the existing Koeberg power station. At the beginning of the project, five alternative siting areas were investigated at the scoping phase, namely Brazil and Schulpfontein … Continue reading “Authorisation for the Duynefontein nuclear site”

Natural gas fired boiler installed at SAB plant

The South African Breweries (SAB) commenced a programme between 2012 and 2013 to reduce its carbon footprint and emissions. The main objective was to cease the use of coal fired boilers. SAB substituted their coal fired boilers by installing two new natural gas fired boilers and converting two coal-fired boilers to natural … Continue reading “Natural gas fired boiler installed at SAB plant”

As renewables increase, so will the need for a supergrid

The rapid rise of variable renewable generation is increasingly challenging both market and grid operators as the real-time balancing of load and generation becomes more difficult. Demand response, pumped storage and more flexible generation with fast ramping features are among the solutions. Another solution, however, is more transmission and larger … Continue reading “As renewables increase, so will the need for a supergrid”

We’ll All Be Relying on Congo to Power Our Electric Cars

October 28, 2017

are pledging to build millions of electric vehicles as the world’s governments crack down on climate-damaging emissions from traditional-fuel engines. As a result, demand is surging for lithium-ion… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Coal Standoff Hinders Merkel's Push for Next German Government

prices the second-highest in the European Union after Denmark’s.“We certainly have to reduce carbon dioxide,” the FDP’s Suding said. “In Germany, this is much more expensive than in other countries… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Cities Fall Short on Preparing for Disaster

climate change to be a threat to business as usual. Some 1,400 multinational companies now factor a carbon price into their business plans or will soon, up from 150 companies in 2014, according to the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

California Taps VW Cheating Penalty to Help Build Emissions Lab

will announce a road map for meeting California’s existing legislative mandate to cut statewide carbon dioxide emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030, Nichols said. That could mean requiring… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

French President Macron says Europe needs significantly higher carbon price

October 27, 2017

… on Tuesday that Europe needed a significant minimum carbon price… to boost investment in its energy transition, and a European carbon tax… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Details Plans for New City: Transcript

reduce costs. It’s the same thing in transportation, at the airport. There are amazing ideas to change the way of mobility. And there’s enough traffic and good cash. So every sector, we’re trying… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Forget the Grid of the Future, Puerto Ricans Just Want Power Back

October 26, 2017

them fully operational,” said Lewis, whose company has contracts with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to respond to disasters. It has delivered about 300 back-up generators to the island.Restoring… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

China’s Elon Musk Is Ready for His Star Turn

finally be proved right. BYD’s shares are back to stratospheric levels as investors bet new environmental rules in China will supercharge sales at BYD, which has grown into China’s largest seller… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Bankruptcy judge backs Peabody in fight over greenhouse gas lawsuits

… rising sea levels and greenhouse gas emissions since the mid-1960s… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Green house gas

NRG Backs Carbon Tax Amid Effort to Sell Clean-Energy Operations

existing sustainability objectives — cutting carbon emissions from power plants 50 percent by 2030 and 90 percent by 2050. And NRG wants a price on carbon, in part because it could increase revenues… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Why Oil-Rich Gulf Arab Countries Are Turning to Renewables

renewable resource. Their motive is as much to keep selling fossil fuels as it is to rein in their carbon emissions. With almost 30 percent of the world’s oil reserves and some of the lowest costs of… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

EPA's Pruitt Denies He's an Ally of Polluters, Vows to Get Tough

leading the efforts to roll back Obama-era environmental regulations, including the first limits on carbon dioxide emissions from power plants and an overhaul of clean-water rules. Despite moving to rescind… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Ford Faces Fire From Green Groups in Showdown Over Mileage Rules

emailed statement, Ford spokeswoman Christin Baker said the company remains committed to reducing carbon emissions.”The auto industry’s collective support for tough fuel economy rules that were 13 years… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Coal Producer Peabody Can Look to the Future Without Paying for the Past

is among about 40 companies responsible for extracting fossil fuels that created 20 percent of carbon dioxide emissions over a 50-year period.”They did not file a proof of claim or otherwise participate… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Gas terminal built in Saldanha Bay

October 25, 2017

Sunrise Energy has established an open-access liquid petroleum gas (LPG) import and storage terminal in Saldanha Bay, which will enable the importation of LPG in large quantities. The construction of this terminal, including the five giant underground tanks, created 470 jobs and at present hosts 33 permanent employees. This R1,02-billion … Continue reading “Gas terminal built in Saldanha Bay”

Governments adopt Florence Declaration

Governments agreed to identify and implement measures to significantly increase the speed of geothermal energy development around the world, following a milestone meeting between public and private leaders in Florence, Italy recently. The meeting was marked by the release of a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), coordinator of the … Continue reading “Governments adopt Florence Declaration”

Energy from a toxic shrub

Young scientist Phemelo Motloba (17) has found a way of generating electricity from a local plant commonly known as Mokura (the castor-oil plant or ricinus communis) by extracting oil from it. The plant is extremely poisonous, is prevalent in all provinces in South Africa and a problem because it competes … Continue reading “Energy from a toxic shrub”

Committed to powering Africa

Power management company Eaton recently announced its commitment to “Power Africa”, bringing world-class innovation, technology and a 90 year heritage in Africa to the forefront. With the goal of doubling electricity supply across the continent and increasing access to reliable, affordable and sustainable power, key private sector initiatives are crucial … Continue reading “Committed to powering Africa”

Scaling up geothermal energy worldwide

Leaders and ministers from more than 25 governments met in Florence, Italy recently, to accelerate the global adoption of geothermal energy. The Global Geothermal Alliance (GGA) meeting represents the largest such ministerial gathering dedicated to geothermal energy development. Geothermal energy today accounts for just 0,3% of globally installed renewable energy capacity. … Continue reading “Scaling up geothermal energy worldwide”

Solar power lights up Amazon communities

Three indigenous communities on the front lines of the Amazon rainforest’s most emblematic rights and resources struggles now have solar energy generation capacity and internet hubs, thanks to a partnership between Amazon Watch and Empowered By Light. While the Trump administration denies the impacts of climate change on the disastrous weather … Continue reading “Solar power lights up Amazon communities”

Largest substation in a decade

Nearing its final months of completion, the Sebenza 400/275/88 kV substation constructed and project managed by Consolidated Power Projects (Conco) for City Power, will be the biggest substation to be built in South Africa in the past ten years. It will also be one of the main intake substations in … Continue reading “Largest substation in a decade”

EEX bourse in carbon talks with Chinese peer CBEEX

…. * Beijing is seeking to regulate carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from its… is part of Deutsche Boerse, is the EU’s common platform for carbon permit… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

World's Biggest Companies Are Getting Greener, CDP Finds

to the results of a survey of 1,073 businesses published Tuesday by CDP, formerly called the Carbon Disclosure Project.The Science-Based Targets Initiative is led by a group of environmental, business… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Regulators Back Emissions Fix for Volkswagen SUVs in U.S.

October 24, 2017

systems that had been rigged to pass pollution tests was approved for 38,000 SUVs with diesel V-6 engines, another milestone in the automaker’s effort to remedy more than half a million U.S. vehicles… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Brazil's Biofuel Push Is Threatened by Too Much Cheap Oil

fighting climate change by spurring demand for ethanol. It will be a tough sell in a world awash with cheap oil.Brazil is one of the leaders of the Biofuture Platform, a group of 20 nations that… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

California Cars Are Running on Restaurant Grease

appeal for biofuel producers is built on its Low-Carbon Fuel Standard program, which was first implemented in 2011 with the aim of reducing the carbon intensity of California transportation fuels by… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

A New Coal Subsidy Would Come at a High Price

subsidy could keep coal plants running around the clock — significantly boosting air pollution, carbon emissions and consumer-electricity prices. A small one might see them producing little more power… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Rick Perry's Coal-Subsidy Plan Is Far From Conservative

positive attribute, “resilience,” even as the administration downplays a glaring negative one, carbon emissions.Maximilian Auffhammer, a professor at the University of California at Berkeley, captured… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Here's What Noble Has Left – for Now

Minerals and OresAs part of the new structure, this business segment combines Noble’s metals, carbon steel materials and logistics units. It posted an operating loss from supply chains of $43 million… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Swedish Startup Tilts Into Power With Wooden Windmills

plywood product that pound-for-pound can be stronger than steel. “It’s kind of like a natural carbon fiber.”The cost of wind energy has plummeted in recent years as countries have held renewable… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

U.K. Pushes Electric Cars With Requirement for Charging Points

Parliament for the first time on Monday after being published last week. It’s part of a push to remove carbon from the environment and allows the government to obligate motorway service stations and gas… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Five New York Dishes You Should Go Eat Right Now

highlighted the caviar by itself,” says Clonts. 217 Eldridge Street. Tlayuda With Skirt Steak al Carbon, Modelo Onions, and Stinky Crema, ClaroThe tongue-twisting but delicious Tlayuda.Photographer:… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Solar power plant and laboratory opened in Tanzania

October 23, 2017

The Kilimanjaro International Institute for Telecommunications, Electronics and Computers (KIITEC) recently opened its 30 kW solar power plant and solar laboratory at its training centre in Moshono, Arusha next to the Masai Camp in Tanzania. The event brought together the partners which have supported KIITEC for many years. These are … Continue reading “Solar power plant and laboratory opened in Tanzania”

EPC obtains ISO 9001:2015 quality certification

SolaFuture Energy, a solar systems EPC based in Cape Town and Johannesburg, has obtained its ISO 9001:2015 quality management systems certification. The certification is an internationally-recognised metric to validate the quality of a company’s management systems. Since its establishment, the company has constructed over 12,5 MW of solar systems, mainly … Continue reading “EPC obtains ISO 9001:2015 quality certification”

Largest supplier in Africa with 80% local content

Fire & Security Techniques, the largest supplier of fire-suppression solutions in Africa, has achieved an 80% local content rating. In addition, the company works closely with both its clients and installers to ensure adequate project support, which also extends to system commissioning, and also strongly advocates independent third-party inspection, including … Continue reading “Largest supplier in Africa with 80% local content”

Maintenance contract signed

Alstom has signed an eight-year contract with Arriva for the maintenance of Skånetrafiken’s 99 Alstom Coradia Nordic regional trains, also known as Pågatågen. The contract is worth approximately €135-million. Maintenance operations are due to start in December 2018. Arriva won a contract for operating the trains and Alstom was included in … Continue reading “Maintenance contract signed”

Innovative testers for electrical engineers in tight spaces

RS Components has added to its portfolio of high-quality test and measurement equipment with the latest electrical testers and a new electrical proving unit from Fluke. The Fluke T6-600 and T6-1000 non-contact electrical testers come with the company’s FieldSense technology, which allows the measurement of voltage to be performed in … Continue reading “Innovative testers for electrical engineers in tight spaces”

New offices for energy company

Cummins has announced that it has relocated to new premises in the Allandale Building in Waterfall City, Midrand, in close proximity to the Mall of Africa development. The relocation is due to the fact that the company’s success on the continent has led to a healthy and growing organisation that … Continue reading “New offices for energy company”

How Asia's Oil Hub Is Going Green

wind and a lack of available land for solar panels. While the city-state is a small emitter of carbon, it will be one of the first to feel the effects of climate change, Teo warned.“We are one of… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

EU Carbon Eases From 21-Month High After Brexit-Shield Deal

October 20, 2017

policy makers reached a provisional deal to extend an exemption on foreign flights in the region’s carbon market and make the cap-and-trade system resistant to a potential turmoil should Brexit talks… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Mercedes Weathers Diesel Blow to Ease Strains of Electric Shift

the technology, which is a key profit driver and important for meeting increasingly stringent carbon dioxide-emissions regulations. The financial hit from the demand reversal has been less severe… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Eskom’s transmission network to be expanded significantly

Speaking at the power utility’s annual public forum on transmission and distribution planning, Thava Govender, the utility’s group executive for transmission and acting group executive for risk and sustainability,  said the power utility plans to add an additional 6700 km of high voltage lines and 41 000 MVA transformation equipment … Continue reading “Eskom’s transmission network to be expanded significantly”

Renewable Energy Threatens the World’s Biggest Science Project

one of the few possibilities to generate electricity at a gigantic scale without jacking up greenhouse–gas emissions.“It’s a dream to feel we could go on only with solar energy,” Bernard Bigot, the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

Solar Wants to Help Fix a Power-Grid Problem It Helped Create

challenges California and other states with ambitious environmental goals face in bringing online more carbon-free, renewable energy while ensuring the reliability of their power systems. Grid operators… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Pollution’s Annual Price Tag? $4.6 Trillion and 9 Million Dead

power plants, for example, would simultaneously improve human health and reduce planet-warming carbon emissions, she said. “The major barrier has been political, but not scientific.” Chimneys at… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Energy storage for Robben Island solar microgrid

October 19, 2017

SOLA Future Energy has designed and constructed a solar energy microgrid for Robben Island. The system consists of a solar photovoltaic (PV) farm, combined with a lithium-ion battery storage facility and smart controllers to ensure a seamless electricity supply. Robben Island has an energy usage profile that comprises residential needs, … Continue reading “Energy storage for Robben Island solar microgrid”

Solar car shines Africa’s light in Australia

The North-West University’s (NWU) solar car, Naledi, crossed the finish line of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge from Darwin to Adelaide, Australia. It was the only solar car from Africa to compete in the prestigious race. Naledi, which boasts a unique design and advanced innovations, once again proved why nothing … Continue reading “Solar car shines Africa’s light in Australia”

Caisse to Reduce High-Carbon Investments, Boost Renewables

Depot et Placement du Quebec, one of Canada’s largest pension funds, will scale back its high-carbon investments such as coal while boosting its renewable holdings in a bid to help fight climate… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Key Eskom witnesses fail to appear at Koko’s disciplinary hearing

After some initial delays, the disciplinary hearing of suspended head of generation and former acting CEO at Eskom, Mr. Matshela Koko, got off to a rocky start at about 17h00 on Wednesday 18 October 2017 in the Franklin Auditorium at Eskom Megawatt Park, Johannesburg. Matshela Koko and his legal team … Continue reading “Key Eskom witnesses fail to appear at Koko’s disciplinary hearing”

Trump's EPA Swears Off Settling Lawsuits With Environmentalists

October 18, 2017

proposed repealing that initiative last week.In December 2010, the EPA pledged to set curbs on carbon dioxide emissions from power plants and oil refineries as part of a settlement with environmental… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Ineos Appoints New Shale Boss to Build a U.K. Natural Gas Boom

Britain, which may import almost 80 percent of its gas by 2035 and is reducing its reliance on more carbon-intensive coal. Still, support for domestic exploration remains low, with only 16 percent of… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Slowing Demand Growth to Push Big Oil From Cars to Chemicals

power plants and increasingly trucks and ships. In a sign of the growing importance of this less carbon-intensive fuel, the Oil & Money conference, a gathering of hundreds of industry executives that… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill May Be Largest Since 2010 BP Disaster

October 17, 2017

make it the largest spill in more than seven years, data from the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement show, even though it’s a fraction of the millions of barrels ejected in the 2010… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Conference addresses urgent needs in energy sector

October 16, 2017

In his welcoming address at the 66th convention of the Association of Municipal Electricity Utilities (AMEU), Councillor Athol Trollip, executive mayor of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality, said the importance of energy cannot be over-estimated as it drives the economy and creates jobs. The convention, with the theme, “Technical … Continue reading “Conference addresses urgent needs in energy sector”

Battery pilot could power up 1600 jobs

A new research pilot plant for manufacturing materials used in batteries could ultimately lead to the creation of 1600 jobs.  Science and Technology Minister, Naledi Pandor, launched the Lithium Ion Battery (LIB) precursor pilot plant facility, established in partnership with the University of Limpopo, in Mbombela this week. The facility’s … Continue reading “Battery pilot could power up 1600 jobs”

Introducing science careers to Cape’s young minds

The 2017 Eskom Expo boasted 732 entrants (a combination of individual and group projects) across 24 categories from 56 different schools – ten of which have never participated in the Eskom Expo before. The entrants compete for bronze, silver and gold medals, and the chance to go through to the … Continue reading “Introducing science careers to Cape’s young minds”

Power developments in Africa, October 2017

Libya’s new power plant An EPC contract for a new power plant in Tobruk, Libya, has been signed between Mytilineos and the General Electricity Company of Libya. The dual fuel plant (natural gas or distillate fuel oil) with total power output of 650 MW is expected to make a vital … Continue reading “Power developments in Africa, October 2017”

Energize Inbox, October 2017

Our winning letter re: Can SA manage a nuclear new-build programme? Dear Editor If nuclear power is as economic as presented by Dr. Kelvin Kemm (Energize, September 2017, p.7), one has to ask why the French legislature voted on economic grounds to reduce France’s nuclear fraction of its electric power … Continue reading “Energize Inbox, October 2017”

The energy storage saga

I have long held the opinion that energy storage was the next big hurdle to be overcome in the transition to a secure and reliable energy future. It seems that storage has finally come into its own, and is being actively considered by all sectors of the industry, from consumer … Continue reading “The energy storage saga”

The End of Coal Will Haunt the Navajo

October 14, 2017

in annual health-care costs, according to the task force’s assessment. That same year, the Environmental Protection Agency reached an agreement with NGS to cut its emissions of nitrogen oxide—the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Trump’s Picks for Top Weather and Environment Jobs Draw Criticism

really beneficial impacts of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere, satellites already are showing a greening of the Earth in part from the very small amounts of carbon dioxide involved in using fossil… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Canada Wants to Solve U.S. Nuclear Woes With Faraway Dams

environmentalists assert– clean.“If people decide to let nuclear go, and they still want to be zero carbon — there are not a lot of options besides hydro,” Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard said in an… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

City of Tshwane / PEU smart prepayment metering contract judged invalid

October 13, 2017

The North Gauteng High Court on Friday declared all the City of Tshwane’s agreements with PEU Capital Partners and its implementing agent TUMS constitutionally invalid. The court further ordered that R950-million in a special trust account set up for the purchase of PEU’s infrastructure be released to the city immediately. … Continue reading “City of Tshwane / PEU smart prepayment metering contract judged invalid”

Beijing Philanthropist He Qiaonv Commits $1.5 Billion to Conservation

to industrial society. “The water and air were being polluted in the rush for economic growth, and wildlife was obliterated—we nearly destroyed our own national symbol, the bald eagle,” he explained… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Philip Morris Joins Growing Group of Carbon-Pricing Corporations

action should their industry have to pay a carbon tax of some kind.“Companies have accepted that there will be a carbon price one way or the other — carbon is no longer going to be a free ride,” said… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

The EPA Owes Us a Reason for Killing Clean Power Plan

When a company emits a ton of carbon dioxide, what damage has it caused, exactly? The answer is called the “social cost of carbon,” which may be the most important number that you’ve never heard… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Some Power Plants Pollute Worse Than Volcanoes

burning and warming, of carbon that’s been trapped underground for as long as many millions of years. NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 measures the atmosphere’s carbon dioxide concentration.SOURCE:… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Merkel’s Climate Pledges Set Stage for German Coalition Talks

With key Green negotiator Juergen Trittin looking on, Merkel said Thursday she’s committed to carbon-reduction goals and will seek tax incentives to boost the energy efficiency of homes. Six days… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Hybrid Truck Startup XL Gets $22 Million From Exelon, Ikea

costs and increase demand for its hybrid truck designs, which improve fuel economy and reduce carbon emissions, said Tod Hynes, founder and chief executive officer of the Boston-based startup. XL… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Amazon’s Second HQ Search Caught Washington Governor ‘Off Guard’

growth of clean energy companies, such as a leading manufacturer of carbon fiber for electric cars. “We are moving to a de-carbonized economy, and when we do that, there are enormous economic opportunities… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Natural Gas: A Golden Age Is No Sure Thing

both as a source of energy and a building block for chemicals; plus, when burned, it emits less carbon.In an increasingly electrified world where regulations around pollution are tightening, gas should… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

U.K. to Boost Low-Pollution Energy as It Moves to Cap Bills

legislation set out by the government, and May is hoping for a cross-party consensus on how to act. Carbon capture and sequestration technologies are seen as vital to reducing emissions as they allow… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

From thin air to stone: greenhouse gas test starts in Iceland

October 12, 2017

… – roughly the greenhouse gas emissions of a single American family… climate agreement to curb greenhouse gas emissions that are blamed… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Green house gas

Anti-Coal Effort Aided by $64 Million From Michael Bloomberg

sources of electricity, including natural gas, wind, solar and nuclear power, coal generates more carbon dioxide for each unit of electricity generated.”The war on coal has never been led by Washington… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

BNP to Halt Shale Oil Financing, Expand Funds for Renewables

imports and pushed down energy prices.The lender’s financing for tar sands, Arctic oil and other carbon-intensive fuels totaled $1.94 billion last year, ranking it 17th among international banks, according… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

From thin air to stone – greenhouse gas test starts in Iceland

October 11, 2017

… over a year – roughly the greenhouse gas emissions of a single American… the 2015 Paris climate agreement to curb greenhouse gas emissions… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Green house gas

A Flawed Climate Plan Is Better Than None

Clean Power Plan was never the best way to lower U.S. greenhouse-gas emissions. A national tax on carbon dioxide emissions would have been far simpler and more effective. By making sure that all fuels… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

The World Must Spend $2.7 Trillion on Charging Stations for Tesla to Fly

reduce air pollution by phasing out fossil fuel-powered engines. China, which has vowed to cap its carbon emissions by 2030 and improve air quality, recently joined the U.K. and France in seeking a timetable… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Wants Consumers to Pay for Keeping Coal Alive

The reason it’s a bad sign is only partly because of the environmental harm. The U.S. is a big carbon emitter, but ultimately the world as a whole matters more. And even if Trump ensures the U.S… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Driverless Cars Are Giving Engineers a Fuel Economy Headache

operate without human intervention, devour so much power that it makes meeting fuel economy and carbon emissions targets five to 10 percent harder, according to Chris Thomas, BorgWarner’s chief technology… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Judges request Tshwane/PEU settle “unlawful” prepayment meter contract and involve Accenture

Moneyweb has learnt that three High Court judges on Tuesday requested business grouping AfriSake, the City of Tshwane and its controversial smart metering contractor PEU Capital Partners to try to reach a settlement. This came on the eve of the hearing of a review application launched by AfriSake and aimed … Continue reading “Judges request Tshwane/PEU settle “unlawful” prepayment meter contract and involve Accenture”

Environmental Groups Denounce Trump’s Override of Climate Plan

Monday that he will sign a new rule overriding the Clean Power Plan, an Obama-era effort to limit carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. “The war on coal is over,” EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Plays Down Health Hazard in Making Climate Rule Repeal

was about to take the first formal step to repeal the Clean Power Plan, which aimed to cut U.S. carbon dioxide emissions 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. The initiative mandated states make broad… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Administration Formally Proposes to Rescind Obama’s Clean Power Plan

about what utilities will have to do over the coming decades to address climate change and cut carbon dioxide generated by burning fossil fuels.The Obama administration “pushed the bounds of their… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

EPA Set to Scrap Obama's Power Plant Rule Tuesday, Pruitt Says

October 10, 2017

propose the repeal Tuesday of President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan, which mandated cuts in carbon-dioxide emissions from power plants, said Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Seeking a Hockey Stick Growth Curve? EU Looks to Batteries

broad appeal in Germany and elsewhere. Diesel will remain a key “bridging” technology to cut carbon emissions, Germany’s Deputy Technology Minister Georg Schuette said in a speech at the event… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Eskom – a laggard in electricity utility transition

October 7, 2017

In South Africa, where electricity prices have quadrupled since 2007 and an expensive coal-fired power build-out threatens to drive prices even higher, renewables appear ever more appealing. Unfortunately, for the last two years Eskom has been stonewalling on this front, refusing to sign new renewable energy power purchase agreements, while … Continue reading “Eskom – a laggard in electricity utility transition”

The Challenge to Keep the World's Smartphones Charging

defy management on climate-related transparency as well.A Dutch Central Bank study says that financial institutions must do more to take into account the risks that climate change poses to their business… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Air-Quality Boost in U.S. as CO2 Emissions Decline 1.7%

There’s good news when it comes to air quality in the U.S. Last year, energy-related carbon dioxide emissions fell by 1.7 percent to 5,170 million metric tons from 5,259 million in 2015, according… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

There’s a Climate Bomb Under Your Feet

will be “equivalent to the past two decades of carbon emissions from fossil fuel burning and is comparable in magnitude to the cumulative carbon losses to the atmosphere due to human-driven land… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Is Seen Replacing Obama’s Power Plant Overhaul With a Tune-Up

“You look at things like switching to natural gas or installing carbon capture and storage.”Requirements that facilities use carbon capture technology or swap in natural gas for coal could actually… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

What Goes Into Making Everlane's Eco-Friendly Jeans

e-tailer Everlane Inc. He’s not wrong. Chances are, those jeans you’re wearing produced 44 pounds of carbon dioxide and took up to 10,000 liters (2,700 gallons) of water to make, much of it ending up in… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

A People's Choice Guide to the Economics Nobel

Nordhaus’s work played a defining role in the efforts of the U.S. to produce a “social cost of carbon,” which in turn influenced many regulatory initiatives both here and abroad. (If Nordhaus gets… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Why States Took So Long to Dispatch Help to Puerto Rico

October 6, 2017

Florida through the interstate compact on the same day that Irma hit, dispatching emergency and environmental staff, as well as a nine-person nursing team. By comparison, it took nine days before the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

U.S. greenhouse gas emissions fall 2 pct in 2016, led by power industry -EPA

…By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON, Oct 5 (Reuters) – Greenhouse gas… presidency, brings the total drop in U.S. greenhouse gas emissions… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Green house gas

Trump Is Said to Argue Obama's Clean Power Plan Violates Law

replacement to the plan, and instead will soon ask the public to comment on how best to curb carbon-dioxide emissions from coal and natural gas power plants, according to a draft of the proposed… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Why Energy-Rich Australia Suffers the World's Priciest Power

was elected in 2007 promising a carbon-trading scheme, but he shelved the plan amid resistance in the Senate. His successor Julia Gillard introduced a price on carbon, which was scrapped after Tony… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Burning Wood Criticized as 'Absurd' as EU Mulls Clean-Energy Law

warming, which scientist blame for more frequent heat waves, storms and floods. It aims to cut carbon discharges by at least 40 percent by 2030 and boost the share of renewables to at least 27 percent… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Dutch Regulator Tasks Banks and Insurers on Climate-Change Risk

supervised institutions.”The study also points out risks that may arise from the transition to a low-carbon economy. A majority of financial institutions have yet to include “all relevant energy label… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Brexit Chills Car Sales in First September Drop Since 2011

to smog-inducing nitrogen oxides. That hurts environmental policy plans as the cars emit less carbon dioxide than similar gasoline models.Even with a 41 percent jump in alternative-fuel vehicles… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Extra electricity capacity won’t drive economic recovery

October 5, 2017

Although the South African economy is not in as bad a state as many believe, and although growth is sluggish it won’t improve by simply increasing electricity generating capacity. This was the view of two experts who spoke at the Association of Municipal Electrical Utilities’ (AMEU’s) affiliates CEO breakfast at the … Continue reading “Extra electricity capacity won’t drive economic recovery”

Locally made PV panels are powerful, guaranteed

ARTsolar has been striving towards improving the standards of renewable energy products available in Southern Africa over the past few years, with a clear focus on solar PV. The company has also been working to keep the local solar PV manufacturing industry afloat, despite all the set backs from numerous … Continue reading “Locally made PV panels are powerful, guaranteed”

Consultancy offers advice on PV installations

Solarpower offers a consultancy service which can assist individuals and companies wishing to implement solar photovoltaic (PV) solutions to provide financial savings or energy security to their installations. The company offers a complete consultancy package including advice on the best type of equipment for the particular application, including comparisons between … Continue reading “Consultancy offers advice on PV installations”

Trump Begins Repeal of Obama Power Plant Emission Cuts

signature plan for combating climate change by asserting that its expansive approach to addressing carbon emissions exceeds legal limits, according to a person familiar with the deliberations.The Environmental… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

U.K. Energy Users Have a Taste of Brexit and They Don’t Like It

because coal stations have closed at a faster pace than across the channel after a floor price on carbon emissions was introduced in 2013.The planned loss of Centrica’s Rough gas store means prices… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Seminar on 19 October, 2017 – How much energy poverty can be through carbon tax revenues?

October 4, 2017

Event: Harald Winkler and UCT’s Energy Research Centre on 19 October, 2017. Harald Winkler You are invited to a seminar at which Prof Winkler will share some recent work, analyzing how much energy poverty can be reduced by spending carbon tax revenues in South Africa. The seminar is based on … Continue reading “Seminar on 19 October, 2017 – How much energy poverty can be through carbon tax revenues?”

Integration of the Carbon Tax and Carbon Budgets in South Africa

Department of Environmental Affairs, March 2017. I n 2009, at the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP) in Copenhagen, South Africa made a voluntary commitment to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 34 percent in 2020 and 42 percent in 2025 relative to business-as-usual (BAU). This was part of a wider … Continue reading “Integration of the Carbon Tax and Carbon Budgets in South Africa”

These Suburbanites May Have No Fracking Choice

disruptive than traditional drill sites.Ultimately, the company agreed to more stringent environmental standards than the state requires. It will move some wells 1,300 feet from neighborhoods,… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure: Utilities Can Charge In

The Road In 5 Years2.9 MillionThe RMI is, of course, an advocate for clean energy and reducing carbon emissions, so its vision of rising vehicle electrification fits with its worldview. Yet most… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Web portal on solar heat for industrial processes

October 3, 2017

A new website of the international Solar Payback project has all of the details on Solar Heat for Industrial Processes (SHIP) (www.solar-payback.com). The number of industrial solar heat plants quadrupled from 120 in 2012 to over 500 in 2016. Most systems have been installed in the food and beverage industry, at … Continue reading “Web portal on solar heat for industrial processes”

Air pollution from coal power stations deadly

Air pollution from coal-fired power stations kills more than 2200 South Africans every year and causes thousands of cases of bronchitis and asthma in adults and children each year, costing the country more than R30-billion a year, from the healthcare system and lost working days. These are some of the findings … Continue reading “Air pollution from coal power stations deadly”

Wind industry appeals for transparency

South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) and its legal counsel have strongly objected to both Eskom’s lack of engagement and the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) refusal to open a September 2017 hearing to the public, which is inconsistent with South Africa’s constitutional principles of openness, transparency and … Continue reading “Wind industry appeals for transparency”

Russian company to build mini-hydro plant in SA

Rosatom recently exhibited and presented its latest nuclear and renewable technologies. The conference attracted more than 3000 attendees from the local and international power sector. Delivering a presentation during the event’s nuclear forum, the company’s regional vice-president for sub-Saharan Africa, Viktor Polikarpov, highlighted the company’s solutions for the African continent. He … Continue reading “Russian company to build mini-hydro plant in SA”

Nuclear conference meets in South Africa

Approximately 100 delegates from 18 countries, representing 52 organisations, gathered in the Kruger National Park recently to attend the international MECA SENS conference on high precision analysis techniques which can be used in the fabrication of components for nuclear reactors. The conference was opened by Dr. Kelvin Kemm, the chairman … Continue reading “Nuclear conference meets in South Africa”

Saudi Arabia’s first utility-scale wind farm project

Saudi Arabia recently hosted representatives of pre-qualified companies for a bidders’ conference and an exclusive site visit to the Kingdom’s first utility scale wind power plant site.  The attendees were representatives of the 25 shortlisted bidders for the 400 MW Dumat Al Jandal wind power project which is the second of … Continue reading “Saudi Arabia’s first utility-scale wind farm project”

Turkey introduces nuclear energy

General construction work has begun at the Akkuyu nuclear power plant site in Turkey. It is a positive sign that reactor construction will indeed commence in 2018 – putting Turkey on track to be the next new country to introduce nuclear energy into its mix after the UAE and Belarus. … Continue reading “Turkey introduces nuclear energy”

Oil Refiners in India Are Giving a Boost to Natural Gas

the country’s energy mix to 15 percent by 2020 from about 6.5 percent now to curb pollution and carbon emissions.“There is a need to reduce oil imports and the second thing is that there are environmental… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Rick Perry's Coal Power Subsidy Proposal Is Nuts

federal policymakers to address climate change with more straightforward tools such as pricing carbon emissions.As it is, firms such as Exelon have also extracted other subsidies for their nuclear… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

The Mechanical Wizard Driving Lamborghini Into the Future

company released the $400,000 Lamborghini Aventador, featuring the world’s first single-piece carbon fiber body. “When I took the responsibility to launch this car, it was the biggest challenge… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Europe's Left-Wing Could Finally Catch a Break in This Country

health care and education, the Left-Greens are proposing tax increases for big corporations, a carbon tax and a crackdown on speculative investments. It also wants to keep Landsbankinn HF, the re-incarnation… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Three Important Points About the Republican Tax Plan

believed.I often begin public discussions of climate change by disclosing my excessively large carbon footprint: My house is too big for just two people, I own too many inefficient cars, a small… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

GM Plans 20 All-Electric Models by 2023

the company’s automated vehicles.China EVsChina, GM’s largest market globally, 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

Alarm as study reveals world’s tropical forests are huge carbon emission source

October 2, 2017

The Guardian, 28 September, 2017. The world’s tropical forests are so degraded they have become a source rather than a sink of carbon emissions, according to a new study that highlights the urgent need to protect and restore the Amazon and similar regions. Researchers found that forest areas in South … Continue reading “Alarm as study reveals world’s tropical forests are huge carbon emission source”

Automakers Plan Electric Car Blitz Even as Tesla Burns Billions

regulatory boost when the world’s most populous nation released a set of regulations meant to cut carbon emissions and pollution by 2030. Carmakers must produce a certain share of so-called new-energy… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Threatened Solyndra Loan Program Gets Boost From Nuclear Deal

September 30, 2017

Washington-based executive director of ClearPath Foundation, a conservative group advocating low-carbon energy.Even the Energy Department isn’t sure what’s going to happen. While the program has funding… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

VW Still Choking on Diesel as Damages Surge to $30 Billion

bans. That creates problems for Volkswagen as it relies on diesel cars to boost profit and lower carbon-dioxide emissions to reach tightening environmental targets. Still, the world’s largest automaker… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Fighting the Toxic Nightmare Next Door

September 29, 2017

of the EPA, wants West Lake to be a showcase of Trump-style environmentalism: dismissing climate change, deregulating industry, but taking action on toxic sites. Pruitt told a St. Louis radio host… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

China Gives Automakers More Time in World's Biggest EV Plan

a target that was viewed by automakers as overly ambitious. China, which has vowed to cap its carbon emissions by 2030 and curb worsening air pollution, joins the U.K. and France in seeking a timetable… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Key issues that Eskom is simply not ready to acknowledge publicly yet

September 28, 2017

It is now approaching 100 days since Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Browne appointed new Eskom Group Interim CEO Johnny Dladla to replace suspended former interim CEO Matshela Koko, who in turn was appointed to replace disgraced previous CEO Brian Molefe. Eskom Group Interim CEO Johnny Dladla (Picture courtesy eNCA) Since … Continue reading “Key issues that Eskom is simply not ready to acknowledge publicly yet”

Tegeta clinched Eskom contract despite low quality coal

Eskom awarded an 11-year coal supply contract to former Gupta-owned mining firm Tegeta Exploration and Resources, despite it not meeting coal specification standards. In a written response to a parliamentary question posed by the DA’s Natasha Mazzone, Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown divulged a detailed list of Eskom’s current coal … Continue reading “Tegeta clinched Eskom contract despite low quality coal”

Battery electric vehicles are changing the face of mining

Most people are aware of the increasing use of energy storage in hybrid systems for remote, and not so remote mines. But storage has other applications in mining, which started long before mine power systems. Health and cost savings considerations are driving an increasing move towards electric battery-driven vehicles and … Continue reading “Battery electric vehicles are changing the face of mining”

Merkel May Have Promised Too Much in Carbon Pollution Fight

view of nine analysts and researchers from Berlin to London who all say her target of reducing carbon emissions in Europe’s biggest economy by 40 percent in 2020 will probably fail. On Sept. 14,… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Take Peak Lithium Forecasts With a Pinch of Andean Salt

improve efficiency. One 2015 study by Citigroup Inc. estimated about two kilograms of lithium carbonate equivalent are needed for each kWh; more recent appraisals by Deutsche Bank AG and Advantage… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Big Oil Moves on Its Own to Cut Methane Pollution

of balancing the system, but the downside is that methane has been 28 times more powerful than carbon dioxide in causing global warming over the past century.XTO said it will phase out the use of… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Small scale solar PV: Current status and future prospects

September 27, 2017

Privately owned small-scale photovoltaic (PV) plants meant primarily for own generation, are becoming more and more popular and being installed at an increasing rate in this country. The industry suffers both from a lack of quality control and a lack of applicable standards and legislation. The problems are being addressed … Continue reading “Small scale solar PV: Current status and future prospects”

Eskom to provide complete revenue application to regulator

  Eskom will implement the decision made by the Energy Regulator with regards to the revenue application for the 2018/19 financial year.  The decision relates to the request to deviate from meeting certain requirements of the Multi-Year Price Determination (MYPD) Methodology and the Minimum Information Requirements for Tariff Application (MIRTA). … Continue reading “Eskom to provide complete revenue application to regulator”

Smart grids to reduce costs and improve service

In his opening address at the SAIEE’s Smart Grid Conference recently, the president of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE), Jacob Machinjike, said that a smart grid infrastructure would provide unique opportunities for improved electricity services which would benefit people in Africa. Jacob Machinjike   The conference, which … Continue reading “Smart grids to reduce costs and improve service”

Energy storage units for Botswana

UK energy storage company RedT Energy has sold 14 of its 40 kWh modules to an unnamed Botswana-based customer for use at communications infrastructure sites across the country. The company’s CEO,  Scott McGregor, says that this sale represents a sizable commercial order for the company after deploying its initial units in … Continue reading “Energy storage units for Botswana”

Benefits of automation systems for local homeowners

South African households can now be safer and more functional, while reducing electricity consumption, thanks to the latest home-automation systems available from ElectroMechanica (EM). Consumers are realising the importance of being independent from the grid, and simultaneously having an uninterrupted electricity supply to guarantee the safety and security of their … Continue reading “Benefits of automation systems for local homeowners”

HVDC power transmission link upgrade

ABB has won an order from Baltic Cable, a subsidiary of Norway based Statkraft, one of Europe’s leading renewable energy generators, to upgrade the Baltic Cable HVDC transmission link. This link runs beneath the Baltic Sea and interconnects the electricity grids of Germany and Sweden. As part of the modernisation … Continue reading “HVDC power transmission link upgrade”

Landfill Gas for Dinner? Scientists Cooking Food From Waste

transforming the world economy at the moment because of its relative cheapness to oil and other forms of carbon,” said Shaw. “You’re not going to stop people from using fishmeal, but you will be able to provide… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Platinum's Lesson for Lithium-Ion Batteries

electric batteries, but catalytic converters. Introduced in the mid-1970s in the U.S. to remove carbon monoxide and toxic hydrocarbons from car exhausts, their most important ingredients were some… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

California Considers Following China With Combustion-Engine Car Ban

For Electric Cars, Bright Future, Paltry Present: QuickTake Q&ACalifornia has set a goal to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 80 percent from 1990 levels by 2050. Rising emissions from on-road transportation… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Perry Tells Climate Hecklers That Fossil Fuels Save Lives

September 26, 2017

protesters, noting that efforts in Texas reducing carbon dioxide and other pollution there and that American liquefied natural gas, which emits less carbon than coal, is being used to replace use of dirty… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Europe Could Attract $417 Billion With Higher Wind-Power Target

payments to polluting power plants. It wants an Emissions Performance Standard of 550 grams of carbon dioxide per kilowatt-hour of power generated. … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

EU Power Generators Warn Plan to Cut Use of Coal May Backfire

stops blowing. ”The EU law would block from the capacity market any electricity producers whose carbon discharges exceed 550 grams per kilowatt-hour, a level that would exclude coal from the system… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Want Free Parking? Drive an Electric Car in Dubai

September 25, 2017

parking and toll-free driving to encourage motorists to shift to electric cars as a way of cutting carbon emissions in the oil-rich United Arab Emirates.The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority aims… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Japan's Kuraray to buy Calgon Carbon for $1.1 bln

September 24, 2017

… Ltd will buy U.S. activated carbon firm Calgon Carbon Corp for $1.107… billion, Kuraray said on Thursday, adding the carbon materials firm… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

California Sets Demands for Auto-Emission Talks With Trump

September 23, 2017

the short term, California has no intention of retreating from its legislative mandate to cut carbon dioxide emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030, Nichols said. California Governor… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Don't Think of It as a Car. Think of It as a Job.

700-kilowatt-hour battery is doing the job of moving rocks with reduced fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions, while also capturing significant amounts of energy via its own normal operations… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Dedication event for 66 MW solar PV plant declared a national key point

September 22, 2017

Enel Green Power South Africa (EGP RSA) held a dedication event on 20 September 2017 when its first large scale solar project in South Africa was declared a National Key Point for energy supply by the South African Police Service, making it the first EGP RSA facility to be given … Continue reading “Dedication event for 66 MW solar PV plant declared a national key point”

The Smog Chancellor

The Guardian, George Monbiot, 21 September, 2017. Who is the world’s leading environmental vandal? The answer may surprise you. By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 20th September 2017 Which living person has done most to destroy the natural world and the future wellbeing of humanity? Donald Trump will soon be … Continue reading “The Smog Chancellor”

Why Merkel Re-Election Bid Matters Beyond Germany

If Merkel wins, what will change? Not all that much. A Merkel victory would be seen as reinforcing what Germany stands for, including export-led growth and the defense of EU unity. She’ll back German… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Cap-and-Trade Is Catching On in the Trump Era

Regional carbon markets are expanding in North America, putting a price on emissions from more power plants even as President Donald Trump seeks to ease restrictions on coal companies.Officials… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Investors Seeking Green Assets Make Companies (Somewhat) Cleaner

Growing investor appetite for low-carbon assets is pushing companies to hasten their transition to clean energy, but not nearly fast enough.About 68 percent of global investors intend to increase… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Morgan Stanley and Citi Say They Will Run on 100 Percent Clean Energy

Donald Trump’s view on the issue.The New York-based banks are aiming for their operations to be carbon-neutral, Morgan Stanley by 2022 and Citi by the end of the decade, according to separate statements… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Nuclear Experts Head to China to Test Experimental Reactors

type,” said Charles W. Forsberg, a professor at MIT. “If we do not get our act together, the low-carbon energy business will be owned by the Chinese.”… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

BRIEF-Detour Gold says Minister of Environment, Climate Change declined to designate west detour project under Canadian …

September 21, 2017

… Minister of Environment, Climate Change has declined to designate west… – ‍does not intend to change overall timing for development of west detour… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

Coal's problem is not climate change: Kemp

…By John Kemp LONDON (Reuters) – U.S. coal companies blame climate… transitions beyond natural gas is fraught with uncertainty but climate… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

UN and World Bank Ramp Up Finance for Climate Action

Yong Kim and Patricia Espinosa, the United Nations climate change chief, today announced plans to accelerate the flow of finance for climate action through a new platform dedicated to identifying… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Citigroup Joins Corporate Climate Fight With Swift Energy Pledge

Citigroup Inc. plans to purchase or produce all of its energy from renewable sources by 2020, the company said during Climate Week New York, an annual affair of energy- and climate-related events… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

How Merkel’s Green Energy Policy Has Fueled Demand for Coal

challenges of the Energy Shift, we’re on track to be at the forefront of a radical switch from a carbon-powered economy, ” her chief of staff, Peter Altmaier, said in an Aug. 29 speech in Leipzig.The… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Exxon Mobil's Futuristic FuelCell Carbon Capture Just Might Work

September 20, 2017

Exxon Mobil Corp.’s foray into carbon capture and storage technology with FuelCell Energy Inc. “is making progress,” Cowen & Co. analyst Jeffrey Osborne wrote in a research note Tuesday. The technology… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Russian Nuclear Giant Joins Scramble to Supply Electric-Car Boom

cars such as Tesla Inc.’s Model 3 and General Motors Co.’s Chevrolet Bolt. Prices for lithium carbonate have more than doubled over the past two years to about $14,000 a metric ton, according to a… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Macron Uses UN Pedestal to Rebut Trump on Iran, Climate Deals

warned he’d destroy North Korea if they threatened the U.S., and he avoided any mention the Paris carbon emissions accord from which he’s begun the formal process of withdrawal. The dueling speeches… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Electric Vehicles Give You More Choice

improves by 2 percent a year for each vehicle. Factor in, too, that electric vehicles are more carbon-intensive to manufacture, due to the battery. Let’s assume building the regular vehicle adds… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Smart grids improve utility service, customer satisfaction

September 19, 2017

Most serious grid problems can be traced to the distribution grid rather than the transmission network, says Reji Kumar Pillai, the chairman of the Global Smart Grid Federation. Speaking to Energize at the recent Smart Grid conference, which was held at Eskom’s convention centre in Midrand, Pillai said that the … Continue reading “Smart grids improve utility service, customer satisfaction”

China Electric Cars Run On Coal But Are Still Cleaner

Different vehicles have different carbon footprints due to size, materials and so forth. For my purposes, I am going to use an assumption of 9.7 tons of carbon for a mid-sized vehicle, as per this… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Cities, States and Businesses Put U.S. Halfway to Paris Goal

announced in June that the U.S. would exit the agreement.The study uses data from CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project), that includes commitments from 22 states, 54 cities and 250 U.S.-based businesses… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

EU Tilts to China in Climate Fight Amid Signs of Trump Softening

”To meet its carbon-reduction targets, set at 20 percent by 2020 and 40 percent by 2030, the EU has moved to sustainable energy sources and established the world’s biggest carbon market. With China… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trash From Hurricane Irma Will Add Energy to Florida’s Power Grid

even once the ash is disposed of. Part of the mass of the original garbage is converted into carbon dioxide and released into the atmosphere. But this pollution may beat the alternative. If the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Cohn Tells World Leaders U.S. Will Exit Paris Climate Deal

countries have not approached the U.S. with proposals to keep the world’s second-largest emitter of carbon pollution in the agreement, the official said.Read More: ‘Charming Betsy’ Doctrine Looms Over… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Energy solutions technology hits the road

September 18, 2017

Speaking to Energize on the final day of the Eaton Mobile Tech Day Tour, Malvin Naicker, the company’s sales director for Africa, said that the company is focused on providing electrical equipment into Africa to promote economic growth and development for the continent. A growing population, increasing urbanisation and an … Continue reading “Energy solutions technology hits the road”

SAPVIA: Green economy subcommittee established

The first five years of SAPVIA’s existence has focused on the embedding of solar PV into the fabric of South Africa’s electricity sector, ostensibly through the Renewable Energy IPP Procurement (REIPPP) process. SAPVIA started in 2010 with six founding members, all who were solar PV development companies, however, in the … Continue reading “SAPVIA: Green economy subcommittee established”

EU Tilts to China in Climate Fight After Trump Exits Paris Deal

”To meet its carbon-reduction targets, set at 20 percent by 2020 and 40 percent by 2030, the EU has moved to sustainable energy sources and established the world’s biggest carbon market. With China… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Big Oil Becomes Greener With Cuts to Greenhouse Gas Pollution

the green agenda.The reductions recorded by the 100 top companies saved 70.7 million tons of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, about as much as Israel emits in a year. Because emissions… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Engineering study dispels myths on limits to renewable energy in the South African grid

September 16, 2017

A serious engineering study and report has dispelled the myths and propaganda peddled by fired former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe and suspended Eskom acting CEO Matshela Koko on the limits and costs of accommodating significant levels of variable renewable energy capacity in the South African power grid. Note: To ensure … Continue reading “Engineering study dispels myths on limits to renewable energy in the South African grid”

Tesla's Irma Aid Hints at the Future of Connected Cars

hedge funds is setting up a “climate prediction market” to test market consensus on atmospheric carbon dioxide and global temperature rise.Climate change is also driving investment in “grapetech.”A… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

GM's Record China Deliveries Mask Muted Electric Car Sales

electric vehicles more desirable and more affordable.”Cutting EmissionsGM expects to cut the average carbon dioxide emissions for its China fleet by 28 percent between 2016 and 2020, Barra said. By 2025… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Forward to the World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2017

September 15, 2017

Nuclear power was born in a sea of euphoria out of a collective American guilt over dropping the atomic bomb. And for at least two decades it was the “clean” alternative to coal that was going to meet all of our energy needs forever. . Perhaps the most decisive document … Continue reading “Forward to the World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2017”

U.S. Raises Odds of a Market-Roiling La Nina Forming This Winter

chance La Nina will arrive between November and January, up from 26 percent last month, the U.S. Climate Prediction Center said in statement Thursday. The shift prompted the center to issue a watch… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

New York City to Require Big Buildings to Cut Carbon Emissions

fossil fuels and boost energy-efficiency, and said New York is the first major city to impose carbon reductions on existing buildings, according to a statement Thursday. The city will help support… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Why UBS Is Bringing Its Climate-Proofing Strategy to Proxy Voting

amount of assets that participate in this.How is this different from low-carbon strategies?Strategies that are low-carbon or carbon light tend to divest from entire sectors or remove large numbers of… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Irma Displaces World's Best Quant. Now He's on a Climate Mission

and coal consumption. He then calculated the carbon output with each ton of substance burned, and matched it with corresponding rising levels of carbon in the atmosphere.The numbers were indisputable… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

China, India Best Bets for Green Investors, Morgan Stanley Says

trillion in global losses. But that could be mitigated by investments aimed at reducing and removing carbon from the atmosphere, according to the report by Morgan Stanley’s Institute for Sustainable Investing… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Hinckley Yachts Unveils World’s First Fully Electric Luxury Boat

savings was achieved through liberal use of carbon fiber, both in the carbon-epoxy hull, conceived by noted boat designer Michael Peters, and in the carbon-fiber stringers, which lend it structure… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Monster Storms Change Coastlines, Not Minds on Climate Change

there’s no indication they are shifting the politics of climate change.“We cannot ignore that carbon emissions are causing our ocean temperatures to get warmer, which is fueling more powerful hurricanes… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

What is the future of nuclear power?

The World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2017 (WNISR2017) provides a comprehensive overview of nuclear power plant data, including information on operation, production and construction. The WNISR2017 assesses the status of new-build programmes in current nuclear countries as well as in potential newcomer countries. This is the introduction to the report. … Continue reading “What is the future of nuclear power?”

Status of the international nuclear industry

September 14, 2017

The World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2017 (WNISR2017) provides a comprehensive overview of nuclear power plant data, including information on operation, production and construction. The WNISR2017 assesses the status of new-build programmes in current nuclear countries as well as in potential newcomer countries. This is the executive summary of the … Continue reading “Status of the international nuclear industry”

Hurricane Irma Swamps Miami as $200 Billion Threat Hits Land

billion in 2017 dollars after it slammed into New Orleans in 2005.Read more: How Science Links Climate Change to Irma’s Wallop: QuickTake Q&AIrma is “easily on track to be the new No. 1 storm unless… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Coal Seeks New Life as Carbon Fiber for Submarines

ultra-lightweight fibers of nearly pure carbon could be used to replace heavier materials including aluminum and steel in a growing range of products.Carbon FibersCurrently, most carbon fiber is made from a substance… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Boeing to Raise Production of Its Dreamliner by 17%

Chief Executive Officer Dennis Muilenburg said.Both moves signal Boeing’s confidence that the carbon-composite jetliner will continue to generate strong sales despite a tough market for long-haul… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Ballard Surges on New Fuel Cell That Uses Less Platinum

catalyst, often platinum. Ballard’s is reducing the amount of platinum and using a lower-cost carbon alloy material. It will initially be used for small applications like portable military electronics… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

China's Bold Switch to Electric Cars Could Be Bolder

China is still predominantly generated by burning coal. While electric vehicles produce fewer carbon dioxide emissions even when that’s taken into account, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

African hydro plant a finalist for infrastructure design award

September 13, 2017

The Kholombidzo Hydro Power Electric Plant in Blantyre, Malawi has been named a finalist project in the Bentley Systems 2017 Be Inspired Awards Program’s BIM Advancements in the Power Generation category. The company responsible for this project is engineering and environmental consultants COBA Group. The annual awards honour the outstanding work … Continue reading “African hydro plant a finalist for infrastructure design award”

The future of electricity: a grid utility

Transforming power utility Eskom into a transmission and distribution business and expanding the grid infrastructure to transmit electricity to service potential demand in other African countries is the most suitable solution to the utility’s future survival, according to panellists and delegates at the “Thinking energy – Grid resilience” workshop hosted … Continue reading “The future of electricity: a grid utility”

Can South Africa manage a nuclear new-build programme?

It should be obvious to anybody that the finance minister cannot keep allocating money to improved housing, medical care, education, social grants, and more, if the country is not producing industrial growth. National growth will only result from people actually doing things. People have to roll up their sleeves and … Continue reading “Can South Africa manage a nuclear new-build programme?”

Breakthrough for clean coal

Mushrooms have been described as “meat for vegetarians,” a fungus high in protein that can be fried, baked or eaten raw. Now a scientist born in Taiwan and working in the United States thinks they could help to protect the environment for pollutants formed by burning coal. Prof. Wei-Ping Pan … Continue reading “Breakthrough for clean coal”

Power developments in Africa, September 2017

Egypt to expand renewable energy projects ACWA Power signed a power purchase agreement with the government of Egypt for three solar photovoltaic power plants in Benban under Round 2 of the feed-in-tariff (FiT) programme. The three projects will have an aggregate capacity of 165,5 MW. The construction will begin late … Continue reading “Power developments in Africa, September 2017”

Special pricing deals and the impact of renewable energy

Electricity prices in South Africa have increased sharply in the past decade, and we no longer have the cheapest electricity in the world. Future tariff increases are likely to affect energy intensive industries, so special pricing deals may have to be considered. Mike Rycroft Other countries have similar problems with … Continue reading “Special pricing deals and the impact of renewable energy”

Evaluating bagasse gasification

In most cane sugar factories, the main source of electrical power is the onsite power generation plant which usually uses coal to boil water in order to produce high pressure steam which the turbo-alternators use to generate electricity. This article considers the advantages of using bagasse, the fibrous matter which … Continue reading “Evaluating bagasse gasification”

Evian Aims to Deflect Water Criticism by Going Carbon Neutral

September 12, 2017

to increase that to 80 percent because it reduces carbon emissions by 75 percent, according to Faber.The yogurt maker also aims to offset carbon emissions by working with farmers in the region of… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

These Companies Are Most Influential in Climate Policy Debates

corporate climate policies, and how hard companies fight for them, may be even more influential than carbon dioxide emissions. A new report has come up with a way of quantifying which companies are trying… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

We Need Conservatives to Fight Climate Change

business-focused solutions. These include revenue-neutral carbon taxes — raising taxes on carbon in exchange for tax cuts elsewhere. Carbon taxes are a powerful policy tool, because they incentivize… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Exxon Must Disclose Accounting Details in N.Y. Climate Probe

potential impairment charges or write-downs, as well as energy-price projections and projected carbon-cost estimates.“Exxon had no legal basis to interfere with PwC’s production,” Schneiderman said… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

VW to Build Electric Versions of All 300 Models by 2030

bans. That creates problems for Volkswagen as it relies on diesel cars to boost profit and lower carbon-dioxide emissions to reach tightening European environmental targets. “We have got the message… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

ETF Buyers Snap Up Lithium as China Fuels Electric-Car Race

2018, Citigroup Inc. analysts said last month, as they raised their price estimate on lithium carbonate equivalent for next year by 24 percent $14,000 a ton.In July, the U.K. said it will ban sales… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Offshore Wind Costs Fall Below New Nuclear Plants in U.K.

the heart of the industrial strategy to unlock opportunities across the country, while cutting carbon emissions,” said Richard Harrington, minister for energy and industry. “The offshore wind sector… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

VW, Mercedes Scramble to Plug Diesel Gap After Two-Year Crisis

significantly help the manufacturers reach the EU’s stricter fleet-average emissions limit of 95 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer by 2021.‘One Death’“Carmakers need to pick one death,” said Thomas Goettle… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Join us at Africa’s first STEAM Symposium

September 11, 2017

What correlation could there possibly be between art and the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths)? More than you can imagine. Join global engineering and infrastructure advisory firm Aurecon at the inaugural STEAM Symposium to find out more. The symposium is part of the Open Design Cape Town festival … Continue reading “Join us at Africa’s first STEAM Symposium”

Engineering excellence awards winners announced

  Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) supported by Aon South Africa hosted the who’s who in the engineering industry at a gala dinner held at Vodaworld in Midrand recently to celebrate the 2017 CESA Aon Engineering Excellence Awards. The awards recognise outstanding achievements in the engineering industry celebrating innovation, quality, … Continue reading “Engineering excellence awards winners announced”

Trade mission to South Africa set to boost Thai-SA trade

A high-level Thailand trade delegation will travel to South Africa later in September to build on the strong trade links between the two countries. Led by the Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP) of the Thai Ministry of Commerce, representatives of food and beverage, automotive parts and homeware, machinery and … Continue reading “Trade mission to South Africa set to boost Thai-SA trade”

Germany, California to tackle climate change together

… on tackling climate change following the U.S. government’s decision… in the fight against climate change, the existential threat of our time,” Brown… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

EU Drafts Measures to Brexit-Proof Emissions Market

region’s carbon market as part of Brexit.The European Parliament will vote on Wednesday on a proposal that would prevent companies and airlines in the EU Emissions Trading System using carbon allowances… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

China Fossil Fuel Deadline Shifts Focus to Electric Car Race

auto forum in Tianjin on Saturday.The world’s second-biggest economy, which has vowed to cap its carbon emissions by 2030 and curb worsening air pollution, is the latest to join countries such as the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

China's Fossil Fuel Deadline Shifts Focus to Electric Car Race

auto forum in Tianjin on Saturday.The world’s second-biggest economy, which has vowed to cap its carbon emissions by 2030 and curb worsening air pollution, is the latest to join countries such as the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Merkel Cites ‘Trust’ Problem With German Carmakers

September 9, 2017

avoid banning diesel vehicles, arguing that the technology will become cleaner and helps reduce carbon-dioxide emissions. She didn’t address the debate over scrapping diesel in her podcast, while… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

China to Ban Sale of Fossil Fuel Cars in Electric Vehicle Push

Volkswagen AG to introduce an electric SUV next year.China, seeking to meet its promise to cap its carbon emissions by 2030, is the latest country to unveil plans to phase out vehicles running on fossil… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Worst Florida Damage From Irma in Could Be From Storm Surge

damage was from wind, rain and flooding, said Philip Bedient, professor of engineering in civil and environmental engineering at Rice University. The surge from Irma could be potentially much worse… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Hurricane Irma’s Chemical Fallout Could Be Worse than Harvey’s

acquiesced to industry demands that such information be kept secret for fear of terrorism. And Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt delayed for two years Obama-era rules requiring companies… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

What Scientists Know About Climate Change and Hurricanes: QuickTake Q&A

in recorded history, thanks to human-driven climate change. The global average sea-surface temperature for July was 1.24 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th century average, making it the third-hottest… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Another Way Climate Change Might Make Hurricanes Worse

Geoffrey West described climate change as a form of entropy –- disorder that’s created as the price of all the order and creative energy pent up in cities. In this view, climate change is not, as some… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Merkel Warned That Failure to Hit Climate Goal May Hurt Germany

tarnishing Germany’s climate credentials, according to researchers.Germans will likely reduce their carbon dioxide emissions by about 30 percent in 2020 compared to 1990 levels, missing the 40 percent… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

The Latest on Hurricane Irma

sea levels into account. Trump suggested the predicted risks from sea level rise driven by climate change are overblown. ___ 2:30 p.m. Authorities in Florida say a man trying to install hurricane… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Jaguar Land Rover Plans to Give Its Model Range an Electric Jolt

July to ban the sale of diesel and gasoline cars by 2040 as a means to reduce air pollution and carbon-dioxide emissions, which are linked to global warming. The move is less aggressive than plans… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Cities Threaten Japanese Utilities as Local Retailing Spreads

department, said by email. “As a municipality, we want to help contribute to the shift toward a lower-carbon society.”Miyama is one of 31 Japanese cities and towns to begin selling power directly to citizens… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Airbus Is Said Close to $14 Billion Conversion Deal for A350s

had helped negotiate an order for the Airbus jetliner. The next-generation Airbus jet, made of carbon-composite panels, fits about 325 people in the -900 variant, while the -1000 version seats 366… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

It’s Brutal to Get to the Ocean’s Depths. This Minisub Will Take You There

metal—typically steel and occasionally titanium. Rush told his engineers he wanted to save weight by using carbon fiber and also that the hull had to be safe to 6,000 meters. He’s still waiting for the arrival… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

SAPP member states plan more transmission interconnectors

September 8, 2017

Only 34% of the available electricity was traded between the Southern African Power Pool’s (SAPP’s) member states during 2016, this owing to the lack of transmission and distribution capacity in the region, said Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi at the 49th SAPP Conference of Meetings in Pretoria recently. The total electricity … Continue reading “SAPP member states plan more transmission interconnectors”

Robust differential pressure flow meter

Kobold’s  RCD flow meter, for measuring and monitoring the flow of liquids and gases, employs a Venturi tube which first narrows and then expands enabling the pressure difference between the inlet of the narrowed area and the narrowest area to determine the flow rate. With mechanical displays, the flow value measured … Continue reading “Robust differential pressure flow meter”

Force measurement instruments provide trust

Force measurement technology is all about protecting people, high asset values, reliability and manufacturing safety. That’s why a trustworthy partner is important.  Wika’s products, solutions and engineering skills are winning customers from practically every industry. The company’s extensive product portfolio includes tension and compression force transducers, shear and bending beams, platform load … Continue reading “Force measurement instruments provide trust”

Cigré President’s address

Cigré’s next administrative council meeting, to be held on the 12 and 13 September, will consider the organisation’s strategies regarding specific actions relating to the inclusion of Distribution experts into the existing Study Committee structure, as well as a new marketing strategy. Marketing The aim is to provide National Committees … Continue reading “Cigré President’s address”

Natural gas: a boon for South Africa’s reindustrialisation?

  Kishan Pillay and Ngqondi Nxokwana addressed the South African Oil and Gas Alliance’s (SAOGA’s) networking breakfast at the IDC in Sandton recently. Under the leadership of Niall Kramer, SAOGA’s CEO, the two men spoke of the need for, and development of, an infrastructure to make liquid natural gas (LNG) … Continue reading “Natural gas: a boon for South Africa’s reindustrialisation?”

Receding Floodwaters in Houston Expose Long-Term Health Risk

water, become active and volatile,” said Christine Todd Whitman, a Republican who led the Environmental Protection Agency from 2001 to 2003. “There are some major areas of problem.”EPA officials… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

BMW Revives Electric-Car Push With Plans for Low-Slung 'i' Sedan

new entrants is also readying plans for green vehicles, as the complex engineering involved in making combustion engines is replaced with a much simpler setup around battery power.“There are a… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Colombia Needs Oil. Colombians Say No

consultations, according to Rodrigo Negrete, a lawyer who’s advised Arbeláez and other communities on environmental questions. The plebiscites can be convened by either the local authorities or residents who’ve… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Statoil to cut greenhouse emissions by a fifth by 2030

… (22.05 lb) now. Statoil’s greenhouse gas emissions were… findings that man-made greenhouse gas emissions are raising global… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Green house gas

Climate Change Speeds Erosion With Huge Storms

Developed Shorelines at Western Carolina University. He and other experts call changing shorelines just “shoreline change,” because it’s never going to stop. Proponents of fighting nature, meanwhile… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

URGENT: The Latest: Hurricane Warnings Issued for South Florida

caused by Hurricane Irma, and he’s calling for concerted efforts to tackle global warming and climate change to prevent similar future natural disasters. Speaking Thursday during a visit to Greece,… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Ready to disrupt – tales of technologies, targeted sectors and a changing workforce

September 7, 2017

A look at the nature of disruption, the characteristics of the innovation that underpins it, how disruption happens, and which industries are next in line. In short, are the machines coming for our jobs? Disruption, often imagined as a lurking threat ready to destroy established businesses and business models, are … Continue reading “Ready to disrupt – tales of technologies, targeted sectors and a changing workforce”

The Fall of Juicero and ICO Fever

fooled by a scammer posing as a TokenCard representative in an online messaging forum” and sent $20,000 to the scammer rather than to the company whose ICO he wanted to buy, though, in the long run… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

McLaren 570S Review: The Next Step Up From a Porsche 911

when the top is deployed.The 570S Spider in particular is special because it uses the same exact carbon-fiber MonoCell II structure and engine as the coupe version, which means it drives with the rigidity… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Wrapped in Plastic, China's Farmland Is Suffering: QuickTake Q&A

biodegradable polymers, or mixtures with biodegradable synthetic materials, such as polypropylene carbonate, and polyethylene-based oxo-degradable polymers to which additives are incorporated to accelerate… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

These Old Trucker Hangouts Are Now the Coolest Places to Stay

prompted Oracle founder Larry Ellison to pay $20 million for it—the motel was built right on coveted Carbon Beach. (It’s also called “Billionaire’s Beach,” thanks to the extravagant homes abutting it.)… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

This High-Tech Vertical Farm Promises Whole Foods Quality at Walmart Prices

sensors hidden among the leaves. The sensors monitor the room’s temperature, humidity, and level of carbon dioxide, while the cameras record the plants’ growing phases. The data stream to Plenty’s botanists… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

In memorium: Jan Malan

September 6, 2017

The retired City Electrical Engineer of the erstwhile Kempton Park Municipality, Jan Malan, has been laid to rest. He was 79 years of age and succumbed to a cancer-related illness after a spell in a Pretoria hospital. After serving in various utilities, including an earlier 6-year spell at Kempton Park, … Continue reading “In memorium: Jan Malan”

Minister highlights role of science education in sustainable development

Eastern Cape learners attended the launch of the 2017 National Science Week (NSW) at the newly renamed Nelson Mandela University (previously the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University). Hosted at the institution’s Missionvale campus, about 3500 learners from schools in and around Port Elizabeth attended the annual event. Addressing learners, the Minister … Continue reading “Minister highlights role of science education in sustainable development”

Research foundation aims for gender parity in South Africa’s scientific workforce

The National Research Foundation (NRF) has congratulated the women identified as the 50 most inspiring South African women in technology for 2017 by non-profit organisation Inspiring Fifty. The organisation, which is an initiative of the Dutch Consulate General in Cape Town, together with Inspiring Fifty Netherlands, announced the names of its … Continue reading “Research foundation aims for gender parity in South Africa’s scientific workforce”

Menendez Hopes Friendship With Donor Overcomes Tawdry Testimony

by a Florida eye doctor who lavished him with a stream of gifts — like private jet travel, a Paris hotel suite and hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign donations — to buy clout with government… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Threat to Oil Becomes Real as Climate Crashes Norway Election

how to reconcile their role as western Europe’s biggest oil and gas producer with fighting climate change and whether searching for more petroleum is the financially sound thing to do in a world… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Merkel Says Diesel Needed as Bridge Technology to Electric Cars

avoid diesel driving bans, arguing the technology will be needed for decades to come to reduce carbon dioxide emissions as automakers develop electric vehicles.“This doesn’t mean we don’t have to… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

The Climate Engineers Sucking CO2 From the Atmosphere—and Making Money Doing It

which applied an engineering perspective to the removal of carbon dioxide from Earth’s atmosphere. In June, when the first of the duo’s carbon-collecting machines went online, they became the first… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Shell Invests to Boost Global Gas Demand

remaking Europe’s biggest oil company into a natural gas giant amid the global drive to lower carbon emissions.Gas PurchaseFirst came the $52 billion acquisition of BG Group Plc last year, which… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Noble Group’s Chairman Is Determined to Avoid Lehman’s Fate

continues.After the sale of gas and power and oil liquids, operations would include energy coal, carbon steel materials, metals, freight and liquefied natural gas, according to a circular to shareholders… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Plastic Film Covering 12% of China's Farmland Pollutes Soil

consists of a compostable polymer and polylactic acid, and can be degradable into water, biomass and carbon dioxide.Incentives NeededStill, polyethylene costs a quarter of the price and a lack of incentives… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Where Corn Pollutes America Most, and Who’s Responsible

estimate that a bushel of corn produced in western South Dakota may be three or four times as carbon-intensive as a bushel from southern Minnesota. “It matters for these companies where stuff is… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Big Energy Backs Hydrogen Power Storage

to converts excess wind power into hydrogen, which is fed into a plant that combines it with carbon dioxide to make methane — natural gas. That gas is transported and stored in the existing pipelines… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Alfa Romeo Has Finally Arrived in America

old sedan—albeit a sporty one. The Giulia starts at $38,000 and with an all-aluminum engine and carbon-fiber driveshaft, aims to steal some customers from Audi, BMW, and Mercedes.Gallman has owned… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Self-generated power focuses on efficiency

September 5, 2017

Zest Energy recently installed a turnkey diesel power generation facility for the Balama graphite project in a remote region of Mozambique. Technology options such as variable speed drives can further enhance efficiencies and reduce the consumptive demands that a standalone power plant will have to meet; regeneration strategies also lower costs … Continue reading “Self-generated power focuses on efficiency”

The only locally owned PV maker in South Africa

Founded in 2011 and based in Durban, ARTsolar is one of the pioneers of the South African photovoltaic  (PV) solar panel manufacturing industry. The company is South Africa’s only locally owned PV module manufacturer and specialises in high volume production for the Northern Cape solar farms. The company also offers … Continue reading “The only locally owned PV maker in South Africa”

Maintenance for rotating equipment showcased

  The offshore sector met once again in Aberdeen, at the industry’s largest free-to-attend conference, Offshore Europe, held between 5 and 8 September 2017. This year, Sulzer brought to the event a comprehensive offering for the repair and maintenance of rotating equipment, as well as examples of offshore pumping and applicator … Continue reading “Maintenance for rotating equipment showcased”

New Zealand wealth fund cuts carbon exposure

… its exposure to carbon emissions and carbon reserves by a fifth, its… that exposure in its passive physical global equity portfolio to carbon… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

Enzyme breakthrough in quest for clean coal

September 4, 2017

  Mushrooms have been described as “meat for vegetarians,” a fungus high in protein that can be fried, baked or eaten raw. Now a scientist born in Taiwan and working in the United States thinks they could help to protect the environment for pollutants formed by burning coal. Prof. Wei-Ping Pan … Continue reading “Enzyme breakthrough in quest for clean coal”

Kusile Unit 1 brought into full commercial operation

  Unit 1 of the Kusile power station project has been brought into full commercial operation, adding 800 MW to the national grid. The Kusile power station project is a green-fields coal-fired power plant which is located near the exist­ing Kendal power station near eMalahleni in the Nkangala District, Mpumalanga. … Continue reading “Kusile Unit 1 brought into full commercial operation”

Bringing smart-metering to remote locations by satellite

  Aside from the city of Camden, in northwest Tennessee, the only other largely populated areas are the agrarian communities of Big Sandy and Holladay. The county’s electricity requirements are met by Benton County Electric System (BCES), whose 38 employees work to deliver power to more than 10 000 customers. BCES’s philosophy is … Continue reading “Bringing smart-metering to remote locations by satellite”

Bringing reliable power to the Himalayas

  ABB will upgrade 20 substations in India’s northern state of Himachal Pradesh, located in the foothills of the western Himalayas. The substations will be equipped with the latest control and protection technology to enable future digitalisation. The order, placed by the local state utility, Himachal Pradesh Electricity Board Limited … Continue reading “Bringing reliable power to the Himalayas”

Future Hurricanes Will Be Worse Than Harvey

September 1, 2017

answered—did climate change cause the storm—wasn’t the right one. Hurricanes were around long before the industrial revolution. Two questions did, however, resonate:How does climate change affect the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Affordable solar home systems

August 31, 2017

  African customers will have access to safe energy for a low monthly price, making Ignite the most affordable in the continent and multiplying the addressable market for solar home systems. The company, which is headquartered in Rwanda, has been able to change the energy paradigm in a continent afflicted by … Continue reading “Affordable solar home systems”

Hydrogen energy storage solution for renewables

August 30, 2017

  Hydrogen is emerging as one of the most viable and effective storage solutions for renewable energy in many key industries, including the transportation and power sectors. RTS Africa Engineering, the sole agent for Nel Hydrogen, a Norwegian company which has been at the forefront of hydrogen production through water … Continue reading “Hydrogen energy storage solution for renewables”

Elon Musk's Battery Demand Boom Lifts Supplier Tanaka in Japan

separators.Stella Chemifa has risen 45 percent this year, while W-Scope is up 31 percent. Nippon Carbon Co., which makes artificial graphite electrodes, has gained about 80 percent. Nippon Kodoshi… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Efficiency in alternative power systems

August 29, 2017

  In October 1983, a record-breaking wind generator was taken into operation and the world’s largest wind energy converter called Growian went live. The 3 MW machine can be considered an example how the world has changed since this happened. Though it was an ingenious design by the time, the … Continue reading “Efficiency in alternative power systems”

A “just” transition to a lower-carbon economy

  Despite knowing that both coal mines and coal-fires power stations have a finite life, it speaks to poor planning and the poor implementation of policy in South Africa that nothing has been done to address what comes after or to deal with the need to transition to a lower-carbon … Continue reading “A “just” transition to a lower-carbon economy”

How a Corporate Assault on Greenpeace Is Spreading

Greenpeace should be worried. A second large company has accused the prominent environmental group of violating the potent U.S. racketeering law. In a lawsuit filed August 22, Energy Transfer Partners… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Bloomberg Markets: Carbone Sees Earnings as Key to Market Run

Bloomberg Markets with Carol Massar and Cory Johnson. GUEST: Jeffrey Carbone Managing Partner Cornerstone Financial Discussing global markets and investment opportunities. producer: Paul Brennan… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

As France's Heatwave Melts Away, Another Weather Crisis Brews

only really bite during extreme weather,” said Trevor Sikorski, head of natural gas, coal and carbon at Energy Aspects Ltd. “The same extreme weather would likely lead to the same extreme prices… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

New solar plants now powering whole of Northern Cape

  With yet another renewable energy (RE) project completed on time and on budget, one has to wonder why the Departments of Energy (DoE) and Public Enterprises (DPE) tolerate Eskom’s continued refusal to sign additional power producer agreements. This especially since the latest REIPPP energy price bids that Eskom refuse … Continue reading “New solar plants now powering whole of Northern Cape”

VW Engineer Sentenced to 40 Months for Emissions Role

August 26, 2017

papers Aug. 18. That included developing the deficient engine and defeat device in 2006 and participating in meetings with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

This Is What Climate Change Sounds Like

August 25, 2017

One of the best instruments scientists can use to map climate change is roughly the size of a thumb—and adorable. The humble tree frog (genus Hyla) has proliferated from Florida to Alaska, yet… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Energy Study: U.S. Power Market Is Cracking. You Don't Say

pretend that the administration’s desire to bolster coal miners and general antipathy toward carbon mitigation won’t shape the discussions — and confrontations — to come. For those investing… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Can Oil Sands Pay Off at Just $50 a Barrel?

can flow to the surface.In addition to lowering production costs, the innovations may help cut carbon-dioxide emissions, giving the industry an image boost it badly needs. The reputation of tar sands… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Nine U.S. States Seek 30% More in CO2 Cuts as Trump Pushes Coal

August 24, 2017

Nine states in the U.S. Northeast plan to bolster their target for cutting carbon-dioxide emissions, even as President Trump seeks to revive a coal industry suffering from competition and efforts… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Exxon Duped Public Over Climate Concerns, Harvard Research Says

Energy write a report acknowledging a scientific consensus on future warming trends caused by carbon dioxide emitted from fossil fuels. Despite that conclusion, company advertorials in 1997 and… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Europeans Are Abandoning Their Utility Companies in Droves

traditional utilities, it’s not because of them.A combination of new technology and a push toward low-carbon energy has caused customers at Europe’s largest and most-established utilities to flee. The average… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Energy Transfer Suit Claims Greenpeace Incites Eco-Terrorism

August 23, 2017

allies in court for engaging in what they claim is a racketeering scheme far beyond ordinary environmental advocacy. Resolute Forest Products Inc. made similar allegations over Greenpeace’s campaign… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

California’s Auto Crackdown Reinforced by Road Emissions Uptick

August 22, 2017

pollution.Emissions from on-road transportation rose by the equivalent of 4.4 million metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2015 from a year earlier, the San Francisco-based non-profit Next 10 said Monday. … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Learning From the First Eclipse Media Event

full of disdain for and suspicion of what scientists have to say about vaccinations, about climate change, about lots of other things.Some of this has to do with overreach and error by scientists… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Ford Offers U.K. Drivers Cash to Scrap Dirty Diesel Engines

air rose as carbon dioxide emissions fell.The U.K. has the largest fleet of diesel vehicles in Europe after drivers were encouraged to switch from gasoline, which emits more carbon dioxide for… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Switch to Renewables Won't End the Geopolitics of Energy

Proponents highlight a bevy of ways in which the Age of Renewables will improve our lives: lower carbon emissions, cheaper electricity rates, new abilities to bring power to impoverished nations . … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Merkel's CDU and Greens Consider Alliance In German Election

August 21, 2017

millions of Mercedes-Benz luxury sedans and sports cars, often equipped with high-tech diesel engines. Many of those vehicles could soon face bans along the 20-mile trip to Daimler’s headquarters… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Energy digitalisation portfolio grows by acquisition

August 18, 2017

  EOH, Africa’s largest technology and services provider, has acquired the business of Powertech Systems Integrators (IST) for an undisclosed amount. The deal, led by the Industrial Technology division of EOH, will enhance the group’s geographical reach and energy portfolio of integrated and smart resilient energy solutions. Powertech IST is a … Continue reading “Energy digitalisation portfolio grows by acquisition”

Download the South African Energy Storage Technology and Market Assessment report

August 17, 2017

  A techno-economic study on the South African Energy Storage market, commissioned by the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa Limited (IDC), a state-owned development finance institution, and sponsored by the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) The Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa Limited (IDC), a state-owned development … Continue reading “Download the South African Energy Storage Technology and Market Assessment report”

Keynote address on release of South Africa Energy Storage Techno-Economic Study

  A study sponsored by the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, programme director, I would like to welcome you to the IDC, and I am very honoured to stand in front of you this morning as we launch one of our greatest milestones. … Continue reading “Keynote address on release of South Africa Energy Storage Techno-Economic Study”

DHL, Ford Unveil Jointly Made Electric Delivery Van

the streets of major cities by the end of 2018. Each van will save 5 metrics tons (5.5 tons) of carbon dioxide a year. The company has started selling its smaller models to third parties and said… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Tesla Skipping Green Bond Label Keeps Fledgling Market Small

issuers there face more pressure from central banks and institutional investors to help lower carbon emissions. In the U.S., companies have been more hesitant amid concerns about backing up their… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Natural Gas Heads for Middle East Doldrums

enhanced oil recovery, saving gas. Dubai, Turkey and Egypt, however, are turning to coal, which is carbon-intensive but cheap.Natural gas will still have a leading role, of course: It’s relatively cheap… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

The Energy Revolution Will Be Optimized

holds true. Energy efficiency matters more now, especially as concerns about pollution, including carbon emissions, have intensified. The job of the 21st-century energy provider, therefore, will be… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Another South African solar thermal plant completed

August 16, 2017

  Abengoa has completed Xina Solar One, its third solar thermal plant in South Africa. Xina, a 100 MW plant, uses parabolic trough technology to generate renewable power from the sun. It also features a thermal energy storage system using molten salts which can store sufficient energy for a further … Continue reading “Another South African solar thermal plant completed”

Apply now for sponsored participation at wind energy conference

  Students from South African universities are encouraged to submit an application for sponsorship to attend the South African Wind Energy Association’s WindAc Africa conference in November. The event will give students who are keen to understand the diverse wind energy sector the opportunity to join experts in the field … Continue reading “Apply now for sponsored participation at wind energy conference”

Honoured for biogas projects

  Weltec Biopower received the renowned AD & Biogas Industry Award in two categories from the British anaerobic digestion association ADBA at the UK AD & Biogas and World Biogas Expo 2017 in Birmingham, UK. An independent expert jury nominated the German biogas plant manufacturer in the category “Best international agricultural project” … Continue reading “Honoured for biogas projects”

Combined solar and methane power plant

  A combined solar and methane power plant in South Australia is set to begin operating soon. The plant will channel thermal energy from solar panels and methane gas from decomposed waste through a shared turbine inter-connector. A generator will then convert the two sources of energy into electricity to be … Continue reading “Combined solar and methane power plant”

Transport containers converted into retractable solar gensets

  South African-based Out of the Box Energy Solutions, specialising in the development of distributed renewable energy technologies, is Africa’s first original equipment manufacturer (OEM) to integrate into intermodal transport containers PWRstation’s retractable solar racking technology called EXOractm and resell fully assembled Class S 10-50 solar gensets. It is estimated that … Continue reading “Transport containers converted into retractable solar gensets”

Power quality grid code compliance for renewable power plants

August 15, 2017

  The introduction of renewable power plants has introduced challenges to the management and regulation of power quality in South Africa. These challenges have been addressed by establishing power quality compliance criteria in line with local circumstances and by the introduction of a power quality guideline for renewable power plants … Continue reading “Power quality grid code compliance for renewable power plants”

Time for the energy sector to self-correct

  May and June 2017 will go down as two of the most dreadful months in the history of the South African power utility Eskom. Its credibility in the eyes of the public has reached rock bottom after a series of well-publicised scandals. Prof. Hartmut Winkler Following the suspension of … Continue reading “Time for the energy sector to self-correct”

ISO 50001 highlighted as key tool for climate action

  With energy one of the most critical challenges facing the international community, the revision of ISO 50001 on energy management systems was given a major boost at the recently concluded Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM8), a high-level global forum working to advance clean energy globally. Energy ministers and decision makers, together … Continue reading “ISO 50001 highlighted as key tool for climate action”

Energize Inbox, August 2017

  Our winning letter re: Sociology and technological totalitarianism Dear Editor I find there is quite a bit one can disagree with in Mike Rycroft’s article “Sociology and technological totalitarianism” which was published on the Energize website on 5 June 2017. Demand side management has been tricky to do in the … Continue reading “Energize Inbox, August 2017”

Big Oil Follows Silicon Valley Into Backing Green Energy Firms

municipal waste, which raised $30 million from BP.Solidia, a company that is working on reducing the carbon footprint of concrete.“BP Venture’s goal is to be both an investor and an end-user of the technologies… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Kuwait Plans Tender for $1.2 Billion Solar Project in 2018

of 2020 in Kuwait’s northwest, will save burning 5.2 million barrels of oil a year and reduce carbon emissions by 1.3 million tons annually, Al-Mahrous said.Kuwait consumes at most 14 gigawatts… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Eskom considers relaunch of pebble bed modular reactor programme

August 14, 2017

  This article outlines Eskom’s approach in the development of the advanced high temperature reactor (AHTR) programme, commonly known as the pebble bed modular reactor (PBMR) restart. The proposed AHTRs are intrinsically safe, modular, efficient and modern gas-cooled reactors which are deployable in even the remotest areas of the country. … Continue reading “Eskom considers relaunch of pebble bed modular reactor programme”

Clean coal: High efficiency low emissions technology leads the way

  Coal fired power stations will form a substantial part of the energy portfolio of many countries, SA included, into the future. Coal power is seen as the lowest cost reliable generating source to bring electricity to Africa. The IEA held an expert workshop on sustainable coal use at the … Continue reading “Clean coal: High efficiency low emissions technology leads the way”

New York's Crusade to Price Carbon Won't End with Nuke Subsidies

August 12, 2017

money-losing nuclear reactors, is weighing more steps to cut carbon emissions by changing the way that electricity is traded.Adding a carbon charge to the price of power generated by fossil-fuel plants… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

The New World Order Is Leaving the U.S. Behind

August 11, 2017

antipathy to free trade and cooperation on climate change and refugee resettlement was a united front against the U.S. at both the Group of Seven and Group of 20 meetings.Jilted by the U.S., the other… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Major Miners' Battle to Get Into Batteries Steps Up a Notch

director, told reporters at the facility in Melbourne. “The key is that we’re producing lithium carbonate that’s to a specification that we are very confident” will meet customer requirements, he said… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Polluters Penalized Less Under Trump Than His Predecessors

relatively low numbers of cases involving violations of air, water and other environmental laws worry some former Environmental Protection Agency officials who say it suggests the Trump administration… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

The Coming Backlash to 'Greenwashing' of Bonds

Transit agency issued its first green bonds, noting the role of its trains in providing “low-carbon transportation alternatives.”3. Who buys the bonds?Institutional investors, mainly, including… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Glencore Plays Both Sides On Climate Change

published this year:”We believe there is a significant gap between the energy reality and the various carbon policy scenarios… produced by some commentators based on policy statements. Unless all parties… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Federal Scientists Say Climate Change Is No Hoax, Refuting Trump

severity of climate change could make it harder for the EPA to reverse its 2009 finding that carbon dioxide emissions pose a danger to the public.Trump has labeled climate change a “hoax,” and… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Utility reports plans to sell surplus capacity

August 10, 2017

  Eskom reports that the power utility has increased its plant availability to over 77%. This can attributed to the additional new generating capacity added from Medupi, Ingula and Kusile power stations and the utility’s rigorous fleet maintenance programme, Eskom’s interim group chief executive, Johnny Dladla, says. Adherence to a strict … Continue reading “Utility reports plans to sell surplus capacity”

U.S. Scientists Contradict Trump Climate Claims

doubt on whether the warming observed around the globe is being primarily driven by man-made carbon pollution. “There are no alternative explanations, and no natural cycles are found in the observational… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Climate Reports May Slow Trump's Push to Undo Obama-Era Rules

both reports will make it harder for the agency to reverse the Obama administration’s limits on carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, as well as the broader policy that defines those emissions… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

The state of the proposed nuclear new-build programme in South Africa

August 9, 2017

  During a wide-ranging interview with Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi on Friday 4 August 2017, EE Publishers investigative editor Chris Yelland took the opportunity to get an update from her on the state of the proposed nuclear new-build programme in South Africa. It was all on track This time last … Continue reading “The state of the proposed nuclear new-build programme in South Africa”

Oklahoma's $100 Electric Car Fee Challenged by Sierra Club

in May, hybrid vehicle owners would also face a $30 registration fee, but gasoline and diesel engines didn’t get hit with a new levy. On Tuesday, the state’s Supreme Court heard arguments in a separate… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Warren Buffett Likes Solar, but Not the Price Tag

has been trying to undermine an almost 40-year-old law intended in part to promote the growth of cleaner energy. Berkshire, they say, is effectively stifling solar projects to protect utilities… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Latest Carbon Capture Projects Look Encouraging

change will not stymie the pace of global investment in carbon capture, which has become a hot topic in the field of energy technology. Carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technologies enable the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Draft U.S. Report Says Extreme Storms Driven by Climate Change

doubt on whether the warming observed around the globe is being primarily driven by man-made carbon pollution. “There are no alternative explanations, and no natural cycles are found in the observational… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

California's Smart Approach to Climate Change

of any national carbon-pricing program, consider following suit.California’s original program, running since 2013, gives emitters a limited number of permits to release carbon dioxide, and enables… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Court Tosses an Obama-Era Climate Rule That Trump Had Defended

The U.S. has been a leader in replacing HFCs, which are thousands of times more powerful than carbon dioxide when it comes to global warming, and companies have invested hundreds of millions of… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Spurned by Trump, Can Green Energy Count on Big Tech?

August 8, 2017

where Makani sits, is still trying. It has a small team working on newfangled fixes for climate change. One of those, an effort to make cheaper geothermal home heating tech, recently spun out… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Richard Mille Sport Watches 67-02 Sprint and High Jump

Sprint and the High Jump are made of Quartz TPT (for the colored front and back case plates) and Carbon TPT (for the case bands) which are both shock resistant and ultra light—ideal for high intensity… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Brexit Guts British Science and Risks Graphene Innovation

minutely thin materials, placed the tape under an atomic microscope and found the layers of residual carbon were thinner than any he’d seen before. Immediately he suspected he had found graphene, a one… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

SA Energy Storage 2017: Why is energy storage important?

August 7, 2017

  Storage is becoming one of the most important components of power generation, transmission and distribution, and consumption management. Efficient and cost effective storage is the next hurdle that needs to be overcome in the move to a higher penetration of renewable energy in the grid. Mike Rycroft EE Publishers … Continue reading “SA Energy Storage 2017: Why is energy storage important?”

No end in sight to Eskom delays in signing renewable energy PPAs

  There appears to be no end in sight for resolution of the impasse caused by Eskom’s refusal to sign any new power purchase agreements (PPAs) with renewable energy independent power producers (IPPs) in terms of the Department of Energy’s (DoE’s) internationally acclaimed Renewable Energy IPP Procurement (REIPPP) programme. Chris … Continue reading “No end in sight to Eskom delays in signing renewable energy PPAs”

Electric Car Boom Drives Rush to Mining's $90 Billion Hub

by at least 2021. The project would add to SQM’s expansion into Argentina.Prices of lithium carbonate, the primary base-chemical produced by the industry, more than doubled in the 5 years to 2016… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

U.K. to Conduct Electricity Survey After Centrica Price Hike

said in an emailed statement. “We must ensure we deliver an industrial strategy based on a low-carbon economy and where the billions of investment needed can be delivered competitively via a range… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Energy minister calls on City of Cape Town to engage

August 6, 2017

  In an interview on Friday 4 August 2017 with EE Publishers investigative editor Chris Yelland, Energy Minister Mmamobolo Kubayi confirmed that the Department of Energy (DoE) and the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) has been served with court papers by the City of Cape Town demanding the … Continue reading “Energy minister calls on City of Cape Town to engage”

Audi Added to German Diesel Investigation, May Forfeit Profit

step that may allow the seizure of profits the company made from selling vehicles with rigged engines.Munich prosecutors investigating Audi employees for fraud have formally added the carmaker to… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Energy minister suspends DDG responsible for electricity planning in SA

August 5, 2017

  In an exclusive interview by EE Publishers investigative editor Chris Yelland, Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi confirmed that Department of Energy DDG for Policy, Planning and Clean Energy, Mr. Ompi Aphane, who is also responsible for the new updated national Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity, IRP2016, has just been suspended. … Continue reading “Energy minister suspends DDG responsible for electricity planning in SA”

VW Executive Schmidt Pleads Guilty in Auto Emissions Scandal

with Heinz-Jacob Neusser, former head of engine development who was suspended in 2015; Richard Dorenkamp, who led the failed effort to design a diesel engine that would meet the tougher emissions… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Alphabet's Green Energy Ambitions Hit Turbulence

in circles that mimic a windmill, something it was built to replace.For more than a decade, engineers have been building this “energy kite” to harness wind power with 90 percent fewer materials… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Green Power Still Tied Up With Red Tape in Macron’s France

neighbors on renewable energy, even as its population worries more than most Europeans about climate change. While the country still gets about 72 percent of its power through its low-emissions fleet… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Trump Administration Is Said Set to Notify UN of Paris Withdraw

that staying in the accord could undercut Trump’s efforts to rescind environmental rules cutting carbon emissions from power-plants and setting fuel efficiency standards for automobiles.The White House… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

India's Power Paradox

States. It is the world’s third-largest power generator, and it is also the world’s third-largest carbon dioxide emitter, again behind China and the U.S. in both measures. In one category, though, it… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

BMW Shifts Past German Rivals’ Diesel Woes With Electric Push

burns about 20 percent more efficiently than gasoline, the fuel is key to meeting European Union carbon-dioxide rules that will tighten further from 2020. Still, diesel exhaust also includes nitrogen… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Southern Sees Benefit to Finishing Nuclear Project Beyond Costs

in an interview. Those include gaining a plant that would withstand any future regulations on carbon dioxide emissions or increase in natural gas prices, he said. If the Vogtle project were scuttled… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Keynote for young professionals imbizo

August 4, 2017

  Professor Douglas Boateng, CEO of PanAvest International and Partners will deliver the keynote address at the 5th Annual Young Professionals (YPs) Sustainability Imbizo to be held on the 15 – 16 August at the Accolades Boutique Venue, in Midrand. The Sustainability Imbizo is the brainchild of Consulting Engineers South … Continue reading “Keynote for young professionals imbizo”

BMW as the Next Nokia? Nonsense

tougher environmental legislation.These 20 models are all made by German companies, mostly by Volkswagen and its subsidiaries. Four are BMWs.Euro 6 is an extremely tough environmental standard… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Elon Musk's Hyperloop Is Doomed for the Worst Reason

the high-tech part. Shooting passengers along at more than 700 miles per hour seems simple — engineers pushed 200 miles-per-hour in a test this week — compared to building a tunnel from New York… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

BRIEF-‍Calpers says urges investors to vote for climate change reporting at Exxon Mobil‍​

… to vote for climate change reporting at Exxon Mobil‍​ Source text… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

Leaked Trump Transcripts Show Fraught Relationships With World Leaders

administration. Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord left the U.S. isolated during that discussion at last month’s G-20 summit in Germany.The U.S. president’s focus on catchphrases… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

U.S. mayors rally in Miami to create 'groundswell of climate leadership'

…. cities will lead the fight against climate change by working harder… resolutions including a cities-driven plan to slow climate change – though… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

Cities best armed to fight climate change: U.N. climate chief

… on climate change can have most impact because they are engines… ratified the Paris agreement on climate change and they are looking… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

Slowing climate change "a moral imperative," says Mexico

… economy will pull out of the global pact to tackle climate change… climate change is an “incontrovertible” fact that requires cooperation… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

Changing demographics may alter climate vulnerability: researchers

… precisely how climate change will impact people in the future, researchers…, the scientists wrote in the journal Nature Climate Change… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

Rosé Is Seeing Explosive Growth as Its Summer Rival, Beer, Goes Flat

one look at the cool climate of Long Island and thought: rosé. The following year he bottled 82 cases. This year the vinyard sold out of almost 50,000 cases, an increase of 20 percent over the previous… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

China says it will stick to commitment to fight climate change

… commitment to fight climate change after President Donald Trump said he… agreement to curb climate change. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

Fran Silvestre Makes Instagram-Perfect Seaside Homes

it’s so last century.”Silvestre’s practice is experiencing explosive growth. It took more than 10 years to build his first 20 houses; now his studio is building, or in the late stages of designing… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Arsenal Soccer Club Tackles Climate Change With Clean Energy

Energy Ltd. to source energy from anaerobic digestion plants and solar farms. It is offsetting carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels.The contract signed on Thursday for an undisclosed value… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

U.S. vows commitment to Arctic climate change research

… will participate in advancing climate change research in the Arctic… climate change will likely be questioned. The administration of President… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

The Church of England Takes on Climate Change—and Generates a 17 Percent Return

President Donald Trump may have quit the Paris climate accord, but shareholders aren’t going to let carbon-producing U.S. ­companies off the hook. Witness the investor victory over Exxon ­Mobil Corp. … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Gas-Powered Cars Sputter Toward Obsolescence

diesel-powered vehicles, still causes almost half a million premature deaths a year in Europe.A carbon tax remains the simplest way to address the environmental damage caused by fossil fuels, and… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Diesel Drama Fizzles as VW, Daimler, BMW Dodge Deeper Fixes

industry boasting about the technology offering more power while emitting about 15 percent less carbon dioxide than equivalent gasoline engines. German politicians in turn backed diesel for decades… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Here’s What British Business Wants From Brexit

Association in Geneva, which represents banks and utilities, wants the U.K. to stay in the EU carbon market because that will cut the cost of meeting greenhouse-gas reduction targets. There’s a… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Thabametsi climate impact assessment reveals staggering greenhouse gas emissions

August 3, 2017

  The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) could be giving the go-ahead for what will be one of the most greenhouse gas (GHG) emission intensive coal-fired power stations, not only in South Africa, but in the world. Its GHG emissions are likely to be 60% higher than Eskom’s new Medupi … Continue reading “Thabametsi climate impact assessment reveals staggering greenhouse gas emissions”

The African junkyard

  Mike Rycroft A recent tweet that drew attention to the fact that the problem of recycling old solar panels had been solved led me to delve into the subject of recycling renewable energy bits and pieces when they reach of life. The process is well established and there is … Continue reading “The African junkyard”

Minister calls on industry to light up Africa

  Addressing delegates at the opening of the 2017 PowerGen and Distributech Africa conference and exhibition, Lynne Brown, the minister of public enterprises, said that in satellite photos, Europe, North America and other regions were lit up like Christmas trees, while Africa remained the “dark continent”. In her keynote address, … Continue reading “Minister calls on industry to light up Africa”

Focus on Economy Before Climate Deal, Glencore Urges Australia

exporters, was among more than 150 signatories to the November deal in Paris, aimed at lowering carbon dioxide emissions to limit a rise in global temperatures. Meanwhile, rising power and gas prices… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Failing Nuclear Power Is Good For Coal, Bad For Earth

run. The move has implications that last hundreds of years—the residence time of heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the atmosphere—as electricity generated from fossil fuels begin to replace aging or… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Boeing Defuses Feud With Top Supplier as GE Alumni Reach Deal

final wording, and the deal would extend Spirit’s losses on a key program for both companies: the carbon composite 787 Dreamliner. Even so, the agreement removes the lingering uncertainty that had weighed… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Nuclear Power: SCE&G, Santee Cooper Plant Victim Of New Reality

billions into a big, complex nuclear-power plant supposed to run for 50 or 60 years. Widespread carbon pricing or piecemeal support efforts for existing nuclear plants, such as those enacted in Illinois… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

PV plants need lightning protection systems

August 2, 2017

  Lightning-protection systems (LPS) for utility-scale photovoltaic (PV) plants have to conform to the SANS/IEC 62305 standard. SMEC South Africa can provide design expertise in this regard to ensure best-practice engineering. The design of the LPS requires an engineer with some specialist knowledge and experience in electromagnetic compatibility (EMC). Although … Continue reading “PV plants need lightning protection systems”

Fuel assemblies for Japanese nuclear plant

  Areva has signed a contract with Japan’s Nuclear Fuel Industries (NFI)  for the fabrication of 32 mixed-oxide (MOX) fuel assemblies for the Takahama 3 and 4 reactors operated by Kansaï Electric. The supply of MOX fuel assemblies for Kansaï is a follow-up to agreements signed with Japanese utilities from 1975 … Continue reading “Fuel assemblies for Japanese nuclear plant”

Rooftop solar PV finance and insurance issues highlighted

  The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association’s (SAPVIA’s) network evening, which took place in July 2017, had an impressive turnout for its three main speakers. The topics focused on financing and insurance risks associated with solar PV installations and projects, as well as an update from SAPVIA about the recently-launched … Continue reading “Rooftop solar PV finance and insurance issues highlighted”

Proposed amendments to NEMA section 28 duty of care

  Garyn Rapson The proposed amendments to section 28 duty of care under the National Environmental Management Act (NEMA) is a Bill that proposes to amend NEMA to allow a directive to be issued to any other person to whom the duty of care applies. A directive would typically require a … Continue reading “Proposed amendments to NEMA section 28 duty of care”

Germany Makes Last-Ditch Play to Save Diesel at Emergency Summit

nitrogen oxide emissions of at least 25 percent on average. “Diesel is enormously important for climate protection as well as prosperity in Germany.”Driving BansThe two sides are expected on Wednesday… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

The end for “baseloadism” in SA, and the need for “flexible” power generation

August 1, 2017

  In the brave new world of power generation, the old paradigm and approach of dispatching baseload, mid-merit and peaking generation capacity, in that order to meet electricity demand, is being turned on its head. With the massive reduction in the price of renewable energy from wind and solar photo-voltaic … Continue reading “The end for “baseloadism” in SA, and the need for “flexible” power generation”

Industrial analogue temperature measurement

  Kobold, represented locally by Instrotech, has on offer their type TNS and TNF series for direct measurement of analogue temperature in industrial processes. The heat-dependent pressure is transferred mechanically at one end of a nitrogen-filled pressure line to a pointer element. A stainless steel immersion shaft protrudes into the … Continue reading “Industrial analogue temperature measurement”

Central energy fund board, including acting CEO and CFO, suspended

  Mmamoloko Kubayi, the minister of energy, has suspended the Central Energy Fund (CEF) board, including its acting chief executive, chief financial officer and company secretary. Mmamoloko Kubayi Fin24 was tipped off about the suspension by a source on Monday. CEF spokesperson Jacky Mashapu declined to comment, pointing journalists to … Continue reading “Central energy fund board, including acting CEO and CFO, suspended”

Hybrid energy solutions a global focus for sub-Sarahan Africa

  Having recently returned from the Africa Energy Forum 2017 in Copenhagen, I was amazed at how much momentum there is internationally in the support of renewable energy. There was clearly no shortage of talking points for the approximately 2500 delegates, and it seems clear that independent power producers (IPPs) … Continue reading “Hybrid energy solutions a global focus for sub-Sarahan Africa”

Protection for wound rotor motors

  NewElec’s 330 Series motor protection relays are designed for heavy industry service and are suitable for use on wound rotor motors used on moving machinery such as hoists and overhead cranes.  As thermal overloading or overheating of the motor may lead to insulation failure and damage of the winding, … Continue reading “Protection for wound rotor motors”

Compatible with renewable diesel fuel

  Cummins has announced that its B4.5, B6.7 and L9 engine platforms are compatible with paraffinic renewable diesel fuels meeting the EN 15940 specification. Compared with conventional fossil-based diesel, paraffinic diesel fuels offer the potential to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by between 40 and 90%. Paraffinic diesel fuels can … Continue reading “Compatible with renewable diesel fuel”

World’s first rental generator for use in hazardous zones

  Aggreko and JB Well Solutions have developed the world’s only diesel power generator certified for rental use in hazardous areas. The 750 kVA unit is fully ATEX approved and has full safety features that allow it to be used in hazardous zones both on and offshore, and is believed to … Continue reading “World’s first rental generator for use in hazardous zones”

DC power supply simulates PV array with high output

  TDK Corporation announces the introduction of the TDK-Lambda Genesys+ series of high power density programmable DC power supplies – the 5 kW, 1U model is the first in the series. Utilising digital signal processing (DSP) technology, these units provide improved efficiency, performance and functionality over existing products available on … Continue reading “DC power supply simulates PV array with high output”

How to transform the electricity system

  Speaking at an event hosted by the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) recently, Markus Steigenberger, the deputy executive director of Agora Energiewende, said that the transformation of the German electricity system from a dependency of coal and nuclear to renewables has resulted in a significant reduction in harmful emissions … Continue reading “How to transform the electricity system”

Gas could power SA growth

  A gas economy could significantly drive South African economic growth, and the discovery of substantial natural gas reserves in the Karoo would be akin to finding gold and sparking a new gold (gas) rush, speakers said at the opening of the 4th annual Africa LPG Summit and Natural Gas … Continue reading “Gas could power SA growth”

How Animals Can Predict the Future

sensors turn animals into something like environmental buoys, using them to predict and monitor things beyond earthquakes, perhaps illustrating environmental patterns with broad economic significance… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

German Carmakers Looking Into Diesel Hardware Fix

shore up diesel, which is a critical part of their strategy to avoid hefty fines under stricter carbon-dioxide targets beginning in 2020.The plan involving hardware upgrades for diesel cars goes beyond… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Bison Returned From the Brink Just in Time for Climate Change

necessary part of a cycle that can restore over-grazed land to its natural state, sequestering carbon, regenerating grasslands and thereby slowing climate change and even potentially reversing it… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

African clean energy company debuts on JSE

July 31, 2017

  The JSE’s first black-empowered clean energy group, AEP Energy Africa (AEP), recently debuted on the exchange as a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC). The Pan African group is the first in South Africa to expose investors to the full spectrum of clean energy, beyond renewables only, with liquefied natural … Continue reading “African clean energy company debuts on JSE”

Plastics factory goes solar powered

  Husqvarna Group is building its first solar power generating facility at its current injection molding site in Nashville, USA. The new facility is expected to reduce the CO2  footprint by approximately 1000 t in the first year of operation and approximately 25 000 t over the expected 25 year life … Continue reading “Plastics factory goes solar powered”

Lidar for bankable offshore wind measurements

  Leading wind measurement experts gathered in London claimed that lidars have been replacing met masts to become the sole wind measurement tool used for offshore resource assessment and power curve verification purposes. These experts stated that lidar technology had over the years fully proven its ability to provide wind … Continue reading “Lidar for bankable offshore wind measurements”

Turkey Insurance Companies Plunge on Second Freak July Storm

July 30, 2017

closed down.Environmental PlanningWhile Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his government has planted more than 3.5 billion trees in the past 15 years, critics say poor environmental planning… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

French President Macron says Paris climate agreement irreversible

… Trump’s decision to withdraw from the pact. “The Paris agreement… and businesses we will seek to remain part of the Paris agreement… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

BRIEF-Canada Carbon provides update on CPTAQ application

…July 10 (Reuters) – Canada Carbon Inc * Canada Carbon provides update… on CPTAQ application * Canada Carbon Inc – informed of decision… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

G20 will urge Trump to rejoin Paris climate agreement – UK PM May

… the Paris agreement on climate change and G20 leaders meeting in Hamburg… they will be able to find a way to come back in to the Paris agreement … I… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

BRIEF-Rain Carbon Inc announces launch of senior secured notes offering

…March 16 (Reuters) – Rain Carbon Inc * Rain Carbon Inc announces… launch of senior secured notes offering * Rain Carbon Inc – has commenced… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

Diesel Ban Looms Over German Home of Porsche and Mercedes-Benz

July 29, 2017

VW’s Touareg SUV using a 3-liter diesel engine has similar software installed.Porsche RecallThe Porsche recall affects cars with 3-liter TDI V6 diesel engines, which were developed by sister brand… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

How a Canadian Timber Company Is Using U.S. Racketeering Law to Go After Greenpeace

when, Resolute claims, the old-growth forest that loggers take down absorbs dramatically less carbon dioxide than young forest growth that results from seeding, planting, or natural regeneration… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

First shipment of lightweight, flexible thin-film PV panels delivered

July 28, 2017

  Ascent Solar Technologies, a developer and manufacturer of state-of-the-art, lightweight, and flexible thin-film photovoltaic (PV) solutions, has delivered the first shipment of its panels. The first shipment, which represents approximately 21% of the total contract size, was delayed from the original scheduled shipment date at the request of the … Continue reading “First shipment of lightweight, flexible thin-film PV panels delivered”

High efficiency solar panels ordered

  SunPower, a majority-owned subsidiary of Total, and Tenergie, an independent renewable power producer, has announced that SunPower is supplying 29,9 MW of its high efficiency E-Series solar panels for several rooftop and ground-mount solar projects which Tenergie is developing in France. The panels are being installed on 157 rooftop … Continue reading “High efficiency solar panels ordered”

First energy storage conference announced

  EE Publishers will present the SA Energy Storage 2017 conference and exhibition on 28 and 29 November this year. The event, which will be hosted at Emperor’s Palace, Gauteng, will be themed, “Showcasing energy storage technologies and applications as an enabling and disruptive technology”, and will cover policy, regulatory, … Continue reading “First energy storage conference announced”