Carbon Industry News

China Seen Reaching Peak Carbon Emissions by 2030, Survey Finds

November 22, 2017

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

Three Startups That Wowed Jack Ma and Won Alibaba's Backing

can pull in data from existing meters to manage consumption and lower costs while also lowering carbon emissions, with customers already including Hong Kong Stock Exchange and Fuji Xerox.Vincent Chow… 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”

Steyer’s Campaign to Impeach Trump Is Heading to Times Square

who left the San Francisco-based hedge fund in 2012 to spend his time and fortune fighting climate change, has become one of the most vocal opponents of Trump.In a campaign-style commercial that… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Evening Briefing Europe:

convinced the cryptocurrency—not gold or dollars—will endure economic collapse, global pandemic, climate change catastrophes and nuclear war.Money laundering. Russian businessman Alexei Kulikov lived large… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

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

Italy Is Right to Measure 'La Dolce Vita'

ministry will produce official forecasts for 12 indicators, ranging from income inequality to carbon dioxide emissions to obesity — the first country to do so in the EU and the G-7.Measuring “la… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Rio Tinto's Buying Again: Expect an Unhappy Ending for Lithium

it’s known, has been on a tear, with shares more than doubling this year alongside a lithium carbonate price that’s tripled since the start of 2013. A purchase of the 32 percent stake held by Potash… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

McLaren 720S Review: For $280,000, It's a Little Awkward

720S is lighter, faster, and more dynamically capable than its predecessor. Credit goes to a new carbon fiber monocoque “tub” and upper structure that give newfound strength and rigidity to the 2,828-pound… 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”

Monitoring electrolyte levels in VLA batteries

Vented lead acid batteries – or VLA – are unique power sources that require dedicated monitoring and maintenance. Also known as flooded batteries, VLA batteries are used for backup power applications in the utility and tele-communications industries, data centers, grid energy storage and backup power supplies. They are also used … Continue reading “Monitoring electrolyte levels in VLA batteries”

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”

Premier signs MoU with global power company

 The Gauteng Province and GE have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on projects in the key economic sectors of energy and healthcare. Under the MoU, GE and the Office of the Premier will work together to identify critical areas for collaboration and leverage on the vast economic opportunities … Continue reading “Premier signs MoU with global power company”

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”

Power systems company upgrades ISO 9001 certification

EOH Power Systems, a business unit in the industrial technology division of EOH, has recently improved its ISO accreditation by upgrading its ISO 9001 certification to the 2015 specification, and adding ISO 14001:2015 and OSHAS:2007 certification. This accreditation will give customers the assurances that the company’s products and solutions will meet, … Continue reading “Power systems company upgrades ISO 9001 certification”

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 Doubles Down in ‘Intense’ Talks to Build German Coalition

Presse-Agentur newswire reported.After four weeks of preliminary talks, policy on immigration, cuts in carbon emissions and Europe remained obstacles to a coalition accord on Sunday.Green Demands“We have… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Merkel’s Attempt to Form a New German Government Collapses

everything from policy toward the European Union, Turkey and Russia to government spending and cuts in carbon emissions.Merkel already has made it clear that Germany’s euro-area policy is on hold until there’s… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Macron Raises Pressure on Low-Cost Europe as Poland Protests

November 19, 2017

With 27 countries meeting in Gothenburg, Sweden, as Angela Merkel tries to broker a coalition agreement at home in Berlin, Macron said that some members have taken advantage of subsidies from the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Merkel Faces Endgame for Next German Government in Party Talks

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

Menendez Case Ends in Mistrial, Averting Succession Fight

Relations Committee.The senator was accused of taking bribes in the form of private jet travel, a Paris vacation and campaign contributions in exchange for pushing the doctor’s business interests at… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

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

Merkel Pushes Ahead With Party Talks as Coalition Hurdles Remain

breakthrough. “We still have enough time left.”Discord over sharing risks in the euro area, cutting carbon emissions and limiting immigration have hamstrung Merkel, Europe’s longest-serving leader, who… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

The U.S. Flooded One of Houston’s Richest Neighborhoods to Save Everyone Else

program for risk associated with climate change.” The notion of “historic flooding” inscribed in the 500-year flood plain standard won’t mean much if climate change scrambles that math. What’s more… 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

Call for papers: Powering up a continent

November 16, 2017

PennWell, has issued a call for papers for Power-Gen and Distributech Africa 2018. The conference, themed “Powering up a continent”, will bring together up to 3000 key industry stakeholders from across Africa and abroad for three days of high-level debate and analysis in July 2018. In over 30 conference sessions … Continue reading “Call for papers: Powering up a continent”

Changing dynamics: Using distributed energy resources to meet the trilemma challenge

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”

Top Pot Grower in Uruguay Bucks Trend With Eye on Pharmaceutical

medicinal-marijuana products in Canada. Antalich will team up with the Uruguayan arm of the Institut Pasteur de Paris to study the use of chemical compounds like CBD and THC to treat chronic diseases that have proven… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

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

Saudi Arabia Is Set to Become a Bigger Commodities Player

May, the managing director of Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, Yasir Alrumayyan, committed $20 billion to an infrastructure investment fund with Blackstone Group LP, with plans to invest about… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

The Brutal Fight to Mine Your Data and Sell It to Your Boss

against greenhouse gas regulation, however, and his expansive definition of free speech has led him to argue against net neutrality on behalf of Time Warner Inc. He estimates that he receives 20 or… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

The Final Days of a Tax Haven

­levels—about 6.8 years on average—are well below the global average. Severe weather and climate change are a constant threat to health and food ­security on the low-slung islands. In 2015, Cyclone… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

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

Merkel Faces First Big Post-Election Test as German Talks Teeter

verdict on whether to pursue the project.Discord over sharing risks in the euro area, cutting carbon emissions and channeling immigration have hamstrung Merkel, who won a fourth term in September… 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”

Drones take off in utility inspections

  Concerns over worker safety are helping to drive the adoption of drones in utility inspections to new heights. Technology in the form of drones is helping to enhance the safety of employees inspecting power lines, mobile base stations and solar installations, while boosting productivity at the same time. So much … Continue reading “Drones take off in utility inspections”

Supporting integration of offshore wind energy

  ABB has won a $30-million order from ScottishPower Renewables to supply two SVC light static compensators (STATCOMs) to smooth out voltage fluctuations from intermittent wind energy. These devices will increase power transfer capability, improve power quality and enhance grid stability, enabling more energy efficient and reliable power supplies for … Continue reading “Supporting integration of offshore wind energy”

Aeroderivative gas turbine for mobile power generation

  In an effort to speed-up fast-track power initiatives, Siemens introduces the SGT-A45 TR mobile gas turbine to its portfolio. The SGT-A45 TR addresses the growing market for fast power. With an electrical generating capacity of up to 44 MW, this aeroderivative gas turbine is packaged for rapid deployment, and … Continue reading “Aeroderivative gas turbine for mobile power generation”

Earthing, lightning protection exams begin

  The recently-launched Earthing and Lighting Protection Association (ELPA) has announced that the first set of ELPA examinations is set to commence in August 2017. ELPA national director Trevor Manas says it is ELPA’s intention to co-ordinate the dissemination of knowledge for lightning industry practitioners, end-users and the public, to … Continue reading “Earthing, lightning protection exams begin”

Barnier Warns of Poor Progress in Brexit Talks

for a few months, according to one of the people.Barnier didn’t completely exclude that an agreement on the terms of withdrawal will be reached by October, depending on internal political developments… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Macron Nationalizes Shipyard, Spooking Outsiders

first action is more interventionism,” said Ludovic Subran, chief economist at Euler Hermes in Paris. “For the private sector, this sends the wrong message.”But Macron has his reasons, said Jerome… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

As Tesla 3 Hits the Streets, Where Are the Other Electric Vehicles?

efficiency from 20 years ago.6. So why is Volvo getting rid of gasoline-only cars?It’s partly about carbon but also about diesel. European automakers and their regulators have long relied on diesel to… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Shell Earnings: Smelling The Coffee (And Burgers)

that stands to benefit from everything getting wired up: natural gas.Natural gas also emits less carbon than coal. For Shell, this provides an impetus to align with measures like the Paris accord on… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

VW Sees Intensifying Headwind Amid Recovery From Diesel Woes

reputation threatens Volkswagen and other German automakers, who need diesel to meet stricter carbon-dioxide emissions targets while they ramp up electric-car development. The U.K. added urgency… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Airport Spree; Amazon Enters Singapore: Your Evening Briefing

Index calculated what slice of each top billionaire’s fortune would be needed to buy all the carbon credits required to offset all domestic greenhouse gas emissions in their home country during… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Municipal landfill gas-to-electricity project

July 27, 2017

  The Johannesburg landfill gas-to-energy project, initially conceived as a carbon reduction project, aims to mitigate greenhouse gases from five landfill sites in Johannesburg, through converting its landfill gas to electricity. The five sites have a combined potential capacity of 18,6 MW of electricity, and the project will be by … Continue reading “Municipal landfill gas-to-electricity project”

Energize appointed official journal for SA solar industry

  The South African Solar Voltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) has appointed Energize as its official journal. In a letter to the association’s members, Niveshen Govender, SAPVIA’s programme manager, says that Energize provides content which is relevant to SAPVIA and its members, as well as to the renewable energy sector of Southern Africa. Niveshen Govender … Continue reading “Energize appointed official journal for SA solar industry”

Home automation at decor expo

  ElectroMechanica will display the latest in home automation and wireless radio frequency technology at Decorex Joburg 2017 from 9 to 13 August. An important aspect of the expo is connectivity, with local homes featuring a large number of electrical appliances. With the help of Hager’s KNX automation systems, South … Continue reading “Home automation at decor expo”

Daimler Vows to Fight for Diesel's Survival Amid Disruption

lowering the price and increasing the range of battery-powered cars to meet increasingly tough environmental regulations. An EU antitrust fine “could be so big that it absolutely hammers earnings,” GAM’s… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Corn Could Be Major Victim of Climate Change

agriculture, but climate change is expected to make matters significantly worse. Determining how much worse has historically been a challenge. A new study, however, says climate-induced drought… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

How Many Billionaires Would It Take to Save the Planet?

even after offsetting the emissions in their respective countries.Carbon taxes don’t actually eliminate pollutants. With carbon trading, national governments set a cap on emissions and can either… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

A Different Kind of Car Factory Is Opening Up in Los Angeles

climate change. A day earlier, Brown signed legislation that extended California’s efforts to curb carbon-dioxide emissions, knocking Trump for his decision to pull out of an international pact to cut… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

The Market Will Kill Oil Before the Government Does

weeks after French President Emmanuel Macron announced a similar plan to cut smog and become a carbon neutral nation.While the targets will send a strong signal to automakers in Europe about the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Promises Won't Kill the Combustion Engine

Granted, electric vehicles already have a lot of fans. People like the idea of reducing their carbon footprint, as well as electric cars’ fast acceleration and noiselessness. Tesla has a big order… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Petronas Deals Fresh Blow as World Exits Canada's Energy Patch

July 26, 2017

balancing energy exports and climate action.The Malaysian state-run oil and natural gas producer cited an “extremely challenging environment” of low prices and other changes in declining to proceed… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Canadian Business Warns Trudeau on Rising Cost of Climate Plan

ways to cut business costs to offset the impact of an emissions plan that includes a minimum carbon price beginning next year. Failure to do so could mean “seriously undermining Canada’s competitiveness… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Al Gore Says He’s More Optimistic About Paris Climate Deal

for political campaigns. “The truth about the climate crisis is still inconvenient for the big carbon polluters, and the politicians that they support with their big campaign contributions and lobbying… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

E@L- Yacht race to St. Helena

July 25, 2017

  The “once-in-a-lifetime” Governor’s Cup Yacht Race from Cape Town to Jamestown on St. Helena Island in the South Atlantic Ocean is a 1750 nautical mile yacht race which takes place every two years. Months of hard work and meticulous preparation preceded our departure on Canace, a 13 m long … Continue reading “E@L- Yacht race to St. Helena”

What you SHOULD know about the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Regulations?

GCX Newsletter, 20 July, 2017. The reporting system is part of South Africa’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution under the Paris Climate Accord. Author: Dustin Lawrence – Low Carbon Engineer at GCX Carbon & Energy The release of the National Greenhouse Gas Reporting Regulations (NGER) earlier this year was intended to introduce a single national … Continue reading “What you SHOULD know about the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Regulations?”

DoE: New data shows benefits of renewable energy

  The Renewable Energy Data and Information Service (REDIS) has been updated with new data up until June 2017. REDIS provides project data for 121 renewable energy generators, and now features more than one million hourly electricity production data records from 83 plants in operation, from April 2012 to June … Continue reading “DoE: New data shows benefits of renewable energy”

U.K. Seeking to Fill Climate Leadership Void Left by Trump

having talks with “other players” in the U.S. who are seeking to ensure the U.S. delivers on its carbon reduction commitments. Last week the mayor of Houston visited the U.K. and discussed climate… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

U.K. Opens Power Grid to Batteries in Step to Save $52 Billion

and France, Clark said.“Today’s report provides clear direction on how we move to a secure, low carbon, flexible energy system, using efficiency and innovation to help keep costs down for bill payers… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Renewables Dominate China's New Capacity as Coal's Role Slips

end of June, according to the NEA. The country has been boosting clean energy to help reduce carbon emissions and fight pollution. It pledged earlier this year to invest 2.5 trillion yuan ($370… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Time-domain link technology for digital substations

July 24, 2017

  SEL announces the release of a digital substation solution engineered with simplicity in mind – TiDL technology. In a TiDL solution, field modules are placed in the yard close to the primary equipment to digitise discrete I/O signals and analogue data, and then transport them over a fibre-optic cable to … Continue reading “Time-domain link technology for digital substations”

Innovative modular power solution

  ABB’s MNS-Up solution integrates uninterrupted power supply (UPS) and switchgear technologies into a single, modular system, which can lower a UPS’ footprint by as much as 30%, increase uptime, and significantly reduce maintenance costs. As a highly integrated, fully scalable solution, the solution allows switchgear and UPS modules to be … Continue reading “Innovative modular power solution”

High pressure on the high seas

  To convert natural gas to liquid form for transportation by ship, cooling installations are used both before filling the tanks and during sailing, to keep the gas in its liquid state. As the power supply on board is sometimes inconsistent, the Sirius Soft Starter 3RW44 from Siemens is used in combination … Continue reading “High pressure on the high seas”

100 km on just a 10 minute charge

  The company Kostad, based in Ebreichsdorf near Vienna, develops innovative charging stations for electric vehicles. To achieve its aim is to launch the best charging station available, the company is relying on technology derived from the Siemens control portfolio. This has enabled the company to reduce the time required … Continue reading “100 km on just a 10 minute charge”

Conservative Party Merger Alters Landscape in Canada's Oil Patch

July 23, 2017

the merger agreement doesn’t specify a plan to repeal the carbon tax, its key figures have all campaigned against it. Notley’s carbon measures include a hard cap on emissions from Alberta’s oil… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Elon Musk Claims U.S. Approval For World’s Longest Tunnel

July 22, 2017

Musk launched the Boring Co. in December with a series of Twitter posts, tapping veteran SpaceX engineer Steve Davis to oversee the project. In January, the company began digging in the parking lot… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Investing in Environmental Responsibility

to its causes as well. In some cases, they could be triply exposed: paying out for impacts on carbon-intensive infrastructure damaged by catastrophic events caused by climate change, all while holding… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Hydropower market forecasts regional growth

July 21, 2017

  The global hydropower market is set to exceed 1300 GW by 2024, according to a new research report by Global Market Insights. Rising electricity demand coupled with increasing investment towards sustainable energy will stimulate the global hydropower market size. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), hydroelectric generation accounts … Continue reading “Hydropower market forecasts regional growth”

Finland’s first electric ferry improves efficiency

  Finland’s first battery-powered ferry, the Elektra, reduces congestion in traffic between Nauvo and Korppoo. Service between Nauvo and Parainen in the Turku archipelago begins soon. Siemens will provide the technology for the new vessel on the Parainen-Nauvo route. The ferry will have battery packages charged with shore-side electricity, which are … Continue reading “Finland’s first electric ferry improves efficiency”

Chrysler Touting Minivan’s Electric Plug, But Only in California

PacificaSource: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NVConsumers in California — home to Tesla Inc., environmental-activist Governor Jerry Brown and zero-emission vehicle mandates — are different, said Tim… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Power Giant Urges Australia to Exclude Coal in Its Clean Target

power would be generated from low-emissions sources, encouraging gas, renewables and potentially carbon capture and storage.Generators would receive certificates for the power they produce depending… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

The Sinclair Revolution Will Be Televised. It’ll Just Have Low Production Values

of net income on $2.7 billion of revenue. (It also has $4 billion in debt.) But the recent growth has sharpened a conflict at the heart of the company, pitting Smith’s desire to build a national… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

SoulCycle’s New Exercise Bike Will Make Your Workout Even Harder

of the previous model, in which the brake comes into direct contact with the flywheel. Using a carbon-belt drivetrain built by Portland, Ore.-based Stages Cycling, it’s smooth, quiet, requires no… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

The Fossil Fuels Project That Pits Trump’s Base Against Itself

emissions. Those products would be turned into high-value chemicals like methanol and hydrogen. Carbon dioxide, the greenhouse gas blamed for global warming, would be injected into the Earth to stimulate… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Cold Brew Might Save the Coffee Market

cups infused with nitrogen, which offers a frothy and bubbly, adult-beverage feeling with the carbonation and beer-like head from the nitrogen. Starbucks last week announced plans to expand its offering… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Electricity generation mix: Let’s make SA the ultimate winner

July 20, 2017

  When it comes to the heated energy debate in South Africa, “blessed are the peacemakers” is surely a principle to be encouraged. We need as many cool heads as we can get. So when Dr. Anthonie Cilliers of North-West University writes that he “object(s) strongly” to article titles which … Continue reading “Electricity generation mix: Let’s make SA the ultimate winner”

SANEA thinking energy workshop: grid resilience

  The South African National Energy Association (SANEA) will be hosting its Thinking Energy Workshop: Grid Resilience at the Glenhove Conference Centre in Johannesburg on 31 August 2017. This event will provide an opportunity for delegates and experts to share experiences and gain a better understanding of the grid infrastructure … Continue reading “SANEA thinking energy workshop: grid resilience”

Mercedes Recall Points to Diesel’s Decline

tens of thousands of jobs, in a bind. They need the fuel to have a chance at meeting tougher environmental targets that start kicking in next decade.While Daimler, Volkswagen and BMW AG are all ramping… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Mercedes Really Needs You to Keep Driving Diesels

motives for re-calibrating some three million vehicles are almost certainly financial, not environmental. The recall won’t cost much. The software fix works out at about 70 euros per vehicle, while… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

How Trump Could Puncture the Equity Bubble

days after his decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord that was supported by all the remaining 19 nations in the G-20 group.Trade tensions with Europe have also increased. Trump… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Trump Reveals Start to Nafta Talks as Canada, Mexico Huddle

Wednesday with Bloomberg TV Canada. It will be much harder for U.S. lawmakers to change Nafta — not unlike changing health care — because it’s something already in place, he said, as opposed to… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

A Canadian Province Pushes California on Climate Change

of their carbon markets, Ontario minister for environment Glen Murray says there are holes in the Golden State’s system that may allow oil refiners and power generators to spew carbon dioxide into… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Murdochs Warn That Delaying Sky Deal Would Hurt U.K. Post Brexit

will be carefully scrutinized by others keen to gauge the government’s commitment to creating a climate conducive to investment,” Fox co-Chairman Lachlan Murdoch and Chief Executive Officer James Murdoch… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Gadgets Won’t Save You From Climate Change, But They May Keep You Cool

lithium-ion battery. Also included were a drainage tube—and an invoice for $1,911.15. In the name of climate reporting, I had ordered a dozen different items that promised to keep me cool outside of my… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Why Electric Cars Are Everywhere Except Here, Now: QuickTake Q&A

California, Davis researchers.4. Why is Volvo getting rid of gasoline-only cars?It’s partly about carbon but also about diesel. European automakers and their regulators have long relied on diesel to… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Obscure Coal CEO Rains Money on Trump While Outflanking Rivals

coal jobs back, competitive challenges remain in a world that appears mostly united in cutting carbon emissions to combat climate change.“He can’t change that in the end,” said Tom Sanzillo, director… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Overcoming winter ambient temperatures

July 19, 2017

  Many South African industries including food and beverage, lubricant, bitumen, petrochem and automotive will again be faced with cold winter temperatures and wreaking havoc on their manufacturing, processes and operational efficiencies. Electrical heat tracing (EHT) can overcome this problem by keeping products at an optimal temperature, lowering viscosity and ensuring … Continue reading “Overcoming winter ambient temperatures”

OPEC Wrestles Over Oil Output While Top Importer's Demand Is in Peril

than $115.While the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and its partners have an agreement to implement output curbs aimed at shrinking the oversupply and propping up prices, the International… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

First Half of 2017 Ranks 2nd Hottest Globally, Behind 2016

4 degrees Celsius). That’s 1.6 degrees warmer than the 20th century average. Natural El Ninos spike global temperatures. But NOAA climate scientist Ahira Sanchez-Lugo says it is remarkable that… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Illinois ZECs Ruling A Blow To Merchant Power Producers

New Energy Finance:Ostensibly, lawmakers want to keep these plants open because they don’t emit carbon dioxide — zero emissions — and provide reliable power supply. Both of these things are true… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Daimler Will Recall 3 Million Diesel Cars Across Europe to Fix Emissions

government officials in Berlin last week. With diesel crucial to Daimler’s strategy to lower carbon-dioxide emissions, the automaker can ill afford to have the technology and its reputation burdened… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

States Can Recharge Rooftop Solar

July 18, 2017

costs involved. This amounts to a subsidy.Solar power should indeed be subsidized, relative to carbon-based energy — to protect against climate change and the lung-damaging pollution that comes… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

What If Big Oil’s Bet on Gas Is Wrong?

month.Pouyanne and his peers have pitched the fuel as a bridge between a fossil-fuel past and a carbon-free future. Gas emits less pollution than oil and can be burned to produce the power that grids… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Calif. high court sides with regional agency on greenhouse-gas impact study

July 15, 2017

… not abuse its discretion by failing to adequately consider greenhouse gas… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Green house gas

Carbon From L.A. to Paris Jumps as Lawmakers Plan Tightening

the biggest U.S. carbon trading program. In Europe, allowances reached their highest level since March as politicians debate proposals to cut a permit glut, while New Zealand carbon contracts rose… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

What’s Behind Exxon’s Latest Climate-Friendly Turn

he cheers the carbon tax promoting “use of today’s lower-carbon options.”There’s also a legal reason for Exxon to endorse the council’s plan: It seeks to bar lawsuits over carbon emissions. To… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Formula E CEO Says Race Is First to Offset Emissions

Alejandro Agag, Formula E chief executive officer, talks making history with the first zero carbon emission ePrix and his positive outlook for electric cars with Scarlet Fu on “Bloomberg Markets… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Why Nuclear Power, Once Cash Cow, Now Has Tin Cup

government’s social cost of carbon, intended as a comprehensive estimate of climate-change damage from burning fossil fuels like coal and natural gas that add heat-trapping carbon dioxide to the atmosphere… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Record Norwegian Troll Gas May Help Beat U.K. Winter Woes

total, it more affects where we route the gas.”U.K. plans to phase out coal, together with a carbon price floor that discourages dirtier-burning fuels, boosted gas demand for power generation last… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

SANEA energy rendezvous, Cape Town

July 14, 2017

  The South African National Energy Association (SANEA) will host its next Cape Town-based Energy Rendezvous on 26 July 2017 at 18h00. Addressing the topic “How will my research change the world?”, four post graduate students will present their approach, methodology and status of their research: Mbali Mabaso: Scaling energy … Continue reading “SANEA energy rendezvous, Cape Town”

U.K. Grid Faces Test of 1 Million Electric Cars in 5 Years

National Grid’s Future Energy Scenarios report. A more modest increase occurs if Britain makes environmental sustainability a policy priority. In that case, shared, driverless vehicles could make up… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Climate Change May Bring Disasters and Deeper Poverty to Asia

most affected by coastal flooding13 of the top 20 cities with the largest growth of annual flood losses from 2005-2050 are in the regionClimate change will also make food production in the region… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Koch Accuses Crestview Partners of ‘Greenmail’ in Oxbow Sale

engaged in “greenmail’’ as part of an unsuccessful bid to force the quick sale of Koch’s Oxbow Carbon energy company.Crestview, a New York-based private equity firm, conspired with turncoat Oxbow… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Wants to Steer UN Climate Cash Toward Building Coal Plants

the U.S. would withdraw from the Paris climate accord in which nearly 200 nations agreed to cut carbon dioxide emissions. At the same time, Trump insisted he would be open to a new deal that protects… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Pratt Engine Fixes Prompt IndiGo to Ground Seven Airbus Planes

Embraer SA. Airbus deliveries have been affected amid problems with engine parts, including the carbon seal and combustor liner.For IndiGo, a lack of spare parts for Pratt’s new geared turbofan has… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Elon Musk Exposes Deep Coal Divide in Australia

$16.5 billion Carmichael coal mine, expects a move to clean energy will completely wipe out its carbon emissions by 2050.Energy policy is a fraught subject Down Under, where a push by the majority… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

China Counts Costs of Tackling Its 'Grave' Pollution Problem

reform an industry when leading companies are making money.”Meanwhile, China as the world’s top carbon dioxide emitter has reinforced its commitments to the Paris climate accord to cut greenhouse… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Generation for future networks: Are flexible gas turbines the answer?

July 13, 2017

  Gas turbines are seen as the bulk power generation choice of the future, for reasons of economy, lower emissions, and operational issues. Future demands place gas turbines in operating situations which differ from the classical usage, and will require new designs and new operating constraints. Lower gas prices, increased … Continue reading “Generation for future networks: Are flexible gas turbines the answer?”

Register now for Power-Gen & Distributech Africa 2017

  Africa’s premier power sector expo and conference will be staged from 18 – 20 July at the Sandton Convention Centre Power sector stakeholders from across Africa and abroad will converge at the Sandton Convention Centre this month, for the annual Ppower-Gen & Distributech Africa 2017 expo and conference. Focused … Continue reading “Register now for Power-Gen & Distributech Africa 2017”

Rise in global gas demand predicted

  The International Energy Agency (IEA) predicts that the global natural gas market will undergo a major transformation driven by new supplies coming from the United States to meet growing demand in developing economies. The evolution of the role of natural gas in the global energy mix has far-reaching consequences on … Continue reading “Rise in global gas demand predicted”

Stanford engineers develop state-by-state plan to convert U.S. to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2050

Energy and Environmental Science Journal 2015 Mark Z. Jacobson and colleagues show that it’s technically possible for each state to replace fossil fuel energy with entirely clean, renewable energy. One potential way to combat ongoing climate change, eliminate air pollution mortality, create jobs and stabilize energy prices involves converting the … Continue reading “Stanford engineers develop state-by-state plan to convert U.S. to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2050”

Fiat Chrysler Makes Diesels Again as U.S. Is Said to Near Ruling

pickups that were ordered off the market by U.S. regulators, preparing for a verdict from the Environmental Protection Agency in hopes of being able to sell them.The carmaker began building a small… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

U.S. cities, states, businesses vow to still measure greenhouse gas emissions

… by nearly 200 countries to curb climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions… administration had vowed to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 26 percent… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Green house gas

The EU Finally Finds Its Voice at G-20

months.”While all of the EU’s members have signed the Paris Accord designed to limit emissions of carbon-dioxide and slow the global rise of temperatures, the EU itself is also a signatory. The bloc… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Electricity supply systems of the future

July 12, 2017

  The purpose of modern power systems is to supply electric energy while satisfying the potentially conflicting requirements of an economical solution with high reliability which offers the best environmental protection. This article discusses international views on the subject of future supply systems. Electricity utilities and operators need to be … Continue reading “Electricity supply systems of the future”

Power developments in Africa, July 2017

  US$500-million for private renewable projects in Egypt The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has taken a major step forward in the rollout of renewable energy with the approval of a US$500-million framework to finance renewable energy in Egypt. The country aims to stimulate private investment in over … Continue reading “Power developments in Africa, July 2017”

South African electricity market: Adaptive power generation models will become essential

  Neeraj Sanjay Mense Over the past decade, the South African electricity sector has witnessed dynamic change. An economic shift from mining and industrial production towards a service industry has reduced electricity demand to pre-2008 levels. Under these challenging circumstances, the continued development of the electricity supply industry will prove … Continue reading “South African electricity market: Adaptive power generation models will become essential”

Electric vehicles have another record year

  The global electric car stock, primarily composed of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), surpassed 2-million units in 2016. This is an increase of 60% from 2015 sales, indicating rapid market evolution. Electric vehicles (EVs) have the capacity to increase energy efficiency, diversify transport energy … Continue reading “Electric vehicles have another record year”

New Zealand carbon scheme on hold as prices plunge

… targets * New Zealand carbon prices plummet * Policy proposals likely… to keep carbon prices cheap By Gyles Beckford WELLINGTON, Nov 2 (Reuters… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

Meeting grid code requirements for wind farms in South Africa

  The growing global demand for energy, coupled with the increasing popularity of the “green” lifestyle, has fueled the search for clean, renewable energy resources in recent years. Wind energy, in particular, is being harnessed throughout the world and is quickly becoming the utility industry’s most popular renewable energy source. … Continue reading “Meeting grid code requirements for wind farms in South Africa”

EU parliament extends exemption for foreign flights from carbon emissions scheme

… of international flights from the EU’s charges for carbon emissions, but only… carbon emissions trading system after the UN’s International Civil… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

Banks Heed Carney's Call to Tackle Risks of Climate Change

Leaders noted the findings in a Climate and Energy Action Plan for Growth signed on Saturday by all countries except the U.S.Read More: Trump Isolated Again as G-20 Sees U.S. Slowly Pulling AwayThe… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Remember Peak Oil? Demand May Top Out Before Supply Does

concerned with boosting supply. The advent of electric cars, the fight against climate change, and slowing economic growth in China is dampening the world’s once boundless appetite for crude. Carmaker Volvo… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Orvis Helios 3 Review: One Fly Rod to Rule Them all

revenue.Making a Rod Most contemporary fly rods are made in essentially the same way. Sheets of carbon fiber treated with a sticky resin are sandwiched in two layers and rolled around a metal tube… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Electricity Overtook Fossil Fuels in Push for Investment in 2016

limit smog reduced the appeal of the dirtiest fossil fuel. Companies spent their capital on low-carbon electricity generation and networks, making up 65 percent of the global total at $259 billion… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Guide on installing solar PV systems released

July 11, 2017

  The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA), in its ongoing support for and encouragement of solar PV installations and as part of its PV Greencard initiative, has released a comprehensive guide on how to install a solar PV system. The booklet, in PDF format, can be downloaded by clicking … Continue reading “Guide on installing solar PV systems released”

How to ensure quality and safe embedded solar photovoltaic (PV) installations

  As solar PV in South Africa is in the process of transitioning from the utility-scale market into the residential, commercial and industrial (RCI) market segments, the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) is supporting the development of mechanisms to ensure the responsible and sustainable transition into these markets. The … Continue reading “How to ensure quality and safe embedded solar photovoltaic (PV) installations”

Recognising outstanding engineering

  Consulting engineers and the engineering community are gearing up to celebrate innovation, quality, outstanding workmanship and professionalism in the engineering industry. The Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) Aon Engineering Excellence Awards will be held on 16 August 2017 at Vodacom World in Midrand. The event is organised by CESA and … Continue reading “Recognising outstanding engineering”

Renewable energy: Would a worldwide grid be the solution?

  The advent of large scale renewable generation, mainly solar and wind (inverter-based resources), has created a number of discussions both locally and internationally especially with regards to the variability of generation resulting from ambient conditions, as well as the lack of inertia present with inverter-based resources. Rob Stephen With … Continue reading “Renewable energy: Would a worldwide grid be the solution?”

Reactive Power – specialists in compensation

  Reactive Power has rapidly advanced to the leading MV power factor correction and harmonic filtering supplier in Southern Africa. It is based in Johannesburg and operates throughout the Southern African region. The company has served the electrical industry since the late 1980s and in recent years has supplied over … Continue reading “Reactive Power – specialists in compensation”

AXA, Burberry Among Companies Committing to 100% Clean Energy

renewable sources. And Akzo Nobel NV, the Amsterdam-based paints and coatings company, plans to be carbon neutral and be 100 percent dependent on clean energy by 2050.They’re following a path forged… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Aramco to Spend $300 Billion as CEO Frets Over World Oil Supply

France plans to end the sale of gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles by 2040 in a bid to become a carbon-neutral nation, and Volvo Car Group said last week it’s phasing out cars that rely on internal… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

NIASA: Anti-nuclear campaign concerning

July 10, 2017

  Knox Msebenzi The Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (NIASA) has reported that it is deeply concerned with the recent campaign, which took place in Khayelitsa Township, Cape Town, hosted by anti-nuclear activist Horst Kleinschmidt, alarming community members on “radiation disasters”. According NIASA director, Knox Msebenzi, Kleinschmidt convoluted the … Continue reading “NIASA: Anti-nuclear campaign concerning”

Reducing energy-related emissions in buildings

  There are hundreds of millions of individual buildings in the world, each presenting multiple and diverse energy needs. Thanks to a new standard, ISO 16745, determining and reporting a carbon metric of an existing building, associated with the operation of the building, will become easier and will help reduce … Continue reading “Reducing energy-related emissions in buildings”

The voice of the off-grid industry

  The Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) is a business association that represents the decentralised clean energy sector with members along the whole value chain. It was founded in 2006 to act as a solution provider in order to advance access to clean energy and energy services in developing and … Continue reading “The voice of the off-grid industry”

Wall Street Sours on $9 Billion Mechanism for Green Projects

yield of 500 companies on the Standard & Poor’s index.The yieldco structure became a major growth engine for renewables, spawning at least eight yieldcos in North America and similar entities in the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Australia's Joyce Says He Isn't Against Taking Coal-Plant Stake

July 9, 2017

Australian balance sheet.”Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s government is under pressure to curb carbon emissions by electricity generators without driving up power costs. Residential power disconnections… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

G-20 Outcome Shows Trump's America Is Going Its Own Way

Russian involvement.Paris AccordWith the U.S. refusing to align itself with the other G-20 members on climate change, the French president made a last-minute attempt to keep Trump on board, organizing… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Balance of Power: So What Happened At the G-20?

American isolation on climate change. And at one point Macron even pulled out his iPhone to explain to the American delegation how global trade works. With friends like these…G-20 unplugged | Even… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

China, EU Bolster Greener Global Shipping to Curb Emissions

July 8, 2017

industry, currently responsible for as much as 3 percent of the world’s emissions, into a zero-carbon operation by the second half of the century.The shift toward clean power was prompted by the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Weather Gets Weird as Record Rainfall Follows Record Drought

announced the country’s withdrawal from the Paris treaty, aimed at trying to slow climate change.What Comes of Paris Climate Accord Without U.S.: QuickTake Q&A“Hydrological extremes — floods and droughts… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Eskom has over recovered R7,6bn in renewables-related costs since 2014

July 7, 2017

  Acknowledgement: This article was published here by Engineering News, and is republished with permission. Mike Levington, SAPVIA member and MD of energy resources company Navitas Holdings, reveals that because R38,5-billion of renewable energy purchases is already factored into the average Eskom sales tariff, Eskom has over-recovered some R7,6-billion through … Continue reading “Eskom has over recovered R7,6bn in renewables-related costs since 2014”

Automation systems for German sanding machine manufacturer

  Maschinenfabrik Hans Weber , based in the Franconian town of Kronach, Germany, is a leading manufacturer of wood and lacquer sanding machines. Weber has selected the Siemens Simatic portfolio as its source of automation systems. Building on a uniform, recognised standard which is used on a widespread basis around … Continue reading “Automation systems for German sanding machine manufacturer”

Late to the Battery-Car Race, VW Says It Can Still Blunt Tesla

plans this week to phase out cars that rely on combustion engines early in the next decade, and the French government set out environmental policies that eliminate gasoline and diesel as vehicle fuels… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Merkel's Husband Is Sending Ivanka and Melania Trump to Learn About Climate Change

As Group of 20 leaders seek to avoid a blowup over the U.S. stance on climate change, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s husband is giving Ivanka Trump a lesson in what it looks like.President Donald… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

California Governor Plans to Host 2018 Global Climate Summit

to me and tens of millions of other people to get it together to roll back the forces of carbonization and join together to combat the existential threat of climate change,” Brown said in the video… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

The G-19 Must Prove Trump Wrong: View (Audio)

and the other countries at the G-20 summit this week should respond to President Donald Trump’s refusal to cooperate with the world on trade and climate change by continuing to cooperate without… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

China, EU Bolster Greening of Global Shipping to Curb Emissions

industry, currently responsible for as much as 3 percent of the world’s emissions, into a zero-carbon operation by the second half of the century.The shift toward clean power was prompted by the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Southern's Clean Coal Experiment Ends With Mississippi Order

order.”Kemper was supposed to turn coal into gas to produce electricity — all while removing carbon dioxide emissions linked to global warming. At least that was idea as the U.S. government poured… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Millennials and Their iPhones Are Killing Your Old Power Company

bills itself as hastening the switch to a newer, more decentralized energy system with lower carbon emissions. Thermondo, which started as an online boiler brokerage, has since expanded into solar… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

The 5 Most Important Things the G-20 Won't Do

Trump to Be Tested on Russia at G-20Here’s what not to expect:Any breakthrough on trade. Even though Merkel said recently that it was her goal to have the G-20 send “a clear signal for free markets… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Traders Flee Nasdaq Power Market for Better Deals With Banks

July 6, 2017

transactions handled by the exchange.Nasdaq also changed the range of its contracts. Forward agreements that allowed for payments to be made at a future date when the electricity is delivered were… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

G-20 Seeks to Contain Trump by Avoiding Mentions of Climate Change

controversial areas such as innovation, sustainable growth and competitiveness.Climate change has become one of the biggest issues at stake during the G-20 summit, after President Donald Trump last month… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

France Aims to End Sale of Fossil-Fuel-Powered Cars by 2040

France plans to end the sale of gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles by 2040 in a bid to become a carbon-neutral nation, Energy Minister Nicolas Hulot said, effectively promoting electric cars.Presenting… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Chicago Grabs Lead in Green Office Buildings, Study Shows

shift all city-owned buildings to 100 percent renewable energy by 2025. The city as a whole cut carbon emissions by seven percent from 2010 to 2015, even as its population grew by 25,000, according… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

The G-19 Must Prove Trump Wrong

other ways as well. Energy efficiency cuts costs, boosts growth and raises living standards; low-carbon energy means cleaner air and better health. The U.S. will continue to be a leader in this endeavor… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Global Warming Might Be Speeding Up

mainly through direct observations. Those studies have found that, once there is twice as much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere as there was prior to the industrial revolution (a level expected to… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Eskom borrows a further US$1,5-billion from Chinese bank

  Johnny Dladla Eskom has signed a US$1,5-billion (approximately R19,6-billion) loan agreement with the China Development Bank (CDB). This is the second such loan the power utility has negotiated with CDB, the first being for $500-million last year.  The period over which these amounts may be drawn by Eskom is … Continue reading “Eskom borrows a further US$1,5-billion from Chinese bank”

Test and measurement solutions for electric vehicles

  The global electric vehicle market is fast growing and very dynamic, with a large number of new application areas and implementation characteristics. Based on these dynamics, many cell and battery manufacturers are facing challenges to deal with the exponential demand for costly, high-power/high-voltage cells in the 300 V range, … Continue reading “Test and measurement solutions for electric vehicles”

Volvo Is Going Electric Just Like Bob Dylan

diesel engines, nor will it sell only fully electric cars, a la Tesla Inc.While Volvo does plan several battery-electric models, many of its vehicles will still have a combustion engine. The difference… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

G-20's Financing of Fossil Fuels Outweighs Renewables, Study Says

financing from Group of 20 member countries, according to a report by environmental groups that urged more financing be directed to renewables to address climate change.Financing for oil, gas and… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

In Praise of Scientific Theory

gases. They found that oxygen and nitrogen had no effect on the light, but carbon dioxide did. In repeated experiments, carbon dioxide absorbed and re-radiated infrared waves, which on a planetary scale… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

What Special Relationship? Trump and May to Test Ties at G-20

on Friday for the first time since a disagreement over climate change and the London Bridge terror attack.The meeting, at the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg, will be a far cry from the pair’s first… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Volvo Vaults to Volts, Planning to Pull Plug on Gasoline Engines

relied on diesel to reduce pollution, stricter rules that take effect in 2020 will cut limits on carbon dioxide emissions by a third — a threshold that’s almost impossible to meet without fully or… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Confronts German Port City That's Already Turning to China

cites climate change as another area of disagreement with the Trump administration.Hamburg is synonymous with free trade, and it’s no coincidence the city of Merkel’s birth is hosting the G-20. As… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Terrible Labels, Great Wine: Six Amazing Bottles Hurt by Bad Art

bottle of Provence rosé designed by a tattoo artist to an expensive champagne in a shiny, black, carbon-fiber bottle that took six days to create and looks luxurious in an ice bucket. In both cases… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Xi and Merkel Bond Over Panda Diplomacy in Prelude to G-20 Summit

nations, taking a joint stand before the Group of 20 summit during a day of panda diplomacy in Berlin.Two days before Merkel hosts other G-20 leaders in Hamburg, Xi’s stop in the German capital… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Trump Set for Warm But Short-Lived Welcome at First Stop in Europe

Murabba Palace in Riyadh on May 20, 2017.MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty ImagesFrom Poland’s capital, Trump will fly to Hamburg in Germany for a meeting of the Group of 20 leaders that begins Friday. There… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Are Eskom’s claims of “hardship” imposed by IPPs valid?

July 5, 2017

  In an article published by News24 on 20 June, Paul Herman refers to Eskom “current hardships including oversupply” as one of the reasons for the South African power utility not signing the Renewable Energy IPP Programme power purchase agreements (“PPAs”). Yet the utility has no one but itself to … Continue reading “Are Eskom’s claims of “hardship” imposed by IPPs valid?”

The danger of preconceptions and misconceptions

  A recent visit to Moscow as part of as media delegation caused me to change my mind about the city and reminded me how easily we allow preconceived ideas to become entrenched in our thinking. Mike Rycroft Based on impressions drawn from numerous spy novels that abounded in the … Continue reading “The danger of preconceptions and misconceptions”

High-end thermal imaging camera launched

  RS Components has announced availability of the latest thermal imaging camera from Fluke. The new Ti480 is a rugged 640 x 480-pixel thermal imaging camera which delivers precise and reliable information for engineers, enabling them to quickly and easily identify and diagnose potential problems before they become expensive failures. This … Continue reading “High-end thermal imaging camera launched”

Evening Briefing Europe: G-20, Frankfurt, A380, Uber, Drinking, Dachas

U.S. will be represented by a president who embraces protectionism and stands isolated on climate change. — Marc Champion, Peter Martin and Brian ParkinAnd the Brexit winner is… Frankfurt? The… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

China's Electric Cars Are Actually Pretty Dirty

though, the move away from conventional cars and trucks won’t immediately reduce the country’s carbon emissions. On the contrary, the production and exploitation of electric vehicles in China actually… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Balance of Power: Can North Korea Now Hit America?

by Trump as his America First focus marginalizes the U.S. on everything from free trade to climate change. More Russia probe testimony | The House Intelligence Committee is accelerating its probe… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Costliest Gas in World Clouds China's Campaign for Bluer Skies

for about two thirds of China’s total energy consumption. Natural gas produces about half the carbon dioxide and just a fraction of the sulfur dioxides and particulates of coal when it’s burned… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Court Rebukes EPA for Shelving Obama-Era Methane Regulation

emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas shown to warm the atmosphere 84 times more than carbon dioxide when measured over two decades.It applied to new and modified facilities, including oil… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

A decade in unearthing future engineers

July 4, 2017

  In its quest to promote engineering as a career of choice, Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) and its Young Professionals Forum (YPF) has for the past decade celebrated Job Shadow Day with the aim of attracting South Africa’s learners into becoming the country’s future engineers. The initiative is geared … Continue reading “A decade in unearthing future engineers”

Survey reveals industry slow-down

  The Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) bi-annual economic and capacity survey (BECS) for the period July to December 2016, indicates that earnings have reached an upper turning point with a softer growth outlook in the medium term. The South African economy grew by the slowest rate in 2016, since … Continue reading “Survey reveals industry slow-down”

Recognised for a life dedicated to science, engineering and technology

  Prof. Nicolas Beukes The minister of science and technology, Nalendi Pandor, presented a lifetime achievement award to Prof. Nicolas Beukes at the recent NSTF-South32 Awards ceremony. Prof. Beukes was recognised for his outstanding contribution to science, engineering and technology (SET) and innovation in South Africa over many years. The … Continue reading “Recognised for a life dedicated to science, engineering and technology”

Vibration tester for mechanical problems

  Fluke, represented by the Comtest Group, has on offer the Fluke 810 vibration tester, said to be the most advanced troubleshooting instrument available for vibration, enabling maintenance teams to collect data and diagnose and solve mechanical problems rapidly. This handheld machine is designed and programmed to diagnose the most common … Continue reading “Vibration tester for mechanical problems”

Germany Is Addicted to Russian Gas

transition known as the Energiewende, the country is at risk of missing its target to reduce carbon emissions by 40 percent from 1990 levels. After federal elections in September, the new government… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

High-efficiency PV panels launched

July 3, 2017

  Canadian Solar, one of the world’s largest solar power companies, launched its latest high efficiency poly modules, named Ku Modules at the recent Intersolar Europe exhibition.  This portfolio of products uses the company’s proprietary black silicon cell technology. The black silicon cell efficiency exceeds that of the current standard poly cells in … Continue reading “High-efficiency PV panels launched”

Innovative analysis procedure for biogas substrates

  Weltec Biopower is developing a quick test for identifying inhibitors in biogas substrates. Input mass may contain substances that prevent efficient biogas production such as ammonium, copper, zinc, drugs and disinfectants which are often identified as inhibitors in slurry and manure. Even traces of these substances are detrimental to … Continue reading “Innovative analysis procedure for biogas substrates”

How to address non-technical risruptives in the energy sector

  Credit rating movements, exchange rate volatility, political shuffles, legal challenges, foreign elections and local activists all add to the turbulence of the world in which we live and work. How is the energy sector impacted and how should it react?  Perhaps, like a super-tanker, the sector has too much … Continue reading “How to address non-technical risruptives in the energy sector”

First continuous hydrothermal liquefaction plant in SA

  The research programme in biofuels at the North-West University, under the guidance of Prof. Sanette Marx, recently led to the commissioning of the first continuous hydrothermal liquefaction plant in South Africa. The plant has the capacity to process a lignocellulose biomass in water feed of 150 l /hour at a residence … Continue reading “First continuous hydrothermal liquefaction plant in SA”

Total to Sign Milestone Energy Deal in Iran for Gas Field

international energy company since sanctions were eased last year.Total and CNPC signed a “heads of agreement” with National Iranian Oil Co. in November to develop phase 11 of the South Pars offshore gas… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

'Clean Coal' Will Always Be a Fantasy

July 1, 2017

economic case for carbon capture. The Petra Nova facility, in Texas, was reportedly finished on time and on budget, but its construction required a $190 million federal grant, and the carbon-capture unit… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Brazilian Ethanol Concerns Said to Drive Delay in EPA's Quotas

standards for biodiesel, typically derived from soybean oil; advanced biofuel, which has lower carbon emissions; and cellulosic ethanol, which comes from sources such as crop waste or algae.Sugarcane-derived… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump's Energy Dominance Mantra Is About Flogging Energy

is well-established. What is also well-established is that coal’s particulate pollutants and carbon content, as well as the more competitive pricing of foreign coal, natural gas and renewable power… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Starting the journey towards energy-efficiency

June 30, 2017

  According to the International Energy Agency, many companies are using up to 100% more energy than they would if they were best practice, energy efficient businesses. Francis Barram After the power crisis of 2007 and 2008, and the steep rises in electricity tariffs that followed, South African industrial groups … Continue reading “Starting the journey towards energy-efficiency”

Why wage war for a slice of SA’s electricity pie?

  It’s unfortunate that titles such as “It’s war: Nuclear versus renewables” and “Renewable energy is being crushed in the coal and nuclear grinder” are used in articles about the energy sector. I have never, in my 15 years working in the energy sector, heard the coal or nuclear industry … Continue reading “Why wage war for a slice of SA’s electricity pie?”

Merkel Takes On Trump and Brexit in Combative G-20 Preview

solutions, even though we know that it’s not easy, for instance on the climate issue,” Merkel said.Climate ChangeAll the same, the G-20 takes place “amid a particular set of challenges,” she said in her… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

BOE Governor Mark Carney on Climate Change

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney discusses public and private sector work on climate change ahead of the G-20 meeting. He speaks in an exclusive interview with Bloomberg’s Francine Lacqua. … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Carbon-Free Nuclear Fusion Is Coming, if It Survives Trump’s Budget Cuts

the technology needed to build a reactor that generates a city’s worth of energy and emits zero carbon.The project in Tennessee feeds into work on the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

BOE's Carney Sees Risks to Climate Change Management

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney discusses public and private sector work on climate change ahead of the G-20 meeting. He speaks in an exclusive interview with Bloomberg’s Francine Lacqua. … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

SodaStream on the Hunt for Acquisitions to Keep 340% Rally Going

SodaStream International Ltd., which makes machines to carbonate tap water at home, is looking to acquire companies and beef up marketing in key countries to keep its turnaround going.The world’s… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Carney’s CEO Club Gives $3.3 Trillion Muscle to Climate Fight

growing climate risk, Carney said. Pricing in catastrophe bonds has changed dramatically in the last few decades “because they see the actual physical manifestations of climate change”, he said… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Coal's Latest Woe: Even a Clean Coal Plant Won't Burn It

expensive to build. A plant that could turn locally-mined coal into gas and then capture the carbon emissions was seen as a valuable hedge against volatile commodity prices. The technology could… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump’s Plans for a Nuclear Revival Will Begin With a Study

making deeper market changes to better compensate nuclear power plants for the reliable, zero-carbon electricity they offer depends on action by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which lacks… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Putting the Science Police to Better Use

seized upon by foes of limits on carbon emissions, the scientists tried to clean them up a little — only to see their efforts seized upon by foes of limits on carbon emissions. Given the huge quantities… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Vows to Unleash the ‘Vast Energy Wealth’ of the U.S.

U.S. out of the landmark Paris climate accord, in which nearly 200 countries pledged to slash carbon dioxide emissions.The biggest change he revealed is a reversal on restrictions by the World Bank… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Carney Says BOE Will Keep Polluting Industries in QE Program

and companies on how to be more transparent about risks they may face from the growth of low carbon goods and services, that could harm investments in highly polluting industries.Carney said he… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Coal's Hot Summer Won't Last

generation was down 4.8 percent from a year earlier in May, the worst performance since 2010. Low-carbon generation still accounts for around a quarter of China’s electricity mix, but for the past 12… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

How the U.K.’s Tower Blaze Could Affect the Fight Against Global Warming

dubbed it the “first fuel” because saving energy is often the cheapest and easiest way to cut carbon-dioxide emissions. Some homeowners in old tower blocks where insulation is retrofitted may save… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

New approaches needed for utilities, municipalities

  Utilities and municipalities need to innovate and be optimised to address South Africa’s power challenges and stay relevant, say experts ahead of the Power-Gen & DistribuTECH Africa conference and exhibition taking place from 18 to 20 July 2017 at the Sandton Convention Centre. Key industry stakeholders have highlighted the … Continue reading “New approaches needed for utilities, municipalities”

Beyond patronage politics: Where is South Africa going with Eskom?

June 28, 2017

  The seemingly never ending series of reports and investigations on financial mismanagement in Eskom rightfully triggered a media frenzy. Concerned citizens can only hope that the many investigations and reports will eventually result in prosecutions where needed and that the rule of law will be seen to apply to … Continue reading “Beyond patronage politics: Where is South Africa going with Eskom?”

Cooperation to improve grid efficiency

  The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC), the world’s largest utility, agreed recently to enhance their co-operation with a view to advancing the energy transition under global and regional initiatives, including the Paris Agreement and the Belt and Road initiative. The framework … Continue reading “Cooperation to improve grid efficiency”

Electric vehicles generating own power

  As we move to the end game of energy independent electric aircraft, boats and land vehicles, a report from IDTechEx Research, “Electric Vehicle Energy Harvesting/Regeneration (EH/R) 2017-2037”, tells us how, where, why and when. Conventional vehicles will benefit from these technologies in the meantime giving a seamless route to … Continue reading “Electric vehicles generating own power”

Britain Has It 'Totally Wrong' on Approach to Energy, Ineos Says

a sound energy policy, the country risks falling behind other countries trying to develop low-carbon energy capacity. Big energy users such as Ineos also need stable policies when making their long-term… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Monitoring portal expanded

June 27, 2017

  Meteocontrol, the specialist for professional remote monitoring and quality assurance for solar systems, has expanded its monitoring portal. The newly developed portlet in the VCOM virtual control room now visualises the measured values from SolarEdge’s module-level monitoring platform. SolarEdge Technologies is one of the world’s leading providers of PV … Continue reading “Monitoring portal expanded”

Ready to power growth

  Chris Weston, CEO of British power generation company, Aggreko, participated in the second day of the St Petersburg Economic Forum, where Weston was a speaker. He signed a memorandum of understanding with the Far East Investment and Export Agency, in the presence of Alexander Galushka, Minister of Far East … Continue reading “Ready to power growth”

Disruptive technologies and their effect on power utilities

  Dr. Prathaban Moodley The South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE) held its “President’s Invitation Lecture” at the University of Johannesburg recently. Dr. Prathaban Moodley, the acting technology strategy manager at Eskom Research, Testing and Development, addressed an audience of 95 delegates on the topic of how incremental and … Continue reading “Disruptive technologies and their effect on power utilities”

An Environmental Push Is Rocking the Global Shipping Industry

Now container makers are doing their bit to help limit emissions believed to contribute to climate change.The shift in paint material started in July 2016 in the southern province of Guangdong under… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

SAREC: Failure by DoE to solve PPA saga disappointing

June 26, 2017

  Brenda Martin The South African Renewable Energy Council (SAREC) is deeply disappointed that the Department of Energy (DoE) and Eskom failed to provide any certainty for investors during the recent update to parliament on Eskom’s failure to sign Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) with Independent Power Producers (IPPs). The inter-governmental … Continue reading “SAREC: Failure by DoE to solve PPA saga disappointing”

New Eskom board reveal marred by more Gupta questions

  Lynne Brown Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown on Friday, 23 June 2017, reappointed four Eskom directors who, exactly a week ago, she said she wanted to get rid of. The four directors retained at Eskom’s annual general meeting on Friday are joined by four new nonexecutives and new acting … Continue reading “New Eskom board reveal marred by more Gupta questions”

VW Aims for Greater Diversity to Keep Cheaters in Check

11 million vehicles VW has acknowledged it equipped with software designed to circumvent environmental regulations. Hans Dieter Poetsch says it’s time to reinvent the company so such trickery can… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Dusty Fields Signal a Peak for the Global Wheat Glut

less. While yields are up, quality has declined and the grain contains less protein. And a changing climate means more heat and dry spells everywhere. Globally, this spring was the second-warmest… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Running Out of Time to Reduce Stockpiles in 2017, Statoil Says

June 25, 2017

its central scenario. That is too late to meet the temperature target outlined in the Paris Climate agreement.”Peak oil has to happen extremely rapidly, by 2022, or we won’t reach that target,” said… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Lithium Squeeze Looms as Top Miner Front-Loads, Chile Says

June 24, 2017

& Minera de Chile SA last month announced plans to increase its capacity to produce lithium carbonate from 48,000 to 63,000 metric tons a year. At that rate, it would reach its output limit of about… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Gazprom Smells Opportunity as U.K.'s Biggest Gas Store Shuts

employees. It complements the London-based trading unit active in markets from oil to gas, power and carbon.While Britain’s import needs are mostly met by Norway, it also receives Russian fuel indirectly… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Producing industrial hydrogen from renewable energy

June 23, 2017

  Producing hydrogen requires a large amount of energy which is usually generated from carbon-emitting technologies such as coal-fired power stations. This article proposes a return to the way hydrogen used to be produced – by electrolysis of water, powered by renewable energy sources. Over 60-million tonnes of hydrogen is … Continue reading “Producing industrial hydrogen from renewable energy”

Capitalism Can Thrive Without Cooking the Planet

global warming like carbon dioxide.The Cost of CarbonDuring the past few decades, rich countries in Europe, East Asia and North America have had substantial economic growth. But carbon emissions from… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Electric Car Demand Boosts Companies Engaged With Lithium

has struggled to keep up with demand, according to Bloomberg Intelligence. Prices for lithium carbonate jumped 335 percent between 2004 and 2016.“A further increase in global electric-vehicle sales… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Green Bond Investors Ask If Their Cash Is Being Spent as Promised

Data CrunchingTo help investors make use of this data, Rockefeller Foundation is supporting a “carbon yield” methodology that acts as a way of comparing the environmental impact of different investments… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Eskom board appoints acting CEO

June 22, 2017

  Eskom has announced the appointment of Johnny Dladla as Acting Group Chief Executive with immediate effect. Dladla has 22 years of experience within the power utility,  including five years as CEO of Eskom Enterprises and its subsidiaries. Dladla, a Chartered Marketer, has studied across a range of critical fields including finance and … Continue reading “Eskom board appoints acting CEO”

Renewable energy for baseload power

  Existing renewable energy sources are seen by many as being unsuitable for baseload generation. This article describes a new renewable energy power generation technology which could help to meet the challenge of providing baseload electricity at low cost while complying with the global requirement of limiting the rise in … Continue reading “Renewable energy for baseload power”

Take a Look at the States Sending the Most Carbon Into the Air

state-by-state breakdown of carbon-dioxide emissions from power plants. Here are the highlights:Texas sits at the top of the list — with more than twice the total carbon emissions of any other state… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Oil Majors Risk Wasting $2.3 Trillion as Climate Goals Take Toll

then off the table, and be transparent about how they are aligning with a low carbon future,” James Leaton, Carbon Tracker’s research director, said in the report. “Sticking with the growth at… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Germany Warns U.S. Against Ceding Lead Role to China, Russia

President Donald Trump’s administration is disengaging the U.S. from its global role on trade, climate change and security. Europe and the U.S. must stand together at a difficult time, the minister said… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Urban Farming Won't Save Us From Climate Change

complexity of food sustainability to a single aspect,” the researchers write. In reality, the carbon reductions made possible by urban farming are much smaller than many had assumed. In the best… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Why Can’t Your Company Just Fix the Gender Wage Gap

the company’s activities over the past year—1 million cardholders added! $23.6 billion in climate–change-reducing investments!—Citi Chairman Michael O’Neill gestured to two microphones placed in… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Brent Joins U.S. Crude in Bear Market Amid Oversupply Anxiety

decade as the world works toward its goal of limiting global warming, according to a report from Carbon Tracker. … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Is the Best Sport Coupe a Porsche 911, Jaguar F-Type, or Mercedes-AMG?

Mercedes-BenzInside, it has round dials through the center and the dash. The extras, such as carbon-fiber trim and carefully stitched leather seats, exhibit a visual emphasis on quality. The crash-­avoidance… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Easy Summer Rum Punch Recipe This Top Bartender Makes at Home

Green. Or cans. Here the roommates demonstrate their home-drinking technique by shotgunning carbonated caipirinhas.Photographer: Gabriela Herman/BloombergAssembly was quick. “We probably spent 15… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Electrical explosion protection equipment

June 21, 2017

  Control and automation components which are not available in explosion protected versions can be used in hazardous areas by applying the types of explosion protection “flameproof” Ex d and “purge and pressurisation” Ex p. Both technologies allow the integration of standard industry components in accordingly certified enclosures; the explosion … Continue reading “Electrical explosion protection equipment”

New York City Planners With Sandy Nightmares Say Barrier May Come Too Late

its $30 billion cost, effectiveness and environmental impact. A group of scientists, planners and property owners is urging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to accelerate its study of the project… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Australians May Not Like Trump, But They Value the U.S.

Australia’s vital interests; 65% see North Korea’s nuclear program as a critical threat, with climate change at 57%79% are dissatisfied with the direction of the world, and 48% are dissatisfied with… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Cheering 1st Day of Summer? Not in Phoenix as Temps Hit 119

experience 20 days a year when the heat reaches deadly levels. The study of nearly 2,000 deadly heat waves worldwide since 1980 was published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change. In the Southwest… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Lawrence Summers on Carbon Dividends, Border Tax, Trade

Harvard University Charles W. Eliot Professor and Former U.S. Treasury Secretary, discusses carbon dividends, a border adjustment tax, and U.S. trade agreements. He speaks with Bloomberg’s David… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Spicer Hasn't Asked Trump If Russians Meddled in 2016 Campaign

matter.Spicer has also said he hasn’t spoken to Trump about whether he believes in man-made climate change, and doesn’t know whether or not Trump has seen the Senate health-care bill that could receive… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Lawrence Summers Explains How Carbon Dividends Work

Professor and Former U.S. Treasury Secretary, explains the process of addressing climate change using carbon dividends. He speaks with Bloomberg’s David Westin on “Bloomberg Daybreak: Americas.”… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

ExxonMobil and Stephen Hawking Just Agreed to the Same Climate Fix

June 20, 2017

border adjustment. If nations with a carbon tax place a carbon levy on imports, the exporters may come to their senses, the thinking goes, and tax their own carbon rather than pay for it through trade… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Dutch government: will meet 2020 greenhouse gas targets after extra measures

June 19, 2017

… meet its target to cut greenhouse gas emmissions by 25 percent… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Green house gas

Asking the Wrong Questions on Energy

potent greenhouse gas. Heavy oils and tar sands have a higher proportion of carbon to hydrogen, resulting in higher carbon-dioxide emissions when used.Renewables have many advantages over these methods… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Exxon Makes a Biofuel Breakthrough

world needs and “mitigate the impacts of climate change.”Carbon ConsumerWhere Exxon’s chief products — oil and natural gas — generate carbon dioxide emissions that drive the phenomenon, algae is… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump EPA Chief Met Energy CEOs at Trump Hotel Amid Rollback

June 17, 2017

from his moves to reverse or revise regulations governing water pollution, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.EPA spokeswoman Liz Bowman said Pruitt was appropriately meeting with stakeholders… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

Investing Trillions in Electricity's Sunny Future

Office of International Climate and Technology, which worked with other countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.Get Sparklines delivered to your inbox every week. Sign up here.This column does… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

Westinghouse Collapse Sparks a Nuclear Bond Buying Opportunity

towers of another coal plant last year. The smokestacks are coming down in preparation for a low-carbon future.“We’re going to need that nuclear power,” Carter said. … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Fight to Stop the Dakota Access Oil Line Revived in Court

June 16, 2017

Wednesday that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers failed to adequately consider the impacts of a potential spill from the line on fishing, hunting and “environmental justice, or the degree to which the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Oil's Long-Term Price Takes New Math

Corp., it was typical to plug roughly $20 a barrel into valuation models. Only a few years ago, we were being told that “$100 a barrel is becoming the new $20“. One crash later, no oil major’s slide… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

How Asia Can Take the Lead on Climate

of its installed electricity capacity by 2027.These and other investments could reduce global carbon emissions by as much as 2 billion to 3 billion tons below recent projections — more than making… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Rooftop Solar Boom Set to Spread Worldwide as Costs Plunge

storage will help contribute to a global reduction in the burning of fossil fuels and emissions of carbon dioxide. Emissions of the greenhouse gas will peak in 2026, and be 4 percent lower in 2040 than… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

This Startup's Making Paper Out of Stone, Not Trees

includes paper products. “Making paper from wood chips involves planting trees, which can be carbon neutral, so I’m not sure how much appeal this will have” from an environmental perspective.TBM… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Coal's Share of U.S. Power Mix Seen Falling by Half by 2040

electricity. That scenario assumes the Obama-era Clean Power Plan — a set of rules designed to curb carbon-dioxide emissions — doesn’t go into force. Trump’s moved to kill those rules.BNEF, meanwhile… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Solar Power Will Kill Coal Faster Than You Think

green energy is taking root more quickly than most experts anticipate. It would mean that global carbon dioxide pollution from fossil fuels may decline after 2026, a contrast with the International… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Rotting Garbage Will Light 80,000 Aussie Homes

sustainability without managing waste. You’ve got to manage your waste because that is a massive carbon footprint.”… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

97 Percent Consensus on Climate Change? It's Complicated

the deliberate misinformation that has been pumped out for years by those opposed to limits on carbon emissions. But I can’t help but wonder if some of it has to do with the uses the 97 percent statistic… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

New IEA Report Delivers Failing Grades to Most Green Technologies

June 15, 2017

GreenTechMedia, 13 June, 2017 Say you’re a member of the world community and a signee committed to the Paris Agreement’s long-term goals. You’d probably want to track your progress and assess your results. You’d essentially be asking, “How well is the human race doing in its quest to transform its … Continue reading “New IEA Report Delivers Failing Grades to Most Green Technologies”

Where America Gets Its Electricity

renewables is just going to keep growing, regardless of the Donald Trump administration’s efforts to engineer a coal resurgence.The chart only included the top five sources of electrical power in the U… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Britain's Century-Old Sewer Network Seen as Source of Green Heat

to meet a target to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 57 percent in 2030 from 1990 levels.Taking carbon dioxide out of heat may be the biggest challenge facing U.K. energy policy over the coming decades… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

More Than Half of America's Nuclear Reactors Are Losing Money

Energy Finance report on money-losing nuclear power plants, click here.“It’s a real threat to carbon-emission reductions,” Steckler said by phone Wednesday. “How regulators confront this widespread… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Indian Coal Power Growth May Stall as Dirty Plants Seen Shut

by 2022.“It’s a substantial improvement leading to lower coal consumption and reduction of the carbon footprint,” said Kameswara Rao, the Hyderabad-based leader for energy, utilities and mining at… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

A New Record for Global Pollution

June 14, 2017

Even after a quarter century of United Nations talks to save the climate, carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels climbed to a record last year, according to new data from oil major BP. India… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump's Environment Rollbacks Won't Stick, Obama's EPA Head Says

law is on Trump’s side as the administration moves to repeal rules governing water pollution, carbon-dioxide emissions from power plants and methane leaks from oil and gas wells, said Gina McCarthy… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Eskom’s revolving door, endless scandals cloud SA’s energy future

  Eskom’s revolving door and constant scandals have not only crippled the state power utility, but hampered any meaningful debate on what energy technologies could shape South Africa’s economy. On Monday night embattled Eskom chairperson Ben Ngubane announced his exit, the latest in shock to hit the tumultuous state utility. … Continue reading “Eskom’s revolving door, endless scandals cloud SA’s energy future”

Blast Backlash Hangs Over Drillers as ‘Fractivists’ Seek Limits

down less than 1 percent. “Something like that will be remembered,” said Joe Ryan, an environmental engineering professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder who studies the industry. “Even if… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Coal No Longer King as China Spurs Shift to Cleaner Energy

domination of energy markets — long the driver of soaring fossil-fuel consumption and rising carbon pollution — is now turning the planet in a cleaner direction.The biggest energy consumer is… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Is Too Late to Bring Back Coal

Tougher air-pollution rules, subsidies for wind and solar power, and a commitment to reduce carbon emissions coincided with a fracking-driven boom in natural gas production to shift the fuel mix… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Australia Braces for Renewed Climate Wars

power would be generated from low emissions sources, encouraging gas, renewables and potentially carbon capture and storage.The place of coal within that mix remains unclear, however. Finkel’s report… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Life Support for Coal Will Make the U.S. an Energy Backwater

loosening restrictions on carbon emissions might also hurt natural gas, since gas emits less carbon than coal does.Meanwhile, giving coal subsidies and a free pass on carbon emissions could damage… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

World Coal Production Just Had Its Biggest Drop on Record

Spencer Dale said at a briefing in London on Tuesday. The most important outcome of this “is carbon emissions, which saw little or no growth for a third consecutive year.” The shift away from coal… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

These Five Charts Show the Seismic Shifts Happening in Global Energy

fork-lifts and diggers, declined last year for the first time since the early 1990s.4. Global Carbon Emissions Are StableFalling emissions in Europe and the U.S. were just about sufficient to offset… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Adelson's Sands Joins Casinos in Fight Against Clean-Energy Bill

emissions and meet the Paris agreement.“States are trying to demonstrate their commitment to a carbon reduction strategy or growth in renewable power,” said Timothy Fox, an analyst for researcher… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Power developments in Africa, June 2017

June 13, 2017

  Geothermal energy for Tanzania Law firm Norton Rose Fulbright has been appointed by the government of Tanzania to formulate a strategy for the development of geothermal energy resources. The firm will work with the government, institutions, and stakeholders in Tanzania over six months to reach a recommended legal, institutional … Continue reading “Power developments in Africa, June 2017”

Could electric cars save Eskom from the utility death spiral?

  According to recent media reports, Eskom may be in a worse state financially than was previously thought. The energy regulator, NERSA, blocked the above-inflation tariff increases the power utility had applied for last year, and it is now applying for an even larger increase. But a new technology could … Continue reading “Could electric cars save Eskom from the utility death spiral?”

New standard for powering data centres

  Both IT server installations and telecom sites are becoming increasingly power hungry, and the quest for greater efficiency is driving a move away from the classic AC UPS and 48 V DC configurations to systems which offer fewer losses and reduce the amount of equipment to be installed. Systems … Continue reading “New standard for powering data centres”

Small pumped water storage systems: a new partner for renewable energy?

  Pumped-storage (PWS) hydroelectricity systems are to be found throughout the world, but mainly on a large scale. The demand for storage associated with distributed renewable energy (RE) systems, particularly wind and solar power, has opened up the market for a new generation of PWS facilities can be built on … Continue reading “Small pumped water storage systems: a new partner for renewable energy?”

Testing circuit breakers by the dynamic resistance measurement method

  A circuit breaker (CB) is an electromechanical device which is used in power transmission and distribution systems. It is intended to switch on and off electric currents in “power on” state. This article presents a method for testing CBs by using a high-frequency DC/DC converter as a power source … Continue reading “Testing circuit breakers by the dynamic resistance measurement method”

Avoiding flashover in MV switchgear

  Corona is a serious issue in metal clad switchgear because of its highly destructive nature and is the cause of most flashovers in medium voltage metal clad electrical equipment. The fundamental cause of this symptom is an electrical breakdown of air brought on by electrical stress and poor air … Continue reading “Avoiding flashover in MV switchgear”

Energize Inbox, June 2017

  This month we selected four responses to “The science, engineering and law of nuclear energy in South Africa” by Chris Yelland and Joanne Taylor, EE Publishers, which was published on the Energize website on 16 May 2017.  Our winning letter Dear Editor Here is a truth which is seldom … Continue reading “Energize Inbox, June 2017”

Fusegear still useful in T&D networks

  In today’s world of advanced digitally controlled protection devices, the use of fusegear in networks may seem archaic and out of place, but there is still a range of applications for this simple protection device, and fuses are used extensively in variety of applications in overhead transmission and distribution … Continue reading “Fusegear still useful in T&D networks”

Automating Kusile, a large and complex coal-fired power station

  The Kusile power station is a six unit, 4800 MW supercritical coal-fired power plant that uses a direct dry cooled condenser and pulse jet fabric filter plant with flue gas desulfurisation technology to manage emissions. Kusile is 30% larger than the average coal-fired power plant in South Africa. When … Continue reading “Automating Kusile, a large and complex coal-fired power station”

Former Ambassadors See Xi Jinping Gaining at Trump's Expense

on the international stage and present his country as a defender of free trade and the Paris climate accord. Trump has also indicated a less predictable approach to foreign policy that raises doubts… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

EPA’s Pruitt Blamed Obama for Paris Deal at G-7 Climate Summit

arena, Hendricks said. The U.S. is set to join its six partners in upholding a commitment to cut carbon dioxide emissions, “but Pruitt didn’t say one word on how he envisages the future of international… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

May's Effort to Keep U.K. Lights on Harder After Election Defeat

Policies that would boost investment in fracking for shale gas in the U.K.A decision on how to fund carbon capture and storage technology.A competition to spur investment in small modular nuclear reactors… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump's Climate Retreat Is About Fear, Not Just Greed

June 12, 2017

collapse if people caught as much as they could sell. They also thought it applied to climate change, given that climate scientists agree that to keep global temperatures from wreaking havoc in the future… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Poland Hails Upcoming Trump Visit as a 'Huge Success'

migrants and over judicial changes that the EU says weaken the rule of law. The White House said Friday that Trump will visit Poland on July 6 before he joins the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg, Germany… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Glencore Doubles Down on Coal as Mining Rivals Head for the Exit

South32 Ltd. spinoff the same year. Producers face a combined $10 billion risk to their earnings if carbon pricing tightens in the wake of the Paris climate accord, according to a report from U.K. non-profit… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Glencore's Coal Future Burns Bright

well down from about 30 percent at present, but still enough to represent a significant lump of carbon.The bullish argument for Australia’s coal industry has long been that many of its mines produce… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

This is how Big Oil will die

Seth Miller, The Medium, 24 May, 2017. It’s 2025, and 800,000 tons of used high strength steel is coming up for auction. The steel made up the Keystone XL pipeline, finally completed in 2019, two years after the project launched with great fanfare after approval by the Trump administration. The pipeline … Continue reading “This is how Big Oil will die”

On-site grid code compliance testing for wind farms

  Before a wind energy farm (WEF) is connected to the grid it must be tested to certify that it complies with both performance requirements and the grid code. Testing and verification is made difficult because the dependence on primary source conditions, i.e., sufficient wind and sun of the required … Continue reading “On-site grid code compliance testing for wind farms”

Book launch: Innovation and disruption at the grid’s edge

  Dr. Fereidoon Sioshansi’s new book, “Innovation and disruption at the grid’s edge” examines the implications of distributed energy resources and the rise of prosumers on the incumbents’ business models, as well as the challenges regulators will have to face as they manage a level playing field for newcomers and … Continue reading “Book launch: Innovation and disruption at the grid’s edge”

Transformers for coal-trains to power station

  PCB Power Transformers has just completed manufacturing various types of auxiliary transformers for the Majuba Power Station rail link transporting coal directly to the plant. These consisted of 16, 25 and 50 kVA platform mount transformers, all of which were inspected by Eskom and Transnet representatives. The company is now in … Continue reading “Transformers for coal-trains to power station”

Rugged mining cables and connectors

  Components, equipment and systems specialist, Powermite, alongside sister company, Proof Engineering, offer end-to-end cable and connector solutions for mining and industrial applications. Powermite’s rugged range of TPU mining cables with flexible Class 5 tinned annealed copper wire conductors is designed to withstand the hazardous conditions typical of opencast mining. … Continue reading “Rugged mining cables and connectors”

U.S. to Join Climate Communique Showing Splits, Germany Says

pollution of the oceans. The G-7 states, “including the U.S.,” agreed on joint efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, though Pruitt “made clear” the nations are at odds on climate protection,… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump's Coal Bet Faces a Tough Foe: Moore's Law

June 11, 2017

energy policy.QuickTake Climate ChangeThe backlash against the president was ferocious, but mainly focused on his lack of concern for the catastrophic effects of climate change. Far less attention… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Turning Trump's Border Wall Into a Solar Plant Is Probably a Bad Idea

June 10, 2017

pay for the wall. Coming less than a week after the White House pulled the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement, Trump’s sunny remarks to Hill leaders (first reported by Axios) were counterintuitive enough… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Why the Green Climate Fund Became a Trump Target: QuickTake Q&A

the Paris Agreement, the world’s landmark deal to fight climate change, President Donald Trump took aim at the little-known Green Climate Fund as an example of how the U.S. was being cheated by… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Macron Seeking Stiff Carbon Costs to Avert Climate Change

Emmanuel Macron reached out to Germany to establish a common price floor for carbon dioxide emitted by power utilities as the French president seeks to strengthen his alliance with Angela Merkel… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Energy Shares Will Benefit If Paris Accord Followed

protested, urging the company to publish a detailed analysis and “stress test” to measure how carbon curbs could affect the value of its oil fields, refineries and pipelines. Sixty two percent of… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Once Stalwart Oil Stock Bulls Starting to Say Enough Is Enough

health-care, versus sitting on a sector like energy that’s down 10 plus percent,” said Jeff Carbone, managing partner of Cornerstone Financial Partners, which oversees about $1.3 billion in assets… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Detecting utility cables and signals with GPR

June 9, 2017

  Aciel Geomatics recently held a series of ground penetrating radar (GPR) training days for utility, municipal, construction and public safety management professionals at their offices in Midrand, Gauteng. GPR is used by utilities to record, manage and maintain assets; to avoid damage, associated costs and downtime when excavating; and … Continue reading “Detecting utility cables and signals with GPR”

Large scale energy storage test and demonstration facility launched

  Eskom’s Research Testing & Development (RTD) department has established a battery test and demonstration facility at its Research and Innovation Centre in Rosherville. The objective of this facility is to compare different technologies and supplier products under identical conditions and to identify which of these products is suitable for … Continue reading “Large scale energy storage test and demonstration facility launched”

France launches website to lure foreign brainpower on climate change

… that criticized Trump’s decision to leave the Paris agreement on climate…PARIS (Reuters) – The French presidency launched on Thursday… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

Merkel Narrows G-20 Expectations After Trump's Paris Exit

Chancellor Angela Merkel said Group of 20 leaders “won’t get everything we wished for” at a summit next month after U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to exit the Paris climate accord.On a visit to Argentina… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Your Country Is Flooding? Tough Luck

misunderstanding about what causes climate change,” he says. While China may be the biggest emitter today, most of what’s in the air came from the U.S.People who work in climate finance warn that Trump’s… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Without El Nino, There May Be More Atlantic Hurricanes This Year

versions, sees a 36 percent chance El Nino will emerge between October and December, the U.S. Climate Prediction Center said Thursday. That’s down from 46 percent last month and 53 percent in March… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Ecofiscal Calls for Policies to Support Carbon Pricing

It wants Canadians to look at what other policies might pair well with carbon pricing. Policies that could close carbon loopholes and spread the cost over different industries. Bloomberg’s Pat… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

German Renewables Record Probably Won't Last Long in Green Push

and solar power record is unlikely to be the last as the nation deepens its commitment to a low-carbon economy in the face of U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to quit the Paris climate accord… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Polish Coal Affection Poses Dilemma for Funding-Hungry Firms

unexpectedly announced its intention to measure and reduce its carbon footprint as “without showing commitment to reducing carbon emissions, our ability to get funding will be limited,” Chief Executive… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Nuclear Subsidies Slow to Catch on as Opposition Steps Up

Fort Calhoun in Nebraska, which closed in October. Those in favor of state subsidies say the carbon-free electricity provided by nuclear is needed to help states meet ambitious clean-energy targets… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Macron Goads Trump, Promoting France as Hub for Climate Science

personal appeal on June 1.Hours after Trump said he was withdrawing from the Paris Accord on carbon emissions, Macron took to social media and — speaking in English — invited scientists to move… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

India’s Answer to Trump on Climate Is Nuclear Power

roughly double the country’s current nuclear capacity.The world’s third-biggest producer of carbon emissions, India sees nuclear power as a way to reduce dependence on coal-burning power plants… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

HV circuit breaker order

June 8, 2017

  ABB in South Africa, part of the global automation and power group, has been awarded an order by Fluor for five intelligent compact disconnecting circuit breakers (DCBs) for the Oxygen Train 17 project for Sasol Synfuels Operations in Secunda, South Africa. This is ABB’s first industry order for these … Continue reading “HV circuit breaker order”

Order for world’s largest air separation unit

  ABB in South Africa has been awarded an order by Fluor for five intelligent compact disconnecting circuit breakers (DCBs) for the Oxygen Train 17 project for Sasol Synfuels Operations in Secunda, South Africa. This is ABB’s first industry order for these advanced DCBs in the country – the first utilities … Continue reading “Order for world’s largest air separation unit”

Split-core DC current transducers

  The new DH family of DC current transducers offers precise measurement of bipolar currents up to 2000 A. Measuring only 174 x 86 x 54,1 mm, these compact split-core transducers combine Hall-effect technology and signal conditioning in a single housing with a large rectangular sensing aperture for non-contact measurement … Continue reading “Split-core DC current transducers”

Multifunctional system offers virtual instruments

  The Megger TRAX transformer and substation test system instrument provides 13 different testing capabilities for transformer diagnostics, plus extensive test capacities for other system assets, such as capabilities to time and record motion on circuit breakers, etc. The product’s user interface, which utilises the latest colour touch-screen technology, presents functions … Continue reading “Multifunctional system offers virtual instruments”

Gas-insulated switchgear without SF6

  National Grid, working with GE Grid Solutions and 3M, has commissioned the world’s first gas-insulated switchgear using an alternative to sulphur hexafluoride (SF6). Used around the world for decades, SF6 is a powerful insulation gas that allows high voltage electricity switchgear to take up less space. However, while leakage … Continue reading “Gas-insulated switchgear without SF6”

John Oliver on Trumpian pronouncements (to be taken lightly!)

John Oliver on the Last Week Tonight show A brilliant explanation of the Paris Agreement, with some Trump asides. Well worth watching for as long as you can stand it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5scez5dqtAc&t=2s

Airbus Superjumbo May Get Lifeline as Emirates Mulls 20-Jet Deal

Emirates, the biggest operator of Airbus SE’s A380 superjumbo, is in talks about the purchase of 20 more of the double-decker jets in a move that could extend the lifespan of a program dogged by… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

One Chart Suggests Trump May Be Wrong About Emissions and GDP

principal of Tradesman Advisors.The 2015 Greenhouse Gas Emission Trends Report found that the carbon intensity of the California economy — or the amount of greenhouse gases needed to generate each… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

China's Clean Energy Ambition Floats Above Abandoned Coal Mine

first large-scale effort to trap and store carbon dioxide emissions. The Yanchang Integrated Carbon Capture and Storage Project, Asia’s first commercial carbon capture plant, is set to begin operating… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

If Trump Gets His Way, the World May Not Know If U.S. Emissions Rise

NASA, which is slated under the president’s proposed budget to lose money for a satellite-based carbon-measuring system, said the cut reflects budget constraints. “NASA remains committed to studying… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Coal Jobs Matter a Lot … in Coal Country

weighed on coal use, as did pressure on utilities to reduce carbon dioxide emissions to slow climate change (although the EPA’s formal carbon rules never took effect, and seem to be dead now). Even… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

African Oil Trader Taleveras Takes First Step Into Biofuels

Global Green Development Group.“The world is changing,’’ said Chairman Igho Sanomi in an interview in London. “People are getting more aware on the climate, so cleaner fuels are the future. This should… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

India's Rising Temperatures Are Deadly: Study

degrees F). Even if countries are able to meet the Paris Agreement goals in curbing climate-warming carbon emissions, that would still only limit the global temperature rise to an estimated 2 degrees… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Wants to Gut the Agency Behind the Shale Boom

hand in virtually every major energy innovation in the past half century, from nuclear power to carbon capture. The shale revolution is a descendant of federal research, and agency dollars have supported… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Will India Fulfill Its Green Pledges? Don't Be So Sure

argument now goes, China and India will show leadership instead; they at least are committed to low-carbon growth.I wouldn’t be so sure, at least where India is concerned. It is true that the Indian government… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

There's One Trump Idea That Even Liberals Should Like

June 7, 2017

and improve on-time performance — not to mention reduce fuel use, improve margins and shrink carbon emissions.Given the glacial pace at which the U.S. has adopted such technologies, U.S airlines… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

California Governor Says China ‘On the Move,’ U.S. Role Reduced

spoke about Chinese investment in infrastructure projects in California.“We can’t reduce our carbon footprint unless we deal with transportation,” according to Brown. He said he is open to joint… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Benefits of atomic energy presented

June 6, 2017

  Rosatom organised a workshop in Khartoum, Sudan, recently to discuss the peaceful uses of atomic energy. The event brought together Russian and Sudanese experts who discussed various applications of nuclear technologies both in energy and non-energy needs. Speaking about the need for electricity in Sudan increasing rapidly for both … Continue reading “Benefits of atomic energy presented”

Gas-to-power company launched

  SustainPower hosted its official gas-to-power product launch recently. The company focusses on containerised gas-to-power and solar solutions, with the integration of technologies such as water purification and desalination. African Utility Week was the first official public showcasing of the company’s concept and products. The team used the opportunity to display the … Continue reading “Gas-to-power company launched”

Trump exit from Paris will hurt America most

Harald Winkler, Energy Research Centre, UCT, 2 June, 2017 On 1 June 2017, Donald Trump (DT) announced that his administration was withdrawing the US from the Paris Agreement.  The world’s largest economy is taking no responsibility for US historical emissions, and instead  reneging on what his country had previously agreed. Trump’s … Continue reading “Trump exit from Paris will hurt America most”

Eskom seeks 20% tariff increase

  Eskom wants its clients to pay on average 19,9% more for electricity from 1 April next year and proposes that municipalities pay 27,3% more for bulk electricity purchases from 1 July, 2018. This comes against the background of controversy about an aborted irregular R30-million pension benefit for its former … Continue reading “Eskom seeks 20% tariff increase”

Google and Facebook Join Cities in Challenging Trump on Climate

board, no matter what the president does.“We remain steadfastly committed to the sustainability, carbon and energy goals that we have set as a company and to the Paris Agreement’s ultimate success… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

India's Adani Approves Controversial Australian Coal Project

Abbot Point, has faced opposition over worry that Australia’s largest coal project will increase carbon pollution and risk damage to the Great Barrier Reef marine park in northern Queensland. A $2… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

There's Too Much Focus on Energy Jobs Right Now

two-thirds of U.S. mining-sector jobs involve extracting things that are burned for fuel and throw off carbon dioxide in the process, it wasn’t irrelevant to that discussion.The guiding motivation of the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Top U.S. Diplomat in China Said to Quit Over Climate Move

eager to fill. China is the world’s No. 1 polluter, though the U.S. is responsible for far more carbon emissions per capita.Read more about how Trump is ceding climate leadership to China.Rank was… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Leading the drive to lower carbon emissions

June 5, 2017

  Three years after introducing AdBlue ahead of other local oil majors, Engen is making concrete progress towards the development of this business and is demonstrating its commitment to a more sustainable future growth path through the supply of Adblue and low sulfur fuels into sub-Saharan African markets. The company’s efforts have … Continue reading “Leading the drive to lower carbon emissions”

Will electric transportation save utilities from a death spiral?

  With increased interest in energy efficiency and distributed generation, electricity demand has fallen flat. In the meantime, clever intermediaries, including Community Choice Aggregators – currently allowed in at least six states and growing – are nibbling away at customers, one community at a time. Dr. Fereidoon Sioshansi What is there … Continue reading “Will electric transportation save utilities from a death spiral?”

Programme to ensure high quality PV installations launched

  The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA), in association with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), BSW Solar, GreenCape, SARETEC and DGS Berlin, has developed a programme to ensure that solar photovoltaic (PV) installations are done responsibly and sustainably. It is estimated that close to 60 000 solar PV … Continue reading “Programme to ensure high quality PV installations launched”

Examining the critical interplay between digital and energy systems

  Dr. Fatih Birol The growing use of information and communications technology – digitalisation – is increasingly permeating modern life, from the way people work and travel to the way they live and entertain. Digitalisation is increasingly having an impact on energy systems, bringing both the potential for substantial efficiency … Continue reading “Examining the critical interplay between digital and energy systems”

To Lead on Climate Change, China Should Think Small

they’re cheap to own and operate.QuickTake Climate ChangeEver since U.S. President Donald Trump announced the U.S. would withdraw from the Paris climate treaty, there’s been lots of overheated talk… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Trump's Paris Exit Sidelines D.C. for Danish Wind Energy

decades of science-based work that had guided political efforts to protect the globe from climate change. But Lilleholt says the move also ignored the sound economics of renewable energy, and if… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

'President Trump believes the climate is changing': Ambassador Haley

June 4, 2017

… believes the climate is changing and he believes pollutants are part… the Paris climate change pact, tapping into his “America First… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

Macron Says France, India to Work Together on Climate Change

The leaders of France and India pledged to work together to cut carbon emissions, re-affirming their commitments to the Paris accord following President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump's Paris Exit Is All Politics

June 3, 2017

usually tweets in his mother tongue, unleashed an English-language tweetstorm. He called on U.S. engineers, scientists and entrepreneurs disappointed with Trump’s decision to move to France and insisted… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Trump’s Paris Exit Leaves Him Isolated From C-Suites to Capitals

President Mike Pence to Republican House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy.Scott Pruitt, Trump’s environmental chief, said exiting doesn’t mean the U.S. is disengaging — just that Trump had put America’s… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

India says remains committed to Paris climate agreement

… Paris climate change agreement, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

Trump's Threat To The Global Oil Market: Fly Charts

bubble 2.0 to botched chemical mergers, here are four charts that tell you what you need to know in business today. And don’t miss David Fickling on Exxon shareholders, who believe in climate change:… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Merkel Says Climate Fight Is ‘Irreversible’ Despite U.S. Leaving Paris Deal

S. as a dependable ally, vowed to press ahead “more decisively than ever” with combating climate change and praised Americans who support her cause, using a religious image to drive her point home… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Putin Says ‘Be Happy’ About Trump on Climate, on Everything

allegations to anti-semitism.Putin says he wouldn’t judge Trump for withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement.Source: APTN“They blamed the Jews for everything — we know what this sort of attitude… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Here's How Trump's Paris Plan May Hurt the EU Carbon Market

won’t focus on carbon prices because it’ll remain a box-ticking exercise rather than a carbon-buying exercise.”Watered DownIt’s not clear that the EU will water down its carbon market in the wake… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

United Against Trump, CEOs and Politicians Push Ahead on Climate

majors BP Plc and Total SA said the transition to lower carbon fuel is inevitable regardless of Trump’s decision. Both called for a global carbon price to shift the world away from the dirtiest energy… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Paris Accord And Exxon: Confronting Realities

oil-industry veteran and consultant Harry Benham shows that making two reasonable changes to Exxon’s assumptions around growth rates leads to a scenario whereby oil demand falls rather than rises by 2040… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Denmark is Killing Tesla (And Other Electric Cars)

June 2, 2017

turns out that those phenomenal sales figures had as much to do with convenience as with environmental concerns: electric car dealers were for a long time spared the jaw-dropping import tax of… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

BRIEF-Xylem affirms its strong support for Paris climate agreement

… for Paris climate agreement Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: … View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

BRIEF-Apple's Tim Cook says decision to withdraw from Paris agreement was wrong

…June 1 (Reuters) – * Apple CEO on Twitter – “Decision to withdraw from the #parisagreeement was wrong for our planet.” * Apple CEO… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

New York, California Governors Form Climate Change Alliance

states represent more than 20 percent of U.S. gross domestic product.The push reflects growing U.S. efforts at the state level for initiatives aimed at fighting climate change, as the White House moves… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Funds Fire Up Real Climate Change

disclose how technological advances and action on climate change could affect its portfolio of assets.Exxon Mobil shareholders voting yes for more climate disclosure62%Most significant were some of the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Paris or Not, Economics Are Squeezing Carbon Out of Power Mix

for the first time in decades, not the biggest source of carbon emissions in the U.S. (The transportation sector is.) This shrinking carbon footprint highlights the challenges Trump faces in making… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

The U.S. Is The Loser as Trump Dumps the Climate Accord

dominance by industrialized nations. The climate fight divided rich and poor nations for a quarter century, until evidence and the pleadings of climate scientists eventually pushed the U.S. and… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

California Sees Clean-Car Partner in China as Trump Quits Paris

it hasn’t changed much since General Motors claimed in 1973 that it would go bankrupt if California forced the installation of catalytic converters. “The leopard is not going to change its spots… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

U.S. Needs New Climate Policy If It Quits Paris Deal, Says BP

London-based company has also called for a global price on carbon and is pursuing more investments in natural gas, which produces fewer carbon emissions than oil or coal.The focus on tackling climate… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

What Did Trump Just Do? The Paris Climate Withdrawal Explained

to have an immediate effect on global efforts to address climate change. Here’s what you need to know.Did Trump kill the Paris climate accord?No. He set the U.S. on a course to withdraw from the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Gains in Clean-Energy Investment Overshadow Paris Exit

area have been technology cost declines and domestic policies to support renewables and price carbon. National and sub-national programs that foster clean energy are expected to continue regardless… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Asia Stocks Rally as Nikkei Tops 20,000; Yen Slips: Markets Wrap

daily yuan fixing level little changed.Global equities extended this year’s advance to more than 10 percent, setting a fresh record, as data showed growth in the world’s largest economy is intact. … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Trump to Withdraw U.S. From Climate Accord to Seek Better Deal

would only begin reducing its emissions by about 2030. And India said it would only reduce the carbon intensity of its economy, meaning the nation’s emissions could continue to rise.The Paris accord… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

China Has Eclipsed the U.S. as Largest Consumer of Bottled Water: Chart

$191 billion last year, according to Euromonitor International, and U.S. consumption exceeding carbonated soft drinks for the first time, there’s plenty at stake for not only beverage companies, but… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

What Comes of Paris Climate Accord Without U.S.: QuickTake Q&A

of considering the “social cost of carbon” when weighing the impact of government policies.5. What did the U.S. pledge under the Paris accord?To cut its carbon emissions 26 to 28 percent from 2005… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

SA renewable energy success opens doors

June 1, 2017

  Conco has completed the electrical balance of plant for over nine wind farms and four solar photovoltaic (PV) parks in South Africa including grid connections. This work forms part of the South African government’s renewable energy independent power producer procurement (REIPPP) programme. For bid windows one, two and three, … Continue reading “SA renewable energy success opens doors”

High-power multicrystalline PV panel launched

  REC has launched three new products based its TwinPeak technologies and again sets new milestones on the multicrystalline platform. The TwinPeak 2S 72 solar panel, which uses the latest technologies to achieve a power output of up to 350 W, sets a new world record in the class of … Continue reading “High-power multicrystalline PV panel launched”

Supporting solar energy solutions in South Africa

  To assist in the construction of the new Ilanga solar power plant, a concentrating parabolic trough plant with a thermal energy storage system, which will form part of the Karoshoek solar thermal park located near Upington, Kwikspace Modular Buildings recently delivered three 200 m2 mobile office buildings to the … Continue reading “Supporting solar energy solutions in South Africa”

NERSA gets to bottom of Eskom’s high diesel usage and declining sales volumes

  The South African National Energy Regulator (Nersa) cornered Eskom about the ‘unnecessary’ use of Open Cycle Gas Turbines (OCGTs) during the first year (2013/14) of the third multi-year price determination (MYPD3) period that amounts to R8-billion of the total R22,8-billion that the power utility is trying to recoup through … Continue reading “NERSA gets to bottom of Eskom’s high diesel usage and declining sales volumes”

Thermal imaging cameras with laser-assisted auto-focus

  FLIR Systems introduced the T530 and T540 professional thermal imaging cameras, designed for thermographers who operate in a variety of environments including power generation, electrical distribution, and research laboratories. These new cameras offer enhanced ergonomics with 180° rotating optical blocks, laser-assisted autofocus, and auto-calibrating lenses. The series was designed … Continue reading “Thermal imaging cameras with laser-assisted auto-focus”

U.S. Colleges Have $500 Billion to Invest. Now Where Are All the Green Deals?

infrastructure—renewable energy, water, even garbage—as well as from loans to projects that help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. “The economic returns are there,” Davidson says. “The responsible investing idea… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

Swiss Pickles Set to Benefit From First Carbon Capture Plant

Climeworks AG, the Swiss company that captures carbon from the air, opened its first commercial facility at a farm outside of Zurich.Carbon dioxide extracted by Climeworks’ direct air capture plant… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Exxon Investors to Company: Make Climate Curb Fallout Public

investors, in a split with the company, urged the explorer to publish a detailed analysis on how carbon curbs could affect the value of its oil fields, refineries and pipelines.The non-binding measure… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Litterman: U.S. Exiting Paris Deal Makes No Sense

will exit the Paris climate agreement and looks at how oil companies can make money in a low-carbon economy. He speaks on “Bloomberg Daybreak: Americas.”… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

BNEF’s Chatterton: Trump Reported To Leave Paris Climate Accord

Markets AM with Pimm Fox and Lisa Abramowicz. GUEST: Richard Chatterton, Head of Climate and Carbon Research for Bloomberg New Energy Finance, on reports that President Trump is pulling out of… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Poised to Reveal Paris Decision as He's Said to Favor Exit

environmental and diplomatic consequences. As the richest nation and the second-largest emitter of carbon dioxide, the U.S. is central to efforts to address global warming. The Vatican and companies… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Plans to Exit Paris Climate Deal, White House Official Tells AP

said that the carbon levels agreed to by the prior administration “would be highly crippling to the U.S. economic growth,” and if the president had to choose between limiting carbon and economic… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Exxon and Conoco Reiterate Support for Paris Climate Deal

secretary of state. In his first blog post after becoming CEO, Woods advocated low-emission fuels, carbon capture and biofuels as tools for meeting the goals of the Paris agreement.On Wednesday, Woods… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Wall Street Isn't Convinced Coal's a Winner in Paris Withdrawal

60 years?” Daniels said. “A lot of people still see the long-term trend as trying to reduce carbon emissions.”Pulling out of Paris probably won’t boost U.S. coal demand or prices — that’s more… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Solar Stocks Fall on Reports That U.S. May Exit Paris Agreement

gigawatts of renewable energy, fell as much as 1.5 percent.While solar isn’t driven primarily by a carbon price, “it does suggest that the U.S. may subsidize coal, which would be bad for U.S. manufacturers… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Resistance to hydropower is evaporating as science takes centre stage

May 31, 2017

  Big dams have a bad reputation. They’re often associated with social disruption and environmental damage. That perception is now shifting. The challenges of climate, urbanisation and economic growth in countries and communities already burdened by poverty and underdevelopment is leading to a radical change in attitudes. Dams and related … Continue reading “Resistance to hydropower is evaporating as science takes centre stage”

Court affirms right to interrupt electricity to defaulting municipalities

  The North Gauteng High Court has confirmed the constitutional right of Eskom to schedule electricity interruptions when it dismissed applications by AfriForum and other businesses. Astral, Bridgestone, AfriForum and Mediclinic sought to prevent the power utility from performing scheduled interruptions in Madibeng, Lekwa and Kamiesberg to recover overdue debt. The applicants’ contention, … Continue reading “Court affirms right to interrupt electricity to defaulting municipalities”

Breaking new ground using microgrids

  The Eskom Research, Testing and Development (RT&D) unit is breaking new ground using MicroGrid technology to power up rural areas. A demonstration plant is currently being constructed in a rural un-electrified village in the town of Ficksburg in the Free State. This project is a demonstration of next-horizon technology … Continue reading “Breaking new ground using microgrids”

Namibia goes for wind power

  WSP, the technical advisor to Diaz Wind Power, working with a joint venture between the United Africa Group and Quantum Power, will build a 44 MW wind farm in Lüderitz. The Diaz Wind Farm will be the country’s first clean energy project and a major step to harness the … Continue reading “Namibia goes for wind power”

Kinder's Canadian Woes Deepen With Pipeline Foes on Brink of Power

out certain conditions, including the opposition to Trans Mountain, raising B.C.’s C$30-per-ton carbon tax by C$5 annually starting 2018, scrutinizing a controversial hydropower dam project also approved… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

The World Could Enter Climate ‘Danger Zone’ If Trump Exits Paris Deal

to scrap the accord involving almost 200 nations would pour hundreds of billions of tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and speed up the warming trend already taking place. It also would… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Exxon Facing Off With Shareholders in Climate Showdown

Disclosures SufficientExxon says its current disclosures, which include forecasts of how caps on carbon emissions will affect long-term petroleum demand, are sufficient.Even with the strictest scenarios… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Parliamentary delegation visits power company

May 30, 2017

  Aggreko hosted a delegation from the Argentine Parliament at its global manufacturing and technology facility in Dumbarton recently. Entering Argentina in 2008, the company now employs around 450 local people and operates a fleet of more than 550 MW of generation capacity. This equipment is used to supplement electricity generation … Continue reading “Parliamentary delegation visits power company”

World’s largest PV-diesel hybrid on the cards

  EREN Renewable Energy and Africa Energy Management Platform have been appointed to build a new 15 MW photovoltaic (PV) power plant to serve IAMGOLD’s Essakane gold mine in Burkina Faso. Comprising almost 130 000 PV panels, the solar power plant will be added to the existing 55 MW heavy fuel … Continue reading “World’s largest PV-diesel hybrid on the cards”

Nuclear energy: the best option for South Africa?

  Eskom appears to be more concerned with building new nuclear power stations than in signing power purchase agreements with independent power producers which use renewable energy sources. Energize caught up with energy analyst and managing director of EE Publishers, Chris Yelland, and asked his opinion of what generation technologies South Africa … Continue reading “Nuclear energy: the best option for South Africa?”

Koeberg’s Unit 2 back online

Eskom reports that Unit 2 of the Koeberg nuclear power station has resumed sending power onto the national electricity grid after a planned outage which lasted for 36 days. This was the second shortest outage performed in the station’s history. The shortest outage was a 32-day outage on Unit 1 in … Continue reading “Koeberg’s Unit 2 back online”

Basic protection test set designed for portability

  Omicron recently introduced the Compano 100, a primary injection, secondary injection and basic protection test set which could become the universal and easy to use solution for all types of basic testing duties in electrical energy systems. Controlled electronic sources allow the user to obtain exactly the desired value … Continue reading “Basic protection test set designed for portability”

LAND OF THE RISING SUN – Sun International sustainability drive

GCX via Earthworks Magazine, Francini Van Staden, 22 May, 2017 Sun International’s “Sun Glow” climate change response is driven by a systemic approach and underpinned by extensive data. The sustainability strategy is holistic, ambitious and an incubation space for high impact sustainability solutions. Every business must decide: it’s either “business as … Continue reading “LAND OF THE RISING SUN – Sun International sustainability drive”

Desalination plant to be installed at Koeberg Power Station

  Eskom is planning to install a desalination plant at the Koeberg nuclear power station. The objective of this project is to reduce Koeberg’s dependency on, and consumption of, municipal water supplied by the City of Cape Town for use at the power station.  Koeberg Power Station. Eskom will initially … Continue reading “Desalination plant to be installed at Koeberg Power Station”

Global carbon prices must soar to meet Paris climate target: report

…By Susanna Twidale LONDON (Reuters) – The cost of emitting carbon… and governments, including oil majors Shell and BP, for a worldwide carbon… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

Hottest Returns on DAX Generated by Old-School Coal Burners

fossil-fuel utilities still have plenty to give.RWE AG, Europe’s biggest coal plant operator and greenhouse–gas polluter, is the biggest gainer on the nation’s DAX index after jumping 48 percent this year… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

Merkel Signals New Era for Europe as Trump Smashes Consensus

called Germany’s trade surplus “very bad” and brought the U.S. to the brink of exiting the global Paris climate accord.“The times when we could fully rely on others are to some extent over — I experienced… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

World Carbon Price Seen Needing to Increase Sevenfold by 2020

levels.Costs from the higher carbon prices would not hurt ordinary consumers much, said Joseph Stiglitz from Columbia University, who led the High-Level Commission on Carbon Prices with fellow economist… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

British Columbia Greens Back New Democrats in Political Upheaval

commentators have called unsustainable. The Green Party and NDP share similar ideas, such as raising carbon taxes and taxing housing speculators, and their alliance is likely to cloud the outlook for Kinder… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Automating the biggest power plant in Africa

May 29, 2017

  Kusile power station will be the world’s fourth largest coal-fired power station when fully operational in 2020. For this massive project ABB is supplying a comprehensive control system, software, and instrumentation solution for all six of the stations 800 MW generating units. Kusile will be the first power station in … Continue reading “Automating the biggest power plant in Africa”

GM Suit Digs a Deeper Grave for Diesel

May 27, 2017

latest automaker to face a civil lawsuit claiming that its diesel engines use software to meet clean-air rules while the engines pollute at higher levels. The law firm suing GM, Hagens Berman, has… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

California Warns Senate Taking Step to Gut Auto Efficiency Rules

align the differing approaches that separate U.S. agencies take to regulating fuel mileage and carbon emissions. Sponsors include Michigan Democrat Debbie Stabenow.California countered America’s… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump still not backing Paris climate agreement: Italy's PM

May 26, 2017

… the 2015 Paris agreement to fight climate change, blocking efforts by world… the treaty, Italy’s prime minister said on Friday. But there was agreement… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

Six to One Against Trump on Climate in ‘Honest’ Exchange at G-7

European leaders and stay in the agreement if the U.S. wins assurances it can scale back its carbon-cutting commitment.After German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other Group of Seven leaders pressed… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Microsoft Wants Clean South African Energy

U.S. Department of Defense — are choosing renewables. Since 2008, the top 10 buyers of zero-carbon power alone have created billions of dollars’ worth of long-term demand for wind and solar power… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Working to Understand Europe’s View on Climate Change, Cohn Says

be environmentally friendly.”Coal emits the most carbon dioxide for each unit of energy created; natural gas releases about half as much carbon dioxide as coal when it is combusted.But Trump campaigned… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

China may limit coverage of carbon market ahead of launch: researcher

… carbon trading scheme due to start this year, with the launch facing… are inadequate to deal with the challenges of the carbon market,” He… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

Rising Seas May Wipe Out These Jersey Towns, but They're Still Rated AAA

bonds maturing over 20 years, neither of its two rating companies, Moody’s Investors Service or S&P Global Ratings, asked any questions about the expected effect of climate change on its finances.Ocean… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Atlantic Hurricane Season May Bring More Storms Than Normal

the Atlantic by increasing wind shear that weakens storms. Earlier this month, the the U.S. Climate Prediction Center lowered the odds of El Nino forming to 45 percent from 50 percent in April… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Green Power Broker to Set British Columbia's Course Next Week

share similar ideas in some areas — such as opposition to Kinder Morgan’s pipeline, raising carbon taxes, and taxing housing speculators. But Weaver has also hinted that on economic issues his… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

The answers on Eskom debt – but not from Eskom

  About a month ago, the following questions relating to Eskom debt were put to Eskom and its financial director, Anoj Singh, in writing by EE Publishers, through the official channels of communication, namely Eskom Mediadesk and the Eskom spokesman. Despite numerous re-sends and reminders, and even escalation of the … Continue reading “The answers on Eskom debt – but not from Eskom”

What’s hot at SA GeoTech 2017

May 25, 2017

  SA GeoTech 2017, a geospatial and measurement technologies conference and exhibition taking place in Ekurhuleni, Gauteng, aims to enhance the geo-intelligence skills of delegates with the intention of providing their organisations with strategic management insights, enhanced performance and efficiency, and added business value. Exhibitors will also be showcasing the … Continue reading “What’s hot at SA GeoTech 2017”

Major project for Tanzania

  CONCO is due to soon complete a major turnkey project undertaken for Tanzanian electricity supply authority Tanesco, whereby it has been constructing and rehabilitating several substations in the Kilimanjaro and Arusha areas of the country. The main objective of the project is to improve the quality and reliability of … Continue reading “Major project for Tanzania”

Old coal mines have a place in the future of clean energy

sites are on abandoned strip mines. The advantage, Rousselle said, is that they are already environmentally despoiled. “You can’t do anything worse to an abandoned mine than what humankind has already… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Pope Lends Weight to G-7 Push to Bind Trump to Climate Deal

more than $17 trillion in assets who released a statement Monday saying climate change must be an “urgent priority” for all G-20 nations. Executives have warned that Trump would put U.S. companies… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Misleading Coal Estimates May Have Skewed Climate Projections

across the country who have already decided they’re going to reduce their carbon footprints.”To better understand how carbon-emission projections are made, Ritchie undertook the soul-destroying task… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

China, the King of Coal, Is Getting Gassy

the world’s biggest population. China also is pushing hard to meet its commitments to reduce carbon emissions linked to climate change.King CoalCoal made up almost two-thirds of China’s energy… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump's Delay Opens Door for European Lobbying on Paris Pact

policies and regulations viewed as critical for the U.S. to fulfill its Paris pledge to slash carbon dioxide emissions 26 to 28 percent from 2005 levels by 2025. … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Power utility indicates corruption unlikely in nuclear deal

  Eskom’s chief nuclear officer, Dave Nicholls, told delegates at the Nuclear Power Africa conference that there are no secrets, and corruption in the nuclear deal is unlikely. He reaffirmed the utility’s position that nuclear is not just the most viable option on the table for South Africa’s future energy … Continue reading “Power utility indicates corruption unlikely in nuclear deal”

Eskom’s response to Molefe allegations

  Claims that Eskom CEO Brian Molefe and the power utility’s board chair Dr. Ben Ngubane pressured a minister to help the Guptas take over the Glencore coal mine were dismissed as “preposterous” by Dr. Ngubane when he addressed the African Utility conference in Cape Town recently. According to Eskom’s … Continue reading “Eskom’s response to Molefe allegations”

Chris Yelland talks energy at “Die Groot Ontbyt”

May 24, 2017

  KykNet’s weekday breakfast show “Die Groot Ontbyt” interviews Chris Yelland about the Integrated Resource Plan, nuclear and renewable energy, and Eskom CEO Brian Molefe. Watch the video for the answers to the questions posed: The energy sector is enjoying a lot of attention these days and the future of … Continue reading “Chris Yelland talks energy at “Die Groot Ontbyt””

Making solar PV safer

  Reductions in the cost of solar panels coupled with rising electricity tariffs and uncertainty of supply, have made solar PV increasingly attractive to both residential and commercial energy users. Although solar PV has become increasingly popular in the residential, commercial and industrial market segment over the last several years, there has … Continue reading “Making solar PV safer”

Environmental Groups Point to Jobs Supported by Clean Car Rules

materials used to improve vehicle fuel economy, according to a new report released Tuesday by environmental groups.The report by the Natural Resources Defense Council and the BlueGreen Alliance seeks… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Merkel to Confront Climate-Change ‘Doubters’ Among G-20 Peers

peers that climate change is real, signaling her message for a Group of Seven summit starting Friday.Merkel called on countries to uphold the Paris Agreement to combat climate change and limit the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Trump Dumps 'Clean Coal' Research Despite Lauding Its Potential

Secretary Rick Perry is approaching carbon-capture research, Shaylyn Hynes, an Energy Department spokeswoman, said. “Secretary Perry’s support for clean coal and carbon capture has not changed with this… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Parched Cape Town Imposes Water Restrictions Due to Drought

The city, a major international tourist destination, says it is experiencing the impact of climate change and predicts little rain in the next three weeks. It wants daily water usage to be reduced… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Trump Budget Slashes Climate Spending

would have measured carbon dioxide emissions and concentrations. The budget would also eliminate funding for the U.S. Geological Survey to study so-called biological carbon sequestration, when… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

G7 Leaders Expect Trump to Make Paris Accord Decision This Week

more than $17 trillion in assets who released a statement Monday saying climate change must be an “urgent priority” for all G-20 nations. Executives have also warned that Trump would put U.S. companies… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

A Vatican Meeting, and a Clash of Moral Visions

concept was a Chinese-invented hoax; Scott Pruitt, appointed by Trump to run the EPA, contests that carbon-dioxide emissions are a main cause of global warming.That’s not all. When it comes to the economy… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

How to Make a Speaker

says. The slate is fabricated using the same type of water-jet cutting that Boeing uses to slice carbon fiber for the bodies of airplanes. Weiss in OMA’s Brooklyn showroom. In the realm of woodworking… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Energy minister briefs parliament on nuclear, IPP and gas plans

May 23, 2017

The newly appointed minister of energy, Mmamoloko Kubayi, presented her department’s budget for 2017/2018 to parliament recently. She outlined some of her department’s plans for the coming year. This article summarises her speech. Mmamoloko Kubayi The minister said that her department will spend R8,1-billion in the 2017/2018 financial year to … Continue reading “Energy minister briefs parliament on nuclear, IPP and gas plans”

First Green Bonds Sold by an Oil Giant Find Willing Investors

business, though the Climate Bonds Initiative said in the press at the time it didn’t have enough information about the deal to count it based on its measures. The company changed its name to Bangchak… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Why Scientific Consensus Is Worth Taking Seriously

lead to greenhouse gas warming, but there wasn’t consensus until experiments showed that indeed, carbon dioxide was building up in the atmosphere, and the global temperature was rising close to the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

The potential impact of LNG in sub-Saharan Africa

May 22, 2017

  Over the last 30 years, the demand for gas as a substitute for coal and oil as an energy source has increased.  There has been a particular increase in the demand for liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Asian countries, which accounts for 75% of global demand. Sub-Saharan Africa is … Continue reading “The potential impact of LNG in sub-Saharan Africa”

The Way to Power the Next Billion Consumers

May 20, 2017

regulation should be used to expand their use.Detroit utility DTE Energy plans to reduce its carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050, and says the goal “is achievable in a way that keeps Michigan’s… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

New Carbon Tax and Reporting Regulations

May 19, 2017

Global Carbon Exchange 2 May, 2017 On 3 April 2017, the Minister of Environmental Affairs issued a notice under the National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act implementing the National Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emission Reporting Regulations (GHG Reporting Regulations). The GHG Reporting Regulations, after being in draft format for two years, … Continue reading “New Carbon Tax and Reporting Regulations”

Another milestone for Kenyan wind power project

  WorleyParsons reports that the project delivery and engineering consultancy is nearing completion of its major scope of work on the Lake Turkana Wind Power (LTWP) project in Kenya, with a key milestone of 120 wind turbines attaining Ready for Energisation (RFE) status in January 2017, and installation of all … Continue reading “Another milestone for Kenyan wind power project”

Trudeau to Force a Hybrid Carbon Price on Holdout Provinces

doesn’t bring in its own carbon price.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government revealed a “backstop” plan Thursday in Ottawa that would essentially force the minimum carbon price he announced last… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

France Holds Off On Hitting the Nuclear Button

different from Macron’s platform, which stresses the need to fight climate change by raising carbon taxes while retreating slowly from nuclear. It’s also worth noting that France’s new prime minister… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

DTE to shut coal plants, cut carbon emissions by 80 pct by 2050

May 18, 2017

… of its coal units by 2040, reducing carbon emissions by more than 80…. Detroit-based DTE said its efforts to cut carbon emissions will result… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

Latin America's Clean-Power Play

quarter of its electricity by thermal plants, which burn carbon-spewing diesel oil, coal or gas. “Brazil’s electrical grid is carbonizing,” said Goldemberg. Misguided fiscal policies have added… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Poland Faces Harsh EU Reality in Push for Coal Exemptions

started a procedure against Brussels, known as the yellow card. It argues that proposals for new carbon dioxide limits rule out the construction of coal-fired plants and deny the nation its right to… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Supporting digitalisation of South African power grid

May 17, 2017

  Eskom, the seventh largest utility in the world, generates around 95% of the electricity used in South Africa and imports and exports power to countries in the SADC region. Eskom generates, transmits and distributes electricity to industrial, mining, commercial, agricultural and residential customers and redistributors. Rising population and an increasing demand-supply … Continue reading “Supporting digitalisation of South African power grid”

Paris, London Lead Urban Charge for Cleaner Cars as Trump Balks

of Bloomberg News, is the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change. He’s also president of the board of C40 Cities, a group of cities that will work with the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Spain Seeks $4.3 Billion Investment to Meet EU Clean Energy Goal

other forms of electricity generation so long as it’s a form of supply that doesn’t increase carbon emissions.The contest marks a resumption for the renewable energy business in Spain, which was… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

The science, engineering and law of nuclear energy in South Africa

May 16, 2017

An interview with NECSA CEO Mr. Phumzile Tshelane and Chairman Dr. Kelvin Kemm In an exclusive interview, Chris Yelland, investigative editor at EE Publishers, posed a number of questions to Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (NECSA) CEO Mr. Phumzile Tshelane and Chairman Dr. Kelvin Kemm, to explore issues surrounding … Continue reading “The science, engineering and law of nuclear energy in South Africa”

Kusile power station’s systems on display

  ABB recently invited the media to visit Eskom’s Kusile new-build power station to see the company’s products in use at the power station’s first generating unit. Kusile, which is near the existing Kendal power station in the Nkangala district of Mpumalanga, will comprise six units, each rated at an … Continue reading “Kusile power station’s systems on display”

Optimising energy usage and reducing costs

  A system integrator, contracted by the management of a local softdrink bottling company, provided a solution which resulted in a dramatic reduction in the plant’s energy costs and improved the visibility of the costs associated with the bottling company’s production processes. This article describes how that was achieved. Recognising … Continue reading “Optimising energy usage and reducing costs”

Distributed generation: The impact on network design

  Distributed generation is claimed to provide a better means of following and meeting demand, but do not seem to have been researched in depth. Distributed generation requires a change in the configuration and design parameters of transmission and distribution (T&D) networks. The concept of distributed generation has not been … Continue reading “Distributed generation: The impact on network design”

Thorium reactors and process heat applications

  The Steenkampskraal Thorium Limited (STL) high temperature modular reactor (HTMR) is a Generation IV 100 MW helium-cooled power plant that features a thorium-based fuel cycle. The heat source is based on a fuel technology with intrinsic safety characteristics. This article discusses the benefits of a HTMR compared to other … Continue reading “Thorium reactors and process heat applications”

Large scale storage for utility scale solar PV

  With the increase in very large utility solar photovoltaic (PV) installations, it is becoming common practice to install utility scale storage together with PV solar farms, rather than rely on grid storage or user storage. This is influenced by the choice to rely on controllable output than external factors … Continue reading “Large scale storage for utility scale solar PV”

Scientist Turns Power Broker in Canada's Political 'Wild West'

project.Paris AgreementOnly five years ago, Weaver was modeling changes in permafrost, sea ice and carbon dioxide emissions at the University of Victoria, where he contributed to more than 200 scientific… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Occidental Holders Override Board in Approving Climate Proposal

May 13, 2017

against the proposal because its business strategies already incorporate the risks of a lower carbon economy.The proposal asks Occidental to assess its portfolio for long-term climate change impacts… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump's Plan for Arctic Drilling Won't Hit a Gusher

since methane is a potent greenhouse gas, it can still produce other pollutants such as black carbon, causing ice and snow melt.Source: Arctic Sea Ice Graphs Yellow=1980, Red=2016An additional concern… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Energize Inbox, May 2017

May 12, 2017

  Our winning letter re: Koeberg generates R29-billion towards Western Cape’s GDP Dear Editor I refer to an article published on the South African government’s news agency website on 30 March 2017, when I say that I don’t know where Lynne Brown gets her brilliant independent economists from. But what I … Continue reading “Energize Inbox, May 2017”

Molefe to head up Eskom again: what’s going on?

  Eskom’s board has apparently decided to reinstate Brian Molefe to his position as CEO of the power utility with immediate effect. This follows a dispute between the board and the minister of public enterprises over a payment Molefe was to receive. Roger Lilley Molefe left the utility at the … Continue reading “Molefe to head up Eskom again: what’s going on?”

Utility-scale renewable energy company turns to industrial projects

  Greg Austin, the managing director of the South African office of Juwi Renewable Energies spoke to Energize during the recent Power and Electricity World Africa (PEWA) exhibition and conference regarding the state of the renewable energy sector in South Africa. Greg Austin How has the delay in the signing … Continue reading “Utility-scale renewable energy company turns to industrial projects”

New York Threatens to Spoil Trump’s Push for Fossil Fuels

take charge of some of their languishing environmental issues.”New York has always led the way on environmental issues, said Seggos, the state’s environmental commissioner. “We believe that a strong… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Building a solar PV farm in Africa

May 11, 2017

  Solar PV project development and construction is well established internationally and particularly so in Europe and America. Africa has caught onto the wave with utility scale projects operational in Algeria, Egypt, Kenya, Mauritius, Morocco, Namibia, Reunion, Rwanda, South Africa, Tunisia and Uganda, with developments ongoing in many other countries. … Continue reading “Building a solar PV farm in Africa”

NERSA to formally investigate Eskom’s refusal to sign PPAs

  Brenda Martin The National Energy Regulator’s (NERSA’s) electricity sub-committee has responded to a complaint issued by the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA), indicating that it has launched a formal investigation into Eskom’s conduct.  This follows a preliminary investigation, which found that there was sufficient grounds to warrant further … Continue reading “NERSA to formally investigate Eskom’s refusal to sign PPAs”

Oil Set for Monthly Drop as OPEC Cuts Battle Rising U.S. Output

98 percent in March, OPEC Secretary-General Mohammad Barkindo said in Paris Thursday. OPEC output in April probably fell by 20,000 barrels a day to 31.72 million barrels a day, according to JBC Energy… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Dubai’s Newest Police Cars Are All-Electric BMWs

electric cars make up 10 percent of all government vehicles as part of a plan to reduce total carbon dioxide emissions by 15 percent by 2021.Earlier this year, Dubai’s transport authority announced… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

EDF to Ask Macron for Helpful Rules for French Nuclear Fleet

the Hinkley Point reactor project.Girre also welcomed Macron’s support for a minimum cost for carbon and called for a “less biased” price mechanism for the so-called ARENH sales system in France… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Razor-Thin British Columbia Vote Gives Greens Sway on Energy

share similar ideas in some areas — such as opposition to Kinder Morgan’s pipeline, raising carbon taxes, and taxing housing speculators. But Weaver has also hinted that on economic issues his… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Electricity price increase: NERSA calls for responses to Eskom’s application to deviate

May 10, 2017

  The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) has called for responses regarding Eskom’s application to deviate from prescribed procedures in an application for another tariff increase. Eskom, which has been authorised by NERSA to submit a 1-year tariff application for 2018/19 instead of its usual multi-year application, on … Continue reading “Electricity price increase: NERSA calls for responses to Eskom’s application to deviate”

New Carbon Tax and Reporting Regulations:

GCX, 2 May, 2017 On 3 April 2017, the Minister of Environmental Affairs issued a notice under the National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act implementing the National Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emission Reporting Regulations (GHG Reporting Regulations). The GHG Reporting Regulations, after being in draft format for two years, aim to … Continue reading “New Carbon Tax and Reporting Regulations:”

Discussing the answer to Africa’s power challenges

  Decentralisation of generation and determining the optimal energy mix for available resources and needs are crucial for addressing Africa’s energy challenges. This is according to experts on the advisory board of the upcoming Power-Gen & DistribuTech Africa conference and exhibition in Johannesburg. Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (NIASA) … Continue reading “Discussing the answer to Africa’s power challenges”

Power developments in Africa – May 2017

Improving South Sudan’s electricity distribution The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) has approved a supplementary loan of US$14,57-million to rehabilitate and expand the distribution networks in Juba, South Sudan. The power distribution system rehabilitation and expansion project aims at strengthening the distribution networks in Juba to provide reliable electricity supply. … Continue reading “Power developments in Africa – May 2017”

Power industry focuses on renewables: Solar PV is the fastest growing

  Increased decentralisation, the need to decarbonise electricity generation, and digitisation to boost operational efficiency are driving market opportunities in the power industry. Continued regulatory support for renewable energy in key markets will see global power investment reach $443,5-billion in 2017. Solar photovoltaic (PV) will be the fastest growing segment, … Continue reading “Power industry focuses on renewables: Solar PV is the fastest growing”

Trump Delays Decision on Paris Climate Accord Amid Infighting

administration officials to hash out the potential benefits and legal risks of remaining in the global carbon-cutting pact reached among nearly 200 nations in December 2015.And by waiting until after the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trig Completes $29 Million Acquisition of Scottish Wind Farm

million pounds ($29.3 million).Trig bought the Neilston Community Wind Farm from private developer Carbon Free and Neilston Development Trust without any third-party project debt, according to a statement… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Electric Cars Will Be at an Economic Disadvantage Until 2025

restrict polluting cars in cities, with manufacturers facing the uphill task of meeting stringent carbon dioxide emissions targets even as buyers favor bigger vehicles.In the long term, the electric-car… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Names Neil Chatterjee, Robert Powelson to FERC

coordinate attacks against President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan that requires power plants to cut carbon dioxide-emissions. Powelson has been on the Pennsylvania commission since June 2008, and also… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Nations Are Stockpiling Cleaner Fuel to Tackle Pollution

Hoekstra said in an interview in Kuala Lumpur. Natural gas, which emits about half the amount of carbon as coal when burned, is among those that will benefit from growing demand for cleaner fuels,… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Renewables: Cheap energy at a high cost?

May 9, 2017

  Recently, I read with both disgust and trepidation the story involving the contract extension of 30 Cuban water engineers. While we know there is a shortage of engineers in this country, there is no shortage of graduates looking for work, and surely it would not be difficult to find … Continue reading “Renewables: Cheap energy at a high cost?”

Nations urge Trump to stay in Paris climate agreement

… the 2015 Paris Agreement to limit global warming, that is backed…. The Paris Agreement’s Article 4 says any nation can adjust its goals… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

ACSA Gains International Carbon Accreditation At 4 Top Airports

May 8, 2017

GCX SA 21 April, 2017 Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) has achieved level 1 accreditation under the Airport Carbon Accreditation scheme (ACA) at four of its largest airports – O.R. Tambo, Cape Town, King Shaka and Port Elizabeth International Airports. ACA is an independent, voluntary programme allowing the assessment and … Continue reading “ACSA Gains International Carbon Accreditation At 4 Top Airports”

The Robot Revolution Will Take Your Car, Your Mom’s Car, and All the Oil in 13 Years

Motherboard, ReThinkx, 4 May, 2017 A new report says self-driving electric vehicle fleets are poised to replace individual cars sooner than we think. A stunning new forecast projects that the internal combustion engine, along with the entire oil industry, are going to vanish from the face of the earth in … Continue reading “The Robot Revolution Will Take Your Car, Your Mom’s Car, and All the Oil in 13 Years”

“What a time to be communicating climate information”.

Ntanganedzeni Ramugondo, CSAG UCT, 26 April, 2017 I grew up in a community where anything just happened because it was just meant to happen. Well, at least we thought so and not many had the curiosity to ask themselves why. Livelihood activities such as farming were based on indigenous knowledge … Continue reading ““What a time to be communicating climate information”.”

U.S. Bluntly Rebuffs Queries on Climate

May 6, 2017

takes priority and that it would continue to roll back environmental regulations aimed at cutting carbon emissions.”The administration is reviewing existing policies and regulations in the context of… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trudeau Mulls Coal Ban in Retaliation for U.S. Lumber Tariffs

production. Clark, who faces elections next week, has been more vocal and said she will impose a carbon tax on coal shipments if Trudeau doesn’t ban them.U.S. President Donald Trump stoked trade tensions… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

States Move to Roll Back Environmental Rules in Trump’s Wake

line are new rules in the state for refrigerants and so-called “black carbon,” which is several times more potent than carbon dioxide. That comes on top of the state’s already ambitious plan to cut… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Natural Gas Exports Can Solve U.S. Energy Glut

plans to more than double the share of natural gas to 15 percent in light of its pledge to reduce carbon emissions as much as 35 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. According to the United Nations, India… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

2016 a Record Year for Renewables, Latest IRENA Data Reveals

May 5, 2017

IRENA, 30 March, 2017 Solar outpaces wind for new power capacity Abu Dhabi, UAE, 30 March 2017 — Global renewable energy generation capacity increased by 161 gigawatts (GW) in 2016, making the strongest year ever for new capacity additions, according to data released today by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Renewable … Continue reading “2016 a Record Year for Renewables, Latest IRENA Data Reveals”

Powering Africa off-grid

  Cummins Power Generation specialises in the design and manufacture of pre-integrated generator sets (gensets) from 8  to 3300 kVA. Off-grid solutions are based on the specific needs of the operation or application in question, classed generally as either “standby” or “prime”. Standby generators provide power in the event of grid … Continue reading “Powering Africa off-grid”

Turning Plastic to Oil, U.K. Startup Sees Money in Saving Oceans

second and the resulting fuel, called Plaxx, can be used to make plastic again or power ship engines.Adrian GriffithsSource: Recycling Technologies“We want to change the history of plastic in the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

The Jersey Shore Would Rather Fight Flooding With Walls Than Retreat

says Mancini. But that just covers the bay side of town.On the ocean side, the Army Corps of Engineers just finished a 14-mile, 300-foot-wide system of dunes and berms that cost $232 million, fully… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Trump's Difficult Choice on Paris Climate Accord: QuickTake Q&A

areas of Earth and result in massive habitat displacements.3. What did the U.S. pledge?To cut its carbon emissions 26 to 28 percent from 2005 levels by 2025.4. What is Trump’s view?That’s a long story… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Returns to New York for ‘Coronation’ Marked by Protests

May 4, 2017

elected and have included activists concerned about the president’s policies on health care, climate change, immigration and women’s rights.More than 10,000 people gathered in New York’s Battery Park… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Carbon Offsetting: Buyers’ Guide 1.0

Carbon Chronicle, Steve Zwick,  25 April, 2017 Source: Steve Zwick, Ecosystem Marketplace at http://www.ecosystemmarketplace.com “A few weeks back, my Skype started bleating impatiently. It was my friend Hein, seeking my advice – which is odd, because Hein is one of those people I’m always running to for help. He’s a … Continue reading “Carbon Offsetting: Buyers’ Guide 1.0”

The road more traveled but with less carbon

The Carbon Chronicle, 3 May, 2017 Travel may be getting greener as more entities adopt offsetting initiatives. US rental car company The Hertz Corporation is launching a new carbon offset program, which TerraPass has signed on to administer. The program enables corporate customers to offset emissions associated with their vehicle … Continue reading “The road more traveled but with less carbon”

De Beers Says It Could Operate Carbon-Neutral Mine Within Half a Decade

diamond producer by value, says it could operate a carbon-neutral mine within half a decade.The Anglo American Plc unit plans to store carbon-dioxide in kimberlite rock — a type of ore best known… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

SAPVIA welcomes new Minister of Energy

May 3, 2017

  Mmamoloko Kubayi The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) has congratulated Mmamoloko Kubayi on her ministerial appointment to the energy portfolio. The association looks forward to engaging with the new minister and her team around how to give effect to the transformation of the energy sector and the role … Continue reading “SAPVIA welcomes new Minister of Energy”

Nuclear Africa conference: nuclear needed for SA’s economic future

  The Nuclear Africa 2017 Conference, held in Centurion at the end of March 2017, hosted international delegates to show their nuclear wares, discuss the benefits and problems of nuclear power, and advise on South Africa’s nuclear future. The conference demonstrated the international nature of nuclear power – in vendors, … Continue reading “Nuclear Africa conference: nuclear needed for SA’s economic future”

B.C. Premier Vows to Slap a Carbon Tax on U.S. Coal Exports

British Columbia’s premier said she’s ready to impose a C$70 ($51) carbon tax on every metric ton of U.S. thermal coal passing through the western Canadian province’s ports if she’s re-elected… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

`Charming Betsy' Doctrine Looms Over Trump's Climate Decision

issue is whether staying in the accord could legally oblige President Donald Trump to preserve carbon-cutting policies that he would much rather jettison.The White House counsel’s office warned Trump… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Climate Skeptics Always Assume the Risks Are Overhyped

failing crops, reducing carbon emissions looks like a very attractive proposition even for a climate-science skeptic. If the world launches on a path of aggressively cutting carbon, the worst-case scenario… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Oil Traders Idled as China Refiners Fall Foul of Smog Fight

that’s prompted health concerns due to the heavy smog cloaking its cities. The nation’s output of carbon dioxide from the energy industry fell 1 percent in China in 2016, helping emissions flatline… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Oil-Trading Tycoons Bankroll Battle for Sailing's Greatest Prize

squad and has enlisted European plane maker Airbus Group SE to help with the design of the team’s carbon-fiber catamaran.Tornqvist’s Artemis is galvanized by the death of crew member Andrew Simpson… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Ruling on SA’s nuclear deal a marker of political health

  The South African government’s plan to bulldoze through a nuclear energy deal has been dealt what might be a fatal blow by the Cape Town High Court which has declared the plan invalid. It found that the government had not followed due process in making the decision to pursue … Continue reading “Ruling on SA’s nuclear deal a marker of political health”

Partnership to advance electricity access in Africa

May 2, 2017

The US Department of State in partnership with the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) officially launched the African Utility Power Sector Exchange (AUPSE) recently with a summit in Washington, DC. The US-Africa Utility Power Sector Exchange project, which State and EEI are implementing jointly, aims to advance electric power sector reform … Continue reading “Partnership to advance electricity access in Africa”

Strengthening the grid for 500-million people

  The first step of a two-phased project designed to address the power needs of India’s northern region is now energised. GE Energy Connections has successfully transmitted 1500 MW of power for phase 1 of the Champa ultra high voltage direct current (UHVDC) project. Led by Power Grid Corporation of India, the project … Continue reading “Strengthening the grid for 500-million people”

Smart power plant for Virgin Islands

  Wärtsilä will supply a 21 MW smart power generation power plant to the US Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (USVI WAPA). The order includes three 34SG-LPG engines running on propane gas. The company’s scope covers the entire engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of the project. The power plant will … Continue reading “Smart power plant for Virgin Islands”

Trump Gasoline Tax Consideration Should Make Oil Nervous

Republican Congress; at 24.4 cents per gallon of E10 gasoline , that extra tax would imply a carbon dioxide cost of nearly $28 per ton.This being Trump, of course, Republicans might not necessarily… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Executive summary and full submission and response by CSIR to DoE on Draft IRP 2016

May 1, 2017

  The article below is the executive summary of the full submission and response by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to the Draft Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity (Draft IRP 2016) issued by the SA Department of Energy in November 2016 for comment and input from relevant stakeholders … Continue reading “Executive summary and full submission and response by CSIR to DoE on Draft IRP 2016”

Thousands Brave Weather to Protest Trump Climate Policies

April 30, 2017

disputing the overwhelming consensus of scientists that the world is warming and that man-made carbon emissions are primarily to blame. Among those attending the Chicago rally were members of the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump to Expand Offshore Drilling, Review Post-Spill Rules

April 29, 2017

regulatory requirements that strengthen our safety and environmental policies,” Zinke told reporters. “America leads the world in environmental and safety protections, and I assure you we will continue… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Trump Wins Easier Path to Scrapping Obama's Clean Power Plan

joined the litigation. North Carolina dropped out this year.The initiative, designed to cut U.S. carbon dioxide emissions to 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030, never took effect. The U.S. Supreme… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

The Climate Threat in Your Front Yard

— largely methane — is a very hazardous greenhouse gas. Although it is not as ubiquitous as carbon dioxide, and remains in the air for only about a decade (compared with more than a century for… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Airbus Concerned Brexit Will Curb Flow of Workers in Europe

vital parts. Airbus has invested heavily at its U.K. sites to accommodate a higher proportion of carbon components as the industry moves away from metal frames to lighter composite materials, Richter… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Eskom funding may be muffling dissenting voices on nuclear

April 28, 2017

  The lure of millions in Eskom funding appears to have muzzled two research institutions previously highly critical of the state-owned utility’s plans to procure a fleet of nuclear power stations. In the case of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) amaBhungane understands that the CSIR’s Energy Centre … Continue reading “Eskom funding may be muffling dissenting voices on nuclear”

Rice Farming Is a Big Polluter. In Arkansas, Farmers Test a Cleaner Way

April 27, 2017

because carbon markets aren’t working for them, he said. California has a fledgling market for carbon trading, and Arkansas farmers could potentially take part in it to monetize the carbon reduction… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Global Warming Costs Mount as Heatwave Hits Chile’s Glaciers

survive all sorts of climate events for 10,000 years,” said Francisco Ferrando, a geography professor at Universidad de Chile in Santiago. “Global warming is accelerating and the change is being felt… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

The Dried-Up Heart of California's Water Dilemma

government-granted “allocations” subject to curtailment and change. When water becomes scarcer, whether because of drought or population growth in California’s cities or new environmental restrictions, Tulare… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

China's $290 Billion New Area Lifts Hope for Better Cities

improve economies of scale and efficiencies as well as stimulate greater innovation and curb carbon emissions, it says. Urbanization “will act as another powerful driver of growth, although much… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Germany Calls Rick Perry’s Push to Rework Paris Climate Agreement ‘Absurd’

derided it as a hoax. Germany’s own climate efforts, however, have been less resolute.The nation’s carbon dioxide output has fallen significantly since 1990 as it replaced coal-fired power plants with… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

SA must move away from coal and towards renewables

April 26, 2017

  Ahead of the Department of Energy’s closing date for stakeholder engagement in the national Integrated Energy Plan and Integrated Resource Plan, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is underscoring the importance of South Africa’s need to embrace renewable energy as the country’s single largest potential energy source. The … Continue reading “SA must move away from coal and towards renewables”

Major institutions gather to discuss energy objectives

  In a joint effort to mobilise key stakeholders to invest in off-grid renewables in developing and emerging markets, the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) together with Energias de Portugal (EDP) and the Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP) organised a two-day investment forum in Lisbon, Portugal on 22-23 March … Continue reading “Major institutions gather to discuss energy objectives”

Khanyisa: Coal IPP, DEA and DoE face new legal challenge

  The Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) has challenged the Department of Environmental and Affairs (DEA), as well as the Department of Energy (DoE) and its IPP office to ensure that proper and thorough assessments of the environmental impact and potential climate change effects are conducted before the proposed Khanyisa … Continue reading “Khanyisa: Coal IPP, DEA and DoE face new legal challenge”

One millionth microcamera core produced

  Flir Systems recently announced that it has produced its one millionth Lepton microcamera core. This is the world’s smallest and most widely deployed microbolometer thermal imaging camera module. Additionally, the company announced it is making its highest resolution camera, Lepton 3, available to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) for product integration. Launched … Continue reading “One millionth microcamera core produced”

Drives in enclosure size E

  The VLT drives in enclosure size E are now available in a new design that gives greater output power, reduced physical dimensions, and improved functionality. Buyers can choose between standalone or cabinet-mounted variants of the single integrated drive. It is now easier to install, commission, and service VLT drives with enclosure size … Continue reading “Drives in enclosure size E”

Powering Africa’s industrialisation future

  In March 2014, Transnet announced a R50-billion contract with four manufacturers for 1064 new locomotives to drive its market development strategy. Power, efficiency, and reliability are key to powering these machines, responsible for pulling multiple wagons that carry substantial amounts of precious cargo across vast distances. At 2983 kW, the QSK95 is … Continue reading “Powering Africa’s industrialisation future”

Commitment to Africa is not just about money

  Louis Meiring When companies invest in Africa by setting up production facilities here, they contribute far more than just finances, buildings and equipment; they offer their host countries a shortcut into the global mainstream, opening the doors to trade and development. By far the most important aspects of foreign … Continue reading “Commitment to Africa is not just about money”

State prosecutors urge Trump not to withdraw from Paris accord

… not to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, which commits… agreement.” The Paris accord, reached by nearly 200 countries in 2015… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

This Hedge Fund May Be Poised to Create the Most Billionaires

foundation started by his son Nat, has spent some of his wealth funding organizations that fight climate change.Peter BrownPhotographer: Andrew Harrer/BloombergCo-Chief Executive Officer Brown, 62, also… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Most of World's Largest Investors Taking Action on Climate Risk

rapidly scaling up action to tackle climate risk and seize opportunities in financing the low carbon economy.”Hotter temperatures across the globe are leading to rising sea levels and triggering… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

California Tries to Refill Its Biggest Reservoir

April 25, 2017

snow is impressive this spring, it will be almost all gone by fall. The Coming Storm of Climate ChangeSo when several dry years leave the reservoirs parched and the mountains bare, as happened… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Oil and Mining Giants Detail Road Map to Reduce Carbon by Half

how to slash carbon from 36 gigatonnes a year to 20 gigatonnes by 2040. The group said governments and companies must boost investments in hydrogen, bioenergy, waste heat and carbon-capture technologies… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

China Doubts U.S. Climate Pledge as Trump Mulls Paris Withdrawal

China, the world’s top emitter of carbon dioxide, is questioning whether the U.S. is doing enough under President Donald Trump to meet commitments made as part of the landmark Paris climate accord… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Converting Coal Would Help China's Smog At Climate's Expense

electricity can produce almost twice as much carbon dioxide and other greenhouse emissions blamed in climate change, Song said. Synthetic natural gas produces carbon dioxide first during the processing… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Lifeline for Nuclear Plants Is Threatening Wind and Solar Power

Resources Inc.’s 2.1-gigawatt Millstone nuclear plant produces 98 percent of the state’s low-carbon power. In New Jersey, reactors produce 97 percent of clean energy.“Every time you close a nuclear… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

The Electric Car Revolution Tesla Began Faces Its Biggest Test

April 24, 2017

them because of the critical role electric cars play in reducing pollution and combatting climate change. But even where governments are less enlightened, the valley of despair is coming to an end… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Carbon tax dominoes lining up

  The Minister of Environmental Affairs has issued a notice under the National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act implementing the National Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emission Reporting Regulations (GHG Reporting Regulations). The GHG Reporting Regulations aim to introduce a single national reporting system for the transparent reporting of GHG emissions, which will … Continue reading “Carbon tax dominoes lining up”

Smart grid project for Naledi community

  Several projects were launched in Naledi Municipality, Vryburg, during March 2017, by then-Minister of Energy, Tina Joemat-Pettersson, and the mayor of Naledi Local Municipality, Neo Skalk. The first was the handover of the “Greening Technologies” to Tygerkloof Combined School. The Greening Technologies are part of the Working for Energy … Continue reading “Smart grid project for Naledi community”

Natural gas power plants planned

  Wärtsilä has been contracted to supply generating equipment with a capacity of 94 MW for two natural gas power plants to the city of Tallahassee in Florida, USA. The equipment is to be delivered during the latter part of 2017 for the 19 MW plant and in early 2018 … Continue reading “Natural gas power plants planned”

World energy priorities highlighted

  A new report published by the World Energy Council, “Exposing the New Energy Realities”, provides a snapshot of the current priorities facing global energy leaders. It highlights shifting priorities in the energy sector with an increasing impetus towards a lower carbon future. Disruptive technologies including renewable energies and energy efficiency … Continue reading “World energy priorities highlighted”

Republican Cracks Emerging in Trump's Coal-Heavy Energy Plan

within his own cabinet — about whether to continue subsidies for wind and solar power, enact a carbon tax, remain party to the Paris climate accord and plenty of other issues that will shape the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Advocates Fan Out in Global Show of Support for Science

April 23, 2017

said they were anxious about political and public rejection of established science such as climate change and the safety of vaccine immunizations. “Scientists find it appalling that evidence has… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

EPA Touts Successes of Programs Trump’s Budget Aims to Kill

April 22, 2017

responsibility for funding local environmental programs to state and local entities.”As for the diesel program, the memo said: “With updated standards in 2008, cleaner diesel engines will increasingly replace… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

U.K. Has First Day Without Relying on Coal for Power Since 1880s

said in an email.Action against climate change is the primary reason for the shift to cleaner energy. European Union members have to meet a target to generate 20 percent of their final energy consumption… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Happy Earth Day. Enjoy It While You Last.

galaxy. Earth’s geology helps regulate the climate through the cycling of carbon dioxide. When exposed rocks weather, carbon dioxide gets pulled out of the atmosphere, allowing the globe to cool. … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Paying Nuclear Losers for ‘Clean’ Power Upends U.S. Markets

April 21, 2017

began to change in August when New York handed nuclear plants so-called credits for supplying carbon-free power to the state, which means the generators can raise an additional $500 million a year… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Someone needs to fret about fracking go-ahead

  The news that fracking has been given the go-ahead in South Africa comes as a surprise to many. The Mineral Resource minister made the announcement with little comment from the Department of Energy or from former Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson. Tilden Hellyer The two major focal points are the … Continue reading “Someone needs to fret about fracking go-ahead”

Wind farm lifts first turbine ahead of schedule

  Khobab Wind Farm has announced that it has completed the lifting of the first of its 61 wind turbine generators, ahead of schedule.  It is anticipated that the first power will be exported in the next three to four months and that the wind farm is to start supplying … Continue reading “Wind farm lifts first turbine ahead of schedule”

Energy company launches technical education centre

  Schneider Electric has partnered with the Sedibeng College to launch the second French South African Schneider Electric Education Centre (FSASEC). The college is part of three more FSASECs established by the company in conjunction with the Schneider Electric Foundation and the French Ministry of Education, Higher Education and Research. … Continue reading “Energy company launches technical education centre”

SA company developing PV projects in Africa

  South African clean energy producer, BioTherm Energy has received two grant awards so far this year from the US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA). As developer to Ghanaian company, Buipe Solar, the first of two official signing ceremonies in March, saw the company receive a grant to support technical and … Continue reading “SA company developing PV projects in Africa”

Raising capital for biomass project

  Uhuru Energy, a market leader in large-scale biomass-to-energy project development, has appointed Havaic in an advisory role in its first capital raising initiative. The focus of this round of fundraising would be to facilitate the progression of certain projects through the approval phase. The company has identified the opportunity provided by biomass … Continue reading “Raising capital for biomass project”

Rooftop PV with monitoring system installed

  A professional monitoring system helps ensure the smooth operation and maximum energy yield of PV systems. Meteocontrol implements projects of all sizes throughout the world. The modular system of the blue’Log X series, which is tailored to individual systems, in combination with the VCOM virtual control room, monitors solar systems, … Continue reading “Rooftop PV with monitoring system installed”

Liquefaction production plant launched

  South Africa’s first continuous hydrothermal liquefaction plant was launched at North-West University (NWU) on 16 March 2017, which will result in the production of bio-oils, bio-char, biochemicals and biogas. The plant is one of the outputs of the Department of Science and Technology (and the National Research Foundation-supported South … Continue reading “Liquefaction production plant launched”

Predictable power where it’s needed

  The QES 200 range of mobile generators from Atlas Copco Portable Energy has been extended from 9 to 200 kVA, and now comprises eleven models to meet the standby power requirements of the general construction and rental industries, with further extensions planned for the range. Power may be needed … Continue reading “Predictable power where it’s needed”

Wal-Mart Wants Suppliers to Eliminate a Gigaton of Greenhouse Gases by 2030

Colgate-Palmolive Co. to help the world’s biggest retailer remove a billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions from its supply chain by 2030.The retailer’s target—which it’s calling Project… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

Oil-Sands Operators Bet on Local Advantage as U.S. Partners Flee

The advances could help oil-sands operators cut costs by as much as 40 percent and reduce greenhouse–gas emissions by as much as 80 percent, Wicklum said.The best methods will be widely available… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

Record Tornado Damage Shows Rising Cost of Climate for Travelers

National Weather Service data.The causes for the rising costs are in dispute. Some blame climate change. Increased development along coastlines or near forests have added to risks from hurricanes… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Conservative Carbon Tax Support Grows (Audio)

climate and adaptation reporter for Bloomberg News, discusses growing conservative support for carbon taxes in American cities. He speaks with Alan Bjerga and Amy Morris on Bloomberg Radio’s “Politics… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Carbon Taxes Gain Conservative Followers

interest in promoting or implementing a carbon tax.”D.C.’s tradition of embracing liberal causes might have made it seem an obvious candidate for a carbon tax. The brief flirtation is a case study… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Natural Gas Moves to the Naughty List

billion developing technologies to capture carbon emissions. Chevron Corp. and Australia’s government have invested $1.5 billion in equipment that collects carbon dioxide from a massive liquefied natural… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Macquarie to Boost U.K. Green Bank After $3 Billion Purchase

the privatization.“We will create a market leading platform dedicated to investment in the low carbon economy in the U.K. and beyond,” Daniel Wong , head of Macquarie Capital in Europe, said in an… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Gigantic Wind Turbines Signal Era of Subsidy-Free Green Power

are heavier, placing a natural limit on size, said Christensen. Lightweight materials such as carbon fiber may be required to reduce the heaviness of the rotor and the blades as the turbines grow… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

EIUG: No nuclear needed anytime soon

April 20, 2017

  The persistent speculation on a possible nuclear power investment in South Africa being progressed on an urgent basis is concerning, given the scale and inflexibility of such an irreversible commitment in a fast changing world.  Piet van Staden Reassurances that we will only embark on such a programme at … Continue reading “EIUG: No nuclear needed anytime soon”

Gas power plant on the cards

  A new power plant, Kpone Independent Power Plant (KIPP) in Tema, Ghana, will be independently owned by the Cenpower Generation Company (Cenpower) to provide safe, secure and reliable electricity supply to Ghana. It will consist of a multi-shaft combined cycle configuration comprising two gas turbines, two heat recovery steam generators, and … Continue reading “Gas power plant on the cards”

Energy awards recognise high standards and innovation

Africa Energy Awards has become a highlight of the annual Power and Electricity World Africa conference and exhibition. Gareth Gregory, the event’s Master of Ceremonies, said that if ambition is the destination, tenacity is the path. Since 2007, these awards have recognised and rewarded industry innovation and outstanding performance, while … Continue reading “Energy awards recognise high standards and innovation”

Toyota Puts Fuel-Cell Semi Truck to Test at Los Angeles Port

city’s docks and nearby warehouses operated by retailing giants.Swapping internal-combustion engines for fuel-cell stacks will support Governor Jerry Brown’s efforts to cut emissions from freight… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Was That Climate Change, Too? Short Answer: Yes

oft-asked question of whether an event is caused by climate change is that it is the wrong question,” Trenberth wrote in the journal Climatic Change.Allowed more than one word, the answer is considerably… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

How to Drive the World Off a Cliff

change. The mainstream approach is to tap the brakes, with a gradually rising, government-mandated carbon price, such as this research example. A more aggressive response, gaining favor among some economists… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

EPA Chief Takes First Step in Reversing Obama-Era Methane Rule

April 19, 2017

and modified wells, with the goal of reducing yearly emissions by 6.9 million metric tons of carbon dioxide-equivalent.The Environmental Protection Agency will reconsider the regulation in response… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Europe’s Coal Power Is Going up in Smoke — Fast

researcher.When used for power generation, coal is the most carbon-intensive of the fossil fuels, producing twice the level of carbon emissions as natural gas, according to the U.K.’s Department… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Feedback from Cigré annual general meeting

  Prince Moyo The South African national committee of the international council on large electrical systems, Cigré, held its annual general meeting at the premises of Aberdare Cables in Elandsfontein, Gauteng, recently. The chairman, Prince Moyo, who replaces Rob Stephen in this role, welcomed Stan Bridgens, the CEO of the … Continue reading “Feedback from Cigré annual general meeting”

New nuclear build is justifiable

  In a new report, Nuclear Power Economics and Project Structuring, the World Nuclear Association shows that new nuclear build is justified in many countries on the strength of today’s economic criteria and identifies the key risks associated with a nuclear power project and how these may be managed to support a business case for nuclear investment. This is the … Continue reading “New nuclear build is justifiable”

Koeberg’s Unit 2 shut down

  Unit 2 of the Koeberg nuclear power station in the Western Cape has been shut down for refueling after 492 days of uninterrupted operation. The refuelling process takes about two months. The unit has been running without major interruption since December 2015. Koeberg’s Unit 1 is still supplying 930 … Continue reading “Koeberg’s Unit 2 shut down”

GCL New Energy Aims to Finish at Least 300MW Solar Farms in U.S.

review that likely precedes dismantling the Clean Power Plan, a rule to cut long-term power-sector carbon pollution.“U.S. policies will have some impact but it’s not material,” said Ren. The company… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

World’s first battery-gas turbine hybrid

April 18, 2017

  GE and Southern California Edison (SCE) have unveiled the world’s first battery-gas turbine hybrid system in Norwalk, California. This system, called the LM6000 Hybrid Electric Gas Turbine (Hybrid EGT) supports SCE’s increasing renewable energy capacity by providing quick start, fast ramping capabilities to balance variable energy supply and demand, … Continue reading “World’s first battery-gas turbine hybrid”

Converting power stations to dual fuel: a rewarding challenge

  The global power generation industry is under increasing strain to keep up with demand while also having to comply with more stringent environmental legislation. While fuel prices continue to be volatile, natural gas has recently become a more attractive option. This trend has led to a growing number of … Continue reading “Converting power stations to dual fuel: a rewarding challenge”

LNG essential to meet energy demand

  Mitsui & Co., one of Japan’s largest companies, has underlined the importance of a stable liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply in order to fulfill future energy demand in Japan. The company says that LNG and gas will continue to play an important role long-term in a low-carbon global economy. Despite renewable … Continue reading “LNG essential to meet energy demand”

Mild 48 V hybrid vehicles developed

  Vehicle emissions regulations for 2025 and 2030 are unlikely to be met by conventional vehicle technology as applied to most vehicles beyond small cars. Using hybrid and pure electric powertrains involves considerable expense and delay and often totally new platforms. However, an intermediate technology has reached an exciting stage which … Continue reading “Mild 48 V hybrid vehicles developed”

Bifacial solar module launched

  Trina Solar recently announced that it has launched its high-efficiency bifacial module Duomax Twin. This product is an innovative solar module integrating the technology of the company’s high efficiency bifacial PERC cell and Duomax module. The company is known for its research and development of PERC cell technology and production, achieving several world records … Continue reading “Bifacial solar module launched”

Large propane power plant contract awarded

  The technology group Wärtsilä will supply a 21 MW smart power generation power plant to the US Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (USVI WAPA). The order includes three Wärtsilä 34SG-LPG engines running on propane gas. Wärtsilä’s scope covers the entire engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of the project. … Continue reading “Large propane power plant contract awarded”

Embracing new frontiers

  Energy leaders are adapting to a rapid change of pace and are identifying new priorities. Commodity prices and climate change policy remain the top issues keeping energy leaders awake at night, according to the latest iteration of the World Energy Council’s “World Energy Issues Monitor”. The survey of 1200 … Continue reading “Embracing new frontiers”

DC high-current transducers

  LEM of Geneva Switzerland offer the HAZ series of high-current transducers. The family includes six models capable of measurement of 4000 to 20 000 A. The window will accommodate busbars of up to 162 x 42 mm. The HAZ series are available in six industry standard outputs: ± 20 … Continue reading “DC high-current transducers”

This Man Is Spending Millions to Break Elon Musk's Trump Ties

Bee. He’s going to set up information booths on college campuses in a bid to dissuade young engineers from working at Tesla or Space Exploration Technologies Corp., Musk’s rocket company. He’s going… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

UPDATE 2-Trump advisers to meet Tuesday to discuss Paris climate agreement

…. Environmental groups want Washington to remain in the Paris agreement… whether to recommend that he withdraw the United States from the Paris… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

Trump advisers to meet Tuesday to discuss Paris climate agreement

…. Environmental groups want Washington to remain in the Paris agreement, even… energy issues at the NEC, to recommend remaining in the Paris agreement… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

Nutrient-Poor Farms Get a Vitamin Boost From Zinc Mines

demand for the metal at a time of low stockpiles and surging prices.“It’s slow growth, but it’s steady growth,” said Sean Davis, the principal analyst for a Houston-based unit of IHS Markit, a global… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Exxon, Shell Join Ivanka Trump to Defend Paris Climate Pact

Low and No-Carbon IndexesBy contrast, he said, remaining in the deal would ensure a constant cycle of international criticism because countries have committed to a new round of carbon-cutting commitments… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Apple’s Quest to Use 100% Renewable Energy

April 14, 2017

of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, discusses the company’s goal to reduce their carbon footprint by using only clean energy. She speaks with Bloomberg’s David Gura. … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Koenigsegg Reveals Insane 1,360-Horsepower Agera RS1 in New York

needed to eliminate even a passenger seat to achieve its 4,280-pound weight, the RS1 has electric carbon fibre sport seats. (Not to compare the two—the RS1 belongs to a price range miles removed from… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Apple Says Three More Suppliers to Use Solely Renewable Power

Jackson, Apple’s vice president in charge of sustainability and government affairs.“We look at our carbon footprint as so much more than just our office, our data centers, our stores, even our distribution… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

One of Saturn’s Moons Has Potential for Life

energy source in the form of hydrothermal venting. Chemicals needed for life formation include carbon, hydrogen, sulfur, phosphorous, and nitrogen. No phosphorus or sulfur has been found on Enceladus… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Caution: Debate Over Speed Bumps Ahead

suggested that the country eliminate speed bumps from its roads to ease vehicle passage and limit carbon emissions. This has since given rise to heated debate. In the U.S., homeowners often push for… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Secrets of Flight Attendants, From Free Upgrades to Mile High Club Fails

When you cram hundreds of passengers into a carbon fiber tube and shoot it across the sky, things are bound to go wrong. And no matter how dire the state of air travel seems—whether it’s the disturbing… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Selected for prestigious energy leaders programme

April 13, 2017

  SANEA, the South African National Energy Association, is very pleased to announce that two of its nominees, Avesh Padayachee and Pule Segale, have been selected for the prestigious global World Energy Council FELS 100 programme. Pule Segale Avesh Padayachee                 The Council … Continue reading “Selected for prestigious energy leaders programme”

Fostering innovation and changing mindsets for mobility

  In partnership with the Dutch Cycling Embassy comprising Dutch cycling experts working together to promote cycling and share the Dutch cycling culture worldwide, Royal HaskoningDHV facilitated a fact-finding mission earlier this year to see what people on the ground think of cycling for improved mobility, upliftment of communities and … Continue reading “Fostering innovation and changing mindsets for mobility”

Co-op’s community wind farm on track

  The development of Awel Co-op’s wind farm in Wales is well under way with the energisation of the wind turbines due to take place next month. Final take over by Awel Co-op as the owner and Enercon for the turbine operations and maintenance took place in January 2017. The project comprises two … Continue reading “Co-op’s community wind farm on track”

Carbon fibre couplings for power transmission

  High performance carbon fibre shaft couplings from Bibby Turboflex, part of the Altra Industrial Motion Group, can dramatically simplify the design, installation and maintenance of power transmission systems requiring long horizontal or vertical shafts, while also improving dynamic performance. The company’s floating shaft couplings are a favoured solution for … Continue reading “Carbon fibre couplings for power transmission”

Electrical council seeks students and young professionals

  Cigré wants to increase the participation of women and young professionals under the age of 35 (students in particular) in the organisation’s activities and to create new national committees in Africa. In order to achieve this directive, the Cigré-SA Executive Committee initiated the Cigré-SA Next Generation Network (NGN). This group … Continue reading “Electrical council seeks students and young professionals”

Eliminating energy-related carbon emissions is possible

  Global energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions can be reduced by 70% by 2050 and completely phased-out by 2060 with a net positive economic outlook, according to new findings released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Perspectives for the Energy Transition: Investment Needs for a Low-Carbon Energy Transition, launched … Continue reading “Eliminating energy-related carbon emissions is possible”

Energy storage unit available locally

  The Daimler subsidiary, Deutsche Accumotive, has introduced a stationary energy storage unit which can be used by industrial and domestic users alike. The new Mercedes Benz-branded energy storage unit makes use of the experiences gained in the development of Li-ion storage systems for supplying energy in mobile applications. The system enables energy … Continue reading “Energy storage unit available locally”

UK-France power link ordered

  ABB has won an order worth €270-million from the UK grid operator, National Grid, and the French network owner and operator, Réseau de Transport d’Electricité (RTE), to provide HVDC technology to help interconnect the electricity networks of France and the UK. The company will participate in the interconnection project, which further … Continue reading “UK-France power link ordered”

Transformer ratio and winding resistance tester

  The Megger MWA3 series transformer winding analyser is designed to perform transformer ratio and winding resistance testing in one box, quickly and efficiently. It is an advanced three-phase portable transformer test system which reduces set-up time, increases job-site safety, and delivers improved productivity compared to individual instrument testing. The unit’s light … Continue reading “Transformer ratio and winding resistance tester”

Fit-for-purpose solar cables

  Specialist cable manufacturer, Helukabel, has invested considerable resources in the development of a comprehensive range of cables and accessories exclusively for solar energy applications. This has positioned it as a leading supplier of cabling solutions for many of the world’s most advanced solar plants. Having also supplied cabling solutions for some of … Continue reading “Fit-for-purpose solar cables”

Senior White House Adviser Departs for Business Lobby Group

successfully by other big business trade groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Peacock, an engineer by training, got his master’s in public policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School and first served… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Why United Airlines Won't Lose Much Altitude in China

United Airlines was running so hot that the hashtag #UnitedForcesPassengerOffPlane was receiving 20 million views per hour on the Sina Weibo social network. Such fury is more typically reserved for… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

U.K. Post-Brexit Economy Depends on Energy Market That's a Mess

using coal by 2025.“The U.K. could do a lot better,” said Russel Mills, director of energy and climate policy at Dow Chemical Co., the world’s second-biggest chemicals maker. “The country’s already… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Your Fridge May Get Washington's Next Regulatory-Rollback

tenure are estimated to save consumers $550 billion in utility bills and avoid 3 billion tons of carbon dioxide, equivalent to about 800 coal plants running for a year, according to government data… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Citigroup Investors Need to Start Playing Hardball

mix or strategy. Rather, investors lobbed soft, yawn-inducing questions about diversity, climate change and corporate responsibility. Sure, some investors may prefer to keep their dialogue with… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Battle to Save a Dying Arizona Coal Plant Goes to Washington

coal-pollution rule and taken steps to reverse the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, which sought to curb carbon emissions from the power sector. But cutting regulations can’t change coal’s unfavorable economics… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

New service centre workshop for drives

April 12, 2017

  ABB recently introduced its new drives services workshop at its factory and logistics headquarters in Modderfontein. The centre offers drive system consulting, retrofit, reconditioning and drive exchange services. The drive system consulting service offers support to optimise the process performance of a drive system. This service is available for … Continue reading “New service centre workshop for drives”

Engineers@Leisure: Dogs on site

  My work assistants come in the form of large, furry and loving Belgian Shepherd dogs. My first dog was employed in 1987, and to this day I have remained fortunate to have been (mostly) allowed to let my enthusiastic companions accompany me to work, and they have made my … Continue reading “Engineers@Leisure: Dogs on site”

Using computers to design electric furnaces

  This article provides an overview of recent applications of computational modelling to the design of electric furnaces. The aim is to illustrate that computational modelling can more comprehensively represent the component physics, chemistry, and kinetics of the processes being evaluated. While the smelting process is understood in general terms, … Continue reading “Using computers to design electric furnaces”

Pumping station optimisation saves energy, reduces TCO

  An upgrade of the water treatment and water supply system in Samara, Russia has improved operational efficiencies, reduced leaks and reduced total cost of ownership. The optimisation and control solution, which was implemented in 37 pumping stations, used a software-driven, process optimising, supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system … Continue reading “Pumping station optimisation saves energy, reduces TCO”

Co-generation: Hybrid fuel-cell gas turbine systems

  Co-generation has been understood to mean the use of surplus process heat to generate electricity, or combined heat and power (CHP). The meaning has expanded to include combined power and heat (CPH), where power production is the primary purpose. With the increasing use of fuel cells, the options of … Continue reading “Co-generation: Hybrid fuel-cell gas turbine systems”

Latent heat storage: a new partner for CSP?

  It is generally accepted that cost-effective storage is the key to a high penetration of renewable energy in electricity grids. Much work has been done on the development of storage technology to meet these goals, but systems are still confined to several hours of operation. If longer storage periods … Continue reading “Latent heat storage: a new partner for CSP?”

Using tap changer dual assessment on transformers

  Diagnosing a transformer tap-changer’s performance, in order to determine whether the transformer is still fit for service or needs to be taken out of service for repair, can be done in a number of ways. This article describes a dual assessment method which evaluates an oil sample and measures … Continue reading “Using tap changer dual assessment on transformers”

The key to detecting broken conductors

  Detecting broken power line conductors has been made easier by the implementation of a new American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard in modern recloser controllers. This article describes the process. The latest implementation of the ANSI 46BC standard protection code provides for additional capabilities in broken conductor detection. Given the … Continue reading “The key to detecting broken conductors”

Estimating moisture in power transformers

  Modern technology and developments in signal acquisition and analysis techniques have provided new tools for transformer diagnostics. Of particular interest are dielectric response measurements where insulation properties of oil-paper systems can be investigated. Dielectric frequency response, (DFR, also known as Frequency Domain Spectroscopy, FDS), was introduced more than 15 … Continue reading “Estimating moisture in power transformers”

Construction materials from recycled CO2

  Mineral Carbonation International (MCi), an Australian company, is conducting research into a technology for the capture and storage of carbon dioxide (CO2) by means of mineral carbonation. Its aim is to make use of waste CO2 as a raw material for the production of “green” construction products, with a … Continue reading “Construction materials from recycled CO2”

BRIEF-Energica signs commercial agreement with Tendance Roadster in Paris area

… agreement on the French market with Tendance Roadster in Paris area… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

China Urges U.S. to Uphold Paris Deal

U.S. to stick with the Paris agreement on climate change. Blomberg’s Rosalind Chin reports on “Bloomberg Markets.”… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

White House Seeks Car-Efficiency Talks With California

said he would review California’s legal authority to enforce its own limits on pollution and carbon-dioxide emissions. So far, the administration has declined to launch a formal challenge to California’s… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Electric Planes Are a Better Bet Than Flying Cars

links to less-developed rural areas. In effect, such planes could become the high-speed, low-carbon competition for long car rides, expensive commuter rails and trans-city buses.Until quite recently… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

First Look: The Most Powerful Audi TT RS Ever

pounds saved in the engine alone thanks to new aluminum components, and 8 pounds shed via new carbon-ceramic brake discs on the front of the car. Also new this year are Comfort, Auto, Dynamic, and… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Meet the 840-Horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

can go wrong. You’re going to want to fix your car. Source: FCA US LLCThe Demon has a custom carbon-fiber instrument panel with the “Demon” badges written in script on the vent. A new four-point… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Why the U.S. Overtaxes Labor

One day last week, a couple of White House officials floated the idea of including a VAT and a carbon tax in coming tax-reform legislation; within hours they had to walk it back. Economic efficiency… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Siemens, Bombardier Said in Talks to Combine Rail Units

has become the fastest growing rail market as governments seek to ease crowded roads and reduce carbon emissions.TalksTalks between Bombardier and Siemens started earlier this year, the people said… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

China Offers to Talk on Climate With U.S. as Trump Seeks Exit

distributed to reporters on Tuesday after a ministerial meeting in Beijing.China plans to cut carbon emissions per unit of economic growth by 18 percent by 2020 from the 2015 level. China has made… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

South Africa: growth or stagnation?

  The choice between growth and stagnation depends on the energy mix selected and the policy choices that are made. These issues will determine the economic path of South Africa for the next decade. Rob Jeffrey There was an important statement by the Minister of Public Enterprises recently which gave … Continue reading “South Africa: growth or stagnation?”

Investments in planning ensure project success

  Time, focus, and expertise in upfront project planning is critical to the success of power projects – experience and technology can help save time and money. Joseph Mahendran Power development plans throughout the world are getting more complex. Finding the optimum mix between large-scale multi-year baseload power projects, short-duration … Continue reading “Investments in planning ensure project success”

Protecting assets and the enviroment

  Andrew Keefe, the product manager for impregnation products at Elantas represented in South Africa by Wilec, spoke to Energize during a recent visit to South Africa. Keefe was in the country to visit the company’s sole distributor in South Africa, Wilec, and local customers. He also addressed delegates at … Continue reading “Protecting assets and the enviroment”

How Countries Cut Carbon by Putting a Price on It: QuickTake Q&A

April 11, 2017

expect to use some form of carbon pricing.1. Who has a carbon tax?Right now 19 countries impose levies with prices ranging from less than $1 to $131 a metric ton of carbon dioxide emitted — the equivalent… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

President Zuma’s game of musical chairs: what does this mean for the energy industry?

  South Africans are in a state of shock following President Zuma’s seemingly abrupt decision to reshuffle his cabinet. Paired with the subsequent credit downgrades, the country’s future is, yet again, riddled with uncertainty. Travis Hough The new minister of energy, Mmamoloko Kubayi, has held positions within the telecommunications and … Continue reading “President Zuma’s game of musical chairs: what does this mean for the energy industry?”

Thornton Joins Barrick Top Brass in Argentina After Rupture

where Veladero is located, have issued a series of demands, including a re-engineering of operational and environmental processes at the mine. It will also have to be audited by local and international… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Trump Faces Showdown With G-7 Over Climate Stance Next Month

pledge to abandon the landmark climate agreement, brokered in 2015 by more than 190 nations. It also indicates that other nations are unwilling to drop climate change from the G-7 agenda, setting… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

BMW, Ford Win U.K. Funds for Driverless, Low-Carbon Vehicles

among the winners of 110 million pounds ($136 million) from the U.K. for the development of low-carbon vehicles and driverless cars.The funding for a total of 38 projects, including 62 million pounds… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Pipeline Built to Survive Extremes Can't Bear Slow Oil Flow

at low temperatures, crude behaves badly. Ice crystals form that can damage pumping equipment. Carbon molecules, meanwhile, coalesce into paraffin, a waxy residue that, if not cleared out, can gunk… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Long-term service contract awarded at Zambian mine

April 10, 2017

  Rolls Royce Power Systems has won a 13-year service contract for the regular maintenance of 30 Rolls Royce Power Systems MTU engines used in Hitachi dump trucks at the Lumwana copper mine in Zambia. To ensure fast, trouble-free service, more than 10 MTU employees will be stationed directly on-site at the mine. … Continue reading “Long-term service contract awarded at Zambian mine”

High grade nuclear fuel element discovered locally

  Steenkampskraal mine in the Western Cape says the thorium (Th) deposit at the mine is the highest grade in the world, at an average of 2,14% Th. The latest mineral resource estimate indicates the presence of 11 700 t of thorium. A report by the Colorado School of Mines says that … Continue reading “High grade nuclear fuel element discovered locally”

Power export programme expanded

  Eskom and Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) have signed a three-year power supply agreement to increase Eskom’s electricity exports to South Africa’s neighbouring states. This is the second power sales agreement that the power utility has signed, having recently concluded a five-year power sales agreement with NamPower, the Namibian national … Continue reading “Power export programme expanded”

New twist in IPP battle as Eskom may close stations early

  Eskom has been vague when it comes to backing up its claims about five power stations which will have to close early due to the expected inclusion of more renewable energy producers. Not even the three unions that have met with executives from the power utility over the past few weeks … Continue reading “New twist in IPP battle as Eskom may close stations early”

VWs Pile Up by Thousands Awaiting Fix or Scrap Yard in Buyback

that cleans the pollutants. But that retrofit presents a host of engineering challenges, German said. For example, engineers will have to shoehorn a urea tank and filling nozzle into small cars… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Russia Turns Wary on Japan Gas Future as Abe Heads to Moscow

the country’s reliance on nuclear power as a way to lower costly fossil fuel imports and cut carbon emissions.Gazprom’s export projects for Asian markets. Source: Gazprom March 2017 presentationSource:… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Legal advice on African deals

  Norton Rose Fulbright has one of the largest legal footprints in Africa of any international law firm, and has been advising on deals in Africa for over 30 years. This is evident in its experience of working in over 45 African jurisdictions, both advising on transactions and on-going commercial operations … Continue reading “Legal advice on African deals”

Wind farm connection to an AC network

  The performance requirements of wind power plants (WPPs) are defined by the respective regulatory bodies for power system operation and are usually described in the form of a grid code. These codes usually define the expected operational ranges of frequency and voltage, the requirements for reactive power/voltage control and … Continue reading “Wind farm connection to an AC network”

Power developments in Africa, April 2017

  Two 17 MW solar parks for Burkina Faso South African-based BioTherm Energy has been selected to develop two 17 MW solar PV plants near the villages of Pá and Kodéni in Burkina Faso, once the feasibility study has been concluded. The US Trade and Development Agency awarded a grant … Continue reading “Power developments in Africa, April 2017”

Appeals court upholds California's anti-greenhouse gas program

April 9, 2017

… for reducing greenhouse gas emissions does not amount to an illegal tax… emissions and buying and selling greenhouse gas emission allowances… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Green house gas

Richard Branson Opens B.V.I Art Reef Scuba Dive Site

April 8, 2017

Owen Buggy, saw an opportunity: “[Buggy] pitched the idea to me of cleaning this ship of any environmental hazards and then intentionally sinking it to become an artificial reef and recreational dive… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Coal's Itsy-Bitsy Comeback

roll back the previous administration’s Clean Power Plan, which would have imposed strict new carbon-emissions rules on coal-fired power plants. “My administration is putting an end to the war on… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Targeting strong growth in East Africa

April 7, 2017

  The partnership between Cummins and Car & General (C&G), to be known as Cummins C&G Limited, will be fully operational in April 2017. The new company’s region of responsibility will cover Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Rwanda, Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Somalia and Seychelles. East Africa, one of the … Continue reading “Targeting strong growth in East Africa”

Amazon Finds There's Nothing Foolish in Fuel Cells

Power technology. That would be a shame: Once the internal combustion engine is forced out by ever more stringent environmental regulation, consumers should, at the very least, have a choice of different… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Congressional Clock Running Out to Repeal Obama Regulations

Interior Department rule requiring companies to find and repair leaks of methane — a potent greenhouse gas — from pipelines, processing equipment and wells. The American Petroleum Institute has lobbied… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

Saudi Aramco IPO May Revive London's Commodity Heavy Past

risks around climate change. In particular, they worry that at least some of the wealth tied up in fossil-fuel reserves could be stranded as things like vehicle electrification and climate-focused legislation… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Lawmakers Confuse Themselves on Climate Change

sure what would have the biggest impact — smog or carbon dioxide.What we know now is that smog eventually dissipates and gets rained out. Carbon dioxide stays in the atmosphere for centuries. Some… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

BP Cuts CEO’s Maximum Pay by $3.7 Million to Appease Investors

April 6, 2017

reward efforts to control emissions. Progress in cutting greenhouse gases from its refineries, chemical plants and the burning of natural gas at its fields will determine 10 percent of executives’… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

World Leaders Watch in Silence as Trump Cuts Climate Efforts

As President Donald Trump tries to rip U.S. climate change efforts out by the roots, world leaders are watching in silence.Presidents and prime ministers around the globe have raised few, if any… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Peru Must Prepare for Climate Change After Floods, Kuczynski Says

flooding in almost 20 years, the country’s leader says preparing for the next big one is more urgent than ever.Severe El Ninos “will come around more frequently because of climate change” and Peru needs… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Trump Boosts Coal as China Takes the Lead on Climate Change

President Xi Jinping at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, the world’s two largest economies and carbon polluters are taking dramatically divergent paths on climate policy. With Trump suggesting he… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump’s Tax Overhaul Keeps Congress Waiting as Questions Pile Up

Secretary Steven Mnuchin and National Economic Council head Gary Cohn, are said to oppose it.Carbon TaxAmid that disagreement, the administration has begun reaching out to Democrats to seek support… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Accurate power analyser for transformer testing

  The new Yokogawa WT3000E Transformer Version is said to be the world’s most accurate precision power analyser dedicated to testing power transformers used in power utilities’ transmission and distribution networks. The device boasts a total power accuracy of ±0,01% at a power factor of 1 and frequencies between 44 and … Continue reading “Accurate power analyser for transformer testing”

Trump Budget Would Slash Funds for EPA Vehicle Lab

cut $48 million from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s program responsible for producing new car fuel economy labels and certifying that new vehicles, engines and fuels conform with clean… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

BRIEF-I.Ceram signs strategic collaboarion agreement with university Paris 13

… agreement with university Paris 13 * The first experimental results… of this agreement are expected at the end of the year 2017 Source text… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

To Shrink the Trade Deficit With China, Tax Carbon

would be to pivot to a border carbon-adjustment policy, something that would benefit most American companies and be compatible with WTO rules. It would tax the carbon contents of imports from all… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Canada To Move Forward With Climate Strategy

Canada has accelerated its efforts to shift to a lower carbon economy, with a plan to spend $2.2 billion on clean energy investments over the next five years… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Stand-Up Paddleboarding (aka Surfing for the Lazy)

a paddle separately, aluminum or alloy is fine (Red Paddle Co.alloy, $140; redpaddleco.com), carbon fiber is better (Aqua-Bound Malta,$325; aquabound.com), and wood is way cool (Shaw and Tenney… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Engineers speak out on recent cabinet reshuffle

April 5, 2017

  Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA), the industry association for consulting engineers, representing a member base of over 500 companies which employ over 23000 people in various capacities, has expressed dismay at the recent cabinet reshuffle. According to CESA, the current cabinet reshuffle, which they accept as being the prerogative … Continue reading “Engineers speak out on recent cabinet reshuffle”

Highly critical written responses received by DoE to its Draft IRP 2016

  The Department of Energy (DoE) released a draft update (Draft IRP 2016) to its earlier Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity (IRP 2010-2030) in November 2016, and invited comments and input through a public participation process. The deadline for this feedback was 31 March 2017. This review provides a summary … Continue reading “Highly critical written responses received by DoE to its Draft IRP 2016”

Generator-hire company opens office in Saldanha Bay

  Compressor and generator hire company, Rand-Air, recently opened a branch in Saldanha Bay, in an effort to expand the company’s reach across the country. The need to support the steel industry and related contractors around the sector, such as marine contractors, sandblasters etc., was imminent. The company is proudly involved in … Continue reading “Generator-hire company opens office in Saldanha Bay”

Robust ground-based PV mounting system

  Schletter Group, known internationally for its PV mounting systems, has expanded its ground mount product line, the first of a new generation, designed with thoughtful attention to proven, cost-effective installation standards and practices. Noteworthy cost benefits include increased adjustment capability in the field, increased spans between foundations, standardisation and reduction … Continue reading “Robust ground-based PV mounting system”

Solar powered TV launched

  Being the only UK electronics brand to manufacture its televisions on home soil, Cello is used to doing things differently. The company has launched their latest offering: a 56 cm LED TV which is powered solely by the sun. Recently launched at the third Solar Africa Expo in Kenya the concept has been … Continue reading “Solar powered TV launched”

Funding raised for Japanese solar power plant

  Canadian Solar, one of the world’s largest solar power companies, recently announced completion of its second green project bond placement with Goldman Sachs Japan. The ¥5,4-billion (US$47-million) innovative dual-tenor green project bond was issued to finance Canadian Solar’s 19,05 MW Gunma Aramaki solar power plant in Gunma Prefecture, Japan. The … Continue reading “Funding raised for Japanese solar power plant”

Regional company established in South Africa

  IBC Solar, a leading global system house for photovoltaics (PV) and energy storage systems, is now actively involved in the growing the South African market with its own regional company. The company has been working with its partner Maxx solar energy in South Africa since 2014, and has already successfully implemented numerous projects. A new … Continue reading “Regional company established in South Africa”

Smart grid inverter extends battery life

  Imeon Energy creates intelligent inverters for specific and diverse needs in the self-­consumption market, emphasising performance and simplicity of use. Its “grid optimised storage”manages charge and discharge of batteries to optimise efficiency, increasing the batteries’ life. In fact, contrary to traditional techniques, the unit stores only the surplus of … Continue reading “Smart grid inverter extends battery life”

Global Shipping Fleet Braces for Chaos of $60 Billion Fuel Shock

much as $4 million per engine, depending on its size, said Nick Confuorto, president and chief operating officer at scrubber supplier CR Ocean Engineering. Retrofitting engines might be worth doing… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Is the F-35 a Trillion-Dollar Mistake?

the ground. Simultaneously, the plane’s main engine in the rear swivels 90 degrees to expel its exhaust downward. The combined force of fan and engine allows the plane to hover.https://www.youtube… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Tesla Vs. Ford, GM: Oil Has Been There

exploration and production companies that pioneered the shale boom. Like Tesla, they are valued for growth above all else and have had few problems tapping investors and bondholders for more money, despite… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Trump Administration Needs a Plan to Deal With China

to remain open; it would prefer that countries stick to their ambitious targets for reducing carbon emissions. Above all, it would like the room to pursue its strategic goals at home, in the region… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Why Modi Is a Different Nationalist Than Putin or Trump

and ask questions later. But that’s changed in the past decade. The Paris agreement on curbing carbon emissions, for example, came together partly because Modi sought to use it as an example of Indian… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

London May Have World's Strictest Anti-Pollution Rules by 2019

the pollution. Drivers were encouraged to switch to the fuel in the 1990s because it emits less carbon dioxide than gasoline. However, other pollutants as much as ten times more toxic continue to… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Boeing Wins $3 Billion Iran Sale in Potential Test for Trump

attended the rollout of a new Boeing jet from a factory in South Carolina, extolling the “beautiful” carbon-composite 787-10 and praising the CEO as “a very, very tough negotiator.”Congressional MovesThe… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

New York Banking Royalty’s Heirs Are Unloading Art to Save the Family Estate

April 4, 2017

companies. A friend and early patron of artist Mary Cassatt, he maintained homes in Manhattan and Paris and a place in Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York, from which he commuted to the city on his yacht. … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Japan Nuclear Court Wins Give Scant Guide on Further Victory

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to lower the country’s reliance on costly fossil fuel imports and lower carbon emissions.“District courts are independent and can make their own decisions, despite what a high… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Battery storage holds economic potential

  Bertie Strydom The Battery Technologies Conference offered insight in to compliance and standards issues relating to batteries, research and development (R&D) in the battery industry, and the roadmap for assessing if energy storage could be a future industry locally and internationally. The Industrial Development Corporation’s Bertie Strydom’s presentation shed … Continue reading “Battery storage holds economic potential”

44 MW gas turbine for mobile power generation

  In an effort to speed-up fast-track power initiatives, Siemens introduces the SGT-A45 TR mobile gas turbine to its portfolio. This mobile gas turbine addresses the growing market for fast power. With an electrical generating capacity of up to 44 MW, this aero-derivative gas turbine is packaged for rapid deployment and … Continue reading “44 MW gas turbine for mobile power generation”

Nuclear Power Is Worth Saving

the atmosphere, is to put a price on greenhouse-gas emissions — in the form of a substantial carbon tax. Until federal and state lawmakers see the wisdom of enacting one, states should at least… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Xi's Nordic Stopover on His Way to U.S. Reveals a Global Trade Shift

warming, China is now placing itself alongside the European Union in the fight against climate change. The EU’s climate commissioner, Miguel Arias Canete, said ahead of his visit to China last week that… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Blue States Sue Trump Over Delay of Energy-Efficiency Rules

and other consumer products that are being blocked have been projected to slash emissions of carbon dioxide by 292 million tons, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Monday in a statement… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

How China Can Become a True Climate Leader

except in the most impoverished nations. Chinese leaders made a vague pledge to support low-carbon technologies internationally as part of a landmark 2015 climate change agreement with the U.S… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

CDS Trades and High-Tech Managers

April 3, 2017

certified by the “relevant payee,” plus 1% per annum (ISDA 2002 Master Agreement § 14). Good Hill certified that the cost of funds was 20%, the interest rate on loans from third-party investors.The result… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Former Google Vice President Starts a Company Promising Clean and Safe Nuclear Energy

President Donald Trump unwound the Obama-era framework of regulations designed to combat climate change and announced that he was “putting an end to the war on coal.”But not everyone in high-tech… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Poland's Morawiecki Doesn't Want Zloty to Strengthen Too Quickly

another tranche of so called Green bonds, whose proceeds are spent on efforts to mitigate climate change, Morawiecki said. That sale may be worth about 750 million euros.Washington AgendaMorawiecki… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Blaming South Africa Coal Cuts on Green Power Is `Misdirected'

NPC drew up the government’s blueprint for growing the economy, which recommends exploiting low-carbon energy. “It’s hard to believe that independent power producers are currently having any serious… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Local company supplies vandal-proof mini substations

  PCB Power Transformers is one of four successful bidders to be awarded as City Power’s (Johannesburg) supplier of mini substations built to their new specification. The company prides itself in the fact that it was the first supplier to have manufactured the new specification mini substation and have it … Continue reading “Local company supplies vandal-proof mini substations”

Cloud-based monitoring system for standby generators

  Companies usually expect their standby generators to offer an uninterruptible supply of electricity. However, some generators are not inspected regularly or protected securely. This results in the generator not being able to supply electricity when needed. Cummins has launched a cloud-based remote monitor for use with its range of … Continue reading “Cloud-based monitoring system for standby generators”

EPA chief says Paris climate agreement 'bad deal' for U.S.

… but the Paris climate change agreement is a “bad deal” for the country… to the agreement. Chinese President Xi Jinping is due to have his… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

BRIEF-Euronext and Intercontinental Exchange sign agreement for derivatives clearing

… Exchange sign agreement for derivatives clearing * Formal clearing… services agreement expected Q2 2017 * Derivatives clearing operations… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

Donald Trump’s Ferrari Disappoints at Florida Auction

April 2, 2017

seats and Scuderia crests on the fenders; it had yellow dials, a radio with a CD changer, and a carbon dash insert.Photographer: Dirk de Jager © 2017 Courtesy RM Sotheby’sThis 2007 Ferrari F430 F1… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

EPA scientific integrity office reviewing Pruitt's comments on carbon

April 1, 2017

… in a television interview he does not believe carbon dioxide is driving global… that carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of fossil fuels are a major… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

Can Trump Truly Revive Coal Jobs and Industry?: QuickTake Q&A

appropriate,” begin proceedings to suspend, revise or rescind regulations designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. Notably on the chopping block is the Obama administration’s… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

Biggest 787 Dreamliner Takes Flight in Lift for Boeing Cash Plan

local time, as if to accentuate the improved development.Stiffer headwinds may lie ahead as the carbon-composite jetliner enters the market next year. The 787-10 figures significantly in Boeing’s… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Bad News, Cyberwars and the Science of Lying

(Toronto Star)GOP climate skeptics call “insane” hearing which backfires as expert witness calls for carbon tax (Independent)Inside Cheddar, the Would-Be CNBC of the Internet (Wired)The Most Coveted Ball… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Pressure transmitters for demanding applications

March 31, 2017

  The PT2000 line of pressure transmitters from Turck, supplied locally by RET Automation, offers a welded stainless steel measuring cell for increased durability and chemical compatibility. The PT2000 offers a solution that has no elastomer seals and all wetted materials are 316L stainless steel. This enables it to meet the … Continue reading “Pressure transmitters for demanding applications”

Future of Asian Luxury Cars, Electric Vehicles At Auto Show

in South Korea, home to the world’s fifth-largest automotive group. Growing interest in environmentally friendly cars among South Koreans will be in the spotlight as well. The show is missing Volkswagen… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Video Games Without the Players

Birds. Optimists say AI can help solve the world’s toughest problems, including cancer and climate change. So why are AI systems spending so much time gaming?It’s all about data. Games allow AI software… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change