Carbon Industry News

DEA launches climate change monitoring app at UN climate change conference

December 14, 2018

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

The Nobel Prize for Climate Catastrophe – Foreign Policy

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

Is a shortage of coal really the cause of loadshedding?

Eskom has repeatedly said that the shortage of coal at some power stations, together with breakdowns resulting from previously deferred maintenance, has resulted in the power utility having less power generation capacity than what is needed to meet the country’s demand. To protect the system from total collapse, we have been … Continue reading “Is a shortage of coal really the cause of loadshedding?”

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

December 13, 2018

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

We Need An Ecological Civilisation Before It’s Too Late

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

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

December 12, 2018

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

To identify, nurture and support bold ideas

Schneider Electric, the leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, has announced “Schneider Electric Ventures”, which identifies, nurtures and supports innovations that will make a major contribution to future sustainability and energy efficiency. Several major projects are underway and ready to be deployed. These projects include: eIQ Mobility … Continue reading “To identify, nurture and support bold ideas”

Compatibility of solar hybrid inverters with batteries

The compatibility of Imeon solar inverters and BYD lithium batteries, as certified by both companies, allows users to enjoy a reliable solution for energy autonomy and to advance renewable energies. This compatibility also gives the company the opportunity to strengthen its position in high potential markets such as Australia or Europe … Continue reading “Compatibility of solar hybrid inverters with batteries”

Gearbox lubricant helps combat water ingress

The food and beverage, pharmaceutical, and other clean environments require NSF H1-grade lubricants for hygiene and health and safety purposes. Rocol Rapid Demulse 220 is ideal for such demanding applications. This is a non-toxic, high-performance gearbox lubricant designed especially for applications where water ingress is an issue. Here the product splits … Continue reading “Gearbox lubricant helps combat water ingress”

Innovative annealing technology for reactor power vessels

Rosatom has completed the first ever annealing of a large capacity nuclear reactor vessel. This world-first was applied to Unit 1 (a VVER-1000) at the Balakovo plant in Saratov, 900 km from Moscow. This unique technology extends reactor service life by using heat treatment to recover physical parameters of the … Continue reading “Innovative annealing technology for reactor power vessels”

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

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

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

December 11, 2018

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

Brazil should stay in Paris climate agreement -future environment minister

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

Mobile e-voucher system for off-grid consumers

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

Inauguration of new 500 MW solar cell factory

Seraphim Solar System recently announced the inauguration of a new 500 MW solar cell factory in the Coega Industrial Development Zone of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, along with 200 MW half-cell module assembly expansion in Eastern Cape. This new cell factory will be the first in the African continent. This is another … Continue reading “Inauguration of new 500 MW solar cell factory”

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

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

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

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

The Carbon Journey – Carbon Calculated Newsletter

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

Summary for Policy Makers_MF_3_online.indd

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

Correction issued regarding Eskom’s RCA recovery

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) has published its Reasons for Decision (RfD) documents on Eskom’s regulatory clearing account (RCA) applications for Year 2 (2014/15), Year 3 (2015/16) and Year 4 (2016/17) of the third multi-year price determination (MYPD3). On 14 June 2018, the regulator approved a total … Continue reading “Correction issued regarding Eskom’s RCA recovery”

Climate change creates mutant fugu, a deadly Japanese delicacy

December 10, 2018

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

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

December 9, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Trump Flunks Econ 101 in Auto Mileage Rollback, Researchers Say

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

Investors Press Oil Industry to Oppose Trump Methane Rollbacks

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

Britain, Denmark Seen as World Leaders in Climate Change Fight

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

Why Italian Populists Are Abandoning Green Energy

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

A Little Good News About Climate Change for Once

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

Mountain Air Keeps Portugal’s Covilhã Data Center Cool

Data centers contribute about the same amount of greenhouse gas emissions as the aviation sector, according to the United Nations. Climate change activists have been pushing providers of digital… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

U.N. climate negotiators sweat over detail and divides

December 8, 2018

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

Katowice COP24 Notebook: Protesters raise the alarm on climate

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

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

December 7, 2018

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

Black company makes renewable energy history

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

Load shedding: Minister cracks the whip

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

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

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

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

December 6, 2018

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

Revised Carbon Tax Bill introduced to parliament

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

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

December 5, 2018

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

Photovoltaic association participates in renewables forum

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

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

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

Portfolio committee on energy adopts draft IRP 2018

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

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

December 4, 2018

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

Katowice Notebook: official start to climate negotiations

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

Removing deadly greenhouse gas in switchgear

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

Talking to machines and telling them what to do

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

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

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

Measurements and uncertainty in testing laboratories

December 3, 2018

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

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

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

Taking science, technology and innovation another step forward

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

Necsa board, chairman and CEO on the ropes…

December 2, 2018

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

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

November 30, 2018

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

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

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

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

November 29, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

People—and Cities—Are Making Hurricanes Worse

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

California Fires: Easing the Danger Won't Be Easy

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

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

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

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

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

Eskom is not sustainable in its present form

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

Brazil nixes plans to host U.N. climate conference

November 28, 2018

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

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

November 27, 2018

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

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

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

Political divisions cloud Poland climate talks

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

Four new wind projects under construction

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

Ekurhuleni airport’s “super-sub” extension contract

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

For connecting renewables and distributed generation

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

Coolant and air filtration

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

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

November 26, 2018

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

Responses to the 4th US Report on Climate Change

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

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

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

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

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

Affordable domestic home solar kit

November 25, 2018

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

Water and energy conservation in the spotlight

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

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

November 23, 2018

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

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

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

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

November 22, 2018

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

No room for climate delay, UN chief tells online summit

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

Compressed air, the new stationary battery

November 21, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Marshall Islands first nation to submit new, binding climate targets

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

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

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

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

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

REQUEST FOR UPDATE ON AND PRIORITISATION OF THE CLIMATE CHANGE BILL

November 20, 2018

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CPLC Launches First Official Chapter in Singapore

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

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

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

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

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

Hopeless Realism – George Monbiot

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

Live From The Field

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

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

November 19, 2018

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

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

November 15, 2018

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

G20 countries (in)action report

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

Global carbon prices too low to combat climate change: OECD

November 14, 2018

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

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

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

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

November 13, 2018

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

NYC tells 2nd Circuit climate change case should be revived

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

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

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

State and Trends of Carbon Pricing 2018

November 12, 2018

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Eskom’s coal stockpiles deteriorate further

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

Power developments in Africa, Nov-Dec 2018

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

[Coal][Renewable]

November 10, 2018

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

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

November 9, 2018

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

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

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

Respect Existence or Expect Resistance ⚠️⚠️

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

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

November 8, 2018

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

Decentralised renewable energy with minigrids

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

Identifying sulfur hexafluoride leaks in HV equipment

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

Corporate funding in solar sector in 2018

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

Electric equipment company granted ASIB approval

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

PV hybrid project for Great Barrier Reef

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

Powerful three-phase motor protection

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

Waste-to-energy project agreed

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

Unprecedented power station asset sale announced

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

South Africa joins International Energy Agency

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

Norway wealth fund will not yet blacklist greenhouse gas emitters

November 7, 2018

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

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

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

Innovative funding for Namibian PV plant

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

Enabling the growth of gas-powered transport

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

Report back from Cigré Paris session 2018

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

SAIEE 2018 Annual award winners

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

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

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

Comments on the draft integrated resource plan (IRP2018)

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

An Electrifying Idea – George Monbiot

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

Updated Carbon Pricing Dashboard!

November 6, 2018

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

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

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

Apocalyptic Climate Reporting Completely Misses the Point | The Nation

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

[Renewables]What happens when you feed your grid blockchain

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

IRP2018 calculations seem “mathematically flawed”

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

Massive precision lathe boosts in-house capacity

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

Rural microgrid project improves people’s lives

November 5, 2018

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

[Carbon tax update

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

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

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

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

October 31, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Global carbon prices too low to combat climate change – OECD

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

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

October 30, 2018

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

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

October 29, 2018

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

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

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

How Change Happens with Duncan Green – YouTube

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

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

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

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

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

Electric energy associations sign historic agreement

October 26, 2018

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

Benchmark EU carbon price falls 6 pct on Brexit uncertainty

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

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

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

South Africa’s electricity systems to change dramatically

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

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

October 25, 2018

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

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

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

PV battery charger upgrade consumes less power

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

CPLC Newsletter – Fall 2018

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

Revolutionary grid technology to be tested

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

Optimal design of hybrid renewable energy systems

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

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

October 24, 2018

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

Eskom claims R762-billion over the next three years

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

Despite climate pledges, China struggles to break coal habit

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

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

October 23, 2018

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

New Publications on Climate Change Communication

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

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

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

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

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

Rebelling Against Extinction – George Monbiot

October 20, 2018

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

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

October 19, 2018

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

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

October 18, 2018

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

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

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

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

October 16, 2018

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

New Climate Economy October Update

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

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

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

Carbon Brief_South Africa Profile

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

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

October 15, 2018

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

Climate sensitivity uncertainties leading to more concern

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

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

October 13, 2018

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

Author of New IPCC Report Says She Still Has Hope

October 12, 2018

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

Power developments in Africa, October 2018

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

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

October 11, 2018

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

IPCC Report

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

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

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

Climate report understates threat – Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

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

Gallery: Draft IRP 2018

October 9, 2018

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

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

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

Draft IRP 2018 workshop and stakeholder engagement: Presentations

October 8, 2018

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

Workshop equips industry to respond to Draft IRP2018

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

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

October 5, 2018

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

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

October 4, 2018

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

Largest rooftop solar PV solution in South Africa

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

Electricity tariffs to increase dramatically

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

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

October 3, 2018

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

Revolutionary wind power technology

October 2, 2018

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

Namibia’s largest shopping mall goes solar

October 1, 2018

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

Third hospital to receive solar plant

September 27, 2018

Life Healthcare Group has completed its latest environmental sustainability project with the installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels at the Life Eugene Marais Hospital in Pretoria. This is the third hospital in the Group to have the solar panels installed in line with the Group’s medium-to-long-term environmental sustainability initiatives to … Continue reading “Third hospital to receive solar plant”

Wind farm prepares for construction phase

Perdekraal East Wind Farm, situated within the Witzenberg local municipality, is preparing to begin major construction activity on the Western Cape’s largest wind farm. Since achieving financial closure in June this year, the construction team has been working on establishing on site infrastructure, clearing and grubbing of roads and turbine foundations, … Continue reading “Wind farm prepares for construction phase”

Draft white paper on science, technology and innovation unveiled

September 26, 2018

Twenty years after the adoption of the first White Paper on Science and Technology (DST) in 1996, the Department of Science and Technology (DST) began developing a new draft White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI), which was approved by Cabinet in September 2018. The new document will ensure … Continue reading “Draft white paper on science, technology and innovation unveiled”

Funding of two new coal IPPs in South Africa under threat

. International and local efforts to restrict funding for construction of new coal-fired power plants are gaining momentum, and threatening financial closure of the planned two new coal independent power producer projects in South Africa, Thabametsi and Khanyisa. In the latest development, it has been reliably learned that last week … Continue reading “Funding of two new coal IPPs in South Africa under threat”

New Evidence That Climate Change Poses a Much Greater Threat to Humanity Than Recently Understood Because the IPCC has been Systematically Underestimating Climate Change Risks

September 25, 2018

Three new scientific papers lead to the conclusion that because the IPCC has been ignoring some positive feedbacks in the climate system in its models that could speed up warming and some of these feedbacks are already appearing at less than 2 degree C warming , climate change is a … Continue reading “New Evidence That Climate Change Poses a Much Greater Threat to Humanity Than Recently Understood Because the IPCC has been Systematically Underestimating Climate Change Risks”

UPDATE 1-Big Oil pledges to slash potent greenhouse gas emission

September 24, 2018

… greenhouse gas by a fifth by 2025 in an effort to battle climate change… and gas companies pledged on Monday to slash emissions of a potent… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Green house gas

Big Oil pledges to slash potent greenhouse gas emission

… pledged on Monday to slash emissions of a potent greenhouse gas by a fifth… 24 (Reuters) – A group of the world’s top oil and gas companies… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Green house gas

Documenting climate change – with a drone

September 21, 2018

… to document climate change. Jackson, one of a handful of Reuters… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

[Civil Society]Outcomes Report | Responsible Business Forum on Sustainable Development, Africa, 2018

September 18, 2018

Under the theme ‘Transforming Africa’s development trough innovation, youth and technology’, the *Responsible Business Forum on Sustainable Development, *co-organised with the *United Nations Development Programme, *brought nearly 400 delegates together in Johannesburg, to share recommendations and collaborative approaches to some of Africa’s most pressing development issues. Young people, entrepreneurs and … Continue reading “[Civil Society]Outcomes Report | Responsible Business Forum on Sustainable Development, Africa, 2018”

Perovskite cells set to cut PV costs as manufacturing ramps up

September 17, 2018

Bolstered by a new manufacturing consortium, Perovskite developer Oxford PV aims to commercialise its high-efficiency cells by early 2020 and predicts costs could soon fall below silicon. The company says a new German consortium will develop high-volume manufacturing processes for its Perovskite technology to improve production efficiency for industrial 156 … Continue reading “Perovskite cells set to cut PV costs as manufacturing ramps up”

Precision biomass dosing for biogas plants

September 14, 2018

SDS specialises in the modernisation and automation of biogas plants and associated services. As customer plants are frequently similar but never identical, flexible and modular solutions are called for. The company relies on components from the Siemens Simatic portfolio and the TIA (totally integrated automation) portal, which enables more efficient … Continue reading “Precision biomass dosing for biogas plants”

Hybrid energy solution for underground rail

Off Grid Energy, a manufacturer of power solutions for the construction industry, has installed its largest and most powerful temporary power hybrid unit at Kennington Tube station in London. Four new customer passageways are being built at the station as part of work on the Northern Line Extension, which will extend … Continue reading “Hybrid energy solution for underground rail”

Testing students’ SpaceX prototypes

Travelling from city to city at 700 miles per hour in an underground vacuum tube seems futuristic to some of us, but not to entrepreneur Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, who sees this as the next step in mass transportation technology. Hyperloop is Musk’s concept of electrically propelled … Continue reading “Testing students’ SpaceX prototypes”

Registration: Workshop on Draft IRP 2018

. EE Publishers, the South African Photo-Voltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) and other interested and relevant industry associations and professional institutes are hosting and facilitating an open workshop on the Draft Integrated Resource Plan IRP 2018 for electricity The workshop will assist stakeholders and participants in understanding, preparing, formalising and making … Continue reading “Registration: Workshop on Draft IRP 2018”

Revolutionary wind power technology launched

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Pretoria launched a revolutionary vertical axis wind turbine recently. Although still in the early stages of prototype development, the wind turbine has already been subjected to comprehensive scrutiny and has passed feasibility trials at the Faculty of Engineering at the University … Continue reading “Revolutionary wind power technology launched”

United Airlines targets 50 pct cut in its greenhouse gas emissions

September 13, 2018

…UAL.O > said on Thursday it has set a goal to cut its greenhouse gas… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Green house gas

United Airlines targets 50 percent cut in greenhouse gas emissions

… said on Thursday it has set a goal to cut its greenhouse gas… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Green house gas

Walk in the park: Cities fight climate change with greenery

… right now in the human impacts of climate change,” said Diane Regas, CEO… their commitments under the Paris Agreement to curb climate change, parks… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

E @ L – Sailing on a sunny afternoon

Once a month, on atypical weekend, a corner of Emmarentia Dam in Johannesburg is the scene of a very competitive regatta. Although the competition is between wind-powered sailing boats, the competitors seldom get wet, or even leave the shore. That’s because the boats used in these regattas are radio-controlled scale … Continue reading “E @ L – Sailing on a sunny afternoon”

Power developments in Africa, September 2018

Gas-fired plant extended, converted The Azito Power Expansion Project involves the expansion of an existing 288 MW gas-fired power plant located in Côte d’Ivoire, into a combined cycle plant, with the addition of a 140 MW heat-recovery steam turbine. The Ivorian privately-run power utility, Compagnie Ivoirienne de l’électricité (CIE), is … Continue reading “Power developments in Africa, September 2018”

Using energy storage to defer infrastructure investment

Electricity utilities are faced with a number of challenges relating to network infrastructure expansion. The common challenges are funding constraints, inability to obtain servitudes/right of way (ROW) in time, demand growth uncertainty and life extension of existing infrastructure. Energy storage systems (ESS) represent opportunities to reschedule large investment in the … Continue reading “Using energy storage to defer infrastructure investment”

Waste-to-energy saves money and boosts production

How can a large industrial complex convert something it is discarding into something of value? Or what technology can such a complex use to reduce energy costs and boost output? Glencore’s ferrochrome smelting plant found the answer to lie in the use of the waste gas produced during the smelting … Continue reading “Waste-to-energy saves money and boosts production”

Challenges and opportunities in South African and German electricity markets

South Africa’s electricity sector is undergoing a multifaceted transformation brought about by energy security concerns, rising electricity prices, the emergence of renewable energy technologies and the introduction of independent power producers. This article considers the fundamental elements which characterise the German and South African energy markets, highlights the challenges which … Continue reading “Challenges and opportunities in South African and German electricity markets”

[News, Climate Change] Climate change science comeback strategies: ‘In it for the money’ » Yale Climate Connections

September 11, 2018

Climate change science comeback strategies: ‘In it for the money’ » Yale Climate Connections Climate change science comeback strategies: ‘In it for the money’By Karin Kirk on Sep 9, 2018Experts in science and communication share perspectives on how to counter this persistent myth. Part II of a series. [image: Conversation … Continue reading “[News, Climate Change] Climate change science comeback strategies: ‘In it for the money’ » Yale Climate Connections”

The Carbon-Free Regions Handbook – Rocky Mountain Institute

RMI LAUNCHES *THE CARBON-FREE REGIONS HANDBOOK* The *Carbon-Free Regions Handbook* helps state, provincial, and regional governments implement policies and actions that place their communities on an aggressive path toward sustainable, low-carbon economies. Local governments all over the world are already taking ambitious action to reduce carbon while also strengthening their … Continue reading “The Carbon-Free Regions Handbook – Rocky Mountain Institute”

An invitation to invest in South Africa’s energy sector

September 10, 2018

The minister of energy invites all investors in the energy sector to consider South Africa as a developing nation with huge potential to grow in a politically stable environment. The country is open for business and welcomes foreign direct investments. Jeff Radebe Addressing ministers, senior government officials, company CEOs and … Continue reading “An invitation to invest in South Africa’s energy sector”

No more BBC platform for climate change deniers? It’d be about time | Richard Black | Opinion | The Guardian

Climate change No more BBC platform for climate change deniers? It’d be about time Richard Black The BBC seems to be moving away from feeling obliged to give equal weight to the views of the likes of Lord Lawson Mon 10 Sep 2018 10.00 BSTLast modified on Mon 10 Sep … Continue reading “No more BBC platform for climate change deniers? It’d be about time | Richard Black | Opinion | The Guardian”

Hydrogen could be the missing link in the energy transition, finds new IRENA report

September 6, 2018

mailchi.mp/041340dec035/hydrogen-could-be-the-missing-link-in-the-energy-transition-finds-new-irena-report?e=1873ab1145 Dear Richard Today, the International Renewable Energy Agency launched *Hydrogen from Renewable Power – Technology Outlook for the Energy Transition. *Hydrogen could be the missing link in the energy transition: renewable electricity can be used to produce hydrogen, which can in turn provide renewable fuels to sectors otherwise difficult … Continue reading “Hydrogen could be the missing link in the energy transition, finds new IRENA report”

South Africa | Climate Action Tracker

South Africa | Climate Action Tracker Overview The new South African government under President Cyril Ramaphosa released the long-awaited draft of its Integrated Resource Plan (IRP 2018) in August, setting out a new direction in energy sector planning. The plan includes a shift away from coal, increased adoption of renewables … Continue reading “South Africa | Climate Action Tracker”

Understanding implications of 2°C-compatible coal phase-out plan for SA

. South Africa is highly coal and energy intensive, and has an economy characterised by extremely high levels of inequality and poverty (with more than half of the population living in poverty). In the long run, sustainable growth and development in South Africa will depend crucially on the transition away … Continue reading “Understanding implications of 2°C-compatible coal phase-out plan for SA”

New Climate Economy Report – 2018

UNLOCKING THE INCLUSIVE GROWTH STORY OF THE 21ST CENTURYAccelerating Climate Action in Urgent Times The growth story of the 21st century can unlock unprecedented opportunities of a strong, sustainable, inclusive economy. The benefits of climate action are greater than ever before, while the costs of inaction continue to mount. It … Continue reading “New Climate Economy Report – 2018”

By 2030, We Will Pass The Point Where We Can Stop Runaway Climate Change

By 2030, We Will Pass The Point Where We Can Stop Runaway Climate Change IMPACT 05/09/2018 05:01 BST By 2030, We Will Pass The Point Where We Can Stop Runaway Climate ChangeBut a big economic transformation now could bring 65 million jobs and save 700,000 from early death linked to … Continue reading “By 2030, We Will Pass The Point Where We Can Stop Runaway Climate Change”

West Libya factions raise doubts on Paris talks

September 5, 2018

…* Paris meeting gathers key actors from east, west Libya * Aims… Libya have cast doubt on talks in Paris on Tuesday that aim to pave… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

SA Mining Industry says: “Treasury must abandon carbon tax plan in light of IRP”

www.engineeringnews.co.za/article/treasury-must-abandon-carbon-tax-plan-to-save-ferrochrome-industry-2018-09-04 FONT SIZE: -+ JOHANNESBURG ( miningweekly.com) – National Treasury must abandon its plans to introduce carbon tax, which will result in the closure of smelters at a time of desperate need for job retention and export promotion. This is the consensus of opinion canvassed by *Mining Weekly Online* following … Continue reading “SA Mining Industry says: “Treasury must abandon carbon tax plan in light of IRP””

2018 New Climate Economy Report Launch

mail.google.com/mail/ca/u/0/#inbox/WhctKJTzvVntwzChjFjdllGWzxdKfcmBscssLzwhrCqjcRFpDXxbhlkXsCFFtrGDBGrXMFq We are delighted to announce the publication of the 2018 Report of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, Unlocking the Inclusive Growth Story of the 21st Century: Accelerating Climate Action in Urgent Times . *The Report’s major finding is that we are significantly underestimating the benefits of … Continue reading “2018 New Climate Economy Report Launch”

SA perspective in highly acclaimed World Nuclear Industry Status Report

. Prof. Emeritus Anton Eberhard from the University of Cape Town’s graduate school of business provides a view from a South Africa perspective in his foreword to Mycle Schneider Consulting’s highly acclaimed World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2018. The report provides a comprehensive overview of nuclear power plant data, including information … Continue reading “SA perspective in highly acclaimed World Nuclear Industry Status Report”

The way the carbon market is supposed to work

September 4, 2018

Credible Carbon provided this carbon off-set as a force for poverty alleviation and low carbon development…..just the way the carbon market was meant to work back in 2000! Anton Cartwright on Twitter: “Credible Carbon provided this carbon off-set as a force for poverty alleviation and low carbon development…..just the way … Continue reading “The way the carbon market is supposed to work”

Enel included in prestigious clean energy list again

For the third year out of four since the list was established, Enel has been included in Fortune’s prestigious “Change the World” list, a ranking of the top businesses in the world making a positive social impact through activities which are an integral part of their business strategy and operations. … Continue reading “Enel included in prestigious clean energy list again”

Best paper award at African power conference

Power management company Eaton South Africa won the Best Paper Award for its “Microgrids for Commercial and Industrial” paper at the Power-Gen and DistribuTech Africa Conference, held in Johannesburg recently. An example case study of a microgrid installed on Eaton’s premises in Wadeville, Germiston was presented by Bunty Kiremire, the senior … Continue reading “Best paper award at African power conference”

Growing staff numbers in a stagnant economy

Following an announcement by WearCheck that the company has hired additional personnel, Energize asked the company’s managing director, Neil Robinson, to expand upon the company’s obvious success. Neil Robinson As the South African economy struggles to grow, many local companies are tightening their belts, jobs are difficult to find and … Continue reading “Growing staff numbers in a stagnant economy”

Industry champs at climate change bit

While industry and environmental practitioners have welcomed the first draft of the Climate Change Bill, there is mounting impatience at the absence of the regulatory detail that organisations need to guide their preparations to comply. The bill has been presented over recent weeks by the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) … Continue reading “Industry champs at climate change bit”

Fuel price increase limited to salary adjustment

Jeff Radebe The minister of energy, Jeff Radebe, has announced that the fuel prices will remain unchanged for this month except the 4,9 c/l increase in the retail margin of petrol to cater for the annual salary increase for forecourt attendants, cashiers and other administration staff. South Africa has witnessed … Continue reading “Fuel price increase limited to salary adjustment”

What is the future for electricity utilities?

September 3, 2018

Power utilities all over the world are facing profound changes. These changes, Dr Andrew Eriksson, an energy consultant from Zurich, told an enthusiastic audience recently, will result in the utilities of the future taking on very different roles with new financial models in order to survive the sweeping changes which … Continue reading “What is the future for electricity utilities?”

Obituary: Prof. Philip Lloyd

Prof Philip Lloyd Prof. Philip Lloyd of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) has passed away in Cape Town at the age of 81. At the time of his death, Prof. Lloyd was a professor of energy at the university and a member of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel … Continue reading “Obituary: Prof. Philip Lloyd”

NGOs call for a tougher Climate Change Bill – The Green Times

September 2, 2018

thegreentimes.co.za/ngos-call-for-a-tougher-climate-change-bill/ NGOs call for a tougher Climate Change Bill August 24, 2018 Leave a Comment In its formal response to the Department of Environmental Affairs’ proposed Climate Change Bill , the Life After Coal Campaign has called for a far more robust and proactive Bill. Life After Coal is a … Continue reading “NGOs call for a tougher Climate Change Bill – The Green Times”

PV association welcomes draft IRP 2018

August 31, 2018

The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) welcomes the long-awaited draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) based on rational energy planning which provides a solid foundation to a sustainable future. The IRP was finally approved by parliament on 22 August 2018 and energy minister Jeff Radebe released the plan for public … Continue reading “PV association welcomes draft IRP 2018”

Local PV research and testing facility completed

August 30, 2018

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) Energy Centre has completed the first phase of the new solar energy research and testing facility. This facility will support the domestic solar photovoltaic (PV) industry with aspects of industrial development, research, quality assurance, knowledge generation and human capital. The PV testing … Continue reading “Local PV research and testing facility completed”

Microgrids for productive use of energy in Africa

The use of microgrids in rural electrification projects based on renewable energy sources are mostly associated with bringing basic services to communities. Microgrids are however also increasingly being used to power small businesses in rural areas. This article is a combined summary of several studies on rural microgrids and the productive use … Continue reading “Microgrids for productive use of energy in Africa”

Impacts of LED lighting on power quality

August 27, 2018

Lighting represents a significant portion of global energy use, in some cases approaching 10% of all electrical consumption. Thus, replacing incandescent bulbs with light-emitting diodes (LEDs), which use 75% less energy, offers a viable energy efficiency opportunity. However, because LEDs are non-linear loads they can have significant impacts on power … Continue reading “Impacts of LED lighting on power quality”

Draft IRP 2018 released for public comment

The minister of energy, Jeff Radebe, has published the long-awaited draft of the integrated resource plan (IRP) for electricity (2018) at a media briefing in Pretoria. The details are outlined in this article. Jeff Radebe, minister of energy The IRP follows a process which was initially promulgated in 2011. It … Continue reading “Draft IRP 2018 released for public comment”

Videoscopes for troubleshooting and quality testing

While videoscopes are commonly used in many applications, industrial inspections require powerful, high-resolution videoscopes that clearly display the condition of internal equipment components. High-resolution videoscopes allow industrial maintenance teams to identify equipment issues quickly and schedule preventive maintenance measures to avoid costly unplanned shut-downs. Comtest is now offering the new 800 … Continue reading “Videoscopes for troubleshooting and quality testing”

Digital technology to power mines of the future

Schneider Electric has been at the forefront in the deployment and adoption of digital technologies in mining, and has an entire organisation dedicated to this sector. The future of the industry can benefit from the application and adoption of relevant digital technology to address rising pressures mounting on business sustainability. By … Continue reading “Digital technology to power mines of the future”

World Bank raises $110m via its first blockchain bond | ESI-Africa.com World Bank raises $110m via its first blockchain bond | ESI-Africa.com

August 24, 2018

World Bank raises $110m via its first blockchain bond | ESI-Africa.com World Bank raises $110m via its first blockchain bond | ESI-Africa.com www.esi-africa.com/world-bank-raises-110m-via-its-first-blockchain-bond/?utm_source=Spintelligent+Publishing+mailer&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ESI+Daily+Enews+24+August+2018&utm_term=https%3A%2F… World Bank raises $110m via its first blockchain bond | ESI-Africa.com World Bank raises $110m via its first blockchain bond | ESI-Africa.com www.esi-africa.com/world-bank-raises-110m-via-its-first-blockchain-bond/?utm_source=Spintelligent+Publishing+mailer&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ESI+Daily+Enews+24+August+2018&utm_term=https%3A%2F…

“Atoms Empowering Africa”: Youth video competition deadline extended

Rosatom has officially extended the deadline for submission of the Youth Video Competition, devoted to the potential of nuclear power to help bolster Africa’s economic and social development, until 10 September 2018. Young people between the ages of 18 to 30, alone or in a group of up to three, are … Continue reading ““Atoms Empowering Africa”: Youth video competition deadline extended”

Software solution for electric car manufacturer

August 22, 2018

A start-up company which develops and manufactures electric cars, a minibus, and a kart, selected Siemens PLM Software solutions to optimise production in terms of time, cost and quality. These software solutions provide the company with consistent product information, leading to an increase in manufacturing quality and time efficiencies of … Continue reading “Software solution for electric car manufacturer”

Order for largest solar plant in Vietnam

The globally active solar mounting company Schletter Group will supply the mounting systems for the largest solar power plant in Vietnam. The plant in the south Vietnamese province of Ninh Tuan will generate over 200 MW of solar power, and is scheduled for completion by 2020. The solar power plant is to be … Continue reading “Order for largest solar plant in Vietnam”

Parking and charging management for electromobility

August 21, 2018

Sustainability implemented with consistency. This was the idea behind Germany’s largest electric filling station, which has been constructed at Bechtle’s headquarters in Neckarsulm. The challenge was to integrate 50 charging points into a parking garage with specific structural conditions and to supply it with power from the PV system on … Continue reading “Parking and charging management for electromobility”

A new era of solar power

The growth in demand for clean energy has reached unprecedented levels, and at a rate underestimated by many governments. Solar energy is the dynamic driver of this growth and decisions made now about how to tackle challenges and sustain innovation will shape the future success of the industry and the communities … Continue reading “A new era of solar power”

NEW REPORT OUT from Ecosystem Marketplace – Voluntary Carbon Market Insights: 2018 Outlook and First-Quarter Trends

August 20, 2018

New report and webinar on voluntary carbon markets Forest Trends’ Ecosystem Marketplace is excited to announce the release of its latest report, Voluntary Carbon Market Insights: 2018 Outlooks and First-Quarter Trends. The FULL report is accessible TODAY , along with the recording of our webinar held on July 31st. Please … Continue reading “NEW REPORT OUT from Ecosystem Marketplace – Voluntary Carbon Market Insights: 2018 Outlook and First-Quarter Trends”

The Race of Our Lives: A summary of Jeremy Grantham’s note to investors

August 19, 2018

An excellent White Paper on the problems we are facing in the 21st century. jeremyleggett.net/2018/08/13/the-race-of-our-lives-a-summary-of-jeremy-granthams-seminal-note-to-investors-in-pictures-and-charts-supplemented-with-content-from-future-today/ The Race of Our Lives: A summary of Jeremy Grantham’s note to investors, in pictures and charts – Jeremy Leggett The Race of Our Lives: A summary of Jeremy Grantham’s note to investors, in pictures … Continue reading “The Race of Our Lives: A summary of Jeremy Grantham’s note to investors”

Policies for Better Buildings – Rocky Mountain Institute

August 17, 2018

Policies for Better Buildings – Rocky Mountain Institute www.rmi.org/policies-for-better-buildings/ Policies for Better BuildingsCost-Effective Ways Cities Can Cut Carbon, Slash Costs, and Create Jobs August 16, 2018 | By – Matt Jungclaus – Amy Egerter Cities consume over two-thirds of the world’s energy and account for more than 70 percent of … Continue reading “Policies for Better Buildings – Rocky Mountain Institute”

South Africa’s Climate Change Bill and your business – peteratkins23@gmail.com – Gmail

mail.google.com/mail/ca/u/0/#inbox/WhctKJTrcShpnPBRmTQKfkhxTNLrgnWzkhgzNpCwlrWcZVvnRFmflJhvzBHLcdVMlCjtXTB South Africa’s Climate Change Bill and your business South Africa’s National Climate Change Bill The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) published the much anticipatedClimate Change Bill in June 2018 for public comment. The purpose of the Bill is to build an effective climate change response and ensure the long-term, … Continue reading “South Africa’s Climate Change Bill and your business – peteratkins23@gmail.com – Gmail”

NEW REPORT OUT from Ecosystem Marketplace – Voluntary Carbon Market Insights: 2018 Outlook and First-Quarter Trends – peteratkins23@gmail.com – Gmail

mail.google.com/mail/ca/u/0/#inbox/WhctKJTrcSqNslVqvQLmnZwdFtWnQqjsGwDvtqkVNDQfwFGBRJvNdjNzJZqBctCsLlFRvPq NEW REPORT OUT from Ecosystem Marketplace – Voluntary Carbon Market Insights: 2018 Outlook and First-Quarter Trends Forest Trends’ Ecosystem Marketplace is excited to announce the release of its latest report, Voluntary Carbon Market Insights: 2018 Outlooks and First-Quarter Trends. The FULL report is accessible TODAY , along with the … Continue reading “NEW REPORT OUT from Ecosystem Marketplace – Voluntary Carbon Market Insights: 2018 Outlook and First-Quarter Trends – peteratkins23@gmail.com – Gmail”

First releases of air pollution satellite data

Following months of tests and careful evaluation, the first data on air pollutants from the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite have been released. These first maps show a range of trace gases that affect air quality such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide and ozone. Launched in October 2017, Sentinel-5P is the first … Continue reading “First releases of air pollution satellite data”

Power system remains unstable as Eskom declares dispute with unions

August 16, 2018

Eskom has declared a dispute with trade unions National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), The National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (NUMSA) and Solidarity over the precondition that NUM and NUMSA introduced as part of the wage negotiations. Last week at a meeting convened through the auspices of the … Continue reading “Power system remains unstable as Eskom declares dispute with unions”

What is driving a rally in EU carbon permit prices?

August 15, 2018

…By Susanna Twidale LONDON (Reuters) – The Benchmark European carbon… plants and factories for every tonne of carbon dioxide (CO2) they emit… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

Plant life extension and refurbishment can add flexibility

The question of what to do with ageing coal-fired thermal power plants is a common one in the electricity industry. One cannot simply abandon the site or close down a facility which has much of its operational aspects intact. The solution often chosen is short-term life extension by refurbishment. This often provides … Continue reading “Plant life extension and refurbishment can add flexibility”

The evolution of the electricity sector and the role of innovation

August 14, 2018

The energy industry, particularly the electricity sector, has undergone exciting developments over the past two centuries. From fulfilling the basic functions of lighting and cooking at the turn of the 19th century, electricity is now the backbone of the world’s economy and a basic societal need. Thava Govender In his … Continue reading “The evolution of the electricity sector and the role of innovation”

Climate Change is Coming for Your Wine

August 10, 2018

Could climate change affect the taste of your champagne? French winemakers seem to think so…https://bloom.bg/2KHN1hW… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Oil Supply Fears Have Abated as Production Rises, IEA Says

”The more relaxed outlook comes despite an increase in the agency’s oil demand estimates. The Paris-based agency also said the calm might prove fleeting, echoing its warning from last month that… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Hottest Summer Bumps Up Climate Fight in Swedish Election Race

proposals ahead of the election on Sept. 9. On Monday, the Liberals called for a joint EU-wide tax on carbon emissions. Later the same day, Margot Wallstrom, the foreign minister and a Social Democrat,… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Make-or-Break Moment Arrives for Australia Energy Crisis Fix

— still thin on details — that promises cheaper and more reliable power while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.Turnbull’s Liberal-National government has to win over states run by the main opposition… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

Things to Know Before Global Climate Conference Season Starts

August 9, 2018

talks are poised to finalize rules for implementing the Paris Agreement, making them the most consequential climate conference since the Paris accord was struck in 2015. Bloomberg Environment’s Bobby… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Californians Have Reason to Believe in Global Warming

is happening, according to surveys by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and the George Mason Center for Climate Change Communication. The only states with a higher share of global-warming… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Make-or-Break Moment Arrives for Australia's Energy Crisis Fix

over states run by his main Labor opposition, which are seeking greater commitments to reduce carbon emissions. And even if he succeeds, passage of the legislation through parliament may still fail… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Stokes Backlash by Blaming Environmentalists for Fires

human-caused climate change.“Trump is trying to eliminate regulations designed to combat human-causedclimate change, and to scuttle international efforts to deal with climate change,” Mann said… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

California To Fire Back At Trump For Emission Restrictions

fire back at Trump after he proposed gutting the state’s unique ability to write carmaker greenhouse gas emission limits https://bloom.bg/2KzrVCj #tictocnews… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

Climate Change May Already Be Hitting the Housing Market

For the full experience visit: Climate Change May Already Be Hitting the Housing MarketClimate Change May Already Be Hitting the Housing Market… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

California Returns Fire at Trump's Call to Rescind Its Authority

Last week, President Trump proposed gutting California’s unique ability to write greenhouse gas emission limits for cars and trucks.Now California is firing its own heavy artillery. The state plans… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

Climate Change Is Messing With Your Dinner

For the full experience visit: Climate Change Is Messing With Your DinnerClimate Change Is Messing With Your Dinner… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Trump Isn't Wrecking Obama's Regulation Legacy

plants, Trump’s regulators are taking steps toward removing the most stringent controls on greenhouse gas emissions. They are also reducing regulation of coal companies in other areas. From one point… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

Trump Team Blames Wildfires on Environmentalists, Sparking a Backlash

human-caused climate change.“Trump is trying to eliminate regulations designed to combat human-causedclimate change, and to scuttle international efforts to deal with climate change,” Mann said… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Walmart's Zeal for Green Power Meets a Coal-Loving President

as planned.”“This work is embedded in our business and we think it’s important to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” spokesman Micah Ragland said.Walmart embarked on a green push under Chairman… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

Green Bonds Could Become a Key Part of Global Capital Markets

— a coalition of organizations that want to maintain the U.S.’s prior commitment to the Paris Agreement. Whether it is national carrots and sticks or local motivations, government-led green bond… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Environmentalists Sue to Block Heathrow Airport's Third Runway

runway plan, approved by parliament in June, violates the U.K.’s climate change policy and doesn’t take account of the Paris climate accord.Meanwhile lawyers for five local councils near the airport… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

The Hamburger of the Future Is Here, But Will You Eat It?

hockey puck veggie burgers in the back of your freezer, mind you—these are plant-based patties engineered to mimic the taste of real meat.But making vegetation seem like flesh has always been tough… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Sempra Has to Turn to Cow Dung to Make Up for California Gas Leak

August 8, 2018

Fallon/BloombergMethane emissions are the second-largest contributor to global warming after carbon dioxide, and gas distributors have been looking for ways to reduce them. RNG, which can be produced… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Energy Deals Decline in Canada as Oil Rally Heals Slump's Scars

return.”Tahmazian lays much of the blame for the decline on Canadian government policies, such as carbon taxes, that he says make the nation’s energy sector less competitive with rivals in other countries… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Your Chandelier May Be Trump's Next Regulatory Rollback Target

tenure are estimated to save consumers $550 billion in utility bills and keep 3 billion tons of carbon dioxide, equivalent to about 800 coal plants running for a year, out of the atmosphere, according… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Are microgrids the answer to power Africa?

Many people underestimate the size of Africa. Made up of 54 sovereign states, it’s the same size as China, India, Europe, and the US combined. But no single country is the same. It’s home to the longest river in the world (the Nile), the largest hot desert in the world … Continue reading “Are microgrids the answer to power Africa?”

Firefighters Battle Biggest Blaze in California History

August 7, 2018

been forced to flee. The blaze, dubbed the Mendocino Complex, was reported 20 percent contained. Its rapid growth to an area the size of Los Angeles at the same time firefighters were battling more… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

The Latest: No Containment of Southern California Wildfire

breaking a record set only months earlier. Experts say this may become the new normal as climate change coupled with the expansion of homes into undeveloped areas creates more intense and devastating… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Ten ways the planet could tip into ‘Hothouse Earth’ | Daily Maverick Ten ways the planet could tip into ‘Hothouse Earth’ | Daily Maverick

Ten ways the planet could tip into ‘Hothouse Earth’ | Daily Maverick Ten ways the planet could tip into ‘Hothouse Earth’ | Daily Maverick 16 Reactions Even if humanity slashes greenhouse gas emissions in line with Paris climate treaty goals, the planet could overwhelm such efforts and irretrievably tip into … Continue reading “Ten ways the planet could tip into ‘Hothouse Earth’ | Daily Maverick Ten ways the planet could tip into ‘Hothouse Earth’ | Daily Maverick”

Energize Inbox, August 2018

Our winning letter re: Gas insulated power transformers: a growing technology Dear Editor I really enjoyed reading Mike Rycroft’s article “Gas insulated power transformers: a growing technology” (Energize, June 2018), since I am a retired, ex-senior electro/mechanical designer of power transformers up to and including 700 MVA, 400 kV, most of which … Continue reading “Energize Inbox, August 2018”

Will you accept a massive increase in electricity tariffs?

Industrial action at four of Eskom’s power stations resulted in a shortage of electricity generation recently. Consequently, the power utility declared it would be resorting to load shedding. But where is the wind- and sunshine-generated electricity? What about the 4 GW of reserve margin? Why was the load shedding country-wide … Continue reading “Will you accept a massive increase in electricity tariffs?”

Perspectives on the grand energy transition

This is the ninth consecutive year of the World Energy Council’s (the council’s) annual survey of key challenges and opportunities faced by energy leaders in managing a robust energy transition. This year’s report provides nine global maps, six regional maps and 38 national maps illustrating issues impacting the energy landscape … Continue reading “Perspectives on the grand energy transition”

Teslas Turn the Heads of the Horsepower-Happy in Nascar Country

was,” says Charles.Ted recalls track technicians asking, as they do with every car, to see the engine. Ted, playing dumb, opened the hood to reveal the empty cavity, or “frunk” as Tesla Inc. calls… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

U.K. Sees Brexit Deal Deadline Slipping to End-November

end of November the EU will be so preoccupied with the prospect of Trump disrupting a Group of 20 summit that they will want to get the Brexit deal wrapped up, the person said.The calculation,… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

These Massive Renewable Energy Projects Are Powering Chilean Mines

and scattered wind turbines built into the desert landscape are striking, surely, but with climate change looming, they’re also an investment in the nation’s future.When it’s completed, EIG Global… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

The Latest: New Evacuations Ordered for California Wildfire

officials that California can expect a future of devastating fires, in part because of the changing climate. The largest blaze burned in the Redding area, in Shasta County north of Sacramento. Six… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Trump Said His Fuel Economy Re-Do Would Help Workers. Will It?

another $12.4 billion through 2020 — much of it to meet the environmental dictates. At least 1,200 U.S. factories and engineering facilities in 48 states — and 288,000 American workers – are building… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Ferrari Portofino Review: Blowing Up Expectations for $215,000

drove was trimmed in discrete red stitching and finished in black leather, with virtually no carbon fiber in sight. It was a welcome respite from what’s seemed lately like an arms race among sportscar… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Blade Runners: Prosthetics Startup Xiborg is Ready for Business

sports pros.Paralympic athlete Keita Sato.Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/BloombergXiborg’s J-shaped carbon-fiber blades are built to transfer as much energy to the ground as possible. Sato’s artificial… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Saudi Blowback Over Women's Rights Gives Trudeau a Boost

August 6, 2018

And Trudeau rankled China with a push to adopt provisions on trade like labor, gender and environmental guarantees.While these global clashes have at times eroded Trudeau’s popularity at home, the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Automakers Risk $16 Billion in Fines on EU Emission Breaches

EU policy, yet many are struggling to drive down average fleet emissions of climate-changing carbon dioxide. In 2017, CO2 fleet emissions rose for the first time in years after buyers deserted… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump’s SAFE Fuel Rule Proposal Is Anything But Safe

aren’t ideal policy, it has to be said. A more straightforward policy would be a meaningful tax on carbon, spurring the market to find solutions that balance consumers’ desires with society’s longer-term… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Nuclear Ghost Town Reveals Power Risk for Taiwan's Energy Shift

nuclear, which supplies 12 percent of the island’s electricity, while limiting an increase in carbon emissions. The island’s sprint reflects a drive across the region toward cleaner energy sources… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Reducing carbon footprint by 50% with solar energy solution

In early-2015, Jasco, a company that delivers end-to-end best-of-breed solutions across the entire ICT, Power, Enterprise and Security value chains, realised the opportunity to become a leader in the field of renewable energy, harnessing its expertise on a solar project at its own head office complex: Jasco Park. Located in … Continue reading “Reducing carbon footprint by 50% with solar energy solution”

Joint venture formed in EPC business

ABB’s current oil and gas engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) business will be transferred into a new joint-venture (JV) company which will have majority and controlling interest. The new JV company, Arkad-ABB, will provide the full range of integrated EPC services for oil and gas plants. It will build on more than … Continue reading “Joint venture formed in EPC business”

Investment fails to keep up with energy security and sustainability goals

The electricity sector attracted the largest share of energy investments in 2017, sustained by robust spending on grids, exceeding the oil and gas industry for the second year in row, as the energy sector moves toward greater electrification, according to the International Energy Agency’s(IEA’s) recent review of global energy spending. … Continue reading “Investment fails to keep up with energy security and sustainability goals”

Calls for standardised metric to assess energy sector employment

The global power sector is undergoing a complex structural transition away from a model of regulated, monopolistic, centralised and coal-based electricity supply.  To fully understand the impact and opportunities of this power sector transition for South Africa and what the employment implications of future scenarios could be, standardised employment metrics … Continue reading “Calls for standardised metric to assess energy sector employment”

Offshore wind market to exceed 60 GW by 2024

According to a new research report by the market research and strategy consulting firm, Global Market Insights, the offshore wind market will exceed 60 GW by 2024. Increasing measures to reduce the greenhouse gas emission along with growing electricity demand will significantly drive the global offshore wind market size. In … Continue reading “Offshore wind market to exceed 60 GW by 2024”

The Latest: EU: Wildfires Show Impact of Climate Change

highlighted once again the impact of climate change.” EU Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Christos Stylianides says, “we are facing a new reality” regarding climate change. He said the 28-member bloc must… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Energy storage: From materials to systems

In its pursuit for new materials for energy storage and conversion, the CSIR’s  manganese (Mn) based battery cathode materials research is vital. The conversion interest is through the platinum group metals (PGM) and platinum free fuel cell catalysis work, while experiments in hydrogen storage are being conducted in the metal … Continue reading “Energy storage: From materials to systems”

Power transformer testing with one-time connection

OMICRON’s TESTRANO 600 is the world’s first portable, three-phase test system, which supports all common electrical tests on power and distribution transformers. Weighing just 20 kg, it is ideal for routine and diagnostic testing on-site and during factory acceptance tests. In addition, its innovative design significantly reduces wiring efforts, cutting … Continue reading “Power transformer testing with one-time connection”

Companies derive benefit from a private microgrid

Large companies risk expensive loss of production when the municipal or utility power supply fails. Such failures become more frequent as infrastructure ages, but can also result from other factors such as cable theft, severe weather conditions, etc. Companies can protect themselves from such losses by installing a private microgrid … Continue reading “Companies derive benefit from a private microgrid”

Unauthorised use of patented technology alleged

SolarEdge Technologies recently announced that it has extended its lawsuit pending in the Mannheim District Court, Germany, against Huawei Technologies, a Chinese entity; Huawei Technologies Düsseldorf, a German entity; and Wattkraft Solar, a German distributor for Huawei, by asserting two additional patents related to its power optimiser technology. Also with … Continue reading “Unauthorised use of patented technology alleged”

Quick and easy detection of air leaks

The SKF TKSU 10 is an ultrasonic leak detector that helps users to quickly find leakages in compressed air or vacuum systems. The instrument is very simple to use and features adjustable sensitivity and intuitive guidance for superior leak detection results. Any compressed air system can experience leaks, which amplify the … Continue reading “Quick and easy detection of air leaks”

In conversation with Viv Cohen: Former SA representative to the IEC

Energize recently had the opportunity to chat to Vivian (Viv) Cohen about his passion for life, South Africa and electricity protection devices. For many years, Viv Cohen served as the South African representative to the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), working with other engineers in the design of safety standards for … Continue reading “In conversation with Viv Cohen: Former SA representative to the IEC”

Power developments in Africa, August 2018

Paving the way for more power generation The African Development Bank is providing almost US$65-million for the 670 km long high voltage transmission line linking four 220 kV substations in rural Tanzania. The project forms part of the development bank’s “Light up and power Africa” initiative. The new transmission lines … Continue reading “Power developments in Africa, August 2018”

Trump May Relax Auto Standards While Making Them Harder to Meet

compete around the world, we must continue to invest in both more efficient internal combustion engine technologies, electric-drive technologies and fuel cells,” the Alliance’s Mitch Bainwol and the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Daimler in Talks to Make Electric Smart Cars in China

this year, while the restrictions on passenger vehicles will end in 2022.In its fight to cap carbon emissions and improve urban air quality, China has emerged as the world’s No. 1 market for EVs… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Is Climate Change Coming for Your Champagne?

Drappier is one of a handful of wineries reviving these.What about carbon cutting?The CIVC first assessed the industry’s carbon footprint in 2002. Since then, the region’s growers have significantly… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Reports of Plastic’s Death Were Exaggerated, Amcor Bets

had mixed results, the industry mostly bears few of the costs of disposing of its waste, and carbon emissions from biodegradation are barely being talked about yet.A future in which the packaging… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

World View Wants to Send You to the Stratosphere in a Balloon

August 4, 2018

explore—and a new way to look at their home.Things really started to get interesting in the middle of the 20th century, as a series of adventurous, brilliant, foolish people decided to see exactly how high… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

California Surpasses Emissions Goals Years Ahead of Schedule

In 2006, California set itself an ambitious environmental goal: Reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. The Air Resources Board recently published its assessment of 2016 — and the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

Americans Think NASA Should Focus on Climate Change. Trump Doesn’t

CLARREO (Climate Absolute Radiance and Refractivity Observatory), a mission that uses a reflected solar spectrometer to make highly accurate climate predictions. DSCOVR (Deep Space Climate Observatory)… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

EU Calls Trade War Talks With Asia to Plot Response to Trump Tariffs

offensive.Fifty-one European and Asian countries will be represented at the meeting on trade and climate change on Oct. 18 and Oct. 19, the European Council said in a statement. The summit could serve… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

PG&E Slumps on Prospect of Wildfire-Induced Debt Restructuring

series of wildfires in Northern California last year. While the state is evaluating whether to change liability policies, a proposal from the governor wouldn’t address costs for the 2017 blazes. … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Koch Brothers Challenge Trump on Trade. That's Good.

political and policy networks were enthusiastic funders of Tea Party candidates. They back climate–change deniers. They oppose government aid across the board — even when that aid might create jobs… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

The Ugly Side of Poland’s Booming Economy

Curators at the Museum of the History of Polish Jews noticed a change among their visitors earlier this year: More people were pushing back against its version of history. Some asked why there… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

The Decline and Fall of the American Empire

problems.In recent years, the underlying rate of productivity growth often has been about 1 percent, and rates of economic growth are not even half of what they used to be. Meanwhile, America will have… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

What to Watch in Commodities: Oil, El Nino, Arcelor, Trade, ADM

might, will release second quarter earnings, but escalating trade war is clouding the global growth outlook, hurting the prospects for the maker of bulldozers and other construction and mining equipment… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

All the Things Satellites Can Now See From Space

IndiaCarbon dioxide gets all the attention these days—not only because it’s the main driver of climate change but also because its effects are global and long-lasting. Old-fashioned air pollution is… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

EPA Forces Recall of Half-Million Trucks for Pollution

August 3, 2018

Indiana-based engine-maker is recalling a half-million trucks with faulty pollution controls, the Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday. A defective part means pollution controls on the engines wear… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Trump Moves to Ease Obama Auto-Mileage Rules, California's Clout

The Trump administration, taking aim at one of former President Barack Obama’s signature environmental achievements, is proposing to suspend required increases in vehicle fuel economy after 2020… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Basra, Iraq Is in the Midst of a Water Crisis

acceptable level of 2,400 to 2,600, according to Alaa al-Badran, the head of the Agricultural Engineers Syndicate. The unprecedented salinity, along with the lack of water and nearby oil operations… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Oil Tanker Owners Are Scrapping the Most Ships in Decades

Oil tanker owners are giving up.A 19-month curtailment of OPEC cargoes, and environmental regulations that are proving uneconomical to comply with, have got owners purging the supertanker fleet… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Harassing the Tech Industry Could Backfire on San Francisco

themselves. Engineers want to live in a place where they can maximize their chances of finding good jobs, and companies both big and small want to be near to a big pool of engineers.This is why… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Post-Pruitt Pragmatism on Display as New EPA Chief Alters Course

predecessor Scott Pruitt’s agenda — but not his style.During just three weeks leading the Environmental Protection Agency, Wheeler rescinded a Pruitt promise to back off enforcing limits on highly… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

U.S. Says Driving Would Be Riskier If Fuel Standards Tougher

professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Michigan, said he would choose a 2017 Malibu over a heavier one from 20 years earlier. It’s engineered better, has more features to… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Newest Push to Ease Permian Bottlenecks: Use Gas to Power Drills

them burn it off into the air.“A lot of creative work is going on to lower the wastage and environmental footprint that natural gas has in the absence of pipeline delivery,” said Ramanan Krishnamoorti… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Smog and States' Rights Made California an Environmental Leader

now there’s clean tech. That business backing of environmental protection has been very important in explaining California’s unique environmental trajectory.JF: How would you rate the state’s overall… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

How a Frenzied Race to Harness the Mekong Turned Deadly

Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, said by email.Environmental groups also worry about whether project engineers and construction companies have adequately prepared for climate change… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

New York Yanks Air Permit on New 680-Megawatt Gas-Fired Plant

Environmental groups opposed the plant because it uses gas produced by fracking, and would emit carbon dioxide and other pollutants.“I applaud Governor Cuomo and the DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Disrupting the Auto Industry Almost Always a Losing Bet

well.Imagine the efficiency improvements if vehicle weight had followed the same trend line as carbon dioxide emissions … if only consumers wanted lighter vehicles. Disrupting auto manufacturing… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

BRICS Want World to Play by WTO Rules as Trump Seeks More Duties

agreed to strengthen their cooperation in energy, and want nations to fully implement the Paris Agreement on climate change.The countries also reaffirmed a need for “comprehensive reform” of the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Trump’s EU Jab May Hit Home as Juncker Goes to Washington

Russia-to-Germany Nord Stream 2 natural-gas pipeline; and his decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate change accords and the Iran nuclear deal, both of which the EU is trying to save.Last… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Bill Koch Ordered to Sell Oxbow Carbon in Investor Dispute

Billionaire William Koch was ordered to sell his Oxbow Carbon LLC so two private equity firms can recoup more than $150 million invested in the energy company and get damages for Koch’s unwillingness… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Canada Loosens Carbon Limit for Big Emitters Facing Competition

Canada will face an easier carbon limit when Justin Trudeau’s government starts putting a price on emissions next year.Most firms that produce 50 megatons of carbon dioxide or similar levels of… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

India’s Bank Crisis Is Really a Power Crisis

euros of exposure to fossil-fuel companies and projects, and even a smooth transition to a low-carbon economy might involve losses of 400 billion euros. Worse, it isn’t always certain who’s exposed… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

From Natural Gas to Chicken Breasts — China Commodity Tariffs

concentrateOther precious metal ores and concentrateNickel and zinc ore and concentrateLithium carbonateAgricultureMost major U.S. crops were already hit by previously announced Chinese duties, so… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Nordea Is Shorting Turkey About to ‘Spiral Out of Control’

“Stars” strategy for the emerging market debt portfolio.“Emerging market debt is a relatively carbon intensive asset class,” Ruest said. “A lot of mining, extraction, oil, energy is happening in… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Britain’s Energy Bills Are Actually Falling

the ECIU for the report.“Measures to cut energy waste work — reducing energy demand, cutting carbon emissions and driving energy bills downwards,” said Richard Black, director of the ECIU.Energy… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

First Big U.S. Offshore Wind Farm Offers $1.4 Billion to Customers

with the project in operation by 2021, the developers said in May. It will reduce the state’s carbon emissions by more than 1.6 million tons per year, the equivalent of removing 325,000 cars from… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Corporate Average Fuel Economy Policy Rolls Back Obama Push

were adopted jointly by Washington and California requiring the auto industry to cut allowable carbon dioxide emissions by 2025 to a level similar to targets the European Union, Japan and China have… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

EPA Chief Says He Wants Compromise With California on Car Rules

Bloomberg reported on July 23, the plan will also propose revoking California’s authority to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from cars and light trucks and its mandate for electric vehicle sales in the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Indonesia to Expand Biofuel Mandate to Railways, Power Plants

to fuel retailers, he said.Soaring InventoriesIndonesia has been promoting biodiesel to reduce carbon emissions and absorb excess supply and subsidizes the program through export levies on palm oil… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Effects of MV and HV cable capacitance on operational limits

The question of why all electric transmission and distribution circuits cannot be run underground to avoid the visual and other effects is often posed. The main argument against constructing underground systems is usually financial. But costs are not the only limitation. The basic laws of electricity limit how physically long … Continue reading “Effects of MV and HV cable capacitance on operational limits”

Medium voltage industrial variable speed drives

This article considers the technologies and topologies of MV drives, their advantages disadvantages, and their impact on the quality of energy on the mains and motor sides. Advancements in semiconductor devices such as insulated gate bipolar transistors (IGBTs) allow medium voltage (MV) drives to be used increasingly to conserve energy, … Continue reading “Medium voltage industrial variable speed drives”

BRIEF-Novartis Announces U.S. Renewables Agreement To Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

August 2, 2018

… AGREEMENT TO REDUCE GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS * NOVARTIS – UNDER AGREEMENT… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Green house gas

U.S. utilities balk at expanded carbon-capture subsidy

… carbon dioxide emissions have appeased all these camps, and Congress… showed eight have no plans to purchase and install carbon capture… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

Life extension to nuclear power plant

Kozloduy NPP and Consortium Rusatom Service signed an agreement for a feasibility study for the possible life extension, to 60 years, of the Bulgarian nuclear power station’s power unit No. 6  recently. The event was attended by the Bulgarian energy minister, Temenuzhka Petkova, as well as senior representatives from Rosatom and Kozloduy … Continue reading “Life extension to nuclear power plant”

Massive co-gen engine installed

Estia, a subsidiary of Dalkia, a company which develops, builds and manages innovative, green, cost-effective energy solutions, has installed a Jenbacher cogeneration engine supplied by Clarke Energy into the underground boiler room of the Grand Nancy district heating network in the Haye Plateau, France. The installation required the use of … Continue reading “Massive co-gen engine installed”

Success in patent infringement action

Cummins says it has reached a settlement agreement with JM Turbo Technology precluding the manufacture or sale of products that infringe the company’s registered patents. JM Turbo, which acknowledges that it illegally marketed and sold turbochargers protected by Cummins’ patents and other intellectual property rights registered in multiple countries, has agreed … Continue reading “Success in patent infringement action”

Second gas-fired power plant completed

A consortium comprising GE Power, National Power Parks and Harbin Electric International, recently announced the completion of the Baloki regasified liquefied natural gas power plant, following the successful conclusion of all commissioning works and performance-related tests. The plant, which is based in Pakistan, has a nameplate generating capacity of 1223 … Continue reading “Second gas-fired power plant completed”

Madela Day at Footprints PLAY

On Mandela Day 2018, EE Publishers donated food and clothes to Footprints PLAY at Lammermoor, near Lanseria International Airport, Gauteng, and discovered a home where children of all ages grow up together in the “rainbow family” provided for them by Dr. Yolandi Zafi and her team of volunteers. Just over … Continue reading “Madela Day at Footprints PLAY”

Energy storage system with a difference

A report by independent analysts at Imperial College London predicts that Gravitricity’s gravity-fed energy storage system may offer a better long-term cost of energy storage than batteries or other alternatives – particularly in grid balancing and rapid frequency response services. Gravitricity uses a heavy weight – up to 2 kt – … Continue reading “Energy storage system with a difference”

Debating the electricity generation technologies of the future

Cigre and the SAIEE presented a joint panel discussion recently, which discussed the role of renewable energy technologies in South Africa’s electricity generating future. The panel discussion, chaired by Malusi Maphosa, the director for utilities at Accenture, was held at the University of the Witwatersrand. In his opening address, Prince … Continue reading “Debating the electricity generation technologies of the future”

Cable connectors and clamps for hygienic and wet areas

A special challenge is the reliable and permanent sealing of the cable. With this innovative and patented technology, strain relief and cable seal are strictly separated from each other, the strain relief being guaranteed by means of an extremely strong three-way ball clamp that reliably clamps the cable even in … Continue reading “Cable connectors and clamps for hygienic and wet areas”

Annual power conference and exhibition changes hands

The PowerGen Africa and Distributech Africa 2018 conference and exhibition, which took place at the Sandton Convention Centre recently, was the final one with Pennwell as the event organiser. Next year’s event is scheduled to take place on 14 – 16 May at the Cape Town International Convention Centre and … Continue reading “Annual power conference and exhibition changes hands”

Everyday plastics emit greenhouse gases, scientists say

August 1, 2018

… that commonly used plastics also generate the potent greenhouse gas methane…”. “You can’t solve the greenhouse gas problem until you’ve defined… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Green house gas

Reliable power supply for AC loads

Supply AC loads reliably with the new uninterruptible power supply from the QUINT product range for DIN rails. The device ensures seamless transfer and returns a pure sine curve in mains and battery operation. Combine the uninterruptible power supply with 1 kVA of apparent power with various UPS-BAT energy storage options. … Continue reading “Reliable power supply for AC loads”

Mobile lidar system to monitor air quality

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has designed and constructed a mobile light detection and ranging (lidar) lab that will be operating at the University of Zululand, the second university to have and operate a lidar system on its premises in South Africa. This atmospheric laser radar instrument … Continue reading “Mobile lidar system to monitor air quality”

Transformer company sold to B-BBEE consortium

JSE-listed Allied Electronics Corporation (Altron) has finalised the disposal of its 80% interest in Powertech Transformers to a B-BBEE consortium comprising of Europe’s number one medium-sized manufacturer of transformers, SGB-SMIT, and local black-owned Power Matla Group. The company’s CEO,  Mteto Nyati, says that the company has ensured that the customers of … Continue reading “Transformer company sold to B-BBEE consortium”

Historic HVDC link to be upgraded

ABB has received an order from Transpower New Zealand to upgrade its high-voltage direct current (HVDC) link which interconnects the transmission grids of the country’s North and South islands. The link is a vital element of the country’s transmission system and is used as an energy-balancing system, between the two … Continue reading “Historic HVDC link to be upgraded”

Second wind power project in Kenya begins

WorleyParsons recently signed a 22-month owner’s engineer contract for the Kipeto Wind Power Project in Kenya, the second largest in the country after the Lake Turkana Wind Power Project. The Kipeto Wind Power Project will comprise 60 wind turbines generating a combined capacity of 100 MW of clean, renewable electrical … Continue reading “Second wind power project in Kenya begins”

Groundbreaking for Namibian solar plant

Cronimet Mining Power Solutions Namibia has broken ground on a 150 kWp PV plant in Chobe, Namibia. When completed, the plant will, in combination with an efficient energy storage system, supply Chobe Water Villas with clean energy at a competitive price. The property, which is owned and operated by O&L Leisure is currently … Continue reading “Groundbreaking for Namibian solar plant”

Rooftop solar PV reference station

Sinetech has installed a custom comparison test system for solar PV installers, using three different PV module technologies, at the company’s headquarters in Randburg, Gauteng. The three systems are linked to a high-tech weather reference station capturing a wealth of climatic data of the exact location. These three independent solar systems – … Continue reading “Rooftop solar PV reference station”

Partnership maximises second-life EV batteries

Wärtsilä and Hyundai Motor Group have signed a technology and commercial partnership designed to promote the use of second-life electric vehicle (EV) batteries in the growing energy storage market. The global partnership will combine Hyundai’s expansion in electric vehicles, with Wärtsilä’s energy business, which includes 67 GW of installed power … Continue reading “Partnership maximises second-life EV batteries”

Bridging between traditional and new energy

The global transition to fully realising the potential of renewable energy is a complex and multi-faceted process relying heavily on variable factors such as natural and financial resources that differ from country to country. Bridging between power generation from traditional fossil fuels to renewables requires in-depth prior planning and the … Continue reading “Bridging between traditional and new energy”

Optimising development and simulation

Dongfeng Motor Corporation, a Chinese automaker, uses LMS Amesim from Siemens PLM Software to allow physical tests and simulations to be combined, resulting in the shortening of product development cycles.  Dongfeng is regarded as being among the automotive industry’s leading developers of electric power steering (EPS) systems. EPS is instrumental … Continue reading “Optimising development and simulation”

PSA interested in Paris car-sharing scheme – paper

July 31, 2018

…PARIS, June 9 (Reuters) – PSA is interested in offering a “free… floating” car-sharing scheme in Paris, where drivers could pick up… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

Directional earth fault protection

While directional earth fault also uses the concept of a relay characteristic angle to determine direction, it looks at a different vector value to conventional overcurrent: the zero sequence component. In this article, we explain some of the concepts behind directional earth fault, sharing our experience to support field deployment … Continue reading “Directional earth fault protection”

Taking the load off electricity-supply constraints

Mines, factories, small businesses and even the residential sector need backup power. Cummins has a full range of alternative power solutions on offer. This is particularly relevant as SA’s electricity utility Eskom has reinstituted load-shedding due to a constrained power supply. The company can supply a small (17 kVA) genset for … Continue reading “Taking the load off electricity-supply constraints”

Prepayment meter manufacturing plant set up

Actom Protection and Control has set up a prepayment meter factory at its Knights, Germiston, premises in line with the latest national regulations governing local content requirements for key industrial products. Residential prepayment meters and smart meters are included among many categories of equipment recently designated by the Department of Trade … Continue reading “Prepayment meter manufacturing plant set up”

Financial close on local renewable energy projects

African renewable energy development platform and power producer, BioTherm Energy has reached financial close on a 284 MW portfolio of wind and solar projects in South Africa, as part of the Fourth Round of the South African Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). The four projects, which will … Continue reading “Financial close on local renewable energy projects”

Selected for new energy storage project

esVolta, a developer and owner of utility-scale energy storage projects across North America, has been selected by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) to build an energy storage system in Santa Clara County, California. Under the proposal, which is pending approval by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), esVolta will … Continue reading “Selected for new energy storage project”

High voltage DC contactors

Gigavac’s HX Series of extended performance impervious ceramic (Epic) hermetically sealed high voltage DC contactors are the smallest UL508 approved contactors for 1000 V hot switching. Since first introducing the Epic seal in 2006, Gigavac sealed contactors have become the preferred choice for any application requiring sealed switching. Utilising this … Continue reading “High voltage DC contactors”

Perform thermal imaging inspections more quickly

The Fluke 640 x 480 thermal imaging cameras – the TiX580 and Ti480 – deliver four times the resolution power of previous cameras in these categories. Users can now perform thermal imaging inspections with more confidence and faster results – all with ruggedness and ease-of-use. The TiX580 features a 14,5 … Continue reading “Perform thermal imaging inspections more quickly”

Installation upgrades Limpopo substation

Schneider Electric has installed the company’s first new-generation Premset SSIS (shielded, solid insulation system) modular switchgear at the Stubb Street Substation in Makhado (Louis Trichardt), Limpopo. It is the first of five substations to be renovated to maintain a stable electricity supply, as the town continues to develop. The installation resulted in … Continue reading “Installation upgrades Limpopo substation”

PSA interested in Paris car-sharing scheme: paper

July 30, 2018

…PARIS (Reuters) – PSA <PEUP.PA> is interested in offering… a “free floating” car-sharing scheme in Paris, where drivers could pick up… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

Mangroves and mapping help Mozambique tackle climate change

July 27, 2018

… of managing climate change, he said in Bonn on Friday at an international… to climate change, he said. Given the country’s growing population… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

Addressing SA’s electrical supply challenges

July 26, 2018

The Fossil Fuel Foundation (FFF) conducted a two-day seminar recently on the problems confronting the electrical supply industry in South Africa as a whole and Eskom’s coal‐fired power stations in particular. I came away with the impression that the problem is indeed very serious with many commentators warning that the … Continue reading “Addressing SA’s electrical supply challenges”

Five-nation event focuses on energy for the future

At a time when the international energy sector is discussing new low-cost, generation technologies based on clean, sustainable sources of primary energy, some BRICS member countries are negotiating loans to build old-fashioned, dirty, coal-fired power stations. Using the theme “Energy Transition 4.0”, the 2018 BRICS Business Council’s Energy Event 2018, … Continue reading “Five-nation event focuses on energy for the future”

UPDATE 1-Britain's greenhouse gas emissions fall again as coal use plummets

July 24, 2018

… emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), the main greenhouse gas blamed…) By Susanna Twidale LONDON, March 29 (Reuters) – Britain’s greenhouse… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Green house gas

U.S. Republican unveils bill calling for carbon tax

July 23, 2018

… in the U.S. House of Representatives unveiled a bill calling for a carbon tax… rejection of carbon tax proposals. The measure is sure to fail. But Curbelo… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

Eskom’s results: Revenue flat, costs up, massive loss – how will the lights stay on?

Eskom’s recently released annual financial results reveal that this state-owned power utility is losing money hand-over-fist and is trying to get the public to finance it. Its published income statement document reports that in the year ended 31 March 2018 Eskom’s operating company (i.e. the company which generates and sells … Continue reading “Eskom’s results: Revenue flat, costs up, massive loss – how will the lights stay on?”

Impacts of coal-fired power grossly underestimated in electricity planning

Mining coal and burning it in power stations uses large amounts of water, and pollutes even more water. It imposes massive but uncounted costs on society and particularly on poor people who live in the coal regions. A new report from the Life After Coal campaign calls for these costs to our … Continue reading “Impacts of coal-fired power grossly underestimated in electricity planning”

Republicans Move to Kill Carbon Tax Before It Gains Any Momentum

July 20, 2018

as Monday that would impose a carbon tax on oil refiners, gas processors and coal miners.Read More: Exelon, First Solar Bankroll Campaign to Push a Carbon TaxCarbon tax proposals have never made… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trudeau’s Tough Climate Polices Face a Mounting Backlash

minister is eliminate the carbon tax.Stephen Harper, the Conservative who governed Canada from 2006 to 2015, also sees a political opening. “Let the other guys do a carbon tax because we can all win… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Climate Change Is Disrupting the Planet’s Seasons

politics, as several Republicans back a resolution opposing carbon taxes, another Republican congressman preps a long-shot carbon-tax bill, and several research groups led by Columbia University’s… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

New York's Global Warming Suit Against Oil Companies Tossed

Plc, Royal Dutch Shell Plc and ConocoPhillips, ruling that the federal Clean Air Act controls carbon dioxide emissions and blocks suits such as New York’s. The problem of climate change is for Congress… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Burning Brimstone Promises Fresh Hell for Coal

coal plants is that higher-energy Australian, South African and Colombian coals produce less carbon dioxide than local product. In theory, that would give seaborne soot a fresh market as lower-quality… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Integrated Resource Plan vital for clarity in the energy sector

July 19, 2018

The Department of Energy’s long-awaited Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), which is due for release soon, will help Eskom and other stakeholders in the power industry clarity and direction. Jabu Mabuza Opening this year’s Power-Gen & DistribuTech Africa 2018 power sector event at the Sandton Convention Centre, Eskom’s chairman, Jabu Mabuza, … Continue reading “Integrated Resource Plan vital for clarity in the energy sector”

BRIEF-SGOCO Entered Share Exchange Agreement For Entire Of Paris Sky Ltd

July 18, 2018

… ENTERED INTO A SHARE EXCHANGE AGREEMENT FOR THE ENTIRE ISSUED SHARE… CAPITAL OF PARIS SKY LIMITED – SEC FILING * SGOCO GROUP – ACQUISITION SHALL… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

BRIEF-Immobiliere Dassault signs agreement to acquire building in Paris

… LOCATED AT 16 RUE DE LA PAIX‍​ IN PARIS * SIGNATURE OF PROMISE TO SELL… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

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

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

Helping a utility optimise efficiency

Schneider Electric South Africa, the global specialists in energy management and automation, recently hosted a technology day in partnership with Eskom to showcase their newest technology, and highlight various solutions to help the utility optimise efficiency in their plants in the future. Key to the success of the day was understanding … Continue reading “Helping a utility optimise efficiency”

Trump Golf Course in Scotland Has Made Him Some Enemies

July 17, 2018

grandiose economic-development and job-creation promises he made when he convinced locals to bend environmental rules so he could build a pair of major golf courses in Aberdeenshire.Trump purchased 1,800… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

An Onslaught of Tourists Is Stressing Out Thailand

instant-noodle packet recovered from the stomach of the whale. For him, it’s emblematic of the environmental and other stresses of a record tourism boom that could see 40 million foreign arrivals –… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Oil and Gas Giants Have the Tools to Lead the Energy Revolution

economically viable, but they need refinement, rather than reinvention. There is a law of engineering stating that as a new technology is adopted and deployed, its price falls, predictably, and… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Race Is On for Greener Straws as Starbucks, MGM Spurn Plastic

big fast-food companies.Smart PlasticTolliver started talking with McDonald’s about more environmentally friendly options a few years ago as concerns about plastic trash gained traction. That sent… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Utility Companies Face Change, Competition

the industry average. Taking it further, though, was something quite different. So efficiency engineer Jim Gao wrote a software model that first recommended maximizing data center efficiency by shutting… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Debating Recycling: Where Should We Put All This Stuff?

have any sense of what kind of environmental impact those chemical processes would have? One problem regulators are facing is that some recycling is more environmentally harmful than the process of… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Temporary EPA Chief Could Keep Gig for Years Without Senate Vote

former energy industry lobbyist may be able to remain in charge of rolling back regulations on climate change and auto emissions for the rest of Trump’s four-year term without Senate confirmation, thanks… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Elon Musk Interview on Tesla, Twitter, Model 3 Factory

openings all of the automakers left Tesla was neglecting the pledge to society in the age of climate change. Tesla has filled that gap, gaining you some serious loyalists. Yeah.But, rightly or wrongly… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Carbon Traders Brace for U.K.'s Possible Exit From EU Market

remain part of the carbon market after Brexit.“There’s a good chance the U.K. leaves the European carbon market,” said Trevor Sikorski, head of natural gas, coal and carbon at Energy Aspects Ltd… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Middle East’s Biggest Petrochemical Plant Moves a Step Closer to Financing

Carbon Holdings hopes to finalize financing for its $10.9 billion petrochemical plant by the end of the year, and expects to begin construction of what would be the Middle East’s largest such facility… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Duke Energy Is Betting on Pig Power to Curb Fossil Fuels

fermentation in rice fields. It’s been identified by the United Nations as a major contributor to climate change. The oil and gas industry, also a major emitter of the greenhouse gas, has come under fire… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Business Case For Environmental Sustainability Very Stong

improving environmental sustainability. He explains the moves they have made to reduce their carbon footprint, prompted initially by customers, then spurred on by the many benefits they discovered… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Oil Trader Vitol Embraces Clean Energy With New Wind Power Fund

and onshore wind farms through its VLC Renewables arm, run by a joint venture together with Low Carbon Ltd. The company is planning to buy minority stakes in projects, working with developers and… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Ritholtz's Reads: Russian Spies, Secrets and Everyday Heroes

billion internet users are not on Facebook (On an Overgrown Path) How Laundry Is Reducing America’s Carbon Footprint (Daily Beast) Republicans Call Trump Summit Remarks “Shameful” and “Bizarre” (Bloomberg);… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Brexit Bulletin: A Narrow Escape

open,” said Hubertus Vaeth, managing director of Frankfurt Main Finance. Brexit and the Carbon Trade | Carbon traders are again preparing for the worst after the U.K. government suggested that it… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Drillers Burned Off Less Natural Gas in 2017, Reversing a Trend

Bank and environmental groups call on oil and gas producers to rein in flaring, which boosts the carbon dioxide emissions that contribute to climate change. The U.S., Russia and Mexico are among the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

EU Electric-Car Sale Growth Sputters on Battery, Charging Limits

enough range.”Carmakers in Europe are under pressure to meet tough new EU rules on lowering fleet carbon dioxide emissions that will be phased in during 2020. Consumers staying on the fence on electric… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Global Economy's Future Is Electric, But Still Dirty, IEA Says

emissions from vehicles, but the issue will not ultimately be solved if they are simply replaced by carbon dioxide and other pollution from fossil-fuel power plants.“Global investment in renewables and… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Longshot Oil Riches Draw Wildcatters to the Utah Desert

requiring more than one ton of sand to produce a single barrel of oil. Heavy crude also contains more carbon than lighter grades.Petroteq is the brainchild of longtime friends from Ukraine, Aleksandr Blyumkin… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Fuel company and bank strengthen ties

July 16, 2018

Engen has confirmed exclusivity as the FNB’s eBucks programme’s fuel partner of choice when earning and redeeming rewards. Clients can also look forward to earning up to R4,00 back in eBucks on every litre of fuel purchased. The new rewards programme also allows members to move up the reward levels faster … Continue reading “Fuel company and bank strengthen ties”

Performance monitoring at Electra Mining 2018

Zest WEG Group’s large outdoor stand at Electra Mining Africa 2018 will display its growing range of products and its integrated approach offering customers added value in the execution of large projects. One of the new products being launched at the event is the WEG motor scan solution. This innovative device … Continue reading “Performance monitoring at Electra Mining 2018”

Accelerometers for vibration monitoring

Local Monitran representative Instrotech is promoting its general-purpose monitoring sensors for use with PLCs and other industrial controllers. They provide users with continuous vibration, output, usually as a 4 – 20 mA signal. Changes in the monitor signal will allow the user to detect vibration changes in the part of … Continue reading “Accelerometers for vibration monitoring”

Leak detection based on thermal imaging

Video analytics company IntelliView has developed a smart camera solution to remove labour-intensive monitoring of pipeline network integrity. At the heart of this is FLIR thermal imaging technology. As a result, oil and gas operators typically apply a multi-layered, multi-technology approach to early leak detection, and this method is proving particularly … Continue reading “Leak detection based on thermal imaging”

Addressing practical skills training in industry

Global energy management and automation company Schneider Electric South Africa has signed a statement of intent with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) to expand the company’s Access to Education training collaboration. Schneider Electric South Africa’s Access to Education speaks to the need for practical skills development within the … Continue reading “Addressing practical skills training in industry”

Low-carbon economy scenarios project under way

July 14, 2018

Low-carbon economy scenarios project under way Amid growing calls for South Africa’s transition to a low-carbon economy to be a just one, a project has been launched to map the possible socioeconomic and environmental scenarios for the transition. The initiative is being undertaken by the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection … Continue reading “Low-carbon economy scenarios project under way”

If We Cherry-Pick Data, Rely on Discredited Projections, and Ignore CO2… EVs Are Bad! – Rocky Mountain Institute

July 13, 2018

If We Cherry-Pick Data, Rely on Discredited Projections, and Ignore CO2… EVs Are Bad! July 10, 2018 | By – Lynn Daniels – Edward J. Klock-McCook www.rmi.org/if-we-cherry-pick-data-rely-on-discredited-projections-and-ignore-co2-evs-are-bad/

Engineers@Leisure: The limitless joys of stargazing

My interest in astronomy started in childhood when my dad bought me a small Tasco refractor telescope at the age of twelve. I was fascinated with what was out there to see. I later became interested in astrophotography, and since I also enjoy taking photographs, purchased a DSLR camera. Three … Continue reading “Engineers@Leisure: The limitless joys of stargazing”

Reactive Power: The compensation specialists

Reactive Power has become a leading MV power factor correction and harmonic filtering supplier. It is based in Johannesburg and operates throughout the Southern African region. The company has served the electrical industry since the late 1980s and in recent years has supplied over 200 harmonic filter banks and shunt … Continue reading “Reactive Power: The compensation specialists”

Five-nation energy event launched

July 11, 2018

The BRICS Energy and Green Economy Working Group, together with the South African National Energy Association (SANEA), will host an Energy Event at the offices of the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), 19 Fredman Drive, Sandton, Johannesburg on 24 July 2018. The event is aimed at bringing together energy experts, energy … Continue reading “Five-nation energy event launched”

Power outages and misinformation

Residents of many of Johannesburg’s suburbs have recently experienced lengthy interruptions in their electricity supply. City Power, Johannesburg’s electricity utility, has offered various reasons for the outages, from cable theft to equipment failure. The question, however, is when will the city’s residents be able to depend on a reliable supply … Continue reading “Power outages and misinformation”

Power developments in Africa, July 2018

Power project nears completion, financial close Ncondezi Energy’s integrated 300 MW power and coal mine project in Tete, Mozambique, is nearing completion. The company says its integrated financial model (FM) is ready for submission to Mozambique’s energy company and the mineral resources and energy ministry. The FM indicates that project … Continue reading “Power developments in Africa, July 2018”

Surge protection for Africa’s data centres

DEHN Africa’s expertise provides surge protection for data centres across the continent. Julienne Puttkammer, member of the company’s technical team, identifies two main types of risk in terms of data centres and electrical power surges: direct and indirect lightning strikes, and switching surges, which can be internal and are caused … Continue reading “Surge protection for Africa’s data centres”

Ambassador celebrates company’s four decades in South Africa

July 10, 2018

EDF, a global low-carbon energy supplier, celebrated it 40th anniversary of operations in South Africa recently. Christophe Farnaud, French Ambassador to South Africa The French ambassador to South Africa, Christophe Farnaud, said in his opening address that the economy must grow to provide much needed jobs, but not at the … Continue reading “Ambassador celebrates company’s four decades in South Africa”

Fixed-mount IR cameras for research analysis

July 6, 2018

For precise research, science, and engineering applications, just seeing heat is not enough, it needs to be measured and analysed as well. The Fluke RSE300 and RSE600 infrared cameras are the first fully-radiometric, fixed-mount cameras with advanced features including software plug-ins to easily analyse thermal data. These cameras continuously stream up … Continue reading “Fixed-mount IR cameras for research analysis”

New technical models set to reduce costs of power generation, distribution for Africa

Innovative new technologies and architectures set to reduce the costs of power generation and distribution will be presented at the Power-Gen & DistribuTech Africa conference and expo which is set to take place at the Sandton Convention Centre on 17 – 19 July 2018. Speaking ahead of Africa’s premier power … Continue reading “New technical models set to reduce costs of power generation, distribution for Africa”

Onshore wind operations and maintenance

July 5, 2018

With competitive auctions suppressing energy prices in mature onshore wind markets, wind farm owners and operators are under constant pressure to reduce costs and increase revenue. In a mature market, where as much as 349 GW of global onshore wind capacity could be “out-of-warranty” by 2020 [1], benchmarking and the … Continue reading “Onshore wind operations and maintenance”

Spray-on thin film photovoltaics: The next step forward?

In a drive to drop the prices of photovoltaic (PV) panels, crystalline silicon technology may have reached its limit. Thin film PV, however, still offers the opportunity to reduce manufacturing costs and hence unit prices.  The capability to fabricate PV solar cells on a large scale and at a competitive … Continue reading “Spray-on thin film photovoltaics: The next step forward?”

Record temperatures all over the world

July 4, 2018

“From the normally mild summer climes of Ireland, Scotland and Canada to the scorching Middle East, numerous locations in the Northern Hemisphere have witnessed their hottest weather ever recorded over the past week. Large areas of heat pressure or heat domes scattered around the hemisphere led to the sweltering temperatures. … Continue reading “Record temperatures all over the world”

International researcher to speak at upcoming electrical test workshop

Internationally renowned engineer and researcher, Dr Andrew Eriksson, will deliver the opening keynote address at SABS’ upcoming electrical test workshop. Dr Eriksson is the former director of the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) National Electrical Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) and was involved in the establishment of … Continue reading “International researcher to speak at upcoming electrical test workshop”

Electricity-generating windows in commercial buildings

July 3, 2018

Pilot projects for electricity-generating windows in commercial buildings are gaining momentum, and studies (utilising annual data of sunlit areas in cities) have claimed that the potential of electricity generation from the windows on a high-rise building could be in the GWh range. Today, the largest established base of installations is … Continue reading “Electricity-generating windows in commercial buildings”

Effect of rooftop PV on distribution transformers

Rooftop-mounted photovoltaic systems (RTPV) are expected to have a dramatic impact on distribution networks, and concern has been expressed on the effect on distribution transformers (DT), as increased thermal cycling is expected. However, several diverse studies have shown that a reasonable penetration of RTPV can extend the lifetime of a … Continue reading “Effect of rooftop PV on distribution transformers”

Measurement accuracy for PV modules

July 2, 2018

Reliable returns for solar power plants can only be determined by high-precision performance measurements on photovoltaic (PV) modules. The performance characteristics of PV modules are tested in TÜV Rheinland’s accredited laboratories, for example on the basis of a statistically relevant sample. The test result decides whether the contract is fulfilled … Continue reading “Measurement accuracy for PV modules”

Batteries for electric freight locomotives

Saft is to supply backup battery systems for 800 Prima locomotives. The company will offer full local end-to-end supplier services from its manufacturing facility in Bibadi, Bangalore. Having established the Bangalore factory in 2013, the company has scaled up its capabilities to become a local supplier to India’s rail market in … Continue reading “Batteries for electric freight locomotives”

Diesel engines meet Euro emissions standards

The ISF 2,8 and 3,8 l four-cylinder engines are the latest additions to Cummins’ range of diesel engines. Customers can expect to benefit from reliable performance and low operating costs, as well as low noise and emissions. The ISF 2,8 caters for Euro III and IV emissions levels, offers advanced … Continue reading “Diesel engines meet Euro emissions standards”

Plastic Pollution: European Union Stems the Tide

plastic trash. Burning emits toxic residue from softeners and dyes, as well as copious amounts of carbon dioxide. (Plastics, after all, are made of hydrocarbons.)Fundamentally, too, when plastic is… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Socialist Ocasio-Cortez's Policies Align With Liberal Democrats'

encourage advancements in renewable-energy technology — would pay big dividends. Not only would carbon emissions be reduced, but better energy storage technology would give a boost to growth. The… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Cable jointing and termination courses offered

Tank Industries has identified a need to increase the level of knowledge and skills of its own personnel and customers in the area of medium- and low voltage jointing and termination methods and procedures. As a result, the company has started a training academy to cater for this need. The facility and … Continue reading “Cable jointing and termination courses offered”

Eni to announce 'epochal' targets on carbon neutral goal

… on a goal of becoming carbon neutral, the group’s CEO Claudio Descalzi said… company and is now betting on the circular economy to become carbon neutral… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

Cable company extends its reach

Aberdare Cables has extended its reach to customers in the Mpumalanga region with the opening of a new branch in Nelspruit. An official opening ceremony for the branch was held on 14 June 2018. Dr Andrew Song, the company’s CEO, addressing customers at the event on the motivation behind establishing an operation … Continue reading “Cable company extends its reach”

Butchery of the Planet – George Monbiot

Butchery of the Planet 13th June 2018 Share220 Defending the living world and its people requires a shift from meat to a plant-based diet By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 8th June 2018 Whether human beings survive this century and the next, whether other lifeforms can live alongside us: … Continue reading “Butchery of the Planet – George Monbiot”

A solution for industrial power quality problems

Industrial  power quality solutions generally consist of devices to deal with individual problems, and if more than one problem needs to be dealt with, more than one device is required. The unified power quality conditioner (UPQC) is designed to cope with multiple PQ issues. Power quality problems experienced at the … Continue reading “A solution for industrial power quality problems”

Professional training in renewable energy offered

Training for certification as a Renewable Energy Professional (REP) at the Nelson Mandela University (NMU) always comes with a welcome bonus for candidates, as they enjoy the vast variety of site visits to experience renewable and alternative energy solutions first hand, as well as research facilities available in the friendly … Continue reading “Professional training in renewable energy offered”

Atomic energy cooperation agreement signed

Rosatom has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Republic of Rwanda regarding cooperation in the field of peaceful uses of atomic energy. This MoU is the first document in the field of peaceful uses of atomic energy signed between the two countries. The document establishes a legal basis for … Continue reading “Atomic energy cooperation agreement signed”

Youth vote fuel company tops

Engen has been voted the “Coolest Petroleum Brand” in the Sunday Times’ “Generation Next” awards for the ninth consecutive year. The fuel and oil company’s social investment, and sponsorship initiatives, shows that it is dedicated to positively engaging and contributing to the future self-sustainability of young South Africans. This is done … Continue reading “Youth vote fuel company tops”

Secrets of Honeymoon Planners for Billionaires

sheik’s bird.But wait, there’s more … Someone Has to Carry the MeatAfter signing a nondisclosure agreement, your first rite of passage with Ovation is to travel with the meat. Literally. The agency’s… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Directional overcurrent: Explaining the underlying physics of directional protection

Distributed generation, which is an emerging technological trend around the world, poses a new set of challenges for the energy industry. With the real possibility of bi-directional power flow and the erosion of the conventional generation, transmission, distribution, retail sequence, the inevitable outcome is that distribution networks need to handle … Continue reading “Directional overcurrent: Explaining the underlying physics of directional protection”

Encouraging youth in science and engineering

The annual Eskom Expo for Young Scientists has been presented for over three decades and has established itself as the premier exposition for South African youth to demonstrate their innovation in the fields of science and technology. The expo aims to develop a strong base of educated and skilled South … Continue reading “Encouraging youth in science and engineering”

BMW, Hyundai Join GM in Pressing U.S. to Forgo Auto Tariffs

July 1, 2018

Disney’s Bob Iger and Tesla’s Elon Musk, quit to protest Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement last year. The forum was disbanded in August following Trump’s tepid response to attacks… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Navarro Says GM’s Warning on U.S. Tariffs Is ‘Smoke and Mirrors’

Disney’s Bob Iger and Tesla’s Elon Musk, quit to protest Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement last year. The forum was disbanded in August following Trump’s tepid response to attacks… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Oil Companies and Lobbyists Say They’re Ready to Solve Climate Change. Check the Fine Print.

June 30, 2018

Oil Companies and Lobbyists Say They’re Ready to Solve Climate Change. Check the Fine Print. truthout.org/articles/oil-companies-and-lobbyists-say-theyre-ready-to-solve-climate-change-check-the-fine-print/

Lithium's Long-Term Outlook Is Bright

June 29, 2018

Intelligence, a research and data firm, projects demand to rise from about 220,000 tonnes of lithium-carbonate equivalent last year to more than 900,000 in 2025 and around 2 million by the early 2030s.But… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Crumpets Newest Victim In Carbon Dioxide Crisis In Europe

There’s a carbon dioxide crisis in Europe and it could lead to emptier supermarket shelves #tictocnews… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

An Amazon Veteran Joins Indoor Farming Startup

in a computerized labyrinth of sensor-rich trays that monitor and react to humidity, light and carbon dioxide. Human farmers work alongside the crates, which automatically adjust inputs, like light… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Loan agreement to facilitate grid of renewable energy signed

Phakamani Hadebe Eskom and KfW, the German Development Bank on behalf of the German Government, have signed a US$100-million (approximately R1,35-billion) loan facility to support further investments in the transmission network in the Northern Cape in order to facilitate the grid integration of renewable energy independent power producer (IPP) projects … Continue reading “Loan agreement to facilitate grid of renewable energy signed”

A Family Fortune Built on Cough Syrup Helps Shape a Swiss City

center. The vine-covered building is home to the Paul Sacher Foundation, a research center for 20th and 21st century music whose archives include more than 100 collections of leading European musicians… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

The Good, Bad and Ugly of U.K. Stocks in the First Half of 2018

interview.Meanwhile, any whiff of a profit warning was enough to send a number of stocks plunging by 20 percent-plus, continuing a theme of 2017. Investors are perhaps concerned that there are now real… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Natural Gas Pushed as a Fossil Fuel Answer to Global Warming

emissions to meet climate change targets. Energy companies see gas doing double duty: it has half the carbon emissions of coal when used in power generation, is abundant and relatively cheap.The “big challenge… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Amazon's PillPack Deal: A New Industry To Disrupt

June 28, 2018

Adidas warned of a possible data breach.KickersHere’s how much cities contribute to the world’s carbon footprint.Elon Musk is in a dispute over a gassy unicorn.Silicon Valley has come up with an app… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Global Natural Gas Prices Rise for First Time in Two Years

is projected to grow under virtually all major scenarios, “including the most aggressive low-carbon transition scenarios,” according to a report published by Italian grid operator Snam SpA, the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Trade War Looms Over Canadian Town Built to Supply America

looks like a model train set: impossibly picturesque with enough infrastructure to set a young engineer’s heart soaring. Locomotives wend through Sphagnum moss-like trees, and hydroelectric plants… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Harry Kane Is Driving the British Economy

There’s a risk, though, that football fans will go thirsty. The combination of a shortage of carbon dioxide gas and a heatwave means pubs have been running out of some beer brands.England plays… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Adaptation Futures Conference 18 to 21 June – Cape Town

Cape Town was proud to have hosted a successful and well-attended international conference – the 5th International Climate Change Adaptation Conference. Have a look at their web site for more information “Adaptation Futures 2018 Dialogues for Solutions” Delegates were given the opportunity to offset their transport emissions through Credible Carbon … Continue reading “Adaptation Futures Conference 18 to 21 June – Cape Town”

Making the impossible possible

The right delivery time is often an important factor in a customer’s purchasing decision. Projects that must be implemented in the shortest possible time frequently require tap changers at a moment’s notice. Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen (MR) is usually able to respond extremely quickly to customers’ needs. This is made possible partly … Continue reading “Making the impossible possible”

America's About to Miss a Big Obama-Era Climate Goal as Trump Dismantles Policies

have accelerated emissions reductions this year. After 2025, those same forces could force more carbon-free nuclear reactors into retirement, leading to an uptick in greenhouse gases produced by power… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

BP Buys Britain’s Largest Electric Vehicle Charging Company

Erginbilgic, chief executive, BP downstream. “And to BP becoming the leading provider of energy to low carbon vehicles, on the road or at home.”Integrated oil companies are facing rising pressure from investors… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

U.K. Deems Heathrow Runway Compatible With Green Targets

1990 levels by 2050. The government has so-called carbon budgets for a series of five-year periods that gradually restrict the amount of carbon dioxide the country can emit.Airlines will still have… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Blue State AGs Accuse Trump of Gutting Climate-Protection Rule

June 27, 2018

hydrofluorocarbons was put in place after they proved to be thousands of times more potent than carbon dioxide, and a cause of global warming.A three-judge panel at the appeals court rejected that… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Oil Majors' Big Legal Fear Is Averted—for Now

members were bombarded with questions. In the U.S., shareholders filed 10 resolutions linked to carbon risk at oil companies this year, double the number five years ago, according to a database from… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Is It Too Early for Fake Meat?

water, chemicals and fossil fuels, which may detract from the overall environmental benefit. A 2015 study published in Environmental Science and Technology found that lab-grown meat products, while… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

A Threat to Shale’s Dominance Emerges 200 Miles off the Gulf Coast

challenging, so the industry is known as much for cost overruns and environmental disasters as it is for building engineering marvels. But after surviving both the Deepwater Horizon spill in 2010… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

To monitor and manage solar energy storage

Moxa’s Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) gateways can provide the computing backbone required for solar energy storage and monitoring. Smart power management and the integration of sustainable energy sources into the power grid are the keys to maintaining continuous power supply to smart cities. These energy storage and monitoring systems … Continue reading “To monitor and manage solar energy storage”

Jaguar Land Rover Promises a Made-in-China Electric Car Soon

($764 million) to make Mercedes EVs with a domestic partner.Getting ReadyChina is moving to cap carbon emissions by 2030, which means automakers will need battery-powered vehicles for the market. … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

In the Age of Trump and Putin, Europe Faces Hard Choices on Gas

makers isn’t particularly strong at the moment,’’ said Trevor Sikorski, head of natural gas and carbon research at Energy Aspects Ltd. in London.Meanwhile, the European Union is investigating whether… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Building Air Conditioners That Won’t Make Climate Change Worse

June 26, 2018

called refrigerants, potent greenhouse gases that can be several hundred times as damaging as carbon dioxide. These units also guzzle electricity—accounting for about 10 percent of all energy consumed… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

SA wind industry helps transform the energy sector

Given the Renewable Energy Industry’s potential and willingness to contribute to national socio-economic development, the industry is taking proactive measures to ensure coordinated efforts result in greater local benefit. Speaking at a recent energy forum, Jeff Radebe, the minister of energy, signalled government’s intention that the socio-economic and enterprise development … Continue reading “SA wind industry helps transform the energy sector”

Renewable energy-powered microgrids and energy storage meet future power needs

As the cost of sustainable energy sources has declined, the deployment of these sources of energy has grown rapidly.  Once on the fringes of the energy industry, solar photovoltaic (PV) and wind turbines are now mainstream technologies. The International Renewable Energy Agency predicts another 90 GW of solar power to … Continue reading “Renewable energy-powered microgrids and energy storage meet future power needs”

Poor air quality and hazardous emissions endanger human life

Air pollution from the burning of fossil fuels for power generation or any other purpose is creating a serious health hazard to residents of the areas nearby. The deterioration of air quality, is said to  adversely affect human health, human welfare and the environment. To address this serious situation, the … Continue reading “Poor air quality and hazardous emissions endanger human life”

How to Steal 50 Million Bees

pesticides, disease, and bears, which really do love honey, just like the cartoons say. Climate change is a problem, especially as it pertains to drought, because bees need lots of water. They… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

City Climate Change Suits Against Big Oil Tossed by Judge

ConocoPhillips and Royal Dutch Shell Plc were also among the defendants.The judge said it’s “true” that carbon dioxide released from fossil fuels has contributed to global warming, but on the other hand,… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Air quality rules may force Eskom to close power stations

Proposed new air quality rules will force Eskom to comply with pollution standards or shut down its polluting power stations. Most of Eskom’s ageing coal power stations cause severe air pollution, which contribute to the deaths and ill-health of thousands of South Africans every year. Despite this, Eskom has thus … Continue reading “Air quality rules may force Eskom to close power stations”

U.S. Judge Throws Out Climate Change Lawsuits Against Big Oil

The nearly five-hour hearing covered topics including the history of climate change research, carbon dioxide’s role as a greenhouse gas, melting ice caps, rising sea levels and extreme weather. … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

JCDecaux Agrees to Buy APN Outdoor for A$1.12 Billion

statement Tuesday. That compares with JCDecaux’s previous A$6.52-a-share offer announced in Paris on June 20, and the company’s last closing price of A$6.40.APN’s board unanimously recommended investors… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Boeing Gets a Jump on Air Show with $14.4 Billion in Jet Deals

June 25, 2018

Airbus SE’s competing A320neo plane.Bamboo Airways made a deposit in mid-June to reserve the carbon-composite Dreamliners, which are tentatively scheduled for delivery in 2020 and 2021. The carrier… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Tory ‘Green Veneer’ Threatened Over Heathrow, Tidal Power

defense, Clark said he rejected the tidal power project in Swansea, south Wales, because other low-carbon energy projects could be developed at far lower costs.And Grayling said Heathrow could face unlimited… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Latest CSP system inauguration

XiNA solar one, the latest CSP system built by Abengoa at a site near Poffader in the Northwest province, was inaugurated on 18 June 2018. Part of window 3 of The REIPPPP, the plant was successfully commissioned in August 2017, and has been delivering power to the national grid since … Continue reading “Latest CSP system inauguration”

Future of Big Oil Increasingly Shaped by the Fate of Global Gas

first time in 30 years, reflecting America’s shale-prodded gas clout.Gas emits about half the carbon dioxide as coal. That means it’s often seen as both a cleaner-burning alternative and a complement… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Wind and Solar Will Rule the World's Power Grid by 2050

June 22, 2018

published its latest projections for the world’s electricity generation. It’s increasingly lower-carbon, reflecting changes in renewable energy already decades in the making, as well as the inexorable… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

OPEC Meeting June 2018: There's No There There

the U.S. market can, writes Nir Kaissar.Weekend ReadingHow to solve global warming? Suck the carbon out of the air. – Noah Smith China’s movie-making bubble looks like it’s about to pop. – Adam… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Save the Planet. Get Carbon Out of the Air.

will be decades before renewable energy reduces carbon emissions to low levels, even with a boost from carbon taxes. During that time, much more carbon will be belched into the air, which will stay… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Renewable energy company ready for renewed projects

Established over 45 years ago, Brand Engineering, together with its BBBEE company, Besamandla, operates in a number of African countries. It is responsible for the generation of 472 MW of power for the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) projects and related renewable energy (RE) initiatives. The majority of the projects … Continue reading “Renewable energy company ready for renewed projects”

Breakaway CEOs on Standing Out and Staying Ahead

June 21, 2018

Envested CEO Isa Watson, Carbon Robotics Co-founder and CEO Rosanna Myers, and Beyond Curious CEO Nikki Barua speak with Synack… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Shale's $2 Billion Natural Gas Leak Shows Bigger Climate Hit

losses equated to enough gas to fuel 10 million homes and had a value of $2 billion a year.While carbon dioxide grabs most of the attention as the top contributor to climate change, methane that makes… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Is Out of Touch in Climate Fight, Canadian Minister Says

to see that.”China, the EU and Canada together accounted for 40 percent of global emissions of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas, in 2017, according to the latest BP Plc statistical review… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Think Economic Growth Is the Be-All? Think Again

that there’s vast potential for a green services sector to achieve both high employment and meet carbon reduction targets without relying on fast economic growth.Most economists dismiss this kind of… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Britain Risks Beer Shortages This Summer

It’s time to get those last orders in.U.K. pubs are facing a possible drought as stocks of carbon dioxide run low, which is expected to hurt the supply and sales of beer as well as soft drinks… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Chevron Deep-Water Tentacles Show Big Oil Rivaling Shale in Gulf

Plc that’s allowing deep-water production in the Gulf to bounce back from disasters both environmental (BP’s Deepwater Horizon spill in 2010) and financial (the oilprice crash of 2014).Oil production… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

CSI projects worth R4-million completed

Actom’s John Thompson division carried out four major corporate social responsibility (CSI) projects recently to uplift previously disadvantaged communities near Grootvlei power station in Mpumalanga. The projects were undertaken as part of contract obligations linked to two contracts currently in operation at Grootvlei by the company’s Utility Boilers and Environmental Solutions … Continue reading “CSI projects worth R4-million completed”

Oil sample diagnostician exceeds 2-million tests

WearCheck couldn’t be prouder of its diagnostic manager John Evans, who recently diagnosed his two millionth transformer oil analysis sample, making him the third in the company’s team of eight diagnosticians to reach this milestone. While official statistics are not readily available, it is extremely rare on a global level to … Continue reading “Oil sample diagnostician exceeds 2-million tests”

Encouraging youth in science and engineering careers

“Harnessing energy from space” – Nokwanda Mantshintshi of the Mahhushe Secondary School receiving the 2017 Hendrik van der Bijl Award sponsored by the Copper Development Association from Levine Warries. The association sponsored three R7000 awards in the 2017 awards programme. The aim of the project was to introduce a pollution … Continue reading “Encouraging youth in science and engineering careers”

Throwing Retirees’ Money Into Tidal Power

the government is serious about both backing industrial innovation and reducing the country’s carbon footprint. As a small island pounded by waves, the U.K. has the potential to become a world leader… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Electra Mining Africa 2018 official electrical, power & control preview supplement

EE Publishers, in association with Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery, is producing approximately 12 000 copies of an exclusive, official Electrical, Power & Control Preview/ Supplement for the Electra Mining Africa 2018 Exhibition. In addition to relevant technical articles and advertisements, the Official Electrical, Power & Control Preview guide will include the … Continue reading “Electra Mining Africa 2018 official electrical, power & control preview supplement”

Swedish Builder Ignores Trump in Bid to Make U.S. Green Again

there’s a strong business case in the U.S. as well for a transition to an economy with lower carbon dioxide emissions.”Skanska says the proportion of its revenue derived from green construction… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Nightmare on China's Wall Street Part II

short-selling, while killing the world’s biggest stock index futures market. Then we’ll have a carbon copy of the last rout. Don’t be surprised if the rhetoric once again turns vitriolic in the event… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Natural-Gas Power Forecasts Are Rosy For Peaker Plants

June 20, 2018

grow much either. That undermines the thesis of gas being a “transition” fuel, generating lower carbon emissions than coal and bridging power’s dirty past and cleaner future.Still, even under BNEF’s… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

EU Can Toughen Its Emissions-Cut Target Under Paris Climate Deal

percent without boosting expenditures needed to meet it. It would also mean a faster reduction of carbon discharges in the EU Emissions Trading System, the bloc’s cap-and-trade program that imposes… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Where are we on the road to clean energy?

Tracking energy transition indicators of both outcomes (e.g. CO2 emissions) and underlying drivers (e.g. clean energy investment) is important for developing a clear understanding of how far we’ve come, while additionally propelling further ambition and action. As the adage goes, “that which is measured, improves”. Caroline Lee All around the … Continue reading “Where are we on the road to clean energy?”

Hurricane-Proof Homes Are Real. Why Isn’t Anyone Buying Them?

economic cost of climate change. In response, architects have come up with almost as many ideas as there are types of disasters to defend against. How Science Links Climate Change to Irma’s Wallop:… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Solar-powered EV charging stations

According to Renewable Energy World (www.renewableenergyworld.com), two of California’s state parks have received new public charging infrastructure which offers electric vehicle owners the ability to charge up on solar power. Envision Solar International is quoted as saying that it has delivered its EV ARC solar-powered charging stations to two parks under the … Continue reading “Solar-powered EV charging stations”

Exelon, First Solar Bankroll Campaign to Push for a U.S. Carbon Tax

June 19, 2018

George W. Bush are guiding the initiative.The campaign, dubbed Americans for Carbon Dividends, aims to bolster a carbon tax-and-dividend plan advanced by prominent Republicans a year ago, using more… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Suncor, Enbridge Seek Clarity After Ford Upends Carbon Trading

disclose their positions in the carbon market or say how much they invested. Suncor spokeswoman Sneh Seetal said the Calgary-based oil producer supports a price on carbon and will work with Ontario… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Norway wealth fund nears blacklisting greenhouse gas emitters

… be excluded for producing too much greenhouse gas emissions in either the oil… greenhouse gases has taken longer than expected, but recent clarifications from… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Green house gas

Addressing the energy paradox in Africa

Approximately 600-million people in sub-Saharan Africa have no access to electricity. This is particularly true in rural areas. Around 63% of the population in sub-Saharan Africa is rural, of which only 19% has access to energy, compared to over 60% of the urban population. However, if current energy access trends … Continue reading “Addressing the energy paradox in Africa”

Guide to renewable energy in Africa launched

The energy practice of DLA Piper, a global law firm located in more than 40 countries, has launched Renewable Energy in Africa, a new guide for clients. The guide summarises the regulatory environment for renewable energy in twelve African jurisdictions, highlighting the key policy objectives for national governments and providing … Continue reading “Guide to renewable energy in Africa launched”

Investment in ultra-fast charging battery company

June 18, 2018

BP Ventures has invested $20-million in ultra-fast charging battery developer StoreDot. This company’s  innovative battery technology is targeting electric vehicle charging in five minutes, and aims to commercialise its flash battery for mobile communication devices as early as 2019. The number of electric vehicles (EVs) worldwide is growing rapidly, and BP is … Continue reading “Investment in ultra-fast charging battery company”

Mechanical grease overflow prevention system

SKF offers its Lincoln mechanical grease overflow prevention system to prevent hazards associated with reservoir overfilling. This product improves worker safety and minimises environmental concerns caused by this type of spill. Easy to install and simple to operate, the system reduces the manpower needed for reservoir filling, freeing personnel for other … Continue reading “Mechanical grease overflow prevention system”

For grid services and virtual power plants

SolarEdge is launching an innovative solution for grid services and virtual power plants, to support a shared energy economy. The company’s grid services offer aggregative control and data reporting enabling the pooling of PV and storage in the cloud for the creation of virtual power plants. The solution will provide … Continue reading “For grid services and virtual power plants”

Gas exploration to get underway

Sezigyn intends to undertake a gas exploration programme in the Offshore Mid Orange Basin, located 80 km offshore of the South African West Coast. The company will not be undertaking any physical exploration activities, and will only conduct desktop analyses of existing data available for the Block. SRK Consulting (South … Continue reading “Gas exploration to get underway”

Deploying 2000 fast-chargers across the country

An offshoot of the Volkswagen organisation created in the wake of the diesel emissions scandal, Electrify America has a quite ambitious plan. It recently announced it had picked suppliers for a new network of fast-chargers across the country. Between now and the end of 2019, it’s going to deploy 2000 … Continue reading “Deploying 2000 fast-chargers across the country”

A high-pressure “boost” of oil-free compressed air

Rand-Air recently took delivery of an Atlas Copco DXT85VSD electrically-driven, oil-free air/nitrogen booster complete with high-pressure hoses. Coupled with their oil-free compressor and dryer, the company can now offer a total solution for 42 bar high-pressure, oil-free compressed air. The 100 kW DXT has a high outlet pressure range of 25 to … Continue reading “A high-pressure “boost” of oil-free compressed air”

Hands-on training in lightning and surge protection

DEHNacademy, the training wing of DEHNAfrica, recently ended an almost year-long period of hands-on training for a group of nine second-year students from Wits, who had spent 2017 at the company before returning to study again this year. Established in 2014, the academy offers practical knowledge and skills in the … Continue reading “Hands-on training in lightning and surge protection”

The Climate Litigation Threat Is Getting Credible

increasing confidence and robustness.Fifth, advances in measurements such as the development of the Carbon Majors database means that the proportional culpability of specific listed firms, such as Exxon… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

World Energy Chiefs See More Natural Gas Aiding Green Push

highlighted the other nations’ commitment to it.”The leaders of the other G20 members state that the Paris Agreement is irreversible,” the communique said last July. The U.S. also fought successfully… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Achieving repeatability in a pressure switch

Calibrating a pressure switch can be a time-consuming task, and repeatability is key to success. Achieving repeatability requires you to apply slow changes in pressure to the switch as it approaches its defined set or reset point. This process can be further simplified by selecting a pump with a wide fine … Continue reading “Achieving repeatability in a pressure switch”

Magnetic flow meter with induction sensor

Instrotech is offering the Eis Flonet FS10, a special type of magnetic flow meter, with an induction sensor for the precise flow measurement of conductive liquids.  The FS10 has a special wear-resistant lining made from natural stone and is fitted with Fisher-Rosemont evaluating electronics. This flow meter is intended for professional … Continue reading “Magnetic flow meter with induction sensor”

All recloser’s components in one package

NOJA Power OSM recloser and RC controller type tested in KEMA Laboratory For NOJA Power, an integrated solution means that their OSM recloser system is supplied with all voltage and current sensors required for protection and automation, paired with a controller which incorporates every protection element you can think of, … Continue reading “All recloser’s components in one package”

JetBlue Founder Raising Funds for New U.S. Airline, Report Says

California, Airline Weekly said. The advanced jetliner reduces fuel burn due to its modern engines and carbon-fiber fuselage.Neeleman is a long-time supporter of aircraft manufactured by Airbus SE, which… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

China's Industrial Juggernaut Is No Cause for U.S. Alarm

June 17, 2018

Japan’s most prominent industries, such as automobiles, motorcycles, video games, robotics and carbon fiber, were never directly targeted by Tokyo’s bureaucrats. The authors concluded that “the practices… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Ontario Scraps Carbon-Reduction Plan as It Expands Elsewhere

June 16, 2018

program while lawmakers in Oregon are debating a carbon-pricing program.Ontario’s election results were largely priced into California’s carbon market. Despite Friday’s announcement, emitters in… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Glencore Caves to Congo to Keep Its Electric Car Dream Alive

Gertler has powerful relationships in the country he first visited 20 years ago, and Congolese mines have a history of suddenly changing hands without due process. … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

A Greener Future Starts With Natural Gas, World Energy Chiefs Say

G20 energy summit, when the final statement emphasized the U.S. decision to leave the global carbon-cutting pact and highlighted the other nations’ commitment to it.”The leaders of the other G20… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Ray Ban Wings, the 24K Gold-Plated Aviator Sunglasses for $518

June 15, 2018

and the arts.”The company is looking ahead, investing in new tech and affinity brands with its Carbon Fibre Ferrari Collection. “Pioneering technology and cutting edge design are key elements at… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

‘Trump Forest’ aims to offset U.S. policies » Yale Climate Connections ‘Trump Forest’ aims to offset U.S. policies » Yale Climate Connections

‘Trump Forest’ aims to offset U.S. policies » Yale Climate Connections ‘Trump Forest’ aims to offset U.S. policies » Yale Climate Connections www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2018/06/trump-forest-aims-to-offset-u-s-climate-policies/?popupally_stop=subscriber

Lab-Grown Meat Startups Backed by Bill Gates, Tyson Foods Face FDA Oversight

Administration, which has begun the process of regulating the industry.Cultured meat, considered an environmentally sound alternative to the real thing, is made by harvesting cells from animals and growing… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Ford to Scrap Ontario's Carbon System in Challenge to Trudeau

job-killing carbon tax was one of his major commitments during the campaign. Ontario will also quit the Western Climate Initiative, Ford said Friday from Toronto.“Eliminating the carbon tax and cap-and-trade… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Exxon Doubles Down on Oil

major cause of climate change. Those prospects have made many investors wary. “If you look back historically there have been a lot of industries that have disappeared because change has swallowed… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Addressing Africa’s energy deficit

With recent reports estimating that 600-million people are without access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa, significant and sustained investment is required across Africa’s entire energy generation and supply value chain. Renita van Tonder While even a decade ago meeting Africa’s energy backlog was considered unaffordable, today, many largely technology-driven factors … Continue reading “Addressing Africa’s energy deficit”

EU's Juncker Says Trump Called Him a ‘Brutal Killer’ at G-7

June 14, 2018

allies with his protectionist tilt, withdrawal from landmark international agreements to fight climate change and to prevent Iran from developing nuclear arms, and criticism of defense spending by fellow… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

China, India Coal Use: Alternatives Are Rising

capacity should mean that the balance of power continues to shift broadly away from the most carbon-intensive sources of power toward renewables in China (and India has good reasons to emulate… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump’s Pick to Lead Weather Agency Spent 30 Years Fighting It

NOAA employees worried about the damage that the president-elect, who famously dismissed climate change as a hoax, might do to the agency. At a post-election gathering, says the Obama appointee… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Investing in North Korea Is Not for the Faint of Heart

investments in North Korea. “It’s going to be the most exciting country in the world for the next 20 years. Everything in North Korea is an opportunity.”Farmers collect rice straw at the Chongsan-ri… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Trump's Coal Gambit May Yield Political Points, Not Mining Jobs

And for years, she has pushed measures to accelerate the development of technology to clean up carbon dioxide emissions at coal-fired power plants and could prolong coal’s use in the electric sector… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Harnessing the potential of solar PV power safely and effectively

Solar photovoltaic (PV) systems are being installed in ever increasing numbers throughout the world and are expected to produce electricity safely and reliably for several decades. However, many systems are not satisfactorily evaluated prior to being put into service and many have little, if any, scheduled maintenance or testing over … Continue reading “Harnessing the potential of solar PV power safely and effectively”

Smart solutions to tackle utilities’ energy losses

The pressure to improve energy efficiency is constant and intense, particularly for utilities since changes to power production and distribution can have a cascading effect influencing the energy efficiency efforts of both utilities and end-users. The opportunity to cut costs is always a motivator for change, and for utilities, the rewards … Continue reading “Smart solutions to tackle utilities’ energy losses”

More than just a trade show

Electra Mining Africa, which has been running for 46 years, is be hosted at the Expo Centre in Nasrec, Johannesburg, from 10 to 14 September this year. Players in the mining, manufacturing, electrical and power industries will engage with visitors and share information on their latest products, services and solutions. New … Continue reading “More than just a trade show”

This Year's Best-Performing Commodity Is About to Hit a Snag

fossil fuels are all factors that may drive carbon permits lower in the second half, said Louis Redshaw, founder of Redshaw Advisors Ltd., a carbon trader in London. “There’s a lot of pressure… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Guess Who Also Met With Pope and Big Oil? Renewables Executives

that there needed to be something done about climate change, that there needs to be a price on carbon — perhaps in the form of a tax on emissions — and that oil and gas companies need a way of… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Global Carbon Dioxide Emissions Hit a New Record

June 13, 2018

percent gain in China. Carbon dioxide output also rose in Brazil, Qatar and Russia, while Turkey’s jumped by 13 percent.In the European Union, home to the world’s biggest carbon market, emissions from… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Germany Signals It Won't Target Transport for Quick Carbon Cuts

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government is signaling it doesn’t see a way to make a quick reduction in carbon pollution coming from cars and trucks as Germany seeks ways to fulfill European Union climate… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Canada Pension Plan Offers Country's Largest Green Bond in Debut

than C$3 billion in renewable energy as it prepares for an expected global transition to a lower-carbon economy.CPPIB invests on behalf of the C$356.1 billion Canada Pension Plan. It boasts the highest… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

BlackRock, Wells Fargo Are Betting on Ethical Investing Funds for 401(k)s

to debut some later this year.The asset managers are betting that a surge in interest in environmental, social or governance investing will carry through to 401(k)s, where there are few such options… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Seven Highly Impressive Ways to Outsource Your Dinner Party

there’s never been a better time to outsource your party prep. An Italian FeastMajor Food Group’s Carbone at Home experience, says co-founder Jeff Zalaznick, is a customizable meal that includes restaurant… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

How Batteries Went From Primitive Power to Global Domination

sales jumping almost tenfold to about 11 million.Some governments, mindful of climate change and carbon-dioxide emissions, are taking steps to boost demand. California wants five million electric vehicles… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Minister’s statement appears to fly in the face of latest “no new coal” report

Jeff Radebe, the minister of energy, reiterated government’s intention to proceed with the procurement of electricity from two independent coal power plants – despite compelling evidence about the disastrous impacts these plants would have for South Africa. Last week, the Energy Research Centre (ERC) released a report which shows that the two … Continue reading “Minister’s statement appears to fly in the face of latest “no new coal” report”

UPS design with active series-parallel power-line conditioning

The double conversion uninterruptible power supply (UPS) is the most common version of online UPSs  in use today, but has a number of drawbacks. The line-interactive UPS system with active series-parallel power-line conditioning capabilities offers a solution to a number of the problems. The double conversion UPS (DCUPS) , shown … Continue reading “UPS design with active series-parallel power-line conditioning”

Techniques to maximise PV panel power output

To harvest energy from solar PV panels efficiently, it is important to ensure that the panel voltage does not collapse under load. Techniques using Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) and Maximum Power Point Control (MPPC) are often used. This article discusses these terms in more detail. As can be seen … Continue reading “Techniques to maximise PV panel power output”

New registration rules for small scale embedded generation

The Draft Licencing Exemption and Registration Notice gazetted today for public comment. The Notice articulates the intention of the Department of Energy (DoE), in consultation with the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa), to repeal the Exemption Notice published under Government Notice Number 1231 of 10 November 2017 and … Continue reading “New registration rules for small scale embedded generation”

Engineering energy solutions for Africa

Zest WEG Group combines its local manufacturing capability with WEG’s range of products to engineer energy solutions for customers around Africa.  The company’s network of agents and distributors across the continent also provides vital insights into local conditions, needs and constraints. Its solutions are tailor-made for individual application requirements. WEG’s … Continue reading “Engineering energy solutions for Africa”

Mobile application simplifies inspection

FLIR Systems has launched FLIR InSite, a new mobile application and web portal for organising client information and thermal inspection data in one location. Ideal for electricians, electrical contractors and thermography service professionals, the FLIR InSite workflow management tool reduces inspection preparation time, increases efficiency and helps to deliver results … Continue reading “Mobile application simplifies inspection”

Aston Martin’s Amped-Up, $240,000 Rapide Is Still Not as Fast as a Tesla

and lid on the trunk, all of which are done in carbon fiber.A new hood with extra-large ventilation inserts also made from carbon fiber, plus carbon-ceramic disc brakes, contribute to a presumed… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

EPA seeks comment on carbon rule replacement

June 12, 2018

… for a possible replacement of Obama-era regulations on carbon dioxide… carbon emissions directly at a power plant. Obama’s Clean Power Plan… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

Technology, Consumer Stocks Prop Up U.S. Indexes: Markets Wrap

fear of getting caught offsides by the next event on the docket keeps things in check,” Jeff Carbone, a managing partner at Cornerstone Wealth, said in an email.The Stoxx Europe 600 Index retreated… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

#MeToo Sexual Harassment Threat to New Female Scientists

plagues academic science, and colleges and universities that train scientists need a culture change so women won’t be bullied out of the field, according to a new report. In fact, it’s time to… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Battery energy storage technologies for off-grid and transport applications

Energy storage systems play a crucial role in off-grid applications globally. Although various energy storage systems exist, this article considers different battery technologies for their suitability for off-grid and electric vehicle applications. Off-grid electricity can be defined as a stand-alone power system or mini-grid to typically provide a small community … Continue reading “Battery energy storage technologies for off-grid and transport applications”

Investing in a just transition

Investing in a just transition: Why investors need to integrate a social dimension into their climate strategies and how they could take action *Policy paper* 1 June, 2018 Download – Robins et al_Investing in a Just Transition (PDF) This discussion paper explores why investors should contribute to the ‘just transition’ … Continue reading “Investing in a just transition”

How $6 trillion of fossil fuel investments got dumped thanks to green campaigners

*How $6 trillion of fossil fuel investments got dumped thanks to green campaigners * June 7, 2018 10.57am SAST Author 1. Rowan Gard Environmental Anthropologist, University of St Andrews Disclosure statement Rowan Gard has received funding from the European Consortium for Pacific Studies (ECOPAS) funded by the European Union. She … Continue reading “How $6 trillion of fossil fuel investments got dumped thanks to green campaigners”

Shift Our Future 2018 – Cape Town

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Draft National Climate Change Bill published for comment

Draft National Climate Change Bill published for comment Environmental Affairs Minister *Edna Molewa* has published the draft National Climate Change Bill for public comment in the Government Gazette, her department said on Sunday. “The purpose of the bill is to build an effective climate change response and ensure the long-term … Continue reading “Draft National Climate Change Bill published for comment”

China's Next Big Thing? Used Cars.

importantly, for the environment. Manufacturing makes up as much as 35 percent of a vehicle’s lifetime carbon emissions, meaning that every buyer who selects a used vehicle over a new one is helping to slow… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Rosneft, Occidental Petroleum Named as Climate Laggards by L&G

“Divestment is a consequence, but it is not the aim. We want to show that the transition to a low-carbon economy is possible and work with companies towards this goal.”Investors with $68.4 trillion… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Merkel's Widening Emissions Gap Piles Pressure on Coal Power

June 11, 2018

seek a quick fix by closing coal plants.Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government has pledged to cut carbon pollution by 2020 by two-fifths compared with 1990 levels but a new Environment Ministry forecasts… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Germany Orders Daimler to Recall 774,000 Diesels in Europe

between authorities and carmakers. Daimler relies on diesel vehicles for profit and to lower the carbon-dioxide output of its vehicles to meet environmental regulations.Threat of FineScheuer had threatened… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Canada Pension Taps Green Bond Market to Fund Renewables

($2.3 billion) in renewable energy as it prepares for an expected global transition to a lower-carbon economy.Canada’s green bond issuance, totaling C$8 billion according to data compiled by Bloomberg… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Ontario's Election Brought Down Carbon Prices 2,000 Miles Away

June 8, 2018

new premier on Thursday, the price of carbon in California fell. Why? Because the Canadian province and California run a joint carbon market, so a carbon allowance traded in Ontario is essentially… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Porsche Picks Taycan as Name for Its First Electric Vehicle

period of unprecedented change — stricter environmental regulations are forcing them to offer more battery-powered vehicles even as combustion-engine cars still generate the vast majority of profits… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

There’s a Better Answer Than Electric Cars

last year, Carbon Engineering’s plant has been producing fuel from the CO2 it extracts by combining it with hydrogen. The fuel is compatible with current internal combustion engines, so there’s no… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Eskom reintroduces weekly system status reports

Pravin Gordhan, Minister of Public Enterprises. Eskom hosted members of the media at its national control facility and launched its weekly system status report. The report, which will be hosted on Eskom’s website, gives a weekly view of energy sent out, peak demand, performance of generating units in terms of … Continue reading “Eskom reintroduces weekly system status reports”

Italy Inc. Is Sleepwalking Into an Ambush by Populist Crusaders

investments in high-speed rail and gas pipelines, and plan to accelerate the shift away from carbon-emitting power plants. They say their election result gives them a mandate to force companies… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Ford's Conservatives Win Ontario Election on Populist Platform

Minister Justin Trudeau, who has vowed to ensure every Canadian province adopts some form of carbon tax. Ford also wants to get rid of the chief executive officer of Hydro One Ltd., the provincial… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Ultra-Long-Haul Airliners Will Survive $100 Oil

June 7, 2018

take-off.For all that Airbus and Boeing boast of breakthroughs from new-generation engines and carbon-fiber fuselages, the 787 and A350 haven’t fundamentally changed that dynamic.Many of the benefits… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

New Mars Discoveries Advance Case for Possible Life

kilometers) away. As with methane, there could well be non-biological explanations for the presence of carbon-containing molecules on Mars, such as geologic processes or impacts by asteroids, comet, meteors… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

The Anything-but-Golf-Tchotchkes-or-a-Tie Father’s Day Gift Guide

On the road, Fi’zi:k Aria R3 road biking shoes ($300), are peerless: Italian engineering, a carbon fiber outsole, and a slick, webbed closure system.Kask HelmetSource: Kask. Unless you’re positive… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

One Day, Your Car May Run on Fumes—From Power Plants

has always been the cost. Carbon Engineering’s technique was developed specifically to address this.Rendering of Carbon Engineering’s air contactor design.Source: Carbon Engineering“This isn’t some… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Bank of England to intensify climate change scrutiny of insurers

… they could cope with fallout from climate change on their balance… insurers on their responses to climate change and planned to issue… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

BoE to intensify climate change scrutiny of insurers

… to see how they could cope with fallout from climate change… with around 10 insurers on their responses to climate change and planned… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

Ikea Sets New Climate Goals to Tackle Unsustainable Consumption

absolute terms,” it said in a statement on Thursday. The company will for example capture and store carbon and work with suppliers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”Climate change is no longer a distant… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

‘Carbon bubble’ could spark global financial crisis, study warns

www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jun/04/carbon-bubble-could-spark-global-financial-crisis-study-warns?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+main+NEW+H+categories&utm_term=277105… ‘Carbon bubble’ could spark global financial crisis, study warns Advances in clean energy expected to cause a sudden drop in demand for fossil fuels, leaving companies with trillions in stranded assets Fiona Harvey Environment correspondent Mon 4 Jun 2018 16.00 BST – – –

An industry in disarray?

Mike Rycroft At a recent meeting of a local well established energy association, a decline in membership prompted the question of whether there is still a place for non-partisan industry associations. The energy industry seems to have split into factions representing different technologies, each promoting its own interests. There is … Continue reading “An industry in disarray?”

Energize Inbox, June 2018

Our winning letter re: Debate on the restructuring of Eskom Dear Editor I believe Eskom should be totally restructured, firstly by appointing only professional business people to the board, including non-executive directors, who have all worked in large, profitable, private multinational corporations preferably in the international electrical engineering field. They … Continue reading “Energize Inbox, June 2018”

The Economic and Social Benefits of Low-Carbon Cities: A Systematic Review of the Evidence — Working Papers

newclimateeconomy.report/workingpapers/workingpaper/the-economic-and-social-benefits-of-low-carbon-cities-a-systematic-review-of-the-evidence/?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=NCEcities&utm_campai… WORKING PAPERS – SHARE/FOLLOW – Follow us Newsletter – – Permanent link to this page – DOWNLOADS/TRANSLATIONS WORKING PAPERCITIESThe Economic and Social Benefits of Low-Carbon Cities: A Systematic Review of the EvidenceANDY GOULDSON, ANDREW SUDMANT, HANEEN KHREIS, EFFIE PAPARGYROPOULOU This paper demonstrates that there are many synergies between aspirations … Continue reading “The Economic and Social Benefits of Low-Carbon Cities: A Systematic Review of the Evidence — Working Papers”

Repsol Shows Faith in Oil's Rally With Dividend, Spending Boost

June 6, 2018

About 4 billion euros of the total will go toward expanding retail operations and developing low-carbon businesses.Major oil producers around the world, which implemented sweeping cost cuts during… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

China’s Costly Ban on Foreign Trash

June 5, 2018

billion kilowatt hours of electricity and prevented the generation of 522 million metric tons of carbon dioxide. For a country desperately trying to reduce air pollution and greenhouse-gas emissions… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Google Is Pushed to Tie Executive Pay to Progress on Diversity

harassment, said Liz Fong-Jones, an engineer who’s backed a petition to create better policies and procedures. Those concerns came to the fore after another engineer, James Damore, wrote a 3,000-word… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

There's a Chance Trump's Power Bailout Actually Cuts Emissions

however, would probably lead to more nuclear production and could displace millions of tons of carbon dioxide a year, BNEF analyst William Nelson said in the report.Capacity payments would keep coal… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Starbucks's Howard Schultz Shouldn't Run for President

1980s, it was a $5 billion company with 60,000 employees.But Norris, who was a superb computer engineer, also believed that corporations had a social mission to improve the communities in which they… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Record Low Solar Prices May Return to India Thanks to China Reforms

spearhead global efforts to combat climate change.India’s maximum annual solar-cell manufacturing capacity is about 3 gigawatts while average yearly demand is 20 gigawatts, meaning the remainder… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

The Fight for Paper Straws Is Getting Fierce in New York Bars

from the Major Food Group that’s better known for such restaurants as the Grill, the Pool, and Carbone. Since the bar’s menu features colorful, ambitious drinks like the rum-infused Exotica Bowl,… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Why Subaru Is Happy to Be Last in Electric Race

among the environmentally sensitive drivers now placing hundreds of thousands of reservations for emission-free Teslas. Latecomers also risk missing out on recruiting top electric engineers and establishing… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

A Meltdown Didn’t Kill Three Mile Island, But Shale Probably Will

the value it provides from an environmental standpoint, from a resilience and reliability standpoint, from a fuel diversity standpoint, and as an economic engine for the communities in and around… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Vitol-Backed Maker of Fuel From Plastic Sees 100-Fold Growth

roughly the same amount of carbon as other diesels when burned in a car or bus engine, emissions are as much as 90 percent lower during manufacture, classifying it as a low-carbon fuel, Bohn said. That… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Setting the gold standard in electrical calibration

Since 1988, the Fluke 5700 calibrator range is said to have set the standard for multifunction calibrator performance in calibration laboratories. Fluke is offering the “gold standard” of multifunction calibration – the 5730 A high-performance multifunction calibrator. Its features include improved performance specifications for AC voltage; AC current and resistance; … Continue reading “Setting the gold standard in electrical calibration”

Engineers@Leisure: Getting hands dirty and having fun!

I have always had an affinity for anything mechanical and from an early age I was making or modifying something. Initially it was making things out of bits of wood and nails, then I moved onto bicycles. My true passion, however, was ignited with the purchase of a 1960s Vespa … Continue reading “Engineers@Leisure: Getting hands dirty and having fun!”

Insulation week 2018 adds insulator flashover data to new technical brochure

The Study Committee responsible for insulation studies (SC D1) held its Insulation Week at Stellenbosch University recently. The event began with a plenary session with a summary of the progress on all the D1 Work Groups. The session was attended by Stellenbosch University’s power engineering research students and academics as … Continue reading “Insulation week 2018 adds insulator flashover data to new technical brochure”

Power developments in Africa, June 2018

Large hydroelectric power project for Ethiopia Ethiopia Electric Power plans to develop a 550 MW hydroelectric power plant. EEP has invited private project developers to finance and foresee the construction of Didesa hydroelectric power project. The plant is estimated to have an annual gross energy generation capacity of 5580 GW, … Continue reading “Power developments in Africa, June 2018”

Benefits of molten salt for heat transfer and thermal energy storage

Molten salts – ionic solids which become liquids at elevated temperatures – offer exceptional heat transfer, chemical stability, and thermal energy storage (TES) capability. These attributes are essential to their longstanding commercial use in a broad range of industrial settings and underlie their rising promise for CSP applications. Concentrating solar … Continue reading “Benefits of molten salt for heat transfer and thermal energy storage”

Chinese Burn Only Makes the Solar Industry Stronger

for the benefit of all.Policy changes in 2018 have been bad news for incumbent producers of solar panels. For the industry as a whole – and for the global climate – they’re likely to prove a salutary… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Mars Is Spending $1 Billion on Sustainability

“Partly because it’s the right thing to do but also partly because there’s already a price on carbon and we only expect it to increase,” Parkin said. “With 26 million tons of CO2 in our extended… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Going Greener Can Get You Cheaper Loans at This Dutch Bank

June 4, 2018

fast-growing market for environmental financial instruments that also includes green bonds and low-carbon equity indexes.Since the Paris climate agreement was passed by representatives of almost 200… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Renewable energy to gain a greater share of SA’s electricity future

The South African government will launch a new round in its Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers’ Procurement Programme later this year. Minister of Energy Jeff Radebe Addressing an audience of about 400 delegates at the Department of Energy’s (DoE’s) Stakeholder Engagement event at Gallagher Conference Centre recently, Jeff Radebe, the … Continue reading “Renewable energy to gain a greater share of SA’s electricity future”

Americans Will Pay a High Price to Save Coal

June 3, 2018

some of the president’s top supporters. The losses for everybody else — in higher emissions of carbon, additional premature deaths, and higher outlays on electricity — would be far greater. Dirty… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump Energy Plan Is About Insecurity, Not National Security

June 1, 2018

Climate change, another threat to America’s well-being, is given lip-service at best (and yet carbon pricing would actually help those nuclear plants.) And the sentiment rings particularly hollow… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Total Unconvinced by Hydrogen Cars as France Unveils Subsidies

powered by hydrogen and encourage cleaner production of the gas. The policy aims to cut France’s carbon emissions caused by the production of hydrogen — used in everything from oil refining to the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

What to Expect From Marchionne’s Farewell Show at Fiat Chrysler

units this year. It will introduce seven new models, including a resurrected 8C sports car with a carbon fiber chassisThe Ram pickup division aims to increase sales by as much as 30 percent by 2022… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Shell Tries to Market Some of Its Natural Gas as Clean Energy

Europe a combination of gas and certificates that show emissions are offset with financing for carbon-reduction projects. It’s testing markets in Germany, Italy, Spain and Britain to gauge demand… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Researcher Who Saw Stressed 2020 Oil Market Is More Worried Now

to improve the oil refining industry’s environmental and social performance. They came up with different results.In a nutshell, Tallett, a chemical engineer by training, says the problem is insufficient… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Europe's Rising Car Emissions Box BMW, Daimler Into Tight Corner

emissions were clouded by the revelation last month by the European Union that the amount of carbon dioxide produced by new cars rose last year, reversing at least seven years of steady decline… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

EPA Science Board Rebukes Pruitt's Use of Science to Deregulate

underlying the way the federal government estimates the damages attributable to each metric ton of carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere.In a proposal sent Wednesday to the White House Office of… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

California Approves Record Utility Spending for Electric Cars

May 31, 2018

emissions by 40 percent from 1990 levels by 2030. Vehicles are the state’s largest source of carbon emissions.The programs include funding for Sempra’s San Diego Gas & Electric to offer rebates… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

EPA Said to Seek End of California's Authority Over Auto Mileage

Administration aimed at rolling back a signature Obama-era environmental regulation to slash carbon dioxide emissions. The proposal will now undergo a review by the White House before it is released… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump's Tariffs Will Boost Bonds at the Expense of Stocks

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin declared on May 20 that the trade war with China was “on hold” as the two sides negotiated terms of a new agreement. But Trump put the conflict back in play with… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

‘I’m Lost’ With Trump, EU’s Juncker Admits as Metal Tariffs Loom

Trump administration following its decisions to withdraw from a landmark global pact to fight climate change, abandon an international accord to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons and threaten… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

How sales of new electric vehicles have hit record levels

Dynamic market uptake of electric vehicles (EVs) has occurred in recent years. On-going support and commitments for increased deployment of EVs from policy makers and the automotive industry has resulted in increased sales volumes. This, together with growing competition in the development of new technologies, are likely to contribute to … Continue reading “How sales of new electric vehicles have hit record levels”

Ben & Jerry’s Bets On Blockchain To Cancel Out The Carbon In Every Scoop

www.forbes.com/sites/oliversmith/2018/05/29/ben-jerrys-bets-on-blockchain-to-cancel-out-the-carbon-in-every-scoop/#1a287fed688c Ben & Jerry’s Bets On Blockchain To Cancel Out The Carbon In Every Scoop [image: Oliver Smith] Oliver Smith Forbes Staff May 29, 2018, 02:30am #ChangeTheWorld – – – Hoda Kotb, Kathie Lee Gifford and Jimmy Fallon on NBC News’ ‘*Today’* show with Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Credit: … Continue reading “Ben & Jerry’s Bets On Blockchain To Cancel Out The Carbon In Every Scoop”

Europe's Largest Asset Manager Sees ‘Tipping Point’ on Climate

owners as well. France was the first country to make it mandatory for investors to disclose the carbon footprint of their portfolios, mandating it in a law the same year.Another reason that institutional… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Time to liberate economic development for renewable energy companies

May 30, 2018

With government refreshing its drive to build renewable energy capacity, it’s time for these respective companies in the industry to renew their focus on economic development outputs. Licences were first issued in 2011 and the communities around these plants are growing. With the sector being revitalised, now is the time … Continue reading “Time to liberate economic development for renewable energy companies”

An assessment of new coal plants in South Africa’s electricity future

This report assess the cost, emissions and supply security implications of South Africa’s coal baseload independent power producer (IPP) procurement programme which was launched in 2014 in line with the new coal capacity envisaged in the 2010 Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity (IRP 2010, DoE, 2011). Since the release of … Continue reading “An assessment of new coal plants in South Africa’s electricity future”

The new IRP for electricity, and the future of coal in the electricity generation mix of SA

A keynote presentation by Chris Yelland, managing director and investigative editor at EE Publishers, at the workshop on Air Quality, Emissions and the Low Carbon Economy hosted by the Fossil Fuel Foundation (FFF) in Johannesburg on 30 May 2018. Introduction On 16 May 2018, I made a keynote presentation at … Continue reading “The new IRP for electricity, and the future of coal in the electricity generation mix of SA”

After Pair of 1-in-1000 Year Floods, a Town Seeks Safeguards

Lexington, Massachusetts, said what happened Sunday in Ellicott City appears consistent with climate change expectations. “Extreme heavy precipitation events are increasing in the Northeast U.S.,”… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Daimler Reboots Smart Car's Management for Electric-Only Future

May 29, 2018

sedan and AMG GT sports car. The 107,000-euro G-Class offroader produces nearly three times the carbon dioxide as the Smart ForTwo, meaning sales of the petite model provide an important contribution… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Canada Buys Kinder Trans Mountain Pipeline for $3.5 Billion

environment and the economy by backing the C$7.4 billion pipeline expansion while pushing a national carbon price to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.Extraordinary CostsThe provincial government in oil-producing… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

RenTec Vet Who Mastered Venture Talks Wealth and Why Quants Rule

that’s not me. That is a lot of people I know — Nat Simons, Jim Simons’s son, is focused on climate change. I think that’s great. There are people who had a relative die of a particular disease and… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Can we supply 100% of our energy needs from renewable sources?

Is there enough space for all the wind turbines and solar panels to provide all our energy needs?  What happens when the sun doesn’t shine and the wind doesn’t blow?  Won’t renewables destabilise the grid and cause blackouts? In a review paper published in the high-ranking journal Renewable and Sustainable … Continue reading “Can we supply 100% of our energy needs from renewable sources?”

Trudeau’s Hipster Economics Looked Great Until Trump Cut Taxes

also boosting minimum wages. The federal government is requiring provinces to put a price on carbon emissions to help fight climate change in a program that could push power bills up further. Railroad… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Working hard to develop the industry

Davin Chown, the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association’s (SAPVIA’s) chairperson, says the recent signing of the 27 power-purchase agreements has ushered in many a sigh of relief. What happens next with the Expedited Round, the Small IPP Programme and the IRP (which will be up for another round of consultation … Continue reading “Working hard to develop the industry”

Israel's $10 Billion Island Project Sparks European Interest

offshore in the Mediterranean.Jan de Nul Group of Luxembourg and Belgium’s Dredging Environmental & Marine Engineering NV have sent senior employees to discuss the project, according to Avi Simhon,… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

De Beers to Sell Diamonds Made in a Lab

have the same physical characteristics and chemical makeup as mined stones. They’re made from a carbon seed placed in a microwave chamber and superheated into a glowing plasma ball. The process creates… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

China Considers More U.S. Coal Imports to Cut Deficit

October, his administration proposed the repeal of the Clean Power Act, which was designed to cut carbon dioxide emissions from electricity generation.West Virginia was the second-biggest coal producer… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

EPA's Own Science Advisers to Rebuke Agency Over Auto Rollback

areas for scientific and technical assessment.”The auto efficiency rule was designed to slash carbon dioxide emissions from cars and light trucks by boosting fuel economy to a fleet average of more… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Other People’s Money – George Monbiot

www.monbiot.com/2018/05/29/other-peoples-money/ Other People’s Money 29th May 2018 Share21 Make bosses pay for the disasters they cause By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 24th May 2018 Once more, they walk away. The senior bosses at Carillion, like those at RBS, Northern Rock and a host of other corporate zombies, went … Continue reading “Other People’s Money – George Monbiot”

The World Isn’t Prepared for Retirement

though, workers didn’t seem to recognize the huge impact that basic changes in the labor force, technology and the climate will probably have on their retirement plans, said Catherine Collinson… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Power from the sun: An overview of CSP in South Africa

Concentrated solar power (CSP) is enjoying a boost of renewed attention worldwide as the renewable industry moves into the storage phase. There are currently a number of CSP plants operating and under construction in South Africa, and we went to look at one. The CSP sector is receiving renewed attention … Continue reading “Power from the sun: An overview of CSP in South Africa”

Canada Is Likely to Buy Full Trans Mountain Pipeline Project

economy by backing the C$7.4 billion ($5.7 billion) pipeline expansion while pushing a national carbon price to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.Expects to SellCanada first offered earlier this month… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

World’s largest renewable energy-based storage system

May 28, 2018

HDF Energy will install a 140 MWh renewable energy storage system in French Western Guiana. Dubbed the CEOG project, this power plant power plant will deliver 100% clean, affordable and reliable power continuously, day and night – with no fluctuations and at reduced costs – to an area of more … Continue reading “World’s largest renewable energy-based storage system”

EU Proposes a Total Ban on Plastic Forks and Other Products

measures to drastically cut the consumption of others, in the latest push by the EU to reduce carbon emissions and marine litter threatening its seas.The ban will apply to plastic cotton buds, cutlery… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Island goes green

One example of a distributed energy system implemented by Siemens was for the Italian energy utility company Enel on the Mediterranean island of Ventotene. The approach taken by Siemens to solve the island’s power issues was to install a Siestorage type battery storage system. All the components were integrated directly … Continue reading “Island goes green”

Mixed outlook for renewable energy installations

Renewable energy has a mixed outlook in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region, due to a reluctance to invest from some countries and an inability to afford renewables in others, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company. Several major MEA countries are actively supporting the growth of renewable … Continue reading “Mixed outlook for renewable energy installations”

Cooperation offers energy storage benefits

Varta Storage and E-One Moli Energy (Moli) have announced a collaborative relationship to develop the market for high performance Li-ion battery (LiB) applications. With the new cooperation the companies will meet the demand for LiBs in high performance Li-ion cells. The demand arises from major cell vendors and large scale … Continue reading “Cooperation offers energy storage benefits”

Oil analysis for Africa

WearCheck is to supply Burkino Fsao and Namibia with oil analysis laboratories soon. The Burkino Faso laboratory will be commissioned by a specific customer, while the Namibian lab will be a commercial facility which will provide oil analysis to any industry requiring its services. Each laboratory will be equipped with … Continue reading “Oil analysis for Africa”

Diesel Cars to Die Out in Tesla-Like Future, EU Regulator Says

May 27, 2018

China’s approach of imposing quotas. A draft European law to tighten caps on car discharges of carbon dioxide offers incentives for automakers to shift to electric vehicles.In the meantime, Bienkowska… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Spark: Report Release—The Economics of Clean Energy Portfolios – peteratkins23@gmail.com – Gmail

May 25, 2018

mail.google.com/mail/ca/u/0/#inbox/163930e33c013e11 Spark—the eNewsletter of RMI Email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser . Thursday, May 24, 2018 REPORT RELEASE: *THE ECONOMICS OF CLEAN ENERGY PORTFOLIOS* In a new report released Monday, Rocky Mountain Institute examines the potential role of “clean energy portfolios,” or collections of renewable energy and … Continue reading “Spark: Report Release—The Economics of Clean Energy Portfolios – peteratkins23@gmail.com – Gmail”

SPECIAL EDITION: Adaptation Futures 2018 – 18 – 21 June 2018

May 24, 2018

Over 1000 delegates from 280+ organisations will attend the world’s premier climate adaptation conference in Cape Town next month… *SPECIAL EDITION * In just over three weeks, more than 1000 climate adaptation researchers, practitioners, business leaders, policymakers and social and environmental activists from around the world will arrive in Cape … Continue reading “SPECIAL EDITION: Adaptation Futures 2018 – 18 – 21 June 2018”

Exxon CEO's Solution on Shares: Drill Big, Drill Better

the future of oil and gas given the rise of renewables, electric cars and policies to curb climate change, some equity investors are reluctant to invest in Big Oil, said Tim Perry, global co-head… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Offshore Wind, Long Delayed in U.S., Gets a Lift in New England

project in operation by 2021, the developers said in a statement. It will reduce the state’s carbon emissions by more than 1.6 million tons per year, the equivalent of removing 325,000 cars from… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Did Tesla’s Big Australian Battery Kill the Business Case for More? | Greentech Media

www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/has-teslas-big-australian-battery-killed-the-business-case-for-more?utm_source=Storage&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=GTMStorage#gs.I8LSCpI Did Tesla’s Big Australian Battery Kill the Business Case for More? There might not be much of an ancillary services market left for other projects. JASON DEIGN MAY 18, 2018 [image: The Hornsdale battery is almost doing too good of a job.] The Hornsdale battery is almost doing too … Continue reading “Did Tesla’s Big Australian Battery Kill the Business Case for More? | Greentech Media”

BP Invests $20M in Tech to Charge EVs in 5 Minutes | Greentech Media

www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/bp-invests-20m-in-tech-to-charge-ev-batteries-in-minutes?utm_source=Storage&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=GTMStorage#gs.o7keRWw BP Invests $20M in Tech to Charge EVs in 5 Minutes “We are committed to be the fuel provider of choice—no matter what car our customers drive.” JULIA PYPER MAY 22, 2018 [image: StoreDot plans to deploy the technology in mobile devices next year.] StoreDot plans to deploy the … Continue reading “BP Invests $20M in Tech to Charge EVs in 5 Minutes | Greentech Media”

Gas Supply Crunch Thwarts Europe's Plans to Kill Off Coal Power

deal with an accumulated glut, according to Carbon Tracker Initiative, a U.K. researcher.That won’t necessarily persuade utilities to use more gas.“Carbon will keep trying to encourage the fuel switch… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

India Disappointed by Rich Nations' Climate Treaty Track Record

in terms of emission reductions and financial contributions,” Mandy Rambharos, a negotiator on carbon markets for South Africa, said in an interview.Under an extension to Kyoto, known as the Doha… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Alibaba’s Tiny Loss-Making Unit Suddenly Soars 70%

the retail behemoth, surged 27 percent on Thursday.Ali Health’s moves are reminiscent of Fangda Carbon New Material Co., another little-known Chinese company that became the 11th most-traded common… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Exxon to Slash Gas Flaring 25% by 2020 in Emissions Push

May 23, 2018

associate vice president at the Environmental Defense Fund, a New York-based non-profit group. “In a carbon-constrained world, oil and gas industry leaders should seek to virtually eliminate emissions… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

N.J. Governor Signs Nuclear Plant Bill Enviro Groups Opposed

Energy Finance.“It’s a combination of effective pressure by nuclear operators and nuclear’s zero-carbon emissions profile, which makes the subsidies more palatable to governors and ratepayers alike… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

BRIEF-Exxon Mobil Announces Greenhouse Gas Reduction Measures

… GREENHOUSE GAS REDUCTION MEASURES * EXXONMOBIL – EXXONMOBIL IS UNDERTAKING… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Green house gas

Diesel Fears Become Reality With First Driving Ban in Germany

they’re affected by driving bans.Even as they emit higher amounts of NOx, diesel autos produce less carbon dioxide than equivalent gasoline vehicles. That makes the fuel especially important for German… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

In Trump-Versus-California, One Negotiator Is Unlike Any Other

people could actually see created a deep reservoir of support when California started regulating carbon dioxide to fight climate change in 2006.Nichols left ARB in 1983 for high-profile jobs, including… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

What does Basic Income have to do with climate change?

What does Basic Income have to do with climate change? by Emily Tyler A few days ago I listened to a podcast interview with Guy Standing , a researcher and author on the idea of Basic Income. He, together with many others, puts forward compelling reasons for the introduction of Basic (Universal) … Continue reading “What does Basic Income have to do with climate change?”

To Save Coal Jobs, Trump Should Train Coal Workers to Perform Energy Audits, Install Solar and Maintain Wind Farms – Renewable Energy World

To Save Coal Jobs, Trump Should Train Coal Workers to Perform Energy Audits, Install Solar and Maintain Wind Farms May 18, 2018 By Jennifer Runyon [Chief Editor] [image: Workers install solar on a roof.] Credit: Pixabay.

New Jersey Governor Plans to Sign Nuclear Bailout Bill

May 22, 2018

Energy Finance.“It’s a combination of effective pressure by nuclear operators and nuclear’s zero-carbon emissions profile, which makes the subsidies more palatable to governors and ratepayers alike… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Trump's Doomsday Scenarios for Power Grid Undercut by His Agency

probably won’t make money through 2021, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance.The Latest: Carbon Capture, the Vacuum Cleaner the Climate Needs“Critics are quick to declare that the grid is reliable… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Cracking a climate conundrum » Yale Climate Connections

www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2018/05/cracking-a-climate-conundrum/?popupally_stop=subscriber Cracking a climate conundrumCO2 emissions leveled off between 2014 and 2016. But annual growth of CO2 in the atmosphere rose to more than 50 percent above that of past decades. What explains the contradiction? [image: Email to someone]

Shell Sees Off Controversial Votes on Climate Change, CEO Pay

ambitions completely consistent and compatible with the Paris agreement.”The push to eliminate carbon emissions from the world is a massive challenge for oil and gas companies. By Shell’s estimate… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

BP Invests in Tech to Charge Cars as Quickly as Filling Gas Tank

dual purpose — potentially providing a shield against criticism about their contribution to climate change, while also offering a commercial foothold in a technology that could account for half of… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

There’s an Unexpected Revenue Surge for Generating Electricity

turbines, which account for half of the region’s power output, combined with rising coal and carbon prices has pushed Nordic rates to the highest level in five years. The value of certificates… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Global effort against climate change cannot be postponed – Basic countries

Global effort against climate change cannot be postponed – Basic countries Global effort against climate change cannot be postponed – Basic countries 21st May 2018 BY: NEWS24WIRE The Basic countries, comprising Brazil, South Africa, India and China, have reiterated that the global effort against climate change is an irreversible process … Continue reading “Global effort against climate change cannot be postponed – Basic countries”

Fuel-Efficient Cars Will Be Worse for Oil Than Electric Vehicles: BNEF

and Exxon Mobil Corp. has said its traditional fossil fuels business isn’t threatened by climate–change policies.For more, read a QuickTake Q&A on Why the Prospect of ‘Peak Oil’ Is Hotly DebatedSaudi… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Cambridge's $8.5-Billion Endowment to Respond to Divestment Push

May 21, 2018

“take responsibility for all of its emissions” and “clarify how they see their future in a low-carbon world” in a letter published in the Financial Times on May 18.Cambridge has received donations… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Fwd: IRENA Quarterly Q2 2018

OFF-GRID ENERGY ACCESS ATTAINS NEW HEIGHTS *New estimates show rapid growth in the numbers of people using off-grid solar and other renewable power… Read more * AUCTIONS DRIVE RISE OF SOLAR PV IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA *A series of auctions to procure solar and wind power allowed South Africa to join … Continue reading “Fwd: IRENA Quarterly Q2 2018”

South Africa working on Climate Change Bill | News24

*A Climate Change Bill is on the cards for South Africa.* Speaking at a press briefing before introducing her department’s budget to the National Assembly on Wednesday, Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said in addition to finalising the National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy, the department had developed a draft Climate … Continue reading “South Africa working on Climate Change Bill | News24”

World Demand for Air Conditioning Also Pushes Power Needs

May 18, 2018

demand patterns. Until then, keep cool.Weekend reading Someone in East Asia is cheating on the environmental treaty that banned ozone-destroying chlorofluorocarbons. Nine design firms have unveiled their… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Fiat Chrysler Suit Emails Suggest Diesel Cheat Known in 2010

tried to convince him the software, called “t_engine,” didn’t count as cycle detection.The automaker’s emissions control “will be managed mainly on t_engine which is, no matter what Fiat says, a cycle… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Big Oil Investors Say More Needed to Tackle Climate Change

from their products once sold.“Reducing the carbon impact of their products is the most effective strategy for these companies to move to a low-carbon world,” they said in the letter. “The capital… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Time to Block the Lithium Cartel

who’ve historically guarded their interests have opposed such a path.Here’s how the lithium carbonate market is structured at present: North Carolina-based Albemarle Corp. is the market leader,… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

China Tightens Grip on Global Battery Metals With Chile Deal

predominantly a crop-nutrient producer, SQM has become the world’s biggest exporter of lithium carbonate.Global ShareTianqi’s acquisition of the stake in SQM would likely increase its share of global… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Eskom restructuring debate: Videos, slide presentations, summary article and outcomes

. Following the open public debate on 10 May 2018 on the restructuring of Eskom entitled: “Should Eskom be restructured, and if so how and when?”, we have pleasure in providing a comprehensive record of the debate, including: videos of the presentations; a summary article of the debate; the full … Continue reading “Eskom restructuring debate: Videos, slide presentations, summary article and outcomes”

Carbon Capture, the Vacuum Cleaner the Climate Needs

of Carbon Capture and Storage.The Center for Carbon Dioxide Removal’s overview of approaches to carbon capture. The National Energy Technology Laboratory’s portal for carbon capture.Carbon Brief’s… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Microsoft Pitches Greener Cloud to Lure Customers From Traditional Computing

May 17, 2018

running four popular applications in its cloud data centers significantly reduces energy use and carbon emissions compared with companies’ own server farms.Microsoft tested Azure’s computing and storage… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

American Appetites for SUVs, Pickups Might Not Doom Fuel Economy

business. It’s also a source of concern for those (like me) who worry about oil consumption, carbon emissions, the balance of payments and the like. Cars and light trucks have both been getting… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Diesel Technology Under Fire as EU Sues to Decrease Pollution

industry invested heavily in diesel as a profitable stop-gap technology to meet tighter rules on carbon dioxide emissions. Standards will again tighten in 2021, which means carmakers risk fines as… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Thoughts on the optimal electricity-generation mix for South Africa

. A keynote presentation by Chris Yelland, EE Publishers, at the annual conference of the National Nuclear Regulator of South Africa in Johannesburg on 16 May 2018 I have been asked recently if I have changed my views on nuclear, coal and renewable energy. The answer is: Yes, my views … Continue reading “Thoughts on the optimal electricity-generation mix for South Africa”

Elon Musk’s Empire Converges: Boring Tunnel to Link L.A. With SpaceX

Angeles’s public works committee recommended that the proposed Boring tunnel be exempt from an environmental review process. If the full city council approves the exemption, it would effectively fast-track… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Surge in nuclear builds sustainable energy mix

A surge in new nuclear plants coming online is helping to build a sustainable global energy mix, reduce emissions and meet electricity demand, says Agneta Rising, the World Nuclear Association’s director general. Speaking on the opening day of the Atomexpo 2018 conference in Sochi, Russia, Rising said nuclear energy had … Continue reading “Surge in nuclear builds sustainable energy mix”

Richemont’s Baume to Customize Vegan, Sustainable Luxury Watches

facilities in the various markets where Baume watches will be sold, cutting down on transit and carbon footprint.The Baume Iconic Series watch.Source: HodinkeeAt its launch today, Baume will have… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Monaco’s $2.4 Billion Plan to Stay Relevant? Expand The Coastline

“most expensive” architecture, and more about the prince’s plan of transitioning Monaco into a carbon-neutral country by 2050.The district will follow a pedestrian-only design, with such sustainable… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

New Zealand Budget 2018: Winners and Losers

NZ$100 million for a Green Investment Fund that will encourage private-sector investment in low-carbon industries. There is also more money for protecting native species and conservation initiatives… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Aluminum's Green Cloak Masks a Black Heart

May 16, 2018

to a carbon anode with which it reacts to form carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide, while the leftover molten aluminum settles on the cathode.That step deals a blow to aluminum’s low-carbon aspirations… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Genset manufacturer with in-house distribution network

Cummins is able to provide customers with a broad range of power solutions. Moreover, it differentiates itself from many of its competitors due to its robust distribution network. The company owns its distribution channels in many key African markets, or has very strong joint venture (JV) partners. What this means for … Continue reading “Genset manufacturer with in-house distribution network”

EPC business model change

ABB has announced actions across three of its divisions to complete the business model change for engineering, procurement and construction (EPC). These decisions are in line with the company’s strategy to shift the centre of gravity towards strengthened competitiveness, higher growth segments and lower risk. In the power grids division, the company has … Continue reading “EPC business model change”

Navigating a shifting energy market

General Electric (GE) is racing to keep pace with seismic shifts in the global energy industry as demand for power rises more slowly than in the past, owing to the improved efficiencies of appliances and commercial buildings increasingly engineered to save electricity. Power demand growth in China, for instance, has … Continue reading “Navigating a shifting energy market”

Technology for electrical heat tracing in CSP plants

Electrical heat tracing (EHT) is required in concentrated solar power (CSP) plants to prevent the crystalisation of molten salts (from 240°C), to ensure the correct viscosity of various heat transfer fluid (HTF), to keep synthetic oil at about 15°C and water from freezing, which occurs when fluids remain static in … Continue reading “Technology for electrical heat tracing in CSP plants”

Now Volvo Says It Will Ditch Diesel in Europe

to the embattled technology as a stop-gap to reach the E.U.’s ambitious regulation on cutting carbon dioxide emissions.Meanwhile, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV will cease to offer diesel versions… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Battery storage, smart grid, and efficiency companies raise millions in funding

The battery storage, smart grid and energy efficiency sectors are seeing dramatic growth. Mercom Capital Group, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report on funding and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity for the battery storage, smart grid, and energy efficiency sectors for the first quarter of … Continue reading “Battery storage, smart grid, and efficiency companies raise millions in funding”

Unique nuclear floating power unit sets sail

Akademik Lomonosov, the world’s only nuclear floating power unit (FPU), has set sail from the Baltic shipyard. The unit is en route to Russia’s far-east via Murmansk, where nuclear fuel will be loaded into its reactors. First criticality of the reactors is scheduled for autumn 2018. All necessary construction works … Continue reading “Unique nuclear floating power unit sets sail”

Kenyan wind power project nears completion

WorleyParsons’ project delivery and engineering consultancy is nearing completion of its major scope of work on the Lake Turkana wind power (LTWP) project in Kenya, with a key milestone of all 365 turbines completed in only 362 days. The company’s team was contracted by the LTWP consortium to provide overall project … Continue reading “Kenyan wind power project nears completion”

Natural gas an important part of SA’s energy future, minister says

Certainty in South Africa’s energy policy is vital for the country’s economic growth as it will stimulate much-needed investment. Speaking at the Gas to Power Africa Congress in Cape Town recently, Jeff Radebe, the minister of energy said that South Africa needs to grow and to attract significant infrastructure investment there … Continue reading “Natural gas an important part of SA’s energy future, minister says”

Studying the evolution of the electricity grid and opportunities for the future

GO15, a voluntary initiative of the world’s 19 largest power grid operators representing more than 70% of the world’s electricity suppliers, has announced a study of three key areas to ensure future operational and economic sustainability for the transmission and system operator industry. Thava Govender Thava Govender, the president of … Continue reading “Studying the evolution of the electricity grid and opportunities for the future”

Green Investing in Britain Falls to Lowest in Decade

of pounds of investment is needed in clean energy, transport, heating and industry to meet our carbon targets,” said Mary Creagh, a member of Parliament who leads the the Environmental Audit Committee… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

U.S. insurers unprepared for climate change disasters – study

… the dangers of climate change, making them likely to raise rates or deny… to treat storms as “anomalous rather than correlated to climate change… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

Tesla Loses Energy Leaders Amid Musk's Reorganization

May 15, 2018

manage the electric grid, integrate a growing amount of solar and wind power, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Tesla has partnered with Southern California Edison to provide batteries at the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

Airport Transportation Goes Cleaner on Electric Power

users with a quieter ride.Buses like the ones destined for LAX are a small but growing source of carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S. Transit buses made up just 1.3 percent of road transport emissions… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Norwegian Gas Exporter Warns Europe May Be on Verge of Blackouts

”Reduced capacity reserve means higher use of gas to produce electricity, also supported by higher carbon prices that discourage dirtier-burning fuels.“It is very difficult to see that there is any other… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Coal at Record Is Latest Pressure to Weigh on Utility Earnings

$90.65 a ton on Tuesday, a fifth consecutive day of gains that together with higher costs on carbon emissions lifted the price of electricity in the process. China’s power generation needs has… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Blockchain Fan IBM Helps Issue a Digital Coin for First Time

companies that want to offset their carbon emissions. The token also facilitates the process through which companies can quantify their environmental impact.The carbon credits InfiniteEARTH receives… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

The effect of EV charging on distribution system planning and modelling

Distribution systems are becoming more and more complex with the growth of distributed generation, behind the meter storage and electric vehicles (EVs). The classical model of a distribution network with top down unidirectional flow of electricity and predictable daily consumption patterns is no longer valid, and new approaches are required … Continue reading “The effect of EV charging on distribution system planning and modelling”

This Man Is Building an Armada of Saildrones to Conquer the Ocean

black letters across the eye-scorching orange mainsail. Most of the body is a lightweight, sturdy carbon-fiber composite, and the rest is plastic and ceramic—all resistant to saltwater. The sail and… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Should Eskom be restructured and if so how and when?

An open public debate, attended by approximately 250 people in Midrand recently, discussed various options on the future of Eskom. A vote at the end of the debate showed that 70% of those present voted in favour of a deep and decisive restructuring of Eskom, while 14% voted that the … Continue reading “Should Eskom be restructured and if so how and when?”

Biomass power generation

“ELB Engineering Services (ELB) turned to power and large industrial projects as the decline in commodity prices led to fewer capital projects in that sector”, says Dr Stephen Meijers, chief executive of ELB in an interview with Energize. Dr Stephen Meijers It was recently announced that the ELB-KCC Consortium (consisting … Continue reading “Biomass power generation”

Everyone Wants to See Green in Bonds

May 14, 2018

institutes have also become involved.There are complaints:Sean Kidney, chief executive of the Climate Bonds Initiative, a UK-based non-profit organisation, pointed to a concern for investors in such… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Trump Tells Car Executives He’s Still Open to Talks With California

May 11, 2018

by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown.The “process is just beginning” to revisit fuel economy and carbon emission rules, Marchionne said, which he termed “the right thing to do.”The Alliance of Automobile… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Inspiring Terms Are Simple. ‘Climate Change’ Isn’t.

dark surfaces would, which makes the cold periods colder worldwide. Similarly, warmth releases carbon dioxide, which acts as a greenhouse gas traps solar heat and amplifies warm periods.Adding to… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Insurer to Invest in Coastal Wetlands to Mitigate Storm Damages

offset its carbon emissions.XL Catlin, the property insurance unit of Bermuda-based insurer XL Group Ltd., and the Nature Conservancy announced plans on Thursday to develop “blue carbon resilience… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Apple Backs Alcoa, Rio Tinto to Develop Carbon-Free Metal Making

May 10, 2018

Apple Inc. is backing a joint venture between metal producers Alcoa Corp. and Rio Tinto Group to develop a new aluminum-making process that eliminates greenhouse gases.The Alcoa-Rio joint venture… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Climate Talks Stall as Detail Sought on $100 Billion Finance

the cost of carbon emissions in Europe is creating pools of new cash that might come their way. As industrial countries take on tighter emission targets, they may buy traded carbon credits from… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Activist ValueAct Takes Stake in Wood Pellet Manufacturer Enviva

reduce demand for coal, they remain controversial among environmentalists because they still emit carbon dioxide when burned. Enviva requires its wood suppliers to commit to replanting trees and managing… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

California Becomes First State to Mandate Solar on New Homes

May 9, 2018

curb greenhouse gases. The housing mandate is part of Governor Jerry Brown’s effort to slash carbon emissions by 40 percent by 2030, and offers up a playbook for other states to follow.“This is… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Smarter Wind Turbines Try to Squeeze More Power on Each Rotation

speed and direction that’s going to hit it soon from the other machines,” said Paul Veers, chief engineer for the U.S. government’s National Wind Technology Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

One Thing Trump, Some Environmentalists Both Love: Nuclear Power

an even bigger threat. Ideally, the group would like to save reactors with a national price on carbon emissions. But absent that, it sees the next best approach as the one underway in New York, Illinois… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Energy storage battery project gaining ground

Progress is continuing with the construction of a vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) for Eskom.  Bushveld Energy has finished manufacturing the direct current portion of the VRFB, with factory acceptance expected during this month. The delivery of the entire system to the power utility is planned for the second quarter. … Continue reading “Energy storage battery project gaining ground”

Upgrade for recloser product announced

Driven by field demand and requirements for centralised management of Intelligent Electronic Device (IED) timestamping, switchgear engineering firm Noja Power recently announced the implementation of the simple network time protocol (SNTP) in its RC controller series. This enhancement is freely available to users of the company’s OSM recloser system with … Continue reading “Upgrade for recloser product announced”

Solar systems light up Zandspruit community

Energy poverty is a thing of the past for over 100 households in the informal settlement of Zandspruit, west of Johannesburg. Schneider Electric South Africa recently provided close to 130 solar systems to light up the lives of community members, and provided training to residents in the installation thereof. In the … Continue reading “Solar systems light up Zandspruit community”

Spirit of innovation results in more patents

Endress+Hauser, a provider of measurement and automation technology, has traditionally placed a high value on research and development. Employees who make significant contributions to a patent filing are invited to an annual Innovators’ Meeting. Patents with particularly high business impact are recognised with special awards. This year’s event was held … Continue reading “Spirit of innovation results in more patents”

Inverter technology wins award

SolarEdge Technology was voted the gold winner for its HD-Wave inverter technology in the renewable energy category by the Edison Awards, one of the premier awards program in the United States recognising innovation. SolarEdge joined some of the world’s most recognised companies for the awards ceremony celebrating 31 years of … Continue reading “Inverter technology wins award”

Energy companies finalise partnership agreement

Siemens and Neptune Energy Germany have signed a partnership agreement joining development efforts in the field of digitalisation. Neptune is an exploration and production company, part of the globally active Neptune Energy Group, and is an expert in the production of hydrocarbons. The Co-Creation partnership agreement allows both companies to combine … Continue reading “Energy companies finalise partnership agreement”

Biogas plant lineup expanded

Weltec Biopower is currently building three anaerobic digestion plants in Northern Ireland. All three 500 kW plants will be completed and go live soon. Two of them are being set up in County Antrim in north-east Northern Ireland. Another plant is being built in Benburb in County Tyrone. The company will soon … Continue reading “Biogas plant lineup expanded”

Energy storage project for platinum mine

Anglo American Platinum announced recently that Primus Power will be installing eight EnergyPod battery systems at the Amandelbult mine, in Limpopo. The energy storage project at Amandelbult deepens the ongoing partnership between the companies. Having first invested in Primus Power through the Platinum Group Metals Development Fund (PGMDF) in 2014, … Continue reading “Energy storage project for platinum mine”

Major investment in generator fleet

To address increased demand for its services, Rand-Air has added 52 new generators to its rental fleet, from 60 to 500 kVA. The new generators are also a commitment to customers to ensure that they have prime power available as and when they need it. While the company does supply customers … Continue reading “Major investment in generator fleet”

Roshqott Power Enterprises: Bridging economic transformation

Franchising is an effective growth and sustainable model for developing black economic empowerment (BEE) companies in South Africa. Last year, Roshqott announced an engineering franchise model for its company. This year the company is taking a bold step forward with new changes to its structure. The company’s engineering franchise model … Continue reading “Roshqott Power Enterprises: Bridging economic transformation”

Generators for the age of variable power generation

Grid-support plants are subject to frequent starts and stops, and rapid load cycling. Improving the design of the plant’s alternator so it can withstand additional stresses is fundamental to reliability. More and more renewable power generation sources are connecting to the power grid. The power output of many of these … Continue reading “Generators for the age of variable power generation”

Electrical stability and security with microgrids

Microgrids using renewable energy, with their promise of economically generated electricity and a high level of security are a powerful  incentive  for their integration in today’s distribution networks, more so as the renewable asset base for domestic, industrial and commercial uses continues to increase. There is good reason to believe … Continue reading “Electrical stability and security with microgrids”

Bifacial solar PV modules give increased power output potential

Both mono and polycrystaline solar cells are reaching the limit of their efficiency with current technology and no major improvement is expected in the current family of products. A new development, the bifacial (BF) module, offers to increase the power output of solar modules  without major efficiency improvement, by using … Continue reading “Bifacial solar PV modules give increased power output potential”

Tesla Urged to ‘Raise Its Game’

enough cash.Wide-Ranging ConcernsWhile praising Tesla as a “successful innovator with an environmental mission,” CtW’s Waizenegger writes that the company’s prospects for continued success are… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Hydrogen Could Be More Effective Than Batteries for Supplying Power to Britain

stored in the natural gas grid until needed by generators.“Gas networks can act as a lung for low-carbon electricity networks, absorbing surplus renewables when required and delivering gas for power… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Oil and Coal Executives Clamored for Time With Pruitt, Records Show

May 8, 2018

up with his thanks for being able to share the group’s views “on natural infrastructure, climate change and federal funding levels for conservation and the environment.”Friendly AudiencesMany of… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Trump Plans to Fight California Car Rules With Twice-Failed Strategy

rulings, plus a landmark Supreme Court decision that year that concluded the EPA could regulate carbon dioxide emissions, pose legal obstacles for the Trump administration, Carlson said.Other legal… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Shell Approaches $30 Billion Divestment Goal With Oil-Sands Sale

focused on cutting emissions. He has repositioned Shell to focus on cleaner natural gas, shedding carbon-intensive assets such as oil sands.Canadian OperationsShell still has a 10 percent stake in the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Investors Want Green Solutions Even if Trump Doesn’t

like to see wider adoption of carbon markets and a price of about $60 a ton by 2030 — four times the current cost of emissions certificates in Europe. Higher carbon prices would help renewables… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Tourism’s carbon impact three times larger than estimated – BBC News

May 7, 2018

Tourism’s carbon impact three times larger than estimated – BBC News www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-44005013 Tourism’s carbon impact three times larger than estimated – BBC News www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-44005013

More EU Diesel Exits to Follow Nissan, Toyota

technological mainstay for carmakers like Volkswagen and BMW AG, and tougher emissions standards on carbon dioxide that’ll come in from 2020, is accelerating the rollout of electrified vehicles and plug-in… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Old-Boys' Club That Ran the Power World Cracking With Its Model

asked a fourth time though, her perspective had changed and she said yes.“I’m an artist, not an engineer,” said Powell, who has served as the power supplier’s chief executive officer since 2008. Initially… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Who’s Winning the Self-Driving Car Race?

2030. There are grand hopes for this business. Without drivers, operating margins could be in the 20 percent range, more than twice what carmakers generate right now. If that kind of growth and profit… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg – Paris Agreement

Earth’s atmosphere just crossed another troubling climate change threshold – The Washington Post

www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2018/05/03/earths-atmosphere-just-crossed-another-troubling-climate-change-threshold/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.73854b529c61 Democracy Dies in Darkness Energy and Environment Earth’s atmosphere just crossed another troubling climate change threshold By Chris Mooney May 3 Recent CO2 measurements at Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii. (Scripps Institution of Oceanography) For the first time since humans have been monitoring, atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide have … Continue reading “Earth’s atmosphere just crossed another troubling climate change threshold – The Washington Post”

Liquidation of Eskom’s RCA balance to be phased in

In addresses to stakeholders in Kimberley and Bloemfontein regarding its applications for the liquidation of its outstanding regulatory clearing account (RCA) applications recently, Eskom’s general manager for regulation, Hasha Tlhotlhalemaje, said that the power utility is aware of and accepts that the RCA balance of R66-billion will be phased in … Continue reading “Liquidation of Eskom’s RCA balance to be phased in”

Europe’s Carbon Challenge

May 4, 2018

The European Union’s carbon dioxide emissions from fuel combustion rose by 1.8 percent last year, with Malta and Estonia leading the increase, according to Eurostat. The EU wants to lead the global… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Innuendo: How to Mislead Without Saying a Word

by the earth. He found it passed through oxygen, nitrogen and other gases but was absorbed by carbon dioxide and water vapor.This is backed by independent lines of evidence. The subsequent development… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

EU carbon emissions rose in 2017: Eurostat

…BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union carbon emissions from burning… remains a challenge. Carbon emissions in the EU were up 1.8 percent… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

As Musk Berates Analysts, VW Unleashes Massive Counterpunch

May 3, 2018

in the market to accelerate their rollout of electrified vehicles in order to meet coming EU carbon-dioxide limits on engines.VW’s announcement comes a day after Tesla CEO Musk renewed concerns… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Small modular nuclear reactor completes nuclear regulatory review

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has completed the first and most intensive phase of review for NuScale Power’s design certification application (DCA). This is the first and only small modular reactor (SMR) application to ever undergo NRC review. The NRC is expected to certify the reactor’s design, and the … Continue reading “Small modular nuclear reactor completes nuclear regulatory review”

Flood Risk Makes Coastal Real Estate Look Like a Junk Bond

feet by 2100, though some recent models say the increase will be significantly larger unless carbon emissions are substantially curbed. Zillow, a real estate website, estimates that a half-million… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

No load-shedding this winter, says Eskom – but can we be sure?

The power utility’s interim group chief executive has assured the public that the organisation is committed to keeping the lights on this winter, despite low coal stockpiles at six of its power stations, by shifting plant performance and coal stock between power stations. Phakamani Hadebe At a media briefing at … Continue reading “No load-shedding this winter, says Eskom – but can we be sure?”

Lots of ‘Bonehead’ Questions About Recent Earnings: Taking Stock

call5:00pm — GPRO earnings call5:01pm — POST earnings9:45pm — China Services PMITonight — Carbon Black (CBLK) and Construction Partners (ROAD) expected to price IPO… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

You Don't Need to Have Dug a Mine to Run One, Female Leaders Say

49-year-old was a little taken aback when an investor recently suggested she needed to hire an engineer as chief operating officer to back her up in the executive suite. She was, after all, only a… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Macron’s Invitation Has Lured 14 More Climate Researchers, France Says

May 2, 2018

Emmanuel Macron’s pledge to “Make our Planet Great Again” after the U.S. withdrew from the Paris carbon accord.The latest batch comes on top of 18 projects announced last December, and were selected… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Tyson Foods Makes Another Investment in Lab-Grown Meat

Technologies said it expects to use the funds for engineering activities and biological research. The company said it is currently recruiting engineers, chefs and scientists. … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

The U.S. Climate Strategy of Total Retreat Is Failing

to become part of a radical experiment to transform how the U.S. protects itself against climate change. All she knew was that it had been raining for days, so she’d better get some cash.Spry set… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Progress on global energy goals slow, but strong gains in some countries show promise

The world is not on track to meet the global energy targets for 2030 set as part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), but real progress is being made in certain areas – particularly expansion of access to electricity in least developed countries, and industrial energy efficiency, according to a … Continue reading “Progress on global energy goals slow, but strong gains in some countries show promise”

War on Coal Is Making the World's Top Mine Owners a Lot Richer

least for now.With governments from Asia to Europe setting stricter pollution limits as the climate change debate intensifies, output of the planet’s dirtiest fuel is dropping. Some of the more significant… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Britain's Keeping More Natural Gas Because It's So Cold

winter that still seems to be hanging on a bit,” said Trevor Sikorski, head of gas, coal and carbon research at Energy Aspects Ltd. “As we get fully out of the heating season, we would expect the… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Governor Moonbeam's Got One Fight Left in Him — Against Trump

made abroad. It’s vowed to do away with another Obama-era policy that called for drastic cuts to carbon emissions from electricity generation. Environmental policies aside, Trump used his first trip… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Air Pollution Kills 7 Million People a Year, WHO Reports

May 1, 2018

economy. The country’s shutdown of coal-fired power plants as part of its transition to a low-carbon economy drove air pollution to record lows in 2016. … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

California Challenges Trump EPA Over Auto-Emissions Rollback

must be revised. The EPA is now in the process of rewriting those standards that aimed to slash carbon dioxide emissions from vehicles.”The state of California is not looking to pick a fight with… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Vancouver Gasoline Prices Are the Highest in North America

there’s little sign of reprieve with a weaker currency, limited refinery supplies, and a new carbon price behind the surge.Vancouverites are paying about a third more than drivers in Honolulu,… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

BRIEF-Saint Jean Carbon Appoints New CFO

April 30, 2018

…April 30 (Reuters) – Saint Jean Carbon Inc: * SAINT JEAN CARBON… APPOINTS NEW CFO * SAINT JEAN CARBON INC SAYS ANNA LENTZ APPOINTED CFO… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

Climate-Linked Spending Set to Rise to a Quarter of EU Budget

dependence on fossil fuels, shifting to cleaner renewable energy sources. The bloc aims to lower carbon emissions by at least 40 percent by 2030 compared with 1990 levels and to boost the share of… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Offshore Drillers Get Some, Not All, They Sought From Trump

April 27, 2018

we’d take a sledgehammer to it,” said Scott Angelle, director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement that is proposing the changes. “Absolutely not. This is a very delicate scalpel… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Trump to Propose Freezing Auto Standards at 2020 Levels, Source Says

developed, outlines eight scenarios for replacing the Obama-era requirements that aimed to slash carbon dioxide emissions from cars and light trucks. The government’s preferred option would freeze… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Tesla’s Foe in Fight Over Electric Vehicle Rebate: Utilities

buyers using proceeds from the sale of Low Carbon Fuel Standard credits. Under the program, energy producers who fail to meet the state’s low-carbon fuel targets buy credits from those who’ve already… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Even Europe’s Coal Addict Wants to Get Clean

Germany’s Siemens AG and France’s Alstom SA in building Europe’s offshore capacity.“We have to change and be really responsive to mega-trends and also to keep power prices on reasonable levels,”… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

BRIEF-Exelon Announces Plan To Further Reduce Its Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 15 Percent

April 26, 2018

… A GOAL TO REDUCE GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS FROM ITS INTERNAL OPERATIONS… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Green house gas

California Oil Dreams Fade as Iconic Beverly Hills Derrick Comes Down

demise mirroring the fate of oil drilling in California.As the Golden State tilts toward a low-carbon future, Los Angeles’ legacy drillers are being crowded out, leaving behind more recoverable crude… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

Small Cars Are Out of Style Just as Gas Prices Start to Rise

invest in the next-generation electric and environmentally friendly vehicles, auto producers are moving away from the production of smaller, more environmentally friendly sedans. And at a time when oil… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental

Danske Bank's Wealth Robot Has Been Caught Shirking Regulations

(Source: Bloomberg)“We take note of the FSA’s reprimands and have already made the technical changes in June that will meet the requirements as we of course are interested in that customer protection… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

Indonesia's Grasberg Hardball Is Scoring an Own Goal

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

Mexico City's Water Problem Is Going to Get Worse

April 25, 2018

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

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

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

Boeing Shakes Off Trade-War Jitters as Cash Beats Estimates

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

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

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

Battery powered digital industrial thermometers

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

Fight Grows Over Who Owns Real Estate Drowned by Climate Change

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

Solution for gas supply safety systems

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

Deal for 1800 MW of wind power concluded

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

Ngodwana biomass project to go ahead

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

Another nuclear reactor connected to the grid

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

BNEF Talk: The Future of LNG

April 24, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Big Oil Still Unloved by Investors Despite Better Fortunes

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

Electric Buses Are Hurting the Oil Industry

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

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

April 23, 2018

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

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

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

First nuclear power plant in UAE completed

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

Cleantech company to open local sales office

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

The gravitational vortex water turbine puts a spin on small hydro

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

Turning waste plastics into biogas

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

The Puerto Rico Family Office that Bought a Wind Farm

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

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

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

China Targets 100% Clean Power for Area Near Beijing

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

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

April 22, 2018

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

De Lille: Time For Climate-Change Action Is Now

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

All Lyft Rides Are Now Carbon Neutral

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

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

April 20, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Impossible Foods Quest to Save Planet Draws Environmentalist Ire

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

Peter Thiel: Libertarian, Contrarian or Something Else?

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

Order for watertube boiler received

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

Peru’s largest solar PV plant inaugurated

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

IE3-compliant motors promote energy efficiency

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

Heightening industrial cyber security by detecting anomalies

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

Bearings for stringent environments and harsh conditions

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

For accurate indoor air quality measurements

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

Position sensor detection for hydraulic cylinders

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

$35-million to fund renewable energy in Africa

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

Second major solar contract for 2018

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

$63-million project for Spain

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

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

April 19, 2018

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

Forget Rising Interest Rates, Banks Are Still Loving Solar Power

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

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

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

Can Dirt Save the Earth? – The New York Times

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

Lyft clean-air offsets

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

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

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

Europe Bolsters Regulatory Clout Over Carmakers After VW Scandal

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

The Best Unpretentious Beers You Can Find Just About Anywhere

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

Gentrification Is Turning Berlin Into a Generic Hipsterville

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

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

April 18, 2018

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

Growing Midsize Cities Like Boise Could Replace Urban Future

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

Solar energy solution brings massive reduction to carbon footprint

In early-2015 Jasco, a company that delivers end-to-end best-of-breed solutions across the entire ICT, Power, Enterprise and Security value chains, realised the opportunity to become a leader in the field of renewable energy, harnessing its expertise on a solar project at its own head office complex, Jasco Park. Located in … Continue reading “Solar energy solution brings massive reduction to carbon footprint”

Microgrid evolution fuels smarter energy management

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

Energy Intensive User Group calls for publication of new IRP

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

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

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

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

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

Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster Convertible Review

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

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

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

Investing in Virtue Is Hard When So Few Companies Measure Up

April 17, 2018

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

Big Oil Bids to Burnish Credentials in War on Climate Change

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

Combining thermal imaging with electrical measurement

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

Key Japanese Anti-Nuclear Governor Considering Stepping Down

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

Addressing Africa’s dire need for ubiquitous, reliable electricity

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

Aarke Carbonator Is a Stylish Upgrade to SodaStream: Review

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

The Real-Life Fast & Furious Car Shop

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

China’s Economic Growth Remains Robust Amid Strong Retail Sales

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

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

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

EPA Chief of Staff Approved Raises for Aides, Report Finds

April 16, 2018

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

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

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

BP aims to keep carbon emissions flat into 2025

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

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

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

Public hearings on Eskom’s regulatory clearing account commence

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

Fwd: [EGI-SA] Webbers on carbon tax

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

Inside the “coal supply emergency” at Eskom…

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

Cloak and dagger drama at the IPP signing

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

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

April 13, 2018

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

Nations Strike Historic Deal to Curb Shipping Industry Emissions

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

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

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

Global Warming Is a Central Bank Issue

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

EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Is Safe—for Now

April 12, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

DoE says overdue IRP will be published soon

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

New Zealand Steps Up Climate Change Fight With Exploration Ban

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

Environmentalists to Join the Space Race With Methane-Sensing Satellite

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

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

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

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

April 11, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Celebrating 25 years

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

Thermal imaging TRMS multimeter

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

Addressing the challenges of electricity supply in Africa

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

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

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

LNG Demand May Need $200 Billion Investment: Bechtel

April 10, 2018

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

Once-Hot Material Graphene Could Be Next Battery Breakthrough

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

Climate Change Will Disrupt the Way Big Agriculture Is Done

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

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

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

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

April 9, 2018

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

Shell's Climate Push Fails to Cut Emissions

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

Ten Finalists Picked For XPRIZE’s Carbon Conversion Challenge

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

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

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

Darling Brew becomes Africa’s first carbon-neutral brewery

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

Researchers Are Trying to Turn Carbon Into Things You Can Sell

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

How Blockchain Is Threatening to Kill the Traditional Utility

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

EIUG scrutinises Eskom application for recovery of costs

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

Optimisation of seawater desalination by advanced process control

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

PV grew by 32% in 2017

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

Three PV plants totalling 258 MW to achieve financial close

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

Redstone agreement for 100 MW CSP project signed

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

More nuclear power in China

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

Lithium Glut Fears Tempered by Optimism Over Surging Demand

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

Energize Inbox, April 2018

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

Energize Inbox, March 2018

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

Plastic, propellers and pilots

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

Genset with higher power density

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

How to maintain network control during outages

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

Transformers made green

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

Power developments in Africa, April 2018

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

Awarded 285 MW of wind in first tender win

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

Divestment Hurt Apartheid. Can It Save the Planet?

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

Planning ahead for SAEEC’s Africa Energy Indaba 2019

April 6, 2018

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

Greener Shipping Can Help Fight Climate Change

April 5, 2018

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

Lego Billionaires Are Planning Big Investments in Green Assets

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

China Shines Bright as Solar Leads Record Renewables Investment

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

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

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

Generating power from sewage

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

Operation begins at Peru’s largest PV plant

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

SAPVIA welcomes the signing of PPAs

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

Signing of PPAs removes uncertainty, creates job opportunities

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

Top Miner BHP Quits World Coal Association Over Climate Clash

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

Sara Lee Cake Maker Buys Wind Credits to Offset Your Dessert

April 4, 2018

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

Google Bought Enough Clean Power for Whole Company and Then Some

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

Zero-emission ferry route in operation

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

Another VVER-1200 reactor connected to the grid

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

Solar power storage provides 90% self-reliance

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

Energy usage and efficiency in hospitals, clinics and medical facilities

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

Efficient machine tools increase productivity

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

Access to energy for Limpopo village

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

Guard against unsafe protection

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

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

April 3, 2018

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

Why Trump and California May Face Off Over Fuel Rules

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

Engie Ditches Dirty Coal as Latin America Turns to Clean Power

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

Russian Tycoon Joins Hunt for Cheap Batteries Using Sodium

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

California Should Stand Its Ground on Auto Emissions

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

The Climate Change Hypocrisy Of Jet-Setting Academics | HuffPost

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Smart condition monitoring amplifier

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

Powering African grid inter-connection

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

Nuclear equipment qualification services launched

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

New diesel gensets launched

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

Solving communications reliability

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

Waste-to-energy workshop hosted

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

The untapped potential of Africa biomass

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

Hotel installs large-scale PVT project

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

First CHP plants with SCR technology

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

Plan to fund distributed energy

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

Cogeneration contract awarded

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

The Climate Change Hypocrisy Of Jet-Setting Academics | HuffPost

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

Used electric-vehicle batteries for microgrid

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

Company improves its empowerment status

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

Control system for mountain railway

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

Confidence in business environment improving

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

Offshore wind and wave-powered desalination

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

Mini oval wheel flowmeter for tight spaces

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

Parmigiani Fleurier Type 390 Watch Inspired by Bugatti Sport

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

Development bank to drive Africa’s solar development

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

Dormant Swedish Mine Comes Alive in Rush to Make Car Batteries

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

EPA Moves to Cut Obama’s Auto Mileage Rules

April 2, 2018

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

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

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

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

April 1, 2018

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

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

March 30, 2018

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

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

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

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

March 29, 2018

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

Trump Will Cite Cost and Safety for Auto Emissions Rollback

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

Bloomberg’s Week in Pictures

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

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

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

Kinder Morgan Should Shed Its MLP Image, CO2 Unit

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

Marine nuclear plant leads the way to the future

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

Court rules that IPP agreements can be signed

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

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

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

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

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

Solar implementations: What you need to know upfront

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

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

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

Benefits of privatising the electrical distribution sector

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

How Volkswagen Walked Away From a Near-Fatal Crash

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

Organisations Will Need to Prove Data Control in Place

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

Boeing Hit by Cyberattack, Says Jetliner Production Not Affected

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

Carbon Auctions Are Creating a Green Windfall in Ontario

March 28, 2018

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

All-Electric Genesis Essentia Concept Debuts at New York Show

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 27, 2018

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

Best Technical Article in 2017 Award

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

How California Taught China to Sell Electric Cars

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

California Is Said to Ready Retaliation If Trump Cuts Auto Rules

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

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

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

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

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

Facebook Turns Toxic for Some ESG Funds

March 26, 2018

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

Shell Says Saving Planet Probably Means Sucking CO2 From the Air

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

Meeting Paris Agreement Targets Will Take Massive Cuts in Emissions

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

Building South Africa’s new energy future

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 25, 2018

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

Trump Said to Name Energy Department Official as Top Energy Aide

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

How to Compare Climate Risk Across the Biggest Oil Companies

March 24, 2018

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

JPMorgan Facing Shareholder Backlash Over Oil Sands Financing

March 23, 2018

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

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

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

Invitation to attend the inaugural AGM of SAESA

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

Essential tower maintenance completed

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

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

March 22, 2018

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

Fake green hues in big banks’ environment-friendly boasts

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

Global carbon emissions hit record high in 2017

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

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

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

Join the debate on the restructuring of Eskom

March 21, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

BMW Joins List of Carmakers Probed for Suspected Diesel Cheating

March 20, 2018

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

BP Appoints First Ever Woman to Lead Its American Business

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

McDonald's sets greenhouse gas reduction targets

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

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

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

Drone Maker Aerovironment Hangs On to Win Clean-Energy Bet

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

Vehicle charging stations for the local market

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

Climate Change Is a Threat Even a Child Can See

March 19, 2018

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

Lithium Seen as Lifeline for Oil Majors in Clean Energy Future

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

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

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

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

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

Here Are the Firms Feeding China's Battery Revolution

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

Total Pays $1.45 Billion for Abu Dhabi Offshore Oil Stakes

March 18, 2018

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

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

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

Congo Grants Total Extension to Oil-Exploration License

March 16, 2018

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

Energy researchers applaud carbon tax, but call for simplified design

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

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

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

How Long Will World Leaders Last?

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

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

March 15, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 14, 2018

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

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

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

Koeberg launches desalination plant

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

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

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

Add Cow Manure to Your List of Renewable Energy Sources

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

California Fuel Credits Suffer Blow Before Standards Are Relaxed

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

Fastest Growing Energy Consumer Sees Clean Fuel Path on Highway

March 13, 2018

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

Anglo Says Cleaning Up Mining Will Earn It Billions in Profit

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

Efficiency Startup Gets Funding to Cut Energy Use by Buildings

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

Parties agree to delay PPA signing for now

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

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

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

China Environmental Watchdog Is Getting Stronger

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

The Next Ship You Board Might Run on Batteries

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

Renewable energy: Friend or foe?

March 12, 2018

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

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

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

How Blackstone Turned India Into Its Most Profitable Market

March 11, 2018

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

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

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

Trump Can't Derail Renewable Energy Push

March 9, 2018

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

Big Problems. Big Thinkers. Episode 2: Economy

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

Chevron says its business is resilient to climate change

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Powering New York’s Marcus Garvey Village

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

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

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

Power developments in Africa, March 2018

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

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

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

A Warning Cry From the Doomsday Vault

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

Shell Says Oil's Not Going Anywhere

March 8, 2018

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

There's a Dark Side to the American Shale Boom

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

Washington State Errs in Abandoning Carbon-Tax Proposal

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

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

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

Solar Coalition Set to Unveil $700 Million of Projects

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

African delegation visits energy facility

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

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

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

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

March 7, 2018

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

Teenagers Defeat Trump’s Move to Kill Climate Change Lawsuit

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

America Is Giving Away the $30 Billion Medical Marijuana Industry

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

Europe’s Bad Boy Has a Fight on His Hands

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

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

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

Zinke Says Interior Department Should Be a Partner With Oil Companies

March 6, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Aramco CEO Not Losing Sleep Because of EVs: CERAWeek Update

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

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

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

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

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

Volkswagen Is Dreaming If It Thinks Diesel Is Coming Back

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

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

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

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

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

Volkswagen CEO Predicts ‘Renaissance’ for Embattled Diesel Cars

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

World Debut: Bentley Enters Hybrid Territory With Bentayga SUV

March 5, 2018

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

Economic Equality Is Key to Solving Climate Change, Report Shows

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

California Should Focus on Electric Cars, Not Hydrogen Fuel

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

An overview of the South African energy sector

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

Koeberg’s Unit 1 shut down for routine maintenance

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

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

March 2, 2018

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

China Is Turning Ethiopia Into a Giant Fast-Fashion Factory

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

New office for switchgear company

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

Winners of school-level nuclear debate

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

Green-tech company rewarded for growth and innovation

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

Enabling first digital substation in Latin America

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

Hybrid power cuts mining energy costs

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

RFID cable ties provide smart identification opportunities

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

Partnership to develop solar PV power stations

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

High-speed induction motor rotor refurbished

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

Entry-point model of advanced thermal imaging cameras

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

Three more solar power plants for Egypt

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

Distributed generation platform developed

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

Eskom celebrates 95 years

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

Exhibitions company celebrates 50 years

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

Standard helps to select power quality instruments

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

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

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

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

March 1, 2018

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

Bob Diamond's Atlas in Talks for Stake in Kepler

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

Trump Infrastructure Plan to Stimulate Local Investment, Chao Says

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

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

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

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

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

Finding the way forward for South Africa’s electricity sector

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

Implications of DoE’s amendments to the Electricity Regulation Act

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

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

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

Price of Pollution Is Back in Focus

February 28, 2018

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

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

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

How Green Is Your Electric Car?

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

Eskom gets another S&P downgrade following 2018 Budget

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

Wind industry anticipates the signing of outstanding PPAs

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

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

February 27, 2018

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

Republican Climate Caucus Members Get Low Environmental Marks

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

European Council approves carbon market reform

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

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

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

Diesel Faces Death Warrant After German Court Paves Way for Bans

industry invested heavily in diesel as a profitable stop-gap technology to meet tighter rules on carbon dioxide emissions. Standards will again tighten in 2021, which means carmakers risk fines as… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

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

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

No Good Options in Italian Elections

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

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

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

Electric Vehicle Fervor Inspires Another Bleak Gasoline Forecast

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

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

February 26, 2018

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

BRIEF-Canada Carbon To Pursue Legal Action

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pruitt Vows EPA Overhaul

February 25, 2018

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

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

February 24, 2018

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

Solid state batteries: The future storage standard?

February 23, 2018

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

Electric drives for trucks and heavy goods vehicles

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

The Electric Vehicle Future Is Already Boosting Miners’ Earnings

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

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

February 22, 2018

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

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

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

Climate Change: Not an Engineering Problem

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

Igniting Eskom Generation – turning the deadweight into economic fuel

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

How a German Court Case Could Accelerate Diesel's End

February 21, 2018

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

Investors Are Bailing on Landlocked Canadian Oil

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

Cyprus Sees Gas Deal With Egypt as Cairo Weighs Israeli Supply

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

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

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

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

February 20, 2018

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

BP Sees Electric Future With Oil Demand Peaking in 2030s

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

Europe Can Double Renewable Energy Share by 2030, Irena Says

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

Integration of the Carbon Tax and Carbon Budgets in South Africa

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

Paying attention to the ‘weave’

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

Oil lab to avoid transformer failure

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

Natural Gas Industry Surprised It Could Be So Much Cleaner

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

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

February 19, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Blockchain’s role in an energy revolution

February 16, 2018

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

Gas Taxes Aren't Paying the Bills for Roads Anymore

February 15, 2018

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

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

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

Low-Carbon Investing Is Growing

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

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

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

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

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

Amid Weak Oil Demand, Shell Makes Another Bet on Renewables

February 14, 2018

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