• Shearwater developing SMR, hydrogen project in North Wales
    by Donna Slater on January 15, 2021 at 1:12 pm

    UK-based hybrid clean energy company Shearwater Energy is developing a wind small modular reactor (SMR) and hydrogen production hybrid energy project in North Wales. The project will provide 3 GW of zero-carbon energy and is also expected to produce over three-million kilograms of green hydrogen a year for use by the UK’s transport sector, ensuring full use of the energy produced.

  • Exxaro appoints independent nonexecutive director
    by Donna Slater on January 15, 2021 at 9:54 am

    Diversified miner Exxaro’s board of directors has approved the appointment of independent nonexecutive director Chanda Nxumalo, effective February 1. She has 15 years of experience in the renewable energy and power sector, having worked across North America and Europe gaining experience in delivering technical, commercial and environmental advisory services in the renewables sector.

  • Company adds solar inverters and drives to suite of solutions
    by Darren Parker on January 14, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    Engineering solutions provider BMG’s electromechanical specialists have extended its solutions service to include solar inverters and drives, which are designed to enhance the efficiency of photovoltaic (PV) systems. “PV modules – which use daylight to generate electricity – are gaining popularity globally as a form of renewable energy that is clean, emission-free, sustainable, safe and cost efficient. Through the use of environment-friendly PV technology to generate electrical power, companies in South Africa are finding effective solutions to combat the country’s grave electricity crisis,” claims BMG electromechanical division electronics manager Mick Baugh.

  • Underserved Lesotho communities to benefit from solar delivery
    by Darren Parker on January 14, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    Containerised off-grid solar systems manufacturer SustainSolar was contracted by minigrid developer OnePower Lesotho to deliver the first batch of seven modular, turnkey and rapid-deployment Sustain Compact solar power solutions to Lesotho early this year. “The Sustain Compact solar power solution – which is a plug-and-play solution – significantly reduces the operational complexity of sourcing and installing the power generation unit. This leaves the project developer with more time to focus on the distribution and metering infrastructure and serving customers earlier than usual,” SustainSolar MD Tobias Hobbach tells Engineering News.

  • Low tax ensures solar incentive
    by Darren Parker on January 14, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    The relatively low value of carbon tax in South Africa, and numerous allowances that government made available in year one of the Carbon Tax Act’s implementation, which took effect in June 2019, have resulted in there being little incentive currently for solar energy, technology company EDS Systems business development head Eckart Zollner tells Engineering News. The carbon tax initially applies only to scope 1 emitters in the first phase of the carbon tax roll-out, from June 1, 2019, to December 31, 2022. Scope 1 emitters are those who are responsible for direct emissions from an owned or controlled source – such as those produced by burning fossil fuels. Scope 2 emissions are indirect emissions that have resulted from the generation of purchased energy and these will be taxed in the second phase of the roll-out, from 2023 to 2030.