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USTDA connects US energy industry to business opportunities in South Africa

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The US Trade and Development Agency awarded a grant to Solafrica Energy (Pty) Ltd., a developer of utility-scale solar power plants in southern Africa, for a pilot project that demonstrates the performance of an energy storage system based on Primus Power Corporation’s (California) EnergyPod2® technology. The EnergyPod2® is a long-duration energy storage system based on […]


GE’s efficient power generation and air-quality control technology deployed at Kusile Unit One

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GE has announced that it has successfully commenced commercial operations of Unit One of Kusile’s coal power plant. GE’s scope in Kusile Unit One is the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) of six turbine islands, air-cooled condensers and wet flue gas desulphurisation plant (WFGD). The WFGD plant is an environmental control solution and the first […]


Financial sector needs to address growing eWaste problem

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The global eWaste management market is expected to grow to $49.4-billion by 2020, it is one of the fastest growing waste streams with the reduced life span of electrical, electronic and consumer electronic devices. Research shows that the generation of eWaste is the highest in the IT sector followed by the banking, financial services, and […]


Siemens supports Uganda’s power goals with diamond sponsorship for Future Energy Uganda

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“In Uganda, Siemens’ primary goal is to assist the government to increase national power generating capacities and to connect the local population to the power grids. A reliable and extensive power supply system is the fundamental prerequisite for sustainable development, economic growth and job creation.” This is according to Sabine Dall’Omo, CEO, Siemens Southern and […]


USTDA introduces US carbon capture and recycling technology to South Africa

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Today, the US Trade and Development Agency awarded a grant to Swayana (Pty) Ltd, a Pretoria-based energy project developer, for a feasibility study that will use innovative US technologies to convert waste gas – also known as off-gas – into a valuable commodity at a plant in South Africa’s Mpumalanga province. The project will use […]


UN Environment partners with Safaricom on selected Sustainable Development Goals

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UN Environment has urged the country’s private sector to collaborate with them in implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will help curb climate change. Currently, UN Environment is working closely with the private sector through various initiatives, such as the Finance Initiative which works with over 200 institutions to bring systemic change in […]


East African experts benefit from training on energy demand, supply planning and management

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The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) recently hosted a course on energy demand and supply training for east African energy experts in a bid to strengthen the region’s technical capacity in energy demand, supply planning and management. This will allow them to respond to current energy planning gaps; integrate energy sector planning tools in sector […]


Utilising solar power to unite a community

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How do we #UniteFor good? By connecting everyday heroes with extraordinary opportunities. Meet Buhle Sithela, a local Khayelitsha boy whose passion for using cinema as a vessel to unite, educate and inspire his community, has seen him join HMD Global, the Home of Nokia Phones #UniteFor campaign.


GE leads the end to end power technology debate at event in Johannesburg

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Technology available today can be employed to create reliable, sustainable, localised and more efficient energy networks. That was the message that George Njenga, GM, Steam Power Systems for sub-Saharan Africa delivered to delegates while making his keynote address at the opening session of this year’s Power-Gen Africa and DistribuTech event in Johannesburg. The electricity industry […]


IntelsatOne® Mobile Reach Solar 2G launched for sub-Saharan Africa wireless networks

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Intelsat SA, operator of the world’s first globalised network and leader in integrated satellite communications, has announced a managed services solution that will provide 2G services in remote locations. The solution leverages contributions of services provider BCom and technology provider Newtec for core components of the solution. IntelsatOne Mobile Reach Solar 2G is a turnkey […]


Kodak Alaris achieves EPEAT® Silver registration for entire scanner range

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Kodak Alaris has registered an additional eight scanners at the Silver level in the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT), the definitive global registry for greener electronics. With the addition of the Kodak ScanMate i940, i1150 and i1150WN Scanners; the i1190, i1190E and i1190WN Scanners; and the Scan Station 710 and 730EX, all 28 scanners […]


REDAVIA opens new office in Ghana to bring rental solar power to businesses

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REDAVIA, a global market leader of cost-effective rental solar power for businesses and communities, has opened its first office and legal entity in Accra, the capital of Ghana, to accommodate its growth plans and leverage West Africa’s manifold business opportunities. The office opening marks the second milestone following the seven-year contract with the Regional Maritime […]


Intelsat and Gilat unveil Mobile Reach Solar 3G solution for remote areas

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Intelsat S.A, operator of the world’s first Globalized Network, powered by its leading satellite backbone, and Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd., a worldwide leader in satellite networking technology, solutions and services, have announced a joint managed services solution to provide 3G infrastructure in the most remote locations around the globe, where terrestrial services are not feasible. […]


The Y’ello Box is bringing 24/7 electricity to Nigeria via your mobile phone

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In a world first, Nigeria is pioneering a new solar electricity service and it is already transforming lives. The Y’ello Box is a solar electricity system that officially launched earlier this year and allows families and business owners to harness the power of the sun cheaply and efficiently, in a way we’ve never seen before. […]


InfraCo Africa commits US$3.5m to Standard Microgrid for off-grid solar in Zambia

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InfraCo Africa and Standard Microgrid Initiatives (Pty) Ltd (SM) have signed a Convertible Loan Agreement for the phased disbursement of up to US$3.5million. In parallel, the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) also awarded SM a US$0.75million grant to support project preparation services. Together, these commitments will fund the deployment of distributed solar power […]


Highlights from Power Africa at Africa Energy Forum

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Power Africa attended the Africa Energy Forum (AEF) to further advance its goal to increase energy access and power generation in sub-Saharan Africa. Through grant signings, facilitated events and targeted meetings with government and private sector partners, Power Africa plans to further increase the number of transactions that have reached financial close. Currently, the 76 […]


ENGIE and eleQtra sign an agreement for wind power project in Ghana

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ENGIE and eleQtra, a developer of power and transportation projects in sub-Saharan Africa, signed a Joint Development Agreement that defines the terms and the schedule for the development and construction of the 50 MW Ada Wind Power Project in the Greater Accra Region in Ghana. The project is expected to require an investment of approximately […]


Alternative sustainable power sources create new growth opportunities

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Over the past decade, the South African electricity sector has witnessed dynamic change. An economic shift from mining and industrial production towards a service industry has reduced electricity demand to pre-2008 levels. Under these challenging circumstances, the continued development of the electricity supply industry will prove essential in achieving business sustainability and providing power at […]


Neurala and Lindbergh Foundation combine drones and AI to combat poaching

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Neurala, the creator of the Neurala Brain deep learning neural network AI software, has announced that it will apply its expertise and AI software in the Lindbergh Foundation’s effort to combat poaching in Africa using intelligent drones. Neurala’s technology can learn from any sensory stream to identify an object of interest. For the Lindbergh Foundation, […]


USTDA supports US and Kenyan business partnerships in power sector

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USTDA is partnering with Kenyan company, Xago Africa Limited, on developing a utility scale solar photovoltaic power plant with battery storage in Siaya County, Kenya. North Carolina-based Alevo USA, Inc., a battery storage technology manufacturer will provide technology and analytics services for the project. The plant will be among the first utility-scale battery storage installations […]