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ESCO model grows in popularity in South Africa

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 4, 2018
Photo: BSW Solar
“Our clients are cash flow positive from day one,” South African company Energy Partners claims on its website. Up until now, it has been offering heat and steam purchase agreements, mainly on coal boilers, to industrial and public customers. “Purchase contracts for solar heat in combination with fossil fuel boilers could be part of our portfolio in the future,” Johan Kritzinger, Head of the Steam division at Energy Partners, said after participating in a policy workshop organised by the partners to Solar Payback, the South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi) and the Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAGCCI) . It took place on 24 July in Pretoria.
Photo: BSW Solar

Interbuild Africa 2020, Johannesburg

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 26, 2018
INTERBUILD AFRICA will take place from 29 July to 1 August 2020 at Expo Centre Nasrec, Johannesburg. The International Building and Construction Exhibition focuses on the latest developments in the extensive building services and construction area. From affordable housing products to civil engineering equipment, plant hire and equipment, scaffolding and structural products including bricks, tiles, cement, flooring and windows, doors, roofing and cladding, lighting and paints.
 

Freely downloadable SHIP installation photos

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 16, 2018
SHIP installation photoPlanning to hold a presentation on the solar process heat potential in your country? Thinking about posting news articles to your website? Just go to solar-payback.com, where you can find a photo gallery offering royalty-free images of SHIP systems around the world. The gallery comes with image captions in three languages and already includes 55 photos of existing systems providing solar heat for industrial processes, or SHIP, for use in your publication. 

Energex Africa 2019, Midrand

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 2, 2018
The Energex Africa 2019 will take place in Midrand, South Africa on 1 May 2019. The trade fair will present the achievements and novelties in the field of solar thermal, PV, biomass, wind power, hydro power, and energy efficiency.
 

“Racing down the renewable electricity pathway only”

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 17, 2018
Renewables 2018 Global Status ReportThe Renewables 2018 Global Status Report illustrates the sharp difference in growth between the renewable electricity and heat markets. Whereas PV had another record year, with newly installed capacity totalling at least 98 GWp in 2017, up from 75 GWp, and wind its third-best ever, by adding 52 GW, solar heating and cooling increased by only 35 GWth – a 4 % drop compared to 2016. “Transformation is picking up speed in the electric power sector, but urgent action is required in heating, cooling and transport,” was the key message of a press release published by Paris-based REN21. The report, launched at the beginning of June, has been followed by a series of speeches at events in Manila, Paris, Brussels, Moscow, Washington and New York. The press release, translated into 12 languages, has been picked up by media outlets around the globe. 

Solar industrial heat market – a 2017 survey

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 26, 2018
Image: solar-payback.com/suppliers2017 was a record year for systems providing solar heat for industrial processes, since at least 110 large ones adding up to 192,580 m² were put into operation. This has been the result of a survey among around 80 turnkey suppliers currently listed on the SHIP Supplier World Map, created by the international Solar Payback project. The total at the end of 2017 stood at approximately 635 SHIP systems, a 21 % increase over the 525 installations which a similar survey showed in early 2017.
Image: solar-payback.com/suppliers

IEA´s Renewables Outlook 2017-2022

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 31, 2017
IEA Renewables 2017 forecastThe IEA’s Renewables 2017 market report was launched in London in early October. The document, which had been called Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report until last year, is published annually and forecasts market development in renewable electricity over the next five years (2017 to 2022). Considering that renewable markets are closely linked and politicians are increasingly looking for cross-sector solutions, we have compiled the IEA’s most important conclusions regarding renewable electricity in this news article. A lack of data on renewable heating and cooling (RHC) means that the IEA does not provide a separate RHC forecast, but instead uses the World Energy Model results published in the annual World Energy Outlook.
Source: Renewables 2017
 

5th Southern African Solar Energy Conference (SASEC 2018), Durban

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 9, 2017
The 5th Southern African Solar Energy Conference (SASEC 2018) will be held from 25 to 27 June 2018 at the Blue Waters Hotel in Durban, South Africa. The conference will focus on both Solar Photovoltaic and Solar Thermal Energy technology systems and applications. The conference provides the opportunity for researchers, engineers, technologists and individuals to share and discuss recent developments in the field.

South Africa: SHIP Opportunities in Agri-Processing and Textile Production

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 19, 2017
SHIP process heatSouth Africa shows large but untapped potential in terms of Solar Heat for Industrial Processes (SHIP). So far, there have been only seven systems in operation across the country and they provide heat in fields as varied as textile manufacturing (see photo), brewing, cheesemaking and automotive production. A recently published study titled Industrial scale solar heat in South Africa: Opportunities in agri-processing and textiles estimates the potential in agri-processing to be as high as 3.76 million m² of collector area and in textile manufacturing at around 519,000 m² (see the attached document). The 72-page document written by the WWF South Africa in cooperation with the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies (CRSES) of Stellenbosch University and non-profit organisation GreenCape looks at the key drivers for and barriers to increased SHIP deployment in the southernmost country in Africa. 
Photo: CRSES / Ulrich Terblanche
 

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