No wind or sun? There’s a battery for that

South Africans joined the rest of the world in marking World Earth Day to the backdrop of an electricity grid that is still under immense pressure and still dominated by coal, despite large mining houses announcing divestment in the fossil fuel source. While there are...

Translating transformation in mining

The mining sector has undergone significant change over the past year. By John Lewis, MD of Aggreko Africa Change that was both expected and unexpected. On one hand, digital transformation, integrated operations, supply chain efficiencies, and investments into tools...

Is load shedding here to stay?

Since Eskom cannot meet the country’s demand for electricity, load shedding is likely to be with us for the rest of the year, at least. By Barry Bredenkamp, senior manager at the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) However, there are...

Practical steps to gain independence from the grid

As Eskom announces load shedding on an almost-weekly basis, which wreaks havoc with the economy, more and more businesses and households are investigating how to become less dependent on the national grid – at least during the power outages. Besides the obvious...

Run factories efficiently with digital power management

In the consumer-packaged goods (CPG) industry, factories returning to normal (or almost normal) face new challenges characterised by changes in their workforce. Many companies have lost experienced facility management or engineering staff through retirement or...

Mines can turn energy liabilities into assets

Energy cost, constraints and supply interruptions risk mining companies’ productivity, output and profits. While mines are better prepared to operate on reduced power than they were during the 2008 electricity crisis, the sweeping blackouts at the end of 2019...