Ricoh creates solar panel that charges under indoor light

Ricoh has created a solar panel capable of charging under indoor lights. Technically, the new panel is a solid-state, dye-sensitised solar cell that mimics the same photosynthesis process plants use to harness the sun’s energy to make glucose and oxygen from carbon...

Surge-protection helps to cope with grid instability

The instability in the electricity grid due to ongoing load-shedding is increasing the possibility of overvoltage events. CPT Cirprotec is distributed locally by ElectroMechanica (EM). Overvoltage events are now much more common, warns EM product manager Christo van...

Li-ion UPS batteries: a smart investment

Until recently, Lithium-ion (li-ion) batteries have not been commercially adopted as batteries for single-phase UPSs. While used in various other applications, they didn't provide the necessary balance of price, energy density, power, safety, and reliability to be...

Take the guesswork out of carbon tax compliance

As the world's 14th largest emitter of carbon dioxide, South Africa has an urgent responsibility to drive a positive response to climate change by striving for a lower-carbon economy. This is the word from Francois du Plessis, operations director at EDS Systems, who...