France delays reduction of nuclear power

French minister Nicolas Hulot

The French environment minister Nicolas Hulot says the government is postponing its move to reduce the share of nuclear energy in the country’s power generation mix.

According to Reuters, Hulot says the grid operator RTE warned it risked supply shortages after 2020 and could miss a goal to curb carbon emissions, if it went ahead with the cull of nuclear right away, reducing the share from 75 per cent to 50 per cent.

“It will be difficult to maintain the target of reducing the share of nuclear to 50 percent by 2025,” Hulot told reporters following a cabinet meeting. He …read more

Spanish project to launch drone-based PV maintenance system

A Spanish research project is aiming to optimize solar PV plant performance through the use of drones.

The €650,000 project, called SCARAB, is a collaboration between power and control electronics outfit Ingeteam and the University of Castilla La Mancha.

According to Ingeteam, the project aims to develop more efficient sensors to monitor and process the signals received during inspection as well as automatic PV panel fault detection. It also aims to develop advanced fault classification algorithms that can estimate a PV plant’s status and optimize maintenance strategies.

Launch of a drone-based PV plant inspection service is planned for 2018.

The drone will feature …read more

EU plays catch up on battery storage

Francesco Gattiglio

Europe is trailing China and the US when it comes to the development of battery storage, but Brussels is keen to close the gap. Francesco Gattiglio, EU affairs manager of EUROBAT, the trade organisation representing European Automotive and Industrial Battery Manufacturers, told Power Engineering International why he’s enthusiastic about the bloc’s chances.

The proposal for the EU new energy market design, published by the European Commission on 30th November 2016, is seen as a clear step forward for battery energy storage, however some work remained in terms of more coherent approach to facilitating sector success.

Earlier this …read more

Ericsson invites students to register for the Innovation Awards 2018

Ericsson invites students to register for the Innovation Awards 2018

Girish Johar, Head of Human Resources within Ericsson Region Middle East and Africa.

Ericsson has recently announced that it’s 2018 Ericsson Innovation Awards competition is now open for entry until November 15th, 2017, for students worldwide. This year’s theme is “The Future of Truth: How will we find, validate and share truth in the age of ICT?” Those that submit their entries will have a chance to win a trip to Stockholm, an expert Ericsson mentorship, and a €25,000 grand prize.

Girish Johar, Head of Human Resources within Ericsson Region Middle East and Africa commented: ”At Ericsson, we believe in the …read more

World Energy Council Ranks Sustainability Leaders, Does your Country Rank?

Which country is leading the way in sustainable energy

he World Energy Council has released its Energy Trilemma Index.

The tool ,produced in partnership with Oliver Wyman, ranks countries on their ability to provide sustainable energy through 3 dimensions: Energy security, Energy equity (accessibility and affordability), Environmental sustainability.

The ranking measures overall performance in achieving a sustainable mix of policies and the balance score highlights how well a country manages the trade-offs of the Trilemma with “A” being the best.

Balancing the three goals constitutes a ‘dilemma’ and is the basis for a secure, affordable and environmentally sustainable energy system.

The latest findings shows a …read more

Global Smartphone Accesibility Hits New Heights in 2018

Global smartphone penetration to hit 66% in 2018

Global smartphone penetration to hit 66% in 2018

In 2018, 66% of individuals in an array of 52 key countries, which includes South Africa along with various developed and developing countries across the globe, will own a smartphone. This number is up from 63% in 2017 and 58% in 2016, according to Zenith’s Mobile Advertising Forecasts 2017, published on 16 October 2017.

The report also revealed that the rapid expansion of smartphone ownership across the world, which has transformed the way that advertisers communicate with consumers, is slowing down as penetration reaches 80%-90% in the most advanced markets. The number of …read more

Travel Season is Back: Discover South Africa withTthese Great Travel Apps

Discover South Africa with these great Travel apps

Apps to help you get across SA.

South Africa is world renowned for have a diversity and beauty in landscapes that can not be matched by any other country in the world, from the famous natural landscapes, to the “dorps” and cities that are full of interesting discoveries. For many South Africans their ideal holiday is in Europe or other famous destinations they do however not realise the beauty that is available at their own door steps at the fraction of the price.

If you’re on the road looking for travel attractions and adventures, these Android apps recommended by Alcatel will help …read more

South Africa: Drone company raises $499,000 in funding

South Africa: Drone company raises $499,000 in funding

South Africa: Drone company raises $499,000 in funding. (image: JacarandaFM)

A Cape Town-based drone operator, UAV Industries, announced on Tuesday 24 October that the company has raised ZAR6.84 million (US$499,000) in funding from Glenheim Venture Capital Company, in what was the first direct investment made by Glenheim’s Section 12J fund.

The company, which was launched three years ago, offers drone training and leasing services, and according to UAV Industries the company has seen a 300 percent year-on-year growth off the back of a multi-million Rand turnover.

According to a report by Disrupt Africa, the investment from Glenheim’s fund, which was launched at …read more

Whats Hot @ AfricaCom 2017?!

AfricaCom 2017: Whats free to do at AfricaCom

Whats free to do at AfricaCom 2017.

The 20th AfricaCom conference in Cape Town on 7-9 November 2017 will be tackling the hottest topics for 2017, including IoT, Big Data, FinTech, digital health, sustainable power solutions, digital education and much more. While the conference is predominately aimed at C-suite executives, AfricaCom’s exhibition halls (two of them this year), provide a host of free content that attracts a broad array of citizens, many of whom are looking to connect with like-minded companies and individuals and get a glimpse of what the next ‘big thing’ will be – digitally speaking.

By registering for …read more

Solar is most-installed power technology worldwide says report

Solar PV has emerged as the most-installed power generation technology globally, according to a report released this week.

Analysis firm GlobalData’s Power Attractiveness Index showed 72 GW of solar PV capacity installed worldwide in 2016, followed by 53 GW of wind power, 52 GW of coal-fired power, 41 GW of gas-fired power and 31 GW of hydropower.

China and India occupy the top two spots in the Index as the most lucrative power markets in the short term, GlobalData said, followed by the US, Turkey, Germany and Brazil.

According to China’s latest five-year energy development …read more