Energy

Science can double the solar dividend

Science can double the solar dividend

Researchers have found three new ways to double the solar dividend, making the sun work harder and deliver more to the renewable economy. A new, translucent material made of little more than silica and air can double the solar dividend, collecting solar heat and raising temperatures to 200°C, delivering new ways to heat homes or…

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Load Shedding: Is Renewable Energy the solution?

Renewabe energy

New studies form UCT suggests that South Africa should transition from nuclear power plants to cleaner renewable energy. The transition could mean cheaper and a more reliable energy source, as load shedding has increased significantly. Research conducted by the Inclusive Economic Development Program at the University of Cape Town’s Energy Research Centre, suggests the future…

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First commercial floating solar farm in Africa

Floating solar farm

From the ongoing issues at Eskom to the chemicals being sprayed and the high energy needs of farms, the agricultural sector is looking to become more financially and environmentally sustainable through green energy solutions like the first commercial floating solar farm in Africa. On 1 March 2019, media personnel as well as individuals from trade…

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Solar pumps for the future

Solar pumps

The use of solar borehole pumps is common all over South Africa and solar pumps for the future is a given. Famers have been using solar pumps for many years, however there was a steep increase in the use of solar pumps over recent years. The most important reasons for this are: The global expansion…

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Electricity cuts a great irritation to fruit industry

Apple pack house

Eskom, the national (and sole) electricity provider in South Africa has embarked on a programme of load shedding (planned power outages) as a result of maintenance on the grid. Such power outages are not new, but previously they’ve usually occurred in winter at times of high electricity demand. These electricity cuts is a great irritation…

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