August 2008 Blog Posts (14)

Biogas plant manufacturer hopes to find foothold in SA

German biogas plant manufacturer Weltec BioPower hopes to have one of its plants in operation in South Africa soon... read more

Added by Bas Vlugt on August 29, 2008 at 8:36am — No Comments

Investors’ uneasiness with Rwanda holding back Lake Kivu gas-fired power project

A significant challenge preventing the development of the envisaged Lake Kivu gas-fired power generation project, on the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)-Rwanda border, is a lack of capital,according to chemical engineer Philip Morkel, who is also the technological developer, owner, operator and financier... read more

Added by Bas Vlugt on August 29, 2008 at 12:30am — No Comments

Letter to the President of Ghana

By Akokoraaba Adansiman Pipim



Excellency,



Welcome to the „Land of Ideas“, as the Germans like to refer to their country. There is no shortage of inventions originating from Germany: the doctorate degree, the printing press, the aspirin, the diesel engine and the sausage in all its flavors and textures, ranging from Frankfurters to Bratwurst!



The Germans are not famous for delays; if anything, they are well-known for their punctuality, unmatched attention… Continue

Added by Bas Vlugt on August 28, 2008 at 7:47am — No Comments

Ghana Timber Plan Shows Vision for New Environmental Regime

Ghanaian officials at the U.N. climate change conference in Accra are publicizing a plan to harvest submerged timber from underneath the man-made Lake Volta. Brent Latham reports from our West Africa bureau in Dakar... read more

Added by Bas Vlugt on August 27, 2008 at 7:30am — No Comments

Lagos to power BRT bus stops with solar

Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority has entered into partnership with Lagos-based renewable energy company, Africa Asia Global Services, to power all the newly built BRT Bus stops in the state using solar energy.



This is in fulfilment of the promise by Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, to pursue a policy of public private partnership in infrastructure development.



In a statement by the Chief Executive Office, Africa Asia Global Services, Mr.… Continue

Added by Bas Vlugt on August 27, 2008 at 7:21am — No Comments

Nedbank sponsors first SA Green Building Council Convention

In a further show of commitment to its positioning as ‘The Green Bank’, Nedbank Corporate Property Finance has confirmed that it will be the principle sponsor of the inaugural Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) Convention and Exhibition, to be held in Cape Town from 2 – 4 November 2008... read more

Added by Bas Vlugt on August 26, 2008 at 9:56pm — No Comments

The biggest solar power project in East Africa installs 2000 systems

The biggest solar power project in East Africa, which is being implemented by a German Solar Energy Foundation, is achieving its milestones by installing 2,000 solar systems in/around Rema village in Ethiopia. The project has realized a supply of power to 5,500 residents in the country... read more

Added by Bas Vlugt on August 21, 2008 at 12:49pm — No Comments

800 Million Dollar Prize for Alternative Energy to Power Africa’s Villages



What this space: Africa is fast becoming an important player in cleaner energy sources. If only 0.3% of sunlight falling on the Sahara and Middle Eastern deserts can potentially provide all of Europe’s energy needs because of its intensity, according to a report, how about everything else?



How much wind blows from Nouakchott to Natal, and how much of this is ever utilized as an alternative energy source? How much water flowing in the… Continue

Added by Bas Vlugt on August 15, 2008 at 5:00pm — No Comments

ICT Update magazine, special rural energy issue

ICT Update magazine is producing a special issue on power supplies in rural areas of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries.



We would like to hear from people involved in projects that help to bring ICTs to rural communities that do not otherwise have a stable electricity supply. We are especially interested in hearing from projects that serve farmers or are involved with agricultural development.



The lack of a reliable energy supply is a major factor limiting the… Continue

Added by Jim Dempsey on August 14, 2008 at 4:57pm — No Comments

Kenya looks to geothermal power to fuel development

For Maasai tribesman Charles Kamami, Kenya's drive to boost its geothermal capacity spells environmental destruction which threatens his pastoralist way of life.
But for east Africa's largest economy, geothermal energy could be a savior as it struggles to increase power generation to keep up with soaring demand driven by years of robust growth... read more

Added by Bas Vlugt on August 12, 2008 at 1:38pm — No Comments

What Future for Coal in South Africa?

By Jeremy Wakeford. South Africa has been in the news a lot recently because of its electricity supply problems throughout 2008. Most South African electricity comes from coal-fired power stations. Jeremy discusses the role of coal in South Africa's energy mix, long-term trends in production and consumption, and how underground coal gasification might help solve South Africa's energy problems... read more

Added by Bas Vlugt on August 12, 2008 at 1:36pm — No Comments

Ethiopia powers up with solar energy

Germany's Solar Energy Foundation aims to improve living conditions and foster a solar industry in Ethiopia. The rural village of Rema in Ethiopia could become a cleantech boom-town if the work of Germany's Solar Energy Foundation continues its success in the region. Since 2006, the foundation has installed 2,000 solar systems in Rema and in nearby Rema ena Dire, the biggest solar power project in East Africa... read… Continue

Added by Bas Vlugt on August 9, 2008 at 10:07am — No Comments

Uganda: More households, hotels adopt renewable energy solutions

Uganda is among the least powered African nations with reliable electricity a wide spread problem. Current statistics from the Ministry of Energy show that 95% of Ugandans have no access to electricity from the national grid. Even when the World Bank recently approved a $360m loan to build a power station at the Bujagali Falls, the project can only help alleviate Uganda's power shortage problems from 2011... read more

Added by Bas Vlugt on August 9, 2008 at 10:05am — No Comments

Unions, govt set to clash over nuke plans

The powerful National Union of Mineworkers is on a collision course with the government over the latter’s plans to invest R400billion into nuclear energy by 2025. A document marked “Strictly Confidential”, authored by the South Africa Power Project and Eskom, says that the government will invest R24billion in the research and development of pebble bed modular reactors (PBMRs)... read more

Added by Bas Vlugt on August 8, 2008 at 7:09am — No Comments

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