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#AUW2019: Customer mistrust hampers power utility digitalisation
#AUW2019: Customer mistrust hampers power utility digitalisation

Using technology to improve customer service and ultimately drive revenue may not necessarily be clear cut for utilities like Eskom...

16 May 2019

Energy Minister, Jeff Radebe
#AUW2019: Coal still critical to IRP, Radebe says

Energy Minister Jeff Radebe's vague promise that South Africa's long-overdue energy blueprint, the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), will be "concluded imminently" did, however, clearly indicate that coal would still play a prominent role in the country's energy mix...

By Nicci Botha 15 May 2019

Jet Demolition pioneers cold-cutting tech for petrochemical demolition
Jet Demolition pioneers cold-cutting tech for petrochemical demolition

Cold-cutting techniques developed by Jet Demolition have introduced a new benchmark for health and safety in the petrochemical industry...

8 May 2019

Should we turn the Sahara Desert into a huge solar farm?
Should we turn the Sahara Desert into a huge solar farm?

Whenever I visit the Sahara I am struck by how sunny and hot it is and how clear the sky can be...

By Amin Al-Habaibeh 26 Apr 2019

Renewables spell increased demand for cobalt and lithium
Cobalt and lithium recycling low despite climate change concerns

Extracting cobalt and lithium from old products and infrastructure is essential to heading off predicted metal shortfalls, empowering clean energy transitions and reducing risk of human exploitation.

4 Apr 2019

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From medicine to nanotechnology: how gold quietly shapes our world

The periodic table of chemical elements turns 150 this year. The anniversary is a chance to shine a light on particular elements...

By Werner van Zyl 3 Apr 2019

Prosumers could solve Africa's power problem
Prosumers could solve Africa's power problem

The rise of the prosumer - someone who generates and consumes their own energy, which they can also sell into the grid - is a trend that has been gathering momentum in Europe in recent times...

25 Mar 2019

Andrew Kenny
Why solar and wind power are ruinously expensive

South Africa faces an energy calamity on two fronts. First is the disaster of Eskom. Second, and potentially worse, is the disaster of our REIPPPP and our lunatic IRP 2018 (Integrated Resource Plan)....

By Andrew Kenny 18 Mar 2019

Wind turbines signal revitalisation of green tech SEZ
Wind turbines signal revitalisation of green tech SEZ

The wind turbine tower sections for the 140MW Kangnas Wind Farm are being manufactured at Atlantis om Cape Town's West Coast...

7 Mar 2019

Photo: Investing in African Mining Indaba
Focus on sustainability offers fresh investment prospects in the mining sector

A sharper focus on sustainability at this year's Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town a few weeks ago has started to translate into a different way of looking at mining, and with it, more opportunities for investment...

27 Feb 2019

Engineering internship opens for entry soon
Engineering internship opens for entry soon

Entry for enterprise asset management engineering company, Pragma's student training programme will open for entry on 1 March 2019...

21 Feb 2019

There’s no painless way for South Africans to deal with the power utility crisis. Shutterstock
Explainer: why South Africa's energy generator is in so much trouble

Eskom is by far the largest of South Africa's many state owned companies. This near monopoly power utility is in crisis. It's the single largest threat to South Africa's economy...

By Rod Crompton 13 Feb 2019

Accenture to launch local Applied Intelligence Studio for Mining
Accenture to launch local Applied Intelligence Studio for Mining

Accenture has announced plans to launch a new Applied Intelligence Studio for Mining in Johannesburg, South Africa...

6 Feb 2019

Photo: Nautilus Minerals
#BizTrends2019: Taking mining beyond the frontiers

As traditional and known reserves deplete and ore-grades fall, miners will start exploring remote and previously inaccessible locations...

7 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: Renewables are the game-changer in Africa
#BizTrends2019: Renewables are the game-changer in Africa

By 2035, 80% of both total global energy production and consumption will be in developing countries]...

7 Jan 2019

Jade Davenport
#BizTrends2019: Mineral exploration likely to gain traction

South Africa's mining industry crawled to the end of 2018 battered, bruised, and a mere shadow of its former world-dominating self...

By Jade Davenport 7 Jan 2019

Sven Lindström, CEO of Midsummer. Photo: Nyteknik
#BizTrends2019: What to watch out for on the global renewables scene

The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. What developments we can we expect from the solar and renewable energy sectors in 2019?

By Sven Lindström 7 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: Battery market creates the commodities of the future
#BizTrends2019: Battery market creates the commodities of the future

The battery revolution has created a market for metals such as lithium and cobalt, which will see them outperform traditional minerals and set them up as the commodities of the future...

7 Jan 2019

#BestofBiz 2018: Energy & Mining
#BestofBiz 2018: Energy & Mining

Discover the most read content on Bizcommunity's Energy & Mining site over the past year below...

18 Dec 2018

A gold tailings dam under construction in South Africa. Author supplied
South Africa needs to refresh how it manages by-products from mining

To extract minerals from host rocks, mines grind down rock into fine sand. Once the mineral is extracted, most of this fine sand remains as a by-product called tailings...

5 Dec 2018

New digital incubator brings mining into the 21st century
New digital incubator brings mining into the 21st century

Digitalisation in the mining industry goes well beyond the automation of production. It allows for new approaches to business processes and creates real opportunities to merge the digital and physical worlds...

26 Nov 2018

iDredge makes alluvial diamond mining easier
iDredge makes alluvial diamond mining easier

New technology, the iDredge, has produced a whopping 14,1 carats from 1,200kg of alluvial/gravel deposits in the Kasai River of the DRC in the first test run...

14 Nov 2018

Bizcommunity Recruitment in Africa Focus
Bizcommunity Recruitment in Africa Focus

A comprehensive B2B Recruitment Focus from December 2018 to February 2019 will ensure that Bizcommunity is the go-to destination for all the B2B news you'll need to plan your HR and recruitment strategies in 2019...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 23 Oct 2018

The best Biz summer holiday (content) package ever!
The best Biz summer holiday (content) package ever!

Feeling a bit state-capsized, swept along by more waves than a cryptocurrency chart? Here are some life-saving festive content ideas...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 15 Oct 2018

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Why South Africa should look to biomass for clean, water-wise energy

Next time you're strolling through a food market, stocking up on fruit and vegetables, consider this: you're surrounded by unharnessed energy...

By Tirivaviri Augustine Mamvura 11 Oct 2018

How to make computers faster and climate friendly
How to make computers faster and climate friendly

Your smartphone is far more powerful than the NASA computers that put Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the moon in 1969, but it is also an energy hog...

By Seokbum Ko 3 Oct 2018

How we can turn plastic waste into green energy
How we can turn plastic waste into green energy

In the adventure classic Back to the Future, Emmett "Doc" Brown uses energy generated from rubbish to power his DeLorean time machine...

By Anh Phan 2 Oct 2018

Photo: Digital Construction News
How wearables can revolutionise mining safety

There's a surging interest in digital solutions that improve the productivity and safety for mine employees...

By Leon Cosgrove 21 Sep 2018

Lithium batteries offer renewable energy electricity power storage. Shutterstock/Immersion Imagery
Explainer: why lithium ion batteries could be a game changer in Africa

Renewable energy resources - such as wind, water or solar solutions - hold great promise. They could provide energy while overcoming Africa's infrastructural challenges...

20 Sep 2018

Mineral Resources Minister, Gwede Mantashe
Mandela Mining Precinct to boost mining sector

A technology hub has been set up help position the mining sector as a core driver of technological and manufacturing capabilities for the development of the economy...

17 Sep 2018

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