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The interest of South East Europe in Green Energy, Waste Management & Recycling is growing up

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

The South-East European Congress on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and the Eco Forum for Waste Management & Recycling  Save the Planet are great opportunities for the leading players in the sectors to bring modern technologies, products and services to the Region, to find new partners and clients. The events organized by Via Expo will be held in Sofia, Bulgaria, in the period 13-15 April 2011.

EE & Renewable Financing, Energy Efficiency and Decentralized Energy, RES Electricity, Smart Grid Platform, Waste management and Recycling are the topics to be discussed at the three-day forums. For the fist time there will be held “Solar Business Forum for Balkans”. It will show the opportunities for investment and production of photovoltaic devices and plants in the region of South-East Europe.

Special accent will be put on the Waste-to-Energy session with 15 speakers from 10 countries: Germany, Austria, Romania, Slovenia, Japan, Canada, USA, UK, Serbia and Switzerland.

The presentaton of Barbel Birnstengel, Prognos AG, Germany, will focus on the potential of the waste it has a high material or energy value and thus could contribute to resource, environment and climate protection. How to produce useful fuels and electricity from biomass and waste resources? These questions will answer Kunio Yoshikawa from Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan, which is developing and commercializing total technologies to convert unutilized resources such as solid wastes and biomass into high value added energy resources.

John P. Foden president of Canadian Energy-from-Waste Coalition will speak how to get approved of w2e projects, how to manage and communicate with local communities and interest groups.

The parallel exhibitions will display state-of the-art products, solutions and services in the fields of renewable energy sources, energy efficiency, waste management and recycling.

About 4 months before the events 2/3 of the area is already booked for Spanish National Participation and group participation from Austria, China, Finland, Poland, Slovenia, and the USA.
Among the exhibitors are well known names: Enercon, Global Wind Power, Fronius, Hyundai, voestalpine Krems, Phono Technologies Switzerland, Franki Grundbau, Eurosol, Siemens, Solea, PowerWind and many others.

For more info:

Vesela Nikolova
Via Expo Ltd.

Energy Indaba 2011: Small Scale Solutions offer Hope for Africa

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Africa needs to look for home-grown solutions to the challenges of energy poverty, rather than relying on conventional models that respond to conditions in developed countries. So says Brian Statham, the Chairman of the South African National Energy Association (SANEA) and Chairman of the Energy Access Partnership (EAP).

Millions of Africans are trapped in a situation of energy poverty, with only about 5% of rural Africans having access to some form of commercial energy. But while large-scale energy infrastructure development is often regarded as the ideal model, connecting millions of rural and urban poor consumers to the main electricity grids that power Africa’s major cities and industries is unrealistic in the short to medium term.

The EAP was launched at this year’s Africa World Economic Forum, to define a successful model for addressing chronic energy poverty in developing countries. Together with SANEA, the partnership is piloting various power supply models in rural communities in South Africa and Lesotho.

The rural population especially is sparsely distributed with large distances between villages. This requires long transmission lines or pipelines with relatively small energy markets at the end of the line, which is generally not a viable investment.

“We need to look seriously at distributed generation to solve this problem,” says Statham. “Wind and solar power options, perhaps with some LPG or micro-hydro back-up, could provide elegant solutions for rural applications. Power for telecommunication and television will immediately help with distance education and commercial communication, as well as basic health services.”

Statham says the equipment for such a distributed generation scheme must be easy to install, operate and maintain, so that the local community is able to take ownership, taking into account the skills, spare parts and other goods and services available in remote areas.

He acknowledges that it will be a challenge to change mind-sets, so that communities accept small-scale solutions and so that manufacturers and finance institutions see the value in providing them. “Bigger has always been better in the field of energy provision, so this will involve a paradigm shift towards downsizing the technology and funding, instead of upscaling them.”

This presents engineers and financial institutions with a unique creative challenge – to find energy solutions that are appropriate to remote rural applications, requiring downscaled technology, restructured financing and public-private partnerships to provide for subsidisation of the infrastructure component, while the users pay for services, usage and maintenance.

“This has the potential to literally give millions of people the “power” to change their lives, and could ensure opportunities for social, economic and environmental sustainability on an unprecedented scale,” says Statham.

He says that the model could also help address the need for regional rather than national solutions to energy poverty, incorporating South Africa’s SADC neighbors.

We have had tremendous support from the relevant Governments, which are willing to create enabling policy and regulatory environments, and expect to roll out the project pipeline to several other countries in time,” he says.


About the Energy Indaba: Energy Indaba 2011 will be held from the 1 to 3 March, at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa.  The conference continues to grow and has become the foremost forum for debating Africa’s energy solutions and focuses on: African power suppliers; alternative and renewable energies; oil and gas; the legal and regulatory framework, and investment opportunities in African energy projects. The exhibition has become a significant market-place for African and international stakeholders doing business in Africa’s energy sector.


Press Release prepared by:

Siyenza Management(Pty) Ltd

Lunice Johnston

011 463 9184


Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Gulf Water Week 2010 looks for affordable and sustainable measures

Kuala Lumpur, 4 February 2010 – Water scarcity underscores the need for better water resources and management.

While there has been short supply, demand for water is growing throughout the planet with GCC countries named as the most affected region. It is undeniably the result of population increase and other social factors such as rapid urbanization and wasteful consumption patterns.

Led by the thirst and desperation, policy makers and experts are always on the lookout for solutions and alternatives. Debates and discussions continue. As part of corporate commitment to the world’s society, JFPS Group Malaysia will bring together industry experts from all over to Dubai for Gulf Water Week 2010.

The 3-days event taking place from 24-26 May 2010 is designed in such a way to give attending delegates the benefits of a comprehensive discussion on issues of water conservation and integrated water resource management, wastewater treatment and reuse, as well as water distribution and loss management. All these will be delivered through practical case studies and interactive forums.

Expect more than 100 C-level delegates from water-related industries; i.e.; water utilities and water supply companies, water ministries and authorities, environmental ministries and agencies, as well as municipalities.

Key speakers for the event include Dr. Ahmed Ali Murad, Head of Geology of UAE University; Tim Waldron, Chief Executive Officer of Wide Bay Water Corporation, Australia; Abdul Ghani Khalaf, Director of Water Distribution, Electricity & Water Authority, Bahrain; Colin Hannan, Director of Water Services, Regulations & Supervision Bureau of Abu Dhabi, UAE; Dr. Mohamed Raouf, Program Manager – Environment, Gulf Research Centre, UAE; Dr. Nurul Akhand, Irrigation Specialist of International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA), UAE; and Kevin Samson, Manager-Wastewater of City of Cape Town, South Africa.

Sponsorship and delegate registration is now open at To learn more about Gulf Water Week 2010, please contact +603 2600 6000 or alternatively email your enquiries to

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Jabulani Eco homes breaks ground for low cost green homes in SA

Monday, November 30th, 2009

eco homesFor millions of low-income earners in South Africa, a place they can call home remains an unattainable dream. Jabulani Emvelo Eco Projects is aiming to address this with its vision to develop affordable and energy efficient homes.

We develop homes that people from all walks of life can live in with dignity and pride. Our homes consider residents and their well-being while also taking energy efficient seriously, explains Nico Venter. We therefore believe that the human settlement challenge should not be tackled by government alone but by all stakeholders who view access to a quality and affordable home as a basic human right. We are hopeful that our solution will reduce the housing backlog that is currently estimated to be around 2.2 million units.

The company launched its Jabulani Eco Home to government, stakeholders and interested parties at Jabulani Butterfly Garden in Midvaal, Gauteng on November 30, 2009.

Each of the low-priced 2-3 bedroom home covers a spatial area of 54 m2 and comprises of a kitchen, a lounge and a bathroom with a shower and toilet. These houses are energy independent, energy efficient and has a low carbon footprint, says Pancho Ndebele. The Jabulani Eco Home features:

  • * Independent solar electricity
    * Solar water heating
    * Gas for cooking – there is the potential to incorporate a food waste to biogas system to generate additional gas
    * Lightweight energy efficient aggregates for walling and insulation
    * Greywater recycling for growing vegetables
    * Insulated ceiling
    * Water efficient devices that will also incorporate independent water solutions in the future
  • Each home will be manufactured at the company’s factory before being delivered to the building site for assembly. Ndebele explains that once the foundations have been laid, it will take a day to assemble up to six homes. Additionally, due to its modular design, the homes will enable owners to upgrade and extend their homes as their financial circumstances improve.

    This initiative will speed the delivery of green affordable homes. It also has the potential to contribute to the government’s Breaking New Ground housing settlements programme for urban, peri-urban and rural communities, as well as creating new green collar jobs in the construction and housing sector says Venter.