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Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012
Metering and Smart Grids Caribbean is the place for leaders of the metering and smart grids businesses to craft the future strategy of the power industry’s game-changer.
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Sensus Provides AMI Communications Infrastructure for Grand Cayman Utility FlexNet wireless communications system offers higher protection against tropical storms and seamless interoperability with pre-pay billing application for a Caribbean utility
RALEIGH, N.C. (February 21, 2012) – Caribbean Utilities Company, Ltd. (CUC), the public electric utility which serves Grand Cayman, is building a new utility network infrastructure using the Sensus FlexNetTM advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) system for residential and commercial electricity customers.
CUC is implementing the wireless licensed spectrum FlexNet AMI system with only two tower base stations to cover all of Grand Cayman, an area of about 76 square miles. CUC is installing Sensus iCon® A electric meters for residential applications and iCon® APX electric meters for commercial customers with roughly 28,000 endpoints by the project’s completion. In conjunction with the FlexNet AMI installation, CUC has chosen to deploy a pre-pay billing application. Third party vendor Exceleron will partner with Sensus to provide its industry leading Prepaid Account Management System (PAMS), a hosted service sharing a common MultiSpeak interface.
PAMS will exchange data seamlessly with the FlexNet system and CUC’s customer information system (CIS). A phased deployment has begun and the project is expected to be completed by the end of 2013.
“The Sensus FlexNet system offered the right features and capabilities to meet the requirements of our AMI business case,” said Manager Engineering Services at CUC, Sacha Tibbetts. “We were further encouraged by the speed and available bandwidth of the FlexNet network which allows for the layering of future smart grid functionality.”
Mr. Tibbetts explained that CUC made its selection based on two main factors. The minimal infrastructure required by a point-to-multipoint wireless network was essential as it reduces storm damage risks and has a lower overall cost to install and maintain. The second major consideration was the need for a pre-paid billing option that could provide flexibility for part-time residents and visitors to the island as well as full time residents who want greater control over the amount of money they spend on electricity. Exceleron’s PAMS software has been successfully integrated with FlexNet and was made part of the proposal to CUC.
Under a pre-paid plan, customers can buy electricity in any quantity without the need to have a security deposit on account. CUC’s pre-paid customers will receive notification of a low balance (in dollars) through email, text or automated voice messages as reminder for them to top up their balance. They will have the opportunity to track usage and make payments through a dedicated web portal as well as pay by phone, CUC kiosk or office. Based on consumer feedback, and experience in other Caribbean jurisdictions, CUC believes that the pre-paid form of electricity purchase will be very popular and they plan on making it available to as many customers as possible.
Installation of the full AMI system in the Caribbean island territory is expected to be straight forward. As FCC licensed spectrum does not apply in the region, Sensus helped CUC secure and integrate licensed 900 MHz frequencies from the Information Communication Technology Authority (ICTA) which governs spectrum for the Cayman Islands. The FlexNet system will be able to accommodate future applications for distribution automation and demand response.
“CUC is making the leap to smart grid in a very responsible, coordinated manner that will certainly improve service reliability and efficiency across the island,” said Randolph Wheatley, vice president of corporate marketing and communications at Sensus. I think the adaptability of our technology to meet specific needs in that part of the world certainly stood out and made the selection process much easier.”
Sensus is a leading utility infrastructure company offering smart meters, communication systems, software and services for the electric, gas, and water industries. Sensus technology helps utilities drive operational efficiency and customer engagement with applications that include advanced meter reading, data acquisition, demand response, distribution automation, home area networking and outdoor lighting control. Customers worldwide trust the innovation, quality and reliability of Sensus solutions for the intelligent use and conservation of energy and water. Learn more at www.sensus.com.
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Wednesday, February 1st, 2012
WORLD ENERGY COUNCIL HEAD TO DELIVER CLOSING KEYNOTE ADDRESS AT AFRICA ENERGY INDABA
Africa Energy Indaba is pleased to announce that Dr. Christoph Frei, Secretary General of the World Energy Council will be delivering the closing keynote address at the upcoming Africa Energy Indaba scheduled to take place from 21 -23 February 2012 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.
The Africa Energy Indaba is an annual energy conference held in South Africa that brings together – under one roof – Africa’s leading energy experts, government officials, financers and other relevant energy stakeholders to talk on energy projects, challenges and opportunities in Africa.
The World Energy Council formally recognises Africa Energy Indaba as the council’s African Regional Meeting, an event renowned as a leading energy gathering in the region which aims to facilitate interaction between energy leaders to plan the energy future and landscape of the continent.
Dr. Frei commented “Africa shares many of the global concerns of the energy leaders’ community. While there is no single silver bullet solution to respond to the varied nature of Africa’s energy challenges, the Africa Energy Indaba is an important forum to help leaders address the Energy Trilemma.”
This is well aligned with the objectives of the World Energy Council –as the principal impartial energy policy forum promoting an affordable, stable and environmentally sensitive energy system for the greatest benefit of all.
“We are looking forward to welcoming Dr. Frei to this very important event and are pleased to be aligned with such a well-respected global organisation represented by 3000 members from governments, the private sector, NGO’s and other energy stakeholders from over 90 countries , 20 of which are African states,” says Liz Hart, Managing Director of Africa Energy Indaba.
The World EnergyCouncil informs global, regional and national energy strategies by hosting high level events, publishing authoritative studies and working through its extensive member network to facilitate the Energy Leaders’ dialogue.
1 February 2012
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About Africa Energy Indaba 2012
The Africa Energy Indaba takes place from February 21 to 23 2012 at the Sandton Convention Centre, Sandton, Johannesburg. The event brings together stakeholders from the global energy industry and the financial community, including energy providers, engineers, financial service providers, economists, government representatives and media. Visitwww.energyindaba.co.za
About the World Energy Council: www.worldenergy.org
Wednesday, January 18th, 2012
Biogas is probably the best kept secret in the renewable energy industry.
Organic waste is one of the untapped sources of natural energy available today. “It’s a simple solution that can be deployed in as quickly as three days but people don’t know too much about it”, says Jonathan de Magalhães, Managing Director of Ubuntu Energy Solutions. While biogas is used all over the world –India for example has more than 4.5 million digesters–harnessing biogas energy in South Africa is practically unknown. Only a small number of digesters have been built successfully and commissioned to date – a loss to the renewable industry sector in the country since biogas fulfils all of the criteria relating to environmental sustainability, requires a relatively low technological input and is cost effective to implement.
Biogas typically refers to the gas which is produced by the biological breakdown of organic matter. Organic waste, such as dead plant matter, animal manure and kitchen waste, can easily be converted into biogas in a simple biogas digester. Biogas consists mainly of methane (CH4) and carbon dioxide (CO2). Biogas can be used as fuel for cooking, lighting, water heating as well as being able to run biogas generators to produce electricity.
Biogas provides a clean, easily controlled source of renewable energy from available organic waste for a small labour input, replacing firewood or fossil fuels, which are becoming more expensive as demand outweighs the supply.
Additionally, a biogas digester treats the organic waste and prevents it from taking up precious space in our landfills or over-burdened sewerage plants. In South Africa the waste disposed of in landfills produces unwanted landfill gas (Methane CH4) and leachate emissions. Furthermore, there is pressure on the country’s aging sewerage system. According to de Magalhães, generating biogas presents a Win-Win -Win solution because it offers:
Easy disposal and treatment of Organic Waste
- Black Water Treatment: By feeding the black water (sewerage) into the biogas digester, additional organic waste as well as much needed water, will increase the yield of biogas from the digester daily. Additionally, in environments that would normally require a septic tank system, the cost saving of not needing the septic tank can be used to offset the costs of the biogas system.
- Organic waste, such as grass cuttings, animal manure, kitchen waste and almost any other type of similar waste, can be used to generate a usable form of energy.
- As the biogas digester is a closed system, there is no leakage of the organic waste into the surrounding environment. This can significantly reduce, or even eliminate, the need for an Environmental Impact Study.
Reduction of associated Energy Costs
- The biogas generated by the digester system can be used for water heating, space heating, cooking, lighting or running a biogas generator for electricity generation. Or any combination of these.
- By using biogas instead of traditional resources, such as electricity or gas, to provide this functionality, energy costs can be significantly reduced, providing a quick Return on Investment (ROI) for biogas solutions.
Provides further Cost Savings or a Passive Income
- As the process of biogas generation uses the bacteria in the organic waste, the organic slurry found at the end of the process can be easily managed, and all organic smells are contained within the closed digester system. This organic slurry can be used as a natural fertiliser for nearly all agricultural applications, reducing any costs associated with purchasing traditional fertilisers.
- This 100% natural organic fertiliser can also be sold to agricultural farms and nurseries, either in its liquid form or pre-dried and pelletized, providing an additional form of income from the biogas digester.
Biogas digesters are used all over the world, and the technologies have made leaps and strides, especially over the past three years. The first biogas system was installed in India in 1859. South and south-west Brazil are characterised by intensive livestock farming. Rio Grande do Sul, the southernmost Federal state in Brazil, has an abundance of pig farms. The manure produced in large quantities by pig farming is used for biogas production.
According to de Magalhães, generating biogas offers a better Return on Investment (ROI) than solar or wind systems. “It’s easy to install and deploy, and is very low in maintenance, probably only requiring some attention once every 5 to 7 years. For these reasons, biogas digesters would work well in rural villages, farming communities and game lodges,” says de Magalhães.
But even the average family in Johannesburg could use their organic household waste in a biogas system. “As long as you have enough feedstock to put into the biogas system, such as blackwater, grass cuttings, and a reasonable amount of kitchen waste, then you can generate your own biogas. Even with a small system with enough organic feedstock, combine this with some solar panels and an intelligent inverter system, and you could get about 80% off the grid, all things considered.” says deMagalhães.“There is no smell because it is a closed system, and the payback period could easily be under 10 years, which is much shorter than a solar-powered system.”
However, amidst all these advantages, there have been no government initiatives in South Africa to assist those wishing to deploy biogas systems.
To learn more about biogas technology, be sure to attend the annual Africa Energy Indaba being held from February 21 to 23, 2012 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.
16 January 2012
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About the Africa Energy Indaba
The Africa Energy Indaba, adopted by the World Energy Council (WEC) as the African regional event of the WEC, receives global recognition as the foremost event for energy professionals from across the globe and is rapidly gaining momentum as the energy business forum in Africa.
Presented by the South African National Energy Association (SANEA) in association with the World Energy Council, the forum has achieved the highest level of endorsement and support and as such is without doubt the leading energy event in Africa.
About Ubuntu Energy Solutions
Ubuntu Energy Solutions is a specialist South African energy company that integrates different renewable energy and power solutions for our customers, providing them with the right solution for their energy requirements. Contact Jonathan de Magalhães firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.ubuntuenergy.com.
Friday, October 21st, 2011
Energy Intensive Users’ Group (EIUG)
Eskom electricity price path is not sustainable, say biggest users
The Energy Intensive Users’ Group (EIUG) has cautioned that the high and continually rising price of electricity — since the first round of tariff hikes in South Africa — will place consumers and business under great pressure in the next few years.
The EIUG supports the need for a strong and healthy Eskom and recognizes the importance of the power utility to the South African economy. However the EIUG is adamant that there is a pressing need to balance Eskom’s financial health with the affordability of electricity to ensure that consumers do not suffer unduly, and that businesses are able to remain competitive.
As far as the EIUG is concerned, the next scheduled tariff increases will have adverse effects, and far reaching implications for all South Africans. These price increments add additional pressure to Industrial customers to maintain current production levels and further price increases will result in production halts and job losses, which South Africa cannot afford.
South Africa has already seen the effects of rising electricity prices on key business sectors and as a result, the EIUG is undertaking an industry wide impact assessment of the electricity price path. “We have seen a number of refineries and smelters closing down and need to determine how poor the outlook is to ensure South Africa doesn’t shed critically needed jobs”. The EIUG is urging all companies currently concerned about the impact of electricity prices to go to www.eiug.org.za to register to participate in this impact assessment.
Eskom’s results for 2011, released in June, show an expected rise in total revenue by 28.6% on the back of the 24.8% electricity tariff increases last year. But a spokesperson for the EIUG said it was of concern that primary energy costs have increased by 19.8%.The EIUG says this is a significant increase over and above the 17% increase in primary energy seen last year and expects NERSA to conduct an audit to determine the root causes.
In real terms, the average Eskom price this year will be ~50c/kWh. Taking into account that new generation costs about 75c/kWh and adding 30% for transmission and distribution, the electricity price could end up close to a whopping 100c/kWh. Municipal customers will pay more, while Eskom transmission customers will pay less as NERSA has recommended that municipalities charge an extra 15 percent for 2010/11, then 16 percent for each of the next two years.
Taking into account the blending of old and new assets it would be expected that customers should not pay more, and should preferably pay less, than 100c/kWh but Eskom has been allowed to revalue its assets and so the price advantage of blending has been lost.
The EIUG expects the average tariff to settle around 75c to 80c/kWh by 2016, which means that customers can expect another 50% to 60% increase over the next three years. The group, which represents the biggest business energy users in the country, says it should be a priority to hold increases as low as possible, so as to ensure Eskom’s financial sustainability, while ensuring affordability and competitiveness.
The EIUG says Eskom’s results show that the power utility has invested a significant amount of cash in securities, perhaps as a result of borrowing too much cash and having to invest the excess. Clearly, Eskom is not spending as much Capex as expected.
The power utility’s cash position is looking good with interest cover going from 0.83 to 1.54. Ideally, this should be above 2.0 and possibly even 2.5. Debt service cover ratio has gone down slightly from 2.5 to 2, which is acceptable but shouldn’t drop further. The next round of tariff increases will push Eskom’s finances into a very comfortable zone. Regulatory Return on Assets (ROA) is approximately 7.5%, with Eskom and NERSA aiming for 14%. The EIUG says this will increase cash and profitability to unnecessarily high levels and has argued for a ROA target of 11.5% to mitigate the current unsustainable price path.
The debt percentage is around 62%, which is very close to the target of 60%.
Overall, the EIUG says, Eskom’s financial position is looking much better and virtually all financial indicators are improving, but the group cautions that electricity prices must not be “overcooked” or South Africa will suffer.
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Currently the Programme Director for the Energy Intensive Users Group Programme Office. He was part of the Department of Energy’s IRP 2010 technical task team. He is part of the National Medium Term Risk Mitigation Task Team to address the energy crisis in the medium term. He was previously the Programme Director of the National Electricity Response Team (NERT).
About the EIUG
Established in 1999, the Energy Intensive User Group (EIUG) of South Africa is a voluntary, non-profit association of large scale, high intensity energy consumers whose members currently account for approximately 44% of the electrical energy consumed in South Africa. For more info visit www.eiug.org.za
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Thursday, August 25th, 2011
Announcement from the Africa Energy Indaba
The annual Africa Energy Indaba is pleased to announce that CNN International has once again signed on as its official International Broadcast Media Partner for 2012. The partnership, which was first forged in 2011, will once again place Africa’s energy agenda on the global stage.
The association will see CNN International taking a significant presence at the Indaba, and a major awareness-building advertising campaign for the event on CNN across TV and online.
“We are pleased to have formalised this relationship, which will raise awareness of the Africa Energy Indaba in new markets across the globe. Our commercial campaign on CNN provides us with an effective and valuable way to reach fresh audiences, with the ultimate aim of working towards finding solutions to Africa’s energy challenges as well as providing a platform to conduct business in the energy sector.” says Liz Hart, Managing Director of the Africa Energy Indaba.
The Indaba aims to extend its reach through the partnership, highlighting the event as the leading forum for debate on Africa’s energy challenges and solutions. With the central theme of the event, “Unleashing Africa’s Energy Potential” in mind, the event programme aims to formulate actionable ideas and proposals that will benefit the continent’s billion people.
Rani R Raad, SVP & MD, Ad Sales and Business Development, CNN International, said: “How Africa and the world solve the energy challenges we face will impact on us all, and debate is a hugely important part of that process. For that reason we’re delighted to continue our support of the Africa Energy Indaba.”
25 August 2011
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About the Africa Energy Indaba:
Africa Energy Indaba 2012 will be held from the 21 to 23 February 2012, 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.
CNN International advertising sales deliver innovative and creative media solutions that go beyond the norms of standard advertising to deliver results. The team strives to build long-term strategic partnerships with all clients, addressing individual commercial needs and offering turn-key solutions to support client marketing strategies through extensive resources including the Tourism Advertising Solutions & Knowledge Group (TASK), CNN Ad Sales’ in-house creative unit Turner Commercial Productions (TCP) our dedicated PR and Marketing team.
For more information on advertising on CNN International, please e-mail Sales Director Reme Al-Saiegh at email@example.com.
Tuesday, April 19th, 2011
SINGAPORE, 18 April 2011 – There are a total of US$ 632.7 billion worth of business opportunities in the Process Systems, HVACR, Water and Waste Industry with an overzealous demand in developing countries like Indonesia.
According to the recent World Pumps Industry Report, the world fluid handling pump demand is forecast to rise 6.5 percent annually through 2014 to $69 billion. Three-fifths of all new fluid handling pump demand generated will be attributable to the Asia/Pacific region, especially country like Indonesia. Process manufacturers will gain from the fastest growing pump market by an improved outlook for most process manufacturing industries. World demand for HVAC equipment is also projected to rise 5.8% per year through 2012 to reach US$ 83.7 billion with the growth forecast in Asia to rise 6.9% annually.
With this astounding demand for industrial systems and Indonesia’s rapid annual growth rate of 4-6%, it is clearly evident that PS (Process Systems), HVACR Indonesia 2011 and the newly launched Watertech and Wastetech Indonesia 2011, held 17 – 19 November 2011 at Jakarta International Expo (JI Expo), Jakarta, Indonesia serves as a timely platform and a fast track and effective entry for industrial equipment and technology supplier to tap into Indonesia’s vast business opportunities.
This year, the inaugural launch of two concurrent shows-Watertech Indonesia 2011 & Wastetech Indonesia 2011 signifies the expansion of its series of shows into Indonesia’s emerging water and waste markets. The global water market is forecast to experience an above-average growth spurt, with an overall market size estimated at $480 billion in 2010, rising by a rate of 6.2% over the next five years. Indonesia, is similarly facing a fast growing demand for water supply. More companies in Indonesia are urged to install water treatment facilities given the city’s limited supply of clean water. (Source: The Jakarta Post, 3 March 2010). Companies that offer innovative products and solutions along the water value chain will profit from this trend and create long-term and attractive investment opportunities. (Source: NewEnergyWorldNetwork.com, 9 August 2010) End users in Indonesia are becoming more technologically aware and capable of weighing the long-term benefits of advanced water and waste treatment systems. The market is relatively young and therefore, first movers stand to gain considerably.(Source: Frost & Sullivan, Oct 2010) www.psseries.com/indonesia
Ms Theresa Gan, Group Exhibitions Director of IIR Exhibitions said, “With the uniqueness of having all Industrial Systems under one roof, PS (Process Systems), HVACR, Watertech and Wastetech Indonesia 2011 aims to continue its established track record of being the most ideal marketplace for international industrial manufacturers and suppliers to launch new products, reach out to buyers, appoint agents & distributors, build brand awareness and establish business networks in Indonesia’s booming economy.
For more information, please visit: www.psseries.com/indonesia | www.watertechindonesia.co.id | www.wastetechindonesia.co.id | www.hvacrseries.com/indonesia
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About PS (Process Systems), HVACR, Watertech and Wastetech Indonesia 2011:
ABOUT IIR EXHIBITIONS:
IIR Exhibitions is part of Informa Plc, one of the world’s leading international providers of specialist information for the academic and scientific, professional and commercial business communities. Informa is ranked among the FTSE-250 list with a global network of 150 offices in more than 45 countries employing over 9,500 staff around the world. The group produces 12,000 events and training courses, 45,000 book titles, and over 2,000 subscription-based information services including academic journals, magazines, newsletters, real-time information and news services, unparalleled performance improvement solutions, and hundreds of exceptional brands in 80 countries. Informa serves many industry sectors including aviation, agriculture, energy, commodities, education, environment, electrical & electronics, entertainment & leisure, healthcare, industrial.
PS (Process Systems) Indonesia 2011, in its 3rd staging, comprises 4 specialized inter-related exhibitions: Pumps & Systems Indonesia 2011, Valves Indonesia 2011, Compressors & Systems Indonesia 2011 and Fluid Indonesia 2011. The synergistic combination of profiles offers the most dynamic one-stop procurement & sourcing platform for all targeted buyers and industrial end-users.
HVACR Indonesia 2011 is the 2nd international exhibition on Heating & Ventilation, Air-Conditioning, Air-Filtration & Purification and Refrigeration Systems.
Watertech & Wastetech Indonesia 2011 is Indonesia’s international exhibition on Water, Wastewater and Waste Management Systems and Technology.
Sunday, April 10th, 2011
Exploring the Potential Solar Energy Market in China and Upgrading Production Technology
CHANGZHOU, CHINA, 24-25 MARCH 2011 – China is now the world’s largest solar cell manufacturer with an annual output of 4,382 MW and the number is still increasing. The current yearly output of solar cells in Jiangsu Province accounts for 65% of the national output and 25% of global output.
Supported by Changzhou People’s Municipal Government and UNIDO ITPO-CHINA, the 3rd China Solar Energy Technology and Investment Congress organized by the Administrative Committee of Changzhou National High-Tech District and Noppen took place on 24-25 March 2011 in Changzhou. With over 150 attendees the congress brought together senior government officials, leading solar cell manufacturers and equipment suppliers from all over the world to discuss the latest industrial policies, China’s major solar projects progress, and advanced technology solutions and equipment selection.
Meeting between HAN Jiuyun, the Vice Mayor of Changzhou People’s Municipal Government and Dr. Mohan Narayanan, Vice President, Hanwha SolarOne Ltd
On day one morning, before the conference began, a meeting was held with HAN Jiuyun, the Vice Mayor of Changzhou People’s Municipal Government. He made a speech introducing the solar industry in Changzhou which was followed by selected attending delegates one by one introducing their companies. Meeting attendees included XUE Jiannan, Standing Committee, Changzhou National High-Tech District; ZHAO Hao, Director, Photovoltaic Industry Park, Changzhou New District Administration Office; QIU Dimin, Director of Technical Committee, Trina Solar Limited; JIANG Leiyan, Deputy Director, Changzhou National High-Tech District Business Council; and representatives from Hanwha SolarOne Ltd, Krempel Gmbh, TÜV Rheinland Co Ltd, etc. Following the meeting HAN Jiuyun gave a welcome speech opening the session; and DAI Yuan, Secretary of the Party Working Committee of Changzhou National Hi-tech District presented an overview of the solar industry and its investment environment in Changzhou. Currently, Changzhou National Hi-tech District is one of the most competitive development zones in east China. “The event is of high standard and provided rewarding results” Roger Shanghai Co Ltd
Key speakers at the event included Dr. REN Dongming, Director, Center for Renewable Energy Development, Energy Research Institute, NDRC who discussed the implementation of the latest government incentive policies and the development strategy for China’s solar industry. It was a very valued opportunity for our delegates to talk with the NDRC directly. Many questions were asked regarding the future of industrial distribution. Dr. YU Pingrong, Director, Solar Energy Center at Beijing University was Chairman of the conference. In addition to his speech on international industrial chain integration, Dr. Yu gave great remarks on each presentation and asked some challenging questions to aid the delegates in better understand the topics presented. ZHANG Wen, CEO and CTO of Dongfang Electric (Yixing) Magi Solar Power Technology Co Ltd introduced Magi Solar’s cost effective Athena I project. Efficiency levels are above 18.5% in mass production, a number which is leading in the current solar cell manufacturing industry. “Great sessions, very good one-to-one meetings!” Chroma Ate Inc. Notable speakers also included Dr. LUO Xiang National Program Director UNIDO ITPO-CHINA, who talked about issues related to the outsourcing industry chain. Dr. Luo’s presentation analyzed the current China solar industry from an investor’s viewpoint and provided the local investors with some new business model ideas. Currently UNIDO is investing heavily in China’s solar industry. Dr. Luo also presented a case study of the Changzhou Model, concluding that it is the most effective one as it puts emphases on the Brand + Capital + Industry chain. “The event was well organized and the topic areas covered by experts reasonable” State Grid Electric Power Research Institute
Industry leaders introduced their most up-to-date technology and product information. LI Zhanrong, Senior Advisor, Sichuan Xinguang Silicon-Tech Co Ltd compared different ways of producing polysilicon materials focusing on efficiency and raw materials consumption. Mr. Li has over 40 years work experience in semiconductor polysilicon materials’ research and development. Guy Rong, President and CEO, Suntrix Company Limited introduced SCPV technology which is the latest generation of solar PV technology. The SCPV developed by Suntrix is in the mass production stage with efficiency up to 25%. Dr. Ihor Melnyk fromCentrotherm Photovoltaics AG illustrated the latest developments in the crystalline silicon based photovoltaic technology manufacturing process, and from PICOSUN OY, Dr. LI Wei-min discussed atomic layer deposition technology for photovoltaic industrial applications. The new ALD technology can be used in thin-film solar cell manufacturing. Delegates showed great interest in this new technology and asked a lot of questions about the practice during the Q&A session. “Excellent, valuable and very profitable!” CECEP Solar Energy Technology Co Ltd
Prominent speakers also included Christian Dreier, Vice General Manager, TÜV Rheinland (Shanghai) Co Ltd which offers testing services to the solar industry. He discussed long-term outdoor exposure testing in different environments. Dr. Ray Lian of Solarbuzz showcased the latest industry data and forecasted the global PV market trends for 2011; and from Krempel Gmbh, Karlheinz Brust discussed guidelines for the successful selection of material components for PV modules, which can directly affect the performance of solar cells/modules both in efficiency and safety. Speakers also came from Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, Intertek Testing Services Limited, Hanwha SolarOne Ltd, New Energy Institute of DEC, Feng Neng Sgurr (Beijing) Renewable Energy Technology Co Ltd and Jetion Solar (China) Co Ltd.“Professional arrangement, excellent staff and very good translators” Sandvik Thermal Process Inc.
The event concluded on day three with a site tour to Trina Photovoltaic Industrial Park attended by some of Trina Solar’s senior leaders and also a visit to Changzhou National Hi-tech District. Trina currently has the largest vertically integrated PV chain in the world, from the production of ingots, wafers and cells to the assembly of high quality modules. “Thanks to the staff of Noppen. The organization was very good” Krempel Group. Noppen would like to express special thanks to the 3rd China Solar Energy Technology and Investment Congress sponsors; Krempel Group, Honoprof/Picosun, Intertek, Chroma, G-Crystal, Roger Shanghai, TÜV Rheinland, Yukun New Energy, LAND, BIG in our mind, ABB, GCL, Mitsun Chemicals Group, Bender, and Linde for their great contribution to the event. “The content was well-rounded and the event professional, really top notch!” China Power Investment Jiangsu Branch.
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Tuesday, March 29th, 2011
The 3rd annual Nuclear Forum to take place at Emperor’s Palace on May 19 2011, has taken on even greater urgency and importance, as Japan reels in the wake of a nuclear crisis following a devastating earthquake and tsunami.
Governments around the world are re-thinking nuclear plans after Fukushima, including South Africa, where Cabinet recently approved plans to build a second reactor at Koeberg and two new nuclear power stations at Bantamsklip and Thyspunt.
On Sunday night, current affairs television programme Carte Blanche broadcast a segment that raised concerns about the possibility of earthquakes and tsunamis on the Cape coast near Koeberg nuclear power station and the site of one of the proposed new plants. (Milnerton Fault, March 27.)
But nuclear physicist Dr Kelvin Kemm, CEO of Stratek Business Strategy Consultants, says Carte Blanche unfortunately played on public fear and ignorance of nuclear power. “Much was made of stories of seismic ocean waves recorded a century ago, but the fact that Koeberg is designed to withstand earthquakes was glossed over.
Kemm says public perception plays a major role in formulating government policy and that one of the objectives of Nuclear Forum 3 will be to devise ways of educating the public to allay fears. Kemm says another important discussion will look at reducing the capital cost of nuclear power in South Africa, which remains high.
Nuclear Forum 3 takes place in the context of a dramatic growth of energy and electricity consumption globally over the last number of years – a trend that will definitely continue, especially as developing regions like Africa, China and India increase energy consumption to fuel economic growth and alleviate poverty.
South Africa has declared its intention of doubling electricity production in the near future. With world sentiment aimed at curtailing the use of fossil fuels, nuclear energy remains the only clean, reliable source of baseload electricity.
Nuclear Forum 3 will address a number of questions that remain to be resolved as South Africa embarks on a nuclear energy expansion programme, in the wake of the worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl in 1986. For many people in developing nations, the risk of not having access to energy at all, may seem greater than the risk of a nuclear incident.
“The public needs to be accurately informed on nuclear issues, so as to facilitate open and meaningful public participation in energy provision discussion,” says Kemm. “The Fukushima incident underlines the need for a powerful and reasoned approach to the important issue of nuclear power.”
March 29 2011
Issued by: Siyenza Management
On behalf of: Nuclear Forum
Contact: Candice Scorer
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About Siyenza Management
Siyenza Management is a multi-faceted communications company, well established within the South African business community, and well placed to co-ordinate an event of this stature. We are immensely proud of both our South Africa roots and ability to provide services to global standards, in the fields of brand architecture, communication, event management, marketing and publishing. Siyenza, meaning “we do” in Nguni, provides a platform to facilitate the bringing together of people. Renowned as a world-class service provider, with strong networks across South Africa, Africa and the world, Siyenza is highly regarded in the business community and has sound track record of delivery, as one of the top 15 event management companies in Africa.
Thursday, January 13th, 2011
The mainstream media have confirmed what industry insiders have known for some time “ South Africa’s electricity supply is under pressure yet again, and business and consumers face another round of power cuts and further tariff hikes, necessitating the debate on the security of energy supply, a key topic to be addressed at the 2011 Energy Indaba.
An article on the front page of last week’s Business Times (SA dreads the lights going out yet again, Sunday Times, January 9 2011 at http://www.timeslive.co.za/sundaytimes/article838909.ece/SA-dreads-the-lights-going-out-yet-again) warns that mining will be one of the industries worst affected by possible power outages, while businesses that remain unprepared could face closure.
“This year’s Energy Indaba could not be more timeous,” says event MD Liz Hart. “Business urgently needs to explore solutions to the looming crisis as well as long-term solutions to bridging Africa’s energy gap.”
Energy Indaba 2011 takes place from March 1 to 3 at Sandton Convention Centre, combining both a conference and exhibition that will bring together the foremost experts in the world, as well as energy providers in both the traditional and alternative markets.
Eskom cannot prevent load shedding on its own and needs the support of all stakeholders. The Energy Indaba embraces the opportunity to identify and showcase companies and their products from the local, African and international marketplace with potential solutions to these challenges. Coupled to this is the need to understand how to become more energy efficient in today’s modern society, which is very energy reliant. Companies from China will be displaying products and services at the Energy Indaba exhibition which provide some of these answers and can assist in the reduction of energy usage. Africa needs to make energy efficiency a reality on this continent, as the investment required for the development of the energy sector is significant and as such is a challenge for many parts of Africa. Should Africa adopt an approach of becoming more energy efficient, this will reduce the investment required to power rural communities as well as keeping the lights on in other developed regions.
The Energy Indaba provides a platform to further promote energy efficiency in Africa, by increasing public awareness programmes showcasing energy efficienct technologies, exploring innovative financing mechanisms for funding energy efficiency projects and to enhance the message whereby Africans should try and entrench the principle of energy efficiency in their day-to-day activities so that energy efficiency consciousness becomes a way life.
We encourage business to participate at this forum to prepare their own organisations for the uncertainty in South Africa’s energy sector over the next few years, while contributing towards Africa realising its potential to emerge as a global player,â€? says Hart.
To secure your exhibition stand at this prestigious event and/or register as a delegate, please contact Candice Scorer on +27 11 463 9184, fax +27 11 463 8432, visit www.energyindaba.co.za or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 13, 2011
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Issued by: Siyenza Management- Celine de Canha
On behalf of: Energy Indaba
+27 11 463 9184
About Siyenza Management
Siyenza Management is a multi-faceted communications company, well established within the South African business community, and well placed to co-ordinate an event of this stature. We are immensely proud of both our South Africa roots and ability to provide services to global standards, in the fields of brand architecture, communication, event management, marketing and publishing. Siyenza, meaning â€œwe doâ€? in Nguni, provides a platform to facilitate the bringing together of people. Renowned as a world-class service provider, with strong networks across South Africa, Africa and the world, Siyenza is highly regarded in the business community and has sound track record of delivery, as one of the top 15 event management companies in Africa.
Celine de Canha
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: www.viaexpo.com
Via Expo Ltd.