Johannesburg, South Africa, 29 June, 2017 - RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, has announced availability of two new series of high-performance electrolytic capacitors manufactured by Panasonic. Offering excellent characteristics for a wide variety of applications, the V-TC and V-TCU series of aluminium electrolytic capacitors are specialised miniaturised components offering ripple current and high capacitance. The V-TC and V-TCU series are based on the proven V-TP series from Panasonic, but benefit from 1.2 to 1.5 times higher ripple current capabilities at +125°C. In addition, the V-TCU parts also offer 1.2 to 2.2 times larger capacitance values, ranging from 220 up to 680µF, while also downsizing by one aluminium-can size, for example from G to F size or from F to D8. The surface-mount capacitors feature a footprint ranging from 6.3 x 7.7mm up to 10 x 10.2mm, and typical lifetimes of 2000 hours for smaller can sizes and 3000 hours for larger devices. The HL series electric double layer capacitors (EDLC) are radial components that come in a variety of capacitances ranging from 2.5F to 100F. The components are ideal for applications that require large discharge currents including backup power supplies for servers and storage devices, auxiliary power supplies for solar-powered products such as street lighting, and driver-assist applications for actuators in a variety of markets. The HL series capacitors offer low resistance combined with guaranteed long life over a wide temperature range from –40°C to +65°C. They are wound radial-lead devices, which can achieve far greater capacitance compared to aluminium electrolytic capacitors – by a factor of up to 1000 times more. They also deliver superior charge/discharge performance compared with secondary batteries, offering rapid charge and discharge over more than 500,000 cycles, as well as offering exceptional ageing characteristics . . .
Johannesburg, South Africa, 22 June, 2017 - RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, has introduced a new series of AC/DC coil compatible contactors from Schneider Electric. Schneider has upgraded its TeSys D range with the TeSys D Green range that features lower energy consumption and AC/DC coils, meaning every coil can be energised with either AC or DC current. Making it easy for customers to upgrade and gain the improved energy efficiencies, the new range is backward compatible with all current TeSys D accessories and support products and offers consistent low-energy contactors that handle 9 to 80A, and cover control voltages from 24 to 500V AC or DC. Designed to take up less space in machines and electrical cabinets, the range offers a number of advantages. For example, low control current leads to lower energy consumption with a reduced coil power of just 0.5W at 24V DC, making a major contribution to the energy efficiency of a machine. In addition, a special contactor product that handles 40 to 65A and can connect directly to PLC control, as the device can be driven by a common 24V DC / 500mA static output, means that a relay interface is no longer required. Meeting the SEMI F47 standard, the range offers higher resistance to voltage surges and grid disruptions to provider higher uptime. The contactors also offer reduced contact bounce as the devices retain the same high resistance to shock and vibration as the TeSys D range. Other advantages include a constant closing and opening time, regardless of voltage fluctuation, delivering reliable repetitive actuation. Also, when maintenance is required one TeSys D Green can replace many standard contactors. The Schneider Electric TeSys D Green is now available from RS. Further information on plant maintenance solutions available from RS can be found here: http://smarturl.it/plant-maintenance. CLICK HERE to submit your . . .
(Oyster Bay) – In celebration of Global Wind Day today [June 15], Kouga Wind Farm has engaged youngsters in the St Francis Bay community to educate them about the significance of harnessing wind power. South Africa is the largest wind power producer on the continent, generating 1.5 gigawatts of electricity per year and benefiting local communities through job creation and social investment, according to the South African Wind Energy Association (Sawea). In the Eastern Cape, Kouga Wind Farm contributes 80 megawatts, or enough energy to power 50 000 average size homes, to the national grid annually with a forecast socio-economic development (SED) spend of R800 million over its 20-year contract lifespan. As part of its Global Wind Day activities, the wind farm continued with one of its core SED focus areas, that of supporting educational initiatives in its local communities, which have previously included the rebuilding of fire-ravaged Nkqubela Crèche in KwaNomzamo outside Humansdorp last year. To mark the international awareness day, wind farm representatives visited Sea Vista Primary School, which serves an underprivileged community in neighbouring St Francis Bay. Here Kouga Wind Farm Community Liaison Officer Trevor Arosi shared with pupils the importance of wind energy as a renewable and sustainable resource. “It’s incredibly important for us to plant the seed of awareness in young minds. We need to educate the youth on the value of wind energy and to teach them about harnessing the power of this abundant natural resource, which is freely available to use for our daily energy needs,” said Arosi. After the information session, it was the turn of the 36 Grade 7 pupils to harness the power of wind, and their imaginations, in building models of wind-driven objects. The judges awarded category prizes for the best teamwork, best planning and most creativity shown, with an overall winning team chosen that ranked highest in all three. The winning . . .
Southern Africa, May 24, 2017: Leading engineering and construction company SENER, as part of the consortium for the turnkey construction of the 100MW Kathu Solar Park Complex, has been judged as having delivered “The Deal of the Year” at the fourth edition of the African Utility Week Power Awards. The event took place on Wednesday 17 May 2017, in Cape Town, South Africa. SENER was also awarded, ‘’Large Scale Renewable Energy Project,’’ for Bokpoort CSP Power Plant, ACWA Power, South Africa. The African Utility Power Industry Awards is the leading platform to recognize, reward and celebrate the success of Africa’s power and water sectors during 2016/17. SENER is part of the consortium that will be providing the engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning of the power plant at Kathu Solar Park. This is a concentrated solar power (CSP) project that includes the second-generation SENERtrough2® parabolic trough technology, specifically designed and patented by SENER. “We are proud of these awards, which are a testament to the skills that have been brought to the project by the consortiums for both the Kath Solar park and the Bokpoort concentrated solar plant,” says Siyabonga Mbanjwa, Southern Africa Regional MD. “Kathu is equipped with a molten salt heat storage system that allows it to supply thermal power for 4.5 hours, thus extending its operational capacity even after sundown. Kathu will supply enough power to meet the electricity demand of 150,000 homes.’’ Construction on the unit began in May 2016, and it is expected to be completed in the second quarter/half of 2018. During this phase, around 1,200 jobs will be created, approximately 36% of which will be held by locals. In addition to this, the Kathu Solar Park is expected to save six million tons of CO2 over 20 years, and it will foster more local economic development through several project. These include a fund for the local community that will benefit the area around the municipality . . .
Women are making an invaluable contribution to the power and water industries as reflected by the many ladies amongst the winners of the 2017 African Utility Week Industry Awards that were announced at the CTICC in Cape Town last week. Three of the awards, namely Lifetime Achievement, Outstanding Contribution to Power as well as Young Energy Leader Award, were won by women. More than 750 top level power and water professionals attended the fourth edition of the African Utility Week Industry Awards gala dinner which honour pioneering utilities, projects and people in the energy and water industry on the continent. Former South African President Nelson Mandela’s personal assistant, Zelda la Grange, delivered an inspiring guest keynote address with charming anecdotes of working with and for the legendary anti-apartheid activist and politician. The complete list of winners of the African Utility Week Industry Awards: Lifetime achievement award winner: Helen Tarnoy, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Aldwych International Ltd, United Kingdom, an engineering company that has been involved in some of the most successful independent power projects on the African continent. “I first went to Africa in 1998 and I have never left; so I have almost 20 years of working in the independent power sector in Africa,” Helen said in a pre-recorded video acceptance speech. “I won’t say that it wasn’t a struggle in the beginning, it was. There was a lot of education to be done about how private companies could contribute to the economies of the countries in which they were working by providing sustainable power at an affordable price. That is still what we aim to do today. The difference today is that we are seeing more and more people coming into the market.” Helen has been a passionate devotee to the African power market since her first contact with it in the mid-1990s. Her first major success was to lead the recovery and eventual success of the Songas Gas to Power . . .
Johannesburg, South Africa; Power Management Company, Eaton, is this year’s Silver Sponsor for African Utility Week 2017, taking place from 16-18 May 2017 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town, South Africa. Investing in the industry by participating in crucial conversation is a key priority for Eaton and with that view in mind, Eaton will host, The CEO Forum in collaboration with Africa's leading power and water utility executives to discuss Africa’s energy challenges, reliable renewable energy sources and energy storage as a viable solution to providing access to electricity to underserved communities on the continent. “Currently the renewable energy generation capacity of South Africa is roughly 10 percent. We expect this trend to evolve aggressively in the near future, largely due to new technologies entering into the market such as energy storage. This technology will address the concerns in the industry around the reliability of alternative energy sources. Seydou Kane, Managing Director for Africa - Electrical Sector, EMEA. In line with this continued focus, Sumaya Abdool, Head of Marketing for Africa at Eaton, is honoured to present an award to the Most Outstanding Women of the Year in Power or Water at the fourth edition of the Africa Utility Week Industry Awards, taking place on the 17 May 2017. The third dimension to Eaton’s sponsorship agreement for Africa Utility week is a guided site visit on Friday, 19 May 2017 hosted by Marcel Buckner, ESS Business Development Manager for Africa at Eaton. Key customers will be treated to a tour of the Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital in Cape Town to gain practical insights and to experience a first-hand view of Eaton‘s innovative solutions. Eaton has been in Africa since 1927 with offices in South Africa, Kenya, Ethiopia, the Ivory Coast, Morocco, Algeria and Nigeria. With 200k ft².of manufacturing space located in South Africa and Morocco. Eaton offers a broad . . .
Six months of Trump, de-risking renewable energy investments and country project pipelines are just some of the key sessions during the upcoming African Power Finance & Investment Forum that is part of the African Utility Week conference and expo at the CTICC in Cape Town from 16-18 May. Says African Utility Week event director Evan Schiff: “we developed the African Power Finance & Investment Forum in response to a strong demand from investors and project leaders, to provide a unique insider's perspective on the outlook for African energy. The forum will feature expert speakers who will identify the key trends impacting project finance in regional energy markets with updates on and insights into market opportunities, sources of capital, financing instruments and access to project finance.” Some of the leading speakers and sessions at African Power Finance & Investment Forum: African utilities in an upside down world: Dr Jerome Booth, leading expert investor in emerging markets, author of ‘Emerging Markets in an Upside Down World’; Chairman of New Sparta Asset Management; co-founder of Ashmore, UK: “I shall be talking about the failure of finance theory, which has led to massive distortion in risk perceptions and asset allocation globally. This has impeded capital flow to private markets in Africa, to the detriment of both African economies and global savers”. The big three: Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana: Gavin Serkin, Managing Editor, Frontier Funds Consultancy, author of ‘Frontier: Exploring the Top Ten Emerging Markets of Tomorrow’, UK: “When you compare against the UK and US, most of Africa is doing the right thing! It’s all relative. The biggest opportunities occur where there is opportunity to scale access by consumers to services taken for granted by the rest of the world, and in this respect nowhere comes close to Nigeria.” Courting Capital: All investment dollars are not created equal - Subha Nagarajan, Managing Director for Africa, OPIC, . . .
“I believe the energy sector will go through a big transformation that is going to surprise all of us and the energy sector will finally become ‘cool’!,” says Brian G. Williams, Industry Advisory Director, Utilities Industry, SAP EMEA. The global software giant has joined African Utility Week as a gold sponsor at the conference and exhibition that is taking place from 16-18 May in Cape Town. Brian is a featured speaker in the Transmission & Distribution conference track focusing on “Digital Transformation: What impact will the Internet of Things have on utilities?” Says Brian Williams: “the SAP Africa message at African Utility Week will be that organisations need to focus on becoming a relevant digital utility of the future. SAP will focus on how new technology and big data can be used to significantly improve efficiencies and how the performance of utilities Infrastructure can be optimised, to prolong the asset life span, maximise energy production, minimise downtime and reduce maintenance cost.” He adds: “SAP is investing in all Energy & Natural Resource Industries (utilities, oil & gas, mill & mining & chemicals) and in all African regions (South Africa, Sub-Saharan, Lusophone, North Africa, East and West Africa). We have studied the full map of the 53 African countries where we have identified the regions of high, medium and lower opportunities for transformation in each of the four industries. For instance, in utilities we considered that all countries are potentially capable to transform and use the power of digital, to improve their energy value chain, because every country has an electricity, gas or water champion.” More than 4,500 utility companies in 123 countries are innovating with SAP Solutions. Forty-five of the top 50 utility companies in the world run SAP solutions. Award-winning energy platform The 17th annual African Utility Week will gather over 7000 decision makers from more than 80 countries to source the . . .
This year’s African Utility Week Industry Awards in Cape Town on 17 May will have a distinctly feminine feel with an all women cast and a strong line-up of ladies amongst the finalists for the coveted awards for leading energy and water professionals. Former South African President Nelson Mandela’s personal assistant, Zelda la Grange, is this year’s guest speaker at the awards. She currently serves as the Patron for the First for Women Foundation, is non-executive Director of the non-profit organisation Healing Hands and annually acts as a co-ordinator of Bikers for Mandela Day. The MC for the African Utility Week Industry Awards is Claire Mawisa, well-known media personality, broadcaster and Carte Blanche investigative journalist. Women are also well represented amongst the award finalists and this year four ladies grace the shortlist for the Lifetime Achievement Award. Huawei, the well-known global information and telecommunication giant, is the lead sponsor for the African Utility Week Industry Awards. List of finalists The fourth edition of the annual awards will once again honour pioneering utilities, projects and people in the energy and water industry on the continent. To reflect the evolution of the energy and water sectors, the following new categories are included this year: - Small-Scale Sustainable Energy Project (under 5MW) - Innovative Technology of the Year - Deal of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award - Azeb Asnake, Chief Executive Officer, Ethiopian Electric Power, Ethiopia - Barry MacColl, General Manager: Research, Testing & Development, Eskom, South Africa - Dale Robertson, President, Enerscan Consultants Ltd, Canada - Des Muller, Chairman, NIASA Supply Chain Development Sub-Committee, South Africa - H.E. Dr. Elham Mahmood Ahmed Ibrahim, Commissioner for Infrastructure & Energy, African Union Commission, Ethiopia - Fred Kabagambe-Kaliisa, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Energy & Mineral Development, Uganda - . . .
By participating in B2B meetings at the renowned South African international trade fair, SMEs in the water & power utility sector can benefit from EU support. This opportunity will help them expand their businesses abroad. The next Business Beyond Borders business connections event will take place in Cape Town (South Africa) at African Utility Week (AUW), a leading water and power utility trade fair, in May 2017. Business Beyond Borders (BBB) is a European Commission initiative to help EU businesses, in particular Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and Clusters, operate internationally with the ultimate goal of increasing economic growth within and outside Europe. A series of business connections events are being organised to bring together SMEs and representatives from relevant clusters, with potential trading partners from Europe and abroad with the aim of assisting businesses to access new international markets. After a first successful business connections session at the Genera fair, which took place in the beginning of March in Madrid, BBB turns its attention to the biggest trade fair on the African continent. Hosting thousands of visitors each other, AUW is known for a strong representation of EU companies at the event, hosting national pavilions for Denmark, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Belgium and Czech Republic. Welcoming the upcoming BBB event, Commissioner Karmenu Vella said “By helping EU green SMEs operate internationally and by promoting green partnerships in target sectors, this Business Beyond Borders (BBB) business connections event at African Utility Week will help preserve our natural resources, promote clean energy and drive growth through a circular economy.” Thanks to the large network of partners and support entities, a unique package is being made available to businesses across the world in the water and power utility sector wishing to take part in AUW as members of the Business Beyond Borders delegation: . . .