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Rebecca Campbell

Rebecca Campbell

Rebecca Campbell is Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

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Just energy transition good for South Africa but coal sector has to be involved

3rd February 2023 A Just Energy Transition (JET) was in the interests of South Africa, the World Bank has concluded. So reported World Bank senior energy economist Mariano Salto in a panel discussion at the Southern African Coal Conference, in Cape Town, on Friday. Renewable energy was the least-cost energy option... 

Serious challenges face the South African junior coal mining sector

3rd February 2023 The major problems facing the junior and emerging coal mining sector in South Africa were finance, a dysfunctional regulator and logistical difficulties. These were highlighted in a panel discussion at the Southern African Coal Conference, in Cape Town, on Friday. Minerals Council Junior and... 

Hydrogen-fuelled genset successfully tested

3rd February 2023 UK-based global major power and propulsion systems group Rolls-Royce has announced that its Germany-based Power Systems business unit has successfully tested an mtu-brand generator set (genset) using 100% hydrogen fuel. The genset was a “further developed” mtu Series 4000 L64 12-cylinder gas... 

SA’s MeerKAT radio telescope team awarded prestigious international award

3rd February 2023 South Africa’s MeerKAT radio telescope array team has been awarded the Royal Astronomical Society’s (RAS’) prestigious Group Achievement Award for 2023. The award was made, in the words of the RAS citation, “for a series of spectacular observations in radio astronomy, the highlight being the... 

South Africa’s overall gross R&D spending not reduced because of Covid-19, reports HSRC

3rd February 2023 The Covid-19 pandemic had no discernible impact on overall research and development (R&D) activity in South Africa, the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) has found. The HSRC has released its latest National Survey of Research and Experimental Development, conducted by its Centre for Science,... 

International JV to develop control technologies for next-generation aeroengine

27th January 2023 International joint venture (JV) FADEC Alliance has been chosen to design and develop the electronic control system for the CFM International RISE demonstrator engine programme. FADEC Alliance is a JV between US-based global major aeroengine company GE Aerospace and FADEC International. RISE is... 

Young adults’ expectations transforming air travel industry

20th January 2023 So-called ‘Gen Z’ and ‘millenial’ travellers are driving a digital transformation of the transport industry in general and air transport in particular, multinational air transport information technology (IT) company SITA reports. The company released its Meet the Megtrends report on Wednesday,... 

Sustainable aviation fuel production surging, but incentives still needed – IATA

20th January 2023 The International Air Transport Association (IATA), which is the representative body of the global airline industry, has estimated that the worldwide production of Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) this year would be 200% higher than it was last year. While, in 2021, total global SAF production... 

MeerKAT radio telescope to play role in searching for alien civilisations

20th January 2023 South Africa’s MeerKAT radio telescope array is now involved in an international programme that is searching for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI). The announcement was made last week. MeerKAT will be looking for what are called ‘technosignatures’, that is, indicators of technology, which... 

Necsa’s new reactor project only one of several being developed across Africa

16th December 2022 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation’s (Necsa’s) project to build a multipurpose reactor (MPR) to replace its current SAFARI-1 research reactor was only one out of eight or nine such MPR or new research reactor projects and proposals currently under consideration across Africa. This was... 

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