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Energy Solutions

PV solar ideal for mine integration

By: Nadine Ramdass     18th February 2022 As the trend towards decarbonisation gathers momentum, photovoltaic (PV) solar system manufacturer and distributor Valsa Trading, suggests that PV solar as a renewable, low-cost energy source continues to provide the mining industry with the opportunity to reap the benefits of renewable energy in... 

No one-size-fits-all for mine decarbonisation – engineering firm

By: Nadine Ramdass     18th February 2022 Mining operations are energy intensive, with energy representing one of the sector’s biggest operational costs. Fossil fuels remain the primary feedstock, which leaves miners exposed to volatile gas, oil and coal prices. Consequently, an overarching challenge is decarbonisation, explains... 

An image of a vehicle being filled with fuel
FUELING THE FUTURE Miners can create zero-emission mobile equipment through a combination of EVs and alternative fuels

Hybrid solutions can be more affordable – firm

18th February 2022 Globally, mining is well-known as an energy-intensive sector, a situation that is further aggravated by a heavy reliance on fossil fuels, explains consulting firm Economic Development Solutions MD Janine Espin. She elaborates that there is an increasing global urgency to shift toward... 

An image of Economic Development Solutions MD Janine Espin
JANINE ESPIN Adding renewable energy sources and battery storage into the energy mix of mines can reduce reliance on diesel

Company introduces world-first sustainable lithium power solution

27th August 2021 A new power system, developed by automation company Schneider Electric and smart technologies provider Wärtsilä, enables sustainable and otherwise impossible lithium mining in areas without grid access, thereby unlocking global market supply. 

Microgeneration, the future of green stable power

By: Claire O'Reilly     27th August 2021 Amid growing interest in the adoption of hybrid energy solutions and South African mines’ aiming to invest in on-site standalone or microgrid hybrid solutions, engineering services consulting firm WSP suggests that microgeneration and hybrid solutions are the future for local industries and mines.  

Overlapping image of wind power and solar panels to symbolize the hybridization of some micro-grids
TAKING THE POWER BACK African mines are investing in on-site standalone or microgrid hybrid solutions

Multinational oil company promotes EALs growth

By: Claire O'Reilly     27th August 2021 Biodegradable, environmentally acceptable lubricants (EALs) offer companies a solution to balance productivity and environmental protection, with performance levels comparable with those of conventional fluids, says multinational oil and gas company Shell.  

Victor Industrial Equipment

27th August 2021 Victor Industrial Equipment, which has been serving the mining industry for more than 80 years, has been appointed as the South African distributor for light emitting diode (LED) lighting solutions company X-Glo. The LED light strip design used by X-Glo has been developed to be robust in its... 

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Generators necessary despite new legislation

By: Claire O'Reilly     27th August 2021 With load-shedding a reoccurring problem for mines and businesses in Southern Africa, standby power generation company Generator and Plant Hire South Africa (GPHSA) suggests that mines will still need to rent generators for a while, even with the introduction of the new electricity regulations. 

An image of a 500 KVA generator used to power mines during load shedding
500KVA DIESAL GENERATOR Generators deployed on mines as standby power to give uninterrupted power where load shedding is expected.

Waste to power, a double opportunity

By: Claire O'Reilly     27th August 2021 Waste management is not only fundamental to the sustainability and legal compliance of a mine but it also has larger-scale, industry symbiotic economic benefits through enforcing and contributing to a circular economy-based business model.  

‘Green’ trend an opportunity for mining

12th February 2021 Africa’s minerals sector should “seize the opportunities presented by the global transition towards green energy”, experts noted during a virtual webinar on the future of mining in Africa, post-Covid-19. One opportunity lies in growing global demand for lithium, which is used in batteries for... 

LIKING LITHIUM
Lithium holds great potential for Africa's mineral sector and the global energy sector
LIKING LITHIUM Lithium holds great potential for Africa's mineral sector and the global energy sector

juwi Renewable Energies

12th February 2021 juwi Renewable Energies in South Africa is part of the international juwi Group, one of the world’s leading renewable energy companies.  With over 5.1GW of installed capacity and 25 years of experience, we are proud global leaders in the renewable energy sector. We develop solar photovoltaic,... 

juwi Renewable Energies

Company delivers solar mounting structures to mine

12th February 2021 Solar equipment supplier Valsa Trading announced that it supplied its locally designed and manufactured solar photovoltaic (PV) ground mounting structures to a large mine in the Northern Cape in December. The mounting structures are designed and manufactured to provide a “quick-install, secure... 

SOLID START
The mounting structures supplied by Valso allow for a quick and secure installation
SOLID START The mounting structures supplied by Valso allow for a quick and secure installation

Positive progress at ‘mine of the future’

By: Halima Frost     12th February 2021 Global automation company ABB says operators at the Sustainable Underground Mining (SUM) future mine project, have been able to make use of new remote technological systems implemented by the company since September 2020. The SUM project aims to establish a new world standard for sustainable... 

SUM IT UP
The Sustainable Underground Mining future mine project sums up the aspirations of the mining sector in regards to sustainable mining
SUM IT UP The Sustainable Underground Mining future mine project sums up the aspirations of the mining sector in regards to sustainable mining

Generator supplier completing two orders 

By: Halima Frost     12th February 2021 International power generator supplier Cummins has recently commissioned one mining site and is in the process of commissioning a further site where both system monitoring and control philosophies, were upgraded. The mining sites operate and supply 18 MVA and 5 MVA of prime rated generator power... 

GENERATING MOTIVATION
The Motivator mobile generator allows for on site power supply at a mine
Cummins Southern Africa power generation leader Warrick Gibbens discusses the energy solutions Cummins offers to the South African Mining sector.

Company to provide energy storage for local mines

By: Cameron Mackay     28th August 2020 The local mining sector is becoming more open to implementing new technologies in terms of energy solutions, as they can make mining operations more efficient, productive and cost effective, states microgrid and energy solutions provider Hitachi ABB Power Grids MD Malvin Naicker. Hitachi ABB... 

CHANGING STATUS QUO
The company is beginning to interact more with the mining industry to provide flexible, resilient and smart microgrid and energy storage solutions
CHANGING STATUS QUO The company is beginning to interact more with the mining industry to provide flexible, resilient and smart microgrid and energy storage solutions

Leading Transactional Advisor in Captive Energy

By: Yolande Botes     28th August 2020 Cresco is a hands-on financial advisory firm dedicated to helping project ideas become a reality. Cresco’s role in enabling growth is to work with both project promoters and project funders across Africa to achieve their unique financial  and entrepreneurial goals.  Cresco provides pro-active... 

Leading Transactional Advisor in Captive Energy

Higher energy efficiency can save costs for miners

By: Cameron Mackay     28th August 2020 Local energy organisation the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) GM Barry Bredenkamp states that South Africa’s mining sector can continue to explore cost-saving measures through increased energy efficiency. Local miners face many challenges, including rising energy... 

ENERGY EFFICIENCY GAINS
With more environmental pressures being placed on miners, improving energy efficiency is one of the leading drivers to contribute to a reduction in harmful emissions
ENERGY EFFICIENCY GAINS With more environmental pressures being placed on miners, improving energy efficiency is one of the leading drivers to contribute to a reduction in harmful emissions

Logistics company branches out

By: Cameron Mackay     28th August 2020 Local logistics services supplier Mixcorp is including renewable-energy technology suited to the mining industry in the scope of its research and development (R&D) department to add renewables-related logistical services to its offering. Mixcorp special scientific adviser Dr Godfrey Gandawa... 

DR GODFREY GANDAWA
We are in the process of setting up operations in Zambia and the DRC, working with mines that are considering investing in renewable energy technologies
DR GODFREY GANDAWA We are in the process of setting up operations in Zambia and the DRC, working with mines that are considering investing in renewable energy technologies

Mining waste can boost alternative-fuels prospects

By: Cameron Mackay     28th August 2020 Certain wastes in the mining sector present an opportunity to create alternative fuels, which can alleviate the energy supply challenges in the local industry, says waste management solutions provider Interwaste. Repurposing waste for energy purposes can also reduce the reliance on landfills and... 

REFUSE-DERIVED FUEL
RDF is a solid fuel source recovered through the shredding and bailing of certain presorted dry industrial nonrecyclable waste
REFUSE-DERIVED FUEL RDF is a solid fuel source recovered through the shredding and bailing of certain presorted dry industrial nonrecyclable waste

Investing in energy increasingly needs to be on mining agenda

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th August 2020 With the stabilisation of South Africa’s energy crisis still years away, investment will be critical to ensure the country’s heavily energy-dependent mines remain operational and viable. While that investment can be, in some cases, significant, the productivity gains can be massive. 

New focus implies decarbonisation assent

By: Mamaili Mamaila     14th February 2020 In its seventh year, the 2019 Energy and Mines World Congress marked a “historic shift in conversations about energy in mining”, says Energy and Mines director Adrienne Baker. 

NICK HOLLAND 
The Gold Fields CEO and congress keynote speaker committed to reducing emissions by 800 000 t from 2017 to 2020
NICK HOLLAND The Gold Fields CEO and congress keynote speaker committed to reducing emissions by 800 000 t from 2017 to 2020

Mines need energy alternatives

By: Mamaili Mamaila     14th February 2020 Although South African mines are not yet ready to fully adopt renewable energy, they are desperate for a reliable and cost-effective alternative to State-owned power utility Eskom’s monopoly, says energy equipment and solutions provider Vuselela Energy co-founder and director Jacques Malan. 

WINNING STREAK 
In 2015, the Eternity Power Thermal Harvesting energy recovery plant was inducted into the South African Innovation Awards' Hall of Fame
WINNING STREAK In 2015, the Eternity Power Thermal Harvesting energy recovery plant was inducted into the South African Innovation Awards' Hall of Fame

Solar price signifies renewables’ viability

By: Mamaili Mamaila     14th February 2020 Although renewables were perceived as expensive a decade ago, the same cannot be said today, says energy company Abengoa. The sentiment that renewable energy is unreliable and provides power only intermittently – when the sun shines or when the wind blows – has also since changed, says Abengoa... 

DOMINIC JOSÉ GONCALVES 
With solar, you are able to create resilient plans because the sun will be highly predictable over the next 20 to 25 years
DOMINIC JOSÉ GONCALVES With solar, you are able to create resilient plans because the sun will be highly predictable over the next 20 to 25 years

Centenary milestone spurs ‘new dawn’ for genset specialist 

By: Mamaili Mamaila     14th February 2020 Global diesel and alternative fuel engines supplier Cummins celebrated its hundredth year in 2019, which Cummins South Africa application engineer Rodney Naidoo states has resulted in a “new dawn”, as the company embarks on a mission to find alternatives to fossil fuels to supply back-up power. 

Centenary milestone spurs  ‘new dawn’ for genset specialist
Cummins South Africa mining leader George Mahlangu and Cummins South Africa applications engineer Rodney Naidoo discuss the company’s role in the mining sector. Camerawork: Creamer Media’s Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media’s Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 22.02.2020

Integrated approach can ease load-shedding risks

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th February 2020 As South Africa’s industry bears the brunt of devastating power cuts, Zest WEG, the South African subsidiary of Brazilian motor and controls manufacturer WEG, is encouraging mining companies to start adopting integrated, holistic solutions that will reduce energy consumption while diversifying... 

Trafo Power Solutions

24th January 2020 Trafo Power Solutions was established to cater for the growing appetite and scope for the application of dry-type transformers in Africa. These power solutions are suitable across a wide range of industry including mining. The company offers a wide range of cast resin transformers from 160 kVA to... 

Trafo Power Solutions

Australian mine to be powered by renewables

30th August 2019 Sustainable gold miner Gold Fields’ Agnew gold mine, in Western Australia, will become one of Australia’s first mining operations to be predominantly powered by renewable and low-carbon energy. In June Gold Fields and global energy group EDL announced a A$112-million investment in the... 

TRIFECTA
The solution at the Agnew gold mine includes solar, wind and battery power which will maintain the mine
TRIFECTA The solution at the Agnew gold mine includes solar, wind and battery power which will maintain the mine

Company calls for better motor standards

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th August 2019 South Africa should join its peers in adopting a minimum efficiency performance standard (MEPS) for electric motors, says Zest WEG Group rotating machines manager Fanie Steyn. An MEPS is a specification that effectively limits the maximum amount of energy that may be used by a product in... 

Electrical loggers reduce facilities’ energy costs

30th August 2019 One of the most significant costs at processing and industrial facilities is energy, says measurement tool supplier Comtest, local supplier of testing equipment manufacturer Fluke. While many managers view energy as an unavoidable expense, in reality it is a variable cost that can be monitored... 

LOGICAL
The Fluke three-phase energy-loggers are a logical solution to identifying energy waste
LOGICAL The Fluke three-phase energy-loggers are a logical solution to identifying energy waste

Energy efficient pump launched for mines to reduce life-cycle costs

30th August 2019 Submersible motor pump manufacturer Pleuger Industries presented an energy-efficient synchronous motor with permanent magnet drive at this year’s Asia-Pacific’s International Mining Exhibition 2019 (AIMEX) held in Sydney, Australia, last month. The launch is in addition to highlighting the... 

MAGNETIC
The permanent magnet motor is suited to mine de-watering and is considerably more energy efficient
MAGNETIC The permanent magnet motor is suited to mine de-watering and is considerably more energy efficient

Gear units prove successful in mining industry

By: Halima Frost     30th August 2019 Since launching the X.e Series, an upgraded version of its X Series industrial gear drive unit, drive component manufacturer SEW-Eurodrive says the X.e Series has been well-accepted by the local mining industry. The revamped industrial gear units in the X.e Series offer between 15% and 20%... 

TOP GEAR
The revamped gear units have been welcomed into the industry with open arms
TOP GEAR The revamped gear units have been welcomed into the industry with open arms
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