News and updates from the continent

Promises and perils of geo-engineering

Promises and perils of geo-engineering

Aug 18, 2013

Geo-engineering, by definition, is any deliberate large-scale manipulation of the planetary environment to counteract human-caused climate change. As the planet continues to warm, the potential solutions offered by geo-engineering are tempting, and several serious projects are actively being pursued. In the latest edition of the Worldwatch Institute’s...

Global carbon trading markets opening up

Global carbon trading markets opening up

Aug 18, 2013

New carbon trading markets are opening, despite the lack of progress and urgency at the UNFCCC level. Robbie Louw, a director of Promethium Carbon, a carbon advisory firm, says development and cooperation amongst localised carbon initiatives have overtaken the UNFCCC as the primary driver in the race to curb emissions. He believes that a ‘process of reversal’...

Copper powers the winds of change

Copper powers the winds of change

Aug 18, 2013

The rapid growth of renewable energy sources, such as solar, wind, tidal, hydro, biomass and geothermal, has in recent years been a response to the increasing costs of fossil fuels, as well as the negative environmental impacts of their use. The global wind industry has grown enormously as the fundamental drivers for wind power development still hold: there is...

Ceres goes green with solar energy

Ceres goes green with solar energy

Aug 18, 2013

SolarWorld Africa, together with EPC partner African Technical Innovations, has commenced the supply and installation of southern Africa’s largest agricultural rooftop photovoltaic system (1.015MWp) for Ceres Fruit Growers. The 4060 SW250 SolarWorld polycrystalline panels are being installed on four north-facing roofs of Ceres Fruit Growers’ coldrooms. The...

African rooftop project takes off

African rooftop project takes off

Aug 18, 2013

CNPV Solar Power SA, a leading integrated manufacturer of solar photovoltaic products, has confirmed their 1,1MWp supply into the First Largest Rooftop Project on the African Continent. Commercial entities within Namibia have to contend with high energy pricing, to the extent that they frequently supplement the existing grid supply with their own diesel...