Category: Energy

 

Small-Scale Embedded Generation (SSEG) Feed-In Tariff Map

In SA, 10% of all installed solar PV (~60MWp) is in the agricultural sector. The business case for investing in solar PV is strengthened when excess energy produced can be sold to municipalities. The... Read more about 'Small-Scale Embedded Generation (SSEG) Feed-In Tariff Map'...


IRP draft open for comments

The Department of Energy has released the draft Integrated Resource Plan. Renewable energy will be the key focus over the next decade and plans to expand SA's nuclear capabilities are off the table... Read more about 'IRP draft open for comments'...


Electric orchard tractors: Emerging climate-smart business opportunities

This WWF study investigates the business case of using electric tractors in orchards: Electric orchard tractors could replace up to 8 000 small tractors on horticultural farms, to undertake a diverse array of low-energy... Read more about 'Electric orchard tractors: Emerging climate-smart business opportunities'...


Solar thermal: an opportunity for SA's agri-processing sector

Solar thermal technology is not yet a major consideration for agri-processing industries, but it is a growing opportunity in the food and beverage industry in SA. Most of the energy used in agri-processing is... Read more about 'Solar thermal: an opportunity for SA's agri-processing sector'...


Maximising profitability of biogas plants

Read an article by Bizcommunity on the factors influencing the profitability of biogas. Read article here. Read more about 'Maximising profitability of biogas plants'...


Case Study: Reducing Carbon Emissions on Farms with Improved Water Management

Electricity consumption for irrigation is the largest source of farm-level carbon emissions. Therefore, improving water management on farms not only has the potential to save water, but also helps reduce operating costs and... Read more about 'Case Study: Reducing Carbon Emissions on Farms with Improved Water Management '...


Proper water management key to viability of solar-powered irrigation systems

This article by Bizcommunity explores the viability and options available for solar powered irrigation systems (SPIS). It also includes several links to further information, including an online Toolbox on Solar-Powered Irrigation Systems and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). The best... Read more about 'Proper water management key to viability of solar-powered irrigation systems'...


GreenCape Industry Brief: Solar PV for business in the Western Cape

In the Western Cape Province, there has been an exponential increase in the installation of solar PV by the retail, commercial, industrial and agricultural business sectors. Installations are driven by supportive local government policy... Read more about 'GreenCape Industry Brief: Solar PV for business in the Western Cape'...


Ultra-modern fruit drying machine opens export markets for hundreds of Kenyan smallholder farmers

The local Kenyan company, Sweet 'N Dried Enterprise has been able to provide jobs to more than 500 smallholder farmers in Eastern Kenya through the establishment of an automated air drier.  Although the... Read more about 'Ultra-modern fruit drying machine opens export markets for hundreds of Kenyan smallholder farmers'...


The business case for biogas from solid waste in the Western Cape

The business case for biogas from solid waste in the Western Cape report showcases 5 of the 21 biogas projects currently in existence or being planned. General requirements for success was identified:  Guarantee... Read more about 'The business case for biogas from solid waste in the Western Cape '...


BIOGAS TRAINING, Cape Town, South Africa

The IBBK (Germany) is hosting a 3 day seminar BIOGAS#TRAINING in Cape Town, South Africa from 11-13 December 2017.  The  3 day training seminar focuses on the biogas market in Africa with attention to the local characteristics... Read more about ' BIOGAS TRAINING, Cape Town, South Africa'...


Seven ways wine farms can protect SA's natural resources

Cavalli wine estate has implemented a number of activities to protect the natural resources of the land including water conservation, energy efficiency measures and waste management. Read more here.   Read more about 'Seven ways wine farms can protect SA's natural resources'...


Biorefining: a value-adding opportunity for SA agriculture

Farmers could generate additional income from introducing biorefining into their value chains, and sustainably produce new products for consumers. Read article Read more about 'Biorefining: a value-adding opportunity for SA agriculture'...


Call for Applications: Call for Energy Entrepreneurs

  *Enterprise Development Programme in association with the City of Cape Town* SAREBI supports viable energy entrepreneurs who trade in the Renewable and Energy Efficiency sector. We turn energy entrepreneurs into better business people by offering business... Read more about 'Call for Applications: Call for Energy Entrepreneurs'...


SAPVIA launches PV GreenCard

The motivation for the initiative is to secure PV installations for South Africa and to supply a database of reliable installers. It has three key focus areas: A database of installers Training... Read more about 'SAPVIA launches PV GreenCard'...


Solar panels lower cooling costs

In 2013 Ceres Fruit Growers installed a solar system which has resulted in savings of up to R1.3 million a year. The company installed solar as a means to reduce dependence on the... Read more about 'Solar panels lower cooling costs'...


Turning pig waste into energy

Zandam cheese and piggery, in partnership with the green energy company, Ibert, recently established a biogas plant to convert waste from piggery into electricity and heat. Read article Read more about 'Turning pig waste into energy'...


Ceres grower imports, cultivates Witlof roots to increase supply

The growth of Witlof happens in two stages. As a result of poor soils, impacting on the growth potential of Witlof in stage 1, Bronaar Farms have transitioned to importing of frozen roots... Read more about 'Ceres grower imports, cultivates Witlof roots to increase supply'...


Aljazeera documentary/ dokumentêr

Here is an Aljazeera documentry looking at the current drought situation in the Western Cape, the agriculture sector and how Fruitlook and research in plant resilience plays a role.   Hier is 'n Aljazeera dokumentêr... Read more about 'Aljazeera documentary/ dokumentêr '...


Sunshine power for Graham Beck Wines

At the end of 2016 Graham Beck installed 1200 solar photovoltaic (PV) panels at the Madeba Estate in Robertson. The high solar irradiation experienced in the region together with the correct positioning of... Read more about 'Sunshine power for Graham Beck Wines'...


Robust pump delivers water on dry days

Franklin Electric has developed a high-output solar-powered pumping system called the Fhoton SolarPAK. It is unique in its use of standard borehole equipment while backed up by industry logistics and support. The investment payback period is said to be around 12... Read more about 'Robust pump delivers water on dry days'...


High-level support for innovative agrosolar greenhouse concept

The SUNfarming Food & Energy project which is undertaken by the North-West University (NWU) has received support from Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries for promoting the growing of affordable and nutritious food in municipalities. The project effectively deals with the issue of climate... Read more about 'High-level support for innovative agrosolar greenhouse concept'...


Sustainability underscores new branding for Sun World

Sun World, a California based table grape grower and marketer will start publishing sustainability reports in response to research looking at consumer demand and factors influencing their purchase. Read more about their activities and... Read more about 'Sustainability underscores new branding for Sun World'...


New packhouse technology increasing productivity at Two-a-Day

Two-a-Day has invested in a new packing facility which allows them to better manage the increasing volume of fruit from growers whilst reducing water use by more than 60% compared to other sorting facilities.... Read more about 'New packhouse technology increasing productivity at Two-a-Day'...


Reliance receives go-ahead for R250m Waste to Energy project

Changing waste to energy and rebuilding depleted agricultural soils to high humus soils. Corona Farm in the Paarl region has been given the go-ahead to turn organic waste into energy through the development of a... Read more about 'Reliance receives go-ahead for R250m Waste to Energy project'...


Ceres Fruit Growers environmental practices bearing fruit

Ceres Fruit Growers sees the environmental and financial benefit of implementing best environmental practices. Investing in solar powered energy has enabled Ceres Fruit Growers to save nearly R5 million. Read more about Ceres Fruit... Read more about 'Ceres Fruit Growers environmental practices bearing fruit'...


Is hydroponics the answer to global food challenges?

Hydroponic and greenhouse technology is a technique of intensive plant production using minimal water, energy and land. Tomato yield comparison: Hydroponics technology produce more than 1 000t/ha VS South Africa’s average tomato yield of about 56t/ha Lettuce... Read more about 'Is hydroponics the answer to global food challenges?'...


Lite-C sensors allow for reduction in electricity bills

Energy efficiency solutions provider Magnet Energy has developed, designed and manufactured the Lite-C wireless lighting control system, which allows for a reduction in electricity bills of up to 43%. Read more Read more about 'Lite-C sensors allow for reduction in electricity bills'...


Stellies farm workers turn carbon credits into cash

Is regenerative farming only good for the environment or does it make good business sense as well? Twenty-seven employees of the Spier wine estate have, through a climate change mitigation initiative, shared R102... Read more about 'Stellies farm workers turn carbon credits into cash'...


Research ongoing to further develop biogas in South Africa

Based on a research report titled ‘Biogas Technology Matrix’ conducted by German solutions provider Giz and the South African-German Energy Programme in July, specific approaches with a high relevance for the South African market and its special conditions have been considered. The report indicates... Read more about 'Research ongoing to further develop biogas in South Africa'...


Solar Milk Cooling with Insulated Milk Cans

In many countries milk is exclusively being produced by small and medium sized dairy farms. The milk is in many cases stored on farms and transported to collection facilities without cooling. Due to... Read more about 'Solar Milk Cooling with Insulated Milk Cans '...


Farming off the grid

Farmer's Weekly visited Bushmanland's commercial livestock farmers, who rely on the sun and wind for their power. Businesses, including farmers, have seen their profits squeezed ever more tightly by escalating electricity costs, and energy efficiency... Read more about 'Farming off the grid'...


Hydro-electricity as a energy alternative in agriculture?

Read a case study about a farmer north of Tulbagh, making use of hydro-electricity for his farming operations and by doing so drastically cut his energy expenditure.  Read case study Read more about 'Hydro-electricity as a energy alternative in agriculture?'...


Solar energy for aquaculture

Read more about the use of solar energy in aquaculture in an article by Farmer's Weekly. Read article Read more about 'Solar energy for aquaculture'...


Solar power to energise KZN agriculture

An article by Farmer's Weekly talk about developing farmers in northern KZN’s uMkhanyakude District Municipality that will soon be harnessing solar energy to boost their agricultural production. Read article Read more about 'Solar power to energise KZN agriculture'...


Analysis of Licensing and Permitting Processes for Biogas Development in South Africa

Cape Environmental Assessment Practitioners (Cape EAPrac) has been appointed by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) to provide an analysis of the licensing and permitting processes required for biogas development in South Africa. In doing... Read more about 'Analysis of Licensing and Permitting Processes for Biogas Development in South Africa'...


Interest high in solar PV

There was palpable interest in the alternative and solar PV project presentations at the recent Agri SA commodities conference in Somerset West. A number of benefits presented by alternative energy forms has farmers... Read more about 'Interest high in solar PV'...


Invasive plant biomass for energy?

Invasive species are a fire risk and compete with agriculture for land and water resources. A study funded by the Department of Environmental Affairs aims to see how much invasive alien plant biomass... Read more about 'Invasive plant biomass for energy?'...


Boere moet planne maak vir hernubare energie

Netwerk24 skryf in 'n artikel dat boere planne moet maak vir hernubare energie. Lees artikel. Read more about 'Boere moet planne maak vir hernubare energie'...


SAIREC 2015: Biomass & Biogas in South Africa

The upcoming SAIREC conference is focusing on biomass & biogas on Sunday the 4th of October. Read full articles by following the links: Biomass & Biogas Read more about 'SAIREC 2015: Biomass & Biogas in South Africa'...


Cape biogas power plant breaches 1.5 GWh milestone, but far more possible

Great news for the agriculture sector with a new biogas plant fully operational. Read the full article on Engineering News here. Read more about 'Cape biogas power plant breaches 1.5 GWh milestone, but far more possible'...