Energy and enviro Handbook 2012

Energy efficiency is a concept that has challenged humanity for centuries. This handbook comprises the writing of some wonderful authorities and thinkers - challenging us to accept that we need to change and we need to do what we do better.

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Perspective from WWF South Africa

In most market analyses, the shift to the most rational use of energy is not perceived as an opportunity, but rather as sub-optimal to economic efficiency, or at least to desired return on investment.
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Improved planning of photovoltaic power plants

Software that facilitates the planning of more tailored and economical photovoltaic power plants has been developed.
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Third generation photovoltaics and their projections for growth

The market for third generation photovoltaics is expected to reach a few hundred million dollars by 2020.
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What is CSP?

The fact that Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) is a new and expensive technology has made the South African government wary of allocating it too big a piece of the pie – but there is a strong chance that more MW will be allocated to CSP in the coming year
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Nuclear power for Africa

Africa desperately needs a huge increase in electricity generation. But from what energy sources?
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Industrial solar power revolution

We are on the brink of a solar power revolution that will transform the way in which we use energy.
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Oil - an asset, not a consumable

Treating oil as a well maintained, effectively managed asset will ensure long lubricant life - reducing disposal costs and contamination threats.
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Emissions monitoring on plants

Emissions monitoring ensures an energy efficient combustion process which results in fuel and cost savings as well as a reduction in harmful emission.
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Combustion optimisation

Combustion optimisation of South African coals, their unique properties and their role in the optimisation process.
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Effective cleaning - key to boiler efficiency

Effective cleaning technologies for heat exchanger surfaces within the boiler are crucial for maintaining the original design boiler efficiency.
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Energy efficiency - opportunities in food and beverage

Food industry operations provide many opportunities for saving energy.
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Thermal storage offers efficient cooling solutions for commercial facilities

Storing cooling energy – termed ‘thermal storage’ - has been implemented successfully in a small number of facilities around the world.
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Economic risk assessment drives today's standby power system decisions

Business-model thinking must be applied to the process of specifying standby power systems.
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Electrical insulation, clean energy and enviroficiency

Nanodielectric insulation technology is the solution for insulation quality improvement in electrical equipment.
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Saving energy in electrical distribution networks

Incorporating cast resin transformers into the design of electrical distribution networks will reduce energy losses and installation costs.
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Plasma technology in South Africa

Plasma technology offers several specific advantages when compared with conventional technologies - and many proven applications have been demonstrated for plasma technology in South Africa.
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Correct application of VSDs and motors

It is essential to understand the negative aspects of using VSDs to maximise their energy saving potential.
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Practical motor efficiency assessment and improvement

Understand and evaluate the conclusions and recommendations with which you are presented to improve overall system efficiency.
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Reduce energy consumption on irrigation systems

Do you have motors that are oversized to cope with a maximum demand that rarely or never occurs?
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Save energy with tailored solutions

An energy saving calculator is available to companies wanting an overview of potential energy savings in their facilities.
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Diversity of Ethernet

Planning, design and implementation of an Ethernet network should be undertaken by someone who has a working knowledge of Ethernet in order to optimally meet specified requirements.
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Benchmarking of energy use in buildings in South Africa

The National Energy Barometer Survey is an effective benchmarking tool which assists companies in their commitment to play an active role in securing South Africa’s energy future.
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Green Building Automation - ideas from World Cup 2010

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and engineering design principles combat sustainability challenges in main South African venues for Soccer 2010.
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Discover the full potential of your building

An intelligent building control system enables optimal, energy efficient interaction of the subsystems within the building, which is almost impossible with conventional technology.
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Energy management, measurement and verification

Complying with energy standards will ensure that energy savings projects are integrated into holistic energy management programmes - resulting in continuous energy savings.
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Metering: Basis for energy management

How much energy is your site using? Where is the energy consumed? Who and what is influencing the energy use?
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Measure to manage

Energy savings can be fairly easily achieved in most food and beverage processes, but often users are looking in the wrong places to make the savings.
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Banks - enablers of environmental sustainability

Banks will become drivers of the green economy only when they experience the full financial and intellectual investment of environmental sustainability.
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Technologies to optimise industrial plant and process

Emerging technologies will reduce the power requirement of plant and process.
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Energy and sustainability - is there hope?

This sustainable energy debate ... is it just a storm in the global teacup?
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