SAIMC


SAIMC: Johannesburg branch

May 2017 SAIMC

The last Johannesburg branch Technology Evening was hosted by WIKA Instruments, where Chris Yelland from EE Publishers presented on the challenges and the changing landscape of electricity generation and demand in South Africa. The presentation analysed old and new technology options available to South Africa as we move from an era of shortage of electricity to a surplus.

Mike Banda (right) thanks Chris Yelland after the presentation.
Mike Banda (right) thanks Chris Yelland after the presentation.

Chris explored the technical challenges, from distributed generation to real-time digital measurements, data communication, automation and control. Also, the uncertain future outlook in lieu of forecasting future electricity demands and disruptive technologies gaining popularity due to price reduction in solar (PV, CSP) and wind, energy storage, electric vehicles and smart grids, among others.

Moving forward, South Africa needs new ways of doing things:

• Maximising solar PV and wind energy.

• Investing in flexible generation (gas) and energy storage.

• Investing in smart grid for distribution.

• Retiring old and expensive coal fired power plants.

• Carefully analysing the planned nuclear investment.

The old way of doing things, which Chris calls ‘baseloadism’, is being challenged by price tipping of newer renewable energy technologies, which introduces flexibility as well as a brave new world of power generation.

The branch thanks Chris for his informative presentation that was well attended and received.



Credit(s)



Share this article:
Share via emailShare via LinkedInPrint this page

Further reading:

SAIMC: From the office of the CEO
November 2020, SAIMC , SAIMC
The new mechatronics qualification    For the last few weeks there has been a team working on the new Mechatronics Discipline Specific Training Guidelines (DSTG). The team consisted of:    • Henry Heymans ...

Read more...
SAIMC: Vaal branch
November 2020, SAIMC , SAIMC
At the last technology evening, Ralph White from ifm electronic presented on the topic of vibration monitoring and how it provides the ability to detect changes in machine health. Once a machine’s condition ...

Read more...
SAIMC: Johannesburg branch
November 2020, SAIMC , SAIMC
The technical evening of 14 October was once again presented via Microsoft Teams. How do we approach HMI and camera solutions in Ex environments? This was explained by Diogo Fidalgo from Stahl. Most ...

Read more...
SAIMC: From the office of the CEO
October 2020, SAIMC , SAIMC
Explaining the Skills Development Trust Fund For the benefit of members, the SAIMC plans host a one-hour presentation to explain the Skills Development Trust Fund. This presentation will be repeated ...

Read more...
SAIMC: Vaal branch
October 2020, SAIMC , SAIMC
As South Africa celebrated Women’s Month in August, the Vaal branch and Proconics decided to celebrate women in engineering with a technical evening highlighting the importance of a diverse team for solving ...

Read more...
SAIMC: Johannesburg branch
October 2020, SAIMC , SAIMC
September Virtual Meeting    The September virtual technology evening was hosted by Turck Banner, and presented by newly appointed sales director, Kenneth McPherson.       Kenneth is enthusiastic about ...

Read more...
SAIMC: Durban branch
October 2020, SAIMC , SAIMC
Paul Sikhakhane was the presenter at the last Durban branch virtual technology meeting and the subject was ‘Living on the edge’. The meeting was well attended, with lots of interaction and questions afterwards ...

Read more...
Vaal branch
September 2020, SAIMC , SAIMC
As South Africa celebrated Women’s Month in August, the Vaal branch and Proconics decided to celebrate women in engineering with a technical evening highlighting the importance of a diverse team for solving ...

Read more...
SAIMC to host webinar during Electra Mining Africa 2020 Connect week
August 2020, SAIMC , News
As part of Electra Mining Africa 2020 Connect week (7-11 September), the Society for Automation, Instrumentation, Mechatronics & Control (SAIMC) will be hosting a webinar on the subject: “Preparing South ...

Read more...
SAIMC: Johannesburg branch
September 2020, SAIMC , SAIMC
The August virtual technology evening was hosted by Eric Carter of turboTRAIN on the subject ‘Instrumentation fault finding: why it is problematic and what can be done about it’. During the presentation ...

Read more...