25° in Africa is the latest addition to Media in Africa’s range of independent, unbiased magazines.
Published quarterly in print format and on the web and with an international readership, 25° covers the whole gamut of energy sources and provides meaningful, educational and technical reporting on the major energy issues of the day throughout the African continent, with interviews and reports from international experts, governmental policy statements, statistical analyses, and the views of decision makers – all forming part of our balanced independent editorial programmes.
Media In Africa
Media in Africa is a renowned and respected publishing company that has been producing high-quality, glossy, niche, specialised publications for over 22 years, purposely tailored to the requirements of our markets and customers.
To maintain our role as a major player in the niche markets by providing superior quality products. We aim to maintain our culture of unequalled client service, encouraging ethical and principled business practices and being a positive influence on the community we serve.
To establish powerful communication vehicles that connect suppliers with customers and service providers with clientele through the core value of excellence in customer liaison and media.
Why have an energy magazine?
Addressing global energy stress
There are manifestations of increasing stress on energy supplies from a global economy that is outgrowing its support systems; many people have crossed the bridge in accepting the idea that there is going to be a need for restructuring the global energy economy. Alternative energy is emerging as a cornerstone of the new economy.
Africa’s energy contribution
Africa’s energy potential is vast, but is coupled with serious socio-economic issues that also need to be addressed. This publication aims to provide meaningful, technical and edifying information to educate the global energy community about prospective opportunities for energy generation (and related issues) in Africa and report on innovations and technologies.
Unbiased and independent platform
As an independent platform, we aim to publish alternative viewpoints and opinions to enrich our readers’ outlook and become an integral part of the knowledge sharing process. We will ask, and attempt to answer, some tough questions: What is Africa’s real need and capabilities? What policies and strategies can reasonably be implemented in Africa?
If the information you seek relates to Africa, energy and the environment, www.25degrees.net will provide you with a smorgasbord of current, up-to-speed and incisive content dedicated to energy generation needs, moratoria and debates. 25° in Africa’s newly designed portal is dedicated to showcasing the magazine’s content, and all things energy related. It provides an at-a-glance overview of the Africa’s energy landscape, and also provides links to pertinent energy content, an updated business directory, reports and reviews and event announcements.
A virtual magazine
In a bid to save precious carbon miles, and lessen the amount of paper lugged across the ocean in print format, 25º in Africa, Africa’s Independent Energy Publication is now available as a VIRTUAL PUBLICATION online, also onwww.25degrees.net .
If you feel you have a contribution to make – let’s hear from you.
25° is recognised as being the Standard Ambient Temperature (SAT). In relation to that, energy is needed to reach SAT in winter through various methods of heating, and in summer airconditioning and refrigeration are required in order to maintain these human comfort levels.
The problem is that in pursuing its quest for comfort the human animal is making huge if not unrealistic demands upon the Earth’s natural resources – in some cases depleting them beyond recovery.
If we are to continue without restriction, the equilibrium in nature might change to the extent that SAT will be increasingly more difficult to reach in future due to severe climate change. Global warming is but one of the many consequences of this hedonistic approach by the human race, and the warning signs are already there.
Meanwhile we intend to maintain an open forum on these issues, and if you have anything that is pertinent to our readership and the aims of the magazine, we would like to hear from you.
African Alternative Technologies (AATec) was formed with the primary objective of positioning itself as an Alternative Energy project developer and technology supplier and is associated with experts in consulting regarding financing of green projects. AATec has preferential agreements in place with cutting edge technology development companies; and has engaged with individuals and organisations who assist companies in setting and realising their environmental objectives, by identifying and connecting clients with projects to offset or negate the carbon generated by clients business operations.
Our primary focus at present is the opportunity created by NERSA finalising the REFIT, and how this relates to our Joint Venture's with HelioDynamics of the UK, Launchpoint Technologies, FasTransit, Gravity Power and Green Wave Energy Corp of the USA. The application of these cutting edge, and innovative technologies towards achieving South Africa's ambitious Renewable Energy target as set by the 2002 White paper, and the stimulation of the economy, job creation, rural empowerment and the reduction of green house gas emissions are AATec's current priorities.
South Africa is in the fortunate position to draw on all the experience and technological advancements of the world before embarking on this ambitious goal, and we at AATec believe we have some of the most advanced, innovative, efficient and cost effective solution for Utility Scale Renewable energy, enegy storage, energy saving and cutting edge transport solutions available at this time, Consequently AATec looks forward to exciting progress in the immediate future and is interested in partnering with Government and communities as well as aligned businesses in implimenting this viable solution.
African Alternative Technologies (AATec) was created by a group of committed citizens, who are dedicated to making a difference in our challenged society. The obstacles to a sustainable future are created by a "Business as Usual approach" and the industrial age model has left society vulnerable.
We take the approach of focussing on the solutions, and although it is essential to be aware of what has caused society's current predicament, to dwell on the problems is counterproductive as the only way forward is action.
The Team have all been active in developing, consulting, promoting and lobbying, solutions in different ways for many years, and these activities have been in the sectors of sustainable agriculture, community development and renewable energy primarily. Socially and environmentally responsible entrepreaneurship is the way we aproach business as it has the added bennefit of delivering substantially to the triple bottom line in the near term and even more so into the future.
People, Planet, and Profit is the credo.
The Flagship solution we have developed is the Sustainable Integrated Decentralised Agro-processing and Community Development Project, or SID
Our SID model and its associated technology offers good returns to investors and is not reliant on ongoing government subsidies. Job creation is maximised in the project which is primarily based on Agro-processing, biomass to bio-energy production and includes the complete value chain, while empowering community ownership in the project, (this is a fundamental component of the business model). Communities are incrementally developed as suppliers of the feedstock, by employing technology driven processes, through Co-operatives and Worker's Trusts and by utilising the Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) mechanism.
The SID also addresses the challenge of Food Vs Fuel constructively and actually enhances food and energy security at the same time, through its innovative methodology and approach. The SID model is an African Alternative Energy (AAE) project, which is a sister company to AATec, as well as being a home grown solution, an African solution for Africa.
On the Renewable Energy front AATec has focussed on a number of solutions, and the opportunities created by our Joint Ventures and exclusive agencies with cutting edge technology developers and equipment manufactures are very exciting right now, as well as holding great prospects for future development .
HelioDynamics has developed cutting edge world class, Compact Linear Fresnel Reflector Solar thermal Technology for Utility Scale Electricity generation and storage, industrial and comercial process heat, cooling and desalinisation.
LaunchPoint Technologies has developed a number of cutting edge technologies and we are concentrating on their Gravity Power Utility Scale Electricity storage systems and the FasTransit Magnetic Levitation transport solutions at the moment.
Green Wave Energy Corp is developing cutting edge technology in the Renewable Energy sector and focuses on wind, wave and water current electricity generation.
AATec is developing a pilot 1Mw Solar Thermal Electricity Generation project with 6 hours storage to demonstrate the viability of the technology as proof of the magnitude of this opportunity, in line with the opportunity created by the Renewable Energy Feed In Tariff (REFIT) programme finalised by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) last year.
Heliodynamics CLFR solar thermal technology that AATec is focussing on is revolutionary in many ways!
We believe these projects will contribute substantially towards realising the targets set by our government in the renewable energy white paper and in creating a growth sector inspite of the adverse economic conditions currently afecting our country.
AAtec invites everyone who identifies with these ambitions and principals and would like to partisipate in any way to contact us.
This is a major undertaking and is not only the responsibility of the AATec team, but all people and organisations who identify with the solutions and approach being emphasised, and feel they can contribute or would like to participate.
AFRICAN ALTERNATIVE TECHNOLOGIES AND THEIR PARTNERS HAVE AGREED TO CONDUCT BUSINESS IN AN ETHICAL MANNER
African Energy’s philosophy
Published fortnightly, 24 issues a year, African Energy has a strong focus on the people and personalities shaping the continent’s energy future, as well as a strong appreciation of the political risk issues that concern established operators, new entrants and financial sector investors.
Through its independent, investigative approach to reporting, African Energy has become a fixture on the African energy scene by delivering incisive and outspoken analysis in perspectives undistorted by advertising, third-party media or government communication channels.
African Energy does not just rewrite press releases or wire copy like so many web-based news aggregators and ‘information portals’.
Since its first issue in April 1998, African Energy has gone further for its stories and information than many of its competitors to bring you an informed, no-nonsense appraisal of the latest developments – in the process talking to both government and opposition figures, utilities and regulators, oil majors, independents and NOCs, and corruption watchdogs.
African Energy’s highly experienced editorial team is based in the UK, and mainland Europe, with correspondents across the African continent - in some cases protecting themselves by filing anonymously. Many of African Energy's contributors live and do business in Africa, while editorial staff frequently visit African countries and talk to top political and business figures, among a wide range of key contacts.
The depth with which subjects are treated means that African Energy has a long shelf-life and is held as a source of record and learning, by government departments, corporate information centres, and leading academic institutions and industry bodies.
In addition to producing the flagship fortnightly African Energy, AE’s team of experienced analysts also produce briefings and reports on a range of topics and issues that affect the region. Our expertise can be tapped by anyone and delivered in a range of formats.
About African Energy News Review
Few things can affect politics, business and the economy as much as energy issues do. Right now the situation in South Africa is a prime example of this, with the country facing an electricity supply crisis, rising fuel and electricity prices, and escalating food prices that appear closely linked to the current energy situation.
In today's information era it is those with the best access to information that find themselves better equipped to deal with the changing economic conditions that are closely linked to local and international energy issues.
While the internet is an invaluable tool to find information, the sheer volume of news available means that few people have the time to stay on top of important areas like energy without some kind of filtering and analysis service.
For this reason, African Energy News Review tracks thousands of news stories every week, and manually selects the most relevant information for our readership. We follow local and international trends closely in order to assist business and government decision makers to stay on top of the issues and make better strategic choices.
While some of this information may be available though other sources and publications, no other service provides as thorough an analysis of energy for the African continent as our weekly email service.
The African Energy News Review email edition reaches approximately 5 000 subscribers on a weekly basis. The subscriber list includes government, business, the media, NGOs, academics and the general public.
Topics covered include electricity generation, energy efficiency, fossil fuels, biofuels, nuclear, renewable energy, climate change & emissions, pollution, business and other issues affecting sustainable development.
So whether you are a decision maker in the energy sector, or just a business leader who would like to make strategic decisions regarding energy, consider the worth of reading just one important article in each weekly edition.
The African Sustainable Fuels Centre (ASFC) aims to catalyse the development of the biofuels industry in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) by providing support for sustainable biofuels initiatives. Sustainable biofuels are those that adhere to the following principles...
1.they release significantly more energy in their use than in their production
2.they do not place an unsustainable burden on the nation's water resources
3.they do not have negative impacts on the conservation of natural resources and biodiversity
4.they do not impact on national food security
5.they provide greater self reliance to the poor
Alternative Energy Africa, launched in January 2008, is a Petroleum Africa publication which seeks to fill the energy information gap in Africa.
Drawing on its parent company's extensive knowledge of the energy industry of Africa, as well as its resources, Alternative Energy Africa will provide a forum for stakeholders to engage each other in discussions about this industry, and will seek to become the magazine of choice for African governments, ministries, NOCs, indigenous companies, and international businesses, as it is for Petroleum Africa.
Alternative Energy Africa will update readers on private sector projects, government initiatives, business and investment news, and strategies for a thriving alternative/renewable energy market on the African continent. Our dedicated and knowledgeable editorial team is confident that our publication will become “the premiere source” of alternative and renewable energy news covering the African continent.
Acting on behalf of suppliers, distributors, developers and promoters in the industry, the association is operational throughout Southern Africa. AFRECA is a division in the Sustainable Energy Society of Southern Africa (SESSA), an organization that aims to support renewable energy and energy efficiency in the Southern African context.
Through the joint relationship with SESSA, AFRECA’s members will have access to the ISES Solar World Congress 2009, during October 2009. A pivotal congress, its theme is aptly named, “Renewable Energy: Shaping our Future”.
Representing the producers’ interests, AFRECA’s members are able to take advantage of the associations existing infrastructure; access to product research and development; as well as the benefits of lobbying key stakeholders for effective industry change. Access to trainng in best industry standards; educational and marketing material; business referrals; technical assistance; and a platform to market products to the end-consumer, makes AFRECA an effective association and industry leader.
The association recognizes that access to clean, safe, reliable and affordable cooking technologies, remains an enormous challenge for the majority of low-income households in Southern Africa. Hence, AFRECA supports the industry to work together delivering improved cooking technologies to the market through the development, production and marketing of safe and effecient cooking appliances. Through the broad promotion and development of energy efficient technologies the association and its members remain aware of the development and promotion of technology that improves quality of life, by overcoming energy challenges and shortages in a sustainable manner.
AFRECA was founded in February 2005 at the first meeting held in Johannesburg, where divergent organisations including Government, NGO’s, technology suppliers as well as end-users were represented. As a division of SESSA (a registered non-profit organization), the association benefits from its alignment with international networks through the International Solar Energy Society (ISES).
AFRECA, through its members aims to:
Deliver improved cooking technologies to the market through the development, production and marketing of safe and efficient cooking appliances;
Create awareness and disseminate information on the availability of efficient, renewable cooking options;
Engage key stakeholders to lobby for support and recognition of efficient, renewable cooking options in policies and strategies at a regional and national level;
Act as an industry association, overseeing general good conduct and orderly development of the renewable and efficient cooking industry.
AFRECA is committed to address the need for renewable and energy efficient cooking appliances.
Member Benefits of Afreca
Training and promotion opportunity on energy efficient techniques and practices
Access to research and development studies and findings
Ideal platform for marketing products to consumers and general public
Direct interaction with consumers and studies
Business enquiries and referrals
Mentoring service offered
Invitations to exhibitions, events, courses, symposia, meetings and discussion groups held by AFRECA and partners
Display opportunities at key events, exhibitions or workshops
Invitations to participate in research and product development forums
Training in best-industry standards
Web-link and web product advertisement for information dissemination
Joint membership of AFRECA and Sustainable Energy Societ of Southern Africa (SESSA), allowing access to ISES Solar World Congress 2009
Monthly AFRECA newsletter and the industry’s membership directory
AFRECA, is a division of SESSA (Sustainable Energy Society of Southern Africa), a registered non-profit organization (037-484 NPO), with its region of operation including the whole SADC.
Supported by ProBEC (Programme for Basic Energy Conservation), a SADC regional development programme that aims to ensure low-income population groups satisfy their energy requirements in a socially and enviromentally sustainable manner. ProBEC targets rural and urban households, as well as small business and institutions using biomass energy (wood fuel, agricultural residues) for thermal applications.
Supported by GTZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Technische Zusammenarbeit), an international cooperation enterprise for sustainable development with worldwide operations, federally owned, the enterprise supports the German Government in achieving its development-policy objectives. It provides sustainable, forward looking solutions for political, economic, ecological and social development in a globalised world.
UNLEASHING THE TRADE & INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN THE SADC REGION
- Policy & Advocacy
- Trade and Investment Promotion
- International Trade and Business Linkages
- ASCCI Functions and Events
- SMME Development Programmes
- Economics Office and Publications
- SADC Business Forum and Other Bodies
- Research Development Initiatives
- Business Development and Services
- ASCCI Membership Benefits
- ASCCI Membership Form
- ASCCI Toolkit Forms
Association’s primary objective is to encourage governments in the region to put into place policies and legislative instruments that are conducive to doing business in the region.
ASCCI is committed to working with all national governments in all the 14 countries in the region, as well as the SADC Secretariat in Gaborone, to develop mechanisms that will increase the flow of capital in the region, and foreign direct investment. This will increase enterprise, SMME and Industrial development.
ASCCI is further committed to facilitate processes that enhance economic productivity and efficiencies and reduce the cost of doing business in the region. As a result, ASCCI signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the SADC Secretariat in 2002 as the secretariat private sector partner.
This partnership ensures benefits to ASCCI members, the private sector in the region as well as all governments and related public sector stakeholders who are committed to the development of our region.
ASCCI has set up the following commissions in order to increase and enhance dialogue between private sector organisations and governments in the region:
Trade, Investment and Industrial Development Commission.
Taxation, Customs, Monetary and Fiscal Affairs Commission.
Infrastructure and Services (includes Road, Rail, Air Transport
and Water Services Commissions).
Human Resources, Science and Technology Development
Agriculture and Food Security Commission.
Environment and Natural Resources Management Commission.
Tourism and Wildlife Management Commission.
Health, Social and Cultural Activities Commission.
2010 – World Cup Opportunities for SADC Commission.
Public - Private Sector Partnership and NEPAD Initiatives
Immigration, Visa and related matters Commission.
International Trade and Business Commission.
All ASCCI members, and affiliated organisations are allowed appointment of 2 representatives to serve in each commission. Each commission meets four times per year to prepare position papers and reports for members and stakeholders who will present
these position papers to ASCCI Council, Council of Ministers of Trade and Summit of the Heads of States through SADC Secretariat with a view to influencing policy and legislation in the region and within respective countries.
ASCCI Regional Business Climate Survey
One of the tools used by ASCCI to influence policy and advocacy in the regions is the ASCCI Regional Business Climate Survey which ASCCI conducts in all the countries of the region together with its associated chamber members. At present the survey is published
in conjunction and in partnership with the German Technical Corporations Agency (GTZ/ASPB) see attached information regarding Regional Business Climate Survey.
Business Development and Services
ASCCI together with its partners in the region facilitate a networking platform for its chamber members as well as corporate members to participate in various business development initiatives. Some of the initiatives include among others:
Intravest or intra-regional trade and investment provide an ongoing business to business network with on the spot transaction facilitated by online trading involving respective
members of ASCCI Chambers.
Under SADC Intravest, the ASCCI Secretariat also engages in bilateral and multilateral trade forums with the full participation of ASCCI members to interact rigorously amongst themselves and with chambers and trade bodies outside of the SADC region.
The trade forums are to be complemented by semi-annual workshops on the implementation of best business / management practices in lecture-style formats, including role playing and question and answer sessions involving captains of industry from best run companies in the region.
EU-SADC Investment Promotion Programme (ESIPP)
The ESIPP is the EU-SADC Investment Promotion Programme and is a joint programme of the European Union and the Southern African Development Community administered in
conjunction with the SADC Secretariat in Gaborone, Botswana.
The Programme is designed to attract foreign investment into the region and promote long-term investment cooperation agreements in specific key sectors on a structured, continuous
and sustainable basis and will boost the economic growth and development of Southern Africa. A key aspect of ESIPP’s mandate is the facilitation of Business-to-Business Investments Promotion and Business Co-operation Meetings to bring together entrepreneurs from Europe and Southern Africa.
Initially established on a farm just outside Durbanville, Cape Town, Biodiesel Centre moved to Stikland in July 2007 It manufactures Biodiesel and builds and sells a range of Biodiesel Plants of variying capacities ranging from 600 litres / batch ( as seen on Carte Blanche ) to the largest plant capable of producing 20,000 litres per day. Turnkey mega projects are also undertaken with the support of a large network of contacts throughout the world.
Our history stems from farming , grain trading ( specifically Canola) and animal feeds from which the business started in 1991. When low oil seed prices caused us to think of adding value where better to go than to cleaner greener Biofuels Save the ozone layer and get waste vegetable oil out of the food chain was the thought.
The midrange and upper range equipment we now market was developed in conjunction with very innovative man Org Niewoud from the Eastern Cape and is Branded BIOFUELSON
There is absolutely no doubt whatsoever that Biofuels are here to stay and we have had an amazing 100 % success rate in terms of customer satisfaction for plants sold to date. Customers are happy , making their own diesel and referring new customers . Our technology , quality and effectivesss seem to be highly competitive. As there are many ways to make Biodiesel we are continually researching and testing new systems that our clients will be exposed to at very little extra cost. The plants sold can also be tailored to be Grow plants and can be expanded with little extra cost and very quickly.
The following is a list of services in which we are active and seek partners.
- Business Plans from Seed to Diesel
- Joint Venture Agreements / BEE Partnerships
- Oil Supplies
- Franchise Agreements - Biodiesel Centres - Multiple plants in a Centre
- Biodiesel Supplies and Blending
- Biodiesel Plants & Equipment - Buying & Selling
- Management Contracts - let us develop your business with you
- Training & Education - for those who buy our equipment
- Jatropha Plantations and agronomy. We have contact with 3 major companies who have established approx. 2500ha of Jatropha
- FULL SYSTEMS
- SMALL COMPONENTS
- BIODIESEL SALES
Envision a southern Africa producing sustainable cellulosic biofuels from agricultural residues and local energy crops without threatening food production and natural vegetation ....
We strive to help developing second generation technologies for the production of cellulosic biofuels via biochemical and thermo-chemical conversion, model integrated biorefineries for biofuels and high-value chemicals production and assist in applying these technologies through costs and life-cycle analyses to evaluate the environmental and economic impacts of these technologies.
In March 2007, Stellenbosch University was awarded the Senior Chair of Energy Research (CoER) : Biofuels and Other Alternative Clean Fuels by the South African National Energy Research Institute (SANERI).
The CoER : Biofuels is led by the Research Chair, Prof WH (Emile) van Zyl at the Department of Microbiology, Stellenbosch University, together with a team of core members:
•Dr Marinda Bloom (Department of Microbiology)
•Prof JH (Hansie) Knoetze (Department of Process Engineering, Stellenbosch University)
•Prof Johann F Görgens (Department of Process Engineering, Stellenbosch University)
•Prof Harro von Blottnitz (Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Cape Town)
The CoER steers a Postgraduate Programme in Biofuels striving to:
•develop human capital with a strong scientific and engineering training,
•develop and establish technologies for commercial application,
•interacting with South African experts from industry, businesses and NGOs, and
•staying abreast with latest technologies and research through extensive international collaboration networks.
The vision of the CoER : Biofuels R&D programme is to focus on the technological interventions required to develop commercially-viable value chains for second generation lignocellulose conversion to biofuels in South Africa.
This will assist South Africa to become a technology- and services-provider to biofuel producers in Africa, where neighbouring countries have substantially better biomass potential than South Africa.
The programme builds on existing expertise in:
•yeast biotechnology and
•non-petroleum hydrocarbon processing.
As it is not possible to predict which technology will work better on different lignocellulosic feedstocks, the CoER will focus on 2nd generation technology development looking at both biochemical (fermentation) and thermo-chemical (pyrolysis and gasification) processes. It is also important to note that biochemical and thermo-chemical processes for lignocellulose conversion to liquid biofuels have comparable efficiencies and economics.
The CoER specifically focuses on developing
•second generation technologies for the one-step fermentation of starch to ethanol;
•the use of lignocellulose as feedstock for biofuels production by biochemical and
•process modelling for integrating biofuels and high-value chemicals production in biorefineries; and
•costs and life-cycle analyses to evaluate the environmental and economic impacts of these technologies.
All together, valuable inputs will be acquired that can help determine the commercial feasibility of 2nd generation technologies for lignocellulose conversion.
The CoER also interacts closely with the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies (CRSES) awarded to Stellenbosch University in 2006, with the CoER serving on the CRSES steering committee.