GIBB successfully completes the first phase of the Lagos rail mass transit network

GIBB, one of South Africa’s leading multi-disciplinary engineering consulting companies with a substantial presence across the African continent, in partnership Nexant Consulting Ltd have completed the first phase of the Lagos Rail Mass Transit (LRMT) 57 km-long network. 

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Going green with sustainable, responsible lead-acid battery recycling

Have you ever wondered what happens to your old vehicle battery once you replace it? If you recycle it with authorised recyclers, it will be recycled and reused to make new batteries. If, however, your old battery gets disposed of with other household items, it may end up in a landfill, where the battery components such as lead, plastic, and acid can leak into the soil, causing environmental damage and harm to people and animals.1

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Formula E confirms inaugural Cape Town e-Prix

Formula E will race for the first time in Cape Town on 25 February 2023, bringing the all-electric series to the streets of the Mother City.

By Sarah Hoek

 The new generation of Formula E cars can reach top speeds of 322km/h.

This date was confirmed with an update to the calendar for the 2022/23 season, with pre-season testing kicking off on 13 December in Spain. Iain Banner, the chairperson of race promoters e-Movement, told Daily Maverick he envisions that the Cape Town circuit will be on the “top three races on the calendar in terms of beauty – with Table Mountain, it’s really a lovely circuit around the stadium. It’s fantastic.”

Cape Town is set to become the first African city to host a Grand Prix in 2023. (Photos supplied by Formula E)

Cape Town will be the fifth race of the season, following the inaugural Hyderabad e-Prix in India and just ahead of the race in São Paulo, Brazil, in March.

“We are excited to announce Cape Town as a new destination for our series in Season 9… we cannot wait to see the futuristic Gen3 race cars competing against the iconic natural backdrop of Table Mountain,” Alberto Longo, co-founder and chief championship officer for Formula E, said.

Racing in the last warmth of South Africa’s summer months, fans can expect a sunny day out on track, with highs of up to 30°C and a daily average of about 21°C, if the weather follows the pattern of previous years.

Set next to the Atlantic against the backdrop of Table Mountain, the race will start next to Green Point Stadium on Vlei Road and make its way through the Green Point and Waterfront districts. The 2.8km route is expected to be one of the fastest tracks on the calendar, and its 12 turns promise some exciting overtaking opportunities.

“The City of Cape Town views Formula E as a key event that could go a long way in cementing Cape Town’s position among the most progressive cities in the world,” Cape Town mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis said.

Big jump in power

Cape Town’s race will also be one of the first opportunities to see Formula E’s new Gen3 cars in action, which are debuting for the 2022/23 championship.

The Gen3 cars are the fastest Formula E vehicles to date, with a top speed of 322km/h – which is a big jump up from 2022’s Gen2 cars which had a top speed of 280km/h. The new cars are also smaller in length, width and height, and about 60kg lighter than their predecessors, lending to faster racing. The cars are powered by an electric motor that delivers up to 350kW of power, and a new front powertrain allows for a total regenerative capability of 600kW – more than doubling that of the Gen2 cars.

However, when the provisional 2022/23 season calendar was first released in June this year, Cape Town was noticeably absent.

“Simply, we weren’t ready,” Banner explained.

“We were busy building a track. We were just starting getting everything in line and we knew Cape Town would be on the calendar – although there were some fraught moments in between.”

The city beat out other cities for the chance to hold the race, and although Cape Town is now on the calendar, its spot remains subject to FIA homologation. Only once the circuit is built can an FIA inspector carry out a verification of the safety level of the track, and an FIA licence be issued.

Banner expects the circuit to be complete by mid-December.

“We’ve got a lot to do, but the track is three-quarters finished. But we’re on track and it’s looking very good,” he said.

E-fest finale

The race on 25 October will be the finale of a 10-day E-fest, which features an all-electric vehicle road trip across South Africa, an e-mobility festival and a golf invitational event.

Running alongside these events will be Africa’s Green Economy Summit, which Banner explained is a project “aimed to match African opportunity with global capital, specifically in the e-mobility sector”.

“I think it’s critical that we contribute towards rebuilding this country, and part of that growth has to come from tourism and exposure to what we have to offer. And I can’t think of a better way of creating a magnificent set of television pictures for the world than having cutting-edge Formula E cars racing around the stadium and Cape Town,” he said.

Tickets to the Cape Town E-Prix will be released in the coming months at www.capetowneprix.com

Article courtesy of Daily Maverick

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EMCSA 2023 partners with state-of-the-art event venue for its highly anticipated hybrid conference

The E-Mobility Congress of South Africa is pleased to announce its partnership with Century City Conference Centre for the 2023 hybrid conference, which will take place on the 18th – 19th of April 2023. The two-day conference will include a physical exhibition on both days.

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Thousands of high school learners anticipate yellow edu-tainers arrival

The custom-built EnergyDRIVE truck has kicked-off its 2022 tour of the country, commencing its trek from Cape Town before heading across the three Cape provinces, where it will visit around 2 000 learners across 21 schools, before making its way back to the Durban University of Technology (DUT).  This is the fourth and most expansive trip since the partnership between the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) and DUT started in 2017, sharing the benefits of renewable energy technologies with thousands of learners in outlying communities across the country.

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Transport Evolution Africa Forum & Expo drives the renewable energy agenda with record turnout of Africa’s transport sector

Bridging the gap between transport and energy sectors by reducing the reliance on fossil fuels and investing in cleaner modes of transport is critical for the creation of safer and more sustainable cities in Africa. This is according to private and public stakeholders from the continent and beyond who gathered at industry event Transport Evolution Africa Forum & Expo in Durban last week to explore opportunities to connect Africa’s transport system through sustainable infrastructure.

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How preventative maintenance can keep your fleet on the road

Commercial batteries play an essential role in how fleet companies manage their operations. Whether a small or large fleet, fleet managers should pay more attention to their vehicle batteries to ensure their drivers can safely and efficiently deliver what South Africans need most—food, petrol, medical supplies, clothing, and so much more.

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World Tourism Day: BLUU Car Rental plants trees to enhance ecotourism

BLUU Car Rental (BCR) is one of South Africa’s largest car rental companies, and an integral part of the tourism industry. However, their core mission is not just about getting people from “A” to “B”. The company recently formed a Smart ESG partnership with Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA), which aims to green desertified, barren landscapes across the country in aid of ecotourism.

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Take That Bucket-List European Vacation – With A Positive Impact On The Planet

Did you know that an electric vehicle (EV) is almost silent, produces zero carbon emissions, and can save you a significant amount of money? These factors are part of why EVs are coming more into their own as a vehicle option to consider when doing a road trip, whether locally or abroad, if you’re considering hiring a car to explore an exciting new destination.

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Rolls-Royce to release mtu marine engines in 2023 for sustainable fuels

Rolls-Royce is setting another milestone on the road to climate-neutral shipping with the approval of its Series 2000 and Series 4000 mtu marine diesel engines in 2023 for use with sustainable fuels.

Following successful bench and field tests, the Rolls-Royce business unit Power Systems will gradually be approving its Series 2000 and Series 4000 mtu marine engines for EN15940 synthetic diesel fuels from the beginning of 2023. These fuels include the sustainable fuels BtL (Biomass to Liquid), HVO (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil/renewable diesel) and PtL (Power to Liquid) such as e-diesel. They can all replace conventional diesel fuel, which is made from fossil petroleum, without any adjustments in these engines. Last year Rolls-Royce pledged to prove that the Series 2000 and Series 4000, its most popular in-production engines, can be used with sustainable fuels.

“There is already a lot of interest now from many customers in the marine industry who want to improve their carbon footprint, particularly with HVO,” explained Denise Kurtulus, Vice President Global Marine at Rolls-Royce Power Systems. “Results from pilot customers show significant reductions in greenhouse gases, nitrogen oxide and particulate emissions by using HVO instead of fossil diesel.” The engines are used, for example, in ferries, workboats and large yachts.

Rolls-Royce Power Systems is initially developing methanol engines based on the mtu Series 4000 and will launch them for yachts, tugs, ferries and workboats from 2026. With green methanol from renewable energies, CO2-neutral operation will be possible.

41 000 hours with HVO

“Since 2019, we have been successfully testing the use of HVO (renewable diesel) with mtu engines in six ferries in our fleet,” stated Jim Swindler, General Manager of Golden Gate Ferry in San Francisco (California). The tests in over 41 000 operating hours confirmed, that when HVO is used, mtu engines perform as outstandingly as diesel – in terms of maximum power, load acceptance and fuel consumption. “And the visible smoke that was seen at the dock with conventional diesel has been reduced with the switch to HVO.” Four other shipping companies in the US are currently testing the use of HVO with their mtu engines. HVO is a drop-in fuel, which means that the previous diesel system infrastructure can be used unchanged for its use, and no engine hardware or software modifications are required.

Rolls-Royce will be launching the mtu Hybrid Propulsion Pack for the engines of the mtu Series 2000 and Series 4000 from 2023. It offers flexible propulsion solutions for yachts, ferries, tugs and windfarm vessels and provides a power range from 1,119kW to 4,300kW by the diesel engines plus 165kW to 743kW by the electric motors per drive train.

HVO use significantly reduces CO2, nitrogen oxide and particulate emissions

Waste vegetable and animal fats and used vegetable oils can be used as base materials for HVO, which are converted into hydrocarbons by means of a catalytic reaction with the addition of hydrogen. Through this process, the fats and vegetable oils are adapted in their properties to diesel fuel and can supplement it as an admixture or replace it completely. The benefits of HVO are clean combustion with reductions in particulate emissions of up to 80 percent, nitrogen oxide emissions by an average of eight percent, and (depending on the manufacturing process and feedstock) CO2 emissions by up to 90 percent compared to fossil diesel. Because HVO fuel is produced from renewable raw materials, its production, transport and combustion only generate about as many greenhouse gases as were absorbed by the plants during the growth of the biomass.

Target: 35% greenhouse gas reduction with new fuels and mtu technologies by 2030

Rolls-Royce announced in 2021, as part of its sustainability program, that it would realign its product portfolio so that by 2030, new fuels and mtu technologies can save 35 percent greenhouse gas emissions compared to 2019. “We have realigned our offering for the maritime industry to actively support ship operators on their journey to Net Zero,” explained Denise Kurtulus. The company is now working on methanol engines and fuel cell systems for shipping and developing electrolysers to produce green hydrogen.

Rolls-Royce will deliver mtu Series 4000 gensets similar to the one pictured for the F126 frigates, bedded on specialist mounts and surrounded by an acoustic enclosure. Not pictured: the mtu SCR system for fulfilling the IMO III emissions directive.

Learn more about sustainable mtu solutions for shipping in: Pioneering the Journey to Net Zero (mtu-solutions.com)

Rolls-Royce has completely realigned its mtu portfolio for marine applications to actively support customers on their path to Net zero. The company is working on methanol engines and fuel cell systems for marine use and is developing electrolysers to produce green hydrogen. According to a clear roadmap, marine diesel propulsion systems will gradually be released for sustainable EN15940 fuels, such as HVO, from the beginning of 2023.
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