Power & Electricity World Africa 2019

PHD Powerhouse is a proud exhibitor at the leading and longest-running power and electricity exhibition and conference for utilities, IPPS, large energy users, the government and the energy industry. 

Seminar Highlights 

  • How large energy users and commerce at large can shrink their power costs  
  • How big data and analytics can help you save on energy costs 
  • Smart grids, revenue protection, smart metering and billing 
  • How to avoid decommissioning and improve the competitiveness of coal generation 
  • How to support growth and skills development for engineers 
  • How to transition from an SME into an EPC contractor 
  • The potential for AI, VR, drones and machine-learning in energy 
  •  Preferred business models for investing in renewable energy options 
  • Installing renewables 

Gentalks – Day One and Day Two 

  • Introducing efficiencies and reducing costs in your power plant 
  • Businesses looking for the latest tech in power generation  

Smart Electricity Seminar – Day One and Day Two 

  • Discover the potential of Smart Grid technologies to accelerate sustainable access to electricity 

Solar Techtalks – Day One and Day Two 

  • Learning about future-shaping technologies such as photovoltaics, solar thermal technologies, solar plants, grid infrastructure and solutions for the integration of renewable energy 

Install Renewables – Day One and Day Two 

  • With the rapidly growing C & I industry and the increase of the renewable heat incentive installations of solar thermal hot water systems, the industry will need skilled electrical contractors 
  • For skilled plumbers or renewable energy installers, training will prove to be a smart investment. 

Some Visitor Attractions include 

The main aim of Power & Electricity World Africa is to play host to many visitor attractions, bringing to life the learning from the conference and seminars through a sequence of challenging installations and live collaborating launches, showcases and talks.  

These are some of the draw-cards: 

  • Women in Energy Seminar 
  • Future Tech Zone 
  • Start-Up Pavilion: 

The Start-Up Pavilion is new for 2019 with the explosion of new and innovative businesses within the energy sector.  

  • EPC University 
  • Skills Development Seminar 
  • Energy for Commerce Seminar 
  • Connection Wall 

As commerce increasingly experiences erratic power supply and tariff hikes, more and larger energy users are looking at alternative sources and the viability of building their own power. 

Power and Electricity World Africa 2019 presents one of the most forward-thinking and biggest opportunities on the continent of Africa. 

Solar Show 2019

Power is pivotal in the lives of everyone in South Africa; suffice to say – this is becoming increasingly challenging for all concerned. Whether you are a private individual or run a small or large business; little can be achieved without power. Load shedding– has become a bugbear for everyone, and solutions to our power problems are perhaps the number one challenge that we, as South Africans, are facing daily. 

PHD Powerhouse is exhibiting at this year’s Solar Show in Sandton at the Convention Centre, and if you as an individual or business take power issues seriously, a visit to their exhibit is an absolute must. 

With over 8 000 attendees, more than 800 VIP’s attending the show, 250 sponsors and exhibitors, more than 250 speakers from more than 40 African countries, the Solar Show is one that everyone should attend. 

There are over 250 speakers sharing their insights across six first-class conference tracks, with an eye-watering line-up of experts from The World Bank, National Grid, African Development Bank, Fossil Fuel Foundation, Development Bank of Southern Africa, South African Photovoltaic Industry Association, Acciona, Access-Power, Aldwych International and Africa Finance Corporation, to name a few. 

Come and see the latest technology in everything to do with power, energy and electricity. 

When is this exhibition held and where? 

  • There are over 200 free-to-attend sessions in the Seminar Theatres across smart electricity, generation, installing renewables, solar tech, energy for commerce and much more held at the Sandton Convention Centre 
  • Visit the Solar Show Africa from the 26 to the 27 March 
  • Opening times are: 

Tuesday 26 March from 10 am to 5 pm 

Wednesday 27 March from 10 am to 5 pm 

What you can expect by attending the Solar Show 

How to Access Power Projects 

  • Everything you ever needed to know about the latest power projects happening across Africa  

Skills Development  

  • This is the perfect place to find out how to bridge the skills gap in the power and electricity world 

Finding Local Partners 

  • There is a distinct focus on finding the right partnerships for your business 

 Launch Innovative Products 

  •  Experience the latest energy technologies and solutions disrupting the industry.  

The Solar Show Africa is the longest running, leading power and electricity exhibition and conference for utilities, large energy users, government and the power industry in Africa. 

The exhibitors boast having more than 20 years’ experience bringing communities together and are delighted to bring and share the 2019 event preview to the public. 

Book your seat for this exclusive solar show experience today: Solar Show 2019 Bookings

How to Reduce Energy Costs in SA Businesses

According to statistics business owners seem to be rather reluctant to use the implementation of integrated facility management to reduce energy costs, even though these systems have the potential to save money in the long term. 

Smart building management systems control, monitor and optimise building services to improve energy efficiency on so many levels. 

A good example is the monitoring that adjusts lighting according to the brightness or darkness of a room; specific focus is placed on energy-guzzling systems such as air conditioning units and lights. 

The benefits are many: 

There is more to energy savings than just saving money. South Africa wastes between 25% to 40% of energy. This is more than 25% compared to other countries. Building management systems will not only reduce this figure but it will also assist in creating a healthier and safer working environment. 

There are many advantages to working in an environment that is healthy and safe: 

  • Lower carbon footprint 
  • Customers and investors will find this more appealing when investing or using your services or products 

There are two primary areas that building management systems encounter regarding resistance: 

  • The first is the resistance from the owners of the buildings who are strapped for cash and managing their buildings on a tight budget 

Contracts that are in place by tenants will also resist extra costs being implemented to cover these expenses 

  • The second issue would include service providers of single building units (standalone buildings) who are not up to speed on the more modern methods of saving energy and don’t think that this will improve the way they are already running their buildings 

Because it takes from between 18 months to three years to recover these costs, it is wise to choose a system that makes financial sense and a system that has all the necessary functions to integrate with your existing systems. 

The benefits of building management systems are quite evident and best practices of integrating management systems are being used more and more by businesses both large and small.

Make a Difference – Be Energy Efficient

Being energy efficient has a positive impact on socio-economic upliftment

Energy efficiency offers opportunities for socioeconomic upliftment through creating jobs. One of the needs for the national support of energy efficiency programmes such as 49M is South Africa’s leading energy saving movement calling on all South Africans to avoid wasting energy. 

The campaign, which is becoming trendy, challenges individuals and businesses to live energy efficient lives and to run energy efficient enterprises.  

49M seeks to mobilise all South Africans to embark on a common goal to make a difference and to save energy through behavioural change with a short-term goal to educate South Africans about the benefits of saving energy not only in their everyday lives but also in the economy 

At present, South Africa has a triple challenge of unemployment, inequality and poverty. Employment growth relies on the aggressive investment in innovative job-creating facilities across the country; energy efficiency is one such opportunity with numerous renewable technologies that are applicable in a wide variety of environment, unlimited by weather, readily available skills and economic scales. 

There is a hugely positive socio-economic impact stemming from energy efficiency activities. These vary and include health benefits, gender equality and education equality. 

The 49M initiative creates awareness across all social demographics encouraging each South Africans to value having access to electricity. 

There is still a huge backlog of unconnected households in South Africa which could be a direct result of the slow economic development. 

Over the years numerous off-the-grid electrification programmes have been created aimed at supplying solar in areas where municipal power is not financially or physically feasible. Sadly, due to a lack of funds and lack of infrastructure, there has not been significant growth in this sector. 

Renewable energy cannot be discussed in isolation from job creation, economic development and social upliftment.