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. 

How to Prepare for a Power Outage

Power outage? Never a problem if you are prepared! 

When the power goes out and you are left in the dark, you tend to think of the obvious things that you could do to get up and running once again, such as lighting candles and using gas to make coffee and tea. 

But have you really given it some careful thought? 2019 could be the year when we are faced with even more power challenges than in the past decade or so. Gone are the days when we had power at our disposal 24/7, 365 days a year. We need to make new and different plans – plans that will keep our lives running no matter what the utility decides to do. 

UPS South Africa is certainly one way of thinking smart and ensuring that you never lose valuable information, even though the run time from these devices is not for long periods.  

The beauty of having a UPS system installed is that it will protect your electronics when there are sudden cuts and surges that could damage your electrics – these could include items such as PCs as well as expensive equipment used for production purposes and other items such as fridges and television sets. 

Ensure you are never left in the dark ever again, and that you protect your devices regardless of what the power decides to do. 

The best way on how to prepare for power outages is to have the upper hand, to do your homework and to ensure you are always prepared. 

Power outages, dips and hikes? Never a problem when you are equipped to deal with all power issues with UPS South Africa. 

Calculate UPS Runtime: Can You Powerproof Your business?

Calculate UPS runtime

Calculate UPS runtime accurately so that you never lose valuable work. UPS systems have been designed to keep your computer up and running regardless of whether the lights remain on or not. 

By and large, a UPS system is a battery supply that has been designed to keep your equipment functioning when the power goes out – this is a good option when you are faced with challenges related to power supplied by your utility supply as they continue to face their own challenges. 

How long can you expect your UPS to keep running for? 

  • Each UPS is given a VA rating (this is a Voltage-Amp rating) 
  • This will tell you how much hardware you will be able to connect to your electrical devices 
  • Furthermore, the VA rating will be able to tell you more or less how long it will keep running when the power goes out 
  • For most UPS systems you can multiply it by .6 – this will give you an amount in Watts 
  • Translated, a 1000 VA UPS will give users a 600-Watt load 
  • Bear in mind that a 1500 VA UPS will be incapable of keeping your PC running for more than an hour, though  
  • We need to be realistic and know the facts regarding the run-time that we can get from our UPS systems 
  • Practicality will win hands-down every time, and larger businesses have come to the realisation that power generators are the real way to go when it comes to keeping their lights on and their systems functioning at optimum speed and power 
  • Bear in mind that a UPS system is NOT a generator and trying to ride out the blackout is not going to cut it. Instead, use this time to save everything that is important to you before the UPS runs out of time 
  • Save all your work first, then shut down your systems to ensure your sensitive equipment does not get damaged if the power surges 
  • Did you know that some UPS systems can be plugged in directly to your PC by means of a USB? 
  • This method is user-friendly as your UPS will then automatically switch over when the power goes out or when the utility is unstable 

Think out of the box to power-proof your business. Calculate UPS runtime accurately to ensure you never lose vital information. 


Earth Hour 2019

What are you doing this Earth Hour which falls on the 30th March, 2019? Enthusiasts from right across the globe is invited to switch off their lights for just an hour from 20.30 to 21.30.  

This is a symbolic action that unites millions of people throughout the world to celebrate Earth Hour, which is a great opportunity to reflect on our environmental impact and renew our commitment to taking care of the world in which we live. 

This initiative has been introduced by the World-Wide Fund for Nature and is aimed at preventing and stopping the degradation of the natural environment of the Earth, encouraging us to build a future where people can live harmoniously alongside nature. 

It is important to remain conscious of the effect of our actions have and what they can do to the environment. Together we need to turn our inspiration of one hour into actions taken every hour of every day, all year round.  

There is a special power in the bold simplicity that Earth Hour brings to the table – a moment shared in darkness together, although as South Africans, we can all attest to the darkness during our load shedding episodes we so often experience that causes chaos in our lives on many levels. 

The beauty of Earth Hour is that everyone tries and gets involved, looking at ways to switch to a more sustainable existence far beyond Earth Hour. It is imperative that everyone aims towards becoming more energy efficient and try to invest in clean, renewable energy solutions. 

Take baby steps and start small – switch off the lights when you leave a room and unplug those silent energy-guzzlers that sap your energy such as television sets and phone chargers when they are not being used. Ensure all the globes in your home are energy-efficient and go one step further by installing solar panels and solar-heating geysers. 

More ways to save energy include making use of public transport, carpooling and walking and cycling wherever possible to cut back on the fumes that are emitted into the atmosphere. 

It is high time to make a difference by changing the way we think and ways to change our habits – especially how we use energy in a far more sustainable way, reaching beyond Earth Hour. 

Are You an Eco-Friendly Traveller?

We all try to do a little bit to save electricity when we are at home – but when you are travelling would you consider yourself to be an eco-friendly traveller? 

Being an energy-smart and thoughtful guest can make a difference to the environment, even if it is only a little bit – remember that every little bit helps. 

You need to ask yourself a couple of questions about the way you travel and how you can make a difference even when you are away from home. 

  • Do you fill the kettle with only the amount of water that you need for that delicious cup of tea or coffee, or do you go the whole way and fill it right to the top?
  • How respectful are you when it comes to leaving the air conditioning running when you leave the room? Do you switch it off when you are not there, or do you simply keep it running regardless? Consider switching the air conditioner onto the energy-saving “golden zone” to save the most.
  • Whenever possible, do you open the windows to cool off your room instead of using energy-guzzling air conditioners?
  • Taking showers instead of filling the bath to the top for a long soak will save water, even when you are away from home. Are you doing this when travelling?
  • Do you switch off all electrical appliances when you leave your room when away from home – these include television sets, laptops and cell phone chargers? These are all power guzzlers.
  • Do you leave the lights on in your room when you leave the room, or do you switch these off? Some international hotel rooms lights only go on once you use the key card to gain access, which is a smart way to save on electricity.
  • Is the water that you use in the basin left to run when you brush your teeth, or do you respectfully turn off the tap so as not to waste a drop? 
  • Do you open and close the fridge unnecessarily, knowing full well that the cold air escapes and warm air enters causing it to use more power than is necessary?  

We are faced with numerous challenges – droughts, power outages, load shedding and more. Even when we travel overseas, it is important to do our bit to make the world a better place. Saving water and saving electricity on all fronts will make a positive impact on the world around you. 

Being an eco-friendly traveller is about respecting the world in which we live. The steps you take to save power and water will become a habit even when you are away from home. 

How to Prepare for ESKOM’s Load Shedding

If we were prepared for every eventuality in life, everything would always run as smoothly as a well-oiled machine. Thankfully, we can prepare for certain things in life, and Eskom’s load shedding is certainly one of these. 

There are certain clever ways on how to prepare for Eskom’s Load Shedding. Let common sense prevail and the rest will fall neatly into place. 

Summer is here and with it a bountiful of fresh fruit and vegetables. Let this be the first step in the right direction of eating well. We don’t need to eat foods that are cooked and fried when the weather heats up. We are blessed with a magnificent climate and an array of fresh fruit and vegetables, so why not revamp your eating style and opt for fresh instead; no cooking is necessary and hardly any preparation is required. 

Summer is also the time of year when it gets dark late, so no lights are not necessary until really late in the day. When it gets dark, simply switch on the LED lights that you have invested in and you can read to your heart’s content. 

Another hack for those smart enough is to load a couple of movies and series onto your PC, and provided the battery lasts for a couple of hours, you can watch these to while away the hours. 

Plug your cell phone into the ports of your PC and charge your phone to ensure you stay connected come what may. 

It is time to think of smart ways to make your life more pleasant – these are only some of the clever ways on how to prepare for Eskom’s load shedding. Think smart, think out of the box, and the load shedding will prove to be a minor inconvenience instead of a calamity. 

Eskom Load Shedding

Five Clever Tips to Make Life Easier During ESKOM Load Shedding

Love it or hate it – Eskom load shedding has become part of our lives. Eskom is in a crisis and therefore we are going to have to think up smart ways of adapting to keeping the lights on and at the very least, think of clever tricks to ensure you are never left in the dark. 

Here are five tips to make it easier for you to live through those long periods of darkness when Eskom switches off the lights: 

  • Gas stoves are a brilliant and cheaper alternative to your electric hob that guzzles electricity. It is a fast, efficient and cheap way of cooking your food. If connecting to a gas line is too costly, simply get a large gas bottle. 
  • A little primus stove is also great for making tea and coffee when the lights are out. A little camping gas bottle is a fantastic, quick alternative to an electric kettle. 
  • LED lights are great too. Keep them plugged into the socket when you go out so that you don’t enter a dark house. Some of these LED lights have a port where you can charge your phone – win, win all round! 
  • Solar power during blackouts is a good way of keeping the lights on – but not only during blackouts. This is perhaps one of the most user-friendly methods of weaning your business and home off the grid. 
  • During cold winter months make a flask of coffee and tea so that you have a hot drink whether you are having a blackout or not. This will also mean that you don’t continuously boil the kettle, saving on electricity. 

It’s the little things that make the biggest difference – think out of the box to make load shedding irrelevant. Go one step further and install solar power for during blackouts and huge power savings.