Albert Einstein once said “we cannot solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them”. Well said, Einstein, but we still have an issue when it comes to the energy and power dilemma we are faced here in South Africa.
UPS’s in South Africa are the kind of systems we simply cannot function without in a modern world where resources are fast diminishing and electricity is becoming increasingly erratic.
It cannot be stressed enough that the advancement of renewable energy has become one of South Africa’s most pressing issues.
It is no secret that sustainable energy is needed by all.
Accessible, cleaner and more efficient energy is needed to grow economies. A global initiative on Sustainable Energy for all to mobilise action from all sectors of society in support of interlinked objectives has been set out by the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon.
These will be providing universal access to modern energy services, doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency and doubling the share of renewable energy.
What is sustainable energy?
Sustainable energy is energy that is accessible, cleaner and more efficient and assists in growing economies.
Energy is used to light up our lives – our homes, businesses, schools, hospitals and empowers women in local communities.
Furthermore sustainable energy paves the way forward assisting economies and helping them to prosper.
Did you know that at least one out of five people across the globe don’t have access to modern energy and that almost double that figure rely on coal, wood and animal waste for both heating and cooking?
Doing away with poverty is all-important and the desired energy future is perhaps one that offers energy to everyone; a world where energy resources will be used more effectively, more efficiently and where investments in renewable resources will be increased.
Sustainable energy for all is perhaps the key to one of the world’s largest challenges.
The electricity demand in South Africa:
South Africa’s electricity demand is at present in the region of 37 000 MW but is expected to double by the year 2030.
It is estimated that for every drop in temperature during the winter months that South Africa uses up 600 to 700 MW during peak times.
Due to having an abundance of coal, South African have historically enjoyed a great quantity of cheap power in the past, but as these resources are fast drying up, the price of electricity is continuing to rise.
The result, of course, is load-shedding. This is therefore the perfect time where we need to think out of the box by installing systems that will protect all electrical equipment – a way to keep the lights on.
It cannot be emphasised enough that UPS systems in South Africa are fast gaining momentum and have become important as there is great demand to keep business doors open, all systems running and businesses profitable. The lights need to stay on so that we can continue to prosper and grow economies, least of all our own in South Africa.