Eskom deploys tech to boost revenue while reducing electricity theft

first_img Previous articleThe rise of renewable energy across AfricaNext articleSolar hybrid power plant moves ahead in Zambia Ashley TheronAshley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA Finance and Policy BRICS Meter. 123rf South African state-owned power utility Eskom is rolling out new smart meter technology to mitigate the soaring cases of electricity theft – a recorded R20 billion ($1.5 billion) loss per annum.Engineering News reported that Eskom anti-electricity-theft campaign manager Madeline Kazinga noted that the country was losing around R5.4 billion ($384 million) a year in non-technical revenue, while municipal loss was around R15.2 billion ($1 billion) a year.She said this while addressing a group of media at Eskom’s Research and Innovation Centre in Johannesburg on Tuesday.By deploying smart meters the utility can monitor and capture data reflecting consumption of electricity, which will be used to assist in revenue collection as well as pin point where suspect faults are occurring.Reducing electricity theft high on Eskom prioritiesEskom energy and revenue losses manager Dileep John told media that the key focus areas has been Sandton and Midrand, with a target range of 30,000 households to be installed with smart meters.[quote]John said that smart prepayment split metering solutions, comprising a meter and a customer interface unit, is also currently being rolled out in Soweto, Engineering news reported.John said: “The plan is to roll these units out over the next five years to cover Soweto, Midrand and Sandton.” Read more…Keeping abreast of advancementsKeeping abreast of smart meter technology advances, the Eskom research centre continues to test new equipment against existing technologies.Engineering News highlighted: “As smart meter technologies continue to evolve, the infrastructure which allows two-way communications between the central system and the meter may be linked to other in-house devices.“Eskom is also piloting the use of Remote Access Terminals(RATs) in a number of locations countrywide. The RATs enable Eskom technicians to remotely disconnect or reconnect power supply to any specific customer without physically going to the point of supply.”John  explained: “The RATs play an important role in ensuring the safety of our staff when they have to do disconnections in dangerous areas, because such operations can now be conducted from the safety of their office.“Once completed, the new programme, which uses visualisation technology, will enable technicians to compare electricity use among customers in any suburb or even in a townhouse complex to identify those whose use is unusually high.”“All these interventions will give Eskom an edge in its continued fight against electricity theft,” he said.center_img Generation AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector Featured image: 123rf UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon developmentlast_img read more

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Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

first_imgRed Bull Ride + Style is this Saturday, May 10th, at the Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco, CA. More than 50 fixed gear riders from around the world will compete in track and freestyle competitions among obstacles designed and created by street artists. New this year is a race qualifier open to the public. Twenty five slots are open, first come-first served, get there early for the 10am registration!Culprit Bicycles will be demo-ing their bicycles at the Cruisin’ The Conejo ride this Saturday in Newbury Park, CA.Voting is now open for the Eastern region of the Bell Built grants program. Voting ends May 18th, winner will be announced May 5th. Congratulations to the winner for the Central Region: The Cottage Grove Bike Park, headed up by the Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists (MORC).PowerBar has launched their Don’t Let You Stop You Tour de France Sweepstakes which runs through July 31st.Snapguide, an online how-to community, has launched their bike-hack contest in honor of Bike To Work Month. From now until June 4th, upload your how-to guide on anything bike related to win up to $900 in hand made bike accessories.Timbuk2 is celebrating Bike month with new colors in the Especial Raider Cycling Backpack, and two new commuter bags: the Especial Vuelo Cycling Laptop Bag $149, and the Especial Claro Cycling Laptop Messenger $139.Also, Timbuk2 Facebook fans can enter the annual #ridefree Bike Commute Sweepstakes for a chance to win over $1,100 in gear: Raleigh Bicycle, Lazer Helmet, Kryptonite Lock, Portable Speakers, and the new Timbuk2 Especial Vuelo Backpack.Ellsworth is celebrating the month of May with $500 off complete Evolve C, complete 29 or 27.5 Enlightenment or complete Epiphany Enduro (limited sizes) bikes – or $250 off those frames only. Also, they will be giving away free Rocker and Bling Kit upgrades on all bikes sold in the month of May.Beginning May 11, fans can tune in to NBCSN daily to catch the final two hours of the 2014 Amgen Tour of California live, as well as nightly recaps and highlights. The finale on Sunday, May 18th, will be broadcast on NBC. TV schedule after the break.The Documentary Marco Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist launches May 16th in the UKCanyons Resort in Park City, Utah, will be opening up their family-friendly downhill mountain bike park on June 12th.Rapha is sponsoring the Women’s 100 – a worldwide 100k ride on Sunday, July 20th. Find a sponsored ride near you, set up a group ride, or register to ride on your own here.This Year, the Providence Cyclo-cross Festival will host a Dealer Day on Friday, October 3rd. Touted as an affordable alternative to Interbike, they had 45 exhibitors in 2013 and expect to sell out quickly for this years’ event.The RoadTitans300+ Cycling Challenge is a 3 day, 310 mile, 30,000+ ft of elevation ride this November 7-9th in Oconee, South Carolina. The 2014 Amgen Tour of California television schedule follows*:· Sunday, May 11 at 5-7 p.m. EDT/2-4 p.m. PDT on NBCSN: Stage 1 presented by Visit California – Sacramento (*Encore at 2-3 a.m. EDT/11 p.m.-midnight PDT)· Monday, May 12 at 5-7 p.m. EDT/2-4 p.m. PDT on NBCSN: Stage 2 presented by Michelob Ultra – Folsom Individual Time Trial (Encore at 10:30-11:30 p.m. EDT/7:30-8:30 p.m. PDT)· Tuesday, May 13 at 5-7 p.m. EDT/2-4 p.m. PDT on NBCSN: Stage 3 presented by Michelob Ultra – San Jose to Mount Diablo State Park (Encore at 10:30-11:30 p.m. EDT/7:30-8:30 p.m. PDT)· Wednesday, May 14 at 5-7 p.m. EDT/2-4 p.m. PDT on NBCSN: Stage 4 presented by Visit California – Monterey to Cambria (Encore at 10:30-11:30 p.m. EDT/7:30-8:30 p.m. PDT)· Thursday, May 15 at 5-7 p.m. EDT/2-4 p.m. PDT on NBCSN: Stage 5 presented byBreakaway from Cancer® – Pismo Beach to Santa Barbara (Encore at 10:30-11:30 p.m. EDT/7:30-8:30 p.m. PDT)· Friday, May 16 at 5-7 p.m. EDT/2-4 p.m. PDT on NBCSN: Stage 6 presented by Crunchies Natural Snacks – Santa Clarita to Mountain High (Encore at 10:30-11:30 p.m. EDT/7:30-8:30 p.m. PDT)· Saturday, May 17 at 4:30-6:30 p.m. EDT/1:30-3:30 p.m. PDT on NBCSN: Stage 7 presented by Crunchies Natural Snacks – Santa Clarita to Pasadena (Encore at 11 p.m.-midnight EDT/8-9 p.m. PDT)· Sunday, May 18, live on NBC at 1-3 p.m. EDT/10-Noon PDT on NBC: Stage 8 presented by Amgen – Thousand Oaks (Encore at 5-7 p.m. and 11 p.m.-midnight EDT/2-4 p.m. and 8-9 p.m. PDT)*Times subject to change. Nightly encore shows are edited from the two-hour live shows.last_img read more

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AWR Announces Agenda of Activities for IMS 2013

first_imgThis year at the IMS 2013 – International Microwave Symposium in Seattle, AWR in Booth #330, will showcase software demonstrations of key features in its current product release, V10, as well as a sneak-peek preview of features within its pending V11 release.  Demonstrations will Include: –          Microwave Office® design environment showcasing a Cree Class F power amplifier design –          Microwave Office design environment showcasing Marki Microwave’s new Microlithic mixer design –          Analyst™ 3D FEM EM simulation featuring a preview of V11 custom PCell generation for microwave connectors as well as antennas from Antenna Magus –          Visual System Simulator™ (VSS) featuring an enhanced radar library and novel radio frequency planning wizard, RFP™ –          AWR Connected™ to National Instruments: –          LabVIEW co-simulation for PA design including DPD, characterization, and test –          Multisim/Ultiboard layout compatibility enabling a complete circuit board design flow from DC to microwave frequencies –          802.11ac communication standard library IP sharing for design and test compatibility In addition to the many new features, technologies, and solutions featured in and around AWR’s booth, company technology experts will also be presenting nine MicroApps at the MicroApps Theater that provide additional insight into novel applications and technologies within AWR’s software.  AWR/NI Appreciation Party Last but certainly not least, AWR will hold its 9th annual Appreciation Party, AWR Games, on Wednesday night, June 5, at 7:00 pm at GameWorks in downtown Seattle. The event is being co-hosted by National Instruments and media sponsored by MicroWaves & RF Magazine. To register for this not-to-be-missed event, visit awrcorp.com/awr-ims-2013/9th-annual-appreciation-party or stop by AWR booth #330 for an invitation. More information is available at awrcorp.com/awr-ims-2013last_img read more

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Utah Utes football notebook: Vroman erasing worries about replacing Sakoda as kicker

first_imgBesides getting settled on a starter at the quarterback position, perhaps the biggest concern for Ute football coaches in camp has been the kicking game. Replacing a player such as all-American Louie Sakoda, a three-year starter at punter and placekicker, is a tough task.After Thursday’s scrimmage, coach Kyle Whittingham was all smiles while talking about the kicking game.Ben Vroman, who handled kickoffs the last two years, is No. 1 on the depth chart at placekicker, and he showed why Thursday.He went 7-for-7 on the day, making field goals from 49 and 43 yards as well as from 39, 36, 35, 31 and 26 yards.”I was very pleased with the placekicking today,” Whittingham said. “We did a bunch of placekicking in live situations, and Ben Vroman was clearly the top guy and right now unless something dramatic happens, he’ll be handling the kickoffs and the placekicking.”Besides Vroman, freshman Nick Marsh made a 33-yard field goal and Joe Phillips a 36-yarder.”It was a good day for the specialists group,” said Vroman, a senior out of Skyline High. “Spring was a little rough for us, but the first part of the camp we’ve definitely taken some steps forward.”Whittingham also said punter Sean Sellwood was back in action after sitting out earlier in the week and did a “nice job” punting the ball Thursday.”I’m very happy with the whole kicking battery,” said Whittingham. “It’s all way ahead of where we were in the spring.”NOT GOOD ENOUGH: While much of the focus has been on the offensive side of the ball, the defense has been improving each day of practice. However, new defensive coordinator Kalani Sitake was not happy with the defense at Thursday’s scrimmage.”The guys are energetic and running around, but we had too many missed assignments and too many missed tackles,” he said. “Nobody was great today. We were just good. But good is not good enough for this program.”Sitake said the defense did rest seven starters as a precaution, but he still expected more.”It was an opportunity for our inexperienced guys to get in there and play some ball and get some experience,” he said. “But it wasn’t clean enough and crisp enough. We had a lot of mistakes. We need to stay focused on our fundamentals and our technique. We’re anxious for the next time to go live.”ROBLES BACK: Lost amid all the talk about the three-way battle for quarterback is the return of Griff Robles, the highly recruited QB from Spanish Fork High School.The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Robles returned from an LDS mission in June and wasn’t expected to play this fall but was given the scholarship saved for James Aiono, who didn’t qualify academically for this fall.If Robles doesn’t get a chance at quarterback, he may have a future as a defender, a another former quarterback from Utah County, PaulKruger.Robles took some snaps at the end of Thursday’s scrimmage and after getting picked off by Thor Salanoa he laid out the defender with a hard tackle on the sideline.When asked about it later, Sitake said, “That was the hardest hit all day.”EXTRA POINTS: Rice-EcclesStadium will have two new banners on the west side of the stadium this year, commemorating the 2004 season and Fiesta Bowl victory and the 2008 season and SugarBowl victory … Jake Orchard, an all-state receiver for Highland in 2005, has joined the team as a walk-on after recently returning from an LDS mission. He was recruited out of high school by several schools for football but opted to accept a scholarship to play basketball for Weber State as a freshman … The next scrimmage will be Tuesday at the stadium with the final scrimmage set for Aug. 22.last_img read more

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Wild wallops Green Valley

first_imgJohn Hendry and his Mate Graham Stitfall were over from Canarvon, but unfortunately Graham got a cracked rib and was playing in all sorts of pain.  Impressive perseverance and enjoy your trip up to Nong Khai mate and get some rest.There were some fantastic scores in today and four ‘2’s also.  When a score of 36 points from Gus George only gets fourth spot you know the field has scored well.  Third place went to Bruce McAdam with 37 points, second went to Dayle Shier with 40 and in first place was Kevin Wild who finished with a magic 46 points.  This is the second time in his golfing career that he has broken a hundred gross and he couldn’t stop smiling even as he rang the bell.The ‘2’s came from Dayle Shier, Mark Wood, Peter Lenoury and Bob Philp.Friday, August 9, Crystal Bay – StablefordWith six groups we set off from the bar a little early because sometimes travelling to Crystal Bay can get a bit hectic in the traffic and today was no exception.  The course was a little rough around the edges and the greens with different grass here and made for a good challenge.We said hello today to Brad Sproxton and goodbye to Bill Rogers, who was going home to Melbourne and hopefully coming back at Xmas.There was a three-way count back for second, third and fourth places, all on 35 points, which was headed by Brad Sproxton with 21 on the back nine while Darl White (18) took third and Eng Cotterell (17) fourth.  The winner meanwhile was the Capt. Bob with 38 points.There were two ‘2’s coming from Bob Philp and Owen Walkley.Note:  If you are looking for a game with some friendly golfers give Bob a call on 082 204 3411 or call into the bar we are just off Siam Country road looking straight down Lake Maprachan.  Also, if anybody is looking for a right hand R1 there is one for sale for 10.000 baht.  Just give Bob a call and he will put you in touch with the vendor.  He assures it hasn’t been used properly since he bought it! The Billabong Bar Golf SocietyWednesday, August 7, Green Valley – StablefordGreen Valley is our normal venue for Wednesday and with eight groups taking part it was a grand day out.  Everyone enjoyed themselves today as this course is manicured to perfection; the greens were top dressed the previous week and they are now as good as you will putt on anywhere.  The fairways on 17 and 18 have been scarified but that didn’t make any difference either. We were off to an early start and it was a four hour round for easy golf.  John Mills had a big night the night before and had to call it quits after eleven holes and call a taxi to take him home.  I don’t think the flu had anything to do with his condition, just a little over indulgence.Green Valley winners.last_img read more

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Boss gives it his best shot

first_imgPattaya Golf Society at The LinksMonday, June 13 Mountain Shadow StablefordOn Monday, 13th June, the Pattaya Golf Society visited Mountain Shadow to play a Stableford competition from the blue tees. The recent rains have done the job at the course and fairways are now well covered and the greens are in good condition. There may be some small patches of worn turf off the fairways but off fairway destinations are not the places to be at the course.There was only one other four ball on the course for the whole morning so progress was excellent.In second place was Murray Edwards with 29 points in his penultimate round this trip and the winner’s place went to Mr Len with 34 points, which should have been better had he not four-putted two consecutive holes.No booby prize was awarded as all players had put in “good shift” and with an empty course millionaires’ golf had been the order of the day. All Square at Soggy EmeraldFriday, June 17 Emerald-StablefordOn Friday, 17th June the Pattaya Golf Society visited an empty Emerald golf club to play a Stableford competition on the rapidly improving course, after a few weeks of regular rain. Fairways are well grassed and the greens in a week or so will be excellent after some recent repairs.The moderately sized group found scoring tough as they followed a Gallic social four ball intent of playing like “escargots”, meaning that five hours on a humid course punctuated by a heavy storm would guarantee nothing more than moderate scoring.Sharing the win on 30 points were Toby Glass and Mike Davies, with Mike Wilsher coming in third with 29 points. Toby also recorded the only birdie two with a fine, if speedy effort on the short fifteenth.The week finished in the usual way with beers at The Links back in Soi Buakhao and another week of tough golf on excellent courses was anticipated.last_img read more

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Bonucci clarifies controversial statement on Moise Kean’s episode with racism

first_imgAdvertisement p18NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs120ltWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E8wuxk( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) ckaiWould you ever consider trying this?😱puCan your students do this? 🌚c0pRoller skating! Powered by Firework In the wake of Moise Kean receiving racist chants and gestures in Juventus’ away trip to Cagliari , team captain Leonardo Bonucci spoke after the game that the blame was “50-50” between Cagliari fans and Kean. The soccer world united in calling the Italian defender out for not condemning racism but instead imposing blame on the victim of a severe racism episode.Advertisement Bonucci took to Instagram to clarify himself but its a hard-sell.Advertisement The English translation of the post reads : After 24 hours I want to clarify my feelings. Yesterday I was interviewed right at the end of the game, and my words have been clearly misunderstood, probably because I was too hasty in the way I expressed my thoughts. Hours and years wouldn’t be enough to talk about this topic. I firmly condemn all forms of racism and discrimination. The abuses are not acceptable at all and this must not be misunderstood.While team captains like Harry Kane who openly say that they are ready to walk their teams out of the pitch under such circumstances, people like Bonucci do not make a lot of sense.The veteran defender might have been in an haste but if denying racism was natural to a person then haste certainly wouldn’t have been an issue. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Parking with a twist

first_imgLEFT unchecked, a gravel car park in Berwick could break a heel or ankle according to the chamber of commerce….[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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