Eskom power station shocker

Only two of Eskom’s fifteen power stations — Lethabo and Matimba — meet the energy availability factor (EAF) target of 75%, while the newly built Kusile has an EAF of only 24%. This was revealed by Netwerk24, citing data shared by Eskom’s acting head of maintenance, Paula Goatley. Political and trend analyst, JP Landman, highlighted that South Africa’s Integrated Resource …

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Amazon launches first solar power station in South Africa

Amazon Web Services has announced its first solar project in South Africa is now operational and is feeding electricity into the national grid. The 10MW solar farm is located in the Northern Cape and supplies renewable energy to AWS data centres. “The solar project is expected to generate up to 28,000MWh of renewable energy per year, which is equivalent to …

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Jeff Bezos’s Orbital Reef space station could replace the ISS

After more than two decades in orbit, NASA is preparing to retire the International Space Station. The habitable satellite only has permission to operate until 2024, and while it’s likely that the space station’s funding could be extended until 2028, NASA plans to decommission the ISS and find a replacement by the end of the decade. Cue Jeff Bezos. The …

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