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Water, a vital resource for human activity, must be drawn off, treated, transported and after it is used, returned to nature clean. This process, now automated, is subject to very demanding quality, environmental and productivity constraints… (more)


Energy efficiency has a significant impact on energy savings and, according to Schneider Electric, technologies designed to lower energy costs could cause unexpected power quality issues… (more)

In an interview with EE Publishers features editor Hans van de Groenendaal, he attributed his company’s success not to its varied international market exposure, but to the fact that it is a “perpetual start-up company” always on the look-out for innovation and new markets to explore. Newly-appointed Schneider Electric South Africa country president Eric Léger held the same position for Korea and Taiwan respectively before coming to South Africa well-versed in the company’s operations and in doing business with diverse cultures… (more)

The methods for evaluating power quality (PQ), electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), and solutions for improving PQ. Corrective maintenance is generally the consequence of incidents or malfunctions during operation requiring troubleshooting to apply corrective measures… (more)

Most modern UPS systems do not include the internal transformers that were present in earlier designs. This evolution has increased efficiency while decreasing the weight, size, and raw materials of UPS systems. In the new transformerless UPS designs, the transformers are optional and can be placed in the best location to achieve a required purpose… (more)

Constant power supply is fundamental to the operation of a mission-critical facility and, as power outages are not uncommon, certain electrical design considerations need to be put in place to help minimise the risks posed by such outages… (more)


Inefficiencies in utility’s asset management practices leads to adoption of a GIS solution that enables a more sophisticated and unified way of managing of its electric, natural gas, wastewater, and water sectors. The new centralised geodatabase also played a key role during last year’s wildfires which threatened residential and commercial infrastructure in the city… (more)


Power quality has become a strategic issue for electricity companies, the operating, maintenance and management personnel of service sector and industrial sites, as well as for equipment manufacturers, for the following main reasons… (more)

Electrical equipment manufacturers generally require annual maintenance for power circuit breakers to ensure proper operation and to maintain equipment warranties. This maintenance consists of cleaning and lubrication of the primary and secondary disconnects, racking mechanisms and cell interlocks… (more)

An overview of all the available electric motors, together with their main characteristics and the areas in which they are used. Part 1 of this article focused on three-phase asynchronous motors. Part 2 explores the remaining types of motor… (more)

An overview of all the available electric motors, together with their main characteristics and the areas in which they are used… (more)

This article explains how system availability and uptime are affected by AC power outages and provides quantitative data regarding uptime in real-world environments, including the effect of UPS on up time. The data includes the effects of power outage frequency and duration, the restart behaviour of the equipment, and factors related to the reliability of the UPS…  (more)

Lighting consumes some 20% of all electricity produced and is responsible for about 35% of a typical building’s electricity use. Much of this energy is wasted on poor lighting design, inefficient lighting equipment and poor controls… (more)

Part of data centre planning and design is to align the power and cooling requirements of the IT equipment with the capacity of infrastructure equipment to provide it. This paper presents methods for calculating power and cooling requirements and provides guidelines for determining the total electrical power capacity needed to support the data centre, including IT equipment, cooling equipment, lighting, and power backup… (more)

Globally, water has become a strategic resource. The challenges surrounding water stewardship and management do, however, vary from one country to another. This tricky environment is further compounded by increasing pressure to reduce operating expenses, curb energy consumption, provide a reliable drinking water supply, bolster equipment safety, align processes with shifting regulations and ensure long-term effectiveness over the lifetime of equipment… (more)

Energy management company Schneider Electric and lighting components manufacturer Tridonic have announced a new corporate partnership. The partnership is said to represent collaboration on projects and will see the companies work together to promote energy efficient lighting control solutions… (more)

Schneider Electric South Africa has teamed up with the French Ministry of Education and the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) to launch a centre aimed at developing programmes to train technicians and higher technicians in the fields of energy, electricity and maintenance of automated systems. Named the French–South African Schneider Electric Education Centre (F’SASEC), the new facility is in line with the Department of Higher Education and Training’s vision of accelerating artisan training across the country and will focus on preparing young South Africans from disadvantaged backgrounds for the job market… (more)

System planning is the Achilles’ heel of a data centre physical infrastructure project. Planning mistakes can magnify and propagate through later deployment phases, resulting in delays, cost overruns, wasted time, and ultimately a compromised system. Much of the trouble can be eliminated by viewing system planning as a data flow model, with an orderly sequence of tasks that progressively transform and refine information from initial concept to final design… (more)

Today’s rapidly evolving industrial climate demands machines that are compact, inexpensive and easy-to-use. The system integrator is put in the position of providing the marketplace with machines that meet these criteria quickly… (more)

Over the past few months there has been much written about renewable energy, more efficient use of energy, sustainability and many similar buzz words. Perhaps the reality for us in South Africa is the fact that electricity is now expensive and this is starting to affect our pockets and companies’ bottom lines.It is ironic that for a nation that considers itself environmentally conscious, it has to be the effect on our pockets that spurs us on to take some action… (more)

Major international companies intend to play a major role in the imminent adoption of electric vehicles among the general public. One group is pooling all of its expertise to offer environmentally friendly easy to use, safe, available and efficient charging solutions… (more)

Growing acceptance of the need for energy efficiency to reduce carbon emissions and energy costs has led to hotels and resorts focusing their attention on ensuring their guests not only enjoy superior facilities and service, but also a “green” experience… (more)

To be “green” may be regarded as fashionable, but in reality it is much more than that. Arguments abound as to whether CO2 emissions are the cause of climate change or not. However, when it comes to South Africa, one of the major concerns around being “green” is the efficient utilisation of energy… (more)

The Moses Mabhida Stadium is a state-of-the-art, world-class installation. It is equipped with the latest technology solutions, which assist the stadium to effectively integrate and centralise its access control, CCTVs, fire detection and smoke control, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC), lighting and sound systems… (more)

Steadily increasing energy consumption and the environmental impact via rising carbon emissions demand that developers take serious cognisance of the importance of designing and constructing energy efficient offices, commercial buildings and homes… (more)

Every building undergoes changes over time. While good for business, these changes can negatively impact building performance, resulting in lower productivity and higher energy and building maintenance costs. To address this problem, many companies are “recommissioning” their buildings as a way to fine-tune and update building performance… (more)

Building management systems (BMSs) have over the years become more sophisticated in capability and functionality but are still under-utilised. BMS has moved on from the days of the carousel projector through to fully animated 3D graphics, encompassing the world of the internet, embedded web servers at controller level and other modern technologies, bringing new challenges to this field of expertise… (more)

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