Sparks Electrical News February 2016

February 2016


• Distribution boards, switches, sockets and protection • Energy efficiency • Sparks draw

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• Contractors’ corner • Buyers’ guide • Lighting • People on the move REGULARS

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The ECA(SA)’s senior staff members and the 2016 Operational Team: Tembe Mwemba (national finance manager); Pierre Foot (regional director, Western Cape); Shantonette Pillay (regional director, KwaZulu-Natal); Pieter Du Toit (regional director, Free State); Cecil Lancaster (regional director, Bosveld); Stephen Khola (labour relations and human relations director); Lucas Bowles (regional director, East South Cape); Louis Pretorius (regional director, Highveld); and Mark Mfikoe (national director). ECA(SA)’s operational team for 2016

THE South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE) will host a Smart Grid Conference at the EskomAcademy of Learning in Midrand from 23 to 25 February to address the technology and business aspects of smart grids. The conference will provide a platform for industry to discuss cutting edge innovations in smart grid technology includ- ing addressing how the current electricity network can be converted into a smart grid. An impressive list of international and local experts will be speak- ing and participating in discussion at the confer- ence. These include: • Professor Massoud Amin currently director of the Technological Leadership Institute at the University of Minnesota and considered to be the‘father of smart grids’. • Professor Qing-GuoWang currently a full profes- sor in the Department of Electrical and Com- puter Engineering at the University of Singapore and in 2016 will be a visiting professor at the School of Electrical Engineering at the University of Johannesburg. • Kurt E. Yeager currently vice-chairman of the Galvin Electricity Initiative, a non-profit organisa- tion focused on transforming the reliability and value of the USA’s electricity services. • Lee Stogner, currently president of the Vincula Group and a specialist in the Internet of Things. Smart grids provide a real-time, dynamic and focused balance between demand and supply. Adding a communications layer to the electric power system creates smart grids. This allows the consumption of electricity to change from a one-way transaction (generator to consumer) to a bi-directional transaction where the consumer can communicate with the system and plan consump- tion based on price and/or availability. In addition, the utility can communicate with the consumer, and the consumer can respond to requests from the utility, for example, to limit load in the event of shortage to alleviate the need for load shedding. It is strongly believed that the adoption of smart grid technology will provide immense benefit to South Africa and Sub Saharan Africa considering the severe shortage of generating capacity being experienced at present in this region. For further details on the conference and to regis- ter online go Enquiries: +27 11 487 3003 SAIEE Smartgrid conference

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