EES - April 2015

April 2015

Biomass RE

The case for the use of biomass renewable energy (31/03/2015)

The provision of renewable energy has been recognised in South Africa as a very feasible solution to help overcome the country’s current dire energy crisis. South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) which commenced in 2010 when the Department of Energy (DoE) issued its first Request for Proposal (RFP) for new generation capacity, has made great strides and been lauded a success by renewable energy industry players the world over. As at Window 3 of the REIPPPP a total energy capacity of 3915 MW had been awarded.

Biomass, a lesser known but very viable form of renewable energy, entered the REIPPPP in Window 3 with the first biomass project being awarded and an investment of ZAR1061 million (US$108 million) allocated to it. However Rodrigue Kamba, Project Engineer for EES Africa (Pty) Ltd, advocates an increased allocation and investment in biomass in South Africa, and in this article discusses how it is used to generate energy.

From My Pen

Building and growing synergies

March has been an exciting month, a month is which EES Africa (Pty) Ltd and Rob Anderson & Associates cc (RAA) have been building and growing the synergies between our two organisations. This follows EES’ acquisition of RAA which took effect from 1 March 2015. This move expands our national footprint to KwaZulu-Natal, and enables us to increase the services and solutions we are able to offer our clients with the addition of specific skills in heavy current electrical and integrated security solutions.


We would like to take this opportunity to officially welcome RAA’s staff members who are adding value to and expanding our staff complement. In addition to Rob Anderson, the founder of RAA 18 years ago, and an Executive Director on the EES Board, the people include Charles Thatcher, Senior Engineer; Penny Anderson, Electrical Technologist; Leoni Botha, Executive Personal Assistant and Kyle Avent, Draughtsman. A big welcome to all of you!


Our latest white paper, written by EES Intern, Jean-Luck Kasangana [Cisco Network Certified (CPUT)], is on ‘Data storage and the cloud’. As organisations become more dependent upon Information Technology (IT), they look to reduce both the capital and operational cost of IT. Cloud computing which facilitates centralised data storage makes it possible to reduce these costs.


The challenge to overcome South Africa’s power and energy issues is at the forefront of our minds. In our latest release we explore renewable energy options and the viability of biomass. If you would like to chat about these options further, please feel free to be in touch.



Managing Director