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Alternative and renewable energy is the focus of Energex Africa, and City departments and utilities are showing off Joburg’s progress.
ENERGEX Africa 2011 is an opportunity for Joburg to show off its successes in managing demand for energy, and reducing the strain on its resources.


Energex Africa 2011Visitors at Energex Africa 2011The exhibition is running at Gallagher Convention Centre until 9 June.

City Power, as well as the City’s environmental management and infrastructure and service departments are taking part. The exhibition focuses on challenges in the renewable energy and energy efficient arenas.

On show are battery technology and a range of domestic and industrial energy efficient products, including lights, including other solutions to the need for conserving energy and managing scarce resources.

Thabo Mahlatsi, the director of the energy sector in the infrastructure and services department, says the City is embarking on a different way of generating energy, which is in its initial stages.

“The City strives to green its economy through the development of projects such as the alternative waste to energy technologies, development of bio-digester plants at water treatment works to produce electricity, and landfill gas to energy.”

It also intends to roll out the second phase of its solar water heater system project to reduce the demand of energy. The project will be implemented at newly formalised settlements, according to Mahlatsi.

The first phase was launched in Cosmo City, where 770 RDP houses were fitted with solar heated geysers in June 2010.

Also at Energex, City Power is handing out flyers at its stand that highlight tips on saving electricity, as well as the dangers of cable theft.

The City is joined at the exhibition by diverse companies from across the continent and abroad, all of them showcasing energy related products.

Dominating the exhibition are Chinese companies, whose representatives are proactively seeking opportunities with other exhibitors.

Plans are for Energex Africa to become an annual exhibition of innovative energy-saving products. The exhibition, which began on 7 June runs until Thursday, 9 June. Gates are open from 10am to 5pm.

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