Switching On To Earth Hour 2013

        Every year, around the world, Earth Hour is celebrated on the 23rd of March from 20h30 to 21h30 local time. It serves as a reminder to people everywhere that human activities, especially energy consumption, have a serious impact on the planet, notably our contribution to climate change. This year Hermanus will once again be part of the global …

Simon Nicks

Simon Nicks is Managing Director of CNdV africa, a firm of urban designers, environmental planners and landscape architects. He has a B.Com. (Natal) and BAS MCRP MCPUD (Cape Town). He is a registered town and regional planner and a member of several planning and design institutes, councils and associations. He has worked on numerous urban planning projects with provincial and …

How Green Is Our House?

Whale Coast Conservation is not just talking green, we have gone green. Our new home on the R43, between Hawston and Vermont, called the Green House, is going green with sustainable off-grid technology.  We have 18 photovoltaic panels that produce most of our electricity, especially on sunny days. In addition there are 3 horizontal axis wind turbines on the roof and …

Predicting Wave Power Could Double Marine-Based Energy

In the search for alternative energy, scientists have focused on the sun and the wind. There is also tremendous potential in harnessing the power of the ocean’s waves, but marine energy presents specific challenges that have made it a less promising resource. It’s a challenge to tune Wave Energy Converters (WECs) so that they are able to harvest the maximum …

Home Sweet Lab

Computerized House to Generate as Much Energy as It Uses In a ribbon-cutting ceremony today, the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) unveiled a new laboratory designed to demonstrate that a typical-looking suburban home for a family of four can generate as much energy as it uses in a year. Following an initial year-long experiment, the …

Low Cost, High Efficiency Solar Technology Developed

Researchers at RTI International have developed a new solar technology that could make solar energy more affordable, and thus speed-up its market adoption. The RTI solar cells are formed from solutions of semiconductor particles, known as colloidal quantum dots, and can have a power conversion efficiency that is competitive to traditional cells at a fraction of the cost. Solar energy …

Municipality to raise funds for water cleaning projects

Thohoyandou – A group of Limpopo women who have been volunteering to clean natural springs in their village may soon have a lucrative business. The 12 women have been cleaning two springs in Mphagane and Sheshe villages outside Thohoyandou since July 2011 under the national Adopt a River Project. Our municipality will make sure that the volunteers get funding so …

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South Africa has launched its first verified wind atlas, which maps out potential hotspots as a tool for wind farm developers as the coal-hungry country pushes toward renewable energy. The Wind Atlas for South Africa, launched Deputy Energy Minister Barbara Thompson on Tuesday, brings together 30 years’ worth of data verified over a year by 10 measurement masts and data …

Earth Hour Every Hour

Whale Coast Conservation and the Cliff Path Management Group are inviting everyone, young and old, inventive or artistic, to bring a light and join us at the amphitheater on the Waterfront (near the Old Harbour) in Hermanus on Saturday 31 March between 20h30 and 21h30 to participate in Earth Hour. At that time, on that day, countries around the world …