Ms Nomvula Mokonyane will be launching of one of South Africa’s first ever conduit hydropower facilities, at the Bloemwater Brandkop Reservoir in Bloemfontein on the 31st March from 17:00 – 19:00.
South Africa is facing an energy crisis which places additional importance on harvesting all available feasible renewable energies. While the country is not particularly well endowed with hydropower conditions, large quantities of raw and potable water are conveyed daily under either pressurised or gravity conditions over large distances and elevations.
The University of Pretoria, supported by the Water Research Commission and collaborating organisations such as the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality, Bloem Water and the eThekwini Municipality, is engaged in a research project to investigate and demonstrate the potential of extracting the available energy from existing and newly installed water supply and distribution systems. The Caledon–Bloemfontein potable water supply system supplies the majority of the water demand in Bloemfontein. The water is supplied to the Brandkop Reservoir, which is where the Bloem Water head office is located. Excess energy is dissipated through pressure control valves before being discharged into the reservoir. The benefit of this hydropower-generating application is that minimal civil works are required. There are virtually no negative environmental or social effects requiring mitigation and the anticipated lead times are short.
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by 24 March 2015.