Sweden collaborates with Zimbabwe to promote green economy

By Wallace Mawire Sweden through the Swedish Embassy in Harare is collaborating with a number of partners to create a green economy and transition Zimbabwe to a society built on sustainable environmental solutions. A green economy is defined as an economy that aims at reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities and aims for sustainable development […]

Solar power brings life to arid Hwange

By Pamenus Tuso The advent of solar–driven water pumps in Hwange district in Zimbabwe’s Matabeleland North province has enabled humanitarian organisations to undertake multi-sectoral projects that depend on water resources. World Vision Area Development Programme (ADP) manager for Hwange district, Lovemore Nyoni, said solar- powered technology was “killing many birds with one stone” in the […]

Solar traffic lights reduce accidents in Masvingo

By Hazvinei Mwanaka Zimbabwe’s southern city of Masvingo has been commended for installing solar traffic lights in the city thereby reducing accidents at an intersection that had become a black spot. Masvingo had two traffic lights near the police station and Edgars Stores before installation of the solar ones at the corner of Robert Mugabe […]

Intense efforts to harness wind energy underway

By Lungelo Ndhlovu The Zimbabwean government is intensifying harnessing of wind power to generate electricity as part of its efforts to promote the use of environmentally friendly energy technologies. According to Tobias Mudzingwa, engineer for renewable energies with the Zimbabwe Energy Regulation Authority (ZERA), preliminary wind mapping studies to identify areas suitable for wind energy […]

Interview: ‘We have to use the oil to transform Africa’

In a new book, leading African energy lawyer NJ Ayuk examines how the oil and gas industry could help Africa to peace and prosperity. Some of his assertions are controversial. W: It’s often said that Africa suffers from a resource curse. Economic experts say African countries shouldn’t just concentrate on developing their natural resources but […]

Will US withdrawal from Paris Agreement affect developing countries?

By Watmore Makokoba On 1 June 2017 the United States announced that it was withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement signed by most developed countries towards combating climate change. According to US President Donald Trump, the decision was a preventive measure to make sure resources are “devoted to the betterment of the American people first”. Industrialised […]

Renewable energy panacea to energy shortages

By Pamenus Tuso Renewable energy has great potential to ease Zimbabwe’s perennial electricity shortages but despite this potential the sector is not being  fully exploited. Zimbabwe’s major electricity entity, the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA), is  unable to meet national demand due to numerous challenges which include operational inefficiencies of existing infrastructure and capacity. Munyaradzi […]

CHARCOAL BRIQUETTES DELIVER 50% MORE HEAT FOR EACH DOLLAR SPENT THAN WOOD LOGS

BLOCKS of compressed coal dust, mixed with wood chips or biomas, oftenly called briquettes; can deliver around 50 per cent more heat for each dollar spent than wood logs, a chemical engeneering expert says. Harare Institute of Technology Chemical Engineer, Felix Mapaike says briquetting can be exploited in Zimbabwe to help solve the cooking-energy poverty […]

Gwanda solar price markdown gets nod

SHANGHAI Stock Exchange listed, CHiNT Electric Co, contracted by Zimbabwe Power Company to build the 100 megawatt Gwanda solar plant, has confirmed feasibility of building the power plant at a significantly reduced price of $140 million. The Gwanda plant tender had been awarded by the State Procurement Board to the lowest bidder to specification at […]