SA to become electricity-savvy

first_img6 February 2008Empty buildings with all the lights left on and home use of energy-guzzling heating and lighting methods may be a thing of the past, should government’s new energy saving proposals be enacted.These suggestions, as well as the use of solar power in new houses, flats and businesses, among others, are contained in the proposed new energy-saving regulations which are to be included in the Electricity Regulation Act.“The aim of this campaign is to change the behaviour of consumers,” Minerals and Energy Minister Buyelwa Sonjica said at the launch of South Africa’s National Energy Efficiency Campaign on Tuesday.The minister urged South Africans to switch off lights not in use, such as those in offices after working hours – as well as street lights during broad daylight.The new regulations will also promote the use of energy-efficient light bulbs in place of incandescent lights.Sonjica said the campaign, which will cost between R20-million and R40-million, would also look at the demand side management programme, with measures such as solar traffic lights, solar power heaters and creative systems lighting (CSL) set to come into effect soon.Sonjica said Eskom has agreed to make one million solar water heaters available to encourage South Africans to use this alternative source of heating, as opposed to mains powered geysers.“By adhering to the regulations, switching off lights in offices from 10pm to 6am for government buildings, except security lights, we can save about 1 080 megawatts, while working in our offices using daylight instead of electric light can save about 1 200 megawatts,” she said.Sonjica said the regulations would be supported by an electricity rationing framework, to be proposed in due course.The proposed regulations include making use of solar heating panels in both commercial and residential buildings, to be implemented before 2010.New houses, flats and townhouses valued at over R750 000 will be required to install electric geysers which incorporate a solar water heating facility. Residences that exceed 300 square meters will also have to install solar powered geysers.Office blocks, hospitals, hotels and resorts and shopping complexes feeding from a centralised water heating system will also be expected to install solar powered heating systems.All new geysers on the market will have to have insulation blankets which prevent heat from escaping and therefore save energy.It has also been proposed that heating, ventilation and cooling systems in commercial and residential buildings as well as swimming pools be fitted with a facility whereby the supply of electricity can be controlled remotely.The regulations will allow municipalities to pass by-laws, which will be in the interest of energy efficiency.Comments on the regulations must be submitted to the department no later than 25 February 2008.All comments must be addressed to Ompi Aphane and either e-mailed to LF.aphane@dme.gov.za or pm.ngobeni@dme.gov.za or posted to the Department of Minerals and Energy at Private Bag X59, Pretoria, 0001.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Cloud for All: Accelerating the Drive to Hybrid Clouds

first_imgWhen we began 2016, the Intel® Cloud for All Opens in a new windowinitiative was about six months old and just taking flight toward the lofty goal of unleashing tens of thousands of new clouds. A year later, we can look back on 18 months of solid progress in the effort to close enterprise feature gaps in OpenStack, simplify private cloud deployment, and accelerate time to market for new, private, and hybrid cloud solutions.I’m proud of all that our team and our partners have accomplished. Together, we’ve made tremendous progress. Let’s look at a handful of the notable accomplishments achieved by the broad ecosystem that is driving the Cloud for All initiative forward.What a Difference a Year MakesTogether with Rackspace, Intel formed the OpenStack Innovation Center (OSIC) last year. The OSICOpens in a new window brings together teams of engineers to accelerate the evolution of the OpenStack platform and help ensure it is ready for enterprise workloads of tomorrow. Today, the OSIC hosts the world’s largest OpenStack developer cloud, composed of 1,000 nodes. More than 220 OSIC cluster users have engaged in more than 60 projects, with resulting contributions to 25 OpenStack projects, including more than 115 completed blueprints and more than 28,000 patch sets submitted. In addition, the OSIC has delivered more than 11,000 hours of training to over 200 individuals. From the beginning, increasing the number of upstream contributions to OpenStack has been a priority for the OSIC. This work helps ensure OpenStack’s long-term vitality among enterprises around the world.We have also expanded the Intel Cloud for All initiative to encompass multiple high-impact programs. These include the Intel® Cloud BuildersOpens in a new window program and the related Intel® Cloud Builders Innovation Fund, which has accelerated more than 20 software-defined infrastructure (SDI) reference architectures and hundreds of proof-of-concept trials. All the while, we roughly doubled the membership of the Intel Cloud Builders program, which brings together hardware and software solution providers to accelerate the progress of cloud, storage, and network solutions.Participants in the Intel Cloud Builders ecosystem and OSIC have closed many major feature gaps in the OpenStack platform, including needs related to high availability, services, rolling upgrades and deployment. For example, we have eliminated six out of nine known VM Live Migration limitations, doubled the number of core OpenStack services supporting rolling upgrades, and reduced deployment time from 26 hours to just six hours. This list could go on and on.Another exciting extension of the Intel Cloud Builders program was the launch of the Intel® Cloud Builders UniversityOpens in a new window. This program offers training on the latest technologies, practices and strategies for implementing or improving cloud infrastructure deployments based on SDI. And, best of all, the educational content is freely available with registration on the Intel Builders University site.Intel and VMware announced a network of Centers of Excellence aimed at accelerating cloud deployments. The centers drive custom optimizations, facilitate proof-of-concept testing and integrate cybersecurity best practices in collaboration with The National Institute of Standards and Technology.Intel worked closely with Microsoft to optimize the Windows Server 2016Opens in a new window operating system to take full advantage of the latest Intel capabilities that enable higher performance, tighter security, and enhanced management. Throughout development, Intel engineers worked closely with their counterparts at Microsoft on configurations designed to help customers and partners accelerate the delivery of market-ready SDI solutions. Launched at Microsoft Ignite last September, Windows Server 2016 is Microsoft’s most cloud-ready server operating system and management solution to date.In August, the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCFOpens in a new window) announced the public availability of a 1,000-node community cluster, funded and operated by Intel. This cluster, which opened to a great community response, will empower the work of the CNCF facilitating scale testing of open source contributions. The CNCF cluster will allows the industry to test code and provide guidance, operational patterns, standards, and, eventually, APIs to enable the interoperability and optimization of container-based SDI stacks. With cloud native applications, you can package an application component once and reuse it across public and private clouds in a hybrid environment.Last but not least, we launched the 1.0 version of SnapOpens in a new window, our open telemetry platform that allows cloud administrators to easily collect, process, and publish telemetry data at scale. The Snap framework enables better data center scheduling and workload management by giving system administrators access to underlying telemetry data and platform metrics.Cloud Technology: This Is Only the BeginningAll of this work is advancing the cause of unleashing new cloud solutions. To that end, we’ve seen a substantial increase in adoption of cloud solutions over the past year, among organizations big and small. To name just a few, BMW GroupOpens in a new window, Volkswagen Group, and Tata CommunicationsOpens in a new window all deployed OpenStack clouds based on Intel® architecture.Building on this foundation, we are now putting greater focus on ensuring that our customers have choice in cloud providers with easy to deploy on premises and hybrid functionality. For example, we are focusing on container development and improving orchestration services like Kubernetes to enable workload portability, making it easier for organizations to move workloads across public or hybrid cloud environments. With efforts like these, the goal is to make it easy for organizations to write code once and then place the workloads where they best fit.Ready to get started? If your organization needs to update your IT infrastructure to keep pace with the digital economy, now is the time to investigate a hybrid cloud strategy. You can find many resources on the Intel Cloud BuildersOpens in a new window site, including reference architectures, white papers, solutions blueprints, and solution briefs.last_img read more