But before delving into forms of alternate energy, I will elaborate on Eskoms Medupi coal-powered power station. When completed in late 2014, Medupi will be the largest dry-cooled coal-fired power station in the world. The power station will consist of 6 coal boilers, each with a capacity of 800 MW, giving a total capacity of 4 800MW. This is being built in Lephalale, Limpopo. The reason for this is mainly the accesibility to coal mines and water. The coal will be obtained from the Grootegeluk coal mine owned by Exxaro just north of the station. This means tha...
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...form of renewable energy, accounting for 16 percent of global electricity generation – 3,427 terawatt-hours of electricity production in 2010”. South Africa already makes use of several sources of hydroelectricity. Our biggest ones are the located in the Gariep Dam and the Drakensberg, with capacities of 360 MW and 1000 MW respectively. The largest hydroelectricity source in South Africa is currently, being built in Ingula, Kwa-Zulu Natal, with a capacity of 1332 MW. I do not believe hydroelectricity can be the main contributor of energy to our national grid. Even though there are more sources that can contribute to hydroelectricity like the Vaal Dam, I don’t believe we have a source big enough to have a capacity that will have an instrumental effect on our energy grid. But this source of energy can have an effect on our energy capacity, even if it is not a huge one.
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