Eternity Power registered as a CDM project

Vuselela Energy is proud to announce that our multi-award winning Eternity Power Thermal Harvesting™ clean energy project has been registered as a Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project. This innovative project is registered with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), allowing the clean energy power plant to earn carbon credits for each tonne of carbon offset by its electricity production.

Eternity Power is one of 57 registered stand-alone Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects in South Africa and is the only CDM project using patented Thermal Harvesting™ technology. The project not only reduces carbon emissions but also generates an alternative source of clean energy for the Anglo American Platinum Waterval smelter. The Eternity Power Thermal Harvesting™ project captures waste heat from the converter cooling circuit at the smelter to generate up to 5MW of electricity which is used by the smelter for its internal power consumption. The plant is registered to offset 15 279 tonnes of CO2 per year. The CDM credit period will run for 10 years.

The Eternity Power Thermal Harvesting™ project was developed by Vuselela Energy in collaboration with Anglo American Platinum. The power plant is a first of its kind in the field of clean electricity production.

February 2018 – New Engineers in Training

In January this year, Vuselela Energy welcomed three new Engineers in Training. The new Engineers in Training work at our multi-award winning clean energy power plant, Eternity Power, near Rustenburg in the North West province.  We welcome Khungeka Sidlai, graduate of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT); Philiswa Mdletye, a University of Johannesburg graduate and Sisipho Mntonga, also a graduate of CPUT.

This photo was taken on Valentines Day and features most of the Vuselela Energy team (from left to right) Norbertin Nkoghe Eyeghe, Gomolemo Tlalang, Khungeka Sidlai, Jacques Malan (back), Vinetia Taffa, Philiswa Mdletye (back), Manuel Masole, Thabisile Mwelase and Sisipho Mntonga.

October 2016 – Accenture Innovation Awards

Vuselela Energy was a finalist as a Top Innovative Concept at the annual Accenture Innovation Awards featuring a keynote speech from the CTO at Tesla, JB Straubel. Earlier in 2016, the Accenture Innovation team in South Africa invited Vuselela Energy to participate in the Accenture Innovation Index survey, which annually measures, recognises and rewards innovation in leading South African organisations.

September 2016 – SANEA Renewable Energy Research Excellence Award

Vuselela Energy with its project Eternity Power Thermal Harvesting™ has won its fourth award, the Renewable Energy Research Excellence Commercial Application Award.


August 2016 – IChemE Sustainable Technology Award

Vuselela Energy‘s Eternity Power Thermal Harvesting™ project has been selected as a finalist for the Sustainable Technology Award by IChemE Global Awards. (more…)

Vuselela Energy featured in ESI Africa

ESI Africa – Africa’s Power Journal – published an interview with Vuselela Director, Vernon Harding. The article features our award winning project Eternity Power Thermal Harvesting™.

Download the article here: ESI Africa Issue 2 2016

View the article online here: ESI Thermal Harvesting™

March 2016 – Vuselela Energy wins Africa Energy Innovation Award

Vuselela Energy with its award winning project Eternity Power Thermal Harvesting™ has won another prestigious award, the 9th Annual Africa Energy Innovation Award.

“Launched in 2007, the Africa Energy Awards have become the blue chip mark of success for the Africa power and electricity sector. The awards recognize and reward industry innovation and outstanding performance, and honour the top energy projects and influencers throughout Africa”. Africa Energy Awards organisers, Terrapinn.

Vuselela Energy shares the R300 000 prize with 15 year old school learner Nicole Barwise, inventor of a urine powered battery. Read more about Eternity Power in this downloadable brochure.

The award was received by Vernon Harding, Director at Vuselela Energy and Nicole Barwise from Menlopark High School at the Balalaika Hotel in Sandton.

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December 2015 – African Energy Journal features Eternity Power

The December 2015 issue of the African Energy Journal features an in depth article written by David Poggiolini about the award winning Eternity Power Thermal Harvesting project.  Download the article here: Eternity Power African Energy Journal.  This article was first published in African Energy Journal, and re-used here by permission of the Publisher of African Energy Journal, Interact Media Defined.  

21 October 2015 – Vuselela Energy wins at SA Innovation Awards

Vuselela Energy, H1 Holdings and Eternity Power are proud to announce that Vuselela Energy Eternity Power Thermal Harvesting™ project was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the 2015 MyWorld of Tomorrow SA Innovation Awards. The Eternity Power Thermal Harvesting™ project was also a finalist in the Collaborative Innovation award and the SMME Innovation award.

Congratulations to Jacques Malan, a director of Vuselela Energy and Eternity Power, for winning the Innovator of the year award.

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28th September 2015 – Eternity Power Official Opening Press Release

Vuselela Energy and H1 Holdings together with Anglo American Platinum Limited officially opened a clean energy power plant, Eternity Power, at its Waterval Smelting Complex in Rustenburg. The Minister of Trade and Industry, Rob Davies, opened Eternity Power and gave the keynote address.

The Eternity Power Thermal Harvesting™ project was developed by Vuselela Energy in collaboration with Anglo American Platinum at a total project cost of R150 million and commissioned in June 2015. Eternity Power is an innovation in the field of energy efficiency and a first of its kind co-generation power plant in South Africa, creating cleaner and inexpensive power for the Anglo American Platinum smelters general consumption.

This ground-breaking initiative uses waste heat from the Anglo American Platinum Conversion Plant (ACP) convertor cooling circuit to evaporate an organic liquid and drive an expansion turbine. The plant has an installed capacity of 5MW of which 4.3MW is available to the grid reducing Anglo American Platinum’s capacity bought from Eskom. The amount of power generate also results in a reduction of the smelter’s carbon footprint and a more efficient use of energy.

The project was supported by the Department of Trade and Industry who provided a R30 million grant as part of its Critical Infrastructure Programme (CIP) which leverages investments to the South African economy by providing infrastructure critical to industrial development with the aim of increasing exports of value-added commodities and creating employment opportunities.

The project was designed, engineered and project managed by local company EPS – Environmental and Process Solutions, based on technology supplied by Israeli company Ormat, a world leader in Organic Rankine Cycle systems.

Jacques Malan, Director at Eternity Power and Vuselela Energy, said “The set of technologies used at the Eternity Power clean energy plant had not previously been used in a smelter environment and a significant amount of novel work was done to design the integration of the technology into the smelter complex and to establish the technical feasibility of the process. These patents were developed specifically for the purpose of capturing and harnessing waste thermal energies from metallurgical and chemical processes for the purpose of power generation and are likely also patentable worldwide. The result is that the Eternity Power Thermal Harvesting™ power plant is the first of its kind in the world, being connected to a convertor at a metallurgical smelter.”

Reyburn Hendricks, Director at Eternity Power and H1 Holdings said “The smelter sector is an important component of South Africa’s mining and industrial economy and is a large consumer of electricity. Smelters emit large quantities of energy in the form of furnace off-gas as well as the emitting of heat. For various reasons, the majority of smelters have not historically sought to capture this form of waste energy. The Eternity Power Thermal Harvesting™ power plant is innovative in that it has been designed to capture relatively low quality thermal heat from the smelter and convert it to electricity”.

July Ndlovu Executive Head of Process at Anglo American Platinum said, “Anglo American Platinum is pleased to be at the forefront of this innovation, it provides a solution to the energy challenges that an energy-intensive operation like the smelting operation faces. We now have clean, sustainable and reliable energy and are proud to open Eternity Power as South Africa’s first thermal harvesting power plant in our operations. The plant is performing beyond expectations, generating more power ahead of its schedule.”

For more information and comments from Eternity Power contact Jacques Malan from Eternity Power or visit; Communications at Eternity Power: Janine Tilley

Download the Eternity Power Presentation for GreenCape July 2015

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