Trailblazer Technologies’ John Bewsey is pioneering cost effective and potentially profitable ways of processing neutralised acid mine drainage (AMD) water, industrial wastewater and even underground ‘brakwater’. In this article, he describes his KNeW (Potassium Nitrate ex Waste) process, which relies on scalable ion exchange CSTR batteries with some value adding regeneration and post regeneration twists to transform dissolved contaminants into valuable fertilisers and industrial salts.

Another R100-million investment in the FLSmidth Supercenter in Delmas, Mpumalanga, has set the South African facility up as the Group’s global centre of excellence for the manufacture and supply of vibrating equipment including dewatering screens and associated wear components and spares. MechChem Africa visited the facility and talks to Warren Walker, the Supercenter’s operations manager and Stephan Kruger, director of manufacturing and warehousing.

In this month’s failure column, Tim J Carter talks about hydrogen and the importance of paying attention to the possible effects atomic hydrogen may have in embrittling steels and other materials, which can cause cracking and catastrophic failures of structures under stress. Carter is a Consulting Physical Metallurgist, previously in private practice and now with ImpLabs in Benoni.

Following engagement with The Clean Energy Wire (CLEW) which, in cooperation with the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, recently hosted a research tour of the decarbonisation pathways being developed by Europe’s top-emitting industries, Louis Mielke introduces the Energy Transition Commission’s (ETC’s) ‘Mission Possible’ initiative and summarises one of the associated Mission Possible sectoral reports: Reaching net-zero carbon emissions from plastics.

SKF and its subsidiary, Lincoln Lubricants, are currently expanding and broadening their training programmes in preparation for a 2020 move into new premises in Jet Park. MechChem Africa talks to global Centre of Excellence manager for SKF Training Solutions, David Reed, and Gail Taylor, sub-Saharan Africa’s SKF training solutions business development manager.

App World and Motion Terminal VTEM launch in South Africa

Festo has recently launched a digital platform called App World. It is an online platform for purchasing and downloading software/licenses and is aimed at simplifying the lives of customers in the automation industry that are moving into the digital Industry 4.0 space.

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