Two STERG alumni have achieved remarkable success in the solar energy industry. Dr Paul Gauché (founder of STERG) previously managed the Concentrating Solar Technologies department at Sandia National Laboratories, New Mexico, from 2017 to 2020. He has recently taken up a new role as the Vice President of Research and Development at Heliogen in the [...]
The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) currently has a vacancy for a research group leader in Energy Systems. Please visit their webpage for more information on this opportunity.
Tyron Jardine, a Masters student at STERG, was interviewed for the Faculty of Engineering's newsletter. Read more about his story here.
This year marks the first online SolarPACES conference, which has proven itself to be a great success. Under usual circumstances, it would have taken place in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Nonetheless, the conference experienced over 50 % more participants than in 2019, comprising of more than 500 attendees across 36 countries that could experience over [...]
In February Stellenbosch University hosted the annual Engineering Department open day. Prospective students and their families visited the faculty to learn about the various degree options. All the research groups from the Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering Department present some of their work to showcase the various careers and research fields graduates can enter. [...]
Dr Paul Gauché, Manager of the CSP Department and the National Solar Thermal Test Facility at Sandia National Labs in the USA and founder of the Solar Thermal Energy Research Group (STERG) at the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering at Stellenbosch University, was awarded the NIPMO Intellectual Property Creators Award in 2019. Dr [...]
Dr Willem Landman, a former STERG researcher received a SANEA/RECORD highly recommended certificate for a young researcher in renewable energy for 2017. Matthew Kapp, was named one of 6 winners out of 64 entrants in a competition to find ways of improving a 'smart city' in Gauteng called Waterfall City. Matthew's project suggested ways that [...]
The 5TH Southern African Solar Energy Conference (SASEC 2018) will be held from 25 to 27 June 2018 at the Blue Waters Hotel in Durban, South Africa. The conference will focus on both Solar Photovoltaic (PV) and Solar Thermal Energy technology systems and applications. The conference provides the opportunity for researchers, engineers, technologists and individuals to share and discuss recent developments in the [...]
A group of students, professors and academic staff from the Engineering faculty represented the Solar Thermal Energy Research Group (STERG) at the SolarPACES 2017 conference, which took place from 26th to 29th September in Santiago, Chile. The annual conference hosts leading research institutions, industry specialists and experts in concentrating solar power and chemical energy systems with more [...]
The STERG Technical Tour Group at the Khi Solar Plant (Photo Courtesy of Frank Duvenhage) The 3rd STERG Technical Tour took place from the 3rd to 7th July 2017 and gave students the opportunity to visit renewable energy generation plants. Students from Stellenbosch University, the University of Cape Town (UCT) and the University of Pretoria [...]