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Dr Paul Gauché awarded the NIPMO Intellectual Property Creators Award 2019

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 Gauché was awarded as the Top Intellectual Property Creator for his disclosures of concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies during his directorship at STERG. The award recognizes the most actionable disclosures at Stellenbosch University between 2010 and 2018. The disclosures were applauded as a tool to reduce the triple challenge of unemployment, inequality and poverty in South Africa.

Figure 1: Dr Willie Smit (centre) receiving the NIPMO award on behalf of Dr Paul Gauché from the Minister of Science and Technology, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane (left), and the Director-General: Science and Technology, Dr Phil Mjwara (right)

The award was received by STERG’s Dr Willie Smit in Pretoria on 28.03.2019 during a gala dinner hosted by the Minister of Science and Technology, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane.

STERG would like to thank its founder Dr Paul Gauché for his contribution to growing the research group so rapidly into the today globally recognized entity. We further thank the Department of Science and Technology (DST) for the long standing support of our research and innovation, in particular Mr Somila Xosa and Ms Rebecca Maserumule.

We also thank the DST’s Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) for repeatedly supporting our technology development projects and supporting with the generation of IP and bringing it to life, most famously in the TIA Helio100 project. At Stellenbosch University we thank Ms Anita Nel and Mr Joubert de Wet of our tech transfer office InnovUS for the team spirit and the support in protecting and developing our innovation.

STERG Members and Alumni Winning Awards

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 longer flying drones would be useful for the city. The pitching competition was hosted by Attacq.

Gerard Walsh and Matthew Kapp,  were named one of 7 winners out of 150 entrants in a competition hosted by Santam. The competition hosts were looking for ways of improving safety in South Africa. The pair noticed that traffic congestion is unsafe and suggested using a drone to monitor traffic flow at congested intersections to improve traffic flow.

 

Well done to all of you!

 

SASEC 2018 2nd Call for Abstracts

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 field. It is a particularly good opportunity for postgraduate students to showcase their research progress, network and develop knowledge of solar energy technologies.

Abstracts are due on the 22nd January 2018.

See further details here

STERG well represented at SolarPACES2017 in Santiago de Chile

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 than 500 participants from 38 countries. Eight Master and PhD students had the opportunity to present their innovative work to an international audience through oral or poster presentations and to discuss new developments in technology, politics and financing of concentrating solar power (CSP). Ten oral and eight poster presentations were conveyed, which evoked substantial interest from renowned researchers and industry representatives alike. The conference was an excellent event for information exchange and networking as well as to present STERG’s research to stakeholders in the field of concentrating solar power.

After the conference, some of the students and professors had the opportunity to stay in Chile to explore. The group had fun exploring Maipo valley, rafting, braaing, wine tasting and hiking in the snowy Andes Mountains.

STERG’s delegation at the conference (from left to right): Prof Theodor von Backström, Christoph Pan, Lina Hockaday, Frank Duvenhage, Willem Krog, Henk Laubscher, Dr Jaap Hoffmann, Bradley Da Silva, JC Nel and Dr Lukas Heller

STERG’s delegation at the conference (from left to right): Prof Theodor von Backström, Christoph Pan, Lina Hockaday, Frank Duvenhage, Willem Krog, Henk Laubscher, Dr Jaap Hoffmann, Bradley Da Silva, JC Nel and Dr Lukas Heller

STERG Technical Tour 2017

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 (UP) joined the tour this year, extending STERG’s collaboration with other universities in South Africa. The group of 28 Master’s and PhD students, as well as professors and academic staff, visited several power plants in operation or under construction around Upington in the Northern Cape. The visited plants include concentrated solar power plants (Khi Solar One, Bokpoort, Kathu Solar Park and Ilanga), a photovoltaic plant (Sishen PV) and a concentrated photovoltaic plant (Touws River CPV). The students had the unique opportunity to see large-scale power plants in person and to learn more about the various technologies as well as to engage in discussions with the developers and operators of the plants. The tour has been a great success in past years and continued its objective in maintaining good relations with the renewable energy industry.

A big thank you goes to the various companies and individuals at the power plants who helped in making the tour a reality by accommodating the group on site and taking the time out of their daily operations to show them around as well as answering numerous questions from the students. Thanks to the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies (CRSES) which generously sponsored part of the costs.

 

We look forward to the next tour!

 

STERG Technical Tour 2017 to Upington brings universities & renewable energy industry together

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 (UP) joined the tour this year, extending STERG’s collaboration with other universities in South Africa. The group of 28 Master’s and PhD students, as well as professors and academic staff, visited several power plants in operation or under construction around Upington in the Northern Cape. The visited plants include concentrated solar power plants (Khi Solar One, Bokpoort, Kathu Solar Park and Ilanga), a photovoltaic plant (Sishen PV) and a concentrated photovoltaic plant (Touws River CPV). The students had the unique opportunity to see large-scale power plants in person and to learn more about the various technologies as well as to engage in discussions with the developers and operators of the plants. The tour has been a great success in past years and continued its objective in maintaining good relations with the renewable energy industry.

The technical tour team being shown around the Khatu Solar Park. Photo courtesy of Frank Duvenhage

The technical tour team being shown around the Khatu Solar Park. Photo courtesy of Frank Duvenhage

The technical tour team at the Khi Solar Plant. Photo courtesy of Frank Duvenhage

The technical tour team at the Khi Solar Plant. Photo courtesy of Frank Duvenhage

A big thank you goes to the various companies and individuals at the power plants who helped in making the tour a reality by accommodating the group on site and taking the time out of their daily operations to show them around as well as answering numerous questions from the students. Thanks to the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies (CRSES) which generously sponsored part of the costs.

We look forward to the next tour!

STERG 5TH ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM 2017 A SUCCESS

The 5th Annual STERG SOLARPACES Symposium 2017 was held on the 13th and 14th July 2017 at Stellenbosch University. We would like to thank all our sponsors, speakers and attendees! This year the symposium featured a record breaking 38 presentations. STERG’s research presentations were accompanied by presentations by our colleagues from the University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN), the University of Pretoria (UP) as well as the University of Cape Town (UCT). Our guests from industry succeeded in motivating students and provided insight into their challenges and successes in project development, finance, construction and operation.

Presentations are available for download here.

 

 

5th Annual STERG SolarPACES Symposium

The 5th Annual STERG SolarPACES Symposium will take place from the 13th of July 2017 to the 14th of July 2017. Presentations will cover research related to concentrating solar power (CSP) as well as solar process heat. This will provide an opportunity for researchers in the field of solar thermal power and heat to present their work. Interested students, researchers and members of industry and the general public are all welcome to attend. For further information on the symposium visit the page here.

“The Role and Value of CSP in South Africa’s Power System” at the Africa New Energy Conference 2017

The Africa New Energy Conference took place at Century City in Cape Town on the 7th – 8th March 2017. Professor Frank Dinter representing Stellenbosch University’s Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Studies (CRSES)  gave an insightful presentation on Monday about, “The Role and Value of CSP in South Africa’s Power System”. This presentation can be downloaded here.

For details about the Africa New Energy Conference click here.