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. [...]
This exciting new course will be presented at the Wallenberg Research Centre @ Stias, 10 Marais Street, Stellenbosch and will run from Monday 22 May to Wednesday 24 May (3 day course) and to Friday 26 May (5 day course) from 08:00 to 17:00. Spaces are limited. For complete details see the full brochure here.
In keeping with tradition, STERG researchers welcomed curious learners to Stellenbosch University with a boerewors braai cooked on our parabolic solar cooker and chocolate brownies baked in our solar oven. The STERG team enjoyed sharing stories about their experiences, CSP-related research topics, course requirements and answering questions from curious learners. Nothing beats seeing the look [...]
SolarPACES 2017 is now open for the submission of abstracts! Visit the event website here for further details. Submission deadline: 31 March 2017 Make sure not to miss it...
Pressurized Air Receiver Development The Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering at Stellenbosch University is offering a postdoctoral position in concentrating solar power in the field of pressurized air receiver research. The position is available immediately for a project that is aimed at furthering recent research at the university on recently developed pressurized air receiver systems. Closing [...]
The Department of Energy(DoE) recently released the much-anticipated Integrated Resource Plan 2016 (Draft IRP2016) detailing South Africa's energy generation mix until 2050. Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) generation was not included in the mix which in the worst case translates to "the death of CSP" in South Africa. However, this challenge is also an opportunity to better understand [...]
STERG would like to congratulate Toyisi Craig for being presented with a Highly Recommended Recognition at the 2016 SANEA/SANEDI Energy Awards for the work of his MEng Research. We are proud to have another one of our members to receive this prestigious award. We would also like to congratulate former CRSES researcher, Imke Meyer, for [...]
STERG members are encouraged to take note of Eni Awards for 2017 and consider application. The Eni Award annually honors the best research projects in the field of energy and sustainability and is addressed to scientists and researchers from around the world. Established in 2007, in this edition the Prize has been completely redesigned in [...]
The Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies are now accepting bursary applications for 2017. Bursary amounts: M-degree R100 000 for 2 years PhD-degree R150 000 for 3 years Application forms can be downloaded from our website at http://crses.sun.ac.za/studies-bursaries-crses-bursaries Preference will be given to previous disadvantaged students and applicants must be SA Citizens or have a permanent [...]
Thanks to all STERG members who joined the second social for the year at Helio100. It was inspiring to visit the Helio100 pilot facility to those who have not been there before and see what the research from STERG can yield. Please encourage your fellow members to join in the future too!