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STERG and CRSES represented at 3rd SASEC

Members of STERG and the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies attended the 3rd South African Solar Energy Conference in Kruger National Park from 11-13 May.  The annual conference provides researchers in solar energy the opportunity to present on all solar energy-related research and development topics and also provides a platform for research collaboration. [...]

2015-05-18T16:01:20+00:00May 18th, 2015|News|

Commercialization plans for Ripasso dishes

The Swedish company, Ripasso, has been testing their 100 square meter, 34% efficient dishes in the Kalahari four the past four years and are now ready for their first large scale installation. The company has hired their entire South African team locally and despite of some bankability challenges, have hopes of  "becoming one of the [...]

2015-05-14T07:09:12+00:00May 14th, 2015|News|

SolarPACES 2015 Dates & Deadlines

SolarPACES is coming to Cape Town this October, 13th to 16th. SolarPACES is the most relevant conference for researchers in the field of concentrating solar power systems and is coming to our door step this year. Certainly STERG will again be well represented at the event! It provides an excellent opportunity to see many members [...]

2015-04-15T15:37:26+00:00February 18th, 2015|Events, News|

Research: The SUNCopter Project

CSP plants, like all other power generation plants, require constant monitoring and maintenance to operate at optimal levels. In the case of CSP plants, the maintenance required involves cleaning, re-aligning and calibrating the mirrors. Due to the sheer volume of mirrors present on a typical CSP plant, these simple maintenance procedures may become lengthy and [...]

2015-08-17T15:21:58+00:00January 21st, 2015|News|

Sutherland added as 12th station to the SAURAN network

The South African Universities Radiometric Network (SAURAN) has recently added Eskom's radiometric station at Sutherland as the 12th station across Southern Africa.  This network of stations make high-resolution, ground-based solar radiometric data available to the public. The graph below shows minute-average GHI, DNI and DHI readings for the days of 15-19 November 2014.  The station [...]

2014-11-20T19:59:28+00:00November 20th, 2014|News|