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A Strong Online Presence from STERG at the 2020 SolarPACES Conference

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 [...]

SU PostGraduate Scholarship Programme 2021

Stellenbosch University would like to invite prospective students (and current students in some faculties) to apply for full or partial scholarships for 2021. Closing date: 13 November 2020 Each faculty has its own scholarship application form. Please click on the link which you can find on each faculty's page in this booklet. Please note the following [...]

Impact of solar towers on birds investigated

It is possible to reduce the impact that concentrating solar power (CSP) towers might have on bird populations by managing the infrastructure well, especially during downtime when it is not generating power. So says HP van Heerden, after completing research at South Africa’s only concentrating solar power tower. Read more about it here [...]

Research Fellow positions at ANU

ANU (Australian National University) presently has four post-doctoral positions advertised in the Solar Thermal Group, see the link below.  The positions suit people with materials, mechanical, metallurgical or process engineering background, and spans CSP topics relating to thermal storage technologies, advanced materials, and system modelling, as well as decarbonisation of steelmaking.  Applications close 28 September [...]

Mirror panels soiling study

PREMA: Energy efficient, primary production of manganese ferroalloys through the application of novel energy systems in the drying and pre-heating of furnace feed materials Published on: Thursday, 6 August, 2020 The Highveld region of South Africa experiences cold-dry winter conditions. Therefore, even moderate winds have the potential to entrain dust particles into the lower [...]

Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation – Invitation to apply

The Royal Academy of Engineering opened applications for the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation 2021 on 23 June 2020. The prize aims to stimulate, celebrate and reward innovation and entrepreneurship in sub-Saharan Africa.   Applications are invited from individuals or small teams, living and working in sub-Saharan Africa. Entrepreneurs from all engineering disciplines, with an [...]