GIZ: Intern – Country Office GIZ South Africa, Lesotho (Duration: 6 months)

The intern’s core task will be to support the Portfolio Manager in organisational, administrative and technical aspects to guarantee the successful management and strengthening of the projects’ portfolio at GIZ South Africa and Lesotho.

In this way, the intern will have the opportunity to gain an overview on several relevant and interesting processes that characterize GIZ’s offices and projects’ work worldwide. The closing date for applications is 20 March 2020.

See link to view advert.
Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be informed!
Applications without a motivation letter will not be considered!

SolarPACES 2020: First Announcement and Call for Papers

SolarPACES (Solar Power and Chemical Energy Systems) is pleased to announce the SolarPACES 2020 conference to be held from September 29 – October 2, 2020, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

SolarPACES is the premier international network advancing research, development, and commercial deployment of concentrating solar-thermal power (CSP) and related technologies.

This year, our annual SolarPACES conference once again offers an excellent scientific and technical conference program, and provides an opportunity for industry, research, political and financing stakeholders and experts around the world to gather and share insights into recent R&D activities and new developments in CSP technology, with an additional focus on marketing and commercialization. The 2020 edition will offer a special focus on current US R&D activities and market perspectives in the CSP sector (see Chair´s welcome message).

Attendees will also have the opportunity to join the Technical Tours to visit Solana, the CSP plant in Arizona, and also to visit a globally renowned CSP research center: the National Solar Thermal Test Facility (NSTTF) at Sandia National Laboratories. Further details are available here; please follow up for updates. The famous Albuquerque balloon festival starts immediately after the conference, offering another exciting experience for conference attendees. However, this festival does attract many visitors, resulting in rising prices for nearby hotels and motels, so we recommend making your accommodation reservations as early as possible (see accommodation information).

SolarPACES 2020 Call for Papers
If you wish to present a paper, an extended abstract
should be submitted electronically providing clear information that allows us to determine the significance and quality of your work. Review criteria include originality, scientific and technical quality of the results, and relevance to the conference topics. The abstract template which serves as a guideline is available here. Please note that for this upcoming conference we encourage, as always, submission of full papers for accepted contributions for publication in the planned online proceedings with AIP, but don´t require this. The organizing committee may request a justification for non-submission of full papers, to include, for example, preliminary results that are currently being prepared for a journal publication or reviews of previously published work that haven’t been presented previously to this CSP community.

Conference Topics

  • Advanced materials, manufacturing, and components
  • Commercial Projects
  • Emerging and Disruptive Concepts
  • Measurement Systems, Devices, and Procedures
  • CSP Integration, Markets, and Policy
  • Power Cycles
  • Solar Industrial Process Heat and Thermal Desalination
  • Operations, Maintenance, and Component Reliability
  • Analysis and Simulation of CSP and Hybridized Systems
  • Solar Fuels and Chemical Commodities
  • Solar Resource Assessment
  • Thermal Energy Storage Materials, Media, and Systems
  • Solar Collector Systems
  • Receivers and Heat Transfer Media and Transport: Linear Systems
  • Receivers and Heat Transfer Media and Transport: Point Focus Systems

Please note the following important dates for SolarPACES 2020:

Abstract Deadline: May 1, 2020
Notification of Acceptance: June 15, 2020
Registration opens: July 15, 2020
Full Papers Due: August 10, 2020

SACAM Conference

The South African Conference in Applied Mechanics is taking place in November this year.

Abstract deadlines are 15 March.

Important Dates

15 March 2020 – Abstract submission deadline

15 April 2020 – Notification of abstract acceptance

31 July 2020 – Early-bird registration deadline

31 October 2020 – Regular registration deadline

1 November 2020 – Late & on-site registration

15 February 2021 – Short paper submission deadline

GradStar Regional Qualifier and Student MasterClass 2020: helping students find employment

What is the GradStar Awards? We help students find employment and have an amazing group of business mentors from various corporates, as well as our Alumni of Accenture Rising Star winners, who help us teach students what they really need to know, when navigating the world of work.

We have a GradStar Regional Qualifier and Student Master Class taking place in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban and we are hoping you will be able to help us spread the word about the event and get these incredible students to register, because the more we support we have, the more we can change what’s happening in this difficult corporate climate. Companies come to us, because they know what we can do.

We are looking for students from ALL faculties! Especially ICT, Computer Science, Information systems, Engineering, Marketing, Business, Finance, Media, Accounting, Law and so much more!

Please feel free to view our website before you reply, so you may see what it is that we do. This year we are going big because we feel all students need this help to elevate themselves, so even though they cannot all make the Top 500 and 100, we can at least help educate them with priceless advice that could help them secure an incredible job and potential employers will be watching.

Please contact Tamsyn Brown at

Website link:

Registration link:

Absa GradStar Awards 2019:

Senior Researcher/Engineer position at CSIR: Energy System Modeller

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is a leading scientific and technology research organisation that researches, develops, localises and diffuses technologies to accelerate socio-economic prosperity in South Africa. The organisation’s work contributes to industrial development and supports a capable state.

Senior Researcher/Engineer: Energy System Modeller

About the job:

The CSIR has a vacancy for a Senior Researcher/Engineer in the Energy Centre within the Smart Places cluster. The incumbent will be responsible for growing and expanding the Centre’s capabilities in energy-systems planning, analysis and related modelling in the increasingly important area of complex energy systems to derive recommendations for the expansion and transformation of South African and Southern African energy systems.  Simultaneously, the candidate should research and establish recommendations for the Centre’s energy-technology research priorities.  This position is based in Pretoria, South Africa.

Key responsibilities:

  • Manage projects, research and investigations on energy modelling/planning and related topics;
  • Contribute to the formulating research questions and developing study assumptions and the provision of research direction to project teams/task teams/ workgroups on energy modelling and analysis in line with strategic direction of the Energy Centre;
  • Generate technical reports, articles, conference papers, journal articles and presentations aimed at energy sector clients, collaborators and partners locally and internationally focussed on technological developments;
  • Develop and implement processes, systems, tools and technologies to further the strategic direction of the CSIR Energy Centre;
  • Provide training and mentorship  on energy systems related topics to CSIR employees;
  • Contribute to the formulating of research proposals and developing relationships with potential clients and collaborators in the R&D around energy modelling related research locally and internationally.

Qualifications, skills and experience:

  • An Honours degree in engineering, science, mathematics, economics or any other related field with at least six years’ working experience in energy planning or modelling. A Masters or Doctorate degree will be advantageous;
  • Experience in working with a team of energy modellers and specifying energy models is essential;
  • The following experience and knowledge is essential:
  • Financial/economic modelling;
  • Knowledge of various energy systems modelling approaches including differentiation between optimisation and simulation approaches;
  • Modelling experience in PLEXOS;
  • Knowledge of other full-sector energy modelling frameworks;
  • Modelling experience and skills in energy planning tools/software;
  • Experience in scenario-based analysis as well as other planning approaches e.g. monte-carlo, scenario-wise decomposition.
  • Knowledge of the South African and Southern African energy systems (not just power sector);
  • Detailed knowledge of existing and planned energy policies, legislation, regulations, codes and standards in the power sector (knowledge of other energy sector policies, regulations, codes and standards is advantageous)
  • Ability to draft proposals, attract funding and lead project teams.

Closing date: 17 January 2020


To apply follow the link:

Trainee or Intern engineer needed for Kathu Solar Park, Northern Cape

Kathu Solar Park project Company

ENGIE BU Africa is present in Abidjan (Ivory Coast), Nairobi (Kenya), Rabat (Marroco) and Johannesburg (South Africa). The South African assets in operation are Avon and Dedisa are two thermal peaking power plant operated with a total capacity of 1 005MW, Aurora Wind farm 94 MW, Aurora and Vredendal PV plants of 21 MW.

ENGIE has a presence in South Africa since 1994, specifically in energy efficiency services, and is the country’s number 1 independent power producer. The Group aims to support the government in defining a balanced energy mix based on renewable energies (solar energy, wind power) and natural gas.

Kathu 100MW CSP Station is the first CSP project within ENGIE and as such is a high profile project for BU Africa and also for the group. The plant uses parabolic trough mirrors, providing energy to the heat transfer fluid that is used to raise steam for use in a conventional steam turbine and also provide energy to the molten salt thermal storage system. Commercial Operation Date was achieved 31 January 2019 and the electricity is sold to ESKOM.

Kathu is located in the Northern Cape of South Africa and is the CSP site is approximately 10km from the pleasant town. Kathu is 600km for Johannesburg and there are daily flights to the town. Historically Kathu has been a centre of iron ore mining, though the solar radiation, makes this location a world class site for CSP.

Purpose of the Job
The main goal of the intern/trainee engineer will be to be involved in some aspects of the following projects or activities under the supervision of the Lead Project Engineer :
• Prepare and manage Owner projects (new wells and borehole pumps, deluge system, panel replacement…),
• Follow up of the EPC obligations during the final acceptance testing period (punch list, guarantees..) until Final Acceptance Date, mirror black spot monitoring
• Follow up of the O&M Obligations and check reporting and documentation during the final acceptance testing period,
• Follow up of the Owner commitments during the final acceptance testing period regarding ESKOM, EPC, O&M,. Reply to CCTV request
• Manage contracts relating to Owner supply utilities (Nitrogen, water, electricity..),
• Follow the performance of the plant via the performance model and EPC/O&MCo obligations
• Contribute to the risks and opportunities identification,
• Participate to register for REC and CER follow up and by doing so improve the plant performance, protect our Project’s interests and sustainability in the respect of our contractual commitments, ethics rules, corporate policies, and environmental and societal responsibility.

The intern/trainee engineer will report to the Lead project engineer and will also closely interact with the O&M Co and the main Contractor.

Health; Safety and Environment (HSE)
The intern/trainee engineer will act and promote the Health and Safety culture at the construction site

• Degree Civil/Mechanical/Electrical Engineering or university degree.

• Preferable internship in OCGT, CCGT, coal, renewable, solar CSP or PV, biomass, wind

Specific Knowledge / skills
• Strong interpersonal skills, excellent communication, negotiation, coordination skills.
• Work in a multicultural environment and multidisciplinary teams.
• Resolve complex technical/ commercial issues.
• Work with IT systems like MS office, Document management software, etc…
• English language, Afrikaans and Spanish would be advantageous
• Valid Driver’s License
• Valid student visa

• South Africa/Kathu
• Accommodation will be provided and transportation to siteField: Operation
Duration : 4 to 6 months from Jan 2020
Schedule: Full-time

To apply please contact Cedric Faye at

Master fellowship at UKZN: Solar dryer

Master fellowship at the Pollution Research Group, University of KwaZulu-Natal (Durban, South Africa), about the development of a pilot-scale solar dryer

Onsite sanitation is employed in places of the planet that are not connected to the sewage system and it could contribute to solve the lack of sanitation in developing countries that affects 2.4 billion of people worldwide, as well as it could offer a more water sensitive alternative for the cities of the future. Faecal sludge, the resulting waste from onsite sanitation facilities, needs to be treated and disposed in a safe way. Thermal drying is an effective method that can ensure to obtain a dry and pasteurised bio-solid, which can be safely reused as agricultural product or biofuel. Nonetheless, it requires of the input of high amount of heat for the evaporation of the moisture, leading to high operating costs. The use of solar thermal energy could be a cost-effective to provide heat to the drying process through a renewable and environmental friendly source of energy.

The Pollution Research Group at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (Durban, South Africa) has received funding from the Water Research Commission in order to develop a pilot-scale solar dryer. The developed prototype is intended to offer to sanitation practitioners a cost-effective, decentralized and mobile technological solution for the treatment of faecal sludge. The functionality and performance of the pilot solar dryer will be evaluated through field testing in one of the waste treatment facilities from the eThekwini municipality using locally available faecal sludge.

The Pollution Research Group is searching for a Master student under the context of this project. The Master student will participate in the design, conception and evaluation phases of the solar dryer. The position is to start from February 2020. A bursary of R150,000 will be offered in a period of 15 months, with the payment done in different parts following set deliverables. The candidate should fulfil the following requirements:
– Academic background in mechanical engineering;
– Knowledge about how to use drawing and CFD simulations software;
– Knowledge about how to conduct thermal analysis;
– Discipline, rigor and organization.

To apply for the position, please send an electronic copy of your transcripts, diplomas and CV to Dr. Santiago Septien Stringel

STERG at 6th Southern African Solar Energy Conference

The 6th Southern African Solar Energy Conference (SASEC) took place from the 25th to the 27th November 2019, at the idyllic Mpekweni Beach Resort in the Eastern Cape. SASEC focuses on research, development and deployment of both solar thermal and solar photovoltaic energy technologies. A group of STERG members attended the conference, hosted this year by the University of Fort Hare, with three STERG student members presenting their research as part of the conference programme.

Speakers and delegates of the 6th Southern African Solar Energy Conference, hosted by the University of Fort Hare and convened at Mpekweni, Eastern Cape

The opening keynote address, delivered by the director of the NREL Power Systems Engineering Centre, Dr Ben Kroposki, outlined key design, planning and operational factors involved in integrating high levels of variable renewable energy into existing power systems. Dr Paul Gauche, manager of the CSP Technologies Department at Sandia National Labs and founding member of STERG, was also in attendance and delivered a keynote address on U.S. DOE Gen3 and SunShot 2030 CSP research and development.

Dr Ben Kroposki, Centre Director: Power Systems Engineering (NREL), addresses delegates at the 6th Southern African Solar Energy Conference

Industrial and residential use of solar thermal energy featured prominently in the solar thermal energy sessions, with bifacial modules garnering much interest in the photovoltaic sessions, and the subject of grid integration prevalent in both tracks.

The last day of the conference featured a visit to the East London Industrial Development Zone, which included a tour of the 300 MW PV module factory, developed as a joint venture between Seraphim, ILB Helios Southern Africa and Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa.

Congratulations to the hosts and organisers of SASEC 2019, and a special thanks to STERG, CRSES and our supervisors for generously funding our attendance.

Maintenance Supervisor Intern needed for Kathu Solar Park, Northern Cape

Job Description

Maintenance Supervisor Intern – Kathu Solar Park – Northern Cape, South Africa

EPC – Liciastar (Pty) Ltd
Liciastar, a Joint Venture between engineering and construction group SENER and the infrastructure, renewable energy and services corporation ACCIONA, is the Principal Contractor that developed the turnkey project of the Kathu solar thermal plant.
Kathu Solar Park is a 100 MW greenfield Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) project with parabolic trough technology and equipped with a molten salt storage system that allows 4.5 hours of thermal energy storage and thus limits the intermittent nature of solar energy. The solar field employs the SENER patented parabolic trough structure, the SENERTrough-2 (SNT-2).
Kathu Solar Park is located approximately 10km from the pleasant town of Kathu in the Northern Cape of South Africa.

Purpose of the Job
Currently in the warranty period of commercial operation of the project, Liciastar as the EPC Contractor’s, main responsibility is to supervise the works of the Operator.
The main goal of the Maintenance Supervisor Intern will be to be involved in the following projects or activities under the supervision of the Maintenance Manager and Technical Engineer:
• Assist the Maintenance Manager with supervising and tracking of plant maintenance
• Perform direct supervision of maintenance activities on-site, as well as familiarity with all O&M requirements to oversee adherence thereof
• Attend weekly meetings between EPC, Operator and Client, on the current status of maintenance, maintenance plan, scheduling, etc.  All to be performed by Operator
• Aid in any other technical and/or commercial activities

• Degree Mechanical/Electrical Engineering or university degree

• Preferable experience during studies (including internships) in the OCGT/CCGT and/or CSP disciplines

Specific Knowledge /skills
• Strong interpersonal skills, excellent communication, negotiation, coordination skills.
• Work in a multicultural environment and multidisciplinary teams
• Work with IT systems like MS office, Document management software, etc.
• English language, Afrikaans and Spanish would be advantageous
• Valid Driver’s License

• Kathu, Northern Cape, South Africa

Field: Operation/Maintenance
Employee Status: Contract 6 months January – June 2020
Schedule: Full-time

To apply please contact Robert Laurie at