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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
STERG has produced four doctoral graduates in the 2016 academic year. We congratulate our doctoral graduates Dr Lukas Heller, Dr Willem Landman, Dr Matti Lubkoll and STERG founder Dr Paul Gauché.
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...