STERG at SU Open Day 2017

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 on each face when they realise how tasty boerewors braai prepared on a solar cooker is.



Join us at next year’s SU Open Day for a lekker solar braai!





Closed: Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Opportunity 2017

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 date: 07.03.2017

Please see further details of the position here.

Note: position has been filled, further applications will no longer be considered.

The Role and Value of CSP in the South African Power System

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 CSP technology within the South African context and the value which it offers to the country’s power system. Read the full briefing here by The Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Studies (CRSES) offering a coherent explanation on, “The Role and Value of CSP in the South African Power System”.



STERG member receives SANEA Energy Award

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 winning the Young Researcher of the Year Award.

We wish both of you many more achievements in your careers as young energy researchers of South Africa. More about the awards can be read here or on SANEA’s website.

Eni Awards 2017 Call for proposals open

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 order to focus on technological innovation aimed at enhancing decarbonisation of the energy system, access to energy in developing countries and environmental protection and recovery.
Starting from this year The Eni Award Committee launched the new section The Debut in Research: Young talents from Africa

The prizes are as follows:
– The Advanced Environmental Solutions Prize, worth 200.000 Euros (international);
– The Energy Frontiers Prize, worth 200.000 Euros (international);
– The Energy Transition Prize, worth 200.000 Euros (international);
– Two Young Researcher of the Year Prizes, worth 25.000 Euros each (Italian PhD holders);
Two Debut in Research: Young talents from Africa Prizes , consisting in two scholarships (Africa only).

For more information on the international prizes in the main section, click here.
For more information on the Africa prizes, click here.

Note the following deadlines:
– For creating an account to start registration: 11 November 2016
– For final submission of all documents: 25 November 2016

CRSES Bursary applications open

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

Preference will be given to previous disadvantaged students and applicants must be SA Citizens or have a permanent residence permit to qualify for the bursary.

Closing date for these applications will be 16 September 2016 and completed forms must be send to Sandy at

Helio100 winner of WWF-SA Climate Solver

We are proud to announce Helio100 was awarded as one of three innovators in the WWF Climate Solver platform.

With South Africa faring poorly on innovation indexes, WWF-SA views Climate Solvers as a tool to support innovation in South Africa, by assisting in the identification of problems, barriers and challenges faced by enterprises at the different stages of product development – research and development (R&D) and market uptake, as well as other hindrances that prevent the diffusion of these technologies to the wider society.

See a video on the innovative Helio100 technology, by WWF-SA here.