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Rover gas turbine at 45,000 RPM

STERG researchers, Leon Zhang and Ruben Luiten, running a Rover in one of the engine test cells. According to Leon You can see the RPM climbs slowly until 20 000, then it rises up to 45 000 very quickly and stay stable. We managed to get 39.2kw and 147Nm for a short time, but due [...]

CRSES and STERG members win prestigious SANEA and SANEDI awards

SANEA (South African National Energy Association) and SANEDI (South African National Energy Development Institute) awards for 2014 have been handed out during a gala evening on 21 August. Directer of the Centre of Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies (CRSES), Prof Wikus van Niekerk (left in photo), received the 2014 SANEA Energy Award for contributing to [...]

Kotzé identified as M&G’s 200 Young South Africans for Thermal Energy Storage research

Johan Kotzé has won SA NEDI’s Young Researcher Award in 2013 for his     contribution to Concentrated Solar Power and has also been identified by the  Mail & Guardian’s supplement, 200 Young South Africans 2014, as one of the “young stars who are shaping South Africa’s future.” Kotzé’s research is specifically focussed on the use of [...]


STERG is well represented at SolarPACES again. We were involved in the pre-conference workshops, This crowd picture is our slide which coincidentally was displayed as backdrop to the Tuesday morning plenary discussion. Watch out for Vikesh Rajpaul (Eskom) on the final day of the conference!

2014 STERG SolarPACES Symposium concluded

STERG Leadership and special guests. The 2nd Annual STERG SolarPACES Symposium which was held at Stellenbosch University was a great success and various researchers, interested students and members of industry and public attended sessions presented on work related to concentrating solar power (CSP) as well as solar process heat. STERG would also like to [...]

SASEC 2015 announced

Click here or logo to go to the website The Third Southern African Solar Energy Conference (SASEC2015) 31 July 2014 Abstract submission 5 August 2014 Notification of abstract acceptance 15 September 2014 Submission of full papers 15 November 2014 Notification of acceptance of full papers 15 December 2014 Revised paper 15 January 2015 Notification of [...]

NRF RSE Scholarships announced

  Announcement of Call Renewable and Sustainable Energy Masters and Doctoral Scholarships for 2015 In an effort to develop human capacity and support the transition towards a sustainable energy system, the Department of Science and Technology (DST) is providing postgraduate research scholarships that aim at increasing science, engineering and technology (SET) skills in South Africa. [...]

SAURAN test launch announcement

The Southern African Universities Radiometric Network (SAURAN) GSET (UKZN) and CRSES (SU) have announced a test* launch of the SAURAN website. The following link and image will take you there. There is also a link on the left of this page. SAURAN  The Southern African Universities Radiometric Network (SAURAN) is an initiative of the Centre [...]

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