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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 [...]

11th Renewable Energy Postgraduate Symposium: Call for Abstracts

North-West University 21 September 2020 The Centre of Excellence in Carbon-based Fuels together with the SARChI Research Chair in Coal Research and the SARChI Research Chair in Biofuels are co-hosting the annual national renewable energy postgraduate symposiums (REPS) to provide masters’ and doctoral students the opportunity to present their research. In 2020 the focus [...]

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 [...]

STERG PhD candidate on Energy Indaba panel

Steve Clark, one of our STERG PhD candidates, was recently on a panel at the Energy Indaba. Read about it here: https://www.fin24.com/Economy/South-Africa/numbers-for-developing-an-sa-gas-network-still-dont-add-up-energy-indaba-hears-20200307-3

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 [...]

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