The 5TH Southern African Solar Energy Conference (SASEC 2018) will be held from 25 to 27 June 2018 at the Blue Waters Hotel in Durban, South Africa. The conference will focus on both Solar Photovoltaic (PV) and Solar Thermal Energy technology systems and applications. The conference provides the opportunity for researchers, engineers, technologists and individuals to share and discuss recent developments in the [...]
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 STERG Technical Tour Group at the Khi Solar Plant (Photo Courtesy of Frank Duvenhage) 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 [...]
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 2017 was held on the 13th and 14th July 2017 at Stellenbosch University. We would like to thank all our sponsors, speakers and attendees! This year the symposium featured a record breaking 38 presentations. STERG’s research presentations were accompanied by presentations by our colleagues from the University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN), [...]
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 [...]