The 5th Annual STERG SolarPACES Symposium took place on the 13th of July 2017 and the 14th of July 2017. 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 University of Pretoria (UP) as well as the University of Cape Town (UCT).

Delegates and speakers at the 5th Annual STERG SolarPACES Symposium in Stellenbosch (14 July 2017)

Delegates and speakers at the 5th Annual STERG SolarPACES Symposium in Stellenbosch (14 July 2017; credit: Liesel Koch)

Three key-note addresses from Dr Tobias Bischof-Niemz (CSIR), Alberto Cuellar (Mott MacDonald) as well as Margaret Mutschler (Mutschler Consulting Services) provided an excellent glance into the world of energy planning and the status and potential of Concentrating Solar Power.

Our guests from industry succeeded in motivating the students and illustrating their challenges and successes in developing projects as well constructing and operating plants. Mr Terence Govender introduced the newly founded Solar Thermal Association of Southern Africa (STASA) to the audience. A panel discussion led by Prof van der Spuy further brought industry and academia close together.


Download the presentations from the symposium in the links below:

Thursday, 13.07.2017

Session 1: Opening & Keynote Address

Session 2: Update on research activities by partners

Session 3A: Plant modeling

Session 3B: Heliostats, optics & drones

Keynote Address:

Session 4A: Central receiver

Session 4B: Thermal modeling, thermal storage, heat engines

Session 5A: Parabolic trough and process heat

Session 5B: Systems modeling and policy

Friday, 14.07.2017

Session 1: Opening, industry presentations & Keynote Address

Session 2: Industry presentations

For presentations from previous STERG SolarPACES Symposiums (2013-2016) click here.


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Mr Terence Govender (SolarReserve) presenting at the symposium (top left), guests enjoying a coffee break (top right), STERG student Henk Laubscher introducing his work (bottom left) and an impression from the technical tour at SUNREC (bottom right); credit: Mbali Mabaso/Matti Lubkoll

Contact Information

For all questions with regards to the the 5th Annual STERG SolarPACES Symposium please feel free to contact Dr Matti Lubkoll ( or call +27 (0)21 808 4242.


The 5th Annual STERG SolarPACES Symposium is endorsed by SolarPACES.


Event Sponsors

Many thanks to our sponsors:

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Research Group Sponsors

Many thanks to the sponsors of the research group:

SASOLDepartment of Science and Technology

ESKOMNRF_100Stellenbosch University