Monthly Archives: May 2011

Introducing SUNSPOT

The Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering at the University of Stellenbosch is currently involved in the evaluation and development of different solar thermal power generating plants. One such concept, also referred to as the SUNSPOT cycle (Stellenbosch UNiversity Solar POwer Thermodynamic cycle) as proposed by professor Detlev Kröger in 2008, is an appropriate and [...]

Thermal storage rock collection expedition – May 2011

Thermal energy storage is a primary research area in the solar thermal energy research group (STERG). One thermal storage concept uses particular types of rock found in areas assumed to be suitable for CSP plants. This thermal storage concept is a component of the SUNSPOT cycle (Stellenbosch UNiversity Solar POwer Thermodynamic cycle) which uses a [...]

Intersolar Europe June 8-10, 2011

To actively promote the development of solar technology. That was the aim set by members of the Working Group for Environmental Technology (Arbeitskreis für Umwelttechnologie) in Pforzheim when, in 1991, they organized a one-day event with presentations on the use of solar energy. Throughout the years thereafter, Intersolar became well-established across Europe. And so, in [...]