Monthly Archives: February 2013

SolarPACES 2013 Abstracts


SolarPACES have announced conference and paper submission information. The conference website is now up and running and abstracts can be submitted. In summary:

Abstracts due 22 March 2013
Full Paper 28 June 2013.
Venue: South Point Hotel


CSPToday 2013 presentations posted

Riaan Meyer, CSP & Solar Resource Assessment, CSP Today South Africa, 2013
Paul Gauche, Modelling CSP Plant Scenarios in South Africa, CSP Today South Africa, 2013

To all members of STERG, you can get the presentations from CSP Today 2013 at the SharePoint site. Some highlights include an update of the 2 Abengoa plants which are under construction!

STERG Solar Challenge 2013

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SOLTRAIN 2: Solar Thermal Training Workshop – March 2013 – Western Cape


The Austrian Development Agency (ADA) and AEE – INTEC (Institute for Sustainable Technologies from Austria) set up a 3-year solar thermal energy project (Southern African Solar Thermal Training and Demonstration Initiative – SOLTRAIN) in cooperation with Southern African educational institutions, renewable energy institutions and companies in South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe.  SOLTRAIN 2 builds […]

SANEA Lecture: Concentrating solar power & the options for South Africa


July 17

17h30 – 19h30

Engen Petroleum Ltd Conference Centre, Engen Court

Cape Town

Cape Town Lecture:

Prof Wikus van Niekerk, Director: Centre for Renewable & Sustainable Energy Studies and Paul Gauche, University of Stellenbosch

For more information, visit this website.

Renewable Energy Training Workshop 26 – 30 August 2013


26 – 30 August 2013

Skilpadvlei Conference Centre, Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch University will present a five-day training workshop in renewable and sustainable energy technologies in Stellenbosch. The aim of the five day training workshop is to enhance the capacity in the country to implement projects in this field. Each day is also registered with the Engineering Council of […]

Discussion forum: Is CSP a silver bullet for SA?


Herewith an invitation to our next  Forum: Is CSP a silver bullet for South Africa? A public debate on how concentrating solar power might benefit or hinder our economic and energy plans: Presenters:  Saliem Fakir, Head of the Living Planet Unit of WWF and Paul Gauché, Director of STERG, Dept Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering.

The lecture will take […]

First Annual STERG symposuim


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Now registered for ECSA CPD points

Due to the rapid growth in numbers of postgraduate students and research outputs, we have decided to test the idea of an annual symposium where we will present the most mature and promising work in the research group.

Date:                     Thursday 18 July, 2013

Venue:           […]

Q3/4 2013 STERG research meeting

STERG Quarterly meeting agenda – 5 December 2013, 10h00 to 12h00, M306
Research (40-60min)

SASEC dry run opportunity
a.)     A review of aiming strategies for Central Receivers – Anny Grobler (6min)
b.)    The use of CFD for Heliostat Wind Load Analysis – Adhikar Hariram (6min)
c.)     Comparison of different Layouts for a Combined Cycle CSP Plant – Lukas Heller (6min)
d.)    […]

Q2 2013 STERG research meeting

This is the current date for the second quarterly meeting. (It is listed in the calendar to the right)


Draft agenda:

11:00 – 12:00: Research and guest presentations

12:00 – 13:00: STERG admin/planning/etc.

Attendance: All members of STERG and invited guests are encouraged to attend.