Monthly Archives: September 2014


Rover gas turbine at 45,000 RPM

STERG researchers, Leon Zhang and Ruben Luiten, running a Rover in one of the engine test cells. According to Leon You can see the RPM climbs slowly until 20 000, then it rises up to 45 000 very quickly and stay stable. We managed to get 39.2kw and 147Nm for a short time, but due [...]

CRSES and STERG members win prestigious SANEA and SANEDI awards

SANEA (South African National Energy Association) and SANEDI (South African National Energy Development Institute) awards for 2014 have been handed out during a gala evening on 21 August. Directer of the Centre of Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies (CRSES), Prof Wikus van Niekerk (left in photo), received the 2014 SANEA Energy Award for contributing to [...]

Kotzé identified as M&G’s 200 Young South Africans for Thermal Energy Storage research

Johan Kotzé has won SANEDI’s Young Researcher Award in 2013 for his     contribution to Concentrated Solar Power and has also been identified by the  Mail & Guardian’s supplement, 200 Young South Africans 2014, as one of the “young stars who are shaping South Africa’s future.” Kotzé’s research is specifically focussed on the use of metallic [...]

Day 2 of SolarPACES 2015

Cebo presenting on the effect of the 2-tier tariff structure for CSP on our proposed peaking fleet.


STERG is well represented at SolarPACES again. We were involved in the pre-conference workshops, This crowd picture is our slide which coincidentally was displayed as backdrop to the Tuesday morning plenary discussion. Watch out for Vikesh Rajpaul (Eskom) on the final day of the conference!