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SolarPACES2014 – Beijing, China

SolarPACES 2014
20th SolarPACES Conference, 16. – 19. September 2014, Beijing, China

Where: Beijing, China

When:16. – 19. September, 2014

Important Dates:
Abstract due
31 March, 2014

Acceptance notification
15 May, 2014

Early bird registration deadline

Full papers due
15 July, 2014

Conference website:

Technical tours: Coming soon

STERG at Ivanpah

Discussion forum: Solar thermal power plants and their advantages




Herewith an invitation to a CRSES forum: Solar thermal power plants and their advantages: presented by Prof Frank Dinter, Eskom Chair in Concentrating Solar Power at Stellenbosch University.

The forum will take place at the Cinema 2, Neelsie Student Centre – directions on page two of the below invitation.

Date and time: 18 October 2013 at 3:00pm

Click here for invitation

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SolarPACES 2013 starts

Most of team Stellenbosch are here. Our presence is being felt and we were informed by the organizers that we might be the 4th biggest delegation.

Our booth partner, GeoModel, have an interesting sample of 3D DNI around Stellenbosch free for download at

Concentrating on CSP at SolarPACES2013


Our theme at SolarPACES2013 Las Vegas is based on the above phrases and we are using this at an opportunity to announce our new landing sub-domain. Watch this space for news of the conference and beyond.

Doug Banks Scholarship

2014 Applications now open! Click on the above image to go to the site.

CRSES announces 2014 bursaries

This is an early announcement. Please follow up with CRSES or come an talk to someone in STERG. The bursaries are competitive, for South Africans and cover Masters and PhDs.

Best presenter award – NRF Energy Postgraduate Conference

STERG congratulates Kenny Allen for his best presenter award at the National EPC conference hosted by NRF and iThemba labs. The below picture is Kenny next to a block of granite he stumbled upon during a rock collection trip in 2011.


SANEA Energy Awards 2013
STERG congratulates Johan Kotzé for winning the SANEDI / RECORD RERE Young Researcher Award 2013.

Johan Kotze is a final year PhD student. He proposed a concept for concentrating solar power that in part comes out of the next generation nuclear power technology. Johan took this proposal from a concept to a CSP system thermodynamic […]

SANEA Lecture – CSP and the options for SA

See below link for an Engineering News article on the SANEA lecture presented by Prof. Wikus van Niekerk (CRSES) and Mr. Paul Gauche (STERG)

A bright future for CSP – researchers