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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 to the […]

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 renewable […]

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 phase […]

2014 STERG SolarPACES Symposium concluded

The 2nd Annual STERG SolarPACES Symposium which was held at Stellenbosch University was a great success and various researchers, interested students and members of industry and public attended sessions presented on work related to concentrating solar power (CSP) as well as solar process heat.
STERG would also like to thank our sponsors and those who contributed to […]

SASEC 2015 announced

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The Third Southern African Solar Energy Conference (SASEC2015)

31 July 2014 Abstract submission
5 August 2014 Notification of abstract acceptance
15 September 2014 Submission of full papers
15 November 2014 Notification of acceptance of full papers
15 December 2014 Revised paper
15 January 2015 Notification of acceptance of revised paper
15 February 2015 Early […]

NRF RSE Scholarships announced

 
Announcement of Call
Renewable and Sustainable Energy Masters and Doctoral Scholarships for 2015
In an effort to develop human capacity and support the transition towards a sustainable energy system, the Department of Science and Technology (DST) is providing postgraduate research scholarships that aim at increasing science, engineering and technology (SET) skills in South Africa.

Applications must be submitted […]

SAURAN test launch announcement

The Southern African Universities Radiometric Network (SAURAN)
GSET (UKZN) and CRSES (SU) have announced a test* launch of the SAURAN website. The following link and image will take you there. There is also a link on the left of this page.
SAURAN 

The Southern African Universities Radiometric Network (SAURAN) is an initiative of the Centre for Renewable and […]

TIA Helio100

Announcing the TIA Helio100 technology development project

Commencing 1 April 2014
more information to come…

Clean Power Africa interview – Frank Dinter

 

Title: “CSP is the best technology for South Africa for future electricity production. It is already cheaper than new coal fired power stations, if you include all the costs for fuels during a lifetime.” (Editors note: The technically more accurate expanded title given here)

Exclusive interview with Professor Dr.-Ing. Frank Dinter, Eskom Chair in Concentrating Solar […]

Our first cartoon!

James and Willem seen from another point of view!