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Germany: International Conference on Heat Access in Southern Africa

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 1, 2016
Soltrain TeamMerging three individual conferences into the International Conference on Solar Technologies & Hybrid Mini Grids to Improve Energy Access was rewarded with a satisfying number of attendees visiting the latter. According to the organisers, 185 experts from 38 countries from all corners of the globe met in the small town of Bad Hersfeld near Frankfurt, Germany, in mid-September 2016 to talk about all the technology and market requirements for increasing solar deployment in developing countries. The conference schedule was, of course, fairly focused on photovoltaics, but Southern Africa was well represented, as experts from the partner countries of SOLTRAIN (Southern African Solar Thermal Training and Demonstration Initiative) presented their work during the event (see photo). 
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Namibia: Solar Water Heaters as Demand-Side Measure

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 3, 2014
NamibiaNamibia has an abundance of solar irradiation – but a lot of electric hot water boilers. Solar water heaters are seen as a strong demand-side measure to save about 30 % of the electricity consumption across the country. This was the key message by Helvi Ileka, Project Officer at the Namibia Energy Institute (NEI) at the Polytechnic of Namibia, during her presentation at the Solar Energy Technology in Development Cooperation conference in Germany at the beginning of November 2014. The government in the southern African country has been promoting solar water heaters since 2007, when the cabinet approved a directive that requires all public and parastatal buildings to cover their hot water needs by solar thermal. Namibia’s Vision 2030 goes far beyond that.
Photo: NEI
 

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