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South Africa: Solar Thermal Technology Platform Launched in Pretoria

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 3, 2013

South Africa's electricity network is under constant pressure and blackouts are always looming. The state-owned electricity provider Eskom finally urged its clients in mid-May to cut 10 % off their normal electricity consumption to prevent future outages. The problem hasn’t just been there since yesterday: The South African White Paper on Renewable Energy was already published in 2003 and aimed at 10,000 GWh from renewable energies in 2013, of which 23% was to come from solar water heating. And in 2009, Elizabeth Dipuo Peters, current Minister of Energy, announced her plan for one million solar water heaters in private households and commercial buildings until 2014.
Photo: SESSA/SOLTRAIN

Mozambique: “The government is committed to the development of clean energy technologies”

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 29, 2013

Mozambique is one of the partner countries of the SOLTRAIN project, which has contributed to the implementation of solar thermal energy in four Southern African countries since 2009. Country partner in Mozambique is the Eduardo Mondlane University, UEM, in Maputo. Solarthermalworld.org spoke with Coordinator Dr Geraldo Nhumaio from the Faculty of Engineering about SOLTRAIN’s results so far, the current situation of the solar thermal market in Mozambique and the expectations for the recently started phase 2 of the project. The photo shows a solar hot water accumulator on the Muxungue Rural Hospital (supply and installation: Gavedra Moçambique).
Photo: Fundo Nacional de Energia - FUNAE

Namibia: Cabinet Directive Pushes Solar Water Heater Market

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 28, 2013

Namibia is – besides Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe – one of the partner countries of the Southern African Solar Thermal Training and Demonstration Initiative (SOLTRAIN). The project, which is sponsored by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), supports the implementation of solar thermal technology in the four above-mentioned countries. In Namibia, the project coordinator is the REEEI, the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Institute, at the Polytechnic of Namibia. The photo shows the university’s student accommodations, which are equipped with thermosiphon systems.
Photo: AEE INTEC

Zimbabwe: “Installing 100 locally produced storage tanks in 2013 would be a big success”

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 1, 2013

At the beginning of December last year, the Southern African Solar Thermal Training and Demonstration Initiative (SOLTRAIN) entered its second phase. The aim of the project is to support the African partner countries Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe in developing an energy supply based on renewable energy in general and on solar thermal in particular. Solarthermalworld.org spoke to Dr Anton Schwarzlmüller, project partner in Zimbabwe and owner of engineering company Domestic Solar Heating (DSH), about the solar thermal market in Zimbabwe, the impact of the SOLTRAIN initiative and the expectations for phase 2 of the project. The photo shows the solar hot water system on the roof of a female student’s hostel in Harare, Zimbabwe. Both tank and collectors were locally manufactured and assembled.
Photo: Domestic Solar Heating

Southern Africa: SOLTRAIN's Demonstration Systems Achieve up to 800 kWh/m²a

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 28, 2013

The Austrian Development Agency (ADA) has agreed to sponsor also the second phase of the successful Southern African Solar Thermal Training and Demonstration Initiative (SOLTRAIN). At the beginning of December, the project partners from Austria, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe met to thrash out precisely how to implement SOLTRAIN 2. The aim of the project is to support the African partner countries when they change from a largely fossil energy supply system to a sustainable supply structure based on renewable energy in general and on solar thermal in particular. The picture shows a test facility at the Stellenbosch University in South Africa. The facility was established in phase 1 of the project to support local manufacturers in growing their business and improving their solar thermal technology.
Photo: AEE INTEC

Final Report on the Survey on Demand of Solar Heaters in the Institutional Sector - Zimbabwe (2008)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on July 19, 2012

This is the final report of the work done under Work Plan 3 of the Austrian Development Agency’s year “Solar Energy Zimbabwe” project to develop Zimbabwe’s Solar Water Heating Sector. WP3 looked to establish detailed knowledge about demand for solar heaters in Zimbabwe’s institutional sector, and the barriers hampering their installation.

SOLTRAIN: Free Solar Heating Systems for Social Institutions

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 16, 2012

 Solar Collectors at Kestell Children’s Home Two solar water heating systems – one at an old people’s home and the other at an orphanage (photo) – started operating this March thanks to an initiative by SESSA members Holms and Friends, and the Austrian Development Agency (ADA). Together with another system completed last year, the installations are part of an ADA pledge in support of the SOLTRAIN (Southern African Solar Thermal Training and Demonstration Initiative) project, which is coordinated by Professor Dieter Holm and Henning Holm of Holms and Friends (formerly Omnibus Engineering). Promised are more than 50 solar water heating systems (see http://www.solarthermalworld.org/node/3466).
Photo: SESSA

Macedonia: "Electricity more important than Heat"

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 27, 2011

 Macedonia” In Macedonia, a solar system has just been installed on the roof of a primary school. The system, which will provide power for lighting and the school computers, is at least a small step towards establishing solar energy in the country - but unfortunately, only in the direction of electricity production. In terms of heating and cooling, there is not much to present in the former Yugoslavian country in the southeast of Europe, although climatic conditions are great. Solarthermalworld.org talked to Sanja Popovska-Vasilevska, Vice President of the solar association Solar Macedonia, about the situation of solar thermal in her country.
Source: Wikimedia Commons

SOLTRAIN: Solar Thermal Training in South Africa

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 23, 2011

 Thirty seven solar water heating industry leaders and academics have just attended the third SOLTRAIN solar thermal technical training course.” Thirty seven solar water heating industry leaders and academics have just attended the third SOLTRAIN (Southern African Solar Thermal Training and Demonstration Initiative) solar thermal technical training course in Pretoria, South Africa. The training was formally opened by the regional coordinator of the programme, Professor Dieter Holm. In opening, Holm emphasized the value of the hands-on approach to the course under the guidance of a number of eminent experts in the field. The delegates represented a balanced mix from industry and academia.
Photo: Omnibus Engineering

SOLTRAIN: Southern African Solar Thermal Training and Demonstration Initiative

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 7, 2009

Werner Weiss of AEE Intec” A solar thermal expert with heart and soul: Werner Weiss, Managing Director of AEE – Intec, the Institute for Sustainable Technologies from Austria, runs technical trainings and demonstration projects for solar thermal technology in several countries worldwide. Photo: Bärbel Epp

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