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Emerging Technology Option for Clean Power Generation - Concentrated Solar Power (2009)

Submitted by Hans Craen on May 5, 2009

This 2009 paper underlines the overall benefits of solar power especially when considered as part of a country or region's energy generation options mix. In addition to listing the available technologies, the document also looks into the economics of solar thermal and provides a summary comparison among parabolic through, central receiver and parabolic dish technologies.

South Africa: Workshop Discusses Market Barriers

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 5, 2009

Solar water heaters possess a huge potential in South Africa. “Some 100,000 houses are built every year, 30,000 homes are renovated, and about 400,000 electric geysers are replaced,” Thulani Gcabashe, head of Head of Energy Building Africa Holding, explained at the national solar water heating workshop in Midrand, South Africa, this February.

Interbuild Africa, Johannesburg

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 21, 2009

The Star Interbuild Africa, together with co-locating shows Plumbdrain Africa, Sani’ter, Frigair, Glass Expo Africa and Woodpro Africa, is the largest building services, construction, plumbing, drainage, water and sewerage, HVAC/R, glass and aluminium, and woodworking exhibition in Africa hosting the full spectrum of related industries in residential, commercial and industrial development.

Kuyasa - South Africa’s first Clean Development Mechanism project

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 16, 2009

 solar water heater in KuyasaOver 6,300 solar water heaters are planned in Khayelitsha, the biggest informal settlement in Cape Town, South Africa. Photo: City of Cape Town

Cape Town: Draft of Solar Water Heating Bye-law

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 25, 2009

Thermosiphon system in Cape townCurrently, solar water heating systems have hardly penetrated in Cape Town, South Africa. Only 2 % of city’s 906,000 households use solar energy. The planned bye-law should boost the market to 76,000 newly installed system in the next two years, but has been delayed due to continuous legal obstacles. Photo: Sustainable Energy Africa

South Africa: Rebates up to 30 %

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 23, 2009

90 % of South Africa’s electricity is generated by coal-fired power stations. The fourth quarter of 2007, however, started with massive power cuts as electricity supply fell behind demand. Eskom, the largest electricity supplier in Africa, the South African Government and the Global Environment Facility (GEF), began to implement alternative and renewable energy programmes a year later. Among these is a rebate programme for solar water heaters.

ISES Solar World Congress 2009, Johannesburg

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 21, 2008

The International Solar Energy Society (ISES) together with the Sustainable Energy Society of Southern Africa (SESSA) invites renewable energy supporters to Johannesburg om October 2009 to the 29th Solar World Congress. SESSA has been long looking forward to hosting the event and after 22 years away from Southern Africa this event is coming home for SESSA. The exciting and comprehensive Congress program being developed will include the latest findings in renewable energy research, technology, applications, education and good policy initiatives.

Is solar thermal technology still a niche market?

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 9, 2008

There are a number of mature markets like Israel, Austria, Barbados, China or Cyprus where solar thermal is used by a wide majority of people for heating the domestic hot water and sometimes for room heating.

Solar Water Heating as a Climate Protection Strategy: The Role for Carbon Finance

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on April 30, 2008

In January 2005 (revised in November 2005), a US non profit Green Market International released this study on the possible role of solar water heatering in international efforts to reduce GHG emissions for developing nations. The Kyoto protocol's Clean Developing Mechnisms (CDM) provides the opportunity for carbon trading to support environmental protection and economic development? Markets of Solar water heating is described in 6 developing countries, namely Barbados Brazil China India Mexico and South Africa.

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