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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

Energex Africa 2013, Midrand

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 10, 2013

The Energex Africa 2013 will take place in Midrand, South Africa from 14 to 16 May 2013. The trade fair will present the achievements and novelties in the field of solar thermal, PV, biomass, wind power, hydro power, and energy efficiency.

Interbuild Africa 2014, Johannesburg

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 10, 2013

Interbuild Africa will take place from 13 to 16 August 2014 in Johannesburg. The International Building and Construction Exhibition focuses on the latest developments in the extensive building services and construction arena. From affordable housing products to civil engineering equipment, plant hire and equipment, scaffolding and structural products including bricks, tiles, cement, flooring and windows, doors, roofing and cladding, lighting and paints.

Business Case for a Special Funding Application to NERSA (2008)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on December 21, 2012

This report by the Sustainable Energy Society Southern Africa (SESSA) presents an indicative business case in support of Eskom's application to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) for large-scale residential solar water heating (SWH) installation and implementation as part of the DSM funding mechanism.

Implementation of Solar Thermal Energy Projects in Developing Countries (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on September 4, 2012

This presentation was given by Werner Weiss of the AEE Institute for Sustainable Technologies, and summarises the potential for further development of the solar thermal energy sector in developing countries. Although solar thermal markets Africa and Asia (excluding China and Japan) currently lag behind Europe in terms of size, there is a lot of potential for their further development.

Building Consensus on Accelerating the Rollout of Solar Water Heaters in South Africa (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on August 20, 2012

This report summarises the speeches and outcomes of South Africa’s 2009 National Solar Water Heating Conference, which was held in preparation for the countries 2010 National SWH Strategic Framework. After summarising the Framework - which plans to unblock the high costs of solar heaters and deliver 1 million units across South Africa within 5 years - the report lists key outcomes from the varied presentations from public and private-sector speakers.

Building Consensus on Accelerating the Rollout of Solar Water Heaters in South Africa (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on August 20, 2012

This report summarises the speeches and outcomes of South Africa’s 2009 National Solar Water Heating Conference, which was held in preparation for the countries 2010 National SWH Strategic Framework. After summarising the Framework - which plans to unblock the high costs of solar heaters and deliver 1 million units across South Africa within 5 years - the report lists key outcomes from the varied presentations from public and private-sector speakers.

Financial Case for a City Driven SWH Mass Implementation Approach in South Africa (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on July 6, 2012

This report - prepared by Sustainable Energy Africa (SEA) as part of a REEEP funded project - puts forward the argument that cities should treat Solar Water Heaters as the provision of a service; and that they should be installed as part of City-owned infrastructure for which the building owner will pay a monthly rate.

Mass Solar Water Heating Implementation in the Western Cape (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 26, 2012

This document provides a strategic analysis of national and global policies and best practices for SWH market development, resulting in a clear action plan for application by South Africa’s provincial government of Western Cape. The authors, Sustainable Energy Africa, are clear that South Africa’s target for 1 million SWHs by 2014/2015 will be only met with a coordinated approach from its different levels of government.

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