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2. Southern African Solar Energy Conference (SASEC 2014), Port Elizabeth

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 9, 2013

The 2nd Southern African Solar Energy Conference (SASEC 2014) will be held from 27 to 29 January 2014 at the Pine Lodge Resort and Conference Centre, Nelson Mandela Bay. The conference will focus on Photovoltaic and Solar Thermal technology, systems and applications. The conference will provide the opportunity for solar energy researchers, engineers, technologists and individuals to share and discuss recent developments in their field.

South Africa: High Demand from the Tourism Sector

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 1, 2013

With South Africa’s sunny climate and its population at 52 million, the country’s solar thermal market has a promising future ahead. This is why German market research agency solrico carried out a survey among South African collector and tank manufacturers, as well as importers in May/June 2013 to analyse the nation’s business climate and the trends of its market. One third out of 26 system suppliers responded. With a current ISOL Business Index of 35 points, their business satisfaction ranks in the upper half compared to selected new emerging markets worldwide (see the chart on the left). The ISOL Index shows a wide spread between best scores in Thailand with 55 points and the lowest scores in Argentina and Russia with 17 points. The ISOL Index is a point-based indicator ranging from 0 to 100 points, indicating the satisfaction of the national solar thermal industry with current and expected market development. The figures in brackets show the number of questionnaires considered for a particular country.
source: solrico survey May/June 2013

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.

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. 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.

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.


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