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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). 
Photo: OTTI
 

SOLTRAIN: 2,150 Technicians Trained and 187 Demonstration Systems Installed in SADC Region

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 1, 2016
SOLTRAIN ConferenceThe Southern African Solar Thermal Training and Demonstration Initiative (SOLTRAIN) presented the project’s remarkable progress since 2009 during a conference in Midrand, South Africa, on 11 February 2016. “Between 2009 and 2015, about 2,150 people have been trained in 80 courses, and nearly 187 solar thermal systems ranging from 2 to 250 m² collector area per system have been installed in the five target countries South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Mozambique and Zimbabwe,” Project Coordinator Werner Weiss, Managing Director of Austrian institute AEE INTEC, summed up the results. The photo shows the presentation of Dr Thembakazi Mali, Senior Manager Clean Energy Solutions at the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) on 11 February. The one-day conference was attended by 63 stakeholders from the SADC region. 
Photos (2): Monika Spörk-Dür

Regulatory Framework for CST Promotion (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on December 6, 2010

This presentation was made during the Southern African Regional Workshop on Concentrating Solar Thermal Power that took place in Botswana in May 2010. The event was organised by the Energy Anchor (ETWEN) and the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) and co-sponsored by the Ministry of Mines, Energy and Water Resources of the Government of Botswana.

Solar Thermal Power Generation for Trans Kalahari Corridor Development (2001)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on February 16, 2010

This presentation prepared by Capital Sun Group, Industrial Solar Technology Corporation, Hamilton Mauer International and Kgalagadi Resources Development Company provides an overview of the Botswana Solar Thermal Electric Power Stations “B-STEP” which will put in place 500 kilowatt of solar thermal hybrid electric power station in Botswana.

The presentation gives information on the project objectives and timeline. The calls for project initiation were scheduled to start in 2001

Assessment of Feasibility for the Replacement of Electrical Water Heaters with Solar Water Heaters in Namibia (2005)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on October 26, 2009

This study, commissioned by the Ministry of Mines and Energy, provides an overview of the solar water heating (SWH) industry in Namibia in 2005, comparing it with electric solar heating. Other African countries such as South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana and their SWH development are also mentioned to help comparing the evolution of Namibia.

Solar Thermal Generation: A Sustainable Intervention to Improve SAPP's Diminishing Generation Surplus Capacity (2007)

Submitted by Hans Craen on July 9, 2009

This paper from 2007 looks into the energy needs of the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP) which is a consortium of countries in Southern Africa represented by their national power utility companies. The paper indicates that the critical concern for this region is that the electricity demand cannot be met beyond 2010.

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