2nd Southern African Solar Energy Conference concluded in Port Elizabeth
A highly successful 2nd Annual Southern African Solar Energy Conference was held in Port Elizabeth last week. Hosted by Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) and Chaired by Professor Ernest van Dyk of NMMU's Centre for Energy Research, the gathering had a focus on research, technology development and deployment of solar energy in the Southern African context.
The conference was attended by 127 delegates predominantly from the scientific, academic and engineering fields with representation mainly from the host country as well as Namibia, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Spain, Slovakia, Austria, Germany and the UK.
Speakers presented papers and research on a range of topics, from the very technical such as materials engineering, solar optics and thermodynamics to more general such as markets, with a distinct bias towards the former given the nature of the event.
The conference comes at an exciting time in South Africa's renewable energy history with solar plants built as part of the country's Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement (REIPPP) programme coming online almost monthly.
The event was concluded with a visit to NMMU's Centre for Energy Research where research is being conducted on subjects such as photovoltaics, materials, energy efficiency, storage, energy economics, energy forecasting and modelling among others.
The event was run by Eastern Sun Events.