Seminar on "Renewable Energy in South Africa: Initiatives, Opportunities, Challenges and Innovation"

21 Jun 2010 - 14:00

UCT- IET - IEEE are holding a seminar on Thursday 24 June in Lecture Theatre 10, 3rd level in the Menzies Building on Upper Campus. 10h00 - 17h00

The recent energy crisis highlighted the need for a diversity of electricity generation technologies in South Africa (SA). Furthermore, the difficulty experienced by Eskom in securing World Bank funding for the completion of Medupi, and SA Government's decision to withdraw funding from the Pebble-bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) nuclear programme, reinforces the need for alternatives to fossil-fuel based electricity generation. These factors, together with the current progress on the Renewable Energy Feed-in Tarriff (REFiT) has created significant interest in Renewable Energy generation for South Africa. Opportunities also exist for innovative solutions to the SA's unique challenges. The objective of this seminar is to convey the strategic framework and direction for Renewables in South Africa today. This would be achieved by understanding the following:

  • DoE's policies, targets and initiatives for Renewables in South Africa
  • DST's initiatives for supporting research and innovation in this sector
  • SANERI's new mandate in transforming to SANEDI
  • Current research and international collaboration relating to this sector

For further information contact Associate Professor SP Chowdhury