The 4th Southern African Solar Energy Conference (SASEC 2016)


The 4th Southern African Solar Energy Conference (SASEC 2016) will be held from the 31st October to the 2nd of November 2016 at the Conference Centre at the Faculty of Theology at Stellenbosch University in Stellenbosch, South Africa. This conference will focus on both Solar Photovoltaic and Solar Thermal Energy technology, systems and applications. The conference will provide the opportunity for researchers, engineers, technologists and individuals to share and discuss recent developments in the field.

Event Type:
Oct. 31, 2016 - Nov. 2, 2016
Stellenbosch University
Stellenbosch , South Africa

The conference will start on the Monday morning with a plenary session where after the presentations will split into PV, Solar Thermal and General Solar tracks. Tuesday will follow a similar programme with a Conference Dinner in the evening. The conference will end on the Wednesday with optional site visits in the afternoon.

The Conference will have a specific focus on research, technology development and deployment of solar energy in the Southern African context shared with experiences from other parts of the world. To benefit the Solar Energy community as a whole, engineers and scientists from academia and industry are encouraged to share their on-going and completed research, technology developments and experiences with technology deployment at the conference.

Presentation at the conference will be subject to acceptance of an abstract. The review process will consist of an initial review of one-page abstracts followed by a rigorous peer review of the complete papers. Comprehensive conference proceedings, with an allocated ISBN number, will be published.

Keynote Speaker 1: Prof Carsten Agert (Oldenburg)

Title: Towards fluctuating distributed generation: A system perspective

Prof Dr Carsten Agert studied physics at the Universities of Marburg and Canterbury. He subsequently earned his doctorate at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) in Freiburg, where he focused on high-efficiency solar cells. He then conducted research and worked while in Oxford and Pretoria. In January 2002, he returned to the Fraunhofer ISE, where he coordinated strategic planning for the institute's areas of business. Simultaneously, he served as a member of the research staff of the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU).

In 2005, Prof Agert began to direct a fuel cell research group at the Freiburg-based Fraunhofer Institute. Since 2008, he has been Professor for Energy Technology at the University of Oldenburg, where he is Head of the EWE Research Centre NEXT ENERGY. The centre's work focuses on the areas of Photovoltaics, Fuel Cells and Energy Storage. Prof Agert acts as vice chairman of the executive board of the Lower Saxony Energy Research Centre (efzn) and serves as deputy spokesman of the advisory board of the Energy Storage and Systems Initiative of the State of Lower Saxony.

Keynote Speaker 2: Dr Werner Platzer (Germany)

Solar Thermal

Dr. Werner Platzer, born 1957, graduated 1982 with a degree in theoretical physics from the Ludwigs-Maximilians-University Munich, and acquired a PhD on 'Solar transmittance and heat transport of transparent insulation' at the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg in 1988. He has been working for more than 30 years in R&D of solar thermal energy, facade technology and energy efficiency in buildings. The focus is on solar thermal technology for process heat and power, with an emphasis on concentrating collectors, optics, heat transport and performance assessment for collectors and systems, as well as optimization and energy simulation.

He is actively involved in European and international projects on CSP and Solar Process Heat. He has authored more than 200 articles and conference papers and is teaching solar thermal energy at the University of Freiburg. At the moment he is active in the implementation of the Fraunhofer Center for Solar Technology in Santiago de Chile, standardization work in Concentrated Solarthermal Power and assessment of different solar process heat systems.

Keynote Speaker 3: Dr Dave Renné

Concentrating Solar Power

Dr. Renné has been President of the International Solar Energy Society since 2010. He is also the Operating Agent of an International Energy Agency Solar Heating and Cooling Programme Task 46 titled 'Solar Resource Assessment and Forecasting'. He continues to serve as an Associate Editor of the Solar Energy Journal in the field of solar resource assessment.

From 1991 until his retirement in 2012 Dr. Renné managed the solar resource assessment activities at the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). He also led and participated in a number of international programs. In 2012 he became a Senior Consultant to Clean Power Research, a small U.S. Company that develops resource assessment and analytical software tools to support large-scale grid connected solar energy systems, and a Consultant to the World Bank's Energy Sector Management Assistance Program's (ESMAP)'s Resource Mapping Project. He has also worked as a consultant for a variety of organizations through his Consultancy, Dave Renné Renewables.

Dr. Renné also owns a small video production company focusing on producing videos for the renewable energy community.

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