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Conference venue

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.

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. Read more in the General Information section.

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 Speakers »

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.

  Important Dates »

1st Call for Abstracts: 20 January 2016
2nd Call for Abstracts: 15 February 2016
Abstracts due: 18 April 2016
Notification of Acceptance: 23 May 2016
Full Paper due: 10 August 2016  (extended)
Early Bird registrations close: 31 July 2016
Conference: 31 October – 02 November 2016

  Full paper submission »

If the abstract is accepted after reviewing, author(s) will be invited to submit their Complete Papers for approval.

Please download the Word .docx template with instructions for full papers below  »


Template with instructions


Full papers must be converted to an Acrobat .pdf file for electronic submission.

There is a limit of 8Mb for the file size.

Full papers should be submitted on-line by 10 August 2016 to the OpenConf Conference Management System below.


Instructions to authors:

If your abstract is accepted after reviewing, author(s) will be invited to submit their Complete Papers for approval.

  1. Click 'Submit full paper' button below to access the OpenConf system
  2. Choose 'Upload file' from the Authors menu
  3. This will take you to the Upload File page
  4. Enter your Submission ID & password (There is a forgot ID & forgot password utility).
  5. Upload your .pdf file


Submit full paper

  Registration »


Register online


  Early Registration
Up to 31 July 2016
Late Registration
From 1 August 2016
Standard fee R5000 R7000
Student fee R3500 R4000
ISES Member R4500 R6300

The conference fees include: registration material, lectures, teas, lunches & registration cocktail party and conference dinner for one.

  Accommodation »


Booking form


Wild Mushroom

Wild Mushroom Boutique Hotel



Bellevue Manor Guest House



Eendracht Hotel


Majeka House

Majeka House


Stellenbosch Lodge

Stellenbosch Lodge Country Hotel


Protea Hotel

Protea Hotel Stellenbosch



Click on the markers in the map below for the location of the Conference Centre and the accommodation


  International Advisory Committee »

Dr Christoph Richter DLR
Dr Dave Renné ISES
Dr Manuel Romero IMDEA
Dr Michael Brooks University of Kwa-Zulu Natal
Dr Michael Geyer Abengoa Solar
Dr Werner Platzer ISE Fraunhofer
Dr Zivayi Chiguvare Namibia University of Science and Technology
Paul Gauche Stellenbosch University
Prof Carsten Agert Oldenburg
Prof Dr Tobias Bischof-Niemz CSIR
Prof Ernest van Dyk NMMU
Prof Frank Dinter Stellenbosch University
Prof Josua Meyer University of Pretoria
Prof Ken Craig University of Pretoria
Prof Robert Pitz-Paal DLR
Prof Tunde Oladiran Botswana International University of Science and Technology
Prof Vladimir Dyakonov ZAE & University of Wuerzburg
Vikesh Rasjpaul Eskom
Werner Weiss AEE-Intec

  Organisers & Partners »

Stellenbosch University CRSES logoUCT CMC


Local Organising Committee »

  • Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies, Stellenbosch University
    • Prof Wikus van Niekerk (Conference Chair)
    • Ms Corli Leonard
    • Ms Carla Nel
  • UCT Conference Management Centre
    • Ms Belinda Chapman


Supporting Partners »


SolarPaces ISES logoSolarThermalWorld logo

  Sponsors & Exhibitors »

SASEC 2016 offers you the chance to present your company's products, services and trademark to experts in concentrating solar power.

Please contact Belinda Chapman ( for further details or click the button below to download the booking form.


Booking form

  General information »


Technical Tour

The technical tour will visit these two locations »


Please click here to view the expected 7 / 15 day weather forecast you may experience while in Stellenbosch.

Time differences

South Africa operates two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time throughout the year, making it an hour ahead of Central European Winter Time, seven hours ahead of Eastern Standard Winter Time and seven hours behind Australian Central Time.

Access to Stellenbosch by road

Travel from Cape Town, on the N1 via the R304, R44 or R300 and M12, or the N2 via the R44 or R310.

Google map to follow

Passports and visas

Nationals of some countries will require a visa to enter South Africa. To find out if you need a visa and how to go about getting one, please visit the official South African Government visa website:, or to contact your local South African consulate/own government authority.

Should you require a letter of invitation for a visa, we ask that you submit a request to the conference organisers.
The letter of invitation will then be sent to you within 2 working days, provided that the full registration fee has been paid.

Visas are issued by the South African missions abroad and must be affixed in the applicant's passport before departing for South Africa.
Visas are not issued on arrival at South African ports on entry. Many nationalities do not require a visa to enter South Africa – please check with your travel agent.

You can also click here to find out if you require a visa to travel to South Africa.


The seasons in the Southern Hemisphere are directly opposite to those of the Northern Hemisphere. For summer months, lightweight (cottons and linens), short-sleeved clothes are best, although a light jersey/jumper might be needed for the cooler evenings. Warmer clothes are needed for the winter months.

Summery months are from September to April. Daytime summer temperatures range from 25ºC to 34ºC and in winter, between 14ºC and 20ºC.

Banks and money

The currency unit is the Rand, denoted by the symbol R, with 100 cents making up R1 (one Rand). Foreign currency can be exchanged at local banks and Bureaux de Changes. Most major international credit cards such as American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa and their affiliates are widely accepted.

Please consult to do an exchange rate conversion.


The electricity supply in South Africa is 220/230 volts, AC 50 Hz.  Please ensure that you bring the correct converter for your electrical equipment.


Most restaurants do not add a service charge to bills - thus it is customary to leave a 10-15% tip. Parking and petrol station attendants should be given whatever small change you have available. This is always appreciated, even though it may seem a small amount.


Value-added-tax (VAT) is charged on most items. Foreign tourists to South Africa can have their 14% VAT refunded provided that the value of the items purchased exceeds R250.00. VAT is refunded at the point of departure provided receipts are produced.

Disabled travellers

An increasing number of accommodation establishments have wheelchair ramps and bathroom facilities for the disabled. Almost every national park has at least one accessible chalet and many accommodation establishments have one or two wheelchair-friendly rooms. Most of our sports stadiums have accessible suites, stands or areas for wheelchairs near accessible parking as well as special toilet facilities. Most public buildings also caters for wheelchair access.

Health and safety

Many foreigners are unaware that South Africa has a well-developed infrastructure, high standards of water treatment and medical facilities equal to the best in the world. Here we address any health and safety questions you may have:

Hospitals and Medical Care
In a great many medical disciplines, South Africa is a global leader. In fact, South African trained doctors are sought after all over the world, so this should give an indication of the standard of medical care available. There is a large network of public and private hospitals countrywide, offering excellent service. However, clients must have adequate health insurance to cover the fees private hospitals charge.

Malaria is found only in the far north-east of the country. Malaria is not much of a risk in the winter months from May to July. Although the incidence of malaria is rare, it would be best to take adequate precautions if you choose to visit these areas. The cheapest, safest and most effective measures against malaria are physical barriers such as a mosquito net, and the use of a good insect repellent. If you decide to take malaria prophylaxis, it is essential that you take the medication according to the directions on the package insert. It is advisable to consult a medical professional before embarking on a course of malaria prophylaxis. Note that expectant mothers should avoid malaria medications.

Personal Safety
For tourists, South Africa is as safe as any other destination in the world. South Africa boasts a vast array of cultures, communities, sites and attractions. Most parts of the country can be safely visited by tourists provided they take basic common-sense precautions (for example not walking alone in deserted areas at night and being circumspect about how much photographic equipment or flashy jewellery you carry).

Food and Water
As a rule, tap water in South Africa is safe to drink as it is treated and is free of harmful micro-organisms. In hotels, restaurants and nightspots, the standards of hygiene and food preparation is top-notch. It is safe to eat fresh fruit and salads and to put as much ice as you like in your drinks - a good thing, too, after a day on the beach or in the bush.

Road Safety
Our transport infrastructure is excellent and our roads are in good condition.

We have very strict drinking and driving laws - with a maximum allowable alcohol blood content of 0.05%. Translated that means about one glass of wine for the average woman and perhaps 1.5 or two for the average or large man. Our speed limits are 120kmph on the open road, 100kmph on smaller roads and between 60 and 80kmph in towns.

All visitors intending to drive are required to obtain an international drivers permit, visitors found driving without a permit will be fined and not permitted to continue on their journey. Visitors will also not be able to rent a car without a valid driver's permit. The wearing of seatbelts is compulsory and strictly enforced by law.  Speaking on mobile phones whilst driving is only allowed via a hands-free kit.  South Africans drive on the left hand side of the road.

Visitors who are entering South Africa from a yellow fever zone must have a valid international yellow fever inoculation certificate. Only infants under the age of one year are exempt. Immunisation against cholera and smallpox are not required and no other vaccinations are required when visiting South Africa.

Plan your trip

By Road

An excellent network links all major points within the Stellenbosch region and Cape Town and surrounds. Both the N1 and N2 National Roads link to Stellenbosch.

Speed limit is 120km/h on open freeways, 80km/h on urban freeways and 60km/h in built-up areas.

Drive on the left side of the road. Road signage is in accordance with international codes. Foreign tourists require an international driver's licence, or one from their country of origin that has been certified by their Consulate.

It is against the law to make use of your cellular phone (mobile) while driving, and use of seat (safety) belts is compulsory.

*Legal blood/alcohol limit: 0.05mg per 100ml (approx. one tot).


By Coach

Elwierda: 021 418 4673

Greyhound: 083 915 9000

Intercape Mainliner: 0861 287 287

Translux: 0861 589 282


By Train

Blue Train: 012 334 8459

Metrorail: 080 065 6463

Rovos Rail: 021 421 4020

Shongololo Express: 086 177 7014

Shosholoza Meyl: 086 000 8888


By Air

FlySafair: 0871 351 351 0861 585 852

Mango: 086 100 1234

SA Airlink: 0861 359 722 / 044 801 8448

SA Express: 0861 606 606 / 044 801 8448

South African Airways: 0861 359 722


Metered Taxis & Car Hire

Budget Car Rental: 0861 016 622

Car Hire 4 U: 082 818 0030

Europcar Rental: 0860 011 344

First Car Rental:  0861 011 323

Hertz Rent a Car: 0861 600 136

Tempest Sixt Car Hire: 0861 836 7378

5*Car Rental: 082 783 2592

Metered taxis can be hailed at taxi ranks, however they are often crowded and operate along set routes, so you may prefer a private taxi.


Trips & Tours

Take a guided walking tour or set off on your own after collecting a 'Stellenbosch on Foot' brochure from the Stellenbosch 360 office at 36 Market Street.

For that special experience, enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride through the vineyards.

Self-drive is recommended for venturing farther afield. There are several guided tours of the town, winelands and outlying regions.


The Congress Organisers have taken all reasonable care in making arrangements for the Congress, including accommodation.  In the event of unforeseen disruptions, neither the Congress Organisers nor the Society can be held responsible for any losses incurred by delegates.  The Congress organisers act as agents only in securing hotels, transport and travel services, and shall in no event be liable for acts or omissions in the event of injury, damage, loss, accident delay or irregularity of any kind whatsoever during arrangements organised through contractors or by the employees of such contractors.  Hotel and transportation services are subject to the terms and conditions under which they are offered to the general public.  Delegates should make their own arrangements with respect to personal insurance.  The Congress organisers reserve the right to make changes as and when deemed necessary, without prior notice to the parties concerned.  All disputes are subject to resolution under South African Law.



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