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The University of Fort Hare will host the 6th Southern African Solar Energy Conference (SASEC), which will take place from the 25th to the 27th November 2019, at Mpekweni Beach Resort, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa. This is the second time the event will be coming to the Eastern Cape, and we look forward to hosting you in our beautiful province. Come and join us!

The conference will focus on both Solar Photovoltaic and Solar Thermal Energy technology systems and applications. The conference provides the opportunity for researchers, engineers, technologists and individuals to share and discuss recent developments in the field. It is a particularly good opportunity for postgraduate students to showcase their research progress, network and develop knowledge of solar energy technologies.

The conference will start on the Monday morning with a plenary session after which the presentations will split into PV and Solar Thermal tracks. Delegates are invited to attend a welcoming cocktail function on Monday evening, while Tuesday will follow a similar programme with the Conference Dinner in the evening. The conference will end on the Wednesday.

The conference will have a specific focus on research, technology development and deployment of solar energy in the South 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.

Presentations at SASEC will be subject to the acceptance of an abstract. The review process will consist of an initial review of one-page abstracts followed by a rigorous review of the complete papers. Comprehensive conference proceedings will be published.



Topics of Interest »

  • General Solar Energy
  • Solar Thermal Energy
  • Solar Photovoltaics
  • Solar Resource
  • Concentrating Solar Power
  • Industrial and Domestic Solar Heating
  • Integration of Solar Energy into the Grid

  Keynote Speakers »

Keynote Speaker 1: Dr Paul Gauché, Manager, Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) Technologies, Sandia National Laboratories

TITLE:  U.S. DOE Gen3 and SunShot 2030 Concentrating Solar Power R&D: In search of $0.05/kWh, autonomy and seasonal storage

Paul Gauché has been the manager of the Concentrating Solar Technologies department at Sandia National Laboratories since April 2017. In this role, he also manages the Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) program and the National Solar Thermal Test Facility (NSTTF) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Paul's team focusses on developing CSP technology for the U.S. Department of Energy, but the team also conducts high flux, high temperature testing for other customers that include the CSP industry, NASA and the U.S. Department of Defense.

Paul holds a Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. from Stellenbosch University in the fields of CSP and energy systems. He founded the STERG research group and continues to advise graduate students as an extraordinary associate professor. Prior to working in CSP, Paul was an engineering manager and strategic planner at Intel Corporation where he managed teams around the world to deliver mobile platforms to OEMs.


Keynote Speaker 2: Dr Ben Kroposki, Centre Director, Power Systems Engineering, NREL

TITLE:  Integrating high level of PV into existing power systems

Dr Ben Kroposki leads strategic research in the design, planning, and operations of electrical power systems. His expertise is in the design, testing, and integration of renewable and distributed power systems, and he has authored more than 100 publications in these areas.


Keynote Speaker 3: Mr Riaan Meyer, MD, GeoSUN Africa (Pty) Ltd, South Africa

TITLE:  New Trends in Solar Resource Assessment

Mr Riaan Meyer is the managing director of GeoSUN Africa – a Stellenbosch University spin-off company established in 2012. His work focus is on solar resource assessment and PV module testing and inspection.

  Important Dates »

1st Call for Abstracts: 28 March 2019
2nd Call for Abstracts: 24 April 2019
Abstracts due: 13 May 2019
Notification of Acceptance: 17 June 2019
Full Paper due: 9 September 2019
Acceptance Notification: 30 September 2019
Early Bird registrations close: 12 October 2019
Revised Final Paper due: 14 October 2019
Conference: 25 – 27 November 2019

  Full paper submission »

Revised FULL PAPER submission is now open, and will close on 14 October 2019

You can view the status of your submission on the SASEC OpenConf system under Authors > Check Status

OpenConf system

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

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


Template with instructions


Full papers must be converted to a PDF file for electronic submission.

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

Full papers should be submitted online by 9 September 2019 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



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

Template with instructions


Full papers must be converted to a PDF file for electronic submission.

Presentation guidelines

General Information and Format

Sessions are comprised of individual paper presentations that are organized into topic areas by the conference program committee. Papers in the session are presented sequentially in 15-minute presentation blocks, with 5-minute reserved after all the formal presentations for questions.


Visual Aids

All presentation session rooms are equipped with screens and data projectors. If you are a Mac user, please be sure to bring the correct Mac VGA adaptor. Note that overhead projectors for transparencies are not provided in session rooms.



All presentations must be in Microsoft PowerPoint format (.pptx).  Please use Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 or later.

All PowerPoint presentations must be uploaded prior to the session, as it is not possible to run PowerPoint presentations directly from a laptop in the session rooms.


At the Session

  • Please arrive at the session room at least 15 minutes before the start of the session;
  • Check the room where the session will be held and familiarize yourself with the space and equipment;
  • Meet the chair/co-chairs and run through the session line-up (i.e., order, panel discussion, special circumstances);
  • A presentation timer will be available in the room. The presenter is responsible for delivering the presentation within the specified time. The session chair/co-chairs have received instructions to stop the speakers if they run over their time.

  Registration »

Register online


Click here to book accommodation at Mpekweni Beach resort


  Early Registration
Up to 12 October 2019
Late Registration
From 13 October 2019
Standard fee R7700 R9900
Student fee R4400 R5500
ISES Member R6600 R8800

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

  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 »

UFH logoStellenbosch University logoCRSES logoUCT CMC logo


Organising Committee »

Prof Golden Makaka (Conference Chair) University of Fort Hare
Dr Nwabunwanne Nwokolo University of Fort Hare
Prof Sampson Mamphweli Stellenbosch University
Dr Bernard Bekker Stellenbosch University
Ms Linda Joka Stellenbosch University
Ms Carla Nel Stellenbosch University
Ms Deidre Raubenheimer UCT Conference Management Centre


SASEC International Advisory and Review Committee »

Prof Carsten Agert University of Oldenburg
Dr Bernard Bekker Stellenbosch University
Dr Michael Brooks University of KwaZulu-Natal
Prof Alan Brent Victoria University of Wellington
Prof Sam Chikwembani Walter Sisulu University
Prof Ken Craig University of Pretoria
Prof Frank Dinter Fraunhofer, Chile
Dr Paul Gauché SANDIA National Laboratories
Prof Thomas Harms Stellenbosch University
Dr Stefan Hess INATECH, University of Freiburg
Dr Willem Le Roux University of Pretoria
Dr Matti Lubkoll Stellenbosch University
Prof Sampson Mamphweli Stellenbosch University
Dr Jean Pitot University of KwaZulu-Natal
Mr Vikesh Rajpaul Eskom
Dr Christoph Richter DLR
Dr Arnold Rix Stellenbosch University
Dr Johann Strauss Stellenbosch University
Dr Henerica Tazvinga CSIR
Prof Ernest van Dyk Nelson Mandela University
Prof Wikus van Niekerk Stellenbosch University
Mr Werner Weiss AEE INTEC
Prof Ewa Zawilska Mangosuthu University of Technology



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 »

Things to do


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

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.

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.

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 15% 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.

Airport transfers

Here are a few companies you can contact for Airport Transfers to and from Mpekweni Beach Resort.

Please note that costs are for you own account.

East London based companies:


Port Elizabeth / Port Alfred based companies:

Alternatively, you could use Uber for airport transfers.


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.

  Contact us »

General conference enquiries

Ms Deidre Raubenheimer
Tel: +27 (0) 21 406 6167
Fax: +27 (0) 21 650 1926



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