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.
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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.
|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:||23 September 2019|
|Early Bird registrations close:||30 September 2019|
|Revised Final Paper due:||7 October 2019|
|Conference:||25 – 27 November 2019|
Full Paper submission is now closed
You can view the status of your submission on the SASEC OpenConf system under Authors > Check Status
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 »
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.
Click here to book accommodation at Mpekweni Beach resort
Up to 30 September 2019
From 1 October 2019
The conference fees include: registration material, lectures, teas, lunches & registration cocktail party and conference dinner for one.
|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|
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|
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