CENTRE FOR RENEWABLE AND SUSTAINABLE ENERGY STUDIES

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CENTRE FOR RENEWABLE AND SUSTAINABLE ENERGY STUDIES – STAFF

Professor Sampson Mamphweli

PROF SAMPSON MAMPHWELI

Director

Professor Sampson Mamphweli holds a Masters degree from the University of Venda and a PhD from the University of Fort Hare. He worked as a Senior Researcher and Associate Professor at the University of Fort Hare where he started working as a Researcher while conducting his PhD in 2005. Prof Mamphweli also possesses a number of certificates in Renewable Energy and a Mini-MBA certificate in Green Energy from the Green Power Academy in Britain. He has published more than 45 research articles in peer reviewed journals including three book chapters, he has presented more than 36 research articles in national and international conferences including 6 invited presentations and keynote addresses. He has supervised 17 Masters and PhD students to completion. Prof Mamphweli previously raised funding and implemented a considerable number of renewable energy projects in the Eastern Cape during his time at the University of Fort Hare. His primary area of specialization is biomass gasification and biogas digesters. He also managed a number of renewable energy projects on behalf of the Faculty of Science and Agriculture at the University of Fort Hare. Prof Mamphweli is a member of the South African Institute of Physics. He is also a member of a number of committees that deal with renewable energy issues at national government level. Prof Mamphweli started off his career at the South African National Parks before moving to the University of Cape Town where he worked as a Research Technician before joining the University of Fort Hare as an Eskom Research Fellow in 2005. He is a recipient of the prestigious University of Fort Hare Vice Chancellor's Emerging Researcher medal for the year 2012. Prof Mamphweli joined Stellenbosch University in July 2017 as Director for the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies.

E-mail: mamphweli (at) sun (dot) ac (dot) za
Tel: 021 808 4251

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Bernard Bekker

DR BERNARD BEKKER

Eskom Chair in Power System Simulation and Associate Director

Bernard Bekker holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cape Town. His research focuses on power system planning and operation from the utility's perspective, specifically related to the increasing prevalence of grid-connected distributed storage and generation.

E-mail: bbekker (at) sun (dot) ac (dot) za
Tel: 021 808 4041

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Nawaz Mahomed

DR NAWAZ MAHOMED

Associate Professor

Nawaz Mahomed received his BSc Eng and MSc Eng degrees from the University of Cape Town and his PhD in the field of Mechanics from the Institute for Fundamental Technological Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences in 1998. Prior to joining the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering as Associate Professor in 2015, he held positions at Cape Peninsula University of Technology, the Institute for Maritime Technology (Armscor), Department of Science and Technology and CSIR. His research interests include computational modelling and simulation of high viscous flows and metal solidification, dye-sensitised photovoltaic cells and other thin film technology applications.

Email: nawaz (at) sun (dot) ac (dot )za
Tel: 021 808 4367

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Mr Ulrich Terblanche

MR ULRICH TERBLANCHE

Research Engineer

Mr. Ulrich Terblanche holds a BEng in Mechanical Engineering from Stellenbosch University. He completed his MSc degree in Sustainable Energy Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden. Former work experience includes project engineering and piping design in the oil and gas refining sector, analyses on using excess heat for district heating and electricity generation in the cement manufacturing industry as well as PV-hybrid systems and energy efficient design in the renewable energy sector. His focus includes sustainable energy solutions, industrial energy efficiency analyses and PV and hybrid system design.

Curriculum Vitae
E-mail: ulricht (at) sun (dot) ac (dot) za
Tel: 021 808 3605

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Karin Kritzinger

MS KARIN KRITZINGER

Researcher

Karin Kritzinger holds a BCom and an MPhil degree from the University of Stellenbosch. Her masters thesis explored the possibility of the insurance industry as a solar water heater driver in South Africa

Curriculum Vitae
E-mail: karink (at) sun (dot) ac (dot) za
Tel: 021 808 3605

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Ms Therese Lambrechts

MS THERESE LAMBRECHTS

Schools Programme Manager

Therese holds a BMus Ed from Stellenbosch University. As part of Public Awareness she developed and implements a set of material on renewable energy to teachers nationally.

Curriculum Vitae
E-mail: therese (at) sun (dot) ac (dot) za
Tel: 021 808 3605

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Angelo Buckley

MR ANGELO BUCKLEY

Research Engineer

Mr Angelo Buckley holds a BEng degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stellenbosch University. He successfully completed his Postgraduate Diploma in Renewable Energy (Cum Laude) at Stellenbosch University and is employed as a Research Engineer at the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies.

E-mail: buckley (at) sun (dot) ac (dot) za
Tel: 021 808 3605

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Ndamulelo Mararakanye

MR NDAMULELO MARARAKANYE

Research Engineer

Mr Ndamulelo Mararakanye holds a BSc (Eng) and MSc (Eng) (with distinction) degree obtained from the University of Cape Town in 2013 and 2017 respectively. His MSc thesis focused on developing, modelling and simulation of control systems of hybrid power systems for rural electrification. He is appointed as a Research Engineer in the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies.

E-mail: ndamulelo (at) sun (dot) ac (dot) za
Tel: 021 808 3605

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Jason Fairhurst

MR JASON FAIRHURST

Research Engineer

Mr. Jason Fairhurst completed his BEng in Mechatronic Engineering at Stellenbosch University in 2013. In 2015 he obtained his MEng degree (Cum Laude) in Mechanical Engineering - Renewable Energy, where he focussed on ocean wave energy. Jason's expertise lie in fluid dynamic modelling, optimisation and mechanical design. His position and skillset contribute majorly to the Ocean Energy pillar of the CRSES where we hope to bring Ocean Energy conversion to South Africa. In addition to Engineering he is also a cofounder and director of two non-profit organisations which focus on educating the youth on living sustainable lifestyles and community upliftment through social interaction.

E-mail: jasonfairhurst (at) sun (dot) ac (dot) za
Tel: 021 808 4251

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Ntombi Nqandela

MS NTOMBI NQANDELA

Intern

Ms Ntombi Nqandela, and intern at the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies at Stellenbosch University, holds a BTech in Mechanical Engineering from Cape Peninsula University of Technology and currently registered for a PgDip in Renewable Energy at Stellenbosch University.

E-mail: ntombi (at) sun (dot) ac (dot) za
Tel: 021 808 4945

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Donald Fitzgerald

MR DONALD FITZGERALD

Intern

Mr Donald Fitzgerald is currently an intern at the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies at Stellenbosch University. He holds a MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of KwaZulu-Natal which focused on the design of a supersonic turbine running in the first stage of a liquid-propellant rocket engine turbopump.

E-mail: don (at) sun (dot) ac (dot) za
Tel: 021 808 4945

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Lavhelesani Maluleke

MR LAVHELESANI MALULEKE

Intern

Mr Lavhelesani Maluleke is an intern at the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies at Stellenbosch University. He is currenlty completing his qualification in Mechanical engineering at Cape Peninsula University of Technonolgy.

E-mail: maluleke (at) sun (dot) ac (dot) za
Tel: 021 808 4945

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Ms Jos Liebenberg

MS JOS LIEBENBERG

Administrative & Financial Officer

Financial & Administrative Officer for the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies at Stellenbosch University.

E-mail: jhl2 (at) sun (dot) ac (dot) za
Tel: 021 808 4087

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Sandelize Heydenrycht

MS SANDELIZE HEYDENRYCHT

Receptionist & Administrative Assistant

Receptionist and Assistant to Director and Associate Director for the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies.

E-mail: sandyh (at) sun (dot) ac (dot) za
Tel: 021 808 4069

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Carla Nel

MS CARLA NEL

Administrative Officer: Short Courses, Marketing & enquiries Post Graduate studies in Renewable Energy


E-mail: carlanel (at) sun (dot) ac (dot) za
Tel: 021 808 4945

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