CENTRE FOR RENEWABLE AND SUSTAINABLE ENERGY STUDIES

PEOPLE

RENEWABLE ENERGY EXPERTISE AND RESEARCH IN SOUTH AFRICA (2014)

NRNAME AND DEPARTMENTFIELD OF EXPERTISELINKAGESKEYWORDS
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1 Prof. TW v Backström
Department of Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineering Stellenbosch University
Tel: +27 (21) 808 4267
Email: twvb@sun.ac.za
Turbomachinery (15 master's degrees, 24 journal papers), Solar chimney turbines (2 PhDs, 4 journal papers), Wind turbines (2 master's degrees, 1 journal paper ), Solar chimneys (2 master's degrees, 9 journal papers) None Wave energy, Wind energy, Solar thermal Energy, Solar chimney power
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2 Prof. JF Görgens
Department of Process Engineering Stellenbosch University
Tel: +27 (21) 808 3503
Email: jgorgens@sun.ac.za
Pre-treatment, hydrolysis and fermentation of lignocellulose biomass. Industrial fermentation of sugar and starch to bio-fuels. Thermal processing of biomass by pyrolysis and gasification. Biorefinery modeling for the integrated production of fuels and chemicals. Techno-economics of renewable energy production. Sugar industry, Paper and pulp industry, Grain processing industries, Fermentation industries Lignocellulose, Biorefinery, Biofuels, Renewable chemicals
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3 Prof. AB Sebitosi
Department of Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineering Stellenbosch University
Tel: +27 (21) 808 4557
Email: sebitosi@sun.ac.za
PV and solar water heating applications. Grid connected distributed resources, energy resource assessment and energy policy (13 Journal papers, 13 conference proceedings 1 book chapter. 3 contract reports). Makerere University Clarkson university University of Pretoria University of Cape Town Energy efficiency, solar thermal, photovoltaic energy policy.
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4 Prof. W.H.(Emile) van Zyl
Department of Microbiology Stellenbosch University
Tel: +27 (21) 808 5854
Email: whvz@sun.ac.za
Fungal Biotechnology (35 master's degrees, 20 PhDs, 113 journal papers,23 international patents ). NRF Senior Chair of Energy Research : Biofuels and alternative clean fuels since 2007. www.sun.ac.za/microbiology Biofuels, cellulosic ethanol, yeast biotechnology,
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5 Prof. JP Meyer
Department of Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering
University of Pretoria
Tel: +27 (12) 420 3104
Email: jmeyer@up.ac.za
Convective heat transfer, enhanced heat transfer, condensation and evaporation, heat exchangers, cooling of micro electronics, micro channels, heat pumps, energy efficiency (11 PhD's, 38 master's degrees, 160 journal papers). EPFL Lausanne, University of Ghent, University of Kyushu Duke, University MIT Energy Efficiency, Solar thermal energy, Solar water heaters
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6 Dr. Martina Meincken
Department of Forest &
Wood Science
Stellenbosch University
Tel: +27 (21) 808 2618
Email: mmein@sun.ac.za
Physical properties of biomass. Thermal biomass conversion. Various, CRSES, Dr. L. Tichagwa, Fort Hare / Alice Wood conversion, Analysis of physical properties
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7 Mr. TG Dirkse van Schalkwyk
Department of Industrial Engineering
Stellenbosch University
Tel: +27 (21) 808 2189
Fax: +27 (21) 8084245
Email: theuns@sun.ac.za
Sustainable manufacturing using renewable energy sources. Economic and logistic issues regarding bio-fuel . Solar water heating. Sustainable manufacturing using renewable energy sources (MSc Completed.) Economic and logistic issues regarding bio-fuel (MSc Completed) Solar water heating (Skripsie completed ) Stirling Engine and Electrical generator Economics (1 MSc currently) Prof. Theo Kleynhans, SU. Dr. W. van Zyl, Solek Dr. Harro von Blottnitz Associate Professor Environmental & Process Systems Engineering Chemical Engineering Department, University of Cape Town Prof. R. Dobson, US Energy Efficiency
Solar Water
Heaters Bio-fuels
Electricity
Generation
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8 Mr.MJ Brooks
Mechanical Engineering
Univresity of KwaZulu-Natal
Tel: +27 (31) 260 3202
Email: brooks@ukzn.ac.za
Concentrating solar power systems, Solar radiometry, Thermal managements systems University of Stellenbosch NREL University of Florida University of Reunion Mangosuthu Univ. of Technology NMMU Radiometry, Solar thermal energy, Thermal management
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9 Dr. JM Strauss
Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering Stellenbosch University
Tel: +27 (21) 808 4119
Fax: +27 86 688 6358
Email: jstrauss@sun.ac.za
Short stroke linear electric generators applied to Stirling engines for solar thermal energy conversion and improvement of energy efficiency through waste heat recovery(1 journal paper, currently 2 MScEng students). Prof. T.M. Harms, U.S. Mr. R.T. Dobson, U.S. Solar Thermal Energy Energy Efficiency

Not in keywords list:
Energy Conversion Energy Management
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10 Prof. H Winkler
Energy Research Centre
University of Cape Town
Tel: +27 (21) 650 3230
Fax: +27 (21) 650 2830
Email: harald.winkler@uct.ac.za
Post-2012 climate change - architecture of the international negotiations. Equity and climate change. Sustainable energy paths for South Africa. Clean Development Mechanism. Energy efficiency in low-cost housing. Analysis of energy-economy-environment interactions. Various Climate Change, Carbon Emissions
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11 Dr. Andrew Marquard
Energy Research Centre
University of Cape Town
Tel: +27 (21) 650 2827
Fax: +27 (21) 650 2830
Email: andrew.marquard@uct.ac.za
Post-2012 climate change - architecture of the international negotiations. energy-related climate change mitigation. South African energy policy and governance. Energy analysis and modeling. Renewable Energy Policy analysis. Analysis of energy-economy-environment interactions. Various Climate Change, Carbon Emissions
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12 Mr. Max Edkins
Energy Research Centre
University of Cape Town
Tel: +27 (21) 650 2521
Fax: +27 (21) 650 2830
Email: mt.edkins@uct.ac.za
Requirements for large-scale rollout of concentrating solar thermal power. Renewable energy policy instruments. Energy-economic-environment interactions. Technology and finance transfer at the international climate negotiations. Various Climate Change, Carbon Emissions
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13 Mr. Thapelo Letete
Energy Research Centre
University of Cape Town
Tel: +27 (21) 650 2826
Fax: +27 (21) 650 2830
Email: t.letete@uct.ac.za
National greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory. Energy and transport analysis. Bio-energy supply chain modeling and analysis. Energy-economic-environment interactions. International climate change negotiations. Various Climate Change, Carbon Emissions
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14 Prof. Edson L Meyer
Fort Hare Institute of Technology
University of Fort Hare
Private Bag x1314 Alice, 5700 SOUTH AFRICA
Tel: +27 (40) 602 2086
Fax: +27 (40) 653 0665
Email: emeyer@ufh.ac.za
Photovoltaic modules and systems and photochemical solar cells (PhD: 1 completed, 3 current; MSc: 2 completed, 1 current). Energy efficiency, energy efficient buildings and building integrated photovoltaics (PhD: 1 completed, 2 current). Biomass gasification and co-gasification of coal and biomass (PhD: 1 completed, 1 current; MSc: 1 current). Prof. EE van Dyk, NMMU Dr. DK Irurah, WITS Prof. TK Hillie, CSIR Dr. J Jörgens, SU Prof. OD Dintchev, TUT Prof. LJ Grobbelaar, NWU Photovoltaic Systems Energy Efficient Buildings Biomass
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15 Prof. Thomas Harms
Department of Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineering Stellenbosch University
Private Bag X1 Matieland 7602
Tel: +27 (21) 808 4376
Fax: +27 (21) 808 4958
Email: tmh@sun.ac.za
Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) with applications in the renewable energy field (10 relevant M degrees and related journal papers – 1 MSc, 2 PhD , 2 Post-doc. studies ongoing). CSIR, PSA (Spain), DLR (Germany) NREL (USA), Polytechnique - UST (Namibia) Solar Thermal Energy Wind Energy Bio-fuels
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16 Prof. MJ Kamper
Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering Stellenbosch University
Tel: +27 (21) 808 4455 / 4323
Email: kamper@sun.ac.za
Electrical machine design and control, electrical drives, energy efficiency, wind and wave generator design and control, grid-connected power converters. Various: JSM-Power, Adventure Power, Otto Solar, Eskom, University of Cape Town. Wave energy, Wind energy, hydro energy
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17 Dr. Amos Madhlopa
Energy Research Centre
University of Cape Town
Tel: +27 (21) 6503797
Fax:+27 (21) 6502830
Email: amos.madhlopa@uct.ac.za
Solar radiation measurement & analysis, energy system development, energy-water nexus, rural community energy provision. Various Sustainable energy
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18 Prof Alan Brent
Department: CRSES
Stellenbosch University
Tel: +27 (21) 808 9474
Email: Email: acb@sun.ac.za
Sustainable development, technology management, renewable energy policy and financing SPL (SU), GSTM (UP), ERC (UCT), USB (SU) Solar thermal energy, carbon emissions, bio-fuels
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19 Prof Ernest van Dyk
Director: CER Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
Tel: +27 (41) 504 2255
Fax: +27 (41) 504 2573
Email: Ernest.vanDyk@nmmu.ac.za
    Photovoltaics Research Interest and Activities
  • - Photovoltaic materials characterization
  • - Solar cell and PV module characterization
  • - Performance monitoring
  • - System performance evaluationand monitoring
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20 Prof Alan Nurick
Dept of Mechanical Engineering University of Johannesburg
Tel: +27 (11) 559-2911
Email: alann@uj.ac.za
Hybrid Photovoltaic and Thermal Systems Solar Illuminance for Interior Illumination Characterisation of Thermal Conductivity and Thermal Diffusivity of Building Materials Development of Solar Concentrators
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21 Dr Josephine Musango
School of Public Leadership
Tel: +27 (0) 21 918 4122
Fax: +27 (0) 21 918 4123
Email: josephine.musango@spl.sun.ac.za
Resource economics, Energy technology assessment, Renewable energy policy, System dynamics modelling
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22 Dr Freddie Vorster
Department:CER Photovoltaics Research Group
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
Tel: 041 5043051
Email: frederik.vorster@nmmu.ac.za
Photovoltaics characterisation research and testing, Concentrator Photovoltaics development, research and characterisation, Resource and energy yield assessment, Small wind t‎urbine technology. CER (NMMU), CRSES (SUN), PPRE (Oldenburg University) Photovoltaics Research , Characterisation, Testing, Teaching
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23 Prof Russell Phillips
NMMU
Tel: 0415043609
Email: russell.phillips@nmmu.ac.za
Small wind turbines and kW size CSP, RE short learning programmes RERG (NMMU), CER(NMMU) Wind energy, solar thermal
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24 Dr Nkosinathi Gule
Department: Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Stellenbosch University
Tel: 021 808 4103
Email: nathie@sun.ac.za
Renewable energy Wind energy
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25 Ulrich Terblanche
CRSES
Stellenbosch University
Tel: 021 808 3605
Email: ulricht@sun.ac.za
Photovoltaic systems, Renewable energy resource and technology assessment, Feasibility analyses Photovoltaic systems
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26 Eugene Joubert
CRSES
Stellenbosch University
Tel: 021 808 4041
Email: ecjoubert@sun.ac.za
    Large scale solar thermal systems
  • - Technology expertise
  • - Industrial solar process heat
  • - Design and performance modelling
  • - Pre-feasibility studies
  • - Systems and component testing
  • - Tender specifications
  • - Installation inspection
Flow induced structural loading on heliostats, Strategic development planning using GIS, Computational fluid dynamics, Finite element structural analysis
Photovoltaic systems
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