Solar Energy Technology Roadmap (SETRM)
(Collaboration between DOE, SANEDI, DST, NT, dti, GIZ and IEA)
Mapping solar technologies under 4 main sections viz. solar PV, CSP, solar heating/cooling and solar high temperature applications; and the way in which these will play a role in South Africa’s long term energy plan up to 2050
Done in parallel with the DST solar technology study and the DOE IRP
Solar resource measurement project
(Collaboration between GIZ, SANEDI, DST, SU, NMMU, SAWS, USTDA, Eskom)
Construction of solar resource measurement stations in specific locations in South Africa, measuring both DNI (direct normal irradiance) and GHI (global horizontal irradiance)
Ultimate goal was to produce a verified ground measurement solar map of the resource available in SA. This can now be accessed at http://www.sauran.net/Page/About
Renewable Energy Testing, Training and Demo Facilities
(collaboration SANEDI, GIZ, CSIR, TIA, Green Cape, CPUT, SU, NMMU)
The South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre (SARETEC) at Cape Peninsular University of Technology (CPUT) is a national facility that trains graduates in technical service to the wind and solar industries of South Africa.
The Centre for Energy Research (CER) at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) houses a PV testing and research facility largely supported by RECORD and the GIZ. One of the goals of this project is to map the performance of PV panels and simulate their response to different climates under South African conditions.
Microalgal Technology Development and Demonstration Centre (MTDDC) at Upington is managed by TIA (Technology Innovation Agency) and supported by RECORD and the Algal bioenergy platform.