The Solar Thermal Training & Demonstration Initiative
  • Werner Weiss hands over bursary to Anna Amupolo of Namibia University of Science and Technology

    SOLTRAIN Editor, 21 July 2017

    Werner Weiss handed over a SOLTRAIN student bursary to Anna Amupolo of Namibia University of Science and Technology on the 30th of June, 2017.

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  • Bursaries for Masters Students Working on Solar Thermal Projects

    Monika Spörk-Dür & Werner Weiss, 11 July 2017

    To support the aims of the SOLTRAIN project in the partner countries Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe, and to motivate students at universities to do their masters thesis in the field of solar thermal, four students have been awarded bursaries to facilitate their research. The bursary supports travel costs to visit another institution in Southern Africa for further study or experimental work, equipment to conduct experiments to support the research and running cost of experimental work or further studies.

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  • SOLTRAIN Demonstration Systems at Malealea Lodge and Pony Trekking Centre in Lesotho

    Ivan Yaholnitsky, 10 July 2017

    Malealea Lodge is a 55 room lodge with bar,dining room, recreational hall and thrivingtourism business. It is located about 75km from Maseru in the Mafeteng District and hosts approximately 5 000 visitors per year. There are 28 permanent staff, 12 temporary, 15 pony trekking guides, 30 horse owners, and 15 hiking guides working as commercial community partners. The contribution of the Lodge to the local community is immense.

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  • Data monitoring and analysis for Namibia

    Helvi Ileka and Fenni Shidhika, 10 July 2017

    SOLTRAIN has financed monitoring equipment that is now installed at four of the 62 houses equipped with solar water heating systems (SWH), and at two houses meeting their hot water requirements through electric geysers. The low cost houses low cost were constructed by the National Housing Enterprises (NHE), in Otjomuise, Windhoek. Additional monitoring equipment has also been installed at a residential house in Dorado Park and at Joe’s Beer house.

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  • SOLTRAIN updates from Lesotho

    Puleng Mosothoane, 8 May 2017

    SOLTRAIN Lesotho has provided updates on recent activities, including the 3rd SOLTRAIN Lesotho Roadmap Meeting, Quality Inspector training and further developments regarding its parabolic solar bread baking technology.

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  • SOLTRAIN hands over demonstration trailer to University of Botswana’s Clean Energy Research Centre

    Dr. Edwin Matlotse, 8 May 2017
    The handing-over ceremony of a solar trailer to the University of Botswana’s Clean Energy Research Centre (CERC) took place in early March at the university’s Conference Centre. The 25,000.00 EURO trailer was donated to the institution by SOLTRAIN. During the ceremony, the keys to the trailer were handed over by Mr Rudi Moschik from AEE-INTEC to Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic and Student Affairs, Professor Martin M. Mokgwathi. Read more
  • South Africa: SOLTRAIN Presence at African Energy Indaba

    Khothatso Mpheqeke, 26 April 2017
    The Africa Energy Indaba is an annual conference that engages in discussions and seeks solutions to enable adequate energy generation across the continent, and which covers the renewable and non-renewable sectors. The conference took place in February at the Sandton Convention Centre. Read more
  • Concrete steps towards implementation of the Solar Thermal Technology Roadmap for Namibia

    Zivayi Chiguvare, 13 December 2016

    The Permanent Secretary in the Namibian Ministry of Mines and Energy, Mr. Simeon Negumbo, has expressed his appreciation and gratitude for initiatives such as the Solar Thermal Training and Demonstration Initiative (SOLTRAIN), which is viewed as one of the best strategies for the implementation of the Cabinet Directive of 2007 on solar water heaters, and is looking forward to the Roadmap Implementation Plan which is in line with national programmes. He said this while addressing the solar thermal technologies stakeholders in Windhoek, on 20 October, 2016.

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  • First Solar Thermal Technology Roadmap meeting held in Lesotho

    Puleng Mosothoane, 13 December 2016

    Lesotho’s first Solar Thermal Technology Roadmap meeting was held during the second week of October at the Avani Lesotho Hotel in Maseru. Although only 26 of expected 40 participants attended, the gathering consisted of a diverse set of stakeholders in the renewable energy and allied fields, including solar companies, the Department of Energy, Lesotho Electricity and Water Authority (LEWA), research and academic institutions, sponsors and others.

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  • South Africa: Third South African Solar Thermal Technology Roadmap workshop held in Cape Town

    Karin Kritzinger, 13 December 2016

    The third workshop in a series aimed at furthering the implementation of the South African Solar Thermal Technology Roadmap (SA-STTRM) was held in Cape Town at the end of October. This builds on outcomes of the second implementation workshop earlier in the year where a lack of focus on technology awareness, understanding and marketing solar thermal technologies were identified as shortcomings in the sector.

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  • South Africa: Specialised course on solar heat for industrial applications a success

    Stefan Hess, 13 December 2016

    A specialised course for a restricted number of experts was held in Stellenbosch in early November, giving insight into state-of-the-art design, simulation, planning and installation of advanced high quality solar thermal (ST) systems for industrial applications in Southern Africa.

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  • South Africa: SOLTRAIN study visit to the Cape Brewing Company

    Ryan Dearlove, 13 December 2016

    Forty delegates from the SOLTRAIN course on Solar Heat for Industrial Applications were treated to a tour of the solar thermal process heating system at Cape Brewing Company, Paarl in early November.

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  • South Africa: Renewable energy for industrial heat in the agri-processing

    Louise Scholtz, 13 December 2016

    WWF-SA together with GreenCape and the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies (CRSES) at Stellenbosch University hosted a very successful workshop aimed at gaining a better understanding of the potential of solar energy in the agri-processing industry. The workshop was held at the STAIS Wallenberg Centre in Stellenbosch in mid-November.

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  • SOLTRAIN puts in a good showing at a high level, international solar conference

    SOLTRAIN, 20 October 2016

    The “Solar Technologies & Hybrid Mini Grids to Improve Energy Access” conference recently took place in Bad Hersfeld, Germany in the latter part of September.

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  • Lesotho: BBCDC takes SOLTRAIN awareness campaign to the next level

    Bethel Business & Community Development Centre, 20 October 2016

    SOLTRAIN’s Lesotho partner, Bethel Business and Community Development Centre (BBCDC), has embarked on a number of initiatives aimed at elevating the awareness of SOLTRAIN 3 and solar thermal in general.

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