SOLTRAIN
SOLTRAIN:
The Solar Thermal Training & Demonstration Initiative
  • Prof. E. Matlotse, 30 July 2018

    Various stakeholders from different entities, led by the Department of Energy (DoE), converged on the Maruapula Secondary School to conduct a site visit of the school’s solar thermal installations which were 50% sponsored by  the Solar Thermal Training and Development Initiative (SOLTRAIN).

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  • Samson Mhlanga, 30 July 2018

    The National University of Science and Technology, Zimbabwe’s SOLTRAIN country partner, exhibited  and  presented  at the International Environmental Day’s commemoration held in late March at Milton Primary School, Bulawayo.

     

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  • Khothatso Mpheqeke and Karen Surridge, 30 July 2018

    Sustainability Week has taken place each year since 2015 and is hosted by the City of Tshwane, South Africa’s capital city and a pioneer of green urban development.

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  • Prof. E. Matlotse, 30 July 2018

    The University of Botswana Clean Energy Research Centre (CERC) held the Southern African Solar Thermal Training and Demonstration Initiative (SOLTRAIN) project’s second dissemination training course at the end of May, 2018.

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  • Malealea Lodge, 30 July 2018

    In 2016, Bethel Business Community and Development Centre (BBCDC) installed five 150 litre solar water heaters as a pilot project at Malealea Lodge. After monitoring and evaluating the project for 6 months, a decision was taken by the lodge to install another five systems in 2017, again with BBCDC’S help.

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  • Khothatso Mpheqeke and Karen Surridge, 30 July 2018

    The 18th annual  African  Utility  Week hosted 6 411 attendees over 3 days from 84 countries and 300 exhibitors from 30 different countries. The South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) was one of the exhibitors for the 2018 African Utility week showcasing various projects implemented through SANEDI, including the SOLTRAIN programme.

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  • Tawanda Mushiri and Samson Mhlanga, 30 July 2018

    First launched in 1996 and then suspended, University of Zimbabwe’s Faculty of Engineering has relaunched its Master of Science Renewable Energy (MRE).

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  • SOLTRAIN Lesotho, 30 July 2018

    In order to create income and ensure future sustainability, the Bethal Business and Community Development Centre (BBCDC), with funding and support from SOLTRAIN, has established a solar thermal company in Mohale’s Hoek and has extended its existing workshop.

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  • Prof. E. Matlotse, 30 July 2018

    The Botswana Solar Thermal Technology Platform (BSTTP) Meeting, held at the end of May, aimed to pave way for the implementation of the Botswana Solar Thermal Technology Roadmap (BSTTR) which was formulated through the SOLTRAIN project. For this meeting, various stakeholders from different establishments, led by the Department of Energy (DoE), convened to deliberate on how best to achieve the huge tasks which lie ahead as part of the roadmap.

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  • Fenni Shidhika, Helvi Ileka and Zivayi Chiguvare, 30 July 2018

    The Namibia Energy Institute presented recent Southern African Solar Thermal Training and Demonstration Initiative (SOLTRAIN) activities and promoted solar thermal energy at the International Conference on Solar Power Systems for Namibia (SPSN18) organized by the University of Namibia (UNAM), earlier this year.

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  • Werner Weiss and Monika Spörk-Dür, 7 May 2018

    The installation of solar thermal demonstration projects is an important part of the SOLTRAIN programme’s activities. On the one hand, the installations allow the SOLTRAIN community to apply knowledge gained during the training courses, and on the other hand, to show and demonstrate different solar thermal applications from small-scale systems for single family houses to large-scale systems in industrial applications.

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  • Dr. Edwin Matlotse, 7 May 2018

    University of Botswana’s Clean Energy Research Centre (CERC) hosted a successful SOLTRAIN Conference at the University of Botswana (UB) Conference Centre in Gaborone in early February. The event included tours of solar thermal installations in the Gaborone.

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  • Ivan Yaholnitsky, 7 May 2018

    In December, BBCDC put up a large advertising sign in Mohales Hoek at the site of BBCDC’s solar energy  sales  operation. The  sign  is just next to the main southern highway and enhances the exposure of SOLTRAIN and our solar energy products and services. We call it a ‘Green Lantern’.

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  • SOLTRAIN Administrator, 7 May 2018

    The National University of Lesotho (NUL) solar thermal project funded by SOLTRAIN made headlines in Astana, Kazakhstan, where it was awarded first prize in the category “Future Energy.”

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  • Helvi Ileka and Rudi Moschik, 7 May 2018

    The Namibia Energy Institute (NEI), at the Namibia University of Science and Technology together with AEE-INTEC, have installed the first photovoltaic water heater (PWH) in Namibia using a special DC/AC element for heating the water. The installation is for research purposes under the SOLTRAIN project.

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