The Solar Thermal Training & Demonstration Initiative

Written by Monika Spörk-Dür on 22 February 2018
The specialised course participants
A specialised course for a restricted number of experts was held in Stellenbosch at the end of November, giving insight into state-of-the-art design, simulation, planning and installation of advanced high quality solar thermal systems for industrial applications in Southern Africa. The training course was carried out in co-operation with SOLTRAIN and the Solar Academy of the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme, and was hosted and organized by the SOLTRAIN project partner, CRSES, from Stellenbosch University.

The course accepted 50 participants, of which about 12 were planners from the solar thermal industry. The remaining participants comprised SOLTRAIN partners, researchers and members of public institutions. The course was lectured by SOLTRAIN coordinator, Werner Weiss, from AEE –Institute for Sustainable Technologies (AEE INTEC) in Austria, and by Christoph Brunner, head of the Department of Industrial Processes and Energy Systems at AEE INTEC, Austria.

The feedback of participants was unanimous in that they derived great benefit from attending the course, and expressed great interest in any future SOLTRAIN courses.