SOLTRAIN news

  • SOLTRAIN supports the installation of another 100 solar thermal demonstration systems
    SOLTRAIN supports the installation of another 100 solar thermal demonstration systems

    The support of the installation of solar thermal demonstration systems in so called “Flagship Districts” continues in Phase 4 of SOLTRAIN, with the goal to co-fund the installation of another 100 solar water heating systems for different applications. The districts were established in all six partner countries in the previous phases of the project after consultation with policy, local authorities, training and research institutions, industry and NGOs.

    Global | Published Tue 01 Sep 2020 | view

  • SOLTRAIN 4 bursaries awarded
    SOLTRAIN 4 bursaries awarded

    SOLTRAIN provides financial support for masters theses or other student theses that deal with topics of solar thermal energy. In July 2020, eight students from five partner countries were awarded bursaries for the first round of bursary applications for SOLTRAIN 4.

    Global | Published Tue 01 Sep 2020 | view

  • Train the Trainers Workshop at Harare Institute of Technology

    The National University of Science and Technology (NUST), country partner in the SOLTRAIN 4 project in cooperation with AEE Intec, continued to support solar thermal uptake by conducting a Train-the-Trainer workshop at the Harare Institute of Technology in early February.

    Zimbabwe | Published Tue 01 Sep 2020 | view

  • Local Zimbabwean SMME exemplifies efficacy of SOLTRAIN's practical and theoretical training interventions

    One of the key aims of the SOLTRAIN programme is to increase technical skills through training and local skills transfer, and Sunnex, a Zimbabwean solar SMME, presents a good example of some of SOLTRAIN's success in this regard.

    Zimbabwe | Published Tue 01 Sep 2020 | view

  • SACREEE joins the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Technology Collaboration Programme
    SACREEE joins the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Technology Collaboration Programme

    SOLTRAIN regional partner, SADC Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (SACREEE), has joined the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Technology Collaboration Programme (SHC TCP). The SHC TCP, established in 1977, is one of the first programmes of the IEA to promote the use of all aspects of solar thermal energy.

    Global | Published Tue 01 Sep 2020 | view

  • Solar drying innovations in Lesotho

    Solar dryers have been taken to new level in Lesotho as Solarsoft introduces dryers that are operated by both solar thermal heat and electricity.

    Lesotho | Published Tue 01 Sep 2020 | view

  • SOLTRAIN Zimbabwe exhibits at the Renewable Energy and Biofuels Policies launch
    SOLTRAIN Zimbabwe exhibits at the Renewable Energy and Biofuels Policies launch

    Just prior to restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, SOLTRAIN Zimbabwe managed to exhibit at the launch of the Renewable Energy and Biofuels Policies Launch at the Harare International Conference Centre under the theme “Unlocking Renewable Energy Potential in Zimbabwe”.

    Zimbabwe | Published Tue 01 Sep 2020 | view

  • SOLTRAIN Hosts Zimbabwe’s first solar heat policy workshop
    SOLTRAIN Hosts Zimbabwe’s first solar heat policy workshop

    Zimbabwe held its first-ever solar heat policy workshop in early February in Harare. The workshop was hosted by SOLTRAIN Zimbabwe and was held against the backdrop of the launch of the solar thermal roadmap and implementation plan in November 2018 and subsequent endorsement by the government in July 2019. It was aimed at informing policymakers on the future plans for the SOLTRAIN project and mapping the way forward in terms of implementation of solar heating systems guided by the national targets and the roadmap.

    Zimbabwe | Published Tue 01 Sep 2020 | view

  • More than 300 solar thermal systems as part of training & R&D co-operation
    More than 300 solar thermal systems as part of training & R&D co-operation

    By the end of phase III of the SOLTRAIN programme, 3 000 people had been trained in 110 training courses, and the lessons learned in the courses have been implemented by local companies in 326 demonstration projects. The annual solar yield of all the plants installed since 2009 adds up to 3 533 MWh with CO2 savings of 1,222 tons.

    Global | Published Tue 11 Aug 2020 | view

  • Solar electric vs solar thermal water heating: A comparison
    Solar electric vs solar thermal water heating: A comparison

    How does a solar PV-driven hot water system perform in comparison with an equivalently sized solar thermal driven system in the same locality?

    Angelo Buckley from University of Stellenbosch recently addressed this in a lecture entitled “Comparison of Photovoltaic and Solar Thermal Hot Water Systems in the South African Context”.

    South Africa | Published Tue 11 Aug 2020 | view

  • SOLTRAIN fulfils its training mandate with the Namibia Energy Institute and Osona Village Housing Developers
    SOLTRAIN fulfils its training mandate with the Namibia Energy Institute and Osona Village Housing Developers

    One of the SOLTRAIN programme's key focus areas is the strengthening institutional structures which can offer expert advice, training and technical support to the local industry and government officials. To this end, Osona Village Management accepted a proposal from SOLTRAIN, through the Namibian University of Science and Technology - Namibia Energy Institute to train their  housing contractors on quality assurance in the selection and installation of solar water heaters.

    Namibia | Published Wed 17 Jun 2020 | view

  • SOLTRAIN supports solar thermal decision makers
    SOLTRAIN supports solar thermal decision makers

    In keeping with some of SOLTRAIN's key focus areas, and specifically the strengthening of institutional structures which can offer expert advice, training and technical support on solar thermal technology, one of SOLTRAIN's South African partners, SANEDI hosted a half day of 'decision makers' seminar on solar water heating  operating at different scales, followed by a half a day site visit to an installation comprising 1 500 litres of storage, heat pump backup and 30m2 of solar collector area at a military base in Hoedspruit.  The target audience for this seminar was the military decision makers within the Department of Defence (DoD) as well as the tourism and hospitality service providers from Limpopo province.

    South Africa | Published Mon 08 Jun 2020 | view

  • SOLTRAIN builds on successes and extends to a fourth phase

    SOLTRAIN is pleased to announce that the programme will be extended to a fourth phase. SOLTRAIN began its first phase in 2009, with partner institutions in Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe, and with the second and third phases seeing the extension of the programme into Lesotho and Botswana.

    Global | Published Tue 02 Jul 2019 | view

  • Solar Drying Course in Mohales Hoek
    Solar Drying Course in Mohales Hoek

    SOLTRAIN Lesotho hosted a solar drying course in Mohale’s Hoek, Lesotho, late last year at the Bethel Business and Community Development Centre. There were 25 participants from various SOLTRAIN partner countries including Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia and South Africa. The course was led by Mr Georg Hubmer from CONA and Mr Werner Weiss from AEE-INTEC.

    Lesotho | Published Tue 02 Jul 2019 | view

  • Launch of Solar Thermal Technology Roadmap and Implementation Plan
    Launch of Solar Thermal Technology Roadmap and Implementation Plan

    Zimbabwe launched its Solar Thermal Technology Roadmap and Implementation Plan (STTRIP) in late 2018 at the Zimbabwe Institution of Engineers’s in Harare. The STTRIP outlines the country’s vision for solar thermal installations of 0.1m2 per capita by 2030 in support of the government’s vision for upper middle-income country status. The STTRIP is part of the SOLTRAIN programme, with the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) as the Zimbabwean country implementation partner.

    Zimbabwe | Published Tue 02 Jul 2019 | view

  • Solar thermal energy for wastewater treatment

    Earlier this year, Bethel Business and Community Development Centre completed a combined cycle biogas and wastewater treatment system at St. Elizabeth Training Institute in Mohales Hoek, Lesotho.

    Lesotho | Published Tue 02 Jul 2019 | view

  • New solar thermal heat systems save millions

    The 15th of May 2019 saw the launch of the first solar district heating system and the largest solar process heat system in Sub-Saharan Africa, as the Austrian Ambassador officially launched these two major SOLTRAIN projects. These are the first sub-Saharan district heating plant for Wits University and a solar process heat plant for the Klein Karoo tannery, both of which will save millions in energy costs over the lifetime of the plants.

    South Africa | Published Tue 21 May 2019 | view

  • Austrian Development Agency  (ADA) Managing Director, Dr  Martin Ledolter, visits Namibia  and South Africa
    Austrian Development Agency (ADA) Managing Director, Dr Martin Ledolter, visits Namibia and South Africa

    In late October, Namibia and South Africa played host to Dr Martin Ledolter, Managing Director of the Austrian Development Agency (ADA). ADA is the main funder of the SOLTRAIN project which started in 2009 and is currently in its third phase.

    Global | Published Fri 01 Feb 2019 | view

  • Decision making in solar thermal  investment for government  partners
    Decision making in solar thermal investment for government partners

    SANEDI has been engaging on sustainable, potential renewable energy and energy efficiency solutions for several government departments intensively since October 2017.  This has led to the signing of Memoranda of Agreements to collaborate on specifically identified projects for at least the next 5 years.

    South Africa | Published Mon 17 Dec 2018 | view

  • Monitoring of domestic solar water heating systems in Namibia

    A Namibian cabinet directive of 2007 on Solar Water Heaters (SWH) requires SWH to be installed in all government financed and subsidised buildings such as those of the National Housing Enterprise (NHE). The NHE authorised the Southern African Solar Thermal Training and Demonstration Initiative (SOLTRAIN) II project to contract Trinity Business Solutions to install 62 SWHs in newly constructed houses under the NHE in Namibia starting from December 2015 until March 2016, and the Namibia Energy Institute (NEI) through the SOLTRAIN project, Ministry of Mines and Energy and NHE, financed the installation of 62 SWHs at low-cost houses in Otjomuise, Windhoek.

    Namibia | Published Wed 07 Nov 2018 | view

  • SANEDI assists the SA National Defence Force with going green
    SANEDI assists the SA National Defence Force with going green

    From 2014 to 2016, SANEDI, as a government partner, was invited to speak about renewable energy and energy efficiency at national level at the Department of Defence (DoD) Annual Environmental Seminar.

    South Africa | Published Wed 07 Nov 2018 | view

  • Investigating the cost of large-scale solar thermal systems in SADC countries

    A study entitled “Investigation into the Costs of Large-Scale Solar Thermal Systems in SADC Countries”, authored by Mr Angelo Buckley and co-authored by Ms Karin Kritzinger and Prof Sampson Mamphweli from the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies (CRSES), Stellenbosch University, was submitted and presented at the Southern African Solar Energy Conference (SASEC) 2018 which was held in Durban, South Africa in late June.

    Global | Published Wed 07 Nov 2018 | view

  • SOLTRAIN Bursary Programme - Applications about to close
    SOLTRAIN Bursary Programme - Applications about to close

    The SOLTRAIN Bursary Programme aims to support the work of the SOLTRAIN project in SOLTRAIN partner countries, and to motivate students at universities to do their masters thesis in the field of solar energy.

    Global | Published Wed 07 Nov 2018 | view

  • Energy stakeholders conduct tour of Maruapula Secondary School’s solar thermal installations
    Energy stakeholders conduct tour of Maruapula Secondary School’s solar thermal installations

    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).

    Botswana | Published Mon 30 Jul 2018 | view

  • International environment day commemorations
    International environment day commemorations

    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.

     

    Zimbabwe | Published Mon 30 Jul 2018 | view

  • SOLTRAIN at Sustainability Week
    SOLTRAIN at Sustainability Week

    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.

    South Africa | Published Mon 30 Jul 2018 | view

  • SOLTRAIN’s Second Dissemination Training Course
    SOLTRAIN’s Second Dissemination Training Course

    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.

    Botswana | Published Mon 30 Jul 2018 | view

  • Malealea Lodge: Building on solar thermal successes
    Malealea Lodge: Building on solar thermal successes

    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.

    Lesotho | Published Mon 30 Jul 2018 | view

  • SOLTRAIN at African Utility Week
    SOLTRAIN at African Utility Week

    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.

    South Africa | Published Mon 30 Jul 2018 | view

  • University of Zimbabwe re-launches Master of Science Renewable Energy
    University of Zimbabwe re-launches Master of Science Renewable Energy

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

    Zimbabwe | Published Mon 30 Jul 2018 | view

  • Workshop expansion for BBCDC’s new solar thermal venture
    Workshop expansion for BBCDC’s new solar thermal venture

    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.

    Lesotho | Published Mon 30 Jul 2018 | view

  • Solar Thermal Technology Platform will present challenges, but CERC and stakeholders are up to the task
    Solar Thermal Technology Platform will present challenges, but CERC and stakeholders are up to the task

    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.

    Botswana | Published Mon 30 Jul 2018 | view

  • SOLTRAIN at International Conference on Solar Power Systems
    SOLTRAIN at International Conference on Solar Power Systems

    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.

    Namibia | Published Mon 30 Jul 2018 | view

  • SOLTRAIN’s cumulative carbon & cost-savings impact quantified

    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.

    Global | Published Mon 07 May 2018 | view

  • Clean Energy Research Centre hosts successful SOLTRAIN conference
    Clean Energy Research Centre hosts successful SOLTRAIN conference

    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.

    Botswana | Published Mon 07 May 2018 | view

  • BBCDC
    BBCDC

    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’.

    Lesotho | Published Mon 07 May 2018 | view

  • SOLTRAIN-funded project takes the prize in Kazakhstan

    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.”

    Lesotho | Published Mon 07 May 2018 | view

  • Research underway comparing solar thermal vs. solar PV for water heating
    Research underway comparing solar thermal vs. solar PV for water heating

    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.

    Namibia | Published Mon 07 May 2018 | view

  • SOLTRAIN
    SOLTRAIN

    Botswana’s first solar thermal system subsidized by SOLTRAIN was commissioned in February this year. SOLTRAIN’s partner in Botswana, the Centre for Clean Energy Research, University of Botswana, actively guided and supported the project through the phases from inception to installation and commissioning. The beneficiary of the project is Mara-u-Pula Secondary School, which is a premium Senior Secondary School located in the proximity of Gaborone Central Business District.

    Botswana | Published Mon 07 May 2018 | view

  • SOLTRAIN ended 2017 on a high note
    SOLTRAIN ended 2017 on a high note

    SOLTRAIN ran a technical tour late last year and invited representatives from solar companies, academic institutions, the public sector and those who had previously attended SOLTRAIN training sessions to participate.

    Lesotho | Published Mon 07 May 2018 | view