SOLTRAIN’s Student Project Support Scheme supports masters or PhD theses dedicated to the topic of solar thermal energy. The scheme provides financial support for students in order to encourage them to work in the field of solar thermal, to build up capacity and to promote the opportunities that solar thermal energy offer with regard to various applications and sectors, with the overall aim to reduce the use of fossil fuels for a sustainable future.
During the course of SOLTRAIN’s third and fourth phases, three bursary calls have been put out, attracting a total of 40 applications. From these, 15 projects have been approved which contribute to the overall aims of the SOLTRAIN project which include promoting the use of solar thermal energy in the SADC region to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to foster the change from fossil fuels to the use of renewable energies.
Applications were received from students from all of the SOLTRAIN partner countries, and the SOLTRAIN steering committee took pleasure in being able to award four students from South Africa and Zimbabwe, two each from Lesotho, Botswana and Namibia and one student from Mozambique, meaning that all SOLTRAIN partner countries were represented. The gender breakdown of the applicants amounted to five female and ten male students.
The successful recipients dealt with topics like the potential analyses and transition of domestic hot water technology to solar thermal systems with respect to different applications like health, tourism and the industrial sector. Technology-oriented topics included the development and investigation of a solar absorber and a nocturnal radiator hybrid panel in Botswana. A full list of the topics covered so far:
The current call for applicants for the support scheme is open and applications have to be submitted by 16 April 2021.
Please go to https://soltrain.org/student_portal/new-bursary-application to appply.