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First Announcement

Conference venue

The 4th Southern African Solar Energy Conference (SASEC 2016) will be held from the 31st October to the 2nd of November 2016 at the Conference Centre at the Faculty of Theology at Stellenbosch University in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

This conference will focus on both Solar Photovoltaic and Solar Thermal Energy technology, systems and applications. The conference will provide the opportunity for researchers, engineers, technologists and individuals to share and discuss recent developments in the field.

The conference will start on the Monday morning with a plenary session where after the presentations will split into PV, Solar Thermal and General Solar tracks. Tuesday will follow a similar programme with a Conference Dinner in the evening. The conference will end on the Wednesday with optional site visits in the afternoon.

The Conference will have a specific focus on research, technology development and deployment of solar energy in the Southern African context shared with experiences from other parts of the world. To benefit the Solar Energy community as a whole, engineers and scientists from academia and industry are encouraged to share their on-going and completed research, technology developments and experiences with technology deployment at the conference.

Presentation at the conference will be subject to acceptance of an abstract. The review process will consist of an initial review of one-page abstracts followed by a rigorous peer review of the complete papers. Comprehensive conference proceedings, with an allocated ISBN number, will be published.

  Keynote Speakers »

Keynote Speaker 1: Prof Carsten Agert (Oldenburg)
Photovoltaic Systems:
Prof Dr Carsten Agert studied physics at the Universities of Marburg and Canterbury. He subsequently earned his doctorate at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) in Freiburg, where he focused on high-efficiency solar cells. He then conducted research and worked while in Oxford and Pretoria. In January 2002, he returned to the Fraunhofer ISE, where he coordinated strategic planning for the institute's areas of business. Simultaneously, he served as a member of the research staff of the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU).

In 2005, Prof Agert began to direct a fuel cell research group at the Freiburg-based Fraunhofer Institute. Since 2008, he has been Professor for Energy Technology at the University of Oldenburg, where he is Head of the EWE Research Centre NEXT ENERGY. The centre's work focuses on the areas of Photovoltaics, Fuel Cells and Energy Storage. Prof Agert acts as vice chairman of the executive board of the Lower Saxony Energy Research Centre (efzn) and serves as deputy spokesman of the advisory board of the Energy Storage and Systems Initiative of the State of Lower Saxony.

Keynote Speaker 2: TBD
Solar Thermal Energy (Europe)

Keynote Speaker 3: TBD
Concentrating Solar Power (USA)

  Important Dates »

1st Call for Abstracts: 20 January 2016
2nd Call for Abstracts: 15 February 2016
Abstracts due: 04 April 2016
Notification of Acceptance: 16 May 2016
Final Paper due: 01 August 2016
Early Bird registrations close: 03 Oct 2016
Conference: 31 October – 02 November 2016

  Abstract submission »

Abstracts of 400 - 600 words must be prepared as a PDF file for electronic submission.

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Instructions to authors:

Please read before submitting to the OpenConf Peer Review & Conference Management System.
Select 'Make Submission' under the Abstract submission section.

  • Enter your abstract title in the SUBMISSION TITLE field at the top of the submission form.
  • Indicate whether you are a student.
  • Indicate your permission for your presentation to be placed on the website after the conference.
  • Enter the author(s) information.
  • Choose your theme(s) from the TOPIC Categories.
  • Upload your PDF abstract file (from 400 - 600 words)

After submitting you will be redirected to a confirmation page that displays your Paper Submission ID. You will also receive a confirmation email with this information.

Submit PDF abstract

  International Advisory Committee »

Paul Gauche Stellenbosch University
Prof Frank Dinter Stellenbosch University
Prof Ernest van Dyk NMMU
Vikesh Rasjpaul Eskom
Prof Ken Craig University of Pretoria
Dr Michael Brooks University of Kwa-Zulu Natal
Prof Josua Meyer University of Pretoria
Dr Christoph Richter DLR
Dr Werner Platzer ISE Fraunhofer
Dr Dave Renne ISES
Werner Weiss AEE-Intec
Dr Zivayi Chiguvare Polytechnic of Namibia
Prof Tunde Oladiran Botswana University of Science and Technology
Prof Dr Tobias Bischof-Niemz CSIR
Prof Vladimir Dyanakov ZAE/Wurtzburg
Prof Carsten Agert Oldenburg
Prof Robert Pitz-Paal DLR
Dr Michael Geyer Abengoa Solar
Dr Manuel Romero IMDEA

  Organisers »

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Local Organising Committee

  • Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies, Stellenbosch University
    • Prof Wikus van Niekerk (Conference Chair)
    • Ms Corli Leonard
    • Ms Carla Nel
  • UCT Conference Management Centre
    • Ms Belinda Chapman

  Supporting Partners »

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