The Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies engages with the scientific and general communities in a number of ways. The Centre plays a coordinating role for a variety of contract research projects where specialists from various disciplines participate to investigate renewable energy resources, conversion technologies and applications. The Centre has a staff of four engineers, all with masters’ degrees, specialising in renewable energy that assist with the technical work. In addition the Centre can call on the expertise of the wider University community as well as other experts, even from abroad, should they be required to work on the project.
The Centre organises various training events and symposia for the renewable energy industry. These events range from one day workshops to short courses and conferences. An annual, national symposium for postgraduate students in renewable energy is held in November and the Centre was also instrumental in organising the first Southern African Solar Energy Conference in 2012.
The Centre is driving three national, flagship projects:
- South African wind Energy Centre (SAWEC)
- Solar Energy Map of Southern Africa
- Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) Pilot Plant and Research Facility
The Centre has developed a set of learning material for high school learners, grades 8 to 11, that can be downloaded and used free of charge.