CENTRE FOR RENEWABLE AND SUSTAINABLE ENERGY STUDIES

LIST OF COMPLETED PROJECTS

CRSES has a team of competent engineers and project managers who can assist clients with on- and off-grid renewable energy solutions. The dynamic group includes engineering expertise in the following disciplines: Mechanical, Mechatronic, Electrical, Process and Civil. The Centre is also well positioned to assemble expertise from the broader University community and private industry to participate in multidisciplinary projects. The past projects are listed under each year below:

NEW ROLES FOR MUNICIPALITIES IN ELECTRICITY AND ENERGY

Client: TIPS (GIZ contract, consortium with TIPS & WWF)

Scope:A review of possible business models for South African municipalities to seize arising opportunities and minimise potential risks associated with the introduction of renewable energy technologies in the domestic electricity system.

Status: Completed

PV penetration study in the Western Cape

Client: Eskom

Scope:Evaluate and model the potential uptake of disaggregated PV systems as well as the impact that such installations will have on the electricity system. The overall aim of this research is to stimulate investment in private and public PV installations by supporting informed decision-making by both the private and the public sectors.

Status: Completed

SOLTRAIN III: Southern African Solar Thermal Training and Demonstration Initiative

Client: AEE-Intec

Scope:SOLTRAIN (Southern African Solar Thermal Training and Demonstration Initiative) is funded by the Austrian Development Agency and is focussed on awareness campaigns of solar thermal applications for specific stakeholders to highlight the impacts of energy savings and security of energy supply.
In SOLTRAIN III, CRSES is tasked to develop the new SOLTRAIN website (www.soltrain.org.za) and took over responsibility for the quarterly SOLTRAIN newsletter, assists in the rewarding of student bursaries and with the inter university projects on solar thermal and the implementation plan for the solar thermal road map for South Africa.

Status: Completed

EPPEI II

Client: Eskom

Scope:CRSES is contracted Eskom to host the Eskom Power Plant Engineering Institute (EPPEI) Specialisation Centre in Renewable Energy as well as to coordinate the Inter University Programme in Power System Simulation (PSS). The project finances a Chair in PSS at Stellenbosch University and funds post graduate students at South African Universities and Universities of Technology.

Status: Ongoing

Conducting a study on the impact of grid integration of intermittent renewable energy in Namibia

Client: Electricity Control Board

Scope:Conduct a study to assess the impact of grid integration of intermittent renewable energy, develop and implement a plausible methodology to reliably quantify the optimal renewable energy capacity that can be integrated into the grid in the Namibian Electricity Supply Industry. This includes a detailed model of the Nambian electricity grid and research into various implementation strategies used by other countries and regions. Various tests will be conducted on the Namibian network models to determine the maximum renewable energy penetration that can be achieved and to identify system constraints, which prevent further implementation of renewable energy.

Status: Complete

Conducting a study on the impact of grid integration of intermittent renewable energy in Namibia

Client: Electricity Control Board

Scope:Conduct a study to assess the impact of grid integration of intermittent renewable energy, develop and implement a plausible methodology to reliably quantify the optimal renewable energy capacity that can be integrated into the grid in the Namibian Electricity Supply Industry. This includes a detailed model of the Nambian electricity grid and research into various implementation strategies used by other countries and regions. Various tests will be conducted on the Namibian network models to determine the maximum renewable energy penetration that can be achieved and to identify system constraints, which prevent further implementation of renewable energy.

Status: Complete

Starfloat technology’s potential role in the Namibian water and energy industry

Client: Department for International Development (DFID)

Scope:CRSES is appointed as the academic partner for the project, STARFLOAT - multifloat-spar for enabling the economic exploitation of deep-water wind. A project that aims to explore the possible implementation of the SARFLOAT technology, a technology that allows for deep offshore wind energy conversion on floating platforms. A major part of the study is the investigation of the possible relationship of offshore wind energy conversion and water production.

Status: Complete

Potential for solar thermal heating in South African hospitals

Client: World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa (WWF-SA)

Scope:Develop a framing paper for investigating the potential of solar thermal technologies for hospitals in South Africa, including the potential of the technologies for supplying the hot water needs of hospitals in the country. The study was conducted by CRSES in conjunction with WWF-SA. The study includes a detailed feasibility study for the installation of a solar thermal system at Paarl Hospital.

Status: Complete

Absa renewable energy short reports

Client: Absa investment banking

Scope:CRSES developed the content for short information leaflets to provide a general overview to non-technical personal of various technologies, including solar thermal, PV, wind, hydro and bio-energy. The content for each leaflet includes a brief overview of the resource, operation, available technology, installation considerations and a cost overview.

Status: Complete

SUNREF – Citrusdal hybrid biogas-PV power plant review

Client: Enclude Solutions

Scope:tellenbosch University’s CRSES form part of the SUNREF pool of experts and are sub contracted to Enclude in this regard. CRSES assisted with a review of a project for Alveo Energy and Trajectory Capital at their client’s facility in Citrusdal. This facility breeds sterile moths for the citrus industry. The moths are fed on maize and this project intends to use the waste maize as a feedstock for a biogas to electricity facility. There is an additional opportunity to incorporate a solar PV plant into the project to optimise the use of renewable energy resources. The Centre reviewed the techno-economic potential of the proposed plant and did the required tests on the feedstock. This hybrid power plant will be a first for South Africa, utilising the energy potential of both the waste product and the sun and incorporating this with the stability of the municipal grid.

Status: Complete

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