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Sustainable Energy Seminar Speakers


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DR TOBIAS BISCHOF-NIEMZ is the Centre Manager: Energy at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Pretoria where he leads the establishment of an integrated energy research centre and a growing team of scientists and engineers. Main focus of the centre is renewables and system integration thereof.

Dr Tobias Bischof-Niemz is the Centre Manager: Energy at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Pretoria where he leads the establishment of an integrated energy research centre and a growing team of scientists and engineers. Before joining the CSIR, he was for two years with South Africa’s electric utility Eskom in the Energy Planning Unit, where he was part of the team that developed the power-capacity expansion plan for South Africa until 2030/2050. Originally from Germany, Tobias holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, which he studied at TU Darmstadt, Germany, and at UC Berkeley, USA, and a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University in New York, USA.

PROPOSED TOPIC: OPPORTUNITIES FOR RENEWABLES IN SOUTH AFRICA

Massive cost reductions in renewables such as wind and solar over the last few years, combined with increasing costs of conventional fuels and excellent wind and solar resources in South Africa, made renewables cost competitive to conventional new-build options in the country today.

Renewables however have significant implications on the architecture of the energy system as we know it. Distributed generation lets energy consumers become energy “prosumers”, with generation assets at the very end of the electrical grid; telecommunication and “big data” companies show increasing interest in the energy space; new technologies arise to facilitate a large penetration of intermittent renewables in the system.

In this presentation the underlying paradigms on which today’s energy system is built will be highlighted and how they might have to change in order to facilitate a renewables-based energy future.

The CSIR’s response to the research needs that stem from the “Energy Transition” towards a cleaner future energy system will be highlighted.


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DR CHRIS HAW is the co-founder and director at Aurora Power Group representing a range of companies operating in the energy sector in South Africa. Chris is also co-founder of the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA), representing 118 member companies. Through SAPVIA Chris has successfully contributed to the lobby for increased quotas of photovoltaics in the IRP2 and established the association as the leading industry body in the PV sector. Aurora Power has successfully developed 98 MW of solar PV projects representing a capital cost of R2bn. Chris has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical engineering from the University of Cape Town and a PhD in Biomedical engineering from the University of Oxford.

PROPOSED TOPIC: SOLAR ENERGY FOR COMMERCIAL ENERGY USERS – CASE STUDIES AND DISCUSSIONS


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DR KAREN SURRIDGE-TALBOT was born in New Zealand and educated in South Africa. She was awarded her PhD in 2007 and during 2007-2009 she was a postdoctoral Fellow of the Claude Leon Foundation. Throughout this time, she established the soil microbiology lab at the University of Pretoria. During her academic career (2002-2011) she has published over 10 papers in internationally accredited peer reviewed journals, has more than 20 conference proceeding publications, graduated numerous masters and doctoral students and spent time overseas gaining experience in molecular microbiology techniques. Also during this time she established a consulting company specializing in environmental analyses, environmental impact assessments (EIA’s), laboratory setup and establishment and consulting to, among others, large energy, environmental consulting and metal industry in South Africa.

From November 2011 to present, Dr Surridge-Talbot was engaged as Centre Manager for the Renewable Energy Centre of Research and Development (RECORD) at the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI). This centre is mandated, through the government act (National Energy Act 2008, no. 34) that established SANEDI, to coordinate renewable energy research and development in South Africa. During 2012 Dr Surridge-Talbot visited many solar installation and research facilities in Spain and Germany to observe and learn from global expertise and experience in this sector. Finally, Dr Surridge-Talbot is also currently serving on the council of the South African Coal Ash Association (SACAA) as well as on the executive committee of the South African Solar Energy Association (SASEA).

PROPOSED TOPIC: SANEDI AND ENERGY – PROFILING OUR FLAGSHIP PROJECTS

The South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) was established by the National Energy Act, 2008 (No 34) as a successor to the previous South African National Energy Research Institute (Pty) Ltd (SANERI) and the National Energy Efficiency Agency (NEEA) (a division of CEF (Pty) Ltd). SANEDI is a Schedule 3A Public Entity as of 31 December 2010, operationalised on 1 April 2011. Its mandate is to serve as a catalyst for sustainable energy innovation, transformation and technology diffusion in support of South Africa’s sustainable development. This presentation will encompass an overall view of SANEDI and its domain in the energy sector. The flagship projects within SANEDI will be outlined and described as current and future partnerships are important to fulfilling our role in South Africa’s energy landscape.


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ETIENNE GERBER was previously responsible for the Vodafone Site Solutions Innovation Centre, where he was tasked with developing innovative solutions for telecommunications infrastructure and energy. The innovation centre in Midrand in itself is Africa’s first six star rated green building. As Technical Head of Mitochondria he has a passion for technologies that will bring prosperity to South Africa.

PROPOSED TOPIC: FUEL CELL APPLICATION AND THE BENEFICIATION OF SOUTH AFRICAN RESOURCES

South Africa, through the challenges with national grid capacity, is on the cusp of a sustainable energy explosion. The question does however remain: “How does South Africa turn this challenge into a sustainable opportunity for growth, manufacturing and beneficiation of our natural resources”.

Fuel Cells represent such an opportunity given its ability to produce reliable clean energy. The technology in itself is at the start of a steep growth curve, creating the prospect of manufacture and industrialization for any country that acts swiftly to enter this market. With South Africa producing more than 90% of the world’s platinum demand and with Fuel Cells using significant amounts of platinum in their catalysts, it just makes sense that we pursue a significant role in this market.


Melusile-Ndlovu

MELUSILE NDLOVU is a Project Manager at Sustainable Energy Africa where he has been working on sustainable urban energy transitions within South African cities for over 6 years. He works at the intersection of energy, environment and climate change policy in cities. Melusile has experience working with urban municipalities in South Africa, Ghana and Uganda. He read for his master of philosophy in environmental management at the University of Stellenbosch.

PROPOSED TOPIC: SUSTAINABLE ENERGY AT THE CITY SCALE


Jaco-MediumResJACO CRONJE is the Managing Director at Katika Consulting (Pty) Ltd and a registered Professional Engineer (Electrical and Electronic). He has built his career on business technology consulting and hands-on engineering of projects from FIFA World Cup Stadia across South Africa to urban surveillance projects, corporate head-offices, IT networking and wireless connectivity to shopping centres throughout Africa. He has extensive knowledge in the solar PV industry and consults on energy management.

PROPOSED TOPIC: HOW CITIES CAN INCREASE THEIR ATTRACTIVENESS


Pieter Oosthuizen

PIETER OOSTHUIZEN is a Graduate Engineer with an M.Eng in Mechanical Engineering. He has been involved in the biogas field for the last 8 years, of which, 5 years were spent in the USA working on Landfill gas projects. Since returning to SA he has been looking at various local biogas opportunities in the South African market and have been working for Bio2Watt in the biogas to energy field for the last 6 months.

PROPOSED TOPIC: NATURAL GAS AS AN ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOURCE IN SA

Looking at Bio2Watt’s Bronkhorstspruit Biogas Project as an example, the opportunities in the biogas field for South Africa and the challenges that needs to be overcome in order to make projects in this field take off.


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TIM CROMBIE (BSc Chemical Engineering, UCT) is a project engineer at Mulilo, a South African-based renewable energy project development company. His interests are around emerging technologies in the renewable energy sector with a focus on battery storage. He is currently involved in developing projects in South Africa in collaboration with international technology providers.

PROPOSED TOPIC: BATTERY STORAGE FOR THE ELECTRICAL GRID

Grid-connected energy storage systems are expected to play a major role in the future of the renewable energy industry. `The intermittent nature of renewable energy sources such as wind and solar means that the generation is not always matched with demand. Battery energy storage systems can alleviate this problem. Tim will discuss existing and emerging battery technologies that are suitable for this purpose.

In particular, he will focus on flow batteries- a technology where all reactions occur in the liquid phase. These batteries offer advantages including power/energy independent sizing, room temperature operation, and extremely long charge/discharge cycle lives.


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PIETER MALHERBE is passionate about sustainable living and youth development in SA. Pieter Malherbe is MD of TEVA, suppliers of energy efficient windows and doors. He has trained and employed around 100 youth since TEVA opened shop in 2007.

PROPOSED TOPIC: ENERGY EFFICIENT APPROACHES FOR LOW INCOME HOUSEHOLDS

“Perspectives on the Long-Term Financial Benefits of Sustainable Building Design – An Energy Efficient View.”

1. Presenting a case for approaching sustainable design as an investment, not as a cost centre.
2. Offering perspectives on the role and function of architects, property developers, spatial development planners in defining the quality of life people experience in the homes, not simply building houses.
3. A snapshot of the positive impact of sustainable building design, particularly for low-cost housing in South Africa.


Reshard SayedRESHARD SAYED is the Energy Manager for BMW South Africa and responsible for strategic conceptualising, planning and implementing of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects at all BMW SA sites. Prior to BMW, he was the Principal Energy Advisor at Sasol Gas. He graduated with a BSc(Chemical Engineering) degree from the University of KwaZulu Natal. He is a Chartered Industrial Gas Consultant (Chicago, USA), a Certified Energy Manager and an Energy Management Systems Expert (UNIDO/NCPC).

PROPOSED TOPIC: ONSITE GENERATION AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY

The BMW Group has topped the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the 9th times since 2005 as the world’s most sustainable automobile manufacturer. Rather than being complacent, we have set even more ambitious goals for 2020. These sustainability initiatives include specific targets for energy efficiency and renewable energy. This presentation focuses on the methodology applied to enable the achievement of these targets as well as highlight the innovative projects being investigate and implemented within BMW South Africa and the BMW Group.


Peter Neilson

PETER NEILSON

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality

PROPOSED TOPIC: SETTING OUT THE POLICY FRAMEWORK FOR WHEELING – HOW DOES THE MUNICIPALITY BENEFIT?


 

MOTHUSI GUY

Peer Africa WC CC

PROPOSED TOPIC: ALTERNATIVE/RENEWABLE ENERGY SOLUTION FOR HUMAN SETTLEMENTS

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