SA’s coal habit hurts carbon budget

SA will have to close either all its coal-fired power stations or Sasol’s coal-to-liquids plant by 2050 to stay within its carbon budget of 14 gigatonnes, Jesse Burton, a researcher at the University of Cape Town’s Energy Research Centre, says. In any event, SA cannot build more coal-fired power stations if it is to meet its commitments under the Paris agreement to reduce its share of emissions of greenhouse gases to keep the increase in global temperatures below 2ºC above… Read moreSA’s coal habit hurts carbon budget

Public Seminar: Scientific assessment of shale gas development in South Africa

You are invited to a public seminar on “Scientific assessment of shale gas development in South Africa”. University of Cape Town researchers and students who were part of developing a sound evidence base for decision-making as part of a broader strategic environmental assessment will present results from a multi-author study. Programme Scientific assessment of shale gas development in South Africa. UCT contributions to a sound evidence base for decision-making as part of a strategic environmental assessment Welcome and context –… Read morePublic Seminar: Scientific assessment of shale gas development in South Africa

Shale gas, air quality and GHG emissions

Technological advancements over the past decade have led to a rapid rise in unconventional natural gas production, known as “shale gas”, particularly in the USA and Canada. The large-scale and rapid development of shale gas has resulted in an abundant and cheap energy source with lower direct greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than coal and petroleum. That South Africa has the eighth largest technically recoverable shale gas reserve in the world – located in three geological formations in the Karoo –… Read moreShale gas, air quality and GHG emissions

Renewable and Sustainable Energy Postgraduate Symposium

Recently three masters students from the Energy Research Centre (ERC) attended the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Postgraduate Symposium (REPS) which was partly funded by the by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), through the National Research Foundation (NRF). REPS has taken place annually for the past 6 years, with all prior symposiums held at Stellenbosch University. This year, however, it took place at the University of Fort Hare which was also celebrating its centenary. The main aim of the… Read moreRenewable and Sustainable Energy Postgraduate Symposium

Andrew Janisch

It is with great sadness that we learnt today of the sudden death of Andrew Janisch on Friday 29 July. Andrew was known to many of us through his work at Sustainable Energy Africa and as a key member of the Energy and Climate Change team at the City of Cape Town for the past two years. His sudden and unexpected passing is a tremendous loss for us all in the energy and climate change fields, but our loss is… Read moreAndrew Janisch

Sign up for the ERC’s MOOC

The ERC’s MOOC, “Climate Change Mitigation in Developing Countries” starts today (11 July). Led by Prof. Harald Winkler, the MOOC presents some of our learnings from the 5 year, 5 country MAPS Programme which wrapped up in 2015. As described on Coursera, “this course will cover topics such as facilitation process techniques, energy modeling, scenario building, innovation and policy making. You will have the opportunity to respond to these topics with ideas and reflection from your own context. Whether you… Read moreSign up for the ERC’s MOOC

Journal of Energy in South Africa Vol. 27 No.2

We are delighted to share with you the seven articles in JESA Volume 27 No.2. This issue is dominated by topics in clean energy research development and implementation in the southern African region. Roman Günter Votteler and Alan Colin Brent at the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies, Stellenbosch University, postulated that the most attractive renewable electricity sources for corporations are, in descending order of suitability, solar PV, on-shore wind, and geothermal technology Olufunmilayo Alice Mafimidiwo and Akshay Kumar Saha at… Read moreJournal of Energy in South Africa Vol. 27 No.2

How policy drives the German Energy Transition (Energiewende): lessons for SA

Since 1990, and particularly since Energiewende was launched in 2012, the share of renewable energy (RE) within Germany’s total energy supply has steadily increased. The most significant growth has been evident within the electricity sector, where the RE supply share has grown from a base of less than 5% in 1990, to 28% in 2014. Policy is now aimed at further growing this share to between 40 – 45% by 2025, and to 80% by 2050. How has this growth… Read moreHow policy drives the German Energy Transition (Energiewende): lessons for SA

The complexity of global knowledge networks

This post relates to the presentation of this paper: Rennkamp, B and Boulle, M. 2015. Novel shapes of South-South collaboration: Emerging knowledge networks on co-benefits of climate and development policies. MAPS Working Paper No.30. Cape Town: MAPS Programme At the core of knowledge networks are people working together to create and generate knowledge, share and spark new ideas. Knowledge networks entail a commitment to collaborative effort; bringing different groups of people together to achieve cross-sectoral knowledge exchange and learning for… Read moreThe complexity of global knowledge networks