Energy Research Centre (ERC)

The Energy Research Centre (ERC) is a multi-disciplinary energy research centre, housed in the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment at the University of Cape Town. The Centre conducts high quality, targeted and relevant research as well as offering postgraduate opportunities at the Masters and PhD levels. http://www.erc.uct.ac.za/

Library Articles

Journal of Energy in Southern Africa Vol 27 No.3

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Published: 2016
The first article "Promoting energy efficiency in a South African University" is a case study which identifies the challenges facing universities when adopting energy-efficiency. There are also enablers to achieving energy-efficiency targets. "Scoping exercise to determine load profile archetype reference shapes for solar co-generation models in isolated off-grid rural African...

Journal of Energy in Southern Africa Vol 27 No.2

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Published: 2016
This journal features several articles on renewable energy. On page 1 -A literature review on the potential of renewable electricity sources for mining operations in South Africa – analyzes the potential of renewable electricity sources for mining operations in South Africa. On page 22 - Incorporating a three dimensional photovoltaic structure for optimum solar power generation – the effect of...

Comments on the National Pollution Prevention Plans Regulations and the Declaration of Greenhouse Gases as Priority Air Pollutants Gazetted by the Minister of Environmental Affairs in January 2016

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Published: 2016
The ERC welcomes the introduction of a requirement for pollution prevention plans for large emitters, and the concomitant declaration of greenhouse gases (GHGs) as priority air pollutants, by the South African government. Identifying GHG as priority pollutants to be controlled, and requiring the reporting and implementation of mitigation measures, are essential elements of climate change policy....

The Social Shaping of Nuclear Energy Technology in South Africa

The main controversies and coalitions in favour of and in opposition to the South African nuclear build programme was analyzed in this document. The coalition’s structure and the main arguments in the debate can explain why the South African government chose to procure nuclear power over other alternative options. The nuclear build programme shapes two polarized coalitions. The opposing coalition...

The Political Economy of Decarbonisation: Exploring the Dynamics of South Africa’s Electricity Sector

This paper presents an in-depth and historical analysis of the key features of South Africa’s electricity sector and the stakeholders and beneficiaries operating within it. An exploration of the sector’s structure and governance is included; the success or lack thereof of key policy developments in creating accountable systems of decision-making and facilitating the introduction of renewable...

A Roadmap Framework for Solar Aided Power Generation in South Africa

A step towards engaging with the relevant stakeholders to promote the integration of solar aided power generation is provided in this paper. This was done by: (i) reviewing the literature to examine the concept of road mapping, the approaches utilised in road mapping, and the extent to which it has been utilised in the development of energy road map; (ii) developing a conceptual framework, which...

Pathways to Deep Decarbonization in South Africa

Published: 2015
"This report is part of the global Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP), which aims to understand and demonstrate how countries can transition to a very low-carbon economy. The DDPP is a collaborative global initiative composed of leading researchers and research institutions from 16 countries that collectively are responsible for more than 70% of current global greenhouse gas (GHG)...

Journal of Energy in Southern Africa Vol 26 No.3

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Published: 2015
This journal comprises several articles and conference papers. The first article on page 2 is entitled: Reliability benefit of smart grid technologies: A case for South Africa by Angela Masembe. This study identifies a number of smart grid technologies and examines the impact they may have on the distribution reliability of a test system. The next article on page 10 is entitled : Low-income...

Journal of Energy in Southern Africa Vol 26 No.2

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Published: 2015
The first article “Suppressed demand in the clean development mechanism: conceptual and practical issues” studies the challenges of the application of greenhouse gas emission accounting in poor communities. “Proposal for improved nuclear fuel utilisation and economic performance by utilising thorium” summarizes the accumulated advantages of thorium-based fuels, which could form the initiative to...

Energy Management News Volume 21 No 1

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Published: 2015
Some of the articles in this issue has the following headlines: Enertis performs commissioning of the 94 MWp Acciona’s Sishen PV plant in South Africa (page 1), Energy efficiency industry has been created to the detriment of entrepreneurship (page 2), ENERGIA Gender and Energy Programme (page 3), Energy investment opportunities (page 4), The latest trends in the South African CSP market (page 4...

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