Weekly Briefing Note #13
Monday 26 September 2016
Recipients of the 2016 SANEA Energy Awards & the SANEDI/RECORD Renewable Energy Research Excellence (RERE) Awards announced!
The recipients of the 2016 SANEA / SANEDI ENERGY AWARDS were announced at a prestigious awards ceremony and banquet hosted by Brian A Statham, Chairman of the South African National Energy Association (SANEA) on Friday, 16 September 2016. This gala event reflected the significance of the both the awards and the recipients. In his keynote address, Statham paid tribute to the many men and women who are striving on a daily basis to ensure that South Africa enjoys a stable and secure energy future. "SANEA's Vision of 'Energy People Working Together' is alive as we come together to congratulate these winners.”

This exciting award recognises the contribution of young upcoming researchers to renewable energy research in South Africa:
  • Merit
  • Innovation
  • Novelty
  • Applicability
Imke Meyer was presented the 2016 RECORD RERE Young Researcher Award. Imke studied the Agulhas current as a potential source for renewable energy for her MEng which she completed cum laude whilst she was employed as a Research Engineer at Stellenbosch University Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies from 2013 to 2015. This work has also led to a publication in a peer reviewed international journal whilst completing her MEng degree. Besides her MEng studies, Imke was also involved in a number of other renewable energy projects including the development in an online GIS based tool to prospect for wind energy sites in KZN as well as making a contribution to the feasibility study of over 1 MW of Rooftop PV at the V&A Waterfront.
Dr Karen Surridge-Talbot (Centre Manager: RECORD, SANEDI), Imke Meyer and Dr Thembakazi Mali (Senior Manager: Clean Energy Solutions, SANEDI)
A Highly Commended Recognition was presented to Toyosi Craig in this category for his work on his MEng, the title of his thesis being: "A Stand-alone High-Temperature (250 °C) Parabolic Dish Solar Cooker for African Conditions". Not only has he shown a thorough understanding of the many aspects of engineering required for the manufacture and design of a parabolic dish solar cooker but he also adapted these in order to optimise them for African conditions. Not only did he complete his thesis within the minimum prescribed time frame of two years, but also presented three full length international conference papers during this time period.
Dr Karen Surridge-Talbot (Centre Manager: RECORD, SANEDI), Toyosi Craig and Dr Thembakazi Mali (Senior Manager: Clean Energy Solutions, SANEDI)
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