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The South African Solar Thermal Technology Platform (SA-STTP)

The South African Solar Thermal Technology Platform (SA-STTP) was launched on 17 May 2013 in Pretoria as part of the SOLTRAIN 2 programme. This initiative brings together academia, research institutions, industry, government and all other interested parties to work towards knowledge sharing and promotion of all aspects of the solar thermal industry in South Africa. It provides a neutral platform for discussion and transparent decision making that includes all stakeholders and is open to anyone who is interested.

The South African Solar Thermal Technology Platform (SA-STTP) was launched on 17 May 2013 in Pretoria as part of the SOLTRAIN 2 programme.

This initiative brings together academia, research institutions, industry, government and all other interested parties to work towards knowledge sharing and promotion of all aspects of the solar thermal industry in South Africa. It provides a neutral platform for discussion and transparent decision making that includes all stakeholders and is open to anyone who is interested.

The SA-STTP will furthermore link with a Southern African STTP as well as the STTP in Europe.

At the meeting on 17 May, a steering committee was formed. Subsequently the vision, mission and objectives were agreed upon and the STTP is now structured into 6 Working Groups.

Vision:

1/2m2 of solar thermal collector area by 2030 for every member of the population. (Circa 30 106 ½m2 ) m2

Mission:

The South African Solar Thermal Technology Platform is a forum that brings together a wide range of stakeholders to share knowledge and information and discuss:

  • awareness raising;
  • market transformation; and
  • research & development

and compile, through a consultative and inclusive process, a mutually agreed upon road map document in order to have a unified voice to:

  • promote solar thermal technologies;
  • raise awareness of these technologies; and
  • pool resources

to achieve the vision.

 Objectives:

  • Share information on technical, practical and financial barriers and opportunities to implement solar thermal energy systems.
  • Identify gaps in solar thermal training at all levels (excluding schools) and address the formalisation of national solar training by working directly with relevant government and NPO structures
  • Identify knowledge gaps, barriers and opportunities of solar thermal technologies.
  • Mobilise institutions and/or individuals to complete awareness, research and development projects.
  • Disseminate the results and information of the work of the SA-STTP as well as other information and data as it becomes available.
  • Keep track of and record the data of the installed solar thermal energy systems in the country.
  • Liaise with the proposed Southern African STTP as well as the European STTP and other international entities in the field.

The SA-STTP needs your help. Please volunteer to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or directly to the working group conveners;

WG1: Domestic Solar Water Heaters

Convenor: Duncan Hope - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

WG2: Solar Water Heater Manufacturing

Convenor: Helmut Hertzog - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

WG3: Solar Heat for Industrial Applications

Convenor: Wally Weber - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

WG4: Market Deployment, Strategy and Scenario Development

Convenor: Karin Kritzinger - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

WG 5: Solar Thermal Systems for Buildings

Convenor: Alan Nurick - Alan This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

WG6: Training, Education and Awareness

Convenor: Ryan Dearlove - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Consumers

[consumers] Why choose a SESSA member?

Established in 1974, SESSA is a non-profit association promoting rooftop renewable energy generation and energy efficiency in homes and businesses. Members include suppliers of solar water heating, solar photovoltaics and energy efficiency products and services. SESSA also hosts the industry ombudsman who can be called upon in disputes.

Consumers

[suppliers] Why become a SESSA member?

As a SESSA member, both you and your customers will benefit from having the peace of mind that the mediation of the SESSA Ombudsman can provide in the event of a dispute. In addition, you'll be listed in the SESSA directory as a trusted supplier who adheres to SESSA's Code of Conduct.