The SANEA / SANEDI Energy Awards 2013 were recently announced at a prestigious awards ceremony and hosted by Brian A Statham, Chairman of the South African National Energy Association (SANEA). Award categories included energy education, energy journalism, an energy project award, a young researchers award and a commercial application award.
Winners included PhD student Johan Kotze for his groundbreaking CSP research, Marlene van Rooyen of 25° Degrees in Africa and Antonio Ruffini of ESI Africa for their energy journalism, the Eskom WESSA Energy & Sustainability Programme for their longstanding school-to-community energy education programme, ChargeMaestro-SA for their electric vehicle charging points solutions, and the University of Johannesburg for their Solar Car Project.
“It is important for all of us to stretch the boundaries. If South Africa is to be recognized as a leading nation we have to go beyond the range of normal expectations. Through exceptional performance we can demonstrate what is possible; we can set the standard for a new reality that will deliver the social and economic development necessary for South Africans to enjoy a great future. We have to do this every day; at work and at play. Those who are being recognized tonight have embarked on this journey. They have set the benchmark for a new reality. They are an inspiration to us all. We acknowledge and salute their efforts in the belief that their achievements will inspire others” said Statham.
From left to right: Kevin Nassiep, CEO of SANEDI, Johan, Dr Thembakazi Mali of SANEDI and Dr Karen Surridge-Talbot of RECORD / SANEDI.
The award recipients are as follows:
The SANEA ENERGY PROJECT AWARD 2013 is for a specific project or other activity (by an individual or a corporate) that has either made a significant contribution to the South African Energy environment or that has brought international credibility for South Africa. The award went to KayaGas (Pty) Ltd. and the University of Johannesburg was Highly Commended in this category for their Solar Car Project which promotes the development of sustainable engineering design, efficient energy use, environmental awareness and innovation. The Solar Car Project involves students designing and building solar powered vehicles with the goal of crossing the South African countryside in the South African Solar Challenge, an event that attracts top teams from around the world to compete across 5000 km in harsh local conditions. The project is also a platform to promote SET as an exciting career choice, with the primary purpose delivering engineering graduates who are well equipped to deal with the many challenges in energy innovation. The UJ Solar Project also provides an opportunity for industry to collaborate with UJ and includes a network of 22 partners representing government, big business and SMMEs.
The SANEA ENERGY EDUCATION AWARD 2013 is made for a lecture, presentation, technical paper, article or other educational activity which serves to further the understanding of energy and its role in sustaining human endeavours. It was awarded to the Eskom WESSA Energy & Sustainability Programme, which is a school-to-community energy education programme that has demonstrated, over 16 years, what can be achieved through sound Corporate/NGO partnerships. The programme delivers at-school intervention of energy projects, and accredited environmental education courses which assist educators to become more confident with energy education in the classroom. One of the best E&S programme role model support initiatives is with renewable energy in rural villages – coined the “Rural Sustainable Villages of the Chris Hani District Municipality” – this initiative combines the foresight of a district municipality and the support of the E&S programme to demonstrate sustainable service delivery through applications of biogas installations and capacity development.SANEA Energy Journalism Award 2013: Marlene van Rooyen, 25° in Africa. Marlene with Brian A Statham, Chairman of SANEA.
The SANEA ENERGY JOURNALISM AWARD 2013, for special efforts within the field of journalism to promote greater understanding of energy and its role in sustaining human endeavours, was awarded to Marlene van Rooyen of 25° Degrees in Africa and Antonio Ruffini of ESI Africa.
A SANEA SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD 2013 was presented to the Department of Energy as the representative of all those involved in making the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement programme (REIPPPP) the success it has been so far.
The SANEA SERVICE AWARD 2013 was presented to Carrol James of Sasol for her dedication.
The SANEDI / RECORD RERE YOUNG RESEARCHER AWARD 2013 was presented to Johan Kotze, a PhD Student at the University of Stellenbosch. This exciting award recognizes the contribution of young upcoming researchers to renewable energy research in South Africa. Johan Kotze proposed a concept for concentrating solar power that in part comes out of the next generation nuclear power technology. Johan took this proposal from a concept to a CSP system thermodynamic cycle and in the process has uncovered a number of solutions to existing pinch points in the central receiver power plant. Johan has published in the Solar Energy Engineering Journal of the ASME and has presented multiple times internationally on the concept. His was the only paper addressing this topic at SolarPACES 2011 and by 2012, several consortiums from Germany and USA were presenting on similar work at SolarPACEs 2012.
The SANEDI / RECORD RERE COMMERCIAL APPLICATION AWARD 2013, which recognises the contribution of novel commercially viable renewable energy research in South Africa, went to ChargeMaestro-SA. ChargeMaestro-SA is a pioneering company, focusing on delivering electric vehicle [EV] charging points solutions aimed at servicing numerous industries, from mining, retail, supply chain and security as well homes. ChargeMaestro-SA addresses the public’s concerns and reservations with EV’s by providing a dynamic EV charging solution. They have strategically partnered with SANEDI (South African National Energy Development Institute) as well as international leaders in EV charging technology advancement and will be working with all automobile associations and transport associations in promoting the EVs advantages.