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    • Economic development, decoupling and urban infrastructure : the role of innovation for an urban transition in Cape Town 

      Hyman, Katherine (Stellenbosch : University of Stellenbosch, 2011-03)
      ENGLISH ABSTRACT: This thesis investigates the case of the Cape Town Central City Provincial Government Revitalisation Initiative (CCPGRI) as a means to further understanding of socio-technical transitions. The departure ...

    • An economic evaluation of a wind power electricity generating farm in South Africa 

      Menzies, Greig Hamilton (2011-12)
      ENGLISH ABSTRACT: Renewable energy technology has received much attention over recent years. The depletion of known fossil fuel reserves and the volatility of international fuel prices require that society looks beyond the ...

    • Evaluation and performance prediction of a wind turbine blade 

      Pierce, Warrick Tait (Stellenbosch : University of Stellenbosch, 2009-03)
      The aerodynamic performance of an existing wind turbine blade optimised for low wind speed conditions is investigated. The aerodynamic characteristics of four span locations are determined from surface pressure measurements ...

    • Evaluation of different process designs for biobutanol production from sugarcane molasses 

      Van der Merwe, Abraham Blignault (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2010-03)
      ENGLISH ABSTRACT: Recently, improved technologies have been developed for the biobutanol fermentation process: higher butanol concentrations and productivities are achieved during fermentation, and separation and ...

    • Exploring the possibility of the insurance industry as a solar water heater driver in South Africa 

      Kritzinger, Karin (Stellenbosch : University of Stellenbosch, 2011-03)
      ENGLISH ABSTRACT: South Africa is facing an energy crisis on two levels; the existing capacity to supply electricity is unable to support future growth in demand, and the electricity being produced comes mostly from coal-fired ...

    • Feasibility study for wind power at SAB Newlands 

      Brosius, Walter (Stellenbosch : University of Stellenbosch, 2009-12)
      This paper describes a MEng thesis project for a MEng in Renewable Energy Systems program at the Centre for Renewable Energy Studies at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. The aim of this paper was to offer ...

    • A finite element based optimisation tool for electrical machines 

      Gerber, Stiaan (Stellenbosch : University of Stellenbosch, 2011-03)
      ENGLISH ABSTRACT: Knowledge of the magnetic fields in the domain of electrical machines is required in order to model machines accurately. It is difficult to solve these fields analytically because of the complex geometries ...

    • An investigation of the wave energy resource on the South African Coast, focusing on the spatial distribution of the South West coast 

      Joubert, J. R. (Stellenbosch : University of Stellenbosch, 2008-03)
      This thesis is an investigation of the wave power resource on the South African coast, focusing on the spatial distribution of wave power of the coastal region exposed to the highest wave power. The study’s main objective ...

    • Marine renewable energy resource 

      Bryden, Ian (Stellenbosch: Stellenbosch University, 2008)
      The invitation for a presentation pertaining to the marine renewable energy resource

    • Optimization and control of a large-scale solar chimney power plant 

      Pretorius, Johannes Petrus (Stellenbosch : University of Stellenbosch, 2007-03)
      ENGLISH ABSTRACT: The dissertation builds on previous research (Pretorius, 2004) and investigates the optimization and control of a large-scale solar chimney power plant. Performance results are based on a reference location ...

    • Performance characteristics of an air-cooled steam condenser incorporating a hybrid (dry/wet) dephlegmator 

      Heyns, Johan Adam (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2008-12)
      This study evaluates the performance characteristics of a power plant incorporating a steam turbine and a direct air-cooled dry/wet condenser operating at different ambient temperatures. The proposed cooling system uses ...

    • Performance characteristics of packed bed thermal energy storage for solar thermal power plants 

      Allen, Kenneth Guy (Stellenbosch : University of Stellenbosch, 2010-03)
      ENGLISH ABSTRACT: Solar energy is by far the greatest energy resource available to generate power. One of the difficulties of using solar energy is that it is not available 24 hours per day - some form of storage is ...

    • Plastic photovoltaic roof tiles 

      Donkin, Richard Philip (Stellenbosch : University of Stellenbosch, 2009-12)
      ENGLISH ABSTRACT: This project investigated the feasibility of incorporating photovoltaic cells into plastic roof tiles using injection moulding. Such tiles have the potential to provide robust and distributed electricity ...

    • Processing of wood and agricultural biomass for gasification 

      Malatji, Pholoso (Stellenbosch : University of Stellenbosch, 2009-12)
      ENGLISH ABSTRACT: Wood waste, when used for gasification is commonly pressed into briquettes, especially if no uniform particle size is available. This densification reduces problems of handling, storage and transportation ...

    • Production potential of Eucalypt woodlots for bioenergy in the Winelands region of the Western Cape 

      Botman, Ilse (Stellenbosch : University of Stellenbosch, 2010-03)
      ENGLISH ABSTRACT: The purpose of the study was to investigate the potential tree taxa that could be grown as a source of biomass in the Cape Winelands region. The trials comprises of two different aspects. The first being ...

    • Pyrolysis of sugarcane bagasse 

      Hugo, Thomas Johannes (Stellenbosch : University of Stellenbosch, 2010-12)
      ENGLISH ABSTRACT: The world’s depleting fossil fuels and increasing greenhouse gas emissions have given rise to much research into renewable and cleaner energy. Biomass is unique in providing the only renewable source ...

    • The renewable energy resource and research base in South Africa 

      Van Niekerk, Wikus (Stellenbosch: Stellenbosch University, 2008)
      A presentation stating the different types of renewable resources, the challenges and opportunities, future research highlights and energy and biofuels

    • Solar roof tiles : towards a macro-economic model 

      Mokheseng, Motale Ben (Stellenbosch : University of Stellenbosch, 2010-03)
      ENGLISH ABSTRACT: The thesis examines whether a residential solar power system (comprising a solar photovoltaic [PV] system and a solar water heater [SWH]), a demand-side option, has a lower life-cycle cost than a coal-fired ...

    • Steam jet ejector cooling powered by low grade waste or solar heat 

      Meyer, Adriaan Jacobus (Stellenbosch : University of Stellenbosch, 2006-12)
      A small scale steam jet ejector experimental setup was designed and manufactured. This ejector setup is of an open loop configuration and the boiler can operate in the temperature range of Tb = 85 °C to 140 °C. The typical ...

    • Sustainable development in the utilization of bio-energy 

      Linnanen, Lassi (Stellenbosch : University of Stellenbosch, 2008)
      The invitation to the presentation held by Dr Lassi Linnanen,Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland, at the University of Stellenbosch, Centre for Renewable & Sustainable Energy Studies on Tuesday 19 February 2008 at 15h00