WindAc Africa, the first academic wind energy conference on the continent, has finished in style with a book launch and an award for best presentation. The two-day conference, held at The River Club in Cape Town offered a forum for academics and researchers to share cutting edge data and intelligence one the finer technicalities of the wind energy industry.
Towards 100% renewables: Wind energy conference offers forum for decisive action as a transformative year for the wind industry draws to a close
As South Africa’s leading wind energy event, Windaba, prepares to open its doors tomorrow (2 November), it is a time for continued action and sustained focus, according to the South African Wind Energy Association’s (SAWEA) CEO, Johan van den Berg. The theme of the conference is ‘Towards 100% renewables’ and much of the discussion will centre around how to make this a reality.
*PLEASE NOTE VENUE CHANGE DUE TO STUDENT PROTESTS
Taking place in Cape Town in its inaugural year, WindAc Africa is the continent’s first academic conference focussing on wind power.
Conceived as a sister conference to well established annual wind energy conference Windaba, hosted by the South African Wind Energy Association, the event offers academics, researchers and students a unique forum for knowledge sharing within the sector. It will run from 31 October to 1 November.
An impressive cast of international speakers has made themselves available for this unprecedented event, which shares the theme of ‘Towards 100% Renewables’ with Windaba which runs immediately afterwards, also in Cape Town.
First wind energy-focussed academic conference in Africa receives overwhelming response to student sponsorship programme
A unique opportunity is arising for the first time for academics and researchers to share knowledge about wind energy in Africa in the form of the first academic conference on the subject to be held on the continent: WindAc Africa.
With the theme ‘Towards 100% Renewables’ the conference will establish academic exchange in South Africa and aims to encourage further education, innovation and aspiration of local students. The event is also offering a special programme for 30 high potential students, covering expenses such as the conference fee, travel and accommodation in order for the learners to attend. A guided site visit to a wind farm and a networking dinner are also included.
As the countdown to South Africa’s largest wind energy conference, Windaba, begins, the industry welcomes the news that in 2015 the country had the world’s fastest growing green economy. Moody’s Corporation’s report shows the highest growth year-on-year globally for asset finance at 300%, totalling $4.5 billion (ZAR 63 billion) in 2015.
In another industry affirming move this week, President Jacob Zuma clarified the government’s position on the Independent Power Producer’s Programme, insisting nothing has changed with its policy.
Zuma stated: “The Presidency wishes to clarify that all the Independent Power Producer Programmes, namely renewable energy, coal and gas and any other determinations made by the Minister of Energy are and remain government policy and are supported by the Presidency.”
In a show of solidarity towards the industry, the Government’s Independent Power Producer’s (IPP)Office will, for the second year running, endorse Windaba: South Africa’s largest wind energy conference.
Encouraging industry to continue its investment in the country’s renewable energy boom, the IPP Office’s presence and participation evidences that the renewables sector continues apace. The Government remains fully committed to its success, despite Eskom placing doubt over its ongoing commitment to Power Purchase Agreements (buying the energy renewable energy developments generate).
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