Africa’s premier academic exchange platform, WindAc Africa 2023, has opened its entries, inviting leading renewable energy researchers and high-potential young people from universities across the country to get involved in the dialogue that will unpack the role of wind power in the energy crisis. An initiative by the South African Wind Association (SAWEA), WindAc leads the way in advancing wind energy research and progress.
Advancing wind energy research and progress, this sixth international annual conference will be held in Cape Town during the first week of October. It offers a unique programme for leading academic voices and the country’s next generation of researchers, looking to break into the green sector. This is especially relevant at a time when the government accelerates its transition to clean energy sources, whilst looking for renewables to drive new power generation.
“Corresponding to Windaba’s overarching theme ‘Beyond the Turbines’, this conference will cover technical and policy elements, whilst incorporating the wind industry’s socioeconomic and environmental aspects. It will further emphasize academic interaction across disciplines and work towards establishing a clears roadmap towards achieving a successful power transition to a greater share of renewables,” said Niveshen Govender, CEO of SAWEA, hosts of this conference.
The academic community in South Africa and many parts of the globe is being acknowledged for the role that it plays in clarifying and scrutinizing data and evidence across a myriad of disciplines, to support the success of the industry.
Organized by SAWEA, this international academic wind energy conference offers a special programme for high-potential young people from universities across the country and hopes to Welcome 20 sponsored students to this year’s event. It is an ideal opportunity for the next generation to be part of the collaborative networking environment and dialogue, which is stimulated by experienced researchers and members of the wind industry.
Historically, attendees from South Africa, the USA, Denmark, Germany, the UK and France and students from leading South African universities participate in this annual conference. This demonstrates its significance and the platform’s ability to deliver a broad perspective on wind energy, as participants can share experiences and insights from various geographical contexts.
“The exchange of information, together with a global perspective, offers an ideal opportunity to reflect on the current state of our energy landscape and unpack the industry’s readiness to meet our country’s energy needs head-on,” added Govender.
Speakers and presenters are judiciously selected to ensure the best content will drive the conversation, whilst the programme will be based on papers selected through rigorous peer review and final selection by a scientific advisory panel.
Abstracts may be submitted to Ms Nontethelelo Zuma (email@example.com), by the closing date, 28 July 2023, with full details on the WindAc Africa website: https://www.windac-Africa.co.za/2023-abstract-submission/.
The proposed topics of interest to focus on include, but are not limited to:
Unlocking grid capacity for integration of wind energy into the grid
Hybrid projects in the new energy paradigm
Wind energy policy and its impact on a clean energy transition
Wind energy and green hydrogen
Wind energy’s role in the new African market
The wind resources in Africa and SA
The Future of public & private Procurement and wind energy
The economics of wind energy
Wind energy and communities
Environmental planning for wind energy
The operation and maintenance of wind plants
Wind turbine technology for C&I and utility markets
NOTE: WindAc Africa will be hosted by SAWEA, over two days, 3 – 5 October 2023, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. It has the vision to become the pre-eminent academic wind conference in Africa, while simultaneously becoming the foremost sponsorship opportunity for excellent wind energy students from Southern African research institutions. It sets out to achieve this status by elevating knowledge of wind power supply throughout Africa and the world while strengthening the cooperation between South African universities and the wind industry.