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WindAc Africa 2022 – the 5th Annual Wind Energy Academic Conference

SAWEA is proud to announce that WindAc Africa 2022 will take place on the 11th – 13th October 2022, at Cape Town International Convention Centre, alongside the Windaba Conference and Exhibition.

WindAc Africa is a platform for the research and academic community to expand the knowledge base in the wind energy sector by sharing, presenting, and discussing new research, insights and ideas. We wait with anticipation and excitement to hear the cutting edge thought leadership that will be shared by leaders in the research and academic space, that will shape the future of wind energy in Africa.

As always, the speakers and presenters will be carefully selected to ensure the best content will drive the conversation at WindAc 2022 and beyond. The programme will be based on papers selected through rigorous peer review and final selection by a scientific advisory panel. With that being said, the 2022 programme will present research covering the wind value chain, technical, socio-economic, policy and environmental aspects, with a focus on academic engagement across disciplines.

This conference presents the perfect opportunity for researchers to profile their work and inspire the student delegates to better understand and pursue careers in renewable energy and the wind energy sector specifically.

The very successful WindAc Africa 2021 saw the rise of 9 researchers who prepared and presented leading papers to be included in the Journal of Southern Africa which is expected to be published as a special edition in the 3rd quarter of 2022. This will indeed be an inspiration to the up-and-coming researchers looking for a platform to profile their work.

Looking forward, we are seeing a changing policy landscape swayed towards renewable energy and moving towards a liberalised energy market in South Africa. As we gear up to deliver 14.4GW of wind power by 2030, we expect an unprecedented growth of the wind energy sector in South Africa. It is important for us to reflect on our state of readiness to translate this policy into practise and create the lasting impact that South Africa needs.

The time is now for the research and academic community to reflect on the last 10 years and creating new innovative thinking in areas of policy advancements, access to investment capital, localisation, skills development, responsible land use, grid access, asset management, operational excellency, and industrialisation to name a few.

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The EnergyDRIVE 2022 will take place on the 01st of September to the 23rd of September 2022. The journey will start in the Eastern Cape visiting several schools, and head down to the Western Cape and Northern Cape visiting schools, Wind Farms as well as Solar Farms along the route.

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