The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) will proudly host the 4th annual Wind Energy Academic Conference known as WindAc Africa, taking place at South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre (SARETEC) Conference Centre in Bellville, Cape Town, South Africa, on 5,6 and 7 October 2021. WindAc Africa has the vision to become the pre-eminent academic wind conference in Africa, while simultaneously becoming the pre-eminent 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 through Africa and the world while also strengthening the cooperation between South African universities and the wind industry.
The theme for WindAc Africa 2021 is: “All Things Wind Energy”. The conference will consist of a three-day programme (workshop and conference) and it is expected that it will be graced by the high level delegation from our partners and is inspected to attract the Ministry for Higher Education, Science and Technology or his designate who will present a keynote speech. The Department of Higher Education, Science and Technology and the South African Wind Energy Programme (SAWEP) is therefore expected continue to be WindAc’s headline sponsors for the 2021 WindAc Conference.
In 2017, WindAc Africa was able to sponsor 50 students and it is hoped that a minimum of 45 will be reached in 2021. SAWEA will embark on a process to source students to make up the required numbers. It is expected that the students will be supported by at least two major sponsors (DSI and SAWEP 2) to attend this 3 days conference.
The intention of this conference has always been to generate not only new knowledge for the future in the wind value chain, spanning technical, socio-economic, policy and environmental aspects, but also to look back celebrate the scientific research milestones and achievements in the past ten years. One of the aims of this conference will be to create a path toward enabling integrated approach to research in achieving a successful power transition away from fossils and towards a greater share of renewables. According to the IRP 2010-2030, the South African power mix should be 90% dominated by the renewables by 2050.
The EnergyDRIVE 2021 will take place on the 01st of September to the 23rd of September 2021. 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. [More Info]