Programme 2016


WindAc Africa Programme: Day 1 (Monday 31 oct 2016)
8.00 – 9.00 Registration and refreshments
9.00 – 10.15 Opening speaker: Dr. Phil Mjwara, Department of Science and Technology
Keynote speaker: Angelina M. Galiteva, Renewables100
Keynote speaker: Matthias Willenbacher, JUWI, Germany
Introductory remarks: Trine Rask Thygesen Ambassador, Embassy of Denmark in South Africa
10.15 – 10.30 tea/coffee break
10.30 – 12.00 The Wind Resource
Research activities on the characteristics of wind
Chair: Jens Carsten Hansen Technical University of Denmark (DTU)
Keynote Speaker:
Dr Tobias Bischof-Niemz
Wind resource in SA: On par with solar Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
Dr Andrea Hahmann Wind resource error estimation from mesoscale modeling for the Wind Atlas for South Africa Technical University of Denmark (DTU)
Dr Andries Kruger Estimation of the South African extreme wind climate using measured data and reanalysis data approaches South African Weather Service (SAWS)
Michael Schmidt Appropriate statistical methods for Wind energy applications Center for Wind Energy Research (ForWind)
12.00 – 12.45 Lunch break
12.45 – 14.15 Wind Technology
Research activities on wind turbines and wind farms
Chair: Professor Dr. Azeem Khan University of Cape Town (UCT)
Keynote Speaker: Konstantinos Pierros System Services by Type IV Wind Power Plants ENERCON GmbH
A.S. Erasmus Small-Scale Geared Turbine System with Slip-Synchronous Technology Stellenbosch University (SU)
Darren Dudley Development of a Vernier permanent magnet wind turbine University of Cape Town (UCT)
Ralf Meyerhof Quality Management of Wind Energy Projects 8p2SA
14.15 – 14:30 tea/coffee break
14.30 – 16.00 Wind and Sustainable Development
Research activities on the impact of wind development on a region and/or country
Chair: Professor Dr. Barend Erasmus University of the Witwatersrand
Keynote Speaker: Professor Dr. Doreen Atkinson Renewable energy and boomtown conditions: What to expect, what to avoid and how to maximise potential benefits for local and regional development Karoo Development Foundation
Holle Wlokas Spreading the profit, but not (yet) the love – community renewables in South Africa University of Cape Town (UCT)
Ric Amansure The perceived success of revenue management to beneficiary communities for South African renewable energy companies Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
Sue Soal Working with a different kind of power: community, responsive practice and renewables Transformation Energy Trust
16.00 – 16.30 tea/coffee break
16.30– 18.00 Innovation
Unconventional research activities in different areas of expertise
Chair: Johan de Koker University of Johannesburg (UJ)
Keynote Speaker:Professor Dr. Torsten Faber Innovative structures for wind turbines University of Flensburg
Sean Poole High yield small wind turbines operating in urban environments Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
Dr Frank Fischer Decomposition Techniques for Large Scale Optimisation Problems University Kassel
Tom Cronin Modular concept for RE based rural electrification Technical University of Denmark (DTU)


WindAc Africa Programme: Day 2 (Tuesday 1 Nov 2016)
8.00 – 9.00 Registration and refreshments
9.00 – 10.30 System Design and Planning Processes

Research activities on the design and planning of electric systems with high penetrations of wind energy

Chair: Steve Sawyer Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC)
Keynote Speaker: Professor Poul Ejnar Sørensen Wind power variability and power system reserves Denmark University of Technology (DTU)
Crescent Mushwana Increasing the wind resource share through optimal placement of collector substations Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)/Eskom
Stefan Bofinger Spatial planning of system friendly wind farms Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology (IWES)
10.30 – 10.45 tea/coffee break
10.45 – 12.15 System Operations

Research activities on the next generation of operational approaches to integrate high penetrations of wind energy to electric systems

Chair: Andre Otto South African National Development Energy Institute
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Kurt Rohrig Ancillary services from Renewables Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology (IWES)
Jan Dobschinski Development of innovative weather and power forecast models for the grid integration of weather-dependent energy sources Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology (IWES)
Dr. Debra Lew Integrating Wind into Coal-Dominated Power Systems GE Energy Consulting
Peter Markussen Wind and thermal power production in electricity markets
12.15 – 13.00 Lunch break
13.00 – 14.30 Public Policy and Energy Economics

Research activities on the policy and institutional approaches to deployment and integrating high penetrations of wind energy to electric systems

Chair: Hilton Trollip University of Cape Town (UCT)
Keynote Speaker: Owen Zinaman Re-Transition. Transitioning to policy frameworks for cost-competitive renewables National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Brenda Martin The politics of electricity planning University of Cape Town (UCT)
Richard Fyvie Pulling Up the Pyramid: Local Content Requirements as a catalyst for growth of Science, Technology and Engineering Skills in South African Wind Programme University of Cape Town (UCT)
Cedric Philibert/Timon Dubbeling Next Generation Wind and Solar Power: From cost to value International Energy Agency (IEA)
14.30 – 15.00 “Business meets Science” interaction/ Tea coffee break
15.00 – 16.30 Launch of
“The State of Wind Energy Research in South Africa” book

Presentation of the State of Wind Research in RSA
Panel discussion on the research gaps in wind energy research and how they can be addressed
16.30 – 17.00 Closing of the conference/ Best presentation award Johan v. den Berg (SAWEA)
Steve Sawyer (GWEC)
17.00 – 19.00 Cocktail networking event