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SolarPaces2015 - Concentrating Solar Power and Chemical Energy Systems
Vikesh Rajpaul


Dear Colleagues,

Situated at the southern tip of Africa, South Africa is home to a number of World Heritage sites and iconic personalities, and has also been host to many prestigious international events with great success over the past twenty years. In addition, it has received a number of accolades for the innovative and considered approach toward recognising the value of Concentrating Solar Power with storage in its Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme, and the strides taken towards the construction and development of a number of large CSP plants has positioned South Africa as a leading hot-spot in the field of CSP.  It is therefore appropriate at this point that South Africa hosts the most prestigious international event in the field of Concentrating Solar Power: the annual SolarPACES conference. 

This 21st edition of the SolarPACES conference, teamed up with SASTELA and ESTELA,  will again offer a scientific and technical conference program that provides an opportunity for industry, research, political and financing stakeholders and experts around the world to gather and share insights into recent R&D activities and new developments in CSP technology with focus on the development, marketing and commercialisation of concentrating solar power systems.

Against the backdrop of the Table Mountains and its beautiful surroundings, and the technical tour through the Cape Winelands to the illustrious Stellenbosch University, the 21st SolarPACES conference to be held in Cape Town from 13 to 16 October 2015, will build on the successes of past events and promises to be even more insightful and rewarding. 

On behalf of the organizing committee of SolarPACES, the Department of Science and Technology, the Department of Energy, and the South African Solar Thermal and Electricity Association  I kindly invite you to be a part of this exciting technical event at SolarPACES 2015. 

It is indeed an honour and privilege to host such a prestigious event and we look forward to meeting you at the conference in Cape Town. 

Vikesh Rajpaul

Chair, SolarPACES 2015
Programme Manager – Concentrating Solar Power
Renewables Business Unit
Eskom, South Africa


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