Energy Research Centre (ERC) is a multi-disciplinary energy research
housed in the
Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment at the
University of Cape Town.
The Centre conducts high quality, targeted and relevant research as well
postgraduate opportunities at the Masters and PhD levels.
Journal of Energy in South
Latest issue, August
2015, now available online
Technical background for
South Africa has submitted its climate
targets ahead of the negotiations in Paris in December, which are
expected to reach a new Agreement. The ‘targets’ are formally known as
intended nationally determined contribution (INDC).
ERC provided technical inputs in support of developing the mitigation
component of the INDC. A technical background document is available
here. It is an ERC research report and not part of the official INDC.
The only official
document is South Africa’s INDC, which is available on the
UNFCCC INDC portal and
Paper on nuclear energy in
With growing interest in nuclear energy generation
from Africa countries, this study takes a closer
look at nuclear energy from an African perspective
and considers the emerging information in relation
to nuclear energy supply in the countries that have
advanced plans for nuclear – South Africa, Nigeria
B and Fig, D. 2015. Final report – Findings of the
African nuclear study.
Heinrich Böll Foundation Southern Africa
Comments on the Draft National Greenhouse Gas
which are an important part of a climate change
regulations were published for comment by
the Department of Environmental Affairs (available
African TIMES Model
The British High Commission recently funded the
update of a full sector national energy system
model. This model, the South African TIMES model
represents both supply and demand side including all
economic sectors on the IEA’s linear least cost
optimisation platform TIMES. The full source file
and supporting spreadsheets for running this model
with the ANSWER-TIMES model builder are available at
this link. This version was used to explore an
emerging gas economy in South Africa and these
scenarios and results are also loaded in the source
ON IPCC SYNTHESIS REPORT:
Unless we change
high-emissions development path, high risk of irreversible
Papers and ERC research reports recently made
available for download
Baker, L and Wlokas,
H L. 2015.
South Africa’s renewable energy procurement: A new frontier?
Madhlopa, A, Sparks, D,
Keen, S, Moorlach, M, Krog, P and Dlamini, T. 2015.
Optimization of a PV-wind hybrid system under limited water
resources. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 47,
DOI: 10.1016/j.rser.2015.03.051. Article can
be accessed (free until 19 May 2015)
Sparks, D, Madhlopa, A, Keen, S, Moorlach, M, Dane, A, Krog, P
and Dlamini, T. 2014.
Renewable energy choices and their water requirements in South
Africa. Journal of Energy in Southern Africa 25(4): 80-92.
Ahjum, F and Stewart, J. 2014.
A systems approach to urban water services in the context of
integrated energy and water planning: A City of Cape Town case study.
Journal of Energy in Southern Africa 25(4): 59-70
Herman, R, Gaunt, CT and Tait, L. 2015.
On the adequacy of electricity reliability indices
in South Africa. Proceedings of the South African Universities Power
Engineering Conference. Johannesburg, 28-30 January 2015.
Burton, J & Winkler, H. 2014. South Africa’s planned
coal infrastructure expansion: Drivers, dynamics and
impacts on greenhouse gas emissions.
CDKN project on linking sectoral and economy-wide models
Working papers now available for download
Vasquez Baos, T G, Salazar, A A V & Del Castillo, D 2014.
Agroforestry systems as CER providers: An analysis for the Peruvian
Wills, W, Grottera, C, Weiss, M, Martins, V, dos Santos, L, Moura,
G and Moreira, M. 2014. Brazilian Mitigation Scenarios Beyond 2020:
Modelling and Methodologies.
Benavides, C, Gonzales, L, Díaz, M, Palma, R, García, G, Ravizza, C,
Fuentes, R. 2014. Economy-Wide Implications of a Carbon Tax in the
Chilean Electricity Generation Sector.
Delgado, R, Alvarez, Matajira, C, Cadena, A and Calderon, S. 2014
Modelling the socio-economic implications of mitigation actions in
Colombia. Working Paper,
Merven, B, Moyo, A, Stone, A, Dane, A and Winkler, H. Socio-economic
implications of mitigation in the power sector including carbon
taxes in South Africa.
Winkler, H, Delgado, R, Palma-Behnke, R, Pereira, A, Vasquez Baos,
T, Moyo, A, Wills, W and Salazar, A. 2014. Information for a
developmental approach to mitigation: Linking sectoral and
economy-wide models for Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru and South
Climate change and upstream
development impacts on new hydropower projects in the Zambezi
initiative, by a range of researchers including from ERC, to address the
major uncertainties facing hydropower development in the region, and to
deepen understanding among stakeholders of the risks to hydropower from
changes in climate and increased upstream water demand.
For outputs, click here.
South African TIMES
SATIM Methodology appendices version 3.2 (Excel file)
for previous versions and Methodology files)