SAEEC Introduces the Student Pavilion
The Student Pavilion at this year’s SAEEC at Emperors Palace was a dedicated space within the Convention’s exhibition area, providing presentations, case studies and exhibits on a broad spectrum of energy efficiency related topics by 2nd and 3rd year university students from around the country.
The SAEE introduced for the first time a Poster exhibition for students. Posters were informal presentations featuring solutions to problems and innovative projects with lessons from academic and research library material.
The winning poster was done by Ditiro Setlahaolo from the University of Pretoria. The title of her poster was ‘Optimal management of residential load under demand response’.
2nd Prize was awarded to Freddy Bushidi from the University of Pretoria. Freddy’s poster was entitled ‘Photovoltaic power systems for residential lighting appliances’.
Patrick Kumwimba of the Vaal University of Technology was the recipient of the 3rd Prize.
The Student Pavilion offered students and job seekers the opportunity to change their future and change the energy efficiency world at large. “The SAEE Convention provided an excellent opportunity to showcase the outstanding innovative work and thinking of our younger generation whilst providing the platform for emerging talent looking for career opportunities to engage with companies in the energy efficiency space,” commented Karel Steyn, President of the SAEE.
The Convention will host a Student Pavilion on a grander scale next year. Students are encouraged to participate on many levels. The SAEE engages on an ongoing basis with academics at all South African universities, scouting for the cream of the crop in energy efficiency.
TRAINING AT THE SAEEC
This year, strategic focus was given to training at the Convention. A training track specifically geared to industry needs offered training insight. Training and development is crucial for the Southern Africa energy industry and training will always future on the Convention agenda.