Annual Interdisciplinary Academy

Stream 2: Sustainable Energy

Stream Leader: Prof Diane Hildebrandt, Material and Process Synthesis Research Unit, Unisa

The problems facing both the African continent and the world are multifaceted requiring perspectives from social, economic, political and technical fields, to just name a few. These problems cannot all be solved by isolated groups of intellectuals, they required an integrated approach from many fields of expertise.

According to the United Nations Development Programme:

“Unsustainable patterns of energy production and consumption threaten not only human health and quality of life, but also deeply affect ecosystems and contribute to climate change. Sustainable energy, however, not only tackles these challenges head on, but is also an engine for poverty reduction, social progress, equity, enhanced resilience, economic growth, and environmental sustainability.”

If the developing economies are ever going to be uplifted and developed, energy needs to be generated cheaper, more efficiently and sustainably than has been done previously. Existing energy supply also needs to be used with greater efficiency.

This stream will primarily deal issues around sustainable energy and reduction of carbon dioxide emissions.

Stream programme:

8 - 10 April: Opening of the Annual Interdisciplinary Academy
Dates to be announced: A 3-day programme, will be led by Dr Francis Hassard, which may include site visits. We will look at the role of biogas in supplying people in rural areas with energy for electricity generation, heating and cooking.   Students will present their research at this workshop.
Dates to be announced: A 3-day workshop on synthesizing more energy efficient processes will be running, led by Prof.  Larry Beigler from Carnegie Mellon University
Dates to be announced: A 3-day workshop, led by Prof Vincenzo Palma, on new catalysts for use in energy applications.
Dates to be announced: A 3-day workshop will be held.  There are various techniques, both experimental as well as statistical, that will be introduced and discussed in this workshop.
4 - 8 November: A week-long Annual Interdisciplinary Summer School. A 3 days seminars involving the industry, government and academia where participants/students present their research proposals and results. The poster event:  each participant/student will be required to create a poster and an evening function will be held where industry, government and academia are invited to attend.

Faculty:

  • Prof Diane Hildebrandt; Material and Process Synthesis Research Unit, Unisa
  • Prof Coleen Vogler, School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand
  • Dr Francis Hassard is a Lecturer in Public Health Microbiology at Cranfield Water Science Institute
  • Dr Preenan Pillay, Head of programmes at Pearson Institute of Higher Education
  • Prof Larry Beigler from Carnegie Mellon University
  • Prof Vincenzo Palma is an Associate Professor of Industrial Chemistry at the Department of Chemical and Food Engineering of the University of Salerno
  • Prof Michael Moys is a Professor Emeritus at the University of the Witwatersrand
  • Dr Murray Bwalya is a senior lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand

Minimum requirements for participants:

Postgraduate students studying at IDEAS (Institute for the Development of Energy for African Sustainability)

Students who intend joining IDEAS (Institute for the Development of Energy for African Sustainability)

Students with an interest in renewable energy and catalysis – backgrounds in Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology or Chemistry recommended.

Last modified: 2019/03/05