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How will we supply the future need for electricity in South Africa?

When: Thursday, 21 October 2021 - Thursday, 21 October 2021
Where: Online Event
Start time:16:00


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Professor Wikus van Niekerk, Dean of Engineering at Stellenbosch University will present the 2021 John Orr Memorial Lecture.

South Africa has been struggling to cope with above inflation increases in our cost of electricity as well as a shortage of supply that led to rolling blackouts or “loadshedding”.  At the same time, we face the additional challenges of climate change and with most of our electricity currently supplied by coal-fired power stations, there is a clear need that we need to transition to cleaner production of electricity.

In this talk,Van Niekerk will explore the options available to South Africa to make this transition, the resources available to do so, the challenges that this will bring about and, most importantly, the projected cost trajectory of these new sources.

This lecture is hosted by the School of Mechanical, Industrial and Aeronautical Engineering.

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