Solar power can now be stored for use at night

Advancements in concentrated solar power technology allow the sun’s energy to be stored and pumped into the grid during South Africa’s early morning and evening peak demand times – or even at night.

And with 50 percent more sunshine than Spain, it is a no-brainer for South Africa to go down a solar energy path.

These were some of the key points made by Wikus van Niekerk, a professor in renewable energy technology at Stellenbosch University, when he spoke at the Southern African Solar Energy Conference in Stellenbosch on Monday.

He said it was important to produce electricity when it was needed during the two daily peaks. Photovoltaic (PV) solar power generated electricity in the middle of the day… Read more


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