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Renewable Energy Short Course: Thermal Energy Systems

June 24, 2019 @ 08:00 - June 29, 2019 @ 17:00

The course consists of a study of the conventional energy systems that contribute to the total energy mix throughout the world today. The course will give an insight into the current world energy supply and the demand for conventional energy including consumption figures for various end-users. The supply and demand for conventional energy in South Africa will also be covered. The contribution made by each of the systems across the various continents and for the major industrialized countries will be discussed. For each of the major systems, the methods of energy generation and production as well as the supply networks will be covered.

The main themes for the course will include:

  • Introduction to Conventional Energy Systems
  • Thermodynamic Cycles
  • Internal Combustion Engines and Fuels
  • Transport
  • Gas Turbines
  • Electricity
  • Coal
  • Nuclear


Prof Thomas Harms is the current Head of the Thermo-Fluid Division and the Solar Energy Research Group. He has been teaching thermo-fluids subjects for more than 20 years. He was registered as a Professional Engineer with the Engineering Council of South Africa in 1987 and is evaluated as a C2-category researcher by the NRF since 2015. Prof Harms’ field of specialty is computational fluid dynamics (CFD) applied broadly in (solar) energy systems.

Mr Richard Haines is a Senior Lecturer in the Thermo-Fluid Division. He has a BScEng (Mech) degree and a MScEng degree from the University of Kwazulu – Natal and has spent over twenty years in industry specialising in product development and testing. His research and teaching interests include investigating and testing alternative fuels suitable for internal combustion engines.


The course is designed for a restricted number of attendees so as to personalise and maximize the learning experience. Bookings will be taken on a first come first served basis.

Fees: R10 800.

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June 24, 2019 @ 08:00
June 29, 2019 @ 17:00


Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies
Knowledge Centre Building, 157 Banghoek Road
Stellenbosch, Western Cape 7600 South Africa
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021 808 4069
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