Southern Africa is preparing for the energy transition



At the end of November, SOLID's CEO Christian Holter travelled to Stellenbosch, South Africa, where he was invited as a solar cooling trainer as part of SOLTRAIN solar initiative.


Solar experts and interested parties from southern African countries were able to participate in the special course on solar cooling, air-conditioning technology and large-scale solar plants to expand their knowledge.


The training was organized by AEE INTEC, with financial support from the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) and the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID). Around 40 representatives from all regions of southern Africa were present. An intensive exchange of knowledge was conducted for 3 days.

Christian Holter's expertise in systems integration, solar district heating and solar cooling, design and financing has contributed significantly to the success of the course.

The region's will to provide energy security is there, and it wants to do so with the help of renewable energy systems, especially from the sun. Most of the power plant systems are outdated, especially in South Africa. Here the system dates back to the time of apartheid, and thus has remained unchanged for over 30 years. Coal shortages lead to a rethink. Cooling demand in mines offers entirely new opportunities for SOLID and the use of solar cooling.


Picture Source: SOLTRAIN / AEE  INTEC