The Scholars present...

May 22, 2015
The annual DBREV Presentation was held at UCT on 14 April and was a most successful evening.  Trustees and Scholars would like to thank all who attended. 

Bobby Aitken introduced the evening with an explanation of the aims and focus of the Scholarship, while Jason Schäffler, Technical Coordinator of REEEP’s Southern Africa Secretariat, gave an engaging talk on the rapidly increasing potential of the off-grid Renewable Energy market in Southern Africa.  He also conveyed a message from DBREV sponsors SANEDI/RECORD.

Helene van der Merwe provided an insight into Doug, and his passion for Renewable Energy. She also spoke of one of his mentors, Prof Costa Rallis, whose widow Lucy has made an extremely generous donation to DBREV in his memory.  

Our current Scholar Kimenthrie Pillay, presented her thesis project which examines the use of cell phone technology to map energy poverty.
We were pleased to welcome two previous Scholars, Gaby Pitman (2010-11) and Sean Kirsten (2013) who reminded us of their project topics, and told us about their present careers and future plans. In addition Riaan Opperman (NMMU 2012) sent his update as a slide presentation. 

Look out for a call for applications for the 2016 Scholarship which will go out later this year!


The annual DBREV presentation

April 3, 2015

The annual DBREV presentation where current and past DBREV Scholars will present their work, will be taking place on Tuesday 14 April, 17:30 for 18:00.  

Keynote speaker for the evening:

Jason Schäffler
Technical Coordinator
REEEP Southern Africa Secretariat 

Download the invitation here.

The venue will be the TB Davie Room, Upper Level, Postgraduate Centre, Otto Beit Bld, Upper Campus, UCT.  (The building is to the right of Jammie Hall if you are facing the hall.)

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2013 & 2014 Scholars Present...

March 27, 2014

The Friends of DBREV invite students, academics, energy practitioners and any interested members of the public, to attend our annual gathering to meet the current DBREV Scholars and to hear about their projects. 

This year we are also glad to welcome Dr Thembakazi Mali, Senior Manager at SANEDI, Clean Energy Solutions Portfolio (Renewable and Alternative Energy). DBREV is currently supported by funding from GIZ / SANEDI / RECORD.

The recipient of the recently awarded 2014 DBREV S...

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Progress With Riaan's test rig.

June 30, 2012
Riaan sent me these photo's of the test rig he has built and is deploying in the field.

The rig as it will be deployed in the river:

Testing the water flow meter:

The gantry which is used to deploy the rig:

Loading the rig + gantry onto the trailer:

The rig + gantry loaded onto the trailer ready for transporting:

Ready to roll:

Launching at the river:

We're looking forward to results and the stories that accompany them!

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Getting to the venue.

April 10, 2012

You need to get to Menzies building on UCT campus (  There are a number of parking areas around campus - ask one of the security guards for advice if you need to. Find your way to the top entrance (off Engineering Mall) and into the elevator. Go up to the 6th floor. Once there you should go through the glass doors on the right into the Dean’s suite. There are 2 or 3 stairs there to go up and then the venue is on the lef...

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The Annual presentation

March 19, 2012

Our first Scholar, Gaby Coppez, graduated from UCT with an MSc at the end of 2011, and a second DBREV Scholarship has been awarded to Riaan Opperman of NMMU.  We are pleased to inform you of an opportunity to hear these two DBREV Scholars talk a...

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DTI: switching to renewable energy a matter of survival for South African exporters

November 14, 2011
Today's Business Day has an article which provides some food for thought as the world struggles to come to terms with the aftermath of the recent economic downturn.  

read it here.

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The 1st DBREV Scholar completes her studies

October 24, 2011
On Friday 21 October 2011, after the Selection Panel had met to review applications for the 2012 Scholarship award, Gaby Coppez the first DBREV Scholar handed over a copy of her thesis to Board member Helene van der Merwe.

The torch is about to be passed on.

In memory of Doug Banks, "a man of passion for Africa, its people, rural electrification and renewable energy".

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2012 Scholarship applications now open!

July 25, 2011
Applications are now open for undergraduates to apply to become a DBREV scholar.  Gaby is wrapping up her thesis, hoping to hand in by the end of August 2011 and graduate with an MSc at the end of 2011.  It is time to find the next scholar to take up the baton.

We're hoping to see the same high level of applicants we saw in 2009 which will allow us to award a scholarship to a deserving individual by December 2011 to start their studies early in 2012.

See the "Apply Now!" page on the website for...
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DBREV Seminar at UCT - February 2001

February 16, 2011
On the 2nd of February 2011, approximately 30 people gathered in Room EM303 in the Engineering Faculty at UCT to hear Gaby Coppez, the first Doug Banks Scholar present on the progress she has made so far with her Master's thesis and share her plans for the year ahead.  Once everyone had sampled the refreshments and we'd managed to persuade the workers renovating the building to take an extended lunch break, Gaby was able to share her thoughts with us.

Through her thesis, entitled "Modeling and...

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